What is a place detailed in Surie's secret Ravenwood manuscripts that the rest of the free peoples have yet to find?
There is a place, more or less exactly but not quite in vicinity of the center of the realm that, if one stands in roughly that precise spot on the night of the Drothon moon (or there abouts) and repeat the following incantation:
Drothon Drothon, wise and dull,
Take me in and lead me home,
To your halls of tarnished gold,
Resting place of fools untold.
Though wise in ignorance you may be,
Open your mind that I might see,
The riddles that confoundeth thee.
…absolutely nothing will happen.
However three paces later, in any direction the earth opens up and swallows the fool who recited the incantation. Surie believes she has found that spot but has not yet found anyone gullible enough to stand there and recite those words. *looks around at present company and grins.
When Surie was banished by the elven king, what was the reaction of the soft-hearted princess who now wears the crown?
SHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!How would you know to ask such a question? No one knows save Surie and the princess herself. To say the two were close as youngsters is a tremendous understatement. They were born on the same night….the very same moment. They were both children of the Ravenwood court and they were inseparable. Even as young elflings there was a deeper bond between the two of them than mere friendship. And as they grew older that bond only grew stronger. Surie and the princess loved one another very much.
As the pair grew into adolescence a new dimension was added to the love they had for one another. That dimension was desire. The two longed to be together…intimately. But they dared not risk it. Not at home anyway. Driven by desire, the pair slipped away one evening and Surie took the princess on one of her outings. Surie had secretly taken the heir to the throne of Ravenwood beyond the kingdom’s borders and protection. The pair spent two wonderful nights together before they were captured and drug back home (the details of what they did those nights remain a secret between the two of them even now).
The king was livid and demanded Surie’s head but the princess intervened and begged him to spare her friend’s life. If the king had a soft spot at all it was for his daughter. And so he spared Surie’s life but forbid them to see one another again outside of courtly proceedings. If they were ever discovered together again the young elf would be put to death. And so it was that the pair never saw one another again outside of the court of nobles, for the princess would not go against her father’s will and risk the life of the elf she loved.
The two pined for one another deeply. But whereas the princess had little more than her royal duties to occupy her time, Surie threw herself into learning. She buried herself in ancient writings and took more and more forays into the wilderness. A habit that further angered the isolationist king.
So when Surie was brought before the king concerning her conduct with the Tmavy Jeden, she broke the princess’ heart when she confessed her love for the dark one when in truth, as soon as she and the creature parted she had suddenly felt nothing for him but revulsion. She had to assume it was some sort of magic that drew her to him, nothing more. But if the princess thought Surie had given her heart to another, perhaps she would do the same.
The news of the king’s death and the princess’ rise to the thrown had reached the young elf’s ear and she was sorely tempted to try and return home. But she made up her mind to stay away. The princess needed to be right where she was and Ravenwood needed her to right the wrongs of her father. And Surie….she belonged right where she was…just another creature of the wilderness.
*Of course, this is just my rambling and has no baring at all on the story