Critter Adventures in the Fairelands: Sailing in Junction

It is tricksy to cross the sea between Falls of Hope and Aetherea, especially if you’re not a mermaid. Or have a handy snorkel. Or if you cannot really swim, just splash a little in shallow pools for fun.

Fortunately the bunling had come prepared with a mighty ship. He did not really have paddles — nor paw flexibility to use any — but the ship had a big sail, and Fairelands always seemed to help the travelers to get where they were going. The bunling liked that, and wished other lands were as friendly, too.

As he was bravely sailing across the endless ocean, he suddenly noticed a flower crown emerging from the depths, followed by a fishie. There was a moment of excited waving and almost toppling over, then a calmer happy greeting.

The fish said he usually frolics with all his friends in the endless embrace of colours, but sometimes he peeks up at the strange thin water above the cover of the world. Bunling peeked up too, but saw only fluffy clouds in the sky. Then he peeked down and touched his nose to the wet surface, causing ripples. He leaned further… and further… and then almost tumbled over as he saw the colours. So many colours all over, swaying and dancing in the water! 

The newly-found fish-friend straightened the mighty ship and nudged it to follow the right stream, to make sure the bunling would reach land safely. He waved, and waved, and waved some more, until the flower crown vanished from sight. He did not dare to peek into the water again, it had all looked immense and easy to get lost in — even with a snorkel — but he kept thinking about the colours. One day he’d learn how to bubble safely and go back. One day he’d also frolic in the colours with fish friends.

The bunling is sailing in Fairelands Junction, visiting Fantasy Faire, which is still open until May 7th!

The mighty ship is {RW} Pools of Ethuil Memoria Caravel by Roawenwood, available of course at the Faire, in Roawenwood’s store at Pools of Ethuil.

Bunling by !Ohmai, fishie by +Half-Deer+.

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The Critter Adventures in the Fairelands

They arrived on boats, rowing or sailing with determination.

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They swam through dangerous oceans, tirelessly snorkeling forward.

Critter Adventures - Snorky in Poseidon's Abyss 1

They floated down peaceful rivers, sightseeing while traveling.

Critter Adventures - Chippies in Tangleshimmer Grove 1

The cleverest ones even used improvised parachutes.

Critter Adventures - Hedgehogs in Aurora 1

They came to see faraway relatives, to exchange news and catch up.

Critter Adventures - Birdies in Sylvan of Spells 2

They came to meet new friends, to admire art.

Critter Adventures - Snorky in Odyssey 1

They came to pay respect to the Great Heroes of Legends.

Critter Adventures - Squeekette in Poppetsborough

Or to shop for items not available anywhere else in the realms.

Critter Adventures - Weff in Spires of Andolys

Or to enjoy delicacies out of our world.

Critter Adventures - Addler in Fairelands Junction

They came to play and adventure.

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To have a moment of silent soothing peace with good companions.

Critter Adventures - Pingus in Ravenshold 1

Perhaps to even fall in love a bit.

Critter Adventures - Addler in Ichi-go Ichi-e 2

Most definitely to snuggle in romantic scenery.

Critter Adventures - Nuzzly Bunlings in YoZakura 3

And eventually, at the end of the day, they came to enjoy the music, to sit down, have a cup of coffee and watch the view.

Critter Adventures - Squirrel Coffee on the FaireChylde 2

They came to watch the Fairelands, to live in them for the brief time they are connected to our world. As everyone should.

The critters visited the Fairelands this year. If you didn’t, you have still a couple of days left of completely stolen time. The official program has ended and the Faire is technically speaking over, but unofficially the portals stay open until the magic fades (and the Linden Lab removes the sims). We cannot guarantee when that will happen, but we are guessing a few extra days.

The whole set of the Critter Adventures in the Fairelands can be seen in my Flickr, these were just one picture per sim and FaireChylde bonus.

The Portal to Fairelands Junction

The Surfaces of Light

Sometimes the sea is lit from above. The light slides lower within the waves like it had a will of its own, like it was stretching or reaching. Like it is calling.
watersprite1bsThere’s sparkles there, dancing patterns, delightful in their motions, alluringly restless and alive. The calm steady embrace of the sea feels too quiet, the soft glow of the plants too subtle, even the rougher currents of the storms too steady.

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Sometimes when the light reaches down, I reach back. I glide higher, feeling it envelope me, taking my hand, pulling me higher. I can hear its whispers and all the warnings of my elders fade away.

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Up there — up here — everything is light! The colours, the strange water around me called air; so delicate, thin and light to move through. The colours overwhelm me, the dancing bright things floating higher… always higher. Just like I did, reaching for the surface despite warnings.

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I wonder, if I reached even higher, would my gliding reach another surface, break another barrier, bring me to yet another lighter place? How many surfaces are there? How many worlds can we find if we just keep on swimming up? Always, always up.

It is the fifth day of Fantasy Faire, the first busy weekend is behind us and therefore this is now the perfect time to go shopping. Remember that you can window shop all the RFL vendors in here!

Fairelands Junction is mostly an underwater mer-realm this year. It is also sponsored by Cerridwen’s Cauldron, so its landscaping includes plenty of sea flora from the Cauldron. You can go shop for fantasy plants of your very own in Wildehaven Marsh. The little sea sprite is the latest petite avatar in the Faire-exclusives by Fallen Gods Inc. The older petite Faire-exclusives are also available for the duration of the Faire, all set in Odyssey. All the mer poses are by Yo Bailo and can be found in Wildehaven Marsh.

Scene: Fairelands Junction by Saiyge Lotus at Fantasy Faire | Plenty of Sea Flora: Cerridwen’s Cauldron

Sprite: Fallen Gods Inc. – Sea Sprite* | Hair: Wasabi Pills – Orion Petite Hair Aquatic

Poses: Yo Bailo – Mer Pose 13, 6I, 7r

The Return of the Faire

“Greetings, mortal. It is time. It has taken us more than twelve cycles of your moon to return, but the Fairelands are finally back in your realm.”

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“The journey back to this plane is always perilous; fraught with chaotic magic and unseen dangers, tests of nature and strength. Tests of perseverance and faith.” 

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“Sometimes we lose things on the way: treasures, people, even whole lands. The re-formation takes its toll, all of the magic channeled into new shapes, every land taking on a new visage.”

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 “When we make it, when the lands rise anew like the phoenix, when the portals finally open for us to meet again: it has all been worth it. For we are the Faire Folk, and we have returned.”

Fantasy Faire has just opened its portals into the Fairelands! Prepare to move in for eleven days of roleplay, shopping, entertainment and absolute astonishment at the beauty of the lands. The hair by Analog Dog, the outfit by The Muses, the shoes by De La Soul and the crown and collar by . a i s l i n g . are all available there. Analog Dog can be found in Heavenslough, The Muses and De La Soul in Mourningvale Thicket  and . a i s l i n g . in Hope’s Horizon.

Scene: Fairelands Junction

Body: Skin: League – Sia Fair Bloom | Eyes: IKON – Spectral Eyes Leonine | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Odetta goblin green* | Hair: Analog Dog – ever wicked | Hands & Feet: Slink

Outfit: Dress & Cloak: The Muses – Paiva teal* | Collar & Crown: . a i s l i n g . Sumiana Spring* | Shoes: De La Soul – Cthu shues

Poses: :Picture This!: Magi 2 | Musa – Gown Pose 014 & 20

The Faire Is Open!

Fantasy Faire has opened its portals for everyone to venture in and become enchanted by the magic the world-builders have woven into existence. Remember that the first days are always busy, so become as script-free as you can and be sure to pick up the free low lag looks for both genders, available at every port-in. They’re made by The Plastik this year and come both in human and mermaid colours.

lowlagmermaid3bsYou can find all the slurls, shop lists and other information in the official Fantasy Faire site here. If you simply wish to get to the Faire as soon as possible, I recommend hopping to Fairelands Junction, which has portals to all the other sims.

Now port over and enjoy the Faire!

Scene: Fairelands Junction

Skin with Straps & Hair: The Plastik – Low Lag Outfit, Mermaid

Pose: Musa – Fantasy Pose 047