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Searlait Nitschke, the creator and owner of Roawenwood, the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove.

Searlait Nitschke, the owner and creator of Roawenwood and the designer and builder of Tangleshimmer Grove, shares with us the story of Tangleshimmer Grove, how her Faire builds evolve and tell their own story and her favourite Faire memory involving a certain bus and a stairway to heaven.

You are both sponsoring and building a Faireland this year again. Does it get any easier in time, or does the challenge grow bigger every year?

Each year is a little different. Each year I have something of a challenge to overcome that ends up making it a little crazier towards the deadlines whether it is SL related, personal, or something to do with the build. One of the bigger challenges for me is always trying to decide the feel of the sim or what I’m trying to project. That can be the toughest part.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

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

Tangleshimmer Grove has its own story. It has its own feeling and its own life. Whenever I build for the Faire my ultimate goal is for it to feel like it has its own life somehow.

My first Faire sim was cold, not dark really because it had its light elements, and color but it was in that bitterly cold part of winter that I like. The theme was magical, trying to get across the magic of that bitter cold. Finding the beauty even when it feels like we are gripped within places that are so cold you can hear the creaking of the branches. The next year was definitely dark. Burned out dead type forest, ominous lighting, gypsy camps… recovery. The theme was living through the dark parts, finding the safe places, dancing around the campfire with music playing, finding solace and regrowth in the dark. The journey. Finding hope.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove started out conceptually as a fun, light place where fairies, woodland folk and others took up residence. Full of color, and life. It was me in a way following a progression. I felt like it was time to come out of the dark, to come out of the cold, and to breathe life into something brighter. In essence it felt like it was time for spring to come to the world. Time for the light to break through.

As I was building it… it took something of a turn. Real life crept in and began to color the world I was trying to create. My world as I knew it was changing and with that so did the sim .

I am not a technical builder. I don’t draw a plan and go from point A to point B. I rarely have a real plan to begin with. When I am creating it is by instinct, feel, and inspiration, especially when it is something like this.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Without my realizing it the sim began to take shape and form into something much more personal, I knew I wanted the sim to capture something different this year than before however I didn’t realize it was going to end up where it did. Initially I wanted it to shimmer with playfulness with a nod towards remembering the wonder we felt as children imagining trolls under bridges and fairies floating in sunbeams .

But it became a safe place instead. A sanctuary. Without meaning to I drew elements from my own personal need to find some peace and brought it to the Faire. The flow of the river, the colors… the softness of the ground and grass beneath my feet. Each space has its own feel. Each area has its own vegetation or color combinations that you won’t find elsewhere on the sim. I layered different looks, and plucked the flowers lovingly placing them in different places with floating butterflies or the quick blink of a firefly.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

Tangleshimmer Grove has its fairy rings, it has its light, it has its color, its life but most of all it has its peace. When walking the Grove I feel at home as if the trees surrounding it shield us with their thick roots and leafy canopy letting the light dance about protecting those within it from the things outside of its borders that we can’t always control.

Tangleshimmer Grove is meant to make you slow down. Appreciate the quiet. Breathe in the light. Meditate or muse as the water flows from one side to the other shimmering. To take a few precious moments to spend with someone you care about. It is meant to be something more intimate. In essence it is in its own way an extension of what I hope others will find. The small little spots of beauty, the surprises of color… to take a moment, slow down, to remember. It seemed fitting considering the message and hope we have when doing something like the Faire and for RFL so I went with it.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

What are you bringing to the Faire this year?

As per usual my time was mainly caught up with working on the sim. I always intend to create something fantastic to put into the RFL vendors and rarely do I feel like I am able to. This year I added the mushrooms and fairy rings to the RFL vendors so people could take a piece of the Faire home. I also added a gacha to benefit RFL with a set of mushroom seats, and special fairy rings with cuddles & dances in it. I also shrunk down the smallest store and made a little townhouse type thing for petites that’s in the RFL vendors.

What is the best thing about building in Second Life? Which things inspire you, make you happy and satisfied when creating?

For me it’s mostly a really great outlet. To be creative. To build something from nothing. Gives me a lot of satisfaction that is relatively easy to get. Rather addictive in its own way. I suppose the best thing about building in Second Life for me is seeing how my work evolves and changes over time.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

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

Favorite Faire memory…. I have a lot. I think one that is particularly telling and a lot of fun was a moment during last year’s bus tour. For those that don’t know every year something of a tradition we climb onto a bus and do a big tour of all the sims a few times.

Last year Alia built a stairway that was supposed to go straight up to heaven right? So we’re doing the bus tour… round and around, driver cussing as usual trying to do sim crossings. Trying to drive over some really awkward spots on the sims…. And so we end in the courtyards at the base of this massive, and rather thin set of stairs heading up into the sky.

We can do this right? Drive up it… we’re all pumped up, we can do this, we can do this. So revving up the engine we go for it. Quite a few times stopping at the base, punching it to go up and each…. Time…. Off the side we go flying down into the pits below, laughing, screaming and joking. If I remember right there was some lava. Nice touch there.

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The Bus Going Up the Stairs – Picture by Sonya Marmurek

Sooooooo what do we do? The ingenious builder types we are along with a bit of a deviant streak?

We cheat!

Driver… Alia I believe at the time comes in with ye olde handy builde tools and picks up the bus, moves us upwards… inch by inch till we’re balancing precariously at the very top of the stairs! We made it! We turn, looking around from our new vantage point at the world below us very proud of our accomplishment. We were not going to be stopped. So then there is the going down part…. The bus looks down the steep stairs as we rock back and forth driver at the wheel.

And wouldn’t you know it? Going DOWN we stayed on the straight and narrow never once falling off to the side as if the stairs were made for us. Typical huh? What do you get when you a bunch of smartarsed Fantasy Faire workers/builders and the like try to drive their way up to the gates of heaven? Multiple gut wrenching drops into lava pools. Drive away from the gates of heaven and downwards towards hell? No problem, couldn’t have driven it straighter.

Looking forward to most? Playing, talking, relaxing, catching up with friends. I miss people very much during the year and sometimes it seems like the only time we really catch up or take the time to see each other is during the Faire. That’s what I look forward to.

Thank you, Searlait, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing your evolving story to the Fairelands, thank you for the sanctuary within them.

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Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Alisaundra Andel
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Third Sons

Shadows linger over the third sons.

So it seems in every family, from the highest to the most humble. There are those eldest, who inherit land, homes – sometimes whole kingdoms. Firstborn, the men graced with the names of their forefathers – Grasson II, Wyllam IV, Gregor III.  These are the sons coveted by noblewomen, the sons whose marriages forge alliances and shape futures. Even second sons have futures writ large – they become the lords of the great estates, they lead armies and take up residence, oft times, at the courts of Kings. These sons, too, are prizes for the women (and often, men) who seek their attention and affection.

Third Sons

It is not so with third sons. Third sons have humble names,  cast-offs, the names their softer mothers thought sounded sweet, or gentle, or beautiful. Melvan, Sowyer, Clytas, Hyphrar and Jacke and Hamysh. These unfortunate souls must forge their own path, one all too often uncharted, unknown at the time of their birth, for often there is no land left, and none clamor for the love of men who’ve name alone to bolster them.

And yet… some things there are which only third sons may do. Third sons may dream, let idle thoughts color night as well as day. Freed of a world of politics and prestige, third sons may scour the great libraries of their childhood homes, devouring books, writing their own. They creep into the lairs of maesters, peering over withered shoulders; they roam the woods alone, unmolested by attendants, hunting, watching, learning the way of wild things. Thus their sometimes quieter natures hide something not found in first sons who lead, or second sons who serve: only third sons may be themselves grow wild.

Third Sons

This is my first post for the Fantasy Faire website (hello, fairgoers!) but not at all my first post about roleplay – I write about it regularly over at Egos Like Hairdos. Throughout the fair I’ll be sharing posts like these – characters I’ve already had, characters in the works and inspired by the fair, as well as the worlds in which they live (sometimes these will be the fair itself – like Tangleshimmer Grove, above!).  I’m looking forward to seeing what stories others will tell – at and inspired by Fantasy Faire!

Credits (see this post at ELH for the full credits)

Hair: Wasabi Pills – Jack (out now at Fantasy Faire)
Gorget: Stitched – Gorget (Lannister) (@ Fantasy Faire)

Taken in the Fantasy Faire sim Tangleshimmer Grove, by Searlait Nitschke.

Welcome to the Fairelands!

The portals to the Fairelands are now open, the camouflage enchantments dispelled, the whole continent of fantasy worlds awaits visitors to come and explore, enjoy and perhaps shapeshift into one of the Faire Folk.

Fairelands Junction - Picture by Wildstar Beaumont
Fairelands Junction – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

FAIRELANDS JUNCTION | SLURL
Sponsored by Cerridwen’s Cauldron.

Fairelands Junction (by Saiyge Lotus) hosts portals to all the other Fairelands, hastening your trip should you not wish to sightsee and explore. This year the Junction is half a mer-realm, so make sure to explore underwater!

Aurora - Picture by Wildstar Beaumont
Aurora – Picture by Wildstar Beaumont

AURORA | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by NeoVictoria.

Aurora (by Beq Janus)On a world plunged into ice age, men of science seek answers in the etheral shimmering of the planets energy field. Meanwhile the Mystics tell tales of the unweaver at whose feet they lay the blame for their ice-age, their hopes for salvation lie in legends of heroes, ancient tales of lands across the dimensions, their faith hangs on finding the lost knowledge that can bring forth the confluence. The two factions, poles apart in their beliefs are about come together as myth and machine meet beneath the Northern Lights.

Ichi-go Ichi-e - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Ichi-go Ichi-e – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

ICHI-GO ICHI-E | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by The Looking Glass.

Ichi-go Ichi-e (by Sharni Azalee)Let your imagination fly you to a land where anything is possible. Walk on water among pink clouds in this surreal landscape where large sakura flowers and other exotic flora tower over you in a beautiful dream forest of pinks and grays and fawn.

Odyssey - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Odyssey – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

ODYSSEY | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc.

Odyssey (by Alia Baroque)“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that your journey be a long one, filled with adventure, filled with discovery.” Barry B. Powell, Classical Myth

Poppetsborough - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Poppetsborough – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

POPPETSBOROUGH | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Dandelion Daydreams Factory.

Poppetsborough (by Luna Barak/Alrunia Ahn/Kyra Reiter)Enter a storybook world with the emphasis on the book. Have your favorite stories pop to life as you walk into the book and become the characters of your favorite fairytales.

Spires of Andolys - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Spires of Andolys – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

SPIRES OF ANDOLYS | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Dwarfins.

Spires of Andolys (by Jaimy Hancroft/Eowyn Swords)Crooked little fantasy styled houses inspired by the fairytales of your childhood. Centered around a magnificent castle that would be the envy of Sleeping Beauty. Careful though, the castle guards a secret dungeon hidden deep within its bowels where the darkest villains are forever forgotten

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Caitlin Tobias
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Caitlin Tobias

SYLVAN OF SPELLS | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Merchants of Dreams.

Sylvan of Spells (by Sweetgwendoline Bailey/Eldowyn Inshan)Enchanted grove where our stories are collected and nurtured by mystic librarians. Books, scrolls and parchment litter the ground, the debris of the Forest of Enlightenment.

Tangleshimmer Grove - Picture by Justen Tyme
Tangleshimmer Grove – Picture by Justen Tyme

TANGLESHIMMER GROVE | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Roawenwood.

Tangleshimmer Grove (by Searlait Nitschke)Deep in the heart of the wood is the secret place of Fairies. Golden light bathes the lush green as flowers dance and the early morning dew lays a glistening shimmer over the world.

Vallacia - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Vallacia – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

VALLACIA | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Epic Toy Factory.

Vallacia (by Mayah Parx)A floating market town, a bustling trade hub where denizens of the Fairelands come to trade for even the most obscure of items. Dark & weatherbeaten, all matter of constructions crisscross the waters to keep this hodgepodge of shacks,stalls and barges afloat. Magical mysteries abound in this haven for traders and thieves alike.

Wildehaven Marsh - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Wildehaven Marsh – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

WILDEHAVEN MARSH | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Solarium.

Wildehaven Marsh (by Rynn Verwood)Settled at the edge of a lake, the village was created centuries ago, as a safe haven for those who practiced magic. An air of abandonment floats over the town now, however don’t be fooled, its magic is still much alive as one can see in the soft glows shining through the ivy covered windows.

YoZakura - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
YoZakura – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

YOZAKURA | SLURL | SHOPS
Sponsored by Fuubutsu Dou.

YoZakura (by Nya Alchemi)In the late hours of the night, visit the Japanese Hanami Festival and dream… Traveler behold As Midnight courts the Moon and Cherry blossoms dance

Poseidon's Abyss - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Poseidon’s Abyss – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

POSEIDON’S ABYSS | SLURL 

Poseidon’s Abyss (by Haveit Neox)Arts & Entertainment sim, hosting fantasy art and plenty of dance and art performances. Dive deep into the ocean to marvel at the treasures within!

Ravenshold - Picture by Justen Tyme
Ravenshold – Picture by Justen Tyme

RAVENSHOLD

Ravenshold (by Rynn Verwood)The hunt sim, hosting the second part of the Fairelands Hunt: The Lost Land. The snow-clad island stands slightly aside of the Fairelands circle, silent in its solitude. What secrets does it hold?