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The Garden of the Hesperides (Otherworld Realm)

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Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) Title Garden Hesperides (Maria Zambaco is one of the daughters of Night and Darkness), The Garden of the Hesperides
Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) Title Garden Hesperides (Maria Zambaco is one of the daughters of Night and Darkness)

This realm is where Hamadryads rule supreme. It is guarded by Ladon, a draconic ally of the fey and child of Gaea. The garden lies in the far west of Ladinion. The place is plentiful with oaks, apple trees, and many other plants. The most famous feature of the garden is its blessed apple trees which bear magical fruit. These golden apples of the Hesperides greatly extend the lifespans of beings who eat them. It is these apples which allow the resident dryads (along with their trees) to live many thousands of years. The apple trees descend from a sprig given as a gift to the fey by Gaea as a sign of goodwill. The Olympian goddess Hera is a frequent guest here, as she is an ally of the Hesperides. Nathair Sgiathach also comes here regularly, since his realm is adjacent to the Garden.

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