Flidais is a female shape-shifter and member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, known by the epithet Foltchaín (“beautiful hair”).
She is said to have been the mother of the cultivators Arden, Bé Chuille, Dinand, and Bé Téite and Fand. The wife of the legendary High King Adamair and the mother of Nia Segamain, who by his mother’s power was able to milk deer as if they were cows.
Flidais also appears in the story of the Táin Bó Flidhais (“The Driving off of Flidais’s Cattle”), where she is the lover of Fergus mac Róich and the owner of a magical herd of cattle. Fergus carried her and her cattle away from her husband, Ailill Finn. During the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley) she slept in the tent of Ailill mac Máta, king of Connacht, and every seven days her herd supplied milk for the entire army. In Táin Bó Flidhais she has a favoured white cow known as “The Maol” which can feed 300 men from one night’s milking. Another Ulster Cycl tale says that it took seven women to satisfy Fergus, unless he could have Flidais.
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The Huntress in Gold, is one of the lesser goddesses of the fae pantheon. She remains popular among wood elves, however; she is a sensual goddess who encourages her followers to love well and often, and she is also associated with excellence in archery and the sanctity of forests and wildlife. Her symbol is a quiver of golden arrows; naturally, her favored weapon is the bow.