April 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm #44654ArroyoGuest
The reason I started this story was because I thought that there might be more kids who want to do a collaborative story so if you want to join
You can type in what your character likes and doesn’t like,and stuff like that.I was also thinking we could just make up the story as we go,
But I don’t want there to be 10 main characters so the limit is 5
PS.I’m joining so there are only 4 spots left,hope to here from someone soon
April 4, 2020 at 4:29 pm #44664Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Arroyo: I’m here to help you get started, but I can’t stay. (Sorry, I’m limiting the number of pages I should consistently post on on here and I’ve filled up.)
As soon as you have a lot of people wanting to join, I’ll bow out. 😉 Maybe I’ll kill my character or something. *laughs evilly*
Anyway, what kind of story are you thinking?
April 4, 2020 at 6:53 pm #44669OREOGuest
Well I was thinking maybe fantasy because we can make up any kind of animals or people we want like what Andrew Peterson did,making up toothie cows and all,I mean if any one wants to switch things around and turn it into a mystery of something,but then i’m not sure the story would be as good,I still am not sure how the story should start, but when we do start I didn’t think we needed a story line,I thought we could just think of the story line along the way.
So if anyone has an idea of how start the story feel free to tell me.
April 4, 2020 at 6:58 pm #44670OREOGuest
Oh,just so you know I changed my name to OREO.
April 4, 2020 at 7:04 pm #44671Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I have found out that having a vague idea of a story is a good idea so we don’t get a Civil war soldier, a flying unicorn, and a computer genius in the same story. It might be a good idea if we have a set, well, for lack of a better word, setting. We don’t have to plot out the story, and we don’t have to decide the ending (in fact, deciding the ending kind of ruins the story). How does that sound?
April 4, 2020 at 7:41 pm #44674OREOGuest
I like that idea,but I still don’t have any idea what it should be about.
I have written lot’s of “books”…(none were published)but I never really wrote a fantasy book so I was wondering if you had any ideas for what it should be about?
Or at least now to start it?
April 4, 2020 at 8:14 pm #44680JezzyfreshGuest
One word : dragons.
April 5, 2020 at 1:33 pm #44684Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz: Hey there! I take it you like dragons? We could use those.
April 5, 2020 at 1:33 pm #44685Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Would you like me to post my character? I think I’ve got him planned out.
April 5, 2020 at 1:35 pm #44686Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, maybe we should also decide if we want firearms and advanced weapons like that. Basically, is this more like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?
April 5, 2020 at 1:58 pm #44687OREOGuest
Ok I just had an idea for the story,
It’s kind of a loose story line but I thought it could get us started,
So here it is:
Ok,so it could be about these kids/teenagers whatever,and they leave the home for some reason and search for a hidden city.
That’s as far as I got but I was thinking there could be 2 parts of the story part 1 could be how all the kids/teenagers meet up and search for the city and part 2…well…I guess we can cross that bridge when we come to it.
If you think of any idea’s that you think would make it better then just let me know
PS.if any one else wants to join the r are still 2 spots left!
April 5, 2020 at 2:02 pm #44688OREOGuest
That sound cool,I think it will be fun if we get to make up our own weapons.
April 5, 2020 at 2:20 pm #44689OREOGuest
When I said (that they find a hidden city)I didn’t mean that they find a fairy tale leprechauns and rainbows city,this story is fantasy but I don’t want it to be a fairytale story,
April 5, 2020 at 7:12 pm #44706OREOGuest
I’m so sorry I didn’t see your question till now,
If course you an post your character!!!
I’ll post my character too.
April 5, 2020 at 7:13 pm #44707Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
K, posting character…
April 5, 2020 at 7:15 pm #44709Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Name: Reuben Kenneth
Appearance: Tall and strong, but not especially brawny. Has dirty blonde hair and hazel eyes.
Weapons (if any): Once we decide which weapons are developed, I’ll post Reuben’s weapons.
Clothing: Dark brown trousers, a light grey shirt, leather jerkin, black boots, and dusty brown cloak for warmth.
Likes: Books, fast rides, fighting for what is right.
Dislikes: Arrogance, betrayal, and fear inside of him.
Pet (optional): None. Rides a horse, but doesn’t have one of his own.
April 5, 2020 at 7:18 pm #44710Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, just saw your post on the weapons. I’ll post Reuben’s now.
Weapons: A pistol and sword. Also carries a leather satchel with personal belongings and different weapons in it.
(P.S. I am a girl, but I thought it would be cool to try and act out a boy for once. 🙂 Just thought I’d make that clear.)
April 5, 2020 at 7:20 pm #44711JezzyfreshGuest
Kinan: yes I like dragons…a lot.😁
April 5, 2020 at 7:26 pm #44713Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz: I’ve never really gotten into dragons, although I consider them interesting. My dad doesn’t like the idea of me getting into them, so I try to avoid too many stories with them in it. However, I don’t think he needs to worry. I like horses and elves (Tolkien’s type elves, not Santa Claus helper type elves) better. 🙂 I don’t have anything against dragons, though, and enjoy having them in a story. 😀
April 5, 2020 at 8:18 pm #44718OREOGuest
Made we could add elves in our story!
April 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm #44719OREOGuest
I was planning o n doing the same thing!
April 5, 2020 at 8:29 pm #44723OREOGuest
I’m going to have to think of characters weapons & name
Any suggestions for the name?
April 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm #44741OREOGuest
Name: Jason Arroyo
Appearance:shorter,sturdy,not muscular,but not skinny,
short Dark brown hair,green eyes,
Occupation:spy(he’s semi good at it)
Clothing:usually wears neutral colored clothing for
Likes:spying,learning how to use new weapons & climbing.
Dislikes:being in tight spots,and evil do’were ,
Ps.if anyone wants to have a pet they can.
April 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm #44744Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, yes, lets add elves to the story! As long as their Tolkien type elves, not fairy type elves. 🙂
April 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm #44745Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Although, if we are doing elves, is it ok if I change Reuben into an elf? I’ll change his name and his weapons, but other than that he’ll be the same.
April 6, 2020 at 4:13 pm #44949OREOGuest
ok,I never thought of that, but keeping mine a human
April 6, 2020 at 4:16 pm #44950OREOGuest
I think our whole story should be non fairy tale,
April 6, 2020 at 4:24 pm #44951OREOGuest
KINNAN:I was wondering if you had an idea’s for making the story line better?
April 6, 2020 at 7:23 pm #44959Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
OREO: Nope, no bright ideas here. Why don’t we just go on what we have now, and roll with it? Later on, we’ll probably get struck by such a genius plan we’ll jump out of our seats and shout for joy. Cool? gtg time to eat
April 7, 2020 at 1:33 pm #44975OREOGuest
Ok,so are we ready to start the story?
April 7, 2020 at 3:21 pm #45769Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Here’s Reuben elvified:
Name: Lagoron (it means swift one in Sindarin)
Weapons: Two short swords and a bow.
Clothing: A dull grey/blue tunic, dark grey trousers, black, light (as in weight light, not color light) boots, and a leather satchel.
I am ready to begin!
April 7, 2020 at 7:32 pm #46236OREOGuest
Ptt,ptt,ptt.quietly Jason snuck across the stone floor.he eyed his victim,who had no idea that he was coming.Jason readied his knife,Jason lunged at his victim.Jason grabbed it and pulled it to the ground and sunk his knife into it’s middle,he slices a nice big piece out of his mom’s homemade pie.thus,thud,thud,Jason heard his mom coming he quickly out the piece of pie in his plastic bag,then dove back to his hiding spot.
April 8, 2020 at 5:21 pm #46260Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
That was so good! I thought for sure Jason was spying or on some dangerous mission, so when all he really wanted was a piece of pie I nearly laughed out loud. Good job!!
April 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm #46238OREOGuest
I got to remember to read it over before I hit (SUBMIT)
April 8, 2020 at 5:37 pm #46261Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron walked silently through the pristine trees. He was tense, ready, and alert. But all he’d seen so far was a timid doe and her fawn. Sighing to himself, he wondered if there even was any danger in his home. Surely there was, or his captain wouldn’t have sent him out to scout. Right? Or maybe he just needed to get him out of the way.
As he approached the edge of the woods, Lagoron noted the human’s house. The boy he’d seen hundreds of times was inside, doing some mischief or other. The elf wondered again if the lad knew that there were elves living in the forest behind his hometown (or home, or city. I’m not sure where. A smile twisted Lagoron’s lips as he considered what his captain would do if he walked up to the house and knocked on the door. After a moment’s consideration, Lagoron turned back to the forest. However much he wanted to meet a human, he couldn’t. And that was that.
April 8, 2020 at 5:38 pm #46262Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
*I’m not sure where Jason lives.)
April 9, 2020 at 12:28 pm #46278OREOGuest
I was thinking the town that Jason lives in is called (Knavesmire.)
It’s a German medieval town name that I found on the web.
I was thinking that since your character lives in the forest,you could name the forest.
April 9, 2020 at 5:31 pm #46289Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ooh, Knavesmire. I like it!
How about the Chesalon Woods? Or Chesalon Forest? Or just the Chesalon?
April 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm #46292OREOGuest
April 9, 2020 at 6:59 pm #46304OREOGuest
It was a nice day in knavesmare,the sun was warm on Jason’s back,it wasn’t that windy,but it was windy enough to cool Jason down from running.
Now where should I eat this pie?thought Jason.he thought about eating it in the forest but,he remembered that he was suppose to be spy training.
He wasn’t event half way done with the list that his instructor gave him.
How Jason’s spy training worked was his instructor gave him a list a 50 items.Jason had to steal all the items on the list without being seen…well he wasn’t really stealing,because once he showed all the items to his spy teacher,Jason would give all the items back to there rightful owner.Once Jason collected all the items, he would get to be a higher ranking spy.He had already failed this test twice,he was determined not to fail it again.So far Jason had only gotten 22 items(the pie was just a quick snack)
After quickly eating his piece of pie,Jason looked at his list,#23 GET A PET FROM (MILO’S PET STORE.)
April 10, 2020 at 1:38 pm #46318JazzyfreshGuest
Hello good felows! I was wandering if I could possibly join. I already have a story going ( you both know of it) so I might not post every day but I’ll try to stay updated on this one If I can join.
April 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm #46323OREOGuest
I would be fine if you join Jazzyfresh “AKA” (pineapple)
April 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm #46324JazzyfreshGuest
Anyway I’ll try to think of my character soon.
April 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm #46333Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz: Hey, welcome! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! 🙂
April 10, 2020 at 6:36 pm #46338???Guest
Hey Kinnan!if you want,you can call “Jazzyfresh” (pineapple)
April 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm #46340JazzyfreshGuest
Kinnan: thanks! Also you may be confused about OREO calling me pineapple
And the reason for that is because we actually know each other in real life and when we where trying to make up nicknames for each other she saw a pineapple sitting on the counter behind me,hence the name pineapple. 😒
April 10, 2020 at 6:57 pm #46342OREOGuest
Hey pineapple are you going to type out your character soon?
April 10, 2020 at 6:59 pm #46344OREOGuest
Hey kinnan,your still typing in this collaborative right ?
April 10, 2020 at 7:04 pm #46345JazzyfreshGuest
Ok,OREO just stop I’m serious. You can call me Jazz.
April 11, 2020 at 2:48 pm #46355OREOGuest
KINNAN,I was thinking we could just make up new fantasy animals in our story along the way.But when we do we should type out a separate “page” about that animal.
April 11, 2020 at 6:25 pm #46357Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz & OREO: Is Jazz actually annoyed with the nickname or are you two just kidding around? Sorry, it’s hard to tell online. 🙂
Jazz: If it’s ok with you, I think I’ll call you Jazz. I have three reasons:
1) You seem to like it better than Pineapple.
2) It’s shorter than Pineapple.
3) It has two “z”s in it, which is seriously cool.
April 11, 2020 at 6:43 pm #46358Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron silently watched the young human eat a slice of pie. He’d never had any human food, and the pie sent out an intoxicating aroma. His mouth watered as he thought of the small amount of bread and cheese he’d eaten for a light lunch. He could take the pie from the boy, but he didn’t want to. Besides, the humans had developed many weapons far superior to his bow and swords. However, the elves had come up with their own inventions. Lagoron fingered the pouch at his side, considering what was inside of it. He was not one for the more recent exploding weapons, but some of them, like the ones he carried, were rather useful – and he had to admit intriguing.
Lagoron knew he wouldn’t attack the lad, though. He would rather make friends. But for now, he was in the elves’ militia as a scout, and he had duties. Luckily, the boy was now standing and moving again. Even more luckily, he was going in the direction Lagoron planned to take. Perfect! Lagoron thought to himself. I can follow him and see what he’s up to. Silently, using the cover of the woods, Lagoron stalked the boy, trying to learn more about the world he was forbidden to enter.
April 11, 2020 at 7:31 pm #46361OREOGuest
She was serious.
April 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm #46363OREOGuest
Jason went into Milo’s pet store,it was packed with all different kinds of animals,such as:dogs,cats,pigs,snakes,spear mice,and much more.
Jason decided to sneak a puppy,not only were puppies easy to carry,but they were also easy to hide,and puppies were quiet most of the time.
He casually walked toured the dogs,which were on the opposite side of the pet store that Jason was on.When Jason got over to the dogs He only saw one puppy,he read the name of the puppy,which was on a piece of paper taped to the cage.B-R-A-M-B-E-R,read Jason.He also read 70% OFF!!!
What a real thought Jason,it seemed odd that Milo would sell a perfectly good puppy for such a cheap price.
After looking around to make sure no one was looking,he opened the cage and quickly grabbed Bramber.right after Jason picked Bramber,he bit Jason’s hand.
Just so you know I will type a page about (spear mice tomorrow)
April 11, 2020 at 8:23 pm #46364JazzyfreshGuest
Yes I was serious but I was laughing at the same time.☺ Thank you kinnan for calling me Jazz and not pineapple,I appreciate it.😁 Any way I thought of my character.
Eyes: emerald green
Weapons: sword ( she is really really good at it )
Pet: red horse with black mane named Lander
Clothes: tall black boots, brown pants with leather belt, long sleeve shirt with a leather scabberd strapped across her back
… To be continued. I’ve got to go to bed.😴
April 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm #46370Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Happy Easter, everyone!
He is Risen!!!
April 12, 2020 at 5:19 pm #46374OREOGuest
April 12, 2020 at 6:01 pm #46376JazzyfreshGuest
Amen sister! Happy Easter! 🐣🐇🐣🐤🐇🐰🎉🎊🎉🎉
April 12, 2020 at 6:02 pm #46377OREOGuest
Have you watched THE PASSION?
April 12, 2020 at 6:11 pm #46382JazzyfreshGuest
April 12, 2020 at 6:23 pm #46384OREOGuest
Spear mice are the size of rats.there tails are long and pink,the ends of there tales are sharp like spear,they use there tails to defend them selves,and to hunt there prey,which are:insects,mice,and fruit.
Spear mice don’t have any teeth,instead of chewing,they just swallow there food whole.
Spear mice have tiny claws that they use to hold there food,and they use them to scurry up trees,walls,and rocks.
Spear mice fur can be the color:grey,Brown,black,and event blue.
Tell me if anyone has questions about spear mice,and tell me if you want to ad any features to the spear mouse.
April 12, 2020 at 6:24 pm #46385OREOGuest
I was asking Kinnan
April 12, 2020 at 7:11 pm #46387JazzyfreshGuest
Ok, here’s my character
Clothing: brown pants with a leather belt, white long sleeve shirt with a scabbard strapped across her back and a long black cape draped across her shoulders
Eyes: emerald green
Pet: brown horse with black mane named Lander
Build: average and slightly thin and long legs
Likes: practicing sword fighting, running jumping climbing ect, playing her guitar
Dislikes: being pinned down unable to move her limbs, tofu ( STRONGLY dislikes tofu, like you have no idea… )
April 12, 2020 at 7:44 pm #46388OREOGuest
Jason was so shocked by the bite that he nearly threw Bramber..He wanted to scream,As much as it hurt,the last thing Jason wanted was to draw attention to himself.Jason looked at bramber. Brambers expiration looked like he was saying”hope that hurt you little thief”.Right at that moment Jason wanted to grab Bramber by the collar and shake him around.
Jason tried to ignore the pain in his hand.Which was pretty hard to go with Bramber STILL biting his hand.Jason walked toured the door,while bidding Bramber,not as casually as the first time, but still casually.when Jason was just steps from the door,Bramber let out a ear piercing bark.Jason quickly looked at Bramber,this time it looked like he was sticking his tongue out at Jason.
Without thinking twice,Jason grabbed a snake from the nearest cage,then through it,and shouted out “PIT VIPER “!!!
everyone started running around in panic.Jason headed for the door,he quickly opened it to make a run for it,but before he could…SLAM!!!
Jason hit someone,who was just out side milo’s pet store.
April 13, 2020 at 11:40 am #46391JazzyfreshGuest
Holly was walking through the streets of Knavsmire leading Lander along looking for a good place to eat her lunch she had earned this morning. Earlier this morning she had spent two hours playing the guitar in front of Milo’s pet store store to earn money for a sandwich. When she had finely earned enough money she had went and bought a pork sandwich from , Willy’s sandwich shop. Holly wondered when she would find the perfect spot to eat her sandwich, this spot was not shady enough, that spot was to shady, the spot over there was already occupied by a spear mouse, and Holly knew better than to mess with a spear mouse. Holly sighed, Why did she have to be so picky? She decided she would eat by the pet store and started walking that way but on the way there she thought she saw a movement in the woods, “wait” Holly said, her eye’s widening, …was that a … , but before she could finish her thought she ran into someone and they both where knocked to the ground. ” oof! “Holly said as she fell,and landed hard on the ground on top of her sandwich “no my sandwich!” But when she blurted it out it sounded more like
” foomysawich! ” she groaned, Why couldn’t she just say oof like a normal person? Then she realized that the boy she had run into was staring at her as he picked himself of the ground. “Sorry” Holly said scrambling to her feet. ” I wasn’t looking where I was going…I thought I saw something in the… ” she trailed of looking at the woods.
April 13, 2020 at 11:53 am #46392OREOGuest
Hey kinnan. You might see something in my story that doesn’t look right.
If So,it’s because for some reason my tablet switches words around. I try to check my post before I hit SUBMIT,but sometimes I forget.
Sorry if it makes my story more confusing.
April 13, 2020 at 1:17 pm #46393JazzyfreshGuest
I forgot to mention that Holly is 14 years old. And kinnan I could make Holly see Lagoron in the woods or it could just be a deer. My original plan was for her to see Lagoron then to look again and see nothing and assume it was a deer so that works to. ☺
April 13, 2020 at 1:22 pm #46394JazzyfreshGuest
Sorry OREO I didn’t see your post until now. I understand,it’s pretty annoying when my kindle switches words around like when I try to spell Whitson is switches it to,white one.😒 anyway your fine.
April 13, 2020 at 2:25 pm #46402Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron watched the scene unfold before him. A young human girl, with reddish hair and striking green eyes had just collided with the boy he was watching. The boy was holding a puppy who was angrily gnawing on the lad’s hand.
The elf frowned slightly. He was positive the girl had seen him, but she didn’t investigate further, for which he was grateful. He didn’t want to go back to the Capital. He’d rather keep watching the humans.
Captain Gladion’s (Forest son) words came back to him. Humans are dangerous creatures, Lagoron. They hunt elves and take our territory. They capture the free beasts and abuse them terribly. They cut down trees to build their settlements, instead of building with the trees as we do. The more you learn of them, the more entranced you will be. But beware! If they discover that we are more than a legend, the Chesalon forest will be swept away. The Capital will be discovered, and the elves will flee. Gladion had put a hand on young Lagoron’s shoulder. Look at me, son. Don’t look for them. Be alert for attacks, but whatever you do, DO NOT associate with them.
Lagoron sighed. His captain’s words were true, he knew. He was becoming more and more interested in the humans as he watched. He needed to leave their bewitching presence. Now. But as Lagoron turned, his sharp ears caught the last part of the girl’s words. “I thought I saw something in the…” He whirled, hardly making a sound as an arrow came to the string of his bow. The girl was staring straight at him, but he realized with relief that she couldn’t actually see him. Good. He wasn’t caught – not yet, anyway.
April 13, 2020 at 3:09 pm #46408OREOGuest
Jason fell to the ground, “foomysawich!” He heard someone say.he looked up,there on the ground was a teenage girl. At first he just stared at her. Then he remembered what he was in the middle of doing.Jason got up quickly he,then looked around. Bramber was gone! He didn’t see Bramber any where. When Jason looked down, he saw Bramber biting Jason’s pant leg. He was planning on grabbing Bramber, then hide him in his coat. But Jason decided against that idea,because chances were, that if he tried to pick Bramber up, Bramber would bite Jason’s hand off. And if anyone did see Bramber biting Jason’s pant,he could just say that he had no idea that Bramber was on his pants leg. It wasn’t that good or an excuse, but it was worth a try.
Jason looked at his list.#24 THIS IS A ITEM SENT TO YOU BY T.K.S.S (it stands for The Knavesmire Spy Society) THIS ITEM IS IN A SMALL RED ENVELOPE SOME ONE IN KNAVESMIRE IS CARING IT AROUND,IT HAS A LETTER IN IT THAT YOU WILL GIVE BACK TO T.K.S.S
April 13, 2020 at 7:09 pm #46416JazzyfreshGuest
Wow. Kinnan that was Good! I was also wandering when Lagoron, Holly and Jason would meet up? OREO and I talked about it the other night and we thought Holly would find a red envelope with a map to the hidden city in it and Jason would try to steal it from her but Holly would catch him. But I was wandering how they would meet Lagoron when he is so careful and sneaky. The only way they would see him was it he let himself be seen. Any ideas anyone?
Holly gazed at the forest but didn’t see anything. Must have been a deer, she thought. Then turned back to the boy who was now looking at a piece of paper. He seemed to be alright so she turned and picked up her squashed sandwich with a sigh. It was covered in dirt and as flat as a pancake, maybe it wasn’t as bad as it looked, Holly thought and took a bite,then she gaged and spat it out sputtering in disgust as she hurled her sandwich into the woods. Then she mounted Lander and rode towards the woods, maybe she could find some wild berries for a small lunch. As she neared the woods and noticed a Large red envelope lying on the side of the road. She dismounted and grabbed the envelope “anybody drop this?!” she called waving it in the air, a few people glanced at her but none seemed interested, “anyone?!” She called giving one final wave before sticking it in Landers saddlebags. Then she mounted and rode the rest of the way into the woods and when she had entered the forest she pulled the red envelope, opened it and pulled out the paper inside. It looked like a map, “huh” she said and decided to examine it further when she had something to eat and stuffed it back into the saddlebag.
April 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm #46431OREOGuest
Jason started looking around for a person with a red envelope.BINGO!
He spotted a girl was putting a read envelope in her horses saddle bag,not just any girl but the girl he ran into while he was leaving Milo’s pet store.
He quickly thought of a plan.He acts like he is just going up to the girl to say sorry for running in to her,then while he’s apologizing he secretly grabs the envelope then VOILA! He will give it back to the T.K.S.S.
That’s when he saw Bramber with the envelope in his mouth running right into Chesalon forest! Jason didn’t hesitate,he took off after Bramber, who disappeared through the tree’s.
April 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm #46434Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Suddenly things went from peaceful, if a little tense, to Lagoron needing to move faster than he’d ever had before. If he didn’t disappear quickly, the boy or girl would see him, and the gig would be up. The girl was off to his left a little ways, riding slowly while she looked at a piece of paper she’d drawn from a red envelope.
The rambunctious puppy abruptly appeared from nowhere. The girl’s horse spooked and shied, and since she was unaware, she fell to the forest floor. The puppy snatched the envelope from her hand and dashed into the woods full speed, his tail wagging happily like a banner in the wind. The boy noticed and began to chase the creature, who avoided him easily, a mischievous look in it’s brown eyes.
Great! Lagoron thought to himself as he swung into a tree, hopefully out of view of the humans. I should have listened to Captain Gladion. Now I have to get the humans out of the woods or get away without being noticed. He glanced at the lad, who was chasing the puppy around a large tree with frustration clearly written on his face. The girl was groaning softly to herself and sitting up. She brushed the leaves from her hair and reached out to steady her horse. Which one? Lagoron thought, then noticed the girl still held the piece of paper she’d been studying. The puppy only had the envelope, not the paper inside. Lagoron narrowed his eyes and nearly gasped when he saw what was on the paper. A map. Leading to his home. His supposed-to-be secret home.
In an instant, he made up his mind. He leapt lightly from the tree and ran over to the girl, his soft boots hardly making a sound on the hard forest floor. She whirled when she realized he was there and gasped, her eyes widening. “I did see an elf!” She exclaimed.
“Sorry.” Lagoron blurted an apology as he tore the paper from her hands. Wonderful, you just broke another rule. He realized. Captain Gladion would kill him if he found out he’d actually talked to a human.
“Wait, that isn’t yours!” The girl cried as he turned and ran into the forest. He didn’t realize the little dog was there until it was too late. The crazy puppy tripped him completely, and next thing he knew, he was staring at the forest roof, with a puppy licking his face, the map in his hand, a soggy envelope (covered with puppy drool) resting on his chest, the boy bending over him, and the girl running up. He’d blown it. Completely.
April 14, 2020 at 6:36 pm #46440Wingiby iggybiGuest
Hi! I know I may be a little late, but is it alright if I join in?
April 14, 2020 at 6:42 pm #46441OREOGuest
Of course you can join.
Just type out your character,then you can start.
Make sure you read what the story line is.
April 14, 2020 at 8:28 pm #46447Wingiby iggybiGuest
Thanks, OREO! Will post tomorrow
April 14, 2020 at 6:53 pm #46442OREOGuest
Jason felt kind of bad, but he snatched the piece of paper and the envelope. He stood up to make a run for it, he had only taken a few steps before he felt someone tackle him.
April 14, 2020 at 9:15 pm #46453Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ok, here is my character:
Arlanda, or Arla for short – I am a girl myself…. just to make it clear
Appearance: average, with wavy, shoulder-length light brown hair; and dark blue eyes.
Likes: Target practice, drawing, singing, and taming crazy wild creatures
Dislikes: Betrayal; Dang-It’s; and lying, conniving thieves
Clothes: Loose leggings, a tunic, light vest, and boots. She also has a cape/cloak. And lot’s of pockets.
Here is her short backstory: Arla lives in a little cottage outside of town. Known for a fast fist and even quicker wit, the other children don’t bother her. She also gained respect from the adults, when she fought off a Darn-It (More on that later). She is actually a really nice person, but she was very wary of people after her family had to leave their old home because of a war; a spy had tipped off the enemy that her father opposed them. They have been living here for only a few months, but a lot can happen in that short space of time.
Pets: a fire-gulper named Limppit (more on fire-gulpers later…).
Weapons: dagger, knife, pistol
April 15, 2020 at 11:15 am #46461Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Welcome, Wingiby Iggiby! (love the username)
April 15, 2020 at 12:58 pm #46465Wingiby IggibyGuest
Thanks, Kinnan! Yours is cool too 😉
April 15, 2020 at 12:56 pm #46464Wingiby IggibyGuest
Dang-Its and Darn Its are actually the same creature, it just depends on the way you like to say it. If you asked a farmer about one, he would say, “Dang it! You don’t know what a Darn-It is? Good for you, that’s all you need to know.”
If you consulted a Creaturepedia, on the other hand, it would inform you that a Dang-it is an animal about the size of a medium sized dog, but it looks like a squirrels nest with teeth and claws. They are very vicious, and will stop at nothing to completely destroy your garden. They will also eat your rabbits or other small animals given a chance. To kill one, you have to aim directly between the eyes, which look like small pieces of coal.
Fire-gulpers are lizards about the length of your forearm (not counting the tail). Their scales are beautiful, as they catch the light of the sun and appear to be all colors of the rainbow. With a handsome crest upon their heads, and sharp little claws, they are a little arrogant. They can also spit fire. No one knows why they are called fire-gulpers, since none have been seen to actually eat fire. There is no doubt, however, that they can produce it!
April 15, 2020 at 1:50 pm #46467OREOGuest
Did you make up Dang-it’s an darn-its?
April 15, 2020 at 3:33 pm #46477Wingiby iggybiGuest
Yup! I just thought it would be a funny concept.
April 15, 2020 at 2:33 pm #46470JazzyfreshGuest
Welcome wingiby Iggiby!
Holly gazed at the map, it looks like a map to… , she thought then Her eyes widened with wonder. But before she could think any further a yapping puppy broke through the trees and spooked Lander who shied side ways knocking Holly to the forest floor. Holly groaned and sat up still holding the map only to be knocked back again as someone… no wait an elf! rushed by snatching the map from her grasp “Sorry!” the elf called running into the woods. “Wait,that isn’t yours!” Holly cried scrambling to her feet and sprinting after the elf. Then the elf tripped over the hysterical puppy and tumbled to the ground. Holly saw a boy … no wait, the boy from the pet shop! What was he doing here? He bent over and grabbed the map then turned to run. “Not this time” Holly muttered and tackled the boy to the ground wrenching the map from his hands and leaped to her feet. She ran a few yards then turned to face the boy and the elf drawing her sword, just in case,She thought.
April 15, 2020 at 2:59 pm #46473OREOGuest
Jason opened his eyes in a daze. Then he remembered the envelope he reached for it,but his hand closed on nothing! “What the… ” he jumped at the sight of a girl standing there with her sword drawn, it was the same girl that he ran into just out side milo’s pet store. Then he saw… an elf? Just when he thought things couldn’t get any weirder he looked at his hand,it was brown and bumpy what was happening? Brody thought,that’s when he realized that he had landed in some mud when the girl tackled him.he reached in his pocket to grab something to wipe himself with, but instead he found a piece of paper,written in big letters It said:THANK YOU FOR STEALING THAT DOG JASON I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET RID OF BRAMBER FOR YEARS,AND YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE WHY.
P.S.YOU SHOULD KEEP PRACTICING YOUR SPYING
April 15, 2020 at 3:35 pm #46478Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, no you don’t. Lagoron thought grimly to himself as the rush of the fight flowed through his veins. In one swift motion, he nocked an arrow to the string of his bow and dropped to one knee, aiming the sharp tip directly at the girl’s heart. The puppy pranced over to him and dropped the envelope, then proceeded to happily chew it into little smithereens. Lagoron twisted slightly so he could shoot the boy. “Don’t make a move, either of you.” He said fiercely, frantically trying to figure out what to do. “Drop your sword, miss.” He addressed Holly, who froze, then realizing the arrow would get to her before she could put her sword to very effective use, laid it gently on the forest floor by her feet.
“Thank you.” Lagoron slowly rose to his feet, still keeping the arrow moving between the girl and the boy. “Do you have any weapons, lad?” Mutely, Jason shook his head.
A decision popped into Lagoron’s brain. “I assume you saw what was on that map?” He asked Holly. She nodded a little hesitantly. Rats! Lagoron mentally cursed his slowness to act. “Then I have no choice. You’ll have to come with me.”
“Wait, what?” The girl sounded shocked, and guilt stabbed Lagoron’s heart. He didn’t want to capture the young humans, but he felt he had no choice.
“My apologies, but what has to be done has to be done.” Lagoron quoted Captain Gladion’s words. He walked over to Holly and picked up her sword. “I’ll keep this for now.” He shot her a glance, hoping she realized he didn’t want to do this and was not a terrible person – or so he hoped.
“What about my horse?” The girl asked, and the boy chimed in with, “Yea, and Bramber?”
Lagoron was momentarily confused. “Bramber?”
“Oh, we can take the horse. Don’t worry, he’ll be well treated – as will you two. The puppy…” he trailed off, still alert for attacks from the humans, but his mind working overtime as he wondered what to do. “I suppose we’ll take him too.” Quick as a flash, he released his arrow from the bowstring and placed both in his quiver. He also drew one of his short swords, and got a bit of elvish rope from his satchel.
“Sorry about this.” He said as he bound the girl’s hands in front of her. “It’s a formal procedure. I’ll untie you both as soon as I get the chance.” Once both the humans were bound (loosely, so as to make it comfortable), Lagoron retrieved the horse and whistled to the puppy. “That way.” He pointed into the forest. The humans looked at one another, unsure, but began to walk.
Lagoron kept a sharp eye out for spear mice or mariths (page on them later). As the trio walked, he cowered inside as he thought about Captain Gladion. When he finds out I’m bringing humans to the Capital, much less a horse and destructive puppy… he trailed off in his thoughts, then confirmed them. Yep. I’m definitely dead meat.
(If you guys don’t want captured, we can skip this whole thing. ;))
April 15, 2020 at 3:40 pm #46481Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
A tiny, flying creature about the size of a baby gnat. However, their bodies are made up of one-half eyes, flesh, and wings, and one-half poisonous, needle-sharp teeth. Their mouths open impossibly wide, which makes it possible for it to bite pretty much anything. One alone isn’t enough to notice, much less kill you, but they travel in swarms of billions. Once they pick some prey, they settle on the thing and as one take a bite out of it. The combined poison of the man-eating insects is enough to kill a full-sized large elephant. The only thing they don’t like is fire, water, and their predator, the fire-gulper. (This good with you, Wingiby Iggiby?)
April 15, 2020 at 4:02 pm #46483Wingiby IggibyGuest
Sounds wonderfully deadly, gruesome, and awesome, Kinnan! Limppit eats them for lunch!
April 15, 2020 at 3:51 pm #46482Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla walked down the main street, with Limppit perched on her shoulder, breathing steam in her ear. She didn’t really know what she doing, but just decided to keep walking. It was a boring day. Her father was busy in the workshop, and her mother was sewing. Limppit was as like to cook her ear. she put him on the ground.
That’s when she heard a commotion in the woods ahead of her. Some yelling, barking, and a horse whinnying. She kept a low form as she crept into the underbrush. Limppit hissed and scurried after her.
The first thing she saw was a horse’s rump. The second thing was an elf — what?! — drawing an arrow back on his bow. It was aimed first at a girl, and then a boy. she could hear snippets of conversation. She watched as the kids were bound, and then led off.
“Huh. This is certainly something you don’t see every day,” she thought. Keeping in the bushes, she moved along slowly and stealthily, keeping an eye on the elf as the little company walked off. What she didn’t notice was the dog.
April 16, 2020 at 4:14 pm #46526Wingiby IggibyGuest
Hi! I noticed no one had posted for a while, so I decided to continue the story. 🙂
Arla crept along quietly, keeping at least twenty feet away from the little company. Limppit scurried about at her side, his feet rustling the dead leaves. Arla winced when her foot came down on a twig and snapped it. The air was crisp and cool, so she was glad she had her cloak. Sunbeams danced on the forest floor where they could penetrate the dense canopy. Arla’s hair caught on a low hanging branch, and she stopped suddenly when she felt it tug at her head. “Ow!” She whispered. Stopping to untangle her hair, she failed to notice a small brown streak aimed directly toward her.
A burst of pain flowered in her leg. With a gasp, she looked down, jerking her hair, and saw a puppy gnawing contentedly on her calf. Pulling her hair loose, she tried to think of what to do while her leg throbbed and bled. Glancing at the group ahead of her, she saw the boy stop; and start hollering, “Bramber! Brrrraaammmbbbeeerrrrr!!!!!”
All of a sudden, Bramber yelped, and dashed toward the boy. His tail was on fire. Arla smiled, and knelt to stroke Limppits crest. “Good job, boy.” She decided to bandage her leg and get out of there before she was discovered. When she straightened up, however, she found a short sword pointed at her nose.
The elf seemed uncomfortable when he said, “Put down your weapons! You have seen me, and can’t deny it now. I have to bring you with us…” He trailed off and glanced at his other captives. The boy was frantically fumbling with a canteen, trying to put out Bramber’s fire. The girl was eyeing Limppit, who had snuck up on the horse and was hissing. Arla feared for her little pet’s life. He could get squashed flat as a flap-jack under those massive hooves. Before she had time to think about it, the elf said, “I told you to lay down your weapons! And please call off that fire-gulper!”
“Limppit! Come!” The lizard hissed at the horse, then scurried over to his mistress. Arla removed her knife, then her dagger, carefully setting them on the ground. Then she reached for her pistol, hidden in her cloak. She knew she was a quick shot, and could make short work of the elf before he knew what hit him. But she couldn’t. She took out the derringer and placed it with the other weapons.
The elf sighed as he loosely bound Arla’s wrists. He motioned her forward, and before she knew it, Arla was a captive.
April 16, 2020 at 7:20 pm #46529JazzyfreshGuest
Holly was shocked, she was walking along bound and tied being led along with a boy and a girl by an elf … an elf for goodness sake! Then she started remembering some of the things she read about elfs from she had got from the library. In the book it had told about elf songs elf food and things… things people did to elfs when they caught them. Holly shuddered, she had to prove she wasn’t going to hurt him. Then she remembered,she remembered something that had she couldn’t quite put her finger on, something that she felt would help convince this elf that she was no elf hunter. She closed her eyes and searched for the one thing, that one little thing … The song. The song she had known since she was a baby,she didn’t remember learning it but know it she did. It was an elf song, how she knew it she could not tell all she knew that was is was a song of peace. She paused a moment recalling the tune, then she sang. She started singing softly then as the tune rose so did her voice. The song was not cheerful but was a quiet and happy with a thin note of sadness woven into the tune, I was peaceful. At the first note of the song the elf stoped in his tracks head bowed, he seemed to be familiar with it. After the song was over Holly said “I mean you no harm, I am simply a bard wandering from place to place and ask that you let me go. I know you are wary and that you probably have orders to capture me but it you let me go I will never tell a soul what I have seen.” Holly looked at the elf with a look of pure pleading. “I promise”
April 16, 2020 at 7:29 pm #46530OREOGuest
Jason had never been captured, it was an odd feeling,he felt small,young and useless. He was actually expecting to get captured since we was a spy. But he never in his wildest dreams, thought that he would get captured by an ELF. unfortunately Jason didn’t have any weapons on him. Jason recently learned how to use a Gazer gun (I will write a page on that) if only someone had left their gazer gun in Chesalon forest.
Unfortunately gazer guns were very big,so it would be hard to hide a gazer guns in his coat,and it would be hard to accidentally drop a gazer gun .Jason looked down at bramber, he tried to give bramber signals to make him bite his bonds, but bramber just looked at him with a blank look.Jason made a chomping motion with his mouth, then he looked over to see the elf and two girls just staring at him as if he was out of his mind. He looked down,a little embarrassed.
April 16, 2020 at 7:46 pm #46531JazzyfreshGuest
I was thinking that the whole story was based on them finding a hidden city maybe when they get to Lagorons city they could find another map to a secret city that was thought to be legend. On the way there they could become friends and I would appreciate it if Holly could travel unbound.☺
Kinnan : I’m not trying to be bossy and please don’t take it that way but I was wandering if you could try not to control Holly as much.☺
Also you are really really good at writing!
April 16, 2020 at 8:23 pm #46540Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz: Don’t worry about being bossy. 😉 And it’s totally fine. I wasn’t sure if that would be too much or not. If you don’t like it, we can try to figure something else out.
Here’s kind of what I was thinking. Lagoron takes the three in front of the Lord of the Citadel, who, according to the elvish law, takes them in as his guests, but they are forced to stay at the Citadel until they die.
However, somehow the three escape (Bramber’s probably involved, lol) and Lagoron is sent to follow them. He finds them and they convince him to help them find this hidden city. Eventually he has to go back to the Citadel, or dies, or something, and this is where I’ll bow out. Good?
You’re a wonderful writer as well! I love your characters.
April 16, 2020 at 9:08 pm #46544Wingiby IggibyGuest
Don’t make him die! Maybe he get’s wounded or something, and he has to return.
April 16, 2020 at 8:08 pm #46534OREOGuest
Gazer guns shoot something that is a mix between,ice and electricity which knavesmire people call eei (ee-ie.)
Gazer guns have a very narrow point at the top of the gun.like a triangle it gets thicker toured the bottom. In the back of the gun,toured the top,there is a lever as thick as a medium pole,and as long as a canning jar.
The more you pull the lever the more eei you shoot.
On one side of the gazer gun there are 14 mini levers, half of them were for the ice and half of them were for electricity,the more electricity levers you flipped the more electricity the gazer gun shot, and the more ice levers you flipped the more ice it shot.
April 16, 2020 at 8:10 pm #46535OREOGuest
Hey wigibi, did your character live in knavesmire? (the town)
April 16, 2020 at 8:19 pm #46539Wingiby IggibyGuest
Yes, I just couldn’t remember the name, thanks!
April 16, 2020 at 8:11 pm #46536JazzyfreshGuest
April 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm #46537JazzyfreshGuest
I think it’s spelled – Wingiby- not wigibi. 😬
April 16, 2020 at 8:16 pm #46538Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wow, this is getting interesting.
April 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm #46541Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Writing story now…
April 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm #46542Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla silently chided herself for being such a fool as to get captured. She had been through too many trials to count during the war at her old home, and now she was being led away by an elf! Looking over at the boy, she saw him chomping at his rope. What?
Arla tossed her head to get a lock of hair out of her face. “This is ridiculous,” she thought. About to jerk the line out of the elfs hand and make a break for it, she stopped. A beautiful, lilting sound materialized out of the air. She turned. The other girl was singing. Singing? At a time like this?
But then the elf halted. His head was slightly bowed. The song was haunting, and sad. The girl stopped. She spoke. “I mean you no harm, I am simply a bard wandering from place to place, and I ask that you let me go. I know you are wary and probably have orders to capture me, but if you let me go I will never tell a soul what I have seen. Please.”
Arla tensed. Whatever was going to happen next, she didn’t know. What she did know, however, was that she had to get away. Soon.
April 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm #46543Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron froze. The song pierced his heart as the girl’s musical voice, as pretty as any elf’s, softly sang it in his own tongue.
The girl finished, and there was an awkward silence. Finally, she spoke, and there was passion in her voice. “I mean you no harm, I am simply a bard wandering from place to place and ask that you let me go. I know you are wary and that you probably have orders to capture me but if you let me go I will never tell a soul what I have seen.” she stared straight into Lagoron’s eyes longingly. “I promise.”
The elf was swayed. A promise was a sacred thing among his people, but what about among humans? Did they hold a promise in such high esteem?
“My name is Lagoron.” He replied, torn. “I… I have orders. I must bring you to the Capital or I will be banished as a traitor.” His heart crumbled as the girl’s countenance fell. “But,” he continued. “I believe you when you say you mean no harm. You sang an elvish song using elvish words. You clearly know much about us.” He cast a sharp glance at the other girl and the boy, his bright hazel eyes burning theirs with their intensity. “If these other two promise – and I mean solemnly promise – to cause no harm to my people or to try and escape or to give away our location, I will unbind you.” He shrugged apologetically. “It’s the best I can do – wait, no it’s not. I will also give back your weapons.”
The three humans watched as Lagoron, one-half of him screaming for him to stop, and the other half dying of compassion for the young humans, placed the weapons on the forest floor. After a moment, he took back Arla’s gun. “Sorry.” He told her. “It’s too dangerous. You could kill me quicker than I can dodge if you have it – and I don’t know you.”
The trio of humans glanced at one another. It was clear to Lagoron that they were deciding, Should we promise and be free, or not?
April 17, 2020 at 10:49 am #46546Wingiby IggibyGuest
The elf’s head rose, and he looked at the girl with respect in his eyes. He spoke, (you guys already know what he said, so I won’t repeat it). Arla watched as the elf put her weapons on the ground, but then took back her handgun. Arla’s cheeks burned, and her fingers itched for the familiar feel of cool metal against her palm. She shook off the feeling.
Glancing at the other children, she contemplated on what to do. Her mind worked rapidly. “I know I can promise to never tell a single soul what I have seen, or harm any elves; But I can’t promise not to try to escape,” she thought. Arla had always been strong-willed, and it had gotten her into more predicaments than she cared to remember; however, it had often gotten her out of them.
She returned the elf’s gaze with a fire of her own, and then announced, “a promise is a sacred thing, and while I pledge never to tell what I have seen and heard, and I pledge never to hurt your people, I can never promise not to try to get away. I will always try to escape.” She raised her chin in defiance, and waited.
Arla felt bad for Lagoron, because she could understand how he felt. During the war she had had to make choices that were painfully difficult, so she held no grudge against him; especially since he was obeying orders. But she couldn’t just let herself be led away from her family.
Bramber ran circles around the horse, who stamped his hoof. Limppit tasted the air with his tongue. Everyone was awkwardly silent. A fly buzzed around Arla’s head, and Limppit snapped at it in mid-flight.
(I just wanted to say I enjoy doing this story, and it is getting interesting!)
April 17, 2020 at 2:36 pm #46551JazzyfreshGuest
Holly watched as the other girl agreed to not to hurt the elf who had introduced himself as Legoron but defiantly refused to not escape.
Holly was torn, she would never dream of hurting an elf, but promising not to escape was a different matter. What where they going to do to her when she got to there city? “My name is Holly and I promise never to hurt you or your people and I won’t escape for the time being.” Said Holly. “I understand that you don’t want to be counted a traitor to your kind and I don’t want to cause you trouble so I will do my best to make the right decisions for both of us. ” She looked him square in the eye “But if you keep me tied I will do everything in my power to get away.” She said evenly. Holly stood there waiting for legorons answer.
I was thinking maybe Holly Joseph and Arla could save Legoron and prove there trust to the elves. I would like for Legoron to trust them. Any ideas?
April 17, 2020 at 2:55 pm #46559Wingiby iggybiGuest
Um, a swarm of Mariths? Maybe he could slip down a gully or something in the insect attack (if this is fine with Kinnan).
April 17, 2020 at 2:39 pm #46552OREOGuest
Jason looked up when he heard someone singing, it was the foomysawich girl. Jason could tell that everyone thought the song was beutiful, but for some reason he didn’t like when people sang, no matter how pretty the person singing sounded. Jason looked up and forced a smile. Finally the song ended. Jason could hear the elf and the foomysawich girl talking (which you all probably read about) Jason was disappoint when the elf didn’t let them go.
(I forgot to tell you guys, that Jason doesn’t like when people sing)
April 17, 2020 at 2:41 pm #46553OREOGuest
JAZZY: do you mean Jason?
April 17, 2020 at 2:52 pm #46558JazzyfreshGuest
He he. Yes I mean Jason. Sorry.
April 17, 2020 at 3:03 pm #46560JazzyfreshGuest
Good idea Wingiby! But I have a question, how do you fight of Mariths?
Kinnan do you have any ideas how they could prove there trustworthy to Legolon? By saving him or anything else? (Including Mariths.)
April 17, 2020 at 3:13 pm #46564Wingiby iggybiGuest
You could douse them with water, wave a torch at them, or employ plan fire-gulpers! But I think we need a better idea.
April 17, 2020 at 3:21 pm #46565OREOGuest
Oops! I didn’t read the part where Lagoron gave them back their weapons!
April 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm #46566Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Hm. I’m good with something happening to Lagoron and the kids saving him and proving trustworthy, but Mariths don’t like fire-gulpers, so I don’t think they’d come close to Limppit.
Here’s a few ideas:
1)They encounter a human in the woods, who overcomes Lagoron to take him back to Knavesmire and either show him off and make money by having an elf around, or to kill him, or torture him, or whatever. The kids fend of the other human and save Lagoron.
2)They are attacked by wild beasts. Maybe not spear mice, fire-gulpers, or mariths, but we can come up with something else.
3) Lagoron doesn’t watch what he’s doing and falls into a gully or another dangerous thing (quicksand, maybe?) and the kids get him out instead of leaving him.
April 17, 2020 at 4:18 pm #46571Wingiby IggibyGuest
All of those sound good, but I favor the third best; quicksand definitely.
April 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm #46567Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
A smile flashed over Lagoron’s lips. He quickly undid the knots around Holly’s wrists and watched her carefully. “I believe this is yours.” He said, and handed her sword to her, hilt first. She took it gratefully. “I will hold you to your word.” He continued. “You will not try to escape for the time being?”
“That’s what I said.” Holly replied. Lagoron nodded and turned to Arla.
“As for you, miss, if you insist on trying to run away, I must keep you bound.” The elf picked up her dagger and knife, placing them in his satchel where he’d put her gun.
“And you, Jason?”
Jason started at his name. “How did you know who I am?”
Lagoron shifted sheepishly. “I’ve been watching you for a while. Sorry.”
Jason watched him carefully. “Why are you taking us to the… er, the Capital anyway?”
The elf thought for a moment, then shrugged. “I suppose you’ll find out anyway. I need to report to my captain, who will report to Lord Thinon (twighlight) and Lady Elbereth (star-queen). You will be brought before them, and they will decide what to do. I’m sure you all can understand why the elves don’t want our secret revealed.” He paused, then said, “Will you promise not to harm myself or my fellow elves, not to reveal the Citadel’s location, ever, or to try and escape for now?”
April 17, 2020 at 4:15 pm #46570Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla watched as Holly received back her weapons. She looked at Jason, who was thinking about his decision. Arla growled under her breath to herself. She felt helpless and weak with her hands bound; something she detested. She was beginning to regret ever having tried to follow the elf and the kids. But Arla had been in more undesirable situations. She had learned the tricks of the trade. She knew how to work out of her bonds.
April 17, 2020 at 4:36 pm #46572Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
So are we going with three then? (That’s the one I liked best too.)
April 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm #46583JazzyfreshGuest
You guys read my mind, I was going to say quicksand to!
Lagoron smiled and untied Holly. “I believe this is yours” Lagoron said handing Holly her sword, “I will hold you to your word” He continued “You will not try to escape for the time being?” ” That’s what I said” Holly replied, Lagoron nodded and turned to the other girl to report that she would remain bound unless she promised to not escape for the time being then asked the boy what his decision was. The girl seemed angry and glared at the ropes holding her back from escape. Holly glanced at Legoron who was talking to the boy then sheathed her sword, grabbed Landers reins and walked over to the angry girl. “Hi” Holly said.
April 18, 2020 at 2:27 pm #46585OREOGuest
Quicksand it is!
April 18, 2020 at 3:04 pm #46588OREOGuest
Jason didn’t hesitate to answer. “I promise not to hurt you or any of your elf friends. And I promise not tell anyone about your …um… Elf town,and I will not try to escape.”
Jason new event if he did try to escape, the elf would just shoot him with his bow.
When Jason finished talking,the elf untied his bonds.
April 18, 2020 at 3:07 pm #46589Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Here we go:
Jason seemed undecided, so Lagoron left him to think about it. “We need to keep going.” He said. “It’s beginning to get dark, and you know what that means.”
A slight measure of fear flitted across everyone’s faces, including Lagoron’s.
“It means angry critters.” Jason spoke. “Yea, I don’t want to be out here at night.”
“We’re safe from mariths.” The girl nodded towards the fire-gulper. “Limppit will keep them away.”
“I’m grateful for his presence.” Lagoron replied, hoping to sound moderately nice. “But we still need to move.”
The four set off again. Bramber bounded off into the underbrush once and returned with a spear mouse, which he generously dropped at Lagoron’s feet, almost like a peace offering. Lagoron couldn’t hide his smile.
Abruptly he held up his hand.
“What’s wrong?” Holly asked, lowering her voice to a whisper for no reason.
The humans cocked their heads, and suddenly Bramber whined and tucked his head under his paws. Slowly, a wail wound its way to their ears.
“Karmiins.” Lagoron whispered, then shouted. “Run! This way!”
“You’re joking, right?” The girl said. “How am I supposed to run with my hands tied?”
Lagoron paused, fear pulsing through his veins. He could leave the humans behind in a twinkling, or just take Holly with him. Or he could stay and try to fight the karmiins, but they normally traveled in packs of four or five, and just one was hard enough to take down. That wasn’t an option. Or, he could untie Jason and the girl, and risk exposure, banishment, his kin, and the Citadel. But it was against everything he believed to let the humans get slaughtered and he wasn’t going to take on a band of karmiins by himself. He doubted the humans would stick around to watch the fight, much less help out. So, there was only one option.
Lagoron whirled on the girl, drawing his sword as he did so. He caught her off guard, and once again felt a stab of guilt at the shock in her eyes. But he brought his sword down anyway and sliced the ropes from her wrists with one clean blow. “Get moving!” He growled, pointing his sword in the direction they needed to take. Not waiting to see what she did, he freed Jason and scooped Bramber into his arms.
“Holly, how many of you can your horse carry?”
“In the woods? Two, probably.”
“Good, get on and go that way as fast as you can. But be careful, there’s a gully to your right. Jason, I think you stay here with me and the girls can go on ahead. Can you run fast?”
“Wait a moment.” The girl glared at Lagoron. “I’m not going ahead. Give me my gun and we can take care of the karmiins no problem.”
“Fine, whatever. We just have to MOVE!!!”
They were quickly on their way. Lagoron slowed his elvish pace to match the girl’s. He gave her gun back but kept his hand in his satchel, just in case. Lander threaded through the trees like an expert with Holly and Jason on his back.
Suddenly, Lagoron realized in their panic they had taken a wrong turn. He mentally chided himself as they veered to their left. The calls of the karmiins grew louder, and took on a new tone. They’ve picked up our scent. Lagoron thought with dread.
He was about to speak when his foot slipped into something soft. He quickly pulled his boot out of the mud. Wait. Mud? It hasn’t rained in a long time. The others had moved on ahead, and he hurried to catch up. But his foot slipped again and he tripped into the muck. Great, Lagoron. You’ve tripped twice in the same afternoon. He snorted to himself. I thought elves were supposed to be graceful.
He stood and tried to move forward, but his foot was stuck tight. He tried his other, but it had sunken deeper into the mud than the other! Quicksand!
Lagoron struggled for a little, then relaxed. Holly turned back and noticed his predicament. I’m dead. Lagoron thought, noticing again the gleam of silver in the other girl’s hand. He couldn’t move, so the girl would shoot him dead. Captain Gladion would not be pleased.
April 18, 2020 at 3:08 pm #46590Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oops, didn’t see OREO’s post. Just forget the first sentence of mine. 🙂
April 18, 2020 at 4:01 pm #46592JazzyfreshGuest
Holly turned to see Lagoron knee deep in quicksand. She’s didn’t hesitate but leapt of Lander drawing her sword as she ran towards the elf who had captured her and lead her deep into the woods and into the danger of karmiins. She ran at him sword drawn then leapt sideways and cut down the karmiin that had leapt at Lagoron. The other karmiins skidded to a stop unsure whether to continue the attack or retreat.
While the karmiins where at bay, Holly grabbed a large branch and extended it out to Lagoron who was now up to his waist in quicksand. “Grab on!” Holly cried and Lagoron blinked then grabbed it. But the karmiins where gaining there courage and creeping up on them. Holly pulled with all her might but she wasn’t strong enough and we slowly being pulled towards the quicksand as the karmiins approached.
April 18, 2020 at 4:25 pm #46593OREOGuest
“I need a weapon!” Jason said, but when he turned ,the elf wasn’t there.
Then he saw the elf up to his waste in mud. Hey! This is no time to play in the mud,before Lagoron could answer, Jason jumped in the mud (quicksand) then quickly realized that it wasn’t mud! It was qicksand!
Before it was event up to his ankles he grabbed a root,and pulled him self out. He turned to see the karmiins not to far from them. He saw foomywich (the girl) trying to pull the elf out of the quicksand.He ran to help them but just then he saw a karmiin brake through the bushes.
Instead Jason grabbed a big stone and threw it at the karmiin.
It fell to the ground. But quickly recovered and charged him.
April 18, 2020 at 6:32 pm #46607Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
A large, wolf-like creature with a hunger for anything meaty. They are not afraid of anything, unlike most creatures that back down when a human approaches. They have very short, stocky legs and run close to the ground. They have two weak spots: it’s stomach is completely soft, but since it runs close to the ground and the rest of its body is armored, it is difficult to reach this spot. The other spot is its face – or, its eyes, nose, ears, or mouth more specifically. Most karmiin are killed by an arrow through the eye or a sword in it’s mouth. Bullets can pierce the lesser armored spots, like joints, the tail, and the neck. Nothing can get through the back armor, so it is useful in making armor for human use.
Karmiins tend to travel in packs of four or five, although one pack had been reported consisting of about fifteen. They have extremely sharp teeth and are more intelligent than your normal animal. They try to ambush prey, or drive them into their dens, or divide the prey’s attention by attacking from all sides. Almost as scary, if not as scary, as a toothy cow.
One word description: Terrifying.
April 18, 2020 at 9:12 pm #46610Wingiby IggibyGuest
Hi guys! Sorry I didn’t post, we were busy today. I feel like I have missed a lot! Here I go:
Arla panted slightly to keep up with the swift elf. She was happy that her gun was back where it belonged, and that her hands were free again. Limppit hissed. Then, she saw Langoron slip. He regained himself, however, and the group continued. But the elf again lost his balance, and his foot sunk into mud….wait! Quicksand! He was sinking fast, and now Arla could hear the Karmiins howles, desolate and mournful. Holly leapt to the ground and sliced a Karmiin about to leap at Langoron, then she grabbed a long stick and held it out to the sinking elf.
Arla shrieked, but not with fright. She fired a round at two Karmiin’s who were approaching Langoron and Holly. They fell dead, blood streaming from their gruesome faces. She took note of Jason, who had hurled a stone at a Karmiin near enough to smell its breath.
Arla knew she could escape. That she had at least a small chance to get home, among the perils of a forest at night. But she also knew that she couldn’t leave these people to die; even if the elf had captured her, and she hardly knew the other kids. She joined the girl at the stick, and heaved. The boy, Jason, kept the Karmiins back with a steady pelting of rocks. Finally, with a gross sucking sound, the gooey sand retreated; and Lagoron was again on solid ground. Bramber growled at the yellow eyes of the Karmiins in the darkness, then set to licking Lagorons face with his slobbery tongue. Limppit spit a flame and hissed again.
Looking up at the stars, Arla gave a silent prayer of thanks to the Maker for keeping them alive for the time being; but she also scolded herself for not acting sooner. At least Jason and Holly had kept a quick wit.
Lagoron gently shoved the adoring canine from his chest and stood up. He looked at Holly thankfully, then at Jason. He smiled. Then he glanced at Arla. She stood placidly, hand on her derringer in case it was needed again. Lagoron nodded. Arla returned the gesture. The odd group of outcasts stood, thrown together so unexpectedly. But somehow, they knew they were all at peace with each other.
April 19, 2020 at 11:55 am #46617Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ok, I was lying in bed last night thinking up a disgusting and deadly monster. Here is what I came up with: the Hhborgen.
This is a creature that roams the innermost parts of a forest, it is seldom seen or heard by human ears. But the person so unfortunate to even smell one is in very grave peril. Its call is a loud grunt, sneeze, and burp. It’s smell is so terrifying that one is likely to perish from a whiff of it alone. It’s appearance, ghastly.
Hhborgen’s have small round head, small round horns, and small round stomachs. It’s appendages? Long legs twice the length of its head and body; arms that reach down past its knees. The feet are as wide as a man is tall, and they are covered with course dark hair. Under the dirty toenails an odor as odorous as, well, the worst smell you have smelled multiplied by five-hundred and fifty, marks every step. The hands are as big as the head itself, with a grip like a metal clamp. These are its sole weapons, for its horns are no more than nubs, and it has only pinkish gums.
They usually live alone, wandering the forests and picking up any animal so unfortunate as to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes, however, they will stay together as a family until the young have grown – grown very tall, that is.
They fear nothing, except water. No one knows why; perhaps it is because rain serves to wash away some of its foul odor.
They cannot see, hear, or smell very well (this may in part be due to its own impending smell); but as soon as you are within stomping distance, you can consider yourself dead, and proceed to pray that you might be squished quickly and without much pain (which rarely happens).
You might as well know that there is hardly any way to defend yourself against such a beast. A gazor gun is considered the only sane way to try to inflict any damage, but it’s skin is so tough that only a skilled marksman could even hope to penetrate it. A sword can, however, also be of some use. A swift blow to the bend in the thumb is quite paralyzing, if only for a minute. You would want to be a trained olympic runner to hope of even outrunning it, for it’s legs offord a wonderful advantage; though it looks ridiculous at even a lope (it looks ridiculous doing anything).
Only 99% of those who encountered a Hhborgen have survived. How could I know all of this, then, you ask? Because 1% did survive, and his name was Jambres Howitz, and he came around only by luck and an impending storm. Giving me a full account among numerous wheezes and coughs, he detailed its gruesome manner of rushing forward to stamp flat anything that so much as blinked. He also explicitly gave all reasons of why you should never journey into the woods at night or day under any circumstances. I will not tell you all of what he said, but shall close with his own parting words:
“Never, ever, for any reason, put yourself within the stomping radius of a Hhborgen!”
April 19, 2020 at 2:43 pm #46622JazzyfreshGuest
Holly was sinking towards the sand grasping the branch with all her might. She heard sounds of a struggle but was to concentrated on the sinking elf to notice. Then the girl grabbed the branch and helped Holly pull Lagoron out of the sand while the boy flung rocks at the karmiins. Finley with a loud squelch The elf came out of the quicksand covered in mud. Holly relived that they had managed to save Lagoron, even though, she thought, he was the one who got us into this mess. They all stayed there for a moment catching there breath before a crazed howl filled the air. “Where not out of danger yet” Holly said standing up and eyeing the remaining karmiins in the woods. “Fight or flight?” She asked brandishing her sword.
April 19, 2020 at 3:18 pm #46626OREOGuest
Before the karmiin got to jason,he slammed another rock into it’s head. It fell to the ground blood gushing from where Jason hit it with the stone. Bramber ran toward the the karmiins. He disappeared in the bushes.
Jason was relieved to see that the two girls had pulled the elf out of the quicksand.
Then he heard the karmiins coming. “Does anyone have a weapon that I can use?” He asked.
April 19, 2020 at 3:59 pm #46632Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla snapped to attention. She flung her dagger at Jason without a word. “We’ll fight,” she growled. Smoke poured from her pistol when she wounded a karmiin about to pounce at her.
Jason, Holly, and Lagoron flew into action. Limppit hissed and slithered off his constant perch at her shoulder. Seconds later she heard a karmiin yelp, and run off with his tail on fire. The little fire-gulper was getting good at this. She saw Langoron loosing arrows at the wild dog’s faces, and Holly severing limbs. Jason was flinging the dagger and then retrieving it from the dead karmiins. Presently he was in a close battle with a rather frenzied brute. Arla covered more karmiins with buckshot, but it seemed they just kept coming; as if all of the karmiins in all the Chesalon forest had gathered there that night by the quicksand bog to attack those three unfortunate humans and an elf.
Arla didn’t know what to do. Then she spied a bunch of dried wood. An idea sparked in her mind. Grabbing Limppit off of the horse, she ran to the pile, killing a karmiin as she went. Falling to her knees, she set Limppit down. “Fire, boy,” she pleaded, “fire.” The fire-gulper took a deep breath, then let loose a flame even he was surprised by. Immediately, the dry wood burst into a fiery frenzy. Arla grabbed a piece of wood and lit it. Then she ran to the others, who were valiantly keeping the karmiins at bay. She waved the torch at them. “Come on!” They all grabbed sticks and lit them.
The karmiins stood in a circle around the group. Their livid yellow eyes seemed to be little fires of their own. But they advanced no further. Arla yelled, then threw her torch into the wall of armored beasts. The karmiin that was hit yelped, and accidentally bit another’s tail. Instantly, the karmiins turned upon each other, and grew heedless of the towering flame behind them. They began to close in, though they were focused only on the scourging of one another.
The children and the elf were locked in place. There was nothing to do but pray, it seemed. To pray that somehow they got out alive.
April 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm #46637Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Suddenly, a stench worse than that anyone had ever smelt before wafted into their noses. Lagoron smiled grimly as the karmiins stopped their fighting to whine and escape the smell. In an instant, they were alone – alone, except for the thunderous footsteps and ever-growing reek of another nighttime creature.
Holly closed her eyes as Jason groaned. “Hhborgen.” Lagoron commented.
“I suggest we use the flight method this time.” The girl said, wrinkling her nose.
“Agreed.” Lagoron replied, and they were gone. Luckily, clouds had gathered overhead and the scent of rain quickly covered the smell of the hhborgen.
“Why is it that people are always saved from one wild beast by a bigger one?” Jason asked when they stopped for a short rest.
“The way of the world.” Holly replied, smiling slightly. The clouds unleashed their torrent, and soon the unlikely company was soaked to the skin. It got ever darker, and the flood of rain made their homemade torches sizzle and spit until they finally went out. Lagoron’s eyes quickly adjusted to the dimness, but he could tell the humans were struggling. Luckily, the girl’s fire-gulper glowed and illuminated her face.
“You know, old legends say that elves and humans once made alliances. They fought together, ate together, even lived together in some cases.” Lagoron mused quietly. He shook himself and said, “You are free to go, if you wish. But if I were you, I’d come with me to the Citadel. It’s much closer and I will make sure you are treated as honorable guests as long as you stay.”
April 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm #46641Wingiby IggibyGuest
You were thinking exactly what I was concerning the Hhborgen “saving” them, Kinnan!
Arla sighed and closed her eyes. She thought. “There is no going back home tonight. I could get torn limb from limb before I take ten steps. I know mom and dad will be scared stiff; but they want me back home whole, not just an arm or a leg.” She opened her eyes and looked at the dark walls of trees that surrounded them. Turning her gaze to Lagoron, she said, “I will come to the Citadel with you. I thank you for your kindness.” Arla paused and then continued. “My name is Arla, and I’m sorry for the trouble I caused. I probably shouldn’t have spied on you anyway. I learned a valuable lesson; one I should have already known.” She snorted in disgust at her own ignorance, then looked down at her feet. It was a little embarrassing.
April 19, 2020 at 7:54 pm #46643OREOGuest
“I will come with you to your Citadel” said Jason. “Here’s your dagger back Arla. ” He said,tossing the knife back to Arla.
He glanced at lagoron nervously. Had this elf really been spying on him,but for now long, he was hoping that he wasn’t watching him for to long. Jason had done some embarrassing stuff in the last couple of days.
“I will come with you to your citadel” said Arla “and thank you for your kindness” she said.
Jason walked over to Arla. He might as well introduce himself if she was coming with him to the…Elf citadel. “Hello” Jason said “my name is Jason.” “Hello” Arla replied ,”my name is Arla” Jason turned toward the other girl. “I will go with you” she said. Jason smiled, he had never been to a elf citadel,but his smile quickly vanished, and turned into a frown. He was hoping that all elves didn’t spy on humans. if so he would need to be extremely careful not to do anything embarrassing.
April 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm #46657JazzyfreshGuest
“We’ll fight” the girl said tossing a dagger to the boy. Holly nodded and ran at the karmiins sword poised a vicious shout poured from her mouth as her sword met her first opponent with gruesome victory. She turned to see three karmiins charging her at onece, she slashed at the first one and it fell sideways with a yelp knocking the second one away with it, the first one never to rise again. But the third one dodged the other two and sank its teeth into Gwen’s leg. Gwen cried out in pain then in anger as her sword came round on the karmiin. Then a glow lit up the forest “come on!” the girl called waving a flaming branch. Gwen raced to the flaming pile of wood and lit a branch running as fast as she could back to the group. They stood back to back each holding a flaming branch. Gwen swung her branch at a karmiin, the flaming torch splintering over its head sending it howling into the woods. Then Gwen smelled something foul. She heard a loud noise like giant footsteps. “No no no no!” Gwen moned. ” I suggest we use the flight method this time. ” the girl said. “Agreed.” Lagoron said. And they broke into a run, Gwen grabbed Landers reigns and tried to keep up. In a minute they slowed and caught there breath as it started to rain. “Why is it that people are always saved from one wild beast by a bigger one?” asked Lagoron. ” Its the way of the world” Gwen answerd. “You know” Lagoron mused “old legend says that elves and humans once made alliances. They fought together,ate together and even lived together in some cases. You are free to go if you wish. But if I where you I’d come with me to the citadel. It’s much closer and and I will make sure you are treated as honorable guests as long as you stay.” The girl introduced herself as Arla and excepted his innovation, so did the boy whose name was Jason. Holly didn’t have to think hard before answering “My name is Holly and I will join you to your city” she said. It wasn’t a hard choice, she was a bard her job was to wander, tell tales, play and sing. And she had a once in a lifetime opportunity to go see a elf city. It was a no brainer. She was coming. Holly smiled, an elf city! she was going to an elf city! She stood up than quickly sat down wincing at a sharp pain in her leg where the karmiin had bit her. She quickly dressed and bandaged the bite with a first aid kit from Landers saddlebags. She was glad it wasn’t worse as it could have been. Holly looked around “we should set up camp. Or maybe sleep in a tree, anything to keep away from the night critters.”
April 20, 2020 at 3:31 pm #46664Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron smiled with relief. At least he wouldn’t be banished for meeting humans and not taking them to the Citadel, even though he would be bringing them as prisoners. “There’s no need.” He replied to Holly. “The Citadel’s less than a mile away.”
Surprise flitted across everyone’s faces. “What are we waiting for, then?” Jason asked, and they set off again.
Presently, lights could be discerned through the trees. They shone a brilliant light. “Careful now.” Lagoron cautioned his new-found friends. “We’ll be coming up on some scouts. Just don’t say anything and let me do the talking.”
He was right. Less than thirty seconds later, a crystal clear voice called, “Halt! Who is it?”
“Lagoron, returning after… ah, a scouting mission that went wrong.”
An elf suddenly appeared from the shadows directly in front of Lagoron. Her dark brown hair swept almost to her knees and was pulled back from her head in a half-ponytail that clearly revealed her pointed ears. Her dark eyes studied the humans with a serious expression on her face. She grasped a bow in her hand and wore a dull green dress with a slit in the front, dark leggings underneath, and darker boots.
“Something clearly went wrong.” She responded, turning back to Lagoron with a hint of a smile on her lips.
“You’re on watch, Larawen? Why?”
The elf-maid sighed. “Because you were missing. Technically you were supposed to be taking this watch. Come on. Lord Thinon, Lady Elbereth, and Captain Gladion will want to see you.” Without another word, she melted into the underbrush ahead of them.
“Who was that?” Holly asked.
“Larawen, my sister. She’s a personal guard for Lady Elbereth. We must be a little short on soldiers if the bodyguards are on watch.” A hint of worry entered Lagoron’s voice as he led them after his sister.
The Citadel was huge – so large the humans wondered how it had never been detected. The walls around it were made out of huge trees with the very small spaces in between filled with hedges. There were three gates, Lagoron informed them, one in the north, one in the west, and one in the east. The south side of the Citadel rested against a towering cliff which the elves had hollowed out as a palace for the elven lord.
As they threaded their way through the lush, spacious city, following Larawen, Lagoron noticed the humans staring about them in awe. He was proud of his home and smiled to see that they obviously liked it. The elves’ homes were often in a tree, nestled between its leafy boughs high above the ground. The trees were much bigger than anyone had ever seen, and the tops were out of sight. Lights gleamed in the branches, making it seem as if each inhabited tree were filled with millions of fireflies. The uninhabited ones actually were covered with fireflies, which only added to the beauty. The architecture of the homes held a beauty of their own. The dwellings were scattered about wherever a good tree happened to be. There were no streets, only soft grass under their feet covered with the delicate white flowers of spring that looked like the stars set in the night sky above them. Gardens, fountains, and pools were everywhere, and the sweet aroma of flowers filled the air.
Then they were at the palace itself. The cliff was made of gleaming white stone, therefore the palace was the same. It didn’t seem to be constructed out of the cliff, rather, it was made with the cliff in a weaving construction of beauty and simplicity. Flowering vines covered many of the pillars, while a small waterfall sparkled off to the side. In short, it was gorgeous.
Larawen asked them to wait outside, then disappeared inside the palace. Soon, they were met by a stern, brown-headed elf in a uniform similar to Lagoron’s. A cloak was draped about his shoulders and swirled behind him as he walked. His hand rested on the hilt of a curved sword, but it appeared to be his only weapon. He walked with a quick step, his hazel eyes taking in the situation immediately. Larawen followed, her steps as quiet as a cat’s. She smiled slightly at the humans.
“What happened, Lagoron?” The male elf asked sharply.
“I can explain, Captain Gladion.”
“I hope so. Why in the name of all that is good would you bring humans here? To the Citadel? Are they your prisoners or not?” His voice never got louder, only more intense as he tried to control his anger. Gladion held up a hand as Lagoron tried to explain. “Nevermind. You might as well explain in front of the Lord and Lady. But for now, I will confiscate the humans’ weapons.”
Larawen took Lander’s reins from Holly. “Don’t worry, I’ll brush him down well and make sure he’s fed and watered.” Holly started to protest as Larawen led the horse off, but Lagoron shushed her.
Bramber danced around Lagoron’s legs as Limppit hissed at Gladion. “What do we do with the other animals, though, sir?” Lagoron asked, casting a glance in Arla’s direction. No one really wanted to mess with an angry fire-gulper.
Gladion thought for a moment. “I suppose the fire-gulper may come inside, as long as you can keep him under control, young lady.” He glowered at Arla, who arched an eyebrow and nodded.
“As for the puppy, well, he seems to be rather fond of you, Lagoron. You figure out what to do with him.”
gtg, sorry this was such a long post.
April 21, 2020 at 1:13 pm #46724JazzyfreshGuest
Kinnan: why are you apologizing? Nothing wrong with a long post. ☺
Holly watched as a lady elf led Lander away, she started to protest but Lagoron shushed her. Holly felt the urge to break away and run after Lander but she thought better of it, the elf had said she would take care of him and she thought it would be better to trust Lagoron. So Holly walked in following Legoron, she felt vulnerable without her sword, weak, helpless. Lagoron had said they would be treated like honorable guests, Holly didn’t feel like a guest she felt like a prisoner. She decided to trust Lagoron, follow his lead and trust that he would explain things to the other elves. At least she wasn’t tied this time.
April 21, 2020 at 2:47 pm #46752Wingiby IggibyGuest
Hi! Don’t worry about being too long, Kinnan! It was wonderful, and I have a good feeling for the elf city now!
Arla walked through the city with wonder. In all of her desperate runs and journeys she had never seen anything so beautiful; and that was saying something. She felt as small as a speck of dust on a table, or a miniscule flea on Bramber’s back. She snapped out of her reverie, however, when Limppit hissed at a snarling dog. The mutt didn’t seem too friendly, but Limppit had perfected his technique. With a well aimed spit, the dog’s tail burst into flame, and he ran down the street in a frenzy; with people skirting out of the way as he barreled through the city. Arla rolled her eyes and patted Limppit’s crest. Lagoron caught her eye and shook his head. Arla sighed.
Looking up, she smiled at the lighted tree-houses. She wanted to build herself a house like one of these. Then, they came to the palace. The white marble shone and glistened, so much so that Arla could see her reflection in it. She cringed when she saw how covered in dirt and grime she was. Looking over at a little waterfall glistening in the lights from the nearby trees, she wished she could scoop some up in her hand and drink it. Then splash her face.
Jason and Holly seemed comfortable enough, and they kept calm. Arla pondered on how they did it. Lagoron, on the other hand, seemed a bit disturbed. He kept glancing at the palace door, waiting. Then Arla saw who he was waiting for.
A male elf came out of the palace, and he scowled. It was Captain Gladion, as Arla soon learned; and he wasn’t happy with the humans. Arla wasn’t happy with the elf either when he collected her gun. She scowled herself. At least she was allowed to keep Limppit with her, but it would be hard to keep him from torching any dogs. As the group was led into the palace, Arla fingered her cloak in agitation. What was going to happen? Without a gun, she felt helpless. Arla knew she might be too attached to it, but in the War she had learned that having a suitable weapon meant the difference between life and death. She just hoped they wouldn’t keep it.
Watching Captain Gladion’s shoulders move up and down as they marched farther and farther into the palace, she thought about all of her past adventures, and wondered if this was to be the end of them.
April 21, 2020 at 6:45 pm #46776Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron felt his heart rise to his throat. He knew Lord Thinon and Lady Elbereth were very kind and generous, but he also wondered if inviting humans to his home would stretch their patience to the breaking point. They were at the intricately carved wooden doors to the Council Room, so he’d find out soon enough.
The doors swung open and Gladion led Lagoron and Co. before the Elven rulers, who sat on two silver and ivory thrones on a dais at the far end of the room.
“My lord and lady,” Gladion began, bowing deeply. “We have found Lagoron – rather, he’s returned. He brings company, though, and will explain.” He moved off to the side to allow Lagoron and the humans center stage.
Lord Thinon was a majestic looking elf with pale blonde hair and penetrating grey eyes. He wore a robe of gold and green and a delicate circlet of gold on his head. Lady Elbereth had wavy auburn hair and sparkling blue eyes, although she looked as imposing and serious as her husband. She wore a mantle of silvery white, and a crown of white flowers nestled in her hair.
“Welcome back, Lagoron.” Thinon said, his voice warm. His gaze traveled from the scout to his friends. “I see you bring visitors.”
“Yes, my lord. This is Jason from Knavesville, Holly the bard, and Arla.” He indicated the teens, who nodded. Lord Thinon returned the gesture then turned back to Lagoron.
“How is it that you have brought humans to our Citadel as friends?”
Lagoron dropped his gaze, preparing himself. Then he found words flowing from his mouth, retelling the whole tale. Lord Thinon watched him intently, as if looking for lies. Lady Elbereth also considered him carefully, but she seemed to believe him.
“I promised the humans that they would be treated as guests for their deeds.” Lagoron finished, his heart thumping loudly. “Have I made an error?”
There was a tense silence in which Gladion scowled, Larawen showed up and stood directly behind Lady Elbereth’s throne with another female elf, and the lord and lady pondered Lagoron’s words. Finally, Lady Elbereth spoke. Her voice was soft and gentle, like a dove’s coo, but it rose in volume and intensity as she spoke
“No, Lagoron, you have done well. These three saved your life and proved their worth. I say welcome, Jason, Holly, and Arla. Welcome to the Elven Citadel of Gilceleth*!”
*Gilceleth (pronounced gil-KEH-leth) means Bright Stream.
April 22, 2020 at 1:51 pm #46795OREOGuest
Hey kinnan, I was wondering if you wanted to make a page about your elven citadel of Gileleth? Just so things don’t get confusing when our characters are in the citadel.
April 22, 2020 at 2:15 pm #46796JazzyfreshGuest
I was thinking maybe Gladion could give them some trouble to make things more interesting. If anyone doesn’t like that idea we don’t have to do it, just trying to think of a way to make things more interesting.
Holly bowed low to the Lord and lady “I am deeply honored” she said
“and I thank you for your kindness, I know you are wary of humans for a good reason but I am here NOT to learn of your location and share it, but I hope to learn elf songs and poems (with your permission of course) so that I may be a better bard.” Holly swelled with happiness, she was a welcome guest at Gilceleth. This was probably the best thing that could ever happen to her, she could study music, poetry and maybe even learn a elf instrument! In the book she had read on elves it had told of music that’s beauty was far beyond what any human could ever create. Music that could stir the soul with one note, so vivid that you could almost see it and so wonderful that words could hardly explain it. Holly looked up at them with eyes dancing with joy, “If you would permit it I would love to study elf music, but only by your permission.”
I’m still thinking up a elf instrument. That ok with you ,Kinnan?
April 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm #46803Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Jazz: Yep, totally good! Larawen could teach Holly…
Hm. How would you all feel if we stayed in Gilceleth for a while? Maybe each human could be assigned an elf to show them around, teach them things, and keep an eye on them, just in case? Larawen could take Holly, Lagoron could take Jason, and maybe Captain Gladion would take Arla. Now that would be interesting!
April 22, 2020 at 4:10 pm #46809Wingiby iggybiGuest
Arla and Captain Gladion; that would be interesting! I’m all for it!
April 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm #46804Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
OREO: That’s a good idea! I’ll start one now…
April 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm #46811Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla sucked in her breath. They were safe? The elfs were ok with their presence? She glanced at Captain Gladion, who still scowled. Then she heard Lord Thinon speak again. His regal voice was smooth and commanding. “Yes, my wife is quite right. You shall be treated with the utmost honor; for not only saving our fellow elf, but for being respectful of our city, and not sharing it with others who are not so accommodating.” Here his face darkened, but it immediately brightened when he spoke next. “We shall give you a tour of the Citadel of Gilceleth! After, of course, you take a dip in a tub.”
Arla’s ears turned red, and she noticed Holly conspicuously eying her shirt with distaste. Jason was looking anywhere but at his muddy boots; they had all left tracks on the shining white floor.
Lord Thinon continued. “We shall provide you with guides. Laweren, you can take Holly. Jason, you shall go with Lagoron. And Captain Gladion, you will guide Arla.”
The shock on Gladion’s face was pure astonishment, but it quickly turned into a look of disgust. Arla narrowed her eyes. It would be a clash of stubbornness, the strong elf captain; and the fiery tempered human girl. As well as a fire-gulper.
(If this guide/human matchup doesn’t work, that’s fine)
April 22, 2020 at 5:08 pm #46812Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
The Elven Citadel of Gailceleth: (I accidentally messed the translation up when I first made it up.)
Name Meaning: Gail means “bright” or “light”. Celeth means “stream”. (In Sindarin, a Tolkien Elvish tongue, the letter “c” almost always makes a “k” sound.) Gailceleth is more commonly known as simply, “the Citadel.”
Inhabitants & Their Occupations: In Gailceleth, elves are the only inhabitants (most of the time.) It is usually ruled by a lord and/or lady. The militia is small, but sufficient for keeping Gailceleth secret, safe, and solid. There is one general, then three captains, then each captain has a division they are in charge of.
Gailceleth is completely self-sufficient. Elves eat mostly plants, but if meat is available, they will eat that as well. Elves will not kill a young animal, one incapable of defending itself either by fighting or flight, and do their best to only slay as many as they need to survive. (Wild, dangerous beasts like karmiin and hhborgens are exceptions to this, of course.)
These elves do not live forever, as in Tolkien’s books. They are born, reproduce, and die just like humans, except they do live for about 200 years average and don’t ever appear to age once they reach maturity.
Gardens are plentiful, but most elves keep their own. There isn’t community gardens, although everyone gives to those who need it so that there isn’t death from starvation or anything like that.
Appearance: (I’m just going to repost my previous description, edit a few things, then summarize it.)
The Citadel was huge – so large all who have visited it wondered how it had never been detected. The walls around it were made out of huge trees with the very small spaces in between filled with hedges. There were three gates, one in the north, one in the west, and one in the east. The south side of the Citadel rested against a towering cliff which the elves had hollowed out as a palace for the elven lord.
The elves’ homes were often in a tree, nestled between its leafy boughs high above the ground. The trees were much bigger than anyone had ever seen, and the tops were out of sight. Lights gleamed in the branches, making it seem as if each inhabited tree were filled with millions of fireflies. The uninhabited ones actually were covered with fireflies, which only added to the beauty. The architecture of the homes held a beauty of their own. The dwellings were scattered about wherever a good tree happened to be. There were no streets, only soft grass under their feet covered with the delicate white flowers of spring that looked like the stars set in the night sky above them. Gardens, fountains, and pools were everywhere, and the sweet aroma of flowers filled the air.
The palace itself is carved into the cliff, if you remember. The cliff was made of gleaming white stone, therefore the palace was the same. It didn’t seem to be constructed out of the cliff, rather, it was made with the cliff in a weaving construction of beauty and simplicity. Flowering vines covered many of the pillars, while a small waterfall sparkled off to the side. In short, it was gorgeous.
1) The Citadel is about as big as a small city
2) The Citadel is walled with trees and hedges
3) The Citadel has three gates, in the north, east, and west.
4) The Citadel’s south side is covered by a massive, sheer white cliff.
5) Elves live in the huge trees.
6) Uninhabited trees are filled with fireflies.
7) There are no streets, only a lawn and white flowers.
8) Gardens, fountains, and pools are everywhere.
9) The palace is carved with the cliff, not into it, but still into it. Hope that makes sense.
10) A small waterfall comes out of the cliff next to the palace opening.
Did I miss anything else that’s needed?
April 22, 2020 at 7:59 pm #46818Wingiby IggibyGuest
That’s great, Kinnan! If it was real, that would be something to see!
April 22, 2020 at 5:12 pm #46814Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
He he!!! This is going to be fun. Should we share Larawen & Gladion, or should we assign them to someone?
April 23, 2020 at 2:07 pm #46824OREOGuest
I like the idea of everyone being assigned to an elf.
April 23, 2020 at 2:12 pm #46825JazzyfreshGuest
Kinnan: what do you mean?
I love the idea of the people being assigned to elves! I think Holly will go nicely with larawen.
Holly listened as her and her friends where assigned to an elf, Jason was with Lagoron, Arla was with Gladion, and Holly was with Larawen. Holly glanced at Arla who was glaring at Gladion, then looked at Larawen who was walking towards Holly with a smile. Holly smiled, she was grateful she had Larawen for her guide, she seemed nice enough. “Hi” Holly said, ” Hello ” Larawen said “I believe this is yours” She said handing Holly her sword. “Thank you.” Holly said putting the weapon back in its sheath. “I heard your a bard” Larawen said “If you like I could teach you some songs.” Holly smiled “that would be wonderful, but maybe after a bath. ” “of course.” Larawen said. “Do you have a library in the citadel?” Holly asked. ” Yes, a very large one” Larawen said. Holly smiled, this was the best day of her life.
So do the people stay at there assigned elves house? If not where do they stay?
April 24, 2020 at 11:38 am #46853Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Sorry for not responding faster. I didn’t get on yesterday. 🙂
I meant should we have someone act as Larawen and Gladion like you act as Holly, or should we just let them be a community work. 🙂
I think the humans would stay in the palace, but they could stay with their guides as well. Or maybe they all should just stay with Lagoron and Larawen, since I don’t think Captain Gladion would enjoy having Arla around him constantly. Lol.
April 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm #46826OREOGuest
Kinnan: quick question, are the elves the size of regular humans?
April 24, 2020 at 11:35 am #46852Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Hey, sorry for not getting back to you yesterday. I was kind of busy. 🙂
In response, yes, elves are about the size of humans. They tend to be a couple inches taller, and are very slender and light. Hope this helps!
April 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm #46841OREOGuest
Sorry that I haven’t posted in so lon., I just posted my story, but then I accidentally tapped the home button and it erased all my typing, and now I am out of free time, so I promise to type more tomorrow.😵
April 23, 2020 at 4:24 pm #46842Wingiby IggibyGuest
Hi OREO! If you are having trouble losing your stories (I did it once, and it was frustrating!), you can type them out in Google Docs; and then copy and paste it here. It works a lot better for me.
April 23, 2020 at 6:25 pm #46843Wingiby IggibyGuest
An elf maid led Arla to a bathroom. When she stepped through the door, Arla gasped. It was unlike any bathroom she had ever seen. The ceiling was dangerously high, and windows were up above on the wall facing the outside of the cliff palace. The tub was hollowed out of the wall, so it was smooth white marble as well. The same was for the sink and latrine. The walls were decorated with murals of lavender and roses. Another fact was that it smelled like the depicted flowers. Arla felt out of place, and she hated to ruin it with her muck. Looking down, she saw her muddy footprints already marking up the floor.
The maid left, and Arla was left to her own devices.
When she came out fifteen minutes later, she smelled of lavender and roses. She had scrubbed her clothes till her hands were stiff, and had polished her boots with a rag. Arla ever after thought of that white bathroom when she smelled roses. And lavender.
She joined the others in a corridor, where they dispersed with their guides. Arla glared at Gladion, who glared back. The staring contest lasted a few minutes until they both looked away, unable to admit defeat. Captain Gladion handed Arla back her gun, dagger, and knife reluctantly. She tucked them in her cloak. Then, they started out into the elf Citadel.
Gladion droned on and on about the architecture of the elf’s treehouses. He was evidently very proud of the city, and Arla tried to listen, because if she was to build herself one when she got home, she ought to know a bit about the buildings.
“….The houses are all unique, of course, because each tree is different. You have to be a very skilled arkitect to know how to correctly build a safe house ….”
Arla glanced at an elf throwing dishwater out of her window on a passerby, who looked up and shouted something. The elf responded by dumping out more water. That was when the small regiment of elves marched past. They were returning from training, and were irritable. As Arla was looking in the other direction, one of the soldiers sneered at Limppit. The fire-gulper was actually very intelligent, and knew it wasn’t a compliment. He responded with a burst of flame.
The elf’s hair was wild and bright red. It was about to get redder. Limppit torched his head and it burst into flame. The elf yelled, and while his companions watched in growing amusement, he ran to the nearest fountain and doused his head; much to the displeasure of some flutterdews.*
Arla’s ears turned bright pink. “Limppit!” Then, General Gladion reached forward with the fastest arm she had ever seen and snatched the lizard from her shoulder before she had time to react. But Arla had quick reflexes, and she responded with instinct. She should have known better. She should have thought first, should have talked with Gladion. But she didn’t.
Arlanda Eva Richard punched the elf Captain in the nose.
* I will type up a description of flutterdews later.
April 23, 2020 at 6:33 pm #46844Wingiby IggibyGuest
The short description of a flutterdew is this: they are a small white bird.
Long description: Flutterdews coo softly except when they are angry. Then they screech. Loudly. They eat bugs. And your garden. And any pie you put to cool on the windowsill.
Their feathers are used in pillows and as decoration, but since they are so common they are not considered a luxury. In fact, they are a nuisance. They are easily flustered, and will attack anyone who disturbes their peace. A flutterdew attack doesn’t hurt much, you just feel like you are inside a loud, squawking pillow.
They constantly take over the community fountains, so a young elf lad or lass is assigned to flutterdew duty. If you want to apply for the job; all you have to do is prove that you can scream at the top of your lungs for an hour without going horse. If you don’t pass, they will likely give you a pan and a stick and say, “good luck.”
Flutterdews may appear pretty at first, but remember; appearances can be deceiving.
April 24, 2020 at 9:39 am #46849Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Hi,I was wondering if it’s not too late for me to join. I completely understand if there is no room, but it would be nice. Even if I can’t join I really like the story!
April 24, 2020 at 11:01 am #46851Wingiby IggibyGuest
Hi Kylie (love the name!)! It’s fine by me if you join, and as they say; the more the merrier! If you haven’t already, it might be helpful to read the whole story. Here is a summery:
Jason, Arla, and Holly are humans captured by the elf Lagoron because they saw him and it is direct orders that they be brought to the elf citadel, because humans are usually dangerous to elves.
Arla is my character; she is a head-strong girl who had been in a war before moving to Knavesmire. She has a pet fire-gulper (I wrote about it earlier).
Jason is a spy in training, and he is semi-good. He accidentally ended up with a crazy puppy named Bramber, who is really fond of Lagoron.
Lagoron is an elf soldier who really didn’t want to have to take the humans. The teens saved him when he fell in quicksand, and together they fought off a large pack of Karmiins, earning his trust.
Holly is a traveling bard, who has a horse named Lander. She really likes the elf Citadel, and is really good at music.
The humans were welcomed into the Citadel on account of promising never to reveal the Citadel’s presence, and for saving Lagoron. Now they are being shown around the city; Arla with Captain Gladion; Holly with Larawen (Lagoron’s sister); and Jason with Lagoron.
April 24, 2020 at 11:45 am #46854Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Kylie: Hey, welcome! I think our limit was five people, and you would be our fifth. Go ahead and make a character whenever you want. 🙂
P.S. Please call me Kinnan.
April 24, 2020 at 12:10 pm #46856Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Larawen met up with Holly after the bard had gotten her bath. “Ready?” Larawen asked, and Holly nodded eagerly.
They walked together deeper into the palace. Windows were here and there, but since they were inside a mountain, there weren’t many, and most were high up on the wall. Still, the halls were airy and light, and elves passed them constantly. Every last one of them stopped and stared at Holly, their gazes travelling from her non-pointed ears to her strange clothes to the floor as Larawen gave them a look only a bodyguard could.
Then they were in the library. It was a huge, vaulted cavern with paneled wooden walls, a small fire crackling cheerfully on one wall, an area with lots of comfortable seats, a rug, and some tables, and bookshelves. Bookshelves everywhere, from floor to ceiling. Still, somehow the room felt spacious.
Holly gazed about her with awe and Larawen smiled. She was beginning to like this human, especially since they shared a common love of music. “After we’re done here, I’ll take you to see Lander. Then you can come home with Lagoron and I and stay at our house, or stay here at the palace. There’s plenty of room in either place.”
Holly smiled widely. “Thanks, Larawen. I’ll think about it.”
“Now…” Larawen murmured, running her slender fingers over some books. “The music section’s over here. Would you like to learn how to play a song or the words to one?”
The two sat for at least two hours in the library, pouring over the old tomes and singing together. Larawen’s soft but clear voice harmonized Holly’s perfectly, and she began to teach the human girl some elvish instruments. At one point, the conversation turned to Larawen’s family.
A shadow crossed the elf-maid’s features. “I have had two mothers and a father, along with two brothers and two sisters, not counting Lagoron.” She forced a smile. “Holly, I once lived among humans as you do. You see, my mother was the elf Naldiel*, and my father was the human Charles. Naldiel left the Citadel after her first husband died. Lagoron was a year or two old, but she left him here in the care of Captain Gladion.” She laughed. “Don’t look so surprised, missy. Gladion isn’t as hard as he may seem. Anyway, my mother entered the human world. She cut her hair, hid her ears, and acted as one of them. Then she met my father and they got married. Together they had my other older brother and I. Then Naldiel died.” Larawen sighed heavily, her hands idle in her lap. “I didn’t know her very well, as I was only a toddler when that happened. But my father remarried to a woman named Arianna.
gtg, will finishe this later
April 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm #46864Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ok, I’m back, so continuing from last post…
Larawen sighed heavily, her hands idle in her lap. “I didn’t know her very well, as I was only a toddler when that happened. But my father remarried to a woman named Arianna. Together, they had three more children. It wasn’t until I was fourteen that my father told my older brother and I that we were half-elf.” Larawen looked curiously at Holly, who was listening raptly. “Holly, do you know anything about half-elves?”
Holly’s eyebrows furrowed. “I don’t know for sure.” She replied, slowly. “I always enjoyed reading about elves and things, but mostly because of the music. Why?”
Larawen took a deep breath. “Well, a half-elf has a monumental choice to make. Once they reach a certain age – fifteen, actually – they are faced with that decision. The choice on whether or not to choose elfhood, or the life of a human. They can choose to live with the elves, or stay with the humans. They can choose if they will live a life of about 90 years, and age, and have all sorts of aches and pains, then be blessed with the gift of death, or they can choose to never age, never get sick, then die at 200 or so. It’s a hard choice, especially for me.” Larawen’s eyes filled, and her voice lowered to a mere whisper. “My older brother scoffed when my father told us. He laughed at the notion of elves, and therefore chose to be a man. I didn’t make my choice right away.” A small tear fell from her cheek. “My father died two days later, before he could give me anymore help with my choice. Two months later, my adopted mother died as well. It was a hard, hard time. But, I decided to go on a quest to find the elves so that I knew which world I wished to live in. To tell you the truth, I actually went to find out if my father was being truthful, if he’d lost his sanity, or if he knew what he was talking about. I’m sure you know that elves are legends to humans, and humans are scarytales to elves.” Holly nodded.
“Long story short,” Larawen continued. “I turned fifteen, and embarked on my quest. I eventually found the Citadel. Actually, Captain Gladion found me, and then took me to the Citadel. I met Lagoron, and decided to become an elf. That was 60 years ago. Now I’m 75, although I may look to be only 20. Lagoron’s 78.” She sighed, and stood, brushing away her tears. “I don’t know why I told you all of this.” She turned to Holly, a half-hearted smile on her lips. “I apologize if I burdened you. It just kind of… came out, I suppose. But it’s late, and we will be eating a meal with the Lord and Lady, and their household tonight, so we’d better prepare.”
April 24, 2020 at 1:32 pm #46865Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
*Naldiel means “Valley Daughter”. It’s the equivalent to the feminine name Dale. The masculine version would be Naldion.
April 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm #46867Wingiby IggibyGuest
I was thinking about our characters, and how they have all gone down different paths. I’m not sure if it will be harder to tell the story this way or not. If so, I have a plan to get them back together again; without a really long drawn-out story.
Arla punched Captain Gladion, so I figured that he could escort her (not to gently!) back to the palace, and there the others could gather to hear about what was going on.
If this works, I can post my part of the story. If it doesn’t, I’m open to ideas. We could always just tell it from the different characters on their separate tours of the Citadel, so we are all sorta reading each others stories.
I’ll do whatever! I sure hope this lock down on the country ends soon, though. I’m getting bored.
April 24, 2020 at 1:53 pm #46868Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wingiby: I’m good with that. I was also thinking all the humans would meet at the dinner tonight as well.
April 24, 2020 at 1:55 pm #46869Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Thank you! I already thought of a character: Name: Elannora Winsar (Nora for short) Age:14 Job: hunteress Weapons: a small sword, a dagger, and a bow & arrows Clothes: green tunic, black leggings, dark brown cloak, leather boots, and a satchel Pet: a changerat* named Eowyn Likes: reading, singing, and dancing Doesn’t like: being hurt, having to fight another human being, and people making fun of her Looks like: has dark blond hair that is always in a neat dutch braid, light green eyes, fair skin, and a slight point of her ears. also has a metal brace on her left leg since a marble block fell on it when she was 13. the elves were able to heal most of it, though she can’t walk without a brace unfortunately Backstory:has lived in the Citadel ever since her mother and father disappeared when she was twelve, her family is distantly descended from the elves. The elves are kind to her, and she is treated pretty normally. *a changerat is a rat that can change the color of it’s fur. Not dangerous unless you try and harm them or someone they care about. (I actually have a pet rat-go ahead and say ew!- named Eowyn. Pet rats are very sweet and cuddly; I know thats surprising to most of you:)
April 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm #46870Kylie WingfeatherGuest
P.S. how should Nora (Elannora) come into the story? Maybe they meet at dinner? I need some ideas.
April 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm #46871Wingiby IggibyGuest
I think rats are cool! I hear that they are pretty intelligent and can be taught tricks. I’ve got pets you might ew about! I have snails!
I once had about sixty because they laid eggs. Snails aren’t very smart, but they can recognize you by your smell. I believe I am off topic. Anyway, I think the idea of them all meeting at dinner sounds great! I will type out my story of Arla and Gladion.
Nora sounds like a really interesting character, Kylie!
April 24, 2020 at 3:48 pm #46872Kylie WingfeatherGuest
April 24, 2020 at 3:50 pm #46873Kylie WingfeatherGuest
And snails sound pretty cool.
April 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm #46874Wingiby IggibyGuest
Captain Gladion staggered backwards. His nose was bleeding freely, and staining the front of his shirt. With a low growl, he grabbed Arla by the collar none to gently, and led her off in the direction of the palace. Arla knew that he was using all of his might to suppress his anger.
It was a bad thing to be hit on the nose. It was another for it to be done in front of all your soldiers. Arla knew that if she had been a boy, she and Gladion would have been rolling in the dust. She was glad that at least Limppit was alright. He was once again on her shoulder, hissing at Gladion. It was only a glance from Arla that kept him from frying the elf. The fire-gulper was in enough trouble already. So was Arla. Gladion wiped his nose on his sleeve.
The elf general marched past the amused soldiers standing guard at the palace gate, and into the throne room. Lord Thinon raised an eyebrow at their appearance. Lady Elbereth shook her head. “For goodness’s sake, Gladion,” she said. “Put the poor girl down.”
Gladion scowled, and let go of Arla’s collar. She teetered back a bit, then recollected herself. She glanced at Lord Thinon. A grin was tugging at the corners of his mouth. Gladion wiped his nose again.
“So, what happened?” The elven Lord questioned.
Gladion narrowed his eyebrows and said, “the human hit me. I had to bring her back, my Lord.”
Lord Thinon rolled his eyes. “We know that happened, obviously, but why?”
Gladion took a deep breath and then said, “I snatched the girl’s lizard from her because he set one of my soldier’s hair on fire.”
Lord Thinon snorted, in an evident attempt to hide his laughter. It was Lady Elbereth who spoke next.
“Arla, dear, what is your account of the incident?”
Arla glared at Gladion, then told her story. “The soldier must have irritated Limppit, so he torched him. My “lizard,” here she glared at Gladion again, “retaliated. Captain Gladion grabbed him, so I punched him. Hard.” Arla stopped and waited. She heard the door shut behind her, and saw that Holly, Jason, and the elf siblings had joined them. Jason was grinning, and all of them looked confused.
Lord Thinon spoke. “Bring in Welder.” The doors swung open, and a dripping wet elf with charred hair sloshed into the room. His feet squelched with every step, and white feathers were floating off of him. He glanced at Limppit, who was still perched on Arla’s shoulder, and bared his teeth; as if he were a lizard himself. Limppit hissed.
“Welder,” Lady Elbereth said. Welder snapped to attention. “I see you had an accident.”
Welder grimaced. “Yes, my lady,” he said. He turned to Arla. “All on account of that scaly little menace. Now my beautiful hair is scorched down to the roots.” The elves guarding the door chuckled, then stopped at a glance from Lady Elbereth.
Welder was questioned, and when it was got out of him that he provoked Limppet, the matter of the fire-gulper was finished. Welder was led off to the white marble bathroom for a cleaning. Feathers floated to the wet floor when he left.
After some minutes of discussion, Arla was excused for her behavior on the terms that she wouldn’t go around punching elves. Gladion’s nose was attended too, and then they all marched off for a welcome dinner.
April 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm #46875OREOGuest
Welcome Kylie!!! Of course you can join.😁
April 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm #46877JazzyfreshGuest
Kinnan :I was thinking that everyone could control there characters guide.
After a afternoon in the library with Larawen, Holly was back in the throne room with Lagoron, Jason, Arla, Larawen and a bleeding Gladion. Apparently Arla’s fire gulper had torched a soldier, Gladion had grabbed Limpet and Arla had punched him in the nose. Holly was fighting to not laugh, Arla apparently had some serous guts ,I would never have been able to do that, Holly thought. While Holly was waiting to be excused she occupied her mind by thinking about her afternoon with Larawen, Holly was had decided what instrument she wanted to learn, she wanted to learn the shinder*. Holly had a good time with Larawen and looked forward to further lessons with her. Larawen said she was a fast learner and caught on quickly. Holly loved the songs Larawen had taught her, there wild beauty beyond any Holly had ever heard of.
Holly looked up to see a wet young man with torched hair and covered in feathers walk in scowling. This time Holly could not hold back the laughter that built up within her, she laughed and quickly turned it into an awkward cough covering her mouth to hide her smile. After she had caught a hold of her self she looked up to see the corners of Larawen’s mouth twitching dangerously , that sent Holly into another “coughing” fit. when she had recovered she found that they where being led into the dining room and followed. “You ok?” Larawen asked Holly once they where in the dining room. Holly twitched but managed a nod.
*shinder, a instrument that looks like a flute except much more graceful and beautiful than you’ve ever seen, it is played like a flute but on the inside there are small chimes that harmonize perfectly adding a silvery ring to the wild beauty of the sound.
April 24, 2020 at 8:07 pm #46878OREOGuest
Well except for me! Cause lagoron is my guide.
April 25, 2020 at 3:03 pm #46881OREOGuest
Jason was seated in a tall chair with flowers neatly carved around the edges. when he saw Gladion glaring at Arla with a bloody nose, Jason could barely contain his laughter, but a big grin spread across his face. Sitting across from Jason on the other side of the table sat holly, who looked like she was laughing… Or coughing, he couldn’t tell, Larawen was sitting next to holly, the corners of her mouth twitching. Lagoon sat in a chair right next to Jason. Bramder was laying quite comfortably in Lagorons lap. Bramber hadn’t left Lagorons side ever since they had first met. So far Lagoron was Brambers favorite.
April 26, 2020 at 3:22 pm #46907JazzyfreshGuest
April 26, 2020 at 3:22 pm #46908Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla sat across from Captain Gladion, who scowled at her every chance he got. Limppit sat triumphantly on her shoulder; he had refused to sit under Arla’s chair. At home he always ate with them, but she thought it might not be the very best of palace manners to have a fire-gulper at the table. However, he detested the underside of her chair. No one seemed bothered, though.
The dining hall was really long, and so were the many tables. Of course, the walls were as white as ever; and Arla looked at the floor, wondering if elves knew what dirt was.
Lagoron, Larawen, Holly, and Jason were all there; as well as Lord Thinon and Lady Elbereth. The three elf captains were seated near Lord Thinon, as well as another elf Arla hadn’t seen before. She had a dutch braid and light green eyes. She looked nice. Arla started to say hi, but then dinner arrived. Arla hoped to meet her later.
Trays upon trays of some of the most delicious smelling foods Arla had ever smelled were carried in by several elf servants. Half of the food she didn’t recognize, but she tried a little bit of everything. Limppit especially liked flambogle* meat; of which he ate five chunks. Arla thought her mother would love the fenchita salad; it had several different types of flower petals, dandelion leaves, rutabagas, and all sorts of other delicious plants. She ate herself full.
The servants came to clear away the food, but then more arrived with new trays; much to Arla’s mounting amazement. She watched with wide eyes as the second course was laid out. Glancing at her friends, she saw Holly squint her eyes shut and Jason wince. Lagoron and Larawen had each eaten small portions, so they were fine. Arla kept herself from gagging as she watched the elves eat the second course, and then the third. When desert came, Arla sucked in her breath and waited.
There were so many pies, that there must have been one for each type of fruit there was. Indeed, it was the truth. Arla forced upon herself a small piece of pumpkin pie, and Holly smiled wryly at her slice of blueberry. Jason snuck his apple pie under the table, and Bramble jumped off of Lagoron’s lap. A suspicious slurping sound came from beneath the table, but nobody seemed to notice.
* The flambogle is a type of bird, not unlike our common chicken. Their flavor is smoky and a little spicy, and the tecture is a bit chewy and tough. It is, in short, very good.
April 26, 2020 at 3:29 pm #46912OREOGuest
My tablet switches the name Lagoron into lagoon sometimes.😒
April 26, 2020 at 4:04 pm #46914JazzyfreshGuest
Holly was seated along with Larawen, Jason, Lagoron, Arla, Gladion, Thinon, Elbereth and four other elves that Holly didn’t recognize. Then the food was brought out, salads, soups, breads, meat, cheeses and a suspicious looking bowl of something green and chunky. Holly sighed with delight and, after blessing her food, she stuffed her self with a helping of everything (except the suspiciously green gloop). After she was full she sat back, then watched in horror as another course was laid out in front of her. She ate a little to be polite, but when the third course was set out she couldn’t eat another bite, until she was forced to by the aroma coming from the blueberry pie. She ate half of it then saw Jason slip his plate under the table, Holly did the same as Bramber jumped from Lagorons lap. After a minute Bramber waddled back to Lagoron and tried to jump back on his lap without success and landed back on the floor. Lagoron picked Bramber up, then noticed the dark stains around his mouth and quickly covered the happy puppy’s mouth with a napkin, glancing at the Lord and lady to see if they had noticed.
April 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm #46915OREOGuest
Jason had been over his rich Uncle Itzals house enough to know that there were usually 3 to 5 courses.So when the first course came, Jason just had a little bit of flambogle meat and tried something called poltun¹, which was so sweet tasting that Jason Mixed it with some flambogle meat, but the sweetness of the poltun and the spicy taste of the flambogle meat did not taste good together, so he mixed so much flambogle meat with the poltun that he didn’t event taste the poltun, but by the time the second course came Jason had eaten much more flambogle then he intended to. Holly and Arla looked like they were about to gag, but Larawen and Lagoron were eating as if it was their first course. When the third course came jason just sat there trying to save as much room as he could for dessert. By the time dessert came Jason was still full from all the meat he had. but he managed to have a small sliver of Apple pie.
Event Bramber looked stuffed, but when Jason offered Bramber some Apple pie, his eyes got wide, his whole butt started to wag with his tale, he event looked like he was trying to smile. But after Bramber finished the pie, he looked event more stuffed then before.
¹Poltun is similar to cereal, you mash sweet corn, honey, potatoes , cinnamon and sugar together then you ad milk to give it a mushy tecture. It can be served as a sauce or you can just eat it by its self.
April 26, 2020 at 8:18 pm #46935Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Sorry this is a little late, but still a hearty welcome to you, Kylie!
April 26, 2020 at 8:19 pm #46936Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
So, since we’re nearing our limit of people, I think I should back out like I planned to do at first pretty soon. Maybe instead of going with the humans to find the hidden city, Lagoron could just stay behind in the Citadel?
April 26, 2020 at 8:21 pm #46937Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I’ll post my part tomorrow. It’s a little late today. 🙂
April 27, 2020 at 10:47 am #46949Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Ok, here is Nora’s part of the story: Nora looked curiously at the three humans sitting at the dinner table. There were two girls and one boy who looked about her age. One girl had a fire-gulper perched on her shoulder. Nora glanced at Captain Gladion. Why was he glaring at the fire-gulper girl? Nora sighed and cut her flambogle meat. As she did so, something clawed at her leg. Ouch! Trying to be as unnoticeable as possible, Nora slipped some of the meat down to her very grumpy changrat sitting on her brace. My mom just said I have to get off. I’ll finish this later:)
April 27, 2020 at 12:49 pm #46958Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Ok I’m back now. Here’s the rest of it: Nora knew that Éowyn’s (the changrat) fur was bright red. Oh well. You couldn’t keep a changerat happy all the time. When dinner was over Nora headed to the library. Éowyn climbed up to her shoulder, settling her claws gently into the shoulder of her tunic. When Nora reached the library, she grabbed her favorite book and settled herself on a cozy window seat, looking forward to losing herself in the story. Suddenly a clatter echoed through the library. Nora looked up, startled. A puppy streaked past her wildly through the room like his tail was on fire. Behind him, Lagoran and the human boy ran, trying to catch him she assumed. Éowyn’s fur, she saw, was an even brighter red than when Nora had forgotten to feed her at dinner. She was also hissing and spitting. Oh dear. The two boys had finally cornered the puppy and were inching towards him. Just as the human boy triumphantly stretched out his hands to grab the puppy, it gave an almighty leap and tore to the open door of the library.”Bramber!” the boy yelped. Just as it reached the doorway, Larawen and the two human girls jumped out and seized the dog, who struggled for a moment and then gave up. Nora walked over to the group. “What was that all about?” she asked quietly. I’ll have to finish more of this later. I have school (I’m homeschooled).Bye:)
April 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm #46961Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
That was really good (and really funny, lol!) You fit Bramber’s personality perfectly!! Well done!
April 27, 2020 at 6:52 pm #46976Wingiby iggybiGuest
I’m homeschooled too! That was great Kylie! I will try to post tomorrow, I was busy today.
April 27, 2020 at 1:05 pm #46962Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Write mine later
April 27, 2020 at 1:58 pm #46966OREOGuest
I’m home schooled too Kylie!☺
April 27, 2020 at 6:59 pm #46978Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Homeschooler #3 right here.
April 27, 2020 at 2:19 pm #46967OREOGuest
Hey Kinnan, since your going to drop out of the story, should we make them leave for the hidden city a little sooner?
April 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm #46975JazzyfreshGuest
I don’t think they have to leave the citadel right away.
After dinner Holly and Larawen headed for the library to study shinder some more and Arla came with them to rest a bit, half way there Jason and Lagoron streaked last them chasing Bramber, Holly shook her head, Larawen sighed and Arla groned and they ran after the boy, elf and the crazed puppy. Holly turned the corner just in time to see them dash into the library after Bramber, Holly skidded to a stop in front of the entrance to the library and saw Bramber make a flying leap over Jason’s head and Sprint to the door, Holly and Arla grabbed at him but missed but Larawen snatched him up before he could go any further. “What was that all about?” asked a blond haired girl elf with green eyes, ” Sorry” Holly said “that’s Bramber” she said pointing to the wriggling puppy “I’m Holly and I’m sorry if we bothered you, Bramber can sometimes be a bit of a hand full.” Holly now recognized the girl elf as one of the strangers from dinner, “What’s your name?” Holly asked.
April 27, 2020 at 7:10 pm #46979Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron took the slobbering puppy from his sister’s arms. She gave him a look and he winced. “Really, Bramber?” He muttered to the puppy. “Can’t you cause trouble somewhere else?”
At the sound of his voice, Bramber started wagging his tail so hard Lagoron wondered if it would fall off. He also proceeded to begin licking Lagoron’s nose with his slimy, wet, smelly tongue. Lagoron put him down, and he raced towards the kitchens.
Holly was talking to the girl. Oh, he knew who she was! She was Nora, the human adopted by some elves a while ago. She was nice, he supposed, but he’d never really talked to her. Her chagrat looked really put out, though, so he kept his distance, suddenly wishing Bramber was there.
“What were you two going to do it the library?” Larawen sidled up to him, her voice low. She nodded in Jason’s direction. He was introducing himself to Nora.
Lagoron flushed. “We were just chasing Bramber. I was going to take Jason to the lawn. You know, to see the fireflies dance, watch the elves dance too, and star gaze.”
Larawen nodded. “That sounds like fun. Maybe Holly and I will join you.” She stifled a laugh as she looked at Arla. “I don’t know what Captain Gladion’s going to do. What was Lord Thinon thinking, putting them together?”
Lagoron laughed softly. “I don’t know, but he always has his reasons, and they’re always good.” He glanced up at a high window, noting the time. “We should go. Hey Jason, I want to show you something!” Jason looked up from the shinder Holly was showing him.
“Really? Ok, cool!”
“Holly, I think you’ll want to see this.” Larawen said. “If you’d rather work on music, that’s good too, of course.”
“Arla, Nora, you two coming?” Lagoron asked over his shoulder as the two boys left.
April 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm #47012JazzyfreshGuest
Holly jumped up and ran after Lagoron, music could wait for now.
That is probably the shortest post I have ever posted.😛
April 28, 2020 at 1:31 pm #47017JazzyfreshGuest
I also homeschool.
April 28, 2020 at 1:33 pm #47019Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora looked at the others. She had never really spoken to children her own age. “Arla, Nora, you two coming?” Nora smiled happily as she followed the group, Éowyn (still red, but not as much.) on her shoulder. She had loved watching the fireflies and the elves dance ever since she had come here two years ago. It reminded her of her parents, although she didn’t know why. As they reached the lawn, a low note floated towards them. Nora shivered with joy as the music from shinders, harps, and *zifers hung in the air. Éowyn’s fur completely changed from the hot red into a light purple. The elves danced in a circle then spread out in a star-shaped pattern. Nora sat down gently, careful not to bump her brace. She saw the humans glance at it curiously. Nora had known that they would be curious about it. Almost everyone stared at it. Still, it made her feel weird every time, no matter how many times it had happened. She watched the dancers, feeling the music pulse through her veins. As the elves finished their dance, Nora yawned, tired. As she got to her feet, a shrill sound split the air. Nora whipped her head around. “What is it?!” she yelled, scared. Guards ran to the walls with swords and lanterns. I’ll finish this later 🙂
April 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm #47022JazzyfreshGuest
At the first note of the song Holly was lost in her own world. The wild music rang in her ears and she trembled with delight, ever since she was little she had loved music, it always made her feel light and joyful. As Holly sat there she watched the elves dance with the fireflies, she thought she had never been so happy, until she heard a shrill sound that sent elves running with lanterns and swords, Nora shouted something and Holly leaped to her feet, drew her sword and held it at the ready.
April 28, 2020 at 1:49 pm #47023JazzyfreshGuest
At the first note of the song Holly was lost in her own world. The wild music rang in her ears and she trembled with delight, ever since she was little she had loved music, it always made her feel light and joyful. As Holly sat there she watched the elves dance with the fireflies, she thought she had never been so happy, until she heard a shrill sound that sent elves running with lanterns and swords, Nora shouted something and Holly leaped to her feet, drew her sword and held it at the ready.
April 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm #47024JazzyfreshGuest
Sorry, posted twice. 😒
April 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm #47025JazzyfreshGuest
Sorry, posted twice. 😒
April 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm #47027JazzyfreshGuest
ON COME ON! Yet again I have posted twice. Sorry.
April 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm #47038Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Jazzyfresh: if you hit submit twice that’s probably why it posted two times
April 28, 2020 at 2:06 pm #47042JazzyfreshGuest
Yea, my tablet loads slow so when I push it I go “come on! Load faster!
*Taptaptaptap* Why are you so slow?!*taptaptap*” So yea, that’s probably the problem.
April 28, 2020 at 2:10 pm #47043Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Don’t worry 🙂 I think I did that when I first started posting here.
April 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm #47045OREOGuest
Jason watched the elves dance freely across the green grass, their arms moving swiftly to the beat, and their legs moving around so much that Jason got dizzy just by watching them. He really enjoyed seeing the fireflies dance. Their yellow lights were mesmerizing, bobbing up and down.
Bramber was in a deep sleep curled up in Lagorons lap. Holly looked like she might fall asleep laying there in the grass with her head resting on her hand, Jason started to fall asleep, but he dozing was interrupted by a loud shrill sound.
Thought that you might want to post what the sound was kylie.
April 28, 2020 at 2:34 pm #47046OREOGuest
I use to do it ALL THE TIME!!!
April 28, 2020 at 2:39 pm #47050Kylie WingfeatherGuest
here’s some more of the story: ” Karmiins!” A soldier yelled frantically. Nora pulled her sword from it’s sheath. She had a brace, yes, but she could fight. Dimly, she noted that Holly had also had drawn her sword. Éowyn had turned bright red again. She turned her head around in time to see a karmiin leap over the wall and head straight towards her. Nora swung her sword as hard as she could at the karmiin, and a second later it’s head fell off cut off by the blade now battling several other karmiins. Will finish this later:-)
April 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm #47069Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron watched the elves dance, weaving in and out of the fireflies and each other, all the while laughing and exchanging words with one another. Larawen had joined in, and moved about with the best of him. Lagoron himself didn’t really enjoy dancing. He was rather clumsy as elves go, and dancing took too much concentration. But watching it was amazing, and watching his sister was better.
Then it happened. The signal whistle blew. The elves broke up, some drawing weapons, others running for the gates to close them, others running for their homes to protect their children, and others running for the palace. Lagoron whipped his bow from it’s spot on his back and whisked an arrow to the string. Larawen raced for the palace. Her place was protecting Lady Elbereth. Nothing would get in her way until she reached her lady.
Lagoron dimly noticed Bramber bounding around, barking in a frenzy. Karmiins leapt out from all over the lawn, scattering flowers and scaring the fireflies. Nora decapitated one while her chagrat turned blue with fear. Holly had drawn her sword, and Lagoron moved to cover her. Jason found a position back to back with Arla. The pairing up proved an excellent strategy, and the partners whirled about like twin tornadoes.
Five karmiins teamed up on Holly and Lagoron. They were smart, and knew how to defeat their prey. Lagoron loosed an arrow, and a karmiin yelped as it buried itself in its belly. It growled and lunged at Lagoron, but he ducked and Holly finished it off. Then another darted for Holly’s unprotected legs and Lagoron let it run itself onto his sword. They worked together in perfect rhythm.
Then they were gone. Just like that. There were seven dead ones, and the remaining four just disappeared. Captain Gladion rushed over.
“The karmiins are uniting in more and more numbers. The packs grow larger every day. Taurion reported twelve in this one. Lagoron, I need you to go scouting. Take someone with you – there’s to be no leaving the Citadel alone. The karmiins came in through a hole in the south hedge, near the gate. The guards were killed before they could sound the alarm. I need you to go there and patrol the perimeter while the others repair the hole.”
“Yes sir!” Lagoron replied. “I’ll take the humans with me.”
Gladion paused in giving efficient orders. “Take the-” He stopped and shook his head. “No, Lagoron. They are not to be trusted and are not capable fighters anyway.”
Lagoron clenched his jaw. “With all due respect, sir, they fought admirably. I trust them completely. Besides, it’s not like I’m going out into the woods alone with them. The reparation elves will be around too.”
Gladion sighed, then waved his hand in the air, dismissing the matter. “Fine. I’ll tell Lord Thinon. But keep an eye on that fire-gulper. He’s trouble.” Lagoron turned to leave, but Gladion stopped him. “And Lagoron? You should know that you and your sister are like children to me.”
“Thank you sir.” Lagoron replied, surprised at the sudden tenderness in Gladion’s voice. Then the elf captain stalked away, bellowing grouchily at any elf lollygagging around.
“Well, I need to go.” He turned to the humans, who were watching. “Any of you coming with me?”
“Are you kidding?” Jason asked, flipping a knife in the air and catching it by the handle. “Of course!”
Holly tucked some hair behind her ear and thought. “Well, it can’t hurt. I do need to check on Lander, though.”
“We can do that. The stables are on the south side anyway. Arla?”
Arla squinted, thinking hard. “Alright.” She finally replied. “I’d prefer that to listening to Captain Gladion anyway.” Everyone laughed, and they began to move away.
Lagoron glanced back and noticed that Nora was petting her chagrat and trying not to look lonely. He felt a stab of pity. She had been the only human in the Citadel until he’d “captured” the others, and it must be nice to talk to people her own age and species. “Wanna come, Nora?” He asked, and she looked up hopefully.
“Yea, sure!” She replied, and hurried to catch up.
“I hope you all like patrolling.” Lagoron muttered, then nearly tripped as a streak of fur shot between his legs.
“Bramber!” Everyone groaned, then laughed. The puppy would make otherwise boring jobs interesting, even if he did get them in trouble.
I was thinking maybe we find the map in the broken hedge or in the forest while we’re patrolling. What do you all think?
April 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm #47077Wingiby IggibyGuest
Sounds good, Kinnan! Maybe Bramber could be involved….
April 28, 2020 at 4:03 pm #47078Wingiby IggibyGuest
Sorry! I have missed, like, everything! Anyway, Arla’s back; with probably more trouble. 😉
Arla was back to back with Jason, firing her pistol at anything with fangs. Limppit was nowhere to be seen, probably torching tails. But as soon as it had started, the battle ended, and Captain Gladion appeared out of nowhere with instructions. Limppit regained his perch on Arla’s shoulder, hissing at the Captain. Gladion shot her a “I’m warning you” look; and marched off.
She agreed to go with her friends to patrol the wall. She thrust her fire-arm into her cloak and followed after them.
“Well, here we are,” Lagoron said. The hole in the hedge was more than a hole. It was a gaping opening, and the jagged edges of the trunks it was made off pointed down-ward like sharp teeth. The first elf worker to see it sighed, then set about repairs.
The company stepped through the gap, and into the woods. Arla bent down to examine the Karmiin’s tracks. It didn’t tell her anything. She snorted in disgust, then looked at her friends. “Well, what do we do? Stand here?”
Larawen pointed her sword to her left. “We should scout a bit to each side, and make sure no more Karmiins are about.”
“Right,” said Lagoron. “We can split up. Jason, you can come with me. Larawen, you can take Holly.” He paused, looking at Nora and Arla. “One of us should stay here, for the safety of the workers. Arla, you would probably be best. With that gun you can take out a few of them, if not scare the beasts away. Just don’t put any bullets in us. Nora, you can stay too.” Lagoron glanced at her brace with a look of pity, then waved Jason on. In a few minutes, all that could be heard was the banging and grunting of the elf workers, as well as the occasional bark from Bramber.
Arla scowled and plopped onto the ground, fiddling with a piece of grass. Left out of all the fun. Nora stood on the other side of the gap, alert and ready. ‘If they think I can’t fend for myself, I’ll be the first to kill a Karmiin,’ she thought. Then she looked at Arla. The other girl seemed to be pouting.
“Hi,” Nora said.
Arla looked up. “Uh, hello.” she said. She looked at the ground, then decided that a conversation was more welcoming than a bent piece of grass. So she stood, walked over to Nora, held out her hand, and grinned. “My name is Arla, and I’m a Karmiin killer, reckless spy, and sometimes a bit of a fool. How do you do?”
Nora smiled back and took Arla’s hand in a grip just as strong. “I’m Nora, and this is Eowyn, my changerat.” The rodent was staring fiercely at something, and that something was Limppit. Eowyn was bright red again, and Limppit was flicking his tongue. “No, Limppit,” Arla said sternly. “She’s a friend. No torching; and if you did, she wouldn’t let you forget it.” The fire-gulper resigned reluctantly, but hissed a last time. Eowyn hissed back.
Arla and Nora chatted for a bit, then relaxed and waited. ‘If this is what a guard does all day,’ Arla thought, ‘I’m not going to be one.’
That’s when they heard the howls.
April 28, 2020 at 7:19 pm #47094Kylie WingfeatherGuest
heres some more: Nora leapt to her feet as a karmiin burst into the clearing. Éowyn scurried into the pocket of her tunic. Arla pulled her gun out and shot the karmiin in the gut. Nora swung her sword at a second one and chopped it in half. Behind her Lagoron, Jason, and Holly ran into the cleaning, as a karmiin knocked her sword out of her hand. Another karmiin leapt at her and grabbed her brace. Terrified, Nora wriggled and tried to get the brace out of his mouth.
“Help!” Nora reached for her sword, but another karmiin snapped at her fingers. Suddenly, the karmiin’s hold on her brace loosened, and she pulled it out. Nora grabbed her sword and swung it at the nearest beast. Soon the monsters dispersed, running for the hills. Nora got to her feet but her left leg buckled and she fell again to the forest floor. Letting out a groan of frustration, Nora hobbled to her feet again, this time using the nearest tree for support.
“Éowyn! Come out.” Her fur bright blue, Éowyn slowly emerged from her pocket and clambered on to her shoulder.
“Are you alright?” asked Arla.
“I think so. The karmiin only grabbed my brace, not my leg.” She examined the brace.
“My leg is alright, but one of the leather straps is cut.” Nora sighed.
“I think I have a spare.” She dug through her pockets
“There it is!” Nora pulled out a leather strap and fitted it not the brace. Nora took a testing step.
“Thank the Maker. It works.” As the group headed back to the Citadel, Nora felt like for the first time in two years she had friends.
April 29, 2020 at 3:21 pm #47111OREOGuest
Lagoron, and Jason started scouting for karmiins around the citadel, with Bramber walking along side Lagoron, and occasionally nipping at Jason’s ankles, just to make it clear that he still hated Jason.
“So Lagoron, do karmiins attack in your citadel often?” Asked Jason
” No” replied Lagoron “they occasionally do, but…” Just then, Lagoron and Jason heard the growls of karmiins. Without a word Jason and Lagoron ran toward where they had last left Nora an d Arla. Jason quickly took a glance over his shoulder and saw Bramber , he looked like he was searching for somthing. Before Jason could look amy longer, his foot hit a stone, which made him lurch forward and fall to the ground in a awkward somersault and land on his feet then kept running. Jason looked around to see if anyone saw him. Fortunately no one was looking.
When Jason and Lagoron got to Arla and Nora, they where being attacked by karmiins.
Sorry that I had to stop it so soon, but I’m sure you all know what happens next
April 29, 2020 at 3:22 pm #47112JazzyfreshGuest
Holly’s sword met the first karmiin with deadly result. Lagoron moved in and together they fought of there fair share of karmiins. Then suddenly they where gone, just like that, Holly breathed a sigh of relief, cleaned and sheathed her sword. She listened as Lagoron was ordered to guard the broken hedge, then to Hollys delight, Lagoron invited them to come. After checking in on Lander she ran to catch up with the group, they met at the hedge where they where sent to scout for karmiins. Holly had only walked a short wile before she heard a loud howl and charged back to the hedge just in time to see Nora’s sword knocked out of her hand by one karmiin as another grabbed her brace. “No!” Holly cried as her friend was knocked to the ground, she tried to get to Nora but couldn’t because three karmiins where pouncing on her at once, she sidestepped the first one, kicked away the second one, stabbed the third and turned to see another one pouncing on Jason from behind as he fought of two more. She lunged forward and knocked the karmiin away just before it did any harm but the desperate lunge put her of balance and she tumbled to the ground. Holly looked up to see a karmiin charge her, it’s teeth bared eyes wild with hunger, it opened its jaws to finish her but was thrown to the ground by one of Jason’s daggers. Holly jumped to her feet and sent another sword stroke into another karmiin and looked around for another foe to fight but found none. Then Holly remembered Nora, she spun to see Nora putting a strap on her brace, Holly sighed with relief and walked over to her friends, “Everyone all right?” She asked.
April 29, 2020 at 4:27 pm #47116Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Suddenly, a crack echoed throughout the wood. The five children stopped and whipped their heads around. Lagoron and Larawen grabbed their bows, Jason, Holly, and Nora yanked out their swords, and Arla pointed her gun at the bushes. Then Bramber leapt out at them.
“Bramber!” The group stared in shock at the crazy puppy. Then dissolved into fits of laughter. When the laughter subsided, Holly noticed something in the pup’s mouth.
“Bramber, what is that in your mouth, boy?” She knelt down and tugged it out of his mouth.
“It’s a container of some sort.”
“Open it,” said Lagoron. They waited in silence. None of them knew what it was, but each child knew that whatever it was, it would change every thing.
April 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm #47121Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla looked at the container. She didn’t see anything special about it. Larawen gasped. Holly handed it to her, and Larawen carefully uncapped it. She removed a rolled parchment, and dropped the slobbery mess of the container on the ground. Everyone watched with growing anticipation as she unrolled it.
Then, all their eyes popped wide open. It was a map, and a most elaborate one; as if the artist had had all the time in the world on his hands. The colors were vibrant, and the detail astonishing. Everyone stared for half a minute, before Holly whispered, “what do we do with it?”
“I don’t know,” Lagoron whispered back.
“Why are we whispering?” Nora asked in a whisper.
“I don’t know,” Lagoron answered in an absent minded whisper.
Everyone looked at eachother, then burst out laughing. Bramber barked happily, as if he knew what the joke was. Larawen looked up at her friends. “I remember looking at maps like this in the library,” she said. “They were drawn by elves who lived thousands of years ago. They are very special, but only four were ever made. They all seem to complement each other, and together they show, well, something. No one knows. It’s just a myth.” She shook her head in disbelief. “But now I wonder….”
The humans and Lagoron glanced at one another; thankful that at least one of them was well versed in ancient history. They wondered where the map would lead them, and it would all be thanks to one problematic dog.
April 29, 2020 at 6:13 pm #47122Kylie WingfeatherGuest
that was so good Wingiby!
April 29, 2020 at 7:07 pm #47124Wingiby iggybiGuest
April 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm #47140OREOGuest
I just realized that we haven’t named our story!
April 30, 2020 at 1:19 pm #47145JazzyfreshGuest
How about … The city seekers, or just ,the seekers. Because they are always looking for lost city’s.
April 30, 2020 at 1:26 pm #47147OREOGuest
That sounds good to me for part 1 in our story.
April 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm #47148OREOGuest
Then part two could be the finder’s or something like that
April 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm #47168Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Let’s name our story after we finish it.
April 30, 2020 at 2:36 pm #47183Wingiby iggybiGuest
Sounds like a good idea, Kylie. That way we will sorta know more about it and then can name it appropriately. Funny that it’s our story, yet we don’t know how it will end!
April 30, 2020 at 2:44 pm #47189OREOGuest
April 30, 2020 at 2:49 pm #47193Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
So, I ended up with more time on my hands. May I stay in for another little while, at least for the next part? If I get a job this summer I may have to back out, jsyk. Sorry this is so confusing.
April 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm #47195Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Yes Kinnan! Please stay in. Lagoron is a really cool character.
April 30, 2020 at 2:54 pm #47196Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wow, you responded fast. That’s a first. 🙂
If you guys wanted to keep Lagoron in and use him, I’d be perfectly fine with that. But I would like to stay in if that’s at all possible.
April 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm #47203Wingiby IggibyGuest
Keep Lagoron! Keep Lagoron! The story would’t be the same without him!
April 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm #47197Kylie WingfeatherGuest
“We need to future out what to do with the map,” said Nora in a normal voice. “If larawen’s right, and she usually is when it comes to ancient history, then this kind of map is incredibly rare. If anyone, other that the right people, find out about it, it could lead to a disaster. We need to inform Lord Thinon and Lady Elbereth.”
The others nodded in agreement. Nora knelt down next to the map and examined it closer.
“It’s beautiful, but I don’t see…hang on, what’s this?” She leaned even closer to the map. “It’s some kind of rhyme. It’s in Elvish.” She handed the map to Lagoron, pointing to a section. “I can’t read it though.”
April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm #47198Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Yes! Please stay in.
April 30, 2020 at 5:10 pm #47220Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ok, I guess I’ll stay in. Thanks, y’all! I’ll write a part now…
April 30, 2020 at 5:53 pm #47225Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
(This is going to be long.)
Lagoron ran his fingers gently over the map. Larawen scooted up next to him, peering down intently. The hand was fine and refined, with swooping letters and gentle strokes.
“It’s in Quenya.” She murmured, exchanging a glance with her brother.
The elves were silent for a moment until Jason ventured, “Sorry, but what’s Quenya again?”
Lagoron smiled. “It’s the ancient Elvish tongue – the High Elves are the only ones to use it now, and them it’s normally only for special services or songs. Sindarin is the modern tongue. Let’s see.” He bent closer. Everyone held their breath as the brother and sister murmured to one another, then straightened, glancing at one another.
“We used to pour over the old tomes in the library,” Larawen began. “We’d translate a few pages of Quenya until we’d learned the language. Lagoron knows how to write it, but I know how to speak it. He’s going to read a line to me and I’ll translate, like we did in the library.” She took a deep breath and nodded to Lagoron.
He squinted at the first line, then said in a clear, strong voice, “Ealdë málo hela ealdë ñgotho…”
And so it went. Here is the complete poem: (I know it’s not the best, and a bit long, but I like it. I’ll explain it on another post.)
Be ye friend or be ye foe
Hark to all my dire words
There is hidden far below
A path to the new world
I once dwelt in its mansion
But now it is no more
I once laughed by its fountain
But now it flows no more
But hark! Some hope hath sprung
The seekers who art brave
Shall find the city of this song
And great treasure to be saved
You may be young, you may be old
Hark and thou shalt divine
Where Londima lies silent, cold
To be found by seekers five
One will clear path with melody
She is one of three
One has fire at her hand
To protect the band
One has ears and eyes quite sharp
And doubt stays his heart
One has spying yet to do
He is one of two
One has heart of gold and smile strong
She seems weak to some
So be you friend or be you foe,
Hark and heed my foresight
The five shall find the path below
And lead Londima to light.
When Lagoron finished, there was complete silence. Finally, Bramber barked. Everyone looked at one another – and smiled.
April 30, 2020 at 7:05 pm #47235Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ok, here’s the explanation for the poem:
In the first stanza, the “new world” is just the hidden city of Londima*. The “path” that is “hidden far below” I was thinking could be a tunnel or other underground passage that leads to the city, which is surrounded by treacherous mountains, impossible to cross, and therefore hidden from all eyes except eagles’.
The second stanza is just the author of the poem, a former citizen of Londima, lamenting its loss, when it was destroyed, or abandoned, or whatever. Maybe a dragon could have taken over it, kind of like in the Hobbit (like the dragon part, Jazz? :P)
The third stanza is introducing the five, which are described next (I was thinking Larawen should stay behind, just to keep things simple. She is a bodyguard, anyway, and doesn’t take time off very easily.)
The first is Holly. She unlocks the door to the underground passage through an Elvish song Larawen taught to her. She’s “one of three”, but that just means she’s one of three girls.
The second is Arla. The “fire at her hand” is Limppit, and I was thinking since he’s her pet and kind of, well, fiery and able, that they should be the main protectors of the group – the guards.
The third is Lagoron. Since he’s an elf, he’s got excellent eyesight and hearing. He’s also a scout in the army, but he doubts himself a lot. This might cause him to fail later on; I haven’t quite decided on that part yet.
The fourth is Jason. The “spying yet to do” is just implying that he will not just quit spying since he went on this quest. Maybe he can be like Bilbo in the Hobbit and spy on the dragon for us? The “one of two” means that, like Holly, he’s one of two male characters.
The fifth is Nora. Since I didn’t know much about her yet, I just made that part up, although her smile and her golden heart have already shown through.
The last stanza is simply a closing, that summarizes the rest of the poem and tells that it is actually a prophecy and that Londima will be found again, someday.
What do you think? If any of you don’t like it, we can definitely revise. 🙂
*Londima means “Fair Haven.” Londë means ‘haven’ in Quenya, and ima is a suffix that means fair. There is a real-life place called Fair Havens. It’s on Crete, I think. Paul stopped there on his big journey to Rome.
April 30, 2020 at 7:59 pm #47239Wingiby iggybiGuest
Wow, Kinnan! That was such a great poem; you have got talent! The whole plan sounds awesome!
May 1, 2020 at 12:12 pm #47256Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, good. *breaths a sigh of relief* I’m glad it works. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment. I’m not very into poetry, though. Are you?
May 1, 2020 at 9:37 am #47246Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I really like it! And how in the world did you learn to speak Sindarin and Quenya? I know that they’re languages in Middle Earth, but other than that I know nothing about it.
May 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm #47255Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I don’t actually know the languages, although I want to learn most of Sindarin this summer. My family has this tradition where we watch a Peter Jackson movie every night starting the night after Christmas. We do the Hobbit & LOTR. Last year, I got creeped out by the LOTR (it was my first time watching it and I had no idea what was going to happen.) This year, however, I watched them all and liked them so much I went on a crazy phase of finding out everything I could. My favorite, er, species I guess is the Elves, so I looked into them first. Then I ended up writing a short story about a half-elf named Nayandi, so I did more research and stumbled upon the languages. I learned a little bit of them, but decided I liked Quenya best. Unfortunately, Sindarin is more common, so I’ll learn that first.
Anyway, I started translating names into Quenya & Sindarin. I’d find the meaning of the name, then translate it into Quenya. Kylie in Quenya is Celmiel (Daughter of Channels). In Sindarin it is Rantiel. But I didn’t do it from my brain. I know very few Elvish words, but I found a website dedicated to Tolkien’s languages. Here it is: Elven Languages
So yea, I use that to translate stuff and am picking up random stuff from it as I go along. I did read the Silmarillion a few months ago, though, and learned a lot of the concepts of the language from the glossary in the back.
Well, that was much longer than it had to be. I blame you, Kylie. You got me started on Elvish languages. 😛 JK. Sorry there was so much info, though. Don’t feel like you have to read it all. 🙂
May 1, 2020 at 11:28 am #47251Kylie WingfeatherGuest
“I recognize that poem.” whispered Nora, as if in a dream. The others looked at her, astonished. “My mother told me that poem every night before I went to sleep. She said that Londima was an elvish city, built deep inside a mountain range. It was always full of light and song. But one day a great shadow covered the city. Most people fled, but some stayed to protect the city. They were never seen or heard from again. Londima was lost forever. But legend says that a perfect five could find and restore the city.” Nora shook her head in confusion. “I always thought it was just a bedtime story Mama made up. I never realized it- it was real.” The clearing was silent. “In the months before they went missing, my parents spent a lot of time alone in their office. Once, I went in there. Mama and Papa were leaning over a piece of paper. Mama took it off the table when I came in, but I caught a glimpse of it. I think it was one of these maps.” Nora’s voice quivered. “they must have been looking for Londima.” The six children looked each other in amazement.
I was thinking the shadow was the dragon.
May 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm #47257Wingiby IggibyGuest
So do the kids know that they are the ones being talked about in the poem? That way I will know how to write my next part.
May 1, 2020 at 12:35 pm #47259Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I think they should know, because they look around and think, “Hey. There’s three girls and two boys here, if we don’t count Larawen. And Nora has a brace, which would makes some people think of her as weak, while Limppit is a fire-gulper and Arla’s pet, Holly’s a bard, and Lagoron’s an elf.” (Since no one knows about Jason’s spying as far as I know, they wouldn’t connect the dots there.) If you’d rather draw the story out some more and make them figure it out, that works too. I realize having them understand at once is fast-paced and kind of unrealistic.
May 1, 2020 at 1:27 pm #47262Wingiby iggybiGuest
Yes, it sorta is un-realistic; maybe they could find out sooner rather than later, though. Perhaps they start out to find Londima without knowing they were the ones to do it, they just went for the sake of an adventure! Then, at the end, they realize they were the ones. I don’t really know, maybe they can sleep on it.
May 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm #47271Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ok, that works way better than mine. 😀 Let’s do it.
May 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm #47268JazzyfreshGuest
Cool poem kinnan! I LOVE your Idea. Sorry I’m out of time today but I will post tomorrow.
May 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm #47272Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Thanks Jazz! Can’t wait to see what you come up with. 🙂
May 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm #47274Wingiby iggybiGuest
I shall try to post today….
May 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm #47276OREOGuest
I will try to post later today!
May 1, 2020 at 6:05 pm #47285Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla looked at Nora with eyes as round as saucers. Her parents had been looking for this lost city of Londima? That was cool, as well as sorta creepy. She sucked in her breath, then said, “This place is real? I mean, it sounds; well, I don’t know! Maybe it’s just a joke someone’s playing.” She glanced at the map, and so did everyone else. It didn’t seem like a joke.
“I think it’s real,” Nora said. “My parents wouldn’t have spent all of that time pouring over an old map if it wasn’t worth something.”
Larawen nodded. “I have spent many hours studying the old books, and I think I came across a passage somewhere mentioning a place called Londima. It wouldn’t be in the ancient books if it was just a fraud.”
Everyone agreed, but they still weren’t sure what to do with the map. Lagoron cleared his throat. “Well, if you need three other maps to use this one correctly, I guess we can’t do anything with it. We should just give it to Lord Thinon and Lady Elbereth.” He looked nervous. Arla arched an eyebrow.
“Seriously? If this place is real, then I suggest we go look for it. The chance of a life-time, and you think we should just let it slip from our fingers? No. I say we find the other three, then search for Londima.”
An uncomfortable silence followed, in which the children and the elves exchanged nervous glances. Finally, Holly spoke. “I don’t know if we should. After all, the poem says something about five people. We definitely aren’t the ones. I mean, we can’t just go off searching for a lost city that is not even there.”
Lagoron looked at her gratefully, but Jason sided with Arla. “I think we should look for it. Who knows what lies in store for us there?”
“Exactly,” said Lagoron. “We have no idea what happened to Londima in the first place, and if hardly anyone escaped, how should we?”
Nora looked up from the map. “We should go.” The others looked at her. She seemed confident, like she knew what they should do. Arla was pretty sure she did.
Larawen studied the map silently, then she said, “Let’s all just sleep on it. We can talk about it in the morning, after a good night’s rest. I am afraid that I won’t be able to go even if we are able too; my duties here are much needed, and I can’t just get up and leave.”
Everyone pondered this for a moment, then nodded in agreement.
“Well!” Arla exclaimed. “Let’s get to some sleeping! I want to be wide awake so that I can face the dangers and perils that surely await us!”
Lagoron winced, and then they all started off. Bramber was tired for once, and tagged along with his head held low to the ground, sniffing for all he was worth. Limppit was tired of fire-fly snatching, and scampered to the ground for a romp. Eowyn watched him silently.
The children were permitted to stay with their elf friends; Jason and Holly with Lagoron and Larawen, Arla with Nora. The tree-houses were right next door to each other, and before they retired for the night, they waved from the windows.
“Sweet dreams!” Holly called. Arla grinned. “Sweet dreams of dragons and goblins and earthquakes!”
Then, they all crept into their flutterdew feather beds, thinking that they would rather not dream of dragons.
(I wanted to mention the fact that Bramber is a lot like my dog. If Bobby gets out of the house, he is like greased-lighting; and you have to use technique and strategy to get him back.)
May 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm #47345JazzyfreshGuest
After a good night’s sleep Holly took a trip to the library and bought some books that where on sail, one of them was titled ,EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING, and the other was called ,shinder songs,. She sagged under the weight of the first book (It was very heavy you see) as she stumbled to the music store, there she bought a silver shinder with gold vines with the flowers winding around it. She stumbled and tripped back to there room where Larawen was cooking breakfast and dumped her load on the table with a bang that made Larawen jump and she gave Holly a questioning look. “I thought it we are going on a crazy quest for a lost city I might as well practice the shinder. ” Holly explained “and I thought this would come in handy” she said tapping the ridiculously large book ,EVERY THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING, “it had all sorts of information on forest critters, first aid, and even plants. ” Holly smiled. “Intresting” Larawen said turning back to breakfast as Nora walked in rubbing her still sleepy eyes, “Mornin!” Called Holly.
May 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm #47373OREOGuest
Jason spent an hour practicing some spy techniques that Lagoron had showed him. Then went through some basic training that his old spy trainer taught him.
Then he spent a half an hour trying to do something called the swift dive. It was used for quickly, and quietly sliding into small hiding spots. Lagoron had tried to show Jason how to do it a couple days ago.
“So when you slide, make sure to bend one of your legs, a keep the other leg stretched out in front of you” Lagoron had said.
Jason took a deep breath, he put his back flat against the wall, then started running toward the small dog door that Lagoron had installed for Bramber in the side of the wooden door that lead into the dining room.
When Jason was only a foot away from the door he bent his left leg, stuck his right foot out in front of him, and then quickly leaned sidways. But not quick enough. Before he could duck his head it banged into the top of the dog door. He still slid through the door, but if he wanted to be stealthy, then he would need to be a lot more quiet then he was being. When he tried to do it again. He slid sooner, a little to soon. he didn’t even make through the dog doorway.
After about 15 minutes of failing, Jason got use to hitting his head.
He stood about 10 feet from the doorway, he took a deep breath, then started running toward the doorway, he ducked his head just in time. He would have made it, but a loud bang made him jump, and hit his head while he was sliding through the doorway.
Jason walked through the door (the normal way) and smelled bacon cooking ,along with eggs and poltun.
“Mornin” said Jason “morning” holly said without looking up from her giant book that she was reading. “Good morning” said Nora, while scooping some poltun onto her plate. Jason could barely keep from shuddering at the sight of the poltun.
“Where’s Lagoron?” Asked Jason. Larawen looked up from the bacon that was sizzling in the pan. ” He went to tell Lord Thinon about the map. ”
If you guys don’t want Lord think I to know about the map then we could do that.
May 3, 2020 at 4:50 pm #47379Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
What if while the five are on the quest to find Londima, Larawen catches up on horseback and informs them that Gliceleth was attacked by humans. The elves have to flee, but since the five find Londima, they go and live in Londima and are never heard from again. Londima is refilled with light, laughter, and song, and the humans believed they killed or scattered all the elves. Thoughts?
May 3, 2020 at 7:41 pm #47388OREOGuest
That sounds good to me!
But could we do different humans other then the knavesmire citizens.
Since Jason’s family lives there.
And is it a specific town that attacks or is it just people from different towns?
And I was also thinking that mabye they could find out that someone was exploring the chesalon forest and saw holly ,Arla, and Jason getting captured so that person followed them to Gliceleth. Then he goes back to his home town and tells everyone about Gliceleth. And that’s how the humans find the citadel.
It was just a suggestion, so if you had somthing else in mind then we don’t have to do my idea.
May 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm #47443Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla turned over in her bed and pressed her pillow against her ears. A few seconds later, THUMP! She moaned and sat up, her hair sticking out in all directions.
“What is that noise?” She swung her legs over the side of the bed and slipped her shoes on. She hadn’t bothered to put on a night gown before she collapsed into the bed the night before. Running her fingers through her hair, she crossed the bridge between the two tree-houses, where she smelled breakfast.
Entering the room, she saw Jason with a giant bruise on his head, looking over Holly’s shoulder at a book the size of Bramber. Larawen was scooping something gloopy into her bowl. Nora smiled wryly at her own helping. Arla turned to the bacon.
Lagoron entered the room, but then stopped when he saw the pulton. He turned around and headed for the door.
‘Oh, no you don’t!” Larawen cried, waving a spoon at him. “Get in here! I won’t have you skimping on breakfast when I was up before first light getting it prepared.” She eyed everyone else in the room. “And that goes for the rest of you.”
Everyone took polite helpings, and ate. Arla offered some to Limppit, but he hissed in displeasure at the meat. He gobbled the bacon, however.
Jason snuck his pulton under the table to Bramber, who loved to eat anything. After breakfast, the group headed over to the palace.
“I showed Lord Thinon the map, and he was most interested,” Lagoron said. It was clear he still didn’t think it a good idea to try and find Londima. Arla was, of course, still very much in with the plan.
“I believe we ought to ask for the map back and start making preparations.”
Everyone smiled, and kept walking. But as they drew nearer to the palace, they wondered what the Lord of the elves would say.
(By the way, both your ideas sound great, Kinnan and OREO! I also think that the kids could visit the elves whenever they wanted, and were the only humans to ever know about Londima. They could be the guardians of the city, along with Lagoron!)
May 4, 2020 at 12:50 pm #47448Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wingiby: Ooh, yes! That works wonderfully. 🙂
May 4, 2020 at 1:30 pm #47457Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
After they broke their fast with a hearty meal of poltun, bacon, and egg, the group headed out the door to the palace. The grass was deliciously soft under their feet, wet with the morning dew. The flowers had opened their brilliant white heads to the sunshine, and the sounds of many fair voices singing or speaking to one another filled the air. It was a beautiful morning.
Lagoron tried to quiet his doubt. Lord Thinon had been most intruiged with the map, and didn’t seem ready to give it up when Lagoron left. He’d explained Arla’s plan, and Thinon had listened carefully, but he hadn’t revealed what he thought about it through either expression or audible words. Now they were on their way to the palace, to see him again. Lagoron groaned under his breath. If Gladion found out he’d bothered Lord Thinon, he’d be dead meat.
Once they reached the palace, the guards let them in without a word. Larawen went off to take her shift with Lady Elbereth, while the humans followed Lagoron to the library.
Lord Thinon had the map with him. He was studying a dusty tome with an ancient Quenya title. He looked up as they entered the room, and Lagoron was relieved to see that his grey eyes were warm and friendly.
“Welcome, Lagoron and company.” He said quietly. A female fire-gulper lay by his feet, warming herself by the fire. Lord Thinon smiled at Arla’s surprised look and Limppit’s interest – whether aggressive or friendly, he couldn’t tell. “Yes, Arla, I have a fire-gulper. She’s not nearly as dedicated as yours, for she comes and goes of her own free will, but she’s here this morning. If we could refrain from a fire battle in the library, I believe that would be a good thing.”
“Now, Lagoron. Come here, lad. Don’t be shy. Look.” Everyone moved forward and crowded around the elf lord, seeming to forget that he was nobility while he was not wearing his official clothing or in the council room. He seemed more like a long-lost cousin or something. His long, slender finger traced the map that they had found, then pointed to a section in the book. It had a picture drawn with the same vibrant colors and detailed style as the map. It was divided into four sections, and each held a map in them. Three of the maps were blurry and smeared, with the words and lines smudged beyond hope. But one map, the one in the top left corner, was as vibrant and clear as its duplicate that Thinon held.
“Whoa.” Jason breathed. Lord Thinon smiled again.
“This is an ancient book containing ancient legends. One of them is the Legend of the Lost City of Londima. It tells what happened there and how to find it again. I always thought it was a legend, with maybe a few facts woven in but nothing to really get interested in, although Elbereth believes every word. Now that you five have found one of the Quartered Maps, well, I’m not so sure anymore.”
“What’s up with this picture?” Nora asked, tentatively reaching out to stroke the page. Eowyn turned pale pink with interest.
“Earlier, before you found the first map, all of these maps were blurred.” Thinon replied, motioning to the four maps. “Now that you found the first one, it is clear. I do not know why; I can only assume the Ancients made this book and wove magic into it.”
“Nice.” Arla said.
“Yes.” Thinon watched Nora staring at the page and smiled. He seemed to like the young adopted human. “Lagoron told me of your plan, Arla. I think it’s a good one.”
Complete silence reigned, before Arla couldn’t contain herself and practically shouted, “YES!!!” Everyone laughed, and Thinon continued.
“Since the Citadel is fairly secure now, I thought I’d send some people out to search for Londima. Although the “treasure” that is mentioned on this map isn’t explained further in the book, I can only assume it was one of the three great artifacts that belonged to the Ancients. Larawen can tell you more about them, but they were a jeweled Harp of great value and beauty, a Bow and quiver of arrows specialized to hit their target no matter the distance or poor aim of the archer, and a Sapling.”
“A tree?” Arla asked doubtfully.
Thinon smiled again as he handed the map to Nora. “You could call it that. But it is said to have powers to preserve peace and prosperity in the community it grows in. It is a white tree, the only descendant of Silpion*, the white tree that was the first tree ever planted by our Creator. There is only one such tree in the world at a time; it blooms for many, many years. The lifespan varies so greatly there is not average. Some trees live for thousands of years, others for less than a decade. But once they bear a single seed, their time is near. You must pluck the seed when the leaves are silver and fairly glowing with light, otherwise it will not be fertile when you plant it and the tree will be lost forever.”
He sighed and stood, closing the book and placing it on a shelf nearby. “The artifacts were said to have kept the Lost City organized, safe, and prosperous. That’s why it was such a paradise. The Harp symbolized the minstrels who kept Londima full of music and laughter, while the Bow symbolized protection and security, to keep Londima’s citizens safe, and the Tree symbolized peace and prosperity. It would glow at night, thus making Londima full of light whether day or night. It was said to be… well, for lack of a better word, paradise there.
“Unfortunately, the Great Beast came. It despised the light, hated the music, and longed so much to show its power that it defied the Bow. It stole away the Harp first, plunging Londima into sorrow and silence. Then it came and killed the archer who bore the Bow and threw it deep into the oceans of the world, while he scattered the arrows anywhere and everywhere. It is said that once the Bow is recovered, the arrows will return themselves to their quiver, but who knows? Then, he ravaged the city, searching for the young sapling that had just been planted. He killed many elves and the remnant fled. The city was completely demolished; the once crystal clear streams polluted, the animals that lived their happily and peacefully became hunted, and the plants withered. But the tree…” Thinon looked off into the distance. “The Beast came to tear the tree up by its roots and crush it to pieces. But no matter how much it dug, how much it burned the little sapling’s leaves and trunk, how much it pulled and tugged, the sapling slipped through its clumsy claws. Its leaves did not burn, and its roots were too deep to be thwarted by digging. So the Beast left it, covered its light forever with the rubble of a thousand homes, and found its purpose guarding Londima from anyone and everyone. It was a great tragedy for the elves, one that will never be forgotten even if it is a legend. Wonderful read, I must say.”
Everyone sat there in shock, until Thinon’s fire-gulper torched the logs in the fireplace that were starting to go out.
“You understand why I feel I must send someone to discover Londima, then?” Lord Thinon asked, turning back to his audience.
“Yes.” Everyone agreed.
“Will you go?”
Now there was another silence. Lagoron shuffled his feet awkwardly, while Arla declared clearly, “Yes,” and everyone else looked at one another.
“I understand.” Thinon said. “Think on it. But get back to me by tonight, if you please. This is a matter of great importance.”
So I was thinking maybe we could turn this into a sort of series where the five have to find the lost treasures. Once they discover Londima, they discover the Tree, but the Bow and Harp would still be missing. They could look for those or not, whatever.
I was also thinking that maybe each map had different descriptions for the five, that way once they found the fourth map, there would be no doubt in their hearts that they are the five, since they are the only ones to match the descriptions perfectly. Thoughts?
May 4, 2020 at 1:31 pm #47458Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Yikes, another long one! Boy, they just keep coming.
May 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm #47461Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
*Silpion means “white tree”
It’s the name of one of the two trees of Valinor that gave light to all the elves there. (Valinor is kind of the elf heaven. When Tolkien talks about the elves making the final journey across the sea, he’s talking about them going to Valinor forever. Read the Silmarillion. It’s a little boring at first, but then things heat up and stuff gets interesting. It also explains a lot of stuff.
May 4, 2020 at 1:45 pm #47465Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oooo that was super good, Kinnan! I love the legend, and the bow, harp and tree! So awesome! Keep ’em long, I like it!
May 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm #47468JazzyfreshGuest
Good idea! That works for me. 😁
May 4, 2020 at 2:13 pm #47469OREOGuest
I like your idea kinnan!
May 4, 2020 at 2:50 pm #47471Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Sounds good to me 🙂
May 5, 2020 at 11:11 am #47567Kylie WingfeatherGuest
As they left the library, Nora felt a pang of sorrow. Why had her parents gone looking for Londima, knowing that they would be leaving their then twelve-year old daughter behind? “I think we should go.” The others looked at her. “The Harp, the Bow, and the Sapling need to be found, before it’s to late. Besides,” Nora said, a lump in her throat. “We might find out what happened to my parents.”Éowyn (In Nora’s pocket.) snuggled next to her hand. The hall was silent. Then Lagoron nodded. “You’re right. We should go.” Jason nodded too. Holly looked uncertain. Then she too nodded. “I say we go.” Arla yelled with happiness. “Yippee!”
May 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm #47574Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla was ecstatic. She could have done a jig right there in front of the Lord of the Elves, except for the fact that she was horribly terrible at dancing. Arla was born for danger, and several times had actually laughed in the face of death – literally. So it was no small wonder that this new adventure brought her great pleasure. Lord Thinon was amused. “Well,” he said. “You’ll need the proper supplies and equipment. Come with me.”
The children and the elves followed Lord Thinon through several passageways until they entered a small room. Against the walls were piled hundreds and hundreds of books and parchments. In the middle of the room was a large desk, at which sat a very small elf, who looked to be over nine-hundred years old. He probably was. The glasses on his face made his eyes seem as big as a bug’s, and the rest of him even tinier in comparison. He looked up at their approach and smiled at Lord Thinon.
“Good evening, my Lord.”
Thinon shook his head and grinned. “It’s morning, Ensworth. You must have read right through the night again. Really, old man, you have to watch your health.”
Ensworth rolled his eyes, which looked very outrageous. He got down from his seat and when he stood, he came only to Lord Thinon’s knees. “Now, my boy,” he said. “Don’t go around consulting your elders when you yourself are quite depleted of the proper sleep. I happen to know that you have been working yourself over the top concerning the installments for a better barricade.” Ensworth removed his glasses and rubbed them on his shirt. His eyes were no smaller. When he put them back on, he peered at the children.
“Well.” He said, looking them over. Arla was pretty sure he saw everything, from the dirt under her fingernails to the missing scale behind Limppits ear-hole. Ensworth nodded then clambered up into his seat again. “Well,” he repeated.
Lord Thinon smiled. “I have reason to believe that the lost city of Londima is indeed real, and I have asked these young adventures to journey there and to redeem the City of Light. But they will need provisions, and you are just the man to it. You know more about the ancient history’s than anyone else in the Citadel.”
Ensworth smile was so large that it stretched his wrinkly old face to the tips of his pointy ears. “Come with me,” he said. And with a grinding sound the books at the back of the room slid aside, and a passage opened into the wall of white.
(I will finish this later)
May 5, 2020 at 1:26 pm #47594JazzyfreshGuest
Holly heard a grinding noise and jumped, she looked over to see a pile of books shift to revile a secret passage. Creepy, she thought a she followed the old elf, I wonder where he’s taking us.
Sorry, don’t know what’s your plan is wingiby so I’ll keep my post short.
May 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm #47624Wingiby IggibyGuest
Thanks, Jazzyfresh! Here’s the rest:
The tunnel ran for a few paces until it opened up into a large room, which was, of course, piled high to the ceiling with books and books and more books. A narrow path led through it, but it was only wide enough for Ensworth. The humans and the other elves had to walk sideways.
The old elf was pretty spry for being so tiny and ancient, and soon brought them through the book room into a smaller one. He spread out his hands and said, “Behold! My supplies!”
The room was full of weapons, sacks, and odd things that didn’t seem to be useful at all. Lord Thinon whispered, “The old fella believes the legends down to the roots, and has always held faith that the ‘five’ would come and rescue Londima. I know what you’re thinking. I don’t know if you all are the ones, but if he does, you’ll be suited up with everything you need; and things you probably don’t.”
Arla thought about this for a second, but then forgot, for Ensworth had started rummaging through piles; occasionally shouting “aha!” or “dog gone it! I swore I put that there!” Finally, he emerged with a tiny box. He grinned like a boy about to perform some mischief.
“You will want to bring this,” he said. The others scooted in around him, including Lord Thinon, who seemed like a child in Ensworth’s presence. The old elf opened the box, and a brilliant light filled the room. The elves and the children staggered backwards.
“Oops! Sorry!” Ensworth exclaimed. “Forgot to tell you how bright it is.” He closed the lid. “Anyway, this is the stone of The Ages.”
Arla looked at him blankly, and only Lord Thinon seemed to show recognition. Even Lagoron was confused.
Ensworth continued. “Otherwise known as ‘Perensious Diclomanious Fenchitorous’, it is the one thing that might actually be of use to you. This stone can protect you from harm, but only certain harm. It’s magic, in other words.”
“You will go through many trials, and it will only help you once. It works when you flash it’s light, like I did. You will have to use discernment” – he seemed to look right at Arla when he said it – “For you only have one chance.”
Lagoron and the children looked at each other in wonder; and some worry, thinking that their journey must be pretty rough if they were going to need to bring a magic stone.
May 7, 2020 at 6:48 pm #47918Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ensworth placed the box in Arla’s hands and winked at her. She stared at the box like it was a winged hedgehog.
“Now, you might also need this.” Ensworth rummaged around for a bit longer. Dust flew everywhere, and Nora sneezed. Jason tried to sneeze again and again, but it didn’t come. He looked quite annoyed.
“Aha!” Ensworth cried, holding a quiver up triumphantly. “Here it is!”
Lagoron studied the quiver. A white bow with silver designs engraved on it stuck out the top and many, many feathered shafts surrounded it. They were fledged with such brilliantly colored… things Lagoron’s eyes were momentarily stunned. Some were fledged with white and others with orange.
“Neat.” Jason muttered.
“For you, my dear elf.” Ensworth handed the quiver to Lagoron. He tried to refuse it, but Ensworth dropped it and he caught it on instinct. The quiver was made of white horn, and engraved with silver vines and leaves.
“Now, if you shoot an arrow, you have two choices.” Ensworth pushed his spectacles up on his nose as he stared intently up into Lagoron’s face and blinked his large eyes. The elf was more than a foot taller than him.
“Put it on the string and shoot or just throw it?” Lagoron guessed.
“Nope!” Ensworth cried, and gave a crackling laugh. “You can either shoot it like a normal, boring arrow, or…” he lowered his voice and looked about conspiratorially. “You can light it.”
“Yes. I’ve worked on this new weapon for years now. Look.” Ensworth snatched an arrow from the quiver and held it carefully up into the light. “See these feathers?” He asked, and everyone (including Lord Thinon) leaned closer. The shaft was fledged with not feathers, but large butterfly wings, or something that looked like them.
“The wings of a rumirah (do page on it later).” Ensworth cackled with glee. “If you stroke them before you let the arrow fly, then the heat of your hands will ignite them.”
Lagoron nearly dropped the quiver with shock. “Ignite? Like, set on fire?”
Ensworth looked at him queerly. “Yes. Well, the orange ones get set on fire, while the white ones are lit with a frozen fire.”
Thinon’s eyes grew wide, and Holly asked, “Sorry, but I’ve never heard of frozen fire.”
“Ice.” Lord Thinon said, quietly. “They get ignited with flaming ice. It’s living ice, one that will burn your skin just like a flame.”
Ensworth laughed again. “Took me many, many years, lad, to find all those rumirah wings, not to mention make the bow and quiver. Use it carefully. Useful with karmiins, huh?”
“I can’t take such a gift, Master Ensworth.” Lagoron tried to hand the quiver back, but Ensworth was already sifting through his piles of things, looking for another gift to give.
(I thought maybe everyone could choose their own gift from Ensworth. 🙂 )
May 8, 2020 at 1:23 pm #47953JazzyfreshGuest
Cool! I’ll have to think of mine … Hmmmmm. I’ll post tomorow. 😁
May 8, 2020 at 6:31 pm #47994OREOGuest
I will post tomorrow when I have more time!
But I do have an idea for Jason’s gift that he gets.
May 9, 2020 at 8:38 am #48037Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I think Nora’s gift is going to be a small sword. Should it have a power like the bow and the stone? Or should it just be normal?
May 9, 2020 at 9:36 am #48038Wingiby iggybiGuest
Make it have a power!
May 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm #48053OREOGuest
I was thinking since Jason was a spy, he could have some kind of ninja star that is made up of some kind of invincible metal or steel, kind of like Captain Americas shield.
May 9, 2020 at 2:35 pm #48054Wingiby IggibyGuest
Sounds super cool, OREO!
May 9, 2020 at 2:36 pm #48055JazzyfreshGuest
Kylie, I thought of this yesterday I’m not trying to copy you.
Ensworth rooted through the piles for a moment the emerged with a delighted cackle, “many years have I waited to give this gift” he said handing Holly a long parcel “but never could find the right person to give it to.” Holly smiled ” are you sure I’m the right one? ” she asked. Do you love music? ” he asked, Holly nodded “are you good with that sword?” he pointed at the long blade strapped across her back, Holly nodded ” yup, your the one ” he said with another cackle, “open it!” Holly tore the brown paper from it reveling a long beautiful sword and sheath, Holly pulled the blade out and her eyes danced, it was light, sturdy, and beautiful all at the same time. It felt right in her hands, like an attachment of her arm, then she noticed small grooves in the blade. “Its a song sword” the old elf said, “try it.” His voice was full of joy and his eyes full of excitement. Holly swung it and a sound ,similar to a shinder but far more beautiful, filled the room. Holly gasped, “to a friend it sounds joyful and beautiful but to foe it sounds like something so woeful and horrible that it can’t be described.” The old elf said ” play it well and it will be more powerful than you might think” he said and started digging for something else.
If this doesn’t work for anyone I can switch it.
May 9, 2020 at 4:11 pm #48078Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Awesome gift, Jazz! I love it!
May 9, 2020 at 2:37 pm #48056Wingiby IggibyGuest
Awesome, Jazzyfresh! So good!
May 9, 2020 at 2:38 pm #48057JazzyfreshGuest
Wingaby: Waaaaaate a minute. Is that peet riding a toothy cow?
May 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm #48060Wingiby IggibyGuest
Yup! It’s Peet on a Toothy Cow!
May 9, 2020 at 2:55 pm #48059OREOGuest
“Before you go I have a few more things to give you”
Ensworth said while doing some more rummaging. He opened a small box, with a big smile on his face, which quickly turned into a frown, he tossed it behind him, then walked over to another box. He opened it up and pulled out another box, he opened that box and pulled out a small wooden box,then he handed it to Jason. Who took it with wide eyes.
Said Ensworth. Jason slowly opened it. How eyes turned from side to bulging ,inside was a ninja star the size of his palm.
“This is a ninja star made from the… The…Oh! I can’t remember the name of the metal that it’s made out of, but it’s said to be able to cut through the strongest metal ,which I’m not sure is true cause this is the strongest meta-. Anyway back to the point. It is also able to go faster then normal ninja stars. And it comes with a belt. ” He said pulling out a black belt with something attached to the side.
You put the star here in this holder in the side of your belt, then pull this little lever and it comes right out, so you can throw it at any enemies that come your way. ”
“Carful, it’s super sharp.” Ensworth said, tossing the ninja star toward Jason.
Jason quickly caught it in the box, then just stared at it in shock.
May 9, 2020 at 3:00 pm #48061Wingiby IggibyGuest
That’s great, OREO! Love the part about the strongest metal…So funny!
May 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm #48064OREOGuest
Glad you liked it.
May 9, 2020 at 3:08 pm #48065Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Jazzyfresh: It’s okay. Maybe Nora’s gift could be a zifer (an instrument similar to a whistleharp.) that has power to create a shield between the enemy and yourself/the person you want to protect.
May 9, 2020 at 4:10 pm #48075Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
So I feel kind of dumb for asking this, but what is a ninja star? 🙂
May 9, 2020 at 4:47 pm #48086Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ninja Star: I believe it is a type of weapon shaped like a star. You can hurl it at your enemies, and as it is covered in sharp spikes, it is quite deadly.
May 9, 2020 at 4:19 pm #48081Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
City Seekers Creaturepedia:
Description: A large butterfly type animal. Gentle and flighty, they are known for their distinctively colored wings. Each color has a different ability. You see, when the wings warm up, they ignite with something. The “something” does not bug the rumirah itself. Orange turns into flames, white into frozen fire (or ice that acts like fire), blue into water, purple into a sticky substance, and green into poisonous liquid. This is the rumirah’s defense. However, they only use the wings as a last resort, for they “burn” for only fifteen minutes, then fizzle out and leave the rumirah wingless for two months, until a new set grows in. The wings do not have nerves and some elves have been known to keep rumirahs and harvest their wings. However, if you get the wing too hot while messing with it, well, poof. There goes your harvest. No one has ever figured out how to breed rumirahs in captivity.
Diet: Pollen and nectar from any flower.
Size: Their body is about the size of a long earthworm, but their wings are about the size of your fist.
Temperament: Shy and flighty
Call: No audible one (at least to human ears), but they use their wings to send signals.
May 9, 2020 at 5:01 pm #48087OREOGuest
I think it’s like a piece of flat sharp metal that is shaped as a odd looking star.
May 10, 2020 at 10:53 am #48126Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Last night I realized something. Other than the Great Beast, we don’t have a villain!
May 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm #48133OREOGuest
Maybe he could try to take the hidden city away from the elves soon after our characters find it.
May 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm #48209Wingiby IggibyGuest
That would be a great villain! And i just had an idea for him:
He is the real ‘bad guy’ and he provoked the griffin to anger, so it took over Londima. Then, this fellow – since he knew all the secret tunnels and such in Londima, because he was from there – carted away riches beyond belief. But what he really wanted was the tree, bow, and harp. The griffin hated them, however, and got rid of the bow and harp. But he couldn’t remove the tree, like Kinnan said.
This villain (arrgghhh! I need a name for him!!!) has now spent all of his time searching for the harp and bow. He found them, but now needs only the tree for his evil plan. But he can’t get it, of course. That’s when he starts to research, reading old books and parchments. He comes across the poem about the five, and resolves to wait for them; so he can use them for his will.
So the griffin is, of course, a bad guy along with this other fellow. Does that sound good? if you guys have any better ideas, I’m all for it!
May 10, 2020 at 1:02 pm #48135JazzyfreshGuest
Kylie: that’s fine with me! The can play a action music duet. 😛
May 10, 2020 at 4:15 pm #48148Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh, and I was thinking about the dragon. Why don’t we make it different, like a giant griffon? I mean huge giant griffin!
May 10, 2020 at 7:31 pm #48159OREOGuest
May 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm #48164OREOGuest
Could everyone post Ensworth giving their character their gift. So we can continue the story.
May 11, 2020 at 11:10 am #48190Kylie WingfeatherGuest
“Now, where did I put it?” Ensworth muttered as he moved around through the clutter. “Ah! Here it is!” He came back looking quite pleased with himself. He handed a box to Nora. Nora slid the top off and pulled out a flute-like instrument with a small harp attached to it. “A zifer.” She said, confused. “Ah. But not any just any zifer. This one has a power to create a shield between yourself and a enemy. The ancient ones made it, so it most likely has other powers that I have not discovered yet. Nora was amazed. “Wow!” Ensworth smiled. “Play for us. Please.” Nora raised the zifer to her lips and blew. The melody broke on them like a sunrise. The notes trailed upward, one after another. As she reached the highest note she abruptly stopped. Nora blushed furiously, embarrassed.
(I will finish this later)
May 11, 2020 at 12:55 pm #48216Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wingiby: Sounds like a great villain to me!!
May 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm #48218OREOGuest
We could call the villain Alva it means evil,iniquity.
May 11, 2020 at 1:48 pm #48225Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Alva. Hm. That’s awesome! What language does it mean evil or iniquity in? I love doing stuff like that.
May 11, 2020 at 1:35 pm #48221JazzyfreshGuest
Griffin? I guess that works. But why not a dragon?
May 11, 2020 at 1:56 pm #48227Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Actually, I would prefer a dragon as well. Harder to kill & more destructive. But, maybe Alva (if we’re going to call him/her that) has a bodyguard that’s a griffin,
OR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR OR OR!!!!!!!!!!! (In case you all didn’t know, this means I have what I consider a good idea.)
Maybe Alva sends out the griffin to find the five, while the dragon just destroyed Londima for him.
Yes, no, maybe so?
May 11, 2020 at 2:49 pm #48229Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oooo!!!!!! Sounds great to me! I just thought something different would make a good plot twist, but that’s great! The griffin could be a special one – perhaps it breathes a deadly ice? – and is a creation of Alva.
May 11, 2020 at 3:19 pm #48235Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Even better! We’ve got a fire-breathing dragon and an ice-breathing griffin. Things are looking bad. Lol.
May 11, 2020 at 3:19 pm #48236Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Oh, not to mention an evil masterminding genius.
May 11, 2020 at 3:21 pm #48238Wingiby IggibyGuest
Whoa. Maybe we ought to rethink this… Just kidding! It’s gonna be so awesome!
May 11, 2020 at 3:57 pm #48242Kylie WingfeatherGuest
It is definitely going to be awesome!😀
May 12, 2020 at 10:40 am #48314Kylie WingfeatherGuest
The room was silent. Ensworth smiled. « I knew you were right for it! » Nora blushed even harder. Ensworth showed her a leather strap for the zifer so she could wear it around her waist. Ensworth gave them a few more things and they left. As they walked back, Nora was silent. Why had Ensworth given her this precious object? She toyed with the end of her braid. « Nora! » She jumped. The other children were looking at her. « What? » « We’re going to leave tomorrow morning. Is that okay with you? » Nora nodded, but the others could see her mind was on something else. « What is it? » asked Holly. « I-I was just thinking. » she stammered.
May 12, 2020 at 10:41 am #48315Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Why won’t it do quotation marks! Ahhhhh!
May 12, 2020 at 10:45 am #48316Wingiby iggybiGuest
That’s strange, Kylie. But don’t worry! I could totally understand it!
May 12, 2020 at 10:50 am #48317Kylie WingfeatherGuest
May 12, 2020 at 12:19 pm #48318Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
The five met Larawen for lunch. She somehow coerced Nora and Holly into helping her make lunch, while the others looked over their gifts. Larawen left Nora and Holly to it and looked over everything. She handled her brother’s new bow and quiver with awe, careful to avoid touching the fletchings, then eagerly looked over Jason’s ninja star.
“Woah. This thing is sharp.” She said, when she accidentally pricked herself. Jason agreed, and Larawen took Arla’s box.
“It’s the Stone of the Ages.” Arla explained, and Larawen’s eyes widened.
“No way. It’s been lost for years. I can’t believe Ensworth had it all along.” The elf-maid smiled wryly. “He’s full of surprises.”
Holly and Nora came out of the kitchen. “The soup’s just simmering, Larawen. We came out to show you our gifts.” Holly said to Larawen’s curious look.
Larawen marveled at the sword. She drew it out of it’s sheath and swung it around, listening to the whispering music it made. “That’s amazing, Holly.”
“Here, Larawen, look at this.” Nora took the zifer from its place at her waist. “Ensworth said that if you play it, it will create a shield between you and the enemy.”
Larawen stroked the instrument fondly. “You all are definitely set. You could probably wipe out the entire human race with these weapons. Not that you’d want to. No offense to the humans of the group, of course.” She added quickly to the stunned and surprised looks on the humans’ faces.
As they ate, Larawen asked, “So, when are you leaving?”
“Tomorrow morning, at daybreak.” Lagoron replied. Larawen shut her eyes momentarily. “What’s wrong?”
“I feel like I just got you back.” Larawen answered slowly. A tear trickled from beneath her eyelashes. “I don’t want to lose you.”
Lagoron put a hand on her shoulder, knowing she was thinking of the human siblings she’d lost when she chose elfhood. “I’ll come back. I promise. And these four aren’t getting themselves killed on my watch.” He spoke with more confidence then he felt.
The next morning, Larawen saw them off. She hugged Lagoron tightly and whispered, “Please come home. I can’t live without you.”
Lagoron hugged her back. “I’ll return.”
As everyone said their farewells and mounted the horses Lord Thinon had provided (except for Lander, who was happy to have his mistress on his back once more), Larawen wiped silent tears away. When they turned and rode into the sunrise, towards the eastern gate, she felt her heart crumble. Straightening her back and pushing her knee-length, dark hair out of her eyes, Larawen turned towards the palace and her duty. The five rode towards disaster.
May 12, 2020 at 12:43 pm #48321Kylie WingfeatherGuest
They’ve left! They’ve left! They’ve left! The story is starting to get exciting.
May 12, 2020 at 12:50 pm #48323Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Kylie: IK,R? They seemed to stay in the Citadel forever. Not that that’s bad, since it’s such a great place, but a story seems to be about the horrible, ugly things that happen to characters, not the nice, wonderful, pleasant things. You know? Ugh, Sam Gamgee said it better.
May 12, 2020 at 1:30 pm #48335Kylie WingfeatherGuest
They did seem to stay in the Citadel a while. But that was probably because it took several days to write the Citadel part. More than several days. 🙂
May 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm #48338JazzyfreshGuest
Holly rode beside the others happily. She was glad to be back on the road, that’s where she, a bard, belonged. She hummed to herself and watched the dancing shadows that the trees cast in there ever-shifting pattern as the wind blew lightly through there leafy branches. She sighed with pleasure, this is where she belonged, in the breezy forest on the road to adventure.
May 13, 2020 at 10:24 am #48440Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora rode on her horse Starborn. She smiled as they passed under leaf covered branches. It reminded her of the walks she had gone on with her parents. As they rode past an old farm, Nora began to hum. Up in front Lagoron laughed at something Jason had said. Éowyn rode on her shoulder. The changerat had refused to be left behind. Beside her, Holly sat on Lander, humming along. In the back Arla rode on a golden palomino with a temper as hot as Limpitt’s fire. Bramber ran beside Lagoron. The five children were at ease, unaware that something watched them in the bushes.
Dun, dun, dun!!!😃
May 13, 2020 at 4:42 pm #48488Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla reigned in her horse, whose name was Finch. He was more like a hawk. Anyhow, he was the perfect fit for the high-spirited girl, and he was probably the fastest in the bunch. Arla whirled him around, and cocked her gun. She had heard something in the bushes.
BANG! She shot. Her friends jumped in their saddles. Out of the underbrush leapt a rather dumb-struck hare, his extremly long, fluffy tail streaming out behind him. Arla rolled her eyes.
“Right,” she said, “Come on. Just a dumb rabbit.”
But it wasn’t.
(Is it the griffon, or something else?)
May 13, 2020 at 6:18 pm #48502Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I don’t know. What should it be? The griffin, Alva (Is it a he or a she?), some other creation of Alva’s, or another bad guy (Like a bandit)?
May 13, 2020 at 7:01 pm #48510Wingiby IggibyGuest
How about a…. baby Hhborgen!!!!!!!! It’s hurt, and they plan to care for it. Then, the little guy becomes devoted to them and wants to help!
It’s just an idea, but any of those you stated would work, Kylie!
May 14, 2020 at 11:27 am #48533Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I like your idea Wingiby! Maybe the hhborgen was hurt by these bandits and the Five frighten them away! I’ll write a part now…
May 14, 2020 at 11:50 am #48535Wingiby IggibyGuest
Yeah! That’s great!
May 14, 2020 at 12:16 pm #48538Kylie WingfeatherGuest
As Arla turned away, Nora caught a flash of movement. “Arla!” she screamed. A bandit leapt out of the bushes. Nora jumped off her horse and ran to help her friend, drawing her sword as she went. The others, hearing the sound of her scream, turned quickly to see eight other bandits rush at the two girls. Holly drew the song sword from its place on her back charged. Nora finished subduing two bandits, and whipped around to see a bandit jumping from a limb at Jason, dagger drawn. Without thinking, her hand went to her waist. Pulling the zifer from its place, she blew. The bandit collided with an invisible shield and slid to the ground. Nora stood, shocked. It had worked. The zifer had worked! When the battle came to an end, the five stood, out of breath. Suddenly, a low moaning echoed through the clearing. Nora jumped. Arla pulled her gun out and crept into the bushes. “Oh!” Nora looked in and saw: a baby Hhborgen.
I can change this if it doesn’t work for anyone.
May 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm #48559OREOGuest
I thought Alva was the villain.
May 14, 2020 at 2:09 pm #48566JazzyfreshGuest
What’s a Hhborgen?
May 14, 2020 at 2:23 pm #48568Wingiby iggybiGuest
A Hhborgen is, in short, a terribly deadly creature. I posted about them about when I first joined; so if you scroll around you should find it.
Oh, and OREO, Alva is the bad guy; but the bandits were as well.
May 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm #48570OREOGuest
Jason jumped off his horse and grabbed his ninja star, then threw it at a bandit who was running toward Holly, the star went clear through the bandits wrist, and kept going right through a branch in a near by tree then went right into the forest.
He said to himself, then grabbed his dagger and charged the closest bandit.
When there were no more bandits to fight, everyone caught their breath.
“I’ll be right back”
Jason said running to where he had seen his star disappear into the forest. He kept walking deeper into the forest till he couldn’t see Arla, Lagoron, Holly, or Nora any more. Right when he started to wonder if he should go back, Jason tripped over a large stone which made him fall into a shallow ditch. He got back on his feet then looked to see where he was, he was in some sort of ditch that looked about 3½ feet deep, but it’s sides were to smooth to be a normal ditch, he stood there and thought for a moment, then jumped out of the (ditch) and scurried up an oak tree. Jason looked back down at the ditch. His eyes widened and his mouth fell open, he tried to say something but all that came out was
It was no ditch, it was a foot print, a very very very vvvveeeerrrryyy large foot print, he shook his head, then remembered why he went into the forest in the first place. Jason climbed down the tree, then kept searching for his star.
A few seconds later he found it stuck in the trunk of a small pine tree.
After pulling it out, he attached it back on his belt then ran toward the sound of Brambers barking.
May 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm #48571OREOGuest
do the bandits work for Alva?
May 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm #48572JazzyfreshGuest
Found it! Thank you for explaining. 😁
May 14, 2020 at 2:56 pm #48573JazzyfreshGuest
Woops, didn’t see your post Oreo!
May 14, 2020 at 10:14 pm #48630Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wow, why is this so far down here! I haven’t posted in forever. Here it goes:
Lagoron fitted an arrow to his string and let it fly without thinking. One of the bandits screamed and fell before he even reached the group. Lagoron had brought two quivers, one chock full of normal arrows, the other stocked with the special rumirah feathered ones. He didn’t even touch the rumirah arrows. They were for a last resort, and nothing short of it.
Within minutes, the five remaining bandits, some with wounds, others unscathed, turned tail and ran. Three lay dead or dying. The dying were put out of their misery, and Lagoron knew he would bear the scars of that for the rest of his life. Killing karmiins was one thing – killing others was another.
They rode on in silence. “There’s one good thing about this.” Lagoron finally said, in an attempt to be cheerful.
“Oh?” Nora asked, her heart still full of the breath-taking music she and Holly had made as they fought.
“They’ll tell their friends not to mess with us. The more daring villains might try to take us on, but most of them will heed the warning and keep their distance. We should be safe from bandits, at least.”
The chatter gradually returned as the day continued. Jason rode up beside Lagoron, who slowed his sister’s mare, Radiance, to let him catch up.
“What’s wrong, Lagoron?” Jason asked, worry furrowing his brow.
“You can tell what I am feeling already, my young friend.” Lagoron tried to deflect the question as he offered a small smile.
“Nice try.” Jason smirked. “But really, what’s wrong?”
“There’s one thing that’s been nagging at me since that attack.” Lagoron said, trying to keep his voice low.
“What?” Jason asked.
“Why were those bandits so close to Gilceleth?”
May 15, 2020 at 9:33 am #48647Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora had turned away when they had put the dying ones out of their misery. She hated killing anything, even if they were evil and had been trying to kill them. She was a protecter, not a killer.
Immersed in her thoughts, she didn’t hear Arla come up beside her.
“You okay?” Nora jumped. “Not really.” She stroked Éowyn (Who was a neutral white). Limpitt looked like he wanted to torch the changerat, but Éowyn ignored him. Starborn whinnied happily. Arla was silent for a moment, then said “I saw what you did with the zifer. That was pretty cool.” Nora smiled for the first time since the bandits had attacked. “Thanks!”
As the sun set behind the mountains, the group stopped for the night. Lagoron rifled through the saddle bags for the food. An expression of horror came over his face. “We forgot to pack the food!” Everyone groaned. All, that is, except for Nora. “So?” she said. “We can hunt.” The others looked at her in shock. They considered the idea for a moment. Holly tipped her head to one side. “I guess that might work. Who would get the meat though?” Nora smiled. “I could.”
I will finish this later.
May 15, 2020 at 9:39 am #48651Wingiby iggybiGuest
Wait, did they find the Hhborgen?
May 15, 2020 at 11:11 am #48658Wingiby iggybiGuest
I will try to post later, by the way.
May 15, 2020 at 2:02 pm #48673OREOGuest
I think they found it right after they defeated the bandits.
May 15, 2020 at 2:12 pm #48674OREOGuest
I was just wondering, how do you pronounce Hhborgen.
May 15, 2020 at 2:46 pm #48679Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ok… let me see if I can do this…
Hhh (think of a panting sound) – boar (like the animal) – gin (like cotton gin)
Does that make sense?
May 15, 2020 at 7:29 pm #48702OREOGuest
May 15, 2020 at 7:38 pm #48703OREOGuest
If you guys don’t want Jason to see a Griffin foot print in the forest, then we could pretend it never happened.
May 15, 2020 at 7:41 pm #48704Wingiby IggibyGuest
I’m fine with it! And I just thought of something more! Alva could have an army of Hhborgens that guard Londima, and the baby Hhborgen gets the adult ones to trust him; so they let them through! If that’s alright, if not I don’t mind. 🙂
May 15, 2020 at 7:44 pm #48705OREOGuest
May 15, 2020 at 7:52 pm #48707OREOGuest
I was thinking, maybe Isoba can’t only time travel but he can sometimes tell the future without going into the future.
Just so his only power isn’t time traveling.
But as I said before. He isn’t a pro the first day
May 15, 2020 at 7:59 pm #48709OREOGuest
Oh my gosh! I am so embarrassed! I am doing another collaborative story, and I got the other one mixed up with this one.
So forget what I said about Isoba.
May 16, 2020 at 2:13 pm #48783JazzyfreshGuest
Heh heh heh. Your fine!
May 18, 2020 at 10:55 am #48863Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron, Jason, Holly, and Arla stared at Nora like she had sprouted horns. Nora felt a hot rush of anger and embarrassment. Did they still not realize that she could take care of herself after all they had been through? She stumbled backward, then turned and ran. Nora heard them calling after her, but she didn’t stop. she did’t want to stop. She wished she could run, run away from all her problems. All the questions about her family, all the frustration about her brace, formed into tears. They spilled down her face, blurring her sight. Nora stumbled over rocks and underbrush. Finally, Nora tripped over a log and fell. Pushing herself to sitting position, Nora’s tears slowed until they stopped. She hadn’t cried this hard since she had learned her parents had disappeared. Nora sat in silence. Suddenly she felt claws climbing on her back. “Éowyn!” Picking up the little changerat, Nora held Éowyn close to her chest. A crack echoed through the woods. Nora looked up, and, as her eyes met the sight that stood in front of her, screamed.
May 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm #48867Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla leapt off of Finch and disappeared after Nora. She wasn’t about to lose one of the only friends she had. “Nora! Come back!” She called.
That was when she heard the girl scream. Arla doubled her speed. She stopped dead in her tracks when she saw what Nora did. A baby Hhborgen sat on the ground, placently sucking his large thumb. He was only as tall as Jason, but even tiny Hhborgens can be deadly. They are all pretty much indestructible. Only one man was known to have killed one (and it is often thought he just found it’s already dead body), and when he wore it’s pelt nothing could kill him; not that anything would, he smelled terrible.
Arla wasn’t afraid, like normal, but she was cautious. “Don’t move, Nora.” the other girl arched an eyebrow. “Like I would,” she whispered back. Limppit hissed protectively from Arla’s shoulder. Arla told him to be quiet; then she edged toward the little beast. He looked at her with his small eyes, and snorted. He smelled worse than you would imagine, but in a way he was sorta cute. His giant limbs and his tiny body made him look like an oversized rag doll. Arla stifled a laugh as he stood up on wobbly legs, his huge feet planted far apart.
Nora had gotten over her immediate fear and was standing next to Arla. At that moment Lagoron, Jason, and Holly appeared from behind some brush. Lagoron had one of his special arrows strung on the bow. “Move,” he growled at the girls.
“No!” said Nora. “It’s just a baby!”
Lagoron looked at her incredulously. “But do you know what happens to babies? They grow up!” He pulled back on the bow string. “No.” Arla said firmly, positioning herself in front of the baby Hhborgen, who peeked around her shoulder with a grunt and smiled at the others.
Jason burst out in a fit of laughter, and then Holly. Arla grinned and Holly giggled. Even Lagoron couldn’t keep a straight face, and he moved out of the brush to join them.
“Well,” he said. “I guess we got ourselves a friend.” But then his voice changed. “However, we should get out of here. Mothers aren’t often that far from their babies.” But Nora was kneeling on the ground. “I don’t think any adult Hhborgens are near here. Look.” She pointed at the forest floor, where a bunch of footsteps marked the ground. “I think those bandits somehow got their grip on this little one when we came along and scared them off. He’s alone.”
The kids looked at each other, and Lagoron sighed. What should they do? They thought. Leave it or bring it.
May 18, 2020 at 7:43 pm #48903JazzyfreshGuest
Holly looked at everyone’s faces and realized that they where all thinking the same thing, leave it or bring it. She sighed and decided for them, she pulled it onto Lander “Lets go!” She called , and started forward. Five minutes later she decided she would suffer permanent nose damage if she didn’t do something, she gaged and Jason laughed. Holly glared at him, rode over and set the baby Hhborgen onto his horse and continued ahead.
May 19, 2020 at 11:05 am #48930Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Sorry I haven’t been posting y’all! I’ve been reading everything else but I have been really busy lately. Hopefully I’ll be back on a regular schedule by Thursday. Until then, I won’t be here. But keep it up!
May 19, 2020 at 11:57 am #48931Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
The Hhborgen’s smell was overpowering, but surprisingly Lagoron found that he got used to it. Strange. He hadn’t thought that was possible! Everyone took turns letting the Hhborgen ride with them, and although most of the horses did NOT approve, the Hhborben behaved nicely and actually was rather cute. Another surprise there.
But no matter what was happening, Lagoron couldn’t get his mind off of Larawen. She had looked so… scared. That wasn’t something he saw everyday, especially from a half-elf that had braved who-knew-how-many dangers when she was fifteen, and only to discover the truth, no other reason. He was glad she’d decided to take elf-hood, but he knew she missed her human family more than he could imagine. They were either elderly or dead now, while she lived on in the spring of her youth. And now, he was leaving her too, maybe to never come back. It must be hard to bear.
Radiance seemed to sense his feelings, for she probably missed her mistress’ gentle hands and lighter weight. Although Lagoron rode well, Larawen was known throughout the Citadel for her horsemanship skills. It as almost as if she could talk to them, whisper in their ears what they were supposed to do. Lagoron actually wondered if she could communicate in a way. Elves could do strange things, and Larawen was no exception. Whatever the case, all the horses knew Larawen and all loved her.
His sharp eyes spotted something up ahead, in a hill. A cave? Whatever it was, it would do as shelter for the night. He hailed the others, who agreed that it would make a good camp, and they adjusted their course to go there.
Indeed, it was a cave, with an earthen floor and hard-packed dirt walls, with soil raining down occasionally from the ceiling. It wasn’t perfect, but at least it was a shelter. The horses were untacked then picketed outside, and they immediately set to grazing like their lives depended on it. Radiance seemed to be the lead mare, pinning her ears and baring her teeth at any horse that got too close. She even squealed and kicked out at Lander once, when the gelding got too close and didn’t pay attention to her other signs that he was trespassing. He eased away though, without a fight, and soon the pecking order was established, with Radiance at the top and poor Lander at the bottom.
Lagoron didn’t go inside the cave to set up camp with the others. He was an elf, and elves love the stars. Some say that they were stars themselves, but Lagoron didn’t believe that. No, elves were connected and attracted to stars, but not because they were born of stars. Maybe that myth came from the fact that many elves had grey eyes that seemed like stars themselves. His were hazel, and Larawen’s a deep brown, almost black, but Lord Thinon had grey eyes. And yes, his eyes looked like they contained the stars in them.
Looking up, Lagoron pondered their quest. Was Londima really worth it? Worth what he had to do to those bandits on the road? Worth travelling with a smelly Hhborgen and humans? He understood how Nora felt now, living among elves. As the only elf, he felt a little out of place. Jason was great, and having a fellow male companion definitely helped ease the tension, but he still felt like an outsider. As an elf who was normally surrounded by others, since he was a soldier, this was an odd, new feeling, one he wasn’t sure if he liked or not.
That was when the blur shot through his legs and knocked him down. A chorus of voices yelled in frustration, “BRAMBER!!!”
Lagoron laughed as the puppy ran hyper circles around him. The dog was a troublesome one, and he wasn’t sure how he’d come to be fond of Bramber.
Arla stalked out of the cave, her face a mask of anger. “That puppy just ruined all of our work!” She complained, and sat down in a huff next to Lagoron. Bramber growled at Limpitt, who hissed back, but then relaxed as Bramber begged for a belly rub.
“Oh, no, what did he do now?” Lagoron asked, groaning to himself. Somehow Bramber had become his responsibility.
“Nothing, just scattered dirt all over the fire we had finally got going and put it out, then messed up the bedrolls, we found out he got into the rest of the meat Nora brought down for lunch today and ate all of it, then promptly took our biggest piece of firewood and ran out here.”
Oh boy. Lagoron thought to himself. How can a puppy cause so much trouble in five minutes?
“Is that the piece of firewood?” He asked aloud, pointing to a rather large log laying on the ground a few feet away.
“Whether it is or not, I’m taking it inside.” Arla replied, standing up and dusting herself off. She glared at Bramber, who looked up at her with the most adorable puppy eyes you can imagine. “No sticks this time, pup.”
However, when she bent to pick up the firewood, Bramber raced over and bit her on the hand – hard.
“Hey!” Arla yelled angrily. Limpitt sent a fireball in Bramber’s direction that singed his tail, it was so close. Bramber yelped, but stood over the stick protectively, growling at Arla.
Sighing, Lagoron stood and reached under Bramber’s belly. “Give it, Bramber.” He ordered, not feeling up to the puppy’s antics. Reluctantly, Bramber let Lagoron take the stick.
“Wait a moment,” Lagoron murmured, feeling the oddly smooth and symmetrical stick. “This isn’t a piece of firewood at all!”
“It isn’t?” Arla asked, excitement creeping in to her voice. “Then what is it?”
“I don’t know.” Lagoron uncapped the container he had and withdrew a piece of paper, torn along two edges.
“Another section of the map.” He whispered, then looked down at Bramber. “I think he can smell these.”
“Finally,” Arla said with roll of her eyes. “That puppy actually does something.”
Someone can write the poem for it, the description part for the five since I won’t be here. 🙂
May 19, 2020 at 1:36 pm #48934Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora stared in shock at Bramber. He had found another piece of the map?! Lagoron was examining the map. “I found another rhyme!” he called excitedly. They gathered around the fire (Limpitt had finally lit it.) and looked at the map. Lagoron showed them the rhyme. “It’s not in Quenya though.” Nora looked at it more closely. Then she let out a gasp of shock. “The poem, it’s in Eltion!” The other children looked at her, confused. Nora shook her head in annoyance that no one else recognized it. “The language of the Eltionalls. A people who live north of the Great Star.” she explained. “My mother taught me how to speak and read it.” Nora scooted over to the map, and began to read.
Under mountain, over stone,
through the deep waters unknown,
travel careful Five
Child thought weak,
thou shalt find what most desires
be thy warned, trouble doth lie
lead with care, lest you come to broken beyond repair.
Child full of song,
guard against that which is wrong
Child full of golden fire,
burn away the thorned briar
All ye children with gifts at hand,
protect each other, protect the band!
May 20, 2020 at 10:15 am #49021Kylie WingfeatherGuest
When Nora finished reading the poem there was silence. The fire was silent, the children were silent, even the Hhborgen was silent. Then a voice spoke. “Nora?” The children jumped and slowly turned around. Standing there, in the glow of the firelight, stood two people. Nora gasped with shock. “How could it be? After two years?” She got to her feet, moving as if she was in a dream. Holly’s hand moved to her sword, but then Nora spoke in a whisper “Mama? Papa?” The woman made a sound like sob in her throat. “Mama! Papa!” Nora rushed forward, half sobbing, into her mother’s and father’s arms.
(I can change it if y’all don’t think it will work.)
May 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm #49035OREOGuest
I don’t mind keeping it.
May 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm #49038Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla looked at the couple hugging Nora. She wasn’t exactly sure what she was seeing, but they looked a bit like ghosts; they were so pale and deprived of the proper nutriants. Arla stood up. Nora’s parents must have been lost. How they were still alive, Arla couldn’t tell. But there they were. She strode over.
“Well,” she said. “You look like you’re halfway down the road to death. Won’t you come eat something? So long as that bother of a dog, Bramber, hasn’t taken the liberty of gnawing at the rest of our supplies, we should have plenty.”
May 20, 2020 at 1:56 pm #49039Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh! And I was thinking we could each write a poem for the maps (we can pretend there are actually five); even though I’m not very good at it.
May 20, 2020 at 2:15 pm #49047OREOGuest
If someone else wants to they can write my poem, cause believe me I am TERRIBLE at making poems.
But if worse comes to worse then I will do my best to make up a poem.
May 20, 2020 at 2:31 pm #49058Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Don’t worry Oreo! You should hear the poem I wrote for Nugget. It’s really bad! I was really surprised when the poem for the map actually turned out okay😄.
May 21, 2020 at 3:41 pm #49157Wingiby IggibyGuest
I’m going on vacation till Monday, so I probably won’t be able to do this. But keep it up! 😉
May 22, 2020 at 1:11 pm #49188JazzyfreshGuest
May 22, 2020 at 8:56 pm #49209OREOGuest
An hour later the 7 sat around the fire eating wild black berries and deer meat that Lagoron had hunted (with his normal arrows) Lagoron sat on the grass and chewed on a small piece of meat, bramber lay right next to Lagoron and chewed violently at the deer leg bone. Holly stabbed a stick clear through a big chunk of raw deer meat then set it over the fire to cook, then she dug in her satchel that was hanging on a small sapling and pulled out a hand full of wild black berries that she found not to far from camp. She walked over to where Lander was tied up, she extended her arm toward him. Lander ate the berries gratefully.
Arla sat cross legged on a stump a couple feet from the camp fire, she took a bite of the deer meat then popped a hand full of berries in her mouth.
Didn’t really know the whole adventure that Nora’s parents went through so I though you meant but want to post that kylie.
That’s why I didn’t keep posting.
And did they already find the paper that had the poems that we are suppose to write?
May 22, 2020 at 9:07 pm #49210Wingiby IggibyGuest
I think they only found the second map.
May 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm #49213OREOGuest
May 25, 2020 at 7:03 pm #49289Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I think everyone’s stumped. 🙂
May 25, 2020 at 7:24 pm #49290OreoGuest
I’m just waiting for kylie to post what happened to Nora’s parents.
May 25, 2020 at 7:53 pm #49293Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Sorry I haven’t written anything lately. I’ve been working in a garden a lot, so I haven’t been able to get on here. It should be easier now that we’ve got most of the hard work done. I will write something tomorrow morning. And just so you know, Nora’s parents might just end up being creatures that are impersonating them, like shapeshifters. I have not quite decided yet. What do y’all think: parents or shapeshifters?
May 25, 2020 at 8:24 pm #49297Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh man. I have no idea. Shapeshifters sound beyond creepy, and parents sound quite nice. I seriously don’t know what to think. I’ll leave it up to y’all, if that’s alright.
May 26, 2020 at 1:11 pm #49310JazzyfreshGuest
I vote parents.
May 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm #49315OreoGuest
I understand kylie,
I’m ok with parents or shapeshifters, if you don’t make them shapeshifters I still think we should put some in our story
May 26, 2020 at 1:31 pm #49317Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Shapeshifters. If it’s her parents, then they might want to take Nora back home with them. Of course, they could also be holding another piece of the map and come with the five, or be willing to let Nora go. It’s up to you!
May 26, 2020 at 7:17 pm #49344OreoGuest
Of they’re shapeshifters then they might be able to work for Alva.
May 29, 2020 at 2:03 pm #49471OreoGuest
May 29, 2020 at 2:09 pm #49472JazzyfreshGuest
May 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm #49474OreoGuest
Not sure how long I’m go going to do this but I noticed I haven’t given much of Jason’s back story, so here goes nothing.
Replied Kate, who was Jason’s mom.
“You said this would be our home for good, it’s been like 5 years and now out of the blue you say we’re moving”
Jason said angrily.
Kate let out a calm sigh then said “you know there is not enough work here in Cedany.”
“What about your job as a spy?! That’s a high paying job ain’t it?”
” They don’t need spys as much anymore so they cut my payments in half”
“What about a baker at Tallo’s?”
“They’re not hiring”
Jason walked out of the room in fury. He went straight to his room and shut the door then collapsed on his bed, why did they ever have to move to Cedany. Everything started to go wrong right when they moved, first a big war started against Cedany and Ayleth, then dad died right before the war ended, the cost of everything got doubled, then mom’s payment got cut in half, now they were moving to Knavesmire! The only person he new there was his rich Uncle that didn’t even seem to like his mom or him.
Why was life so unfair!
May 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm #49475OreoGuest
I was correcting myself Jazzy
May 31, 2020 at 1:19 pm #49543Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Sorry I haven’t been on here lately! My mom was testing me this week, and the weather has been really nice here, so on my breaks I was outside playing with my sister. Oh! And about the shapeshifters vs. parents. I think it’s going to be shapeshifters. It’s just really weird that after all this time Nora’s parents would just show up out of the blue. Maybe the shapeshifters are trying to spy on the Five. I do intend for Nora to find out what happened to her parents in case any one was wondering.
May 31, 2020 at 5:43 pm #49560Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Got it Kylie! Thanks! 🙂 Can’t wait for your post…
May 31, 2020 at 5:37 pm #49558OreoGuest
I totally under stand kylie.
June 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm #49594OreoGuest
“Mother can you tell me why you…um…left me.”
Nora’s mother looked shocked.
“We would never leave you Nora dear, but I can not tell you what happened to us, nor about our adventures we had.”
Nora looked disappointed
“But, when the time is right we will tell you all about the adventure your father and I went through”
Nora’s face brightened a bit. “Well! Your father and I have had a very long day, I hope you guys don’t mind but we’re going to try to get some rest” Nora’s mother and father got up and ducked into their tent.
The five just sat there with a long moment of silence.
June 2, 2020 at 10:10 am #49677Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora felt confused. Holly noticed her expression. “Nora. What is it? You look like something’s wrong.” Nora looked up, startled out of her thoughts. “Nothing is wrong, I guess. It’s just something feels… off about my parents.” “Like what?” asked Lagoron. “Welllll. For starters, Mama never called me Nora. She always called me by my full name, Elannora. And then, for them to just show up like this, so close to the Citadel, where I’ve been for two years, just as we start our adventure. It just feels wrong. I mean, if they were so close to the Citadel all this time, why didn’t they go live with me there?” Arla cocked her head sideways. “I felt something was wrong too, but I didn’t want to mention it.” Another silence fell upon the group. “Very clever. Very clever.” The five children spun around. Nora’s father stood there, an evil smile on his face. A gray mist swirled around him. When it cleared, a tall thin man stood there. “Shapeshifters, descend!” Men and women clambered down the walls all around them. “Tie them up! Gag them too.” With inhuman speed the throng rushed at them. Nora kicked and flailed wildly at the person holding her until a man stepped forward and punched her in the head. A blackness swirled around her and Nora knew no more.
(If you don’t want them to be captured by the shapeshifters I can change it.)
June 2, 2020 at 2:32 pm #49709JazzyfreshGuest
Holly screamed, part in anger and part in fear of the creepiness of it all. She grabbed her sword and swung it, a beautiful flowing melody sprang from her sword as she fought for her life, the Shapeshifters all of a sudden looked very very depressed, as if they knew they where about to lose and could go nothing about it. Holly, on the other hand, felt as if she could run and never stop, jump and touch the sky, fly into the clouds, she felt young, free, and strong. She felt as if she could win the twenty to five fight. She fought with new ferocity and the shapeshifters seemed to want to give up, she fought on surrounded by her enemy’s, and didn’t stop.
June 3, 2020 at 10:35 am #49755Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Jazzyfresh: That’s really good!
June 3, 2020 at 1:13 pm #49767Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla screamed in rage at the skinny shapeshifter. She wasn’t accustomed to people changing themselves into someone else just for the fun of it. In one fluid motion, she drew out her pistol and shot the shifter dead. She glanced to her left, and saw Holly swinging her musical sword. It confused the attacking shapeshifters for a few seconds, and Arla took advantage of the moment. With a war-whoop heavily influenced by her father, she aimed and blasted several more.
But they kept coming, and were way more organized than karmiins.
One snuck up behind her, and Arla just had time to whip around and bury her knife in his stomach. She nearly tripped over a dead shifter, and saw Nora out stone cold on the ground.
That was the last thing she said before she felt a cold, clammy hand wrap around her mouth with a smelly handkerchief. She tried not to breath as she floundered for her pistol, but at last it was too much, and her lungs felt like bursting.
Arla went limp in the shapeshifters grip.
June 3, 2020 at 1:57 pm #49774OreoGuest
should all of the characters get captured?
June 3, 2020 at 2:04 pm #49776Wingiby IggibyGuest
I don’t think they all have to. It would make it more interesting if perhaps a few of them escaped 😉
June 3, 2020 at 3:12 pm #49784JazzyfreshGuest
June 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm #49785OreoGuest
Isoba threw his star which whizzed threw the air, it sliced through three shape shifters. Five seconds later it was back in his hand and ready to throw.
He threw it at a near shape shifter then quickly retrieved it. Isoba turned quickly to see a shape shifter lunging at him, he grabbed his dagger then stabbed it deep into its throat. But he was just a decoy, a shifter right behind him punched Isoba in the stomach. The blow knocked him back gasping for breath. But the shape shifter wasn’t done, he picked up a rock and hurled it at Isoba, He ducked and the rock flew right over his head. Isoba reached from his dagger, it wasn’t there. He reached for his star, it wasn’t there. He spun to see it three yards away, he stood up and ran toward it then tripped over a dead shifter which sent him tumbling down a steep rocky hill.
I’m gonna make Jason escape.
June 3, 2020 at 3:32 pm #49786Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
How about Lagoron escapes too, but the girls get caught? If you all don’t like this idea, I totally get it.
June 3, 2020 at 3:50 pm #49791JazzyfreshGuest
Holly cried out in horror as she saw Arla fall, then cried out again as she was Nora had already fallen, she gritted her teeth and fought harder as more Shapeshifters (now free from battling Nora and Arla) swarmed her in even greater numbers. Even in there depressed state, the Shapeshifters where to much for her, she realized that when one of there spears flew by her right ear. “RETREAT!” She shouted to the remaining fighters just before the flat of a sword knocked her on the side of her head so hard she was knocked to the ground. She rolled to her back and fought from the ground, she sliced at a shifters legs and the shifter jumped, she rolled under it just before it stomped on her and leaped to her feet just in time to block an overhead slice and leap sideways as a arrow shot a inch from her side, she ducked and dodged , slowly edging towards the exit, she ducked a sword slice and brought her blade around to the last shifter blocking the entrance, it ducked and Holly dove head first out of the cave only to lose focus as she spotted the little Hhborgen standing in the entrance about to be cut in two by a shifter. She felt pitty, anger, and frustration at the same time, it all came out in a angry shout “YAHAAAAAAA!”. She grabbed the little stomper mid air and landed here on her side out side and felt her breath burst from her lungs as she tumbled down a steep slope into a thorn bush, she held the Hhborgen close and was glad Whitson was safe hidden in the forest.
June 3, 2020 at 3:53 pm #49792JazzyfreshGuest
Woops! Didn’t see your post. If it’s ok with you Hollys gonna escape.
Oreo: who is Isoba?
June 3, 2020 at 3:56 pm #49793JazzyfreshGuest
Oops, I meant Lander, not whitson. Sorry
June 3, 2020 at 3:58 pm #49794OreoGuest
I am so sorry!!! As some of you know I have another collaborative story going so I got my characters names mixed up.
When ever I put Isoba I meant Jason.
June 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm #49797Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ok, here we gooooooooo!!
Battle already? It was their first night out and already the little hillside cave the five had made camp in was swarmed with shapeshifters. Some had taken on the shape of wolves and other dangerous creatures, but most of the shifters kept to their natural forms. There were men and women, old and young – it didn’t seem to make any difference to these creatures.
Before he knew what he was doing, Lagoron had placed the nocks of three arrows onto the string of his bow. One, the middle one, he rubbed with his fingers. It immediately burst into a hot flame – but it didn’t seem to burn his fingers. The other, normal shafts, were lit on fire by the time Lagoron had drawn the string to his ear and released it without a second to aim. His sharp elvish eyes knew where the arrows would go.
His work was rewarded with a wail as two shapeshifters were cut down and a wolf got its fur set on fire. Lagoron ducked and dodged, using his bow to soundly whollop a few creatures as he retreated. As soon as he had a little breathing space, he nocked another arrow and sent it whistling into the fray.
Jason was nowhere to be seen, but several shapeshifters were missing limbs – or even heads – that had clearly been cut off by his sharp ninja star. Arla was doing excellently, battling away like nobody’s business all while roaring like a hhborgen. Nora was nowhere to be seen, which worried him.
Music, better than any elvish tune Lagoron had ever heard, sang through the air as Holly fought. Her sword made music that seemed to strengthen her, even as she danced with it as if they were one. “RETREAT!!!” She shouted, and began edging her way towards the exit.
Lagoron was at the back of the cave, standing on a little shelf. He knew he had no chance of escape, but maybe he could cover Holly. He drew arrow after arrow and cleared a path for her. Arrows whizzed past her body but never struck her. She tackled the little hhborgen, which was standing dumbfounded at the cave’s entrance, then disappeared.
Lagoron felt a wave of relief, but it was short lived. He’d lost room to shoot, so he thrust his bow into his quiver and drew his short swords in the same motion. He cut into the shapeshifters as quickly as only an elf could, but quickly found himself surrounded. The shifters were diminished, but not gone.
It was then that he saw it. Nora. On the ground. With a shapeshifter’s wicked knife held dangerously above her neck.
“Drop yer weapons!” The shifter growled. “Or the girl dies.”
Lagoron’s swords clattered to the dirt floor. He took off his quiver, with the precious bow and arrows, and without anyone noticing, handed the strap to Bramber. “Get this to Holly.” He whispered, hoping the dog understood. “And DO NOT touch the arrows.”
Bramber weaved his way through the shifters’ legs as Lagoron was knocked cruelly to the groung and bound tightly. He saw Arla, unconscious, bobbing above the shifters’ heads, and Nora, just beginning to wake, being bound. He hung his head in defeat, and accepted it. They were captured. But maybe, just maybe, Jason and Holly had escaped.
June 4, 2020 at 3:39 pm #49870OreoGuest
I forgot that they were in a cave!
June 4, 2020 at 4:08 pm #49872OreoGuest
Jason struggled up the last few feet of the hill. If it was any steeper or longer then he would’ve definitely been dead. He finally reached the top then collapsed and lay there not moving, once Jason caught his breath he stood up and scanned his surroundings then headed off in the direction where he thought the cave was.
He let out a sigh of relief when he saw Holly standing in a small clearing.
“Man am I glad to see you!”
Jason exclaimed, then frowned and said
“But where the heck is everybody else.”
“everyone else got captured.”
Then she glared at Jason and said
“Where were you the during the battle, cowering in fear under a bush? ”
Jason stared in disbelief at her
“You think I tried to avoid the whole battle! I don’t know about you but I would much rather spend my time fighting some shifters then climbing up rocky terrain. ”
Holly just shrugged.
June 4, 2020 at 4:19 pm #49875JazzyfreshGuest
Tears filled Holly’s eyes as she heard the battle end. They where beaten, alive, but beaten. She froze as two shifters passed, they where looking for someone. “Where are they?” One asked
“I don’t know, that’s why we’re looking” said the other one, sounding annoyed.
they? thought Holly, did someone else escape?
“I don’t want to look” wined the first “I want to go back with the others. “Well guess what” snapped the other “we have to look or the boss will be angry. And do you really want to get the boss angry?”
The first one shuddered “no.” He said.
“Than get to work you nitwit!” Said the other ” we’ve got a girl and a spy to find! ”
“I know! You can stop yelling!”
“LIKE THIS? YOU DON’T LIKE WHEN I YELL LIKE THIS?”
“WHY YOU LITTLE …”
and so the argument continued while Holly snuck away. She climbed over a dead log and waded through a stream and jumped over a puddle of quicksand. She walked out into a small clearing, and there, in the middle, was Lander. She rushed to him and heaved the Hhborgen onto his saddle, a noise startled her and she whirled to face the shifter in the woods, her sword shining in the moonlight. She let out a sigh of relief as she saw it was bramber, but wait … He was carrying something. Fresh tears started in her eyes as she was that it was Lagoron’s bow and quiver, she Strapped it to Lander Where she Was sure it Wouldn’t be touched. “Good boy” she told bramber, and started to mount, but stoped and whipped her sword out. Something was in the woods, she felt a shiver go up her spine, not again she tensed and readyed herself. A figure broke the treeline, it was Jason. She sighed with relief and lowered her sword.
June 4, 2020 at 4:23 pm #49876OreoGuest
Maybe we should have talked over our posts before hit submit.
Just so they made more since.
June 4, 2020 at 4:25 pm #49877Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla grunted and peeled open her eyes. She tried to stretch, but her arms were bound. In a flash, she remembered. The attack. The capture. Her failure. She had failed to protect her friends. Arla growled, mentally scolding herself. She glanced to her left. Nora was leaning against a tree next to her, out cold. To her right was Lagoron. He was staring listlessly at a fire that crackled in the little clearing. They were in a small pocket of grass in the woods. Around the fire sat a couple shifters, in their natural human form. They were looking at her.
Arla snarled and bared her teeth like an animal, and lunged forward; though the ropes tying her to the tree held firm. The shifters twitched, and Arla relished in their fear. They had a right to be afraid. She could tear them apart with her teeth if she had too. Arla felt Nora stir slightly, and she opened an eye. When she saw the situation, she sat up with a gasp.
“Where, where are we?” she whispered.
“Captured, by a bunch of slimy snakes,” was Arla’s reply.
Lagoron didn’t say anything. They sat in silence for a few minutes, and suddenly Arla remembered Limppit. She hadn’t seen the little fire-gulper, and she hoped he was alright. Usually, he wouldn’t dare to abandon her. It could only mean one thing. Arla’s eyes watered, and she ducked her head. It was then that she felt a sharp, hissing pain on her wrists, and she nearly yelped.
She jerked her hands, and realized they were free. Glancing at Lagoron, she saw that his were too. She heard a hiss from Nora, as the same happened to the girl. And Arla knew what had happened.
“You plucky little lizard,” she murmured as the fire-gulper leapt onto her shoulder. “Let’s see what we can do.”
June 4, 2020 at 5:21 pm #49882Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora leapt to her feet, and promptly fell to the ground. Great. They had removed her brace. But she still knew how to fight. As Arla sliced a shapeshifter in half, Nora found a way to get to her feet. Leaning against the tree, she forced herself up. She tossed her braid back and jumped on a shifter about to stab Lagoron. Nora swung her legs around and pushed the shifter to the ground. Suddenly, a new commotion began in the center of the clearing. Holly and Jason. Nora fought with renewed strength. When the battle ended, the five children hugged. Nora stepped back, happy.
“Nora! You’re standing without your brace!” gasped Holly.
Nora looked down with shock. She had been so distracted with the battle she hadn’t noticed that… she was standing without her brace. She was standing without her brace! She laughed and shouted for joy. She felt like dancing, and leaping, and jumping. And the best part was, she could! Underneath the bright autumn moon, Elannora Sara Winsar stood without help for the first time in a year.
June 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm #50003Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron toppled a shifter as he lunged forward and managed to pull his swords from the pile of the five’s stuff by the campfire. His fingers ached and tingled with returning circulation, but they still swung his blades as if there was no pain. In an instant, the area was cleared of the few remaining shifters. Turning to behold his friends, weary from the recent battles, and shocked but happy to be alive, he let out a laugh.
“Who knew we could fight like that?” he asked, and Arla laughed with him. Then the little hhborgen’s… stench… washed over them like a tidal wave. We really have to get that creature a bath. Lagoron thought.
That’s when Holly exclaimed, “Nora! You’re standing without your brace!”
It was true. The human-turned-adopted-elf had gained her feet after tackling a shifter away from Lagoron. Nora looked down in surprise, as if she hadn’t realized what she was doing, then laughed and let out a joyful shout. Everyone else joined in her merriment, and Lagoron took it upon himself to dance Nora around the campfire. Happily, everyone wove and twisted in an intricate reel that suddenly sprang to the front of their minds. No one really knew what they were doing, nor did they care. They saw an opening and leapt into it, laughing all the way until they were quite out of breath. All of them flopped down onto the grass, exhausted but thrilled.
“Hey, where’s Bramber?” Jason asked. He was rewarded for his curiosity with a nip to the hand that made him jump. Bramber stalked out from behind the spy with his nose in the air and made his way to Lagoron’s lap.
“Where’s my quiver, boy?” Lagoron asked, worried for the white item.
“Oh, I’ve got it!” Holly rose to her feet and ran to the trees surrounding them. She returned a moment later with Lagoron’s white quiver practically glowing in her hand. The horn bow stuck out of the top. Lagoron took it from her in relief.
As the sun began to rise, the five stomped out the campfire, and found their way back to the cave. Luckily, the horses were still there (minus Lander, whom Holly was already riding). During a short breakfast, they put the two pieces of the map together.
So far they’d found the top left section of the map, and the top right piece. A poem was scribbled along the top edge of the new section, as if the writer was in a hurry. Lagoron studied it for a moment, whispering the words to himself. Without Larawen there to help them, the translating went much slower. But eventually Lagoron looked up and explained what he’d read.
“It’s almost the exact same as the other one. It’s got the first, second, third, fourth, and last verses. They’re exactly the same as the ones on the other map. But the lines describing the Five meant to find and free Londima… they’re different… as if telling us more about them. Let’s see. I think it goes something like this…”
(Who’s going to write the poem? If I remember right, we agreed to take turns writing poetry for the map. I think OREO said she didn’t want to write for it, so since there are only four pieces of the map, that works out well. I was thinking maybe this poem should have a slight hint about Nora no longer needing a brace. It’s up to whoever writes it. 🙂 )
June 6, 2020 at 6:14 pm #50006Wingiby IggibyGuest
I can try! It might not be very good though….. Actually, it won’t. But I’ll try!
June 6, 2020 at 7:13 pm #50007Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Didn’t I already write the piece for the second part of the map?
June 6, 2020 at 7:53 pm #50008Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh yeah, I think you did! Maybe we could make them find the third one. It could be in some of the dead shifters supplies that they took, because the shifters had found it and wanted Londima.
June 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm #50048Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Kylie: Oh, that’s right! I had absolutely no memory of that, so somehow I must have missed your post. The poem was great, though, and PERFECT. The language was awesome. Is Eltion one of Tolkien’s languages or something you made up?
June 7, 2020 at 7:27 pm #50061Kylie WingfeatherGuest
It was something I made up.
June 7, 2020 at 4:05 pm #50049Wingiby IggibyGuest
Just posting the poem….
You never saw such a five,
They make you feel like you’re alive
Indeed, they’ve come to set you free
So you can be who you were meant to be
One in whom strength is hidden,
Just yearning to come out.
His power is great and he will ride
It soon without a doubt.
Music is a weapon strong,
Used to right many wrongs,
And the one who wields its power
Will soon learn of evil’s bower.
They thought she was weak,
But I dare you to rethink
For in the one who is now strong
She is the light, the newborn fawn.
From anger deep within its lair,
You my boy, shall find it there.
Pain does hurt, and evil stings,
But you will find these desperate things.
And the the fiery, sharpened one,
Your work is yet to be done.
Still evil finds its way,
It is the one you have to slay.
Do not fear, you great five!
It is a gift to be alive,
And with that gift you will restore,
Our land, our heart, forevermore!
June 7, 2020 at 4:06 pm #50050Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh! Forgot to say that if they are going to find the third map soon, that’s the poem. Otherwise, just ignore it 😉
June 10, 2020 at 10:57 am #50132Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Great poem, Wingiby! I love it. I think I’ve decided that Lagoron will doubt himself, but he’ll end up sticking with it. 🙂
June 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm #50134Wingiby IggibyGuest
Thanks, Kinnan! And that totally sounds like a good idea for Lagoron!
June 11, 2020 at 10:12 pm #50212Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Soo… anyone gonna post? I think we should head towards Londima again, and maybe some of us (probably the more bookish sort who enjoy riddles) should start getting an inkling that maybe they’re the Five of the poem?
June 14, 2020 at 5:27 pm #50293OREOGuest
I will try to post tomorrow. The last couple of days have been quite busey.
June 16, 2020 at 11:47 am #50328Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Ok. So I’m going to be gone for about 5-6 days. I’ll try to write a little bit (I’m bringing my ipad so I can listen to books.), but I may not be able too. The story is going really well y’all!
June 16, 2020 at 12:49 pm #50329Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ok Kylie! I hope you enjoy your trip!
June 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm #50392Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Have fun Kylie!
June 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm #50393Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ha, that was just a little late. 😛
June 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm #50451OREOGuest
I have no ideas on what to post! Anyone have any ideas what should happen next in our story?
June 22, 2020 at 2:58 pm #50457Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
I know, right? Everyone’s so quiet. We’re having a virtual awkward silence. 😛
I wrote the last one, but we still do need to find the next two maps and get to Londima, plus defeat the dragon, figure out that Alva and his ice-breathing griffin are behind everything, and find the Harp and Bow. :/ Let’s find the next map. Bramber can sniff it out!
P.S. Who would have thought that troublesome puppy would have become such a main character? 😛
June 23, 2020 at 8:55 am #50474Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Hi everyone! Kinnan: I know! I never imagined when I started reading the story that the puppy Jason stole would be such a needed character!
June 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm #50482OREOGuest
I know right!
June 23, 2020 at 4:04 pm #50486JazzyfreshGuest
Ha! Your right!
June 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm #50490Wingiby IggibyGuest
Yeah, that crazy pup! 😛
June 24, 2020 at 5:47 pm #50511Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
And look, everyone’s here! But apparently everyone’s run out of creative juice. 🙁
June 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm #50522Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Hey everybody! I’ve still got a little bit of creative juice left, so I’ll write a little bit now.
Nora was bright with happiness. As they rode on, Nora couldn’t help but smile. Éowyn (bright pink) sat on her shoulder, so happy that she was boggling (rats do it when they’re really happy. It’s when they move their eyes in and out. Look it up, it’s weird, but cool!). Lagoron was thoughtful, thinking about the poem on the second map. Nora rode up to him.
“What are you thinking about?” she asked.
Lagoron jumped. “Oh! Nothing.”
She gave him a stern look. “You’re thinking about something. I’ve spent two years with elves and I know when you’re thinking hard. All elves get the exact same expression. Out with it.”
June 24, 2020 at 8:10 pm #50524Wingiby IggibyGuest
Yay Kylie! *applauds loudly* you have started us up again! I shall try to post tomorrow. As for boggling, sounds so cool! I shall look it up.
June 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm #50532Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla glanced at Lagoron, waiting for him to answer Nora’s question. She rode on Finch, who bucked slightly when another horse got to close. She whispered in his ear, and he evened out a bit. Limppit sat on her shoulder, flicking his tongue at passing flies. His scales shimmered, and he was quite cool; cool, that is, for a fire gulper. But when Arla slowed Finch down to be closer to Lagoron so she could hear him, Limppit hissed at Eowyn, and warmed up slightly. The rat bared her teeth at the lizard.
Nora smiled.”You’d think they’d be friends by now.”
Holly and Jason rode up closer as well, and Arla raised an eyebrow at Lagoron. The elf sighed again, and smiled. “I really don’t know why we missed this before,” he said. “But I’ve been contemplating the poems on those last maps, and I think–”
I would have posted more, but I wasn’t sure if Kinnan wanted to be the one to say what Lagoron had to say. Anyway, I’m glad we’ve started this back up again. 😉 On to Londima!
June 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm #50554Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Aha! And we’re rolling! Writing piece now…
June 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm #50557Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Lagoron was thinking, and thinking hard. The poem, on the second map… somehow something had clicked, but he couldn’t quite put his finger on it.
“What are you thinking about?” Nora’s voice made him jump. Eowyn, bright pink, was doing something strange with her eyes that made Lagoron want to laugh.
“Oh! Um, nothing.”
Nora gave him a stern look. “You’re thinking about something. I’ve spent two years with elves and I know when you’re thinking hard. All elves get the exact same expression. Out with it.”
Arla showed up then, with Holly and Jason on her horse’s tail. Limppit seemed to get agitated near Eowyn. The changerat bared her teeth at the fire-gulper as he hissed.
“You’d think they’d be friends by now.” Nora remarked, smiling.
Arla smiled back, then turned to Lagoron. She raised her eyebrow. Lagoron sighed. He’d hoped that he had disappeared into the background.
“I really don’t know why we missed this before,” he began. “But I’ve been contemplating the poems on those last maps, and I think that… well…”
Arla gave him a fierce look. “Out with it. That’s the problem with you elves. You’re not blunt!”
“We can be, we just choose not to be.” Lagoron countered. He nudged Radiance, who’d been straying towards a bush, back onto the path, denying her a treat. A poisonous treat, that is. “But I see what you’re getting at. I’ll be blunt. I think we’re the five in the poem.”
Everyone – except the animals – froze. Then Nora’s eyes widened. Arla grinned like nobody’s business. Holly and Jason exchanged an excited, yet disbelieving look.
“How so?” Jason asked.
“Think about it.” Lagoron shot a glance in Arla’s direction. “That’s the problem with you humans. You don’t think things through.”
“We can, we just don’t choose to.” Arla replied smoothly. “Explain.”
“In the first poem, the author described the five. One will clear path with melody, she is one of three. Doesn’t that match up with this line from the second poem? Child full of song, guard against that which is wrong.”
“How did you remember those?” Jason asked.
Lagoron shrugged. “Elvish memory, I guess. But isn’t it obvious? Holly’s a musician, a child full of song and one of three girls.”
Holly’s eyes bugged. Eowyn stared at her, as if trying to decide if Holly was copying her or not. Nora inhaled sharply.
“And then there’s the lines about the fire maiden. One has fire at her hand, to protect the band, and Child of golden fire, burn away the thorned briar. That’s Arla, since she’s got a fire-gulper and is female. The third female has got to be Nora, the one who has a heart of gold and smile strong, she seems weak to some and Child thought weak, thou shalt find what most desires.”
“Whoah.” Arla breathed, staring at Limppit with fresh respect.
“And then there’s myself. The only elf here. One has ears and eyes quite sharp, but doubt stays his heart. I admit I sometimes doubt… well… everything. And since I’m an elf, and an elf scout, my eyes and ears are sharper than most. My thoughts were confirmed by this line, Child elf, lead with care, lest you become broken beyond repair.” Lagoron paused, hanging his head.
“And Jason?” Holly ventured. “What about him?”
“I stumbled here. The lines are both about a spy, so unless Jason knows something we don’t, I might be wrong. See? The first poem’s line was, One has spying yet to do, he is one of two. He is one of two males. The second poem’s line was, Child spy, be thou warned, trouble doth lie. Jason isn’t a spy. Are you?”
(I figured I’d let OREO decide how Jason answers.)
June 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm #50581Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Kinnan: That was really good! I especially liked the part about Éowyn trying to decide if Holly was copying her or not.😄
June 27, 2020 at 2:41 pm #50582Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
June 29, 2020 at 6:15 pm #50627Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Oh no! We’re having another awkward virtual silence!
June 29, 2020 at 6:28 pm #50631Wingiby IggibyGuest
Ahh! I know! I shall try to post tomorrow, I keep forgetting about this! seriously, I need like a thousand sticky notes pasted everywhere to remind me of stuff…
KINNAN: By the way, I loved that post, especially Arla and Lagoron’s back and forth about not listening and being blunt, ha!
June 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm #50638Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Wingiby: Good. 🙂 I’d hoped that you weren’t offended by that. 🙂
June 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm #50660OREOGuest
I loved it kinnan!
But I’m not sure I understood the last part.
June 30, 2020 at 6:16 pm #50736Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
No one knows if Jason is a spy or not, and Lagoron got curious and asked him. 🙂
June 30, 2020 at 2:01 pm #50665JazzyfreshGuest
They just asked if Jason was a spy.
June 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm #50666JazzyfreshGuest
Say something ,jason!
July 1, 2020 at 2:15 pm #50805OREOGuest
Jason looked at Lagoron then said “yeah! Actually I am.” Then added “I’m not super good right now, I haven’t even gone on a real mission before.”
that was the shortest post I have ever done. But I didn’t want to keep you guys waiting while I thought of what else to post.
July 1, 2020 at 2:36 pm #50810JazzyfreshGuest
Holly eyes him warily, “your not spying on us are you?” She asked.
Ok, this is just a suggestion, but if we want to add a little drama maybe they find the Hhborgn’s mom and they try to give it back, but the mom doesn’t know that they aren’t trying to hurt the baby and one of them gets hurt in the process.
July 1, 2020 at 2:46 pm #50813OREOGuest
Hmm! I’m fine with it, but it would be better if my character didn’t get hurt cause I have looked back on a few unfinished chapter books that I wrote when I was younger and it ended up sounding cheesy if one of them got injured.
So yah,not it!
July 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm #50814OREOGuest
Jason’s eyes widened “no! No way! Huh uh! I haven’t even gone on a real mission yet” then he lowered his head “but there’s no way I can really prove that to you, unless you can think of one”
July 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm #50816JazzyfreshGuest
Holly shrugged, “your in the poem so I think that proves it, for me at least. ” she glanced around at the others. “What do ya think?”
I would be ok if it was Holly but I want everyone to agree first on who it is and if we do it.
July 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm #50817JazzyfreshGuest
Holly shrugged, “your in the poem so I think that proves it, for me at least. ” she glanced around at the others. “What do ya think?”
I would be ok if it was Holly but I want everyone to agree first on who it is and if we do it.
July 1, 2020 at 3:01 pm #50818JazzyfreshGuest
Sorry, posted twice.😒
July 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm #50826Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora looked at Jason in shock. He was a spy?! “I don’t think you’re spying on us,” she said after a moment. “Éowyn would have suspicious of you if you were, but she never acted like she felt that way in all the time she’s known you. I’m going to trust her instincts and say that you’re not spying on us.”
July 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm #50827Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
So Jason really was a spy. Lagoron smacked his head to the heel of his hand, startling Radiance in the process. He’d brought Jason straight to the Citadel – shown him around, eaten at Thinon’s table with him. Surely…
“So that’s what you were doing in the woods?” Lagoron asked quietly. Jason nodded sheepishly. “Well…” a tiny seed of doubt wedged its way in Lagoron’s heart. But he remembered the admonishon of the second poem. Child elf, lead with care, lest you come to broken beyond repair. He couldn’t let distrust break apart their band, not if they were the Five mentioned in the maps. “I’ll trust you.” Lagoron conceded. “After all, you haven’t caused us trouble – yet.” He winked at Jason to make sure the lad knew he was kidding.
(I’m fine if Lagoron is the injured one, but also fine if he isn’t. Up to whoever wants to be squarshed by a hhborgen. Partly squarshed, that is.)
July 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm #50829Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I’ll be ok if it’s Nora. I don’t really care.
July 1, 2020 at 6:03 pm #50843Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla looked at Jason before she realized her mouth was hanging open. Seriously, he was a SPY? That was NOT what she was expecting. But hardly anything happened that she actually expected. She hadn’t expected to be captured by an elf, and taken to the elf citadel. She hadn’t expected to go on a dangerous mission to find a hidden — or non-existent — city. She hadn’t expected to be prophesied about by some old and dead elf — that took a little bit to recover from — and now her friend was a spy, and perhaps he had been spying on them!
As her mind whirled around all of this, she vaguely heard the other’s questioning Jason. After a moment, Limppit sent a blow of hot air down her ear, and she snapped out of it.
“–caused us trouble — yet,” Lagoron said. Arla peered at Jason, thinking. He HAD been caught by Lagoron, but that was because Bramber had run off with his note; not because he was spying. And he did say he was in training. Arla giggled at the thought of him trying to steal Bramber. Yeah, he was probably still working on it. Besides, the poem DID say that one of them was a boy, and a spy. Who else could it be?
Arla reached out her hand to Jason, and shook it. “I believe you,” she said. Jason smiled appreciatively at all of them, and Arla could tell that he had been a little apprehensive. No one really knew what to say after that, so they spurred their mounts onward for a few minutes until Holly stopped her horse and sniffed the air.
“Hey guys,” she said. “Do you notice something different?”
“Like what?” Jason said.
“The air is a little fresher. You can actually smell the flowers and the horses. And us. Phew!”
Holly was right. There was no overpowering stink. Pamphel, the baby Hhborgen, was gone. Holly had become a bit closer to the creature ever since they found him, for she had rescued him in the shapeshifter fight, and he didn’t want to ride with anyone else. Holly hadn’t been too keen about this at first, but after a while she sorta got used to the smell; as did everyone else.
So now, they noticed it was gone — the smell, that is, as well as the Hhborgen.
Jazzyfresh, hope you don’t mind that bit about Holly and Pamphel! And I don’t really mind if Arla get’s hurt. I think it would actually be interesting!
July 1, 2020 at 6:04 pm #50844Wingiby IggibyGuest
Oh, and is it all right that I named the baby Hhborgen?
July 1, 2020 at 7:29 pm #50853Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Nice post, Wingiby! And I think it’s about time Pamphel got a name. 🙂
July 2, 2020 at 6:10 am #50879Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I’m going to be at the lake today so I won’t be able to write anything until later.
July 2, 2020 at 11:51 am #50893JazzyfreshGuest
Wingiby, your fine!
Every one seems ok with the idea of getting there character squashed by a Hhborgen. Heh, kinda funny. But who will it be? Does anyone WANT to get there character after squashed? I don’t mind either way.
July 5, 2020 at 8:37 am #50914Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Happy Late 4th of July everyone!
July 5, 2020 at 8:49 am #50915Kylie WingfeatherGuest
P.S. Did y’all have a good 4th? In the words of John Adams: “Independence Day will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” Mr. Adams was certainly correct about it being celebrated by generations!
July 5, 2020 at 9:14 am #50917Wingiby IggibyGuest
HAPPY 4th!!!! Yes, I had a good one, we went to see fireworks and used a bunch of OFF! How was yours? John Adams was right; that is a good quote!
July 5, 2020 at 10:27 am #50918Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Mine was pretty good! We went over to a friend’s house, and set off a BUNCH of fireworks. My friend has two kittens, and one of the other kids there brought their bird. I actually got to hold the bird on my finger. Then it flew on top of my head and scared me half to death!
July 5, 2020 at 11:29 am #50921Wingiby IggibyGuest
KITTENS!!! Where’s your friend?
Just kidding! I do love kittens, and I had one. His name was Poldark, and he was a black short hair with white socks. He used to sleep between me and my sister’s heads at night; but he got sick and died before he even turned a year old. We buried him in our yard. Before that, we had two main coons, Max and Blue. Blue died when I was about four, so I don’t remember him much; but Max died about four years ago. He was such a gentle giant, and he never whined for his food, just sat and waited patiently.
Awww! That’s funny, it sat on your head! I once caught a lizard and it scampered up my neck and sat on my head…
July 5, 2020 at 10:42 am #50919Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Oh! And Jazzy, I had an idea about the Hhborgen squashing. How ‘bout the person isn’t one of the main characters, but a little orphaned girl who escaped from her evil guardian (Alva???), and just happened to be running by and got in the way of a kick from the Hhborgen that was aimed at one of the Five. They end up taking her along when they discover that there is no nearby village were she can stay.
July 5, 2020 at 11:32 am #50922Wingiby IggibyGuest
Um, I know I’m not Jazzy, but that sounds like a good idea! Would we all play her part, kinda like we did with Gladion, Thinon, etc?
July 5, 2020 at 1:12 pm #50928Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Nora turned Starborn around frantically. Pamphel had just been here so he couldn’t have gone far. Then a crack split the air. Nora’s head shot up. “Yah!” Nora urged the mahogany horse toward where the noise had come from. As Starborn galloped, a scream pierced the air. A little girl’s scream. As Nora raced into the clearing, a horrible sight met her eyes. A fully grown Hhborgen was standing over a four year old girl, with one foot raised to squash her. Nora shouted as loud as she could. “Get away from her!!!” The Hhborgen turned sharply. Nora’s green eyes flamed with a fierceness as hot as fire. It raised it’s hand to punch her. Right at the moment Nora jumped backward, the little girl dashed in front of her. And was hit by the Hhborgen punch.
July 5, 2020 at 1:37 pm #50932Wingiby IggibyGuest
Arla clapped her heels against Finch’s side, and he barreled forward, swinging his head and snorting. She just reached Nora in time to find a giant female Hhborgen sending a little girl flying with a well aimed punch. The things that raced through Arla’s mind went something like this:
‘Who is that? Where did a little girl come from? Why is there a Hhborgen so far from Hhborgen territory? What am I doing? Oh man! Run! It’s going to stomp! I really need to stop thinking and do something!’
“NORA!” Arla screamed. “RUN!”
Nora looked around frantically, apparently trying to locate the whacked child. But Jason had already reached her and scooped her up into his saddle. Lagoron had one of his special arrows trained on the Hhborgen, and Holly had unsheathed her sword. Arla had turned Finch around and was screaming for all she was worth.
“GUYS! MOVE!!!!! GOOOO!!!!!”
But it was too late. The gigantic beast had raised it’s great hairy foot and smashed it down on the ground, sending cracks through the earth and tremors through everything. The horses collapsed, whinnying and screaming madly. Bramber, wherever he was, was barking his head off; Limppit was setting the Hhborgen’s toe hairs on fire; and Eowyn was bright red and baring her teeth. Arla sent a pistol shot up to the sky because she didn’t really know what else to do.
It was then, when the Hhborgen was about to permanently plant the five in the ground for future archaeologists to dig up hundreds of years later, that a certain very smug little Hhbogen named Pamphel emerged from the trees; followed by a yappy little dog who was nipping his heels.
The great Hhborgen turned around, and bellowed something between a roar of joy and a rumble of agitation; then, it scooped Pamphel up in it’s bulging arms and rocked him back and forth, cooing happily.
“Awww,” said Holly.
Everybody looked at eachother, wondering what would happen next.
July 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm #50935JazzyfreshGuest
“Ok! Time to move!” Holly called as she helped Lander to his feet , then she rode over to Jason and took the little girl from him “let me hold her” she said, and examined the little girls face. Half of it was swollen and bruised where the Hhborgen had hit and the other half was fair, pretty and streaked with dirt. “You poor thing” Holly murmured, “don’t Worry I’ve got you” then she turned to see mama Hhborgen looking at them as if saying ‘I’m gonna squash you into a extra thin pancake before you can say Guacamole ‘. “Ok guys, time to go!” Holly shouted, then turned and nudged Lander into a gallop.
July 8, 2020 at 1:59 pm #51204OreoGuest
Ok first of all, I’m gonna move our collaborative story to story embers but if I don’t get on as soon as you guys do then you can start it without me.
Secondly,I want to know who all is going to still be in our story.
And third of all, since we haven’t thought of a name for our story we could just call it W.S.C.S, it stands for Wingfeather Saga Collaborative Story. But if someone has a better name idea for it before the 13th the I’m open to suggestions.
July 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm #51254JazzyfreshGuest
“The furious five?” No. “Five finders” eh, “the three girls,boy, and the elf who got stuck in quicksand”
*bangs head on table* Stupid stupid stupid …
No creative juice left apparently.
P.s. I’m gonna still be in the story.
July 10, 2020 at 5:08 pm #51269Kylie WingfeatherGuest
I’ll be staying in the story too. And names. Ummmmm. I’ve got one: The Seekers of Londima. What do you think?
July 11, 2020 at 11:27 am #51298Wingiby IggibyGuest
Sounds good to me! I’m staying on, just getting used to this new website…
July 12, 2020 at 6:32 pm #51357OreoGuest
Oh no ! Where is kinnan?
July 12, 2020 at 6:39 pm #51359Kinnan WingfeatherGuest
Ha, I’m here! Sorry, I was gone at camp and then couldn’t figure out how to get back onto the forums until yesterday. 🙂 But I’m staying on! And I thought we were calling it the City Seekers. 😛 Guess I was wrong! 🙂 But Story Embers is our spot, right? I’ll start the forum.
July 12, 2020 at 9:32 pm #51367Kylie WingfeatherGuest
K! I’m glad we can still do this! I think I’ll be able to do Story Embers, and even if I can’t, I’ll still get on and check to see how Nora, Holly, Arla, Lagoron, Jason, the Pets, and everybody else are doing. And also, if I can’t join, I trust you will find a worthy person to control Nora and Éowyn. Thank you for everything: friendships, encouragement, and some people who I can go Wingfeather Saga crazy on (in a way only a Featherhead can 🙂 ). Bye!!!
Throne Warden, Featherhead, Rat Lover, Tale Spinner, and Appreciator of the Strange, Neat, And/Or Yummy,
P.S. I’m going to my Aunt’s house in the morning so this might be my last post on here 🙁
July 12, 2020 at 9:48 pm #51370Kylie WingfeatherGuest
Forgot to add, Even if I don’t get on Story Embers (or any other sight.) now, I will find y’all!!! That is a promise made on Turalay. Fare-Forward fellow collaborative story writers (and fellow Featherheads). See you sooner or later!
July 13, 2020 at 10:08 am #51381Wingiby IggibyGuest
We shall see each other again! We HAVE too! Whatever we end up calling it, I’ll continue with our story; and Kylie, I do hope you can get on! I still go by Wing, and my profile pics the same so I should be easy to spot.
Thanks y’all, for you guy’s have really been great friends, and I have enjoyed my time on here. I have indeed found friends who will understand my Wingfeather craze and all of my weird stories 😛 I will really miss y’all!
Wingiby Iggiby, Throne Warden, snail lover, beginner writer, hopeful artist, Featherhead, and addict to water tubing — even though I’ve only done it once.
July 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm #51395Madame SidlerKeymaster
Hey all! Just letting you know that I’ll be closing the Flabbit Room subforum in about 30 minutes. (My lunchtime is a bit late today!) Once that happens, no further posting will be possible, but you’ll still be able to see old conversations until the new site is fully complete later this summer. I’ve loved having such a vibrant little community here, and am so glad you’re finding ways to stay connected. 🙂
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