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Right, migration should be sorted (or be at least in the process of being sorted). All remarkably smooth!
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The Town Crier! Announcements! / Welcome to the new server!
« Last post by Jubal on Today at 07:57:00 PM »
If you're seeing this message, the DNS has propagated correctly for you and you're seeing Exilian on its shiny new (and most importantly slightly cheaper) server software!

We're hoping that this change will help us keep the site efficient and up to date, with improved server-side software allowing us to keep our underlying SMF board functions working effectively. It'll also give the Exilian a lot more breathing space financially, helping us to ensure better advertising and other services across the various areas we cover. As a tiny volunteer-run organisation with almost no income, this will really help us in the coming months. We hope you've found the transition as smooth as possible, and look forward to big plans in the months ahead.

Best wishes,

Jubal (Megadux)
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Exilian Folk Club / Songs from the Floodplain Chords/Lyrics Thread
« Last post by Jubal on Today at 07:55:35 PM »
For chords & lyrics from Jon Boden's "post-apocalyptic folk music" concept album. :)


DANCING IN THE FACTORY CHORDS/LYRICS:

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
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The Beer Cellar - Forum Games! / Re: Word Association
« Last post by Jubal on Today at 12:05:34 AM »
Paris
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The Beer Cellar - Forum Games! / Re: Word Association
« Last post by Glaurung on July 23, 2017, 08:06:49 PM »
Prague
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Sounds good! Good luck with the migration. Looking forward to even more activity on this site.
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Let's not go there, or we'll end up having to go over the time you bit my nose again.
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Rome - Total Realism / Re: Faction descriptions for 270 BC
« Last post by Mausolos of Caria on July 23, 2017, 02:43:57 AM »

Next up are the Celtic Tribes- once again, thanks to the magnificent magnentius :) 


16. THE CELTIC TRIBES


"The Celts rushed at their enemies like wild beasts, full of rage and temperament, with no kind of reasoning at all, and the blind fury never left them while there was breath in their bodies; even with arrows and javelins sticking through them they were carried on by sheer spirit while their life lasted." Pausanias


At the camp fires, the elders often tell us the stories of the migrations of the Celtic people as they spread over the known world and took their rightful place among the peoples of the Mediterranean.
Our oldest ancestors lived a simple and free life on the banks of the great rivers Rhine and Danube. From there, however, large groups of men, women, and children moved to seek new land when they outgrew their small and narrow home countries. Some of these great migrations ended in peaceful settlements of a new home, but in other cases the newly arriving tribes had to conquer the areas by sword. Their superiority in bravery, skills and weapons secured fertile lands and thus the future of the new tribes. The stories of these events have been passed down the generations by oral tradition, and our common language still bonds us together.
In the course of time, we colonised vast areas in the North and the West, and only a few hundred moons ago we began to pushed into the rich world of the Greeks. There we were called "Barbarians" because they could not understand our language. Yet, soon we had taught them fear and became the nightmare of the entire Hellenic world.
Only Alexander the Great, a mighty king from the Northern upland of Macedon, stopped our ancestors from moving further south. His successors succeded in continuing this for a further two generations before several tens of thousands of warriors invaded Hellas under the powerful Brennus, and instilled the Greek civilisation with fear. The Hellenes, however, were eventually able to defeat our ancestors in an insidious and honourless way, and so divided the hordes of the Celts. Some settled down in rough Thrace, where they founded the empire of Tylis, which has incessantly tormented the Greek cities on the Black Sea with their raids ever since.
Others were admitted into the service of wealthy kings from the countries beyond the sea of Byzantion as mercenaries, and their wars for power in the eastern empires led to further bloodshed. Many of these nearly 20,000 people settled in the heart of Asia, From Ankyra, their main settlement, these Galatians plundered the rich cities of Asia and continued to be recruited as mercenaries, as their ferocity  and prowess in battle remained to be renowned.
Some tribes, such as the Boii, became a prey for the savage Germani, and divided into groups, some of which remained in the old territory while the others went to find new homes. And thus the Boii moved into northern Italy, where they founded the mighty Bononia. They mingled with the people of the country, and soon found themselves in cruel wars against the Etruscans and Romans. When the Senones marched against Rome, many of their Boian brothers joined them, and they would remain a potent threat to the rising power on the Tiber for many a year.

In the North, our ancestors settled the distant islands of foggy Britannia. On a large number of sea vessels they at first crossed the stormy sea and soon seized posession of the best places the land had to offer. They remain in constant competition with each other and thus war is omnipresent. The bloody rituals of their Druids might seem savage to some, yet the Britanni are famous as fearless sailors and masterful champions of the chariot.
In the heart of the continent, the Arverni and Belgae have established their kingdoms and, together with many other tribes, form the core of the free Celtic world. They live together in small hill settlements or scattered farms and choose the best and strongest men to be their leaders. They benefit from the proximity to the peoples of the Mediterranean by trading with them profusely and by accessing the scientific, military and political achievements of their southern neighbours. Thus the Arverniare one of the leading tribes of Gaul, while the Belgae possess great power in the North, favored by their position on the Rhine, on which they are reached by boats from the South. Their military power is based on the local production of lethal iron weapons and the intrepid attitude of their warriors.
 In the West, some of our brothers and sisters settled in Hispania during the earliest days of migration, where they mixed with the local inhabitants. Their strength lay in the production of high quality weapons and their mountain home, where the fight without formation and make the most of the almost inaccessible terrain. The Carthaginians love to recruit men of these wild tribes as warriors since they are dependent on tough and powerful mercenaries to fight their own wars.

The rest of the world should never stop fearing us, since we Celts are not only powerful in the old stories of our tribal elders, but since we still have capable leaders, countless warriors and the best iron weapons around at out disposal. Our men contempt death, and thus nothing can stop them- they may hate us, yet they rightfully fear us!
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I'll explore your new places winkeyface.
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I like the postal service ideas, that's great :)

Also, as a heads-up, avoid making any major posts in the first half of next week, we're about to do a big server migration (after which we'll be getting a lot busier and hopefully starting to get the site a bit more active again!)
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