Khione was the daughter of Daedalion. She was very beautiful and had countless suitors. Once Apollo and Hermes saw her and both fall in love with her. Hermes put her to sleep and seduce her. Apollo waited for nightfall and then approached her in the guise of an old woman and seduce her.

Chione became pregnant with twin, Philamon (son of Apollo) and Autolycus (son of Hermes). Chione became so vain, she compared her beauty with Artemis. Artemis killed her with an arrow. Daedalion grieved so much at his daughter's death the he jump from peak of Mt Parnassus, and was transformed by Apollo into a hawk.

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Ancient Text

Apollo and Mercury are said to have slept the same night with Chione, or, as other poets say, with Philonis, daughter of Daedalion. By Apollo she bore Philammon, and by Mercury, Autolycus. Later on she spoke too haughtily against Diana in the hunt, and so was slain by her arrows. But the father Daedalion, because of his grief for his only daughter, was changed by Apollo into the bird Daedalion, that is, the hawk.

- Hyginus, Fabulae 200