The truth behind the myth (excerpt)

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The truth behind the myth (excerpt) is a book found in the Grand Library in Prifddinas, which requires completion of Song of the Elves to access.

The excerpt written is from a book about Camorra Shayzien, a famous heroine during the Fourth Age, and ponders about why her slaying of Garak was considered a more impressive feat than her heroic acts with Robert the Strong during the Dragonkin Conflicts.

If lost, it can be reclaimed from any bookshelf in the Grand Library, or from a bookcase within a player-owned house.

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This excerpt was taken from the book Camorra: The Truth Behind the Myth.

...the slaying of the dragon Garak begs closer examination. It is curious how, despite all her other impressive accomplishments, it is the slaying of this dragon that is considered to be Camorra's defining heroic feat. It is for this single act that she is counted among Arrav or Robert the Strong, even though her cooperation with the latter should, by all accounts, be far more impressive.

Dragons are of course ferocious, terrible beasts, but I am not convinced they are quite so terrible as Garak is made out to be. The slaying of a dragon is a difficult task, of course, but not an impossible one. It requires great skill, but it is not a legendary act, worthy of bring passed into song for generations. I cannot recall the name of any of the countless dragon slayers of the last century, so why it that defeating Garak is such a unique feat?

It stands to reason that Garak, or the circumstances surrounding its defeat, were in some way extraordinary. I will now present some possible hypotheses to help explain this mystery.

Hypothesis 1: Humans did not possess the means to protect themselves from dragons at the time.

The dragon slayers of today have a vast array of equipment suitable for killing dragons, from potions to specially made shields that protect from dragonfire. In Camorra's day, such protection probably did not exist, and a dragon's fire breath would surely be many times as deadly. In addition, the period had neither the tools nor the knowledge to make weapons and armour comparable to what we have today. As such, piercing a dragon's hide, or protecting oneself from its blows, would be significantly more difficult.

An obvious weakness in this hypothesis is that fact that no other dragon from this time period appears to have gained the legendary reputation that Garak has. If dragons were such an immense threat, then surely the historical record would have countless similar examples.

Hypothesis 2: Garak was an exceptionally intelligent dragon.

The fact that Garak possesses a name, and that that name does not correspond with any known human language, suggests that Garak may have possessed an intelligence rarely seen amongst dragons. Examination of dragon corpses has shown that dragons possess remarkably developed brains. However, most dragons appear to be gripped by an instinctual rage and ferocity that makes them unable to utilize it to its full potential. If Garak was somehow capable of controlling its rage, it would be exponentially more dangerous than almost any other recorded dragon; it would have the ability to strategize.

Of course, this hypothesis hinges on the assumption that 'Garak' is what the dragon named itself, and that that is why it does not correspond to any known language or tradition. It is just as likely that this language simply went extinct.

Hypothesis 3: Garak was no dragon at all.

This is a most provoking thought, I agree, but examining the original Camorra poems shows that there is actually very little evidence for Garak having been a dragon. The original poems, recorded around 400 years after Camorra's death, refer to Garak as either a 'fire serpent/reptile/snake' or a 'fire bird/vulture' (the words of the original language have multiple meanings). It wasn't until Archibald Malore's translation into the common tounge[sic] that all these passages were standardised and Garak became a 'dragon'.

What could Garak be besides a dragon? That is a question I am not prepared to answer. But whatever this thing was, it must surely have been impossibly dangerous, with a rage and ferocity akin to and even surpassing that of the mightiest dragons.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Truth Behind the Myth (Excerpt) was written by a player named AesirWarrior as part of a lore writing competition to commemorate the release of Song of the Elves, in which their name can be found in-game by searching the desk by the Elven Crystal Chest in the Tower of Voices. In addition, they were sent an engraved crystal decoration in real life to commemorate the quest.