Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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The Origins of Iranigami

Part III: The sons of Horm and Brimbhall - Horm and Brimbhall had fifteen children, eight of whom survived childhood. The three girls and five boys that survived were called Min, Pek, Tip, the twins Bog and Murk, Kat, Gaf and, apparently, Maryelizabethjeanne. Of the ones that died as children, all we know today is that Horm and Brimbhall named all of them Angel.

As was typical for the times, the children of Horm and Brimbhall were trained up in the family business of caring for unicorns and dragons. As far as we know, all of them carried forward the work of Iranigami throughout their lives, except for the twins, Bog and Murk. Of these two traitors to the cause, we will write more at another time.

The three sons of Horm and Brimbhall who pursued the work of Iranigami were as follows:

Pek, the oldest boy, was sent to Norway as a youth to study dragon lore under Peregrine. A bachelor, he later traveled deep into the Balkans, where he established a preserve for dragons that still exists today. Unfortunately, at the age of twenty-six, he was burned to death nursing a baby wyvern with the hiccups.

Tip, the second boy, became interested in the lives of gryphons, ce siths, and phantom cats. Unlike Pek, Tip preferred a more domesticated life, and served Iranigami by taking in wounded Imaginaries to nurse back to health. Tip outlived three wives and had just married his fourth wife, a girl of seventeen, when he died at the age of ninety-eight. At the time of his death, he was patriarch to an enormous family, including twenty-three children, seventy-four grandchildren, one hundred sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Bog and Murk, identical twin boys, were born next.

Gaf, the youngest of the boys, loved the water, and concentrated his efforts for Iranigami on creatures of the lakes, rivers and seas. He is the first one to report making contact with the gentle, giant, cow-like creatures that live in Loch Ness, now erroneously referred to as “monsters.” While observing the habits of silkies living in the Orkneys, a rip tide carried his small coracle out to sea and he drowned, leaving behind his widow Petal – also active in Iranigami - and their three children to carry on the work he began.

The daughters – Min, Kat, and Maryelizabethjeanne – will be the subject of Part IV next month. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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