Nomis was already taller than many fully-grown Elfins, and head and shoulders above those of his own age group at three inches and one quint. Most male Elfins, and indeed other clans of the Tylwyth Teg menfolk, were delighted to reach the three-inch mark; Clogfryn was considered very tall at three and a half inches. Nomis hoped that he would be as tall and powerful, one day, as his oldest friend. However, he still had much filling out to do, to alter his rather long, lanky appearance.
The final source of ridicule had come from the fact that he was an unusually sensitive and compassionate soul who cared for all growing things. His real strength lay in his special ability to heal his fellow Elfins and occasionally visitors from the other Tylwyth Teg clans
“Whew! What a night!” he thought to himself, too excited to settle down for bed. “I wonder if it was all just a dream, well the early part anyway. … I know that the last part was real!” He reached down and opened the pouch attached to the belt of his tunic. He tipped out the small ‘Preseli bluestone’ that Pelydryn had given him. The light had faded considerably but there was still a faint reassuring glow. He put it back in his pouch and gazed around the chamber.
The furniture of the Tylwyth Teg was much the same as that of the Dynols, stoutly made from the local hardwoods. As a boy, he had often been with the Elfin carpenters, as they foraged for their wood supplies. These they collected, from the off cuts the Dynols threw away in an already large tinder pile, just inside the keep of the castle.
The construction of his room was similar to most of the others in the Elfin Quarter. It was a tall thin crack, between two masonry blocks that had been hollowed out at the base. He was extraordinarily fortunate because his chamber was situated high up in the outer face of the Great Tower, so he had a tall thin window that was covered with a dragonfly wing. This gave him a clear uninterrupted view of Carningli, the Mystic Mountain.
Undressing for bed, Nomis sighed reluctantly as the moon sank into the west. Although it was extremely late, he was too excited to think of sleep.