Fantasy Faire is a magical festival of fantasy, story telling and generosity. For me this week has been fun helping organise and run the ongoing story that may or may not 😉 come to a close today at 1pm slt.

While there have been many events at Fantasy Faire where visitors help raise donations through freeing people from various jails, Echtra has been in the back ground evolving a tale of rituals and broken statues that today culminate in a final celebration to breath life back into a dragon.

 

Let me explain… no, there is to much. Let me sum up.

Snapshot by Xenno Gregan

Snapshot by Xenno Gregan

If you have spent enough time in Echtra you may have noticed it is dark and gloomy, known as THE GLOOM and that all the adult population were turned into Hedgehogs by the boy god Grey Prince.

Halfdan

The Great Halfdan the Fox Wounder watches over Echtra from on high

Halfdan the Fox Wounder tells of how he and his mighty warriors confronted the Grey Prince asking why he covered the land in darkness. The Grey Prince angry at their accusations turned them into Hedghogs.

The Standing Stones of Echtra glow with power, Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

The Standing Stones of Echtra glow with power, Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

So the Children of Echtra with the help of the Earth and Air Guardians took it upon themselves to hold a ritual at the Echtra Circle of Stones to summon the Grey Prince and carefully ask him to remove The Gloom.

A Giant apparition of the Grey Prince appears high above the gathered crowd

A Giant apparition of the Grey Prince appears high above the gathered crowd

The Grey Prince appeared above the crowed as a giant glowing figure and cried his grief of once being the Winter Prince until one day his sister the Summer Princess disappeared. Together they would watch over the land taking turns in the seasonal rhyme of time. With the Summer Princess gone he took on her roles along with his own, becoming the Grey Prince.

Dogstar of the Lesser Sidhe arrives at Echtra

Dogstar of the Lesser Sidhe arrives at Echtra

Learning this the Children of Echtra realised that the broken statue in the village street must be that of the Summer Princess. The Guardians called for the help of Dogstar a powerful Lesser Sidhe to perform a reconstruction spell, but on upon arriving it was discovered the pieces of statue had vanished!

The Stone their is caught and interrogated. Snapshot by Nat Merit

The Stone their is caught and interrogated. Snapshot by Nat Merit

With the help of some observant Hedgehogs the Children of Echtra and their friends set a trap to capture who ever had taken the stones by spreading word of a single piece still remaining. It was not long before the thief was caught and questioned. The boy known as Slooth told them that he had taken the stones piece by piece long before knowing of their importance and was sorry. He agreed to send word to the collector in order to set an ambush the next day.

King Goblin is ambushed. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

King Goblin is ambushed. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

Hiding in and around the entrance to the Dragon Cave the children of Echtra lay in wait for who ever would arrive to collect the empty sack left as bait. Moments later the notorious King Goblin Goblin King of the Goblins arrived on top his shield bearer.

Now it is well known in the fae lands that King Goblin likes to claim everything as his, but really dislikes it when others claim him as theirs. One of the Echtra crew known as Tepic leaped out of the bushes shouting ‘I Claim King Goblin as mine!’ King Goblin then had no choice but to exchange the sack of Statue pieces for Tepic to revoke his claim on him.

Dogstar prepares the ritual to repair the statue. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

Dogstar prepares the ritual to repair the statue. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

With the missing pieces of the statue returned, Dogstar set to work on the reconstruction ritual. A great ceremony was held in the village street with music, dancing and generosity. Soon Dogstars magic crystals were powered with the good spirits of the crowd and in a flash the Statue was rebuilt a new. Along with it the spirit of the Summer Princess appeared above them all telling how grateful she was to finally be remembered and how she had gone to the Dragon of Time to to ask him to stop her people from dying. She explained that the dragon had told her if she wanted to stop death then to climb into his mouth, which she did causing his heart to become cold and stop, and with it the rhyme of time. Her final words before vanishing were to warm the dragons heart so that Echtra would gloom no more…

With the statue repaired the Summer Princess appears. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

With the statue repaired the Summer Princess appears. Snapshot by Avariel Falcon

And so here we are , on this day the Children of Echtra and the many friends they have made this week plan to hold a final festive ceremony deep under the hill to warm the Dragons Heart and hopefully finally raise the Gloom from Echtra for ever.

The Dragon awaits. Snapshot by Alisaundra Andel

Join us on Echtra at Fantasy Faire for an event running from 1pm to 3pm slt. Its a celebration of all life, for the role-players and non-roleplyers alike. All are welcome!

One thought on “Fantasy Faire: The Story of Echtra so far

  1. oooh I’m so bummed I missed this, I knew something was going on from the Flickr feeds I follow but didn’t quite no what. Thanks for the storyline and summary. If only I could find some way to get out of doing things like eating, sleeping and working during Fantasy Faire so I could fit in every fabulous thing there is to do.

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