|Dragon Quest monster
|Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
|Gorgon (DQII NES, GBC)
The Goregon is a monster that appears exclusively in Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line.
Goregons are demonic floating eyes that are surrounded by a writhing mass of green snakes with sharp fangs. Most of the body and the undersides of the snakes are yellow while the eye in the center of its body is red and is surrounded by a red eyelid, while the snakes have red eyes, as well.
The goregon and its blue cousin are inspired by the Greek myth of Medusa and her sisters, known as the Gorgons. They appear as beautiful women with venomous snakes in the place of hair. Those who gazed into Medusa's eyes were turned to stone. In one myth, Medusa was originally a beautiful maiden but she had her hair transformed into snakes by the goddess Athena after she was violated by the god Posiedon in a temple that was sacred to Athena. She was eventually beheaded by the hero Perseus. In some versions of the myth, Medusa's head became the shield Aegis and it could be used to petrify anyone who looked into her eyes.
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