Celtic Myth Cycles
In August 2001, I went on a 2 week holiday to Ireland. Wet and cold mostly, but beautiful scenery, wonderful music and a great mythology. Here we go...
Upon entering the first museum bookshop, I idly lifted a book from the shelf: a dictionary of Celtic mythology. I flicked through it and to my disbelief, began to find many names from that award-winning game, I don't know if you've heard of it, I think it's called Myth...er, maybe? Or is it Myst?...aaargh, nooo!
So, I obviously continued searching and found many more. I bought the book, along with another which recounts the major tales of the Celtic Myth Cycles. What's that, cycles? Hmmm, sounds very interesting. This sparked off an obsessive interest in this wonderful mythology and by the end of this trip, I had gathered a good collection of references from which I have based my research for this article.
Now, originally I thought that these four cycles might correspond to the four ages in "Myth" (with a capital to denote the game). So, I manically flicked through my books and found that it sort of fit in, but...not really. So I more or less discarded that idea and concentrated on finding the similarities between the character's names and personalities, and believe me, there are quite a few. I have posted a number of the main ones which I have found thus far on the Asylum.
NOTE: Throughout this article, I will only use information from Myth 3 or GURPS if it fits in well and does not contradict the first two games. This is because I have been informed from inside sources that MJ will not be drawing form Celtic mythology to make up their story or character names.