Friday, 29th April
Calling The Summer Princess
The Gloom was thick and the light from the torches could barely be seen through the thick fog and dreary skies of Echtra. We gathered around the former statue of the Princess and brought forth tributes to her memory.
Even Avariel of the Air Stone gave some of her apples so that the seasons could return to the realm. Dogstar, satisfied that we had all the pieces in place set up several magical stones that we could power to summon forth the Summer Princess once again.
The First stone was activated swiftly giving us hope. The Children however had long forgotten the blessings of Summer and Winter. We had to tell stories of the Beauty that had been deprives and tales of siblings to reawaken the magic within them.
Tales of siblings lost, the hope for the future, the feel of grass and warmth. The sight of the stars beyond the clouds, these were all things that they had forgotten. Even the Bees in the Summer that would make the honey for their mead were forgotten.
Dogstar of the Lesser Sidhe knew that we were getting close as the tribute and memories began to return. He approached the stones and touched them feeling their warmth. Druids and priestesses visiting from afar could feel the magic flowing through the air.
Suddenly the magic erupted into a brilliant light that filled the children and everyone with memories of Summer and and Winter. Some were overwhelmed, but they all continued to use their energies, tributes, and words to call to the Summer Princess.
The Light of Summer Pierced the Gloom in a way that the torches and the Guardians could not. Even Helfgar the Fox Wounder could see its brilliance radiating from the highest tower.
The children kept sharing their stories and even Bard who had been performing for the ritual shared a heart felt story of her own lost sibling. Soon the magic errupted shrouding everyone in an explosion of light and brilliance.
The Summer Princess had returned floating above her statue. She told her own story about a deal she had made with the Dragon of Time. She had grown tired of seeing her friends grow old and die, so she asked the Dragon to stop time for them. The Dragon said that to do this she must enter his mouth and be consumed.
She accepted and the act froze the Dragon of Time in the cave below. With Time frozen, and Summer gone, the Winter Prince tried to take the mantle of Summer into himself and keep his people happy.
He fell into a melancholy that spread a dreary Gloom throughout the entire land. Only by warming the Dragon and restoring time can the Realm of Echtra hope to truly defeat its curse and restore time and happiness to the realm.
We must gather on Saturday at 1 pm to awaken the Dragon of Time and restore Echtra to its proper glory. Join us in song, story, and tribute as we light the fire that will warm the Dragon’s Heart.