The Fairy Diary Day 473 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The training for Cluyjil had been progressing nicely – that is until Rayjil showed up. Dunfallon and Noralei halted their lessons yesterday as a matter of course, but when they sought to recommence today, neither would cooperate. I believe we may have to return Rayjil to Merlin’s castle rather than Nonin-gal-dith and start over again with Cluyjil here. 

For now we are letting them enjoy one another’s company. 

In the meantime Noralei and I are searching for the right crystal to install with the Crack of Doom, one that will keep the enemy forever at bay. 

The High Fairy left for Nonin-gal-dith this afternoon in order to investigate the sightings there of the Will’o’the Wisp. And he may pay a call on Merlin as there has been no word yet from him. 

The Fairy Diary Day 468 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I feel good about today’s accomplishments. Almost all the major improvements have been added. 

According to Merlin’s plan the bell is no longer inside the base of the repository formed by a circle of giant trees. The Queen’s carpenters have hewn out another high above the first. And with the combined power of every fairy here, led by the High Fairy, we have lifted it up into that new aerie. Thus fulfilling the part of the plan in which we should never have to remove it again. And the bell striker will be left with the Caretaker in the event the need arises to call anyone back from the other side. 

The High Fairy and I coaxed new growth in the upper regions and wove the new branches into an additional barrier around the Crack of Doom. 

The only major feature not addressed was that proposed by Noralei. Drawing from her experience on the other side she envisions the bell being bathed in a cloud of light – as a sure deterrent against the Dark One. 

However, how to achieve that remains the biggest problem to solve. Fire is out of the question- given its setting here in this great forest. Perhaps a crystal would answer, but then which one. 

We shall have to confer further. 

The Fairy Diary Day 366 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy broke the spell that bound Dunfallon’s memory. It was as the image in the crystal portrayed it. The black bird had precipitated the pixie’s fall from the eagle, and chased his mount from the sky. It later appeared in Willie’s lair daily while he languished in the cage. 

Dunfallon awoke many times becoming aware that the two were discussing him. Their voices so low that he never could understand their meaning. Save for one time when he saw an image projected above the crystal. 

In the shimmering light he clearly made out exact representations of the dragon eggs he had seen with his own eyes. 

Then a strange thing happened – the Will’o’the Wisp reached for the eggs – and the crystal burst into flame. The black bird was quite upset with Willie and left. 

I knew immediately what I had to do. I stepped out of the burrow, grasped my pendant and summoned Merlin. 

A gust of wind forced my eyes closed and when I reopened them – the wizard stood before me. The others joined us and together we explained the latest.

The Fairy Diary Day 364 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Sometimes decisions don’t prove their true worth until a good deal of time has passed. Other times the reason one made the choice to begin with has a completely other unlooked for – and better outcome than one may have planned. 

Such was our decision to bring Dunfallon’s mountain goat with us. 

Though this was not apparent when our day began. The dew was still on the trumpet lilies when Rumble rushed up to me with the news that the mountain goat was missing. Nailbiter launched a full search of the burrow and the immediate vicinity – favoring the direction towards Willie’s swamp. 

Noralei made up the party towards that side. Just short of the pond there, the mountain goat came prancing from behind an immense shrub to nuzzle her. Then he led her back behind the bush. 

There she found an unhappy Dunfallon sitting in an improvised cage staked out on the ground. Answering their call, Rumble and I helped break him out. We had to exercise extreme caution for Dunfallon informed us that Willie had booby trapped it. 

When free, our pixie raced off to the Wisp’s lair. There we joined him in front of the burned out crystal. And no Will’o’the Wisp. 

Dunfallon had one consolation, being reunited with his mountain goat. 

We asked the High Fairy to report to Merlin that our trail is again cold.

The Fairy Diary Day 357 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Rumble presented us with a pared down list of places to check next. We took it to Merlin for him to review. We were beginning to fear we were missing something or going about this the wrong way. The wizard helped us clarify the goals. 

Finding the crystal cover maker is just a means to an end. Finding the crystal cover itself is just a means to an end. Finding the Will’o’the Wisp is … a little more than a means to an end (Dunfallon still remembers him as a friend). 

For the end is to discover who is the entity behind all the forces that have opposed us. Each one of us feels that it is crucial that we identify it before the next attack. 

Boiling it all down, we will direct Dunfallon to return to the area of his last encounter and make every attempt to reacquire Willie’s trail.

The Fairy Diary Day 351 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I awoke this morning with a jolt. I must have been dreaming. All I could remember was flying along, when on a sudden, I fell out of the sky. In my groggy state I had to remind myself where I was and what my new pendant was for. 

Then everything came back to me. 

For now, I am Merlin’s only guest, as Dunfallon has not yet arrived. I have no concern about his absence as I figured he was just following his curiosity. For after all, he was looking for signs of Willie. 

(Merlin did consult his seer’s stone and ascertained that the pixie and his eagle were not too far off course, and in fact should be here with us later this evening).

Also we are awaiting word as to whether or not Rumble and Noralei will be joining us. 

After a brief time on the rampart with Merlin, he pointed me to the section of his library that he wants me to explore. It contains all his volumes about crystals.

The Fairy Diary Day 350 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was a day for saying goodbyes. Nililitil and Navril mustered the elves of light and after a touching ceremony in which Fliget gifted each with a cuirass of the finest dwarfish workmanship, they departed for Laguayil. 

Nililitil promised to send out orders for all in his kingdom to watch for any sign of our Will’o’the Wisp. 

The Dromadil pixies listened to a fine speech by Dunfallon in which he presented each with a sack of gold as their thanks from the dwarves. When they were dismissed they took up the rear guard to the Laguayilian troops. 

Next, Fliget saluted our pixie with a surprising gift – a harp of gold that he can carry in his pocket – it grows when played and shrinks back to pocket size afterwards. (The regent thought its music would be the perfect accompaniment to Dunfallon’s stories).

My turn for farewells came shortly after Merlin’s return. There in the city square before all its denizens, Fliget placed a new pendant around my neck. It sported a tiny crystal, so it fit quite nicely and did not clash with my other two pendants. He tells me it has the power to protect me against the ill effects that ordinarily I would suffer in the presence of iron ore. 

As proof he revealed that its chain was of that material. I felt marvelous. 

Without further adieus Merlin and I were off for his castle. Dunfallon by mutual consent is traveling on his eagle, the better to check for signs of Willie. 

And hopefully we will soon know whether or not Rumble and Noralei will be joining us.

The Fairy Diary Day 347 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

According to his say-so Bifitz has negated the curse. Through a lengthy spell he was able to physically remove it from within the pedestal. He examined the chalice and the red ash. He tells us that the dark elves must have been aware of the curse for he believes the chalice and something that had been placed on top to close it off was their attempt to deflect its effect. 

This may explain why it was stronger at other points along the Low-way in the deserted places. And that whoever took away whatever enclosed the chalice caused the curse to pour back onto the stronghold. Hence the horrific effect on the Dromadil pixies. 

Noralei and I met with Merlin afterwards and filled him in about the missing Will’o’the Wisp. He agreed with our suspicions that Willie may be responsible for removing the chalice cover. 

And he is fairly certain that it was some kind of crystal.