Summary: During the First Track of the world of the First Power, it was customary
for men of authority to designate women of their estate with numbers instead of names.
The number appointed to each woman would determine her status among the other women.
For six hundred years in the Drakonian empire, all women had been subjected to severe
oppression and slavery, to the extent that women were forbidden to have names (3:20:15).
When Kronus Maximillius obtained fifty women as a customary gift from the Emperor,
he was determined to break the longstanding tradition of female subordination and
slavery. Contrary to convention, Kronus asked the women to choose among them one
who would serve as the “First Woman” of the House, to work alongside Kronus in the
affairs of his life, and to preside among the other women who lived within the estate
Completely unaccustomed to such an invitation, the women were unsure how to respond
Kronus’ request. Yet there was one woman — of which Kronus was immediately fond
of — who stepped forward to speak for the group, expressing to Kronus how the women
would prefer that he be the one to appoint who the First Woman should be. Kronus
immediately chose that very same woman who had spoken for the others, appointing
her the First Woman of the House (3:19:55-60).
Kronus later gave a name to the First Woman, calling her Yoshibeth (3:20:14-20).
Yoshibeth and Kronus created the first schooling system for women, which system eventually
gained favor among the ruling elite, sparking a socio-political revolution throughout
the entire empire.
Years later, Kronus and Yoshibeth gave to each other gold rings and publicly declared
their love and devotion for one another (3:30:10-48).
14. Now from the day of her appointment did Kronus love the First Woman of all his
house, for she was young and filled with life; being herself but seventeen years
of age; being in her person most easily delighted by such things as Kronus would
do for the love of her.
15. For Kronus would break in pieces the traditions of ages past, desiring himself
to give unto the First Woman, a name of her own, whereby others might know her; for
in six hundred years had no woman been given a name within the empire; being first
forbidden by the founder of the empire, Maximus Drakonus.
16. Thus on the first night when Kronus decided, himself, to lay with the woman to
love her, he spoke to her most softly in the ear, saying: “For you, my love, would
I give a name whereby all might know you; for this night shall I call you Yoshibeth.”
17. And the woman answered him upon the bosom, saying: “What, my lord, does such
a name mean, for to me it is but a sound only?” Then did Kronus thrust himself most
tenderly deep within her, and kissing her upon the lips and upon the nipples of her
breasts, he spoke to her, saying:
18. “Well have you spoken, my Beloved; for without meaning are all words made but
sounds only, being empty themselves of life or worth.
19. Know then that in the name which I would give you have I placed the greatest
meaning of all; for Yoshibeth does but only mean, the house where love is born.
20. Be you therefore my Yoshibeth, and in your house shall I dwell in love and constant
devotion; for in you would I find both joy and fulfillment throughout the days of
all my life, to bring as gifts of love, the sum of all my hopes and dreams together.”
3rd Endowment 20:14-20
And of all the women did Yoshibeth reign supreme and unquestioned, being herself
the First Woman of the house; being in her person both fair and wise, both gracious
and considerate of every woman within the house.
For every woman knew that in Yoshibeth had every woman a tender friend; being made
aware of the master’s love for her above all others; having seen for themselves the
love and devotion which he did give her.
Thus did every woman seek to please Kronus through such kind regard as they would
give to Yoshibeth; seeing in her joy some advantage for themselves;
Being hopeful that by such considerations and obedience as they would place upon
the First Woman of the house, they might win for each themselves, the favor of Kronus,
whereby he might lay beside them upon the bed.