The Fairy Diary Day 633 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

 I saw some strange scribblings on this page of my diary, in the space upon which I would have written yesterday. Perhaps Merlin was noting down his thoughts for a spell.

All have been working tirelessly. I  have had no time, nor inclination to note down our experiences all day yesterday. Nor even until late today.

I do not know if I can remember everything. 

We were then, and we still are in a fever to reach the island, the only land in view. And we must get there before the dragons return from our world. (We assume they are our missing dragons – Cluyjil and Rayjil).

But who knows what the former queen and her Caretaker have done to them. Will we have to fight them? And how will Conjil react to them if they do? She is currently recovering from her exertions in keeping us afloat. Gibley and Dunfallon traded off times seeing to her care.

Noralei talked Nora into transporting her on ahead to the island. As always he went willingly and I watched as he frolicked over the swells pushing against us. It took all the skills of Captain Goff to keep us moving forward after them.

Merlin is confident we will arrive at the island in time, and he is hard at work concealing our ship from the eyes on the island. He constantly moves from his cabin to his place on the prow, then back again. I try not to intrude nor throw off his concentration.

Thankfully Captain Goff keeps me on the move too. Rumble and I are the only ones fully engaged in sailing the ship, with Gibley or Dunfallon filling in as necessary.

The Fairy Diary Day 631 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Captain Goff was unrelenting in his drive to save his ship. Before we could seriously examine our surroundings all hands were called to save her. 

Most manned the pumps to expel the water weighing her down. Gibley remained atop Conjil and together could do nothing other than pull on the ship to keep it on the surface. In sympathy Nora swam by their side. 

As we kept at the pumps, Merlin seemed curiously unconcerned for our plight. When I went to his cabin to check on him, he turned to me and said, “Carry on. I have total faith in your abilities.” Then he resumed his study of his seers stone. Curiously I noticed that he had my scroll and my diary open on the table beside the object of his study. 

As we gained momentum on the flood, Dunfallon asked to be relieved to check on his “army.” He was fearful some may have been lost overboard. The Captain released him from his station at the pump, and the pixie called a muster roll for his troops. 

After Gibley secured Conjil back aboard, Merlin returned my items to me with the request to check the latest message on the scroll. Emminie had written that the Frost Fairies were in retreat and the two dragons that had appeared in their support had flown away to the west. 

So, the wizard’s guess had proven right. 

And off in the distance was an island like I had seen in the seers stone. With a tower atop a mountain. 

The Fairy Diary Day 630 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We arrived at what we believe to be the passage through this endless barrier of islands and shallow water. All indications – the voice from Dunfallon’s ring – my pendants- and the seers stone – agreed that this is the way we are to go. 

This time Gibley took Conjil up and scouted ahead. Upon his return the goblin pronounced the middle of the channel adequate for the passage of our vessel. He also reported a strange reflection on the face of the water – a series of rungs on a ladder that continued up the expanse of the sky. 

Merlin sprang up at this news and called for Conjil to be harnessed to the ship. And said simply, “We are going up!”

Gibley and Noralei saw to that task. And Dunfallon went to check on his “army.”

I do believe that Conjil divined what was expected of her, and submitted readily. 

Captain Goff pointed the ship into the channel with the help of Rumble and me. Gibley atop Conjil went over the side and they swam to the front. And like the time before with the wagons, the wizard waved his staff and the dragon and the ship slipped from the water and rose into the sky on the ethereal ladder which we could then see was a flow of water cascading down from above. 

A cry came from behind us, “Wait ! Take me too!”

It was Nora the water horse. And Merlin with Noralei’s help roped him along side. 

We passed through some rain, then a cloud, and then an absolute deluge before surfacing upon another vast ocean.

The Fairy Diary Day 627 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Gibley has declared himself over his seasickness. He has also learned “the ropes,” as it were. Captain Goff is pleased with his progress and is doubly pleased that he can pull his own weight about the ship. 

Since the goblin could fill in for me on the watch with Dunfallon, I was free to take Conjil up to reconnoiter the islands ahead. However, the pixie came to me and asked permission to go in my place. The voice from his ring was insistent about going up for a look around. 

I put him off by telling him he could go up tomorrow. Last night, I had a sighting from the seers stone that I felt I had to look for. There was a high tower-like rock atop a mountain that looked to be a perfect spot for the Crack of Doom. 

So, with the Captain’s blessing and another cautionary word from Merlin, I took the dragon up. 

It was a perfect day for flying. From the deck of the ship it had been beautiful, but from above it was glorious. Conjil soared with exhilaration, yet remained responsive to my touch. 

We maintained a high altitude. I thought it best, given Merlin’s instruction. The islands we came over first were numerous. And may prove a problem to navigate through. And none of them possessed anything like the mountain from the seers stone. I turned back in frustration. 

The Fairy Diary Day 626 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

I thought that Conjil was going to be the next victim of seasickness. She looked a little unsteady to me and had no appetite- even for some fresh fire plants. But Noralei thought she only needed to spread her wings. And after she got permission from the Captain, she took her up. (Gibley was still getting over his malady, so he gladly gave place to Noralei). 

Upon their return Conjil looked fine and folded herself back into her space on the deck. Noralei then met with Merlin and me to tell us that from above they could make out a string of islands about three days away, and an even larger landfall about triple that distance away. 

This was welcome news. And was an indication of a better use of the dragon’s abilities rather than towing the ship. It should prove helpful in locating our former queen as with the seers stone we only have a general direction. 

I want to go up on her tomorrow to see if I can recognize anything I have seen via the seers stone. Merlin has reservations about getting too close and will allow it only if I exercise extreme caution. 

The Fairy Diary Day 623 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Revellers filled the streets throughout the day for the moon flower bloom festival. Dunfallon asked permission to join his elvish friends in the celebration. But I asked him to hold off until our preparations shipboard were complete – at least those of his responsibility – seeing to it that his “army” was safely stowed aboard. I wanted to have everything prepared for our departure tomorrow, pending of course, the return of Noralei and Gibley and the dragon, Conjil.

 The pixie soon completed his task in record time – and was about to go off to seek his friends, when I thought of another important task. While Rumble went off to dispose of the wagons, which we no longer needed, I asked Dunfallon’s help to fashion a dragon harness to pull our vessel. He agreed as it was rather a simple task, for he just recovered the harness used with the wagons, and rigged up a device to which it could be attached to the ship.

Dunfallon was putting the final touches to this, when Merlin returned with a sailor in tow. We both recognized our former shipmate, the elf Goff. The wizard announced that he would be the captain of the ship. And for his part Goff declared that he was encouraged to have such an experienced crew as Dunfallon, Rumble, and myself. And when I told him that Noralei would also be in our crew, he smiled with satisfaction.

After looking over the ship, our new captain declared it ready and dismissed us all to partake in the celebration of the moon flower festival.

Rumble and Dunfallon gladly went off, accompanied by Goff. As Merlin was staying with the ship, I chose to stay with him and talk over the coming voyage.

The Fairy Diary Day 260 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

We are now safely ashore on the land whose name no one will utter – in an abandoned fishing village. How that came to pass is a very surprising story. 

As our ship was drawing closer to our destination we could at last make out some features along the shore. Per Rumble’s map a fishing village was situated somewhere nearby. As it came into our view, we all observed a slow change in the captain. His reluctance to proceed grew greater in direct proportion to our proximity to the shore. 

In fact he called a halt and brought the ship about and anchored when the harbor of the village was yet a good distance off. He refused to go further, giving as reason the lack of charts for this coast and the clear evidence of rocks and shoals ahead.

I was about to protest, when Noralei spoke up and told me it was not necessary to take the ship any closer. She had had a dream last night and in obedience to the same she mounted to the top of the mast and blew on a horn borrowed from Dorgone. 

In two wing beats, Nora, the water horse appeared at the stern, frolicking in great excitement to encounter us again. 

And he agreed to ferry each of us ashore.

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 257 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

The worst of our recent ordeal is over. I almost don’t have the energy to write it all down. And I wonder if I have the ability to note it down with any degree of coherence. 

I’ll try my best and just go in order. 

First there was the unending night in which our vessel was spun about ceaselessly. We hung on to each other and whatever came to hand that was solid on the ship. 

When daylight came again (we assume it was the next day), we discovered that one of our number was gone. The sailor called Hawk was nowhere to be found. But we had no respite to consider this circumstance at length, for the sea around us was marching at us with waves as high as mountains. Rumble, Noralei and myself banded together and exerted our combined powers to carry the ship over the highest waves. 

It was on one of these efforts that Rumble discovered that the ship’s rudder had been immobilized. Under Dorgone’s instruction, we freed it up. 

Finally with our resources clearly faltering, I grasped the pendant gifted to me by Merlin and summoned him to our aid. 

In an instant the wizard was on the deck. He raised his arms and the flash of light emanating from his hands leveled the sea in all directions. 

We thronged him gladly, and were glader still when he dismissed us to go below for rest. While he held vigil.

The Fairy Diary Day 252 #TFDbyRWOz2

Meribabell writes:

Rumble and I got called up in the middle of the night in order to help that watch with a severe change in the weather. The wind had freshened finally, but was blowing head on to us. 

Dorgone and his two elf sailors taught us how to tack the ship. We soon had the ship obeying our will and running westerly. 

Once the new course was established Rumble and I turned in below. 

Come our shift in the morning, we found the ship’s heading still the same. Though the captain was content that we are gaining to the west, at the same time we are being pushed further to the south. 

Thus things continued throughout the day. And before the approach of night, dark clouds were massing over the land to the north. Rumble and I went below with the knowledge that we again may be called up in the night.