All posts by Sonya Marmurek

Meet Our World Builders: Haveit Neox

Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis. photo by Lilia
Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis, photo by Lilia Artis.

Haveit Neox, the world builder of Sapphire Mirror Lake, shares with us the story of this beautiful world full of art and entertainment. He talks about his other art projects, shares stories of centaurs, reveals the soundtrack of Sapphire Mirror Lake and how it has been like dancing in one of the shows!

You have now been involved in the building of Fairelands for three years. Has the process of creating changed in this time, or your experience as a world-builder?

Color, and lots of it – I would say is a significant change. In many of my exhibits, I often tint in the family of browns, with accents of other colors. For Sapphire Mirror Lake however, it’s the reverse. Vivid color dominates the scenes. I’ve used variations of blues and reds in most of the figures, and in the underwater scene. For the festival around the giant centaur skeleton, I went wild with the child-like primary palette of yellow, red and blue. Secondary colors are also present there, but the main impact is delivered by the primary colors for a joyful toy-like aura. My friend Lilia Artis is a big influence there, always encouraging me on for more color. Hope I haven’t gone overboard! Another change is in the increase of mesh. The majority of builds on the sim are new and made for their unveiling at Fantasy Faire.

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How was Sapphire Mirror Lake born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Sapphire Mirror Lake falls into a recurring theme for many of my builds where I focus on centaurs; a mythical creature begging for an appearance at Fantasy Faire. Practically speaking in terms of sim development, I keep a large area around the stage clear so that the performers have ample room to construct large sets if they need. In this way, I spaced the colorful islands of buildings sparsely around the sim as points of interest for visitors to enjoy and explore between performances. To fill out the wide open lake, I chose the mirror water to reflect the buildings trailing across the surface. The water setting also offers just the right amount of murk under the lake. The sky setting illuminates the figures, yet gives a hint of shadow effect. Under the lake is where the builds are more densely packed as they do not conflict with the stage. But how do you get there? The mirror is a magical layer of sapphire stones shielding the waters of the lake. To access the blue world, you must go to either of the two gateways, found on different parts of the sim. Just look for archways with stairs that lead into the water. One is in the archway under the theater. The other is at the Sea Temple where you find musicians. They safely take us below the surface of the lake. By descending the mirror, we travel to another time and dimension, into the realm of the centaurs.

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The story:

On the first warm day of Spring every year, the people at Sapphire Mirror Lake indulge in a week of festivals and rituals, when they reconstruct an Iron Age skeleton of what we may call today a mythical beast: the centaur. It is said the secrets of a powerful lost technology are locked in their bones. If the worshipers succeed at reconstructing the skeleton in an exact, prescribed manner, one may hear the bones singing out the knowledge of an extraordinary past. To this day, the exact prescription has not yet been met. This year, the specimen is gargantuan in size, but will it sing?

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What is new in your Second Life, what have you been up to the last year?

My LEA exhibit “City Inside Out” had its closing event in June last year. I made a film about the installation, which was one of my more interactive and complex pieces (see the video here). Later I set up an exhibit at Wolves Land and a full sim exhibit at Berg by Nordan Art. Lilia Artis and I made a couple machinima together for the University of Western Australia (see the video here). Recently, Lilia and I also collaborated on a piece for the Spring 2016 Art Show presented by Windlight Magazine. As you might have noticed, we have worked together on a variety of projects. I am very appreciative for her talented assistance and production of her own work in the preparation for this year’s Fantasy Faire with building, textures, and writing. We work very well together as a team.

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I couldn’t help but notice centaurs in Sapphire Mirror Lake, and I remember them from the Palace of Tears as well. What is their story?

I built two adjoining sims which share a common culture, Sparquerry and ACC Alpha. Since 2010, they have been the abode of centaurs, clearly evidenced in the architecture of both sims. The temple at Sparquerry has a generous number of centaurs affixed to its tower. Another place centaur enthusiasts may enjoy is Centaurs’ Hall on the Verdigris sim. The large palace is filled with their culture. As you might have guessed, Lilia Artis helped me with that build too! Accompanying the buildings at Sapphire Mirror Lake are texts written in their language, which visitors may have seen engraved into the walls and written in books. It is not only a visual cue, the centaur language is actually functional, and has meaning. Because I have this ongoing history, it is a theme that shows up frequently in my exhibits. I met Lilia Artis in 2010, at a time when there were only a couple centaurs on the sims. She loved them and suggested making more, to fill out a story for the sims based on these marvelous mythical creatures. We are both artists in real life, and she is also an author, so I took her advice enthusiastically, and the rest is history!

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Little bird told me that you are a part of the Misfits dance performances! Tell us about it, how did that start, how has that been like, when are the shows?

Oh, you know that little bird too:) JenzZa invited me to perform with her Misfits troupe in the finale piece “No Alice”. I first saw her troupe’s wonderful performance at Fantasy Faire last year, and jumped at the invitation. I’ve never done this kind of thing before, so this is a fun venture to see the audience from the stage. As of my writing this answer, there still remain two more shows at Fantasy Faire by the Misfits: Friday and Saturday at 5 pm SLT . In this performance, I am a playing card, and am thankful that regardless of my inexperience, JenzZa’s programming and the kind aid of the Misfits guiding and looking after me, will guarantee I don’t trip over my pointy socks. Please, no autographs:)

Do you listen to music when building? Do your works have theme songs, does Sapphire Mirror Lake have one?

I listen to music about half the time while building, especially toward the final stages when the essence of the piece starts taking on the look I was after. There are many kinds of music I listen to. The most frequent is European classical music, and various Asian classical forms, perhaps most frequently Southern Asian and South East Asian pieces. Rhythm, complex rhythm; Indian ragas, African drums, Balinese drums with their melodious metallic percussion, gongs and chimes… they all excite my imagination. While putting together the ritualistic scenes for Sapphire Mirror Lake, I listened quite a bit to the traditional performances of Kathakali dance from Southern India. I can watch for hours, always intrigued by this dance form of the face, and hands. It is a stylized kind of artistic sign language, with great control and attention to the eyes and facial muscles. The body movements are exacting, distinguished and graceful, but there is also a casual naturalness which makes the dancers seem like our neighbors. I love this extraordinary contrast. If I want to get hypnotized, I watch and listen to Kathakali. This is one of my favorites. And here is a piece of Indonesian music that fits the sim very well.

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What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?

Performances! Writing venues! Fantasy Faire Radio! The HUNT! The array of events! Touring around the Fairelands! Receiving visitors! Seeing the blogs and videos! Reading the tally of donations for RFL at the end of the Faire! And lots more! These are a few of my favorite things:) I learned recently that there are 500 participating organizers and creators bringing Fantasy Faire to life. My hat is off to all of these folks who sat dedicated on their 500 chairs, with their 500 computers, 500 mice, 150,000 cups of coffee, tea, water, and green juices, 1,873 accidental spills on 500 keyboards, and the thousands of hours of obligatory lost sleep, coupled with the thrill of participating in something of great value. I am grateful to all of you in the supportive and friendly Fantasy Faire team who keep the Fairelands running smoothly. Thank you for the interview Sonya. I certainly include that in the list! And shopping, of course!

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Haveit! Thank you for bringing magic into the Fairelands!

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The Wonders of Sapphire Mirror Lake

Haveit Neox, the world builder of Sapphire Mirror Lake, made this stunning film to show off all the wondrous things happening in the world of his making.

Sapphire Mirror Lake is our Arts and Entertainment sim. It hosts two galleries of Second Life fantasy art and a stage for dance and particle performances. This year we have over ten different performance groups pushing at the limits of Second Life entertainment’s possibilities. You can read more about the groups here and more about the fantasy art galleries here.

Come visit Sapphire Mirror Lake!

Carving the Eternal: Jailing of Alia Baroque

Carving the Eternal

Hear Ye There Ye! Be it known throughout the lands Faire that the Fallen God known as Alia Baroque stands this day accused of a list of offenses so long that it makes the Silmarillion seem positively zippy!

Ergo and to wit, thusly and whatnot, the Faireland Sheriffs do accuse the…..well, the accused of the offenses below. which are by far the worst of the worst of the – well you get it. They’re BAD!

Firstly: Interfering with VERY OFFICIAL Pawlice business. Note that we use ALL CAPS. That is how official we are talking!

Mr. Baroque on Monday the 25th of April created a scene of complete chaos by turning a perfectly lovely Jailing of another Faireland scoundrel into some kind of weird Jail house disco scene! I mean, really! Where was the justice in any of that???

Secondly: Inciting Extreme Chaffing. Have you been to Golden Delta on a windy day? Some of us wear jodhpurs and other items that easily trap sand in places not even the Lindens have looked!

Finally, and perhaps MOST serious of all, is it just us or is he WAY too nice for a Fallen God! We demand an alignment penalty of minus four on saving throws versus huggies and snugglez. Yes! Both!

We iz de law. We haz spoken!

Huggies!!

The Faireland Sheriffs Association

The Jailing of Alia Baroque will take place 1-3 PM in The Golden Delta. Choose his fate and receive the Blessing of Isis or Anubis in the form of exclusive unique incarnation of a skin that is available only during this event.

The Treasures of Silent Auction

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The Silent Auction in Fairelands Junction, picture by Wildstar Beaumont.

Every year Fantasy Faire offers wonderful deals, generous fatpacks and shocking one of a kind items in the Silent Auction. The items are displayed in the Auction Area in Fairelands Junction and can be bid on the whole week. Whoever has the highest bid by the end of the Auction on Saturday, April 30th at 5 PM SLT, wins the item!

This year we have a catalogue of previews in Pinterest, but you can just as easily see the items by visiting the Auction in Fairelands Junction!

Some of the items that have already remarkably high bids on them are unique skins by Fallen Gods Inc., a fatpack of Dream Scenes from Garden of Dreams, a special Isis Goddess of Magic & Arts by meadowWorks and six months worth of new releases from Roawenwood!

Visit the Fairelands Junction to see the rest and bid on your favourites!

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A set of 35 Dream Scenes by Kayle Matzerath of Garden of Dreams.

Meet Our Sponsors: meadowWorks

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Garvie Garzo, creator and owner of meadowWorks. Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

Garvie Garzo, the creator and owner of meadowWorks, has also had a hand in one of the Fairelands: the fantastic Egyptian statues and sculptures within The Golden Delta are made by her. She shares with us her reasons to sponsor, her love for the Faire and her creative process within Second Life.

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

I guess the desire to be as supportive of the Faire as I could possibly manage. To me it IS the big event of each and every SL year, so I wanted to contribute as much as I could.

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

I started out by making an interactive museum exhibit, which was a blast. Creation for me is kind of like a set of puzzles that I make for myself to solve. Most of the puzzle parts are technical things with geometry and textures. Is this possible, how would I do this? But some of the puzzle are aesthetic questions – what else could I do with this, is there something I could say to change its message? The inspiration part is easiest, I just like trying to make amazing things, and so many things are amazing when you really look at them.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Current amazements are ancient Egyptian artifacts and art.

The fantastic statues all over The Golden Delta are by Garvie Garzo, including the Guardians of the Delta, Standing Anubis, Isis, Stone Lion Arks, Horus Falcon Monument Ark, Bast in both forms, the canopic jars. Some of these, including the Stone Lion Arks, the Horus Falcon Monument Arks and the canopic jars are available in the meadowWorks store in The Golden Delta. There is also a special Isis Goddess of Magic & Arts sculpture available in the Silent Auction in Fairelands Junction.

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

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

Hmmm, this is always hard for me to answer, because I am never all that clear on the boundaries of any genre. I think I like fantasy in SL so much precisely because it does not have clear boundaries. It’s so easy to change the nature of objects by changing spatial relationships or colors or re-purposing things. A perfectly normal everyday object becomes fantastic based on the situation you place it in, and really it’s just so much fun to experiment.

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

Just a single favorite memory, no. Each and every year I land in the Junction there is just this rush of excitement and gratitude. It always meets and surpasses my expectations. This year as every year, I am most looking forward to my first view of it all popping into place, followed of course by a frenzied race around looking to see what everyone did.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Garvie! Thank you for bringing your magic to the Fairelands!

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Picture by Alisaundra Andel