Knights of the Realm
The Picts are indigenous to the island. They “grew out of the soil,” some of them from rocks and others from trees, yet others were brothers and sisters to the animals of the wild. They lived in harmony with the spirits of the world, and they communed with the giants and dwarves who inhabited it. Then “foreigners came, with wicked ways,” like farming that slices open the Great Mother’s skin. They built houses that stopped the ancient flow of power. They brought swords and war, so that the Picts withdrew to the wild places to “live in harmony” and preserve their ancient ways. They have “never been seduced to civilized softness and decadence.”
The Cruithni people of Ireland are also treated as Picts.
Stereotype: Savage tribesmen from the wilds; primitive folk who refuse to acknowledge the better ways manifested by modern living, like houses, agriculture, and the ways of modern warfare. Their ways are inherently foreign and frightening to everyone else.
Self-image: Independent, pure, and noble, always holding to the true ancient ways; uncomplicated, with simple, old-fashioned values and a natural affinity with Nature.
Male: Aenbecan, Allcallorred, Alpin, Angus Breidei, Breth, Bridei, Broichan, Brude, Buban, Cailtarni, Caltram, Carvorst, Castantin, Cian, Cimoiod, Ciniath, Cinioch, Ciniod, Crautreic, Denbecan, Deocillimon, Deocilunon, Deoord, Deort, Domech, Domelch, Drest, Drosten, Druisten, Drust, Drustagnos, Eddarrnonn, Elpin, Eoganan, Forcus, Gailtram, Galam, Galan, Galanan, Gartnaich, Gartnait, Gartnaith, Gede, Gest, Golistan, Irb, Llifiau, Lutrin, Maelchon, Mailcon, Melcon, Morleo, Nechtan, Nehhton, Oengus, Onnist, Onuis, Onuist, Oswiu, Peithan, Pidarnoin, Talluorh, Talorc, Talorcan, Talore, Talorgen, Tarain, Taran, Tharain, Uid, Uist, Unen, Unuist, Uoret, Uuroid, Uvan, Wid, Wroid
Female: No female Pictish names have been recorded in history. Use Cymric names.
Religion: British Christian
Some lowland Picts have been converted to Christianity thanks to the efforts of Saint Ninnian about a century ago.
“Christ came to the world to save our souls and lead us to Eternal Life, and to free us from the bonds of savagery. The good Saint Ninnian showed our forefathers the true way to Salvation, and we will not dishonor their decision with heathen practices.”
“Nature is harsh and unpredictable. We live as our ancestors lived, and do whatever we must do to live in harmony with those fierce powers. To do otherwise is foolish and invites the reprisal of Nature, which no man or god can withstand.”