After three hundred years of war, a great epidemic overtook the Partholons, and only a handful of the Nemod remained. The Fomorian Kings, Mord who was son of Dela, who was descendent from Cham, Noah's youngest son, and Conann who was son of Febar, oppressed the Nemod into slavery.
The taxes imposed by the Fomorian Kings were harsh. Each year at the winter solstice known as Samhain, the Nemod would bring the Fomorian a tax of two-thirds. Two-thirds of their children born that year, and of their crops, and of their tools, were placed at the foot of the great stone circles.
The battle was ferocious, and the persecuted Nemods fought with stone weapons and wooden staffs, but could not overcome their oppressors. Seeing that they would surely die beneath the giant and powerful Fomorians, the Nemods ran with their wives and children into the violent sea, giving their lives to the ocean. They clung to their children and threw themselves from the high cliffs into the ice cold waters. Their light on this earth was extinguished.
The tribes of the Fomorians settled all the lands of Eire, and divided the island into five province centred at Balor's Hill. These were: Ulaid (Ulster) in the north, Ciced Ol nEchmacht (Connacht) in the west, Mumha or Mhumhain (Munster) in the south, and Laighin (Leinster) in the east. And between them all lay the kingdom of Mde, where the High King of Ireland ruled over them from Tara in Mde.
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