Xarek (BandxofxOrcs), the owner of Ruins of Xenark, and Angel (Angela Carling), one of the Staff Members at Ruins of Xenark, share with us the reason why Ruins of Xenark RP Community is sponsoring the Faire and talk about their roleplay community and their love for fantasy.
This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?
Angel: I came to Second Life in 2007 and have been involved in Fantasy Roleplay since that time, in some of the great early sims like Everwind and Mystara. My first Fantasy Faire was in 2012. I walked around staring in wonder the whole time. Especially Cerridwen’s build…..it looked like something straight out of Lord of the Rings.
Over the years, I spent more and more time at Fantasy Faire, to the point that last year I was there at the Opening Bell and stayed through the final hours.
In the last two years I have lost too many friends and loved ones to cancer. This year when the website first opened, I looked to see how I could get involved, saw the Sponsorship opportunities and thought….. “I can do that.” I’m not a creator or builder, but I am an active member of the Ruins of Xenark Roleplay Community and this is an excellent way to spread the word about it.
Tell us about your roleplay community. What kind of world-setting do you have and what type of roleplay do you usually do?
Xarek: I don’t like to really label it. We are fantasy. That’s the best I can do. We mesh medieval with steampunk elements and magitek elements. We like to really explore the world and such. As long as things don’t look too sci fi or modern it’s generally acceptable. I hate going to a ‘fantasy’ sim and being told that I can’t have goggles or something because they didn’t exist in the 800s and blah blah blah. That sounds so boring to base everything as if it was on earth. Keep fantasy fantasy!
Angel: We have one of the most beautiful, up-to-date roleplay sims in Second Life. Don’t take my word for it, come and see it for yourself! We also have great staff and terrific players.
Are you planning to roleplay in the Fairelands?
Xarek: I do intend to check it out some.
Angel: I do plan to. I think it will be interesting to walk into the scene, not knowing the players OOCly or in character, not having preformed ideas about what to say or do……Improv Theatre at its best!
What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?
Xarek: Realistic stuff is boring. I like monsters and magic and being able to do fantastical things. I love telling stories and being a part of stories.
Angel: I am a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, and most of my reading is fantasy books. I find that many roleplayers are writers at heart. We love making stories, having adventures, crafting a well-written descriptive phrase. And most of my own roleplay is light hearted comedy, I love to laugh with my friends.
Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?
Angel: Last year I took part in the Fae Parade and it was enormous fun! Definitely looking forward to that again. Oh… and…. yeah, shopping…. I will probably drop in to a store….. or twelve. There are a lot of monthly shopping events now, but Fantasy Faire has always been the one the creators wait for, and they roll out their best, most awesome new creations.
Thank you, Xarek and Angel, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for helping in bringing the Fairelands back!