Expedition to Serralon

Mizymi, my little butterfly,

we have news about the expedition which left Mehrula earlier this year. You know it was led by the famous explorer Jareb Bonavine. The man who discovered the dragonfly islands. His expedition sailed to Serralon and set up a base camp just outside the ruins, near Mystwood. Though they well knew the eerie tales about this vast forest, they ignored all warnings. They claimed the stories were nothing but fables, and that they would stay clear of Mystwood. These were lies however. Jareb had planned from the beginning to explore not only the ruins of Serralon, but Mystwood as well. We knew how this would end. When a ship with supplies arrived two months later, they found the camp abandoned. There was not one sign of what might have happened to the 58 people who joined this expedition. The ship’s crew took everything left behind by the expedition members. Among those items was this journal. It was written by Jareb’s seventeen-year-old nephew who followed his uncle into Mystwood. The journal was conveniently stolen before anyone had time to read it. It is now part of our private collection. The most puzzling part about this is the question of how the journal ended up at the camp. Read it. You'll understand why I mention this.
Journal, Personal
Authoring Date
3425 AP

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Elias Redclaw
28 May, 2019 09:18

This is a great article i would say! For a first timer, its certainly better than mine! I would offer some tips for improving though. Mainly just expand upon the article. Why was it written? What impact did it have? What was its legacy? Still congratulations and keep up the great work!

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
28 May, 2019 18:17

Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm close to the word count for the challenge. But once it is all over I want to add more. Thanks to your tips I know what to add.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
30 May, 2019 17:36

I love your use of a letter to introduce the journal. It makes the whole article flow really nicely together.

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
30 May, 2019 18:29

Thank you so much for your comment!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
30 May, 2019 18:33

And for the like. It means a lot to me.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
7 Jun, 2019 02:00

Wowzers, what a powerful ending to the document. I am so curious what the wisps were, if they were the family or some sort of other entity. I wonder what happened to make her okay with her situation?   You leave a lot of fantastic mysteries here, though I am curious if it had any implications to the world at large.   Great entry Rynn!

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
8 Jun, 2019 17:49

Thank you so much. I really struggle with finding a balance between giving away spoilers for my novel and leaving too much unexplained. The wisps are actually wild magic. They are sentient and are naturally drawn to sad or lonely people. The boy who wrote the journal discovered that even though he can never leave Mystwood, he is not alone and he has a whole new life a head of him.   The implications to the world are big spoilers I'm afraid. Mystwood will actually play a part in my novel and the mystery behind it will be revealed to the reader.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
6 Dec, 2020 18:57

Ooo, so interesting and mysterious. I love the letter that introduces the document and the document itself. <3 Thanks for answering a few questions I had - though now I have more! :D

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
6 Dec, 2020 19:05

Thank you. It is the fate of my readers I'm afraid. I love mysteries. :D

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.