I was reading a bit of English history over the weekend when I came upon this:
England's native Celts were called wealhs, "foreigners" - by the invading Saxons, of all people - and driven off into the western hills. Wealhs became the Welsh of Wales in time ...
This immediately reminded me of:
Conditions elsewhere upon Maske took on new forms. Those Irredemptibles who had survived the wreck of the Fourteenth eventually reappeared as the Waels of Wellas and the various tribes of Doho.
A bit too much to be a coincidence, don't you think? Didn't the Waels have some sort of priestly class - of which the Minie would have been a
member? This naturally brings to mind the Druidic class of the Celts, who conducted tree-worship (like the Waels) and (according to the Romans at least) human
sacrifice, although to my knowledge they did not turn human beings into trees.