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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The Phoenix-Keepers

Ex Cineribus Resurge: One of the oldest covert societies of Imaginary-keepers that we know of is Ex Cineribus Resurge, the phoenix-keepers. Working silently and in deep secrecy for thousands of years, those individuals, tasked with protecting the phoenix, have passed down the tradition of their society from generation to generation, tirelessly attending to the needs of their Imaginary.

The phoenix-keepers tend to the bird at the time of molt, immolation, and rebirth. They also protect the chosen habitat of their particular phoenix from interlopers, and accompany the bird if it chooses to travel.

In the 12th and 13th centuries, when Iranigami began to communicate with other Imaginary-keepers, the phoenix-keepers were among the last to surface, due to the depth of the secrecy around the locations and habits of phoenixes. Of all the Imaginaries, the phoenix is perhaps the one that has been the most sought after by Bogs and Murks. Due to the extreme rarity of the bird, a single feather fetches high prices on the Black Market, and the sum that a Murk could charge for a live phoenix in captivity would set him up for the rest of his life

The members of Ex Cineribus Resurge are deeply dedicated to their task. To date, only a few phoenix-feathers have ever found their way into the marketplace over the centuries, and not a single living phoenix has ever been poached.

In deference to the valuable work performed by the members of Ex Cineribus Resurge, we will maintain their secrecy for them. The true number and location of phoenixes on the planet shall remain cloaked in mystery. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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