All posts by Sonya Marmurek

Meet Our Sponsors: Sanctuary RP Community

Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community.

Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community, returns to the Fairelands for the fourth year with ever-increasing involvement. This year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Kakushi Pasu, the Faireland hosting our Literary Festival.  Stevie shares with us some sneak peeks of the upcoming Faire-roleplay and of the whole story-planning process.

This is the fourth year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to return and do it again?

Hah! How could I not? I’m hopelessly hooked! Four years, huh? Time flies when you’re doing what you love, and the Fantasy Faire is something that I do love, and look forward to each year. I sponsor because the Faire is a Relay For Life event, which makes it important to me. I’m also thrilled to say that once again, I’m Fantasy Faire Roleplay Lead, which means assisting Saffia behind the scenes. I get to help each group who’s offered to roleplay at the Faire! Oh, and I get to shop too, lots of shopping, lol.

How does roleplaying in the Fairelands differ from roleplaying in Second Life otherwise?

For us, there’s not a lot of difference because at the Fantasy Faire all who walk by have an opportunity to join in and with free form roleplay such as ours, it’s much the same. At least that’s how we do it in our community. Fantasy Faire RP is generally more magically based, where in ‘regular’ SL, there’s more RP based on RL. And our sims are not surrounded by some of the best shopping in all of SL as it is in the Fairelands.

How early do you begin preparing for the storyline for the Faire? How does it work, making sure your community’s roleplay reaches a point where the roleplay at the Faire is a smooth continuation?

Truth be told, we start talking about the next year’s Fantasy Faire Roleplay as soon as the current one ends. This past year, we started our Roleplay meetings soon after last year’s ended. We gathered the groups earlier, and as a result, I believe we’re more organized and much less stressed.

Encounter with a Minotaur

What is your story like this year? 

Ooh this year we have something special for everyone once again! We will begin the story in Sanctuary on our 7th anniversary and tell the tale of the two cursed dancers in the tavern. We will tell their stories and explain how they became charmed.

At Fantasy Faire, we’ll continue the story by addressing the magical cult that enchanted the two girls, bringing history and dark magiks forward, progressing our history and possibly bringing a resolution to their predicament.

The Blood King
The Gypsy Angel May

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

I think this year I’m really looking forward to some of the changes we’ve made with Roleplay, and also seeing those old friends that you see every so often but when you get back together it’s like it was only yesterday that you last spoke. Of course I’m also looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity of the sim designers, and the energy and excitement of the Faire!

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Stevie, and thank you for all that you and your community do to bring the Fairelands alive!

If you are interested in Stevie’s interviews from the previous years, they can be found here: 2016, 2015 and 2014.

The Fairelands Quest: The Bard Queen’s Song

The Fairelands Quest: The Tale of the Exiles 2016 – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont.

Every year the Fairelands arrive with a mystery to solve, a quest to challenge brave adventurers, and this year is no different! Last year might have lead you to face a dragon, but this year we (and Farion) have a much bigger problem in our hands.

FARION SUNBREEZE IS A PIXIE WITH A PROBLEM.

His boss has gone missing and he (and The Lads) have come to the conclusion that, while she’s been known to do this sort of thing before, something’s not right about this one. Were Farion a noodle seller from Kakushi Pasu this wouldn’t be a problem, but Farion (and The Lads) work for the Bard Queen – and an absent Bard Queen is bad news for the Fairelands.

So Farion (and, yes, The Lads) have come up with a plan: for Farion (and this is where The Lads backed off a bit) to follow the Bard Queen’s trail, see what she’s been up to and help out if she needs it. If she’s catching some her-time with a fruity beverage in Dawn’s Promise then all’s well, but if the Unweaver has something to do with it…

Well, let’s face it: Farion’s a pixie. Great of heart, but not so much with the sword-arm – even if he did grow up on the wrong side of town. He’s going to need some help. Someone brave, strong, true… and preferably unaware of Farion’s slightly questionable reputation before the Bard Queen hired him.

What Farion needs is a hero.

The Bard Queen’s Song takes you to Morbus, where the Unweaver’s twisted power has turned beauty into chaos and nature against itself. Search among the thorns, avoid the twisted denizens and then on into the Alchemist’s tower to –

What, you were expecting spoilers? For shame! These are the Fairelands, hero; enlightenment only comes to those willing to seek it.

Blogger Applications Open!

It is less than a month to the return of the Fairelands. Their magic is growing stronger by the day, nourished by the spring sun and inspired imaginations of the world-builders.

This is always the time when we call out to the magic-makers of illustrating kind, the word-weavers, image-capturers, heralds of information.

Do you want to shape your visit, your experiences in the Fairelands into pictures and words to be shared with the rest of the world? Do you want to forward and spread the call, alert people of how fleeting the eleven days of magic are, tell them how much there is to see, feel, live?

Do you want to be one of Fantasy Faire’s official bloggers?

If so, please read the Blogger Information here. You will find the link to the Blogger Application in the end.

Fairelands on the Horizon

It arrives like the first ray of sunlight in the spring, like the scent of budding leaves in the wind, the stirring of slumbering spirit. The very first word from the Fairelands, as they begin shifting and changing, stretching and awakening, growing from dreams into reality.

Throughout the whole long year the Fairelands have been dreaming. They try on shapes like we would clothes, mix sea with forests, cliffs with towers, magic with mundane. Spires reach up toward the skies like blades of grass in the spring, caves emerge as dug by ground-dwellers over millennia, corals twist into mer-castles, gardens bloom. Fairelands dream, dream and breathe magic.

Some shapes they keep, some they set aside. Some dreams go together, form a chain of worlds holding hands with natural ease like siblings. Some need to wait for their family of worlds longer still, gaining strength and spirit.

This year, this spring, this connection to our reality the Fairelands are taking the following forms:

Chaddul Ro (Searlait Nitschke)
An outpost of the Orcs of Chal Khizzur, Chaddul Ro stands on the edge of their territory. In the center of the outpost there is a beacon, rising above upon a tower guarded day and night by the orcs. It stands for strength; it stands against anyone who would douse it, a symbol to be seen to guide those from outside the protective barriers and walls back home. For the survivors that seek refuge from battle. It is believed that as long as the fires of the outposts are kept lit that there is always hope, sanctuary to be found and that the tribe remains strong.

Dawn’s Promise (Marcus Inkpen/Sharni Azalee)
A secret place between times where the old becomes reborn into the new. Majestic crumbling ruins dissolve into a sea of glorious foliage. A place where the lost energies of the past are converted into new life. Springs of life-giving water overflow. Flower petals and creative energy float on the breeze. This is the space between the exhale and the inhale. Full of hope and promise.

Egregore (Mayah Parx)
A fantastical thoughtform of serene darkness immersed in light, a place where expected purpose is relative and surrealism casts it shadow across the land, inhabited by egregors this fantasical place is born of the collective phantasmagoria of its people.

Fallen Sands (Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan)
Steampunk in a desert landscape where the Orient and Arabia via for dominance. Exotic plants of alien origin turn the sands into an oasis of life where the turquoise water is the treasure of fountains and the infinite pearls of tan fall to mark the passge of time in this eternal city.

The Hill (Kilik Lekvoda)
A peaceful and beautiful village built into the rolling hills surrounding a small lake. Breathe in warmth, peace, and maybe a little pipe smoke, A place where friendships sprout as readily as the mushrooms beneath leafy green trees.

Mudrana (Alrunia Ahn/Luna Barak)
Everyone in Mudrana, the land of the lilypad, praises the godfrog – the legends tell that once the godfrog falls asleep, , the pond dries out, and everything dies. The frogs of Mudrana therefore croak and sing for their god to keep it awake to preserve the world from death.

Raven’s Perch (Kaelis Ember/lrriven)
A gothic dream in pale hues dotted with the tears of roses. A fairytale with thorns.

The Rose (Alia Baroque)
In the Garden of senses silent footsteps echo through rich vaults of opulence and decadence, searching for the perfect spot where a stolen kiss can be unseen and languid murderous thoughts hidden behind a mask. This Rose blossoms in April through your gaze that tells her how beautiful she is.

San Mora (Jaimy Hancroft/Eowyn Swords)
Once the center of pharmaceutical greatness, San Mora is now a ruin of its former self. Quarantined at the outbreak of a deadly contagion of its own making, the population was left to survive the best they could. Without law and order the city descended into chaos. The fires have long since burned out, and the city is being reclaimed by a hostile Nature. But all that is silent is not necessarily empty. There are still those who roam among the ruins of San Mora.

The Spirit Pool (Kayle Matzerath)
Since the beginning of time, The Spirit Pool has served as a resting place for weary adventurers and lingering souls that are not quite yet ready to cut their ties to the physical realm. Mermaids and other seafolk use the pool for gatherings and a constant flow of visitors keep it a popular place for trading.

In addition to the worlds dedicated to fantasy commerce, Fairelands produced five extra worlds to connect the markets.

Fairelands Junction (Saiyge Lotus)
Junction is the heart of the Fairelands, the world where the veil between the worlds is thinnest, the Portal World to the others, the First Link of the Chain.

Opal Flight (Haveit Neox/Lilia Artis) – Arts and Entertainment Sim
In Opal Flight we celebrate and indulge in the creative spirit, in theater and dance performances, in fantasy stories woven into movement and music and admire galleries of fantasy art.

Morbus (Kilik Lekvoda/Kayle Matzerath) – Fairelands Quest Sim
Morbus hosts this year’s challenge to all the brave adventurers: is your spirit strong enough to go through the Quest set in front of you?

Kakushi Pasu (Lokii Violet) – Literary Festival Sim
In Kakushi Pasu we gather to enjoy and delight in the stories that have been caught in words and placed in books to be escaped in, shared and cherished.

Anansi (Beq Janus/Polysail) – Worldling Cradle
This year the Fairelands bring the dream seeds with them, the outfits and shapes that they might have taken on, but did not. For now. Worldlings are Fairelands that could have been, Fairelands that might still be.

Fifteen worlds, fifteen links in the chain, ever-growing. The Fairelands can be seen on the Horizon of the Soul, almost visible. Almost here.

If you are a merchant wishing to bring your wares to the markets of Fairelands, please read on here:
www.tinyurl.com/fantasyfaire2017

Blogger applications will open on March 23rd.