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[The Fantasy World of FireHeart] 3.2.11.3. Cristophe's PrincelyReturn part3

Cristophe walks towards Andreas and Bernides, and sits on the large stone near them, saying,

‘Feeling better now, Father Andreas?’

‘A-aye. Much better. One more gulp of this water and I’ll be as fresh as juvenile, thanks Vadis,’ says Andreas softly.

‘Very well, then. I guess we can arrive in Myrcalia very soon. But…’

Bernides cuts in abruptly, ‘But what, Your Highness? You don’t seem too happy with this prospect. You are going home to safety under the wings of the Great Eagle of Arcadia!’

‘Going home. Back to the life full of restrictions and protocols I always tried to avoid. For me, that’s not a good prospect. I’d rather live simple and free, with adventures, monster-hunting, treasure-finding and all.’

‘Hmmm… I must admit it’s a good life, my prince. Exciting and carefree. But life is more meaningful if you do things for the sake of your country, not just for yourself.’

Andreas adds, ‘He’s right, my prince. You don’t have to look very far for examples. Our guards, for instance, they are willing to leave their homes and families, even their own pleasures to escort you, risking their lives every minute, every day.’

Chris responds, ‘Ah, so, you mean as a prince I can do more for my country than killing monstrous threats?’

Bernides takes his turn to answer, ‘Yes. You have the gift, opportunity and privilege to reach out and help people in need – in a wider scope. The burden of the throne is not yours, right, but you can still serve as a marshal or a lord of a principality. Either way, the greatest mission in your life is to prove that not all lords are tyrannical, and walk on the path lay by the great Sage the Fireheart.’

Andreas concludes, ‘Your training is complete now, and you are ready to undertake your greatest challenge that is waiting for you a few miles ahead. Take it, and your name will be in the history books and songs of praise for countless generations to come. Run away from it and you’ll waste the gift, the privilege Vadis has given you.’

‘Well, in that case,’ says Cristophe spiritedly, ‘Let us prepare and waste no time. Just you see, whatever I’ll do, I won’t give the House of Deveraux a bad name.’

I’m back, father, brother. Back to the greatest challenge in a place I call home. To Lourdes Palace and the all the politics within. No matter how hard I must suffer, I will survive.



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[The Fantasy World of FireHeart] 3.2.11.3. Cristophe's PrincelyReturn part2






But no solution came out of it. Chris tried to connect the dots – the facts, proofs and Robert’s letter to him – But the end results were the same: the Orcbane will be executed as the Pope killer.

To soothe his frustration, Chris slows his horse down to talk to his friends in the carriage.

‘Myrcalia is just miles away now. How are you all doing?’

‘Terrible, just terrible! Just stop awhile, will you? I think I want to throw up!’ says Chris’ dear cousin, Carolyn.

‘Not quite comfy. I prefer elfish carriages, though,’ says Iris. Andreas doesn’t respond – he’s nauseating.

‘I think we just need a rest from this “comfort”,’ says Bernides the Morbit.

‘Chi, chi, chiii! Chi...,’ even Chiel the micha sounds like complaining, too. Well, we can’t blame it, anyway. That little chap became carriage-sick with all the shaking and bouncing all the way. If only Eidos Crydias the science genius invented rubber tires instead of airships...

‘All men, we stop here,’ says Chris.

The carriage and the horsemen stop at once. As they dismount their horses, Talbot comments,

‘Ah, at last you took my advice, no? Zat’s an improvement.’

‘I took PART of your advice, right, but the decision was mine. And my mentor Bernides once said ‘always take decisions after knowing the situation’,’ Chris answers flatly. ‘Just remember that every time we speak, so we won’t have to waste time with meaningless arguments.’

‘I’ll keep zat in mind, my prince,’ says Talbot.

Chris catches resentment in that man’s tone, but he doesn’t care. He just ties Paeldagrin’s leash on a tree branch nearby, pats it lovingly then goes and sits near his friends.

‘That’s much better, cousin,’ says Carolyn, sitting on a large stone with Iris. Not far from there, Chiel watches over Paeldagrin and Father Bernides is applying a light vitali spell to heal Andreas’ nausea.



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[The Fantasy World of FireHeart] 3.2.11.3. Cristophe's PrincelyReturn

Hey, I'm back to book two again, I hope u guys don't mind! - BJ Vadis
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Twenty miles away from Myrcalia, Capital of Arcadia Empire, a carriage and several horsemen are on the way. Judging from their speed, they obviously are not in a hurry.

‘Your Highness, we are approaching Myrcalia,’ says a guard in the front of the group.

‘We will rest here and prepare for zee welcoming ceremony in zee palace,’ says Talbot du Bois, the Arcadian Royal Advisor. ‘We have your tunic ready and...’

‘That won’t be necessary, Monsieur Talbot,’ says Cristophe, Prince of Arcadia. ‘This armor will suffice. We thank you for your concern, but we’d rather meet His Majesty in our true condition. Because we don’t return from a war and we don’t return victorious.’

‘But still, Your Highness, you need to show your authority...’

‘Don’t you dare question my thoughts, monsieur. You are my father’s advisor, but I’m still a prince and I can have you executed on the spot for rebellion against my decision!’

‘As you wish, my prince. As you wish,’ says Talbot submissively. Who knows what he’s thinking as he turns his face away from Cristophe.

That snake, Cristophe thinks. Don’t think you can manipulate me and my friends. I know you can do everything, so I don’t want to take any chances with you.

After the trials in Valanis, Cristophe doesn’t have to hide his identity anymore. He is now wearing gears fit for a prince: A full plate iron armor, iron gloves and iron boots, draped in a grand, crimson robe. He still wields his trusty long sword Wyrthal and Raven Shield, and rides Robert’s horse, Paeldagrin. He pats Paeldagrin’s mane lovingly.

Sorry, Robert. I took Paeldagrin with me to Arcadia without your consent. After all, you left in a hurry. I’ll take care of it until we meet again. Thoughts about Robert, his party leader, his mentor and his friend keep on ringing in Chris’ mind along the way. About how the silver-haired hunter was framed into murder. About how Chris can help him prove his innocence.



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[The Fantasy World of FireHeart] Gorgon

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In Greek mythology, the Gorgon (plural: Gorgons) (Greek: Γοργών or Γοργώ Gorgon/Gorgo, "terrible" or, according to some, "loud-roaring") was a vicious female monster with sharp fangs and hair of living, venomous snakes.

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Baroque Medusa combined beauty and horror: Medusa, after 1590, by Caravaggio.
Baroque Medusa combined beauty and horror: Medusa, after 1590, by Caravaggio.

Gorgons are sometimes depicted as having wings of gold, brazen claws, and the tusks of boars. According to the myths, seeing the face of a Gorgon turned the viewer to stone.

Homer speaks of only one Gorgon, whose head is represented in the Iliad as fixed in the center of the aegis of Zeus:

"About her shoulders she flung the tasselled aegis, fraught with terror...and therein is the head of the dread monster, the Gorgon, dread and awful, a portent of Zeus that beareth the aegis."(5.735ff)

Its earthly counterpart is a device on the shield of Agamemnon:

"...and therein was set as a crown the Gorgon, grim of aspect, glaring terribly, and about her were Terror and Rout."(11.35ff)

In the Odyssey, she is a monster of the underworld:

"...and pale fear seized me, lest august Persephone might send forth upon me from out of the house of Hades the head of the Gorgon, that awful monster..."(11.635)

Hesiod (Theogony, Shield of Heracles) increases the number of Gorgons to three—Stheno (the mighty), Euryale (the far-springer) and Medusa (the queen), and makes them the daughters of the sea-god Phorcys and of Keto. Their home is on the farthest side of the western ocean; according to later authorities, in Libya. The Attic tradition, reproduced in Euripides (Ion), regarded the Gorgon as a monster, produced by Gaia to aid her sons the Titans against the gods and slain by Athena. Of the three Gorgons, only Medusa is mortal.

According to Ovid (Metamorphoses), Medusa alone had serpents in her hair, and this was due to Athena (Roman Minerva) cursing her. Medusa had copulated with Poseidon (Roman Neptune), who was aroused by the golden color of Medusa's hair, in a temple of Athena. Athena therefore changed the enticing golden locks into serpents. Aeschylus says that the three Gorgons had only one tooth and one eye among them (see also the Graeae), which they had to swap among themselves.

Other stories claim that each of three Gorgon sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, had snakes for hair, and had the power to turn anyone who looked at them to stone. Apollodorus (11.2.6, 2.4.1, 22.4.2) provides a good summary of the Gorgon myth, while Pausanias (5.10.4, 8.47.5, many other places) supplies the details of where and how the Gorgons were represented in Greek art and architecture.

[edit] Perseus and Medusa

The Gorgon just before being beheaded by Perseus, as depicted on a pediment from the Atremis Temple on display at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.
The Gorgon just before being beheaded by Perseus, as depicted on a pediment from the Atremis Temple on display at the Archaeological Museum of Corfu.

Medusa was the only one of the three who was mortal; hence Perseus was able to kill her by cutting off her head while looking at her in the reflection in a mirrored shield he got from the Graeae. Some authors say that Perseus was armed with a scythe by Hermes (Mercury) and a mirror (or a shield) by Athena (Minerva). Whether the mirrored shield or the scythe, these weapons allowed him to defeat Medusa easily. From the blood that spurted from her neck sprang Chrysaor and Pegasus (other sources say that each drop of blood became a snake), her two sons by Poseidon. He gave the head, which had the power of turning into stone all who looked upon it, to Athena, who placed it in her shield. According to another account, Perseus buried it in the marketplace of Argos.

Archaic (Etruscan) fanged goggle-eyed gorgoneion flanked by sphinxes on a hydria from Vulci, 540-530 BC
Archaic (Etruscan) fanged goggle-eyed gorgoneion flanked by sphinxes on a hydria from Vulci, 540-530 BC

[edit] Protective and healing powers

In Ancient Greece a Gorgoneion (or stone head, engraving or drawing of a Gorgon face, often with snakes protruding wildly and tongue sticking out between the fangs) was frequently used as an apotropaic symbol [1] and placed on doors, walls, coins, shields, breastplates, and tombstones in the hopes of warding off evil. In this regard Gorgoneia are similar to the sometimes grotesque faces on Chinese soldiers’ shields, also used generally as an amulet, a protection against the evil eye. In some cruder representations, the blood flowing under the head can be mistaken for a beard.

In Greek mythology, blood taken from the right side of a Gorgon could bring the dead back to life, yet blood taken from the left side was an instantly fatal poison. Athena gave a vial of the healing blood to Asclepius, which ultimately brought about his demise. Heracles is said to have obtained a lock of Medusa’s hair (which possessed the same powers as the head) from Athena and given it to Sterope, the daughter of Cepheus[disambiguation needed], as a protection for the town of Tegea against attack. According to the later idea of Medusa as a beautiful maiden, whose hair had been changed into snakes by Athena, the head was represented in works of art with a wonderfully handsome face, wrapped in the calm repose of death.

[edit] Origins

The concept of the gorgon is at least as old in mythology as Perseus and Zeus. The name is Greek, being from gorgos, "terrible." There are a few cognates: Old Irish garg, "wild", Armenian karcr, "hard". Hoffman's suggested root is *gragnis; Émile Boisacq's, *greg-. The root would not be a commonly used one.

Athena wears the primitive form of the Gorgoneion; cup by Douris, early 5th century BC
Athena wears the primitive form of the Gorgoneion; cup by Douris, early 5th century BC

The name of the most senior "terrible one", Medusa, is better Greek, being the feminine present participle of medein, "to rule over."[citation needed] The masculine, Medon, "ruler", is a Homeric name. The Indo-European root, *me-, "measure", generates a large number of words.

Author Marija Gimbutas (Language of the Goddess) believed she saw the prototype of the Gorgoneion in Neolithic art motifs, especially in anthropomorphic vases and terra cotta masks inlaid with gold. The large eyes, as well as Athena's flashing eyes, are a symbol termed "the divine eyes" by Gimbutas (who did not originate the perception), appearing also in Athena's bird, the owl. They can be represented by spirals, wheels, concentric circles, and other ways. The fangs of the gorgoneion are snakes' fangs. Snakes are a symbol of appeasement and increase.[citation needed] Sometimes Gorgoneia are endowed with birds' feet or bee wings[citation needed], more symbols of regeneration[citation needed]. The lolling tongue is a symbol of death.[citation needed]

[edit] Gorgons in popular culture

Like cyclops, harpies, and other beasts of Greek mythology, gorgons have been popularized in modern times by the fantasy genre such as in books, comics, role-playing games, and video games.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Garber, Marjorie. The Medusa Reader, 24 February 2003, Introduction, pg. 2, ISBN 0-415-90099-9.

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. Additional material has been added from the 1824 Lempriere's Dictionary.



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[The Fantasy World of FireHeart] Wyvern

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A wyvern (or wivern) (IPA: waɪvərn) is a legendary winged reptilian creature often found in medieval heraldry. Its usual blazon is statant (standing). Its origin is in Europe.

The name "wyvern" derived from the Saxon word Wivere, which means "serpent". The French wyvern is known as the Vouivre.

The wyvern can be regarded as a type of or similar to a dragon. Depictions often include two legs and two wings[1]. Sometimes there are eagle's claws on the wingtips. The rest of its appearance can vary, such as appearing with a tail spade or with a serpent-like tail.

Wyvern supporters in the arms of the Borough of Vale Royal
Wyvern supporters in the arms of the Borough of Vale Royal

Variants of the wyvern include the sea-wyvern, which has a fish-like tail. The wyvern has a similar appearance to another mythical creature, the cockatrice.

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Some Cryptozoologists have theorized that Wyverns are evidence of surviving Pterosaurs, a large flying reptile thought to have gone extinct around 65 million years ago.[2] But like similar theories about dragons, there is no evidence aside from accounts of surviving pterosaurs, which were thought to possibly exist in remote areas such as the Kongamato in Africa.[3]

[edit] Heraldry and symbolism

Wyverns can symbolise envy, war, pestilence, and viciousness.[4]

However, they are common in heraldry. The wyverns' symbolism is nobler in this aspect. Wyverns have been depicted in heraldry on shields and banners for hundreds of years. They are a sign of strength to those who bear the symbol. They also symbolise power and endurance.

Stephen Friar speculates that the wyvern entered British heraldry as the standard of the Roman cohort and later appeared as the "burning dragon" of Cadwallader (the origin of the red dragon of Wales).[5]

The word "Wyvern" is associated with the area of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as the rivers Wye and Severn run through Hereford and Worcester respectively. Therefore, the wyvern is often used as a mascot in that area. For example, one of the local radio stations is called Wyvern FM, and its first logo, in 1982, featured a wyvern dragon.

The wyvern was the emblem of the rulers of Mercia and was adopted by the Leicester and Swannington Railway and later by the Midland Railway, which ran in Great Britain until 1923. The Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire, England, publishes a magazine for its members called The Wyvern.

Other British
  • A golden wyvern was featured on the flag of Wessex and is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.[6]
    • 43 'Wessex' brigade of the British Army have a golden wyvern as their symbol, worn on the left shoulder of the uniform.
    • The Wyvern is also the insignia on the cap-badge of the Exeter University Officer Training Corps, appearing in front of the three turreted castle.
  • Wyvern is the name of the building that houses A Squadron (University of St. Andrews), Tayforth University Officers Training Corps.
Commonwealth
  • A wyvern appears on the crest of Queen's College (University of Melbourne).
  • The Wyvern sits upon the crest of King's College, University of Queensland. The all male college embraces it and each student is taught to embody the spirit of the Wyvern. This is often exampled with a cry of "All Hail the Great Wyvern". The word "Wyvern" is also used as a euphemism in many social situations.
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[edit] Wyverns in popular culture

See also: Wyvern (disambiguation)
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[edit] References

  1. ^ Pennick, Nigel (1997). Dragons of the West. Capall Bann Publishing
  2. ^ Unknown Explorers - Wyvern http://www.unknownexplorers.com/wyvern.php Retrieved Apr.26, 2007.
  3. ^ The Wonderful World of Cryptozoology - http://www.rainsnow.org/wod_cryptozoology.htm Retrieved Apr. 26, 2007.
  4. ^ The Dragon Stone http://www.polenth.com/myth/europe/wyvern.html Retrieved Apr. 23, 2007.
  5. ^ Friar, Stephen (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A & C Black, p 380. ISBN 0906670446.
  6. ^ Flags of the World: Wessex, England http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/gb-wessx.html Retrieved May 25, 2007

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