Carnival of the Sublime Opens Next Week
FAIRHAVEN—House Thuranni’s “Carnival of the Sublime” returns next week for its annual visit to Fairhaven, with Carnival organizers promising “more music, more magic, more fun.”
This year a massive tent city southwest of the city will host the carnival, as House Thuranni hopes to avoid the heavy crowds that greeted last year’s carnival at Wharfwall Park in the Whiteroof Ward.
“Last year was the first time we’ve done the carnival since the Last War ended,” said Hanshastra d’Thuranni. “We were pleased at the enthusiastic response from the citizens of Aundair, but a little overwhelmed as well. This year, we know what to expect.”
The new carnival grounds can accommodate more than a thousand fairgoers, d’Thurrani said.
Posters and handbills advertising the carnival have been seen throughout Fairhaven. They promise nightly performances from Myurdan Phoenixfire, master of illusion, a lute-and-flute quartet led by Obranna d’Thurrani, and games of skill and chance.
Handbills also promise “wondrous beasts from across Khorvaire and the deadly jungles of Xen’drik.” Hanshastra d’Thurrani said her House is still negotiating with the crown to permit the importation for display of specific creatures.
“Unfortunately, we’re still working some issues out with the authorities. Carnivalgoers will have to come see for themselves what wonders we’ll display,” she said.
Also uncertain is whether the controversial “seer of the future” Valreyka d’Thurrani will be part of this year’s Carnival. Last year she gave readings to long lines of carnival goers, many of whom found her predictions uncannily accurate. But in the last six months, she’s been deported from both Thrane and Karrnath. In Thrane, her deportation proceedings remain under seal but were handled by inquisitors specializing in heresies against the Silver Flame. Karnnath simply escorted her to the border, with no official reason given.
Hanshastra d’Thurrani refused to discuss Valreyka’s presence or absence at the upcoming fair, saying only that “those seeking to peer into their own futures will not walk away disappointed.”
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David Noonan is a designer/developer for Wizards of the Coast. Before coming to Wizards, he was a daily newspaper reporter in Washington state. Apparently the city hall beat is good practice for an Eberron campaign.