Illusen's Own Quest
Illusen had just finished a great questing day and began
to walk away from her glade to go visit her friend, the Battle Faerie. She was
hosting a party, and Illusen had just received the flashy invitation this afternoon.
The note said it was being held in the Haunted Woods, which was odd, because none
of the faeries that Illusen knew of lived in the dark, mysterious place. She had
no sooner arrived with a party dish (a plate of Illusen's Cream Cookies, of course!)
when a musty sack was thrown over her head and she was being dragged away, far,
It seemed like hours before the sack was opened
and Illusen looked around. Standing before her were three Darigan Skeiths, and
they all looked tired and angry.
"Where are we?" she asked.
"Headquarters," grunted one. It had dark purple
eyes. All three Skeiths snickered. The fattest one, Illusen noticed, had a very
high-pitched voice, and the other had a rather reddish tint to its skin.
"Look around you, faerie! Surely you have seen
this place before!" said the one with the high-pitched voice.
Illusen obeyed. As she looked around at her surroundings,
"Are we in the Hidden Tower?" Illusen asked breathlessly.
"Nothing gets past you, does it?" the reddish
one said sarcastically. The two Skeiths snickered.
"Silence!" the third bellowed. "We have a job
to do, and we will do it now."
Illusen grew uneasy. What are these horrid
Neopets planning on doing to me?
In a panic, she tried to fly away, only to hover
a few feet into the air, and sink back down to the ground.
"Who are you?" she cried. "What have you done
But all she got in response was a high-pitched
fit of laughter.
"The fact is, Illusen," said the one with the
high-pitched voice. "We know what you did in the past. We know what you did
to become an Earth Faerie."
Illusen gasped. How could they have known? How
could they have possibly known?
"And," continued the reddish one, "We're going
to make sure you get back to where you belong."
"Where I belong? What do you mean? I belong in
Meridell!" declared Illusen, who was turning rather red.
"Oh, there's no doubt about that," said the one
with the odd eyes, "but we're going to make you remember how you used to be."
"I've always been an Earth Faerie!" Illusen cried.
The Skeiths all cackled.
"Sure, " the reddish one said. "Sure."
The dark-eyed one tossed her a bottle of a foul-smelling
"Drink," it said, "and remember."
With one last victorious cackle, the Skeiths
all flew to the entrance of the tower, and left.
And Illusen was left pathetically lying on the
cold concrete floor of the Hidden Tower, held captive in walls she had once
called a second home, with a bottle of red liquid and the horrible memories
she had tried so hard to forget.
Four hours later, Illusen was seriously considering
drinking the red liquid. She couldn't help herself. The heat was unbearable,
and her mouth was alarmingly dry from calling for help all night long. Illusen
couldn't help but think about her poor questers. They would come, expecting
to be given a quest, but she would not be there to assign them. Not to mention
Fyora, who would be furious when troubled Neopets began coming to her, crying
because there were no Illusen's quests.
Illusen was also thinking about the mysterious
Skeiths. She didn't think that they were acting alone, because who ever heard
of Neopets wanting to get revenge on a faerie? They were probably acting on
their owner's orders, or possibly Jhudora's. But, Illusen couldn't see how the
self-absorbed dark faerie could possibly care enough about someone else to find
out their deepest, darkest, secret.
It all changed with one sip of the red liquid.
Suddenly, Illusen was overwhelmed by this amazing
calmness. Her mind was cleared of all thoughts, and she could only hear the
sound of the breaking bottle distantly, like she was in a dream.
Or, should I say, a nightmare.
When Illusen's head cleared, she found herself
watching over Meridell, like a ghost. However, there were crucial changes. The
Darigan Citadel was gone from the skies and there was no shiny wood sign pointing
And, Illusen noticed with a sinking heart, there
was no Illusen's Glade.
This must be the past, Illusen thought.
I'm in my own memory, from ten years ago.
Sure enough, Illusen saw herself, bright and
cheerful, skipping away from her Meridell Neohome. She had green fur, and a
short, fluffy tail. She saw herself as an Ixi. And, Illusen knew where she was
"No," she cried, reaching out to herself from
the past. "Don't do it!"
But the Ixi paid no mind to the floating faerie
and, after taking one last sneaky look around, vanished.
Ironically, Illusen was headed for Faerieland.
The present (or, future) Illusen moaned and buried her face in her hands. It
soon became apparent why.
As the Ixi innocently stepped towards the Wheel
of Excitement, she snuck past the Neopoints collector and spun the wheel. It
landed on 10,000, just as she knew it would.
Then, she headed towards a dark cloud-a dark
It wasn't long before both Illusens heard the
bellowing voice, and the words they knew all too well.
"Welcome to my home..."
When the Ixi-Illusen returned to her Meridell
Neohome, her owner was greedily awaiting.
"Well?" he shouted. "What have you got for me?"
Illusen solemnly handed him 5,000 Neopoints and
a Purple Blob potion.
"Ahh..." he said, his eyes lighting up. "I see
Jhudora has blessed us today."
Illusen saw herself scowl. Even back then, she
had never been fond of Jhudora. The green Ixi was then sent to bed with a rotten
Ummagine and a sinking heart.
The next morning, she was woken up by a sharp
poke delivered by her brother, a large Grarrl.
"Get up," he said. "We're going to the Lab Ray."
Illusen was terrified. She had always hated the
Lab Ray, even though she had never been zapped. It was because she had watched
helplessly as her siblings stepped in front of the mad scientist's ray, and
were changed forever. The present Illusen watched from above as she and her
three siblings were taken to the horrible Ray.
"I have a new experiment to try out," the scientist
rasped. "I'll try it out on one of your pets, if you would like. It should turn
them into the most powerful pet in Neopia!"
"Go ahead!" said Illusen's power-hungry owner.
"Take your pick."
Illusen clenched her jaw as the scientist studied
all four Neopets carefully. Then, he pointed to her.
"She!" he proclaimed, "will be the first of many
fabulous, all-powerful pets!" Laughing maniacally, her owner pushed Illusen
in front of the terrifying ray.
One zap was all it took. Illusen felt her insides
turning inside out, and the present Illusen shuddered, watching the transformation
all over again. Slowly, the Ixi sprouted wings, and became taller. The present
Illusen watched her former owner's shocked expression when he looked at her
after the transformation.
The mad scientist had succeeded. Just in a different
way. He didn't make the most powerful pet. He created what was supposed to be
The crazy scientist turned the poor green Ixi
into a tall green faerie.
To say the least, Illusen's owner was a little
mad. His face turned purple and he bellowed at Illusen, "Get out of my sight!
I have no use for a faerie around!"
And so, the petrified faerie took off to the
only place she could think of.
Illusen went to Faerieland.
As Illusen watched herself transition into the
powerful Earth Faerie she is-or, now, was-time began to speed up. She realized
that the potion was staring to wear out.
Illusen saw herself meeting Fyora.
Illusen saw herself getting trained by the Battle
Illusen was herself opening up her Glade in Meridell.
Illusen saw blurry images of herself attending
banquets, giving quests, and helping Neopians, as her head began to spin again
and the sound of a breaking bottle became more apparent.
Illusen once again saw the Hidden Tower, now
with broken bottle pieces and red liquid drops littering the ground. They were
still wet. No time had passed since the breaking of the bottle. Illusen was
glad. She still had time to think of an escape.
The Battle Faerie had always told her, "When
they take away your greatest strength, fight back with your greatest weakness."
My greatest strength, Illusen decided,
was flying. And they took that away. And so, I must fight back with... my
Earth faerie abilities.
For days, Illusen would try to remember her teachings
from the Earth Faerie, and ponder about the mysterious Skeiths. They hadn't
come back to check on her. They probably assumed she had gone insane, like Prisoner
Number Five in Cellblock.
But Illusen stayed perfectly sane, working towards
her goal of getting out of the tower. She could now call the vines through the
high window, and she was braiding a long rope from its thick leaves.
Then, something amazing happened. The Skeiths
"How's it going, Illusen? Have you remembered
yet?" the one with the high-pitched voice asked rather eagerly.
"Patience!" the dark-eyed one shouted. "We're
almost out of time."
Illusen couldn't help but notice small changes
in their appearance take place right in front of her. The three Skeiths were
all turning taller, their wings transforming, becoming thinner. Long hair sprouted
out of their heads as their large ears began to disappear.
They weren't Darigan Skeiths.
It was the Air Faerie, the Fire Faerie, and the
And then Illusen realized that the battle was
far from over.
"But... why?" Illusen asked. "Why did you do such
a terrible thing to me?"
The three faeries had been very embarrassed ever
since changing back to their true form.
"We were jealous!" the Air Faerie piped up.
"Jealous!" Illusen exclaimed. "Why?"
"Because instead of waiting eagerly for one of
our nice, random quests, they all flock around you for their daily quests and
rewards!" said the Fire Faerie.
"But Jhudora does the same thing!" Illusen protested.
"Honestly, Illusen. Do you think that we could
kidnap Jhudora?" the Dark Faerie asked.
Illusen had to admit that they had a point. All
the faeries steered clear of Jhudora's massive cloud. She subtly began fashioning
the vines into something that looked like an ear trumpet.
"Well, now what?" she asked. "Are you going to
let me go now?"
The three faeries laughed.
"Now Illusen," said the Dark Faerie, "You know
we can't do that now."
"Why not?" Illusen asked indignantly. She casually
pointed the ear trumpet towards the three faeries.
"Because," continued the Fire Faerie, "We all
know you'll run to Fyora as soon as we release you."
"Speaking of Fyora, how did you use the hidden
tower without her knowing?" Illusen asked, still keeping the ear trumpet pointed
"Fyora is gone," said the Air Faerie, "On business
Illusen gulped. Did that business involve her?
"Everybody's hoping that beautiful, kind Illusen
will return to her glade," continued the Dark Faerie, "especially with the million
Neopoint reward for your safe return lingering."
Suddenly, the Fire Faerie's eyes flashed. "Girls,
a word!" she shouted.
While the three faeries huddled, Illusen snatched
her opportunity. Speaking into the ear trumpet she whispered, "Did you get that?"
"Loud and clear," the Earth Faerie responded.
"We'll send backup ASAP."
Illusen backed away from the ear trumpet as the
faeries approached her once more.
"Good news, Illusen," said the Dark Faerie. "We've
decided to let you go?"
"Really?" Illusen asked. It sounded too good
to be true.
"Certainly," said the Air Faerie. "With us. Then
you can return to your silly glade, and the girls and I will use the reward
money to make a questing service of our own."
"And," the Fire Faerie added, "We'll be the heroes
"No heroic person could do something like this,"
Illusen said, stalling for time. Where is my backup? she wondered nervously.
"And, I bet Fyora won't think you're too heroic once she hears about this."
"She'll never hear about it," the Dark Faerie
said, "because nobody's going to tell her. Right?" she asked Illusen menacingly.
"Right," Illusen said with a sigh.
Suddenly, there was a big explosion at the top
of the tower. It's my rescuers! Illusen thought joyously as she stood
"Game over, girls," she said. "I recorded your
conversation and sent it to the Faerie Quest cottage, via the vine trumpet,
and now they're coming, to take you away."
The faeries began to panic, apologizing to Illusen
and begging for her to change her mind. But Illusen would hear none of it.
As a tall, winged figure flew in the tower window
through all the rubble, it was hard to say who was the most surprised when the
A rescuer had come. It was Jhudora.
Jhudora wasted no time scooping up Illusen and
turning around to fly out, but not before she turned her wand on the faeries
that had captured her.
"Stop!" the three faeries cried. "Please, stop!"
"Jhudora, stop." Illusen said. "They're not worth
And so Jhudora sighed, but obeyed, scooping up
Illusen once more and flying out the open window, leaving the disheveled faeries
to watch them fly away, like a caged bird that had always longed to be free.
When Illusen awoke, she was in her small bed in her
glade. In a daze, as soon as she opened her door, excited Neopets came in to
receive quests. Illusen wondered if she had dreamed it all. But she had not.
After flying away from the Hidden Tower, Jhudora
returned Illusen safely to her bed, gave her a potion to revive her, and then
returned to her cloud. She would not talk about the situation and denied rescuing
Illusen. Jhudora said that she had escaped on her own. Nobody argued with that.
She would not accept the reward for Illusen's safe return, but insisted that
it be donated to the Soup Kitchen. It was.
The three faeries were truly sorry and ashamed
of the way they acted, so Fyora put them on probation, and then set to work
on fixing the Hidden Tower. In her haste to get in, Jhudora "accidentally" blew
out the north wall.
Illusen forgave the three faeries, and soon fell
back into her old routine. But one day, about a month after the situation, a
package and letter was delivered to her home.
We would just like to formally apologize for
trying to sabotage your Glade. We were upset that our "business" was being taken
away by your quests. Jealousy is a nasty emotion, and we dealt with it in a
We are also sorry about making you relive your
terrible past. You might be wondering how we knew about it. You see, when you
joined the Board of Faeries, Fyora told all of us faeries the truth. She also
told us to watch over you, and to make sure that no harm came your way. I'm
afraid to say that we probably did the opposite.
Last month, we behaved very immaturely, and we
also apologize for that. We hope that you know the Battle Faerie had no involvement.
We simply used her name on the invitation to ensure your attendance. We hope
that there are no ill feelings between the two of you.
Thank you for forgiving us for our gigantic mistake.
The Darigan Skeiths
Illusen smiled. Opening the package, she gasped.
Inside was a platter of Illusen's cream cookies and a small note.
P.S.-We didn't steal these, we asked for them
in our quests. :)
Illusen sat transfixed for a moment as she watched
a green Ixi run by, laughing.
Then the moment ended, and when the Ixi disappeared
from view, Illusen closed the window, and went to the front of her cottage to
wait for the next quester, still thinking about her own quest she had completed.