The Story of the Laurel

Long ago, on the world of Latia, a young faun named Catanya found great pleasure in reading and writing, and wondered what it was God expected of her to have given her such an eloquence in speaking and writing. God soon revealed his plan to her in a dream, He wanted her to travel Latia and name everything that was to be discovered. He also told her to select two others to take with her, as they would help her name everything and map the world. Upon waking from that dream, Catanya prepared for the trip and chose two of her closest friends to travel with her, Dinara and Antjezka. Together, the three set out to discover the wonders that Latia had to offer.

The three took the journey somewhat slowly, mapping and describing every single detail they could find. And they found a lot; plants, animals, different landscapes, some beautiful and some dangerous. But they continued on, trusting in God to see them through safely each obstacle that came their way. God came through for them; they passed through the land unscathed though they did face quite a few dangers along the way. However, the focus of their work became the wonders they encountered, though much was mentioned of the dangers they did encounter as well. One wonder in particular seemed to define their work, and has become a universal symbol of Latia.

It started one evening when the three were setting up camp, and a strange canine entered their camp. It looked like a mix of wolf and fox, with a red nose, black paws, and amber eyes. It merely sat by the fire and ate the food the women fed it. When the three went to bed, it curled up in front of the tent door, watching the flames. Early the next morning, it was waking the three up and indicating that it wanted them to follow it. They got up quickly and followed the wolf to a grove of what they realized to be laurel trees. But these weren’t ordinary laurel trees for they had copper red leaves instead of the typical green of most foliage, and as the morning’s rays hit them, they began to sparkle like rubies. Meanwhile, a family of robins that was living in the tree had woken up and began to sing, followed by other robin nests in the grove, resulting in a beautiful, morning chorus that sweetened the air. The melody and the scenery inspired the three to compose lyrics, which is now known as “The Robin’s Laurel”.

The three took several leaves with them, and after realizing that the leaves were edible thanks to the demonstration of the robins, they found out the magical properties of the leaves. Once eaten, the leaves provided extra strength and speed, and whatever else was necessary to ensure victory.

This, and many more things did the three learn about Latia. Upon their return, their information was copied and shared, the original book now the primary textbook about the geography and wildlife of Latia. With their work done, the three retired to a convent, though many continued to seek them out for their wisdom. Catanya especially continued to write, primarily letters full of sage advice for kings and queens, and anyone else in authority, making sure that they abided by the Word of God. When the three passed away, many flocked to their burial, and many an authoritative figure established the day as a holiday in memory of three women who obeyed God’s word and blazed a trail for the rest of the Latians.

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