Day 9 ~ Courage & Hope Extended

How Fantasy Faire Counts:   Now, more than $4.9 million Lindens raised!!

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A Look from the Fairelands

When it comes to the Pawlice, you never know just what’s going to happen.  I tp’d into a funny time at The Golden Delta just as a *wild* jail and bail was underway, one that included a particle show bust-out by Golden Delta Sim builder and sponsor Alia Baroque.  The Grand Finale?  Why, a bit of Tiny-flavored RiverDance, but of course!

All that I’ve got to say to that is:  WAFFLES!

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Day 9 ~ Rooted in Courage & Hope

How Fantasy Faire Counts:  So far, more than $4.4 million Lindens raised, which is more than $17,000 USD!!

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A Look from the Fairelands (details of Fairelands items and slurls after the pictures)

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Fashion Details for items at the Fantasy Faire

  • earrings (RFL item): Seraph Earring in dark by Yabusaka Loon of Musa in The Golden Delta
  • pendant (RFL item): Seraph pendant in dark by Yabusaka Loon of Musa in The Golden Delta
  • tattoo (RFL item, comes with appliers):  Dragon Silver by Eve Gaelyth of Even Tide in Echtra
  • dress (RFL item):  Dryad Dress by Amanda Mir of AiShA in Lucentia
  • hair (RFL item):  Thyra by MissAllSunday Lemon of Wasabi Pills in The Golden Delta
  • pink petals:   from Sakura petal outfit by Taiko McCaw of Naminoke in Echtra
  • bracelets:   HEXA :: Sentier/Copper by Lolly Carlberg of LOULOU in Bright Haven
  • headdress: “Dawn Chorus” by Krystali Rabeni of Love Roleplay & Fantasy Store in Tinkers Hollow
  • SIM Location:   Dangarnon by Jaimy Hancroft/Eowyn Swords.  SIM Sponsor:  Death Row Designs Jaimy Hancroft.

Day 9 ~ Rooted in Courage & Hope

A blanket of somber clouds coiled themselves together before wrapping around the entire sky.  The brave company did not retreat, but instead climbed even further up the mountain, itself as tall and black as night.

“How far ahead?”  

The twinkle fae on Sage’s shoulder nodded her little head, seemingly understanding what Sage was after.  Within seconds, the fae flew up and hovered for not even a moment before flittering its wings and soaring ahead, sprinkling the gloomy side of the mountain with a trail of glistening particles.  

Spirits lightened briefly.  But only briefly.

So heavy was this part of the journey that even fairy light seemed to burn the eyes, burden the soul. Bloom’n peered into the fae glitter even so.  She shielded her brow and gained visual purchase of their climb.  It was impossible otherwise to know how far they had advanced, most assuredly the reason why Sage had sent the fae ahead in chase of their scouts:  the Were, the Giant, the kittens-now Lions and Bangles.  

A tall, hard and steel-like flank of the mountain had exposed itself in the fae’s light.  The side of the mountain rose unbendingly, soaring to an apex that never seemed to arrive.  

Bloom’n sighed, her heart weary.  Just as she began to trail her sight back down, she noticed — with no small amount of hope — a tiny bit of white and pink.  She leaned in and up more deeply into the sheer’s side.  She squinted hard and without realizing it, she began to breathe a bit anxiously too…until at last she found what she was seeking.

There!, she thought.  Up several many feet — there!  Another flower roots itself in this dismal place and somehow prevails!  

Bloom’n followed the sightline up again, further this time, nearly losing her balance in the process.  “There!” she gasped, and though she had barely uttered the word, her voice surprised everyone, even Sage.

“What do you see?”

“Hope,” Bloom’n answered.  “White and pink petals reaching…maybe even floating, I can’t be totally sure.  We must be near the top.  We must…”  

She stopped abruptly.  Something more, she thought.  There’s something else — there’s someone else? — there.  

She strained her mind, urging her eyes to pluck out the detail of the other being – she was certain a being – near the flower, yet even higher still.  At last her mind seized the full image:  a Dryad Queen, majestic against the steel backdrop of the mountain sheer, stood perched on a small outer ledge in the moutain.  It’s crown of vibrant green leaves floated along sturdy brown branches that grew from her hair and head.  She seemed to smile a waterfall of white and pink petals down from eyes to the roots of her dryad footbed and beyond.  

Bloom’n concentrated, tunnelling up to every atom of this magnificent being.  And then she heard.  The Dryad Queen seemed unmistakably to say without any language at all, be it words or body:  “BELIEVE!”

Bloom’n gasped.  And at that precise moment, the twinkle fae flurried back in its return from a very great height, sending a torrent of glittering particles down in her wake.  Sage nodded to the excited creature who then spoke rapidly in soft ancient fairy-speak.  When the fae finished her report, Sage’s face — yet ever graceful — set even more.

“Thank you, dear twinkle fae,” she whispered, and returned a hardened gaze back up, where Bloom’n’s excitement still pointed.

And then it happened.  

A pink-and purple glow appeared…outlining the pinnacle of all things, far far up in the sky at the top of this beastly mountain.   

“Our friends are deep in the heart of battle,” Sage said solemnly, her elegant Wizard face cast in a pink-purple hue.  “We must hurry.  We must give them aid.”  Her body outlined itself with glow.

“Fly Bloom’n.  Fly little fae and winged friends, alike.  Mr. Toaster, hold on tightly to me,” Sage directed, then with a whoosh, her glow blossomed and together they all rocketed up into the inky black night. 

In chase of Hope.

Day 8 ~ Climb Extended

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These, photos from the lovely Otherworld sim that continually reveals itself in surprising ways (Otherworld by Elicio Ember; SIM Sponsor Cerridwen’s Cauldron Elicio Ember).

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Day 8 ~The Climb

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Fashion Details for items at the Fantasy Faire

  • squid (RFL item):  Chasm – Huntar by Vix Nirvana of Storybook in Dangarnon
  • ears (RFL item):  Elven Dragon ears by Drusilla Dethly of The Little Bat in Dangarnon
  • skin (RFL item):  Constella Skin:// Lunale by Aikea Rieko of The Plastik in Serenity
  • particles that I wear (RFL item):  Twinkle Faeries (purple) by ColeMarie Soleil of  Cole’s Corner in Lucentia
  • crown:  Midnight Lotus headdress by Krystali Rabeni of Love Roleplay & Fantasy Store in Tinkers Hollow
  • veil:  face net headband by Krystali Rabeni of Love Roleplay & Fantasy Store in Tinkers Hollow
  • beard of a wise woman (RFL item):  Prophecy by Kaleidos of OtherSkin in Blackmoor
  • SIM Locations (photos here were taken largely in Otherworld, but a couple where near the sim crossing to Echtra):

Day 8 ~ The Climb

Kneeling proved to be a blessing in disguise.    

Bloom’n bent a knee on the long dark path and quietly landed her kneecap before the single flower — a survivor, this spirit, who represented so very much.  Standing upright and tall, bright and hopeful in the midst of the surrounding heaviness.  In search of a Sun even though there was no Sun to be seen anywhere.  At least, not yet.  But Hope is always present, Bloom’n thought.  Even the flower seemed to know this.

She stole time for a moment and breathed softly, tasting the edges of encouragement along the plant’s sweet fragrance. Feathering each petal now with her fingertips, she opened her senses even wider, then plunged her spirit deeply into another space and another time.  It was then that she could have sworn she heard the flower speak.  Then, that the plant seemed to call forth whispers from that distant place and time, whispers that urged, “Climb!”

And then, that the present suddenly yanked Bloom’n rudely back to its reality.  The toaster shuddered noticeably, making fireworks of breadcrumbs.  

“…for our return…” the little metal creature explained without being asked, then continued to shudder as in the grips of hypothermia.

Sage smiled as always, but now a grimness tinged the corners of her mouth.  She turned from the little metal creature to survey a trail suddenly blazed by the Were, the Giant Barbarian, and the kittens now morphing into Fierce Lions and Bangle Tigers.  That battle-eager cohort raced forward with abandon, clearly On The Hunt.  Yards, nearly miles ahead it seemed for they travelled so fast, they called back to Sage and the others — the Were and the Giant Barbarian, the Lions with their roars, the Tigers with their snarls called back and urged with fierce instruction:  “Climb!”

“The battle is now,” Sage spoke rapidly.  

“The way out is Through,” she said and in one swift movement, lifted the toaster onto her shoulder, rallied the other small creatures into extreme readiness, then looked with sharp evaluation at her friend who still knelt…living perhaps a bit too long there.

“The way out is through…and Up,” the flower seemed to add, stretching itself imperceptibly but enough for eyes to see.  Bloom’n blinked.  Once, then twice, then three times.  As if to clear her ears to hear the beautiful plant all the way down through to its roots and back up again, a journey which she was now convinced extended to the Heavens and the Wisest of Eternals.   As if in search of Galaxies, she studied each innocent yet ancient white-pink petal.  Then feeling her friend’s determined energy, Bloom’n looked up and met Sage’s eyes.

“We climb,”  Sage resolutely said.  Her eyes sparkled now.  “We cast off the skeletons of fear, remnants long overdue to be left behind.”

She extended her hand and firmly took Bloom’n’s hand.  

“We climb together,” Sage breathed.  “We climb all of us as one.  We climb now.”

Day 7 ~ Through Extended

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Do you believe in magic?  I do!

I love ColeMarie Soleil’s incredible particle show and was able to catch one today in the beautiful Lucentia sim.  Cole also writes music and sings and includes her music in this show.  On top of her singing and particle magic, Cole also goes through a series of avatar changes and choreography changes.  She pulls it off beautifully and incredibly seamlessly.  Be sure to check out Cole’s next show on Sunday, May 1st 12 noon SLT.  (check the FF weblog calendar for details.) Thank you, Cole, as always for your artistry!  Also check out Cole’s shop “Cole’s Corner” in Lucentia and purchase some wearable particles of your own — especially the RFL item Cole created!

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Day 7 ~ The only way out is Through

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 Fashion Details for items at the Fantasy Faire

  • coat (RFL item):   Arianne Lace Coat by EposHair Resident of Stitched & EPOS in Serenity
  • skin (RFL item):  Constella Skin:// Lunale by Aikea Rieko of The Plastik in Serenity
  • lingerie (RFL item):  Horny Devil (lilac) by Carrie Bridger of Carrie’s Lingerie in Serenity
  • leg wrap (RFL item):  Chasm – Huntar by Vix Nirvana of Storybook in Dangarnon
  • particles that I wear (RFL item):  Twinkle Faeries (purple) by ColeMarie Soleil of  Cole’s Corner in Lucentia
  • headpiece and horns:  dragon ling by Krystali Rabeni of Love Roleplay & Fantasy Store in Tinkers Hollow
  • veil:  face net headband by Krystali Rabeni of Love Roleplay & Fantasy Store in Tinkers Hollow
  • Location:   Malfience, the world for The Fairelands Quest – The Tale of Exiles

 

Day 7 ~ The only way out is Through

Forward…the only way through.

They moved swiftly.  Quietly.  Even the toaster managed to stop popping toast or whipping its electric tail in spite of an almost uncomfortably heightened awareness — so thick it wrapped itself around all living things.  

And even the unliving things around them… 

Bloom’n cringed, casting sharp eyes as dangerous as her sword.  She moved silently, even more than usual.  Much like the toaster and the entire fellowship.  They traveled hurriedly through an unnatural dark that grew in size and depth the further eastward they went.  Their destination:  the Lake.  The last fortress.  The Heart of all things Beautiful.

But from here to there was another world entirely.  Ghost-like images of struggled realities revealed themselves:  remnants of valleys and forges, strangled thickets, popup shanties, brown rivers, brooding hillsides.  And, then… a looming black mountain as high and as black as night itself.  Brooding and angry.  Unforgiving and unyielding.

The wind howled, as if coursing through their very bones.  She felt it and knew everyone in the party did as well.  She felt the universes there, the start and end of time, the naked essence of her soul.  She marveled at the feeling, despite the otherworldly darkness, the strange and unfamiliar path they all found themselves on.  Yet suddenly without a single word or a gesture, she finally admitted to herself the very truth that her very Old Original Soul residing deep deep in the universe of her bones already knew:  Bloom’n was afraid.  

A hand brushed softly along her arm.  Then a voice lingered in her ear.

“The only way forward…” Sage whispered, “is through.”

Bloom’n shuddered.  She thought she heard the Were snarl almost in agreement.  Definitely with resolve.  

Then she took a deep breath and continued forward.  Finding hope ever so briefly at the sight of a single flower, blooming white and pink almost like a beacon in the ink of the growing gloom.  

Day 6 ~Midsummer Extended…Again

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Fashion Details for items at the Fantasy Faire

  • head piece (RFL item):  Pearl (in purple) by Ann Cygnet of Cygnet’s Dreams in The Golden Delta
  • hair (RFL item):  Roisin (in metalic purple) by Helena Stringer of The Stringer Mausoleum in Serenity
  • dress (RFL auction item):  Dellhaven Sprite Dress Set by Bee Dumpling of The White Armory in Dangarnon
  • Location:  Fairelands Junction.  Sim builder: Balderdash Saiyge Lotus.  Sim sponsor:  Roawenwood Searlait Nitschke.