The Sleepers Awaken: Deep within Ãlskad, the ancient forest lives the Sleepers. It is told that if ever they should awaken, the forest is in grave danger. It is also said to pity those who receive the wrath of the Sleepers.
It is told of a time before the burning sky when those of the flock dwelt in a beautiful garden. The remaining seven must travel far and through unknown skies to find the legendary home of their forefathers, a place known only as Sanctuary.
Pursued by the Troth, a Neiss tries to escape to the dark wood where legend tells of a portal to the land of the ancients. If she could find the portal, she could get help from the old ones whom the Troth fear so much.
Fearing the worst, the council of elders sends Muzhichik to guard the Triquetra. If Mörken should learn of its existence, he may attempt to alter his past to favor his rise to ultimate power over the forest.
Ewá finds herself alone in the remembering place. As a child, she would come here to remember the joys she shared with her nana before the dark vales took her away. She needs to recall a long-forgotten song, which may hold the location of the ancient one's hiding place.
When the Troth attacked the ancient forest, a local tinker named Nubieous Maximus believed he could build a flying machine to spy on Mörken's forces. Sadly, Nubieous's dream did not last. The lifting gas used came from rotting flummox weed and proved highly combustible. The last sight of the aeronaut was a plummeting ball of flame that destroyed the Troth base camp. It is often said that Nubieous Maximus stayed at his post screaming "Death to Troth," but that may only be a legend.
Zwedel was the youngest and smallest graduate of Miss Filligree's Homeopathic School for Wizardry. While most serious wizards scoffed at her methods, many wise women nodded to her ways. When Zwedel stumbled into the Folksbury Vale apothecary and dried goods requesting powdered death angel to rid Mrs. Tweedy's barn of black slugs, the chemist gave a long stare of disbelief. In a new storyline from Auntie Millie's Tea Time Tales comes the Misadventures of Zwedel Novice Wizard, only at Auntie Millie's Tales for Tea story blog.
The Rusalki: A traveling scholar falls prey to a Rusalki and is saved by the water spirit's sister. He must now place judgment upon her. To the Queen's and sisters' awe, the man proposes a unique solution that will bring pleasure to many.
Fall arrives at the ancient forest. The Waldvolker are not in a celebratory mood. News of the Troth's advance has many worried. Asrek and Lufa take time to reflect and plan for the coming battle.
Beneath the Archtopis lives the hermit Torbuk. Scavenger of rats and mushrooms, his mind has become twisted toward those who live in the light. Mörken has tried to win him over, but his efforts left ten Troth warriors headless. The creature becomes more restless as the war moves closer to the Archtopis. "Enough waiting. The time has come to silence this foolishness. My rats are leaving me. That can't be allowed," whispers the troll.
Once long, ago and far away, lived a poor farmer. He did what he could to feed his family, but things didn't work out. The farmer could only grow pumpkins due to the poor soil. They never grew big like the other farmers. Finally, the farmer had enough! He went to see the wise woman. For his money, the witch gave him magical seeds and demon dust. She warned him to use only a pinch of the dust or danger would befall him. He planted the pumpkin seeds and then sprinkled a bit of the dust. Later, his wife added another pinch, thinking it would help. His daughter added even more dust to help the plants grow. Finally, the farmer's son emptied the bag. The following day, the family checked the field and found the farmer finally got his giant pumpkins. Too bad they got the farmer as well.