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His beginning was that of a typical Changeling child. Dullahan was swapped by his parents for a human baby. The human parents were tricked, and didn't realize the switch had occurred until 5 years later, when the spell the fae cast had faded, but by then it was too late to do anything about it. His "adoptive" parents were kind folks for the most part, and something never really clicked with them that Dullahan was not their own, (since the human mind is feeble and fae could pretty much do as they pleased), so he was raised as if he were human. He liked his new parents for the most part, having only vague memories of his original family, but as he grew up he began to awaken to the sense that there was something wrong. Dullahan grew apart from them and withdrew more inside himself, becoming quieter and much more introverted.'

The townsfolk of his small village however, were not too keen on having a fae in their midst, especially not a Cu Sith. As a child, they didn't do much other than blaming anything that couldn't be explained on him. Cow goes dry? Darn fae boy. Farm equipment breaks? Darn fae boy. And so on and so on. They thought him a jinx, so as a youth he was left alone by the other kids, lest they be cursed, but as he got older, the fear, as it usually does, turned to anger. There was almost daily confrontation that quickly turned violent, and any heavy bit of metal lying around made for a quick weapon against "the fae menace". Once the most violent townsfolk learned that iron burns faerie skin (though it doesn't scar), things went from bad to worse. The final straw was eighteen years since the Changeling boy had arrived in the small village, when a group of boys who worked for the blacksmith got their hands on a sack of iron dust. It was promptly dumped on Dullahan when he least expected it, and when he gasped from the pain, inhaled quite a bit of it.

While on the outside, iron merely burns the skin, stops, and the skin eventually heals. But if it gets inside, that causes a whole new problem. It not only burns the inside, but inhibits growth, muscle mass, and can cause internal bleeding. With the amount Dullahan inhaled, it's not something that will just heal. He's had to live with it.

Dullahan gets his angst more from his birth parents, who in his mind abandoned him for some useless human whelp, and from the hate of the townsfolk he grew up around. He left his home town with a deep hatred of humankind. He's also fearful of the future. Having grown up away from his culture, he knows nearly nothing about himself. Where he will go when he dies is one of Dullahan's biggest questions, followed by how long he has to live. some fae age like beasts, so he could have a good seven years left, while other fae age like trees, and he could have hundreds to go. He also is uncertain of his own age, for he could have been swapped after a few years of being alive. These questions also lead to his frustration and anger that has become a major part of his personality.

Ok, so I made some slight changes.

And for those who have noooo idea about Celtic mythology, "The Cù-Sìth, plural Coin-Sìth, is a mythological hound found in Scotland and the Hebrides. A similar creature exists in Irish folklore (spelled Cú Sídhe), and it also bears some resemblance to the Welsh Cŵn Annwn." - Wikipedia (which is actually pretty reliable with mythology)

It's also referred to as "the black dog". For obvious reasons. The Cù-Sìth was feared as a harbinger of death and would appear to bear away the soul of a person to the afterlife, similar to the manner of the Grim Reaper. In this role the Cù-Sìth holds in Scottish folklore a function similar to that of the Bean Sidhe, or banshee, in Irish folklore. According to legend, the creature was capable of hunting silently, but would occasionally let out three terrifying bays, and only three, that could be heard for miles by those listening for it, even far out at sea. Those who hear the baying of the Cù-Sìth must reach safety by the third bark or be overcome with terror to the point of death.

Thanks Wikipedia. Sorry if you people hate reading.

But anyway, I decided to put my own spin on it, butcher the mythology, and pretty much combine 3 Celtic myths. Even the name "Dullahan" is the name of a Celtic spirit.

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