The Fairy Diary Day 498 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Before we set out again this morning Merlin shared the results of his extra time in the quarry yesterday. Through close observation he had figured out how to follow the Maulfors in their movements under the mountain branching out from the quarry. This was new to Glossom – though somewhat skeptical he was willing to test it. 

Thus we re-entered the same entrance as yesterday and followed the wizard’s lead to some fresh signs of worm passage. 

The goblins were impressed. We were soon running in passageways hitherto unknown to them. However the gems left behind had a reddish tone, not a purple one. Merlin took them anyway in order to see what he could do with these particular crystals. 

We were almost back to the main quarry when a Maulfor came crashing through a wall chewing everything in sight. 

This one had never met a pixie before. 

Dunfallon within the space of two wingbeats had the front of the beast sliced off from the back, and from its slimy innards out slipped a purplish stone. I scooped it up to the applause of all present.

And we returned to Glossom’s with gladness. 

The Fairy Diary Day 489 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Come time to set out for the stronghold city I was almost too full to move. This feasting of late slows me down considerably. Looking around at my companions I saw a similar effect at work in them – all except in the case of Merlin. He seemed ready to march nonstop all the way to our destination. 

Even more traffic was traveling the Low-way of the dwarves. Most of it headed towards the capital. Many times our party had to yield to the traffic headed in that direction – huge caravans carting building materials and there were other transports headed in that direction which we knew were ferrying metals from the mines, judging by the amount of soldiers guarding them. 

During one of the instances we were waiting Dunfallon excitedly brought to us a new arrival – our friend Gnoston. He wanted to know if I would send a message to the High Fairy – but before I could answer him, Fliget saw him and took him away from us. 

I asked Dunfallon if he knew why Gnoston wanted to contact his excellency. The pixie shook his head. 

We had the distinct feeling afterwards that our friend was being kept from us. 

The Fairy Diary Day 486 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Gilgorgon had been expecting our arrival, so we were ushered into the great hall and seated for a feast. Herblas was every where directing the provisioning of the table. I was watching Gibley whom I could tell was overwhelmed by the extent and variety of the fare placed before us. I do not believe his eyes could be any bigger. He soon had his plate overflowing too. 

No talk about our reasons for being here was allowed. That was held off until this morning. 

Even then we were waiting on Dunfallon, who had been up all night playing nine pins with his friends and talking with Gabhe, the mountain goat. 

After the pixie took his place at the long table, Merlin – with Gilgorgon’s permission, began the meeting. 

The wizard put forth the question that lay heavily on my mind – what had happened to Artoxon and Bifitz? We knew from the High Fairy that they had been banished. But what then after that?

The dwarf king sighed deeply, then called over a member of his guard. This burly dwarf relayed how he had been assigned to observe that the pair had left their former kingdom. They sought refuge in the villages of the former dark elves, but were turned down again and again. 

One day they fell prey to a rampaging troll who smashed them to bits and ate them. 

Thus I knew why they were sighted on the other side. And must still be there. 

The Fairy Diary Day 485 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

When I saw Dunfallon this morning he was ascending the stairs from the dungeon. Before I could say a word, he headed off my rebuke by assuring me he was all prepared to depart and now even more so as he had grilled Willie as to why he was here. The pixie is confident that the Wisp is powerless to effect any trouble for us – despite his screeching nonstop that our world will soon be his master’s. 

Gibley turned Rayjil over to Rumble’s care after tearfully bidding her goodbye. In the midst of this a message came in on my scroll from the High Fairy. He reports all well back at the repository but does put in a request for some fire plants to keep there for Cluyjil. 

I took his request to Merlin. And he decided that we would see to it after our return from the dwarf kingdoms – unless a critical situation developed in which case we appointed Rumble to take care of it. 

I informed Rumble of this arrangement, telling him if we had not returned in three days, to see to it that the fire plants were transported to the High Fairy. Before I left him my friend pressed a present into my hand – for Dunfallon. It was a cloak of invisibility – pixie size. With the help of the owl he had fashioned one from part of his old cloak. I could only guess why he gave it to me and not to the pixie himself.

At long last feeling all was in order the wizard transported Dunfallon, Gibley, and myself to Gilgorgon’s mountain. 

The Fairy Diary Day 480 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The High Fairy spent the bulk of the day working with Dunfallon as the pixie put Cluyjil through his paces. I popped in and out of their sessions and was pleased to observe that the crystal is glowing longer and longer between the dragon breaths. 

Most of the time, however, I sat with Noralei up beside the Crack of Doom, discussing her experiences on the other side – trying to pull from her memory the things she did not write about. 

She had much to relate about the feelings that plagued her there. Fear being tantamount. She believes something must be done to protect our spirits when we return there so we can keep moving forward. I told her I would talk with Merlin for I believe my pendants may just be all we need for the desired protection. 

Then I asked her who she thought Hawk was referring to in his warning for the future. I was thinking they might be Artoxon and Bifitz and was wondering what had happened to them and where they might be right now. 

The Fairy Diary Day 476 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We had a bit of a scare, over a false alarm as it turned out. There are black birds and then there is that black bird. I realize that it was due to my failure in properly describing the one to be on the lookout for. It is so much bigger than the normal crow or raven. And it acts in such a suspicious manner that it always calls attention to itself. It practically exudes malevolence. 

The Caretaker is satisfied with the swiftness of his troops in reacting to a threat. So, I guess we can consider it in a positive light overall. 

Dunfallon returned with Cluyjil just as the emergency was ending. He brought with him five different green crystals that he collected along the way. The pixie and Noralei will test each one. 

We are hopeful that one will prove to be what we are looking for. 

The Fairy Diary Day 470 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Strange how things come about and when they do – one can see that it is all a matter of timing. 

Thus, with the arrival of Dunfallon and Cluyjil, Noralei came up with a solution – a substitute for her proposed measure. She believes that with the proper training Cluyjil would make the perfect protector for the bell. Merlin and I agreed and with a little persuasion we were able to win over the High Fairy and the Caretaker. 

Dunfallon is all for it and is already considering how to train Cluyjil for this very important role. Of course, the Caretaker must have the ultimate command of the dragon, so he will have to be trained also, but perhaps Noralei would be a better choice than the pixie for that task. 

There will be very interesting days ahead for all of us. 

The Fairy Diary Day 469 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The sudden appearance of Dunfallon caught everyone off guard. And because he brought Cluyjil with him (or vice versa) a small furor was raised among the fairy troops guarding the entrance. 

The Caretaker was beside himself at what he considered to be an effrontery to his authority. Thankfully the High Fairy and Merlin soothed his jangled nerves – until the worthy commandant asked the obvious question as to how a pixie and a dragon had found the hidden repository for the Crack of Doom.  

Back at Nonin-gal-dith, Dunfallon and his team (which included Rumble and Gibley) had learned that dragons have an innate sense as to the location of this most dangerous of bells. 

It was in that moment that I understood why it was that our enemy had set his sights on obtaining a dragon through his various agents. 

Now more than ever it falls to us to keep that from happening. 

The Fairy Diary Day 462 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

To her credit the Queen brought balance and great calm to the situation after such disquieting news. She called for her prime minister to meet with the High Fairy and Merlin to go over this latest development. 

It was readily apparent that there was no immediate danger so we set out to be methodical in how we came at these new problems. The Queen ordered the Crack of Doom to be moved back to its hiding place. And we decided that Dunfallon should take Rayjil to Nonin-gal-dith, to be kept there with Cluyjil under the pixie’s care and that of Rumble. 

I was all set to question Noralei and Gibley about their experiences when Noralei surprised me with her own account, written down while they were on the other side. It was therefore clear to me that I should read through it first. 

In this Noralei agreed, but said she wanted to preface my reading by relating the fact that it all began with a sighting of the Will’o’the Wisp. This startled all of us. 

So I sat with the High Fairy and Merlin and we read her scroll together. 

The Fairy Diary Day 460 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Although the Faerie Queen set things in motion yesterday by dispatching her personal aide to where the Crack of Doom is held in secret, Dunfallon and I were sent back to our quarters again – to wait. A fact that was not as grating on my pixie friend as before with the promise that the bell was to be delivered to a tower on the inner wall of the queen’s castle. There the Queen’s carpenters under the High Fairy’s supervision were assigned to prepare a scaffolding for it. 

We joined them when Merlin returned with representatives from the dwarves, the elves and the goblins. The wizard has calculated the necessity of each having a hand in the ringing of the bell. All responded willingly. 

So, after Dunfallon helped lash the bell to the framework of the scaffolding and most importantly of all had immobilized its clapper from swinging, we were ready to begin. The pixie and I lined up with the other representatives from the other lands around the object Rumble had fashioned and awaited the Queen’s order. 

At her nod we rammed the bell striker at the Crack of Doom.

Kkkkkkrackkkk!!!

We felt the sound first through our hands on the striker. Then in the air speeding away from the tower in a deep sonorous roar. 

Then the wait began.