- Celtic (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Humanoid (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
- Fairies and Nymphs (common type)
Real leprechauns are not what has been represented in the media and in stories of the last two centuries. Originally the Leprechauns were water spirits that took a man called Fergus and hovered him over water. Fergus managed to get out of this landing in vast open waters but captured three of the water spirits. He then asked if they would give him their swimming powers and he would release them. They did so and were released. They warned him not to enter Lake Rudraige. However Fergus ignored this and decided to travel into the lake. As he was happily wading through, the surface of the lake rippled and from the depths of the waters arose a water monster, the Muirdris. Fergus battled with the monster and escaped alive. However he had crossed the Leprachauns and was thus cursed by the spirits who gave him a facial disfigurement.
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