(If you’re reading the original edition, this is the first half of Chapter 15.)
So the portal opens, and Thor, Loki, the Warriors Three, and Odin show up!
… I kid, I kid. It’s just Lorelei and Gwigg. The party knows it’s Lorelei in the original edition because she sings her song. Lorelei is glad that the unicorns are safe, and that all their horns are tuned already.
But wait … how did Lorelei know where to find the party? The original edition provides a rather pathetic explanation:
“…Once the power crystal of Avalon stabilized the portals in this area, we were able to jump through and track your magic.”
So obtaining the Power Crystals affected the portals somehow. Yeah, sounds like the Power Crystals have similar properties to the Crown Jewels from Jewel Riders: they stabilize magic in certain regions.
Gwigg has some good news on the Aldenmor front: the Garden (formerly the nuked-out remains of the Dark Circle) is healing nicely. He also notes that Adriane and Emily are stronger now because of the whole magic-switching incident. After Ozzie complains about his current appearance — he still has that beaver tail — Gwigg offers to either restore Ozzie’s ferret tail, or turn Ozzie into a beaver. Ozzie opts for the former. Then Kara starts wondering about her powers, and the loss of her Polymorph ability. Gwigg doesn’t say much, other than that Kara will figure out her fairy abilities eventually.
Lorelei then explains why the unicorns showed up in New Mexico: the unicorns at the Unicorn Academy hired the centaurs from the prologue to transport to foals, since the unicorns were too busy repairing the Magic Web. The Unicorn Amulet the centaurs used was designed to send the unicorns to the party in case shit hit the fan. Hmm … so if the girls didn’t go on their little western adventure, the unicorns would have landed in Ravenswood, and the party would’ve had an easier time returning them to Dalriada!
Then, the big moment arrives: Pollo and Riannan are revealed as the unicorn prince and princess! This is apparently an unprecedented event, because there is usually only one or the other, not both. Everybody rejoices. Well, except me, because I still don’t like how unicorn leaders are chosen. What if Pollo and Riannan disagree on some matter of unicorn importance? How do they resolve that? And how are they trained to be leaders?
Afterwards, Tweek asks Gwigg if he can return to Aldenmor. Gwigg says that Tweek has to stay on Earth, since he was designed to survive there. His role is expanded on in the new edition:
“Tweek,” Gwigg said. “You are the very first Fairimental designed to stay on Earth. Your mission is not over. There are still eight other crystals out there somewhere. They must be found.”
So I guess the party finally has someone to act as an In-Book Encyclopedia. About time, especially since Henry Gardener totally dropped the ball on the whole mentoring-the-party thing.
And then he tells the party more about the Power Crystal the party found: it was originally recovered by the
Evil Council of Evil Dark Sorceress in the Otherworlds, who used it to power and control the Dark Knight. So … why would the Evil Council of Evil Dark Sorceress need the unicorn foals’ magic? Some explanation for that would be nice.
Also, Gwigg knows the location of the next Power Crystal: the Fairy Realms. I guess we know where the party is going next! This should be exciting, visiting new worlds that aren’t Aldenmor. Totally looking forward to that.
Gwigg then returns to Aldenmor, taking the party’s Power Crystal back to the Garden for safekeeping; and Lorelei returns to Dalriada with the unicorn foals after a very tearful farewell.
Next time: You know, Emily learned something today….