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The Prophecy of the Emu

A while back, an emu got put somewhere,
where it did some dark things and stuff,
and it continued to sit there
and do some things,
and even now it is sitting there and doing things.
Dark things.
Unless it's not.
Anyway, eventually, the emu won't be there anywhere.
Then, it will be somewhere else.
Maybe more than one someplace else.
That will be bad. Well, not bad,
But a sign or something of badness to come.
Yeah.


The Prophecy of the Emu was written some millennia ago by a scribe of the Mho'reons who was, more likely than not, thoroughly drunk at the time.

Subsequently, it has not been taken particularly seriously, and the only reason why it has received any recognition at all is because a group of geologers reportedly stumbled across the emu in 13403 on the Kanatan moon Therithrya, standing listlessly on the banks of the river Ka. The emu had been pecking at a plant and generally doing nothing of interest, but one of the more imaginative geologers had suggested that maybe it was guarding a rather peculiar lantern hanging from a stick behind it.

They'd laughed, but ultimately dismissed the matter as a mite unusual and ignored it. It was only when the team returned two hundred years later retest the area that they noticed that the bird was still there, still pecking, still guarding the dark lantern on its stick.

One of the geologers had taken a blast at the emu, but when the dust subsided it turned out the emu had merely fallen over, unharmed. It had then retaken its feet and started pecking around for its plant, which had scuttled away at the blast.

After several minutes of apparently arbitrary pecking at the ground, it had refound its companion plant and resumed pecking.

At this point the geologers had taken their leave, for this had all been a little too weird for their liking.


Despite being dismissed out of hand when they had recounted the tale at the time, it has demonstrated considerable staying power, popping up from time to time even to this day.