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I'm working on a mod for a strategy game that portrays all of the British Islands in the 9th and 10 century. There is a lot that is going into the mod but my particular corner as the main writer for the mod is to create events that the player can interact with. I suppose I could just BS my way through it but I always believe that real history and real lore will always be more interesting than anything I can make up, so I'd rather just let history tell its own stories.
Problem is, I grew up in East Texas and I've never been to the UK, so I basically have to rely 100% on Internet sources to find good writing material. And even after doing a lot of Internet searching I have a hard time coming up with a lot of events from this time period for Scotland, so I thought I'd ping y'all to see if I could grab some good ideas. Oh sure, when I look up stories from Medieval Scotland I get all sorts of hits about kelpies, Nessie, faeries, the Bean-Nighe and other miscellaneous creatures. There's a place for that but I didn't want to just make this Grimm's Fairy Tales.
In particular what I was hoping to find were folktales like about heroes and folk legends; I would like to hear some stories about the politics between some of the clans; any notable administrative details (buildings, reforms); and flavorful cultural events. My problem with the main game that I'm working with is that Scotland just ends up being "the blue faction" and we're really looking to change that. So I really want to get at the bone here and tell stories that would really transport people to this time period and make it really flavorful.
Also note that the timeline can be compressed a bit as long as it isn't super obnoxious. As a comparison, for Wales I'm going to be using The Legend of Gelert the Dog. That story wasn't written until much much later, but the main details in the story can be worded so that it sounds native to the time period since none of the story elements rely on something that's anachronistic to the 9th and 10th century.
Any guidance y'all could give me would be very much appreciated. Thank you
I'm currently devising a play for the Ayr Gaiety theatre, which is to be put on in primary schools around Ayrshire and potentially all of Scotland, what interesting parts of Scottish history should I include?