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Saturday, December 13, 2014

122 ~ Naughty Holiday - ROMP monthly!

~They'd hit it off right away, a connection, a spark - a desire.  Kissing in a dark corner of the club had led to other, bolder encounters.  Eventually, a random tryst here and a secret meeting there led to a long-term fling.  Seasons passed, the two learning each other's personalities, limits and exploring new ideas and fantasies.  Finally, the holidays arrived.

"I have an idea.  I want to introduce you to him.  And I know just the way," she said.

Of course, when your Mistress demands, you comply.  So, she arrived at the house, clean, shaved, and with high expectations.  A bookcase slid back, opening to a secret room that could have been used for an office or den.  Not here, though.  While it wasn't a dungeon, she knew exactly what this room was for.

"I'll get you warmed up, and we'll make you look more... festive."  The strings of lights dangled from the Mistress's gloved fingers.  "And you will be his present."~

This cage is by far my favorite item in this month's round of ROMP!  Artisan Fantasy excels at making rustic, beautiful mesh, and their adult items are amazing.  You may have seen some of their work before in previous rounds of ROMP as well.  This cage comes with multiple animations for the inside and out.  Chained to the ring, having playtime inside, lying down, getting a drink like a good pet, or lounging on top of the cage... you're going to look good with this as your kennel!

The news is saying that 2014 has been the year of the booty.  Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, they brought the attention back to the assets that others in the kink world never forgot about.  And just look at this bling for your butt!  Once in place, it not only makes you look more luxurious, but rubs in all the right places with every shift of your hips.

These chairs, though!  I was so excited to see Cheeky Pea on the list for this round!  You know how much I adore their furniture anyway... but these really made my day!  They come in a variety of colors, with some awesome festive prints on the pillows and options of PG or Adult animations.  Happy Holidays to me!

I fully expected to see a traditional evergreen when I heard that Warm Animations had made a "naughty tree" for the holiday round of ROMP.  This made me laugh... as I'm sure it will to any of you who have watched the original Evil Dead!  Bruce would be proud, I'm sure!

Of course, it can't all be about the furnishings, right?  A girl (or guy!) has got to get festive too!  Christmas lights look so much better casting their glow against warm flesh, don't you think?  The binding... the heat from the lights... you can't tell me that wouldn't be fun.  Add a collar and a holiday gag, and you're soon to be on your way to some very, very happy holiday playtime.
The breakdown:

On Whisp:

Hair:  Truth - Parisa - Light Browns (50% off sale in-store now!)
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare - with Blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Hands:  Slink - Relaxed - F
Breasts:  Lolas - Delicq
Eyes:  Mayfly - Luminous Mesh Eyes - Lion - new release! Comes with a variety of levels of shine, shadow, and detail in the sclera
Collar:  Ama - String of Pearls - Festive - with or without OC scripts, with a HUD to customize your collar's appearance.  Unrigged, and can be purchased either copy, mod, no transfer or no copy, mod, transfer.  Special item for ROMP December!
Lights and Gag:  Stockholm and Lima - Holiday Gag and XXXMas Lights for ankles and wrists - for ROMP December!
Plug:  Haste - Princess Plug - Hematite 2 Gage - for ROMP December!

Cage:  Artisan Fantasy - Captive Cage - Weathered - Low LI - for ROMP December!
Chairs:  Cheeky Pea - Striped Trees (Adult) and Striped Fox (Adult) - special price for ROMP December!
Tree:  Warm Animations - Naughty Tree - for ROMP December! - 50% off sale in-world!  Go visit!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

121 ~ Sanctuary

Your home should be your retreat.  It should be more than the place you lie your head; it should be a haven.  It should be a place you feel safe, welcome, comforted.  When the rest of the world is insane, bearing down on you from every side, your home should be the place you can go, whether alone or with family, and know that you can shut the door and be surrounded by people and things you love that aren't out to get you.  Our homes are what we make them - for ourselves and those we share them with!

When I saw this house at Collabor88, I had to get it.  I keep replacing the houses/homes/skyboxes because I get a whim and fall in love with something new.  This one, though, I think is a keeper.  It even has a hidden room with a super secret bookshelf entrance!  I squeed in RL over that!  Oh yes, I have big plans for that room.  (Romp is opening soon! *wink wink*)  I adore the textures they chose to use for this, from the floors that look like reclaimed wood, to the beautiful roofing, plaster on the walls, and filled-in-then-cracked transoms.  It's an old, lived-in house with lots of story to tell and more to be written!

With the help of a few friends, who also happen to be room mates, we're getting it set up rather nicely, I think.  It's still a work in progress, and not quite cozied up for the holidays yet; but I thought I'd share it with you all the same.

The Lavender Brown House from Scarlet Creative comes in 2 versions - the Low Prim one that you can use if your graphics are kept higher to show the detail in the mesh work, or the higher prim version that you can use when you can't quite get all the quality from the mesh prims.  Either way, it's beautiful.  This land plot is 1408 sqm and it fits nicely, with room to spare.  Plenty of prims for furnishing, too.

There is no fire in the fireplace, so you can add your own fire or embellish it with books, logs, or candles.  We plan to fill this in some soon, after our holiday shopping is done!  For now, these candles from Cheeky Pea are filling in some of the generous space left vacant.

The mantle has two layers of space for decorating.  When I'm looking at living space in the real world, I often picture the space as it would look decorated for the holidays.  I can't wait to get started with this one!  Even when it's not the holiday season, it can still be dressed up nicely, like with the LOVE decoration from RnB, sconces and wall art from Cheeky Pea.

Okay, let me just put it out there what a love affair I, and most of my friends, have with Cheeky Pea.  They are definitely on the top five list of places that we refer others to when we hear pleas for "good furniture stores."  This living room set is called "Ansel."

You can see more Cheeky Pea items in the distance, where we set up a small reading nook.  If you look carefully, you can also see a china cabinet by MeshedUp, and their wall shelves in the living room.

The laptop is part of the poses that are in this sofa, so you can curl up on a chilly day and do your blogging, web surfing, or chat room trolling!  So when I'm in my cozy bear-hood sweatshirt, my ripped up leggings and warm winter boots, I can curl up on the couch and relax!

Even when relaxing, it's nice to feel somewhat feminine.  A little hidden frosting on my throat is part of the Glacial set from Beloved Jewelry.  And what better for a relaxing day than a messy braid?  If you haven't heard yet, you need to hurry on over to Truth, where you can get any hair, braided or not, for 50% off!
The breakdown:

Hair:  Truth - Parisa - light browns
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare - with Blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  La Petite Morte - Clarity Eyes - Blue
Hands:  Slink - F - Relaxed
Hoodie:  Glow Designs - Bear Hooded - black - at Feeb's Rascal's Winter Market (21st November to 1st January) 99L$ each in 10 color options
Leggings:  Al-Hanna - Ripped Leggings - Style 4 - Sold in pack of 8 with appliers for Belleza, Slink Physique and TMP bodies. (Shown above on system body)
Boots:  In Her Shoes - Warm Winter Boots - Black

House & Furnishings:
Home:  Scarlet Creative - Lavender Brown House Prefab - at Collabor88
Living Room:
Cheeky Pea - Sofa, Wing Chairs, Coffee Table, Bird Cage Candles, Console Table, Terrarium, Wall Art Frames, Candle Sconces, Candle Holders, Book Pile - Ansel Collection (PG)
Mantel Sign: RnB - Love Wall Decoration
Lantern: Junk - Wannabe Boho Lantern 3 (old Arcade win)
Rug:  Arcane Creations - Round Zebra Rug
Shelves: MeshedUp - Wall Shelves w/Light
Reading Nook:
Cheeky Pea - Armchair, Bowl Planter, Coffee Table, Spike Rug, Oversized Light - Deconstructed Collection
China Cabinet: MeshedUp - China Closet

Sunday, November 30, 2014

120 ~ Artistic Hands

In the times of Pharaohs, of weddings and festivals, adorning the women of nobility, royalty, peasant alike, Henna Tattoos have no limits.  When the leaves are crushed, releasing their dye, they can be mixed with essential oils to be used by artists to decorate the skin.  A woman's most basic and primitive tools, her hands and feet, become glorious works of art.  No longer meant solely to carry and nurture a child, to travel across the floor again and again or to scrub, weave, stir, brush, paint or any other mundane task - her hands and feet are now intricate jewels, hand-painted into elegance.

For more information on Henna and the history of this practice, check out this link.

The purest of Hennas is not black, which is a common misconception.  It is a red-brown color, like this one shown.  The Temple Hands tattoo (with Slink applier) comes in red, brown, black or white.

My favorite part of this tattoo is that the details are incorporated all the way down the middle finger.  She could have just stopped at the knuckles.  Thanks for not getting lazy!
The breakdown:

Tattoo:  .Things. - The Temple Hands - Red Fresh - with Slink Applier
Hair:  Exile - Desperately Wanting - Light Blondes (top image)  Exile - Cry Ophelia - Naturals (bottom image)
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare with blonde brows
Shape:  Mine
Eyes:  La Petite Morte - Clarity Eyes - Blue
Hands:  Slink - F - Relaxed
Breasts:  Lolas - Delicq

Monday, November 24, 2014

119 ~ Bring me to life

~Brought back from the brink of where breath ends and silence begins... kissed by the spark of life at your hands.  Where once I knew only pain, only defeat, and longed for an end to all, a jolt of hope... of something reviving me... has begun coursing through my veins anew.  You have struck this chord, hit me with this bolt of refreshment.   You, my muse, my giver of life, have brought me back from death.  You, alone, have given strength to a weary heart and a broken mind.  You will I follow.~

There are only a few days remaining in the A Tattered Page event for this round, which features Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" as the inspiration.  This rigged mesh electricity is called Daemon Light.  Daemon Light is an original mesh creation by Kerryth Tarantal, employing fractal images also created by Kerryth Tarantal.

The skin, with appliers for Lolas, Slink, and Slink nails, as well as the eyes, are from Fallen Gods.  The Cadaver set comes in Male or Female, for A Tattered Page.  There is also a group gift set out in honor of the event, not shown here.  

A few years ago (2010), there was an event called the Crazy Ass Hair Hunt.  In a strive to create uniqueness, diversity, where it seemed that templates and cookie-cutter avs were the norm, designers across the grid came up with unique styles like this one.  I blame Treebee! (Seriously, thanks Treebee!)

So much detail went into these Cadaver skins.  Even on the skull, you can see signs of death and reanimation.  Stitches, bruising, veins that are no longer being fed blood... it's amazing work.
The breakdown:

Hair:  <> - Oy - Teal - in-world store now closed!  IM Kamherra Albatros for info on products.
Skin:  +Fallen Gods - Cadaver - F - Creature SB with appliers for A Tattered Page event
Shape:  Mine
Electricity:  Spyralle - Daemon Light - Static - This includes a HUD to change the glow and alpha.  I probably would have gotten a much better picture result had I read the instructions and played with the HUD before snapping these shots!  Rigged mesh, for A Tattered Page event

Thursday, November 20, 2014

118 ~ To the ones who came before

~The journey to the mountains had been arduous, with carts swaying off the path, threatening to tumble to the fjords below.  There was a lush valley, though, fertile and ready for hosting a multitude of seeds and livestock.  This would be home.

When they found the settlement, it had been abandoned, giving them a chance to rebuild on what their forefathers had begun.  And it was to those who had come before that the shrine was erected.  With one skull to mark, and a constant refreshing of candles, the place was marked.  Their hard work would no go in vain, as new generations would come in and claim the land, making the village rise once again, in honor of the god Tyr.~

At the shrine of the fallen
 In continuing the awesome display of goodies at the Gorean Gacha event, I decided to pay a visit to Tyrstoftir today, who was another sponsor of the event.  I had the opportunity to speak with Quinn, the Hold Jarl of the sim, who very politely allowed me to ask him questions and loiter on his sim while I composed this post!
Arcadia is one of the designers participating in this round of the Gorean Gacha, with these camisks and jewelry as prizes to be won.  The tattoo, with appliers, is a new item out from .Things. and comes with or without the neck, in fresh and faded.  I love that it goes all the way to the fingers with seamless details.

In my last post featuring this hair from Calico, I don't think I made it quite clear just how long this style is.  You can see it better in this image, as well as the amazing view of the northern lights of Gor!

W:   What do you think makes Tyrstoftir different from other sims?
Q:   A very close-knit family feel, based in the traditions of the North, lost to many players on the grid.  We stick to our guns, we are Gorean, not pew-pew every day and we focus on good solid RP between family and kith. Also I built this sim to be realistic, but gorgeous.  We are also IN the mountains and showcase that.
W:  With you being in the mountains, do you have a lot of panthers show up?
Q:  No in fact our rules are strict on them.  Panther girls would not realistically come this far North, esp into the mountains, to trade.  We DO allow it, to allow for creative story lines, but being picked off by them we don't allow, they are not allowed to raid here.
W:  Do you have anything you'd like to see more or less of when it comes to new players on sim?
Q:  More real bondmaids. It seems so many players are "coming from the South" but in the book they describe bondmaids as big breasted, hardy, giggly things with split-belly kirtles; and Torvies are blond.  I know that we would fictionally be raiding to get women from the South, but there were also robust bondmaids, and I rarely get those.  I also would like to see more men show up... we get a few but so many on SL want to pew pew daily.  We are not that here, so we attract more FW than anything.
Hardy bonds, this is the long hall where you would be stepping in to strip down and serve!  So much warmer in here than out in the snow!
Thinking of giving it a try?  Make sure your av is at least 5'8" by SL standards, read the rules, and follow this advice from Quinn:
"Make it fun.  Create whatever story you want and include coming into the mountains.  It really depends on the character one is playing.  You got lost... you are searching for kin that are lost... you want to see the splendor of the Hrigmars... you are up for a challenge and seeking Kur.... you are looking for solitude... you have heard of the strength of the village and its Chieftain and are looking for the real North again..... you are seeking family... you are seeking a female mate (I have a lot of female family that are single) are "retiring" to the mountains.... you come to see the great Temple dedicated to Tyr god of courage and honor...."

The breakdown:

Hair:  Calico - Alyena - Pale Blondes (Rare) - at Gorean Gacha event now!
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Lined
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  KOSH - 123
Hands and Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed hands and High feet
Tattoo:  .Things. - Henna Bolero - at the Fantasy Collective
Outfit:  Arcadia - Knotwork Camisk - Green - at Gorean Gacha event now!
Location:  Tyrstoftir - Northern BTB Gorean RP sim
All poses by LeRawr

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

117 ~ From the Steel World to the Lands of Odin

~The crash had been horrific.  Her owner, a beast of gargantuan proportion and vicious rage, was bent on claiming the lands.  So bent, that he had stubbornly flown his ship into battle.  They made their escape with a damaged hull, and finally, after the long and arduous flight, the ship crashed.  It was in the snowy mountain tops of the men of Odin.  Torvaldsland.  She nearly froze before she found civilization.  When she found it, it was a strange adjustment.  Men, rather than beasts, yet just as strong and strict as her previous master had been.  Snow, ice, structures of wood and stone rather than machinery and metal... it was strange, yet welcome.  Then, she met the overseer.~

I got this great outfit from .storybook. at the Gorean Gacha, and my first thoughts were, in order, Priest Kings, Kurii, Panther Girls.  I mulled it over, and decided that a Kurii pet would make sense for this... but where should I take the pictures?  One of the Gorean Gacha sponsors this round was the Northern Gorean RP sim, Njordheim.  I was fortunate enough to run into this guy (Ulfr the Lieutenant, Blacksmith and Head Overseer), who let me interview him as well as snap some pretty great shots!  Plus, look at him!  I mean really, look.  At.  Him!  Don't you just want to lick those abs?

Given the scenario I suggested, Ulfr said this is basically what I could expect from their sim.  "A kurii pet..from the steel worlds... It would depend much on her behavior and who she met. Not all men are the same. So lets say Ulfr met her out there.. he would watch her and see what she was. Ulfr is a rough man; a blacksmith and overseer of slaves, so he is not really not really soft. But he would try to figure her out and pull her into his forge and collar her to his village, tossing her before the Jarl as she is a kurii pet and would have to warn of possible kurii to soon follow."
W - I noticed "Darker Side of Gor" in the land info. What does that mean to you? 
U - Hmm. This means we will allow inner-sim player conflict and we do allow death and bad things to happen. What we found in Gor was that most was just tea parties and chit chats. We want to bring out that Gor was harsh; how it was. I think what is unique about us is that we do the Minor Jarl rp. We allow other players to come forward with story lines and will do those. We are not a heavy raid fighting sim. We are more about the role play. So if we capture on a raid or raiders lose to us when they attack, we will role play with them to have pit fights with each other or a larl or kurii we capture. 
W - You guys are pretty high up there in traffic and ranking. What do you think makes it draw people in? 
U - We are consistent in our role play and rules. We have a firm foundation of who and what we are. The core members are good at creating new story lines and allowing other ideas as well. But.. I think most of all, we have some really impressive role players. So when we get visitors they either love or hate us because it is that intense... like a good morning smack in the face. lol

The RP can get pretty intense.  This by no means indicates that the players, admin or owners condone domestic violence!  Please play responsibly!  This is an imaginary world, where players come together and write fiction.  Whatever role you choose to play, you may not always end up with a happy ending.  The beautiful thing about it, though, is that if it gets to be too intense, you can fade to black or fast forward through a scene.  And at the end of the day, when all is said and done, you can click the "x" and close the program, and go on with your real life.

Ulfr is a high-ranking man of the north.  That means that he has oathed himself to the Hold Jarl, earned his place above the salt, and was given a bronze arm band to symbolize his rise in status.  As Ulfr put it, "Gold would be Chieftain. Silver Captains, Bronze for Lieutenant, Copper and then Iron."  There are many roles one can take in RP, and all are welcome to play.  Simply read the rules, and understand that the actions are RP-driven, not OOC-led.  You can play how you like - good, bad, a mix of both - but expect to have consequences that you must face in RP.  Or, as Ulfr put it, "As long as your role play is Gorean and not ooc motivated and always be ready for what may and could happen... good or bad."

Now, about this look!  This outfit is from .storybook., as I mentioned before.  This is the rare Dark set, which comes with a HUD to change the metal as well as the cloth under the armor.  The ankle, wrist and necklace pieces are also prizes to win.  The hair is from Calico, also at the Gorean Gacha.  The blonde set is a rare.  And just my color set!  How lucky am I?

For those itching to explore this sim, here are some tips.
W - What about for people who want to come into the sim?  Any advice?
U -  Depends on their story. All I would suggest to newcomers is to read the rules and understand what kind of sim they are coming onto. Death can happen here. If you come in in a way that would cause a Gorean to be upset, well then, your story might be shorter here. If you role play smart and well, you can always find a way to make your way here.  People that would have a hard time would be panthers coming in with their weapons. Of course they are outlaws, and if they just walk in or steal, they could end up dead or enslaved.

The breakdown:

On Ulfr:
Skin:  Aeros Avatar - Arrow
Shape - His own creation
Hair: Asset - Vikings Hair - blonde
Shoulders:  PFC - The Hunter -  Grizzly
Belt:  PFC - Role Belt - Raider
Arms and hands:  PFC - Thrall arm and hand bandages
Pants:  Silk Worms - Corruption brown
Boots:  Rochambeau - The Hound
Armband:  Zelection - Dragon Bracelet - Bronze
Weapons:  LR Weapons -Shield - Hazel; Axe - Hazel Klaive axe

On Whisp:
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Tribal - with blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Hair:  Calico - Alyena - Blondes (Rare) - at Gorean Gacha event now!
Eyes:  Kosh - 123
Hands and Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed hands and High feet
Collar:  Ginger Line - Northern Collar - V.2B - out now at the Countdown Room November
Armor:  Storybook - Valeska - Dark Tones (Rare) with Pewter jewelry - at Gorean Gacha event now!

Location:  Njordheim BtB Northern Gor RP sim - sponsor of this round of the Gorean Gacha event

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

116 ~ Let me map it out for you...

The Gorean Gacha continues, and WOW, did Frogstar bring it!  The Cartographer's Skybox is an ultra-rare, and beautifully designed.  Of course, if you're not in the Caste of Scribes, and are looking for a really cool skybox, this will work amazingly well for all the adventurous, explorer types.

I absolutely love the detail put into the pieces.  All of these are prizes to be won.

Another designer that blew my mind was [Stitched].  I decided to mix-and-match the blue coat with the red dress, because - why not?  It's elegant and yet simple, and perfect for a variety of genres.

The only thing in this image that is not part of the Frogstar gacha, is the wine tray you see, which is from Stone Misery, also at the Gorean Gacha event.

The red dress is an uncommon item in the [Stitched] prize set.  I love the subtle details in the textures, and how versatile this piece is.  The pose is part of a set available from LeRawr at [Room69] November.
The breakdown:

Hair:  Wasabi Pills - Jean - Rye (with hair base)
Skin:  7 Deadly s{K}ins - August 2014 Group Gift
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Kosh - 123
Hands and Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed hands and High feet
Dress:  [Stitched] - Elyana - Red (uncommon) - at Gorean Gacha event
Coat:  [Stitched] - Elyana Coat - Blue - at Gorean Gacha event
Cartographer set:  Frogstar - The Cartographer's Study Gacha contains 14 commons, 2 rares and 1 ultrarare skybox. Each play will be 50L. - at Gorean Gacha event
Wine tray:  Stone Misery - Medieval 2.0 - Wine Tray - at Gorean Gacha event
Chandelier:  Twy's Treasures - Medieval Chandelier - (old MM board prize)
Pose (last pic):  LeRawr - I'm All Yours 2 - at [Room69] November