aving seen the posters around town, but never actually attended one of these faires myself - I decided to setup a meeting with one of the leading figures of the Faire, Archmage Zyretha Snowdawn, Professor of ancient magical forms - and have a talk about what the Faire actually is. Once situationed in the Legerdemain Lounge found at Runeweaver Square in Dalaran, properly equipped with a notepad, a pencil and a glass of sparkling Tirisgarde Spring Water, it was time to get down to business.

Archmage Zyretha Snowdawn

Spazzlefrock Frostcog: If you could start by giving me your name and title? Archmage Snowdawn: Archmage Zyretha Snowdawn, Professor of ancient magical forms would be the total name and titles. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: Alright. Tell me a little about the faire then, this is the.. fourth one? Archmage Snowdawn: That's correct. We tend to evolve them though, from a day or so of the first two of a few lectures and a market, to a multi-day education celebration, to a multi-arts celebration of magics and magi. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: So it is a faire with a focus on magic yes? is it really only for people into magic? or can a normal person still enjoy the faire? Archmage Snowdawn: Oh - As much as possible we've catered for non-magi and the common citizen's enjoyment. This being Dalaran though, we cannot forget our most important aspect. Archmage Snowdawn: For example all the games on the first two evenings are designed to welcome anyone to participate, albiet with magical themes.

Games, contests, trades and cheap portals

After a much needed sip of the water, it was time to dig a littler deeper into what one can expect from the upcomming faire. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: Could you briefly list what one can expect of the faire? Archmage Snowdawn: Games and contests, traders from far and wide, oppurtunities to learn for all levels of arcane knowledge - Or just some concepts around it, and that there should always be something to entertain everyone, at all times. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: And this goes on from Wednesday and up to and including Friday? Archmage Snowdawn: That's right. We're also, as we did for the Grand World Tournament, going to provide portal services on lower rates from major cities.

The play

Spazzlefrock Frostcog: As I mentioned, then I am really interested in this play on friday, you have done one before right? Archmage Snowdawn: Yes - Well. I worked with the Amber Foundation to produce this, but they've ran such performances at other events. A biopic of Illidan Stormrage at the World Tournament, for example. Archmage Snowdawn: This time, we intend to tell a tale of one of the city's finest - Khadgar. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: So it is a play about Khadgar? how many actors are involved? Archmage Snowdawn: Well - It's a story relating to his exploits, retelling the events that lead to the Legion's return to Azeroth. And as for the cast.... I don't want to give you too much without seeing it for yourself, but the cast is of appropriate size for the story. Archmage Snowdawn: It's not a one-man show or the like. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: When is the play? Archmage Snowdawn: It begins Friday at nine bells past noon sharp.

Classes

After the brief talk about the play on Friday we moved on to talking about some of the classes being hosted at the faire. Archmage Snowdawn: My own class is on the cultural variations of common spells - Specifically the beloved Ice Barrier. Archmage Snowdawn: It's a class for those even never casting before I admit, but an insight for all levels. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: That is ambitious, teaching people who has never done magic before how to do a barrier? Archmage Snowdawn: In fairness, nobody gets hurt when everything is being shown to them, and the mana they need is given to them in crystal form for those inexperienced. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: Oh I wasn't suggesting it was dangerous, just that it must take a lot of patience Archmage Snowdawn: I've been teaching in some form for oh....two hundred years now? I've helped a few first-time casters before now. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: Ah. I keep forgetting not everyone is cursed with a short life-span. I guess patience is easier when you aeons to live. Archmage Snowdawn: Quite so.

Big time for the city

The fourth Dalaran Magic Faire runs from Wednesday the 5th and onwards to, and including, Friday the 7th. Each day offers different events, ranging from Wand Tournaments to markets to Theatre plays, poetry and lectures and is done in coorporation with a long number of well known businesses, groups and associations. If you have the least interest in magic, then make sure to check it out! Archmage Snowdawn: I'm excited for it - It's always a big time for the city. Spazzlefrock Frostcog: Thank you for your time.