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{an} ending. . . |a Faire story

| A Character Story – Part 3 |

{ part one || part two }

Caelita had watched the Games from her spot in the stands. The high vantage point allowed her a good view of the entire ground and she spotted Na’Rayh almost immediately. Comparing him to the others, the Princess wasn’t sure what to think. While Na’Rayh was a good size, there were other men who looked bigger and taller. Fortunately size wasn’t the main thing that granted a person victory in battle.

As the Game played out Caelita kept her eyes on him. At first she was fearful but as Na’Rayh took down one opponent after another she began to have hope. While she felt grieved as dead bodies began to riddle the coliseum floor she was happy none of them were his. Perhaps the gods had heard her prayers after all.

Continue reading {an} ending. . . |a Faire story

LitFest: The Mythos of the Fairelands: a Presentation by Zander Greene

Zander and the Bard Queen


As you wander the Fairelands, you might hear references to the Bard Queen, or the Unweaver.  If you sign up for the Quest, you may hear more.

But who are they, and how have their stories evolved over the ten years? Continue reading LitFest: The Mythos of the Fairelands: a Presentation by Zander Greene

LitFest Tour Day 6: Athenaeum Arcana

Join us for our regular Literary Festival Tour today at 5pm SLT as we tour the stunning Athenaeum Arcana (created by Beq Janus).

The Faire is brimming with stories: breathtaking builds and fantastical creations designed to touch your heart and soul. What stories do they inspire in you? We invite you to put your Fantasy Faire experience into words.


Athenaeum Arcana (Beq Janus)

Legends tell of a grand library, hidden between our worlds; of archivists and adventurers dedicated to saving the stories that we weave; of vast dimensional portals tearing through the very fabric of reality; and of how at its height, through folly or foul play, it was destroyed. Now, for those lucky few that know how to find it, the once great Athenaeum stands frozen in time at the very moment of destruction. A crossroads between realities, the wildest most incredible bazaar any world has ever seen. Continue reading LitFest Tour Day 6: Athenaeum Arcana

LitFest Tours Part 3: Tales from the Bazaar Dungeon

Over the course of the Faire, Fairelanders are joining tours of individual lands and telling stories about them. These we will be preserving on this website – and some will be made into special tales to be recorded for Fantasy Faire radio. We’re also going to share some of these stories here, and here are stories from the third tour, to the Bazaar Dungeon.

(Please note – these are the writing we have received to date. You can also read them on the LitFest Bazaar Dungeon page here – where any further works inspired by the Bazaar Dungeon will be published)

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Images by Aoife Lorefield Continue reading LitFest Tours Part 3: Tales from the Bazaar Dungeon

Celebrate Tolkien Day at the Faire!

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A celebration of the work of the great fantasy writer – JRR Tolkien.

Every year at the Faire (well, for the last three years), we celebrate the work of a great Fantasy writer.

The first year, we celebrated the great Sir Terry Pratchett, who had recently died. And last year we celebrated another author who had died a rather longer time ago – William Shakespeare – on the 400th year anniversary of his death.

This year we are celebrating not the anniversary of the death – but the anniversary of a publication that was to have a huge influence on Fantasy – JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the first entry into the world of Middle Earth that was later to lead to the hugely influential trilogy – The Lord of the Rings.

And we have a fabulous region, created by Kilik Lekvoda, where we can celebrate – the hobbit-inspired land of The Hill!

We’ll be celebrating today with a series of events and a party – do come and join us.

10:00 – 11:00 AM SLT: NaPoWriMo: Fantasy Writing Prompts – Adele Ward This will be moving from the Writing Room in the LitFest area at Kakushi Pasu to the party field at The Hill just for today. Adele Ward will be leading it, giving out a Tolkien-themed Fantasy Writing Prompt to inspire you to write a short poem or a short story.

12:00 noon – 1:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

1:00 – 2:00 PM SLT: Tolkien Goes Partying – Dubhna Rhiadra & Caledonia Skytower
We all think of J.R.R. Tolkien as a scholarly gentleman with a penchant for language and myth. Come to realize, there’s some pretty great parties to be found in his published works. Caledonia Skytower and Dubhna Rhiadra present “An Unexpecting Party” (from The Hobbit) and “A Long-Expected Party” (from The Fellowship of the Ring) in voice.

The Hill by Alisaundra Andel
The Hill – picture by Alisaundra Andel

2:00 PM SLT: An Unexpected Party – And this time it’s our party – to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit. And there will be dancing. And Fireworks. (And possibly Hobbit Feet).

5:00 – 6:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tour and writing challenges here!

7:00 – 8:00 PM SLT: A Walk through Middle Earth – Seanchai Library
Seanchai Library takes you on a walk through Middle Earth, with selections from different episodes in the The Lord of the Rings cycle. Shandon Loring, Corwyn Allen, Aoife Lorefield, Kayden Oconnell, and Caledonia Skytower, live in voice.

8:00 – 9:00 PM SLT: Region Tour: The Hill (Designed by Kilik Lekvoda)
See more about our special region tours and writing challenges here!

Come join us at The Hill!

Join us for LitFest Tour No.5: Fallen Sands

As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

We will be visiting Fallen Sands
Monday, April 24th @ 5pm & 8pm SLT
Tuesday, April 25th @ Noon SLT

Fallen Sands (Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan)
Steampunk in a desert landscape where the Orient and Arabia via for dominance. Exotic plants of alien origin turn the sands into an oasis of life where the turquoise water is the treasure of fountains and the infinite pearls of tan fall to mark the passage of time in this eternal city.
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/fallen-sands/

Please note: you do not need to use any of these ideas; feel free to write about anything in this region.

Forever parched
Forever parched

A land where the elephants call and a classroom awaits inside a dark cave.

Even the gates to this land are beautiful but who might live and work in such a realm?

The sand coats everything, who keeps the machinery working?

What might happen if a machine clogs up and fails?

A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?
A classroom awaiting students and a teacher, but of what kind?

Participants are invited to submit pieces written as part of LitFest Tours, or inspired by the Faire Lands, to be included in “Tales from the Fairelands” on the Fantasy Faire website and possibly to be read on Fantasy Faire Radio by yourself or one of our volunteers.

Work may be submitted at any time during the Faire, and we recommend that it be submitted by 11pm the day after each destination cycle has been completed in order to be considered for inclusion in “Tales of the Faire Lands” posts while the Faire is open. Individual writers retain creative ownership of works submitted.

Take a look at the strange domes and steampunk workings from above and below
As the whirlwind tears through the region, spare a thought for the sheltering snowman!

Compositions of poetry or prose can be submitted in one of two ways:
1. Email to fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com
2. Drop a notecard into the LitFest Tours Submissions mailbox at Fantasy Faire LitFest home base on Kakushi Pasu

Words of power are coming to the Faire for our third Literary Festival (LitFest)!

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Over the ten days of the LitFest, there will be talks by authors, discussions, creative writing sessions and performances.

Our headline speaker this year is the very popular real word fantasy writer, Seanan McGuire, author of, among others, the October Daye series of modern fantasy.

This year we will again by emphasising creation, as a number of the leaders of creative writing groups in Second Life bring their regular events to the Faire, and welcome newcomers who want to join in with such events.

And there is our own special daily story and poetry writing challenge. Every day, we will be inviting you to put your Fantasy Faire experience into words. The Faire is brimming with stories: breathtaking builds and fantastical creations designed to touch your heart and soul. What stories do they inspire in you?

We will be repeating our very successful Fantasy Faire LitFest Tours, leaving daily from our home base to explore the Fantasy Faire Continent. We will be seeking the stories of the Fairelands – along with special secret places and details, and each day a Guide will lead a tour to one of the Fantasy regions. Explore … and open yourself up to what inspires you, what detail or overall impression sparks a poem, micro-fiction, or short story.

And you will be able to hear some of the stories and poems that people wrote last year, as we have turned this into special recordings that will be broadcast on Fantasy Faire Radio.

With only ten days, our Tours this year focuses on just ten of the regions, but we hope you’ll be inspired by other regions too, to share stories. And to lead that, we will have special explorations of the other regions too.

We are also planning to have some fascinating discussions with a number of different people, and we’ll have authors reading their works.

We also have talks from people involved in the stories that underlie two very different regions. and storytelling with some of the best known storytellers in Second Life.

We will have Open Mic sessions led by well known poets and writers, and sessions which open with reading but which invite the audience to contribute too.

And then there is a performance of a magical production of Much Ado About Nothing, by the Faireland Players.

Every year, we feature a special author for the LitFest, In our first year it was Terry Pratchett, last year (the 400th anniversary of his death), we celebrated William Shakespeare. This year on Wednesday April 25th, we shall be celebrating the great J.R.R.Tolkien.

For more details of Lit Fest events and speakers, see our full event page.