MAGICK & POISON
Props

(In order of appearance)


PIED PIPER'S GIFTED FLUTE


Pied Piper's
Gifted
Woodwind

FABLE DESCRIPTION
It is this very woodwind, given to the Pied Piper by Death, that will lead the Children's Crusade in France in 1212.  It is this same woodwind that will lead the rats out of Hamelin, Germany (and then the children) to be drowned in the Weser River in 1284.  However, none of that has happened yet in this story.  The year in this tale is 1199, a good thirteen years before the Pied Piper goes mad.  Perhaps he gets too much sun or he owes Death a favor.  Nonetheless, in this story, it is still the days when Pied Piper is a charismatic, eccentric, traveling storyteller with a wonderous gift of tongue.  To entice his audience into his stories, he uses one of his woodwinds to melodically lure them in.  This particular woodwind, Pied Piper's first one, is his favorite.

REAL DETAILS
Based upon different illustrations of medieval and renaissance woodwinds, the Pied Piper’s Gifted Woodwind is an example of the appearance of large woodwinds during these periods in history.  The Pied Piper's Gifted Woodwind was custom-built by Ron Grady Woodworking (of Columbus, Ohio, USA) based on the specifications of Timothy S. Klugh. Made from ash wood, this woodwind is 1.5” thick and 28” long.



PIED PIPER'S SHOULDER BAG


Pied Piper's
Shoulder
Bag

FABLE DESCRIPTION
From his travels, the Pied Piper has collected several woodwinds from Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, in fact some of the woodwinds in his bad suggests he’s also been to the New World, although the New World it is 293 years before Christopher Columbus stumbles upon it. He carries all his woodwinds (save the Gifted Woodwind) in his shoulder bag.

REAL DETAILS
The should bag was a made by Delora D. Klugh.



PIED PIPER'S CHINESE FLUTE


Pied Piper's
Chinese
Flute

FABLE DESCRIPTION
This flute was made for Pied Piper by an oriental woodwind maker after Pied Piper told a story about a beautiful dragon. The Pied Piper is famous in villages of China for his pinghua style of storytelling with elegant words spoken in cadence accompanied by music. His Chinese tales could often take several months to tell.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper’s Chinese flute was designed and built by Timothy S. Klugh and Delora D. Klugh. The illustrations on the Chinese flute is the artistry of Delora D. Klugh.



PIED PIPER’S JAPANESE SHAKUHACHI


Pied Piper's
Japanese
Shakuhachi

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Pied Piper obtained his Japanese bamboo shakuhachi during his travels through Japan in the twelfth century where he would tell stories as a prophetic traveling blind bard (known there as a biwa-hoshi) telling tales of samurai battles while playing his woodwinds instead of the more commonly used biwa played by other Japanese storytellers.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper’s Japanese shakuhachi was built by Timothy S. Klugh and painted by Delora D. Klugh.



PIED PIPER’S PERSIAN NEY


Pied Piper's
Persian
Ney

FABLE DESCRIPTION
On his trips through the lands of Islam, Pied Piper purchased his Persian ney while being a naghali. Animatedly telling his stories, he would portray different characters by himself as he would relate epic and mythical tales while the people dined.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper’s Persian ney was designed, built and etched by Timothy S. Klugh.



PIED PIPER’S FOLK FLUTE


Pied Piper's
Folk
Flute

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Pied Piper was given his folk flute by a merchant that he entertained with a fable as he camped with the merchant one evening along a trade route in Asia. The merchant could not remember where he had acquired the flute but thought that the Pied Piper should keep it since he played it so beautifully.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper’s folk flute designed and constructed by Timothy S. Klugh.



PIED PIPER’S OCARINA


Pied Piper's
Ocarina

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Although ocarinas are found around the world, Pied Piper’s ocarina looks suspiciously as if it came from the New World in the area that would become known as the Mesoamerican region. However, if asked about his ocarina, Piep Piper would only smile and say, “Tis a mysterious indeed.” If he had traveled to the New World, he would have obtained the ocarina from the Toltecs who dominated the area with their empire from 10th to 12th centuries.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper’s ocarina was purchased at a gift shop in Chillicothe, Ohio for the show.



PIED PIPER’S TREE SPIRIT FLUTE


Pied Piper's
Tree
Spirit
Flute

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Hewn from a tree limb, Pied Piper carries a flute made from the hands of the gnomes that contains the spirit of the tree it was carved from. This flute can only be heard by magical creatures. Because Pied Piper has been blessed with some enchanted gifts, he is able to hear the music only audible to the fairy folk.

REAL DETAILS
Pied Piper's stick flute was made by Timothy S. Klugh and Delora D. Klugh using a stick Timothy found at a park in Darby Dale, Ohio.



TOMISLAV'S ATHAME


Tomislav's
Athame

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Tomislav’s athame is a magical knife used for directing, controlling and manipulating magical power. Although the witch’s custom is to never use the athame to cut anything, Tomislav holds no regard to that custom if someone has truly done her wrong. However, the consequence of using the athame as a physical weapon will cause the witch to lose her magical abilities. Therefore, when Tomislav chooses to kill someone with her athame, she has someone else take the athame and do the killing for her. For magical purposes, Tomislav uses her athame as an alternative aimer for the magic in her staff. She uses the point of the athame in place of the Stick End of her staff to direct the magic that she casts. Regardless, the athame can only do this controlling of the staff’s stored magic if Tomislav is holding both at the same time. As a stronger method to delivering a magical blow, Tomislav may summon magic straight from the caldron through her athame at a victim.

REAL DETAILS
The athame of the witch Tomislav is an authentic athame that was donated to this production by the Blessed Be Spiritual Shop (in Grove City, Ohio, USA.)



TOMISLAV'S SHEATH


Tomislav's
Sheath

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Ripped from a tree in the Enchanted Forest, Tomislav used a strip of bark as a sheath for her athame. The evil magic emanating from the athame has caused the bark to degenerate. The sheath reflects Tomislav’s talent to deceive by being far longer than the athame blade it holds.

REAL DETAILS
Tomislav's athame sheath was made from bark that had fell from a tree in a woods near Timothy S. Klugh's home (in Grove City, Ohio, USA). The bark was wrapped around a rigid handmade pocket that holds the athame.



TOMISLAV'S STAFF


Tomislav's
Staff

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Tomislav is a witch who came with her sister Rostislav to the Land of Fabula several hundred years ago. Fabula is one of the last pure fable lands in the world, and the sisters’ intention was to take over, conquer and control it. Tomislav is more powerful in her magic than Rostislav, and Tomislav is also the leader of the witch’s coven. Although Tomislav and Rostislav’s main magic core is their cauldron, the two witches are able to extract some of the magic from their cauldron and put them into their own personal magical implements. Tomislav’s personal magical implement is her staff, which Tomislav constructed not long after arriving in the Land of Fabula. Her staff is made of wood and rocks hewn from the enchanted forest. Also hanging from her staff are beads that supply Tomislav further magical abilities. Some of these crystals of particular power are the red stones that allow Tomislav to summon demons and devils from the underworld.

Top Of Tomislav's Staff


The top of Tomislav's staff is an arsenal of magical tools. It includes The Catcher, The Absorbtion Stone, The Womb Stone, The Caster and the Summoning Beads.


THE CATCHER

The
Catcher

The Catcher is the largest feature framed by a warped looping stick and containing a bewitched dream catcher within. The webbing of The Catcher catches magic in the area near the staff. The beads in the webbing are called Collecting Beads, and they direct that magic caught in the web to the Absorption Stone.

THE ABSORPTION STONE

The
Absorption
Stone

The Absorption Stone entraps the magic that is caught in the webbing of the Catcher.

THE WOMB STONE

The
Womb
Stone

The magic collected into the Absorption Stone is sent along the wooden rim of the Catcher to impregnate the Womb Stone which resides wrapped in hemp in a fork in the staff just below the Caster.

THE CASTER

The
Caster

The stored magic impregnated in the Womb Stone can be aimed and cast directly at its victim by means of The Caster, which is the ending of the staff rod jutting out directly above the Womb Stone.

THE SUMMONING BEADS

The
Summoning
Beads

The Summoning Beads give the rod of the staff power to summon demons and devils.



THE ROD
The rod of Tomislav’s staff is the door knocker to the underworld. When Tomislav does her ritual tapping of the rod of her staff to the ground, the demon or devil of her desire is summoned to her.
The
Rod



REAL DETAILS
Tomislav's Staff was completely dreamed up, designed and built by Timothy S. Klugh. The wood part of it is a thick rigid vine that Timothy found near his home (in Grove City, Ohio, USA.)  To get the curved shape of the top of the staff, Timothy soaked the vine in water for several days. Each afternoon (during the soaking process,) Timothy would bend the soaked portion of the vine a little further and bind it into its new position before letting it soak another day. The rocks used to make the Absorption Stone and the Womb Stone came from the front garden of Timothy's house. The beads were provided by Delora D. Klugh. The webbing in the staff and the wrap are all made of hemp string. The "magical" operations of Tomislav's Staff are based on research of the lore of witch's besoms and spiritual staffs used in various cultures around the world.



ROSTISLAV'S BESOM


Rostislav's
Besom

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Rostislav is a witch who came with her sister Tomislav from the underworld to take over, conquer and control the Land of Fabula. One of the last pure fable lands left in existence. While Tomislav is more powerful in magic than her sister is, Rostislav has the power to appear kindly to others which allows Rostislav to poison her victims without using force. Although Tomislav and Rostislav’s main magic core is their caldroun, the two witches are able to extract some of the magic from their caldroun and put them into their own personal magical implements. Rostislav’s personal magical implement is her besom, which Rostislav constructed not long after arriving in the Land of Fabula. Her besom is made of wood hewn from the enchanted forest. Also hanging from her staff are beads that supply Rostislav with further magic abilities.


THE POLE

The
Pole

The Pole of Rostislav’s besom is for directing magic intentions, be it spells, hexes, curses or flight. Rostislav uses the Pole to aim the direction of her attack or path of flight.

FLIGHT BEADS, MEMORY BEADS
AND POISONING BEADS

Flight
Beads,
Memory
Beads
and
Poisoning Beads

There are several magical beads that hang from the besom. Some of the beads give Rostislav's besom the power to fly. Some of the beads give Rostislav great clarity of memory. Other beads allow the poisons that she uses to stay potent longer than normal on the items that she puts poison on, such as her dagger.

THE BRISTLES

The
Bristles

The bristles of Rostislav’s besom is used to collect and impregnate the besom with whatever magic has been extracted from the cauldron. The bristles entrap the magic and become a womb for it. If the magic collected is a greatly powerful magic, the besom gains the ability to fly.

REAL DETAILS
Rostislav's Staff was designed by Timothy S. Klugh and built by Timothy S. Klugh and Delora D. Klugh. The wood bristle part of it are made of sticks and twigs from trees and bushes found near Timothy's home (in Grove City, Ohio, USA.)  The wood pole is made from a fallen branch of a tree that Timothy found in a woods near his home.  The beads were provided by Delora D. Klugh. The wrap is hemp string. The "magical" operations of Rostislav's Besom are based on research of the lore of witch's besoms.



ROSTISLAV'S DAGGER


Rostislav's
Dagger

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Unlike Tomislav’s athame, Rostislav’s dagger does not contain any magical abilities. Rostislav dips her dagger into many poisons consistently and to great abundance in order to keep the dagger’s blade toxic and deadly to her victims. Her magic poisoning beads on her besom make any poison she has last longer in toxicity than they normally would.

REAL DETAILS
Rostislav's dagger was purchased in a antique store (in Columbus, Ohio, USA) and was decorated with creative witch-style markings by Delora D. Klugh.



CUÉLEBRE: THE GATEKEEPER'S SWORD


Cuélebre:
The
Gatekeeper's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
The Gatekeeper holds a very important position in King Thrushbeard’s castle, a position of high security and trust. In history, perhaps there are only a few gatekeepers who would be known to be so dedicated to his job as Thrushbeard's gatekeeper was to him. However, for this Gatekeeper of King Thrushbeard, this dedication came easy for he was bestowed with magic that was given him by a wizard who he had protected when an rogue archer tried to stick the wizard in the back. With just a swing of a dagger, the gatekeeper swiftly chopped the passing arrow in half causing the front half of it to flip and bounce off the wizard's back. The wizard turned around and saw the dagger and the arrow cut in half on the ground. To show his gratitude, the wizard gave two great gifts to his rescuer. The first gift, was the ability to always be on watch for others by never having to sleep. The second was a sword of extraordinary forging named Cuélebre... named after a giant, winged dragon with serpentine qualities who guarded treasures and kept prisoners.

Cuélebre is a sword has three parts, a long ridged blade that than becomes a small section of narrow, jagged ridges like a saw. Near to the tip is a traditional straight broadsword blade. This combination blade is a small army into itself, and represent the three bites of the three dragon heads that decorative bite from the guard on the hilt of the sword.

The Gatekeeper rarely sheathes his sword. Always alert and onguard, the Gatekeeper keeps his sword in a parade position ever ready for battle.

REAL DETAILS
The Gatekeeper's Sword was excitedly presented to this production by Ron Kelso (of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA) as a partial donation to the show. Ron purchased the sword several years ago at a Renaissance Festival.



JESTER'S MAROTTE


Jester's
Marotte

FABLE DESCRIPTION
The jester’s marotte (pronounced “mar’-aht”) is a scepter with a carved head on it. The face on a marotte is usually carved to look similar to the jester who owns it. In the case of Gregory, the scepter face does not reflect its owner. Instead, the face is flamboyant and seems to have an expression of courage about it that cannot be broken. This is the face that Gregory uses to help him hide the fact that he has such a low esteem of himself. His marotte allows him to appear to others with an assurity in himself that does not really exist.

REAL DETAILS
The marotte was constructed and crafted by the work of Spirit Williams, Timothy S. Klugh and Delora D. Klugh. Timothy conceptualized the marotte to have a fairytale appearance rather than a historically accurate appearance. The year specified as the current year in the show is 1199, and jester marotte’s that would be around at that time would have been very simple in design and not very ornate. Timothy wanted his marotte a little oversized and painted to get attention so that it would reflect the character Gregory's wish to be confident in his heart.

THE HEAD


The head of the jester’s marotte was sculpted by the wood craft artist Spirit Williams (of Rockbridge, Ohio, USA.) Spirit is a renowned artist who has her woodcraft creations among collections in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States of America. She is known for her works inspired by nature and wildlife, but Spirit has done many other themes as well. Locally, many of Spirits works are on permanent display at the Columbus Zoo And Aquarium (in Powell, Ohio, USA.)

The painted face on the head of the marotte was the work of Delora D. Klugh who designed this face that Gregory uses to show his wished-for confidence. She chose to use the colors black, red and white to make a strong contrast of the facial features, with the exception of the eyes that she painted blue. A tell-tale tear can be perceived in the red shape on the marotte face's left cheek. Perhaps it is an indication of the vulnerability that exist in Gregory's soul.

The hat of the marotte, also made by Delora, was constructed by modifying a Halloween decoration.

THE POLE
The pole of the marotte is an old table leg. Timothy was concerned when he searched for the table leg he would use because he did not want to buy a table leg if the leg's three companions existed. Timothy wanted to make sure that he did not take apart a full set of legs that could be used again. The table leg he chose came from a set of three legs that were different sizes from each other. That table leg became to pole of the marotte. The pole was modified for the head of the marotte by the woodworker Joe Mazon (of Grove City, Ohio, USA.)

Delora painted the pole of the marotte black to allow the marotte's head to catch the viewer's attention.


The
Head





KING THRUSHBEARD'S SWORD


King
Thrushbeard's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
King Thrushbeard became king after he returned from the Crusades and started protecting the western islands of the Isles of Scilly which was under the reign of King Iron Henry. As King Thrushbeard became older he stopped carrying his battle swords from the Crusades. He past the battle swords down to his son Prince Charming and to his jester, Gregory, who was Prince Charming’s lifelong best friend. Since passing down his battle swords to his son and Gregory, King Thrushbeard only carries his ceremonial sword with him.

REAL DETAILS
King Thrushbeard's sword was purchased in an antique store in North Mytle Beach, South Carolina, USA.



PRINCE CHARMING'S SWORD


Prince
Charming's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Prince Charming is heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Harmonia. He is about to marry the mysterious Briar Rose who, until recently brought out of her spell, had been asleep for hundreds of years. Prince Charming is the most courageous and valiant of the fighters who protect the kingdom. Prince Charming’s sword was given to the prince by his father, King Thrushbeard, who used the sword while the king was in the Crusades. His father has two battle swords from The Crusades, the king gave one of his swords to the prince and the other to the prince’s life-long friend, Gregory, who is a jester of the king’s court.

REAL DETAILS
Prince Charming's sword was purchased at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, USA.



JESTER'S SWORD


Jester's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
King Thrushbeard raised Gregory as if he were a brother to Prince Charming. His intent to have Gregory protect and look after only his son, King Thrushbeard past down to Gregory one of the King’s two battle swords from The Crusades.

REAL DETAILS
The jester's sword was purchased at a pawn shop in Columbus, Ohio, USA.



THE GOBLIN KING'S SWORD


The
Goblin
King's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Nudd, The Goblin King, is also known as Lludd and is the royal leader of the goblins who dwell within the enchanted forest in the Land of Fabula. His tribe lives in a village in the enchanted forest called Annwn. No one has ever seen Annwn other than the goblins because the goblins keep the village (like all their other treasured items) hidden from view. While young goblins are tricksters and thieves, the adult goblins are vicious warriors.

Nudd, being the Goblin King, uses the sword past down to him from his father Beli Mawr who was the Goblin King before him.

REAL DETAILS
The Goblin King's sword was presented to the production by a sword collector (from Columbus, Ohio, USA) who was enthusiastic to see his sword in the show.



HARMONIAN SHORT SWORD


Harmonian
Short
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Some goblin's construct their own weapons, but many of them prize stealing their weapons instead.

The Harmonian short sword was stolen from Hark, The Herald, years ago when Hark was taking a moment to write on a parchment in the town of Gesælph.

REAL DETAILS
The Goblin King's sword was purchased from a sword reseller (in Grove City, Ohio, USA.)



GOBLIN CLUB


Goblin
Club

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Some goblin's construct their own weapons, but many of them prize stealing their weapons instead.

Many young goblin's use branches to be their clubs. One of these young goblins really liked his club because when he grew to be an adult, instead of making a more advanced weapon or stealing one, that same goblin chose to make a stronger larger club.

REAL DETAILS
The goblin club was found at a primitives-and-craft store (in Grove City, Ohio, USA.)



GOBLIN WAR MALLET


Goblin
War
Mallet

FABLE DESCRIPTION
Some goblin's construct their own weapons, but many of them prize stealing their weapons instead.

The war mallet is a weapon made by the goblins. Its heavy, gnarled, worm-eaten log branded in heavy metal rings requires a goblin of good strength to wield such a weapon. A long branch is used as the handle having a long enough length to give great momentum to the swings. The wool sock covering part of the handle is from a a pet sheep the goblin owned long ago.

REAL DETAILS
The war mallet was found at an antique mall (in Logan, Ohio, USA.) It's handle was broken, but it was repaired and reinforced my Timothy S. Klugh using a strong wood glues, duct tape, wire and electrical tape. The wool sock was made by Delora D. Klugh.



THE WOLF'S SWORD


The
Wolf's
Sword

FABLE DESCRIPTION
The Wolf is a high demon (or even a devil) from the underworld who is utter evil incarnate. The Wolf’s ravenous passion is to seek out the innocent and devour their flesh. The Wolf will use its sword only to dispatch any witness that may interrupt its meal. For The Wolf desires to eat the flesh of purity, and will feast upon it with great appetite. Anyone in the way who is not its target, will be killed and left to rot. While in the terrestrial world (both the mortal and fable lands), The Wolf can be killed although it is only temporary. The soul of The Wolf returns to the underworld, but it may return after a century of building up its power again. For every creature from the underworld is immortal.

REAL DETAILS
The Wolf's sword was presented to the production by a sword collector (from Gahanna, Ohio, USA) who was enthusiastic to see his sword in the show.