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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Imaginaries In History

Marco Polo and the Imaginaries: I’ve been corresponding lately with Benvenuto, a fellow Iranigami Annalist in Italy, who was thrilled to report the recent discovery of pages written by a scribe who traveled with Marco Polo to China in the 13th century.

The pages were found in a sealed box hidden in the walls of a warehouse that erected shortly after Polo’s death in 1324. Due to changing water levels in the Venice canals, the foundations of the warehouse eroded away until the entire structure collapsed, and the box revealed.

The pages are water-stained and fragile and very, very difficult to read, but Benvenuto has already begun to translate the texts. As he works his way through the letters, I will report from time to time if he finds anything new about Marco Polo and the Imaginaries.

From the known writings of Marco Polo, Benvenuto is quite certain that the great traveler encountered Imaginaries on his journey to China. Some scholars debunk Marco Polo’s report of giant flying rocs that inhabited the more remote regions of what is now Mongolia, but Benvenuto believes that he really did see these most magnificent of Imaginaries, which may now be extinct.

Benvenuto has also long suspected that on his journey, Polo met some of the huldufolk (elves, perhaps, or sprites) working as Guardians to protect Imaginaries from discovery.

Marco Polo wrote: ”When a man is riding through this desert by night and for some reason -falling asleep or anything else -he gets separated from his companions and wants to rejoin them, he hears spirit voices talking to him as if they were his companions, sometimes even calling him by name. Often these voices lure him away from the path and he never finds it again, and many travelers have got lost and died because of this.”

This is not the first time we’ve heard of huldufolk - which means "hidden people" in Icelandic - using this technique to protect the Imaginaries under their care. Humans who report that “spirit voices” have led them astray while on a journey are really being guided away from the habitat of an Imaginary by the Guardians.

Benvenuto tells me that he believes these newly-discovered letters will tell us more about Marco Polo’s adventures amongst the Imaginaries, as well as possibly shed more light on the vital work of the Guardians. As he makes progress with his translations, I will keep you updated on anything we find. – Gwyneach, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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