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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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Bog and Murk

The Enemies of Iranigami: In an earlier post, I mentioned Bog and Murk, the twin sons of Horm and Brimbhall.

Theirs is a terrible story, and one I regret having to relate to you.

Bog, who was born seven minutes before Murk, was an odd child. Uninterested in Imaginaries, he collected acorns and traded them for shiny trinkets at the village market days. Bog never played with the other children in his family, but spent all of his time with his twin brother.

At the age of fourteen, Bog joined a group of brigands. Somewhere in his travels with this band of thieves, he was introduced to the trade of Imaginary animal parts for profit.

In the Middle Ages, people believed that dragon’s teeth protected one from the plague, and ground unicorn horn cured lovesickness. But in order to acquire these “miracle cures,” many Imaginaries were slaughtered. So it was a cruel trade indeed that Bog undertook.

We know even less about Murk and his childhood, or whether Murk accompanied Bog on his travels. What we do know is that Murk went into the business of capturing Imaginary creatures, smuggling them from one country to another, and selling them to the wealthiest people of his time as curiosities. Then as now, Imaginaries didn’t thrive well in captivity, and most of the creatures Murk smuggled from one place to another died.

Because of their involvement in the poaching, smuggling, and killing of Imaginaries, Bog and Murk were disowned by their family, and the rest of their history is lost in time.

While Bog and Murk were not the first people to poach and smuggle Imaginaries, they are the first ones whose names we know. This is why Iranigami agents refer to poachers as bogs and smugglers as murks. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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