The history of Irish folklore is rich and complex, reflecting the country's ancient beliefs and legends. You will find references to creatures and people from Irish mythology and history throughout the game. Many times, it is hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction. In Ireland, both are often true at the same time. Three figures that stand out in this folklore are banshees, Finn McCool the giant, and fairy queens.
Banshees are often portrayed as ghostly women who wail and foretell the death of someone in the household. They are believed to be the spirits of women who died before their time and are now tasked with warning families of impending death. In some stories, they are seen as the spirits of the Tuatha de Danann, a supernatural race said to have ruled Ireland before the arrival of the Celts.
Finn McCool, also known as Fionn MacCumhail, is a legendary giant who is said to have built the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. He is also a central figure in many Irish folktales and is remembered for his wit, bravery, and cunning. According to legend, he once outsmarted a rival giant by tricking him into picking up a heavy stone that was actually the handle of a cooking pot, trapping him and securing Finn's reputation as a clever hero.
Fairy queens, or Aos Si, are a common theme in Irish folklore. These powerful figures were believed to rule over the fairy realms and often had their courts and armies of fairies. They were known to be both beautiful and terrifying, with the power to grant wishes or to cause harm. Some of the most famous fairy queens include the Morrigan, who was associated with death and war, and Aine, a sun goddess who was also the queen of the fairies of Munster.
These three characters for the cornerstones for each act in The Leprechaun's Trap. As much as possible, we keep the stores and encounters as close to the oral stories handed down for thousands of years. Of course, we have taken some creative licenses as well.
Overall, the folklore of Ireland is full of fascinating figures, and stories passed down through generations. Whether it is the haunting wail of the banshee, the cunning of Finn McCool, or the powerful fairy queens, these legends continue to captivate and intrigue people today, providing a window into Ireland's rich and mysterious past. Now you can interact with the characters in The Leprechaun's Trap.