“Illusya, where somethings are not as they seem and the mythical creatures of our world roam free.”
A Note From The Illusian Explorer Extraordinaire, Amanda Ramey
Firstly, Illusya’s sun can be seen by the naked eye, on a clear night. The sun is known to our world’s astronomers as the star Merak, which is apart of the Big Dipper and is the heart of the constellation, Great Bear/Ursa Major.
Secondly, these sightings and interactions with the Illusians were recorded in our world’s written history; however, the accounts were so fantastical that they can now, sadly, only be found under the subjects of Folklore and Mythology.
Some of the most famous (and in some cases, the most infamous, but they were just misunderstood) Illusian explorers were known to us as Unicorns, Dragons, Faeries and Penguarian PenGuins, just to name a few. So there you have it. Unicorns and the like are not myths, they just went home.
What’s that? You say you’ve never heard of a “Penguarian PenGuin”?! Well of course you have! You know the most famous on of all – his name is Guin, Guin Pengington. Since I’m quite sure that I’ve piqued your interest, please allow me to now explain a little more about Guin and how we met.
You see, Guin is actually from Penguaria, which is a land in Illusya. More specifically, it’s directly to the left of Quigley’s Corner and Plumpkin’s Hollow. Plumpkin’s Hollow is in the heart of the forest that surrounds Quigley’s Corner. What is and who lives in Quigley’s Corner and Plumpkin’s Hollow, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see ;)
So, how did Guin and I meet? Well, one night, while dreaming a dream of now largely forgotten content, I suddenly found myself before a trance-provokingly beautiful, swirling portal of indescribably magnificent shades of purples, blues and greens. Much to my own surprise, I nearly leapt through the portal with great eagerness, instead of cautiously poking in a stick before me, as I would imagine I would have.
I then found myself in a sun-bathed meadow. The air smelled sweetly of lilacs and wild roses; two of my favorite smells. I could spend forever describing everything and how glorious it all was, but that would take, well, forever and we have miles to go. After a long while of wandering about, I came across a land named “Penguaria” and greeted excitedly by this delightful little creataure that told me his name was…you know, still to this day I can’t pronounce it and he still snickers at my sad attempts. Anyhoo, after seeing that my linguistic skills were lacking, he told me that I could just call him “Guin”. At first glance, I thought Guin was a normal penguin, just perhaps of a more unknown tropical variety; but then I realized that he looked a little off, with his large cartoony eyes and “not-quite-right” beak and feet coloring, that reminded me of a mix of the Rockhopper and Gentoo penguins back home.
So, Guin and I wandered around Penguaria and gnoshed on some pistachios that I had squirreled away in my pocket, while we shared stories and information about our respective worlds.
Countless hours of delightful chatter and pistachios later, Guin, curious about our world and these “Penguins” that I said he looked so much like, decided to come home with me. Once on Earth, Guin, staying true to his natural-born-explorer self, traveled around the world and eventually made his way back to me and decided to stay and get into acting, with me as his agent and creator of all his “action figures” and various career memorabilia. Yeah, he’s pretty ambitious and fearless that one.
So, now you know the story of Guin and Illusya and that if you see any of my creations, they are not cartoony renditions of creatures from our world or mythology, they are just another Illusian.
The Legend of Illusya
Once upon a time, in a world far from our own, named “Illusya”, there existed a myriad of extraordinary creatures. These creatures were of a good-hearted and ever-curious nature. As such, a good portion of the denizens fancied themselves as great explorers of their lands, of which there are many. The most gallant of the adventurers eventually began to venture out into the heavens and explore other planets, eager to know whether or not there were life forms other than Illusians. After all, the Universe would seem to be such a beautiful waste of space, should there be no others in it.
After many years of traversing distant worlds and both delightful and frightful encounters with other beings, the fearless wanderers came across a little blue planet, which they soon learned to be named “Earth”.
The Illusians were over-joyed at their discovery! They were so deeply enthralled with their travels over Earth’s beautiful terrains and even more so with the planet’s inhabitants, human and animal alike, that they decided to reveal themselves and interact with but a few of the intriguing creatures.
After a time, some of the Illusians became homesick and others had become frustrated with some of the less kindly inhabitants and their bizarre customs and realized that, though for different reasons, like the homesickened, it was time to return home to Illusya. This however, was a decision that was not easily name by some illusions, as they had developed a great fondness for our world and it’s strange inhabitants. Many of our people were so deeply saddened by their impending departure, that they begged and pleaded for the Illusions to stay. The anguish of their human friends, was nearly too much for the Illusians to bear, but they knew that the time had come for them to go, as they were not meant to stay within our world. But before they left, the Illusians decided to summon their greatest magicks and create a was for themselves and their new friends to meet again. They took advantage of our ability to dream and created a portal to their world, within our dream world, that could only be found by the curious and kind-hearted.
So ends the Legend of Illusya…for now.