The Fairy Diary Day 564 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy greeted us upon our arrival. And the Caretaker appeared right behind him and was about to speak when his excellency ordered him back inside. Then, he presented us with an edict signed by the Faerie Queen. 

It was an order commanding the requisition of any dragons passing under the shadow of the repository to be its property unto perpetuity. 

This immediately drew a protest from all of us – but especially a strident one from Noralei and Dunfallon on Rayjil’s behalf. (Tinadell remained silent – neutral – no doubt due to his probationary status in the kingdom). I challenged this pronouncement by pointing out that in no way could this order be applicable to Cluyjil for he was a member of Merlin’s household. 

The High Fairy acceded to my reasoning but in the next breath said he was sorry, but Rayjil would be subject to it and must remain. 

Noralei tried to argue that she may yet hear from Glossom about her request for a breeding pair. But his excellency again said he was sorry, and that Rayjil must stay. 

At these words the Caretaker returned and claimed Rayjil. And to our consternation led her away. 

I asked the High Fairy if we could appeal the stipulations of the edict. He said he would go to the Queen and ask her for an audience. 

In the meantime he advised us to return to Nonin-gal-dith. 

With heavy hearts we all mounted Cluyjil and set out for home. 

The Fairy Diary Day 538 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon returned from a quick trip to visit his fellow pixies. We had been so busy these last few days that we had not realized that he had slipped away. Helping me with my cottage had prompted his action. But after only a short time, he tells me, his curiosity was satisfied (that is, he got bored) and he was happy to return. 

When I informed him that he had missed the return of Noralei and Rayjil, he immediately wanted to go see them. I told him that he should wait and accompany Rumble and me to the Fairy Council before whom she and Tinadell would be appearing. 

When we arrived the meeting was already underway. I was shocked that it had begun before the scheduled time. In fact the gallery was packed and we had to stand at the back. 

Noralei and Tinadell were standing together before the council. Which struck me as strange until I saw that the High Fairy was seated on the council dais with the other members. 

The complaints against each of them being read, his excellency rose and presented the decrees of their sovereign regarding each. There was not much to add after that. The other council members were clearly cowed by these pronouncements from the Faerie Queen. And they in turn ordered that Noralei and Tinadell would be allowed to go about their business. 

The three of us (led by Dunfallon) met them outside the council chambers. There Noralei informed us that his excellency desires to meet with all of us at his residence this evening to discuss some important developments. 

The Fairy Diary Day 534 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has been a momentous day. And we were all witness to it. I must say that it began with the view of the sunrise from my chamber window this morning. It warmed my heart with its beauty. I took it as a favorable portent for the day. 

The prisoner was brought in encumbered as yesterday. (And it seemed to me more downcast than before). However, instead of placing him in the cage, the chains came off and he was caused to stand before the Faerie Queen on her throne. 

First Her Majesty ordered Tinadell’s gag removed. Then she announced that his banishment was lifted… but replaced with one restricting him to the confines of Nonin-gal-dith until such times when his services were required. 

We learned later that the High Fairy had negotiated the release of Tinadell, very much along the guidelines outlined by Merlin. 

He was given into our care and we were ordered to leave immediately for Nonin-gal-dith. Noralei, however, set out for the repository to retrieve Rayjil and will rejoin us afterwards. I asked the High Fairy to accompany her to ensure there would be no problems with the Caretaker. 

Thus, Tinadell had his first taste of freedom on the road to Nonin-gal-dith in the company of Rumble, Dunfallon, and myself. For now we talked about everything but what it might be that he would be called upon to do. 

The Fairy Diary Day 533 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It has been a long, long day. And very tiring – and somewhat anticlimactic for we closed our arguments but the Faerie Queen has not yet given her decision. 

Dunfallon spoke first about the horrific battle he and the others had waged against the creature of evil in the Land of Darkness. Everyone had been taxed to the fullest restricting its movement and holding it at the point where the fire from the three dragons could focus. And at the center of that conflagration a figure emerged that the pixie only recognized later when he laid eyes on Tinadell. Thus, he came to the conclusion that whatever evil there was in the banished fairy had been burned up with the creature. 

Noralei spoke next about the sterling qualities she had observed in her brief acquaintance with Tinadell – especially his humility. I testified next to similar observations, and closed with the account of his willingness to remain behind. Therefore I pointed out that it was my action that has placed him in jeopardy, and it was only because of our desire to preserve life. 

Next Rumble humbly submitted records that document past examples of banishments that were reversed. 

Last of all, Merlin spoke. To our surprise he proposed a way to keep a limited banishment in place, and hinted at the necessity of employing the unique qualities of Tinadell for the salvation of Faeriedom. 

The Faerie Queen then dismissed us, but required the wizard to remain behind for further discussion. 

Thus a shroud of secrecy descended and we were all perplexed. 

The Fairy Diary Day 532 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It did not augur well for our side as we entered the Faerie Queen’s chamber for the hearing. A certain grimness permeated the air. 

No one else was present. I could not help but feel suspicious. Were there to be no witnesses to these proceedings? If there was to be a reversal of the judgment against Tinadell it would be better if more knew the reasons behind it. 

My heart sank when the guards escorted him in. He was barely able to stand up under the chains weighing down his tiny frame. I could hardly restrain Dunfallon from making a scene in protest. 

The chains were removed when he was put on display in a cage. Only his eyes were in view as a gag covered the rest of his face. Noralei moved to the side of the cage in support and thankfully the guards did not stop her. 

The Queen’s prime minister read the text of the original banishment. It was plain that Tinadell was in violation of its terms. Not that we were there to challenge that. But we were going to speak about the changes in his current behavior. Simply he is no longer the miscreant he had been. 

Just as Her Majesty was to reinstate the original sentence, Merlin stood and placed a petition before the Queen. Instead of handing it off to her minister, she read it herself. 

When through, she looked up and said it would be her pleasure to review our testimony as to the changes in Tinadell. And in the next breath adjourned the hearing until tomorrow. 

On a sudden the gloom was dispelled and we returned to our chambers with hope. 

The Fairy Diary Day 531 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy met us at the gates to the capital and arranged for our chambers in one of the wings of the palace. It is the wing closest to the prison where Tinadell is being held. We thanked him for his thoughtfulness. 

I asked his excellency what the reaction had been to the sudden reappearance of Tinadell after all this time. He replied it had been much as he had expected – shock followed by deep-seated anger. He will be brought before the Queen tomorrow and we will be allowed to make our case for leniency at that time. 

We thought it best then to be about our preparations. Noralei and Dunfallon were allowed to descend into the dungeon to visit the prisoner. I went around to the library to search out the records on his original banishment. 

There I was greeted by a grinning Rumble who had already collected the necessary documents and was putting them in order. 

But the biggest surprise was the presence of Merlin – flitting here and there – humming a tune and bidding me “good day.”

And with a twinkle in his eye, the wizard proclaimed, “We are going to win this.”

The Fairy Diary Day 526 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Naturally our discussions moved directly to our return to our world. I wanted to write to the High Fairy to request that they summon us back, and asked Tinadell if he wanted to come with us. 

He fell silent for the longest time. Then, stated that he would not hold us here and to please see to our own return. Dunfallon and Noralei spoke as one, asking him did he not want to return? 

He assured us that indeed he did want to – but added that he did not think he would be allowed. For long, long ago he had been banished by the Faerie Queen for trying to usurp her place at the time of her ascension to the throne. 

He wandered from place to place until that fateful day that he fell in with some goblin dragon handlers. They had needed a small fellow to help them search for a green crystal that had fallen into a crevice here when it was called the Land of Plenty. And there within he encountered that entity that fed on his unhappiness and changed this land overnight. And he had been in its thrall until we delivered him. 

I took out the scroll and then and there wrote the High Fairy. I gave him the news about the success of our mission – our encounter with Tinadell – and pled for permission to bring him back with us. 

The Fairy Diary Day 499 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Glossom has judged the purple stone to be perfect for our purposes. Next he says it must have a proper mounting. He suggests that the elves be consulted for the best heat resistant metals. (I wanted to put forward Noralei’s name as the best smith for the needed necklace, but thought it best to bide my time).

The goblin cautioned us that going forward the most crucial step will come next – that of identifying the best dragon with which to pair it. 

This was news to everyone. We had all assumed that Rayjil was THE one – the one and only dragon capable of bearing the beacon stone to the Land of Darkness. 

Seeing our disappointment, Glossom went on to explain that it was not what we believed. It was a matter of acceptance on the part of the gem itself. And we will not know until we bring the two together. 

This new uncertainty was added to, when I received a note on my scroll from the High Fairy. He had gone on to the repository after reporting to the Faerie Queen. He felt the need to check in on Noralei and Cluyjil. He confirmed that Rumble had delivered some fire plants as instructed, but what he learned in addition was disturbing. Multiple sightings of the black bird had been reported everywhere in the vicinity of the hiding place of the Crack of Doom.

Hearing this Merlin left immediately to help his excellency and Noralei after instructing us to collect Herblas at the stronghold city and to assemble everyone at his castle for the trials with Rayjil. 

The Fairy Diary Day 495 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Before we met again Merlin had been prompted to change a few things. Instead of the council chambers the wizard asked for a smaller and more secure venue – and he also limited those in attendance. 

Fliget and Gnoston, as their presence was not required, took it upon themselves to stand guard against any eavesdroppers at the doors of the inner room in which we convened. Herblas joined his fellow dwarves, leaving only Dunfallon, Gibley, and myself to attend. The High Fairy was not present, as he had returned to the Faerie kingdom to give a report to the Queen. 

Merlin opened the meeting with important information from Glossom. He made it plain that only dragons like Rayjil can transport to the other side in their own power. For other dragons and their riders to accompany such a one required a beacon stone worn around its neck. And the only one that Glossom’s goblins possessed was the one lost when Gorbin was immolated. 

(When this was said I had a flash of understanding of how the black bird moved between the worlds with the Will’o ’the Wisp). 

Upon a quick glance Gibley’s way I was filled with pain for him, wondering what may happen in any future encounters with this bizarre reincarnation of his father. Is there anything left of Gorbin in that beast?

Thankfully the wizard did not allow us the time to dwell on such thoughts, for we immediately set out for the goblin holdings in the canyonlands for answers. 

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.