The Fairy Diary Day 528 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

In the end circumstances forced our decision. 

I had come to the conclusion that my team and I would return – without Tinadell. I had written the High Fairy and put in our request for them to strike the bell as soon as they received it. This I told Tinadell, and promised that I would do everything within my power to bring him over later. 

We assembled and mounted our dragons and took flight. 

However, the very ground rose up to meet us, wracked by a great turbulence. I sensed the Land of Darkness was reverting to the Land of Plenty. I made a snap decision and ordered Gibley to turn Cluyjil around, and together we rescued Tinadell from the mounting cataclysm. 

The instant we rejoined the others, we heard the reverberation of the Crack of Doom. And almost before I knew it we were back at the repository – with much to explain. 

The Fairy Diary Day 511 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Rayjil is up and about. Gibley sticks to her side trying to anticipate her every need. And Cluyjil in a way seems concerned for her well-being, nuzzling her, and fetching fire plants for her to eat. And for her part Rayjil is very curious about the purple beacon stone displayed on Cluyjil’s chest.

I look at her and wonder what she knows – what she experienced on her recent crossover to the other side.  And what is waiting for us when we all go over.

The Caretaker came by to collect Cluyjil. He needed him up above the Crack of Doom in order to recharge the large green crystal that is the first defence for the bell. He tells me that each charge is lasting for well over seven days now. That sounded excellent to me until Gibley reminded me that he and Noralei had been on the other side with Rayjil fifteen days before being summoned back. I shall have to talk to Merlin to see what he thinks about that problem.

The Fairy Diary Day 509 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

When I arrived at the repository Gibley and Dunfallon were waiting there for me with Conjil. No one said a word – for the bag with the beacon stone preceded me – pulling me along. They followed me in past the fairy guards who parted to allow us entry. 

The Caretaker met us and ushered us to Cluyjil. I felt rather awkward to reel the bag in and to fuss with it to free the necklace from its interior. But once the stone was out of the bag it flew from my grasp and lodged itself on the bony breastplate of the dragon. It was a bit of a struggle after that to get the chain of the necklace over Cluyjil’s head. But when that was accomplished, the questioning began. 

The chief question being – where was Rayjil? 

I told the tale of our encounter with the black bird and asked the Caretaker’s permission to strike the Crack of Doom. 

Lacking a dwarf on the team to wield the striker with us, we were uncertain of our success. Instead we doubled up on fairies by asking the Caretaker to help. 

There was a long wait after we rammed the the bell with the striker – longer than the first time we rang it. Then, out of the rising mist that threatened to block the moon from view, our dragon Rayjil came straight for us. And she appeared injured. 

We gathered around the shivering dragon. Her right wing bore a puncture that was ragged and bleeding. Gibley and Dunfallon dressed the wound and the Caretaker ordered some new bedding laid down for her. 

Cluyjil and Conjil laid down one on each side of their fellow dragon and kept her warm throughout the night. 

The Fairy Diary Day 483 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

With everything prepared I had a prompting of sorts to check on the Crack of Doom before Merlin, Dunfallon and I left for his castle. All seemed in order. Four fairy guards were in their new posts high above the bell. I felt assured that it was as protected as we could make it. 

That is until I turned to leave that roost. 

An alarm sounded indicating that one of our traps had sprung. It was soon surrounded by almost everyone in the repository. 

We had once again caught the Will’o’the Wisp. And he was spluttering his displeasure for all to hear. 

We postponed our departure only for as long as it took Dunfallon to question the imp about his recent activities. Longer than that we did not want to indulge. We were satisfied that there was no imminent danger of further incursions. And having transferred him to his new cage Merlin made the decision to take him with us. (We want him as far from the bell as possible).

After exchanging farewells with everyone (and promises to Noralei that we would soon be reunited), Merlin whisked us away. 

The Fairy Diary Day 475 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei worked the night through fashioning a new cage for the Will’o’the Wisp. This was after, of course, we had finished placing some clever traps around the repository. 

The High Fairy busied himself putting in place an elaborate spell that should mask our presence and that of the bell from the outside. And in the offhand chance Willie discovers a way in, the effects of the spell will follow him in and hopefully blind him to the traps we have set. 

Having finished these preparations another thought suddenly occurred to me. Though we have fully warned the fairy troops here about Willie, we have not alerted them to be on the lookout for the black bird. 

I immediately went to the Caretaker to rectify that omission. 

The Fairy Diary Day 470 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Strange how things come about and when they do – one can see that it is all a matter of timing. 

Thus, with the arrival of Dunfallon and Cluyjil, Noralei came up with a solution – a substitute for her proposed measure. She believes that with the proper training Cluyjil would make the perfect protector for the bell. Merlin and I agreed and with a little persuasion we were able to win over the High Fairy and the Caretaker. 

Dunfallon is all for it and is already considering how to train Cluyjil for this very important role. Of course, the Caretaker must have the ultimate command of the dragon, so he will have to be trained also, but perhaps Noralei would be a better choice than the pixie for that task. 

There will be very interesting days ahead for all of us. 

The Fairy Diary Day 469 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The sudden appearance of Dunfallon caught everyone off guard. And because he brought Cluyjil with him (or vice versa) a small furor was raised among the fairy troops guarding the entrance. 

The Caretaker was beside himself at what he considered to be an effrontery to his authority. Thankfully the High Fairy and Merlin soothed his jangled nerves – until the worthy commandant asked the obvious question as to how a pixie and a dragon had found the hidden repository for the Crack of Doom.  

Back at Nonin-gal-dith, Dunfallon and his team (which included Rumble and Gibley) had learned that dragons have an innate sense as to the location of this most dangerous of bells. 

It was in that moment that I understood why it was that our enemy had set his sights on obtaining a dragon through his various agents. 

Now more than ever it falls to us to keep that from happening. 

The Fairy Diary Day 467 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Each of us – Merlin, the High Fairy, Noralei and myself made up a list of ideas on how to secure the Crack of Doom from any and all dire mischief. We then met with the Caretaker of the bell and its repository to seek his input on which ideas would be good and acceptable. 

It was a long session. And I was glad to have put my main one to his excellency well beforehand. Otherwise I would have embarrassed myself. To my proposal that we just destroy the bell, he explained that such had already been proposed but never carried out, for fear that in the very process of trying, the greater destruction of everything else would result. (To further illustrate Merlin told me that efforts to melt the bell proved deadly to those attempting it).

By day’s end we whittled our lists down to just a few measures. Under the Caretaker’s direction we shall implement them tomorrow. 

The Fairy Diary Day 466 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Her Majesty provided an escort to guide the four of us out to the secret hiding place of the Crack of Doom. These fairy troops will be added to the protective detail already in place. 

On the way out of the fairy capital we passed over the daisy ring defenses. As it would be expected they are much larger and more extensive than those surrounding Nonin-gal-dith. The High Fairy noted my interest and headed off my thought that similar arrangements should be supplied for the bell’s hiding place. He pointed out that such measures call attention to what they are defending, and we need to conceal it. 

And such was the case as we soon discovered – for the hiding place was much closer to the capital than I thought it would be. There was no road leading straight to it. The capital had dropped from view when the High Fairy directed us off the road towards a towering forest that appeared all the more impenetrable the closer we drew to it. 

Halting before a pair of tree monarchs his excellency spoke the words of enchantment and the brambles between the two unwound and parted, allowing our group to enter into the sanctuary beyond. 

Leaving the fairy troops to integrate with the others, Merlin with our assistance began to review the inner repository for ways to improve the protections around the bell. 

The Fairy Diary Day 465 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin called for me this morning. When I joined him the High Fairy was with him, stationed at the window and gazing off into the distance. 

I launched immediately into expressing my desire to learn more about the goblin dragon handlers. But before I got beyond the bare statement, the wizard nodded and said, “All in good time – but that is not why we have called for you.”

His excellency turned from the window at that point and gave his full attention to our discussion about the need to secure the Crack of Doom from the designs of our enemy. He made many astute observations based upon their meeting of yesterday with Noralei. 

We were just finishing when Noralei herself came in to inform us that permission was granted for us to review the bell’s security in its secret location. 

We are to make ready for the trip and depart tomorrow.