Even 20 years of service was not enough for them - still they taunt me. Will I ever be free?
the Apple Tree of Selilion holds the secret of life and death
How about a dragon how cheerfully rules over a kingdom; his people all know him for what he is, and dragons are looked upon as wise and benevolent creatures. Dragonslayers from other kingdoms coming to free it from 'tyranny' are likely to get beaten to death by peasants with cast iron skillets.