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Meet Our Sponsors: Merchants of Dreams

Sweetgwendoline Bailey of ~*Sweet Revolutions*~  and Eldowyn Inshan of United InshCon form together Merchants of Dreams, the duo behind the design and build of Sylvan of Spells, the sim they are also sponsoring. They now share the backstory of the sim and what it means to them to be building a Faireland once more.

You two are both sponsoring Fantasy Faire and building one of the Fairelands: Sylvan of Spells. What made you decide to join, sponsor and contribute?

Eldo: It is a wonderful idea to create a Faire that is charitable. It also gives me great pleasure to support this good cause.

Gwen: There are several good reasons for me to support the Fantasy Faire. Cancer is an evil disease, which might hit everyone of us. It doesnt matter of age, confession, social or ethnic background. Affected people and their families have to face this disease out of a sudden and need to deal with all struggles that come along. Knowing that we as merchants in SL are able to support the RFL foundation is the main reason for me to join, trying to help affected people at least a very little.

Personally I have already lost very dear ones to cancer. Good friends of mine passed away at very young age already and last, but not least I also lost my beloved grandma to cancer as well. None of us knew about her serious disease, just 2 weeks before she passed away, we did celebrate her birthday, laughed, planning a vacation in fall, but sadly life had other plans. I do know,that SL is just a little part of our lives, but I like to take the chance and opportunity to support the Fantasy Faire with my building skills and creativity. If any of that helps to cheer people up, brighten up their lives, make them forget about bad things, I feel honored to do so.

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

How was Sylvan of Spells born? What inspired it, what is its story?

Gwen: Last year we designed the Fantasy Faire sim “Heavenslough”, it has been our first year as world creators and we were so nervous, but also happy for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing community. We never expected that this will happen again and so we feel honored that Elizabeth asked us again to create one of the Fantasy Faire sims for this year.

Therefor I would like to tell this little story:

Last year, Runa and Eldo did scare me. They both said that they have to talk serious to me and that we have to clear something out. My first thought was… Oh hell what have I done? I supposed they both were angry with me. After a bunch of seconds they both started laughing and told me that we have the honor to create a sim for the Fantasy Faire.

So this year I took the chance for a little revenge *evil grin*
After Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for this year’s Fantasy Faire again, I called Eldo. I told her to sit down and take a deep breath. She asked me what happened and I knew this was the right time to pay back to her.

I told her to be very brave now and that we have to clear something. She took a deep breath and asked what happened. I did wait a few seconds but couldn´t hold back and told that Elizabeth contacted me and asked if we want to create a sim for the upcoming Fantasy Faire.
Right at once we started brainstorming and “Sylvan of Spells” was born.

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Alisaundra Andel
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

Story – Sylvan of Spells:

In a far away land, inbetted of huge mountains, peacefully lies the “Sylvan of Spells”, a magical forest full of shy and mystic creatures and peculiar vegetation. Old tales tell about a powerful magician, who lived in a huge pompous library far in the west. It has been his quest to protect the other residents due to the power of the four elements and to spread their words and stories into the rest of the world, so their myths was kept alive.

The stories told about huge trees with roots as large, that people could live in them and about grasses with luminous runes dancing in the wind and filing the meadows. About flying creatures with wings of book pages, easily mistaken for a common butterfly at first sight and from shining lights, wandering across the lake with its isles, playing a smooth melody which cast a spell over anyone listening.

But one day in happened, that the magician disappeared and so did the ancient book of knowledge and the four crystals of elements. The stories and wisdoms of “Sylvan of Spells” vanished, the knowledge about the powerful source of the elements got lost. Only a few myths kept alive.

Are you prepared to find the lost crystals of elements? Are you brave enough to plunge into the infinity of magic spells and to unleash the 4 elements? It is time to start your journey, start the adventure about the “Sylvan of Spells”…

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel

What are you bringing to the Faire this year? 

Eldo: I built a small library and created a few little items that will certainly be to the guests liking. Unfortunately I have been lacking time to create more as I was completely absorbed with the build up of the Faire Sim. ^^

MoD Fairelands Tree

Gwen: This year I added the four elements fire, water, air and earth into my creations and started a new line of trees, decoration and roleplay stuff. Also the literature and music theme is a part of the new line, as you will find Flying Book Moth and Flying Music Souls.

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

Eldo: You can fulfill your dreams in a way that would never be possible RL. For example: a talking duck in battle armour that requests road toll.

It makes me happy to create things that people use for their RP; e.g. : a medieval lawn mower – a sheep with a drivable box

Gwen: Building in SL means more to me, than just stacking prim cubes. Every building is created and based on a idea, a fantasy. Every creation carries feelings and memories, has a soul of its own.

The medieval and fantasy theme is fascinating me. It feels like to plunge into a world of secret mysteries and darkness, it allows me to create my own fantasies and stories.

Also I feel happy to watch people using my creations, see them exploring, and roleplaying with them, to see them in a new content. I feel good by making others happy with my creations, no matter if for roleplay or goofy objects, like my creation of a rideable truffle pig.
To build in SL allows me to take part in the life of others, and allow others to take part in my life. I feel at peace then.

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

What are your favourite fantasy realms? 

Eldo: Games of Thrones, Vikings, Lord of the Rings, Hobbits,
The Physician (Der Medicus), – my Quack set for RP is based on this movie.

Gwen: I love the medieval and fantasy theme. Books from Wolfgang Hohlbein, Alfred Bekker, Brandon Sanderson, Cornelia Funke, Anne Rice and also a lot of movies and series like Pans Labyrynth, Never Ending Story, Momo, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Brother Grimm (the old fairytales of my childhood) , they all inspire me.

Also the Roleplay in Second Life does. They lure me into a complete different world for hours, let me be someone else and that is something you cannot explain, you have to feel it yourself 🙂

Sylvan of Spells - Picture by Justen Tyme
Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Justen Tyme

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

Eldo: The wonderfully beautiful memorials, that have been created for families and people who suffered a tragic loss. My wish is for the Fair to be as successful this year as it was last year.

Gwen: There is no special favourite Faire memory to me. To be a part of this wonderful community, to meet such creative and dear people from all over the world, to share time with them by a “unicorn hug” or “coffee and chocolate sessions” is just amazing. To see, how the Fairelands grow from desert areas overflow with flamingos into different amazing world is pure pleasure to me. All of this together builds my favorite memory.

MoD Flamingos

Thank you, Eldo and Gwen, for taking the time to talk with us. Thank you for bringing Sylvan of Spells to life and for providing such a fitting place for sharing stories in!

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Sylvan of Spells – Picture by Alisaundra Andel
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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?