The Legend of Rehonu
Silver Dragon Rehonu Orshogoth falls in love with a human woman, ending in tragedy.
There is evidence that some version of this happened. In the village of Fykic, southwest of Orsholon City, a cobbler named Icarion Riviere did indeed lose his wife during childbirth. But it is believed that child did not survive and he later remarried. In addition, no dragon has been seen in that area for decades.
This myth is well-known throughout Arnathia, as the Orshogoth dragons are one of the most respected and revered bloodlines in the world. The legend is told to children in a number of variations.
Variations & Mutation
There are multiple versions of this legend. The darkest says that Joie died during childbirth because an evil beast burst from her belly and killed all those around it. This is usually told to children as a means to scare them about strangers. Another version says that Icarion found out about Joie's affair and killed her, then sold the child off as a slave. This version has been popular in areas near the coast, where slavery was once a viable trade. It has since been outlawed. Yet another version has Icarion finding out not only that Joie was having an affair, but that Reho was acually a dragon. Icarion used this information, and knowing that dragons often have large hoards, decided he would keep the child, but that Reho would need to support it or Icarion would divulge the secret. This has been told in regions where patriarchy is more prevalent, as it presents Icarion as more powerful and taking control of the situation.
The legend is a classic romantic tragedy at it's heart, and is often told during the Festival of Tonoos. It is told as an example of someone willing to give everything for his love of another, only to have it taken away. The cultural significance is the belief that no one should completely sublimate themselves for another.
Many pieces of art have been crreated in tribute to the legend. The most common motif is of Joie in a bed and a bird outside a window.
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