Fantastical Realm Of Fantasme
Chronicler and Teller of Tales
The Fantastical Realm of Fantasme lies far beyond the edges of the Human World;
beyond the echoes of the everyday, through the mists of time itself.
It is a wondrous land of ancient myths and living creatures
that most believe exist only within the realm of imagination….
But as Chronicler and Teller of Tales, both fantastical and true
I’m here to tell you
that no imagination compares to the sights I have seen;
Sibylline curtains of diaphanous mist shroud valleys lost to mankind…
although once… long long ago in a time not imagined, there did exist
a portal between the two world;
Sadly, I was the last to pass through the portal
before it was sealed forever by the Great Wizard Mentorian
sealed by protection spells and all manner of Guardian Gates.
I have walked the Human World for 200 long years and my longevity is itself a spell
placed on me by the beautiful Gossamer Grace, Queen of the Fay
for I was entrusted with the role of Storyteller
and the only hope that the two words may exist side by side once again
lies in my success in convincing the Human World that Fantasme is real…
… and while mankind continues to doubt its existence
the majikal realm will remain hidden and lost to all.
Let me begin by retelling how I first came to find The Fantastical Realm of Fantasme
some may think it was quite by accident… if one believes in such things as accidents…
but I learnt that all things happen for a reason… and are mere stepping stones
to ones destined destination;
And mine was Fantasme, oh yes indeed it was.
I spent idyllic childhood years living in a tumbledown cottage at the end of Cherryblossom Lane;
my grans cottage it was, nestled snug in the foothills of Titania Mountain…
ahhh… those heavenly ethereal slopes I know so well… vaporous mist drifted
in delicate streamers, clinging to the gentle swells of Titania Mountain;
changing seasons saw me scampering and climbing and investigating
that much loved mound… but in all those years I never made it to the top.
I grew up and moved away, as children do and my visits home never gave me time
to do more than hold grans aging hand and talk of old times;
Many were the times I tried to convince my gran to move to the city and live with me
but she would not budge from the mist shrouded foothills of Titania Mountain…
… and I could never blame her, for in truth, it was where I longed to be as well.
My last visit to the cottage was to lay my dear gran in the family plot
alongside both my grandpa and my ma.
That night as I sat alone with only the owls and echoes of the past for company
I looked up at the mountain I knew so well, when I was gripped by a strange fierce
compulsion to climb to the very top of Titania Mountain …
a feat, I had been told, never before achieved
but something deep within me urged me to pack a rucksack and go up the mountain…
a journey to the mysterious cloud- cloaked pinnacle
would surely take several days …
How idyllic it was to retrace childhood steps… to linger along well-known paths
and quench my thirst by crystal cascades I could never forget;
but by the fourth day I entered unfamiliar territory
that looked and felt like none I had ever seen before…
the narrow path I followed became rough; overgrown with unusual plants
and over-shadowed by age-old trees with secret names.
Dense luminescent moss hugged rotten log and scattered rock
dangling vines as thick as my arm hung like hangman’s rope
from trees I did not recognize.
Timid scurrying and scampering whispered in the verdant vegetation
but I never laid eyes on a single creature, ‘cept for an old grey owl who seemed
intent on following my upward progress;
The fourth day found me footsore and fatigued, resting by a high waterfall …
I fell fast asleep in the dappled shade, dreaming of flowers that turned into faerie folk
and a gnarled old tree that sang in my gran’s voice…
Listen… listen to the wisdom of Forest… you must head their words… listen… listen
… listen to the wise ones… the trees… you must listennn….
I woke with a start, shivering and cold, though beads of sweat glistened on my brow;
the shadows seemed thicker now… little sunlight shone through
and…. were the trees gathered closer ‘round me, then when I fell asleep?
My bewilderment deepened further when I noticed, or thought I noticed
one tree leaning in close to me… a tree that appeared to have eyes!
So….. You are the new Chronicler and Teller of Tales….
Not what I was expecting… but Her Majesty is never wrong…
to have even made it this far is proof enough;
You speak, I whispered, as if fearful my human voice would break this spell
or truly arouse me from this dream… for surely I still slept
surely I still dreamed?
This is no dream little storyteller, the tree chuckled, his leaves quivering and rattling
this is your destiny… you have a role to fill.
Her Majesty awaits you.
Her Majesty? I queried, I don’t understand.
You will little storyteller, you will.
Ah… I weary now…the moon wans into first blush of dawn… I must rest, but mayhap
I will continue my tale another night.