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.

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Fantasy Faire Radio begins year-round service

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Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel are pleased to announce that their collaborative project Fantasy Faire Radio has become a year-round, full-time Internet radio service from Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Fantasy Faire and Radio Riel have worked together since 2014 to bring Fantasy Faire Radio to life every Spring as part of the annual celebration in the virtual world of Second Life that raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

This year, Fantasy Faire Radio by Radio Riel will continue broadcasting after the end of the Faire, becoming a full-time Internet radio service that will serve as a connection to the Faire community all year round. The service will be maintained via sponsorship: read more about becoming an FFR Sponsor.

Fantasy Faire Radio features a mix of Renaissance, New Age, Classical and Fantasy Soundtrack music. Listeners can tune in by opening http://fantasyfaire.radioriel.org in an Internet media player: the service will also be listed in the TuneIn.com curated internet radio directory.

Radio Riel was founded in Second Life on June 1, 2007 with the goal of providing a soundtrack of Classical and English Folk music to the Neo-Victorian and Steampunk communities. The station has since grown to six separate audio streams, each with its own style and genre of music and has thousands of listeners worldwide.

Celebrating its ninth year, Fantasy Faire is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. With DJ parties, auctions, hunts, a Literary Festival, dance and theater performances, fantasy art, roleplaying events, and the most diverse display of fantasy paraphernalia on the grid, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

From Thursday, April 20 to Sunday April 30 thousands of visitors will come to experience the magic of the Fairelands, joining a dynamic fantasy community to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer. Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $3.6 million USD over the past decade, with Fantasy Faire contributing almost $200,000 USD to that amount.

For more information about Radio Riel: http://radioriel.org

Contact: Gabrielle Riel (gabrielle.riel@gmail.com)

Fantasy Faire Radio is licensed via StreamLicensing.com

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.

Vote for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire 2017!

It’s now a month to go before the start of this year’s Fantasy Faire – so if you are looking for ways to fill the time, perhaps you can begin to think who you would like to nominate for the positions of King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2016!
The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2016!

Last Year’s King – The Goblin King – together with Queen October Daye and their esteemed Chancellor, The Last Unicorn, have laid down the insignia of their high office so we have …

The election of this year’s King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

When it comes to Fantasy, we all have our favorite characters. Some may be good – Gandalf or Harry Potter, Belle or Menolly. Or maybe we love the dark side – Maleficent or Steerpike. Or maybe we enjoy the conflicted – Jamie Lannister or Mrs Coulter.

Whoever is your favorite, you have a chance to nominate them and perhaps see them crowned as King and Queen of Fantasy Faire at the fabulous Fantasy Faire Ball!

What do I do?
First of all, use the form below to nominate your favorite male and female characters.

THE NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE AT 12 MIDNIGHT AT THE END OF SATURDAY 22nd APRIL.

We will choose the top five male and female characters, and there will be a final vote-off during the Faire itself.

Then the winners will be announced at the April Showers Costume Ball on April 30th.

So who will it be? Corwin or Aragorn? Arya Stark or Nanny Ogg? Tyrion or Frodo? The White Witch or Agatha Heterodyne?

Nominate your favorites today!

But what about your favorite non-human (or human type) characters? Don’t they get a chance too?

Of course they do! There’s an election for Chancellor – and this is for your favorite character who has no elements of human appearance. This means that Ariel (mermaid) and Mr Tumnus (faun) could be King and Queen, but Archimedes (the owl, not the scientist) would be nominated for Chancellor.

So will your Chancellor be Teremaire or Ratty (or Mole, Toad or Badger)? Will it be Reepicheep or Pegasus?

NB Characters should be chosen from works of fantasy which can be written or graphical texts or films, TV or radio shows. We want to be broadly inclusive of genres – thus fairytales, high fantasy, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampire sagas (and others) will all be classified as fantasy.

The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2015!
The King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire in 2015!

Please note – last year’s winners, The Goblin King, Queen October Daye and The Last Unicorn, and the winners from 2015, Lord Vetinari, Granny Weatherwax and Greebo the cat, all from the works of Terry Pratchett, are NOT eligible for election this year.

 

Can we make it a Thousand in time for Fantasy Faire?

We currently have just over 900 “Likes” on Facebook – can we lift that to 1,000 by the time the Faire starts?

We will have a lot of news to share with you about Fantasy Faire – and we know you like to get it quickly! So make sure that you are signed up with your social media networks so that we can point you to our latest stories about events, people and, well, stories!

You can like and follow us on Facebook  @FantasyFaireSL
You can follow us on Twitter @FantasyFaireSL

In addition, there’s our Plurk (a network very popular in Second Life) @FantasyFaireSL

and you’ll find us on Flickr (@FantasyFaireSL) and on Pinterest (@FantasyFaireSL)

You’ll probably have an idea of how to find and follow us now, for the latest news and pictures!

If you think there’s important social media streams we’re not available on, please let us know in the comments.

And please don’t keep this to yourselves. Fantasy Faire is for sharing – and so is social media. Tell your friends about us, and how they can use social media to find out more. Help us boost our social media presence by sharing our stories.

In March 2015, we had 301 “Likes” on our Facebook Page and by the time the Faire finished, we had more than doubled that to 650. Last year, that rose again to 880. Today it stands at 913.

Can we get to a Thousand “Likes” before the Faire starts? If you tell your friends now, I’m sure we can!

And if you hate Facebook, perhaps you’d like to encourage people to like us or follow us on your favourite form of social media instead!

 

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:
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