Revision #2 in post #13
A few notes on this -- it's from multiple POVs, so sticking solely with the MC, Cadell, is difficult if I want to get the full story across. I'm sure there's plenty of room for improvement, so any feedback you can give is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
(Also, the Þ symbol is called a thorn, and is pronounced like a hard "th".)
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CADELL and his friend see a band of black-elves stumble through a rift into Faerie. The black-elves damage the trees, inciting the Fae's anger. When fighting ensues, the black-elves' iron weapons poison Cadell's friend. VIDAR, one of four light-elves who mistakenly followed the black-elves into Faerie, rides to the human settlement of Þorpstein for help. Vidar brings a human mage named EIRÍKR to heal Cadell's friend, but they arrive too late. Cadell kidnaps and tortures Eiríkr in grief-driven revenge. Eiríkr's family, Vidar, and the other light-elves rescue him.
When the conflict dies down, Cadell speaks with Vidar via a translator, and learns more about the light- and black-elves. Though the rift has shut on its own, the light-elves fear another may open. Seeing no other option to keep everyone safe, Cadell suggests an alliance between Fae and humans (and light-elves by proxy). To the surprise of all, QUEEN BRÍGH agrees, and negotiates a temporary truce.
THE LADY of the black-elves finds a rift leading from Svartálfheimr to Faerie. She seals it open to study it, and sends her half-brother JARL through to learn more. Jarl kidnaps Cadell as a gift for her on his return. When the Lady has Cadell tortured, he sees his cruelty toward Eiríkr mirrored in the black-elves, and resolves to change his ways. The Lady interrogates Cadell and presses him to join her, but he is unwavering in his loyalty to Queen Brígh. Cadell is bound and left for dead in an execution chamber.
Eiríkr leads a band of Fae, light-elves and humans through the rift to search for Cadell. They do not find him, and all evidence suggests that he is dead. They return to Faerie in defeat.
A black-elf named SIGNÝ finds Cadell and rescues him, then hides him in her home and heals his wounds. When he is well enough, Cadell escapes back to Faerie and brings Signý with him. He tells Queen Brígh of the Lady, and asks Eiríkr's forgiveness. Signý, unwilling to return to the Lady, decides to stay in Þorpstein, much to the dismay of many humans.
The Lady discovers Cadell missing, and Jarl goes out to recapture him. He becomes lost in Faerie and is captured by Fae, who hold him captive after he kills one of their own. Jarl is tried for murder and sentenced to die, but he escapes back to Svartálfheimr. Once there, he stands up to the Lady, but is killed when they fight. The Lady is injured, but victorious.
The Lady's fight against Jarl causes tremors throughout Svartálfheimr, which endanger the lives of many black-elves. One family decides to rebel against the Lady, and a small band of them escape to Faerie. Queen Brígh is suspicious, but Cadell welcomes their aid. They settle in Þorpstein along with Signý, giving what aid they can to the humans.
The allies prepare for war, enlisting the aid of many kiths of Fae for their unique abilities. The Lady musters an army of black-elves and attacks Þorpstein. The allies win, though the suffer heavy losses. Cadell petitions Queen Brígh to extend the truce into peacetime for the benefit of all. Queen Brígh is irritated, but says she will consider it.
The Lady grows impatient, and goes through the rift herself. She targets Fae, humans and elves indiscriminately, spreading fear and discord while staying hidden. Cadell continues to push for a permanent truce with the humans, which angers many Fae. One attacks Cadell, and Cadell kills him in self-defense. Queen Brígh exiles Cadell as punishment, and he takes up residence in Þorpstein.
The Lady makes one last assault against the mortals, and they finally corner her. Through the combined efforts of Cadell, Vidar, Eiríkr, Signý and others, she is killed. The rift between Faerie and Svartálfheimr closes without her power keeping it open, and the light-elves return to their home world.