written by louisa Jensen,
Episode three ; had been scheduled for 27th but it has arrived on this page early enjoy and do leave a comment….
Violetta bore three sons but hate also grew in the hearts of villagers who wrestled under the yoke of tyranny.
Men began to scheme and plot the death of Borja. Plans evolved and dissolved no one dared to risk the Kings life , for he sat in the prison of his talon castle.
Heroes are born in moment’s of great pain so it was that the son of a carpenter one Guy Black took his life in his own hands, when he rebelled. They had attacked to rescue their king. On this fateful day the men of Kranbak village rose up to drive the North invaders from the land. Storming Talon castle they battled to free their land. Violetta escaped through a secret entrance at the back of the castle along a cliff wall to take refuge in willow woods. She took her baby son while the other two older sons went with their father who escaped to Norse land. The land was made free and King Herald was redeemed to his rightful throne. Violetta’s two son’s whom she never saw again Erin and Air red eventually died in battle with their father. Violetta had taken refuge in the woods of willow way forest she set a camp but after a short time she had found a cottage set deep in the woods. The old cottage was abandoned so she told any who cared to ask in any case suspicion huge over her but time gave rise to a new freedom in the land. The brave Guy Black became Lord Black and was given a grand residence and land Herald the king was back in power all was as it should be. The men of the sea still encroached upon the land and fear still stalked the woods but it was a time of peace more or less. Violetta had grieved in the years that followed for a group of men got word to her of her sons deaths. Malik she cared little for but when told of the deaths of her sons she felt a great sorrow. kindness had won the hearts of the woodland people and in fact she had become a sort of queen of willow woods.
She was forgiven for falling in love with Borja and her one son Arial grew to become a man of the woods. Arial hunted but took only what he needed while his mother Violetta changed she had become a person of magic and she brewed potions and herbs.
Age accentuated the odd idea that her extraordinary survival must mean Violetta was a witch. She took full advantage of this by selling potions for coins. Arial married a gypsy girl named Imojine. Imojine was a happy soul who was eager to settle in the old cottage and leave the gypsy life of travel and theft behind. The gypsy girl and the hunter availed themselves of the forest and its fruits becoming fringe dwellers in the woods. Violetta’s old cottage became known and the gypsy songs drifted on the breeze. She would sing and dance as gypsies do and she took Violetta’s idea’s to be her own and so began a tale of magic. Imojine had a daughter and that daughter was named Elizabet and she married Lord Black who died in an accident along with arial a wagon had turned over killing both men. They had decided to move the wagon down a steep hill where they would camp and continue the hunt but fate intervened leaving Elizabet a Lady of the realm and she in turn married a King and Prunella was born but sadly childbirth took Elizabet and as sad stories go elizabets husband the King remarried Prunella’s very mean and evil step mother. So this story evolved and a princess awoke from her slumber with a bump and so she heard the call from the woods and believed a strange magic seemed to be in the air. Trudy was also afraid but the coachman had finished fixing the wheel along with the coachman and his footman. So the two ladies were assisted back into the coach and slowly their journey began anew. The horses however seemed to be a little out of sorts so the coachman climbed down and soothed the animals with an apple or two. What Prunella didn’t know was that Elizabet had a son when prunella was born and he had been taken to the woods wrapped in nothing but a swaddling cloth and he had been left on the door step of the aged Violetta and while Prunella was raised as a princess the boy was a forest dweller. The nurse believed in curses and because Elizabeta prunella’s twin was born. She took the child to Violetta.
Dresselwad grew up in the woods but he is a learned man in a world of ignorance.
Red wild locks hung tasselled to his shoulders and his piercing blue eyes which saw all things. Dresselwad is a wizard he was educated by Mohab a man from the eastern land of the sultans. Mohab was a Turk, a refugee who came to be Violetta’s friend. Moab had spent his youth working to become a physician in his own land. Broken limbs, blood, birth and death were his medical trade. The great world of Islamic knowledge opened its doors to Dresselwad who watched and listened. He learnt of plants which killed pain. He learnt how to prepare potions. He learnt how to deliver hallucinations and death if these potions were used indiscriminately.
Mohab fled his country to find safety for war had ravaged his own land. This land lay over the great Fendar mountain ranges farther even than Quatara the great desert land south of Bodeim.
Warring tribes had forced many to find sanctuary far from their home lands. Mohab had found his way to willow way woods where kindness prevailed in the form of Violetta.
Mohab appeared dishevelled at the door, he was begging for work that he may find food.
Mohab’s desperation was clear so offered shelter Mohab accepted. They shared food and as they talked Violetta and he discovered there was a lot more they shared.
Knowledge became their bond friendship kindled in a cauldron. Mohab’s great awareness of chemicals provided violetta with a renewed energy for discovery. Dresselwad was given to lessons in reading, writing, chemical compounds and with this a new world opened its door.
He learned Arabic and became enthused with the idea of knowledge.
After several years Mohab became lonely he would sit in silence pray and ponder his life, he missed the community of his own kind. He wished to return to his own country so he kissed his friends farewell and departed. The life he went back to was never revealed.. Dresselwad still lives in the woods of willow way forest, still resides quietly in that same cottage where violetta and Mohab shared their time. Mohab had become known as the wizard of the east and this link to Dresselwad created an enigmatic reputation. He delights in the calming green of the woods, with the pristine waters of the great river Elox flowing through its heart.
The forest has a quiet beauty never imagined unless observed silently. All around colours range in exquisite exhibition. A breeze blows in from the north bringing a chill and a warning of the coming seasons change.
Dresselwad collects firewood as the light begins to fade into the evening twilight. Leaves which adorn the heavy oak, the pine and the spruce have begun to change and soon will fall to drift in the air to plummet inaudibly to the ground.
Wizards and witches in this age are said to harbour great knowledge of the spirit realm.
People begin to both fear and revere the sorcerers who mix the herbs of the forest and in whose cauldrons bubble esoteric potages.
Notions of the supernatural infect the populous who infuse the ideas of medicinal witchery with magic beyond reality. Inspired ignorance makes fantasy tangible and rational thought is suspended by imagination. In truth wizards offer remedies to the infirmed, love for the unloved and solace for the grieving, in short they offer answers to life’s unfathomable questions. These enigmas of magic are seen as tricky creatures who conger nature. Suspicion hangs over the earth religion for the religion of the holy cross and its brotherhood grows in power as belief in the old ways have begun to wane. In this time people suffer from maladies and uncertain ailments, even childbirth is a dangerous affair.
Dresselwad loves all life which surrounds and confounds him.
The ideal of hope spurs his desire to heal and it is to this end he often converses with other learned folk. He has seen his share of illness and he battles against death daily in his practice. Those who don’t understand a wizard’s experimental desire to find cures condemn and conjecture against them even accusing them of evil intent. Incantations are merely entreaties to a spirit world or they are merely affirmations of personal power. The wizard divines between the spirit realm and the earthly reality of life.
This is a time when people seek comfort in resolution, such is the lack of information or comprehension of knowledge. Hope is the only possibility for the ill, the retarded, the poor and it is hope which becomes the catalyst for imaginings. Devils and angles are imbued with the spiritual capacity to cause or cure sickness or hardship.. Time and knowledge will alter this illusion but it does so slowly and while some men in this time have found religion in a book of testaments and believe magic to be a dangerous omen of evil , others still linger in the past of magic as they discern it.
Dresselwad is an extraordinary man for he is a seeker of truth and he finds that truth in the natural world of willow way woods. Into these woods his sister feels a presence she cannot explain but life is about to change for these two connected souls.
Next episode 27th august thankyou