An Teachtaire - English Translation
An Teachtaire - The
A graphic novel by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh
English translation © Cló Mhaigh Eo, 2002.
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"I see great danger coming the slave shall return."
This is the chilling prediction of Lochrú the Druid, to the High King and his courtiers. But if he does return, will the powers of darkness be able to prevent his mission? Or can he overcome the druids and the old order? The second part of the epic tale of Patrick, full of action and spine-tingling tension
Ten years later
"I see great danger coming "
In the court of the High King, Laoghaire, the druid Lochrú, makes a chilling prediction
"Soon, the slave shall return "
" the one your father, Niall, brought into captivity many years ago!"
"The revenge he seeks "
" is to destroy the power of his son!"
"What are you saying?"
"This cannot be true."
"I fear it is "
Lucat Maol the other chief druid.
"Listen to me! I am the High King and I capitulate to no man."
"And I am sick and tired of your nonsense!"
"Now get to the hill of Slane and prepare the fire for the festival of Bealtaine."
At this time I was still in Gaul
Tired and exhausted after another day in the scriptorium
With the coming of night strange thoughts again cloud my dreams
"What fantasy is this?"
But it is no fantasy
"Uh? Who's that?"
"Listen to me "
"Your ship stands ready "
"So it's true, then. I must return."
"Travel safely, Pádraic."
"Hoist the sails!"
To sea once more
And ashore again on the soil of Ireland.
The journey begins without delay
Then on the road before me a miracle!
"I don't believe it!"
It is she
"Oh, Pádraic! I knew you'd come back!"
" so did I."
"Don't ask me!"
Then, unknown to me, I am recognised by someone else
Macha has so much to tell since last we met
but one story is astonishing.
"Milchú alive? It's hard to believe. But where is he now?"
"A day's journey north."
For now I must bid farewell to Macha
"Follow me "
"He'll be here by midday."
"But what does he want?"
"Of course, revenge!"
"What am I going to do?"
"There's nothing else I can do "
And so Milchú ended his own life
"Milchú! Where are you? Have no fear.
Your old slave has come to visit you!"
"That smell what is it?"
A blackened stump is all that remains of my master
"If only you have could have waited "
A long and arduous trek awaits us then to the mountain of Ayle.
"My brothers, I must leave you for a time "
" but remain vigilant until I return."
And so my trial begins
Barefoot now on the slopes of Ayle.
"Ouch! My feet!"
The broad bay stretches beneath me
speckled with islands.
"Truly, it is beautiful here."
But suddenly, within sight of the summit
With half the mountain crashing down around me
it's time to take shelter!
a boulder provides some cover.
Time to press on
"Praise to you, oh Christ!"
A sudden downpour
I need some shelter
And to get some sleep.
"Protect me, Lord, from the powers of darkness "
"Get back to the abyss, you devils!!!"
and forty nights
on the mountaintop
"Time to return "
"So bright "
"What shadow is this?"
"What devils are these?"
Awwwk! Awwwk! Awwwk!
"Begone, I say!"
Awwwk! Awwwk! Awwwk!
"The mountain is mine!"
"Praised be God!"
"And now "
" the druids!!!"
Yet another pilgrimage
But this time our destination is the High King's own stronghold!
Unseen eyes follow our every step.
On the Hill of Tara the ceremonial fire of Bealtaine is already prepared
"We have reached our destination, brothers."
Laoghaire is woken suddenly...
"Forgive me, my lord, but you must come quickly! Someone has lit the sacred fire!"
"What nonsense is this?"
But the servant is correct
"Lit! But who would dare to do such a thing?"
"One thing is certain. Whoever it is, will pay dearly "
"If I'm not mistaken, they may yet perish in that fire themselves!"
As the horizon burns ever fiercely
so too does the High King's anger.
"Go and bring them here..."
The riders set off feverishly
"Let us pray, brothers"
"Enough, you fools! Stop this sacrilege now!"
One of the brothers tries to flee but
"Not so fast!"
"To hell with you!"
"What magic is this?"
"I'm not sure, but we need to be careful."
"Identify yourselves! By whose permission have you done this?"
"By God's permission, if you must know."
"You can explain that to the King."
"We'll see how cheeky you'll be in the presence of Laoghaire!"
At first light we reach the fortress
And are taken as captives
before the High King and his druids
"Who is this raggedy stranger?"
"What has brought you all this way to lose your head?"
"I am Patrick, a sinner most unlearned, the least of all the faithful,
and utterly despised by many..."
"I have come to proclaim the new faith and to save you from damnation."
Hearing this, Lochrú cannot contain himself
"I'll teach you, you upstart!"
Suddenly, I am in deadly danger
Now the flames take on a new shape
"Save me, Lord! I can't breathe!"
A superhuman effort and
Now the demented Lochrú charges towards me
"Stop, I say."
"Wait there, a moment."
"Let me down, I command you!"
"As you wish."
And his head is smashed upon a rock.
"Is he dead?"
"So it appears."
"What kind of power is this?"
"I shall have to come up with another way of dealing with these people."
"Very well, stranger. Listen to me. What good is there in fighting like this?"
"Come and join us for something to eat."
"You'll taste a mouthful of wine, won't you?"
"I suppose "
Then, the treachery
"Your good health!"
"Just a minute "
"What is it?"
"I'm afraid I can't drink this."
"There's only one way to resolve this crisis we must set these two great powers against one another "
"Very well, then! Watch this!"
The whole countryside is suddenly frozen
But in an instant
"I don't believe this."
"Never mind let us have the second test!"
"Stand back, I say."
In the middle of the fortress a hut is set alight
Lucat and Beningus, one of our brothers, exchange garments and enter the inferno!
"Oremus! (Let us pray)"
"Damn these Christians!"
"Someone's coming out "
"This garment is all that remains of the druid, master."
"Deo gratias! (Thanks be to God)"
"We have no choice now. We must submit "
"I believe, Pádraic I believe."
"Praise to you, Lord!"
"And now, Laoghaire I baptise you."
A couple of months later. Our first monastery is just completed
when the call comes.
"Let us go, my brothers. We still have much to do "
"And my friends Conn and Macha are expecting us."
And so we set off
But, of course
It was only the beginning
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