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The Hunt Goes On!


Although the Fairelands are fading back into the mists, there is one sim holding onto the grid for just a little bit longer: The Palace of Tears sim stays in existence, open and alive for a week still, all the way to May 18th.

This means that you can finish the second part of the hunt at your own leisure within the Palace. The hunt HUD vendors will sell HUDs that cover only this second part of the hunt, since the first part will become impossible to work on once the rest of the Fairelands are gone. Obviously the HUDs you purchased during the Faire will continue to work as well.

Come solve the puzzles, admire the art and enjoy the last Faireland of year 2014 for just a little bit longer!

Daily Recap: Sunday

The Faery Court Sponsored By Cerridwen's Cauldron 2 by Alisaundra AndelSunday, the very last official day of the Fairelands this year was filled with frantic shopping and eager visitors, trying to catch the last moments of the magic while they still could. While they still can.

We had one more imprisonment by the Pawlice — apparently the Law holds underwater as well, for GraceSWF Wrigglesworth, the founder of Safe Waters Foundation was trapped in an underwater cage in Wiggenstead Mooring. Fortunately the new winds of Justice in the Fairelands managed to reach into the depths and the Commander of the Pawlice, Xavian Starsider, was soon bail-changed into the cage instead of the beautiful mermaid. This seems to have had some slight side effects on Commander Starsider, who soon mutated into a koala kraken. If that is not Faire Justice, I do not know what is!

The Live Auction distributed pieces of the Fairelands to those most deserving. (The level of deservingness might have been decided based on the amount of linden dollars offered to RFL.) Every year the Faire leaves pieces of itself on the grid through the Live Auction, shedding the old skin before fading into the Mists to slumber and take a new form to rise again.

The Auction held an extra special piece of the Fairelands for sale, a continued tone of Justice delivered: Commander Starsider was frozen in carbonite and then sold off! It remains to be seen if Alia Baroque, who purchased the frozen Commander for everyone to marvel at Selidor, will let him out by the next Faire. More importantly, it remains to be seen if Commander Starsider has learned his lesson by then! (What? We can be optimistic.)

After the Auction we had our traditional Closing Party, where all the exhausted and deliriously happy Fairelanders finally take a long breath and know it is done, and that it was well done. The giddy delight in the air can only be matched by the need of sleep and the conversations tend to match the atmosphere accordingly.

Today there is no official schedule, albeit there might be some unofficial entertainment zooming around when you least expect it. The Fairelands are still there and the portals are still open for all of you to come in and share the last moments of magic with us. The merchants are advised to pick up no-copy items for obvious reasons, but otherwise everything may be left as it is, to fade away with the Fairelands when they do so at some point around Tuesday (the exact moment is up to the Linden Lab.).

Hunters are strongly recommended to hurry up with finishing the first part of the hunt, Fimbleby’s Wager, for it will become impossible to complete when the Fairelands fade. However, the Palace of Tears will stay around a week longer and fade after May 18th, so there’s still plenty of time to finish the second part of the hunt.

We have by now relayed 5,635,962 linden dollars, equivalent of 22,544 US dollars, and there’s still more time to shop and donate! That’s an astonishing amount that goes straight to Relay For Life and American Cancer Society. All thanks to you, Faire Folk. Thank you.

The Fantasy Faire 2014 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Creators of Fantasy, Curious Kitties, Dark Goddess Designs, Death Row Designs, Dwarfins, Epic, {Fae’d} Club, Fallen Gods Inc., The Looking Glass, L’Uomo, .Luminary., Neo Victoria, Roawenwood, Safe Waters Foundation, Sanctuary RP Community, Solarium, Spyralle and Tiny Inc.

Fairelands Junction 3 by Alisaundra Andel

The Revenge of Professor Timmons: Scene 10

Time: May 10, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm
Location: Mrs. Chickenstalkers [Asperatus SIM]
Organized By: Jhaesoph Foxdale

NeoVictoria Players: Bertrand Emerald as Professor Heironymous Timmons, kaelyn001 Resident as Kaelyn, Myomy Resident as Myomy Ohmai, Ogawa Resident as Orion the Hunter, RedShirtedAgain Resident as Red the Dread, Rowena23 Resident as Dame Rowena Desade, Tarquin Evermore as Samuel Bellamy, ValentineAdler as Valentine ‘Val’ Adler.

Event Description

10 May (Saturday) Scene 10:  In Asperatus.  The NeoVictorians await the prison ship MarshalC, which the Auditor has arranged, and prepare to return to NeoLondon.  The prison ship arrives; the Professor and his robot are put on it.  The captain agrees to drop the NeoVictorians back on NeoLondon, and they depart the Fairelands.

But do they make it home safely? 
Join us, back in NeoVictoria SIM, on Monday evening (6 PM, SL-time) for the conclusion of “The Revenge of Professor Timmons“!


This is NeoVictoria’s final post to the FantasyFaire website.  We hope you enjoyed the roleplay and our daily dispatches, with amazing videos by Studio Yue If you want to learn more about The NeoVictoria Project, please see us in-world or visit our website.

Gabrielle Riel
Gabrielle Riel, General Director of Radio Riel, and the Prim Minister of The Riel Estates – St John Parish & St John Woods

A Parting Gift

Here is a parting gift, courtesy of the amazing Gabrielle Riel, who was kind to DJ a great party for us in Asperatus on Friday night.  She uploaded the party play-list to her MixCloud page, so for some steampunk goodness, please follow the link and enjoy!  NeoVictoria – The Concluding Celebration for Dr. Timmons’ Revenge by Gabrielle Riel on Mixcloud.

Live Auction and Closing Party

the Faery Court_006 by Wildstar BeaumontHave you ever wanted to own a piece of the Fairelands? Yes? How about a whole Faireland, one of the fleeting sims full of magic?

Now is your chance.

The traditional Live Auction takes place in the courtyard of The Palace of Tears today, Sunday 11th, 4-6 PM SLT.

Wiggenstead Mooring - I by Caitlin Tobias

The builds for the whole sims of The Faery Court, Hope’s Horizon, Mourningvale Thicket, Blackwater Glenn and Wiggenstead Mooring will be up for your bidding pleasure. That’s right, the whole builds as you see them in the Fairelands.

Mourningvale Thicket - II by Caitlin TobiasThere will also be parts of the Fairelands otherwise not sold completely, like the Stairway to Heaven and the store builds from Sanctum, the Fish Gates and the Memorial Garden from Heavenslough, the gazebo from Medhir Woods, the Shiva jail from Asperatus, the Wizard’s Tower from the Palace of Tears and the Phoenix Jail that was used to hold Jessica Lyon during her jail and bail.

Blackwater Glenn_007 by Wildstar BeaumontWe are also auctioning off The FaireChylde, the dragon-borne ship that has hosted all the parties and concerts during the Faire. (Feeding the dragon is at your own cost.)

After the Live Auction is over (around 6 PM), there’ll be one more night-long party in the Fairelands, right in the same place in the courtyard of The Palace of Tears. Come join us in the Closing Party as we say goodbye to the Fairelands of this year!

PS. Although there’s no scheduled entertainment tomorrow, we’re not force-closing the portals and the Fairelands welcome you in for as long as the magic that keeps them in here holds. (Aka until the Lab removes them sometime around Tuesday.)

The FaireChylde at Hope's Horizon by Wildstar Beaumont

Meet Our Sponsors: Fallen Gods Inc.

Alia Baroque, creator of Fallen Gods Inc., sim builder and sponsor of Sanctum.
Alia Baroque, creator of Fallen Gods Inc., sim builder and sponsor of Sanctum.

 Alia Baroque, the creator of Fallen Gods Inc., sim builder and sponsor of Sanctum, shares with us the process of creating Fairelands, the story behind Sanctum and his vision of the Faire, his reasons for returning to the Fairelands year after year. 

You are one of the true Faire veterans, your builds have been a part of the Fairelands for many years. You create a whole sim — a fantasy world — out of nothing in a short span of months and nerves. How do you do it every year? What makes you return and do it all over again?

As the years go by we learn the emotions and mind training that involves an effort like this; the biggest challenge about building for the Faire is not the actual prims nor the technique, but the expectations we lay upon ourselves. Building for Fantasy Faire itself is a chain of common support, it’s not about individual sims, it’s not a competition, but a dance. Every sim holds each other’s hand in a circle, it’s a mutual effort where the success of one world depends on the respect of the other one. We are all genuine fans of imagination and creativity resulting in art the winner over lag, restrictions, personal issues and low LOD factors.

The sims you visit every year are children created by our imagination, visually immersive stories adapted to SL capabilities where we become containers, they are a world for everyone, but they do not exist without the eye with which they are seen and experienced. This is mainly the reason that makes me come back: contributing with my imagination and giving a world for others to experience while being part of an incredible huge virtual effort that allows me to help in a consistent manner a cause I believe into.

Sanctum Sponsored by Fallen Gods_015 by Alisaundra Andel
Sanctum, picture by Alisaundra Andel.

How many Fairelands have you built? Tell us about them, is there something that ties them together as a theme, as a development?

This is the 4th year I build a sim (Enchanted Mysts, Tides, Magnificat, Sanctum), the 5th year I sponsor a sim, and 6thyear I participate to Fantasy Faire.

The thread that connects my worlds is visual and emotional, what I wish for visitors is immersion, a song that follows them through the walk, a poem of scenarios, colors, images and sounds to make them think, feel and live there, for a while. A living book where everyone can read what their mind is focused at.

I enjoy reproducing classical architecture and landscaping I am familiar with, being European I love taking the heritage of old stones and ancient gardens and their growth and offer them virtually, then add a symbolic twist that is the tool to bring a concept to life, a metaphor.

I don’t believe much in explaining my creations as well as sim builds, I use too many metaphors and symbols that would make them look as intellectual philosophical exaggerations, prefer to let others see what they wish and enjoy perhaps a quiet garden or nice façade and wonder what is it all about, as we often do during our lifetimes: ask what it is all about afterall.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

Pieces of Sanctum stone brought to life, the Lacrimosa skin line, Anima petites, Ethos Purple auction skins and a live auction Sanctum memory, Enigma and Sanctum’s rest hunt gifts, jail and bail special edition Nirvana skins… and of course, Sanctum itself.

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

I fell into fantasy without warning, on personal liking I was always more of a science fiction fan, expecially concerning books. From Herbert, to Anderson, to Sturgeon and Van Vogt I stopped sometimes only a moment over Howard, Martin and Tolkien, to immediately grab my latin classics which are my main passion. I believe also my love for classical art forms pushed my illustrative style over fantasy which tends to use old school canons of aesthetics, so I ended up working as fantasy cover artist and character designer RL mainly for my painting style. But what still drives me genuinely to Fantasy it’s the connection with epic ballads and legends, our historical imagination that is the base of all contemporary fantasy: most of it you can find in greek, celtic or scandinavian legends, so I wonder: did we really add anything new in the past 2500 years?

Sanctum Sponsored by Fallen Gods 2 by Alisaundra Andel
Sanctum, picture by Alisaundra Andel.

What are you looking forward to most this year?

Stability. The faire passed its initial newborn phase and started having solid foundations. A delicate phase of transformations made the Faire stronger and so all the backbone pieces that is the whole team is feeling more secure and less volatile. The faire is like a system of transparent layers, each of them is light and fragile, but when you merge them all it becomes a strong solid element. Fantasy Faire is all the selfless people taking part in it, from organizers to visitors, with visions, fantasies, emotions, battles and challenges: the real thing that glues us, we transparent layers, is the will to contribute and relay, giving further as an act of gratitude for being merely alive and able to imagine. I simply wish the Faire to live long and, well… prosper.

Friendship. Because it’s the most beautiful thing in the world and what makes Friends Fighting Cancer.

Good looking pretty girls. Because you expect me to say it and who am I to disappoint you.

Sanctum Sponsored by Fallen Gods_003 by Alisaundra Andel
Sanctum, picture by Alisaundra Andel.

How was Sanctum born? What inspired it, what is its story?

It was late January. I was taking 3 months of nomadic life in New Zealand, my personal other side of the world, mostly spending time in the rainforest, chasing penguins and whales and making the great tracks, trying to work along the way and paint non PG appliers in toilets with good wifi. While getting ready for the Milford sounds series of walks I got a very close encounter with some vampires (sandflies) that knocked me down for a week in bed drunk of antihistamines, and also simply drunk. Covered in plague and itching to the edge of insanity, sleep deprived most of time by getting woken up by the itch, in one of the rare spans I fell asleep I had a dream: I saw the Sanctum. It was louder, the chains were shaking, the souls were hovering and rotating in circles around the chapels and their noise and lament was unbearable. As I recovered, and happily continued my kiwi journey, Sanctum changed and became a land of peace. I gained consciousness that we all are heading for the same direction, the same journey, a shaky and unstable one between two fates, the hell of our regrets that keeps us chained and unhappy, or the one of acceptance, dancing with the scary death, which is the only big truth and final checkpoint. I realized that all I have to do is make it worth, my own journey, and try to contribute as best I can to improve life for others around me, which is all what life is it about.

Thank you, Alia, for taking the time to share your view of the Faire with us and thank you for bringing so many Fairelands to being.

Alia by Alisaundra Andel
Alia in Sanctum, picture by Alisaundra Andel.