Mal was the fairy goddess of the mountains, specifically, the jagged cliffs along Irelandís western coast. She was the guardian and protector of all those who traveled through her realm, but she was also the master of their fate. She decided who survived her rugged terrain and often tested the survival skills of those who trespassed without her
One very handsome, young man wandered into her canyons one day and caught her eye. He impressed her with his skills and clever intellect, avoiding her traps and escaping the elements of fire, wind, rain, and snow she poured down upon him. They played cat and mouse for weeks; another man would have given up and left her domain or
died. But he survivedóher landslides, avalanches, blizzards, ice, and floods just humored him. He laughed in the face of danger as if playing a game of tag. His valor and roguish youth amused and excited her. So one day, she came down from her pedestal peaks, introduced herself to him, and they fell in love.