On Sunday, May 2 at 4:00 pm SLT, as part of the LitFest program at Fantasy Faire 2021, we gathered in Somniatoris Arx for a conversation with Walton F. Wainwright and Victor E. Eton about the creation of Somniatoris Arx. Here is the transcript of that conversation, held in text.
Aoife Lorefield: Welcome, Fairelanders!
We’re here today with Walton F. Wainwright and Victor E. Eton to explore the creative processes that led to the intricately detailed Faireland, Somniatoris Arx. Wainwright is a storyteller. He’s working with an amazing team. And we have the chance to learn more about how they designed and created this city and its sustaining genius, the Somniator.
The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to ancient mysteries of Scrimshaw Warrens by Lrriven.
Far below the snowy forests, remains of an ancient power lie hidden in the ice caverns of the yetis. Unravel the mystery of the runes and reveal the story of an epic battle. Learn of the creatures who remain behind and what they guard lest their felled foe rise again. Explore the frigid warrens, find lost treasures, and become part of an epic tale.
The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to the legendary region of Ostara by Beq Janus and Elizabeth Jarvinen.
“Cut deep into the jungle floor, Her nest she made, her child she bore. And then, as all her kind before she curled up close and moved no more.” – translated from the oral history of the tribes of Ostara
The sunlight blinds you as you step into the valley from the cave between the thick jungle vegetation, stark sun-bleached bones reach into the sky, all along the valley walls you see the ancient temples of the draconic guardians, you cannot be far now, this must be it, the legendary valley of Ostara awaits.
Although this final week of the Tour is quieter, there are still readings and poetry prompts, and a few special events over the week – but probably the most important daily happenings will be the LitFest Tours. With 21 Fairelands to visit, we still have some way to go, and from now on, there will be two Tours a day!
Today we will be visiting Ostara, the dragon’s nest, and the snowbound Faireland of Scrimshaw Warrens.
Did you know that you can join a special group for news of the Tours, and of the off-season Tours to various parts of the fantasy world within Second Life too? Look for the group called the Company of Faire Folk – that’s us!
As well as these two Tours, today brings a final opportunity to see Singh Albatros’s presentation about the classic Journey to the West – a fascinating look at the work that we highlighted this year, and a variety of dashes, open mic sessions and readings.
The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to the high tech region of Mithlumen by Amethyst Ytelde and Scarlet Fey.
The age of nature has long passed, but Elven sensibility remains in the marrow and veins of the futuristic realm of Mithlumen. Wood and vine are mere memories amongst the alloy and silicon curves that adorn the technological evolutions of Elvenkind. Magic, however, never gives up its lifeblood, but only emerges from the chrysalis of time to operate through transmission lines and neural systems that bring the city to life.