- Wizards who'd always been prepared to share their magical developments in the hope these will benefit the realm suddenly go very quiet. This can be a sign of treachery. It can equally indicate these wizards want to be sure they're on the winning side and right now they don't know which that will be. (They know better than to trust to luck on this).
- Worse, wizards who were happy to keep on sharing these developments are killed by others who want to steal their projects and use them for their own ends.
- Monsters and other creatures not seen for thousands of years suddenly appear in the realm again, almost certainly summoned up by those intending to lead them in battle. They are never summoned to appear for peaceful purposes.
- Riots are stirred up all over the place to keep the fairy government busy.
- Fairy godmothers like Eileen and Hanastrew suddenly find themselves almost permanently on call to deal with 3 above and possibly the wizards in 1 above.
- Said fairy godmothers find themselves under huge pressure and wonder if this is a set up to get them killed. They are right to wonder. It is a set up.
- Those the fairy government are hoping to recruit, or at least keep away from the more awkward witches and wizards, suddenly refuse to commit and again go quiet. Again this is a which is the winning side scenario.
- Often strange omens turn up but Eileen is very wary of these. They can be set up. She can think of a few dozen she could do.
- The realm as a whole is restless and the monarch spends most of her time visiting people and places trying to calm things down.
- People buy in stocks of food, water, fuel and top up their own magical defences. Strangers are suddenly not welcome in town as a result.
There are tell tale signs that trouble is imminent in the magical realm. Some of these are:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.