illustration by KingOvRats
The sun rose behind five travelers on a wide open expanse. Sanzang, a young and smooth-skinned monk from China, rode wearily on the back of his magnificent white dragon-horse, led by the furry tail of his eldest disciple, Monkey, who walked with an impatient hop every other step. Following behind was the disciple Pigsy, whose broad snout, large ears, and fat forehead were dripping with sweat, and following behind him was the disciple Sandy, whose coarse features bore the single-minded determination of a shark, always staring ahead as he carried the group's luggage. Through deserts, forests, mountains, and swamps did they travel, and through heat, rain, snow, and wind did they endure. The gravest of perils and the passage of years could not dissuade their westward journey, for it was their emboldened will to see their pilgrimage to its end.
In his pious devotion, Sanzang a