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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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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Secrets of Dragon-Keeping: In the times of Peregrine, Grip and Edwydda, dragon-keeping was a highly dangerous occupation, resulting in many lost limbs, terrible burns, and sometimes death. Although Edwydda was able to change the way the keepers interacted with selected dragons, not all dragons could be raised from birth by a keeper, and the ferals continued to pose a serious threat.

As far as we know, it wasn’t until the 12th and 13th centuries, when trade and information between the East and West began to flow more readily, that the dragon-keepers of Europe learned two very important secrets from the dragon-keepers of China and India.

The Eastern dragon-keepers knew how to cool down and calm an agitated dragon, and they knew how to shrink a dragon to a manageable size. With these two secrets, instead of trying to deal with angry, enormous fire-breathing monsters, they were able to handle relatively calmer creatures the size of a lizard or a cat. Dragon-keeping was still a very dangerous occupation, even in China and India, but fatalities were much reduced because of these two secrets.

This ability to calm dragons and reduce them in size may be why much more of the dragon lore of the East depicted friendlier dragons, whereas Western imagery of the dragon was almost always ferocious.

Once the Iranigamists learned these two simple secrets, dragon-keeping became, while not exactly a safe occupation, at least less terrifying to those at the preserve founded by Peregrine.

Here are these secrets that Iranigami learned from the dragon-keepers of the Orient:

Secret #1: If one wishes to calm a dragon, feed him dairy products. The dairy cools and soothes the innards, and the dragon calms, at least somewhat. A secondary result is that as the dragon calms, it also shrinks a size or two, as it’s no longer puffed up with its own heat.

Secret #2: To get more compact dragons, deprive them of all honey and sugar. The glucose in honey and sugar increase the inner heat level of a dragon, which in turn causes the dragon to bulk up. But deprived of honey and sugar, even the largest dragon will eventually shrink.

These secrets, known for thousands of years to the dragon-keepers of the East, revolutionized dragon-keeping in the West and saved many lives. In return for this valuable information, the discoveries of Edwydda in dragon-riding were communicated to the dragon-keepers of India and China. To this day, we still see the results of Edwydda’s work among the elephant-keepers of India, who care for their elephants in much the same way that Edwydda cared for her dragon.

In the spirit of those early dragon-keepers of the 13th century, Iranigamists and other Imaginary-keepers continue to share information, to better the lives of the Imaginaries we have pledged to preserve, protect and defend. – GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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