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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Imaginaries in History

The Ways of Centaurs: It has been several thousand years since centaurs first chose to distance themselves from humans. As a result of our limited with them, most depictions of centaurs in our art, literature and popular culture is based largely in myth, and not on reality.

Many years ago, the centaurs still discussed philosophy with the scholars of Greece, and are probably the source of Plato’s ideas about the four cardinal virtues of man – prudence, justice, temperance, and courage. The centaurs, however, disagreed violently with Aristotle, who added magnificence, magnanimity, liberality, and gentleness to the list of virtues. (The centaurs agreed with Aristotle that wisdom belonged on the list.) We believe that the split between centaurs and humans may date back to that argument.

The superior intellect of centaurs has been acknowledged for centuries. Isadora, a student of 4th-century Alexandrine mathematician Hypatia, noted, “My noble mistress asserts that centaurs are of an intellect surpassing even that of the great teachers of antiquity. It is said that centaurs master new and complex subject material extraordinarily quickly, and have been working with mathematical concepts well beyond those of human comprehension for millenia.”

In the year 1256, the 23rd Keeper of Iranigami, a man named Ix, had the opportunity to meet with a party of centaurs while traveling in Wales. He relates, “They are of outstanding intellect, and adhere to a society based on justice rather than mercy, a justice that seems harsh and even cruel to my own sensibilities. But while they lack a certain optimism or hopefulness in their outlook, centaurs also appear free of the vice of greed that so plagues humans, and seem altogether devoid of an acquisitive nature.”

Centaurs used to study the ways of humans, to consider our new technologies and ideas, and adopt any that they felt relevant to their own society. However Pilobus, a learned monk and Iranigami agent, wrote in 1324, “Since the invention of language, there is nothing that man has created that centaurs have considered useful, and for many centuries past, have made it clear that human attempts to interact with the centaurs are not welcomed.”

As far as we know, centaur societies continue to thrive in most parts of the world, beyond the range of human detection. In a world of shrinking natural resources, we don’t know how they are so successful at remaining hidden, as they are large creatures, requiring substantial territories to support themselves. As they have chosen to sever contact with humans, we don’t even know if centaurs still view us with a benign eye, or if they see us as an enemy. – GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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