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 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 350 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was a day for saying goodbyes. Nililitil and Navril mustered the elves of light and after a touching ceremony in which Fliget gifted each with a cuirass of the finest dwarfish workmanship, they departed for Laguayil. 

Nililitil promised to send out orders for all in his kingdom to watch for any sign of our Will’o’the Wisp. 

The Dromadil pixies listened to a fine speech by Dunfallon in which he presented each with a sack of gold as their thanks from the dwarves. When they were dismissed they took up the rear guard to the Laguayilian troops. 

Next, Fliget saluted our pixie with a surprising gift – a harp of gold that he can carry in his pocket – it grows when played and shrinks back to pocket size afterwards. (The regent thought its music would be the perfect accompaniment to Dunfallon’s stories).

My turn for farewells came shortly after Merlin’s return. There in the city square before all its denizens, Fliget placed a new pendant around my neck. It sported a tiny crystal, so it fit quite nicely and did not clash with my other two pendants. He tells me it has the power to protect me against the ill effects that ordinarily I would suffer in the presence of iron ore. 

As proof he revealed that its chain was of that material. I felt marvelous. 

Without further adieus Merlin and I were off for his castle. Dunfallon by mutual consent is traveling on his eagle, the better to check for signs of Willie. 

And hopefully we will soon know whether or not Rumble and Noralei will be joining us.

The Fairy Diary Day 327 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The first passage that Dunfallon tried, ran in a direct line down to the Low-way. So he returned in short order. He skipped over the next two and hopped down the one opposite the first. This one followed a stream all the way up to the surface. 

The pixie was gone a little longer because he sought to identify the location. He believes the cave opening was situated above the farmlands between Laguayil and the mountains to the back of Corbelin. 

So with that information we reasoned that we were on course for the canyonlands. 

After disappearing down the next passage, our friend came back almost immediately. Rejoicing. 

For he had found a passage whose walls are festooned with dwarfish decorations.

The Fairy Diary Day 298 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We received more good news from the High Fairy. Laguayil is now secure. Merlin and Nililitil’s elves have defeated the dark elves. Their enemies are in full retreat back into the canyonlands. 

They will harass them unstintingly, but suggest that we work from our end to prevent their return. 

To do what they ask I think we (Rumble, Noralei, Dunfallon and myself) must travel into the main passage in order to check out where and how to do that. 

I only hesitate because I want to be sure the relations between the goblins and the pixies remain peaceful. Now that their mutual enemy is vanquished it would not do to have them turn on one another. 

I am tempted to leave Dunfallon behind to negotiate a better understanding between them – but I feel his presence with us is indispensable.

The Fairy Diary Day 283 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

All our plans were tossed to the winds. Rumble’s observation long ago about those canyonlands resonated in my memory. Everyone looked to Merlin, and he quickly sorted out our priorities after a session with his seer’s stone. 

Merlin with Nililitil and his armies will return immediately to Laguayil. (The enemy has not yet arrived to lay siege). The High Fairy will lead the fairy troops to Corbelin, which is in imminent danger. (He has ordered the Faerie Queen back to the fairy capital for safety). 

The Dromadil pixies will remain here on guard. And will help us. 

I was not surprised that Merlin has assigned us to stay with our original plan to descend into the shaft. Each of us – Rumble, Noralei, Dunfallon and I sense our destiny lies below. 

Through Dunfallon the Dromadil pixies gifted Rumble with a map of their former strongholds that lay beneath the city of the dark elves. 

So far it has proven faithful.

The Fairy Diary Day 282 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

At the close of our meeting Merlin announced that he would accompany us. We assembled this morning and set Dunfallon the task of selecting which entrance to take into the shaft. 

While we made our preparations, the pixie delved into the three we had discovered so far. He kept in mind the size of his friend Grimace and settled on the widest one as the best. 

It was a moot point, however, for at the last the troll decided to stay with the allies in order to look for his brother. 

We were all saddened by his decision, but understood. 

In the midst of our leave taking, a messenger from Laguayil arrived with dire news. An invasion force has arisen out of the canyonlands to the south and is marching on Corbelin and Laguayil.

The Fairy Diary Day 246 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The six elves played our hosts at the inn, and we whiled away a very pleasant time into the wee hours. Ragonil, their leader, knows Navril quite well, so we had a point on which to pin a lot of our conversation. We learned quite a bit about our friend from Laguayil. But almost nothing about the land of the dark elves. It too bears a name no one will speak. 

More importantly we discussed at length the plans for today. They came back for us mid morning and escorted us down to the city by the bay. 

Officially on the map it is called Corbelin, but the elves of the light prefer the longer title of the Gateway to the West or Dunavonlea. 

Ragonil had in mind a friend who captains a vessel that carries on a coastal trade. He pointed to his friend’s vessel – a two masted bark. 

Regretfully I told him that though it had two masts, it was not the one from my vision – there were no pair of eyes painted on its bow. 

We spent the rest of the day looking to no avail.

The Fairy Diary Day 241 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The river now lies behind us and the mountains are rising to meet us. The farmlands are giving way to woodlands and there are fewer elves about. No doubt most of them are archers and were called up long ago. 

For the first time we had to show Nililitil’s passport. A barrier had been placed athwart the road and guarded by the largest elves I have ever seen. The passport proved its worth. They ushered us through and bid us all speed. 

Rumble commented afterwards that they seemed on edge, constantly scanning the skies towards the north. 

Just after that experience, we had a message from the High Fairy. He has arrived in Dromadil. The Laguayilian armies are arriving and Merlin is already there. The Faerie Queen’s forces will be there soon. He was optimistic and reported that all was quiet across the lake. 

Even so I cannot shake a growing sense of forboding. 

That and Rumble thought he saw black birds flitting around in the woods.