Maxwell Grantly

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The Burning of the Wickerman

The Arrival

The Arrival

After a week-long trek across the whole of Fantasia, Kris, Maxwell and Skippy arrived at the Island of Escapades to join the celebration of Beltane.

The Gathering

The Gathering

Once the crowds had gathered, they were led up to the top of Skull Mountain, where a gigantic Wickerman had been constructed upon the remains of an ancient volcano.

The Burning

The Burning

One-by-one the crowd threw their burning torches into the firewood base and soon the Wickerman was ablaze in the evening sky.

Aftermath

Aftermath

As the Wickerman burnt, the crowds sang songs of anticipation of the long summer ahead and dwelt on thoughts of the cold winter past. A few brave souls dared to jump the embers of the fire’s remains and others danced around the base. It was a good Beltane indeed.

The Beltane Trek

The Green Man

The Green Man

Kris, Maxwell and Skippy seek the blessings of the Green Man before embarking on the annual trek to the Island of Escapades for the Beltane celebration.

The Swamps of Sadness

The Swamps of Sadness

The crossing of the Swamps of Sadness is always easier if you have overcome the powers of depression in an earlier journey. This time, the elves pass the swamps with no delay.

The Valley of the Great Rift

The Valley of the Great Rift

The three elves take a whole day to cross the bridge of the Great North-South Rift. The creation of the Great Rift between the Northern and Southern folk remains such a contentious topic, despite the passing of many thousands upon thousands of years.

The Mountains of the Eternal Moon

The Mountains of the Eternal Moon

The trek through the Mountains of the Eternal Moon is always a beautiful one. Despite its name, however, there is no eternal moon: there are simply two moons that are directly opposite each other in the nighttime sky. As one moon sets the other moon rises.

The Valley of the Whispering Grass

The Valley of the Whispering Grass

The elves cross the Valley of the Whispering Grass. “Where are you going?” the grasses whisper. The three elves are astute enough to realise that it would be foolhardy to answer each blade if they are to reach the Island of Escapades in time. There are too many strands of grass and not enough hours in the day.

Lotus Flower River

Lotus Flower River

Next, they follow the Lotus Flower River. Each lotus flower carries a dream, thrown into the river by the People of the Sandmen, and Skippy spots three special flowers that glimmer in the moonlight. “Spoilers!” whispers Kris as they chuckle and continue on with their trek.

Drylands Desert

Drylands Desert

The last part of the trek involves a long march across the Drylands Desert. It is evening before the elves complete the last stage of their epic journey. Tomorrow will be the celebration of Beltane.

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