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 IV: The daughters of Horm and Brimbhall - Growing up in the home of Horm and Brimbhall must have been noisy and very, very crowded. They lived in a two-room cottage at the edge of the woods on the estate of Ethereal’s brother.

The larger main room of the cottage was for cooking and family activities. A smaller room accommodated Horm and Brimbhall and the most recent baby. The rest of the children slept up above in the loft.

In winter or bad weather, Horm and Brimbhall used to bring any Imaginaries that were under their care into the cottage. Since Horm and Brimbhall worked primarily with dragons and unicorns, one might wonder how many of the six children who died may not have succumbed to disease, as so many did in those days, but were trampled underfoot by a restless Imaginary.

Horm and Brimbhall’s daughters were as follows:

Min, the oldest girl, is said to have inherited her mother’s talent with unicorns. She is also credited with being the first agent to attempt to protect kelpies, slepnirs and winged horses. She died at the age of nineteen, killed in a fall from a puca she was attempting to break to the saddle.

Kat, the middle girl, was the only one of Horm and Brimbhall’s children who learned to read and write, and became the first archivist of Iranigami. It was Kat who collected and preserved the letters of Ethereal and Peregrine following their deaths. Married young, she had eight children, twenty-three grandchildren, and fifty-nine great-grandchildren by the time of her death at the age of seventy-nine.

The youngest girl, Maryelizabethjeanne, worked tirelessly from an early age to educate the villagers in her region how to preserve, protect and defend Imaginaries. Born with a crooked leg like her mother, Maryelizabethjeanne never married. At the age of forty, while trying to protect a white stag from hunters, she was stoned to death by an ignorant mob claiming that she was a witch. Following her gruesome death, the remaining Iranigamis decided that it was in their best interests to keep their work on behalf of the Imaginaries secret from the general populace.

- GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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