- Celtic (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
- Sea Serpents (common type)
This is a water serpent from Ireland whose name comes from the Gaelic ‘oll’ meaning ‘great’ and ‘peist’ meaning fabulous beast. It was originally a benign creature until it heard that St. Patrick was arriving to exorcise it. It then became enraged and swam out of the Shannon River and swallowed a drunken musician who happened to be in the way. The musician continued to play in the beasts belly which irritated it to the extent that it vomited the musician back out. The drunk being totally unaware of what just happened, continued to play.
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