Hebe was a legendary Icyenic heroine. The stories about Hebe were well-known among the Icyene of Hallow and Hallowvale and she was revered under many epithets such as: Twilight Knight, the Unwound, Tamer of Lions, Headhunter, Bull Fighter and Guardian of the Underworld.
Hebe came from humble beginnings on the world of Hallow, as an artisan's daughter. Her parent wanted a better life for her, and had her trained in martial arts, music and art. When she was still very young, she killed her abusive music teacher, but as it was recognised as self-defence, she wasn't exiled, but enrolled into the Twilight Knights, the knights stationed, where the sun was setting on the slow-rotating planet. As a Twilight Knight she was responsible to help the people of Hallow to move on to the new islands, where the sun still shine, as well as protecting them from the horrible creatures that lives in the night. She survived a skolex-attack, a dangerous nocturnal creature, that supposedly had the ability to devour the soul of its victims essentially making them a living dead. Few people survive an encounter with a skolex, but Hebe was lucky and survived. The encounter awoke a wanderlust and desire for adventure within her, and she volunteered to be part of the first squadron of Icyenes, that Saradomin wanted to lead to Gielinor.
On Gielinor, she was appointed as hetairoi, leader of her own house, by Saradomin himself. As she wasn't conscripted into Saradomin's military, she was free to pursuit her own adventures. She continued to act as something akin to a Twilight Knight as she patrolled the borders of Hallowvale to protect the kingdom from dangers. On one of her patrols of Hallowglade on the outskirts of Hallowvale, she encountered a wild lion, stronger and more ferocious than most other lions on Gielinor. Hebe wrestled the wild lion to the ground, but afterwards nursed it back to health, thus gaining its loyalty. The lion, which she named Anax became her faithful companion on her adventures. Hebe continued her epic feats and was responsible for slaying the Spawn of Loarnab, dangerous hydra-like creatures rumoured to be remnants of the hydra-god itself.
Hebe began to remain away from Hallowvale for longer and longer periods of time and her name began to appear in legends and myths, one legend told that she apparently fought her way out of the Underworld, another impressive feat, although it is disputable whether that particular story is true. Hebe is said to have died in a faraway jungle with Anax by her side, according to legend Anax still guards the place, where his owner perished to this day.
At some point a statue was erected in her honour, with a copy of 'The Epic of Hebe' being stored inside a secret compartment.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Hebe was the goddess of youth and the wife of Heracles in the Greek mythology.
- Many events in Hebe's life parellel the story of Heracles:
- Hebe's beating of her lute teacher is analogous to Heracles' murder of his own lute instructor, Linus of Thrace.
- The taming of Anax parallels Heracles' first labour, the slaying of the Nemean Lion.
- The battle with the Spawn of Loarnab is a reference to the second Labour of Hercules, where Heracles fought and defeated the Lernaean Hydra in a similar manner.
- Hebe's title of "Bull Fighter" is likely allusion to Heracles' seventh labour, capturing of the Cretan Bull.
- Hebe's title of "Guardian of the Underworld" could possibly be a reference to Heracles being the guardian and gatekeeper of Olympus.
- Reports of Hebe's supposed death and rebirth are analogous to Heracles' twelfth labour, the capturing of Cerberus, where Heracles made his way into and back out of Hades. It could be partially derived from Heracles' ascension to godhood after being burnt in a funeral pyre.