The Lion of Bechlea
The protector of the people
Oh lookie here, it's the lion! When ye'r see his arse sitting on his lil' stone, ya know ye're close to the sparkling city!
The Lion of Bechlea is a monument placed a bit out from the town, just where the northern and southern major roads join up. It's generally used as a marker by traders, so they know they're not accidentally going north at the junction instead of east. The lion is pretty noticeable since it's placed on top of a large boulder, which is balancing on smaller boulders.
The lion was constructed the same year the Kingdom of Edrea was founded and gifted to the newly crowned king.
The Symbol of Edrea
The first lord of Bech was Lord Chren Aslann. The name the current royal family bears is the same, as they are direct decendants from Lord Chren. The last name Aslann means lion or brave in the old Edrean language. The first King of the The Kingdom of Edrea was King Chren Aslann II. He was the one to unite all of the different lords under one banner. The other lords had the sculpture made as a symbol of their united strength and the strength of their king. They placed it in front of what would later become Bechlea. The Lion is seen as a national symbol and as a pride of the whole country. Generally, lions are on everything in Edrea, even the flag. The statue is what initiated this tendency and it is regarded as the source of the entire lion obsession in the Kingdom.
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The statue has been repaired and had parts replaced multiple times in the 700 years that have passed since the original construction. Materials