The Kind Beast Lačnir
“This vast space is my home,” it replied, “but it is not so barren. There is more hidden beyond what your eyes can see.” Saying that, it raised a claw to a nearby star and drew a line across it. The star peeled open, revealing within it a land of vast green mountains and misty peaks.The myth tells of one of the six beasts of the Far Skies, Lačnir, who, upon meeting two lords of Čavijet, showed them spatial magic at work in his star realm. The cruel and greedy brother Vatribno demanded that the beast teach him but was refused. Angered, he captured the beast to bring it back to Čavijet, keeping it locked and chained with only the minimum to keep it alive. When the other brother, Zaśtinik, learned of this, he went to rescue the beast. Bringing it along with him on his journey to help those in need while it regained its strength. Eventually, the brother Vatribno found them. Zaśtinik urged Lačnir to flee, holding off his brother, though he could not defeat him. Not willing to abandon his savior and companion, Lacčnir brought him into his star with him. Unwilling to admit defeat, Vatribno unleashed his rage, turning into a large ball of fire, planning to take them both out with him. Knowing that they would be unable to survive, Zaśtinik sacrificed himself, turning into a large shield to protect the beast. Unable to defeat one another, they circled endlessly in the sky. Lačnir returned to Čavijet to continue with Zaśtinik's journey, and to repay his debt to the lord. On his deathbed, he left behind the last of his power to protect the land for centuries to come.
The myth first took hold in what is now modern-day Baralj and is extremely popular all over the Dovičaj continent, known by all young children. Though it may not be as widespread and well-loved as it is in Dovičaj, it is known by many all over the world.
“For your kind has done what they could, no matter how small, to help me even if it puts their life at risk. I cannot hate a creature because it is too weak to do anything, but I can love it because it tries its best.
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