Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Beneath the Stained Glass: A Tale of Marysville


Previous part

As I crossed the threshold into Marysville, the familiar embrace of childhood nostalgia wrapped around me like a warm blanket. The town was a hive of activity, buzzing with the preparations for the annual Christmas Market, a tradition that had always set my heart racing with excitement as a child. The square brimmed with makeshift stalls, each a trove of treasures waiting to be discovered by bargain-hunting citizens and wide-eyed kids alike. My memories were sweetened by the thought of candied apples, fluffy marshmallows, and the legendary pies baked by Mrs. Croft, whose recipe was whispered to be touched by magic itself.

Strolling down the central street, adorned with festive cheer, I caught a glimpse of something that stopped me in my tracks—a piece of pastry that looked exactly as I remembered it. Mrs. Croft’s Pie? It was impossible, wasn't it? Mrs. Croft had been a fixture of my childhood, and her pies were legendary. Compelled by curiosity and a craving I hadn’t felt in years, I entered the quaint café.

The warmth of the interior was matched by the welcome from a young woman with sparkling green eyes. As I settled at a table, she caught the direction of my gaze and chimed, " The pie has caught your eye, I see." My surprise at its presence after so many years spilled into our conversation, and upon my inquiry, I learned of Mrs. Croft's passing. A tinge of sorrow crept in, yet there was comfort in knowing her craft lived on as her secrets passed to her daughter who now baked with the same love and mystical touch.

As the green eyed fairy placed the steaming coffee and a generous slice of the pie before me, her curiosity bubbled forth, questioning the purpose of my visit. In my reply, I skirted around the true nature of my adventures, instead invoking the sweet, nostalgic pull of Christmas memories and a desire to revisit the castle ruins—a site that had once been the playground of my imagination and the rumors of secret brotherhoods and midnight rituals.

Her response jolted me from my reverie. The castle that had loomed so large and menacing in my childhood, the source of countless dares and sleepless nights, had shed its cloak of shadows. The once-abandoned relic was now reborn as a luxurious hotel, its halls no longer filled with the echoes of clandestine gatherings but with the laughter and chatter of guests. The news left me adrift in a sea of emotions; the raw edge of anticipation that had accompanied thoughts of tiptoeing through its forbidden corridors was dulled. Where once there stood a bastion of the unknown, there was now a welcoming entrance, ready to receive a guest in place of an intrepid explorer. Yet, even as this new reality settled in, the allure of the castle’s whispered secrets beckoned me still, promising that even behind the refurbished facades, the heart of mystery continued to beat.

Savoring the last morsel of Mrs. Croft's pie, a flavor that bridged past and present, I left the café behind and walked toward the castle. The giant building that once was the source if my nightmares now twinkled invitingly with Christmas adornments, its silhouette softened by the merry lights.

Upon entering the grand lobby, I approached the reception where the clerk was busily arranging room keys. He glanced up, and our eyes met—an instant of recognition flickering in his. "May I assist you with a booking, sir?" he inquired, his tone professional yet warm.

"Yes, I'd like a room for the night," I responded, presenting my card for identification. As he registered my details, his demeanor shifted from courteous to intrigued. "Ah, you're a native of Marysville, aren't you? Your name rings a bell." I nodded, confirming my roots in this town.

His eyes brightened with the spark of an idea. "Sir, given your connection to our town, it would be our honor to offer you something special." There was a pause, a breath of suspense, before he continued. "We have a tower suite available—it's not just any room, but a special place that embodies the castle's history. The furnishings are originals, restored with care. The bed itself was once the master's own. It’s a living piece of history."

The surprise must have shown on my face, as the clerk smiled knowingly, pleased with the effect of his revelation. "Of course, there's no extra charge for this upgrade. It's part of our hospitality for those with ties to the castle's legacy."

The offer was as unexpected as it was irresistible, so I accepted with a grateful nod and got the key to the suite in my hand.

As I walked toward the tower suite, anticipation quickened my steps. The castle's transformation was complete, but perhaps, within the walls of this special room, I would find the spirit of the past still lingering, a silent companion to my solitary exploration.

The room exuded a sense of grandeur and luxury. A huge gothic bed, crowned with plush bedding and ornate pillows, stood like a throne of dreams. A grandfather clock ticked a steady rhythm, and a vase of lilies-of-the-valley was filling the air with the floral scent of spring. How could they get those flowers in the middle of winter? The room's centerpiece, a grand stained glass window, painted the walls with colored light. A cozy sitting area invited me to ponder over the bottles that seemed to contain more than mere liquor.

The sense of bygone splendor was overwhelming. Every corner whispered of ancient secrets, and the grandeur of the room was a living homage to the castle's illustrious past. My gaze wandered, absorbing each detail until it landed upon an old bookcase nestled in the shadow. It was an impressive collection of old books.

Compelled by an unseen force, I found myself drawn to the shelves, my fingers tracing the leather-bound spines as I read the titles. There, amidst the chronicles and memoirs, was a history of Marysville. With reverence, I drew the tome from its place, feeling the weight of the town's story in my hands. Flipping through the pages, my pulse quickened, each word, each image, anchoring me deeper into the narrative of the town I thought I knew.

Then, as if destined by the fates, a peculiar title caught my eye—“The Brotherhood of the Luna Moth.” A chill ran down my spine, for this was not just any legend; it was the one that had fueled my childhood adventures and haunted my dreams. The cover seemed to pulse under my touch, an invitation to uncover the truths that lay dormant within its pages. With bated breath, I opened to the first chapter, and as I did, the air in the room seemed to grow charged with anticipation. This was no ordinary evening; it was the beginning of an adventure that promised to bridge the gap between the whispered myths of Marysville and the tangible, pulsating heartbeat of its reality.

The Tower Suit is decorated with:

VARONIS - Sombre Skybox

Death Row Designs:
DRD, Mystic Bastion, bastion Bed

[ zerkalo ]:
[ zerkalo ] Emilia Bed

Apple Fall:
West Village Eleanora Bedside Table - Chalkboard
Apple Fall Oxford Wingback Chair
Apple Fall Carter Lamp - Black
Apple Fall Whisky Decanter
Apple Fall Argentinian Malbec
Apple Fall Wine Glasses
Apple Fall Harrogate Grandfather Clock

Fancy Decor:
Fancy Decor: Spencer Lamp
Fancy Decor: Rameau Side Table (black)
Fancy Decor: Printemps Mirror (antique silver)

NOMAD // Lily of the Valley Vase
NOMAD // Icicles Horizontal C

Monday, December 18, 2023

It's just a yellow lemon tree


As I stood before the most underwhelming sight of my life, the legendary source of eternal youth, I couldn't help but feel a bit cheated. Here I was, expecting the sort of dramatic scenery you'd find on the cover of a fantasy novel, and instead, I got a scene that wouldn't look out of place in a suburban park. A waterfall, a brook, some rocks, and a lemon tree that was supposedly the fabled Tree of Life. Not a single golden fruit in sight. Not even a glimpse of divine glow. And that other tree, the one with white blossoms, was that the Tree of Death? It looked more like it belonged in a florist's spring collection.

Above me, a marble sphinx statue gazed down, its expression a mix of boredom and smugness. "Seriously?" I muttered. "No fire-breathing dragon, no mystical elf, just a statue?" I expected no answer, of course. Statues don't talk. Except, apparently, this one did.

Its lips twitched. I blinked. A trick of the light? Then, a sound like laughter, weaving through the splash of water. I spun around, half-expecting to find a hidden crowd of pranksters. But no, it was just me and the sphinx, who seemed to find my confusion amusing.

"Yes, you start to understand the game," a voice echoed in my mind, unmistakably the sphinx's. "Retrieve water from the source of life. But be warned, approach from one side to gain the elixir of life, yet approach from the other, and you will find yourself with the most potent potion of instant death. Just choose the right side. A simple choice, yet not so simple."

I eyed the paths to the left and right of the brook. "That's it? No epic quest, no heroic battles, just a left or right decision?" I scoffed. "You've got to be kidding me."

The sphinx chuckled again. "Oh, young seeker, sometimes the greatest challenges are the simplest ones. And beware, the trees are merely trees. This is a game of chance, a coin toss between life and eternal sleep."

Standing there, I felt like a contestant on the world's most existential game show. Was this some cosmic joke? The wisdom of the ancients reduced to a 50/50 gamble?

Then it hit me. This was the lesson. Life isn't a neatly laid out adventure with clear signs and predictable outcomes. It's a series of choices, each with its own risks and uncertainties. The wisdom wasn't in finding the right path but in making a choice and embracing its consequences, whatever they may be.

With a shrug and a wry smile, I chose my path. Left or right? A sudden realization struck me. The sphinx had said, "Just choose the right side. Right!" Could the answer really be that straightforward? The enveloping silence offered no clues. Approaching the waterfall from the right, I cautiously filled my flask with its water. Had I overlooked something? No time for second guesses—it was now or never. I took a sip, and... nothing happened.

"And here is your reward," the familiar voice spoke in my mind once more. "Now, you shall live long enough to understand whether the gift of eternal life is truly a blessing or the worst curse imaginable." The sphinx's laughter rang out, sounding like thousands of tiny bells, a melodious yet ominous finale to my quest.

This experience is made with:

FANATIK Architecture to build the rocky landscape

:Fanatik Architecture: WATERFALL set

:Fanatik Architecture: RIVER BED set (Straight and Turn R are used)

:FANATIK: ROCK BOULDERS set (16 boulders in 5 textures to bring variations in a rocky landscape)

Parts of Grotto set are used together with the Cliff covers set

Trees by Little Branch:




22769 - Sphinx Statue White Marble

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

From Dreamscape to Landscape: My Go-To Landscaping Tools in Second Life


Transforming the Skybox into a Mountain Retreat

Landscaping in Second Life (SL) presents unique challenges, especially when it comes to skybox environments. Here, you don't have the luxury of natural terrain; instead, you're starting with a bare, open square suspended in the air. The task? Transforming this blank canvas into a rich, earthy landscape. Thankfully, the creativity and craftsmanship of several talented SL designers make this daunting task not only achievable but also enjoyable.

FANATIK: Crafting the Perfect Terrain

At the forefront of my landscaping toolkit is FANATIK, led by the innovative Kendra Zurak. FANATIK excels in creating versatile landscaping pieces, such as rocks, cliffs, paths, and houses that span various historical periods, including Roman and medieval designs.

For my latest project, I envisioned a mountainous landscape complete with a dell and a secluded house perched on a hilltop, evoking a sense of solitude at the world's edge. FANATIK's latest offering, the 'Cliff Covers,' was a game-changer for this vision. This set includes six distinct covers with impressively realistic rock textures (offering two variations for each of the three panel types), two platforms for crafting a plateau, and even a ramp (plus its mirror version) for easy ascent – no climbing required! The included texture HUD, featuring six textures and a snow-laden version for each, allows for tremendous customization. Surrounded by these panels, a skybox is easily transformed into a mountainous dell or valley, all depending on your parcel's size.

HPMD's Cliff Hills: Adding Life to the Landscape

Another essential in my landscaping arsenal is HPMD's 'Cliff Hills' by Sasaya Kayo. These pieces wonderfully break up the rocky monotony, creating fertile ground amidst the stone for plants to thrive. While plants in SL don't need fertile soil, incorporating these elements significantly enhances the landscape's realism. I love combining cliffs A and B, resizing them for height variation, to make a more natural, undulating terrain.

Heart: The Essence of Greenery

No landscape is truly complete without lush vegetation, and for this, I turn to Heart by Lilith Heart. Her Chestnut and Ash trees are staples in almost all my projects, bringing an authentic touch of nature to the scene. And the flowers – if you dream of a vibrant SL garden, it's Heart's wild flora that brings it to life.

Honorable Mention: alirium's Dwarf Forest

Lastly, a shoutout to a classic – the 'Dwarf Forest' by alirium (Alir Flow). Although she seems to have stepped back from the SL scene, her creations are still on the Marketplace, continuing to enrich landscapes across the virtual world.

Final Thoughts: Crafting a Secluded Sanctuary

And so, the vision comes to life... a solitary haven, a home nestled atop the hill (Apple Fall's New Gatekeepers' Lodge), gazing into the infinity. Below, a quaint dell offers a serene escape, a hidden nook amidst the rugged cliffs to retreat from the real world's hustle and bustle. Another dream realized, another piece of paradise skillfully woven into the fabric of Second Life. It's more than just landscaping; it's creating a personal sanctuary where every element tells a story of escape, peace, and beauty.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Scriptorium Secrets

Previous part.

Warm aromatic tea was slowly bringing me back to the world of the living, banishing the chilling remnants of the spiritual séance. Wilfred, the esoteric shop's owner with eyes gleaming with untold knowledge, leaned forward. “Were the spirits generous with their wisdom?” he asked.

I exhaled a forlorn breath as the shadows of confusion still clung to my thoughts. “They spoke in enigmas, leaving me adrift in a sea of riddles. All paths seem to intertwine with the elusive Luna Moth and a forgotten castle of my childhood lands, surrounded by rumors of a secret Brotherhood.”

Wilfred hummed. “Fascinating,” he murmured before addressing his companion, “What of you, Zelda? Does the Luna Moth ring a bell?” Lady Zelda could only offer a contemplative frown and a shake of her head. But then, as if struck by a silent bolt of inspiration, her eyes glimmered. “Perhaps the library shall unveil the obscured,” she suggested with a hint of intrigue.

“Is he prepared to commune with the library?” Wilfred pondered aloud in a voice filled with a blend of concern and curiosity.

“Only the library can decide, you know,” Zelda responded in a whisper.

Their discourse about the library, as if it pulsed with life, piqued my curiosity and twined it with unease. Was this sanctuary of books yet another enigmatic spirit I was to encounter?

“Our humble shop has a library, small in size but vast in the secrets it cradles,” Wilfred said. “It is very eager to offer help to those who seek wisdom and kind to those burdened by doubts.”

Their words, weaving the library as a sentient entity, left me tethered between doubt and yearning. The spiritual séance's echoes made me wary of another encounter with the unknown. Yet, as Wilfred guided me to my feet, and Zelda relieved me of my teacup, a current of destiny pulled me forward.

The door I was facing looked very common, promising nothing beyond the ordinary. But Wilfred's knowing smile and gentle nod spoke volumes. “The deepest of secrets are often hidden in plain sight, safeguarded by the veil of the mundane,” he whispered, as if imparting an ancient truth.

The room behind the door was anything but ordinary — a grand scriptorium carved from massive grey boulders. Gothic arches vaulted above, cradling the whispers of ages in their embrace. Each candle, a sentinel of flickering light, cast a soft glow upon endless rows of timeworn books. This was no mere cellar but a cathedral of knowledge, where every book page seemed to breathe with the pulse of hidden wisdom. The library, as alive as any spirit, awaited, ready to divulge its secrets to those brave enough to ask the right questions.

The hush of the library was broken only by the softest of murmurs, as if the books themselves were attempting to impart their ancient tales. I wandered through, feeling the weight of countless unseen gazes, sensing an anticipation that clung to the air, awaiting my next move. My fingers grazed the bindings in reverence, stopping at a volume clad in light green, its texture reminiscent of the delicate wings of the Luna Moth. The touch was a balm to my senses, compelling me to cradle the book in my hands and peer within.

To my astonishment, the pages before me were pristine, like a canvas devoid of ink, much like a travel journal awaiting the stories of the road. Disappointment tinged my spirit, yet as I moved to return the book to its brethren, a single card dropped to the ground like a fallen leaf. Bending to retrieve it, I found myself ensnared by the image it bore—a photograph of the Luna Moth Castle, silhouetted against a grandiose Full Moon, a sentinel over my long-abandoned hometown.

In that moment, clarity pierced the veils of mystery. The path of my fate demanded a pilgrimage to the place of my origins, to the very castle that now beckoned from the photograph. Resolute, I made for the exit where Wilfred and Zelda awaited.

“I perceive you've found a treasure,” Wilfred remarked, as he nodded towards the book I had unwittingly claimed.

A flush of apology warmed my cheeks. “Forgive me, I must return it to its place,” I started, but Wilfred's hand rose gently.

“No, let it accompany you. It seems it has chosen to be the vessel for the chronicles of your imminent odyssey,” he declared with a wisdom that bordered on the prophetic. The book, once empty, now promised to be filled with the narrative of my impending journey.

For this experience, I used the some items from the Bloodcroft Castle set by Death Row Designs.

Monday, November 27, 2023

The Blue Frost Chateau


The end of November is the time when the golden hues of autumn are supposed to yield to winter's embrace, yet we haven’t seen frost or smelled the snow. The city, cloaked in the remnants of Halloween, clung to the dark and the damp throughout those short and sullen days. The vibrancy of fall leaves, however, offered some consolation for the absence of snowflakes. I longed for the silent serenity of a winter's tale, the kind that Christmas whispers into the eager ears of those who believe. But I chided myself; one must not pout over seasons. The spirit of fall was still alive, and I resolved to revel in its lingering enchantment.

I heard of Salem's peculiar celebration—the decennial of a historical reenactment, a true spectacle known as the witch hunt. They had resurrected an entire village from the whispers of the 17th century, where echoes of the past invited the brave to partake in trials and quests, to unveil the shrouded mysteries of a time steeped in shadows and superstition. An event very tempting to visit, but my fantasy had to face the hard reality first. As fate would have it, no place to stay was available within the village or in the vicinity. Even the motels were full. As my search for a hearth to warm my adventures proved fruitless, the witch hunt began to look like a tale I was not meant to partake in.

But then, as if by magic, a white envelope arrived. Its message was clear and intriguing: “Your winter fairy tale starts at the Blue Frost Chateau,” signed by Mrs. Frost. Enclosed was a brochure of the hotel with a stunning picture of a lobby that looked like a slice of winter itself. The hotel was nestled in the heart of a blue calcite cave, where the stone's soft translucency and subtle blue hue created a vivid illusion of ice.

“Upon entering the lobby of the Blue Frost Chateau, one is immediately transported into the pages of a winter fable,” the brochure promised. “The cavernous space, bathed in the pale blue light reflecting from the calcite walls, glistens like the interior of an ice palace. Art Nouveau lamps cast a warm glow against the cool backdrop with their light playing off the intricate patterns of frost that seem to adorn every surface. The furniture, upholstered in hues of white and silver, mimics the frost outside, offering a throne-like seat to any guest who wishes to bask in the wintry splendor. In the heart of the room, an art deco fireplace crackles with a welcoming fire, its flames dancing merrily, a beacon of warmth in the chiseled elegance of the icy domain. Here, in this grand entrance to the Chateau, the enchantment of winter reigns eternal, inviting all who enter to become part of its everlasting story.”

The Chateau looked like a gateway to another world, a place where every guest could don the cloak of a hero in their own winter saga. The brochure featured a picture of Mrs. Frost, who looked like the Snow Queen herself, inviting guests to her crystalline court. Her eyes seemed aloof, but to the true believer, they issued a hidden challenge. A shiver of thrill, not of cold, danced up my spine as I pondered the promise of adventure. The story of Mrs. Frost was as intriguing as her appearance.

Her lineage, once ostracized from Salem on accusations of witchcraft, had avoided the town for generations. Yet, as Salem sought to mend the wounds of history with truth and recompense, she was offered an honored place in the town of her ancestors. Mrs. Frost chose not to abandon the realm she had built, the Blue Frost Chateau. Nonetheless, she extended a mythical olive branch—a reindeer sleigh, always at the ready to whisk Chateau guests through the skies to the heart of Salem's historical intrigue.

Could the brochure be true? Could this be more than a mere metaphor? A sleigh in this modern age seemed a quaint notion, yet something whispered that this was no mere fancy, but a tangible reality. Perhaps, I mused, the sleigh did not merely tread upon the earth but soared above it, a chariot amidst the clouds, bridging the gap between the lore of old and the marvel of the now.

This experience is made with the Grotto package by FANATIK ARCHITECTURE that includes 32 unique mesh building pieces with 4 props as well as texturing HUD with 4 rock material variations (blue calcite or ice included) and 7 ground material variations. There are also 5 pre-built cave examples for a quick start in landscaping. The textures are awesome and very detailed. Perfect for the skyboxes. Requires some building skills, but the pre-built examples make it easy to use.

 For the lobby of the Blue Frost Chateau I used the pre-built

:FANATIK: Grotto DEMO (107 prims), combined with:

:FANATIK: Grotto Wall 04 and

:FANATIK: Grotto Stalactite 02 and

:FANATIK: Grotto Base 4

Other props used for this image are:

NOMAD // Grandfather Clock
NOMAD // Art Noveau Floor Lamp
NOMAD // Art Noveau Table Lamp
NOMAD // Rudolph The Reindeer Mount
NOMAD // Baubles Wreath
NOMAD // Gustavian Couch
NOMAD // Gustavian End Table
NOMAD // Brocante // Wrought Iron Daybed
NOMAD // Brocante // Candelabra
NOMAD // Brocante // Swan Taxidermy

*LODE* Decor - Gladiolus Vase [white]

:: NEWCHURCH :: Doucette Art Deco Fireplace, White

Di'Cor Catherine Coffee table

And the a reindeer sleigh to the witch hunt at Salem is real and will bring you to the Death Row Designs quarters where Salem city is built for their 10th annual Halloween Hunt (still running). 


Monday, November 20, 2023

Shadows and Spirits: A Moth's Message


That morning, the pull of curiosity lured me toward a quaint corner of the city, one unmarked on my daily maps. Friends had chattered about a novel café nestled there, a hidden gem with perfect pies. As I wandered in search of this culinary oasis, a peculiar storefront caught my gaze. It bore a resemblance to a fortune teller's sanctuary I had once visited - a memory that brought me an uncomfortable shiver.

I intended to ignore the shop, but my steps faltered when I saw a luna moth battering against the window pane desperate for freedom. A sudden whisper of déjà vu. Compelled by a mingling of compassion and an unspoken yearning, I entered the shop under the guise of a rescuer. With careful hands, I liberated the moth into the city's embrace.

"A man of a kind heart," commented a voice, silken and warm. Turning, I met the shopkeeper's eyes, which twinkled like stars above his snowy beard. He smiled at me as if we were old friends.

"It's but a trifle," I replied, hoping to deflect. "Besides, moths have taken a peculiar interest in me lately. It's as if they are following me."

"How intriguing," he mused, his eyes alight with curiosity. "In my many years, I have never heard of a stalker moth."

I chuckled, dismissing it as a flight of fancy. Yet, there was an ease about him that unraveled my reservations, and I found myself recounting the dream that had disturbed my previous night.

He listened, nodding thoughtfully. "These moths are not your pursuers but your patrons," he suggested. "The one you freed was merely fulfilling its role as your guide, leading you here."

His words left me pondering. Was it fate or mere coincidence that brought me to this threshold? The shop was a haven of tranquility, with the smell of burning frankincense mingling with the sweet scent of resins, and music that seemed to slow the very passage of time.

"We're convening a spiritual séance," he offered with a gentle invitation in his voice. "Would you care to join?"

Skepticism warred with intrigue. "I'm not a believer," I admitted, yet even as I spoke, my protest felt hollow.

"There's no need for belief to seek understanding," he countered gently. "Speaking with spirits can unveil many truths. Their insights are often... unexpectedly profound."

And so, curiosity, that most human of instincts, nudged me toward the precipice of the unknown. "Why not?" I thought. "It may yet prove to be an enlightening diversion."

As I consented to the experience, the shopkeeper led me to the séance room, the heart of mysteries within the shop. It was a place set apart from the mundane, a sanctuary where the veil between worlds was thin. The walls held frames with images of mediums involved in séances, the silent witnesses watching me with anticipation.

The centerpiece was a robust table, its surface worn by hands and time. Around it, chairs with crimson cushions invited the participants to sit and shed the weight of the corporeal world. A tall candelabrum with burning candles stood at the table's center. Their flames were flickering as if touched by invisible spirits.

Shelves laden with books on esoteric lore, globes charting celestial paths, and instruments of divination hinted at the depth of knowledge that the shop and its owner possessed. As the soft music continued to play, weaving a spell of serenity, I took my place at the table, a skeptic in a room of believers, ready to witness the unseen.

The séance began with the gentle hum of the music weaving through the air, a haunting melody that seemed to echo from a distant, forgotten time. At the head of the table, the lady, who looked as though she had stepped out from a Victorian portrait, closed her eyes. Her lips moved in rhythm with the tune, her voice a soft chant that rose and fell like the tide.

The room held its breath as the medium's chant crescendoed, culminating in the clear ring of a bell. Her announcement was simple, yet it carried the weight of centuries: “The spirits are here. Ask what you came to ask.”

A shiver crawled up my spine, a primal reaction I couldn't control. My skepticism battled with the part of me that wanted... needed to know. “What do you know about the Brotherhood of the Luna Moth?” I asked, my voice a whisper barely rising above the music.

Silence draped over the room, thick and expectant, broken only by the medium's deep, rhythmic breaths. Then, without warning, her eyes snapped open—white, utterly devoid of iris or pupil. Her head tilted back in an unnatural arch, and her breathing turned to a gurgling rasp that raised the hairs on the back of my neck.

I wanted to flee, to call for the shop owner's aid, but I was rooted to the spot. Her head snapped forward, and those white eyes fixed on me with an intensity that seemed to peer into my very soul.

“You are given so many signs, yet you are riddled with doubt,” she spoke, her voice unnaturally low and resonating with an authority that belied her frail form. “It is not only you who lurk in the void. There are powers within the void that seek you out. Cease your neglect of their calls. Heed the signs before it is too late. Come, and play your part in this game or else... regret the consequences!”

Her message struck me, leaving me petrified, an icy grip of fear clutched my heart. As quickly as the trance came, it left. The medium's body relaxed, her breathing returned to normal, and her eyes found their natural color once more. She smiled, a stark contrast to the ominous conduit she had just been.

“Oh dear, look at you! You are as white as a marble wall! I take it this was your first encounter with the spirits?” Her voice was now tender, motherly. “Fear not. They mean to assist you on your path to enlightenment. Come, let us ask Wilfred for some tea.”

She led me, my legs moving as though they were not my own, back into the main shop. The shopkeeper, Wilfred, greeted us with a chuckle. “You look as if you've seen a ghost! Hardly the skeptic now, are we?”

His laughter was a lifeline back to reality. He handed me a cup of tea, the steam carrying the fragrance of herbs that promised calm. I took a sip and felt the warmth seeping into my bones.

“Thank you,” I managed to say, the experience leaving me at a loss for words.

Wilfred's eyes twinkled with a knowing look. “Sometimes,” he said, “a cup of tea can be the best medium to bring us back to ourselves. Drink up. The path of enlightenment is seldom a tranquil journey, but it is always a revealing one.”

This experience is made with:

..::THOR::.. Midnight Library Set (available at the Access Event or in the shop after event ends) Midnight Library Chair Midnight Library Ladder Midnight Library Bookshelf 
Midnight Library Bookstand 
Midnight Library Astronomy Book
Midnight Library Globe
Midnight Library Books 1 Midnight Library Books 2

[InsurreKtion] The Seance Set (available at Seraphim Outlet with 50% discount) 
Chandelier Silver
Candlelight Silver Spirits Bell Spirits ##1 - 7

VARONIS La Chandelle // Skybox

Titans Victorian Apothecary Rug
BookShelf 1 

[n.i] nefarious.inventions

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Candlelight Confession


In the waning days of autumn, as the festive cheer of Halloween gave way to the twinkling lights of the impending Christmas season, my life resumed its familiar rhythm, and the odd encounter at the fortune teller’s shop faded into the background. The streets of the town bustled with the holiday spirit, and one chilly evening, as I wandered past a choir brightening up the early dusk with Christmas carols, a deacon's merry smile stirred old memories within me.

There was a time when I seriously considered the priesthood, drawn to the enigma of the spiritual realm, yearning to graze the divine with my very fingertips. But life's myriad pleasures were too sweet to forsake, and so I chose a different path, without regret, yet occasionally musing over the road not taken.

That night, I had a peculiar dream. I was wearing the vestments of a priest, standing alone in a church cloaked in shadows, the darkness punctuated by the flicker of candlelight. The service had ended, and an eerie stillness filled the air until a foreign sound pricked my attention. I followed the noise to a massive baroque door of a sophisticated design. The copper knob felt cold under the touch of my hand. And the scream of ancient hinges echoed as the door swung open, revealing only darkness beyond.

As I crossed the threshold, candle in hand, the door slammed shut with a thunderous crash. Whirling around, my heart raced to find no door, only a seamless white wall where it once stood. A voice, serene and low, wafted through the darkness, "Fear not, for there is an exit on the other side. Your path lies through this veil of night."

"Who speaks?" I demanded, but only silence returned before the voice resumed, its tone patient and ethereal, "I am the guide to seekers of light. True enlightenment is not in standing amidst the glow but in casting light into the darkest corners of your being. Your journey starts here and now."

With the candle's meager halo as my sole companion, I ventured deeper into the blackness, placing one tentative step after another. The air began to stir, and a moth fluttered into my circle of light, soon joined by another, then more, their wings a whisper in the void. They landed upon me, obscuring my sight, and I panicked as they refused my attempt to swat them away.

"Be at peace," the voice soothed, "They mean no harm; they are your little guides on this path. Trust not your eyes, but your inner sight, your intuition."

But peace eluded me; the fluttering felt like the beats of a terrified heart. I was ensnared in a nightmare, paralyzing, suffocating. Abruptly, I awoke all covered in sweat with my heart racing. My cat's wet nose and whiskers were gently prodding my face in search of attention. As the daylight scattered the remnants of my dream, I rose, unsettled yet compelled, to begin the day.

In the kitchen, a lone moth battered against the window, desperate for freedom. I opened the window to the cold morning air, and as it took flight, I couldn't shake the sense that these winged visitors were an omen, their images etched into the canvas of my days.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

The Lover's Enigma and the Apples of Fate


After buying the “Luna Moth” ottoman, the intricate image of the green butterfly was etched in my mind, resonating with half-forgotten memories. Each time I glanced at the moth's delicate wings, I was transported to thoughts of my childhood, to the silhouette of the ancient castle back in my village that cast long shadows over local lore, steeped in whispers of forgotten dark rituals. The desire to return there was as irrational as it was irresistible.

I sought clarity where I least expected to find it—in the shadowed realm of a Fortune Teller. I had walked past her shop countless times, yet never intended to enter until that day.

The shop was dimly lit, candles casting a soft glow on the mysterious objects that filled the room: a basket of ripe apples, their scent mingling with the rich and exotic fragrance of incense, a weathered box etched with the word “TAROTS,” and an assortment of mystical paraphernalia that spoke of the occult. The air was filled with mystery, and in the heart of it all sat the fortune teller, an enigmatic smile playing upon her lips.

She gestured to the table, and I sat before the spread of cards. She laid three cards face down and asked me to turn one and tell her what I saw. I turned a card, revealing "VI Lovers," as its name told me. A couple in an eternal embrace amidst a thicket of roses.

"A romantic encounter, perhaps?" I offered, hoping to sound light-hearted, but a strange sense of foreboding tightened around my chest.

The fortune teller nodded, her eyes reflecting the flicker of candlelight. "Yes, you might have quite an encounter. Just, all cards have hidden meaning within them. The hidden name for the Lovers is Choice."

“Choice?” I repeated, the word echoing through my mind like an omen.

"Yes, my dear," she continued, her voice a soothing balm to my mounting unease. "Life is but a pattern of choices, each one is a thread intertwining with destiny's design."

I reached for the next card, eager to unveil more of this mysterious pattern, but her hand was swift, catching my wrist with a gentle firmness. "Wait," she said, offering me an apple with her free hand. The fruit looked ordinary, but the action was anything but. Her sleeve slipped back, revealing the inked image of a serpent coiling around her arm—a tattoo or perhaps a warning.

Unheeding, I accepted the apple, the crunch of my bite echoing in the still room. Her eyes never left mine as she spoke, "Well, you've already made your choice. For now, you know what to do. And soon you'll learn the tastes of good and evil."

Her words wound around me like the serpent on her arm, leaving me dazed. Questions perched on the tip of my tongue, but my consciousness was ebbing away, like mist in the rise of the morning sun.

Emerging back onto the street, apple in hand, clarity struck me with the force of a revelation. I was not just chasing a memory—I was answering a call that resonated with the deepest parts of my being. Tomorrow, I would return to the beginning, to my village, to face whatever awaited me there.

If I only knew what a quest I was going to follow. In my naiveté, I failed to perceive the truth. If only I had been more vigilant in the fortune teller's lair. If only I had seen the ashen pallor of the Lovers' skin, the macabre skull nestled among the roses around them, the serpent's inked embrace suggesting a choice fraught with consequence. The symbols were there, painted in the shadow and light of that room, but I was too caught up in the novelty, the adventure.

So, with the taste of the apple lingering and the moth’s image my silent sentinel, I took up the quest that would alter my life forever. The moth, it seemed, had guided me to this very choice, a choice shrouded in mystery as deep as the shadows that danced in the fortune teller’s chamber.

This adventure is made with:

..::THOR::.. Psychic Table
..::THOR::.. Psychic Candle
..::THOR::.. Psychic Box
..::THOR::.. Psychic Bookstand
..::THOR::.. Psychic Chair
NOMAD // Fortune Teller
NOMAD // Vintage Lab Cabinet
NOMAD // Botanical Lab Desk
NOMAD // Vintage Lab Cabinet
NOMAD // The Sun
NOMAD // The Moon
DRD Mystic Bastion - victorian bench red
DRD - Salem - Harvest decor - harvest table
DRD - Bloodcroft Castle - Secret Bookcase
Apple Fall Deer Skull

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Echoes of the Luna Moth

The attic sale was nestled deep within the heart of an old and dilapidated mansion, its bricks darkened with age and the windows curtained off, making it impossible to see within. The ad I stumbled upon mentioned it as an "exhibition of the forgotten", and it was this tagline that piqued my nostalgia. Yard and attic sales have always been a sort of time capsule for me, each item representing a story, a life once lived, a moment captured in time.

The wooden steps leading to the attic creaked under my weight, a warning perhaps, of the world I was about to step into. Inside, the attic was dimly lit with candles that flickered eerily, casting ghostly shadows against the walls. I was met with an assortment of peculiar items. A giant tapestry embroidered with mystic symbols hung on the far end, moving gently as if touched by an unseen hand. Skulls of varying sizes, some with gleaming gem-like eyes, watched my every move from different corners.

My attention, however, was soon drawn to an old wooden cabinet filled with glass bottles. Each vial contained a potion, each with its own unique color. Some were filled with thick, viscous liquids, while others seemed to be empty except for a glowing mist that danced within. Some of the potions bubbled, while others remained as still as death. The labels on these bottles were written in Latin, a language I had only encountered in ancient texts. I dared not attempt to pronounce the names for fear of invoking something I wasn't prepared to face. The corks bore alchemical symbols, each meticulously carved into the seal, as if the very essence of the potion depended on it.

Amongst these oddities, a familiar sight brought warmth to my heart. A rug, decorated with a beautiful depiction of a Luna Moth, the same one that was ever-present in my hometown. Next to the rug was a stool adorned with the same butterfly image. Memories flooded back - of carefree summer evenings chasing these majestic green creatures as they danced in the twilight. Without much thought, I decided to purchase the stool; a piece of my past amidst this room of mysteries.

However, as I turned the stool upside down to inspect it, I saw something that sent chills down my spine. It was a hologram of a green butterfly, a different version of Luna Moth. The image was vivid, and eerily familiar. It was identical to the symbol I had seen years ago on the wall of an abandoned castle back home. The castle had its share of tales – of the Brotherhood of the Luna Moth, known to perform dark and arcane rituals under the cloak of night.

A wave of unease washed over me. Was this stool's presence here merely a coincidence? Or is it a call, a beckoning to dive deeper into the legends of my hometown? My logical side warned against pursuing this further, but a part of me was intrigued. Was it destiny nudging me towards uncovering the truth about the Brotherhood? Or was it merely chance?

Regardless of what it was, I knew one thing for sure; I was about to embark on a journey that could potentially unravel the secrets of the Brotherhood, and maybe, just maybe, discover my own role in this grand contrivance of mysteries.

This experience is built with:

..::THOR::.. Cursed Cabinet
..::THOR::.. Luna Moth ottoman
..::THOR::.. Luna Moth rug
.::THOR::.. Midnight Candelabra
DRD - Spiritualists Shoppe - Potions Shelf
DRD - Spiritualists Shoppe - Hanging Cages
DRD - Spiritualists Shoppe - Spellbook Stand
DRD - Spiritualists Shoppe - Pentagram Chime - Wall Hook
DRD - Spiritualists Shoppe - Tapestry

Monday, October 30, 2023

The Haunting Hymn of Halloween Night

On the evening of Halloween, as dusk began to fall and shadows played tricks with the light, I found myself drawn to the legends of the old castle atop the hill. The tales told in the village were of strange occurrences and mysterious gatherings at the castle every Halloween night. My curiosity was greedy, and this Halloween, I decided to see what the fuss was all about.

Approaching the castle was an experience in itself. Ancient walls, draped in ivy and blackthorn, loomed ominously as if ready to ward off unwelcome visitors, cloaking the path in unease. But what truly piqued my interest was a haunting, rhythmic chant echoing from within the castle grounds. With every step I took, the sound became clearer and more enticing.

As I reached the top, I discovered the source of the sound. A ritual was in progress. The atmosphere was thick with mysticism, and I instinctively took cover behind an old stone wall, peeking out just enough to witness the scene unfold.

The men in cloaks, their movements synchronized, seemed deeply engrossed in their ceremony. The bats (or were they something more sinister?) danced in the air, creating patterns and shapes that seemed unnatural. I looked closer, the glowing circle with the pentagram painted in what seemed like blood mesmerized me. The eerie statue of the dark deity, the torch's flame flickering in its hand, stood as a testament to their worship.

But what truly took my breath away was the smoky apparition behind the altar. The mist and smoke solidified into a cloaked figure. Was this their god? The entity they sought to summon?

Overwhelmed by the scene and the implications, I impulsively took out my phone and snapped a picture, hoping to capture proof of this forbidden ritual. But the universe had other plans. The very second the shutter clicked, the chanting ceased. A palpable silence hung in the air. The central figure, with the crown, slowly turned his head in my direction.

Fear, sharper than any blade, coursed through me. I crawled on all fours, trying to distance myself from the site, before breaking into a desperate run. The woods around the castle became a blur as adrenaline fueled my escape. Somewhere along the way, everything went black.

I awoke with a start, drenched in sweat and tangled in my bed sheets. The chilling events at the castle felt like a vivid nightmare. But was it? Fumbling for my phone, I unlocked it and opened my gallery. And there it was, the irrefutable evidence of the previous night's events - a picture of the ritual, the cloaked men, the dark deity, and the ghostly apparition.

This memory was made with:

Secret Circle Decor by LOVE

Bloodcroft Castle by DRD

Ghost bat by {anc}

Altar table by NOMAD

Blood Demon Statue by ::DisturbeD:: 

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Revisiting Second Life: A Halloween Twist and a New Obsession with SML Training

A Haunting Reminder

The chill in the air and the whimsical fright of Halloween turned my thoughts back to the virtual world of Second Life. An online world where the spooky season unfolds into a bunch of spine-chilling events and festivities. Inspired by this hauntingly fun period, I felt an urge to return tp Second Life, curious to see what new adventures awaited.

Discovering SML Training System

As I wandered through the digital landscapes, I stumbled upon something I hadn't noticed before: the SML training system. This game, though perhaps not brand new to others, was fresh and intriguing to me. Designed for the ultimate gym enthusiasts, the SML training system seemed like a dream come true for those wanting to push their virtual physiques to extraordinary limits. Imagine building and growing muscles beyond any realistic boundary, all within the limitless confines of a virtual world!

What truly caught my eye was the system's accessibility – it's free! No need to spend any Lindens here. The HUD, an essential component of the experience, comes without a cost, complete with complimentary coins and herbal supplements to boost your training regime. Each day, you're presented with a new training goal, and accomplishing these tasks rewards you with more coins, herbs, or even extra training time. Additionally, gyms around the digital world offer their own daily prizes – a motivational boost for sure. Of course, nothing is really free in Second Life as the whole system is built upon the gym owners, who offer their equipment for residents to work out.

Upgrading My Avatar

This journey into extreme virtual fitness demanded a more fitting avatar. Although I had been a fan of the Niramyth Aesthetics body, known for its popularity among muscle worshippers, my exploration led me to discover the Kario body by INITHIUM. It was a beauty to see, with its athletic build, defined muscles, and realistic veins, all topped with high-quality textures. But, as any Second Life veteran knows, a new body often necessitates a new wardrobe.

Fashion Forward in the Virtual World

Though some might argue (and I am among them) that the Kario's beauty is best appreciated in its natural, uncovered state, I decided to opt for a more socially acceptable look. Thankfully, with the weekend sales, updating my wardrobe was both fun and affordable.

I picked up a Tim Tee Steel shirt from Clef de Peau, perfectly complementing my new physique. To add a bit of edge, I chose the Bondage version shorts by Guilty, fashioned in leather and denim, complete with dangling handcuffs – a bold statement piece. For footwear, I went with a stylish and somewhat more conventional pair of GUTCHI sneakers.

And what's a new look without the perfect hairstyle? I topped off my avatar's makeover with a new Vango haircut, the Martin version, with cap included. As someone who's admired Vango's work for a while, this choice was the cherry on top of my shopping spree.

A New Chapter in Second Life

Decked out in my new outfit and with a thrilling training regime ahead, I've found a renewed sense of excitement in Second Life. The SML training system isn't just about growing virtual muscles; it's also a nice community where you can find both, warm and caring conversation and fun.

As I finished my workshop, sporting this fresh new look and feeling invigorated by my recent discoveries, I realized that Second Life's still has that ability to surprise and engage, no matter how long we've been a part of its universe.