War of the Burning Sky
The Aquiline Heart
“The Aquiline Heart” is a morality tale about the dangers of both pride and power. The Flamebringer Dragon had never, after many years of chase, been able to catch the Stormseeker Eagle, so it preyed instead on the Eagle’s pride, bragging that the Eagle was too weak and cowardly to ever chase the Dragon. The angered Eagle pursued the Dragon, and did not realize until too late that it had been tricked into flying down a tunnel into the depths of the world, where the Eagle did not have enough room to maneuver.
The Dragon bit the Eagle’s throat and began to drink its blood for its power, when the Worldshaper Worm came upon the scene. The Worm was blind, but the Dragon knew that it could feel the beating hearts of both the Dragon and the Eagle. To avoid its treachery being discovered, the Dragon tore out the Eagle’s still-beating heart and hid it some place where it would never be tempted to try to get it again. This explains how dragons became the strongest creatures in the world, and teaches that those with too much power risk being turned upon by those around them.
Some legends insist that the Dragon shed tears of remorse upon realizing what it had done to the Eagle, and that these Tears of the Dragon survived the ages as magical tear-shaped crystal artifacts of great power.