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Who will be King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire?

In the run up to Fantasy Faire, we asked you to select your favourite characters from fantasy to be chosen as King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Well, the nominations are in – and your five top selections are ready to move forward to the vote. Let’s find out who they are!

Vote for the King!

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As you’ll see, we have two characters from the Girl Genius universe – the Wulfenbachs, father and son. Will they split the vote and let another candidate in?

From Discworld we have the Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. All powerful and more than a little sinister, will he be the people’s choice?

Lord of the Rings supplies the Elvish candidate for King, Legolas, while our final candidate is Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice / A Game of Thrones. Tyrion is the sole representative of this fantasy element – but with Lannister gold to back him, no-one would rule him out!

Vote for the Queen!

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The Queens represent a similar range of fantasy genres – but now we have fairy tales popularised by Disney – or is that the right term for the anti-heroine Maleficient?

From Girl Genius we again have two characters – Agatha Heterodyne and Queen Zantiabraxus. Will they split the steampunk vote?

From Lord of the Rings we have our second Elvish nominee – Galadriel. And last, but definitely not least, we have Granny Weatherwax, that source of common sense and magical skills (not to mention headology) from Lancre in the Discworld.

Vote for the Chancellor!

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The Chancellors are drawn from a similarity variety. There’s the Genie from Aladdin (immortalised by the late, great Robin Williams in the Disney movie), and there’s Greebo, Nanny Ogg’s cat from the Discworld (nursing a secret passion to be ginger).

Once more, there are two Girl Genius characters nominated: this time Krosp (our second cat nomination!) and Vonn Pinn – looking human but really a clank – that world’s robotic forms.

And finally, from the Lord of the Rings, we have the Ent, Treebeard.

Which will you vote for?

You can visit the vendors and place your vote in a special gallery under the waves at Poseidons Abyss.

OR you can pay via Convio.

Read more about how to vote here.

Champion of the Faireland: Sun Wukong, the Rogue

This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!

Sun Wukong, the Rogue
Sun Wukong, the Rogue

Sun Wukong, the Rogue

Sun Wukong was a powerful and proud Prince, the son of a great Queen and her demon lover. As a young man he was seen as an idle wastrel; he loved to drink and gamble with his friends–and there were many tales of beautiful women, too.

One night as he sat at dice in a tavern with his chosen associates, a mysterious stranger entered. He chose to drink alone and quietly, but the haughty Prince disliked to see anyone failing to acknowledge his presence and his importance. He therefore sent one of his companions to issue a challenge to the stranger to play dice with the Prince.

The stranger looked long and hard at the prince, and then nodded. He took his place opposite the Prince, and the game commenced.

Very soon, Sun Wukong realised that he faced the most skilful dice player he had ever met. Where skill was needed, his opponent possessed it in ample measure, and the luck of the game seemed always on his side, too. The Prince lost, and lost heavily, and although mere financial transactions troubled him not at all, a far more important commodity to the spoiled Prince–his pride–was hurt.

But as he played, he saw a way in which he could win–a cunning cheat through a spell taught him by his father, cast upon the dice. No-one, he thought, would realise what he had done and even at this stage, he would win the game. He stretched out his hand…

…and the stranger caught that hand and Sun Wukong’s hand opened… the spell lay like purple smoke in his hand, then gently drifted up and dissipated. But not before it had been seen by everyone in the tavern.

Then the opponent rose to his feet, and everyone recognised him as one of the gods of the land. He pronounced a curse on Sun Wukong. Until he had recovered Seven Sutras (sacred books) from a land far, far in the West, he would be forced to remain in the form of a monkey. If, said the god, he lived a virtuous life, then in times of peril he would be able to transform into other forms–but he would never lose the monkey’s tail.

Many are the stories told of Sun Wukong’s journeys in quest of the Seven Sutras. Did he live a virtuous life on his journeys? Well, it seems that he was not able to transform himself as often as he might wish, so judge for yourselves! And the tales are full of daring tricks and deceptions practiced, and very narrow escapes. But eventually he returned to his homeland with the Sutras and once again took up his role as a Prince, in human form.

So he was when the Bard Queen summoned him to become a Champion for the Princess Flora. It was declared this was for his peerless skills as a traveller. Some thought that the Bard Queen also believed that a little touch of the rogue remained, and was not averse to her daughter learning such skills too!

You can also read this page as part of an online book here.

The Galleries of Poseidon’s Abyss

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“The enemy’s superior power can no longer be held off. The city struggles to save its arts aboard the fleet of living galleons. To protect its valued paintings, music, literature, and all the company of its theater, the ships must sail on the hour if their culture is to survive. But 40 fathoms beneath those waves, Poseidon spies the underbellies of the ships, and readies his own advance for the bounty.” – Haveit Neox, the designer and builder of Poseidon’s Abyss

The Arts & Entertainment sim, Poseidon’s Abyss, is a treasure trove of fantasy art set into a sim-wide installation by Haveit Neox. Within the living story of attempting to save what is most precious — beauty, art and culture — the visitors can find four different art galleries. Two of these are on the surface, two more in the depths of Abyss.

In these galleries there are paintings of fantasy art work from 26 different Second Life fantasy artists that have their work displayed in Flickr. Each of the artists was contacted for permission and only the art that we received the permission for is displayed in the Faire.

The galleries display the art of Alisa Perne, Alisaundra Andel, Caitlin Tobias, Carthalis Rossini, Catchafire Shilova, Cyrus Knight, DevinVaughn, Duchess Flux, Filomena Quinnell, Freyja Nemeth, GiaNikai Juliesse, Hephaesteon, Irina Strazytski, Jikiro Silverblade, Kimbra IridescentKynne Llewellyn, Mikali Giovinazzo, Rainbow Mubble, Roxi Firanelli, Sorchiee, Spyder Silverfall, Sunny George, Tamarind Silverfall, Twerk Caboodle, Ursula Floresby and Zeke Jestyr. Fantasy Faire would like to thank all of them once more: every painting makes the treasures Poseidon vies for more valuable, every piece of art adds to the spirit of beauty to be cherished and saved.

Go join the preservation of beauty and life, go explore Poseidon’s Abyss!

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Why I Relay

Why I RelayLast year I was asked to share my story of “Why I Relay” for Fantasy Faire. The result was a story that gifted a very private part of me to the world. The reward was the number of people who were not only touched by my story, but had stories of their own to share. I read the piece to my mother over the phone and by the time I finished reading she was sobbing uncontrollably. I didn’t want that reaction and I felt horrible that I hurt my mother and made her cry. I felt awkward and we didn’t really discuss it further. A few weeks later I was contacted by NPR and they asked if my piece could be read on All Things Considered. I agreed. My story came to life as it was read by a featured author and, as I heard my words over the car radio, I had to pull over. I, like my mother, was sobbing uncontrollably. I realized at that moment that my words did not hurt my mother; instead she was taking on a part of my pain as her loving burden. As the callers to the station phoned in to comment on my piece, they too took on my pain as they shared their tearful stories. It was cathartic.

My short story has been read at a few live Second Life relay events and each time the response that was generated lifted me up. I miss my brother dearly, that will never change….. but the sharing between those of us left behind has begun to fill the empty void in my heart. So this year we were asked to share an image of “Why I Relay” for Fantasy Faire 2015. I decided since the majority of the world has shed a tear for either themselves or someone struggling with, surviving or lost from cancer, that a good way to sum up “Why I Relay” is that I want to see an end to the heartache this devastating disease causes.

Dedicated to David. I miss you ….. every day.
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HAIR: Sola by Analog Dog ~ Available at Fantasy Faire 2015 @ Tangleshimmer Grove {April 23 to May 3}
COLLAR: Dragonborn Necklace {light gold} by Alegria ~ Available at Fantasy Faire 2015 @ Aurora {April 23 to May 3}
HORNS: Kii {Chalk} by Cubic Cherry Kre-ations ~ Available at Fantasy Faire 2015 @ Spires of Andolys {April 23 to May 3}
BRACELET: Dragonborn Bracelet by Alegria ~ Available at Fantasy Faire 2015 @ Aurora {April 23 to May 3}
TIARA: Circle of Lilies by Talevin’s Designs ~ Available at Fantasy Faire 2015 @ Sylvan of Spells {April 23 to May 3}
EAR WINGS: Ear Cuff {Old Gold} Emeraude by Tabou Irresistible ~ Available at We Love Roleplay {April 4 to April 28th}
TATTOO: Lost River Tattoo by White Widow {New Release}
POSE: Bystander by Del May

Champion of the Faireland: Britomart, the Warrior

This year’s Fairelands Hunt – the Lost Land – sends you on a search for the Ten Champions chosen by the Bard Queen to mentor, protect and instruct her daughter, the Princess Flora. Each day the Faire is running, we will be introducing you to a different Champion. They all have stories to tell … and some of these may give you clues to help you find them!

Britomart, the Paladin
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Britomart, the Warrior

In the desolation that was the land after the fall of the Round Table, some knights held to the true way and devoted their lives to redressing wrongs, and protecting the weak and defenceless. First among their number was Britomart.

Little is known of her origins. Some say she was the daughter of Nimue (who some call the Lady of the Lake) and Merlin. Others said that Nimue seduced Bedivere, Gareth, Lancelot or even Arthur himself. Those who loved her less claimed she was the child of a farmer who had his way with the Lady of the Lake. Certain it is that Britomart would never speak of her origins or, indeed, her past.

All that is known is that after the last great battle, the Battle of Camlann, where both Arthur and Mordred were slain, a warrior on a white horse began to be seen, a knight of peerless chivalry and courage, and matchless skill in all feats of arms.

And this warrior was Britomart.

Britomart was the peerless warrior, the brave and beautiful knight whom no man could match in tourney, whether jousting or in the melee, where she unhorsed more knights than any, save Lancelot in the days of his glory.

She wore no crest or lady’s favour, and although her armour and her horse suggested wealth, she would sleep as peacefully in a cottage as a castle and spoke kindly to all. Her greatest weapon was her sword, which some jealous men claimed was enchanted. When she heard this, she offered to fight her accusers with their blades exchanged. Britomart always gained the victory.

When the Princess was born, the Bard Queen summoned Britomart and instructed her to teach Princess Flora all she knew of feats of arms and chivalry.

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