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 341 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The effects from yesterday’s battle and the events surrounding our victory continue to ripple as we dig deeper into its meaning. 

Just as my actions had freed the Dromadil pixies from under the grips of the bloodlust, so too have the dark elves undergone a transformation. This fact both Nililitil and Navril have remarked upon. A feeling of good cheer and fellowship has sprung up between these former enemies. 

Noralei has spent quite some time examining the chalice and its contents. And she has come to the conclusion that it is filled with a special form of the red ash. She then expressed what we all were thinking – we long for Merlin to be here with us and explain these mysteries. For though the present crisis has passed, in another respect I think it has only begun.

The Fairy Diary Day 339 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei remained with Navril and his elves, and will assault the gate of the stronghold from the Low-way. I went down the passage to the chamber of the junction nearest the stronghold to join Rumble and Dunfallon. 

Only the Dromadil pixies, all veterans of the Battle at the Bottom of the Shaft, were there when I arrived. They had set up a barracks of sorts in the chamber and in parts of the various offshoots. They told me Dunfallon and Rumble were off scouting for the hidden passage into the stronghold.  

I was growing edgy waiting for news when Noralei came up from the Low-way to check on us. That is when Rumble emerged from a passage with news that they had made their way into the stronghold. Dunfallon had ascertained that it comes out within the city walls above the gate. 

I sent Noralei back to Navril and his troops to await our actions. 

I marshaled the Dromadil pixies and together we followed Rumble down the secret dwarf access to the stronghold. 

Dunfallon met us within the city wall with the report that Nililitil had begun the assault on the other side. 

It was the opportune time for us to strike. For the gate tower was deserted. 

Working in tandem Dunfallon and Rumble loosened the mechanism operating the gate. And Noralei and Navril and his troops rushed in to join us. 

What happened next I need more time and considered thought before I write it all down. 

The Fairy Diary Day 336 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

For quite some time no activity has been observed down on the Low-way. It tends to make one’s time there on watch boring. And consequently all that time to think. At least for me. 

So many things to worry about. Will Dunfallon and the elves of light retrieve the dragon egg? Will Nililitil’s forces break into the dark elves’ stronghold? Will we ever know what happened to Merlin?

And then there has been the strange behavior of the Will’o’the Wisp. He does not converse with us – but he has taken up mimicking us. Repeating the words of our conversations with one another. 

I hope Dunfallon returns soon. Perhaps he can break through to Willie. 

I believe Rumble and Noralei would welcome his intervention in that matter.

The Fairy Diary Day 335 #TFDbyRWOz2

The High Fairy sent a message asking for any news on Merlin. There was little I could tell him. I was in the midst of asking him if Nililitil could put more pressure on the stronghold when I changed that thought and asked for Laguayilian troops to be sent to help Dunfallon in heading off the trio of dark elves carrying the dragon egg. And then they could help open an attack on the stronghold from this side. 

I found it hard to wait for his answer and for the return of our pixie to report in. 

I was glad to see his happy face. Dunfallon said there should be plenty of time for him to visit Nililitil and get some of his troops in place to deal with our problem.

The Fairy Diary Day 322 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We have decided – together – to continue on the Low-way and to go to the aid of Nililitil’s forces. Staunch in the belief that Merlin and Gilgorgon will be able to stave off any number of the dark elves that can come against them, it seemed obvious that we needed to prevent them calling up any reinforcements. 

I wrote out our intentions in a message to the High Fairy. And then we turned our focus to our immediate problem – what to do about the dark elves here. 

I reasoned that even though they outnumbered us five to one, we should easily be able to bypass and leave them behind. 

Rumble agreed with me. But…

Noralei proposed that we trap and kill them all. I was aghast… and at the same time – found the bloodlust intensifying within me too. 

Dunfallon was all for trapping them, but I do not believe he was thinking of anything beyond that. 

That is when I heard sniggering coming from the Will’o’the Wisp’s cage.

The Fairy Diary Day 318 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I received a note back from the High Fairy. He reported that the advance of Nililitil’s forces has stalled before the fortifications of the stronghold mentioned by our dwarfish guides. They are despairing of taking it any time soon. All attempts to circumvent the city have been blocked and they observe dark elf troops coming and going via the Low-way. 

There was some good news, his excellency added that Merlin says that Gilgorgon and his dwarves are fully prepared to repel any dark elves coming their way. (Merlin would prefer to move the dragon eggs, but Gilgorgon refuses. The wizard has a concern that possession of the eggs is having an undue influence on him).

Our guides tell us that we are two villages away from the passage spur that branches to the east and ultimately to the mountain of the Gilgorgon dwarves. They keep us going at a good pace but do dwell on entertaining histories at certain points we pass. Dunfallon uses the opportunity to school them in pixie traps and even leaves a few examples. 

Noralei confides to me that the further along we go on the Low-way the stranger she feels. I sense it too. I can only call it what she does. A rising bloodlust. 

The Fairy Diary Day 308 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Much time passed before we heard again from the High Fairy. In the meantime there were rumbles of activity out to our front. Noralei investigated a number of times but could see nothing. 

After the prompting from the High Fairy, I took up the pendant and summoned Merlin. 

We were so glad to see him. For we were at the point of retreating due to the ghostly goings on. The instant he appeared all of it ceased. 

The wizard told us that there is a large army of dark elves between us and the canyonlands’ entrance. The dead discovered there, had been under a frenzy spell that goaded them to their last-ditch effort. Very effective but short lived. Nililitil’s forces have entered once again and have taken up the pursuit. 

Merlin asked for the map from Rumble and drew some new features onto it. But when Dunfallon mentioned that this passage is the Low-way of the dwarves, the wizard’s face turned ashen.

“I must leave immediately for Gilgorgon’s mountain to warn him,” he said. He stated his fear that the dark elves may be drawn to the two dragon’s eggs he left in the dwarves’ care. And added there are stories that a long unused passage from Gilgorgon’s mountain connects to the Low-way of the dwarves.

The Fairy Diary Day 307 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

After our huddle upon rising from our rest, my pendant became warm to the touch and flashed intermittently. It may have been due to a message that came in on the scroll from the High Fairy. 

It brought news that Nililitil’s forces had finally been able to break into the canyonlands’ entrance to this passage which we now know to be the dwarf Low-way. 

What they found was most disturbing. All the dark elves in that vicinity had expired in place. What had been a formidable host the day before was now a carpet of empty husks. 

Nililitil’s forces fell over one another in fleeing the sight. They did not want to fall prey to whatever had destroyed the dark elves. 

Merlin will investigate and asks us to stay where we are for now, and to summon him to this place when the High Fairy messages next.

The Fairy Diary Day 304 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

A reply from the High Fairy acknowledged my message and assured us that our request had been received by the Dromadil pixies and will soon be put in motion by the goblins. 

From him we also learned that a contingent of the dark elves was holding the entrance to the underground passage down in the canyonlands and all attempts at forcing them back by Nililitil’s forces have failed. 

We have had some difficulties ourselves. The floor of the passageway is no longer level and in fact is broken up more and more – especially in the areas where streams bubble up and pass across our path and out by their own course. I can imagine some cases in which this whole passageway is overflowed with raging torrents. 

I am so thankful that now is not the case.