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Meet Our Sponsors: Merchants of Dreams


Sweetgwendoline Bailey of ~*Sweet Revolutions*~  and Eldowyn Inshan of United InshCon form together Merchants of Dreams, the duo behind the design and build of Sylvan of Spells, the sim they are also sponsoring. They now share the backstory of the sim and what it means to them to be building a Faireland once more.

You two are both sponsoring Fantasy Faire and building one of the Fairelands: Sylvan of Spells. What made you decide to join, sponsor and contribute?

Eldo: It is a wonderful idea to create a Faire that is charitable. It also gives me great pleasure to support this good cause.

Gwen: There are several good reasons for me to support the Fantasy Faire. Cancer is an evil disease, which might hit everyone of us. It doesnt matter of age, confession, social or ethnic background. Affected people and their families have to face this disease out of a sudden and need to deal with all struggles that come along. Knowing that we as merchants in SL are able to support the RFL foundation is the main reason for me to join, trying to help affected people at least a very little.

Personally I have already lost very dear ones to cancer. Good friends of mine passed away at very young age already and last, but not least I also lost my beloved grandma to cancer as well. None of us knew about her serious disease, just 2 weeks before she passed away, we did celebrate her birthday, laughed, planning a vacation in fall, but sadly life had other plans. I do know,that SL is just a little part of our lives, but I like to take the chance and opportunity to support the Fantasy Faire with my building skills and creativity. If any of that helps to cheer people up, brighten up their lives, make them forget about bad things, I feel honored to do so.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

How was Sylvan of Spells born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Gwen: Last year we designed the Fantasy Faire sim “Heavenslough”, it has been our first year as world creators and we were so nervous, but also happy for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community. We never expected that this will happen again and so we feel honored that Elizabeth asked us again to create one of the Fantasy Faire sims for this year.

Therefor I would like to tell this little story:

Last year, Runa and Eldo did scare me. They both said that they have to talk serious to me and that we have to clear something out. My first thought was… Oh hell what have I done? I supposed they both were angry with me. After a bunch of seconds they both started laughing and told me that we have the honor to create a sim for the Fantasy Faire.

So this year I took the chance for a little revenge *evil grin*
After Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for this year’s Fantasy Faire again, I called Eldo. I told her to sit down and take a deep breath. She asked me what happened and I knew this was the right time to pay back to her.

I told her to be very brave now and that we have to clear something. She took a deep breath and asked what happened. I did wait a few seconds but couldn´t hold back and told that Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for the upcoming Fantasy Faire.
Right at once we started brainstorming and “Sylvan of Spells” was born.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Story – Sylvan of Spells:

In a far away land, inbetted of huge mountains, peacefully lies the “Sylvan of Spells”, a magical forest full of shy and mystic creatures and peculiar vegetation. Old tales tell about a powerful magician, who lived in a huge pompous library far in the west. It has been his quest to protect the other residents due to the power of the four elements and to spread their words and stories into the rest of the world, so their myths was kept alive.

The stories told about huge trees with roots as large, that people could live in them and about grasses with luminous runes dancing in the wind and filing the meadows. About flying creatures with wings of book pages, easily mistaken for a common butterfly at first sight and from shining lights, wandering across the lake with its isles, playing a smooth melody which cast a spell over anyone listening.

But one day in happened, that the magician disappeared and so did the ancient book of knowledge and the four crystals of elements. The stories and wisdoms of “Sylvan of Spells” vanished, the knowledge about the powerful source of the elements got lost. Only a few myths kept alive.

Are you prepared to find the lost crystals of elements? Are you brave enough to plunge into the infinity of magic spells and to unleash the 4 elements? It is time to start your journey, start the adventure about the “Sylvan of Spells”…

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Eldo: I built a small library and created a few little items that will certainly be to the guests liking. Unfortunately I have been lacking time to create more as I was completely absorbed with the build up of the Faire Sim. ^^

MoD Fairelands Tree

Gwen: This year I added the four elements fire, water, air and earth into my creations and started a new line of trees, decoration and roleplay stuff. Also the literature and music theme is a part of the new line, as you will find Flying Book Moth and Flying Music Souls.

SR Flying Book Moth
What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

Eldo: You can fulfill your dreams in a way that would never be possible RL. For example: a talking duck in battle armour that requests road toll.

It makes me happy to create things that people use for their RP; e.g. : a medieval lawn mower – a sheep with a drivable box

Gwen: Building in SL means more to me, than just stacking prim cubes. Every building is created and based on a idea, a fantasy. Every creation carries feelings and memories, has a soul of its own.

The medieval and fantasy theme is fascinating me. It feels like to plunge into a world of secret mysteries and darkness, it allows me to create my own fantasies and stories.

Also I feel happy to watch people using my creations, see them exploring, and roleplaying with them, to see them in a new content. I feel good by making others happy with my creations, no matter if for roleplay or goofy objects, like my creation of a rideable truffle pig.
To build in SL allows me to take part in the life of others, and allow others to take part in my life. I feel at peace then.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

What are your favourite fantasy realms? 

Eldo: Games of Thrones, Vikings, Lord of the Rings, Hobbits,
The Physician (Der Medicus), – my Quack set for RP is based on this movie.

Gwen: I love the medieval and fantasy theme. Books from Wolfgang Hohlbein, Alfred Bekker, Brandon Sanderson, Cornelia Funke, Anne Rice and also a lot of movies and series like Pans Labyrynth, Never Ending Story, Momo, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Brother Grimm (the old fairytales of my childhood) , they all inspire me.

Also the Roleplay in Second Life does. They lure me into a complete different world for hours, let me be someone else and that is something you cannot explain, you have to feel it yourself :-)

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Justen Tyme
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Justen Tyme

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

Eldo: The wonderfully beautiful memorials, that have been created for families and people who suffered a tragic loss. My wish is for the Fair to be as successful this year as it was last year.

Gwen: There is no special favourite Faire memory to me. To be a part of this wonderful community, to meet such creative and dear people from all over the world, to share time with them by a “unicorn hug” or “coffee and chocolate sessions” is just amazing. To see, how the Fairelands grow from desert areas overflow with flamingos into different amazing world is pure pleasure to me. All of this together builds my favorite memory.

MoD Flamingos

Thank you, Eldo and Gwen, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing Sylvan of Spells to life and for providing such a fitting place for sharing stories in!

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel


Live Auction: Come Buy a Piece of Fairelands!

Ichi-go Ichi-e Tree

Ravenshold tower poster

Today, Sunday the third of May, at 4-6PM SLT we will have our traditional Live Auction where we will sell off pieces of this year’s Fairelands, from beautifully iconic details to full sim builds!

We have for example YoZakura sim build, Spires of Andolys packed in one bundle, including the castle, Ravenshold tower, Poppetsborough paper train and station, the Writer’s Place used for the Literary Festival from Sylvan of Spells, Aurora’s jail, Poseidon’s Ride from Poseidon’s Abyss, Wildehaven Marsh dock, Ode to the Sea plazas from Odyssey, and from Ichi-go Ichi-e the sakura tree, the ball room, meditation circle and portal.

For the Faire Folk familiar with our Bus Tradition I would also like to mention that not only is this year’s Rock Lobster Bus up for your bidding pleasure, so are the two previous buses: Atomic Kitties Tour Bus and Love Shack Bus. Take home your favourite Faire memories!

All of this and much more up for bidding tonight at 4-6PM SLT in Poseidon’s Abyss! Come over and make sure the Fairelands never fade for you!

Yozakura Sim-Build-AD

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MoD Writers Place unique Special

Live Auction Poppetsborough Station & Train FF015

Wildehaven Dock Package poster

Lobster Bus

Purchase Spirit of Fantasy Faire in Real Life!

Designed by Kaelis Ember, this beautiful pendant is a memory waiting for you to capture it. Representing the Spirit of Fantasy Faire as envisioned by Alia Baroque for the 2015 Fantasy Faire poster, this gorgeous piece of original art will hang proudly around your neck, a tangible token of your efforts to end the hold cancer has over the lives of so many.

A Relay for Life of Second Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society, the Fantasy Faire brings together people from all around the globe who share a love of Fantasy and a united belief that a cure for cancer doesn’t have to be a fantasy forever. Join us and show that you too believe in the strength of Fantasy to shape our reality. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, this pendant will always be a reminder of the strength of what we can do together when share a common dream.

Purchase Spirit of Fantasy Faire from Shapeways.

Ho Ho Ho It’s Magic, Never Believe It’s Not So

Wand Vendor

“Do you believe in magic?” asked the strange looking Dwarfin behind the counter in the Dwarfins tower in The Spires Of Andolys.

I paused for thought, I’ve seen strange beasts under the waters of Poseidon’s Abyss, been enchanted by magical words in The Sylvan Of Spells, encountered pagan festivities in Tangleshimmer Grove, bumped into Chinese shoulder dragons in Vallacia, witnessed strange beasts in YoZakura, been surrounded by larger than life flying insects in Ichi-Go Ichi-e, spotted a cauldron in Wildehaven Marsh, been charmed by toy soliders in Poppetsborough, stared at moving statues in Odyssey and been alarmed by electricity in the air in Aurora.

Do I believe in magic? “Yes”, I replied to the Dwarfin behind the counter, “Why do you ask?”

“Well I have a fine array of potions, spells and wands for sale” he pointed behind at the shelves, looking a little sheepish.

To be honest, it was a bit late for him to tell me that, I’d just had to avoid a raging magic wand battle just to enter his store.

Magical Dwarfins

Ho Ho Ho it’s magic, never believe it’s not so.

Meet Our Sponsors: Roawenwood

Searlait Nitschke, the creator and owner of Roawenwood, the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove.

Searlait Nitschke, the owner and creator of Roawenwood and the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove, shares with us the story of Tangleshimmer Grove, how her Faire builds evolve and tell their own story and her favourite Faire memory involving a certain bus and a stairway to heaven.

You are both sponsoring and building a Faireland this year again. Does it get any easier in time, or does the challenge grow bigger every year?

Each year is a little different. Each year I have something of a challenge to overcome that ends up making it a little crazier towards the deadlines whether it is SL related, personal, or something to do with the build. One of the bigger challenges for me is always trying to decide the feel of the sim or what I’m trying to project. That can be the toughest part.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

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

Tangleshimmer Grove has its own story. It has its own feeling and its own life. Whenever I build for the Faire my ultimate goal is for it to feel like it has its own life somehow.

My first Faire sim was cold, not dark really because it had its light elements, and color but it was in that bitterly cold part of winter that I like. The theme was magical, trying to get across the magic of that bitter cold. Finding the beauty even when it feels like we are gripped within places that are so cold you can hear the creaking of the branches. The next year was definitely dark. Burned out dead type forest, ominous lighting, gypsy camps… recovery. The theme was living through the dark parts, finding the safe places, dancing around the campfire with music playing, finding solace and regrowth in the dark. The journey. Finding hope.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove started out conceptually as a fun, light place where fairies, woodland folk and others took up residence. Full of color, and life. It was me in a way following a progression. I felt like it was time to come out of the dark, to come out of the cold, and to breathe life into something brighter. In essence it felt like it was time for spring to come to the world. Time for the light to break through.

As I was building it… it took something of a turn. Real life crept in and began to color the world I was trying to create. My world as I knew it was changing and with that so did the sim .

I am not a technical builder. I don’t draw a plan and go from point A to point B. I rarely have a real plan to begin with. When I am creating it is by instinct, feel, and inspiration, especially when it is something like this.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Without my realizing it the sim began to take shape and form into something much more personal, I knew I wanted the sim to capture something different this year than before however I didn’t realize it was going to end up where it did. Initially I wanted it to shimmer with playfulness with a nod towards remembering the wonder we felt as children imagining trolls under bridges and fairies floating in sunbeams .

But it became a safe place instead. A sanctuary. Without meaning to I drew elements from my own personal need to find some peace and brought it to the Faire. The flow of the river, the colors… the softness of the ground and grass beneath my feet. Each space has its own feel. Each area has its own vegetation or color combinations that you won’t find elsewhere on the sim. I layered different looks, and plucked the flowers lovingly placing them in different places with floating butterflies or the quick blink of a firefly.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove has its fairy rings, it has its light, it has its color, its life but most of all it has its peace. When walking the Grove I feel at home as if the trees surrounding it shield us with their thick roots and leafy canopy letting the light dance about protecting those within it from the things outside of its borders that we can’t always control.

Tangleshimmer Grove is meant to make you slow down. Appreciate the quiet. Breathe in the light. Meditate or muse as the water flows from one side to the other shimmering. To take a few precious moments to spend with someone you care about. It is meant to be something more intimate. In essence it is in its own way an extension of what I hope others will find. The small little spots of beauty, the surprises of color… to take a moment, slow down, to remember. It seemed fitting considering the message and hope we have when doing something like the Faire and for RFL so I went with it.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

As per usual my time was mainly caught up with working on the sim. I always intend to create something fantastic to put into the RFL vendors and rarely do I feel like I am able to. This year I added the mushrooms and fairy rings to the RFL vendors so people could take a piece of the Faire home. I also added a gacha to benefit RFL with a set of mushroom seats, and special fairy rings with cuddles & dances in it. I also shrunk down the smallest store and made a little townhouse type thing for petites that’s in the RFL vendors.

What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

For me it’s mostly a really great outlet. To be creative. To build something from nothing. Gives me a lot of satisfaction that is relatively easy to get. Rather addictive in its own way. I suppose the best thing about building in Second Life for me is seeing how my work evolves and changes over time.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

Favorite Faire memory…. I have a lot. I think one that is particularly telling and a lot of fun was a moment during last year’s bus tour. For those that don’t know every year something of a tradition we climb onto a bus and do a big tour of all the sims a few times.

Last year Alia built a stairway that was supposed to go straight up to heaven right? So we’re doing the bus tour… round and around, driver cussing as usual trying to do sim crossings. Trying to drive over some really awkward spots on the sims…. And so we end in the courtyards at the base of this massive, and rather thin set of stairs heading up into the sky.

We can do this right? Drive up it… we’re all pumped up, we can do this, we can do this. So revving up the engine we go for it. Quite a few times stopping at the base, punching it to go up and each…. Time…. Off the side we go flying down into the pits below, laughing, screaming and joking. If I remember right there was some lava. Nice touch there.

The Bus Going Up the Stairs – Picture by Sonya Marmurek

Sooooooo what do we do? The ingenious builder types we are along with a bit of a deviant streak?

We cheat!

Driver… Alia I believe at the time comes in with ye olde handy builde tools and picks up the bus, moves us upwards… inch by inch till we’re balancing precariously at the very top of the stairs! We made it! We turn, looking around from our new vantage point at the world below us very proud of our accomplishment. We were not going to be stopped. So then there is the going down part…. The bus looks down the steep stairs as we rock back and forth driver at the wheel.

And wouldn’t you know it? Going DOWN we stayed on the straight and narrow never once falling off to the side as if the stairs were made for us. Typical huh? What do you get when you a bunch of smartarsed Fantasy Faire workers/builders and the like try to drive their way up to the gates of heaven? Multiple gut wrenching drops into lava pools. Drive away from the gates of heaven and downwards towards hell? No problem, couldn’t have driven it straighter.

Looking forward to most? Playing, talking, relaxing, catching up with friends. I miss people very much during the year and sometimes it seems like the only time we really catch up or take the time to see each other is during the Faire. That’s what I look forward to.

Thank you, Searlait, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing your evolving story to the Fairelands, thank you for the sanctuary within them.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel