All posts by Sonya Marmurek

Fantasy Faire is the People

I thought I had nothing more to say. I thought I had said all that I had in me in my ramblings of these last years. I kept thinking I should write a wrap-up piece, something to express my feelings by the end of the Faire, but every time I thought of it only scattered thoughts ran through me, fluttering about like confused butterflies, refusing to settle into a path of words.

Today Haveit Neox emailed me a link to the video you see above. He filmed it during the traditional May Day Masked Ball of the Faire, our last official event. He also filmed the last unofficial event of the Faire, the return of the centaurs and the party following that. As I watched it I felt that strange, but oh so Faire-familiar feeling of smiling through threatening tears. I wiped my tears, smiled, and thought that this film shows so perfectly what Alia Baroque said in his interview: Fantasy Faire is the people.

There are bold centaurs, beautiful unicorns, twerking dragons, prancing dinkies in lobster-suits, frolicking fauns, graceful fae, glittering petites, towering giants, angels and demons to balance each other out… there are goats and ponies and a giant fox, there are even humans, of all things!

There are roleplayers, creators, dancers, bloggers, photographers, DJs, authors, speakers, coders, sound technicians, actors, artists, world builders, organizers, sponsors, musicians, particle performers… there are visitors from all the communities across Second Life.

In the Fairelands the Tiny Police can riverdance on the toes of a giant towering over the tallest of buildings, artists can be transformed to centaurs, Relayers can visit lands built for the hope risen from imagination, DJs can spin on a deck of a ship carried by a dragon, dancers can hold a stage of a whole world created to celebrate them, roleplayers can weave their stories with a new flow of visitors to partake in their lives, storytellers can share their words in an environment grown out of inspiration, photographers can despair at the beauty eleven days is never enough to capture… in the Fairelands anything is possible. In the Fairelands we come together: many communities, many tribes, all joined for those brief magical days.

We are all Faire Folk. For eleven days this is our land, our shared continent where all can come together, meet and talk and dance and experience the magic. Fantasy Faire is the people.

Thank you.

Last Delta

Meet Our Sponsors: Fallen Gods Inc.

Alia Baroque, the creator and owner of Fallen Gods Inc., the world builder of The Golden Delta.

Alia Baroque, the creator and owner of Fallen Gods Inc. and the world builder and sponsor of The Golden Delta shares with us the story of The Golden Delta and more importantly, the story of the Fairelands. He also fed the interview question sheet to his wolves, but the result is truly much better like this.

There’s a land in my soul, made of warm sand and turquoise waters. There’s a land of deep blue skies, of dry scented smells and fresh nights, and this land haunts me since I visited it as kid. It’s a land of roasted coffee beans to chew while the songs of towering night prayers from Minarets color the busy streets. It’s a land of taxis stuck in the mud and the towns of dead where the living reside, of trash on roofs and watermelon eating kids with deep eyes. But it’s also the land of stone blocks tall as me… of boats for eternal life and sleeping Pharaohs in their Beds.

The Golden Delta is the 5th Egyptian build since I rezzed in 2007.

Fantasy Faire 2016 - The Golden Delta
The Golden Delta, picture by Wildstar Beaumont
Fantasy Faire 2016
A picture breathing the deep soul of the Delta as no eyes can see thanks to Alisaundra Andel.
Fantasy Faire 2016
The Faire Anubis, sculpted by Garvie Garzo, picture by Alisaundra Andel.
Sculpting the Golden Isis almost cost what little was left of Garvie Garzo’s sanity. Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

My love for the lands of the Nile started when I was young and never left me, it shaped who I am, my imagination, my artistic trials and my desires. Knowledge and passion for mythology comes from the study of Ka, Nut and the primeval mound and the desire to smell the desert is the desire of an open sky and nothing else above me. I wanted to embrace the open and breathe the air of a warm land again.

Garvie Garzo is the master sculptor of the Golden Delta, her geniality, talent and insane performance of masterpiece achievement are chaos compared to my technique and yet we are absolutely in synch. Last year our work merged in an improvised way at Odyssey and our friendship started, this year our collaboration bloomed in what I believe and hope will be a long term one for all the future builds that will come. Working with Garvie is a honor, whatever I have to endure is worth it. Hulahoop grumpy cats included.

Srs Workers
Garvie Garzo and Alia Baroque at srs dwagi-work.

There’s also another  land that is made of people with purple blood and golden hearts that beat together to create a rhythm that becomes reality: The Fairelands. It’s a land of selfless gratitude for being able to contribute to something bigger than ourselves, a land of old and new friendship, love and camaraderie. It’s a land of hope, sweat, blood and tears, and it’s our land… for at least a week, your land.

They are ours before they appear but once the Faire opens we give it to you, it’s your experience and your celebration while we recover and maintain the engine running.

What is not seen often is what us, the world makers, live through. Our world and Faire is never seen from the same angle, some of us see all months before it starts, as Elizabeth, where she composes the Fairelands as a symphonic piece, and others as myself travel a journey of melancholic goodbye the days after the last day and hope to see it all, reading and watching the experiences that happened during the life of the Purple Dragon through pictures you share with us, waiting for next year to see her spread the wings again and hope… will I be able to have time to see it all? Probably not, and I believe nobody really sees it all.

It’s a Land different  for each of us, each experience, journey is unique as life itself and sharing the view and perspective we have improves and enlarges the one of others and our own, like exploring a Mead Hall from a Human, Tookie or Unicorn point of view.

This is also the theme I wanted to use for this year’s posters, the expectation and the different experiences that each of the creatures of the Lands bring and take, and the power that is the joining of those.

It’s the chain of flamingos, where each one is a link that creates a path of a unique experience, because Fantasy Faire is the Fairelanders.

Fantasy Faire is the people.

Alia and Avariel 2011 - First Meeting
Avariel Falcon and Alia Baroque – A friendship just started at the Silent Auction of Fantasy Faire 2011.
Alia and Avariel 2016 - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Alia and Avariel in 2016: the endurance of the Faire ties and friendships never fade, they simply grow stronger every year. Picture by Caitlin Tobias.

I could also skip this part and simply say thank you all but I will not be lazy, so here’s my Thank You for random reasons in an order of how much nude pictures of me you have in your hard drive:

Thank You Elizabeth, Zander, Sonya, Garvie, Avariel, Haveit, Aisling, Oldesoul, Encaitaron, Elayne, Lorin, Alisaundra, Elicio, Caitlin, Wildstar, Jaimy, Kilik, The Norn, Kayle, Cole, Sharni, Saiyge, Linn, Judi, Manfred, Saffia, Lilia, Elrik, Rynn, Aelva, Chandra, Kae, Mavro, Etheria, Aine, Marcus, Lokii and Loki, Sweetgwendoline, Tito, Lauren, Gabrielle, Justen, Eldowyn, Mayah, Eowyn, Inara, Ember, the Fallens, Tinies, Petites, Scout and last but not the least Imhotep.

Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley, the tiniest boss with the biggest load to carry.

We managed to salvage some of the originally intended interview questions from the wolves, and received brief answers: 

–  What I think of my Jail and Bails? That Elizabeth forces me once a year to take my shirt off for charity, that’s what I think.

– Yes, I listen to music, usually it’s world chillout, or classical, or metal, or electronica, or bad disco if 4 am and I am aligning columns.

–  I got gold if you want some.

Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Alia. Thank you for bringing your magic to the Fairelands once more!

Tower Envy at Dangarnon — Till Next Year, Fairelands.

Daily Recap: Sunday

FF2016 - set A - Fairelands Junction_001
Fairelands Junction, picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Sunday was the last official day of Fantasy Faire this year. It feels surreal, it feels too soon. Surely we opened just yesterday?

The very last events rolled in early: the Region Tour to Blackmoor, Lady Garden Cabaret in Sapphire Mirror Lake, ColeMarie Soleil’s music and particle performance in Lucentia and the conclusion of Sanctuary’s roleplay in Dangarnon.

There was also a not-so-shocking Jail & Bail in Bright Haven as Clover Dezno and Druscilla Ferraris were thrown behind bars. These two tinies simply cannot stay out of trouble and every Faire the Long Paw of Law catches them sooner or later, which is inevitably followed by a not-so-tiny riot of tinies, always sooner than later.

Colver and Dru Jail and Bail
Clover and Dru in Jail, tinies protesting. Picture by Avariel Falcon.

The protests against the Pawlice Abuse rose to levels never witnessed before and with no intervention from Her High Faireness this time, the most magical of miracles happened! The innocent victims were freed and the Pawlice found themselves locked up instead!

Pawlice in Jail, picture by Caitlin Tobias
Pawlice in Jail, picture by Caitlin Tobias

This day will surely go down in Faire history. Mostly because I’m the one scribbling the said history, a Faire-day by Faire-day, and this day marks a great triumph in the struggle against the waffle-addicted tyranny of the Pawlice! …although one might also note that the moment they were locked up, there was about ten cunning plots for hijinks and shenanigans conceived within the audience. Perhaps… just perhaps we need the Pawlice after all. The bail money to free the accused, to keep them locked in, to lock up the Pawlice, to free the Pawlice to turn laughter into medicine reached 106,000 lindens in the RFL kiosks.

The jail and bail pawtay was followed by our traditional Live Auction. Every year we auction off pieces of the Fairelands so that people can bring a piece of magic home with them. In addition to the high bid items we also had Faire-souvenirs for sale so that everyone could take at least some mementos home. This year we had the banners from the website by Alia Baroque and a wonderful gacha of dwagis, decorated by several of our world builders.

Fantasy Faire 2016!
Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley hosted the Live Auction on voice, bringing the crowd to happy smiles and not-so-hidden tears at times. Picture by Avariel Falcon.

The Live Auction was hosted by Her High Faireness Elizabeth Tinsley, whose voice kept the audience caught in that rare mix of emotions where you feel you could cry, but cannot stop smiling. The whole auction brought to mind very strongly why we bring the Fairelands back every year, why we Relay.

The highest selling item that turned into a heart-stopping bid war was the Last Hope statue from Dangarnon. Both Searlait Nitschke and Gwen Enchanted had decided they had to have this beautiful harp-playing sculpture. In the end and after a discussion with DRD’s team, a compromise was made: both Searlait and Gwen paid 205,000 lindens and both of them received the statue, and all the Dangarnon extras the DRD team added to it. This is the first of its kind solution in the Faire history and it made the whole audience both stunned and weepy, for everyone knows that purchasing Last Hope for RFL is in fact giving that Hope for many.

Fantasy Faire 2016!
Live Auction, picture by Avariel Falcon.

Altogether the Live Auction had about twenty items up for bid, including for example the whole region of Breeze, all the Coolbuses, fancy hedgehogs from Echtra, the crystal from Lucentia, memorials from Blackmoor and Serenity, forests from Twilight Illusion and Lucentia, OtherWorld geology pack, special FF-marked Egyptian statues from The Golden Delta and even the Dark Tower from Dangarnon! Together with the souvenir-banner and gacha sales the Live Auction brought over one million lindens for Relay For Life.

Fantasy Faire 2016!
May Day Masked Ball, picture by Avariel Falcon.

The final wrap-up of the Faire was of course the May Day Masked Ball, taking place in Sapphire Mirror Lake right after the Live Auction. The party was DJed by Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel, our media partner who makes Fantasy Faire Radio possible.

The King, Queen and the Chancellor of Fantasy Faire were revealed during the party, the Faire Folk’s votes favoring The Last Unicorn as the Chancellor, October Daye as the queen and The Goblin King as the king of the Faire!

The party kept going well past the official hours to the point when even the most determined Fairelander had to succumb to sleep, to continue the Faireland exploration in their dreams.

By early morning hours of Monday Fantasy Faire has relayed L$ 7,375,719 lindens, which translates to $ 29,503 US dollars! This is a stunning achievement and it leaves all of us speechless in gratitude. Well done, Faire Folk. Magnificently well done.

Although the Faire is now officially closed, the Fairelands are still open! There are no more events and the higher powers known as the Linden Lab can and may make the Fairelands fade into the mists whenever they wish, but we have been given the understanding that all their mist-fader-machines are reserved until Wednesday, giving us a couple of extra days to wander around the Fairelands, explore, shop and even finish the Quest! Yes, the quest stays open and playable as long as the Fairelands exist. Speaking of, if you have finished it, please give us feedback on it!

So peaceful
Coolbus, picture by Alisaundra Andel

Come join us in the last few days of the Fairelands this year! Who knows, there might be more bus rides happening…

The Fantasy Faire 2016 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: .Arcadia., Building Daydreams, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Curious Kitties, Dark Unicorns of Lovelace, Death Row Designs, Empyrean Forge, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., KittyCatS!, The Looking Glass, The Lost Unicorn Gallery, meadowWorks, Merchants of Dreams, The NeoVictoria Project, OtherSkin, Roawenwood, Safe Waters Foundation, Sanctuary RP Community, Solarium, Storybook, The White Armory and Yasum Design.

Sapphire Mirror Lake – Arts and Entertainment Sim (Haveit Neox)-Justen Tyme-028
Sapphire Mirror Lake, picture by Justen Tyme

11AM – 1 PM: Clover & Dru JAILED!


From the Office of the Faireland Sheriffs

The word “ebil” gets tossed around a LOT these days. Ebil here. Ebil dere. Ebil eberwhar!! AIEEEEEEEEE!!!! (Sorry, scared myself.)

But there are two names that have always been synon – synonamu – syn – that mean the same thing as EBIL! Druscilla Ferraris and Clover Dezno. Yes, the Kitty of Chaos and the Ferret of….something bad that begins with F.

Dees two neber learn! Have we warned them? Have we been patient? Have we given them every chance to straighten up? Have we run out of rhetorical questions? If you answered yes to all of these then good for you! Here’s a waffle!

And what are we gonna do?? We’re gonna lock ’em up! We gonna lock ’em up and take the key to the cracks of Mount Doom (maybe stop at a Stuckey’s along the way for a Pecan Log). We gonna melt that key down, take the little melty lump and throw it in the bottom of Alia Baroque’s toy box, cus NOBUDDY in their right mind would go looking for it in there! <>

So! There remains only one question that we, the Faireland Sheriffs now ask of you, and it is this:

You gonna eat that waffle?

We is da Law. We haz spoken!



Jail & Bail of Clover and Druscilla will take place in Bright Haven 11AM-1PM, come join the fun witness the injustice!