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. 

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. 

The Fairy Diary Day 440 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Gilgorgon has won his point with the help of Gnoston’s testimony. Although the details going forward are not yet settled. Many of Gilgorgon’s best miners, having refused to come out earlier, remain behind in the sunken capital and have been hard at work trying to dig their way down into Artoxon’s apartments. 

I recalled vaguely the location of the maintenance access that Dunfallon, Gibley and I used to descend to that level and gave them that information. 

Other than that I do not see anything else left for Rumble and me to do. 

Merlin and the High Fairy are staying to see things through, but I thought that Rumble and I should return to Merlin’s castle to check on our dragon handlers. So, we went to Merlin to get his permission. 

But before I could gain an audience with him an alarm was raised from fairy troop sentinels stationed back on the Low-way of the dwarves. 

Another dwarf army headed up by Fliget had arrived. Has he come as our friend or our foe?

The Fairy Diary Day 437 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We located the wall section that houses the gate into the capital, but it turned out not to be what we were hoping for. Having exhausted other possibilities I believed that there may not be any way to get in from the outside – and the thought was growing that its controlling mechanism only operates from within. 

I mentioned this to Rumble and he reminded me that if it had been modified as a trap surely Bifitz would not have allowed access to it from the inside. Otherwise those trapped might possibly find it and extricate themselves. 

We were thus in our quandary when the High Fairy arrived with a phalanx of fairy troops. Merlin explained what Gnoston had told us and our recent findings. Between the two of them they felt they could raise the structure long enough for one of us to slip in to help Gilgorgon. 

I volunteered. 

After removing my armor – retaining only my pendants, I took up a position in front of the gate area. Merlin and the High Fairy took their positions on opposite sides of the structure – and the phalanx of fairies filled in the gaps along the perimeter. 

At a signal from Rumble they lifted all together. When a whoosh of air was sucked into the slim opening I rushed in with it. 

The Fairy Diary Day 288 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I filled a good section of the scroll in my message to the High Fairy. 

His reply back to me was equally lengthy and started with the good news that he and the fairy troops had been successful in turning back the dark elves from their assault on Corbelin. (He does confirm that they are dark elves). 

As for my news he is skeptical about my conclusions from a dream that a plant however big could be responsible for all this chaos and wants us to look deeper. 

I took this advice to heart and called a meeting to re-examine the map. 

According to Rumble’s understanding there remain only two more branches off the shaft that are lower than the one containing the forges and the fire plants. One bears the label “barracks,” the other “treasury.” 

Dunfallon disagreed and insists there are at least five more offshoots off of the shaft, not two. 

At that point I prompted Noralei to join with the pixie and explore the unmarked passages. 

Rumble and I will visit the two identified ones.

The Fairy Diary Day 276 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We have the High Fairy’s reply. We are to await the arrival of their combined forces – the Dromadil pixies, the elves of the light, the fairy troops and Merlin. In the meantime he wants us to learn all we can. 

I selected Rumble and Noralei to work with me to scout the crater – first those parts easily accessible and then the shaft that appears to be in the center and lowest part of the depression. 

I assigned Dunfallon and Grimace to patrol the far side of the crater and perhaps ascertain how we can help our allies from our position in the rear of the forces opposing them. 

It’s an assignment our pixie especially relishes. 

The Fairy Diary Day 216 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon is still heartsick today over his fears that his beloved eagle is trapped within Merlin’s castle. (His mood was such that I almost sent him back on his own). 

Rumble engaged him in a heart to heart talk. Dunfallon shared with me the gist of it later – he knows we must soldier on per the High Fairy’s orders and must trust others like his excellency and the fairy troops to do their part, just as they are trusting us to do ours.

That was about the time that Noralei reported back with word that we are coming to the end of this jungle and that a city is now in sight ahead. 

The Fairy Diary Day 215 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We now have a stream to follow again. At first the only sound was its babbling. Then the birds began to return. Their songs were welcome, but their presence meant the possible return of more dangerous animals. 

As we went along we debated taking to the air. After going around and around with Dunfallon we agreed to do so only in emergency situations. 

I took out the scroll to write another message to the High Fairy and found one from him. 

His excellency was at Merlin’s castle, or rather outside of it. It is entirely encased in a hornets’ nest. There was no sign of the wizard nor of any of its other denizens. 

He has sent for some fairy troops to aid him in investigating further. And encouraged us to continue on.

The Fairy Diary Day 117 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Things have gone from bad to much worse. Rumble and Dunfallon have done all they could to bring Roseberry out of his stupor. To little effect.  His troops report that a darkness is filling the skies over the human lands and advancing directly for us. 

And no sign of Merlin. 

Noralei has headed up a force of fairy troops searching for the fugitive Wisp. They have had sightings, but Willie has proven too quick for them.  

I assigned Dunfallon to join the chase. Before leaving, Rumble reminded him about the swampy area around the stream that passes between the last two villages. 

I watched him depart astride his eagle, then turned my attention back to the looming darkness. 

Where is Merlin?

The Fairy Diary Day 113 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

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.