The Fairy Diary Day 571 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We heard not a peep from within Willie’s cage as it floated along with us. A steady glow emanated from within, which hinted to me of a more contented disposition. But perhaps a better indication of a change in the Wisp was his effect on Cluyjil – that is, there was none – no uneasiness, no distrust, no aversion to this strange object tethered to his saddle and the stranger creature within. 

We made one stop on the way to Dromadil. I know that I originally turned down Dunfallon’s desire to enlist Gilgorgon and the dwarves in the cause for Noralei and her dragon – but now I thought better of it. 

Gilgorgon’s mountain was on the way and there were other good reasons to stop. 

Herblas ushered us into the presence of the king of the dwarves who received us gladly. Dunfallon stated Noralei’s case and successfully elicited his support on her behalf.

And I asked after Merlin and learned that the wizard had stopped by – probably when he was on the way to Laguayil. I then asked that if he should come through here before we caught up with him to please have him hurry back to Nonin-gal-dith. 

Then we asked to be excused to go on our way – (I know, such a hard thing to resist dwarfish hospitality). But we knew if we did not get off right away we would be held up for a day or two. 

Dunfallon’s only regret was not having the opportunity to have a few words with his mountain goat Gabhe. 

And I am happy to record that Willie  was civil, even cordial while there. I hope he can be the same with the pixies of Dromadil. 

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 519 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

All of us have detected movement at the outer peripheries of our vision – constantly ahead of us, rarely behind us. Of course my thoughts want to make them out as being apparitions of Artoxon and Bifitz trying to hinder or scare us off. But nothing is judged with any certainty. 

Usually the number of sightings diminishes whenever we commence singing again. So, we try to keep it up. Gibley even chimed in with a goblin chant. I could not make head nor tail of its meaning but it paired beautifully with a dwarfish tune from Herblas. And together they seemed very effective, for all discernible movement beyond us ceased. 

Some time after that the whispering began. I thought it was Gibley muttering encouragement to Cluyjil, but when asked he denied saying anything. Then, one by one I asked the others when I thought they were the source. In each instance the answer was negative. 

Then came the cackling. It was unnerving. And all the more so because only I could hear it. 

The Fairy Diary Day 514 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

There was no way around it. Necessity dictated that we practice first. And Merlin and the High Fairy ran us nonstop through the night. (Besides, as Noralei pointed out, doing it in the dark would give us all a taste of what to expect on the other side).

At first we concentrated on Navril, the only one of us with no experience riding dragons. We each took a turn riding with him on Conjil. Thankfully he proved quite adept (and I do believe even better than Dunfallon). Thus, we were able to move on to flying in formation. 

For that we worked out our assignments. Noralei and Herblas on Rayjil; Dunfallon and Navril on Conjil; and Gibley and I on Cluyjil. 

After those maneuvers ran smoothly we added armor and armaments. Our mounts were more than meet for the added weight. (Though some had doubts that with the crystals they may not be necessary). 

In the afternoon Merlin pronounced us ready. We are to rest for now. Then come sunset we shall set out for the other side. 

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 512 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Merlin arrived this morning- just before Dunfallon, Noralei and Herblas touched down on Conjil. The wizard was all business. He breezed on past for a minute inspection of the repository. (Feeling snubbed I wondered if I should have sent an apology to him also). 

Dunfallon and Noralei kept my attention off of those thoughts by filling me in about what the pixie had learned from Willie. The Wisp was not agitated as originally described, but gleefully boastful about being released soon. He crowed that his master was coming. And that soon we all would be dead or in thrall to the Dark One. 

(Thus I do believe I misread Merlin’s attitude – he was not snubbing me but motivated by a sense of urgency).

And so it proved when he gathered us together. He thanked me for making it possible for us to respond sooner to the pending danger.   He announced that of those present – Noralei, Dunfallon, Gibley, Herblas and myself will go. 

All three dragons are to go also. He and the High Fairy will guard the Crack of Doom, as soon as his excellency returns from Laguayil with Navril, who will be the sixth member of our party. 

In the meantime we went about what preparations we could. 

The Fairy Diary Day 506 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

So, the debate raged as to what to do next. Merlin and the High Fairy wanted to appeal to Glossom and his clan of dragon handlers for the right to test other similarly talented dragons to bear the beacon stone. 

Dunfallon convinced Gibley that they needed to make more trials with Rayjil and Conjil. And to that end they enlisted Herblas to search out ceremonies or spells to employ in those attempts. 

Noralei joined the dwarf in the library to research any changes she should make to the setting for the gem in the necklace. 

Rumble stayed in his room – too upset to come out, and fed his despair in silence. 

I was the only one that advocated making the trial with Cluyjil. The others all denigrated the idea since they judged him unsuitable as he lacked the ability to turn transparent by himself. And we did not even know for sure if he could follow the lead of another bearing the beacon stone. 

To all their naysaying I reminded them that it was the stone itself that chose its dragon. 

And when still none listened, there was only one thing I could think to do. I stole the necklace and Rayjil and fled for the repository. 

The Fairy Diary Day 505 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

After their long meeting with Merlin, Dunfallon, Gibley, and Herblas emerged confident that the happy accident with the stones from the dwarfish mines has been beneficial in every way. The wizard is certain that their addition will place the assault team in a better position when confronting the Dark One. For they shall not only be counting upon the single gem. 

That decided, Merlin announced the time had come to pair the beacon stone with one of the dragons. 

Noralei and Rumble had completed the chain portion of the necklace and were ready to affix the stone to the setting. This time the dragons were kept sequestered in their pens. And held there until the necklace was completed in toto. 

Then, we all watched as Dunfallon led Rayjil into the courtyard where Noralei and Rumble presented the necklace before her. The stone and necklace remained motionless. 

I was astonished that the beacon stone had not chosen her. 

The pixie led Rayjil away and Gibley brought Conjil in. And again the necklace just lay there prone. 

My cry of dismay rose with the others in the courtyard. 

How would we save our world now?

The Fairy Diary Day 504 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Much to our relief, Merlin returned this morning. After checking a multitude of black bird sightings in and around Dromadil the trail had run cold. However, that fact was not what brought him back but rather the alarm sent out when Rumble opened the hidden cupboard. 

As it turns out it did contain the metals he had put aside with which to fashion a necklace for the beacon stone. And after examining the design Noralei had drawn for it, he gave a most hearty approval. 

That done, the wizard turned his attention to the swallowed gems. He questioned Dunfallon and Gibley about their charges – had there been any noticeable changes since the incident – in behavior or abilities – good or ill effects. 

All they could report was an increased appetite for fire plants. So Merlin advised them to keep an eye out for any changes in their fire breathing. 

The High Fairy spoke up at that point and said that Herblas might have learned something to illuminate the matter – and he prodded the shy dwarf forward. 

Herblas asked to look down the throats of the dragons. Dunfallon protested that he had done so already and found nothing in Rayjil. Still the pixie coaxed her to open her gullet, and there at the back of her throat – for all to see – the gem was lodged in a space in front of the igniter. A check with Conjil revealed the same. 

Merlin invited the dwarf and the dragon handlers to convene with him in his study. 

I joined Noralei and Rumble in the workshop to watch them as they got back to work- but found my thoughts wandering as to what else unlooked for would happen next.