Short Story Roundup

From The Author: Lately, I’ve not been inspired to write a lot of longish stories and have been sticking to single photographs. So here is a bit of a roundup of the last week or so in photographs. These have, except for one, already appeared on my Flickr feed, so they might seem familiar.

The Moth, or “Capture” and “Escape”

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Moth Working Shot

I knew Ritual was going to release a green skin for the Trick or Treat Lane event, but I didn’t have the skin yet. Now, green is not my favourite colour, and I only very rarely (like only when I want to blog one) wear green skin, so I wanted to find a concept that worked for me with a green skin. Luckily, I’d just been to the Lootbox event, where Devious Minds had this gorgeous moth outfit gacha. So, here is the dry-run shot that I took and edited before the eventual photograph with the skin itself. I’m including it here because it was fun to shoot and also because the character changed a bit in my head between concept and finished photo.

Quick credits: moth set is from the Devious Mind “Falena” gacha, at Lootbox. Hair is Magika, “Irene”. Avatar styled on LAQ Noelle Bento Mesh Head and a Maitreya body, with SLink Pointe feet.

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Capture

With the addition of the new skin (Ritual, Elspeth in tone Rheia for Trick or Treat Lane ), plus some brighter eyes (Cerebrus Xing, Uni Eyes), and dark lipstick (Pink Fuel, Dazzle Me-Haunted), and a change in hair (Tram, 0314), this character became, for me, a dark fairy captured, perhaps because she committed some crime or perhaps because of who she was. This is possibly her mug shot, although it might be a self-reflection from wherever she is incarcerated.

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Escape

Here is how the final photograph with the darker skin turned out. Whether she is re-captured, I do not know, but the story is somewhere in there! Even though I’d saved camera angles and lighting settings, things weren’t exactly the same, as you can see, and in order to soften the shadows I added an overlay in Affinity Photo to soften them. The Flickr version is cropped differently and I think more effectively.

I’d mentioned to the lovely Wren of Visionaire that I have been unsatisfied with a lot of the bloggy photography lately and felt like I was sliding in to some old habits (over-lighting, boring subject focus, and also over-lighting). Funny how when you talk about something, it suddenly seems to come clear to you? A lot of these pictures are partly influenced by that conversation.

Credits: Same as for the test shot, with the additions noted above. This great pose is from Le Poppycock‘s new Fairy Winds set.

Dignigoff

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Dignigoff

I’m still crazy in love with HEXtraordinary‘s adorable Lord Bartleby Von Tinkleton; isn’t everybody? I’d just finished the blog story about his visit to and planned takeover of Awenia, but I really wanted to put him in every photograph ever at the time, so here he is as Gwyneth’s travelling companion to some important Nu Jyorck function or other. This dress is 1313 Mockingbird Lane‘s beautiful (and versatile!) Delirium Dress, which will officially debut at The Black Fair on the 5th of October, and the shoes are also from 1313 Mockingbird Lane. They’re the Luna Mary Janes, and you can get them at Trick or Treat Lane , where there are many other amazing things, as well!

Credits from the Flickr Post:
The Dress: 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Delirium (out soon at The Black Fair!)
The Shoes: 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Luna Mary Janes (at Trick or Treat Lane !)
The Skin: Ritual, Elspeth in Tone 1 (at the Ritual Main Store)
The Hair: Analog Dog (natch!), Zuna (Available at Lootbox)
The Bracelets: The Plastik, Phaen Cuffs (At Salem)
The Kitty: HEXtraordinary, Lord Bartleby Von Tinkleton, Esq. (At The Engine Rom)
The Headpiece: Zibska, Sammy (At Shiny Shabby)
The Backdrop: FoxCity, Grand Entrance (At Kustom9)
The Pose: An Lar, The Candi Series, 5m
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa Keme

Glamour Shot!

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Glamour Shot

This is an unapologetic fashion red carpet style photograph of 1313 Mockingbird Lane‘s Delirium Dress, which will be available at The Black Fair. It’s not often I like a dress so much I want to photograph it twice, but something about the fall of the skirt and the fact that there was a cherry print for it made me wonder what would happen if you put a Goth girl into a 1950’s sitcom. So here she is, probably ready to go out for blood burgers and zombie shakes with all her friends from school! I’d also been wanting to photograph these Marcelina shoes from Bliensen + Maitai for ages, so long I don’t even remember where I got them, though the properties tab says I acquired them on the 5th of May this year, which probably means the May round of We Love Roleplay. Regardless, they’re gorgeous little witchy pumps, made for SLink kitten feet. I wish more people would design for kitten and pointe feet, but I’m weird. I searched far and wide for this cherry-themed jewellery and finally found it on the SL MP from Petit Chat. Searching for anything with the word “cherry” in the description on MP is…. yeah. We suffer for art, y’all. We really do.

Quick Credits for everything not. above: Skin: Ritual, Elspeth in T1. Body: Maitreya. Head: Catwa Keme. Ears: Swallow Elf Ears HD. Stockings: Sweet Tea. Backdrop Wearh0ouse, Drapes

I Woke Up Like This

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I Woke Up Like This

I’ll be honest: I didn’t mean to take this photograph. I was testing hairstyles for the moth photograph, and I came across this one from Tram (H0414) and considered it as a possibility. Then, when I was cam zoomed in on the avatar face, it struck me that this would make a really nice portrait, so I adjusted her expression and shot it. It ended up showing Ritual‘s beautiful Elspeth applier really well, so I decided to share it. And, really, don’t we all love living in SL where we really can wake up like this?

Quick credits: Eyes: ProFect, Moon Eyes; Head: Catwa Keme; Ears: Swallow, Elf Ears HD; Brows: Simple Bloom, LaraDawn soft arch; Hair: Tram H0414; Skin: Ritual, Elspeth in T1.

The News

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The News

Sometimes, a creation just inspires me on sight. That’s what happened with this evocative skin from Jeanette’s Joint, Chronicles. I knew it had to go with clothes from the Belle Epoque Undimmed Eyes set; I didn’t even consider any other outfits to photograph this. I wore this outfit for like three days, I liked it so much, and trust me when I say my Second Life is mostly full of costume changes! Once I had the avatar dressed, the character that emerged was an investigative reporter for the Nu Jyorck Ganger, a big daily newspaper. This is her byline photo. As for the rest of the story, I don’t know it yet. Maybe I never will. Some characters are ephemeral.

Here’s the text from the Flickr post:

Look at this quirky, whimsical, downright glorious skin from Jeanette’s Joint! If you’re feeling significant (and, indeed, topical!) and you want to take this baby for a spin, you can pick it up for L$249 at the Fallen Gods Twelfth Anniversary Zodiac event. And this isn’t the only super cool thing there! Not only is there great shopping, but this event also promises great parties, cool chances to find your One True Soulmate (and win a limited edition skin!), and the Zodiac Hunt.

  • The Amazing Skin: Jeanette’s Joint, Chronicles Skin. Comes with Catwa, Maitreya, and Omega appliers. At the Fallen Gods Twelfth Anniversary Zodiac event.
  • The Exactly Right Outfit: Belle Epoque, Undimmed Eyes (this was at a Lootbox event, I think, but it’s sure to be in the Belle Epoque Main Store now).
  • The Understated But Fetching Hair: Exile, Lily (I think I got this at Hair Fair, but my brain is catnipped at the moment; anyway, it’s in the Exile Main Store).
  • The Thoughtful, Yet Appealing Eyes: Heaux, Glaze Eyes (fatpack light), for Genus
  • The Ears Of Hopefulness And Newshounding: Lumae, Leevi Short Ears. (At the Lumae/Ritual Main Store)
  • The Fae-Means-Business Eyebrows: Simple Bloom, LaraDawn, High Arch. (At the SimpleBloom Main Store)
  • The Flirtatious Yet Forward Thinking Eyelashes: Michan, Cheryl Lashes (from the September 2019 Genus Project Powder Pack).

Gwyneth is styled on a Maitreya mesh body and a Genus Project Baby Face Bento Mesh Head.

I would say she never reveals her sources, but that would, verifiably, be what we call irony.

So, I guess that’s the news from this week.

Surgical recovery is finally done, so I go back to work on Sunday, 6 October. I will do my best to keep up the bloggity blogs.

 

 

Like A Ghost

Like a ghost, she comes.
Over the water gliding gladly
See her there among the stones.

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See her there among the stones

See her there among the stones
Glows she like a moonlit pearl
Like a ghost she comes.

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Glows she like a moonlit pearl

Glows she like a moonlit pearl
Stars above her, sea below
Over the water gliding gladly

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Over the water gliding gladly

Over the water gliding gladly
Watch the world beneath the waves
Glows she like a moonlit pearl.

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Stars above her, sea below

Stars above her, sea below
Like a ghost she comes
Watch the world beneath the waves
Like a ghost she comes
Over the water gliding gladly
Like a ghost she comes
Glows she like a moonlit pearl
Like a ghost she comes
See her there among the stones?
Like a ghost, she comes.

Today is the last day for this spectacular King Arthur round of Enchantment. Don’t miss it!

Style Card:
Items featured at Enchantment:
Stones: Titans, Druidic Standing Stones, Grey
Lady of the Lake Statue: Titans, Lady of the Lake
Gown: Silvan Moon Designs, Lady Evaine Gown Set
Crown: Bliensen + Maitai, Tintagel (gold/white)
Poses: Fashiowl, Ginebra

Other stuff:
Body: Maitreya
Head: LAQ, Noelle Bento Mesh Head
Ears: Lumae: Leevi Long Ears
Skin: Ritual, Elspeth Skin, T1
Hair: Little Bones, Torte (at the current round of Uber)

Thanks for bearing with me while I’ve been having another little holiday from SL and from blogging. Enchantment is among my favourite of the recurring SL events I have the privilege blogging, and this round’s King Arthur focus is spectacular. Today is the very last day for this round of Enchantment, so be sure and visit before it’s gone!

 

 

The Greening

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The Guest House

So it may come as a surprise to you that I slept part of the winter away in the Guest House. This is a beautiful floating island house created by the architects at The Looking Glass, and it’s so cosy. I love the castle, but it’s so big! Now, of course, it isn’t drafty, because when Riven re-engineered it, she insulated it properly, right down to the cellar level, but sometimes I just like to be in a place where I can get up from bed and walk right over to the kitchen to do my toast, you know? Probably it’s a throwback to my former life in student digs.

Anyway, the winter just zoomed past, didn’t it? And then we were all at the Great Faire, where this year I did a lot of shopping and let other people tell their stories as much as I could. It was hard to let that happen sometimes, so I suppose you will hear a little of me in those stories if you look at them hard enough.

But the truth is, I have not been much in Faerie over these past few months.

So when I was awakened by a thump (hint: it was me being rolled out of my cosy little bed!) yesterday, I was not best pleased.

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I am not best pleased, I said.

I walked out onto the porch, squinting into the sunlight. “I am not best pleased,” I said.

You are not best pleased? How nice for you.

Uh, oh. I know that voice. “My Lady!” There are few people who would cause me to stop in my tracks and just wonder what I had done wrong, especially since my relationships with my parents (both sets) are somewhat distant at the moment. But of course, this was no person. “How may I attend you?”

Get your blasted Realm in order, for starters. 

I took a breath. But She was not finished.

Oh, don’t come at me with your apologies, and your I’m so tireds. I have just spent most of the night and half the morning retconning your little … wait a minute: do you even know what month it is?

“Um, June?” I said. There. I answered it right.

So it is. And do you know what I have removed from this little realm just this morning?

I swallowed. Then, there was that dizzying sense that you get when a Goddess is picking you up and dragging you several hundred feet to make a point.

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What did you do?

“What did you do?” I exclaimed, as I thumped down into the garden island, and none too gently.

Well, first, I got rid of the goddamned ice skating pond. Then, I got rid of the snow and made the grass regrow. Did you know you have animals on that farm across the water who are still hibernating? 

Oh, right. “Well, I have been really busy, and I guess I thought the Land would just….”

You thought. Really? When has a season ever happened here without your influence? This is a created Realm, Missy, but that’s no excuse to make winter eight months long! 

Eek. She called me “Missy.” She’s going to go full-on Welsh Granny if I’m not careful.

“I’m sorry.”

Sorry does not set the table, Gwyneth. Really. This is your realm; you must be more responsible with it. So. Last night and this morning, after I received complaints finally from some of the demifae in your Realm, I have been greening the place up: you get to do the farm, though. And that godawful city park. And I’m not touching the creepy carousel in the centre of town—what were you thinking with that one?

Again, there was that sense of dizziness.

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I looked over my shoulder.

I looked over my shoulder and saw the still-frozen farm island next to all the middle-of-summer things. “I really am sorry, Lady,” I replied. “It won’t happen again.”

See that it doesn’t. And don’t even think of trying to change yourself this summer. You’re stuck with standard sun kissed Seelie. No fancy hair colours, no special alabaster skin: none of that for you. This year, you get to feel what it’s like to have something imposed on you, like a season, that you cannot control. Perhaps then you’ll be more inclined to treat the smaller creatures in your Realm with something akin to compassion.

I hadn’t even noticed. “I have freckles!” Oh, please, no.

Oh, you poor thing. I guess you’re stuck with those until you decide to make a timely change to Autumn this year. 

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It does look really nice.

“It does look really nice,” I said, only somewhat sullen. “I’m so glad you put in the Shrine of Elistrae. I loved the one in Twilight Spring so much.”

Complimenting me isn’t going to get you out of this, Missy.

“No, My Lady; I didn’t think it would,” I said. “Trees look a little sparse on the garden island; shall I add more?”

It’s your Realm. I only micromanage you when I have to and when the well-being of other beings hangs in the balance.

“I really am….”

Stop apologising! I’ll not accept it, not until I see full-blown Summer here within the day and Autumn make a timely debut no later than twenty-first September; do you hear me? And on that day, there’ll be no silver elf hair for you either, Missy. You can wait ’til Winter again, and I haven’t decided if I’m going to turn you red or brown in September. That can be my little surprise.

“And the freckles?”

Don’t you like them?

I was afraid to answer.

Then, there was only laughter, at first harsh and then fading to wind as She eased Her Presence out of the Realm. Well, great. So much for summer sleep-ins. Guess I’d better go work on that farm.

Style Card:
Dress: Senzafine, Melody Dress (featured at the Vintage Fair, but coming home to the Senzafine Main Store this week!)
Body: Maitreya
Head: LAQ, Noelle Bento Mesh Head
Skin: Lumae, Elvi (in Tone 6). (All current skin lines are just L$100 at the Lumae Main Store!)
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Long Ears
Hair: Exile, Swept Away
Necklace: Rozoregalia, Alugim Necklace (Miss You)
Shoes: Cult, Moon Ribbon Tip Toes

Environment:
Location: Awenia Faerie
Guest House: The Looking Glass, Victorian Dream II
Shrine: Roawenwood, Shrine of Elistraee (special auction item from the 2019 Fantasy Faire)
Gazebo: The Looking Glass, Shrine Tree Conservatory (special auction item from the 2019 Fantasy Faire)
Coffee Wagon: Atomic, Witches’ Brew Gacha
Clock and Benches, RH Design House, Cafe in the Park dacha

In the Dawn Age…

In the Dawn Age, you were not here. You and your men. Eventually, you came—and then you brought the demon Andels. You, and they, slaughtered us and the trees and the forests. But fear kept them away from the North. They could not subdue the North.

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And there we are, watching.

And there we are, watching.

Watching each of your ridiculous dynasties grind itself out in horrors of violence and betrayal.

Watching your loves dry away, your dragons grow small, your little beliefs scatter much like leaves.

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The faces in the trees are our eyes.

The faces in the trees are our eyes. And there are thousands of them.

Thousands of eyes.

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The creatures of ground and wood are our ears.

The creatures of ground and wood are our ears. And there are millions of them.

Millions of ears.

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We see the green.

We see the green through ravens’ eyes. We see the world. We hear the world.

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You call us “children”.

You call us children because we are small. Or you do not believe we exist at all.

How funny. How ironic.

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Such vigilant children.

Such vigilant children we are: our warriors are in the forests of the North now, blessing the North itself and blessing our allies there and beyond the Wall.

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Such steadfast children.

Such steadfast children we are: we are in so many trees, so many ravens, so many spiders, listening, watching, waiting, crouching.

Now that little Arya Stark has rid us of our greatest error, we can regroup and look again. We can watch our ally on the Throne. We can use the time we have now.

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And we will never stop watching.

And we will never stop watching.

Style Card:
Items featured at the current round of Enchantment:
Poses: These poses are all from Le Poppycock, part of a Children of the Forest gacha. The poses largely inspired this post. I wanted to tell this story about a character who would talk about her people’s legacy.
Trees, Props, Raven: All from the Le Poppycock Children of the Forest gacha.
Clothes & Wings: zOOm, Sensoria Dress, Headpiece, Bento Wings, here in brown and black
Other Stuff:
Body: Maitreya
Head: LAQ, Noelle Bento Mesh Head
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Short Ears
Hair: .Shi, Kadosh
Skin: The Plastik, Vyrian Omega Appliers in Maritza

Queen In the North

This is how you show care for your people.

You ensure that they will not live under the thumb of any King, even if he is your brother.

You keep their sacred groves, you keep their Old Gods, you give a nod to the New Gods, though they are not yours.

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You walk among the Weirwood Trees.

You walk among the Weirwood Trees.

You hold the leaves in your hands.

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You watch the wind turn.

You watch the wind turn.

You watch the leaves blow your sister out to sea.

You watch the leaves blow your heart brother to the Wall.

You watch the leaves blow your little brother to Kings’ Landing.

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And you? Are Queen in the North.

And you? You are Queen in the North. Not a bad ending. Not at all.

Style Card:
Items available at the current round of Enchantment (closes 31 May!)
Dress, Cape, Dress Corset, Chain Corset: Devious Mind, Sansa, in Hare
Tree: The Roawenwood, Weirwood Trees (small)
Leaves: 3rd Eye Perceptions, Relics & Reliquaries, Weirwood Leaves
Other Stuff:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Lelutka, Korina Bento Mesh Head
Skin: Lumae, Lelutka Deia Applier, T2 (All current Lumae Skin Lines are only L$100 at the Lumae Main Store!)
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Long Ears
Eyes: Avi-Glam, Joy Eyes
Hair: Wasabi, Prudence
Environment: Studio Skye, Enchanted Wood

This round of Enchantment is so much fun! The theme is Game of Thrones, the very last episode of which aired just a week or so ago as I write this. But people are still talking about it, and they likely will be for a while. Enchantment closes on the 31st of May, so get there as quickly as you can to see both the great products on sale and another glorious Enchantment build!

Freedom

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Night Flying Is Freedom.

Night Flying Is Freedom. And so many of the people I see in the world do not have this freedom. I know it is my calling, my duty, to give it to them. As their rightful Queen, I am obliged to create for them a world in which they no longer fear tyranny.

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I have done this many times already.

I have done this many times already. The people of Westeros only need to understand that when their loyalties lie with oppressors, they are complicit in the restriction of their own freedoms. If they look at me, recognise me as their true Queen, and follow me, they can be part of the future.

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If not…

If not… and it does pain me to say this…

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They will be part of the past.

They will be part of the past.

Style Card:
Items Featured at the current Enchantment round (it closes on 31 May!):
Mr Nectarus & Jinx: Dragon Gacha Rideable (ultrarare)
Dress: Velvet Whip & Faida, Asha Twilight
Hair: DeLa, Daenerys
Other Stuff:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Genus Project, Strong Face
Skin: Lumae, Genus Project Elska Applier, T1 (All current Lumae Skin Lines are only L$100 at the Lumae Main Store!)
Eyes: Chon, River Eyes
Eyebrows: Jumo, Heloise Eyebrows
Eyelashes: Bluebird, Natural Eyelashes for Genus Project

This round of Enchantment is so much fun! The theme is Game of Thrones, the very last episode of which aired just a week or so ago as I write this. But people are still talking about it, and they likely will be for a while. Enchantment closes on the 31st of May, so get there as quickly as you can to see both the great products on sale and another glorious Enchantment build!

The Calm After

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Winterfell seems quiet now.

Winterfell seems quiet now. Everyone’s gone South, and I’m spending my days worrying. I know the news, when it comes, will be full of tragedy. I just hope not very many of those tragedies will touch me. Does that make me selfish? Sorry; not sorry. I spent too long being timid and sorry: now I am Lady of Winterfell, and I will be whatever I please.

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Disconcerting

It’s somewhat disconcerting not to have anybody here I can really talk to. Because let’s face it, Bran is creepy. I’m not sorry for the “unfortunate demise” of Littlefinger, but at least he had a vocabulary. And of course I’m concerned about Jon, in the clutches of that woman. I’m glad I told Tyrion who Jon really is; maybe they will sort the whole thing in King’s Landing and I won’t have to worry about it.

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Brace Yourself

And then, it happens. There’s a shout from the courtyard overlook. “My Lady! There’s a Raven from King’s Landing.”

Here we go.

Style Card:
Items featured at this month’s Game of Thrones-themed Enchantment Event:
Architecture: Bergfried Store, Bergfried Castle Gate
Dress: Lassitude & Ennui, Noblewoman’s Dress
Everything Else:
Body: Maitreya
Feet: Slink Deluxe Feet (flat)
Head: Genus, Baby Face
Skin: Lumae, Elska (All current skin lines are just L$100 at the Lumae Main Store!)
Ears: Lumae, Leevi Long Ears
Hair: Truth, Teila
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Saltarello Slippers

Enchantment runs until 31 May, and if you want to be Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (or just dress like one!) check it out before then.

Enchantment ~ The Iron Throne ~ May 2019