Pyri Peaks: the mystery of the lost Moles

“Naughty Mole, Sylvian Mole, Opti Mole, Earthy Mole – these name might not ring out as mightily (or ’cause some need to offer up “innocent” explanations!) as does the name Magellan Linden, but they all pioneered many of the frontiers of Second Life, building roads, raising up towns, sculpting parks and rivers, fearlessly throwing bridges across deep gorges, taking the wilds of the Mainland and opening it for all who would follow.

North Forepaw and the path to Pyri Peaks
North Forepaw and the path to Pyri Peaks

“Until Pyri Peaks; those strange hills standing above the shoreline of North Forepaw,  which the moles believed would be an idea spot to site a fun fair, high up on a plateau overlooking the sea, For a time it seemed as though all was going well; building work was progressing well, steam engines were shipped in to power the rides, the sideshows were taking shape. Then came the reports of caverns being found under the site of the fair, and then – nothing.

“I’ve no idea if The Powers That Be attempted any form of investigation or rescue (were one needed), but the way in which attention was suddenly diverted away from those strange hills and the remaining moles directed towards new projects did seem a little odd, although I’d hesitate to use the words “cover-up” (the Rodviks, after all, do have ears!). So, in the interests of journalistic endeavour, I set out to visit the now largely deserted fun fair and see if I could unravel some of the mystery…

North Forepaw / Pyri Peaks
North Forepaw / Pyri Peaks

“It is, one has to say, a strange place. North Forepaw is innocent enough…but the climb to the fun fair; that’s something else entirely, lined with strange, silent trees, which stand like sentinels, their trunks carved into strange faces, which seemed to watch me every step of the climb. Looking up at them, I had to wonder why, in passing them all those years ago, the moles still thought this an ideal place to site a fun fair.

“Nor did things get any better as I approached the entrance to the fun fair itself, seemingly guarded as it is by one more of these strange trees, a hand-like branch stretched out, ‘palm’ upraised, a single glowing “eye” in the middle. A last warning, perhaps, to turn back?

North Forepaw / Pyri Peak
North Forepaw / Pyri Peaks

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Glass hills, fairies, Korea and a Crooked Man

Once again, the Seanchai Library will be presenting a round of stories and readings in Voice this coming week, with a trio of new tales in the week, and a return once again to 221B Baker Street; all in support of a new real-life charity selection for March and April!

As always, all times SLT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island.

Sunday 3rd March, 13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street – The Adventure of the Crooked Man

It is late in the evening when Dr. John Watson receives his good friend, Sherlock Holmes. He has called to tell Watson about his most recent case, and to invite the good doctor to be a witness to the final stage of the investigation.

Colonel James Barclay, late of the The Royal Mallows based at Aldershot Camp, has been most foully done to death, and his wife Nancy stands as the prime suspect.

The other officers of the regiment are mystified by Barclay’s fate, the Colonel and his wife having presented themselves as a most happy couple, although it has sometimes appeared that perhaps the Colonel, who had been given to strange and deep bouts of depression, was perhaps more attached to his wife than perhaps she was to him.

The evidence against Nancy Barclay appears compelling – two witnesses confirming that the last time the Colonel was seen alive, he was with his wife in the morning room of their villa outside Aldershot, the very room in which the Colonel died. Not only that, but Nancy was found, having apparently fainting, alongside the body. Holmes, however, is far from convinced that both evidence and the crime scene are all they first appear to be…

Join Caledonia Skytower and Corwyn Allen as they once again delve into The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes!

Monday 4th March, 19:00 – Cinderellis and the Glass Hill

cinderellisFrom the pen of Gail Carson Levine, who provides spirited updates to familiar folk tales, presents us with a cross-over retelling of both Charles Perrault’s Cinderella and the Norwegian folk tale, The Princess on the Glass Hill.

Laced with Gail Carson Levine’s usual wit and keen eye for detail, this tales sees Cinderella, the subject of her first novel, Ella Enchanted, become a boy, Ellis, who gains the nickname “Cinderellis” given him by his two decidedly unfriendly brothers, Ralph and Burt, due to his penchant for sitting among ashes.

The focus of bullying from his brothers, Cinderellis, sans any help from a kindly Fairy Godmother but gifted with magical talents of his own, decides to win the hand of Princess Marigold.

The only problem facing Cinderellis, outside of the need to climb the glass mountain upon which the princess awaits, is that she thinks he is a monster!

Thus the stage is set for a very fresh spin on two classic tales, brought to life by Caledonia Skytower.

Tuesday 5th March, 19:00: Fairies! Fairies! Fairies with Faerie!

Join Faerie Maven-Pralou as she brings to life tales of fairies and fair folk.

Wednesday 6th March, 19:00: The Seesaw Girl

seesawLinda Sue Park’s first novel tells the story of Jade Blossom, a young girl in 17th Century Korea,  can never go beyond her family’s inner court. All girls from good Korean families must learn to sew, do laundry, and work in the kitchen. This prepares them for their future lives in their husbands’ inner court.

But Jade has other interests. She longs to take trips to the mountains and the marketplace. If only she could read and paint, but these are things only boys can do. Jade won’t stop thinking about the world beyond the high walls of her home. Then one day she secretly sets off to do what no other girl her age has ever done before

Gina Pralou-Maven reads the first part of this new Seanchai serialisation of a popular story.

Thursday 7th March, 19:00: Island Treasures

With Shandon Loring – see the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates on this event.

Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and additions to the week’s schedule.

In March and April Seanchai are inviting library guests to join us in supporting their featured real world charity Project Children! Have questions? IM or notecard Caledonia Skytower.

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