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Morrígan

  • Profile

    The Morrígan is a triple threat. What we mean is that she does everything with her sisters and BFFs, Badb and Macha, from painting their nails to predicting who will win a fistfight. When they aren't individually chasing people around a battlefield, these three make up a single supergoddess called The Morrígu. Even more than her sisters, the Morrígan is an expert mean girl. But prophecy and sexiness aren't her only superpowers. The Morrígan can transform her body into any animal (usually a crow), and she can also make herself look like anyone at any age. Think: Mystique. Turns out that sex and violence can be pretty persuasive. Unfortunately, being on her good side one time doesn't guarantee you a spot there for life. She's a finicky creature who changes her mind at the drop of a hat. So if you want to slay max dudes in battle, you'd better pray the Morrígan is in a favorable mood that day.

    Basic Information

    Name

    The Morrígan

    Nickname

    Great Queen, Phantom Queen, She's So Raven

    Sex

    Female

    Current city

    Tir Na Nóg

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    War goddess. I inspire the great warriors, steel their nerves, encourage heroic deeds, etc. I'm kind of a big deal in the office, actually.

    Education

    Sidhe Institute of Shape-Shifting and Bloodlust

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Why debate policy when you can just kill the guy?

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Ernmas (mother)
    Delbaeth Mac Ogma (aka Tuitill Bicreo) (father)

    Siblings

    Badb and Macha and I are triplets.
    Banba, Fótla, and Ériu (also triplets)
    Fiachna

    Children

    Mechi (don't know, or care, who his father is)

    Friends

    My sisters, Badb and Macha.
    Generally, the Tuatha Dé Danann
    Other than that, depends on the day…

    Enemies

    The Fir Bolg
    The Fomorians
    Cúchulainn (briefly)
    Most of my enemies are my enemies based on my mood that day. I think it keeps things exciting.

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    In an Open Relationship with:
    Nuada
    The Dagda

    Interested in

    Warriors. The more valor and blood on their hands, the better. I really want Cúchulainn, but he isn't into it. His loss.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones 
    Dexter 
    Teen Titans 

    Quotations

    "You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take good heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril."
    – Joan of Arc

    "Faint heart never won fair lady."
    – Irish Idiom

    "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
    – Maya Angelou

    "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle—victorious."
    – Vince Lombardi

    "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
    Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
    – William Congreve

    Books

    Dracula by Bram Stoker 
    (Irish author, lots of blood.)
    "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor 
    The Iliad by Homer 
    (The most well-known tale of war. Delightful.)
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
    Macbeth by William Shakespeare 
    (The Weird Sisters remind me fondly of my sisters, Badb and Macha, and myself)
    "Batter my heart (Holy Sonnet 14)" by John Donne 
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
    Hellboy by Mike Mignola 
    "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe 
    For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway 

    Music

    Rooks by Shearwater 
    (An apocalyptic song involving birds—perfection!)
    Iron by Woodkid 
    Bird Sings Why the Caged I Know by Atmosphere 
    Another One Bites the Dust by Queen 
    Rolling in the Deep by Adele 
    (Cúchulainn, baby, this one's for you)
    Bikini Kill 
    (Grrrl punk)
    Peek-A-Boo by Siouxsie and the Banshees 
    Some Nights by Fun. 
    (We all get a little existential sometimes)
    Into the West by Annie Lennox 
    Kill Everybody by Skrillex 

    Movies

    Braveheart 
    Brave 
    The Black Cauldron 
    Kill Bill 
    300 
    The Birds 
    Fight Club 
    The Hunger Games 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Halloween (Samain)
    Olympic javelin competitions
    Maps for Marauders
    Druids

    Interests

    Psychology
    Hematology
    Game Theory
    Ornithology
    Military History

    Groups

    Sidhe Ladies
    Animagi Anonymous
    Welcome to the Nightosphere 
    Quoth the raven: "I love Poe" 
    Sexy Redheads

    • Spotter's Guide

      So you're looking for The Morrígan, eh? If you're a strong man with valor to spare, sit tight, because she'll probably come to you. Otherwise, she can be an elusive lady. But there's one place you're sure to find her: the battlefield. When there's a fight in full swing, she'll often take the form of a crow and hover around her favorite warriors. She can also make it rain fire on your forces. Be careful when you interact with her, though. If she feels you've offended her, you're likely to meet a gruesome demise.

      Sex: Female
      Age: Varies (sometimes she's a beautiful young woman, sometimes she's a scary old lady)
      Build: Varies (see Age, plus the crow thing)
      Complexion: Fair-skinned or black-feathered
      Hair Color: Red
      Facial Hair: None
      Scars/marks/tattoos: Possible scars from her fight with Cúchulainn—broken rib, scarred eye, broken leg—but just scars, since all were cured
      Clothing: Either a stunning little number or an old torn up cloak. Or black feathers… over her whole body
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: Various animal parts (fangs, claws, horns, etc.) or magic

      Typical Companions

      Badb
      Macha
      Cúchulainn
      The Dagda

      Known Hangouts

      Battlefields
      Soccer/Football/Rugby fields
      Pretty much any fields where there's action
      The cave of Cruachain
      Tir Na Nóg

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley)

      This Irish epic can be compared to Beowulf and El Cid in terms of both epicness and oldness (and the unknown-ness of who first wrote it). It comes from the Ulster Cycle of Irish stories. The Morrígan is a somewhat minor character, but she plays a very active role. She warns the red bull of Queen Medb's (Maeve's) plan to kidnap it; and this is also the infamous story where the Morrígan tries—and fails—to seduce Cúchulainn. Drama ensues.

      Dec 20, 1099 - Dec 20, 1199

      The Mythological & Ulster Cycles (via The Book of Leinster)

      These cycles are not so much traditionally published works as they are groups of stories with similar themes. As far as stories concerning the Morrígan, the Mythological cycle (which we admit has a confusing name) has lots of descriptions of the Tuatha Dé Danann (The Children of Danu) as well as the stories of the two battles of Mag Tuired (see the Morrígan's Wall for more on this). The Ulster Cycle includes Táin Bó Cúailnge. Though these stories are all very old, the oldest existing collections of them date back to the 12th century.

      Dec 20, 1985

      The Hounds of the Morrígan

      This book by Pat O'Shea is a highly-rated fantasy novel for children, with many, many characters from Irish mythology in it. The Morrígan is the antagonist in this book—don't mess with her.

      Dec 20, 1994

      Darkstalkers

      A Capcom 2D fighting game for CPS II ('90s retro right there) and later for Playstation had a playable character based on the Morrígan. This version of the Phantom Queen wasn't evil, but she was a succubus born in Scotland in the 1600s. Capcom obviously took some liberties with her origin story. The games was made into comics, and they tried to make it into a TV show in 1995, but it only lasted a few (terrible) episodes.

      Dec 20, 2019

      A Dirty Job

      Christopher Moore's funny novel is about an unsuspecting guy who is saddled with the job of collecting the souls of the dead. The Morrígan, along with her sisters, is yet again the villain.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Wonder Woman (DC)

      The Morrígan's appearances in the DC universe are in her triplicate form. Apparently, the goal of the Morrígan is to destroy every Amazon. Some weird, cultural crossover there.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Hellboy: The Fury (Darkhorse)

      Mike Mignola knows his mythology, and Hellboy is the best comic for all our fellow myth-nerds out there. The Morrígan is terrifying and powerful in Mignola's work, but not in a gimmicky way. We approve.

      Dec 20, 2019

      X-Factor (Marvel)

      Occasionally making an appearance in Marvel comics, too, the Morrígan was most recently in a plot arc of X-Factor. She is the villain. No one is surprised.