The Fairy Diary Day 455 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We are all safely back in Nonin-gal-dith, having come by various routes. Though they left first, Dunfallon and Cluyjil were last to arrive. And while he will not say, I do believe they made a few detours – no doubt looking for leads on our friends Noralei, Gibley, and their dragon Rayjil. 

The High Fairy set Rumble to work in his library the moment they got here with a fresh list of possible objections to research. And I joined him after Merlin deposited me here. The wizard immediately turned around and made a quick trip to see Gilgorgon and convinced him to add his name to our petition. (I believe that will take care of at least three objections the Faerie Queen could have).

I left Rumble behind in the library once Dunfallon was available to accompany me to Noralei’s blacksmith shop. There I informed her sister what I knew about Noralei, and the pixie wanted her to look at the article that Rumble had constructed. I also took the opportunity to inquire after my cottage which she had so kindly offered to look after – it was fine – everything was where I had left it.

I took a few moments, for after tomorrow I do not know when I will see it again. 

The Fairy Diary Day 449 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The pixie dumbfounded us with the announcement that Noralei and Gibley had gone missing while riding Rayjil. Dunfallon could not vouch that they were still both with Rayjil but he is holding to that hope. 

Merlin asked him for more details. So, Dunfallon began at the beginning.  The three dragon handlers had been taking their charges on longer and longer flights from the vicinity of the castle.  

The two dragons, no longer mere hatchlings, eagerly participated in these daily excursions. Throughout these new experiences they proved to be compliant and obedient, and always had returned to the castle by day’s end. That is until two days ago. 

Noralei had proposed the longest flight yet – a jaunt to and from Gilgorgon’s mountain. Dunfallon had chosen to remain at the castle because Cluyjil had developed a flutter in his right wing and hence thought it best to rest it a day. 

When the trio failed to return that night, Dunfallon was concerned but not as much as Cluyjil. The young dragon paced all night in the courtyard.  And was inconsolable until the pixie unshackled and mounted him in the morning. And flew straight for Gilgorgon’s mountain. 

There were no signs of their friends along the way or on the mountain. Instead Gabhe met them with word that Merlin and some fairies were expected soon. 

Thus we were brought up to date and the whole matter handed over to Merlin. 

The Fairy Diary Day 441 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Some tense moments passed as the two sides waited one another out. Hostilities nearly ignited several times between separate individuals facing each other. Thankfully Fliget kept his dwarves in check while waiting for an answer to a set of demands he sent over by an emissary. 

A very good thing – for we had to retrieve Gnoston from the bowels of the sunken capital where he had gone to help Gilgorgon’s miners. And like we believed, he was the perfect one to explain the current situation to Fliget. 

Everything Gnoston had shared with us regarding the deep seated dislike towards Artoxon proved true. In response Fliget ordered his dwarves to stand down, and while the majority made camp, he sent a contingent of miners into the capital to help those belonging to Gilgorgon. 

At the first opportunity I finally obtained an audience with Merlin and he agreed with my reasoning that it would be best for Rumble and I to return to his castle. He did not say out right that Gibley and Dunfallon needed watching, but just remarked that Noralei could use a little break. 

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 424 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Before I could put forth my concern about the dragons to Merlin when he came out of his chambers this morning, he announced that he was taking me with him to Gilgorgon’s mountain. 

This did not completely take me by surprise. I believe all of us knew or at least hoped we would be going to the aid of our friend and ally Gilgorgon some time soon. 

The wizard requested that I ask Rumble to accompany us, and to leave Noralei to oversee both Dunfallon and Gibley in their dragon training tasks. 

I took that opportunity to query him about the shackling issue. He thought a moment and then said that he would handle it another way. 

Before Rumble and I departed with him, he caused the two dragons to be moved to the larger courtyard and locked down the area above it with a made to order spell.

The Fairy Diary Day 423 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy has departed – first back to Nonin-gal-dith with the intention to leave from there to Dromadil. Merlin revealed that his multiple attempts to transport into Gilgorgon’s mountain have all failed. He has sequestered himself once again seeking discernment. 

I busied myself observing the two hatchlings. (I think I need a better word to describe them now, for they are hardly hatchlings any longer). Cluyjil shows promise of becoming a strong flyer. A fact which is leading to another debate – do we shackle him or not?

Again there are two schools of thought. Dunfallon leans to the shackle restraints based on his research. While Gibley says they were never used among his people. 

I would tend to side with Gibley and his experience if not for the failure of his dictum that called for keeping them apart. The notion is showing itself to be untenable. If Rayjil is not attempting to slink away from her chamber, then it’s Cluyjil clawing away at the door to his. 

Noralei thinks it may be best to figure out a way to train them together. 

I shall broach the topic to Merlin.

The Fairy Diary Day 422 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin and the High Fairy can only report that pitched battles are being fought under the mountains in the dwarf kingdoms. Where is unclear. And though one side appears to be succeeding – they cannot discern which one because of their similarities.

(I wish they would have taken one of us into view what the seer’s stone revealed – for just maybe we would have recognized where and to whom those events were occurring). 

Our discussion when they emerged turned closer to home. We no longer need to decide when to introduce the hatchlings to one another. It is something they accomplished on their own. Rayjil escaped from Gibley, having gone transparent and slunk away. She must have caught Cluyjil’s scent and made it down to his training area where she reappeared and presented herself. 

Such prancing about I have never before witnessed. 

Now the question is no longer should they meet, but should they remain together. 

We decided to return them to their own chambers for now. At Gibley’s direction. He seems to believe they would be untrainable otherwise. 

We are in for some interesting days ahead. Be that here or elsewhere.

The Fairy Diary Day 421 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The news is scanty. The High Fairy says there is nothing direct from Gilgorgon. His whole mountain is locked down to the outside. Everything is second hand through the Dromadil pixies, who learn it from the goblins. 

It has me very worried. What could Gilgorgon be thinking? Does he not know that we are for him? And would swiftly come to his aid?

Merlin and the High Fairy locked themselves away in the wizard’s study to consult the seer’s stone – after advising us to keep about our tasks with the hatchlings. 

I found it very difficult to hold my focus. And I believe it was the same for each of us, save Gibley, who has never met our friend. To be sure the goblin has encountered Artoxon – and though he has not expressed an opinion about him outloud I am reasonably certain that his mirrors ours. 

Eventually we became engrossed in our work. Dunfallon put Cluyjil through the motions of flying as he and Rumble waved the staff with the hatchling attached to it. Such movement gives Cluyjil the sense of what it feels like to flap his wings. 

Rayjil was still content with simple things – jumping on and off the staff, and turning invisible for longer periods of time. 

Meeting together at day’s end we were all thinking about the same thing – is it time yet to introduce our charges to one another?

The Fairy Diary Day 420 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was during my turn to wait outside Merlin’s study chamber when the wizard emerged at last. He was in a hurried state of mind but graciously lent audience to my questions on dragon development. 

It is Merlin’s studied opinion that Rayjil should suffer no ill effects from the lack of dragon shell in her diet. However, he was alarmed at my report about her latest ability. Initially. And happily changed his tune upon hearing about Gibley’s solution.  

Then it was Merlin’s turn to change the topic on me. He led me at a run up to the rampart parapet. The instant we came to rest the High Fairy landed and joined us. 

His excellency was the bearer of shocking news. The two dwarf kingdoms are now at war. 

The whole idea set my insides on edge.

The Fairy Diary Day 419 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Cluyjil consumed the last of his eggshell last night and is a strapping specimen. Thus far there appears to be no ill effect to the lack of dragon shell in the diet of Rayjil. And Rumble has located no other reference to the topic in the dragon literature aside from those of the goblin author. 

We therefor sought out a consultation with Merlin. Dunfallon left word with his major domo the owl. Unfortunately it was one of those times when the wizard had buried himself in his study with orders not to be disturbed by anything but a dire emergency. 

In the meantime I alternated between the pixie and the goblin, the better to compare the two hatchlings. Cluyjil has the advantage in size over Rayjil, but that seems only natural given their sexes. However, the male’s wings are maturing rapidly and he may begin his flight training on the staff very soon. Rayjil’s wings are hardly noticeable and she prefers to slither about like a serpent. 

But she did surprise us all when she left the staff to cozy up to Noralei. The instant she let go of the staff she disappeared from our view. Apparently she can make herself transparent but as of yet cannot control it. 

Gibley fitted her for a necklace with seven tiny bells. And so far she is quite taken with the merry little tune they jingle. 

The next few days should prove interesting.