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Murks and Smuggling

Looking Out For Imaginary Eggs: There has been an increase in egg-smuggling lately by Murks (smugglers). Eggs are easier to carry than a live animal, and easier to disguise. They are also less likely to die in transit than live animals. Wealthy collectors pay high prices for the egg of a dragon or a philamaloo bird, so it is almost as profitable as smuggling a juvenile or adult Imaginary for the Murks.

Murks used to sell numerous fake Imaginary eggs to collectors. However, Murks who sold a forgery to a collector couldn’t get any repeat business, so the forgeries eventually disappeared. Today, most of the eggs sold as Imaginary eggs are real eggs that have been stolen from Imaginary nests and smuggled in. That way, if the egg is not viable, or doesn’t hatch, or in the event it hatches but the hatchling doesn’t survive, the Murk can go back and sell the same collector another egg in the future.

The smuggling and illegal sale of Imaginary eggs is a serious concern for us, and we ask you to be on the lookout for Imaginary eggs disguised as something else.

The photo shows several examples of ways that Murks try to disguise Imaginary eggs. One Murk has been known to import eggs disguised as Christmas ornaments, and another used tennis balls in which he hid the eggs (not shown). However, at this time of year, the popular choice is to disguise an Imaginary egg as an Easter egg. The examples we show are of foil-covered philamaloo eggs, a chocolate-covered dragon egg, a plastic case in which is hidden a basilisk egg, and dyed chicken eggs. (Yes, we know that chickens are not Imaginary, but we didn’t have a dyed Imaginary egg on hand to show you.)

If you suspect smuggling activities in your area, please DO NOT attempt to resolve the matter yourself. Murks are dangerous people, and we want no harm to come to you. Instead, let us know immediately, and we will send out one of our specialists to manage the situation. - THE NOSE, Journeyman Field Agent, Iranigami


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