of the Loch is honored on All Fool's Day where gifts of dubious worth are
exchanged amongst the Clan.
Jade of the Loch
Legend holds that
Coire Loch (the Hidden Lake) harbors a water spirit known as
Jade. Worshippers sculpted talismans and brought gifts
to her. The gifts were tossed in the loch
seeking good fortune in the coming years.
Those who claimed to have seen Jade described
her as a water spirit with green hair. She delighted in merry making and
fraternizing with humans. Ale was a favorite gift.
She was a treasured spirit and villagers traveled from all over to
curry her favor.
The popularity of the nymph caused
more and more presents to be thrown in her home. The loch began
Here the histories describe
the water spirit showing a reversal of mood. Her hair color
is described as a yellow-purple and her mood darkened.
She bantered with
her boon seekers.
Their only hope of escape was to talk in rhyme and get the last word. Those who
failed were found
floating face down in the loch--If her change in
disposition was attributable to the
pollution in her habitat, one cannot say.
To no one's
surprise, people avoided the loch after this. The shrine keepers stopped maintaining the site.
Only travelers unfamiliar with the area, those lost in fog or
her path. The lack of visitors only increased
her ire. Jade took to popping the odd traveler
with a well aimed skipping stone.
As fate should have it, a group of
MacThoys, guided by Arthorgrim
the Scintillating, were headed home from an eve of debauch,
and wandered by her
home. They spied the gold in the shallow water and began
They were discovered by the
Jade, who promptly engaged them in rhyming.
The MacThoy gave a virtuoso performance.
impressed. She resolved to make this tribe the instrument of her
revenge on the admirers who had abandoned her.
MacThoy were to rebuild her shrine and lure people
back to the loch. In return they
could have the treasure that abounded there.
to the Widow
for restoring this image.
returned home and told the rest of the Clan
what had transpired. Their story was
collectively deemed to be the Worse Lie ever
The story might
have ended there but Arthorgrim decided to pawn one of the Nymph's
A villager recognized it as a gift he had left at the
loch years ago and demanded to know how he
had come to own it. The
Scintillating One revealed
it was a boon from the water nymph and blessed with unimaginable power.
The prospect of an icon won from such
a mean-spirited creature tripled the value of the trinket. It was purchased without
hurried back to the Clan and convinced them to accompany him
back to Coire Loch.
There they met once
the Jade. Arthorgrim asked her to bless the icons in her loch. The spirit
assented and had the MacThoy select the
Here's where problems started.
The MacThoy were unable to devote much forethought
to this. Consequently what started out as great ideas were in fact varying degrees
of curses. For example, Arthorgrim had a cod piece blessed to
find "any willing wench" but there was no telling what sort of wench, the bearer
would be led to (farm animals, etc.)
made good business selling the items. They coerced local
villagers into restoring the shrine its former glory. A fabulous sort of carnival atmosphere grew and
is said to exist to this day if one can find
the Hidden Lake.
A few of her gifts are still with
us. The Enchanted Codpiece, Excalibur,
the MacThoi Taps,
and the Drinking Horn
of Odin, rumored to never run dry.