It was a difficult session that ran long into the night as we explained what little we knew about what may or may not have happened to Merlin. The most trying part was justifying our silence about it in the first place.
Nililitil wanted to send a contingent of his wisest elves to the wizard’s castle to help break through the surrounding hornets’ nest. I, at the last, convinced him that the fairies had it well in hand. And I would share any news that we receive from the High Fairy.
I did restate Dunfallon’s theory that Merlin was not there at all, but off reconnoitering the enemy on his own. This satisfied the leader of the elves.
We had a confirmation of sorts this morning. A message from the High Fairy reported that his fairies had broken their way into Merlin’s castle – and the wizard was not within.
And on the heels of that news Dunfallon’s golden eagle arrived to be with his pixie master.