Exalted monks gather before the young Albireo, ruler of an empire to the west. It is without a strong army, but is nonetheless impregnable to invaders due to the unity between the emperor and his subjects. They battle against armies of giants and witches who target the kingdom's sacred treasure. Though Albireo has overcome great tribulations, the bards' songs that extol his legend will not shed light upon his internal struggles.
Albireo (β Cyg, β Cygni, Beta Cyg, Beta Cygni) is the fifth brightest star, a double star, in the constellation Cygnus. Since Cygnus is the swan, and Albireo is located at the head of the swan, Albireo is sometimes called the "beak star". Medieval Arabic-speaking astronomers called Albireo minqār al-dajājah (English: the hen's beak). Its current name is a result of misunderstanding and mistranslation. It is thought that it originated in the Greek name ornis for the constellation of Cygnus, which became urnis in Arabic. When translated into Latin, this name was thought to refer to the plant Erysimum officinale, and so was translated into a Latin name for this plant, ireo. The phrase ab ireo was later treated as a misprint of an Arabic term and transcribed as al-bireo.
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