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In the cold of winter, we remember that the warm west wind will blow again.

Zephyr

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Released: Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

Rarity: Legendary

Category: Weapon

Weapon SubCategory: Power / Heavy

Weapon Archetype: Sword

Affiliations: The Dawning

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The lore tab uses a battle between beast to draw the imagery of “a fight between a snow leopard and a panther”. In the fight we are drawn to the struggle between the two in a personified death of a season and the birth of a new.

Definition Summary

 

Zephyrus was the Greek god of the west wind/fructifying wind and the messenger of spring. He is identified as the gentlest of the Anemoi, or the “4 wind gods”. He is generally depicted in classical art as a handsome, winged youth – if you see an unlabeled figure of a winged god embracing a youth, this is most likely the figures of Zephyrus & Hyakinthos. 

 

He fell in love with Prince Hyakinthos (Hyacinth) and killed him in a jealous rage after he instead chose to love his rival Apollo. Out of grief, Apollo transformed the dying youth into a larkspur flower.

 

The story of  Zephyrus and Hyacinth is one of the few prominent surviving myths involving the god. Hyacinth was a very handsome and athletic Spartan prince, and Zephyrus fell in love with him and courted him along with the god’s rival, Apollon (Apollo). The two competed for the young man’s love, but the mortal’s choice of Apollo drove Zephyrus into a jealous madness. Upon catching Apollo and Hyacinth playing a game of quoits in a meadow, Zephyrus blew a gust of wind at them, causing the discus to strike Hyacinth in the head and killing him. When Hyacinth died, Apollo created the hyacinth flower from his blood. Apollo was furious, but Eros protected Zephyrus, as the act was committed in the name of love and on the condition that the wind god served Eros forever.

 

His parents were the goddess of dawn (Eos) and a titan (Astraeus) in ancient Greek religion myth. A member of the Anemoi, the wind gods, Zephyrus (Zephyr) held domain over the west wind. A nymph from the Islands of the Blessed called Chloris was kissed by Zephyrus, turning into flowers. From the union of the two deities, Karpos (Carpus) was born as the god of fruit. Chloris was, in Roman mythology, known by the name of Flora and is considered to be the goddess of flowers – connecting the god of the west wind with the concept of the production of fruit and flowers.

 

The name Zephyrus eventually evolved into Zephyr, a word for a breeze that is westerly or gentle, or both. This was all do to the rise of poets and their usage of mythology in prose.
William Shakespeare, was one of the more famous people who used the word in his 1611 play Cymbeline: “Thou divine Nature, thou thyself thou blazon’st / In these two princely boys! They are as gentle / As zephyrs blowing below the violet.

 

For centuries, poets have eulogized Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind, and his “swete breeth” (in the words of Geoffrey Chaucer).

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