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Key of Hope ~ The Final Chapter Begins

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After great anticipation and a great deal of work from teams of Fantasy Faire and MadPea staff, we are delighted to announce that Key of Hope – The Final Chapter is now open. Written by David Abbot, with production design by Rynn Verwood and technical direction by MadPea Productions, this is your chance to go up against the Demon Prince Val’Baan at last!

Go get him, heroes!

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Fairelands Junction III

Dear Friends,

Once again we are coming to an end of the Fantasy Faire. If you are like me, you will approach this ending with a mixture of feelings. I am exhausted. I need a good night’s sleep that doesn’t begin sometime around when the sun is ready to begin it’s day. I need to go to the grocery store. I need to do laundry. Happily I did find time to shower in the past week so at least that isn’t on my immediate needs list. I also need to clarify.

I am joyfully exhausted. I need a good night’s sleep because I have been awake too long doing work I am passionate about. I need to catch up on mundane chores that were set aside because I was sending all my time and energy into a cause I believe in with my whole heart. I need to express my deepest gratitude, appreciation and respect to the amazing group of people from all over the world that I have spent the last weeks working along side. I can’t believe just 18 days ago we received ten empty sims that in the interim have become ten living, breathing worlds with stories and memories of their own. Ten worlds which are now facing the sunset surrounded by loved ones who will morn their passing while simultaneously celebrating their existence.

But the Fairelands are more then just the beauty of the sims that come together for a handful of days each spring. The Fairelands are the people, designers and merchants, visitors and relayers, who come together as a community during the span of the Fantasy Faire. Our lands may be destined to sink, but our spirit, the spirit of our community forges on. Strong in the memory of the time we have spent together. Strong in the happiness of ties we have newly made or reinforced. Strong in the knowledge of the money we have raised for Relay for Life. Strong in the hope of a future that will include more birthdays.

We come together united in a fight against a common foe, but it is not the reason we stay together after the Faire ends. A common thread binds us all. We believe we can change the world. We are world builders and as such we have envisioned a world of our own making where cancer is no longer the destroyer of lives and families. Every year we come together in this virtual place and build worlds and see them disappear for one reason, because we believe that by doing this we can change our physical world. Mold it to our desire. Use our dreams to overcome the nightmare that is cancer.

In the past ten days, we as a community have done what we never expected to do. One by one we blew through our goals. We broke records. We proved that even though economies may be struggling, commitment has never been stronger. Everyone came and gave what they could. Gave more than we ever dared dream possible. And now we are at a place that is so beyond what we thought we could do that we never even planned for it. We are pioneers, and we have done something extraordinary. We are within half a million lindens of being the most successful fund raising event to ever take place within a virtual world. We are not only within striking distance of making history, we are setting an example of what is possible that will be the benchmark for all future endeavors.

Each one of you is a hero to me. Thank you for allowing me to share this story with you.

Elizabeth

Dragons In Disguise

Sunday night I hardly slept. I know it’s not very adult behaviour to stay up overnight in order to have some fun on the internet, but who could resist the temptation to be present at the great, final auction of the Fantasy Faire? The experience to be in a sim together with 100 other avatars was already worth perching in front of the monitor until 4 AM – no, I’m not kidding, I checked it twice, The Valley of Ish’nar hosted 101 avies at its most crowded state and no, the sim did not crash! Then, the bidding itself was another fantastic experience… a brilliant auctioneer, some unbelievably generous bidders, a huge crowd of people cheering and rooting for the heroes of the moment, and two chairladies of the event thanking and thanking everybody and sobbing their dear hearts out in open voice chat.

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Then, after three hours sleep, I had to wake up and go to work, like many of my fellow debaucherers. At university a student of mine submitted her essay (I teach ethics and law to med students, by the way), and before leaving my office she unexpectedly said, “Professor, I want to specialise in something rather bumpy, child oncology, and your classes and discussions help me a lot. I often think about what you tell us, you know.” I was speechless for a moment, then I thanked her… then I was very happy for a long, long time, and the happiness still lasts… you know why?

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I’m a teacher lecturing on issues of life and death IRL, I’m also a tiny dragon reporting about the Fantasy Faire in SL, and when one does her work well, the other rejoices, too. Luckily, I’m not alone. I think all of us are dragons in disguise in a manner or another. The artists who dedicated weeks and months to building, and created the breathtaking sims. The shop owners who treated us to lovely clothes, props, pets, poses and body parts. The tireless organisers who work all year round for the cause as volunteers. The bidders who were willing to pay huge amounts (and when I say ‘huge”, I talk about sums like 1500 USD!) for the artists’ builds. The DJs, the bloggers and visitors… you all are dragons at heart, fierce and ready to fight for a good cause in any life whatsoever. I wear my scales and wings regularly in the pixel world, and I’m profoundly happy to know that I don’t fly alone in real life, either.

See you at the next Faire, fellow critters. Until then, have a safe flight!

Daily Recap: Sunday

Coolbus in Crimson FieldsAs the final day of Fantasy Faire 2013 is upon us and we are about to drive the Coolbus into the sunset for a year, there’s astonishing news to tell: yesterday we hit both seven million linden dollars and eight million linden dollars for Relay For Life and we are not done yet!

Yesterday we witnessed the epic vehicle above zooming about the Fairelands, trailing critters, catnip and chaos in its wake. It parked eventually in Magnificat and turned into a calypso party, soon followed by the jail and bail of streaking tinies. The trial became a tiny riot, with tinies picketing the cage clad only in their fur, shaking banners demanding the release of Clover Dezno and Druscilla Ferraris. To everyone’s surprise, after the initial bail was met, the Sheriffs agreed to let the tinies run around without clothes for a time should enough of lindens be gathered for this purpose. This is when we broke seven million linden dollars as the tinies celebrated their freedom from clothes for the rest of the Faire, go tinies!

Afternoon brought us the live auction, which turned into a bid-frenzy, breaking the eight million lindens barrier during the same day! I do believe the one of a kind Dwarfins went to the same home, although I’m not certain if the pack included a date or not. Various pieces of the Fairelands found new homes and will appear in different spots on the grid to remind us of the Faire, of the Relay.

Remember that since today is the last day of the Faire, today is also the last day to complete the first chapter of Key of Hope Hunt! The Final Chapter will begin on May 1st, so remember to check back with us for more details!

Just one more thing, the most important one, the two words for all the Faire Folks, visitors, shoppers, adventurers, guests, designers, merchants, bloggers, creators, world-builders, everyone involved in this record breaking year of the Faire.

Thank you.

The Fantasy Faire 2013 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: æros avatar, The Arcanum, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dark Goddess Designs, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., Fanavatar & Moonstruck, FATEWear, F*cking Ninjas, Oceania Breedables, The Looking Glass,  L’Uomo, Roawenwood, –= Solarium =–, Spyralle,  T R I D E N T.

Weave a tale of fantastic landscapes for the Fantasy Faire / Prim Perfect Short Story Competition

Magnificat By Alia Baroque Photo By Beq Janus
Magnificat By Alia Baroque
Photo By Beq Janus

This year Fantasy Faire has been not only a beautiful place to visit, but also a hugely evocative one, stirring the imagination and leading many of us to reflect on what stories could be told about these lovely and mysterious lands.

Once the stores are packed away and the crowds have departed … what beings take possession of the glass lantern city high in the mountains that shines in Titan’s Hollow? What languid aristocrats return to their faded palaces along the canal of Magnificat to watch the little boats sail out eternally toward the sunset? What troglodytes or dwarves emerge, grumbling, from the lower depths of Dragonspyre to reclaim their caves? What heroes push their way through the blood-red roses of Crimson Fields, their eyes fixed on the looming Dark Tower ahead? And so for all the regions, each with their special tales to tell.

The Lanterns of Titans' Hollow
The Lanterns of Titans’ Hollow

We are sure that, as you visited the Faire, some of those questions occurred to you. These may be stories connected with the mythos of the Faire that the organisers suggested – but it may be that a region captured your imagination and you found yourself envisaging a very different tale. And we are sure that, like so many of us, you just wished these amazing locations could be on the grid forever so that you could have your own little piece of the Fairelands.

Well, the magnificent structures of the Fairelands will soon be gone, but the Fairelands team – together with Prim Perfect – have come up with a way to make the magic continue.

Lotus Valley Dream
Lotus Valley Dream

We are holding a short story contest for the best stories written about the Fairelands of 2013. The top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in early August 2013.

You story can focus on one region – Evensong Woods, or Lotus Valley Dream, for example – and ignore all the others. Or you might use the juxtaposition of two regions, or even draw on more of the Fairelands, as a whole vast realm, perhaps surrounding an inland sea. It’s up to you.

And your story can be sad or happy, wise or witty. It can make us laugh, cry, gasp, nod with agreement … or do all of these things by turns.

Dragon over Lumenaria
Dragon over Lumenaria

While we don’t need long passages of description, the setting of the story should be clear. If it makes us ask, “Now – is this Ravenshard or Lumenaria?” it won’t be working for us.

Your story should be between one and three thousand words in total. While we love the idea of longer works (wouldn’t it be amazing to read a fantasy novel set in the Fairelands?), for this competition we want something that stands alone and that can be read as a complete piece.

We also want something that is completely your own work and written for this competition. You will retain the copyright, but in submitting the story you give us permission to publish the story in electronic format in Prim Perfect and on websites and social media sites belonging to Prim Perfect and Fantasy Faire.

Ravenshard
Ravenshard

The deadline for submission is May 31.

Send your story in plain text or in .RTF or Word doc format to: fantasyfaireshortstory@gmail.com

We will acknowledge receipt (although it may take a little time).

Results (and winning entries) will appear in the August issue of Prim Perfect magazine.

The Valley of Ish’Nar
The Valley of Ish’Nar

JUDGES:
The judging panel will consist of:
Zander Greene and Elizabeth Tinsley from the Fantasy Faire
Saffia Widdershins, Honour Macmillan and Aisling Sinclair from Prim Perfect
Ceejay Writer, Editor in Chief at Penny Gaff Publications

Judi Newall, Librarian

If you want inspiration for your story once the regions have closed, we suggest you refresh your memory at the Flickr stream.

Daily Recap: Saturday

Fantasy Faire 2013 - Crimson Fields 1 - Photo by Villemo InglewoodYesterday’s Silent Auction closed well and excitedly and we are now at record level of 6,870,027 linden dollars for Relay For Life! Keep it going, Faire Folks!

Yesterday the Faire witnessed a Satyr Day on the above pictured Crimson Fields: a giant party of fauns, petites, tinies, giants and even various human-sized creatures all dancing a serious satyr ritual dance called Thriller. For hours, I’m told! Not that I was present in such scandalous affairs or anything, of course.

Today we have a most surprising jail and bail yet! Two tinies arrested for public indecency! Surely there’s been a misunderstanding and this is cruel injustice! Come bail Druscilla Ferraris and Clover Dezno out at noon in Ravenshard! Keep an ear on the Fantasy Faire Radio for news on the trial. Just in case the ongoing calypso party in Magnificat has an effect on the location, you never know! (PS. if you are reading this around 11am SLT, hop on over and party with us!)

If you happen to still be in the possession of some linden dollars and happen to like the Faireland sims, come over to the Live Auction at 4pm SLT in Valley of Ish’Nar! You can walk out with wondrous, wondrous things, including your favourite Fairelands builds! See the auction list here. After the auction we are going to keep partying in Valley of Ish’Nar, so you have several reasons to come over!

Remember that we are keeping the Faire open one extra day and you have still tomorrow to wander around, hunt, enjoy and shop!

The Fantasy Faire 2013 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: æros avatar, The Arcanum, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Dark Goddess Designs, Dwarfins, Epic Toy Factory, Fallen Gods Inc., Fanavatar & Moonstruck, FATEWear, F*cking Ninjas, Oceania Breedables, The Looking Glass,  L’Uomo, Roawenwood, –= Solarium =–, Spyralle,  T R I D E N T.

The Wisdom of Heraclitus

I’m anything but a child IRL but when the end of something very pleasant is close – be it my long awaited holidays, a slice of my favourite cake or, indeed, the annual Fantasy Faire – I’m always sad a bit. All right, one can go back to one’s favourite seashore, one can cut another slice of cake, but the Faire…? It is so unique and irrepetable. Its ephemeral wonders once gone, they are gone forever.

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… but wait for a second. When the Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated, almost 2500 years ago, that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”, he didn’t limit the validity of his statement to holidays, delicious meals or events. I may return to the seashore or bake another cake, but the shoreline might be changed by then, and the cake might taste differently… on the other hand, the miracles of the 2013 Fantasy Faire will be gone soon, but we will be treated to new wonders in a year. And all is well like this.

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In this year’s Faire I’ve almost been eaten by a gigantic orchid (all right, I should have known better, one does not fly close to a carnivorous plant when one is a tiny dragon), assisted to the ascension to Heaven of a very naked penguin, talked happily to old friends, made some new ones (or, at least, I hope so!)… and while I’ll remember these wonderful moments for a long time, I’m not truly unhappy that they’re gone. New adventures are always around the corner.

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…but wait for a second, again! The Faire is not yet over, not at all! And I haven’t seen that chocolate fountain at the Ravenshard yet… and the auctions! And… my apologies, I must scurry back to Wonderland!