It’s the wreck of the S.S. Llama. It was 15 weeks out of Lima Peru with a cargo of llamas, the llamas were originally intended for a large-scale agricultural experiment in California, the so-called Llama Scheme that saw them as a way to terraform the desert and make it bloom.

The S.S. Llama foundered in a rare typhoon on the shores of Elsewhere Island, which was then known by its Spanish name of Isla de los Piedras (Isle of Stones). The ship broke up on the rocks for which the island was named just after midnight, disgorging human and llama alike.

Despite being dashed against the rocks the entire crew and all but one of llamas were saved. The only llama that they couldn’t save was Swimmy Dave (actually a female), the only one who loved to swim; he swam in the direction of Santa Monica and was never seen again. Legend has it that there have been Swimmy Dave sightings all over the Southwest and rumors of a secret llama colony persist to this day

Survivors of the wreck founded the first llama farm in North America on Elsewhere Island, and when they were approached by search and rescue ships, they refused to leave their new home and instead traded soft llama fur for badly needed supplies such as steel pans, medical kits, and toilet paper.

50% of the modern inhabitants of Elsewhere Island descend from these original unwilling colonists, as well as 100% of the llamas. Alas, inbreeding in the llama population means that llama farming is a very minor portion of the island’s economy today and most lot of farming is done strictly for subsistence or artisan purposes; most modern llama fur comes from llamas in Tibet.

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