The Fairy Diary Day 529 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Our happiness at being back is only marred by the forced incarceration of Tinadell. To my mind his meekness in submitting speaks well of his character. Dunfallon, and then Noralei were the first to speak up on his behalf. And I reiterated in speech what I had written down in my message to the High Fairy. 

For his part, his excellency remains skeptical, but he hides behind the fact that he cannot rule in this matter. Tinadell’s treatment is dictated under the edict of the Queen and cannot be gainsaid. Only she can change that. (It is probably the reason behind Merlin’s silence in this matter).

Arrangements are being made therefore to transport Tinadell to the capital. Dunfallon, Noralei, and I will follow to speak on his behalf. 

In the meantime our little group has disbanded. Navril has left for Laguayil; Herblas to Gilgorgon’s mountain; and Gibley to the canyonlands and his clan. The little goblin cannot wait to tell the news about the changes in their former hunting grounds. Before leaving on Conjil, Gibley turned Cluyjil back over to Merlin, and gifted Rayjil to Noralei. Noralei was deeply honored by Gibley’s kindness. And I could tell Rayjil was content to remain with her.

Merlin, though curious about what is to happen with Tinadell, is talking about returning to his castle. This put me in mind of our old friend Rumble. I asked the wizard to free him to come and meet us in the capital of the Faerie Kingdom.

The Fairy Diary Day 527 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy’s reply, at first sight, burst into flames before the words settled into their normal shape that was readable. His excellency knew very well the name of Tinadell. And though long ago, his perfidy is still fresh in his mind – for he had been a witness to his actions and present at his banishment. And though we claim he has changed he thinks that highly unlikely. 

Hearing this, Tinadell hung his head, rose from the table and departed. 

I gathered my team around the table and asked each one for their thoughts on this situation. Herblas and Gibley were the only ones to have reservations about our new acquaintance. The dwarf  could not give details for his aversion – for it was only a feeling. Gibley, however, had knowledge, at least from the goblin perspective, about what it had meant to their clan to be kept from the Land of Plenty, and freely admits that it colors everything. 

At the last, I excused myself and went out to talk to Tinadell. 

The Fairy Diary Day 513 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Throughout our preparations one nagging idea plagued me. Would Cluyjil be able to crossover to the other side? Would he suddenly manifest the ability to go transparent and like Rayjil and Conjil slip from our world to the other? The fact that he remains untested jeopardizes the whole expedition. 

Before I could express these thoughts, the High Fairy came in from Laguayil with the elf Navril in tow. As all crowded around to welcome the new expedition member, either renewing their acquaintance or in the case of Gibley and Herblas an introduction, I caught the attention of Merlin and opened to him my concern. 

As always he listened patiently to me and when I finished I saw by the twinkle in his eye that not only had he the same concern, but he also had a solution. He called across to Gibley and invited the goblin to join us. 

The wizard told him that now was the time to share the secret of the goblin dragon handlers. Gibley drew out a whistle and blew it. All three dragons turned and looked his way. The tiny goblin then clambered up onto Cluyjil’s shoulders and blew it again. This time first Rayjil on one side of him disappeared, then Conjil on the other, and lastly Cluyjil and the goblin himself. Then came two short blasts and they all reappeared. 

This was how the dragon handler clans coordinating multiple dragons in flights to the other side.  And it is how we will do it too. 

The Fairy Diary Day 503 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei had mostly good news to report this morning. Rumble found everything she needed in the wizard’s workshop, secreted away in a hidden cupboard. She may be able to start forging the necklace soon, but because these metals were hidden away she was hesitant to commandeer them for the necklace. The owl could not rule one way or another without the say-so of his master. So, we went to the High Fairy for his advice. 

His excellency did not appear to welcome the question, especially as it would involve his making a decision in the absence of his friend. But he sighed loudly and ordered Noralei to proceed while adding that he would take all the responsibility upon himself. 

When Dunfallon learned that Noralei was about to begin forging the necklace, he also made a petition – he thought it important that all of us witness this momentous event. And since we all agreed, we all crowded into the workshop, including the dragons. 

Herblas gave Noralei two of his purple stones that were of the same size and shape as the goblin one, so that she could have a better idea for the link for the setting. 

Then a strange thing happened – in the act of passing the stones to Noralei, they flew out of the dwarf’s hand – one each into the open mouth of a dragon. 

We immediately stopped what we were doing in order to consider what had just happened. 

The Fairy Diary Day 500 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Glossom did not go with us to the stronghold city of the dwarves. He told us that he had too much work to see to as leader of his goblin clan and could not safely neglect it any longer. 

Before we parted he gifted his nephew with a young dragon that has manifested the same behavior as Rayjil. Not yet named (Gibley would have that honor), she was strong enough to carry the three of us – with room to add Herblas. 

Arriving at the entrance to the Low-way of the dwarves, Gibley remained with the dragon while Dunfallon and I went into the stronghold city. 

Herblas had not been idle and eagerly displayed for us a pouch full of purple gems. I thought they looked promising. 

We paid our respects to Fliget (Gnoston had returned to his village), and alerted him to the intelligence that the black bird was abroad in our land. Then we rejoined Gibley. 

The young goblin, having passed some time with the dragon, had named her. So, he introduced us to Conjil. And after we coaxed Herblas to join us, we winged our way to Merlin’s castle. 

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 479 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I passed the morning by myself up in the new repository for the Crack of Doom. I wanted to check on how the branches from the surrounding trees were faring after the stress to which the High Fairy and I had subjected them. I was very pleased. They all appear healthy and thriving. I took note of some spots, higher up, in which to station guards from the fairy troops and visited the Caretaker to give him the recommendations. 

Coming out of my meeting with him the High Fairy was just then returning. As Merlin was not with him we all the more eagerly gathered around him. 

His excellency had not seen the wizard but he did learn of his whereabouts. His major domo the owl delivered a note to him from Merlin. Merlin had gone to pay a visit with Gibley’s people, the goblin dragon handlers. From them he hopes to learn more about the other side and the enemy who inhabits it. 

The High Fairy talked to Gibley before he left Merlin’s castle. The little goblin had been very helpful with names of those he should contact. 

Dunfallon looked at me and said, “More waiting!”

I feel his frustration. 

The Fairy Diary Day 464 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei was sequestered with Merlin and the High Fairy all day to go over in detail what she had learned on the other side. I took the opportunity to meet with Gibley and got his perspective on his experiences there. 

At first the goblin was very reluctant to talk about any aspect of their journey within that well of darkness. But I persisted, emphasizing the fact that he is now safe – and reminding him that we need to be on our guard least what he fears most there – comes here. 

That idea lit a spark in his gaze and his story bubbled out of him. In outline it was the same as what Noralei had written. But the most telling detail was the link he saw in the Dark One there to the stories he heard from his people – the goblin dragon handlers. 

Afterwards I came away with a sense that we need to delve deeper into what Gibley’s people know. It just may prove crucial to our moves going forward. 

The Fairy Diary Day 444 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin wrapped up the goblin issue quite easily. They wanted only the area adjacent to their territory marked by their outpost. The area in which the dragon hid and created even more tunnels. It is a matter of security for them. 

The dwarves will concede that area but only under the proviso that they identify for them the route used by the dragon to worm its way into the vaults below Artoxon’s apartments. The goblins are to fill in that tunnel (or tunnels) and abandon it for up to a day’s journey away. 

The High Fairy has had a harder time leading the dwarves to an agreement on the fate of Artoxon and Bifitz. A simple majority wants them executed; the rest would be content with banishment. The latter is more likely. And I believe his excellency leans towards that conclusion.  But then the question becomes – to where?

Rumble and I may not know the outcome for a while, as we shall depart with Merlin as soon as he winds up the details between the dwarves and goblins.