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The Heroes of the Gods

Aladir
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In the northern lands, far away in the upper map of Europe, a blacksmith was born, his name was Aladir. The kingdom where he lived was menaced by a dragon who woke up every hundred days, destroying farms, crops and killing people. This dragon was called Ragnir and he was the son of Korsos. After the first giant was killed, his blood was hidden in a cave amid the Drake Mountains, there lived the monstrous dragon. .


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One day Aladir was working in his shop outside of town, when he saw the dragon destroy his village: in that moment he swore to revenge the death of his family and friends. He waited three days and, when Ragnir went to sleep (for another 100 days), he climbed the Drake Mountain looking for his den. To help him, the Supreme god Xanex gave him a piece of his Axe so he could restore order on the Earth. From that piece, Aladir shaped a fabulous sword – Aladir’s Sword. Maia, Xanex’s wife and goddess of Wisdom and Courage, made the dragon Ragnir fall in a deep sleep, and gave Aladir Courage. Aladir killed the dragon, while he was sleeping, and covered his body with the beast’s blood, becoming an invincible warrior. He became protector of his kingdom and after death of his king he took the crown. Even today the crown of the Northern kingdoms has the name 'Aladirian crown' and has a dragon tooth set in the middle.




Alexander
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Another hero of the Gods was Alexander. When Abner - the God of Death - saw that on the entire Earth no one worshiped him and no shrine was built in his honor, he decided to enslave or kill the entire population of the world to build one sole kingdom under his protectorate. He trained some great soldiers in his lair in the Underworld and sent them on Earth to begin building his kingdom and making a mighty army. The leader of his army was Atira and his army was named 'The Horde of Huin'. Then the war began. The Kingdoms of Europe made the Great Alliance uniting their armies, but not even all their strength put together could stop the Huins. After a battle, ended with the Great Alliance’s defeat, the remaining allied soldiers made a camp in a forest. Atira found them and burnt the forest in order to destroy the remaining forces. Seeing what was happening, the goddess of the Forests, Batiara, took the soldiers and saved them from the fire, then she walked in front of Xanex to tell him about the harm that Atira had caused to her forest, showing him her shrine in flames. Because Xanex had feelings for Batiara he blessed one of the surviving soldiers, Alexander - son of the King of Wallachia - with immortality and asked Scytus to provide him weapons and soldiers to prevail in the war against Atira. Three year after this happened, there was a final battle in Óbuda: on one side there was Alexander, that lead the Great Alliance’s army and on the other there was Atira the Conqueror with the Horde of Huin; they fought for three days and it was a carnage. On the third day Alexander and Atira came face to face, and seeing their encounter Zuperius provoked a heavy rain. Because he was a very big man, Atira sunk in the mud of the battle field and Peleone cut off his head. Seeing the final moments of their commander the Horde of Huin began to pull back and run.

The war war finished like that, with victory of the Great Alliance. Alexander became king of a great Empire of the East, but he hadn’t understood that his victory was a gift of the Gods, and soon he begun having wars with his neighbors, conquering half of Europe. One day he was preparing for battle in the camp of his army that was in a forest. He walked to a river and he saw faces in the water; when he moved closer to them they would go further away from him, but they kept calling him in the water. While following the faces and the voices in the middle of the river, was the last time Alexander was seen by his companions. He perished alongside his mighty sword - Narquill – which had slain the dark warlord Atira. This was a revenge of Batiara, because he didn’t understand why he had been helped. Shortly after he disappeared the Empire was divided by civil wars and from it’s ashes many little Kingdoms were created.



Zigizeth
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In the city of Ilipa, there was a King who was half god and half man. He forced his people to hard labor, and he made them build mighty towers, walls and fields. This is the story of the cruel King Zigizeth, who raped women and exhausted men. His people begged to the Gods, and the Gods replied.

The gods created a man of clay; his name was Tizuki, born in the forest, raised by animals. He came to civilization and was taught the ways of men, and here he heard about King Zigizeth.

Outraged by the stories on the cruel King, he travelled to Ilipa and challenged the half-god; they wrestled fiercely for a long time, and in the end Zigizeth won. But having seen in him a valid opponent, he spared his life and he was hit by Tizuki’s fervor that he changed life style to follow the path of rectitude. Soon the King and Tizuki became friends, and traveled together to find fame and glory.

They travel far and arrived at the Forbidden Forest, to fight a succubus. With the help from Lux - the god of the Sun - they killed the succubus and they cut down all the trees and traveled back home.

Ana - the goddess of Love - hearing about these deeds, wanted to be united with Zigizeth, but he denied her. For this reason Xanex punishes Zigizeth, sending his thunder horse to bring seven years of famine in his kingdom, but Zigzeth and Tizuki fought the horse together and killed it. As revenge, the Supreme god killed Tizuki with his lightning. Zigizeth grieved for many years, but then decided to set out to the wilderness to find the old hermit who had eternal life. After a long while, he arrived at a twin peaked mountain, where the sun set on one site, and night raised on the other. Zigizeth met an old woman, and told her of his quest, but she warned him, that immortality is futile, and that he should be satisfied with the pleasures of the world.

Later he met an old ferryman, that took him over the River of Death to the immortal hermit, that told him of all the punishments of the gods against mankind, that the gods regretted having done it, deciding that men should die, but mankind should live on. But Zigizeth insists on living forever and so the hermit gives him a test: if he could stay awake for a week, than he could live forever. Zigizeth tried but failed, and the hermit sent him back home.

When he returned to Ilipa he had nothing left, but the he realized that he still had his life, because he understood that no one can live forever, but the human race would still prevail on in another life forms and it would last through time. He saw his great city, that had been built first with pain and then with love, it was magnificent and that’s the closest he could ever get to immortality.

Aristide
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Aristide was a famous architect and sculptor, he was so talented that his sculptures were practically lifelike. He took his nephew Crasus as an apprentice and taught him everything, but Aristide saw how exceptionally talented the boy was: he was jealous and feared he would surpass him, so he killed him. When Crasus' body was discovered Aristide was sentenced to death, but he was able to free himself and escape on the Prettanike Island. The King of Prettanike Island, Carataco the Wise, had heard of Aristide's greatness and so he brought him to his palace, where he had the architect design a structure that could keep in his sacred minotaur.

This building was named the Labyrinth and was a maze from which no one could escape without knowing its secret. Aristide designed and built many other beautiful buildings for the King, that was very pleased with his work, but also worried that the great architect would leave Prettanike. For this reason he locked Aristide and his son Esido in the Labyrinth. Aristide thought of a way to escape, and he constructed two pairs of wings from light wood and feathers, gluing them together with wax, so that he and his son could fly away from Prettanike. Before they left, Aristide gave his son some advice: "Don't fly too high because Lux would melt the wax and the wings would fall apart, and don't fly too close to the sea, because the wings would get wet and heavy and you would fall into the sea".

Aristide and Esido started their trip and everything was going fine but unfortunately the young man was so excited that he was flying and forgot his father’s advice: he flew too close to the Sun and when the wax melted he fell into the sea, close to a small island, and drowned. Aristide saw his son falling and landed on the island, he found his son’s body and buried it close to the beach. (actually The Nordic Sea).


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