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Land Narwhal

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When the unicorns went into the sea, untold millennia ago* they shed their hooves and took on blubber to become narwhals, and for the most part, they were happy.

But ages passed and ice melted and the seas were no longer as hospitable as they had been. The narwhals heaved themselves up on the beaches and began the long, slow process of reclaiming the land. If you travel to the most remote islands in the long-lost sea, you can find the land-narwhals frolicking in the surf, gallumphing over the dunes, using their horns to heal (and occasionally skewer) passing seabirds. They are still more agile in water than on land, but given enough time, they may reverse the steps that led them to the sea.

And then we’ll have hippocorns, and I just hope everyone will be happy.

*Red bulls may have been involved. The fossil record is silent on this point.

(Someone told me I was a unicorn today, and I replied that I preferred to be called a land-narwhal, and…well…you know how it is.)


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<3 this is awesome!

*Love the reference

I particularly like the fish coming out of the blowhole.

Except that they appear to be coming out of the horn, which is giving me all sorts of anatomical heebie-jeebies. Even though I know that it is ART and Ursula can draw her Land Narwhals any way she wants to.

Personally, I believe that the Hippoi Monokerata that the ancient Greeks and Romans wrote about was the Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis). Which frequently appears whitish and has only one horn. As apposed to the African Rhinoceros, which Pliny had seen in Rome, that has two horns. The only way Pliny could have failed to draw a connection between African and India Rhinoceroi is if he never saw the Indian Rhinoceros.

If you question how anyone could think that a Rhinoceros has the body of a horse you should think about the fact that "hippopotamus" means "river horse".

I refer you to Avram Davidson's essay "The Spoor of the Unicorn" (which does mention Pliny).

I don't think they're actual fish physically emerging from the horn, I think they're magical sparkles which happen in this case to be fish-shaped rather than shaped like stars or rainbows or whatever the traditional thing is.

Did you know that Peter S. Beagle, the author of the famous The Last Unicorn, also wrote a short story about an Indian Rhinoceros that insisted it was a unicorn?

I like the idea of fish shaped magical sparkles.

No, I did not know that Peter S. Beagle wrote a short story about a Rhinoceros unicornis. I would love to read it.

It's called "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros", and is available in a variety of short story collections that Google can probably help you find.

... Yes. I will now IndieGoGo fund an expedition to study this process from land narwhal to hippocorn first hand...

I will contribute to this expedition and all I ask in return is a picture of a baby land narwhal/hippocorn with a heart drawn on it and the words "Thank you for loving me!"

I'll add that option to the IGG Goals, then!

Your art and your brain give me joy! And an earworm from the Last Unicorn. But that's not that terrible.

*laugh* I love it!

*Red bulls may have been involved. The fossil record is silent on this point.
Last Unicorn FTW! Did you know the tour is coming to NC in September 2015? http://lastunicorntour.com/



Not only that but they often need places to stay! Peter S Beagle STAYED IN MY HOUSE.

*gasp* Squeeeee! For the first time I'm wishing we still lived somewhere with a spare bedroom!

I won't lie, my brain's been off today so instead of "narwhal", my first thought was "happiest pink cupcake in the entire world."

A lovely window into mythological evolution!

I really need you to draw a hippocorn now.

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