The Vault of Lost Tales

Memoirs of an Enchanted Sojourner

Month: November, 2013

The Province of Crystal Orchard

Crystal Orchard is the cryptic abode Iona finds herself growing up in and calling “home.”

A providence which resides well within the boundaries of the Land of Enchanted Timbers, Crystal Orchard is the place where the colony of nymphs with whom Iona is most familiar, all reside.

Nymphs being enchantresses magically gifted as keepers of the balance of all things natural, in both the Enchanted and Mortal realms, one might happen upon some peculiar sights if visiting from say the realm of mortals.

Mistresses of  magic, one of the first things that a mortal might observe while in Crystal Orchard is a nymph in the nude, with neither care, shame, nor alarm.

In the Enchanted Realms, weather is caused by magic, thus garments to protect from the elements are something that a nymph might not use or need, unless performing a particular spell of magic.

A mortal might also find many ornamentally decorated nymphs who do appear “clothed”, but it would more or less be considered decorations or adornments, rather than the mortal concept of covering, clothing or garments.

The things that mortals find themselves excited, alarmed, or perturbed by, a nymph in Crystal Orchard would not have a second thought about.

However, the Dark Forces & the Veil have caused “seepage” from the realm of mortals into the enchanted realms. This ‘seepage’ has darkened the minds of many enchanted creatures, namely the nymphs of Iona’s very own Crystal Orchard.

Inter-realm energy exchanges have a warping effect on all affected realms. Some of the chaos and disturbances happening in the enchanted realms have a mirror effect in the mortal realm.

Mortals see the effect of this in some of the changing tides of socially accepted behaviors. Whereas Iona experiences these energy imbalances as “persecution” from other nymphs for doing things that nymphs have always done.

Iona senses the subtle changes in her fellow nymphs, but they instead see her as the one who is changing or becoming strange (this is one of the effects the Veil—warped reciprocal interpretation).

Crystal Orchard gradually becomes a place that is more of a prison than a home to Iona, and that is what seeds her quest to find The Lost Queen

The Weeping Hallow Trees

In the Enchanted Realms, everything living communicates with everything living. This is a difficult concept to extrapolate to the mortal mind.

Mortals only think of communication as being between themselves, and even then, much misinformation and miscommunication results when they do communicate amongst themselves.

The mortal tongue is so divided and has so many different languages, that even within the same language there is much room for misinterpretation.

Mortals have learned to communicate with some animal species in limited capacity, but in general, mortals believe their communication abilities are of the highest order.

A Weeping Hallow Tree from the Land of Enchanted Timbers would beg to differ, however.

The Universal Language of the Enchanted Realms is Mind Speak, and while different creatures have unique ways of expressing themselves amongst their own relative groups, Mind Speak is the default language all living creatures in the Enchanted Realms can understand when addressed in it. 

The Weeping Hallow Trees are the keepers of the Tongue of Mind Speak. They can understand every creature’s form of communication, even creatures of the mortal realm.

But they are careful with whom they speak the tongue to, for though they can understand all, all may not understand them.

They are the ‘silent listeners’ who ‘hear’ the thoughts of all beings, but due to the Dark Forces and the Spell of the Veil, not all beings remember the connection between the Weeping Hallow Trees and the Mind Speak tongue.

So yes, a Weeping Hollow tree might decide to talk to a given creature in Mind Speak for instance, and though that creature could understand everything that Weeping Hallow tree might express, the effect of the veil on the creature might prevent it from realizing the ‘who’.

On the other hand, if a Weeping Hallow tree were to speak to a mortal for example, that mortal would have themselves committed to an asylum for ‘hearing voices’ (which in fact they did hear—but that is another story).

An Enchanted creature affected by the spell of the veil would listen and receive all that was expressed via Mind Speak, but it might attribute the ‘voice’ to the Deities or the True Gods, instead of the Weeping Hallow tree itself.

There is a saying in the mortal realm “If only I could be a fly on the wall.” Ah, but if only you could be a leaf on a Weeping Hallow Tree…