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Wanted: Dr Ephemera Wirefly

Wanted: Dr Ephemera Wirefly

Join us today, Saturday 27th April, at a party at the Explorer’s Club (Oriental Branch) from 2pm – 5pm to celebrate the relaunch of the Quest for the Golden Prim.

And – as the party begins, we suspect that some – at least – of the Fugitives will be safely under lock and key!

Wanted: Professor Andrew McMinn

Wanted: Professor Andrew McMinn

We’re combining a party to celebrate the return of the steampunk/gaslamp fantasy webcomic, The Quest for the Golden Prim with a Jail and Bail event to raise funds for Relay for Life at the Fabulous Fantasy Faire.

Followers of the web comic may recall that the three academics were falsely accused of murder in Steelhead but were fortunately able to escape from jail – only to find Steelhead threatened by a massive volanic eruption.

Wanted: Miss Hortensia Primm

Wanted: Miss Hortensia Primm

Volume 1 ended with the majority of the Quest attempting to fly before the explosion … their fate left hanging in the balance … and their destinatuion somewhat hazy …

Now we will be serialising Volume 2 on our new website at www.goldenprim.com – and we are planning to release a new installment each week, accompanied by games and contests.

So do come and join us from 2pm – 5pm today, to celebrate the relaunch of the comic, to explore the amazing Explorers’ Club, and to donate some Lindens to a very good cause!

Caught in Steelhead!

Caught in Steelhead!

Today you are getting two (yes, count them, two!) jigsaws because it’s a rather special day.

We are relaunching the web comic, The Quest for the Golden Prim, in an exciting new web format – with a brand new website – www.goldenprim.com.

And we’re relaunching in style – with a party at the Explorer’s Club (Oriental Branch) at the Fantasy Faire from 2pm – 5pm. And – as the party begins, we suspect that some – at least – of the Fugitives will be safely under lock and key!

In fact, it will be a special Jail and Bail event to raise fuinds for Relay for Life – so do come along and support us!

It’s our intention to release one episode a week, and each episode will be accompanied by a game or contest.

The news reaches Caledon

The news reaches Caledon

To get you back up to speed, the first contest is a quiz all about Volume 1 of the Quest. Each question correctly answered will lead you to the next until you will eventually win a prize.

But don’t worry if you have forgotten the plot of the Quest – all the episodes of Volume 1 are online at Calameo.

One story we hope you won’t have forgotten is how the academics on the Quest were caught in Steelhead with the body of a murdered man … and were subsequently jailed. In the new episode, you’ll be able to see how their friends in Caledon react to the news … and that forms today’s second jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Caught in Steelhead!

And the second jigsaw:

Click to Mix and Solve

The news reaches Caledon!

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

The good news first …

It’s been decided to extend shopping at the Faire by an extra day, till midnight on Monday 29th May – that’s in case any of us have any money left!

In other news – you may have read here (or elsewhere) about the amazing Hunt that is going on at the Fantasy Faire – the Hunt for the Key of Hope.

The Key of Hope Hunt

It’s been decided (and I’m actually not surprised in view of the huge amount of traffic that the Faire has been getting) that the second part of the Hunt should be paused and re-started on May 1st (definitely an appropriately witchy day in my part of the world!).   The team behind it – the amazing Mad Peas and the awesome Fantasy Faire team have reluctantly decided that a rebuild of the systems will be needed. You can read full details here.

In the meantime, it does give Faire-goers the chance to explore the beautiful and mysterious Valley of Ish’Nar, created by Rynn Verwood, as that will be open to all until the Faire ends.

 The Valley of Ish’Nar

The Valley of Ish’Nar – photograph by Judith LeFevre

And the first part of the Hunt, which takes you across all the Faireland regions, has been extended by an extra day too – so you’ll have more chance to find all the elusive items that make up the Talisman.

The Fugitives!

The Fugitives!

More news has come in about the dangerous fugitives, rumoured to be hiding out in the Faireland – as was warned in a recent post on the Fantasy Faire blog. Now further news has come in from Steelhead, where their crimes were apparently committed.

The Marshal of Steelhead and his Deputies

The Marshal of Steelhead and his Deputies

Demetrius “Fuzzball” Ortega, Marshal of Steelhead City, has informed us that he and his deputies – the famed “nun gunnies” – were investigating an anonymous tip regarding a disturbance at the home of a Mr. Carruthers.

The Questers caught!

The Questers caught!

The Sisters and the Marshal arrived to find the……”Questers” in the house, standing over the dead body of Mr Carruthers.

They were taken in for questioning.

The arrest!

The arrest!

And that should have been that …

Except that a mysterious accomplice disguised themselves as one of the deputies, bringing the Marshal some tea.

The mysterious accomplice

The mysterious accomplice

The tea was drugged, and as the Marshal passed out, they made their escape – having previously drugged the Deputies too!

The Unfortunate Deputies

The Unfortunate Deputies

Now the Marshal says that he has received a variety of communications suggesting that these “Questers” are in the Fairelands!

The Marshal says: “If you see one of these Questers, alert the Fairelands officials. They have the facilities for holding all ne’er do wells. Above all, neither approach them yourselves, nor assist them in any way. It is quite evident that they are very dangerous criminals.”

But other people are trying to find the fugitives too …

Note on the Quest for the Golden Prim:
There are several mysterious characters visiting the Faire with the words “Quest for the Golden Prim” or more simply the cryptic “QGP” in their titler. If you speak to them, they’ll be happy to tell you more – and they’ll share their calling cards with you too. It’s said that they’re based at the Explorers’ Club on Lotus Valley Dream – where it is rumoured that this delightful establishment is harbouring secrets of its own (as well as the ONLY washroom in the whole of the Fairelands!).

The Explorers' Club (Oriental Branch)

The Explorers’ Club (Oriental Branch)

In fact, on Saturday 27th, there will be a party at the Explorer’s Club (Oriental Branch) from 2pm – 5pm to celebrate the relaunch of the Quest for the Golden Prim. And – as the party begins, we suspect that some – at least – of the Fugitives will be safely under lock and key!

Today the defeat of the Demon Prince began. Today we passed 4 million Lindens raised. Today we saw incredible generosity, and the heaviest Sheriff’s presence in Fairelands history.Today we made history. Tomorrow…?

- Zander Greene

Yesterday, we were at peace with the world. Magnificat, elegant and serene, soothed away our weariness. Even the lag seemed to diminish.

Today we face something rather different. Laufey Markstein, owner of Trident, and creator of Crimson Fields built an epic viking landscape for last year’s Faire, his first as a sim sponsor. This year he has taken on a rather different challenge but one which seems to suit him well.

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Crimson Fields, “The field of Oblivion” is built as a homage to Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series. On entry the skies shift to a flat low light, a vast sea of red sways before you, fringed by brown rock walls and crumbling ruins. But the eye is drawn skywards, as you resolve upon the monstrous central feature of the sim an ominous, dark, gothic tower. Standing at the edge of the walls the sea of red becomes clear, no sea at all but a vast open field of overgrown thorns and scarlet red roses.

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

We look back with fondness to the calm security of Magnificat, but we must go on, many delights await us beyond this trial. What can one do when faced with such disturbingly dark scenes? Shop, of course! Each of the ruined, crumbling buildings that line the parapet walls is a store containing the wares of one of the wonderful Fantasy Faire merchants.

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

But be warned, many of the merchants have been associated with this sim for a reason. If you love demons, Gothic  horror then this is undoubtedly the region for you. But even if those do not light your fire be sure to poke around in the ruins for some wonderful gems to suit lovers of other genres too.

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Crimson Fields by Laufey Markstein, photo by Beq Janus

Take a moment to observe the sim from different angles, notice how with comparatively few visual features, Laufey has managed to embody the ominous, dark nature of his theme, the barren, decrepit ruins speak of a time before now. If the dark, foreboding of Crimson Fields has unsettled you then step quickly over the border with us, for our next stop is the peaceful quiet of Evensong Woods.

Ravenshard

Ravenshard

Today’s jigsaw shows Ravenshard, the region created byMayah Parx of the Epic Toy Factory and a real visual treat with – of course – lots of chocolate!

There are many types of fantasy, but one that is often overlooked is children’s fantasy. Well, perhaps not by anyone who has read The Gruffalo five times on the trot …. then there’s Maurice Sendak …

It seemed totally in keeping with Ravenshard that I found one of my favourite designers – Cutea Benelli of Grim Bros – displaying some of her amazing range of goods in one of the fantasical crooked cottages.

Let’s do a jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Ravenshard, photograph by Judith Lefevre

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

Just like the people in the grand stories, one step at a time we are approaching something epic. A Faire five year total of $100,000 US. Now, if you’d ask me a week ago I’d have said that we might get there by the end of the RFL season in July. Now? We could be there by Sunday.  A 2013 total of $24,000 US would get us to that five year total of $100K. So. What do ya think? Sound like a goal? (Watch that total rise on a kiosk near you or at http://tinyurl.com/FF2013Total ) – Zander Greene

As we leave the forest of Fairelands Junction the light shifts, shadows slide across the ground and day turns to a subtle orange evening. We have arrived in Magnificat, sponsored by Fallen Gods and Built by Fallen Gods owner Alia Baroque. Alia has been building at the Faire since its inception 5 years ago and his creation last year “The Tides”, is one of the strongest images I retain from that year and this leaves the question, “what next?”

Magnificat by Alia Baroque

Magnificat by Alia Baroque Photo By Beq Janus

The answer is Magnificat. Where The Tides was an over the top, outrageous, fantasy rendering of a grecko-roman sea port, its brash towering statues a stand against the forces of nature, Magnificat is elegant, picturesque and if grand architecture cannot be considered understated, it is at least softly spoken.

Magnificat By Alia Baroque Photo By Beq Janus

Magnificat By Alia Baroque
Photo By Beq Janus

Magnificat will be best remembered for its oil painting-like quality, achieved in large part by the light hued stones and the soft evening lighting. Bisected by a wide river, Magnificat’s views are dominated by the yachts. Sailing noiselessly from beneath the bridge on the western border, they traverse the region, sailing into the void sea beyond where they duly vanish without a trace. For those willing to scratch beneath the surface there are surprises too.

Like so many of the regions created for Fantasy Faire, Magnificat is not just a themed build. It is too easy to consider that the stunning visuals are simply the work of a talented builder and to miss the metaphorical content. Each of the regions has its theme and its inspirations drawn from cultural history, from literature and art and very often they carry a message and it is the power of the Fairelands that people find both common and personal messages in the layers of the builds.

Magnificat's hidden charm. Photo By Beq Janus

Magnificat’s hidden charm. Photo By Beq Janus

Amid the bustle of business and the hectic hunting, people find a poignancy that speaks to them. Magnificat has poignancy in spades, there is something distinctly calming, cathartic even about watching the graceful yachts slide into oblivion to be replaced, renewed once more beneath the bridge.

I cannot tell you that Alia surpassed The Tides in creating Magnificat, they are not directly comparable in such mundane terms. I can tell you that Magnificat is a worthy successor to The Tides and a tribute to the creator, Alia Baroque.

Reluctantly we must move on, there are many regions yet to visit. Our next destination will feel very different, we will be exploring Laufey Markstein’s, Stephen King inspired, Crimson Fields.

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