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Introduction

  This book was originally written by my great-great grandfather Abrach Adonay Moonpaw, who was the professor of Natural History and Zoological Studies at Grimalhame University in the fifteenth century.*

  Abrach Moonpaw, like his great-great-grandson Adharo (my brother), is well travelled, and well-known. Abrach is perhaps best known for his encyclopedia on the flora and fauna of the Far Pavilions, our world. Abrach travelled to all the clowders and settlements before setting out on his adventures proper.

  It is a consolidation of all the exotic creatures he encountered on his travels, the second part of Flora and Fauna. Parts of the book have been translated into Universal Language from Old Grimalkin but this edition is the first to be translated into Old Grimalkin in full, a task which took me some five years to complete. Some of the creatures you may be familiar with but some you may not. In truth, our worlds are not much different from yours, my human friends, only we choose to allow the magic to live freely.

  I do hope you enjoy this book as much as my forebear had creating it. Maybe it will inspire you to go out into the world and seek out these strange, fantastic and unusual creatures for yourself. There is no limit as to what you can find if you have the courage to look hard enough.

* The current year in our world is 1639 in the Age of Enlightenment, or the Cosmic Age.

Preface 

Strange, Fantastical and Unusual Creatures is a publication with elements taken from the Flora and Fauna of the Far Pavilions created for the benefit of students with an interest in cryptozoology, mythology and esoteric studies. I have deliberately omitted our native and common wildlife and concentrated solely on the more exotic inhabitants of our world as such a publication would be too large and cumbersome for the student to carry with them on field trips.

  The aim of the book is to discuss the creatures and where in the world they can be found, as well as the medicinal properties they may have. A student will find this guide useful although they will have to provide their own maps of the regions I have mentioned. There is simply no room for large illustrations here. However, drawings of these creatures are provided and students are welcome to submit their own for future editions. I appreciate that works such as these are ‘works in progress’ as more and more about our world and its animals are discovered.

  Of course, this publication is available to anyone who wishes to read it; it is not confined solely to the university collection. Several copies can be found in the Stories and Folk Tales section of the clowder library.

 

Abrach Adonay Moonpaw

Professor of Natural History and

Zoological Studies

Grimalhame University 

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