Welcome to Avalon; a wonderful world, a magical world, a world where dreams come true. The patchwork of a planet that lies before you is at once a rugged cloth and a majestic tapestry, an intertwining network of stories that branch, knot and dance their way to their conclusions. Anything you dream, anything you want, anything you can imagine is real here. And in time you'll come to realise the myriad reasons why that's not always a good thing.
It's a beautiful world, a glittering world, just like a fairytale. In fact it is every fairytale and so much more besides, all unravelling and becoming real around you. Unless, of course, you happen to believe that they've always been real. After all... in a world that is only story, who's to say what's real and what's not?
That would be you.
From the top of this hill, it feels like you can see forever as your eyes cast their gaze across the green woods and golden fields, all the way to the horizon and the sky of deepest blue. The sun beats down strongly, no surprise in a region that the locals call the Sunshine Plains, and it glitters playfully over the rippling river that rises where you stand and threads its way across the land through village after village.
The nearest of these is one they call Arcadia. By local standards it’s a big place, for it supports nearly fifty citizens and even boasts its own weekly market — which, it seems, would explain the colourful flags and pennants that decorate the village today. People from all around the countryside are already flocking there, and in the distance the first of the merchants’ wagons are making their way to Arcadia too.
From the youngest to the eldest, villager and foreigner, everyone is in especially high spirits today. Today is no ordinary market day — it’s the day everyone’s looked forward to for a year. A day when everyone is rejoicing; a day when everyone feels blessed to be alive. Today is the Festival of the Sun, the beginning of Summer. Down in the village, the preparations are just getting started. It’ll be a day to remember, for sure!