Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday Squee: The Realm of Ozryn

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

Image Description: Landscape image of a river running to a grate next to a statue of a blindfolded woman.

The Realm of Ozryn (website :: sim) is a unique world with a lovely mix of events and free roleplaying and a truly fascinating cast of characters. It's been ages since I was last hip-deep in roleplay, and I'm enjoying myself thoroughly as the fae candy maker Deoridhe who lived through into a futuristic era before falling foul of the cataclysmic mixing of time and space which made this unique realm. The tech level is medieval - not due to any lack of skill on the part of the residents, but rather due to the mechanistic influence of the Auditors, who arrive to remove any sort of technology, and the lives of anyone who tries to get in their way. It's a fascinating conceit, mixing people from all kinds of different eras and forcing them to abide within primitive circumstances, and I love having a character who is both entirely magic and can reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer in open roleplay.

Image Description: Gathering of people near a well. In the foreground, a dark skinned woman wearing mostly fishing nets next to a faerie in formal dress. In the background, an elf and two infernum on the porch of a store.

The build on the main sim is gorgeous and combines a shocking number of different tonal areas. there is a single path which goes from one end of the sim to the other, with an offshoot by the city going into a second sim that is currently under construction - home to the fae and the beastkin at the very least. At the highest point is the Council Chamber with its surrounding sculpture garden. It has a hidden staircase through the Elven mountain fastness and a clear path through to the main town, Alkin Crossing. At the far end, a path takes one down into the Rooksvine Forest and on a winding path past Sel'Therin, the home of the Elves, and around towards the port shops and Hespar's Landing. The Landing itself is the sole port on the island, and just about anything can be found there so long as one remains on the right side of the Infernium dockmasters and guards. Below, in the depths, the mer congregate in the Veratos Depths, free from interference as all fishermen sale past the Ilryn Cove before dropping their hooks. There are also hidden holdings for the Drow in Denzzoteraan’kar, though only the bravest venture there!

Image Description: A stone wall with windows and doorways set into balconies along it; a waterfall goes over one side of it.

There are all sorts of races, too - from angels and demons to vampires and the desceased, and the world has a pre-set manner of encouraging mixing through the Council meetings, where representatives from each race discuss current events and their followers interact and give feedback at the end of the evening. I've not run into a sim which had this sort of in character gathering before, and judging by the first one on Saturday it multiplies storylines like fertilizer. It also undercuts the frequent racial isolation which can take over and fracture a sim, which I really appreciate, and it will be fun to see how it plays out over time. I hope more people will join us until the sim is really hopping! If I see you there, be sure to ask for a chocolate.

Image Description: In the foreground, an overhead view of a faerie with pink and rainbow hair floating over an infernium with eyes all over her body.

( More Sunday Squee here. )

Monday, September 28, 2015

Genre: I Lava the 5th Dimension

Born from Heat

It's damnably difficult to find a volcano in Second Life! I spend a short while in the Amazon River area, but found the volcano there impossible to easily find; to be in this area one must wear a HUD which punishes you for camming to other areas, kills you if you follow rivers, and puts you in a cage if you take it off - all of which definitely impede any attempt to find a volcano three sims away! I ended up instead on Orwood Volcano, a Linden build which is complete with occasional events - spouts of flame into the sky, flying lava rocks - as well as the even glow of flowing lava. I love the Protected Land of the grid, all of them little frozen balls of art created ages ago by Linden employees. Sadly they didn't continue their builds, updating them as the tech of Second Life improved, but they are often still lovely areas and good for photography, leaning heavily on legacy textures and Linden trees. Expect to be able to get a lot out of your windlights, and to have to angle sharply to avoid surrounding buildings - de-rezzing them can also work well.

A Dimension Per Finger

The Genre theme this time is the Fifth Dimension - literally items inspired by or drawn from The Twilight Zone. The colors are overwhelmingly black and white, with lots of stripes and swirls, and the occasional flash of red, like my Devlin skin and horns from Sinful Needs. The skin is available for both men and women, and the horns are sized for both. In addition to eyes and a shape not shown here, the skin comes with an omni-hud that covers a wide variety of body additions - check the demo to see if what you own are covered; the list is extensive! In addition to the usual shadows and tinting of a skin, Devlin also has a vein-tracing pattern over the arms and legs, as if the blood within has been corrupted in some manner. I rounded out my physicality with a variety of nails from Dark Passions, using SLink's options of coloring nails independently to mix and match across my fingers. The images are all familiar, representations of moments in the Twilight Zone credits. The hypnosis wheel from those credits also shows up in my necklace from *[Eclat]*, hanging in gold, silver, and black settings to match with any style outfit.


My outfit has the same calling card - bands of black and white across a corseted short top, and a much simpler, layered black skirt. It's Adoness, so it's well cut and fitted with clean textures and substantial lining. The neckline is particularly interesting, with a sweetheart bodice worked into a keyhole opening that is wide on top, held together with only two thin cords. The bottom of the shirt hits just at the bottom curve of the ribs, leaving only a thin patch of skin between that and the wide-waisted skirt. I'm not usually a fan of this style of dress, but in this case the proportions are simply perfect and it fits extremely well. Despite my being a wider-than typical frame in Second Life, I can wear the medium without issue or having to put on a tinier shape - something greatly appreciated! I paired it with a tiny, black and white clutch from ((LovelyAlien)), a new-to-me store which makes a solid mesh. The band is asymmetrical but the clutch itself is rounded and soft - a fun combination of modern and traditional which works very well with the black and white scheme. The only color in my outfit, indeed, shows up in the eyes of my playful shoes from Goth1c0. The corset front matches the corset on my top, offering up a stylistic echo without being too matchy, and the eyes themselves offer up some brightness to balance out an otherwise very monochromatic look. They are solid and well textured, fitting perfectly over SLink high feet.

The Eyes Have It

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dancing Steps

Feather Wind

I had a ball with Cila's outfit from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival - and I love her gacha style; her rares are color based, and by and large the colors all work together pretty well. I've been running into more gacha like this, a little closer to the original idea of being inexpensive, fun items one didn't need to collect all of in order to enjoy the few one got. I ended up rounding out my collection a little with some purchases and even picked up a rare! Ah, the temptation to try to catch them all~

In Movement

China is a glorious watercolor sim which can be tinted every which way, and there is nothing quite like a rainbow sunset exploding in every direction. The sim is an ink impression of bamboo, clouds, birds, and a single building. A few items are thrown in - a chair, a television - but it's easy to focus on the simple lines of an ink painting reproduced in three dimensions; you walk here among stylized China, slipping between the lines both literally and figuratively.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Squee: New Home

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

Wax Plant

Kitchen Color

Kitchen Papers

I moved for the first time in eight years, and I had seriously forgotten the toll it can take on one's life and mind. It's occupied me for the better part of a month and a half, and I'm only now getting my sea legs again - living a life only half made up of boxes, instead of entirely. I love the color it's brought into my life, though, and all of the little things, from being in a cooler location to having more space. I'm exhausted, still a bit overwhelmed, and slowly coming back to more of a life online than the odd Facebook Game.

Livingroom and Hall Colors

Bed Light


These pictures are a poor iPhone attempt at sharing some of the colors which surround me - all of which seem much more vivid and alive in person. I ended up doing a fade from room to room, shades of blue, green and purple all interacting harmoniously with a pure white trim on every other surface. I'm slowly filling in the pieces of my personality, adding shelves for knick knacks and holes for walls and storage items. Finding out how to live in a new space is always a challenge, but I think I'm up to it!

Guest Bedroom

Taddy Belly

( More Sunday Squee here. )

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Caught Unawares

Image Description: Spiral of red shoes falls upon a surprised looking woman in a green dress.

I didn't expect exactly what an effect moving would have on my spare time, but apparently it swallows it whole in a combination of boxes and anxiety! It's been almost a month since I posted and I've missed a ton of things - so sorry to everyone for evaporating without word - and I have another week or so before I can start settling into my new place. I feel rather like the would is falling in on me; at least in Second Life, that world can be made up of gorgeous shoes!

See you on the other side!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Genre: Bride of Hades

Lost in a Strange Underworld

The story of Persephone is a troubling one for modern people. A girl, daughter of a god, is desired by her Uncle Hades, who claims her without pausing to ask for her consent. Her mother grieves, drying out the world and making it so that nothing can grow until her daughter is returned. Her plan eventually works, but not until Persephone has eaten some of the food for the dead - in many cases it's implied Hades forced the food on her - and thus is doomed to the depths forever. A compromise is struck, though; for several months Persephone is with Hades based on the number of pomegranate seeds she's eaten, and the rest of the time she comes back to the surface once more - her mother celebrating through an explosion of bounty.

Modern readers often argue that Persephone must have consented in some manner, and the story has even been retold as the secret plot of a girl wanting to escape her overbearing mother. As a story of desire, incest, and the helplessness of women in a world full of people with more power and influence, however, it is a compelling story of loss and compromise for Persephone herself. Robbed of any reasonable choice to determine her destiny, she leverages what power she can to make a life for herself torn between the power of mother, and uncle. Who knows what secrets she holds in order to keep some part of herself for herself in a world dominated by her own family. In the past there were vast cults of people dedicated to each god, and I wonder what the ones who embraced the hard choices of Persephone would whisper to each other in the dark.

Finding One's Own Way

Fallen Gods' approach to the Underworld for this Genre is to embrace the pomegranates of Persephone, transforming them into a gorgeous tattoo which begins on the face and curves down ones torso. There is a matching Hades tattoo for men, this time representing the jagged break in the ground he used to abduct her. Both have a lot of versions included; Persephone comes colored and not, and with outlines in a variety of shades appropriate for any skin tone, and Hades comes in five different colors, all of them intense. Covering most of me with modesty befitting Persephone is this hair and veil combination from Anachron. The hair comes either rigged or not - I chose the not-rigged version so that I could fit the hair to match my rounded skull. The hair and veil are both tintable via a HUD, and the latter can be matched to the Greek-style dress Anachron made to match.

I added in a gorgeous mermaid dress from Fission, though, in order to make my personification of Persephone a bit more modern. It comes in four colors, the fabric behind the black mesh shifting into each shade while the black remains consistent. I tinted the gray a rich gold in order to make it match up more effectively with the rest of my accessories, and the effect is striking! Fission also lines the inside of their skirts and rounds the edges of the gown nicely, and it's well rigged despite the mermaid style being tricky around the knees. Finishing out my goldy dark look is a fantastic flowered halo from Souzou Eien. It's well placed, with a large ring and lovely gems tucked into the hearts of each flower. The final detail from Genre is a ring and necklace pair from Bliensen + MaiTai which are actual blinking eyes. It's startling the first few times you're not paying attention and something moves at your neck - definitely a creepy final effect.

Light Steps on Hard Metal

Two final points that add a lot to this look - my Glamistry heels are one of their older releases, but they are an amazing combination of straps and chains which are placed with exacting detail and tie in to a band down the arch of the foot. I love them for how brief they are, and for the double layered platform which jogs in under the sole of the shoe. Like all Glamistry shoes they are recolorable via a HUD, and after the initial color is purchase the others can be added via the HUD for a lower price. All of the colors are available for mixing and matching as well, which makes these some of the most versatile shoes on the grid.

I also couldn't do anything I do without the fantastic poses I buy from pose makers who are often under-appreciated. Grafica is one of my favorite stores, having a wide variety of styles and moods including a bunch of poses from both modern and historic dances. There are floating and leaping poses as well, which make picking what I'll be doing in a given image really a treat! Make sure to check out Grafica when you're looking for a way to move yourself into the best images and I'm sure you'll be happy.

Depths of Tartarus

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Squee: Spyralle

Lighthouse Duty

One of the people who does the most with textures is Kerryth Tarantal the creator of Spyralle, a clothing and furniture store filled to the brim with fractals. If you haven't run into fractals before, they're an amazing discovery of mathematics and also a natural phenomena - and offshoot of a tendency for nature to repeat patterns in both directions, smaller and larger. The roots of human understanding go back to the 17th century in the studies of recursion until the term was finally coined in the 1970s by Benoît Mandelbrot. He described them as "beautiful, damn hard, increasingly useful" but it wasn't until computers became ubiquitous that their true utility for creation was unlocked.

Down the Stairs

Critical in re-creating natural figures in digital worlds, fractals also can be colored and reproduced - and its this from that most people outside of mathematics, like myself, are familiar with. This is also the form that Tarantal makes use of in her creations, from coloring her chunky furniture and buildings to her boho-style clothing, and even on a wide variety of jewelry, masks, and fantastical accessories. The colors she uses are bright and clear, and she places the different swirling features beautifully on clothes and jewels alike. She seems to work mostly from the Mandelbrot and Julia sets with their amazing coils and curves rendered in stunning shades. I think I like the jewelry the best, the boundless glory of fractals somehow captured in rectangles and bands of brilliance. In all the many facets, though, Spyralle will continue to bring fractals to the grid, a truly unique style that everyone can enjoy.

Ready for Anything

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Realm of Ozryn

The roleplaying sim Realm of Ozryn (Website) is opening on Monday.

Realm of Ozryn: Allkin Crossing

The world is a mix of times and races, all drawn together by a traumatic event eighty years ago called the Chronophage. Now, in the wreckage of many ages and without the technology to ease their lives, a melange of people try to make their way through a dangerous, changeable world, haunted by mysterious figures called Auditors who remove any technology one might find or create. Left with medieval resources, even pampered creatures from the future must work cheek and jowl with their ancestors to grow enough food and build enough of a society for them to survive.

In the absence of technology, though, magic flourishes - both in the bodies of many a fantastical creature, and in the minds and hands of humans. By and large, if you can dream it you can be it - Angels, demons, fairies, elves, beast-kin and mermaids all co-exist mostly peacefully with humans, ruled by an upper council of Humans, Vampires and Celestials with representatives of the other races also attending and voting. Peace largely reigns, but there are always murmurings in the shadows as the different peoples jostle for power.

Realm of Ozryn: Sel'Therin

Character creation is simple and straightforward, with skills baked in for most races and provisions made for half-breeds. Rentals are available in many of the racial areas, from the hidden glens of the mers and Drow, to the sweeping heights of the elves and humans. There is one central town near to where the council meets, and a docks bustling with activity as ships come and go from the other nations in the world. Ozryn is a central location in the ocean, allowing for vast amounts of trade and making it a critical stopping point for ships traveling between the many islands on the planet. People are constantly coming and going, contributing to the ever-changing, energetic feel of the island.

There are also a variety of shops available for the entrepreneurial individual and can serve as a valuable entree into roleplay as well as an excuse to lurk in well-trafficked areas. Even the most marginalized need to manage to find food and shelter, though, whether through begging at the docks or serving some as-yet unidentified purpose underground. Others still might make their way as guides and travelers, learning the most hidden paths to untold wonders and smoothing the way between often antagonistic individuals. A favor can be as good as a handful of coin from the right person, and many races have long lives and longer memories.

Realm of Ozryn: The Keep

What will you find in the Realm of Ozryn?

Announcing the Opening of Begendings

I've just opened a store selling edited versions of my photography.


For the low, low price of 150$L you can have a 0.5 Land Impact image (link two together and it's still 1 LI!) of original art! They're wrapped canvases with a signature on the side and have subtle shadow and light detailing to make them seem more realistic. So far they're a mix of square, 3x4, 4x3, and 5x3 pictures so there's something for every space, and I made them copy/mod so you can resize to your taste.

I did a mix of figure and landscape pictures, and there are a lot of different colors and moods represented! I'm starting with my old favorites, but if there's a picture of mine you'd particularly like, let me know and I'll move it toward the front of the list.

Pick up one today to enliven your SLhome!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Genre: Olive Underworld

Walking the Streets

Darkness walks the grid for a little while longer as Genre continues with the theme of Underworld. Deamons, death, darkness, and everything that goes bump in the night is represented, from Death herself to the accoutrements of terror. The Underworld is Greek in origin, but since the days of Athens it has been expanded into a variety of religions, worldviews, and fantasy realms. Genre's Underworld covers the gamut, from traditional Greek dress to batwings and thorned horns and even the odd Japanese influence. I went more fantasy Christian, with the horns and batwings of a demon dressed up in a pretty frock.

The horns are courtesy of BlackPearl and curve out of my temples in a swirl of wires, bands, and metal leaves. I love the combination of natural and decorative, with triads of leaves all over the top and back, and long mental wires hanging down like branches and twigs. The crown is included - an inverted cross at the brow and hanging metal strings from brow to temples. In addition to the dark metallic texture, the entire headdress is materials ready and is cleverly applied so that it looks like metal gleaming through dark rust, catching the light in bits and pieces through a dark haze. My wings, on the other hand, are from Chimeric Fashions and have a matching horned mask I'm not showing here. The shape is a simple, wonderfully curved batwing accentuated with curls of olive. Each bone is left in shadow while the membrane thins to a dark olive brown. I especially appreciate how the curls leave gaps where the forearm bends down, and how each finger goes in a slightly different direction. I also was tickled when I realized the hue matched the browny-black of my headdress and the bulk of my Blue Blood dress with it's green accents. Blue Blood has long been a favorite of mine, and I'm so glad to see her step fully into the world of articulated mesh. In this case, it's a sleeveless, deep v-necked gown that beautifully mixes revealing with full. The folds and gathers at the waist are full and broad, meaning that it moves smoothly with my movements and looks natural even with wide stances. The fabric has a good heft to it as well, and fit my body perfectly. I also love the details, like the buttons at the bottom of the v-neck, and the grommets on the belt and collar. The fatpack is your purchase, so you get all of the colors along with a color changing HUD - offering eight riffs on this dress with the lapel, belt, and underskirt all changing color while the rest stays the same.

Under Construction

The demon is in the details, and for this look I went with a combination of eyes, cosmetics, and accessories for the succubus on the go. Eyes and lipstick both come from Senzafine, and have a fantastic pearly effect to them. I mismatched two of the six varieties and punched up the glow a little. One of the advantages to mesh eyes is that they can be paired hetero-chromatically, and I loved the idea of an off-color demon. The purple lip is shiny without being too obvious, the sort of glow one might get off of feeding from the life-force of the wicked before their inevitable descent into darkness. It stands out well over the striking Gauze base - also available with red highlights along the side for date-night. I wanted something simple but non-human, and this fit the bill perfectly. The final touch was this collar, stolen from the neck of Cerebus himself, and shared with the rest of us from Hate This. Being more of the brief than swanlike in the neck department, I often find collars a but of a trial to fit, but the narrow design of this one and the fact it is editable made resizing and placing a snap - and I only pricked my fingers a couple hundred times on the lethal-looking spikes! Unlike a lot of collars which pass on the verisimilitude for the extra-spikey, this collar not only has grommet detailing on the front, but the back has a perfectly rendered buckle, complete with slightly extended tongue and beveled collar end. I'm not normally a spikes kind of girl, but the delicate placement of the spikes, and the differences in length of spike around the collar, gives this a classy, polished feel.

Swing by Genre this week to pick up accessories to make your inner demon sharper and give her lips some of that pearly, soul-eating sheen!

Laughing as Rome Burns