I was more than surprised at the identity of the one in charge of the defenses on this frontier. While the others stayed back in our thicket, Rumble took me into the town and there introduced me to Roseberry.
I already knew him of course from my few days on the fairy council in Nonin-gal-dith. And Rumble knew that I knew him. Still it was all rather a shock.
There he was in the flashy finery of the commander of fairy troops.
I could not contain myself and could tell he was insulted when I asked him on whose authority had he acted in coming here.
He claimed he had acted because the authorities were doing nothing – a course that he roundly condemned. He saw the need and called to his standard those who agreed. And he had found willing recruits from all the towns along the border.
When it came our turn to answer questions, we informed him of our mission. But instead of thanking us and sending us on our way – he denied us passage. And ordered the rest of our party brought in.
Only then did I understand the mixed messages of danger my pendant was broadcasting to me the day long.