Caspian Folklore; Phoenix Tears

The great beasts of Caspia have not been seen in hundreds of years but they still often pop up in the lullabies for the children.

Here’s an example which is especially popular on the island of Kaeningweath.

Phoenix Tears.

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”Across the saltiest sea, there was a rich land in which each of the great beasts roamed. All but Phoenix had a home: Leshii lived in the woods, Pegasus pranced in the sky and Hydra swam in the sea. Phoenix often visited her friends but she couldn’t stay wherever she went.

Her fiery wings set the woods Leshii lived in ablaze. Her little wings weren’t strong enough to stay in the sky with Pegasus and she couldn’t go down with Hydra because her wings would be extinguished.

Phoenix was crying on the Mountain when it spoke to her with its thundering voice. “Phoenix, you shouldn’t cry! your tears are too precious!”

“But Mountain! I burned down Leshii’s forest!” Cried Phoenix.

The mountain threw a pebble from its peak but missed. “Phoenix, You shouldn’t cry! Leshii’s trees will grow!” His voice thundered louder.

“But Mountain! Pegasus can fly much longer than I can!” Cried Phoenix.

The mountain threw a rock from its peak but missed. “Phoenix, You shouldn’t cry! Pegasus’ wings will tire as well!” The mountain’s voice blasted the air.

“But Mountain! Hydra can swim in the water and I can’t!” Cried Phoenix.

The mountain threw a boulder from its peak and missed. “Phoenix!” the mountain could not finish his sentence because he had thrown too much of its peak and spat fire from his core.

Phoenix also cried no more. It was nice and warm to live in the mountain’s core.”

***

The moral of this story is: No matter how different you are, there is a home for everyone.

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