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You can now see the First of our two shows about Fantasy Faire on the web.

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We also hear from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet, and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

Hopes Horizon

Hopes Horizon

Finally we talk to some of the groups of roleplayers who have added a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The Faire is coming to an end, but there is still time to visit today, another whole week to complete the amazing Hunt – and also time to enter the special photo contest and the short story/poetry competition.

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And there will be another show about Fantasy Faire, looking at the fabulous builds, in next week’s episode of Designing Worlds.

Have you been following the gruesome tale of the Mourngvale Murders?

Now, it seems, the truth will emerge!

Or will it?

It seems that is up to you!

SANCTUARY MURDER MYSTERY VOTE!!!!
Well, the suspects have been captured and now are brought to the scene of the crime. It’s between Belial Darwinian, the strange and mysterious figure BaronGillesDeRais, and Maleficent Diabolito!

The Suspects are being held in Mourningvale Thicket!

The Suspects are being held in Mourningvale Thicket!

Join us in Mourningvale Thicket from 12 noon to 2pm and use the clues that you learned this week (or gather them now) and vote using your Lindens as to who you think did the crime.

If you aren’t sure, you will be able to roleplay with (in other words, ask questions of) the three suspects before placing your vote.

The suspect that has the most linden donated goes to jail for the murder of these people (irrespective of whether they are guilty or not) and the real killer will be revealed after the event at 2pm!

Come and join in the (gruesome) fun in Mourningvale Thicket and test your deduction skills!

 

At last year’s Fantasy Faire, the organisers joined with Prim Perfect to ask visitors to write a short story, inspired by one of the regions at Fantasy Faire. This story was unanimously declared the winner by the judges.

(Details of how to enter YOUR short story or poem this year appear at the end of the story).

Red Sail at Sunset

by Deoridhe Grimsdottir

Magnificat 2013, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Magnificat 2013, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

Nicoletta stood at the edge of the canal, watching for the red sail.

The stone of the lion was icy against her gloved palm despite the languid summer day which had passed, and the breeze from the ocean also brought the scent of hay from the other side of the canal, where the final few figures in sackcloth and straw hats bound together long stalks in tight bundles. Through the narrow eyes of her mask, she could see the first figures in worked silk and velvet spilling out from spindly buildings into the streets, careening drunkenly around children on narrow ladders touching lamplights with a flame and sending a warm pink glow across the mosaic paths.

She shrank back against the lion, the pale gray and silver of her own gown and cloak blending in against the stone, slight enough against the massive guardian of the western canal entrance to pass unnoticed even when a crowd of revelers passed barely an arm’s length from her, chattering like magpies.

“Can you believe, exiled from Florence by the Medici…”

“…imprisoned for months, even tortured…”

“…think he’ll come here? Like even they did when exiled?”

“I heard he went to France. Twice.”

“…comes to Venice and he can never return…”

The crackling of paper started Nicoletta out of her eavesdropping, and she glanced down quickly, sealing wax already crumbling off of the worn surface of her letter and staining her fingers crimson. A few of the written words caught the fading light.

“…well but barred from our beloved home, from our Florence. I hope to find someplace quiet to recover… return to favor… Machiavelli.”

Nicoletta stood at the edge of the canal, hoping and fearing for the red sail to bring her Niccolò to her.

Short story in Prim Perfect Summer 2013

Short story in Prim Perfect Summer 2013

How to enter this year:
We are holding a short story and poetry contest for the best stories and poems written about the Fairelands of 2014. The top entries will be published in the summer issue of Prim Perfect magazine, coming out in September 2014.

You story can focus on one region – Sanctum, or Hopes Horizon or Heavenslough, 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 or poem 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.

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 Medhir Woods or Asperatus?” it won’t be working for us.

Your story should be between five hundred and three thousand words in total, and your poem should be between ten and fifty lines. 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.

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).

The MadMan talks about volunteering for SL11B Community Celebration. And gets a little confused about the role of the Press.

Oh yes … and there’s a moose too.

 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more by following the official blog, and by following on Facebook and Twitter.

There is also a Flickr page where you can paste your own images when the sims open. You make see some sneak images from the team before that so keep watching!

Main site: http://slcommunitycelebration.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SLBCommunity
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLBCommunityCelebration
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/slcommunitycelebration/pool/

Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Hopes Horizon. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us today, Monday 5th May at 2pm at the Designing Worlds studio in Garden of Dreams for a viewing party of our new episode from Fantasy Faire 2014!

In this special show we look at some of the events that will be taking place over the course of the Faire.

We talk to Elizabeth Tinsley, the Faire organiser, about plans for the event (which opened on May 1st and is now in full progress), and to David Abbot about Fantasy Faire radio, and the fabulous Hunt. We’ll also be hearing from Amethyst Dovgal about the ballet (which you will see as part of next week’s Designing Worlds), and from Samantha Ohrberg about the exciting photo contest – where the winning pictures will be included in a real life calendar that will let people really take the Faire home!

The Faery Court. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Faery Court, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally we’ll be talking to some of the groups of roleplayers who are adding a wealth of interactive stories to this year’s Faire! We’ll be meeting the Pirates of Blackwater Glen, the Rickety Weasels of Wigginstead Mooring and the NeoVictorians of Asperatus.

The story of the Rickety Weasels climaxes today after providing a very lively opening to Fantasy Faire roleplay, but the Asperatus tale will be just starting later today. The Pirates and another group – the dark murder mystery roleplay of Sanctuary in Mourningvale are ongoing!

Please note that this episode was filmed while the Fairelands were still under construction – and the builders very kindly allowed us a very early peep! The Fairelands have changed in appearance since this episode was recorded (and photographed).

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Wiggenstead Mooring. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm for this very special exciting show!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on Aview TV, on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Sanctum. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

 

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The bridge door swung open and a bedraggled woman stumbled in.

“Sir, we found this stowaway, poking around the nor’ west cloud storage. No sign of dust on her but I had ‘er drenched just in case.” A dark, thickset man with a rich  black beard appeared in the doorway behind the scared looking woman. “And sir, she says Babbage sent her!” A sharp intake of breath passed audibly around the room and with two strides the captain covered the distance between them.

“Babbage!” The woman cowered as the captain growled, his face inches from her own. “So he lives, I guess anything is possible. What does he want with us?”

“I..I d..d..don’t understand?” The woman cowered. “Who lives? I..I..I’m just a reporter.”

“Yes. A spy, sent ot report on us, but not a very good one it seems.”

“No sir, j..just a r..r..reporter, I work for the Daily Prim in New Babbage.” The captain stood up to his full height to regard the woman.

“New Babbage?” His brow furrowed quizzically. “Stephenson, take her away. Take her to see Our Lady, help her dry off a bit.”

“Aye sir,” the woman’s captor stepped forward, grabbing her harshly by her clothing and dragging her stumbling out onto the decks. “you got lucky lass, the cap’n is feeling lenient it seems, I’d have seen you thrown o’erboard”.

“Stephenson!” The captin’s voice rang out clearly from the still open door. “I don’t want to hear of any accidents.”

“Aye sir”, the man growled shooting a dark look at the trembling woman.

“Something is not right here,” the captain turned to his first mate. “How’d she come to be on Asperatus and to have passed through the storms without us knowing and why would his name be the first thing she mentioned. I reckon it’d be about the last word I utter if I wanted to keep my feet on solid metal.”

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“On your knees girl! You are about to meet Our Lady of Steam”, the captive found herself pushed to floor, in the centre of a large open platform. The throbbing and hissing of great steam engines enveloped her, the floor shaking with their strokes. Stephenson stepped forwards to pull a lever and slowly a shining brass sun turned, drawing back the bolt that held two giant doors closed. As the doors swung, the girl found herself shoved forward, pushed by a booted foot at her back. She turned her face to save her looks as she fell head-first to the deck. Rough hands unbound her arms. “Get up! And get shovelling”

“Our lady of steam…”, the young woman stared up at the towering arrangement of pipes and tanks, a boiler in human form, a many armed goddess. Behind her the clang of the doors resounded through the high ceilinged boiler-room, and as she heard the whirring, clicking sound of the lock mechanism sealing her inside she picked up the shovel and began to feed the furnace the burned between the goddess’ thighs.

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Day 3 – The Faire is in full swing. Role play action from the Sanctuary group in Mourningvale Thicket, the Rickety Weasels in Wiggenstead Mooring and the Neo-Victorians in Asperatus and NeoLondon are drawing followers, follow the links to learn more and perhaps offer your help. Whilst the imminent launch of the first of the two hunts that the Faire will feature this year is on everybody’s lips.

A few days before the Faire opened, a specially devised ballet was created and filmed at Elicio Ember’s beautiful Faery Court – where Seelie and Unseelie came together to dance.

 

 

Watch the Faery Court closely – and you might see a few faeries dancing too at odd hours …

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