It’s Relay Weekend, and time to head to the track to run laps, light luminaries, and enjoy the creativity and company of your fellow relayers.
Fantasy Faire’s campsite was this year created by Ketsui Naidoo, one of the world builders of Isles of Tarrin, and it features the beautiful new FaireChylde, so you can have an impromptu dance party break from doing the laps.
There’s also the full collection of the Days of the Faire banners for sale. This year there were more Fairelands than there were days, so only the first part of the banners were released during the Faire. Now the full collection (including the first part in case you missed them at the Faire) is available at Fantasy Faire’s campsite.
Strifeclaw, the great big panther that accompanies the roleplay group The Children of Stories as their Earth Guardian, gave a roleplay class on Roleplaying for Fantasy Faire & Charity at Fantasy Faire 2021. This is an edited transcript of the lesson, and a wonderful read for anyone considering combining roleplay and a charity event such as Fantasy Faire, or simply interested in how the two can work well together.
There are many small teams that I coordinate for Fantasy Faire, but all of them have to do with either the website, or with spreading the word about the Faire outside the Faire itself. They all have to do with recording memories for the future, for making sure the beauty and the details of each Faire are preserved.
The Fairelands have disappeared beyond the Veil and into the Mysts, but Junction abides. Though this chapter ends, another will begin when the Faire returns. New stories and quests will await those searching for a way to fight back against the Unweaver.
Faire invited Roleplayers to begin telling their stories in 2014. Eight Faires worth of adventures which still move those who joined the tales now.
Every year the storytellers gather around a campfire to share their yarns. Children help quest hunters to find their birds in between adventures. The role-players share the lore of the realms we call home. Victorians greet others over tea or coffee. Game masters invite players to roll the dice. We even provide classes for those new to the idea of role-play and of course curious onlookers, chroniclers and photographers are always welcome to drop in to have a look.
No one in 2014 could have expected that Role-players would raise 2.5 million Linden Dollars in 2020. None of us would have dreamed of hitting that total again! L$2,554,596 was raised for charity in the name of role-play in 2021!
And so, once again, the role-players must thank the Fairelanders who joined us throughout the years. Thank you for staying with us through the highest peaks, and the lowest darkness. Who trusted us to see the stories through despite times when tears flowed the night before the finale. And those who shed tears of joy when we succeeded in driving back the Unweaver for now.
We will return; determined to do even better next year, as we do every year. And with that, the final words shall go to the Bards themselves:
“The Faire is a celebration of the power of Story and of the Fantasy Role Play communities of Second Life. That we are also a venue for such groups to come and share with us their incredible talents for storytelling, and that in doing so they speak to the themes of Relay For Life speaks volumes in itself, for these are things that the Faire would not be the same without. They remind us just how much we have to Celebrate. They give us a space where it is safe for us to Remember. And they show us that together we can Fight Back against the Unweaver until no one ever again need fear hearing the words, ‘You have cancer.’ For all that, and for their companionship along the way, the Faire is eternally grateful.”
Welcome to the first episode in the new season of Designing Worlds, as we pay the first of two visits to the amazing Fantasy Faire that took place this year from April 22nd till May 12th (thanks to a special extension from Linden Lab).