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Volume 3

Considering the size and history of the Erebonian Empire, it should come as no surprise that it has a wealth of folklore, perhaps more than any other nation on the continent.

This is the last in a series of three books that will introduce a small number of the legends and traditions in Erebonia.

It is my wish that this series will stimulate new interest in the rich history and mythology of this great nation. 

[Dark Dragon]

An evil dragon said to have emerged from beneath the earth in Heimdallr during the early Dark Ages. It is said that the miasma it exhaled turned the capital into a city of the dead, resulting in Erebonia's center being temporarily moved to Saint-Arkh to the south. Though no hard evidence exists to verify these claims, according to the legends, it was eventually vanquished by the emperor and his knights.

[Great Knight]

A giant knight claimed to have appeared on the continent on numerous occasions since even before the Erebonian Empire was founded a thousand years ago. Existing descriptions of it are vague and differ between regions, suggesting that its existence is mere legend.

[Immortal King]

Terrifyingly powerful fiends which exists in many tales across the country. Said to wield a staff and have a skull for a head, they are rumored to steal the lives any who witness them. The origins of these particular creatures are unknown, and some provinces regard them as no different from the Grim Reaper.

[The Crimson Demon]

A fabled devil said to wield a thousand weapons. Accounts describe it as wreathed in flames, but only a small number of reports exist, all found in the areas surrounding Heimdallr.

-J. Arendt

『下巻』

旧き伝統を持つエレボニアは、その版図の広さもあって、他国と比較にならないほどの多くの民間伝承が残っている。

この下巻を含めた全三冊では、それらの伝承・伝説のほんの一部を項目別に紹介する。

民俗学的に極めて豊かな土壌を持つエレボニアの、新たな魅力・息吹を感じ取っていただければ幸いである。

【暗黒竜】
暗黒時代初期、帝都ヘイムダルの地底より現れたと伝えられている邪竜。この竜の瘴気により、帝都はしばらく死の都となり、南のセントアークに遷都したと言われるが真偽は不明。その後、皇帝率いる騎士団に退治されたと伝えられる。

【巨いなる騎士】
千年前のエレボニア帝国建国以前からたびたび現れたという巨人だが、伝えられた特徴は曖昧で各地で異なるため、単なる伝承上の存在と考えられている。

【不死の王】
 帝国各地で伝えられる強大な魔物。錫杖をもった巨大な青白い髑髏の姿で現れ、居合わせた者の命を奪い去るという言い伝えがあるが、その来歴は定かでなく、“死神”と同一視する地方もある。

【紅蓮の魔人】
「千の武器を持つ」と言われる伝説の魔人。焔をまとった灼熱の身体を持つとされ、帝都近辺の古文書にわずかに記されている。

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