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Fantasy Faire 2017: of regions and registrations

Fantasy Faire 2017 will open to the public on Thursday, April 20th and run through until Sunday, April 30th, inclusive.

The largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, role-players and performers in the virtual world, Fantasy Faire offers eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, DJ parties, auctions, hunts, Literary Festival, dance and theatre performances, fantasy art, events and role-play – all in aid of the American Cancer Society as a part of Relay for Life of Second Life.

2017 marks the ninth anniversary for Fantasy Faire, and the event this year will be held across fifteen regions, each offering a unique environment which can be explored and enjoyed through the event. These are split between ten themed worlds dedicated to fantasy and commerce, and five worlds to connect them through entertainment and more.

The ten commerce-centric worlds are:

Chaddul Ro  by Searlait Nitschke: “An outpost of the orcs of Chal Khizzur, Chaddul Ro stands on the edge of their territory. In the centre of the outpost there is a beacon, rising above upon a tower guarded day and night by the orcs. It stands for strength; it stands against anyone who would douse it, a symbol to be seen to guide those from outside the protective barriers and walls back home. For the survivors that seek refuge from battle. It is believed that as long as the fires of the outposts are kept lit that there is always hope, sanctuary to be found and that the tribe remains strong.”

Dawn’s Promise by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee: “A secret place between times where the old becomes reborn into the new. Majestic crumbling ruins dissolve into a sea of glorious foliage. A place where the lost energies of the past are converted into new life. Springs of life-giving water overflow. Flower petals and creative energy float on the breeze. This is the space between the exhale and the inhale. Full of hope and promise.”

Fantasy Faire 2016: Lucentia by Marcus Inkpen and Sharnee Azalee

Egregore by  Mayah Parx: “A fantastical thought form of serene darkness immersed in light, a place where expected purpose is relative and surrealism casts it shadow across the land, inhabited by egregors this fantastical place is born of the collective phantasmagoria of its people.”

Fallen Sands by Sweetgwendoline Bailey and 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.”

The Hill by Kilik Lekvoda: “A peaceful and beautiful village built into the rolling hills surrounding a small lake. Breathe in warmth, peace, and maybe a little pipe smoke, A place where friendships sprout as readily as the mushrooms beneath leafy green trees.”

Mudrana by Alrunia Ahn and Luna Barak: “Everyone in Mudrana, the land of the lilypad, praises the godfrog – the legends tell that once the godfrog falls asleep, the pond dries out, and everything dies. The frogs of Mudrana therefore croak and sing for their god to keep it awake to preserve the world from death.”

Raven’s Perch by Kaelis Ember and lrriven: “A Gothic dream in pale hues dotted with the tears of roses. A fairytale with thorns.”

The Rose by Alia Baroque: “In the Garden of senses silent footsteps echo through rich vaults of opulence and decadence, searching for the perfect spot where a stolen kiss can be unseen and languid murderous thoughts hidden behind a mask. This Rose blossoms in April through your gaze that tells her how beautiful she is.”

Fantasy Faire 2016: the Golden Delta by Alia Baroque

San Mora by Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords: “Once the centre of pharmaceutical greatness, San Mora is now a ruin of its former self. Quarantined at the outbreak of a deadly contagion of its own making, the population was left to survive the best they could. Without law and order the city descended into chaos. The fires have long since burned out, and the city is being reclaimed by a hostile Nature. But all that is silent is not necessarily empty. There are still those who roam among the ruins of San Mora.”

The Spirit Pool by Kayle Matzerath:”Since the beginning of time, The Spirit Pool has served as a resting place for weary adventurers and lingering souls that are not quite yet ready to cut their ties to the physical realm. Mermaids and other seafolk use the pool for gatherings and a constant flow of visitors keep it a popular place for trading.”

Fantasy Faire 2016: Breeze by Kayle Matzerath

The five connecting worlds will comprise:

  • Fairelands Junction by Saiyge Lotus: the heart of the Fairelands, the world where the veil between the worlds is thinnest, the Portal World to the others, the First Link of the Chain.
  • Opal Flight by Haveit Neox and Lilia Artis: the arts and entertainment region
  • Morbus by Kilik Lekvoda and Kayle Matzerath: the Fairelands Quest region
  • Kakushi Pasu by Lokii Violet: the Literary Festival region
  • Anansi (Beq Janus and Polysail: the Worldling Cradle – “This year the Fairelands bring the dream seeds with them, the outfits and shapes that they might have taken on, but did not. For now. Worldlings are Fairelands that could have been, Fairelands that might still be.”

Registrations

  • Registrations are now open for merchants and creators
  • Blogger registrations will open on Thursday, March 23rd.

As usual, I’ll be covering Fantasy Faire in these pages, but to keep right up to date with news and announcement, keep an eye on the links below. And to whet appetites, I’ll close with a video preview I shot for last year’s event.

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Fantasy Faire 2016: As the sun slips westwards

Fantasy Faire 2016: The Dark Tower, Dangarnon

Fantasy Faire 2016: The Dark Tower, Dangarnon

Today marks the last day of Fantasy Faire. Once more the sun is slipping towards the western horizon over the Fairelands, and they will soon follow it into the west, leaving us once again with treasured memories of places visited, friends met, and activities shared. So now is the time to make a final pilgrimage through the regions and immerse yourself in their legends and stories.

I’ve already recorded my thoughts about this year’s Fairelands, how they’ve evoked memories and why each year’s event is perhaps a little more special than other Second Life events. I had hoped to spend a lot more time roaming their paths, tracks, road and alleyways, but as ever, time has proven itself difficult to balance.

So instead, I’ll just say that while the Fairelands may well soon be departing, there is still much to see and enjoy – and quite possibly, to take home with you. So don’t miss the events of this final day of fund raising, fun, performance and remembrance, which will include:

Time Activity
10:00 LitFest region tour – Blackmoor
11:00 Clover and Dru jailed at Bright Haven – who will bail them while Catalina Staheli spins the tunes?
11:00 Lady Garden Cabaret Dance Performance
12:00 ColeMarie Soleil Particle & Music PerformanceSapphire Mirror Lake
13:00 DJ Zander Green
13:00 The Blood King RP – Sanctuary: A Prophesy Fulfilled
14:00 – 16:00
Fantasy Faire Live AuctionSapphire Mirror Lake
16:00 The May Day BallSapphire Mirror Lake

The Fantasy Faire Live Auction

A highlight of every Fantasy Faire, the Live Auction will feature some of the most iconic features of the 2016 Fairelands, and will be overseen by Her High Faireness, Fantasy Faire Director  Elizabeth Tinsley. Items on offer include:

  • The Dark Tower of Dangarnon (seen in the banner image of this article)
  • Special Fantasy Faire marked versions of Black Anubis and The Guardian of the Delta statues from The Golden Delta
  • The complete family of Hedgehogs from Echtra
  • Both the Cinderella and Last Hope statues from Dangarnon
  • The entire region of Breeze!
Breeze by Kayle Matzerah - one of the many items on offer in the Fantasy Faire Live Auction, 14:00-16:00 SLT

Breeze by Kayle Matzerah – one of the many items on offer in the Fantasy Faire Live Auction, 14:00-16:00 SLT

The auction will be live in Voice, and broadcast by Fantasy Faire Radio.

King, Queen and Chancellor of the Fairelands

You also have until 17:00 to cast your votes for the 2016 King, Queen and Chancellor of the Fairelands. The leading contenders were, when last I checked, and in descending order of votes from left to right:

KING: SnapeSeverus Snape
(J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series)
GoblinThe Goblin King
(from the fantasy film Labyrinth)
FF-KING5-TYRIONTirion Lannister
(G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire)
QUEEN: October DayeOctober Daye
(from the books by Seanan McGuire)
FF-QUEEN5-MALEFICENTMaleficent
(from the film of the same name)
FF-QUEEN4-GALADRIELGaladriel
(from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth)
CHANCELLOR: The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn
(from the book of the same name by Peter S. Beagle)
FF-CHANC1-KROSPKrosp I
( Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius series )
Cheshire CatCheshire Cat
(Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

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Fantasy Faire 2016: Otherworld

I’ve already written about what, for me, makes visiting the regions of Fantasy Faire special, so it may seem unfair to pick out one or two for mention beyond that post. However, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I am a long-time admirer of Elicio Ember’s work and designs, and so Otherworld tends to call to me strongly wherever I’m in the Fairelands.

I particularly love visiting it during the mornings (my local time, that is). It is then that the Fairelands are at their quietest and I can wander through the caves and high fields of Otherworld, climb the stairs,  descend under water or wade through the pools – and simply enjoy the tranquillity and the marvellous architecture.

At these times, My thoughts can roam, taking a short break between getting myself upright and plunging into all things physical and virtual, as demanded by the day.

Time has again conspired against me this year, preventing me from writing anywhere near what I had hope might have otherwise been the case for each of the Faireland realms; so I hope this video of Otherworld goes some way towards making up for things.

Fairelands thoughts and memories in Second Life

The Golden Delta - Alia Baroque

The Golden Delta – Alia Baroque

Fantasy Faire is one of the most popular large-scale events in Second Life. It is something looked forward to with huge anticipation by all those who participate and visit, not only because of its underpinning aim – to support cancer research and the care of cancer victims – but because it has such a unique atmosphere. The Faire is not so much an event, rich in activities and places to visit; it is a world within a world; a series of realms through which we are invited to travel and explore, where we can discover new things and make new friends.

A large part of this does come down to the regions themselves. Each year we area treated to the most incredible, region-wide themed builds, each joined one to the next to create a series of realms, contiguous to themselves through which we can travel as visitors, adventurers, the curious or the amazed.

Dangarmon - Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords

Dangarnon – Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords

But every so often a Fantasy Faire brings forth builds that are just that little bit extra special; and for me, 2016 is one of those years. Each of the regions has its own unique look and feel – as they always do; yet at the same time, there is something that resonates as we walk through them, a faint feeling of deja-vu; a feeling that while nothing quite like them has been seen here before, so to are these places someone connected to Fairelands of the past.

Kilik Lekvodas’ Bright Haven, for example, carries an echo of Kayle Matzerah’s Lumenaria from 2013 through its colours and broad streets, while Kayle’s build for Breeze carries a similar whimsy to that found in his 2014 Wiggenstead Mooring, albeit it with a little hint of Hobbiton thrown in! Meanwhile, in Kaelis Ember’s Serenity, one can also hear the elven songs once sung in Rynn Verwood’s Medhir Woods from 2014. Even dark Malfience in some ways carries echoes of 2013’s Valley of Ish’Nar.

Breeze - Kayle Matzerah

Breeze – Kayle Matzerah

Which is not to say that any of this year’s builds are in any way copied from the builds of the past – far from it; they are all truly unique. Rather, these echoes and hints help give us a feeling that not only do they form a world of their own, they are also part of a larger whole.

It’s not hard to imagine, for example, that if we could just continue a little further south from Mayah Parx’s Tinker’s Hollow, so might we come to her 2013 realm of Ravenshard, before travelling onwards from there to that year’s Blackwater Glenn, by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee, and from there travel back to  Lokii Violet’s Blackmoor to continue our journey owards through this year’s realms. Or that by travelling north from Elicio Ember’s Otherworld, we might once again tarry in his Faery Court from 2014. whilst west of Twilight’s Illusion, by Sweetgwendoline Bailey and Eldowyn Inshan, there waits the winter city of Aurora, designed by Beq Janus.

Lucentia - Markus Inpen and Sharni Azalee

Lucentia – Markus Inpen and Sharni Azalee

Such echoes are strong throughout many of the Faireland regions this year, greatly adding to the sense of returning to much-loved and familiar lands, even while the regions themselves are unique.And where the echoes may be less clear, we have the magnificence of builds which may well resonate into the future – The Golden Delta, by Alia Baroque, or Loki Eliot’s norse masterpiece of Echtra, the Sapphire Mirror Lake, Dangarnon, Lucentia.

It is in exploring the regions at each year’s Faire they I find my greatest pleasure; allowing my imagination free rein to concoct stories about each of them while seeing if memories of past realms and places seep through and alter my imaginings. Of course, your memories of Fairelands past as reflected in Fairelands present most likely differ from mine. Nevertheless, they are still link us, one to another, as citizens of these realms, and of those which have come before them, and which are never truly lost to the mists of time.

Fairelands Junction - Saiyge Lotus

Fairelands Junction – Saiyge Lotus

If you haven’t yet visited the Fairelands this year, there is a still time – follow the links below!

Fairelands Junction Blackmoor
Breeze Bright Haven
Dangarnon Echtra
The Golden Delta Lucentia
Malfience OtherWorld
Sapphire Mirror Lake Serenity
Tinkers Hollow Twilight Illusion

This post can also be found on the Fantasy Faire website.