“Choose The Rose’s Destiny and join me for an event that will change the Soul of a City. Tonight, 28 April at 3 pm slt at The Rose, Fantasy Faire.”
Come witness the Story of The Rose unfold before you, come decide the Fate of Alia Baroque, and with him, the Soul of The Rose herself.
Music provided by DJs Zander Greene and David Abbot. Crowd controlled by the Tiny Sheriffs Association. Voting for the Fate taking place through RFL kiosks with exclusive skin prizes: ones to reflect your choice and preference.
Friday, April 28th, 3 PM SLT, at The Rose The decision is yours.
Alia Baroque, the creator and owner of Fallen Gods Inc. and the world builder and sponsor of The Golden Delta shares with us the story of The Golden Delta and more importantly, the story of the Fairelands. He also fed the interview question sheet to his wolves, but the result is truly much better like this.
There’s a land in my soul, made of warm sand and turquoise waters. There’s a land of deep blue skies, of dry scented smells and fresh nights, and this land haunts me since I visited it as kid. It’s a land of roasted coffee beans to chew while the songs of towering night prayers from Minarets color the busy streets. It’s a land of taxis stuck in the mud and the towns of dead where the living reside, of trash on roofs and watermelon eating kids with deep eyes. But it’s also the land of stone blocks tall as me… of boats for eternal life and sleeping Pharaohs in their Beds.
The Golden Delta is the 5th Egyptian build since I rezzed in 2007.
My love for the lands of the Nile started when I was young and never left me, it shaped who I am, my imagination, my artistic trials and my desires. Knowledge and passion for mythology comes from the study of Ka, Nut and the primeval mound and the desire to smell the desert is the desire of an open sky and nothing else above me. I wanted to embrace the open and breathe the air of a warm land again.
Garvie Garzo is the master sculptor of the Golden Delta, her geniality, talent and insane performance of masterpiece achievement are chaos compared to my technique and yet we are absolutely in synch. Last year our work merged in an improvised way at Odyssey and our friendship started, this year our collaboration bloomed in what I believe and hope will be a long term one for all the future builds that will come. Working with Garvie is a honor, whatever I have to endure is worth it. Hulahoop grumpy cats included.
There’s also another land that is made of people with purple blood and golden hearts that beat together to create a rhythm that becomes reality: The Fairelands. It’s a land of selfless gratitude for being able to contribute to something bigger than ourselves, a land of old and new friendship, love and camaraderie. It’s a land of hope, sweat, blood and tears, and it’s our land… for at least a week, your land.
They are ours before they appear but once the Faire opens we give it to you, it’s your experience and your celebration while we recover and maintain the engine running.
What is not seen often is what us, the world makers, live through. Our world and Faire is never seen from the same angle, some of us see all months before it starts, as Elizabeth, where she composes the Fairelands as a symphonic piece, and others as myself travel a journey of melancholic goodbye the days after the last day and hope to see it all, reading and watching the experiences that happened during the life of the Purple Dragon through pictures you share with us, waiting for next year to see her spread the wings again and hope… will I be able to have time to see it all? Probably not, and I believe nobody really sees it all.
It’s a Land different for each of us, each experience, journey is unique as life itself and sharing the view and perspective we have improves and enlarges the one of others and our own, like exploring a Mead Hall from a Human, Tookie or Unicorn point of view.
This is also the theme I wanted to use for this year’s posters, the expectation and the different experiences that each of the creatures of the Lands bring and take, and the power that is the joining of those.
It’s the chain of flamingos, where each one is a link that creates a path of a unique experience, because Fantasy Faire is the Fairelanders.
Fantasy Faire is the people.
I could also skip this part and simply say thank you all but I will not be lazy, so here’s my Thank You for random reasons in an order of how much nude pictures of me you have in your hard drive:
Thank You Elizabeth, Zander, Sonya, Garvie, Avariel, Haveit, Aisling, Oldesoul, Encaitaron, Elayne, Lorin, Alisaundra, Elicio, Caitlin, Wildstar, Jaimy, Kilik, The Norn, Kayle, Cole, Sharni, Saiyge, Linn, Judi, Manfred, Saffia, Lilia, Elrik, Rynn, Aelva, Chandra, Kae, Mavro, Etheria, Aine, Marcus, Lokii and Loki, Sweetgwendoline, Tito, Lauren, Gabrielle, Justen, Eldowyn, Mayah, Eowyn, Inara, Ember, the Fallens, Tinies, Petites, Scout and last but not the least Imhotep.
We managed to salvage some of the originally intended interview questions from the wolves, and received brief answers:
– What I think of my Jail and Bails? That Elizabeth forces me once a year to take my shirt off for charity, that’s what I think.
– Yes, I listen to music, usually it’s world chillout, or classical, or metal, or electronica, or bad disco if 4 am and I am aligning columns.
– I got gold if you want some.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Alia. Thank you for bringing your magic to the Fairelands once more!
This year, for me, the Faire will be different. This year, I am on a journey… an odyssey, if you like it. A long, perilous trip, filled with adventure, moments of desperation, monsters, pain and danger, and… and yes, merry encounters as well, moments of serenity, quiet talks with people I have known and loved for years, and people I have met recently, yet with whom a silent alliance has been forged in an eyeblink.
During the past years, Reader, I had been a frolicking presence at the Faire. Carrying some memories and worries, mind you, yet… essentially carefree. This time, I am one of those for whom the crowds have gathered. This year, I have cancer.
This year, I am going to tell you about my travels in this new realm, carrying landmarks such as “IDC”, “HER Status”, “SERMs”, and so on… yet, despair not, o Reader. It is not going to be a grim tale; quite to the contrary. Please grace me with your precious company, and I shall do everything in order to make your time worthwhile.
Please join me on my long journey to Ithaca, the isle with the endless sunsets and perfumed evenings.
Alia Baroque, the creator of Fallen Gods Inc., sim builder and sponsor of Sanctum, shares with us the process of creating Fairelands, the story behind Sanctum and his vision of the Faire, his reasons for returning to the Fairelands year after year.
You are one of the true Faire veterans, your builds have been a part of the Fairelands for many years. You create a whole sim — a fantasy world — out of nothing in a short span of months and nerves. How do you do it every year? What makes you return and do it all over again?
As the years go by we learn the emotions and mind training that involves an effort like this; the biggest challenge about building for the Faire is not the actual prims nor the technique, but the expectations we lay upon ourselves. Building for Fantasy Faire itself is a chain of common support, it’s not about individual sims, it’s not a competition, but a dance. Every sim holds each other’s hand in a circle, it’s a mutual effort where the success of one world depends on the respect of the other one. We are all genuine fans of imagination and creativity resulting in art the winner over lag, restrictions, personal issues and low LOD factors.
The sims you visit every year are children created by our imagination, visually immersive stories adapted to SL capabilities where we become containers, they are a world for everyone, but they do not exist without the eye with which they are seen and experienced. This is mainly the reason that makes me come back: contributing with my imagination and giving a world for others to experience while being part of an incredible huge virtual effort that allows me to help in a consistent manner a cause I believe into.
How many Fairelands have you built? Tell us about them, is there something that ties them together as a theme, as a development?
This is the 4th year I build a sim (Enchanted Mysts, Tides, Magnificat, Sanctum), the 5th year I sponsor a sim, and 6thyear I participate to Fantasy Faire.
The thread that connects my worlds is visual and emotional, what I wish for visitors is immersion, a song that follows them through the walk, a poem of scenarios, colors, images and sounds to make them think, feel and live there, for a while. A living book where everyone can read what their mind is focused at.
I enjoy reproducing classical architecture and landscaping I am familiar with, being European I love taking the heritage of old stones and ancient gardens and their growth and offer them virtually, then add a symbolic twist that is the tool to bring a concept to life, a metaphor.
I don’t believe much in explaining my creations as well as sim builds, I use too many metaphors and symbols that would make them look as intellectual philosophical exaggerations, prefer to let others see what they wish and enjoy perhaps a quiet garden or nice façade and wonder what is it all about, as we often do during our lifetimes: ask what it is all about afterall.
What are you bringing to the Faire this year?
Pieces of Sanctum stone brought to life, the Lacrimosa skin line, Anima petites, Ethos Purple auction skins and a live auction Sanctum memory, Enigma and Sanctum’s rest hunt gifts, jail and bail special edition Nirvana skins… and of course, Sanctum itself.
What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?
I fell into fantasy without warning, on personal liking I was always more of a science fiction fan, expecially concerning books. From Herbert, to Anderson, to Sturgeon and Van Vogt I stopped sometimes only a moment over Howard, Martin and Tolkien, to immediately grab my latin classics which are my main passion. I believe also my love for classical art forms pushed my illustrative style over fantasy which tends to use old school canons of aesthetics, so I ended up working as fantasy cover artist and character designer RL mainly for my painting style. But what still drives me genuinely to Fantasy it’s the connection with epic ballads and legends, our historical imagination that is the base of all contemporary fantasy: most of it you can find in greek, celtic or scandinavian legends, so I wonder: did we really add anything new in the past 2500 years?
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Stability. The faire passed its initial newborn phase and started having solid foundations. A delicate phase of transformations made the Faire stronger and so all the backbone pieces that is the whole team is feeling more secure and less volatile. The faire is like a system of transparent layers, each of them is light and fragile, but when you merge them all it becomes a strong solid element. Fantasy Faire is all the selfless people taking part in it, from organizers to visitors, with visions, fantasies, emotions, battles and challenges: the real thing that glues us, we transparent layers, is the will to contribute and relay, giving further as an act of gratitude for being merely alive and able to imagine. I simply wish the Faire to live long and, well… prosper.
Friendship. Because it’s the most beautiful thing in the world and what makes Friends Fighting Cancer.
Good looking pretty girls. Because you expect me to say it and who am I to disappoint you.
How was Sanctum born? What inspired it, what is its story?
It was late January. I was taking 3 months of nomadic life in New Zealand, my personal other side of the world, mostly spending time in the rainforest, chasing penguins and whales and making the great tracks, trying to work along the way and paint non PG appliers in toilets with good wifi. While getting ready for the Milford sounds series of walks I got a very close encounter with some vampires (sandflies) that knocked me down for a week in bed drunk of antihistamines, and also simply drunk. Covered in plague and itching to the edge of insanity, sleep deprived most of time by getting woken up by the itch, in one of the rare spans I fell asleep I had a dream: I saw the Sanctum. It was louder, the chains were shaking, the souls were hovering and rotating in circles around the chapels and their noise and lament was unbearable. As I recovered, and happily continued my kiwi journey, Sanctum changed and became a land of peace. I gained consciousness that we all are heading for the same direction, the same journey, a shaky and unstable one between two fates, the hell of our regrets that keeps us chained and unhappy, or the one of acceptance, dancing with the scary death, which is the only big truth and final checkpoint. I realized that all I have to do is make it worth, my own journey, and try to contribute as best I can to improve life for others around me, which is all what life is it about.
Thank you, Alia, for taking the time to share your view of the Faire with us and thank you for bringing so many Fairelands to being.
Faire Folk, it is time to place Alia Baroque of Fallen Gods Inc., otherwise known as The Flesh Carver, on trial. The Tiny Pawlice has kept the charges strictly on need-to-know basis to prevent wide-spread panic and chaos, but we suspect that if you come to the trial yourself, the accusations might be read aloud for all to hear.
The time is 2-4 PM SLT on Friday. The place is Sanctum.
Your mission should you choose to accept it? Decide whether he’ll fall into the Pit or ascend through the Gates! Cast your vote, pay your share of the bail and be rewarded accordingly.