The byword of the Republic of 'Llome, in the Llohmbic (luh-lomm-bic) language is:
'Ll Stipe 'Llome
whose meaning has been lost to obscurity (so has the origin of the word
Parma scholars operate on the most likely theory that the word "STIPE"
is borrowed directly from Latin, referring to the stem of a mushroom. Indeed,
mushrooms are very important to the 'Llombics, who are generally smaller
than the mushroom itself. The stipe can feed them for days, and of course,
the cap offers shelter from the elements. On sunny days, smaller residents
atop the caps to bask in the sunlight, or use the mushroom as a prop so that
they may better communicate with the ruling Puffins (who tower over most
of the other residents).
The puffins, descended from the Manx Puffins, often display a fopish sophistication. Born rulers, with an English background, they employ Old English amongst themselves, dating to the style of speech and spelling found in Colonial America back in the 17th century. Truly, the puffins are often dandies. They spend their time making the rules, passing judgement, and issuing various edicts. They possess an almost intolerable amount of noblesse oblige.
Edict of the Council of 30 Puffins tolerating others.
Two 'Llombic Tick Puffins initiating a potential Moss Transfer
The drama: Will the Moss (moffe) be offered? Will it be accepted as a gift? Will it be retained upon refusal? Life in the Puffinic Class of 'Llome is certainly a complicated affair!
Evolution goes wild...see the next page!