LitFest Tour Friday 7th May 2021 • Noon slt: The Amethyst Rift

The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims  – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to mysterious region of The Amethyst Rift by Nix Marabana.

The ancient but mysteriously preserved home of powerful magic users who vanished long ago, the Amethyst Rift is a city, or perhaps a temple complex, carved into the walls of a deep fissure in the rock at the convergence of several major ley lines. The magic there is so strong that it still flows in pulsing violet waves visible even to those without second sight.

Explorers have wandered for centuries over its strange glass-like walkways and suspended monoliths, and many attempts have been made over the years to discover the fate of its builders, but no trace of them remains besides their empty constructions in the Rift. One of the more credible theories concerns the only structure in the Rift that is not whole – what appears to have been a massive, free-standing stone gate sits partially collapsed in a central square.

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Things to See:

The Rift combines layers upon layers of time and place to create mystery. There is the Rift itself, riddled with caves and connected by… disks? Circles? it looks like a maze of amethyst powered by an unknown force. What are these? How do they work? Beneath them is water, reflecting the colors and patterns above. How deep does the Rift go?

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Hidden Secrets:

Others have recognized the deep mysteries here. They seek for what is hidden. But they too have their secrets. What are they searching for? The explorers might welcome you to their campfire, but don’t expect them to reveal all their secrets.

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Things to Ponder:

Those who built this place are long gone and left few clues behind. Yet the Rift is not unprotected. A lady stands guard. Is the light she holds one of remembrance? Supplication? Perhaps she is calling to the lost ones to return. Do you think she will find them and bring them back?

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LitFest Information

Tours leave twice daily at 12noon or at 1pm, and again at 5:00pm from Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 , to explore the Fairelands.

We encourage people who join the Tours to write about the Fairelands we visit. We would love it if you would share your work by submitting your story or poem! All pieces will be posted online along with others inspired by this region. You retain creative ownership of works shared.

In addition, some pieces may be recorded (with your permission) by the LitFest team. If you do NOT wish your work broadcast, please let us know on your submission.

Submit your writing by e-mail to fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com

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