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