Cuchulain is an ancient Gaelic hero of the Atharim who was one of the many “gods” who helped destroy the other gods. His non-channeling children lived on in secret and continued their Atharim traditions.
Cuchulain is the son of Lugh and his human mother.
Cuchulain was given the name Setanta but later was changed when he defeated the blacksmith’s hound Culain and vowed to take up his position at the door.
Cuchulain, played a key part in fighting off the armies of Queen Maeve of Connacht.
At the age of seventeen he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connacht in the famous Táin Bó Cúailnge (“Cattle Raid of Cooley”).
It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but his life would be a short one. Cú Chulainn shows striking similarities to the legendary Persian hero Rostam, as well as to the Germanic Lay of Hildebrand and the labours of the Greek epic hero Heracles.
He carried a supernatural spear called the Gae Bulga. It was made from the bone of a sea monster, the Coinchenn, that had died while fighting another sea monster, the Curruid. Although some sources make it out to be simply a particularly deadly spear, others (notably the lost pages from the Book of Leinster) state that it could only be used under very specialized, ritual conditions: The Gáe Bulg entered a man’s body with a single wound, like a javelin, then opened into thirty barbs. Only by cutting away the flesh could it be taken from that man’s body.
In the Táin Bó Cuailnge, Cúchulainn received the spear after training with the great warrior master Scáthach in Alba. She taught him and his foster-brother, Ferdiad, equally, except she only taught the Gáe Bulg feat to Cuchulainn.
Note: Cuchulain has not as of yet been reborn.