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Pegasus: the world's best flying horses

by Tristan Palmer about a month ago in Fable
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penned by the wizard Gimond the Grey, writer on mythical creatures

Pegasus and Hercules.

Pegasus and Perseus.

Pegasus and whoever else was rumored to have ridden him into a great battle that would be etched down into a saga that Greek nobles and historians would make changes to and argue about for the next hundred years or so.

If you want the truth to it, all the stories you may have heard about Pegasus the flying horse or either true, or false. There was very little real evidence to go on about the mythical horse that was born of the blood of Medusa when the gorgon was slain my Perseus.

The story of Pegasus birth is the first true fact, however. When the blood of Medusa was spilled as her head was cut of by Perseus the Greek hero that was sent to save the world, the flying horse would come to be in the old world.

As Pegasus was grown into his fully winged form, it would soon be apparent that no ordinary Greek hero would be able to tame the beast. Years would go by before one such hero, by the name of Bellerophon would ask the gods Athena and Poseidon for a bridle to tame the wild horse, as the hero had been tasked with the quest of killing the Chimera.

The gods would heed the hero's request, the the fixture to mount and ride the horse would be provided to Bellerophon. As the hero took off he rode Pegasus without issue or failure, as if the horse understood the hero's every command.

Coming to find the Chimera Bellerophon would take Pegasus into battle, though unable to harm the monster with his arrows shot by bow. The battle would come to an end as Bellerophon asked Pegasus for a favor, and dove the winged horse through the sky, and skewered the Chimera in the neck with a great spear. Now with the Chimera dead and Bellerophon victorious, he and Pegasus would soon part ways, until another hero was in need of the horses great speed and agility.

Pegasus was called the "Steed of Water" owing to his connection with Poseidon. The lines seem a little blurred on this connection as Poseidon himself had no physical or metaphorical hand in creating Pegasus. It was more of the fact that Pegasus seemed to take a physical form of water if he was spotted by ordinary people, who described him as mentioned above. Wavering lines of water, as if they could see through him almost.

When the Greek hero Hercules came into the world of Ancient Greece, he and Pegasus would form what seemed a fast bond. The son of a farmer who would actually one day turn out to be birthed by Gods, Hercules was sent on many different errands by the messenger god Hermes to slay a varying range of beasts and monsters. Some of these included:

-The Nemean Lion, which Hercules killed by spearing it through the side.

-The Lernaean Hydra, which with it's six heads proved to be a vastly challenging foe.

-Defeating the guardian of the underworld, Cerberus.

As Hercules achieved his Nine Labors, he would be granted immortality and godhood. As such he would choose to stay in Olympus with the other gods, leaving Pegasus a legendary mount, now more than ever.

Through the years, other accounts of Pegasus' horses have been documented, but whether or not these cases hold any true can be debated. It is understood that other of Pegasus line would come to be, but these winged horses have not yet be saga-ed down as heroic steads like their predecessor.

Although Pegasus story seems to be more rumor than truth, there lies in the National Athens Historical Museum a large, white feather, rumored to have fallen into the lap of a boy named Plato, in 406 B.C. How the feather has come to be at the Museum and forgotten to wilt or perish all these years, no one seems to know.

Penned by Gimond the Grey, historian and wizard.


About the author

Tristan Palmer

Hi all. All I am is a humble writer who works a full time job, just to afford to live so I can have time to write. I love science fiction with a passion, but all works and walks of writing are important to me.

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