[[quoteright:275:''In the old days, they didn't know very much about the world. But they made maps anyway. If they had to map something they couldn't, they just drew whatever they felt like and wrote, "Here there be dragons."...\\
We still don't know very much about the world; and there are things to map of it besides its surface.\\
Can broken things be remade? \\
Can destinies change?\\
Is it worth the risk of hope?\\
Important questions, but one can only shrug, you see:\\
'''Here, there be dragons.''''']]

[[http://imago.hitherby.com/ Hitherby Dragons]] is a series of online short stories written by Jenna K. Moran (formerly known as Rebecca S. Borgstrom), who also created the TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}''. (Hitherby was also the name of one of Jenna's ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' [=PCs=], a Kyriotate of Animals. There are no ''direct'' links... we think.)

A girl called Jane, her brother (sort of) Martin, and a cast of others tell stories in the Gibbelins' Tower to make sense of their own existence, to amuse, and to understand the nature of the world around them.

Hitherby has a set of story {{canon}}, set in a strange variant of our world, telling of the current characters, as well as variants on the stories of Tantalus, Buddha, Belshazzar, {{Confucius}}, Lot and Persephone. The mythologies it creates concern the powers of suffering, the imprisonment of personal uncertainty, and the relationship between oppressor and servant.

However, many of the stories are individual legends, and can generally be read without any further context. A large number of the legends are warped combinations of pop culture with philosophical, political or religious motifs. Some are reflections of the mythology of the world, and some are whatever complete nonsense blasted out of the author's mind that morning before coffee. Stories where Jesus pilots a HumongousMecha, the wars of gods are fought with ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' attacks or the Buddha can be [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=032 summoned]] from a [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pokeball]] are by no means atypical.

From a troper's point of view, there are several legends that work by playing the tropes either completely out of context, much straighter than even the original or even tropes that function as [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality rules of the universe]].


Hitherby Dragons had a long hiatus, but started again in 2011. The story starts [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2003/09/historical-note/ here]], or you may read [[http://imago.hitherby.com/taxonomy/tags/topics/canon/storyline-1/ a compact version of the first storyline]].

The first Hitherby Dragons book, ''Jack o'Lantern Girl'', collecting both new and previously written material, is available to buy as a download.

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!!Hitherby Dragons provides examples of:
* {{Aesoptinium}}: Gods are born from the emptiness in people's hearts, as a metaphor for abuse and disassociation.
* AnachronicOrder: The canon story, while roughly in chronological order, can skip around from modern day to the Biblical era to Ancient China and so on.
* EpiphanicPrison: The nature of being an "isn't", and Ii Ma's prison.
* FracturedFairyTale
--> Commenter: Who else would construct a mythology of death, rebirth, and transcendence out of a stupid child’s riddle? Who else would think to? I stand in awe.
* FramingDevice: Technically, all non- canon stories are produced by the characters of the Gibbelins' Tower.
* IndustrializedEvil: Central, the monster's corporation, which has turned the process of breaking people to create gods into a ''business''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There is a [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?page_id=729 consistent cast]] who act out legends and are involved in histories, but it can get hard to keep track.
* TheMagicComesBack: As the current monster tells it, the fire would not serve his family, and left the world. Eventually, it came back... and the monsters found it.
* OurGodsAreGreater: 'God' is a general term used for (almost) any supernatural being in the canon.
** OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angels answer emptiness with hope. They wear jackets with holes cut into them for their wings.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: Demons answer emptiness with acceptance. This doesn't actually do anything about the problem, though.
* SuperpowerLottery: Supernatural abilities vary vastly - Magical Angel has a chance of being able to do anything while Realistic Angel is pragmatic. And footsoldiers question pie.
* WorldOfWeirdness: In a world where Buddha pirates roam the seas, the supernatural is common knowledge and any 'god' can be summed up in one sentence...

!!Various Hitherby stories have dealt with:
* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Siggort]]: The Sid and Max storyline, beginning [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=777 here]] and continued in scattered posts.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: There are quite a few scenes based on Biblical scenes and a few characters have Biblical names. One even quotes the verse with his own name on it.
* BackFromTheDead: ''Jack o'Lantern Girl'' is, in part, the story of how Jane came back to life after a slight accident with the fire a lifetime before when she was a girl called Jenna.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2004/10/king-cole/ King Cole]]
* CutenessProximity
--> [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2005/03/the-birth-of-persephone-iiii/ Baby Persephone kicks her feet and coos.]]
--> Demeter: She has toes!
--> Midwife: Yes, she does.
* {{Dissimile}}: Seen [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=960 here]]:
-->''Cho takes the viper step. It’s the kung fu step a viper would take, if a viper knew kung fu''

-->''and had legs''
* FightingFromTheInside
-->Tom: It’s the human personality imprint. The Maria we knew—the Maria who sang to us about raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens— She’s fighting for control.
-->Michael: It’s a Fan Hoeng secret weakness! [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2005/05/the-incredible-alchemy-elixir/ Inside that hardened alien killer is a nanny bubbling with hope!]]
* GravityIsAHarshMistress
--> Octopus: But what about Mr. Schiff?
-->[[http://imago.hitherby.com/2004/10/janes-terrifying-story-of-near-halloween-horror/ Mr. Schiff hits the ground. Thump!]]
--> Meredith: It’s okay, Mr. Schiff can fly!
* HellSeeker: Ink Catherly is a preteen adventurer determined to reach hell "because I'm an explorer". In this case, hell is located at the top of a tower inside her closet.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=87 In a high school!]]
* ILoveNuclearPower
--> Sid: [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2005/10/containment/ Shelley, we will never have an heir of our flesh.]]
--> And Shelley nodded.
--> Sid: But we will make a tiny candy man, and then nuclear radiation will bring him to life, and give him unnatural human size.
--> Shelley: [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Is human size unnatural?]]
* {{Kaiju}}
-->[[http://imago.hitherby.com/2005/12/dispatches-from-the-age-of-iron/ GODZILLA]]
-->Destroy All Christmas
-->MELEE
* LiteralGenie
-->[[http://imago.hitherby.com/2004/08/a-logical-progression-of-imperatives/ Once upon a time, there was a girl who wished, more than anything, that she could shake Marie Curie’s hand.]]
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Parodied in [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=227 Angus' Bad Day]] -- the store cupboard is still out of commission from a previous heroic scientist's escape plan, and so is the chemistry lab.
-->Mr. Boss looks Angus up and down. “We could just throw him in a large empty room,” he says. “And lock the door. In a way, it’s probably safer.”
* LogicBomb: In [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=397 Ink And Illogic]] and also Forbidden A in [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=23 The Angels]]
* MartialArtsAndCrafts: [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=370 Ninja weather forecasters!]] [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=177 Pickle Ninjas!]] [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=1467 Ninja Buddha with enlightenment shurikens!]]
* ScoobyDoobyDoors & ScoobyDooHoax in [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=452 Daphne and her dog]]
* SugarApocalypse: Hoo, boy. Many, many, many kid's shows and concepts are subjected to unearthly horrors in legend.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe - well, in-legend - usage:
--> Thunder sounds.
--> “I won’t accept,” Ellen says, [[http://imago.hitherby.com/2006/05/the-dynamite-trilogy-konami-thunder-dance/ “a version without dynamite.”]]
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Played with in [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=668 An Oracle For NP]].
* VisionQuest: [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=213 The Bridge]]
* WaxOnWaxOff:
--> [[http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=966 "You will need laborious training,” Kon says, “to master this. Hours of work in all manner of abnormal training positions, and difficult exercises of great mystic import which I will have to make up on the spot."]]
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