The Gods of Sand, Stone and Gold

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There is a place within the Fairelands made out of sand, stone and gold. It glows under the blazing sun, lazy breeze bringing in scents from the desert.

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Sand swirls in patterns against the columns, an embrace of hot air surrounding the ancient stone, brushing against the hieroglyphs as to write its own story.

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Gods form out of the heat: gods of black marble and gold, gods of desert and river, gods of life and death. They stand guard against the disruptions of time, their stone shapes wrapped in eternity.

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There is a place within the Fairelands called The Golden Delta. Won’t you come over and visit?

Fantasy Faire is still open this weekend, Sunday is the last official day. If you haven’t yet visited, it’s time to go!

Scene: The Golden Delta in Fantasy Faire

Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Gold PG Scales* in FF The Golden Delta
Loin Cloth & Headdress part of the Gold Skin Pack.
Eyeliner: Fallen Gods Inc. – Soul Markers Simple Egyptian Khol
Mesh: Maitreya Lara Body & Slink Hands/Feet
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Cleo* in FF The Golden Delta
Eyes: IKON – Immortal Eyes Parchment
Collar: The Forge – Pearl Collar in FF Dangarnon
Necklace: Empyrean Forge – Arcadia in FF Serenity
Anklets: Bliensen + MaiTai – Dreki* in FF Lucentia
Particles: Cole’s Corner – Sea Sorcery (Fire)* in FF Lucentia

Poses: {NanTra} Eternal Beauty 3 & 6 | Kirin – December Pose 5 & 2

Unicorn Knights, the Protectors of the Fairelands

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It is a sacred duty to protect the Fairelands, one that all the Unicorn Knights share. For this purpose they are given the Armor of Resilience, the Shield of Strength and the Sword of Hope. In the Fairelands the Darkness has visible forms, ones that a skilled knight may defeat should her belief in her cause and her trust in her companions be strong enough.

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The unicorns travel with them, not as war mounts, but as friends. Their magic aids the knights, reminding them that even in the parts of the Fairelands where all hope seems lost one can find it from within. From the support of others, friends, family, community. Their journey is long, their service neverending, but they would not want it any other way. They keep the Darkness at bay and hope alive, day after day.

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Fantasy Faire is open! The portals to the Fairelands have emerged and will bring you through the mists for eleven days before they vanish again. Journey to the Fairelands Junction and acquire a handy teleport HUD from there, or simply travel through all 14 worlds: they form a circle continent.

Scene: Dangarnon at Fantasy Faire 2016

Unicorns: Jinx – Mystical Unicorn Reclining / Standing (Gacha Commons) at Fantasy Faire

Unicorn Knight:
Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll v2 Crystal Pure (blkbrow)
Hair: tram – E817 hair jetblack
Eyes: Poetic Colors – Clssic Frozen Silver Bright
Armor: Bare Rose – Full Plate Lady Maitreya at Fantasy Faire
Sword: Fallen Arms – RFL Apprentice Sword at Fantasy Faire
Shield: Norse Roundshield from Echtra Roleplayers Kit at Fantasy Faire

Poses: Eternal Dream – Sorceress 10 & Spear 9 at Fantasy Faire

Saving Siluri: Quirk & Co. Adventure

“This is it,” Al-Epzi whispered, although the blindfold kept the Messtic from actually seeing anything. Perhaps he felt his surroundings from the yarn.

“Ye sure?” Duncan MacTavish asked, more out of reflex than doubt. He was already busy figuring out how to cut the damn thing down.

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“Yes, this is the Amulet of Shiny Things. It is needed to liberate Siluri from the confines of the Dread Fish Tank.” The Messtic kneaded the ball of yarn in his paws, forming cryptic patterns with the yarn.

“You’d think that she’d be more careful after that business with the damn tuna net,” Symeon muttered, keeping his one good eye on the surroundings.

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If the Fiji Purrmaid had heard her companions, she would have surely commented on how it is not her fault that her beauty is irresistible and captivating to the degree that she finds herself as the captive more often than not. As it was, she was fluttering with the white fish of extravagant fan tails of feminine wiles in the bejewelled tank behind the Oracle Rise.

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“I could drop the weight in too, you know,” suggested Bruce, the Brisbanian Barbarian. “My Siluri’s a full-grown Purrmaid, all curves and tail. That little fish can’t replace her.”

“Now now, Bruce, you know very well what Al-Epzi said: a tail for a tail, fair exchange.” Ringmaster Quirk poked a hole in the fish bag to let the small creature into the tank. “Issymbolic or some such.”

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“A spiced mouse, Miss Siluri?” Vinny offered a snack to the rescued Purrmaid. “I hope the water’s nice. Bastet insisted on the flowers. It’ll all be alright now, see Bill and Steve are keeping watch. ‘n the little monster’s trying to row. We also-”

“Shh, Vinny. Everything’s fine. We’ll be soon out. Just… just hold onto those mice still for a bit?” Siluri splashed in the scented water bowl restlessly. No matter how fierce and primal the tamed cat really was, she doubted it could actually row a boat. She crossed her soft paws and wished Al-Epzi and the Ringmaster had an escape plan.

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There was a crash of breaking glass, a splash of something big and the boat shook as the giant fish raised it up. Al-Epzi held the Amulet of Shiny Things for it to see, the sparkles luring the giant forward. The last sound floating in the still summer air was Clawed Maude’s. “You call that big? We had bigger fish for snacks back in Texas…”

The feline heroes of The Quirk & Co. Travelling Sideshow have been adventuring in my mind since the Tag! Gacha, and they can still be won in lassitude & ennui’s main store (except the exclusive mystery prize). The mystical amulet is also by lassitude & ennui, available in the current round of We Love Roleplay. The fitting scenery hails back to this spring’s Fantasy Faire: the miniature oracle and the rowboat were hunt prizes, but the temple will be for sale in Fallen Gods Inc. main store later. The particle effects by Cole’s Corner are actually auras and supposed to be worn by an avatar, but they worked beautifully as rezed magic, too.

Feline Heroes: lassitude & ennui – The Quirk & Co. Travelling Sideshow*

Fishies: Anc Ltd. – Frilledfish mistwhite, fish shop daughters: antique tank & symbiosisfish albino rezpet | !Ohmai – Bloopie Goldfish Bag (white)

Scene: Fallen Gods Inc. – Odyssey~ Pearl Submerged Temple & Odyssey’s Fate Oracle Miniature*

Mystical Amulet of Shiny Things: lassitude & ennui – Sunna Necklace gold/black*

Boat: FF2015 Wildehaven Rowboat | Bowl: Pixel Mode – Flower Bowl

Magic Effects: Cole’s Corner – “We are Groot” Aura & Pixie Dust (in fish tank)*

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.

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They floated down peaceful rivers, sightseeing while traveling.

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The cleverest ones even used improvised parachutes.

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

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They came to meet new friends, to admire art.

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

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

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Or to enjoy delicacies out of our world.

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They came to play and adventure.

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

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Perhaps to even fall in love a bit.

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Most definitely to snuggle in romantic scenery.

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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.

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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

Time for Dances and Delights

The day felt too long. The sun was bright in my eyes, the hours toward evening seemed to drag on for an eternity.

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As the evening breeze brought solace to the heat, the first of the fairies emerged. Their dance, the peacefully floating sparkles eased the anxiety of waiting.

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The lanterns were slowly lit, the scent of evening roses filled the air, the night began its approach in a slow, gentle embrace of shadows.

maskedball2bsIt is time. Time for masks and mysteries, dances and delights. Time to forget the strength of sun and embrace the solace of night. It is time for the Masquerade Ball.

The first ever May Day Masked Ball takes place this evening in Fantasy Faire. The Ball is 5-7pm SLT in Poseidon’s Abyss. It is hosted by DJ Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel and during the Ball there will also be an announcement of the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Both The White Armory and Bliensen + MaiTai can be found in the Spires of Andolys, Illusions has its Faire-store in Ichi-go Ichi-e.

Scene: Ichi-go Ichi-e by Sharni Azalee in Fantasy Faire

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Divinora Black* | Blush & Gloss: Pink Fuel – Elly Sugar Doll Gloss (Blush) | Hair: Magika – Shimmer | Hands & Feet: Slink 

Outfit: Gown: The White Armory – Forest Fantasy Gown Starlight* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Curiata Mask | Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Soleil Hair Pin, Necklace & Earrings* | Flowers: *BOOM* – Nature’s Crown (pale)

Pose: Kirin – Athena Pose 3 | The rest from AO

 

Dream and Play

We play. There is no night and day down in the depths, there’s just awake and asleep, dream and play. 

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oceanica4bsSometimes when the awake time up above gets really warm and the surface waters caress every motion like a lover, we approach the land to marvel at the beauty such clumsy creatures manage to conjure. Such halls, such statues!

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My favourite spot is one of the stone-shaped hippocampi, a friendly creature whose spirit is slumbering in silence. I can feel him through the stone, basking in the sun. Perhaps one day he’ll awaken, rise up and leap back into the waters to play with us.

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Perhaps one day the clumsy two-tailed creatures will do the same. Perhaps one day they’ll learn to breathe properly and join us. Perhaps one day we’ll play. Until then we will just visit: their lands, their halls, their statues and their dreams.

Fallen Gods Inc. released the new mer-people to frolic in the seas of the Fairelands: Oceanica skins come with a bunch of appliers, a fancy swirly-coloured mermaid tail that combines mesh and flexi and a mer outfit. The necklaces are a free gift right under the info board in the Fallen Gods Inc. Faire-store in Odyssey. You can also find mer poses by Musa from the same sim and the Yo Bailo poses in Wildehaven Marsh.

The unique double crown by Bliensen + MaiTai is from the last year’s Silent Auction and works as a reminder to go and check what there’s available this year! Silent Auction takes place in the Fairelands Junction, is already running (although more will be still added) and lasts until Saturday 5PM SLT. At that time the auctions close and the highest bidders win their items.

Scene: Odyssey by Alia Baroque in Fantasy Faire

Mermaid: Skin, tail, mer-outfit: Fallen Gods Inc. – Oceanica Indian Ivory* | Necklace: Fallen Gods Inc. – Ivory Shell Necklace, free gift in Odyssey | Eyes: IKON – Immortal Eyes Passion | Hair: Exile – Whispers | Crown: Bliensen + MaiTai – Gilgalad Double Crown (unique from last year’s Silent Auction) | Hands: Slink

Poses: Musa – Mer Pose 2 | Yo Bailo – Mer Pose 9r & 4 | Astalianda – Finity 3

 

The Goblin Queen

“More loots. That’s what it’s all about, you know, being a Queen. You get to choose first from everything’s that’s raided, stolen, scavenged and generally looted and pillaged all over.”

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“See my helmet? From the leader of some fancy wing zooming folks …somewhere. If not a leader, at least an officer. At least it looks like it, yah? Freaking fanciest thing I’ve ever worn, had to have at least ten sticky-handed gobs kicked in the trenches for trying to claim it first, the ingrates.”

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“The sword? From some barbarian fellow. Made a lot of noise, was practically naked, completely not poison-dart-proofed. ‘s heavy like seven hells, but it looks impressive!”

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“The important thing is to make sure you have fancy boots, tallest helm and a lot of magic on your side. ‘s what they respect: big helmets and shiny footwear. ‘n some blood magic goes a loooong way.”

This post is befittingly about the Fantasy Faire Blogger Challenge: My New Shiny. Before this Faire I had never heard of LURE, Fallen Arms or Cole’s Corner, all of which are new shinies for me. I’m especially recommending catching the upcoming original music and particle show by ColeMarie Soleil, the creator of Cole’s Corner. The encore of her breathtakingly enchanting performance will take place in Ichi-go Ichi-e on Sunday, May 3rd at 12-2pm.

You can find Eclectica and Cole’s Corner in Ichi-go Ichi-e, Alegria Studio in Aurora, Spyralle and Wasabi Pills in Odyssey, *~*HopScotch*~* in Poppetsborough and LURE and Fallen Arms in Tangleshimmer Grove.

Scene: Tangleshimmer Grove by Searlait Nitschke at Fantasy Faire

Body: Skin: LURE – Desire Greenskin* | Eyes: IKON – Deadshine Eyes Crimson (Fiery) | Face Markings: *~*HopScotch*~* Warpaint Dotted & Vision* | Ears: Eclectica – Gargoyle Ears Beastly* | Hair: Wasabi Pills – Jay Licorice* | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Outfit: [ SAKIDE ] Tatsu Silk Purple* | Boots: ALEGRIA – Minerva Boots Light Gold* | Helmet & Vambraces: Spyralle – Wind Rider Coromell* | Sword: Fallen Arms – For the Living Sword (back sheath)* | Spell Effects & Companion: Cole’s Corner – Powder Puff Hand Dancers (bloody) & Gremlin Fae (purple/black)* 

Poses: Exposeur – Call the Shots 4 | Poise – Vogue 7 | c(Two Cats) Magical 4