Fear the Faerie
The faeries may all seem very nice. You may think they are
powerful forces of good. And you would be right. Well, mostly right, anyway. There's
one faerie out there that isn't the picture of perfection: Jhudora.
Most of you have probably heard of her. If you
haven't, then listen carefully. Jhudora lives on a cloud in Faerieland, high
above Neopia. She takes in young Neopets with her bewitching words. Pretending
she is as kind as the other faeries, she asks for an item. When the neopet she
asked returns, she will reward it if it brought the item she needed, or throw
it back to the first quest, with the lowest reward if it fails. She doesn't
get into evil things directly, but a while ago, she used to. Now she uses unsuspecting
Neopets to do her bidding. All because of a little sibling rivalry.
* * *
It was a cold day on Terror Mountain. Taelia,
the Snow Faerie, stood adding two new ingredients a little Kacheek had brought
"Hello, Jhudora," she said. "I was just mixing
up a blue Lupe morphing potion. Kauvara's very busy these days, so I decided
to help her out." Jhudora just glared.
"I suppose you forgot I asked you to make me
a potion two months ago," Jhudora said.
"And I suppose you forgot I asked you for the
ingredients six weeks ago," said Taelia icily.
"Well, if you had asked me to get you something,
I would have."
"I DID ask you, six weeks ago."
"What did you want from me?"
"Well, uh, it was, uh,-"
"See, you can't even remember!" said Jhudora.
"Be quiet!" yelled Taelia, chanting a spell.
Before Jhudora knew what was happening, she was up to her neck in ice. Blasting
out of it with a ball of dark energy, she leaped up and lashed out with a snaking
chain made out of black magic stronger than any metal. Taelia was ready for
her. Dodging at lightning speed, she fired a blast of ice shards at Jhudora.
She blocked them and attacked Taelia in a flurry of sparks. Taelia flinched,
and Jhudora saw her chance.
In a powerful thunder of spells and enchantments,
Taelia became enveloped in an orb of dark magic. It would render her unconscious
and keep her in that state until a charm freed her. It would also take away
her memory temporarily to prevent a leak of what Jhudora had done.
"Well, only four to go," she said as she flew
home. "And it's not going to be hard to take out the rest."
* * *
Illusen was tired. Just tired. Flying all the
way to Terror Mountain wasn't the easiest thing the earth faerie had ever tried
to do. She walked into the cave where Taelia usually was, but found that it
was a mess and that there was a black haze around it. Clearing it with a gentle
wind-blowing charm, she gasped at what she saw. There, in the center of the
room, a huge, round ball enclosed Taelia. Illusen stared at it for a moment,
then shook herself and set about to find a spell that would break it. She suddenly
remembered something her mother had once told her.
"If it does something evil, it's black magic.
If it's black magic, it can be restored. If it is restored, the magic turns
to a normal spell. And if it's a normal spell, it can be countered." Well, the
enchantment definitely did something evil, so Illusen used the most powerful
restoring charm she knew. There was a blinding flash, and the orb glowed white
before shattering apart and leaving Taelia on the floor.
"What in the name of Fyora is going on?" she
"You were trapped in a ball of dark magic. Can't
you remember?" said Illusen.
"The last thing I did was give something to a
young Kacheek, and here I am, with you telling me I was unconscious in a sphere
of black spellbinding. Really, I wouldn't believe that for the word."
"Well, it's true, even if you think it's not,"
replied Illusen. But she was unsure of how or why Taelia had been trapped. And
there were few sorcerers, including faeries, that could produce an effective
memory-reducing charm. But Taelia wouldn't listen to "such nonsense", as she
called Illusen's tale.
* * *
Jhudora stood in the middle of the Marketplace.
She stopped a passing Kougra on the street. "
"Excuse me," she said dropping a coin into his
paw. "Could you please tell Arina that she has a visitor?"
"Arina?" repeated the Kougra.
"The Soup Faerie," Jhudora clarified.
"Oh," he said, walking quickly away.
Jhudora smiled. That's right, she thought. Run.
You'll be running all your life if you don't deliver my message. Go ahead and
practice. You just wait.
When she arrived at the soup kitchen, Arina was
serving a bowl of steaming stew to a frail-looking Eyrie.
"Careful now, don't spill," she was saying as
Jhudora walked in. The Eyrie walked by her with a shudder.
"Oh, hi, Jhudora. That's Braknam. He's just recovering
from the Neopox. He comes in every day for a bowl of Invisible Soup."
"I don't think you are a real faerie," Jhudora
said. "You are certainly kind enough, but you cannot do magic. And not all faeries
"Wh-what do you mean," she stammered.
"Well, if you had magic, you would use a spell
to prove it."
"I-I mean-oh, okay, you're right. I'm just a
cook who wants to help out." With that, she burst into tears. This is too easy,
thought Jhudora as she wound a holding container to keep Arina in, throwing
in a strong memory charm to relieve her of her experiences.
* * *
Illusen arrived an hour later, after hearing
about a commotion in Neopia Central. Seeing the shifting mass of Neopets pushing
to get a look inside the kitchen told her something was up. Something bad. Picking
her way through the crowd, she finally got to the door and unlocked with a simple
charm. She put the bolt back though to keep out the Neopets, and searched the
serving area, but found nothing. When she rummaged through the back room she
came upon another black orb. This one held Arina captive inside its walls. Using
the same spell to break the magic as before, she helped Arina up.
"Are you all right?" asked Illusen.
"Why wouldn't I be?" Arina said.
"You mean you don't remember?"
"What don't I remember? The last thing I did
was give Braknam the Eyrie a bowl of Invisible Soup. He just got over the Neopox
and-hey, Illusen, are you all right?"
Illusen had turned very pale. "I'm fine," she
said. "Completely fine."
"Are you sure you can get back to Meridell? It's
a long trip," Arina asked.
"Yes, thank you," Illusen said. "I'll be okay."
* * *
So it went. Jhudora came to the faeries' homes
and told them something she knew would anger them into a fight. First Taelia,
then Arina, then the negg and fire faeries, and finally, the space faerie. Illusen
always heard about the commotion or was visiting one of her sisters on the days
Jhudora was committing her evil deeds, and somehow knew where she was needed
After Jhudora confronted the space faerie and
"caged" her, Illusen came to her rescue and found her with her memory fully
intact. Telling Illusen everything she had seen, and that Jhudora had also tried
to trap the other faeries by keeping them unconscious until she had gained the
power to destroy them permanently. Jhudora hadn't counted on Illusen saving
the faeries from their shadowed cells. She also hadn't counted on the space
faerie being able to resist her memory spell and leaking information to Illusen.
The fight that followed was more than light faerie-dark
faerie rivalry. It was fought with pure hatred as the weapon.
* * *
Illusen returned home with renewed anger at Jhudora.
She was not surprised to find her newly-declared archenemy waiting for her inside
"Well Illusen, it's one on one," said Jhudora
acidly. She had brought a steely sword that glowed faintly purple as she talked.
"No, actually, you are vastly outnumbered," replied
Illusen calmly. Her attitude annoyed Jhudora greatly. Why isn't she getting
angered? She thought. She should be exploding now.
"Why do you pretend you are stronger than me?"
Her voice shook slightly as she said these brave words.
Illusen's lips formed a tight smile. "Because
"Are you afraid to fight me?" asked Jhudora tentatively.
She wanted to turn away and go home, but she couldn't back down now.
"I am not alone," replied the earth faerie again.
"Yes, you are!" yelled Jhudora. "The other faeries
let me take them down easily, so why can't you?"
"Excuse me, but we would like to disagree," said
a voice behind her.
Jhudora turned to the source of the sound and
saw five faeries standing near her. Five angry, heavily armed faeries.
"Still think I'm not a real faerie?" said Arina,
whose palms were sparkling dangerously with magic.
"So, I didn't put up a fight huh? Can I make
up for it now?" Taelia shot a thunder of icy spells at Jhudora, making her cringe.
"What about me? I told Illusen what Jhudora was
doing," The space faerie began probing at her with little flaming comets of
light that gradually grew in size as Jhudora became weaker. Finally, the negg
faerie stopped the fighting.
"Well, Jhudora," she said smugly. "What have
"I…I attacked…you…" She struggled to say the
words as she fought the pain of her tattered wings and pounding head.
"What did we do to you?"
"You…you…tricked me." As she said those words,
realization sunk into Jhudora. The worst part was that it had been Illusen who
had come up with the plan to dupe her in the first place. She had never liked
Illusen, but she had had no good reason why. Now she loathed the earth faerie
with all her might.
* * *
With a transporting spell that was not designed
to be comfortable, Jhudora was sent back to her cloud to nurse her wounds. She
thought about what she had done and how to prevent it from happening again.
She realized that if she used Neopets to get things for her, she wouldn't get
in trouble. If a Kougra says that a dark faerie told him to smuggle something
from a store, no one will believe his story. But if a dark faerie herself does
an evil thing, everyone knows rumors about it are true. After all, dark faeries
aren't that bad, right?