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.