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Long ago, in the beginning of the world, there was a great dragon, called Hanarei. She had three children, a dragon named Kanagon, a Kaiji named Sanjinsei, and the youngest, Mitenyou, who was like an angel. She loved her children very much and worked very hard to keep them happy. The first child Kaiji grew up to be very smart and creative, creating a home for his family and working in the fields to bring them food. The middle child, the dragon, grew up strong and proud, respected by the gods and loyal to his family. The youngest child was sweet and loving and adored by her siblings. Together they lived a happy life in the twilight before Time.

One day, something terrible happened. One of the gods, Kaioro, angered by the favor shown to the children of Hanarei, created a race of vicious devils to attack them. He waited patiently for the opportunity to attack the family.

His chance came when one day, Hanarei, Kanagon, and Sanjinsei went out, leaving Mitenyou alone in the house. Kaioro sent in his devils. Hanarei and her children felt the danger and rushed home, but they were too late. Kaioro’s devils had destroyed their lovely house and torn apart Sanjinsei’s field. Worse, they had killed the angelic Mitenyou.

The gods quickly punished Kaioro. They locked him away under the ocean and killed his evil spawn. But the damage was done.

Hanarei was overcome with sadness at her inability to save her youngest child. Sanjinsei tried time and again to bring back his fields, but the ground was dried out by the blazing heat of the sun and refused to bring food. Without food, the family broke apart. Sanjinsei drove Kanagon away, sending him into the mountains to fend for himself, where he struggled to bring life from the dry, rocky mountainsides. Distraught at the hatred that had overtaken her loving family, Hanarei begged the gods to let her die in order to help them.

The gods granted her wish, burying half of her body in the fields and half in the mountains to bring life to the earth. Her spirit became part of the sky, that she might watch over and take care of her beloved children turned enemies.

Hanarei is the dragon spirit who brings storms. She breathes smoke into the clouds, darkening them to bring relief from the fiery sun which killed her first son’s fields. She roars and breathes fire, bringing thunder and lightning to drive away any devils still remaining that might threaten her treasured offspring. She cries for the hatred that has continued between her children and their offspring, spreading even amongst the descendents of the same race, her tears falling to the earth as life-giving rain. Despite the violence and hatred between her beloved children, she continues bringing her storms, protecting and providing for them and always hoping that one day they will learn to love and forgive.

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