- 1. To earn the Botany badge,
we need to identify and collect samples
- 2. of ten local plants.
- 3. Here are your itineraries.
- 4. Item one:
check the weather forecast.
- 5. Hilda?
- 6. Roger that.
- 7. This is Victoria Van Gale
- 8. of the Greater Trolberg
- 9. On the west side of the city,
- 10. expect those showers to continue
for approximately five seconds,
- 11. followed by clear skies
through the weekend.
- 12. Three, two, and one.
- 13. That woman is amazingly accurate.
- 14. Forecast acceptable.
- 15. - Bye, Mum. We're heading to the park.
- Oh, I almost forgot.
- 16. I made cucumber sandwiches
and peppermint iced tea for your trip.
- 17. Oh, thank...
- 18. you.
- 19. Come on!
We're already falling behind schedule.
- 20. I chose this area for maximum efficiency.
- 21. All the plants we need
should be within this half acre.
- 22. I found crab grass... and crab grass.
- 23. And crab grass!
- 24. We only need one, David.
- 25. Dandelions, purple thistle.
- 26. These are all just weeds.
- 27. They fulfill the requirements.
That's what's important.
- 28. Come on, earning these badges
isn't just about filling out paperwork.
- 29. It's about having
new experiences, adventures.
- 30. Why can't we look for a petaled manivore?
- 31. Or a struggling snake vine?
- 32. Oh! One of these?
- 33. Because none of those are in the city,
especially not the blue nettle.
- 34. - It's very rare.
- That's not true.
- 35. I've seen one.
- 36. What? That's impossible.
- 37. No, seriously.
But Frida's right.
- 38. We should probably leave it alone.
- 39. It's haunted.
- 40. You saw a ghost!
- 41. Yes. Well, no. I heard one.
- 42. They were talking about the weather.
- 43. A rare flower, conversational ghosts.
- 44. We have to investigate!
- 45. Uh, we should really focus
on earning the badge.
- 46. If we find a blue nettle,
- 47. we won't just earn the badge,
we'll earn it with golden wings.
- 48. Hmm.
- 49. All right, I'm in.
- 50. I would have never come here
on my own,
- 51. but I was following
a very interesting rabbit.
- 52. Look.
- 53. And listen.
- 54. - See? I told you.
- Come on.
- 55. I'll wait here.
- 56. That's nothing.
- 57. It's probably just some sort
of weird echo—
- 58. Wait!
- 59. - What? What is it?
- It isn't an echo or ghosts.
- 60. It's elves.
- 61. I don't see anything.
- 62. That's because you haven't filled out
the proper paperwork.
- 63. We came all this way.
- 64. I'm not going to let
tiny, invisible men stop me.
- 65. Careful! They look wild.
- 66. What was that?
- 67. Attack!
- 68. Ow! I've been hit!
- 69. They're attacking!
- 70. I gathered.
- 71. Defend the clan till your last breath!
- 72. Run!
- 73. Oh.
- 74. Oh, hey. It's the rabbit I saw.
- 75. Charge!
- 76. Those aren't just rabbits.
- 77. Ah!
- 78. Oh, cruddlesticks.
- 79. Uh, guys?
- 80. We should have...
just stuck... to crab grass.
- 81. Wait!
- 82. - Where's David?
- We have to go back for him!
- 83. Ow!
- 84. You can't even see them.
We need to ask for help.
- 85. You may have to fill out some forms.
- 86. - Sign there, and there, and there.
- Oh, smudged it.
- 87. You're sure it was elves?
- 88. Positive.
- 89. That seems impossible.
- 90. I'm the only elf in Trolberg.
- 91. Unless...
- 92. Unless what? Oh, hello.
- 93. There you are.
- 94. That's what kidnapped David?
- 95. S— Sort of. They were hairier.
- 96. Unless you've discovered
the Lost Clan of the Northern Counties!
- 97. Oh, this is fantastic news!
- 98. - Finally, the contracts can be signed!
- 99. - Wait. What's he talking about?
- I'm not actually sure.
- 100. Alfur, what contract?
- 101. Oh, it is a thrilling tale.
- 102. Is it also a short tale?
They have our friend.
- 103. Oh, right, yes. Of course.
- 104. Well, I don't want
to deprive you of the drama,
- 105. so I'll tell you on the way.
- 106. - What do we do now?
- I don't know.
- 107. We've never taken a human prisoner before.
- 108. Do you think he knows
there's a bug in his hair?
- 109. Hilda? Frida?
- 110. Anybody?
- 111. Our tale begins
in the time of the first elves.
- 112. Two elf families met at dawn
on an ancient plot of land.
- 113. Their purpose:
to execute a real estate contract.
- 114. Wait, is this a story about paperwork?
- 115. Oh, yes. Most elf legends are.
- 116. The Aldric family
wished to buy a parcel of their land.
- 117. And the Bragga family,
well, they wished to sell it.
- 118. This was one of the oldest
and most valuable plots of land
- 119. in all of elf-dom.
- 120. The revisions were fierce.
- 121. Clauses were included,
terms were terminated.
- 122. The amendments alone took an entire day.
- 123. Finally, many drafts later,
it was finished.
- 124. A masterwork of mutual obligation.
- 125. Both families signed in triplicate
and took it to the king for his approval.
- 126. Then disaster struck.
- 127. The king realized the Bragga, the sellers,
had only signed twice!
- 128. You're supposed to gasp now.
- 129. Really? That's all?
- 130. You don't understand!
- 131. In those ancient days,
- 132. it was treason to bring
an unfinished contract before the king.
- 133. He exiled the Bragga family on the spot.
- 134. With the contract technically unfinished,
the king declared the plot...
- 135. No Elf's Land!
- 136. It remains untouched,
neither bought nor sold, to this very day.
- 137. The laws are much fairer now,
- 138. If a Bragga signs this contract,
their exile will be over.
- 139. But, unfortunately, nobody's been able
to find them for generations.
- 140. And it's going to stay that way.
- 141. - You were right. They are hairier.
- Let me talk to them.
- 142. Hello!
I am Alfur of the Northern Counties.
- 143. Are you the Lost Clan?
- 144. Hmm.
- 145. Some call us that, yes.
- 146. I am Bartell, leader of the Bragga family.
- 147. It's all right, Twig.
- 148. Really? Oh, then I have fantastic news.
- 149. Your exile is over!
- 150. Oh, that's great.
- 151. - That's great!
- 152. - All you need to do is sign this contract.
- 153. After being exiled,
our family swore off paperwork forever.
- 154. A Bragga will never sign another document,
not even a receipt.
- 155. No paperwork?
- 156. But... but how do you
keep track of everything?
- 157. Of offers, of acceptance, of, of terms?
- 158. Well, it's simple.
- 159. We keep our word.
And when we don't, we enter combat!
- 160. Yeah, come on!
- 161. Combat! Yeah!
- 162. Aw! Adorable, yet fearsome.
- 163. Please, it, it's just one signature.
- 164. Hmm.
- 165. What's your interest here?
- 166. Oh, I'm just a good Samaritan,
trying to help where I can.
- 167. No.
- 168. It's more than that.
- 169. You...
- 170. You're an Aldric, aren't you?
- 171. Uh... yes. Yes, I am.
- 172. Alfur, your family
tried to buy No Elf's Land?
- 173. They did, and thereby
are responsible for our exile.
- 174. Well, that's hardly a fair interpretation.
- 175. You must suffer for your family's crimes.
- 176. There must be combat!
- 177. You will not leave this land until you
take on all ten of our rabbit warriors,
- 178. including Agnes.
- 179. But I don't even know
how to ride a rabbit.
- 180. - Hi, Agnes.
- Don't worry, Alfur.
- 181. Nobody takes our friend without a fight.
- 182. Bring it on, you bunnies.
- 183. Hold on!
Everybody calm down.
- 184. Contracts always have loopholes.
There must be another solution.
- 185. Give us a day.
- 186. Let us see if we can find a solution
that makes everybody happy.
- 187. Hmm...
- 188. Your offer is acceptable.
- 189. Also, if we succeed,
we want the blue nettle.
- 190. Just, just a clipping.
- 191. Fine.
- 192. But we're holding on to the boy
to make sure you all come back.
- 193. That's all right with me.
- 194. I imagine it will be safer
than whatever you end up getting into.
- 195. I'll just stay here
with the invisible ant men.
- 196. We are not ant men!
- 197. Um, if you want,
I could make you visible to him.
- 198. - It just takes a bit of paperwork.
- 199. Never mind.
- 200. You elves are thorough, aren't you?
- 201. Mm.
- 202. What are you all doing?
I thought you were out looking for plants.
- 203. We were.
- 204. But now it seems we're reviewing
a miniature contract for loopholes.
- 205. Ah, I see.
- 206. Oh! How about this?
- 207. "An elf contract is null and void
if destroyed by the fire of a lindworm."
- 208. So we need to find a lindworm.
- 209. - Now that's an adventure!
- 210. They put that clause in every contract.
- 211. It doesn't actually mean anything.
- 212. Lindworms are very rare
and very paperwork averse.
- 213. - Heh, it's like saying, "When cows fly."
- You mean pigs.
- 214. Oh, no. That happens
with some regularity.
- 215. Do we have any better ideas?
- 216. So, where do we start looking
for a lindworm?
- 217. I kind of hoped we'd be setting out
into a deep, dark forest.
- 218. The library
is a forest for the imagination.
- 219. And research,
the greatest adventure of them all.
- 220. I like him.
- 221. Found it!
- 222. Habitats and Hideouts,
volume 27, section 3.
- 223. I love a good subject-based
- 224. "Lindworms are notoriously
- 225. and most fled
during the construction of the city.
- 226. At last report, only one lair remained
in all of Trolberg."
- 227. Well, where is it?
- 228. According to the key,
the lair should be right here.
- 229. - The lindworm lives under water?
- Uh, well, not exactly.
- 230. We could swim it.
- 231. Wait. I may have a solution.
- 232. - I need a conch shell and a tide chart.
- 233. There's one in the Sparrow Scout's Guide.
- 234. All right, let's see.
- 235. High tide at dusk. Very good!
- 236. Would, would you mind?
Sorry. Tiny lungs.
- 237. Give it kind of a "ooo-eee-whah."
- 238. What exactly am I looking for?
- 239. Ah!
- 240. Whoa!
- 241. It's a water spirit!
- 242. We were hoping you could give us a ride
to that island out there.
- 243. It's okay, Twig.
- 244. We'll be back soon.
- 245. So, tell me, what do you...
- 246. What do— What do you usually do
when you're a hostage, eh?
- 247. - This is actually my first time.
- Oh, ours, too. Ours, too.
- 248. Also, I'm over here.
- 249. Eh, did you know there's a bug
in your hair?
- 250. All right, according to the book,
signs of a lindworm lair
- 251. include disturbed foliage,
- 252. And high plumes of smoke?
- 253. Yes, exactly.
How did you...?
- 254. Oh.
- 255. It's a garden.
- 256. Come on.
- 257. Whoa! Look at the flora!
- 258. Whoa, I think this might be
a petaled manivore.
- 259. What?
- 260. Whoa!
- 261. That's a lindworm?
- 262. Yes. What were you expecting?
- 263. - A worm.
- 264. Its nostrils.
- 265. This is perfect.
We don't even have to wake it up.
- 266. We can just hold the contract
in front of its nose and, poof,
- 267. problem solved.
- 268. Do you really think this is a good idea?
- 269. It feels a tad dangerous.
- 270. It won't take a second. Just watch.
- 271. For No Elf's Land.
- 272. Come on.
- 273. Why are you sneaking up on me
in my sleep?
- 274. Uh, sorry.
We were just—
- 275. Oh, of course, another elf
looking to get out of a contract.
- 276. What is it this time?
- 277. Short-term lease?
- 278. Non-disclosure agreement?
- 279. We just wanted a puff of fire.
- 280. Well, I'm tired of giving away
my drake-given talents for free.
- 281. Maybe if I devour you lot,
everyone will finally get the message.
- 282. Um...
- 283. Who said anything about free?
- 284. Excuse me?
- 285. We're not here to mooch.
- 286. In fact, we're very eager
to draw up an arrangement
- 287. that would be acceptable to both parties.
- 288. What could you possibly have
that would be of interest to me?
- 289. Uh, well, um...
- 290. Hilda?
- 291. Oh. Um...
- 292. Plants!
- 293. I'm sorry?
- 294. I gather you have a bit
of a, excuse the joke, green thumb.
- 295. It's true.
I'm not interested in the googaws
- 296. the younger, flashier dragon crowd
goes in for.
- 297. I prefer the real treasures of the earth.
- 298. So do we.
- 299. In fact, we spent the entire morning
- 300. collecting
some unique, very exciting samples.
- 301. Isn't that right?
- 302. "Exciting" is a strong word.
- 303. Frida, show her.
- 304. Crab grass? Dandelions?
- 305. I've been trying to get my hands
on some good urban flora for years now.
- 306. I haven't been able to muster up
the energy to go back into the city.
- 307. My social anxiety is just awful.
- 308. Would you part
with these exquisite specimens?
- 309. I'd be more than willing
to burn your contract in return.
- 310. And not devour us?
- 311. Oh... I suppose.
- 312. Can we get that in writing?
- 313. Sign here, and here, and here.
- 314. Very nice. Thank you.
- 315. Right! We're all set.
- 316. See? All the best legends
- 317. David, we're back!
- 318. I'm so sorry it took so long.
- 319. Are you okay?
- 320. Bartell did it.
- 321. It's to keep the bugs out.
- 322. You know, David is quite the young man.
- 323. He has set the bar very high
for future hostages.
- 324. Now, let me guess.
- 325. You have failed to break the contract
and have returned for combat!
- 326. No! Very much the opposite.
- 327. That glow.
- 328. Lindworm flame?
- 329. Mm-hmm. The contract is broken.
- 330. Your exile is over!
- 331. You can finally leave this place
and move into No Elf's Land.
- 332. Oh.
- 333. "Oh"?
What do you mean, "Oh"?
- 334. Well, uh, we were so angry
about being exiled,
- 335. we never thought about
actually leaving this place.
- 336. - The wall is our home.
- But what about No Elf's Land?
- 337. I don't know.
- 338. Do you still want it?
- 339. Really? You'd cede
your ownership rights just like that?
- 340. No contract, no lease, no anything?
- 341. Well, we have our own way
of sealing deals.
- 342. Oh.
- 343. Good.
- 344. You're right, Bartell.
This is way better than paperwork.
- 345. It is quite the spectacle.
- 346. Is it okay if I have seconds?
- 347. We'll have to recollect
all new samples tomorrow.
- 348. But wasn't that worth it today?
- 349. A day in which we were attacked by elves,
- 350. carried by a water spirit,
and almost eaten by a dragon?
- 351. Yeah, I guess it was.
- 352. Oh, oh, Agnes is up.
- 353. Whoa! Ow!
- 354. Alfur, a toast.
- 355. To contracts!
- 356. To contracts!
- 357. To contracts!
- 358. Yeah!