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Copyright © Irefĕnia Salgonda & Elensaár Gelindor Published by ISEG Media® The Quest – Volume 3 – Part 1 First published 2012 Edition: 2nd 2014 Illustrations & Cover© Elensaár Gelindor ISBN-13: 978- 1482530919 ISBN-10: 1482530910 CS-Title ID: 4170311 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the authors. vi


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Abridged Recapitulation of Volume 2 – Y Ddraig Goch Parts 1, 2 and 3 SPOILER ALERT! (If you have not read those books yet, be warned that the following is a spoiler. If you read it now, you will learn about names and essential developments that will be detrimental to the reading pleasure of these books but you won’t understand the entire story of Crossbow Isle if you had not read all previous instalments.)

Not much later than Enyana had defeated Torgos the schismatic mage and taken away all his magical powers and abilities and once Fucanglong had ensured that he never would be able to regain any of those powers and talents as long as his eternal life lasted, – the young woman had returned to the elven realm Rialian Yldannan where she was raised by the Ithil’quessir elves. Much earlier than planned she resumed her studies of magical powers, elven lore and honed her abilities to perfection but for the crucial training of her physical abilities she had decided to continue her studies on Ai Seler’ en’ Tolea’Fuin, the island that the Amrun’quessir elves had transformed the way they remembered their home in the far away “Never Winter” island Tolea’Fuin. Here, she learnt and practised all the talents that were given to her and especially needed once she herself would become the teacher and mentor of Fucanglong’s son Y Ddraig Goch who was destined to hatch on Midsummer Solstice from his egg that was laid more than three thousand years ago. Although little Y Ddraig Goch would not instantly require the use of her abilities but once needed she had to be perfect. Failing anyone of her talents could be detrimental to her teaching duties and could cause harm to her fosterling. Once the great day of Midsummer Solstice had come, which was also Enyana’s birthday, Fucanglong appeared very surprisingly and with him not only the eight dragons of the viii


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circle of ‘Nine Luongs’ where Fucanglong belonged to but also an entourage of drummers and cymbalists from the land Zhongguo. They indeed highlighted the rare event of a dragon birth adequately to its importance as it would have been celebrated in the land where the ‘Nine Dragons’ were worshipped ever since they had first arrived in this reality of planet earth. Gigantic fireworks shook Ai Seler’ en’ Tolea’Fuin in its roots and no one there could miss that something had happened that would change the fate of this world for a long time to come. A couple of months later, Hex Goblinfly the elven teacher and meanwhile good friend who had taught Enyana to use some of her outstanding talents had pondered the ultimate question that every elf has to decide once in his life. The official ceremony called Tar’marty a’Ambar Tel’Quessir where the decision of the elf was announced officially developed in a very surprising way and entirely different from any other similar celebration before. Not only that Hex Goblinfly was bestowed with the two names

Elensaár, son of the house of Gelindor, as it usually happened only to elves who were regarded as “High Elves”. The closing of the ceremony was apparently coordinated and executed by forces unknown as of yet and culminated in the queerest behaviour of moonlight, which shaped to a silver bright ribbon of light. The ray wound around Elensaár, Enyana and Y Ddraig Goch, which somehow indicated that their lives were tied together in a way they did not yet comprehend. A few months later and after Y Ddraig Goch had matured rather quickly and mastered all his talents, his education culminated in his readiness for his Minya Nosta, the second birth of a dragon. At the table stone of Menomenta where other and not lesser important events were celebrated, Fucanglong guided his son through the procedure that changed more than only its appearance and size. ix


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Much to anyone’s surprise, Enyana and Elensaár were included and an Eternal Trinity was formed with talents that allowed them sharing sight, hearing, their talents and mind conversation beyond any distance and without the use of magic, hence, absolutely undetectable. Among other adequate gifts, Elensaár received the shield Anar Tinechor of whom he had not the slightest idea how importantly it would influence his life. Ddraig, now equipped with everything he needed to fulfil his obligations as Guardian of the Isles was still probing his new and significantly grown figure and the powers of his talents as unexpected and uninvited visitors approached from lands far away in the north. Not instantly was it clear what they held in stock but soon the defenders of Crossbow Isle learnt that the assailants were not only accompanied by the cruellest beings known to Zaron who had lived longest on Crossbow Isle but that they were pursuing the cruel task to unload their ghastly passengers called Orontai onto the shores of Crossbow Isle. That, however, called for immediate action. Enyana asked the Wind Brothers to blow them back from where they had come from but it was quite clear that they would return and with Kimball Caradoc’s help, they established a line of beacons along the coastline to call for help in case of need. Sadly but true, after the weather had turned cold and wet, the people had abandoned their watchtowers and one bad night, they had to pay for their comfort and carelessness with their lives whilst the young women and children were dragged away to face a merciless future. No matter that Enyana and her friends tried everything in their powers to help but any help came too late and all that was left was to care for the survivors and to ensure that such thing would never happen again. Once the preparations were in full swing they learnt that the Orontai had formed an unlikely alliance with the Northman under the influence of one of the first Demons loyal to the x


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Ruler of the Worlds Below and they expected a second attack to take place anytime soon. As expected, the driving forces behind that alliance had an unknown interest to instigate this unthinkable plot in the first place. Therefore, they prepared for a fierce onslaught and as the day came they were well prepared but not for what were thrown against their powers. Not long after the battle had begun they realised that the real target of the demon by the name Oqualorak were no one lesser than the wielders of White Powers and the elves whilst the Orontai were send to be killed for their intention to multiply with the use of the young human women who would not have survived the birth of the Orontai offspring. For hours they battled and diminished the Orontai by the thousands until Enyana was badly wounded and Oqualorak stepped in. Now the battle was taken to a new and unknown dimension, which after heavy fighting led eventually to the quite surprising demise of the demon. Enyana’s wounding was severe as it was inflicted by a being from the worlds below and if not for the surprising cure administered by the little elven Ly Cheen Reedfly who was meditating about some developments during the battle, Enyana would have transformed to a wraith and her eternal life would have continued in an entirely different manner before it really had begun as it was supposed to be. Now the women and children had to be searched, were found and lastly rescued but the armada of Northman ships were not to be stopped that easily and due to intrinsic mechanisms of false pride and haughtiness, the Northman promised to return to Crossbow Isle to take what they wanted. That, however, was not to the liking of the defenders and since their powers were easily matching the challenge, the return of the Northman to their devastated land and homes was accomplished not without a humorous note, accompanied by a long lasting and painful lesson. xi


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Finally all villains were fended off or killed and the passageway to the worlds below was destroyed beyond repair. The damages were mended and as a token of appreciation, Kimball Caradoc arranged a very surprising New Year Eve Ball for his friends. Once again peace had returned to Crossbow Isle but for how long, – no one knew at that time and how the tale continues can be found here in the chapters of the third volume of Crossbow Isle named “The Quest”. The Quest, – volume three of the Crossbow Isle sequel continues the tale and we wish you much reading pleasure. However, for really understanding this volume and everything that follows you should have read the first volumes completely since Crossbow Isle is ONE large tale of more than 4,500 book pages and not a conglomeration of independent episodes! This abridged recap of the complex story is not sufficient to fill you in but merely meant to refresh your memories.

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Preface Dear Reader and Elven friend. As Crossbow Isle spans over five volumes in fifteen parts, we found it most suitable to let you know what the entire tale holds in stock. Therefore, we have ‘conjured’ a very brief introduction to the tale of Crossbow Isle.  About four-thousand-years ago, the Elven Planet Phaéthon was deliberately destroyed in a fiery inferno and a large number of its inhabitants were stranded between the times. From within this void, time did not anymore appear as a consecutive string of events but allowed their minds to access some of the many realities that are attributed to each planet. The lass Ithilhin or Moonchild was born and lived in one of those accessible realities of planet Earth on a place called Crossbow Isle. Here, Ithilhin, the Moonchild was raised by elves who had ‘somehow’ come to that island as well. As the ripples of the event that had led to the destruction of Phaéthon bounced back and struck the reality where Crossbow Isle was located, another part of the plot unfolds, coercing Ithilhin and her friends into an intriguingly planned plot, which is spiced with countless mantraps, hilarious to gut-wrenching situations and deadly fights that eventually will guide them to an event that changes this universe and its realities and reverses the adverse influences of the ‘One’ who had caused the destruction of Phaéthon. However, they are not yet able to influence the effects on the planet that the ‘One’ had isolated and occupied for himself, – the people and world he had changed to his liking – Earth! xiii


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As far as they could see, a huge lake had formed, which filled all valleys, vales and dales between the two mountain ridges. “I can’t believe what I see. This lake is humongous. Just think what will happen if this dam breaks? There will be nothing left in its path”, Enyana’s mind cried shocked to Ddraig. The Dragon flew a wide circle over the lake and climbed higher to see how far it reached. At a level high above the mountain range they saw that this lake stretched even deeper into the mountains as Enyana had anticipated. It twisted many of times around ridges and outcrops. They beheld foaming waterfalls of meltwater gushing from the higher mountains feeding the lake. As they returned to -1-


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the dam they recognised that the water level was only about three yard below its crown. “We have to land somewhere and I have to find out how solid this dam is”, Enyana told Ddraig who searched now for a spot where he could land safely without causing tremors. A solid rock ledge not far above the dam was the only place near enough where he could land and Enyana hovered from his back and down to the dam where she hovered above the first layers of rock and gravel. Her mind ventured into the dam’s structure and felt the strain of water pressure at the edges of the rocks where they contacted each other. It almost felt as if the rocks were exhausted and it would not need much until they gave way to the forces that had mounted on the inside of the dam. Her mind connected to Elensaár, “Desh’nerain I need your help – now”. That was all she had to say and a few heartbeats later the elven lord appeared beside her. No words were needed to make him understand what had happened and what kind of danger was at hand. He knew if this dam would give way, everything in its path would perish down to Caravalley and far beyond. Enyana showed him the stress points between the rocks and he decided for immediate actions. “Ddraig, you have to create a shield in front of that dam and give it as much support as you can muster. Enyana, we both have to merge the strings of these rocks or else the increasing water pressure will rupture this dam with a fierce explosion and maim everything in its path”. Enyana connected to her seanmhair. “You have to come immediately”, was all that was needed to let Morgan appear one moment later next to Elensaár. -2-


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“Seanmhair you have to find out if there are other vales from where we can drain the water of this lake and if it is safe to do so. See if there are people, houses or villages in their paths and alarm all the people you can reach. However, first you should set Kimball in motion and warn Weylin and Cormac who are currently in the immediate danger zone. They have to drive the sheep high up to the mountain flanks to bring them out of harms way and the valley of the Ardara River including Caravalley has to be evacuated as fast as possible. Meanwhile, we will give this dam as much strength as needed to cope with the rising water”. Morgan looked at her beloved grandchild and wondered not for the first time about her consequently right decisions and orders ere she nodded and disappeared. Ddraig had created a shield of energy that spanned from one side of the gorge to the other. Now he began to connect it to the energy strings of the solid rock walls at the sides and to the bigger boulders within the dam. Enyana and Elensaár worked from top down towards the root to connect as many edges as they could find; however, the weakest spots were the old tree trunks that were embedded in the mass of boulders, rocks, gravel and sand that filled the ravine. “I don’t know how long that will last but I am sure that three more yards of water will be disastrous. We have to find a way to drain this lake quickly but safely. I suggest that once we have stabilised it as good as we can, we should take some of the top stones away to ensure that the water will not rise any further”, Elensaár said in Enyana’s mind whilst he worked feverishly to fuse as many rock edges as his mind could locate. Enyana agreed and worked silently at his side and as quickly as she was able.  -3-


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A sharp cracking sound was all they heard above the booming din but the next moment Elensaár’s body tumbled down towards the field of boulders and rocks that littered the bottom of the gorge. Ddraig instantly tightened the shield whilst Enyana’s mind grabbed frantically for her friends body, which was barely visible in the dim light of his sun. Just before he was smashed into the rocks she found his energy patterns and grabbed him tightly. Her heart pounded like never before and in an instant she realised that he was at least unconscious if not worse. With her powers she moved him away from the landslide, brought him up to the ledge and laid his limp body down. Blood ran from his brow over his face and a nasty wound that ran from his forehead over his head showed that something must have hit him hard. Her mind worked frantically, her heart pained and suddenly she felt how much he meant to her. Loosing him now would take something away that she never had realised that it was there. She felt as if a part of her was lying on the rocky ground and tears filled her eyes. However, her mind worked well enough and she found out that his mind was still working but he was knocked out cold. His heartbeat was slow but steady and her mind fetched some water from the lake to wash his face. Never before had she watched him so intensely. Morgan kneeled next to her and examined his wound as well whilst Ddraig had turned his head to find out what had

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happened to his Desh’nerain. “Is he… --- is he dead?” his mind asked with pain stricken voice. “No Ddraig he is alive but unconscious. Something has struck his head quite badly”, Enyana’s mind replied whilst Morgan washed silently the blood away and took something from her pouch that she had used as Enyana was attacked by the Orontai. The seasoned healer worked quietly and concentrated but one could see it in her face that she was shocked. She quickly applied the balm and a layer of soft fabric that the O’Donnald’s daughters had especially woven for her and bandaged his head whilst Enyana mended the energy strings of the wound to close it as far as necessary. …Excerpt

 Morgan stood with wide spread arms at the waters edge and chanted one of her powerful spells, which commanded the waters to obey to her will. As Elensaár looked river-upwards, he saw what had concerned Kimball rightfully. Not far away anymore, a brownish wall of seething water filled the valley up to the edges of the meadows and in a few short moments it would sweep away everything in its path. The additional water, which flowed now through the newly opened vales into the Ardara River, was much more than the riverbed could carry. One could already see how the meadows vanished beneath the brownish floods. A wall of bubbling and seething water about five yards high rolled down the valley. That was much more than they had expected and Enyana rushed to Morgan’s side, aiding her with her powers. -5-


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Ddraig and Elensaár watched for a few heartbeats how the water on this side of the river seemed to flow suddenly around an invisible obstacle that guided it to the other side of the valley. “I will return with Ddraig to the three rivers we have opened this afternoon. I am almost certain that something is not right”, Elensaár said and leaped on Ddraig’s broad shoulders, and the next moment the two were airborne and Ddraig flew as swift as his wings could carry him over the raising floods towards the mountains.  It took only a few brief moments until they saw a wall of brown water like a horizontal waterfall shooting out of the vale of the last river they had opened. It filled the riverbed far over its banks and rushed down the Ardara. “There it is. Something has gone terribly wrong at the place where the landslide had been”, Elensaár cried in Ddraig’s mind.

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“This forest is called ‘Enydwood’ and lies between the southern foothills of the northern Banagher Range and the northern rim of the southern Banagher Range and between the Bantalion Ranger Road and the sea”. “Well, then let us have a look if those old tales are only tales or if they tell about something that holds a grain of truth”.

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With mighty strokes he gained height and caught one of the winds that carried him swiftly southwards, following the often overgrown path of the old road. It took not long and they beheld a town beneath, which could only be Erebor as it was the only large town along the Bantalion Ranger Road. “Now you have to turn westwards and fly lower that we can see more details”, Enyana suggested. Ddraig did as instructed and flew just high enough that they could see a wider area but still low enough to see some details in the green wilderness that unfolded beneath Ddraig’s wings. The foothills of the northern Banagher Range lay at their right and all too soon they beheld the shoreline and the Western Coastal Road ahead. “I suggest you fly in loops as we have done before. That way we can scan a wide area in a short time”. Ddraig swooped around and flew over the dark and very dense forest that hardly changed in colour and appearance at all until they saw from afar the green-golden leaved trees of Felagund, which marked the eastern end of Enydwood. Once more turned the huge dragon around and they beheld the foothills of the southern Banagher Range that lay already in the Dark Old Forest in the south. Keen eyed they scanned the area below but there was nothing unusual to be seen. That way Ddraig flew slowly until the young leaves of Felagund demanded once more a turn and now the southern foothills had drawn much closer. “Well, it does not look as if those tales would bear any truth”,

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…Excerpt Enyana’s mind said sadly because far ahead they beheld the light line where the darker forest changed place with the vastness of the sea. That moment something roundish in a shade of lighter green appeared beneath his wings whilst the flat angled rays of the Sun revealed for a brief moment something like a small glade beneath a carpet of evergreen tendrils. Ddraig switched instantly to flight on the strings of air and flew now as slow as possible above this area, which somewhat reluctantly opened up to his view. It showed beneath a kind of structured area that was nearly perfectly round but overgrown with something that looked queerly freckled in a pattern they saw several times. “Let us fly lower and slower”, Enyana said and Ddraig followed her wish. Still too fast, the glade vanished beneath Ddraig’s belly and once more he turned around. Coming from the west they saw that this strange growth looked like a large mesh or net that grew like a spider web between the treetops and Enyana thought that she could see the shadows of trees beneath it. “Ddraig, – let us hover over this green carpet. Flying is too swift. That way we never will see what lies beneath those queer plants”. The dragon stood now almost motionless above the green blanket whilst Enyana hovered from his back and right above the thin but dense mesh of tendrils that formed a difficult to penetrate canopy between the treetops. As she slowly descended, she saw something taking shape beneath the cover of leafs. …Excerpt -8-


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“Yes, you are right. It would have killed many and devastated everything in its path, even beyond the Ardara Ford. However, there is one thing I want to ask you. What can you tell me about the old tales of ‘Enydwood’ and its secret gardens?” “Well, there is not much more to tell than the old tales that you already know. People believed since ancient times that gardens of great beauty are supposed to be within this strange forest but no one had ever heard of anyone who claimed having them created. Some say that it was the doings of some animals but if they are real gardens then it is very unlikely that any animal was able or inclined to create them. Others say that they were created by ancient races but then again, who is tending to them? We know well enough that nature is taking in a few short years back what belongs to it, if not earlier. It was also spoken of some dwarf-clans that should have lived on Crossbow Isle long time ago but then again, where would they be now? I have not heard of any dwarfs living on this island since I have come to my powers. I guess that it is only rigmarole because no one has ever seen those secret gardens, – at least no one that I know. Why are you asking?” “Well, once we had ended our search at the White Water River I asked Ddraig to fly with me down to ‘Enydwood’, because I always was curious about that tale and we wanted to find out if those tales were bearing any grain of truth”, Enyana said and paused with a smile painted all over her lovely face.

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“Don’t keep me on tenterhooks. Have you found something?” Morgan asked impatiently with eyes wide open whilst Enyana grinned and kept the tension growing for a moment. …Excerpt

One moment later a partly mud covered shard of white glinting stone with marvellously crafted golden letters and a delicately shaped rim hovered above the water. “Wow, – that really is a remarkable find. Look at the letters and the rim. The letters look much the same as those on the stones in Menomenta”, Enyana cried excitedly, hovered to dry ground and laid it onto the grass. Her mind fetched some water from the puddle and washed it clean. It was a fragment of an obviously much larger piece that had broken in an oddly shape. One part of the rim was skilfully contoured with a golden bevel and a gilded groove whilst its surface bore five engraved letters with golden inlay. Beneath the short line of letters was a single stroke, which obviously belonged to another line of the panel’s inscription. Now, her mind searched the mud of the pond to find the remaining sections but to no avail. Ddraig hovered higher up and helped her scanning but no matter their efforts, it seemed to be the only part in this area. …Excerpt

Elensaár sat on the grass and focused on the panel but one moment later he opened his eyes with surprise. “I cannot venture into it. It does not allow me to read its history. What is that, – tell me”.

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“Well, – that is exactly what I had found out as well but I thought your elven powers might be allowed to see its structure and where it had come from”. Now she gave full account about what they had found and Elensaár listened attentively whilst his view moved back and forth between Enyana’s lovely face and the golden letters of the panel. “… that’s all and no other pieces or fragments have we found in the entire vale. We guessed that the river must have brought it down from somewhere in the mountains and it had lain buried in this slope for eons until the water logged soil had slipped from the smooth surface of the wall to reveal it”, Enyana concluded her report. “That is truly a remarkable find albeit the idea that the water had carried it without causing damages lick chipping or at least smoothing the edges is very unlikely”, he mused and stared at the golden inscriptions. “I already know some of these characters but I am not sure if I can decipher their meaning. Perhaps I can ask the palantir about it. What else have you found out about that oddlooking wall of rock? You said it looked as if it was worked by masons?” “Yeah, it truly looked and felt as if it was polished by skilled craftsmen but on the other hand it was just a wall of rock and I could not make out any structures behind or around it, so what sense would it make to straighten and polish a wall of rock somewhere in the mountains without a building around even if it looks so wonderful. Do you have any explanation why could I not look into its structure? If not for these queer circumstances I wouldn’t have had a second thought about it”. - 11 -


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Ddraig had listened to their conversation said, “Maybe, we should consider that something was in this valley, which was removed or abandoned long time ago? What is the name for a place where stones are broken?” “It’s called a quarry or mine”, Enyana said and looked surprised at the dragon who cocked his head. “Yeah, that was the word I had forgotten. Thank you. So, – what if this place was a quarry or a mine in ancient times. The stone looked very beautiful and I could imagine that they had had planned to use it some place else. Perhaps even that fragment we have found was broken by accident and they had just left it behind”. …Excerpt

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IV Fullangr …Excerpt

Cormac was the first one to wake up, leaped onto his feet to cry surprised as he beheld an oddly looking being that squatted right in front of him and inspected his flute with an interested look. “Do you always sleep so soundly that one could carry you away?” it asked with a deep growling voice, got up and watched the two tall men with fearless eyes. For a moment, the men were speechless and stared bewildered at the unknown being. “Don’t you look at me as if I was a sheep with two heads”, he laughed with a deep rumbling sound. “My name is Fullangr1 from the tribe of the Pjόðroerir2 and I mean no

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harm to you”, the being grumbled and stood with fists stemmed to his waist proudly in front of them. Cormac had still not found his speech but Weylin sat down and said still puzzled but politely, “Good morning, – Fullangr. My name is Weylin and that is my friend Cormac. What has led you to us? Can we help you in any way?” whilst he looked scrutinising at the being in front of him who was much smaller than a normal man was. He had about the size of a ten-year-old lad but one could see that his body was very beefy. He was clad in a thick brown fur garb, which had about the same colour as his long untrimmed beard that revealed only his sparkish eyes above a thick round nose beneath a shock of even thicker brown hair that hung long and curly over his shoulders. His knobbly nose gave him a friendly and rascally look whilst he eyed the men with great interest. “They surely have never seen one of us mountain dwarfs”, he thought and with a more friendly note in his deep humming voice he said, “Well, I can see that you two don’t know who or what I am. That’s funny. How is your father doing, Weylin? Do you still have wolves at home?” The tall blue-eyed man looked surprised at him. “Well, my father is doing just fine and I could imagine that he might have rescued again some wolf pubs in one of the last hard winters but how do you know him?” Fullangr laughed deep growling but in a giving manner, sat down and said, “Well, your father and I, – we have drunk many goblets of the Pjόðroerir’s special ‘water’ called wine

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and we have sung many songs”. One could see that he was delighted by the thought of it as he laughed with joy. Without further explanation he nimbly stood up, hummed something into his beard and walked to the herd. The sheep got slowly up and left the cave. Only the mother sheep with their lambs remained in the corner. The rams jumped eagerly through the opening and down the meadow. Even Tabitha got up and walked out of the cave where she joined the grazing herd. Fullangr returned to the two puzzled looking men and sat down. “It was wise that you had followed your sheep”, he said smirking. …Excerpt

Meanwhile, Cormac had found his speech again and asked needlessly, “So it was you who had sent the sheep into this cave?” Fullangr laughed, “Well, your sheep would have drowned until you had realised what kind of weather was about to come”. It was a friendly laughter and Cormac was not upset because he knew that Fullangr was right. He really had not had the slightest notion what was heading his way and was grateful that Fullangr had taken care of his sheep and with that also of him. He asked interested, “You said that you are from a tribe called Pjodrer? I hope you don’t mind me asking, what does it mean and what kind of beings are you? I never have seen anyone of your race”.

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Fullangr looked for a while into his eyes, took an old short pipe and a small worn leather pouch from a hidden pocked in his fur coat and filled it painstakingly. Once he was pleased with his work he took a flint and tinder from another pocket, set a spill ablaze and lit his pipe. He deeply inhaled the aromatic smoke ere he answered the question considerately. “Well, – as the name Pjόðroerir suggests to the knowing, – we are Dwarfs and we have our home in the depths of the mountains. For many years have we had good reasons to stay out of sight, hence; it is not much to wonder that you have never seen anyone of us since you are a young man, at least by our reckoning, – but you Weylin, – you should have known about us, – isn’t it? You can rest assured that if I had not known Weylin’s father so well and found much resemblance in his son’s face, I never would have allowed you to see me at all. Since that monster is misruling this realm we don’t want to be seen or else he might ask us to do things that we do not want to do”. “Well Fullangr, I have to admit that I had always thought that my father had made up all those stories about wolves, dwarfs and elves but of late I have learned so many unbelievable things that I had to change my mind on such matters. However, his tales about dwarfs had not yet crossed my mind. Nevertheless, at least something new seems to have not reached your ears as of yet. If you refer to the bad ruler of this realm, – do you mean our Liegelord Kimball Caradoc?” For a moment, Fullangr looked slightly surprised ere he nodded. “Yeah, – that exactly is the name of this ghastly - 16 -


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creature that roams our realm with his thieves and murderers. He bombards every mountain as if he wanted to drive us out of our homes or as if he was feverishly searching for something very special. I wonder that you speak his name with honour”. “Well Fullangr, I guess now has come the time to surprise you for a change”, he laughed and told Fullangr in brief words what had happened during the last few years. “…and up to this day so many other things have happened that you would not have enough pipeweed in your pouch to listen to every story I could tell you about Kimball Caradoc and our friends”, he laughed and looked at Fullangr’s flustered face. At the beginning of Weylin’s story Fullangr had sat quite relaxed on the ground but now he sat straight and tense like a spring and drank the words from Weylin’s lips. The visible part of his face had turned reddish and his eyes looked piercingly at the tall man with the dark-brown mane. “That is truly remarkable. A Dragon you say has come and an elven lord. What was the name you said?” “He is called Elensaár”. “And the maidens name was?” “Well, – her name is Enyana”, Weylin answered patiently but wondered about the dwarf’s keen interest and change from very relaxed to agitated. For a moment Fullangr sat quietly as if he was pondering the names then he leaped on to his feet but suddenly the excitement seemed to have vanished and if not for his eyes - 17 -


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that still sparkled they could have thought that he had lost interest. “Well, now you know that we exist – but I have to go. I will visit you from time to time”, he said friendly to Cormac and turning to Weylin, “Please send my best regards to your father and tell him that we still have some barrels of that nice juice. It would be fine to see him once again”. Bowed his head and ere the two men could reply – he was gone. “Where has he gone? I have not seen that”, Cormac uttered surprised but for this question not even Weylin had an answer because even his keen eyes had not seen much more than a swift movement. For a short while they spoke about their unexpected visitor and the facts they had learnt but then they agreed that it was up to Fullangr to answer some of the questions, which burned now in their minds and they returned to the cave where the mother sheep still rested with their lambs. The herd grazed peacefully on the meadow and Cormac decided to stay here for another night ere he would drive them higher up to the summer pastures. There they would stay until autumn called them back to the lowlands. Weylin walked into the cavern to get his saddle and reins and as he pulled the heavy gear over the dusty ground, something shimmered whitish beneath the place where it had lain since yesterday. He curiously brushed the dust away to see what it was and his eyes beheld for a brief moment something golden glittering. Now his interest was woken and he dropped his saddle and squatted down. He wiped the ground with his bare hands to unearth more of that strange thing and beheld the jagged edges of something - 18 -


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that looked like a piece of white stone with golden glittering edges. Now he was sure that it was worthwhile to explore further. Gently he brushed more dust away but found out soon that it was larger and buried deeper in the hard ground as he had thought. He looked around to find a stick or something to scrape the dirt away but a sharp piece of rock was the only tool in his reach. Carefully he began to remove the dirt until the jagged edged of an about one-inch thick slab emerged. As soon as he had removed more dust and sand a golden line appeared below the delicately shaped rim with a golden bevel and groove and his excitement grew with every scrape. Meanwhile, Cormac saw him squatting and rummaging in the corner where his saddle had lain. Weylin was scraping the floor with something and he approached curiously. “Have you lost or found something?” “Hmm yeah, – it looks like”, he mumbled. “As I have pulled my saddle over the ground something white with and golden shimmering has caught my attention, – and see what I found”. He pointed to the shallow ditch that he had scraped. More of the white stone poked now out of the ground and they beheld golden glittering letters that were engraved in a slab of white stone. Now Cormac helped and half an hour later they had dug out a queerly shaped piece of white stone that looked like marble and had a line of letters with golden inlays engraved into its

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polished surface whilst below appeared another line whose bottom part must be engraved in another fragment. Weylin poured some water over it and it looked surprisingly as if it were new and only the uneven edges indicated that it was a part of a lager panel. One of the edges was skilfully shaped and contoured with inward and outward bending rills, perfectly trailing along the rounded edge. “That does not look as if it belonged to something we know. I never have seen such letters nor do I know any place where such stones or engravings could belong to”, Weylin said and scratched his head. “Yes, you are right. Not even in Caradoc Castle have I seen such kind of work. Perhaps you should take it along and show it to Kimball. He might know better what that could be and where it may have come from”. “Well, that’s a good idea and if not Kimball then perhaps Zaron might be interested in it”. Weylin saddled his horse and the two men tied the fragment to the saddlebag. Now it was farewell and Weylin rode downhill over the wet and slippery meadow towards the fortress at the Ardara River. His mind still pondered the surprising visit of a being that he never had thought to exist outside of old tales and the finding he had made by chance. “I wonder what comes next. Since Kimball’s rescue by our friends, so many unusual things have cropped up as not in all the years before. What is going on?” he thought and steered Tabitha to a path between two tongues, which led down to the lowlands. 

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Cormac had settled on a flat stone near the cave’s entrance and gazed over the valley with the grazing herd but his mind as much as Weylin’s pondered about Fullangr’s surprise visit and the finding of this odd stone fragment. For whatever reason, whenever he saw the golden letters in his mind he immediately thought about Enyana. “Is there somehow a connection between the young woman and that stone panel?” he thought but he was not sure why his mind always made that connection.  Late evening, Weylin arrived at Caradoc Castle and walked with the piece of stone under his arm to the main entrance where he requested to see his Master and Liegelord. The gatekeeper asked him in and to wait for a moment in the Great Hall whilst he sent one of the servants up to Kimball’s private quarters ere he returned to his place at the door. For whatever reason he had felt compelled to show Kimball his find as soon as possible. He walked over to one of the tables and laid the fragment carefully on top of the white linen. A few moments later Kimball came down the stairs and welcomed him heartily. “Good evening Weylin. I have not expected you to return so soon but I am glad to see you. What can I do for you?” “Well, – that’s a queer thing”, he said and scratched his head. “I am not sure why I felt compelled to show you that thing as soon as possible but somehow it was as if something or someone had commanded me to do so”, and he told him about his finding.

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The two men walked to the table, Kimball looked interested at the fragment that lay shimmering on the white linen and the golden engravings glittered in the candlelight as if it had just been finished by skilful artisans. “You are right. It is a marvellous piece and I never have seen something like that at all”, his mind focused on Zaron, and a few moments later the druid appeared next to him. “Hullo Kimball, Weylin. Good to see you”, he greeted the tall man with the dark-brown hair and blue eyes who looked very astounded. “You wanted to see me?” he asked Kimball friendly who just pointed to the fragment on the table. “Yes my friend. Weylin has found something remarkable and I thought it might find your interest”. Zaron looked scrutinising at the fragment that looked like new and asked Weylin where he had found it. Once again he repeated the story and Zaron listened attentively but especially as he mentioned his encounter with Fullangr, Zaron’s eyes sparkled for a moment with surprise. The druid’s wrinkled fingers stroke gently over the polished surface and his mind tried to venture into the stone. He looked as if he was pleased with his findings but he did not mention anything to his friends. “You have done well asking me to see it. It truly is a remarkable find and I guess our friends will be more than delighted”. His mind connected to Enyana and the next moment she appeared beside him. “Good evening dear friends. What has happened?” - 22 -


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Zaron did not say anything but pointed with glinting eyes to the table. “Wow, – where is that coming from?” “Well, since Weylin has repeated that story so many times, I hope he will do it once more for you”, he smiled and looked at his friend. Weylin grinned but repeated the whole tale once more and did not forget to mention Fullangr again because Zaron had not yet responded to something he obviously knew better than anyone else in this room. At least that was what Weylin had felt as he had mentioned Fullangr’s name the first time. Enyana listened attentively, “Yes Weylin this truly is a remarkable find because it seems to be a part of another fragment that we have found just a few days ago”, and she briefly told them about the other stone panel. “Where exactly lies this cave?” she asked and Weylin explained in detail how to come to the cave in the mountains, which was quite far away from the place where they had found the first fragment. Enyana shook marvelling her head, thanked them for informing her, said farewell to vanish the next moment – and with her, – the fragment had vanished as well. “What was that?” Kimball and Weylin asked in unison. “Well, now Elensaár wonders about having two fragments”, he said chuckling and explained briefly why those panels were so remarkable and that Elensaár studied the old scripts and language. However, he did not mention that those fragments were so strange that they could not even read their history.

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To divert from this subject he asked Weylin, “So you say that you have met a dwarf?” Now he had the fullest attention of Weylin and Kimball. “Yeah as I mentioned before, we have wondered about the strange behaviour of the animals and the savage weather but even more about the sudden appearance of a being we have not even known to exist outside old tales”. He gave account about the queer behaviour of the animals and the warmth of the cave and Kimball listened with marvel but suddenly Zaron laughed wholeheartedly and one could see that he enjoyed what he had heard. “I am glad that Fullangr is still enjoying a good filling of pipeweed. I recall that I have met him many years ago. He truly is a gem of a dwarf”. “He is really a DWARF?” Kimball asked astounded. “Yeah Kimball, – he is really a DWARF”. Kimball sat down and looked at Zaron as if he wanted to find out if he was teasing him. “What else have I missed in the dark years of my life?” However, Zaron comforted him, “Dwarfs my dear friend, – dwarfs decide themselves by whom they want to be seen. They know the mountains better than any other being on this island and they are able to make themselves almost invisible if they want to. Well, I guess that was enough excitement for today. Good night my friends and thank you for calling me”, he said and vanished the next moment in a thin cloud of mist. - 24 -


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Fullangr who had come closer looked seriously at Zaron. “Is she able to climb?” Zaron laughed heartily, “Yes my friend Enyana can climb, – and if it becomes too difficult, – then she will fly”. Fullangr thought that it was a good joke and laughed droning about it but Enyana and Cormac, who a few moments earlier had rejoined silently, smirked about Fullangr’s merriness but did not say a word. All that Cormac thought was, “Beings who are able to move rocks as big as a barn to clear a landslide, – why should they not be able to fly”, and he looked at Enyana. She smiled at him and now he was sure that Zaron had not made a joke and he wished to see Fullangr’s face the very - 27 -


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moment when he found out the truth. Enyana, who had read his thoughts pondered to let him see that very moment to thank him for his help and friendship. Once the dwarf had ceased his joyous laughter he wiped the tears from his eyes and said, “Well, – if she can climb then I can show you the place”. With a look at the legs of his new friends, which according to his opinion were completely inadequate to walk such long distances through the rugged terrain in the mountains and climb to great heights but if they wanted it, who was he to argue about their desire. After they had held a hearty breakfast with freshly baked bread, cheese and other delicacies, which were much more to Fullangr’s liking than the queer fruits, he said farewell to Cormac and began swiftly walking the long journey to the place where another fragment of white stone was waiting to be rediscovered. Zaron and Enyana looked at each other, nodded to a smiling Cormac who stopped their farewell with a wave of his hand, just pointing at Fullangr who had already walked quite a distance. Enyana nodded, sent Faye to Fullangr to give him some company and the last thing he beheld were two thin veils of mist and the two figures that reappeared right behind Fullangr. He did not wonder about that anymore but his mind wished them a pleasant journey. Nevertheless, it surprised him not only a trifle as he heard Enyana’s voice in his head saying, “Thank you Cormac. We surely will see you soon again”.

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He shook his head, took out his new flute and played a merry tune whilst he walked up the narrow ledge to the higher pasture to look after his sheep. As he had ended his play he heard a little laughter and turned around but there was nobody. However, once more appeared Enyana’s voice in his head. “That was a merry tune and I liked it”. He looked bamboozled around, “How has she made that? They are so far away already. When she comes next time, I really have to ask her”, he thought and continued his way smiling whilst he played some more melodies and the wind carried the tunes over hill and vale.  …Excerpt

The very next moment the companions arrived in a long stretched vale that was surrounded by walls of sheer rock. Only to the west opened a narrow gorge a view over the far away sea. A small waterfall sprang down the steep walls on the southern side to nourish a narrow creek that ran somewhere between the rocky hills seawards. Birds sang in the air and a slight draft from the lower lands of the west blew gently through the gorge. High above, they beheld one of Gawain’s brothers or sisters circling over the mountains in their constant task to monitor the isle for unusual things. Enyana sent her greetings up to the eagle and it answered with a hoarse cry. The ground of the vale was level and small groups of bushes grew around huge boulders that lay strewn along the fringe whilst almost at its centre a queer looking rock spire rose - 29 -


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right from the ground. No bushes grew at its foot and the grass and weeds that grew around were strangely short. The rock of the spire was dark grey and looked at some spots almost polished but its texture seemed to be the one of natural stone. Fullangr looked around and one could see that he worked his mind to remember every detail that his grandfather had told. “Yeah, – that was it. We have to wait until the Sun has reached her highest point right over the pinnacle”, he thought and looked up to the tip of the spire and to the sun, which was still quite a distance away from that point. Once he had told his friends for what they had to wait they began to explore the area around the spire. Zaron circumvented its base but he could not find anything unusual besides the already unusual fact itself that this spire rose from the flat ground as if someone had planted it there and nowhere around was a similar structure or remnants of such spires be seen. Elensaár hovered above the area to find out if he could see something from a higher position whilst Enyana had flown high above and circled over the entire vale but soon they returned to the dwarf because nothing of unusual nature was found. “I guess that it is as my grandfather has said, we have to wait until the Sun has reached the point right above the spire but what is supposed to happen then, – I do not know”, Fullangr said and looked the umpteenth time to the peak of the spire whose tip looked a bit like a crown of stone but nothing happened, – yet.

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As always if one waits for something to happen, – the time crawls and the Sun seemed to ‘drag her feet’ to reach the point above the thin rock spire. Shortly before the time was right, they got up and watched the pinnacle as if it would reveal its secret any moment soon. Whilst the moments were falling like heavy drops of honey, the Sun climbed slowly to her highest place right over the spire, – and then, – nothing happened at all. Enyana levitated right to the top and her mind conveyed, “Besides a nice vale I see nothing unusual”, that moment, the voice of the eagle high above called Enyana’s mind. She focused on the strings of air and a few heartbeats later she soared beside the eagle in the sky. Elensaár and Zaron followed her and looked marvelling down to the spire, which from this point of view had changed its appearance. …Excerpt

Elensaár had listened to Enyana’s words as much as Zaron and Fullangr and he thought about if they had overlooked something that was perhaps more obvious as they had expected. He walked to the spire and rounded it slowly whilst his eyes scanned every square foot but there was nothing. Now he halted for a moment to think about the most logical aspects but nothing crossed his mind until he laughed silently and his mind tried to venture into the past of the spire to find out more. He focused on it as he used to do in other objects but it happened as it was with the stone fragments, – it was not here. Nothing he could find. Not even the slightest trace of its past. Nevertheless, there was something else that his - 31 -


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searching had mind picked up but it was not the past of the column it was more a kind of presence that he had not experienced before. Once more he tried it – but now, even that trace was gone. “Why is this odd pinnacle standing here in the middle of this vale at all and why is it bearing that odd kind of device in its top? Just to point to those panels, which are not very far away? That does not make much sense at all. Why can I not read its past? Who or what is causing this strange behaviour of things?” he pondered and walked to the panels of the compass dial to find out something about their origin. He focused once more on the panels beneath the greensward and almost wondered that he could read their past up to the moment they were broken from a larger rock but then, their memory seemed to be fading away. Not as completely as with the other objects but he was not able to see who had worked those stones. It was just as if that memory was erased. “How is it possible to erase the memory of a stone?” he pondered and heard suddenly Enyana’s mind asking, “My friend, – is everything all right?” a quick glance to her revealed that she had watched him silently whilst Fullangr and Zaron had a lively conversation. “Yes my dear, all is fine. I just have made some discoveries that have startled me”, and he told her about his findings. “That is very queer. Even more than what we have experienced with those fragments and the polished wall of stone. How can the memory of a stone be erased?”

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“I have not the slightest clue but I am sure that one day we will find that out”, his mind replied with a certainty and determination she hardly had known to come from him. Suddenly it darkened swiftly, almost from one moment to the other and the bright flash of a thunderbolt hit the ground on the other side of the pinnacle, brightened the vale, instantly followed by an earsplitting thunderclap that echoed from the steep cliffs and rolled hollow over the mountains. The first raindrops fell heavy to the ground and ere Fullangr could react he found himself back in the far away cavern. …Excerpt

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“My dear friend, – if you appear like that it usually is a signal that something has happened”, she asked curiously whilst the younger elf vanished with bowed head. “Yes Deirdre, indeed. There is a question I need to ask you at once”, he said as agitated as she had not seen him for a long time. “Well then, – what do you want to know?” “Please tell me something about the beginning of Rialian Yldannan”, he asked with sparkling eyes. Deirdre was a bit perplexed about that question since she had prepared herself for something far more complicated. “Well, you should remember that we had begun to create our realm after we had learnt that we could not live in harmony - 35 -


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with most of the human beings that dwelled in the lands above, which was a bit more than three thousand five hundred years ago. Anything else should not be news to you if I have not missed something?” “No, – you have not missed anything but perhaps my question was not precisely enough formulated, so let me rephrase it. What was the reason that we have created Rialian Yldannan here on this place and nowhere else?” “Hmm, – we always had regarded this place as our refuge because the elven well and the ancient tree were here. Why, what is so important that you have to ask about it?” “You just have mentioned it and therewith answered my question”. “What have I mentioned that seems to be so important?” she asked with growing curiosity. “Well, – you just have told me why you had decided that Rialian Yldannan was to be established here and nowhere else”, he smirked. “I do not understand what you mean. Can’t you be a trifle more precise?” “No my dear friend, – at least not for now”, Elensaár grinned brightly. “Just come along and let me show you something remarkable”, he said smiling and took her by the hand to appear the next moment at the wide place before the entrance to Fela en’ I’ nomin ar’ nole. “Please, have a close look at the entrance to Aina Eithel en’ Queasier Alu”, Elensaár said and turned her gently towards - 36 -


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the archway. Deirdre looked at the columns, the arch and one moment later – she looked at him with big round eyes. “Those are letters and not branches and twigs as I always thought they were. What does it mean?” “Well, – it reads Fela en’ I’ nomin ar’ nole. Do you know what that means?” “Yes and no, – I know, – or better, I believed that this is the name of this place but we do not know what its exact meaning is”, she said exited. “Fela en’ I’ nomin ar’ nole means in the common tongue, ‘The cave of wisdom and lore’. However, that is not all, come along”. Elensaár took her by the hand and almost dragged her into the cave and right before the basin of the fountain. “Have a closer look and find out if you can see something unusual”, he ordered and waited until Deirdre’s face expression changed again. “Those are not only twigs and branches either, – some of those trees are bearing elven characters as well”. …Excerpt

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The air smelled of sheep and was a bit damp but otherwise all seemed to be normal. He looked around and asked, “It always is nice when you surprise me like that. I should have reckoned with your swift decisions but would it have not been wise to bring something along for digging?” Though the light in the cave was still dim he could well see that Enyana grinned brightly. “You know me quite well but you should also know that nothing is really out of my reach. However, first I want to search the ground if I find something hidden in the depths of this cave, something that I should have done in the first place”. Enyana closed her eyes and concentrated on the ground below her feet. Absolute silence reigned for a while except for their softly breathing. Then, Enyana made a surprised sound and opened her eyes. “You were so right. A bit to the left of where we are standing, something seems to be hidden much deeper beneath the surface. Just step a bit aside so that I can begin unearthing it”. Rasmus looked at her as if he was about to ask – ‘And how would you do that?’ However, his curiosity was satisfied the very-next moment. In the dim light it looked as if the soil at the bottom began to bubble and boil and moved slowly aside, building a growing ring of debris, rocks and dust around a centre that was about two yards in diameter and grew deeper and deeper by the heartbeat. He stepped away as the heap of spoil around the hole grew bigger and began to cover his boots. The pit grew

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slowly deeper and darker and soon enough he could not see the bottom anymore. “We should at least have brought some light. I cannot see anything anymore”, he complained but much to his surprise something softly glowing took shape above the pit and once it had the size of a cherry, it brightened and shed enough light to see not only the pit but the entire cave. Marvelling he looked at the young woman who stood with closed eyes about three feet away from the growing mound and one could see that her mind worked concentrated. …Excerpt

“Have you thought about the many questions and have you found any useful answers to it?” Elensaár asked, looking questioning at his friends. Enyana nodded, “To tell the truth, – yes and no. Yes, – because it has become obvious that something is unfolding and we are right in the midst of it or at least taking part – if we like it or not. It appears that something happened long time ago and this event has miraculously not ended yet. It must have been something with very far reaching consequences for many beings and my best guess is that those beings behind the palantir are somehow involved but why and how we are part of that event, – if we ever were, – is not clear to me at all. I was born a very long time after that event had taken place. Ddraig has hatched even later, which leaves only one person and that is you who could know about it or even were part of that event without remembering anything about it.

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No, – because I have not found a real answer to any of the questions that would be more than guesswork”, Enyana replied. Elensaár had listened attentively. “Hmm, – that is partly the conclusion that I drew as well. Only that would explain why we have those visions and why we are somehow guided to discover the so different clues and if my guess is right, then our dear friend here is one way or the other much closer related to this riddle than we currently assume. Think about it. Ddraig’s egg had needed to rest for around three thousand years in different places and only now the time had come that nature had defined for him to hatch. You were born just the right number of years earlier and once you were bestowed with all those powers and abilities you had to face Torgos who might have had orders that he had neglected in favour of his own agenda. After that you were chosen to become the mentor and teacher of Fucanglong’s only son – the son who was sired about three thousand years ago – or perhaps just shortly after the time of those bygone events. I as Hex Goblinfly have chosen the path of the real elves. I was bestowed with two names that only the so-called ‘High Elves’ receive and I was confronted with the revelation about a mighty ancestry. Fucanglong or whoever is guiding him has formed the trinity without even asking our consent and bestowed the palantir on us, which appears mostly when we need it but rarely do we get a clear answer to our questions.

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Our visions have just appeared of late and the fragments including Fullangr and the sightings of his grandfather have just fallen into our laps. If we now combine all those facts, then from my point of view it becomes clear that there is no coincidence at all, – at least not in anything that has happened to us of late. The only new question I have is, – does Fucanglong know what has happened or is he as much as we guided by those beings or powers behind the palantir”, Elensaár resumed quite excitedly and Enyana and Ddraig wondered about his unusual behaviour. Not often, – if not never at all – had they seen him so agitated. Ddraig looked astounded at him, “Are you angry about what has happened?”

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The Authors Elensaár Gelindor had very early developed a passion for music, art and technology, which guided him all his life to the most unusual places and events. However, as restlessness might have lain in his blood, he followed the example of one of his grandfather’s, – who had migrated in the early years of his life to China. – So eventually, he took up an assignment that led him to West Africa where he worked for several years. Once he had met Irefĕnia , they both travelled for many years in pursuit of business around the globe and settled lastly in Malaysia. After a turbulent time that saw the introduction of new and unusual businesses, they moved to Borneo where Irefĕnia developed the first draft chapters of “Ithilhin – Moonchild”. From that point onwards, they both worked jointly out the story’s development and its central theme. Lastly, Elensaár decided to author Irefĕnia ’s red-line-script into the version of this book. His writing style that was coined by stringent adherence to logic and sequencing had now been combined with a style of lively story telling that considerably aided and influenced the story’s flow.

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Irefĕnia Salgonda,

born as the first of three children. She had very early developed a passion for writing. Her essays and short stories were circulated amongst friends. Later she wrote longer stories but never considered publishing any of them.

Once she had met Elensaár, she accompanied him on journeys around the globe, which allowed her to explore her passion and fascination for ancient cultures, their history and mythology on four continents. During that time, she studied the English language and mastered it with distinction as foreign-language correspondent. Especially during the time of travelling, she pursued her writing passion extensively. Therefore, it was not much of a surprise as she presented Elensaár the first draft chapters of “Ithilhin – Moonchild”. He was ‘hooked’ by the tale and from thereon they jointly developed the idea to “Crossbow Isle”, – but this time with aim of publishing it

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Understanding the world of real elves begins with

Crossbow Isle All Crossbow Isle instalments are published in 4 monthly intervals.

Crossbow Isle is available at AMAZON, B&N and many others online stores. They are also available as KINDLE and YUDU editions. YUDU e-books can be read on every computer like real books. Currently YUDU supports most tablet computers and Android devices but NOT yet APPLE machines, because it requires ADOBE or JAVA software to be installed, which APPLE does currently not support. - 46 -


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Crossbow Isle – The Quest – Part 1

Please take note! All 5 volumes or their 15 instalments are 1 book and 1 story only! Starting in between or skipping one part is affecting the understanding of the story! It is also not advisable to change the reading sequence because the story is quite complex and sorting things out whilst reading might not work all too well!

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Rs the quest part 1  

Reading sample of the 1st part of The Quest Crossbow Isle sequel

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