An interesting project to emerge from last year’s Fantasy Faire was the short film, Arrivals & Departures, which receives a special screening this year at 2pm on April 25th at the FaireChylde. Based on a short story by Caledonia Skytower, the story was originally recorded for the Tales of the Fairelands series on Fantasy Faire Radio. Faire co-organizer Zander Greene talked to Elrik Merlin, one of the triumvirate that produced the movie and played one of the two main characters.
When Mistress Lolth, blessed be Her name, pulled me from my tomb in the Underdark and charged me with infiltrating the Faire through Her daughter’s temple, I didn’t quite imagine this. Sure, the place was black and purple, as befits any Drow deity—but the light.
There is a place where memories go to take their last breaths. A land breathes composed of the ashes of all that which has departed, everything which was once known but now lies forgotten. Is he a specter in this place or is he another memory? He has known so much sorrow in his long life; it is plausible that long after his passing some semblance of sentience remains. He suffered so many trials, celebrated so many victories and failures which have led to this moment. Deep in a temple dedicated to a thousand shrines and even more faiths, he can be seen repeating the motions of a life well-lived. Once upon a time, he had boasted of being a warrior; later he had become a king. He had been a lover, a husband, a father, both hero and villain in his own story and those of others. There are varying tales of his death, and there are stories yet where he remains alive and forging new paths through one world and others.
I sat down for tea with the gorilla in the room
and his kind eyes knew
these kind eyes are like the
forgiving eyes of the elephants in the river
the rainbow emerging after the storm
and life beginning again anew
Fairy Garden meets Noah’s Ark
Sometimes, a focal point is so overwhelming it’s the only thing you see. That’s why it’s a focal point, after all. That’s what it’s like in Light of Va’loth. The towering statue, be she goddess, heroine, or legend, is impossible to look away from: she is visible from nearly every point on the region, and she carries a bright light. She is mysterious and fascinating, impossible to ignore. Continue reading Glimpses of the Light of Va’loth→