Republic of 'Llome
The Tick Puffins represent the most minor departure from normal evolution.
Descended directly from the Manx Puffins, they have developed intelligence,
speech, language, sophistication, and leadership not particularly typical
of any species of bird known elsewhere. The main distinction from regular
Puffins is that the Tick Puffin sounds like a metronome, making a continuous
and very gentle, slow, ticking sound. In most ways, this serves as a handy
warning that a member of the ruling class may be nearby!
You may have noted in the previous picture, atop one of the many 'Llombic
mushrooms, a tiny and remarkable creature known as the
flig is the
numerous inhabitant of 'Llome. It is a combination of the common garden
slug, and the pig. The Fligs country of origin is the land of Fligea,
ancient sister republic of 'Llome. So long as they pay the Tick Puffins an
annual license fee, they may reside freely in 'Llome. They have evolved a
as you can see, the first treadmill ever to have emerged in a protoplasmic
being. Normally, a treadmill or tractor would be a very slow means of getting
around, but Fligs are quite fast; the lubrication from their slime trail
enhances the working of the treadmill. When Fligs are feeling particularly
happy and secure, they emit squirts of a harmless liquid from their tiny
snouts; when this occurs, it is a sign to all that everything is right with
the world! The occasional splatter is considered good luck in 'Llome.
Biologists would have a field day studying the taxonomy of 'Llome.
place where no part of evolution has gone quite right; where cells have
differentiated into mechanical forms, normal species have mixed and mutated;
and each species has a specialized mode of locomotion. We will leave taxonomy
alone for now, and consider merely the practical aspects of life in 'Llome.
What is a unique 'Llombic creature to do when it falls ill? Who has the
capabilities to administer remedies?
'Llome is fortunate in having just the right physician for the job. Himself
a tiny creature of approximately 3", he has devoted centuries to studying
the 'Llombics, learning their anatomy, and applying the many local herbs
in remedies for the equally unique pathologies of these creatures. I present
to you, the one, the only Dr. O. B. Preuss.
Here is the
O. B. Preuss dispensing remedies to yet another 'Llombic resident. This
image is the caudecus of the 'Llombic medical profession, the symbol of the
trade. Dr. O. B. Preuss is treating the third most numerous resident of
'Llome, the two-inch Pig.
A two-inch Pig is in every respect the same as the larger variety. However,
like the Tick Puffins, they have developed speech (though slightly less
sophistication). Each two-inch Pig, when squeezed or rapped upon the head,
emits a beautiful melodic tone. In conjunction with the Tick Puffins, who
provide the rhythm, 'Llome has a symphony orchestra of two inch pigs conducted
by the great musician, Tut Kuk (toot
kook). The symphony
was well subscribed; the music played was invariably derived from Serbian
folk music. Tut
Kuk's prized musicians were two two-inch pigs that were joined at the snout
at birth, and then later separated by Dr. Preuss, the acclaimed
Tinky-Pinky. You can hear their music by clicking
Limes and Milmoans
Intelligent fruit also abounds in 'Llome, especially the Limes or Lymes
(or Llymes). Like the fligs, Lymes are tolerated by the ruling Puffins only
upon payment of residence taxes.
Now, the Milmoans are a different story. They hail from the
land of Milmoe.
They are a secretive bunch, and shy away from cameras and the artist's brush.
Milmoans are welcome so long as they present themselves annually to pay
their respective residence
The D'arsonval is a small (2 in. or 5 cm.) high creature with either spines
or fur. The furry ones are considered the most sophisticated. They have
a round body and a long , cylindrical snout which projects from their spherical
orb of a thorax. The snout has two large nostrils. D'arsonvals do not have
any facial features or limbs, except for a single spindly, inflexible leg
terminated in a small wheel. They look a bit like a chemical flask riding
a unicycle. They do not like their pictures taken at all. Since they have
no face, they cannot communicate, but at least the furry ones are believed
to be deep in thought at all times (while the spiny ones are considered an
Languages of 'Llome