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Monday, December 22, 2014

124 ~ Warm Holidays

It's been a long time since I was able to enjoy Steampunk in SL.  Though it's not a regular RP genre for me, there have been times I've really enjoyed it.  Everything from music, like Steampunk Giraffe, to movies and clothing, can really be impressive.  And maybe, with the studies into creating a habitat in the Venusian atmosphere, it's not too far-off of a reality for us.

I was thrilled when I unpacked this fireplace from Ravenghost.  It's so well-detailed, with options for steam, smoke, fire, sounds, size and animations.  It's 100% original, and it's for a good cause!  If you haven't heard of Twisted Krissmus, let me share with you some awesome information!  It's a grid-wide event where all of the high-quality items (like this fireplace!) are brand-new, original, transferable for gifting, and 100L$ or less!  If you're trying to find something amazing for your family or friends, and are on a budget, this could work perfectly for you!  If you go to get this awesome fireplace and want to see who else is participating, you can click on the kiosk to get the list.  Or, you can check out their website for more info!

Another amazing event right now is the Gothmas by Gaslight event, open until January 3rd.  This is another production from Cursed Events, with 65 designers and sponsors spread out over 2 sims.  This outfit is a GxG release from Immateria.  The system layers, as well as the mesh jacket, are part of the set.  The shoes are an older item I've had in inventory for a while, from Heartsick in an old Black Event.

The dials on this fireplace really do work!  And you can see in these images the animations that have you warming your hands by the fire.  I love the texture work on this, and the creative take on a steampunk fireplace!

The breakdown:

Hair:  Analog Dog - ffwd - blonde
Skin:  Glam Affair - Aria - Asia - Combo 3
Shape:  Mine!
Outfit:  Immateria - Raith - for Gothmas by Gaslight event
Shoes:  Heartsick - Mischief Boots - Black/Gray
Fireplace:  Ravenghost Interiors - Steaminator Fireplace - for Twisted Krissmus event

123 ~ She rules the winter forest

 ~She's been given report that the humans are encroaching on the border, as humans are wont to do.  With the sun cresting high in the sky, she mounts her steed, venturing off with only her magic to defend her as she rides along the perimeter.  The glistening snow, the shimmering ice and clear waters all reflect the truths that have been spoken.  The humans are spreading their claim on the lands.  Soon, they will be edging further and further into the protected space that she has been charged with leading... and protecting.  Regally, she rides, looking out over the expanding village with a seriousness about her, and yet a placid demeanor.  Tonight will bring the long-coming conversation with the elders that she had hoped would not have to be.  Yet, the prophecy spoke of it.  The humans are coming. ~

Back in my Elven Warrior days, I was gifted this beautiful horse so I could learn jousting and compete against human counterparts in a land called Dubhan.  While there are more updated animals out there, I love this one still, because of all of the options with it.  You can make it prance, trot, walk, stand, even leave piles behind for that extra bit of realism.  Just add to the outfit and turn off the ao and you're set!

Okay, so maybe I should have dressed her up a little more ethereal... but I'm spending my L$ on Christmas gifts instead of on outfits for myself these days!  Not that there aren't some amazing items I'd love to have, and a TON of events going on that would more than deserve my money!  Some of them are getting my money, actually, as I shop for others.  Anyway, this outfit is well enough for a woman of the woods, who embraces the seasons and doesn't have to worry about hot or cold against her skin.

This amazing mesh crown is a collaborative piece from Yukio Ida of [ Gauze ]  and Selos Dae from [[Trap]].  It's called the Faunus Crown, and comes in either Fay (shown) or Natura.  Hand-painted custom mesh, with HUD options for coloring and lots of options, as well as resizing, this crown is amazing!  You can find it at We <3 rp=""> .  I highly recommend snatching this up!

Special thanks to Valdrtosk for letting me come to sim dressed as a fantasy queen, rather than a Gorean player!  There aren't actual horses in Gor, though the kailla is similar... with huge fangs!  I always find this sim to be a gorgeous backdrop for pictures, particularly when Tor has it dressed up for winter!
The breakdown:

Hair:  Calico - Alyena - Rare Pale Blondes - Gorean Gacha win
Skin:  Glam Affair - Aria - Asia - Combination 03 A - Arcade win
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Mayfly - Luminous Eyes - Aurora - 1 (New!)
Crown:  [ Gauze ] - and [[Trap]] - Faunus Crown - Fay - at We <3 r="">P
Armor:  .storybook. - Valeska - Dark - Rares - Gorean Gacha win
Coat:  Stitched - Elyana coat - Blue - Gorean Gacha win
Horse:  The Armour Stall - Ardennes Horse - Buckskin
Location:  Valdrtosk Village - Northern Gorean RP sim

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

115 ~ A rare red gown

Port Kar.  She had heard of it.  It was a place rumored to be a haven for those with a penchant for darker, more frowned-upon activities of the seedy sort.  Weary of the pleasantries that were more commonplace in cities, the woman cast her stones with this lot, stepping onto the dock and finding her way with her hired guard.  The widow of a Red Caste Warrior, she knew much about blood and pain.  It didn't faze her when she passed by the several impaled bodies, decaying on display as a warning to those who would cross the line.  And such a blurred line it was.

With her head held high, she gave order for her things to be delivered to the inn, if such place were to be had.  Amidst jokes about the brothel nearby, she felt her palms beginning to sweat, her heart thrumming violently beneath her ribs.  She could do this.  She could start anew.  And she would do whatever it would take to survive.

This dress and cape are brand new designs from Bloom!, found at the Gorean Gacha event right now!  The red is rare, with several other colors to win as well.

Port Kar is a Para-RP sim, recently opened, for those who enjoy Gor but are looking for a place where you can actually play the "bad guy."  It's so refreshing to find a higher level of RP, where there is no "white knight syndrome!"

The mesh scarf comes in 2 sizes, to wear with a simple hair base, or with hair (shown).  When it comes to hair, particularly for free women of Gor, this gift from Eaters Coma is one that I have found to be one of the best.  It lays closely enough to the head to fit under most head coverings without any issues; yet doesn't skimp on simple elegance.  It's one of my go-to designs, particularly for Gorean RP.
The breakdown:

Hair:  Eaters Coma - Gift 03 - Light Sandy Blonde
Skin:  Panda Punx - Maddie - Lovestruck - Sunkissed
Shape:  Mine!
Clothing:  Bloom! - Carrie - Red - Rare - at Gorean Gacha event now!
Location:  Port Kar - Para RP Gorean Sim

114 ~ A moment

~The world of Gor is harsh and unforgiving.  When freedom is taken, it is rarely ever gifted again.  Yet, there are moments... just moments... when a slave can find respite.  Time to bathe, for example. When the beasts of the waters are off doing other things, when the chores are done, and when the sun is resting just so in the sky, there is a moment to dip into the bay and maybe even have a moment of drying out on the dock, enjoying the feel of the sun and breeze on weary skin.~

The Gorean Gacha is in full swing, running now until December 15th.  Asset is there with 2 great styles for RP.  Though Asset usually caters to men (a much-needed niche!), I've found several of their styles can be considered unisex.  In fact, their style called Pirate is meant to be just that.  The one I've chosen to show you today, though, is called Miracle.  For a bond in northern Gor, a moment of rest and a peaceful bath is just that.  A miracle!  How fitting!

The breakdown:

Hair:  >Asset< - Miracle - Blondes - now at the Gorean Gacha event
Skin:  Panda Punx - Maddie - Lovestruck - Sunkissed
Shape:  Mine
Eyes:  MADesigns - AWAKE - moss
Breasts:  Lolas - Tango - Delicq
Hands and Feet:  Slink - F - Relaxed hands, high feet
Location:  Tyrstoftir BTB Northern Gorean RP sim, and its adjacent Vhargon farm land.  Tyrstoftir RP sim is a sponsor for this first round of the Gorean Gacha event, and is currently welcoming all roles for Gorean RP.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

113 ~ A mask to hide her heart

It was just a dance.  Just some made-for-fun masquerade, where everyone would dress up, dance, and forget their troubles.  Unless their troubles were dancing with them.  Hers would be.  Possibly.  He was certainly escorting her.

She'd painstakingly searched for just the right gown, just the right ring to represent her favorite character.  She was dressed to the nines and when he came in to help her with her necklace, to help with any finishing touches, he took her breath away.

It was a moment when she felt she could identify with the anguish that was felt so often by writers of the classic books.  The ones tormented by their emotions, so desperately in need of healing of the heart, which evaded them.  It often ended in tragedy, the pain so overwhelming... or in romance.  She knew which way her story would end.

A viciously cruel twist of the fates, this love triangle.  It was one that could never end her way.  He looked so devilishly handsome, standing there, wearing an almost-matching collar set to her ear cuffs and mask.  If only the mask could hide the longing in her eyes as she stared up at him.  He  had to know.  It was evident in every breath she took.  And yet - his love was destined for another.

The inspiration for the gown was innocence and loss - something known all too well by Elizabeth from this round's book for A Tattered Page.

The black and bone color set of this unique ring series will not be available after the A Tattered Page event!

The Doctor had always been fascinated with the secrets of nature, the inspiration behind the pieces from ISD.  Aether is the exclusive color for the event, though you can still find the basic elements represented in-store after.  

The necklace was fashioned after the one that so touched Frankenstein's heart when he saw it on a young wearer.  The creators have gone so far as to set up a photo shoot in SL, representative of the mother that the image was to be of, and play with lighting and settings to make it more "real."

There is a lot of beautiful detail work in the chandelier and vanity set.  Sadly, this picture just doesn't do justice to all the work that you will see when you zoom in closely to the metal work done on this.

I also love the details in this vest.  And who says that hair is specifically for a man or woman?  I think Niko rocks this hair from Magika... but then, the man always does look good.

The breakdown:

On her:

Skin:  TSYI - Mari - Sunglow with Sunglow brows
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  !Chop Shop! - Frankenstein - Hope - for A Tattered Page event
Lashes:  Tameless - Lashes 33
Hair:  Ink - Uros - Black
Hands:  Slink - F - Relaxed
Dress:  Greymoon - Lost Innocence with Sleeve Add-on - for ATP
Necklace:  Eclectica - the Frankenstein Miniature - for ATP
Mask and Earcuffs:  ISD - Secrets of Nature - Masque and Chains - Aether - for ATP
Ring:  Bliensen and MaiTai - Wedding Night Ring - Purple/Black/Bone (exclusive color) for ATP
Vanity, Stool, Chandelier:  Ravenghost - Victorian Dressing Table and Stool in Walnut and Midsummer's Night Chandelier in Silver - all for [Room69] event for November

On him:

Eyes: .ID. Soulful Eyes Dark Green
Top: Deon Gothic Spiked Vest *FASHIONNATIC*
Boots: Eudora 3D Steampunk boots BBG
Pants: Kevon Male suspender pants - *FASHIONNATIC*
Hair: Magika - Meadow
Skin: ~Tableau Vivant~ Echo - Tone 5
Collar: @->~ISD Secrets of Nature Shirt Collar - Water - for the ATP project