As the veil to the Fairelands lifted, the Envoys of Seamaide arrived at the Spirit Pool. They were joined by citizens from other realms. After giving elemental sacrifices to the Gods in a ritual led by the Lord of the Wylds, the Envoys sought guidance. An earth elemental answered their call, and with the help of travelers who were able to speak to the stone creature, it gave the group the following dire warning:
“The taint,” it said slowly, its voice sounding like stone being dragged across stone, “is a threat to all lands. Already it makes its way even to the waters here. You have little time.” It looked over its shoulder for a brief moment. “Seek out that of earth, wind, fire, and water. Work them together as one, for only their energies together can heal the taint. Be quick. In ten days, the taint will spread. It will spread to more than your small isle. And beware. There are those who seek to stop you in your task.”
“Heal the waters; heal the lands,” he said as he began to dissipate into dust, the magics that sent him to the Spirit Pool now waning. “Ten days.”
The snake cultist has proclaimed a terrible grievance with the Sultan Lut…and wishes vengeance upon his entire blood line for it regardless of relative innocence. He seeks magical gems with which to construct a scepter of unbelievable power so as to destroy them all and Sanctuary forever.
Miriamne, diplomat for the Royal Family, and the intrepid adventurers of Sanctuary seek to stop him. Meanwhile, shall he remain alone? He does after all have a side…
The Emerald Djinn came to warn him off, and to warn the adventurers as well. On the morrow they begin the decent beneath the Oasis…a long and terrible journey where he will seek his scepter Gems, and they will seek the gems of defense, and battle many monsters along the way!
Stevie Basevi, the owner of the Sanctuary sim and the Sanctuary RP Community, returns to the Fairelands for the fourth year with ever-increasing involvement. This year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Kakushi Pasu, the Faireland hosting our Literary Festival. Stevie shares with us some sneak peeks of the upcoming Faire-roleplay and of the whole story-planning process.
This is the fourth year Sanctuary RP Community sponsors Fantasy Faire. What made you decide to return and do it again?
Hah! How could I not? I’m hopelessly hooked! Four years, huh? Time flies when you’re doing what you love, and the Fantasy Faire is something that I do love, and look forward to each year. I sponsor because the Faire is a Relay For Life event, which makes it important to me. I’m also thrilled to say that once again, I’m Fantasy Faire Roleplay Lead, which means assisting Saffia behind the scenes. I get to help each group who’s offered to roleplay at the Faire! Oh, and I get to shop too, lots of shopping, lol.
How does roleplaying in the Fairelands differ from roleplaying in Second Life otherwise?
For us, there’s not a lot of difference because at the Fantasy Faire all who walk by have an opportunity to join in and with free form roleplay such as ours, it’s much the same. At least that’s how we do it in our community. Fantasy Faire RP is generally more magically based, where in ‘regular’ SL, there’s more RP based on RL. And our sims are not surrounded by some of the best shopping in all of SL as it is in the Fairelands.
How early do you begin preparing for the storyline for the Faire? How does it work, making sure your community’s roleplay reaches a point where the roleplay at the Faire is a smooth continuation?
Truth be told, we start talking about the next year’s Fantasy Faire Roleplay as soon as the current one ends. This past year, we started our Roleplay meetings soon after last year’s ended. We gathered the groups earlier, and as a result, I believe we’re more organized and much less stressed.
What is your story like this year?
Ooh this year we have something special for everyone once again! We will begin the story in Sanctuary on our 7th anniversary and tell the tale of the two cursed dancers in the tavern. We will tell their stories and explain how they became charmed.
At Fantasy Faire, we’ll continue the story by addressing the magical cult that enchanted the two girls, bringing history and dark magiks forward, progressing our history and possibly bringing a resolution to their predicament.
What are you looking forward to most this year in the Faire?
I think this year I’m really looking forward to some of the changes we’ve made with Roleplay, and also seeing those old friends that you see every so often but when you get back together it’s like it was only yesterday that you last spoke. Of course I’m also looking forward to seeing the amazing creativity of the sim designers, and the energy and excitement of the Faire!
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us, Stevie, and thank you for all that you and your community do to bring the Fairelands alive!
If you are interested in Stevie’s interviews from the previous years, they can be found here: 2016, 2015 and 2014.
Sunday, May 1st A Prophesy Fulfilled: Grand Finale
Today the heroes returned to the site of the prison of the escaped Blood King, so as to battle him, and save all of creation from his evil and rage. Belial tried to strike a deal, but the heroes were not having it.
Garret helped to carry the body of the old gypsy in, as Martine felt that she deserved to be there for the final battle, win or lose. Respect.
The Blood King called up many terrible creations and blades of blood. Most were injured, but fought on until suddenly, the Old Gypsy rose! She was now the angel that she truly had been, made to wander the lands for her role in the creation of the Blood King in that long past battle in Hell, and thereby given another chance. The rage and hatred of the angels that fell, and her own, and the blood of angels and demons together created the terrible foe.
The angel called upon the warriors to stop fighting..that hate could not defeat this foe.
The prophecy was finally understood, and Garret, revealed to have been a demon who had contributed blood, handed over the sword to the Angel who now faced the Blood King with it, and just…touched him. At that time…it…thanked her! And the spirits of all the fallen angels from that battle all were free! All that anger and hate…gone. Hatred could not defeat the Blood King..only love.
Of course, Belial then jumped down from above, to run off laughing with a bone of the Blood King…crying out that the others had done his work for him…and something to the effect of…”SUCKERS!” The angel called him Snake Boy and attempted some fleas on his person, but without hatred…then she proceeded with the rest of the angels to heaven.
Saturday, April 30th The Release Of The Blood King: Finding A Hero
Today the heroes went to face the Blood King, as he escaped his prison in a shower of magical crystal. Belial was laughed at for holding the sword, and Martine took it, but had tripped. The Blood King created blood minions, and they protected him from any further blows by the heroes.
Samantha suggested throwing Mr. B, aka Belial, at the Blood King, and Belial mostly ran clear, screaming out, see you around suckkkas!” Chylde called him a coward, and when she fell, Strix tried to protect Martine. The Gypsy was run through, and fell, and bled terribly of her wounds. Chylde went in to help her. Sam beat on the Blood King with a mace. Chylde grabbed at his ankles, and Martine ran him through with the magical sword, but was struck down in a shower of gore! Curious Q drew down on the Blood king, though all attacks were so far seeming almost entirely for naught, though Strixges again stabbed him in the chest. Chylde by now was unconscious, and Martine lay in a wounded ball bleeding on the ground.
Martine cried out for a retreat and threw a spell to slow the Blood King and freeze his minions for the moment, so that all might regroup and return to the fight. Kheira picked her up and took her to safety, as Curious Q rescued the downed gypsy, and for the moment, they all fled.
Friday, April 29th Complications: The Angel Blesses The Sword
Today a trip was taken to a pure and heavenly oasis – a place of peace. The sword was brought and finally handed over by Belial to be blessed by an Angel, whom all were asked to call to aid them.
Martine took the sword at the altar, as the Gypsy settled in on a cushion on the ground beside the others, and the Angel came. She asked something difficult though, so as to bless the blade – The willingness to bleed and die. Martine stepped forward, unsure if she could die, but more than willing to bleed, and so did Dusti, the Drow…for all she was with Belial, she showed for once and for all she is no coward, as both Martine and she fell on the blade.
The Angel healed them both and raised them back up, and proclaimed their courage and that they are both protected. The Gypsy was relieved, but also said that only those who have fallen and risen again in battle can face the Blood King…
Wednesday, April 27th The Quest Begins At The Maze Of The Minotaur
Today’s travel was to the Maze of the Minotaur, a place in Hell, to find the sword that must be cleansed and used, as foretold by the prophecy, to defeat the Blood King. The Gypsy sat to wait on the other side of the Portal while the rest sallied forth!
The maze was explored, and as Martine became for a time lost with several others, Belial first found the Minotaur. Several came directly to aid him, and finally Martine and the group with her found their way as well. A deal was attempted with the monster but ultimately could not be reached.
As Candi tried to purify the altar with holy water, Kon and Strixges fought fiercely. Curious Q! went at the huge ManBull with his two swords and demon magic.
A very long and fierce battle ensued, with Candi winding up hanging from the Axe of the Minotaur and being swung about like a weapon, before Belial, though his other arm had been broken, finally stabbed the Minotaur in the open mouth with an axe, causing injury and distraction with his mighty throw. Finally, the many others could get in and do real damage, before the beast finally fell right on top of Martine!