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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
Britomart, the Warrior

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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Meet the Champions of the Fairelands!

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!

To get you started … here is the introduction to The Book of the Champions.

The Book of the Champions
The Book of the Champions

This is the Book of the Champions of the Princess Flora.

When the Princess was a child, the Bard Queen gathered the ten champions from across the Fairelands to be Flora’s teachers, champions, and companions.

Each was chosen for their gifts and abilities. Over the years, they taught her, mentored her, and loved her.

Princess Flora
Princess Flora

But they could not save her from the Unweaver.

Stolen by his proxy, Ayaz Ata, the Winter King, she vanished from the Fairelands and became forgotten in the minds of human and fae.

The Champions rode out to find her and to bring her back, but one by one they were lost.

Your task, brave hunter, is to find the Champions. They are scattered throughout the Fairelands. Take what path you will, but find them all. Hear their memories of the Princess so that she might be restored to memory and returned to the Fairelands.

The Champions
The Champions

You will be able to buy HUDS that will enable you to join the Hunt and all the games it involves at the Landing Points on every region.

 

The very last chance to enter the Fantasy Faire Competitions!

Palace of Tears, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Palace of Tears, setting for the second stage of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, designed by Rynn Verwood, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

This year we have been running two contests – one for Photographs of the Faire, and a Story Story/Poetry competition too. Both these contests will close at midnight today (May 31st).

In the Photographic Competition, we are looking for the photographs that best capture the spirit of the sims – and the winners will be included in a calendar (with credits for the photographers) that will be created in real life using Cafe Presse and sold to raise money for Relay for Life. So this year, people really will be able to take the Faire home with them – and share it with their friends and family too!

You can find full details of the competition here (and note that the deadline was extended from May 11th – May 31st).

Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Fairelands Junction, designed by Saiyge Lotus and photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

For the short story/poetry competition, the top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in September 2014.

You story/poem can focus on one region – Sanctum, or Hopes Horizon or Heavenslough, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you. And your story or poem can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

But we must have it by midnight today!

You can find full details of the competition here,

Weave a tale of fantastic landscapes for the Fantasy Faire / Prim Perfect Short Story Competition

Magnificat By Alia Baroque Photo By Beq Janus
Magnificat By Alia Baroque
Photo By Beq Janus

This year Fantasy Faire has been not only a beautiful place to visit, but also a hugely evocative one, stirring the imagination and leading many of us to reflect on what stories could be told about these lovely and mysterious lands.

Once the stores are packed away and the crowds have departed … what beings take possession of the glass lantern city high in the mountains that shines in Titan’s Hollow? What languid aristocrats return to their faded palaces along the canal of Magnificat to watch the little boats sail out eternally toward the sunset? What troglodytes or dwarves emerge, grumbling, from the lower depths of Dragonspyre to reclaim their caves? What heroes push their way through the blood-red roses of Crimson Fields, their eyes fixed on the looming Dark Tower ahead? And so for all the regions, each with their special tales to tell.

The Lanterns of Titans' Hollow
The Lanterns of Titans’ Hollow

We are sure that, as you visited the Faire, some of those questions occurred to you. These may be stories connected with the mythos of the Faire that the organisers suggested – but it may be that a region captured your imagination and you found yourself envisaging a very different tale. And we are sure that, like so many of us, you just wished these amazing locations could be on the grid forever so that you could have your own little piece of the Fairelands.

Well, the magnificent structures of the Fairelands will soon be gone, but the Fairelands team – together with Prim Perfect – have come up with a way to make the magic continue.

Lotus Valley Dream
Lotus Valley Dream

We are holding a short story contest for the best stories written about the Fairelands of 2013. The top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in early August 2013.

You story can focus on one region – Evensong Woods, or Lotus Valley Dream, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you.

And your story can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

Dragon over Lumenaria
Dragon over Lumenaria

While we don’t need long passages of description, the setting of the story should be clear. If it makes us ask, “Now – is this Ravenshard or Lumenaria?” it won’t be working for us.

Your story should be between one and three thousand words in total. While we love the idea of longer works (wouldn’t it be amazing to read a fantasy novel set in the Fairelands?), for this competition we want something that stands alone and that can be read as a complete piece.

We also want something that is completely your own work and written for this competition. You will retain the copyright, but in submitting the story you give us permission to publish the story in electronic format in Prim Perfect and on websites and social media sites belonging to Prim Perfect and Fantasy Faire.

Ravenshard
Ravenshard

The deadline for submission is May 31.

Send your story in plain text or in .RTF or Word doc format to: fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com

We will acknowledge receipt (although it may take a little time).

Results (and winning entries) will appear in the August issue of Prim Perfect magazine.

The Valley of Ish’Nar
The Valley of Ish’Nar

JUDGES:
The judging panel will consist of:
Zander Greene and Elizabeth Tinsley from the Fantasy Faire
Saffia Widdershins, Honour Macmillan and Aisling Sinclair from Prim Perfect
Ceejay Writer, Editor in Chief at Penny Gaff Publications

Judi Newall, Librarian

If you want inspiration for your story once the regions have closed, we suggest you refresh your memory at the Flickr stream.

The Stories of the Fairelands

We are amazed to see that so many people enjoy the Fairelands Saga Hunt.

The Fantasy Faire is not only about doing something good as it raises money for Relay for Life its also about being creative.
So we want your creativity.
Write a story which might fit into one of the books of the
Fairelands Saga Hunt.
There are 8 books which can be filled with stories about the
sims:

and of course the Faireland Saga book itself.

So brush the dust of your pens and start writing. Of course you also can take pictures to illustrate your stories.
When being done send everything to me – Dagmar Haiku.
We will put the stories and pictures onto the website to each book (they should be pg rated because of this). Enjoy writing its all about the fun and the fame.

If you would like to see an example for a story look at the our Website:
Jackie Mondalimare wrote the first story for the books of the Fairelands. Her story is about a lost tribe in Nu Orne. Have fun reading.

Dagmar Haiku
Fantasy Faire Press Dragon