Tag Archives: Death Row Designs

Duchess and Irina Reporting from Fairelands, Day 2

Fairelands Junction (Sponsored by Sanctuary RP Community)
Fairelands calling, Fairelands calling! It’s time to continue our journey through the Fantasy Faire and our next stop is Blackwater Glenn. This untamed woodland settlement is breathtakingly beautiful, although I’m a bit vary of the marshes, there just might be eels waiting for an opportunity to attack me, and I don’t find the thought of eels very appealing. As any good female reporter would do, we check out the stores first.
Blackwater Glenn
“Okay, hit it.” Duchess says to me when we find a nice spot for the report after the shopping spree.
“One, two, three, testing… Is this thing on? Testing..” I tap the microphone less than gently as it doesn’t seem to turn on. “Testing … WORK! YOU WRETCHED THING!!” I shout out with all the fury I can muster and of course just then the microphone works.
Duchess looks like she wished that the earth could swallow her at this very moment as I’m yelling like a madwoman, and in live report no less.
“Erm, sorry about that!” I flash a smile to the camera and resume my report. ” Irina and Duchess live from Blackwater Glenn! As you can see, this beautiful swamp-ish -”
“Irina!! You can’t say swamp-ish! It’s not even a word!” Duchess exclaims.
“Hrrrmmpfff…” The smallest of sighs escapes from me. “This beautiful village in a forestal area, with a few marshes scattered here and there, is the perfect example of how a man and nature can exist in harmony.. and now for the shopping opportunities here…. “

One and half hours later we’ve finally covered all the local merchandise and it’s time to move on.

Heavenslough Sponsered by Creators of Fantasy

Next our path takes us to another marshland, Heavenslough. Also this place is incredibly beautiful. We’re rushing back and forth exploring the flora and the fauna, watching the little animals, admiring the massive falls at the center of everything – and of course shopping like no tomorrow.

Having learned from my previous mistake, I make sure the microphone works before we start our report. “Irina and Duchess live from Heavenslough! Behind us, you can see an ancient rock formation, which is often used in druidic rituals and -.” I sneak a glance into the bog on my left only to gravely regret it a moment later, for I see two tentacles briefly reaching out from the murky water. “Duchess!!! There’s a swamp-monster in there!! Look!!” I point to the spot where the water now lays completely still.
Duchess stares at the water for a moment and rolls her eyes. “There’s nothing in there, just water. Go on with the report.”
I step a little closer to Duchess just in case, my gaze flickering between the water and the standing stone we’re here to report, my voice quivering ever so slightly. “ .. The large boulder is also regarded as a shrine to the deities of the nature and many forest-dwellers wander here frequently to pray, make offerings or just to meditate. Also if you look carefully – “
“SON OF A TROLL!! There – is – a monster!!!” Duchess’ eyes caught finally unnatural movement at the water on our left. “Tactical retreat! TACTICAL RETREAT!!”

The microphone and camera fall into the ground and we run like little elves into the safety of the traveled paths. Thankfully, we meet a pleasant and brave gentleman, who agrees to get our equipment back to us for a small, nominal fee.

Photography by Duchess Flux
Text by Irina Strazytski

Duchess wears:
FAUN: Autumn Tribe Mesh Faun {Autumn Leaf} by Satyrs Moon ~ Available at Fantasy Faire at Heavenslough
NECKLACE: Gilgalad by Bliensen + MaiTai ~ Available at Fantasy Faire at Faery Court
ARM BANDS: Elf Armor by Death Row Designs ~ Available at Fantasy Faire at Hope’s Horizon
REMAINING OUTFIT: See Duchess’s blog Threads and Tuneage

Irina wears:
TUNIC:22769 – [femme] Linnen Tunic (brown) @ Hope’s Horizon
SKIRT: 22769 – [femme] Battleskirt (brown leather) @ Hope’s Horizon
BOOTS: Death Row Designs – Elf Armor @ Hope’s Horizon
REMAINING OUTFIT: See Irina’s blog Dark Chest of Wonders

Meet Our Sponsors: Death Row Designs

jaimy@FF

Jaimy Hancroft, the creator of Death Row Designs and one of the creators of Dwarfins is also the sim builder of Hope’s Horizon. She shares with us her love for fantasy and the Faire, her development as a builder and the story behind Hope’s Horizon.

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Fair. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

I am a creator for Dwarfins and last year’s experience with Dwarfins had a major impact on me. I absolutely loved it, I loved it so much I applied to be a sim builder as well, so there was no real thinking about it for me.

Hopes Horizon 1 by Jaimy Hancroft

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

I began just making shirts for myself, people liked them and wanted to buy them off me, so that’s how it all started. I started with a tiny stall and worked my way up slowly for the past seven years. What inspires me, everything. DRD has no solid theme, I just make whatever I feel like making. If I feel like making zombies, I do it, the next day I might feel like making fairy wings and I go for it… it’s just fun coming up with cool designs and bringing it to life.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Well, LOTS of people have asked for armor, so I will be doing elvish armor this year for DRD :)

deathrowdesignselfarmor

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

I have always loved fantasy, my first fantasy movie I saw was the Dark Crystal and all the creatures, creations are so amazing, my love for fantasy just grew from there. I am a big Lord of the Rings fan and hoping we will have plenty more fantasy for us to watch in the future. I just love fantasy because you can create even the impossible for this theme and in fantasy, nothing is impossible.

Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

Last year was actually my first very active year at Fantasy Faire and I think I was there all day almost everyday. The people you meet, the fun, the events, the organization is just impeccable and the people and organizers are amazing to work with, the backstage group is so fun and everything that just surrounds this whole event is amazing, I was blown away from day one… I have no favorite memory, the entire Faire and everything that comes with it is something to look forward to.

Hopes Horizon 2 by Jaimy Hancroft

How was Hope’s Horizon born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Hope’s Horizon was born in Tolkien’s mind, because the sim is inspired by the great city of Minas Tirith: of course with Second Life’s limitations and sim sizes, I would have needed all ten sims to accomplish that, but I did my own smaller rendition of it. I am dedicating this build to my dad, who passed away a couple years ago of cancer. He was a major Lord of the Rings fan and this was my chance to do something great to make him proud. The building stands high above everything and it is as if you are flying when you reach the top, you can see the surrounding Faire sims when you are standing there. I have put a blossoming tree at the top to represent life, and everything good in life. The tree is blossoming there in all its glory on top of this city in remembrance of our loved ones letting you all know that the spirit never dies…

Thank you, Jaimy, for taking the time to chat with us, and most importantly: thank you for being a part of the Fairelands!

Hopes Horizon 3 by Jaimy Hancroft