At the next planet, Zommie and kitten explored they came across a vast empire spanning the entire planet. In the royal city, they were greeted kindly by the Emporers Guards. On the way to the Emporer, Zommie saw statues of a mighty beast that had the head and scales of a dragon, the body of a tiger, the hooves of a deer, and the tail of an ox! This surprised Zommie as she had not expected to see anything like that.
She was also surprised that the emperor was only a boy who was forced to rule too early, was grateful to meet Zommie, and told her that according to legend, the appearance of a qilin signaled the birth or death of a particularly benevolent ruler or sage scholar. Because of its association with good luck, and its peaceful, vegetarian nature, the qilin is seen as one who brings great fortune and luck!
Zommie explained she had not known what a Qilin is, which shocked the emperor who would tell her the story that Qilins are symbols of wisdom and their presence would signal the birth of a, particularly wise scholar. Zommie said she alone couldn’t do that, but perhaps she could help the emperor, and together they went on an adventure. Prior to this journey, they took some time to meditate on top of the great celestial mountain to ground themselves properly. On the way Zommie and the emperor helped each other up and they thought about what it meant to lead. Once they reached the top the emperor could see how small his grand imperial city was, once he looked at it with different eyes. Up there he and Zommie understood the difference between ruling and leading, and they returned enlightened. Zommie may not have been what brought wisdom directly but it was her influence that made the emperor achieve his enlightenment and he would rule for many years as a wise benevolent leader.
The Qilin or Chinese unicorn is a mythical beast that symbolizes good luck and prosperity. According to tradition in China, Korea, and Japan, a qilin would appear to signal the birth or death of a particularly benevolent ruler or sage scholar. Because of its association with good luck, and its peaceful, vegetarian nature, the qilin is sometimes called the "Chinese unicorn" in the western world, but it does not particularly resemble a horned horse.
In fact, the qilin has been depicted in a number of different ways over the centuries. Some descriptions state that it has a single horn in the middle of its forehead—hence the unicorn comparison. However, it may also have the head of a dragon, the body of a tiger or a deer, and an ox's tail. The qilin is sometimes covered with scales like a fish; at other times, it has flames all over its body. In some tales, it can also spout flames from its mouth to incinerate evil people.
The qilin is generally a peaceful creature, however. In fact, when it walks it steps so lightly that it doesn't even bend down the grass. It can also walk across the water's surface.