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"The Land Of Summer's Twilight": In tandem with his female alter-ego Rose, Doctor Occult leads Timothy and Yo-Yo into Faerie, which serves as a hub for many magical realms existing parallel to Earth. As Rose and Timothy browse Faerie's central market, a goblin tries to swindle Timothy, but is at


Quote1 There are many places common to more than one plane, accessible to those who know the path to walk. Quote2
-- Doctor Occult



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Synopsis for "The Land Of Summer's Twilight"

In tandem with his female alter-ego Rose, Doctor Occult leads Timothy and Yo-Yo into Faerie, which serves as a hub for many magical realms existing parallel to Earth. As Rose and Timothy browse Faerie's central market, a goblin tries to swindle Timothy, but is attacked and exposed by Yo-Yo. Subsequently, the market warden allows Timothy, Yo-Yo, and Rose to each claim one item from the goblin's hoard; Rose claims a mirror, Yo-Yo a necklace, and Timothy an egg.

After leaving the market, Timothy and Rose encounter a hostile giant, whom Rose - as Occult - challenges to a riddle-game. When his riddle is answered by Rose's mirror, the giant allows Timothy and Occult to progress to the cave of the semi-mythic Rhyming Thomas, whose dealings with Faerie have left him composing ballads for legend's greatest kings - Arthur of Camelot, Lazar of Serbia, Boru of Ireland, and more - for all eternity.

Unfortunately, the cave's exit proves murkier than its entrance, leaving Timothy separated from his guide - and easy prey for the child-eating Baba Yaga. Unwilling to abandon his master, Yo-Yo topples the Baba Yaga's walking hut with his necklace (in truth an infinitely extendable chain), freeing Timothy in time for Rose to rediscover them. When Baba Yaga refuses to give up her "dinner", Rose threatens to reveal her true name - the greatest fear of any magical creature, and one that the witch dares not risk.

Following Baba Yaga's retreat, Timothy and Rose encounter Titania, Queen of Faerie, who - to Rose's horror - gifts Timothy a key to Faerie's neighboring realms. The key allows Timothy glimpses of Skartaris, Myrra, Gemworld, Hell, and the Dreaming - but by Faerie law, also indebts him to Titania. Despite Occult's protests, Titania demands that Timothy either indenture himself or gift her something equal to the key; to her shock, Timothy presents such a gift, as the egg he had claimed is a Mundane Egg, capable of "hatching" worlds.

Though displeased, Titania accepts the egg, and allows Timothy to leave Faerie. With the Faerie Queen's key still in his possession, Timothy prepares for the final stage of his education, under the enigmatic Mr. E.



Notes

  • Timothy is implied to be Queen Titania's son - a fact which Gaiman's numerous successors on The Books of Magic would alternatively repudiate and confirm.
  • The market-warden Glory would later reappear in The Sandman: Overture, where his authority is implied to extend far beyond merely Faerie.

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