In the south of France, the little town of Beaucarie nestles on the banks of the River Rhone. In the 13th century,in the deep waters of this river, lived the Drac, an immense scaly beast that killed over 3,000 villagers and knights. Although it primarily lurked in the water, this serpentlike dragon had wings.
Early French and Germanic histories tell of the many unsuccessful campaigns to slay the Drac. Ocino, Ragnarold, and Umberto of Guineve all attempted to kill it, but their campaigns failed,and it is supposed that the Drac eventually died of old age.
A legend is told that a young woman was taken by the dragon to care for the beast’s hatchlings. The woman was under a spell that made her forget her mortal life for seven years as she cared for the young dragons. She and all mortals were unable to see the dragon unless the Drac wished. The woman was made to rub a magic cream on the eyes of the hatchlings under the instructions of the dragon, and in the process she accidentally smeared some in her own eye. This action caused her to be gifted with draconic sight, and she was able to see the dragon on her own. The Drac returned the woman to her village after seven years.
The young woman then tried to warn the townspeople of the dragon but no one would believe her story. When the dragon discovered that the woman could see her, she returned with venegance, and ripped out the woman’s dragon-sighted eye so that the woman could no longer detect her presence.