The Well Laid Plans of Dragons and Men

These days, when RL permits me to step through the magic portal leading to SL, it’s like stepping into the very eye of a hurricane. Group talks go mad, ping-ping-ping, and not only the backstage crew chats about the Fantasy Faire. Almost everybody does. People ask for landmarks, merrily ooh and aah when they find the shops of their favourite creators, they boast about their new purchases and recommend that the others should visit the breathtaking sims as soon as possible.

The lands are crowded and people happily chat there, too. They joke, they compliment each other and the artists, and it seems almost everybody good-naturedly complains about spending too much… but the complaint always ends like this, “Well, but what I got is amazing, I love my new stuff, and I’ve spent those lindens on a really good cause, haven’t I? And tomorrow I can have a sandwich for lunch, innit?”

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I come to SL from RL, like everybody else (maybe some tinies actually come from outer space, but that’s another story… 😀 ), and my RL, like everybody else’s, is not a life without unpleasantness. People step on your toes in the Tube and they don’t apologize. People elbow you in the stomach during the sales because they want to grab the very pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing in the past five minutes. People are rude, pushy and annoying.

Yet… this winter was long and harsh, with blizzards instead of an egg hunt at Easter. The snowstorms caught many people on the roads, entire villages were left without electricity, and whole families spent the night on the highways, literally snowed under… and what happened? Volunteers appeared from nothing. People helped out other people with sandwiches, hot tea, shovels and nappies for the kids. The same grumbling, annoying, pushy beings turned into unselfish and compassionate fellow humans when necessity called for it.

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Now and then, when I’m rather tired, I almost give up on mankind in general. Then I meet people in Second Life who donate their actual lunch money for cancer research, I meet people in Real Life who invite an absolute stranger to supper when that stranger is stuck in the snow. …maybe, mankind isn’t that lost, after all.

Thank you, Second Lifers, for reminding me that I shouldn’t lose my faith.

The Key of Hope Hunt

KoH Vendor Ad copyFor a thousand years and more, the demon prince Val’baan ruled over the land with fear. Then, a child was born who would grow to be his nemesis. This had happened before, but Val’baan was possessed of enough brains to maintain an intelligence network that alerted him to possible threats before they were too great to crush. This time, however, the girl was raised in secret by people ready for the time, and when she grew to womanhood the demon’s fate was inevitable. A quest, a battle, an overcoming followed, and the sun rose over the world once more. Kiana and her companions fought for three days to drive Val’baan first back into the valley, then to the temple which had been the seat of Val’baan’s power – his final redoubt. Two hundred men and women began that fight, ninety reached the entrance to the valley and only eight were alive to see Val’baan trapped as Kiana read from the scroll and completed the ritual of binding. Each of these took their place at one of the eight outer seals, with Kiana herself bringing them together in the centre. The heroes’ strength was thus combined to forge a lock that could never be opened again, from within or without.

However…

Fuzz the Unyielding, who had stood with Kiana from almost the very beginning, held a secret – he was wounded. The Demon Prince’s ice-blade had caught him a glancing blow, so slight it went unnoticed in the chaos, and it festered within him. For all his purity of purpose and his resolve, the wound was enough corruption to weaken the Western seal that was his responsibility, and that weakness was taken by the ritual of binding into the great seal itself. The door was cracked, and Fuzz suddenly succumbed to his wound less than a day after the heroes finally parted to return to their homes.

The Bard Queen, however, could feel the darkness rising once again. She passed word to the kings of men and elves, and gave orders to her storytellers to ensure that all would know danger loomed once more.

“Find us our champions,” she said, “That we may remain safe another century. Call those of heart, and courage, and strength. Send to me those who would stand for what is right, and who do not fear the labour and the pain of that standing.

“Send me heroes.”

The call was raised, and those of such a stature answered. They came to the Fairelands, to the Junction, and set out upon their quest…

To help the adventurers in their quest, we have all the instructions and details available here.

Daily Recap: Monday

Fantasy Faire 2013 - Valley of IshNar 3 - photo by Villemo InglewoodWe are fast approaching four million linden dollars donated to Relay For Life, the current total is impressive L$3,883,246!

Last night we received a word that we are also approaching another goal: a Faire five year total of $100,000 US. A 2013 total of $24,000 US would get us to that five year total of $100K. Let’s try to reach that goal by Sunday, Faire folks!

Yesterday the Faire enjoyed live music by Lisa Brune and we’re anticipating two more live musicians to entertain us today: FrankLee Anatra at 3pm and Lyndon Heart at 9pm, both events happening in American Cancer Society sim.

The tiny Faire Sheriffs have also got their paws on a new culprit and will be bringing one rynn Verwood to jail and bail today at 4pm in Lumenaria! Come hear the case, make the judgment, bring tomatoes or plenty of lindens to bail her out: your call!

The first part of the Key of Hope hunt begins today! Be on the lookout for the places to purchase the hunt HUD from, mainly Fairelands Junction and Valley of Ish’Nar, although we’ll be spreading them all over the sims gradually. More information on the hunt coming soon!

The Fantasy Faire 2013 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: æros avatar, The Arcanum, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dark Goddess Designs, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., Fanavatar & Moonstruck, FATEWear, F*cking Ninjas, Oceania Breedables, The Looking Glass,  L’Uomo, Roawenwood, –= Solarium =–, Spyralle,  T R I D E N T.

Meet Our Sponsors ~ L’Uomo

mirocollasMiro Collas of L’Uomo is bringing his masculine mesh avatars to the Faire and with him he also brings several other creators who collaborate with him to provide skins and different outfits for these avatars. L’Uomo’s vision of male avatars adds yet another direction and option for customizing your look beyond the limits of the base shape. Read on to find more about the collaboration and his personal fantasy favourites!

What is your favorite fantasy book/movie/rock album. Feel free to elaborate on this and explain why. That is of course the most interesting part.

Hmmm… favorite books include:
– Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
– Earth Abides, George R. Stewart
– The City and the Stars, Arthur C. Clarke

Favorite movies:
– Lawrence of Arabia
– 2001
– Lilies

Why these? Because they are wonderfully original, unique stories, that make you think. I don’t enjoy a film that is little more than a vehicle for the latest special effects. I enjoy a plot, a book or film with substance.

As for music, I generally prefer classical, or…
– Loreena McKennitt
– Randy Crawford
– Deep Forest
– E.S. Posthumous

What is your most memorable Faire experience. This is the fifth Fantasy Faire and I know all of you have been to at least one of these before, some of you have been to all five! So share some of the highlights as you remember them.

Hum, I think last year, the impromptu steel band playing. That was brilliant and great fun! 🙂

Show us your RFL items for this year or at least give us some sneak peeks!

This year, I am participating as part of a group: I make male mesh avatars, and the others participating with me make skins and accessories for them. The pictures included are *some* of the RFL items which will be offered.

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Luomo - prodigal - drow skin flesh

If you met someone who had never been to the Fantasy Faire before, what would you say to them?

The faire is a must-see! It is so worth seeing the amazing sim builds each year, they just seem to get more and more impressive. Then of course there is the huge variety of unique items being offered, and the many things to do. I would recommend it even if I were not personally involved. I think it is the best event happening in SL.

Thank you, Miro, for taking the time to chat with us and sharing your vision with us!

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Daily Recap: Sunday

Fantasy Faire 2013 - Lumenaria 2 - Photo by Villemo InglewoodSunday night brought with it the wonderful news that the Faire had gathered already over three million linden dollars for Relay For Life! The sum was expected to reach that level some time Monday, but seems this year we are early! Wonderful job relaying, Faire folks!

Earlier on the Faire had witnessed the jail and bail trial of Yuna Yuadl (no petites were harmed during the case, at least not permanently) and enjoyed plenty of live music by Ganjo Mokeev, followed by Drones and Drums.

Speaking of music, the Faire continues offering plenty of it during the week: check out our Entertainment Schedule to find out about DJ schedules and live music events!

Today we have live music by Lisa Brune starting at 1pm and several wonderful DJs following her performance. The live music events happen in American Cancer Society sim (just east of the Fairelands Junction) to make sure the party does not add any lag to the Fairelands. The DJ sets take place in different sims, depending where the whim of the bards takes them. You can hear them throughout the Fairelands on Fantasy Faire Radio though, just enable the music stream and you’re set!

Speaking of Fantasy Faire Radio, see the dragon-carried-airship above? That’s the FaireChylde, owned by Zander Greene, the homebase for Fantasy Faire Radio. You can spot the FaireChylde in the skies if you are lucky, she is quite a sight to see! Last night she was found above the Valley of Ish’Nar, but who knows where she’ll fly next! Sometimes the DJs will broadcast from her deck and I have also heard rumours of parties involving pixie girls and tinies happening, not that I would know anything of such matters. No. Never.

Come join us at the Faire!

The Fantasy Faire 2013 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: æros avatar, The Arcanum, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dark Goddess Designs, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., Fanavatar & Moonstruck, FATEWear, F*cking Ninjas, Oceania Breedables, The Looking Glass,  L’Uomo, Roawenwood, –= Solarium =–, Spyralle,  T R I D E N T.

Meet Our Sponsors ~ Spyralle

Spyralle Thornweaver Wings - PurpleKerryth Tarantal, the creator behind Spyralle, is joining the Faire again with her beautiful fractal-based creations. Read on to find out about her most favourite Faire-memories and her reasons for participating in the Faire and Relay For Life.

What is your favorite fantasy book/movie/rock album. Feel free to elaborate on this and explain why. That is of course the most interesting part.

The Classic, of course! The Lord of the Rings. I’ve loved the book since I first discovered it and I’ve read it over and over again. I love the movies, too.  The idea that you could create a whole world out of your imagination, make it live – as Tolkien did – enchants me. Come to think of it, I love Second Life for exactly the same reason. Rock album? I’m a big fan of those “symphonic rock” albums of the 70s – Yes, Rick Wakeman, ELO, and of course, Pink Floyd, and my favorite, Mike Oldfield.

What is your most memorable Faire experience. This is the fifth Fantasy Faire and I know all of you have been to at least one of these before, some of you have been to all five! So share some of the highlights as you remember them.

That is an easy one. Last year I was thrown into the lockup in Shifting Sands and nearly drowned in sand – cruel! Cruel! – before my ransom was paid. My fellow vagabonds and desperados got my out, but I’ll never forget it. It was certainly the most fun I’ve ever had at a Fantasy Faire, and the most I’ve ever laughed.  The most amazing experience I’ve had at Fantasy Faire was last year after the Faire was closed to the public but still open to designers. I turned my viewer all the way up to the highest settings and a big draw distance and just wandered around for hours and hours taking pictures. It was awesome! My shop was on Shifting Sands but I had never seen the enormous tower pouring sand down. It was stunning. I don’t know how they’ll ever top those sims from last year, but I said that in 2011 too, and they did. I can’t wait to see!

Show us your RFL items for this year or at least give us some sneak peeks!

Spyralle Thornweaver Deluxe - Yellow

Spyralle Thornweaver Wings - Palest Pink

This year I’m working most intensely with two categories of fractals. The lace fractals have always been one of my mainstays, but now I have new images because I’ve been able to get Fractint, my earliest fractal software, to work again. And I’ve been revisiting the Mandelbrot set, using the triangle inequality average coloring algorithm, which makes a beautifully organic, alive, silky surface.

If you met someone who had never been to the Fantasy Faire before, what would you say to them?

I would say THIS is what Second Life is supposed to be! The enchantment of it! The artistry of the Faire is endlessly inspiring. If you want to see what new worlds people can build from the imagination, come to this event. And don’t just shop, LOOK! Look at everything. And listen and participate. It’s not simply because it is beautiful – but because it’s created by so many people, hundreds, all working together for this important cause and having so much fun doing it. I would also say, donate lots of lindens. I’m a cancer survivor, and I thank you.

All the extra stuff no one ever thinks to ask but you are burning to share. 

Burning? Hmmm, well, I do have a second favorite SL event, Burn 2, where I’ve worked out some large fantasy building ideas over the last four years. Some builds based on those experiments may find their way into my shop at Fantasy Faire this year, including at least one of my RFL donation items – if I get it finished in time. I love to build big stuff, more than I like making clothing, and it’s frustrating because between RL and my shop in SL there is so little time to learn what needs to be learned to keep up. Mesh, for instance. I think I need to take three months off and just learn to do it, but they’re not giving out a lot of paid leave at my workplace. In the meantime, I’ll keep pouring on the colors. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what I believe fractal textures can be used for in SL.

Thank you. It is an honor to be a part of this event.

Thank YOU, Kerryth. It is an honor to have you with us! Spyralle Thornweaver Wings - Dusk

Daily Recap: Saturday

FF - Fairelands Junction_014 - photo by Alisaundra AndelEarly on Saturday morning the portals to the Fairelands opened and all the adventurers and curious guests could finally enter and begin exploring.

Despite some hijinks and shenanigans on behalf of the higher server powers, the Faire kicked off spectacularly as the visitors were finally able to experience the enchantment themselves and wander through all the ten different worlds. This also showed in the results for Relay for Life: we have gathered over one million linden dollars in the first 25 hours!

Any disturbances to the Faire peace were treated with the severity they deserved by our resident Faire Sheriffs, who might be tiny, but all the more adorable for it. …I mean, strong! Decisive. Fearsome!

Two cases of such culprits were brought to Jail and Bail: one Kiana Writer and one Evangeline Miles, both of which were eventually bailed out of the goodness of the Faire folks.

The oracles have foreseen that today there will be two more cases brought before the judgment and amusement of the Faire: one Yuna Yuadl at 11 am and one Fenn MacMoragh at 5pm, both cases handled in Magnificat.

To take your mind off of these dreadful, dreadful crimes the Faire will also be presenting live music in Lumenaria from 1pm to 3pm! We will first treat you with the talent of Ganjo Mokeev, followed by Drones and Drums.

Come to the Faire, let us entertain you!

The Fantasy Faire 2013 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: æros avatar, The Arcanum, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dark Goddess Designs, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., Fanavatar & Moonstruck, FATEWear, F*cking Ninjas, Oceania Breedables, The Looking Glass,  L’Uomo, Roawenwood, –= Solarium =–, Spyralle,  T R I D E N T.

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