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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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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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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Following Our Hearts

January 5, 2014: This month, we have learned of an amazing event, in the death and rebirth of a phoenix, which doesn’t happen in everybody’s lifetime.

We also learned that Bogs (poachers) are still very much with us (Sightings), and still trying to make a profit off of Imaginaries, regardless of the harm it might cause them. Due to the alertness of one of our readers, an Iranigami agent is already on the trail of the Bog trying to sell what might be a phoenix feather.

Normally, any feathers that fall during the final molt are added to the immolation site. It is too late to reclaim the feather for this purpose, of course. Our concern now is that if the Bog is successful at selling this feather, it may create a market for more, which could result in other Bogs going out in search of a living phoenix, causing further harm. But if our agent is able to recover the feather before it is sold, it will cut short the cycle of demand before it starts, thereby protecting the Imaginaries.

I appreciate that the readers who reported this feather tried to step in. Here at Iranigami, we always tell you to report this kind of situation, and then step back to let Iranigami handle the Bogs and Murks because they are dangerous. And I know I should say that the individual who posted to Sightings should have left it to our trained agents, rather than try to interfere directly. But I have to admire our reader, too, for so bravely stopping the sale.

I find myself justifying this reader’s actions to myself. I tell myself that after all, the shopkeeper and Bog were in a crowded market, so with all those people around, I like to think that the reader could not have been in too much danger. Of course, if the shopkeeper or Bog had been alone in an alleyway, or if they had allies around them, then most definitely it would have been unwise to approach.

So I am of two minds. I know I should tell you never to do as this reader did. At the same time, I think our reader showed courage, as well as a level head. If placed in the same situation as our reader, I think I might do the same.

Even though it’s not what Iranigami teaches us to do, when it comes to protecting the Imaginaries, sometimes, and against all reason, we just have to follow our hearts. – XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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