Legendary Warrior (in training)
Ailbe (3 dots)
Ailbe is a Scion of Ogma, an Irish version of the Old Kung Fu Master archetype. He works in the university where Lugh taught as Professor August, curating not only their collection of traditional texts, but also their impressive weapon exhibits.
Gae Assail (2 dots – 1 Purview, 1 Power)
Cath Maige Tuired (2 dots – 1 Purview, 1 Power)
Lugh’s initial Visitation to Casey was through a singular copy of the Cath Maige Tuired, a book of ancient Irish war sagas. The book isn’t much more than 100 years old, but was handmade in recreation of the style of Irish illuminated manuscripts. It has a few more interesting properties, however.
First, it is a more complete version of the Cath Maige Tuired than exists; the text is actually complete in places where the historical version has been lost. (Modern scholars would say that new text was added where gaps are present, since it has no provenance. They would be wrong.)
Second, by focusing on certain fully-illuminated pages of the book, Casey can establish a connection with someone. He knows that one of these pages allows you to talk to his mentor, and another has occasionally allowed him to speak directly to his father. But most pages seem to do nothing, and even the two he is aware of are not completely reliable; he doesn’t always reach his mentor.
Finally, Casey has found ways to use the lessons of the battle of Maige Tuired in his own life. Reading from the book as he prepares for combat grants access to the boons of the War purview.
Kathleen Whelan was a History graduate student spending a year in Ireland when she fell head-over-heels for one of her professors, Conlan August. His encyclopedic knowledge and stirring deliveries on pre-Christian Irish history captivated her just as much as his unearthly green eyes, so she could hardly say know when he invited her to extend her visit through the summer, outside the constraints of the academic system. It was a happy few months, but in late 1991 she was called back to the US to deal with her father’s failing health. It wasn’t long after that she discovered she was pregnant, and on August 1, 1992 she gave birth. She had stayed in as close contact as she could with his father since leaving Ireland, and in her loneliness and his honor, she gave her new son his father’s last name and a thoroughly traditional Irish first name of his suggestion, Ceasaigh.
Despite the interruption of her academic career, Kathleen managed to find a teaching job in her hometown of Boston. She was able to provide for herself and her son quite well, but without much money left over to visit the boy’s father, and despite remaining close in correspondance, could never seem to find the time to visit the US to see his son. Ceasaigh grew up only knowing of his father through his mother’s stories and occasional phone calls and cards, building him up in his head into an almost mythical figure, always dreaming of meeting him and working out ways to become closer. This was no doubt how Ceasaigh ended up focussing on his life’s passions; Irish culture and Western Martial Arts.
His far-off father seemed quite happy to encourage this, sending along congratulations and recommendations on obscure texts or historical notes. Even with such focus, Ceasaigh excelled in pretty much anything he put his mind to, winning straight A’s all through high school, and becoming captain of the fencing club, at least until he left it to found the state’s first Medieval Martial Arts club. He made friends easily, balancing his intellectual and athletic interests well enough to appeal to nearly any high school clique, but not deeply, with a schedule that left him always running from one activity to the next.
This served him well in his search for secondary education at least, with the combination of academics, extracurriculars, and an alumna mother winning him a full scholarship at Boston College, where he threw himself into the study of history and archaeology, much like his mother, hoping to follow in her footsteps all the way to Ireland.
It was early in his Sophomore year when his father send one of his occasional book recommendations, but this one was unutually specific. A certain edition of the Cath Maige Tuired from a certain bookshop, along with enough money to buy it. Ceasaigh couldn’t quite figure out the point of buying what seemed to be not much more than a cleverly decorated reproduction, and he was at even more of a loss to understand the bookseller’s knowing smirk when he paid up, but he wasn’t about to question his father.
Then he headed back to his dorm, opened it up, and the book started speaking to him in Conlan August’s voice….
What is your name?
Caesaigh August , though I usually just write it down as Casey because no one EVER knows how to pronounce Gaelic properly.
What else do you answer to?
Well, that’s where Casey came from. Also Case sometimes. And then there’s my SCA character, Faolán Treasach
Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
Boston, in both cases.
What was your religious upbringing?
My mom’s parents were pretty Catholic, apparently, but she had a hard time keeping with that, for multiple reasons. I’ve been interested in Celtic recon, but it’s pretty hard to tell what’s authentic and what’s Christianized.
Was there something you believed in as a child? When did you stop?
I used to believe in faeries, which was really confusing because they were the ones from the Irish folktales, not the Tinkerbell ones. I guess my mom told me some stories and I read about the early on, but I figured I better rethink that after the time I told everyone at school in first grade that I was going to go chase off all the faeries in the park. Didn’t hear the end of that one until junior high…
Who is your mother? When is the last time you saw her?
My mom’s name is Kathy, she’s a high school history teacher. I see her pretty much every weekend still, since she only lives about 10 miles from college. I’m practically getting paid to go to school, which is why I’m in the dorms, but it’s still easier to do laundry and stuff at home.
Who is your father? When is the last time you saw him?
I’ve never seen him, actaully. Well I’ve seen pictures, and talked on the phone, but he lives in Ireland, and a teacher salary doesn’t leave much money left over for trans-Atlantic flights.
Anything else about your family you’d like me to know?
I don’t really HAVE any other family; my grandparents on my mom’s side had died by the time I was about 2, and I guess my dad’s parents are gone too. No siblings either, I think Mom had a hard time finding anyone who lived up to my father, and really I suppose they might still be together, technically, just in the longest-lasting long-distance relationship ever.
What’s your earliest memory?
Being about 3 years old, wandering around in the garden behind our apartment. I was balancing on this narrow rock wall, and I’d gotten most of the way along before I fell and hit my head. Mostly I remember being really excited, then the fall, and then the car ride to get the stitches.
Where do you live? Describe your home.
Mom lives in an apartment in the Boston suburbs, she’s been there long enough that it’s a nice place but the rent is still pretty cheap. I live on campus now, near the top of one of the taller dorm rooms. I finally got my own room this semester. I guess it’s a pretty typical college dorm, though I try to keep it neater than most. I probably have more books than most guys too, not to mention the swords.
What do you do for money?
Not too much, considering college. I managed a really good scholarship at least, enough so I have a few hundred dollars a semester left over even after I buy books and everything.
Aside from your home or a workplace, where do you spend the most time?
I guess school would be the equivalent of ‘workplace’, right? Well, there’s the school gym, I do fencing but I’ve been starting to try out some track and field stuff too, just to keep in shape. And then there’s the Keep, that’s the board game store closest to school. I like playing eurogames there, and it’s also where the SCA groups meet.
What do you drive?
Mom’s old car, a used Corolla that’s almost as old as I am. She’s got a slightly newer used Camry now.
Describe your mobile phone.
I used some of my leftover school money to get an iPhone, the one that cost $99 with the contract.
What do you carry with you all the time?
Well, the phone, my backpack, which usually has school books and a sketchbook. And, when security allows, there’s this dagger that I made out of some old rebar that I like to keep with me. Just for good luck. Cold iron, y’know?
What was the outcome of your last relationship?
Haven’t really had any, actually. I mean, everyone seems to like me and all, but I never really thought too hard about anyone in particular, seeing how I was so busy, so it never really happened. Plus I guess it still felt kinda weird asking guys out in my high school. I’m thinking that might change now, though. I mean, I’m in college, so the social life is different, and it’s easier to tell when folks are into what I’m into.
What was the last TV show you watched regularly?
If I say Game of Thrones, does that sound way too obvious at this point? But that hasn’t been on in months, actually, so really lately it’s been old silly sitcoms, like NewsRadio or whatever, that make good background noise while I’m doing other stuff.
How do you get your news?
Online, of course. Got some blogs, and I love Google News since I can hide all the sports and entertainment and crap and put the world news right up front.