Ko ahau te taniwha. I am the taniwha, that legendary beast called dragon by the ignorant. Some call me kaitiaki—the guardian—others call me mythical. Ha! As if their beliefs on the matter make any difference to the fact. I am here. My siblings are many. And you will be hearing more about us soon, very soon, for we have allowed ourselves to be seen by some of your mortal fellows, and given them gifts. This is not usual. We kaitiaki generally keep to ourselves unless our interests are at stake.