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King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire 2016

The polls have closed, the votes have been counted and at the Masquerade Ball on May the 1st, the new King, Queen and Chancellor for 2016 were chosen.

King

FF KQC GoblinKing copy

As played by the late, great David Bowie in the movie Labyrinth. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie)

But, actually, some of you may also have thought of the stunning debut novel by Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor, which I cannot recommend too highly. Published in 2014, it received the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. It tells the story of Maia, a young man of mixed Elven and Goblin heritage, who unexpectedly becomes Emperor of the Elflands, and has to contend with the court’s Byzantine power structure as well as racial and social tension in his realm.

Queen

FF KQC TobyDaye copy

This choice surprised some people who are unfamiliar with the novels of Seanan McGuire, but the October Daye series is a very popular one in the modern urban fantasy genre. Beginning in 2009 with Rosemary and Rue, there are now nine novels published.

At the start of the series, October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

Chancellor

FF KQC LastUnicorn copy

This character comes from one of the most loved fantasy novels of all time. The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle and published in 1968. It follows the tale of a unicorn, who believes she is the last of her kind in the world and undertakes a quest to discover what has happened to the others.

In 1987, Locus ranked The Last Unicorn number five among the 33 “All-Time Best Fantasy Novels”, based on a poll of subscribers.

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Greebo makes a late surge in the election for Chancellor … steampunks holding on for King and Queen

In the Fantasy Faire election, of course – voting for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire (aka your favourite fictional fantasy characters), Greebo the Cat (from the Discoworld Alliance, based on the books by Sir Terry Pratchett) is edging out Krosp, Emperor of Cats (from the Girl Genius Group, represented by characters rpom the gaslamp fantasy Girl Genius).

The gaslamp/steampunk challengers for King and Queen are still holding their own, although the Discworld candidates are still hanging in there, with the rest of the candidates some way behind.

But that could all change today!

Have you voted yet?

As of Friday morning, the voting accumulation looks like this:

Vote for the King!

FF-KING1-BKWulf6327 votes FF-KING2-GILGA350 votes FF-KING4-HAVELOCK4380 votes
FF-KING3-LEGOLAS1310 votes FF-KING5-TYRION1125 votes

The Baron has maintained a wide margin in the King election over the Patrician.  The other candidates have a lot of ground to catch up.

Vote for the Queen!

FF-QUEEN3-AGATHA550 votes FF-QUEEN4-GALADRIEL350 votes FF-QUEEN2-GRANNY5755 votes
FF-QUEEN5-MALEFICENT1276 votes FF-QUEEN1-ZANTA7525 votes

Queen Zantabraxus of Skifander (our apologies for the mis-spelling on the poster – please don’t have us executed your Majesty!) is maintaining her comfortable lead over Granny Weatherwax.  Can the witch from Lancre make up lost ground? Will Maleficient make a leap forward?

Vote for the Chancellor!

FF-CHANC4-GENIE251 votes FF-CHANC2-GREEBO4708 votes FF-CHANC1-KROSP2715 votes
FF-CHANC3-TREEBRD350votes FF-CHANC5-VONPINN1305 votes

And Nanny Ogg’s famed (and feared) cat, Greebo has leapt into the lead over Krosp, Emperor of Cats and the other candidates. Can he maintain that lead as the elections hots up?

Which will you vote for?

You can visit the vendors and place your vote in a special gallery under the waves at Poseidons Abyss.

OR you can pay via Convio.

Read more about how to vote here.

Remember – the final voting and the resultys will be taking place at the Masked Ball on Friday 1st May!

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Steampunks edge ahead of the Discworld in the Fantasy Faire election!

In the Fantasy Faire election, of course – voting for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire (aka your favourite fictional fantasy characters), the Steampunks (represented by characters frpom the gaslamp fantasy Girl Genius) are now ediging ahead of The Discworld Alliance (based on the books by Sir Terry Pratchett),

Several independents, however, are making a late showing – with Malefience doing especially well in the voting for Queen.

And in the election for Chancellor, Krosp, the Emperor of Cats (Girl Genius) has overtaken Greebo (Discworld). It’s been a good day for cats in the polls, it seems!

These figures are transitional –
ONLINE POSTAL VOTING ENDS TODAY at 11.59PM SLT!!!
INWORLD VOTING ENDS ON FRIDAY at 6pm SLT!!!

Find out how YOU can vote here.

As of Thursday morning, the voting accumulation looks like this:

Vote for the King!

FF-KING1-BKWulf6227 votes FF-KING2-GILGA350 votes FF-KING4-HAVELOCK3700 votes
FF-KING3-LEGOLAS1310 votes FF-KING5-TYRION1075 votes

The Baron has opened a wide margin in the King election over the Patrician.  Legolas has made a recovery but still, like Tyrion, has a lot of ground to catch up.

Vote for the Queen!

FF-QUEEN3-AGATHA550 votes FF-QUEEN4-GALADRIEL350 votes FF-QUEEN2-GRANNY5105 votes
FF-QUEEN5-MALEFICENT1246 votes FF-QUEEN1-ZANTA7325 votes

And Queen Zantabraxus of Skifander (our apologies for the mis-spelling on the poster – please don’t have us executed your Majesty!) has shpot into the lead over Granny Weatherwax.  Can the witch from Lancre make up lost ground? Will Maleficient make a leap forward?

Vote for the Chancellor!

FF-CHANC4-GENIE251 votes FF-CHANC2-GREEBO1658 votes FF-CHANC1-KROSP2565 votes
FF-CHANC3-TREEBRD300 votes FF-CHANC5-VONPINN1275 votes

And Crosp has leapt over the votes awarded to his fellow Girl Genius partner to overtake not only Vonn Pinn but also Nanny Ogg’s famed (and feared) cat, Greebo. Can he hold up competition as the elections hots up?

Which will you vote for?

You can visit the vendors and place your vote in a special gallery under the waves at Poseidons Abyss.

OR you can pay via Convio.

Read more about how to vote here.

Remember – the final voting and the resultys will be taking place at the Masked Ball on Friday 1st May!

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Who will be King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire?

In the run up to Fantasy Faire, we asked you to select your favourite characters from fantasy to be chosen as King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Well, the nominations are in – and your five top selections are ready to move forward to the vote. Let’s find out who they are!

Vote for the King!

FF-KING1-BKWulf FF-KING2-GILGA FF-KING4-HAVELOCK
FF-KING3-LEGOLAS FF-KING5-TYRION

As you’ll see, we have two characters from the Girl Genius universe – the Wulfenbachs, father and son. Will they split the vote and let another candidate in?

From Discworld we have the Vetinari, Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. All powerful and more than a little sinister, will he be the people’s choice?

Lord of the Rings supplies the Elvish candidate for King, Legolas, while our final candidate is Tyrion Lannister from A Song of Fire and Ice / A Game of Thrones. Tyrion is the sole representative of this fantasy element – but with Lannister gold to back him, no-one would rule him out!

Vote for the Queen!

FF-QUEEN3-AGATHA FF-QUEEN4-GALADRIEL FF-QUEEN2-GRANNY
FF-QUEEN5-MALEFICENT FF-QUEEN1-ZANTA

The Queens represent a similar range of fantasy genres – but now we have fairy tales popularised by Disney – or is that the right term for the anti-heroine Maleficient?

From Girl Genius we again have two characters – Agatha Heterodyne and Queen Zantiabraxus. Will they split the steampunk vote?

From Lord of the Rings we have our second Elvish nominee – Galadriel. And last, but definitely not least, we have Granny Weatherwax, that source of common sense and magical skills (not to mention headology) from Lancre in the Discworld.

Vote for the Chancellor!

FF-CHANC4-GENIE FF-CHANC2-GREEBO
FF-CHANC1-KROSP
FF-CHANC3-TREEBRD FF-CHANC5-VONPINN

The Chancellors are drawn from a similarity variety. There’s the Genie from Aladdin (immortalised by the late, great Robin Williams in the Disney movie), and there’s Greebo, Nanny Ogg’s cat from the Discworld (nursing a secret passion to be ginger).

Once more, there are two Girl Genius characters nominated: this time Krosp (our second cat nomination!) and Vonn Pinn – looking human but really a clank – that world’s robotic forms.

And finally, from the Lord of the Rings, we have the Ent, Treebeard.

Which will you vote for?

You can visit the vendors and place your vote in a special gallery under the waves at Poseidons Abyss.

OR you can pay via Convio.

Read more about how to vote here.

Last chance to nominate your choices for King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire!

The nominations will close at midnight tonight SLT (Wednesday 22nd April), so this is DEFINITELY your last chance to nominate …

When it comes to Fantasy, we all have our favorite characters. Some may be good – Gandalf or Harry Potter, Belle or Menolly.  Or maybe we love the dark side – Maleficent or Steerpike. Or maybe we enjoy the conflicted – Jaime Lannister or Mrs Coulter.

Whoever is your favorite, you have a chance to nominate them and perhaps see them crowned as King and Queen of Fantasy Faire at the fabulous Fantasy Faire Ball on May 1st 5pm – 7pm SLT.

There’s an election for Chancellor – and this is for your favorite character who has no elements of human appearance. This means that Ariel (mermaid) and Mr Tumnus (faun) could be King and Queen, but Archimedes (the owl, not the scientist) would be nominated for Chancellor.

So will your Chancellor be Teremaire or Ratty (or Mole, Toad or Badger)? Will it be Reepicheep or Pegasus?

NB Characters should be chosen from works of fantasy – which can be written or graphical texts or films, TV or radio shows. We want to be broadly inclusive of genres – thus fairytales, high fantasy, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampire sagas (and others) will all be classified as fantasy.

Process:
Stage 1 – running until the Faire opens on April 23rd
– you can nominate your favourite characters. We will take your nominations and select the top five in each category.

Stage 2 – once the Faire opens – there will be voting kiosks at the Faire for the most popular characters.  Between April 23rd and May 1st, you will be able to vote for who you think should be King, Queen and Chancellor.

Stage 3 – The May Day Ball – this will be where the identities of the King, Queen and Chancellor that YOU have chosen will be revealed – and who knows? They may even appear!

So complete the form today to nominate YOUR choices for King, Queen and Chancellor.

Have you voted yet for the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire?

There’s still time to nominate your choices for King and Queen of Fantasy Faire – and their Chancellor too!

When it comes to Fantasy, we all have our favorite characters. Some may be good – Gandalf or Harry Potter, Belle or Menolly.  Or maybe we love the dark side – Maleficent or Steerpike. Or maybe we enjoy the conflicted – Jaime Lannister or Mrs Coulter.

Whoever is your favorite, you have a chance to nominate them and perhaps see them crowned as King and Queen of Fantasy Faire at the fabulous Fantasy Faire Ball on May 1st 5pm – 7pm SLT.

So who will it be? Corwin or Aragorn? Arya Stark or Granny Weatherwax? Tyrion or Frodo? The White Witch or Agatha Heterodyne?

Nominate your favorites today!

But what about your favorite non-human (or human type) characters? Don’t they get a chance too?

Of course they do! There’s an election for Chancellor – and this is for your favorite character who has no elements of human appearance. This means that Ariel (mermaid) and Mr Tumnus (faun) could be King and Queen, but Archimedes (the owl, not the scientist) would be nominated for Chancellor.

So will your Chancellor be Teremaire or Ratty (or Mole, Toad or Badger)? Will it be Reepicheep or Pegasus?

NB Characters should be chosen from works of fantasy – which can be written or graphical texts or films, TV or radio shows. We want to be broadly inclusive of genres – thus fairytales, high fantasy, steampunk, urban fantasy, vampire sagas (and others) will all be classified as fantasy.

Process:
Stage 1 – running until the Faire opens on April 23rd
– you can nominate your favourite characters. We will take your nominations and select the top five in each category.

Stage 2 – once the Faire opens – there will be voting kiosks at the Faire for the most popular characters.  Between April 23rd and May 1st, you will be able to vote for who you think should be King, Queen and Chancellor.

Stage 3 – The May Day Ball – this will be where the identities of the King, Queen and Chancellor that YOU have chosen will be revealed – and who knows? They may even appear!

So complete the form today to nominate YOUR choices for King, Queen and Chancellor.

Waiting for Fantasy Faire to open? Here are five things you can do now!

There’s just over two weeks before Fantasy Faire opens its gates … and we are all very excited about all the things that are planned, the regions that will appear, and all the amazing merchants you’ll be able to buy from.

We hope you’re all getting excited too!

But while you are waiting, here are five things you can do …

1) Make sure you are following the Fantasy Faire blog.
The best way of keeping up with all the news of the Faire is to read the blog – and if you subscribe, using the golden FOLLOW button at the bottom right of this page, you’ll receive notifications of new posts by email.

2) Take the “Why I Relay” challenge
Catalina Staheli, one of our volunteering bloggers, has an absolutely wonderful project going on: she is taking RFL portraits with people’s reasons to relay.

You can see full details (and discover how you can become involved too) here.

3) Give us your choices for the King and Queen of Fantasy Faire – and for their Chancellor too!
Whoever is your favorite character in film, TV or literature, you have a chance to nominate them and perhaps see them crowned as King and Queen of Fantasy Faire at the fabulous Fantasy Faire Ball on May 1st 5pm – 7pm SLT.

Find out more and fill in the simple form here.

4) Book in to lead a session at the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival
Give a reading or to lead a discussion or a workshop on your favourite fantasy writer or book at the Fantasy Faire Literary Festival.

Find out more and fill in the form here.

5) Follow us on other social media!
If you are a Facebook user, “Like” us our Facebook page – and help us try to reach our target of 500 Likes before the Faire opens!The Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyFaireSL (and there’s also a Facebook “Like” on the right of this page).

You can also follow us on Twitter at @FantasyFaireSL

And there’s Pinterest and Flickr too!

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We have more plans that we”ll be sharing soon … so look out for them!