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[td]Miloš Obilić is a celebrated hero of the epic heroic songs and legends, of supernatural birth and strength, adragonborn. His mother was a fairy (vila), his father a dragon (zmaj), and his strength Miloš obtained from mare’s milk, hence his surname – Kobilić or Kobilović – as we can find recorded. His was an exceptional horse named Ždral (a crane). Popular epic songs: Marko Kraljević i vila (Marko Kraljević and a Fairy), Sestra Leke kapetana (Captain Leka’s Sister), Kneževa večera (Supper in Kruševac), Sluga Milutin (Milutin the Servant).

It is not certain whether Miloš Obilić was a historic figure or not. Neverthless, he is remembered as a symbol of heroism, as the best Serbian hero, and as such, he was sung about in the folk epic poetry. He is remembered as a warrior who killed the Ottoman Sultan Murad I at the Battle of Kosovo. There are stories about him being wounded at the battle of Pločnik (several years before Kosovo), when, as the story goes, panic started among the Serbs, but Miloš managed to recover and get ready for the great Battle of Kosovo. According to the legend, on the eve of the battle, Tsar Lazar held a supper with all the Serbian noblemen, the vojvodas (Supper in Kruševac). On that occasion, Vuk Branković accused Miloš Obilić of collaborating with the Turks. So Miloš made an oath to kill the Sultan Murad on the following day in the battle.
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[td]Tsar Lazar was born in 1329, in Prilepac (near Novo Brdo). His father Pribac Hrebeljanović was an imperial chancellor at the court of Emperor Stefan Uroš IV Dušan 'the Mighty' in Prizren. The Hrebeljanović family was ofclan descent. The name of his mother is unknown, as well as the number of siblings.

Before the battle, Lazar rejected offers of vassalage and peace and determined to fight to the last, not betraying the nation. He cursed the Serbs who did not help him against the Turks with the so-called Kosovo curse, later inscribed in the Gazimestan, on the place he is supposed to have fallen, today a monument to the Serbs who fought the Turks in Kosovo. In Serbian epic tradition, Lazar is said to have been visited by an angel of God on the night before battle, and offered a choice between an earthly or a heavenly kingdom, which choice would result in a peaceful capitulation or bloody defeat, respectively, at the Battle of Kosovo.

"… the Prophet Elijah then appeared as a gray falcon to Lazar, bearing a letter from the Mother of God that told him the choice was between holding an earthly kingdom and entering the kingdom of heaven…"

According to the epics, Lazar opted for the Heavenly kingdom, which will last "forever and ever", but had to perish on the battlefield. “We die with Christ, to live forever”, he told his soldiers. That Kosovo’s declaration and testament is regarded as s covenant which the Serb people made with God – and sealed with martyrs’ blood.
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