The Fairy Diary Day 530 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin departed to his castle with Cluyjil this morning. Soon after a guard of fairies left the repository with Tinadell for the capital. We, (that is Dunfallon, Noralei and myself), were to follow, but a disagreement with the Caretaker arose when Noralei proposed to take Rayjil with her. 

Despite there no longer being a threat to the repository and the Crack of Doom, the Caretaker does not want to release the one remaining dragon here to go with her. He has come to rely on a dragon being part of the defenses. (I certainly hope he is not motivated by an implied loss of prestige if he were to lose her services). 

I spoke and confirmed Noralei’s right to take her dragon with her, but added that now might not be the time. For I pointed out to her (as she very well knew) it was forbidden to take a dragon into the capital. 

In the end we compromised. For now Rayjil will remain on guard until we can come back once Tinadell’s fate is decided. But when we do she will take her dragon to her smithy shop in Nonin-gal-dith.

Thus we set out for the capital on foot – with a grumbling pixie (who had been counting on making the trip on the dragon).

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 479 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I passed the morning by myself up in the new repository for the Crack of Doom. I wanted to check on how the branches from the surrounding trees were faring after the stress to which the High Fairy and I had subjected them. I was very pleased. They all appear healthy and thriving. I took note of some spots, higher up, in which to station guards from the fairy troops and visited the Caretaker to give him the recommendations. 

Coming out of my meeting with him the High Fairy was just then returning. As Merlin was not with him we all the more eagerly gathered around him. 

His excellency had not seen the wizard but he did learn of his whereabouts. His major domo the owl delivered a note to him from Merlin. Merlin had gone to pay a visit with Gibley’s people, the goblin dragon handlers. From them he hopes to learn more about the other side and the enemy who inhabits it. 

The High Fairy talked to Gibley before he left Merlin’s castle. The little goblin had been very helpful with names of those he should contact. 

Dunfallon looked at me and said, “More waiting!”

I feel his frustration. 

The Fairy Diary Day 476 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We had a bit of a scare, over a false alarm as it turned out. There are black birds and then there is that black bird. I realize that it was due to my failure in properly describing the one to be on the lookout for. It is so much bigger than the normal crow or raven. And it acts in such a suspicious manner that it always calls attention to itself. It practically exudes malevolence. 

The Caretaker is satisfied with the swiftness of his troops in reacting to a threat. So, I guess we can consider it in a positive light overall. 

Dunfallon returned with Cluyjil just as the emergency was ending. He brought with him five different green crystals that he collected along the way. The pixie and Noralei will test each one. 

We are hopeful that one will prove to be what we are looking for. 

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 472 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

No decisions have arisen from our day long meeting of yesterday. At the end we did agree that we needed to bring more interested parties into the discussion. 

When I sought for Merlin this morning I learned he had excused himself for a few days. All the High Fairy would add was that he had been up late consulting his seer’s stone. 

I had little time to consider what that might mean – for at that moment Rumble and Gibley showed up at the entrance atop Rayjil. This time around the guards, now familiar with dragons, were not thrown into a panic. 

I, though, was quite concerned for they came to report a sighting of Willie in and around Nonin-gal-dith. Though they were certain they had not been followed I asked the Caretaker to put a lockdown in place for the next day or two. 

Then we had a reunion of sorts centered around our two dragons. 

The Fairy Diary Day 471 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin called me to another meeting. Only the High Fairy was included. Dunfallon and Noralei were too busy to attend since they were out training the Caretaker and certain other select fairies. Otherwise I am sure they would have been with us. 

Satisfied that we have set in motion a plan for the defense of the Crack of Doom, the wizard wanted to discuss plans for going on the offensive against our mutual enemy.  We know where he is, and we know how to get there. And if Noralei is correct we should be able to defeat him once and for all time. 

So the rest of the day we discussed the question of who to send. An individual or a team? And when?

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.