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The Sunchildren, or Phaethons, were the puppet rulers of Enkanomiya during the period after the Dainichi Mikoshi was built before Orobashi assumed control.

Story

After Aberaku built the Dainichi Mikoshi and staved off the threat of the Bathysmal Vishaps, peace was established in Enkanomiya, but a cabal of corrupt nobles[1] would manipulate the people of Enkanomiya into worshipping the Dainichi Mikoshi as a god, and chose a child to be the Sunchild and rule over the land.[2] As they were children, the Sunchildren could not truly rule competently, and were instead manipulated to commit heinous deeds as the nobles who controlled them profited from their misrule. Because of this, the Sunchildren would become hated by the people of Enkanomiya, who scapegoated them and blamed them for willful ignorance even though they were aware that the Sunchildren were being manipulated.

Despite their tyranny, the Sunchildren were still children: they led lonely lives and lamented their existences, but the officials tasked with taking care of them were forbidden from saying a word to them.[3] The nobles knew that as the Sunchildren grew into adults, they would eventually realize they were being manipulated.[2] To prevent this, they established a ceremony called the Rite of Solar Return where, when a Sunchild reached a certain age, they would be taken to the inner sanctum of the Dainichi Mikoshi, where they would be incinerated by the artificial sun's high temperatures.[2][3]

During the time of the first Sunchild, Aberaku opposed the Sunchild and the people who controlled them. As a result, he was accused of high treason,[2] and the first Sunchild had him imprisoned in the Dainichi Mikoshi for life.[4][5] Upon his death, his clothes and body were enshrined in various places in acknowledgement of his achievements.[5]

Eventually, an Enkanomiyan child would discover Orobashi, who was hiding in a cave due to having escaped from the Archon War. The child would ask Orobashi to become their god, and he agreed, overthrowing the Sunchild's rule and becoming Enkanomiya's ruler.[4]

The Divine Bridle was the badge of the Sunchild's office.[3]

List of Sunchildren

There were seven Sunchildren in total, all of whom can be met as part of the Hidden Exploration Objective Sunchildren Hide and Seek.

Trivia

  • In Greek mythology, Phaethon was the son of Helios, god of the sun. Phaethon is most known for his disastrous failure to drive his father's sun chariot, which caused several catastrophes in the heavens and on the earth and led to Zeus killing him after he went too far.
  • The Sunchildren appear to each be named after a son of Apollo, often one that had a connection with the temple of Delphi:
    • Ion: Ion, who was raised by a priestess of the Delphic Oracle
    • Isumenasu: Ismenus
    • Orupesu: Orpheus
    • Piramumon: Philammon, composer of the hymns to Artemis and Apollo that were sung at Delphi
    • Rikoru: Lycorus, the city Lycoreia was named in his honor, and it was later renamed Delphi in honor of his great-grandson Delphus
    • Risutaiosu: Aristaeus, who travelled to Ceos because of a Delphic prophecy
    • Surepio: Asclepius, who was born in the Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Other Languages

Language Official Name Literal Meaning
English Sunchild
Chinese
(Simplified)
太阳之子
Tàiyáng zhī Zǐ
Child of Sun
Chinese
(Traditional)
太陽之子
Tàiyáng zhī Zǐ
Japanese 太陽の子
Taiyou no Ko[!]
Child of Sun
Korean 태양의 아이
Taeyang-ui Ai
Child of Sun
Spanish Hijo del Sol
French Enfant du soleilChild of the Sun
Russian Сын Солнца
Syn Solntsa
Thai บุตรแห่งสุริยัน
Vietnamese Người Con Của Mặt TrờiChild of Sun
German SonnenkindSunchild
Indonesian Sang SunchildThe Sunchild
Portuguese Filho do Sol

Change History

Released in Version 2.4

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