The Fairy Diary Day 435 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

What Gnoston told us along the way about the secrets of the capital of Artoxon rendered us speechless. And awestruck. 

Long ago to counter the invasion of the dark elves Bifitz followed the chosen strategy of Artoxon to hide the capital from them. The ancient goblin, having observed in his youth turtles retracting their heads within their shells, took that idea and designed mechanisms to lower his underground city even further underground. Making it thereby invisible. 

And once the danger from the elves was past, the city again was raised to its normal level. 

But a different strategy was implemented against the incursion of Gilgorgon. The citizens were evacuated into the stronghold surrounding Artoxon’s apartments, and the city (and Bifitz’s palace) were left in place as a trap for Gilgorgon and his dwarves. 

(Hence why Gnoston was told he was too late to enter).

Once Gilgorgon arrived and all were in the capital, it sunk down, entrapping them. 

All at once we understood everything. Why we could not find the capital- and why Gilgorgon was no where to be found. 

Merlin’s remark – “Astounding,” said it all. 

At the wizard’s prodding I took out my scroll and wrote a hasty note to the High Fairy requesting help. 

The Fairy Diary Day 414 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I cannot begin to fully imagine what our goblin friend is going through. His sadness and disappointment dogged his every step today. And those feelings spilled over onto the hatchling, who was sluggish and clung solely to the training staff. 

Dunfallon wanted to pay an unannounced visit to the other goblin location and snap up a few other dragon training devices, but I vetoed that idea and ordered him to focus on directing our way towards Merlin’s castle. Which may mean crossing the river again. 

As we were going along I fell into a conversation with Rumble, since we have left the goblins behind he sensed less opposition to our movement which led him to speculate that it had been an enchantment put in place by them as a reaction to the dark elf incursion at the time of Gibley’s kidnapping. 

This brought to my mind the memory of Gibley’s uncle staring at us. And the flicker of fear I saw in his eyes as they took in the sight of my pendants. 

It was a reminder also to check the scroll. And therein was written a new note from the High Fairy. Merlin was now ready and willing to answer our summons.

The Fairy Diary Day 382 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We were quite some distance from Artoxon’s capital before my companions questioned me about my choice of directions. Rumble, in particular, thought we should return straightaway and deliver Artoxon’s demands to their estranged brethren. And Noralei agreed – adding the thought that we had no business paying a call to the goblins until we had done so. 

The words were no sooner out of her mouth when Merlin appeared before us. Together we gave him a report of our missions so far. And I committed into his care the scroll with Artoxon’s demands – which he graciously agreed to deliver for us. 

Before the wizard took leave of us he thanked me for the summons (the High Fairy had alerted him to the necessity), and encouraged us to persevere in our search for the dragon and the other egg.

The Fairy Diary Day 381 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I do believe that the Artoxon’s chambers are more ornate than when we were here last. With the defeat and departure of the dark elves, the wealth from the recovered mines has obviously flooded into his vaults and it is clear that the overflow was on display everywhere we looked.

It was a difference that we also saw reflected in the demeanor of the dwarf king. He was more expansive – less explosive – I might say gracious. (But Dunfallon simply described him as less stingy). 

We believed that this boded well for our mission as ambassadors. So, I wasted no time in presenting to him a scroll that Gilgorgon had sent with us. He took it from me with a smile, but instead of opening and reading it he handed it off to Bifitz who in turn delivered another scroll to me. 

He explained that it contained their demands that must be agreed to even before they would deign to look at Gilgorgon’s message. 

Since there seemed little reason to talk further we begged to be excused and allowed to go on our way.

The Fairy Diary Day 379 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We all feel like failures. We came to the dwarves out of a concern for their safety – a fear that they might have been in great peril. And though we can now see, thankfully, there were no grounds for our concern, to be dismissed out of hand for the desire on our part for their wellbeing hurts very much. 

Couple that with our renewed request today to meet with Artoxon as ambassadors from Gilgorgon being rebuffed by Bifitz only completed the feelings of uselessness. 

I jotted a note to the High Fairy on the scroll, then fell into a discussion with my friends as to our next step. 

Dunfallon is all for ignoring Bifitz’s objections and for sneaking down to see Artoxon. Rumble and Noralei half agreed with him, but then with second thoughts Noralei proposed that we travel up to check on the goblins and inquire after any dragon activity with them. 

We all agreed with her proposal and I sent another note off to his excellency. And I left word with Bifitz’s clerk of our intent to depart soon.

The Fairy Diary Day 359 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon’s eagle had returned without its rider. According to Merlin he disappeared somewhere between Gilgorgon’s mountain and Nonin-gal-dith. 

My immediate thought was that he was headed home to his own pixie burrow, but then I remembered that Willie’s bog was in that vicinity too. 

With the wizard’s approval I dashed off a note on the scroll to the High Fairy and asked him to send word to the pixies to be on the lookout for Dunfallon. 

Then Merlin took all of us to Gilgorgon’s mountain. 

What should have been a gladsome time was dampened by our fears for our friend. Gilgorgon already had dwarves out looking for him. 

We settled in for the night to prepare for the search tomorrow. 

Each of us is anxious for our friend. Particularly Noralei. 

The Fairy Diary Day 353 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I released a thankful pixie from the library today. Rumble and I sent Dunfallon to check out two locations that I uncovered in my research. They are known, not only for mines that produce crystals, but they also have the artisans with the abilities to fashion enchanted vessels from them. 

Rumble supplied him with a map with landmarks that will guide him to his destinations. Before departing Merlin took him aside and coached him on what to look for – and what to say and what to do when interacting with the artisans in particular. 

A happy pixie was soon winging forth on his golden eagle.

Rumble and I returned to our work in the mines of the library. We changed our focus from those places in or near the land with no name, to other possibilities more distant. 

I was interrupted in my task once again by a note on the scroll from the High Fairy. Noralei is now ready to return. 

I informed Merlin, and before I cracked open the next book she was with us in Merlin’s castle.

The Fairy Diary Day 352 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Dunfallon joined me in the library this morning. He began to regale me with stories of his flight here – but feeling the pressure to be about business I suggested he save his stories for the evening, especially when we all can be together. He soon got bored with the topic of crystals and wandered across to the tomes about dragons. 

I received a note from the High Fairy on my scroll informing me that Rumble was ready to return to us. Noralei, however, was not. She will be coming – just not now. 

I told Merlin and he left immediately to retrieve our friend. 

Rumble was soon at my side in the library and I set him the task to look through the maps for any on the lands that I found referenced in the books on crystals. 

Come the evening Dunfallon treated us to some of his adventures on the way here – all save for one – he said he was saving one for when we are all together – meaning when Noralei is back in the fold.

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 290 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I felt we have yet to plumb the depths of our situation. Something else lay behind the predicament of these tortured goblins. We needed to continue our exploration here below. 

We kept to yesterday’s decision and stayed together. We crossed around the shaft from the barracks offshoot to the treasury one. Immediately upon entry my pendant lit up and floated up to eye level. 

Thus I was able to see what none of my companions could. There lining the walls into the treasury were goblins hanging from shackles. The glow from the treasures beyond drew us onward past the pleading voices. 

My pendant also allowed me to see the pattern of the way the jewels and coins and precious metals were laid out. 

Before I could stop him Dunfallon was down on all fours scooping up some loose coins. Rumble and I scooped him up and carefully replaced the money. 

The treasury had been arranged as a nest for a dragon’s egg and the goblins left in place to feed it upon hatching. 

We retraced our steps and I composed a message to the High Fairy on the scroll. And summoned Merlin.