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Meet Our Sponsors: Rivendale

Riven (lrriven), the creator and owner of Rivendale, the sponsor and world-maker of Raven’s Perch.
Kaelis Ember, a world-maker of Raven’s Perch.

Riven (lrriven), the creator and owner of Rivendale, sponsors Raven’s Perch, the Faireland she built together with Kaelis Ember. Riven tells us how their collaboration worked out, what inspired Raven’s Perch’s rich lore, and reveals Auction sneak peeks!

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

I have participated as a creator at the Fantasy Faire for many, many years. It’s always an emotional event for me that both celebrates life, and remembers those who are no longer with us. We are all coming together to support the fight against Cancer. This horrible disease has taken family and friends. With my genetic history, it could one day take me.

Last year I was honored to be Kae’s sounding board while she worked hard to put Serenity together. It was my first real glimpse at what the world builders go through to create their masterpieces. I even helped a little, creating her physics for the buildings. I realized as a watcher looking in that I could do so much more for the Faire, I could play a larger role and support it as I had never before done.

Raven’s Perch – picture by Riven.

You are also a world-maker and built Raven’s Perch together with Kaelis Ember. How did that collaboration work, who did what?

Well.. the idea for Raven’s Perch was rooted in a concept that Kae and I came to while we were wandering through last year’s Faire: Gothic Fantasy. She created a pinterest board and for the next year we pinned pictures we felt inspired by to it. When Elizabeth reached out to me to see if I was still interested in sponsoring, I immediately reached out to Kae. What followed was an entire night of us splitting the work and hammering out the lay out. We discussed in detail what the buildings should look like, referenced pictures, and I hand sketched the floor plans.

Kae is accustomed to building small, extremely detailed mesh. I build everything – from castles to furniture, sparkles and beyond. We decided that I would create the buildings. I also textured them. Kae is really good at forests. She chose the trees and paths and laid all that out. I fiddled with roses, moved things, and molded the land. She made the lanterns, the signs, and put in several hours saying not nice words to some rather stubborn ravens. She made one of the secret hideaways and I did the other two.

We work amazingly well together. Our ideas mesh and grow organically. We build off one another and aren’t afraid to can an idea if it isn’t feeling right. We did that a couple times. We literally live on opposite sides of the world. She is in Australia and I am in the US, Florida. To work together, one of us has to stay up late. So a lot of what we would do is build and leave presents for one another to find as we went along.

Raven’s Perch – picture by Riven.

How was Raven’s Perch born? What inspired it, what is its story?

I had this story brewing in my mind, guiding the way we were building. The mood, the key elements. Kae and I talked about it nearly every day and we knew that we needed to share it with everyone who came to visit so that they could have the same feelings we have about it. The perch wasn’t just another beautiful place.. it grew into a reflection of our mutual sorrow and our determination to keep going, no matter what comes.

Gwen Enchanted took my thoughts, my outline of the tale and breathed life into it. She captured the emotion I wanted conveyed, the whimsy and love. It really is a good read.

The most basic bones of the story lay in the friendship between the Lady of Roses; a mortal, and the Raven Queen; a fae. The story explores how their love changes one another. It is a gothic fairy tale so it does not have a happy ending but it is beautiful. It moves me. I am pretty sure it will move anyone who reads it.

Raven’s Perch – picture by Justen Tyme.

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Well… I have been working so hard on Raven’s Perch that this year’s new items are going to be directly related to it. I am releasing the stores I built for sale to anyone who wants them but all proceeds from one of them will go directly to RFL. I also created a bunch of different low lag sparkle effects for the sim and have offered those for purchase. I re-textured the dragonfly wings I made last year as well. On top of that, I pulled a bunch of items I have made previously and dedicated the profits of their sale to RFL for this Faire. I do this every year.

For the live auction at the end of the Faire, we will be putting the lady in her crystal coffin up for sale. She is the center piece of the sim, a mutual creation between Kae and I, and is absolutely stunning to look upon.

In addition, if you complete the chapter hunt, there is also a keepsake at the end.

Raven’s Perch – picture by Caitlin Tobias.

Do you have a favorite Faire memory? What are you looking forward to most this year in the Fairelands?

I have so many awesome memories. However.. there was this one world, all lovely stained glass suspended in the air over water. Its beauty made my heart ache. But aside from how pretty it was? Rhe ramps on it were also fantastic! I spent hours racing down them and flinging myself down into the water. Its sounds silly, but so many people joined me in the game that I made a lot of lasting friendships just from that one day of play.

I also met Kae at the FF of 2014. I was setting up my store and she wandered in. She told me that my work was lovely, but with more colorful words, and that began the start of a wonderful friendship. I couldn’t imagine not knowing her now.

Thank you, Riven, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you both for bringing us the gothic beauty of Raven’s Perch!

Raven’s Perch – picture by Caitlin Tobias.

Search Out the Tale in Raven’s Perch

A place of beauty and mystery, this is a land that was once grand but has now been lost to the passage of time. Nothing remains untouched by the wild chaos of nature. The shadow of what it once was adds an element of Fae grace and elegance to the shell of a formerly great city. Walk its rose choked avenues, explore its Gothic ruins, and unveil the mystery of its fall to ruin.

Raven’s Perch  by Kaelis Ember and lrriven.

Meet Our World Builders: Kaelis Ember

kaelis ember - Alisaundra Andel
Kaelis Ember, the world builder of Serenity. Picture by Alisaundra Andel.

Kaelis Ember, the world builder of Serenity, shares with us her experiences as a new world builder, her build-inspirations, the story of Serenity and her favourite Faire-memories.

This is your first year of building a Faireland. How did you become a world-builder, and how has it been like?

It’s been an interesting process! I’ve been getting involved in the Faire as much as I can for a couple of years now – sponsoring in 2014, and designing the real-life jewellery last year, getting to know people, and showing them what I can do – Last year I pitched a Sim idea to Elizabeth and a few of the other sim builders, to see what they thought. It was actually a huge surprise when I got a message asking me to build a sim this year. It’s been amazing! Super busy, late nights and lots of work, but it’s been the best experience ever. Everyone’s AMAZING to work with – and the camaraderie is awesome. All the Fairelanders are amazing, so while it has been intense working on this? I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Love you guys!

Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

Serenity’s special to me, a combination of ideas I had when I owned a sim in 2013, just after visiting my first Fantasy Faire, and being inspired by the amazing sims there; an elven architectural style I’ve been sketching for a few years inspired in part by the Ayleid architecture of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion; and a short story written by a close friend as we hashed out plans to hopefully build a sim the next year.

Serenity is a place of hope, of remembrance – Dedicated to those still fighting that greatest of enemies, Cancer, and to those we have lost and remember with love along the way. We keep fighting, together, until we have a cure.

Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

Building in Second Life for me has always been a continuation of my love for 3d art and virtual spaces in general – A way to express myself and give a little part of myself to the visitors of the space – and you never know what little part of the greater whole that a visitor will derive greater meaning from – and that’s part of the beauty of it for me – a Visitor to a space can find meaning and importance in parts of your build that don’t always mean something to you – weaving and making the space more for it, it evolves and becomes a living, breathing thing of its own.

I’m often most inspired by fantasy art that I find and gather across the internet, games I play, books I’ve read, and my own journeys in this mad world we call “Life”, be it Second or First Life.

Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

What calls me to fantasy changes as I live my life, but it always does keep on calling – For me, here and now? It’s about expression, a way to show all the complicated facets of our nature – villains, heroes – there’s a little of all of them in each of us. The stories explore that – they express that – and the worlds… you can lose yourself to them, and in them – for me.. these days in SL you can find me as a kindhearted demon or fallen angel – A Duality, made of both light and dark, but not quite either. It’s that freedom of expression that I love about the fantasy genre – you can be whatever sings to your soul – you can express your nature in whatever way you desire – complex or simple – often sometimes potentially contradictory forms.

As for when I first encountered it? I must’ve been a young girl of about 8 or 9, or even earlier, and I’ve never looked back. The genre is such an important part of who I am.

Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Do you listen to music while building? What kind? If so, does Serenity have a theme song?

I didn’t listen to as much as I usually do! But I rocked out to a lovely playlist I made of female fronted rock and metal, with the odd industrial track in there too. But when I got tired – I’d stop what I was doing and listen to “Mystery Skulls – Ghost”, and be refreshed and keep on building. As for a theme song? I don’t think it does, but that’s a fun thought to keep in mind for next year!

Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

A favourite Faire memory… that’s a hard one, each year has had such amazing memories – the jail and bail of Panarroway and myself at Sanctum in 2014, meeting one of my best friends at Odyssey in 2015, Sitting by the campfire with friends at Ichi-go Ichi-e also in 2015, Watching the Fairegoers enter the sims with the other Worldmakers this year is also such an amazing memory. The Faire is filled with wonderful memories – and wonderful people.

And speaking of wonderful people, the thing I’m looking forward to most this year? Is meeting wonderful people wandering the sims – the Faire is truly the best time of year – so many people to talk to, to meet, to get to know, all with different stories and everyone is so wonderful and delightfully different! If I may make one suggestion to any Fairegoer this year? Talk to your fellow Fairegoers, say Hi!, have a chat as you wander the wonderful Fairelands, because you can meet some really incredible people here.

Keep on rockin’ and enjoy the Fairelands!

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Kae! Thank you for joining us and giving us a whole new Faireland to live in!

Picture by Alisaundra Andel