Monday, April 23, 2018

Why I Relay : Fantasy Faire 2018

Sometimes, it feels like this.
Walking alone on a narrow path,
Through unknown woods with no end in sight.
Surrounded on all sides by predators,
Perfectly designed to rend flesh from bone, spirit from body.
The only lights to guide the way are those you carry with you.
This view is truth, and illusion.
Under the sun, the lion holds sway.
Claws, teeth and mane all strong, ready for the fight.
Scars of battle no source of shame.
Along the path this pride of predators stalk.
Never ahead, nor behind;
This is your strength, by your side at each step.
As night falls, the wolves come.
Through the darkness the pack move as one,
Near silent shadows amongst the trees.
Howls of belonging, not of pain.
Along the path oft untouched by moonlight,
Ever circling, never leaving,
Their piercing eyes guide the way.
This view is truth - at times it may feel as though you walk the path alone,
Fear and pain your only companions, in all hours of the day and night.
This view is illusion - the strength of lions is within you,
The power and will of the pack are working around you, for you, in the darkest of hours. 
In this fight you have us all, even when you feel alone.
This fight we are winning, one day we will have won.
For those we have loved, and lost,
Light a candle.
Illuminate the path.
Together, we fight on. 

This is why I Relay. Money raised to research ways to fight cancer. Money raised to support those facing cancer, to make sure they are not fighting alone. In this, the tenth year of the Fantasy Faire, the money raised is for the first time allocated to a specific project. The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi holds the only public comprehensive cancer treatment center in Kenya. People travel from all over the country to access care, however without somewhere close by to stay, this may mean sleeping rough following treatment, which could put people off seeking treatment at all. The KNH Hope Hostel will provide free temporary housing and integrated hospital services for the cancer patients and their caregivers, house an on-site resource centre with cancer information, offer a place to rest during the day, and serve more than 1,000 cancer patients annually. This is our project this year, we want to raise as much money as we can to make the Hope Hostel a reality as soon as possible. Cancer doesn't care where someone lives, help us fight it wherever we can!
Come and Relay with us! Fairelands Junction

The last image was taken in the Fairelands SIM Astrids Nemeton Here, for L$ 100 you are able to purchase a floating candle, edit to add a memorial message or name to the description field, and have it float with the others in the beautiful SIM for the duration of the Faire. A beautiful tribute, shared love and loss burning bright. All candles will be returned before the Fairelands return to the mists.

All items are 100% Relay For Life donation

Antlers: ::Static:: Andouiller - Vintage Key {Forest} L$ 395
Four different options included, Beaded, Bone, Feather and Vintage Key. HUD controlled colours 9 options for beads, 7 options for feathers, three options for keys and three options for bones.
Sanoria


Hair: !!Firelight!! FH2 - Busty Rigged Mesh Hair - Rainbow - Karya Gen2 L$ 300  
Includes a colourwheel hair tinter HUD and a Rainbow HUD giving options for 24 rich, full effect colour styles, and 24 wispy colour styles.
Erstwhile

Skin: [NM] - Mortal - Fairy - Female - N1 -  L$ 300 
Excellent system skins , 6 options (3 different cleavage each with and without brow) 21 different appliers for mesh bodies and heads. Shown here with Maitreya body, and System head.
Severina


Necklace : [HarshLands] FF X Necklace - ULTRA RARE - Her High Faireness  L$ 49
This is a GACHA item, one of three Ultra Rares available. Super pretty, this one has a gentle glow.
Willows of Nienna

Dress: Partners in Crime - Clementine Dress {Coral} L$ 249 
Pretty, subtly shaded gown with options for Ebody, Freya, Hourglass, Isis, Maitreya, Physique and Venus mesh bodies. 
Willows of Nienna

Nails: DP - Koffin Nails - FatPack - Sleek & Somber  L$ 290
As shown previously - but a better picture! Ten fantastic colour options - appliers for nails - HUD driven for both finger and toenails.
Severina

Wearable Candles: .~DN~. Candle Invocation  L$ 200 
Three options included, a typer, a no script always on version, and a scripted version. The three candles slowly rotate around you at different heights.
Sanoria 

Wolves: *UI* 3 Wolves - L$ 199
Includes three howling growling wolves, Black, Grey and White. Scripted sounds, click on and off.
Falls of Hope

Lions: Blue's Honey Do List Shop - Unity Empire Lions Updated L$ 200
Includes Male and Female Lions. Admittedly, this was an impulse purchase - but look! Who could pass up these beautiful lions?
Severina


Friday, April 20, 2018

Fantasy Faire's Arrival

Early one spring morning, the mists began to lift. Ethana rose with them. Through the long year her world had slept, or so it was thought. Each year it returned, changed, whether by its travels through the mists, or the other realms it graced. She was glad to be back...
Each evolution was a surprise, the form the earth beneath her feet would take, the colour of the sky, it was all new. Emerging from the mists was a revelation in every sense, the Fairelanders could be altered along with their surroundings, viewing their new world with new eyes. Such had been Ethana's choice this time. Opening her eyes to see a soft shimmering haze replacing the mists, gentle strains of music resolving into the calming lap of cool water against stone.
Walking around the calm and quiet of her new world, she stumbled upon evidence of its heart and purpose, and the name her new surroundings had taken. "Compassion..." she murmured, her voice melding with the whispering from the willows all around. The air around her echoed with it, seeming to come from all sides, a comforting embrace.
"Compassion..." she murmured again, "That feels right." She span on the spot, seeing more and more, taking in the domed buildings, the towering statue, the multitude of lilipads. Spinning and dancing,  her new body delighting with each movement, each sight, each feeling. This was the beauty of the Fairelands. As much as they transformed in their appearance, and the Fairelanders along with them, they were forever unchanged in spirit, heart and purpose. Come and join them. They are waiting to welcome you home. 

Itttssss thhhhheeeee MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. The Fantasy Faire is back!
Celebrating its tenth year, Fantasy Faire 2018 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, April 19 to Sunday April 29, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, dance and theater performances, DJ parties, auctions, questing, Literary Festival, fantasy art, events and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

In addition to ten shopping regions, there’s also five whole Fairelands dedicated to various Faire events from Memorial Garden to the Fairelands Quest, from Literary Festival to Performance Stages, from Art Galleries to the Worldling Collection. This brings the Fairelands count of 2018 into fifteen sims, just waiting for you to come and explore them.

All items are 100% donation to Relay for Life unless otherwise stated. 

Hair:  :[P]:- Gilded Fae Hair [Female]  - FREE -
Part of the amazing Female low lag avatar (Male also available) available near each SIMs TP point, and at the Plastik store in Pools of Ethuil
Skin: Carrie's Lingerie - CB~The Lavender Fairy Skin  L$ 299
Beautiful skin, with subtle delicate glittery adornments. Comes in a system skin (Huzzah - as I don't have a mesh head) and Omega appliers for all your mesh parts. (Shown here on Maitreya Lara body).
Sanoria
Headchain: !TLB - Ryu Headchain  L$ 150
Lovely headchain - chain on both sides, one's just obscured by hair. Comes with a HUD so you can choose from 8 different jewel colours and three different metals. Severina
Lingerie: Carrie's Lingerie - CB~Camille Lavender  L$ 299
Delicate lacy lingerie in system clothing layers and an Omega applier for the mesh bodied.
Sanoria
Harness:  +Psycho Barbie+ [Fallen Angel Harness - RFL]  L$ 150
Super pretty while offering an edgy look this harness comes complete with leather feathered wings. Pack comes with options for Freya, Isis, Lara, SLink Hourglass and Physique and Venus. Three colours of metal adornments controlled via HUD. The Bazaar Dungeon
Leg Harness: +Psycho Barbie+ [Rogue Leg Harness - RFL]  L$ 150
More mesh goodness - these are so pretty and the RFL colour is amazing with a delicate pattern. Pack comes with options for each of the mesh bodies as above, and again, you can choose from three different metals for the grommets. The Bazaar Dungeon
Ring: EF: Lovecraft Ring  L$ 99
Pretty little sucker. Gettit? Lovely little tentacle ring. Athenaeum Arcana
Nails: Dark Passions - FatPack - Sleek & Somber L$ 290
Ten fantastic colour options - appliers for nails - HUD driven for both finger and toenails!
Severina

Images taken in Willows of Nienna one of the sims of the Fantasy Faire

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blogger Challenge : I remember

 

One of the blogger challenges from the Fantasy Faire is "I remember". Thinking back across Faires past. Back in 2014 I started making little videos - didnt manage to get all of the sims that year, as like an idiot I saved the files on top of each other, and then they were gone. 
Each year I walk the sims and capture what I can of their beauty before they fade into the mists. Capture them so we can look back on them and remember. 
The mists will recede again on the 19th, and we can all help make a difference, enjoying the beauty while raising money for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.

Music :
Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 no. 1 - Copyright Free Public Domain from https://musopen.org/music/108-nocturnes-op-9/
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1 - Copyright Free Public Domain from https://musopen.org/music/111-nocturnes-op-48/
Nocturnes, Op. 32 - No. 1. Nocturne in B major - Copyright Free Public Domain from https://musopen.org/music/109-nocturnes-op-32/

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Shoetopia


Day's done... the sun, while not gone exactly, was bowing out for a few hours below the horizon. Down on the farm the fete had been a big success. Usually the end of the summer party was the money spinner, people from nearby towns visiting to snap up jars filled to the brim with sunshine masquerading as jewel toned fruits. Success could be measured in so many ways, tonight they would celebrate the end of the first round of lambing, weeks of sleepless nights would pause, if only for a day or two. The barn was decorated, bunting strung across the hayloft, high above the temporarily peaceful stalls. Headlights swang and dipped from the hills, approaching through the twilight. The music was starting... Time to head in and dance.



The night had been long, but had passed in moments, each one sheared from the next by the blade of light cascading from a mirrorball. Heartbeats resounded with the the throbbing pulse of disco music, steam and smoke obscured the night above as it had been obliterated from below by the strobing dancefloor. Last call had come and gone, lights flickered on as the sun began to rise. Walking the cobbles in a Capote redux, she needed coffee...



The subway trains always ran on time. Always. Far easier than navigating the surface street traffic, so often in a snarl of red lights and exhaust fumes. Many found the rumbling relaxing, some commuters even tied on notes, their journey so sophorific, 'Please wake me at Hibiya'... The convenience was one thing, getting where she needed to go quickly, smoothly; even if it was often more crowded than anyone liked, despite each person being in their own world soundtracks piped in through their earphones. She missed the sky. Some days there was no sight she would rather see, no music she would rather hear than the click clack of heels against concrete. Those days, she walked.

Shoetopia! Could there be a more magical place? (Well, yes, but not until the 19th...)
A SIMfull of shoe stalls for both men and women throughout April. Plus, now there's not 107 people on SIM you can get in and shop at your leisure!
Shoetopia

Down on the farm:
Boots:  paper.arrow.co riding boots cocoa   L$ 190.
These boots come with two versions, to fit SLink or Maitreya
Outfit:
Shorts - +REDRUM+ High Strappy Shorts in Denim (part of 3 pack 'Play' in different fabrics) L$ 199
Shirt - Gawk : White tummy shirt L$ 180

Disco Diva:
Heels:  !Rebel Hope - Amanda Mesh Heels Brown  L$195.
These heels come with versions for Belleza, Maitreya and SLink. A HUD offers four different options for the colour of the insole, and the elastic.
Outfit:
Shorts - +REDRUM+ High Strappy Shorts in Gold (part of 3 pack 'Disco' in different fabrics) L$ 199

Subway or Strut:
Heels: ::SG:: Feye Shoes - SLINK   L $240.
These heels offer four different metals for the heels, and eleven different colours for the shoes and laces, all HUD driven.
Outfit:
Shorts - +REDRUM+ High Strappy Shorts in Leather (part of 3 pack 'Goth' in different fabrics) L$ 199

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mad Easter

It was that time of year. The chills of winter around the globe were fading. All over the world, the grip of ice, so tight for so long, was loosening. Shoots forced their way ever upward, no care or regard for concrete or stone. Life found a way. Just like clockwork. And just like clockwork, something else was ticking. The nerve by his eye.
Tick.
Tick.
Twitch.
Twitch.
The fade had released him.
All around the town, soft heavy footfalls. The easy creak of wicker. Long, low, rattling breaths. This winter had been longer than planned. He had fallen asleep in the summer, and had slept through springs not warm enough to reach him. Now he was awake, and the eggs he placed around the city would make up for the springs he missed. Shiny and colourful, drenched in blood they could charm those lucky, or unlucky enough to find them.
Hush!
Quiet!
Too late...
He saw you...


Now you gotta go dance with him

Madpeas Mad Easter Egg Hunt is on! 
For the low low price of L$100 you can get yourself the Hunt HUD, attach the egg basket if you feel it, and follow the little blue dots to find the eggs. Be ready for many eggcellent puns! Each egg you find is worth a number of points, tracked by your HUD, which can be eggschanged (see what I did there) for a variety of prizes back at the hunt start point. There are different levels of prize, 1000 points etc - all the way up to the main prize, at 5000 points - which will unlock when the grand total of points achieved reaches the magic number. Once you have found all the eggs in the area, click the ? on your HUD to be taken to the next SIM with eggs. Note the arrows on the compass wheel which tell you if the egg is above or below you! Its a lot of fun, with new eggs being added all the time. Hunt until April 5th.
At the hunt startpoint there are also some very fun MESH avatars to buy... like Mr Bun, who comes complete with his snazzy waistcoat, and three fur colour options from Abranimations, Grey - shown here, Black, and Pink for L$ 450.
Pictures taken in CoLA - with eggs of Mr Bun's own design - Crack them open and you get more RP than chocolate. I already ate the chocolate. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Twisted Atlantis

Adella was perplexed. Months and months of her younger sister whinging on about the wonders of the world above, as if it was indeed heaven, had driven her to distraction, and this excursion of her own.

She just didn't get it. There was freedom up in the dry, she had been told. She didn't feel it, she felt trapped. Up here the people were tied into ruffs and puffed sleeves and hosiery, so close, so confined. It had taken longer than she cared to remember to find the seamstress, the talent which make silk feel and flow like water. Now it was all she could bear to wear.

Walking was a challenge, heels were a nightmare, so she kept her feet bare, needing at least to feel the grass, soil or stone beneath her feet. She was still searching for wonders. Her sister had talked non-stop of the palace, the parties, the glamour and glitz. These... she had seen. People flashing as much as any fishscale ever had in an attempt to disguise their true nature. It was exhausting. She would change things.

Even above the tide, her fins could flash in the moonlight, her will tugged at the tide. She wanted to show the flighty people of the land true freedom, found only under the waves. As the moon waxed to fullness, the swell of the sea would come. Atlantis would soon be a new realm in the deep.

Twisted Spring 2018!
This is the 10th Annual Spring Hunt edition of the hardest hunt in Second Life. Atlantis is the theme, and there are almost 80 stores in which to pull your hair out as you search for the ever spinning cube of torment. All this is topped of with the ever maddening TWISTED ENDGAME - can you finish?
Find more info, and SLurls to the stores on the official website here: Twisted Hunt


Hair:  :::Sn@tch Emma Hair (MERMAID):::
Comes with  HUD so you can choose your hair colours!
Skin: [NM] - Angelic - Cleavage - Principalities
Male and female gifts - each containing the skin, with multiple appliers for all your mesh needs - most importantly, also includes the system skin - for those of us without mesh bodies / heads / hands etc
Shoulders:   .:S.C:. Glass Shoulder Spikes - Sea Glass -
Lovely deadly looking spikes! Lionfish!
Dress: (RP) Sea Sorceress - Hourglass
Gorgeous mesh dress, different sizes and premade for various mesh bodies included!