The Fairy Diary Day 362 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We parted company with Corbet today just before we passed into the territory of the pixies. The young man was very apprehensive at the prospect of falling prey to their pranks. 

(He’s heard too many stories about encounters his people have had with pixies that downright scare him. And probably our mention of the name of the pixie we will be visiting – Nailbiter – has only deepened his fears).

We bid him goodbye as he set off to find his way around the pixie lands. Rumble had enjoyed their talks together, so he was saddened to see him go. 

First things first, we wanted to check out Dunfallon’s favorite spot which he once had shown us. From memory Noralei lead us into the cozy little hollow. 

There we found some signs of recent occupation – but as to whether or not they were those of our pixie none could say for certain. 

With the day far spent by that time, we decided to pass the night here.

The Fairy Diary Day 337 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

At long last Dunfallon returned – with great news. He and the Laguayilian troops led by our friend Navril, ambushed the three dark elves carrying the dragon egg. It was a costly success, for that dark elf warrior maimed or killed nearly half their party. Dunfallon and his eagle prevented Navril from being decapitated by distracting that warrior as he swung his ax and in a mighty riposte Navril actually did the deed on him with one stroke of his sword. (There is some concern that a bit of his blood fell on the shell of the dragon egg and was absorbed). The egg is on the way to the care and keeping of the High Fairy. 

A band of Dromadil pixies had arrived late for the battle, but continued here with them, all as volunteers for the assault on the dark elf stronghold. Dunfallon wants his fellow pixies with him as they poke around looking for the hidden entrance into the dark elf stronghold. They descended to our junction single file and followed down the narrow passage to the next junction above the stronghold gate. 

Navril’s elves filed in after them but had to stoop while they remained in these smaller confines. 

Thus we thought it best that they set up their camp down in the Low-way. 

About that time we noticed that Willie was missing from his cage.

The Fairy Diary Day 300 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Noralei told us that we have passed the last landmark that she remembers from her first foray. There where the passage had swollen into a huge cavern were many structures fashioned from wood brought from above. 

It was impressive, but unidentifiable as to origin. Dunfallon said the scale is all wrong for pixies, and added that goblins would not have added the decorative touches that exist throughout. 

Rumble put forth a guess that it just might be fairy made. 

Intriguing. 

We discussed whether or not it might be the place to stop the next wave of dark elves. 

We decided instead to press on.

The Fairy Diary Day 299 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The goblin king and the leaders of the Dromadil pixies are content with the groundwork that Dunfallon laid in talks with them. The goblins will stay where they are. The pixies were never intent on moving back to their ancestral home, but will maintain a small presence on the level with their great burrow. They are more interested in the area on the surface around the shaft (Rumble helped in that regard and took some steps to bring back the plant life).

I was relieved for that released us to continue as planned. 

As Noralei had ventured the furthest into the main passage, we gladly gave over the lead to her. And Dunfallon was happy to be by her side, holding Willie in his cage to help light the way. 

(Hawk was turned over to the pixies – he’ll be safer with them rather than with the goblins).

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 259 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Last night Dunfallon  monopolized all the questions in our meeting with Merlin. (None of us minded, as they were all questions to which we wanted answers too).

All is well in Dromadil. Relations among the pixies, fairies, and elves of the light are for the most part harmonious. Geog is well and is called upon by each group in turn when his great strength is needed for a task. There was nothing to report about Grimace, nor any other trolls in the thrall of the enemy. 

The wizard did have some encouraging news. For some reason, the Dromadil pixies have been able to penetrate the enchanted barrier beyond the crystalline tower. They are hoping to locate the enemy soon. 

In closing the meeting Merlin announced his imminent departure. 

The day on ship passed without incident. We are closing quickly upon the land of the dark elves. Barring any new adverse situation we should make landfall sometime tomorrow. 

In the afternoon Merlin gathered us to bid us goodbye. And to relay to us the results of his examination of the rope used to immobilize the rudder – he is certain that it was made from the ugly black plant and thus from the land of the dark elves. He has seen similar cordage inside the crystalline tower.

The Fairy Diary Day 238 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Before leaving Laguayil, Nililitil presented us with a passport that will cover wherever we desire to go within the kingdom of the elves of light. It further requires obedience to any request we may make of any of his subjects. This should be particularly helpful in securing a ship for us. 

We had a new message on my scroll from the High Fairy. He congratulated us for finally setting out and urged us to make all speed. Something is brewing up in the land of the dark elves and he would like us to lift the veil. He is especially concerned because the Faerie Queen has ordered her troops to march to Dromadil to ally with the pixies and the Laguayilian elves when they get there. 

We are making good progress, and all are in good spirits. Rumble and Noralei are excited to have Dunfallon back with us.

The Fairy Diary Day 232 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

It was decided that the Dromadilian ambassador would return immediately (with the precious item that was the source of the rift between the two peoples). And by their new agreement the Dromadil pixies will send their scouts across the lake to surveil the enemy. 

So once again we bid Dunfallon goodbye as he flew off with the ambassador. Beforehand we all had begged him to return with all dispatch. For we each feel the pressure to be off to do our part on our special mission. 

In the meantime Nililitil commanded the first batch of his forces to commence their march on the land of the dark elves. 

He also is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Merlin.

The Fairy Diary Day 231 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Our sadness lifted the instant Dunfallon landed with his eagle, accompanied by an ambassador from the Dromadil pixies. They were rushed immediately into the Laguayil council chamber where Nililitil received them with much pomp and ceremony. 

While the ambassador negotiated with the Laguayilian leader, Dunfallon filled us in about his latest adventures. 

He looked hard and long for these pixies, and at last uncovered them in burrows beside a lake that sits across from the former land of the dark elves. He was received as a great curiosity at first but when he explained that he was there on the behalf of the elves of light he was almost expelled bodily. 

On a whim our pixie scavenged the area and discovered the presence of the infamous black plants. 

After disposing them, even Dunfallon, as well as the Dromadilians were horrified to see the black crystalline structure across the lake from their burrow. 

From that moment it was easy to convince these other pixies the need to reach out to their former allies. 

And as if that wasn’t enough to rejoice about – before their ambassador had been selected to return with him – who should show up in the burrow of the Dromadilians but our missing wizard. 

And with a twinkle in his eye, our pixie informed us that Merlin will soon be with us here in Laguayil – once he has helped stave off an imminent attack. 

The Fairy Diary Day 224 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We saw Dunfallon off on his eagle this morning. Rumble had copied out a map for him for the last known whereabouts of the Dromadil pixies. For as such they are known. 

We watched from the highest point of Laguayil until they were out of sight. Then, Noralei and Rumble turned to me and asked what we should be doing next. 

I said that though I felt strongly our next destination was the coast to seek passage to the former land of the dark elves, we shall not continue on until the return of our friend. And perhaps more importantly I will not feel free to depart from our new allies until they are settled in their role for dealing with the crisis.

“Patience, for now ” I added, “will be the paramount virtue.”