As you know, I've been pouring over everything I can find having to do with the Sorceress Mary Morgan that might aid us in our current project (working title: Mary Morgan's Journal). I also put out a number of questions to various ears in hopes of collecting more specific information about certain things and some interesting results are already trickling in. I'm pleased to say that a number of our new friends have taken on the daunting responsibility of aiding our endeavors to bring the Sorceress' adventurers to light and today, I will share some of their offerings with you.
The contributor I would like to acknowledge today is one who goes only by the moniker X. Mysterious, yes, but also quite understandable under the circumstances of which you are about to learn...
Here on the right, we have Mary Morgan's drawing of a reptilian creature which X claims (in the torn letter you see there with the drawing) is a pyromander named Epitimous Dorsey. As interesting as this newcomer is, let me first direct your attention to the letter, for it is shown here exactly as I found it inside the envelope it shared with this drawing. Note that part of it has been torn away...
...and I did not find the remainder until something altogether amazing had taken place. As you read on, I advise you to study the images along the right margin as their progress will hopefully demonstrate well enough what amazing magic took place immediately after I opened (Mr.? Ms.?) X's correspondence. (Likely, the pictures will explain it far better than I could!)
As for that letter, you can see for yourself (for the most part), our friend X was not able to give us much more information than the creature's name and species. The fact that Miss (yes, Miss!) Dorsey did indeed help the Sorceress Mary Morgan--more than once, actually--during her adventures tells us that this particular pyromander is a trusted ally to Man. Unfortunately, she is also a very shy one!
With this being so, I was left to search for information from our new and varied sources and I'm happy to say I was able to garner a bit more from them. Unfortunately, all of these contributors so far still wish to remain anonymous. (Perhaps in the future, one may tolerate an online interview...?)
Back to our subject for today: I have learned that although Epitimous Dorsey has recently been known to live inside the Bermuda Triangle, it is speculated that her kind originally lived in colonies clustered around deep sea vents where the water temperature can exceed 450 ºC! It is becoming common knowledge that thin spots (thinly-veiled portals between universes) exist in these places, and this may very well account for the hundreds of new species of deep sea creatures that have been discovered even as recently as this past decade.
An interesting fact is that these vents are actually undersea hot springs, some of which lie approximately three miles below the ocean's surface and are capable of shooting a jet of mineral-laden water nearly a mile into the ocean above.
It has been suggested that some of the larger creatures introduced to our world via these deepsea portals cannot readily sustain themselves by staying in that environment since the food supply there generally consists of only smaller specimens such as plankton and shrimp. For greater appetites--such as one would suppose a pyromander would have--migration becomes a necessity.
As far as anyone knows, this is precisely what brought Epitimous Dorsey and her kind to their present location. This, however, has never been verified, for whenever the subject is broached, any pyromander within earshot almost instantly vanishes precisely as Epitimous Dorsey did upon my opening that envelope from X!
As you can see, the only good that came from the pyromander's escape was that I at least managed to find the last bit of X's letter:
Thanks for the warning, X!
*Just so you know: A great deal of what I reported pertaining to the undersea vents is actually true and very interesting. If you don't believe me, please visit www.sciencedaily.com where you will find many wonderful articles about such marvels as the vents.
*Note: For those who are sitting on the very edge of their seat, waiting for the promised S'N'Art Gallery of Mary Morgan's drawings, do not lose faith. The S'N'Art Gallery's grand opening will be this coming Tuesday, January 31, 2012. No need to dress fancy, though. We're very casual folk around here.