Book 3 – Part 1 – Ullester and the May Day Festival
In Darford, the group divided the spoils of their previous quest, then prepared to travel to Ullester for the May Day Festival and the Maegenhof Hallowing. Kyran hired a farmhand named Berach to work on his parents’ farm. Breena confronted Dodge and threw a crying fit because he was going to leave. Within days, the group had packed their gear onto their 2 mules, then hit the road.
As the group neared the Ullester Hinterlands, they defended a man against some marauding goblins, then repaired his cart. Bumbyl the Beo Ceorl traveled along with them and provided good information about their destination town. Next they encountered Raegnar and the Éohriddas, horsemen from Ullester, who were hunting goblins. Finally, they conversed with an old beggar outside the gates to Ullester.
Inside the walls of Ullester, amidst the air of festival, the group searched the busy town for lodging. Some elected to stay at Hart o’ Ten and the rest stayed at Maegenhof. They dined together at Manninee’s Pub, where they learned the story of Fryht Yeer – the Ullester Fire and Chopper.
In the morning, Aiden covertly witnessed as Yriadel writhed nude in the dew-covered wildflowers. At breakfast, Yriadel announced that she had just received a prophetic dream from her goddess Freyja, and venerated herself by bathing in the dew of May Day. The dream, which also included appearances by Heimdall and Uller, announced that they had all been chosen as heroes for an upcoming battle against a great evil.
On May Day, the Seven heard opening speeches by Eorl Aragnar, Forwost Baelor, Scop Pace Dubhans and Heáh-Gothi Hjugo Sihm. They witnessed the Maypole activities and enjoyed the free food. At the May Queen booth they voted for Raena Araganing. Dodge won the Araganus Rock competition, defeating all competitors by a wide margin. Kyran won the Archery contest, in a very close competition, defeating Cwink Broder by only 1 point. The Foot Race was won by Dodge, edging out Glenlivet and several other runners.