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Meet Our Sponsors: Merchants of Dreams


Sweetgwendoline Bailey of ~*Sweet Revolutions*~  and Eldowyn Inshan of United InshCon form together Merchants of Dreams, the duo behind the design and build of Sylvan of Spells, the sim they are also sponsoring. They now share the backstory of the sim and what it means to them to be building a Faireland once more.

You two are both sponsoring Fantasy Faire and building one of the Fairelands: Sylvan of Spells. What made you decide to join, sponsor and contribute?

Eldo: It is a wonderful idea to create a Faire that is charitable. It also gives me great pleasure to support this good cause.

Gwen: There are several good reasons for me to support the Fantasy Faire. Cancer is an evil disease, which might hit everyone of us. It doesnt matter of age, confession, social or ethnic background. Affected people and their families have to face this disease out of a sudden and need to deal with all struggles that come along. Knowing that we as merchants in SL are able to support the RFL foundation is the main reason for me to join, trying to help affected people at least a very little.

Personally I have already lost very dear ones to cancer. Good friends of mine passed away at very young age already and last, but not least I also lost my beloved grandma to cancer as well. None of us knew about her serious disease, just 2 weeks before she passed away, we did celebrate her birthday, laughed, planning a vacation in fall, but sadly life had other plans. I do know,that SL is just a little part of our lives, but I like to take the chance and opportunity to support the Fantasy Faire with my building skills and creativity. If any of that helps to cheer people up, brighten up their lives, make them forget about bad things, I feel honored to do so.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

How was Sylvan of Spells born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Gwen: Last year we designed the Fantasy Faire sim “Heavenslough”, it has been our first year as world creators and we were so nervous, but also happy for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community. We never expected that this will happen again and so we feel honored that Elizabeth asked us again to create one of the Fantasy Faire sims for this year.

Therefor I would like to tell this little story:

Last year, Runa and Eldo did scare me. They both said that they have to talk serious to me and that we have to clear something out. My first thought was… Oh hell what have I done? I supposed they both were angry with me. After a bunch of seconds they both started laughing and told me that we have the honor to create a sim for the Fantasy Faire.

So this year I took the chance for a little revenge *evil grin*
After Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for this year’s Fantasy Faire again, I called Eldo. I told her to sit down and take a deep breath. She asked me what happened and I knew this was the right time to pay back to her.

I told her to be very brave now and that we have to clear something. She took a deep breath and asked what happened. I did wait a few seconds but couldn´t hold back and told that Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for the upcoming Fantasy Faire.
Right at once we started brainstorming and “Sylvan of Spells” was born.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Story – Sylvan of Spells:

In a far away land, inbetted of huge mountains, peacefully lies the “Sylvan of Spells”, a magical forest full of shy and mystic creatures and peculiar vegetation. Old tales tell about a powerful magician, who lived in a huge pompous library far in the west. It has been his quest to protect the other residents due to the power of the four elements and to spread their words and stories into the rest of the world, so their myths was kept alive.

The stories told about huge trees with roots as large, that people could live in them and about grasses with luminous runes dancing in the wind and filing the meadows. About flying creatures with wings of book pages, easily mistaken for a common butterfly at first sight and from shining lights, wandering across the lake with its isles, playing a smooth melody which cast a spell over anyone listening.

But one day in happened, that the magician disappeared and so did the ancient book of knowledge and the four crystals of elements. The stories and wisdoms of “Sylvan of Spells” vanished, the knowledge about the powerful source of the elements got lost. Only a few myths kept alive.

Are you prepared to find the lost crystals of elements? Are you brave enough to plunge into the infinity of magic spells and to unleash the 4 elements? It is time to start your journey, start the adventure about the “Sylvan of Spells”…

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Eldo: I built a small library and created a few little items that will certainly be to the guests liking. Unfortunately I have been lacking time to create more as I was completely absorbed with the build up of the Faire Sim. ^^

MoD Fairelands Tree

Gwen: This year I added the four elements fire, water, air and earth into my creations and started a new line of trees, decoration and roleplay stuff. Also the literature and music theme is a part of the new line, as you will find Flying Book Moth and Flying Music Souls.

SR Flying Book Moth
What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

Eldo: You can fulfill your dreams in a way that would never be possible RL. For example: a talking duck in battle armour that requests road toll.

It makes me happy to create things that people use for their RP; e.g. : a medieval lawn mower – a sheep with a drivable box

Gwen: Building in SL means more to me, than just stacking prim cubes. Every building is created and based on a idea, a fantasy. Every creation carries feelings and memories, has a soul of its own.

The medieval and fantasy theme is fascinating me. It feels like to plunge into a world of secret mysteries and darkness, it allows me to create my own fantasies and stories.

Also I feel happy to watch people using my creations, see them exploring, and roleplaying with them, to see them in a new content. I feel good by making others happy with my creations, no matter if for roleplay or goofy objects, like my creation of a rideable truffle pig.
To build in SL allows me to take part in the life of others, and allow others to take part in my life. I feel at peace then.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

What are your favourite fantasy realms? 

Eldo: Games of Thrones, Vikings, Lord of the Rings, Hobbits,
The Physician (Der Medicus), – my Quack set for RP is based on this movie.

Gwen: I love the medieval and fantasy theme. Books from Wolfgang Hohlbein, Alfred Bekker, Brandon Sanderson, Cornelia Funke, Anne Rice and also a lot of movies and series like Pans Labyrynth, Never Ending Story, Momo, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Brother Grimm (the old fairytales of my childhood) , they all inspire me.

Also the Roleplay in Second Life does. They lure me into a complete different world for hours, let me be someone else and that is something you cannot explain, you have to feel it yourself :-)

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Justen Tyme
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Justen Tyme

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most in this year’s Faire?

Eldo: The wonderfully beautiful memorials, that have been created for families and people who suffered a tragic loss. My wish is for the Fair to be as successful this year as it was last year.

Gwen: There is no special favourite Faire memory to me. To be a part of this wonderful community, to meet such creative and dear people from all over the world, to share time with them by a “unicorn hug” or “coffee and chocolate sessions” is just amazing. To see, how the Fairelands grow from desert areas overflow with flamingos into different amazing world is pure pleasure to me. All of this together builds my favorite memory.

MoD Flamingos

Thank you, Eldo and Gwen, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing Sylvan of Spells to life and for providing such a fitting place for sharing stories in!

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel


Meet the Fairelands Sheriff’s Association: Commander Xavian Starsider

Commander Xavian Starsider of the Fairelands Sheriff’s Association

Commander Xavian Starsider, the chief and leader and practically a demigod of the Fairelands Justice in the form of Fairelands Sheriff’s Association graciously took a moment to answer some questions from our ever-curious press. (Reading the interview is obligatory, on pain of being fined.) 

Commander Starsider, how did you become the Commander of the whole Tiny Pawlice Force?

I was formally sworn at by the Lords and Ladies of the Fairelands to uphold justice and decency across the realms. Excuse me, did I say sworn at? I meant sworn in. The less said about that the better.

How many years have the Tiny Sheriff’s Association pawliced the Fairelands? How exactly do they keep the Fairelands safe?

I became the first fulltime tiny member of Faireland Security back in 2012. By 2013, I’d risen to the ranks of commander and the entire security force was replaced with tinies. I wouldn’t say it was a coup but I wouldn’t say it wasn’t either!

My lads and lasses have a very important job to perform in maintaining the safety and sanctity of the Fairelands. There are some who say that what we do isn’t fair, to which I’d like to point out that this is not the Fair. This is the Faire. There is a silent ‘E’ in there. Just like us. We’re silent. But we’re always there. Silent but deadly.
Our main purpose is to watch out for threats and dangerous criminals in the Fairelands and subdue these vile fiends (sometimes, they actually are fiends!) and hold them until we feel they can safely be released on their own recogni…reconnicksauce?…reconaissance? Scratch that. Until we feel we’ve gotten everything that they’re worth.

How many officers do you have on the Fairelands pay roll? Do you recruit more?

Pay roll? My officers do their work on a volunteer basis, solely out of love for the job and bribe opportunities. Every year there’s a few fresh new faces on the force, so yes we do recruit from those we feel are up to the task. Some of my finest this year include Captains Blaize, Oldesoul, Cassie and Sergeants Lala and Linn.

Commander Starsider, the Official Paddy Wagon and completely coincidental hoard of waffles.

What do you have to say about the accusations on corruption and rumors of confiscated catnip and waffles?

Well, corruption is such a bold word. There have long been accusations of the Faireland Sheriffs considering themselves to be above the law, but I’m here to state that this is not the case. All of my officers are at least three feet beneath the law! But corruption means so many things to so many people. I could ask how you define corruption, but ultimately it doesn’t matter how you define it, Sonya. I’m the Long Paw of the Law. Only my definition matters, and by my definition, I can assure you that one shouldn’t even suggest allegations of corruptions in our ranks. We have a cell block for people who do.

But in all seriousness, never think that the officers of the Faireland Sheriff’s Association do not get their just desserts. On the contrary, every Tuesday night is Just Desserts night down at the station. Cakes, pies, ice cream, fudge brownies! That’s all we’re allowed to have Tuesday nights. Just desserts!

Are dinkiecats truly evil and unstable, fining people just for fun?

It’s been said that having a black cat cross your path is bad luck. I can assure you that crossing a dinkie cat at all is worse. ‘Nuff said.

How can a visitor ensure they don’t break any regulations? What are good guidelines for Faire-fitting behaviour?

Well, most visitors probably will be breaking regulations. We have a lot of regulations. We have so many regulations, we don’t even have them all written down! So the question is what should a fine citizen of the Fairelands do when they’ve broken our regulations. We advise self-policing.

First, stop and consider your actions and how the Faireland Sheriff’s Association would look at them. Are you running from place to place? Speeding! Flying? Do you have a license? Standing around on the path? Well, that’s impeding traffic! These are just examples. If you suspect that your behavior is of questionable morality, do the right thing and fine yourself. Make payments immediately to the nearest donation kiosk.

Secondly, consider that someone may have seen you in this criminal behavior. This could compound matters, so you better pay a little extra on your fine.

Third, anyone who witnessed your crime should probably pay a fine too. After all nobody likes a snitch or a busybody!

Once all fines are paid, you can return to enjoying your day in the Fairelands, with our blessing.

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Faire Folk Suspects: no one is safe! – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What is your favourite Faire memory? What gives you strength to continue your arduous task year after year?

Well, you might not expect it but it brings a smile to my face to see the good citizens of the Faire come together to the aid of the incarcerated at our Jail and Bail events. It shows a respect for our job and a willingness to participate in the legal process. In the end, we all win. If the citizens believe someone is truly innocent *scoffs*, who are we to keep them from putting their money where their mouh is? We’re happy to meet the will of the public. After all, we can always arrest these ne’er-do-wells the next year. Speaking of which, I have a pretty thick case file on one Alia Baroque. I think I’m going to need to pay him a visit today.

Is that waffle wrapped in fine tickets?

Of course not. That wouldn’t make any sense. Per regulation, these fine tickets are wrapped in waffles. They’d taste terrible with syrup otherwise. Okay. We’re done here. No more questions. Move along! Don’t make me get out my billy club!

Thank you, Commander Starsider, for your benevolent patience and protection of all the Faire Folk that pay the fare. It is, after all, only fair.

Commander Starsider’s healthy morning exercise: swimming in a waffle mountain.

Meet Our Sponsors: Roawenwood

Searlait Nitschke, the creator and owner of Roawenwood, the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove.

Searlait Nitschke, the owner and creator of Roawenwood and the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove, shares with us the story of Tangleshimmer Grove, how her Faire builds evolve and tell their own story and her favourite Faire memory involving a certain bus and a stairway to heaven.

You are both sponsoring and building a Faireland this year again. Does it get any easier in time, or does the challenge grow bigger every year?

Each year is a little different. Each year I have something of a challenge to overcome that ends up making it a little crazier towards the deadlines whether it is SL related, personal, or something to do with the build. One of the bigger challenges for me is always trying to decide the feel of the sim or what I’m trying to project. That can be the toughest part.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

How was Tangleshimmer Grove born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Tangleshimmer Grove has its own story. It has its own feeling and its own life. Whenever I build for the Faire my ultimate goal is for it to feel like it has its own life somehow.

My first Faire sim was cold, not dark really because it had its light elements, and color but it was in that bitterly cold part of winter that I like. The theme was magical, trying to get across the magic of that bitter cold. Finding the beauty even when it feels like we are gripped within places that are so cold you can hear the creaking of the branches. The next year was definitely dark. Burned out dead type forest, ominous lighting, gypsy camps… recovery. The theme was living through the dark parts, finding the safe places, dancing around the campfire with music playing, finding solace and regrowth in the dark. The journey. Finding hope.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove started out conceptually as a fun, light place where fairies, woodland folk and others took up residence. Full of color, and life. It was me in a way following a progression. I felt like it was time to come out of the dark, to come out of the cold, and to breathe life into something brighter. In essence it felt like it was time for spring to come to the world. Time for the light to break through.

As I was building it… it took something of a turn. Real life crept in and began to color the world I was trying to create. My world as I knew it was changing and with that so did the sim .

I am not a technical builder. I don’t draw a plan and go from point A to point B. I rarely have a real plan to begin with. When I am creating it is by instinct, feel, and inspiration, especially when it is something like this.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Without my realizing it the sim began to take shape and form into something much more personal, I knew I wanted the sim to capture something different this year than before however I didn’t realize it was going to end up where it did. Initially I wanted it to shimmer with playfulness with a nod towards remembering the wonder we felt as children imagining trolls under bridges and fairies floating in sunbeams .

But it became a safe place instead. A sanctuary. Without meaning to I drew elements from my own personal need to find some peace and brought it to the Faire. The flow of the river, the colors… the softness of the ground and grass beneath my feet. Each space has its own feel. Each area has its own vegetation or color combinations that you won’t find elsewhere on the sim. I layered different looks, and plucked the flowers lovingly placing them in different places with floating butterflies or the quick blink of a firefly.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove has its fairy rings, it has its light, it has its color, its life but most of all it has its peace. When walking the Grove I feel at home as if the trees surrounding it shield us with their thick roots and leafy canopy letting the light dance about protecting those within it from the things outside of its borders that we can’t always control.

Tangleshimmer Grove is meant to make you slow down. Appreciate the quiet. Breathe in the light. Meditate or muse as the water flows from one side to the other shimmering. To take a few precious moments to spend with someone you care about. It is meant to be something more intimate. In essence it is in its own way an extension of what I hope others will find. The small little spots of beauty, the surprises of color… to take a moment, slow down, to remember. It seemed fitting considering the message and hope we have when doing something like the Faire and for RFL so I went with it.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

As per usual my time was mainly caught up with working on the sim. I always intend to create something fantastic to put into the RFL vendors and rarely do I feel like I am able to. This year I added the mushrooms and fairy rings to the RFL vendors so people could take a piece of the Faire home. I also added a gacha to benefit RFL with a set of mushroom seats, and special fairy rings with cuddles & dances in it. I also shrunk down the smallest store and made a little townhouse type thing for petites that’s in the RFL vendors.

What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

For me it’s mostly a really great outlet. To be creative. To build something from nothing. Gives me a lot of satisfaction that is relatively easy to get. Rather addictive in its own way. I suppose the best thing about building in Second Life for me is seeing how my work evolves and changes over time.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most in this year’s Faire?

Favorite Faire memory…. I have a lot. I think one that is particularly telling and a lot of fun was a moment during last year’s bus tour. For those that don’t know every year something of a tradition we climb onto a bus and do a big tour of all the sims a few times.

Last year Alia built a stairway that was supposed to go straight up to heaven right? So we’re doing the bus tour… round and around, driver cussing as usual trying to do sim crossings. Trying to drive over some really awkward spots on the sims…. And so we end in the courtyards at the base of this massive, and rather thin set of stairs heading up into the sky.

We can do this right? Drive up it… we’re all pumped up, we can do this, we can do this. So revving up the engine we go for it. Quite a few times stopping at the base, punching it to go up and each…. Time…. Off the side we go flying down into the pits below, laughing, screaming and joking. If I remember right there was some lava. Nice touch there.

The Bus Going Up the Stairs – Picture by Sonya Marmurek

Sooooooo what do we do? The ingenious builder types we are along with a bit of a deviant streak?

We cheat!

Driver… Alia I believe at the time comes in with ye olde handy builde tools and picks up the bus, moves us upwards… inch by inch till we’re balancing precariously at the very top of the stairs! We made it! We turn, looking around from our new vantage point at the world below us very proud of our accomplishment. We were not going to be stopped. So then there is the going down part…. The bus looks down the steep stairs as we rock back and forth driver at the wheel.

And wouldn’t you know it? Going DOWN we stayed on the straight and narrow never once falling off to the side as if the stairs were made for us. Typical huh? What do you get when you a bunch of smartarsed Fantasy Faire workers/builders and the like try to drive their way up to the gates of heaven? Multiple gut wrenching drops into lava pools. Drive away from the gates of heaven and downwards towards hell? No problem, couldn’t have driven it straighter.

Looking forward to most? Playing, talking, relaxing, catching up with friends. I miss people very much during the year and sometimes it seems like the only time we really catch up or take the time to see each other is during the Faire. That’s what I look forward to.

Thank you, Searlait, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing your evolving story to the Fairelands, thank you for the sanctuary within them.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Meet Our Sponsors: ORIONITE

Shenai Orionite and Angelon Orionite, the creators of ORIONITE.

Shenai Orionite and her partner Angelon join and sponsor the Faire the first time this year with their store ORIONITE. Shenai shares with us their reasons for this decision, their love for the Faire and their beginnings as builders. 

This is your first year sponsoring Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to become a sponsor?

A few reasons immediately come to mind:

1. Whenever we can, we try to contribute to the charity “Relay for Life.” Cancer impacts us all in some way or another and RFL has made it so easy to be a part of supporting and helping to find a cure for this devastating disease, that we will do our part to help whenever we have the opportunity.

2. We love Second Life, Fantasy and the Fantasy Faire and are grateful for the opportunity to help sponsor one of SL’s best annual events. Last year was our first time attending the Fantasy Faire and we knew right away that we wanted to see it happen again year after year as it brought so much joy to everyone we met.

Lastly, since we’ve gotten into the spirit of fantasy, we ‘re bringing some sexy, haute and exciting fantasy and steam punk inspired clothing for our current clothing project for the Blue Galaxian Feline (made by Ash Soyinka.) We’re so excited to bring a new look to our line of items and we hope you enjoy wearing and roleplaying in them as much as we do.

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How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

We’ve been dabbling and exploring the idea of creating in SL since late 2007. I can still remember spending countless hours at the colleges of scripting and primitives or in sandboxes watching home creators bend prims into insane shapes. It was captivating and exciting and I knew then that I wanted to get involved somehow.

As new technology has become available and we somehow have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend time learning our hobby craft, we decided to take the leap into the ever changing, and exciting world of 3D art and finding our place in some great online communities.

As far as inspiration to create, (chuckles a bit) the more accurate question for us would be what doesn’t inspire us to create? We have a natural creative tension that let’s us find motivation for creating and pushing ourselves to the next level everyday. We tend to draw inspiration from our unique and different cultural experiences or beautiful things we have seen during our travels, watching different movies and playing games together, and I’ve found a lot of inspiration just from exploring the amazingly vast and various SL communities as they offer so much visual art and inspiration.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? Give us some sneak peeks or teasers!

We are bringing steampunk inspired couture texture mods and add-ons that make use of the Orionite clothing system. We’ve got some cute items that are easy to mix and match to create a variety of fun looks.

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[ORIONITE] LE 2015 Fantasy Fair Vestments

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

The genre of of fantasy is such a great genre since it encompasses so many sub genres of speculative fiction, from medieval and steam punk fantasy all the way to world building and science-fantasy! There are so many fun things to create within this genre, it’s easy to fall in love with it.

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

Besides exploring all of the gorgeously created sims and wandering through each one to visit each shop to see the amazing creations…we just loved going on the hunt! The cut scenes and voice overs were fantastically fun and the hints were just right – not too easy and not too difficult either. We had a blast running around looking for things.

This year, we are just so pleased to be a sponsor for such a great cause with a hard-working support team backing up this event. We tip our hats to them and look forward to having a chance to relax and enjoy the Faire together.

Thank you, Shenai, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you, Shenai and Angelon for joining us in the Fairelands!


Meet Our World Builders: Saiyge Lotus

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Saiyge Lotus, the designer and builder of Fairelands Junction.

Saiyge Lotus, the creator and owner of Balderdash and designer and builder of Fairelands Junction for many years, shares with us her reasons to return, what it is like to build Fairelands, how she began building and what is her favourite Faire memory.

Your Junctions have welcomed the visitors into the Fairelands for many years. What makes you return and build yet another world for us to enjoy every year?

Fantasy Faire and the team behind it are like no other event I have ever taken part in within Second Life. The artists that come together under its umbrella are amazing creators and such wonderful people. I have been honored to work alongside them.

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The Wall of Remembrance in Fairelands Junction – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

How was Fairelands Junction born this year? What inspired it, what is its story?

My drafts for junction went through several incarnations before finally landing on one that I could make work in the amount of time I had. I tend to do a lot of organic spaces – usually forests – and we had not had a mass of water sims for a while, so doing an ocean sim seemed like a great way to change things up a bit.

Usually, I prefer to leave interpretation up to the individual. Junction this year is certainly a personal journey for me, but that is the great thing about any hunk of art. It will mean different things to different people, I’d hate to complicate anyone elses gut reaction with my own.

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Fairelands Junction – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

How many Fairelands have you built? Tell us about them, is there something that ties them together as a theme, as a development?

I believe I have done four Junctions now. Junction is the entryway into the faire – What pulls them together are the portals, which are probably the most difficult thing to do as they are a little window into each sim. It can be extremely intimidating, doing those portals and hoping to capture even a little bit of what these fantastic people have been creating.

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Portals to the Other Fairelands – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

It also contains the main memorial area for the event, which – if letters are any indication, has become a very important place to many people. All of junction is built around those two things in particular, the challenge is to create something that pays homage and respect to those two things, while offering hope and solace to those who seek it.

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The Wall of Remembrance – Picture by Justen Tyme

How did you begin building in Second Life? What inspires you to create?

I began building in Second Life like most people do I imagine – I wanted something and couldn’t find it. It became something more than that though. Where else can anyone just saunter in and take a place that only exists in your imagination – and not only paint it- but share it with others so they can wander inside a part of you?

Anytime I do anything, I pour whatever energy I have at the moment into the build. This can make things incredibly difficult or smooth and cathartic. Sometimes I am not even sure what special alchemy paves the way for me personally. I really wish I knew. In the end though – though I hate saying it – my builds are an emotional landscape. They will always be a combination of the things I love, and the things I feel.

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Fairelands Junction – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

What calls you to fantasy? When was the first time you encountered the genre and realized you enjoyed it?

Oof. I was raised on this stuff, there is no discernible starting point. Most of my growing up was around a combination of history buffs, poets and ren faire craftspeople. In my experience, it is stranger to run into someone who is not entrenched in the genre, than it is to find someone who is.

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Fairelands Junction – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Do you have a favourite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year?

This year, so far is my favorite. As much as I really DON’T like the stressful bits (Because so much of my stuff is purely landscape and you cannot really prep that very much, it has to be done on site – and quickly.) I do love those days before opening, where there is a flurry of activity, and things change day to day. There is a real team spirit and a building excitement. Sleep deprived chats with the other builders… where people I personally fangirl over become more human and even better – you learn what fantastic and fascinating people they are. Those are the times I love the most.

Thank you, Saiyge, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing us the Junction year after year and with it the magic of wonder and awe, serenity and soothing.

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Fairelands Junction – Picture by Alisaundra Andel