Sparkle

Protect your spark, cherish it, nourish it. For all its strength it is frail and easily extinguished. It is not the organ pumping blood within your body, it is not the grey matter calculating along the list of to-dos, it is the inviting dance of the muse, the divine inspiration, the delight in creation, in life. 

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Defend it against the onslaught of musts, of urgent distractions, of practicalities and pragmatic thoughts. Give it time, give it space, give it peace and then simply breathe. Light the spark, feed it with indulgent care and joy, let it show you new sights with its radiance.

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Existing is never the same as living, cold halogens never the same as a warm flame. We know this and yet we try to make do, afraid to search for the source of light, telling ourselves that things are more efficient without having to tend to that flickering spark, ignoring that without it we are not really happy, not really complete.

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For perhaps we are the sparks of the universe that keeps on breathing to feed us, to see us blaze bright and brave.

Solaris, the complete Sun Goddess avatar by Fallen Gods Inc. is available in the Fortune Teller in Selidor and the prize includes her radiant male counterpart as well. You have until October 31st to find your match for (and according to) the Fortune Teller and transform into the brightest deity of the year. If the crowds have dispersed for a moment you can always ask in the Fallen Gods Inc. group if anyone would like to come over and test it out, the Fallens are usually very helpful in deifying people: strength in numbers, after all.

Once you find your divine form — sun or otherwise — you might as well take some pictures of your glory for the Fallen God and Goddess Election 2014. The deadline for sending in the pictures is October 17th, so there’s still plenty of time! After that the Fallen Anniversary Week begins with a special sun-themed market and a week of events, so keep an eye on the Fallen Gods Inc. website for news!

Complete Avatar: Fallen Gods Inc. – Solaris Goddess, Fortune Ed.

Sun Sparkle Props & Poses: Astalianda (not available yet)

Departure

“I can smell the change in the air: not unlike autumn it’s a sudden crisp feel, a moment of clarity, the sharp realization before the haze of hibernation. The spin of the Spiral is reaching the last rounds before the transformation begins.”

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“The trains are still awaiting for the last of the passengers and I should hurry, I do not want to get caught in that last twirl of no return. I used to, I think. Surely I did not leave the Spiral on my first shift? I wish I could remember the cycles before these last two, but that is the Spinner’s Nature: there is only the Spiral, and the Spiral is always Now.”
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“I like traveling now, I like being able to remember beyond the immediate existence, I like being able to look forward further than the end of the current Dance. That said, I also like to be able to return home, for somewhere within the twists and turns and changes of the Spiral I came into being.”
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“Sometimes I wonder if they are always the same, the people. If the Spiral changes only the surface, if the cores are the same, eternally dancing within its serpentine rise. I must compare, document, research. The next time.”

A Clockwork Spiral is turning its last spins and will vanish from our reality on October 1st at 6am SLT. Go catch its last moments before it fades for a year! I have had such fun with the return of the journalist and even more so: being able to see others get into the spirit of the Spiral, wander around, shapeshift accordingly and simply enjoy themselves.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Group Gift Peach September 2014 | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Dark Turquoise | Hair: Exile – Dancing on my own | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Dress: DGD – Airship Princess* | Hat: Senzafine – Memento Mori Mini Top Hat Noir* | Glasses: Chaos, Panic & Disorder! – Ladies’ Pince-Nez | Other Accessories & Jewelry: Eclectica – Mechanika Belt Accessories, Dragonfly watch neckpiece, Dragonfly Ring*

Poses: Kirin – Florence Pose 1 | flowey – a twinge in your heart

The Spiral Dance

“Did I understand correctly that there’s some sort of special celebration taking place tonight, Miss Scapula?”

“Absolutely. It’s the biggest, grandest, and dare I say… steamiest party of the season. Most awaited one.”

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“And it takes place in Club Gothika?”

“In its Mobile Unit, let’s be clear about that. The one within the Spiral, underground beneath the Station. There’s stairs leading down, see?”

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“So I see. I understand the clubbing continues at even intervals during the Spiral’s turn. What makes this particular party so special?”

“They do keep up the parties according to their schedule the whole time, but this… this is the party we have all been waiting for. The big Spiral Dance of steamy looks, grinding gears and delightful musical orchestrations by Miss Lokii.”

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“You keep returning to steamy…”

“But of course. What kind of party would it be if it wasn’t spiced with scandalous indulgences? A boring one, that’s what.”

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“Thank you for your time, Miss Scapula. I’ll make certain to spread the word.”

“Oh, you do that. Nobody should miss the Spiral Dance: it defines the spin and turn, the twirl and burn of the next one, after all.”

A Clockwork Spiral will indeed have the official party tonight (Friday, 26th September). It starts 8PM SLT and is DJed by Lokii Violet. The theme is of course Best in Steampunk and there’s prizes from various ACS merchants.

The top and blouse by Greymoon are available in the Spiral. The accessories are all by lassitude & ennui: shoes and necklace available in The Secret Affair, earrings and armbands in Jewelry Fair. The skin was a squee-find from the retirement sale in Pink Fuel that is going on right now. Don’t panic, just some skin lines are being retired, nothing else.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral
Armchair: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Chtuluh Armchair Black Leather Brocade | Lamp: Volstead – Vogue Lamp 001

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Elly Sugar Baby Doll dkbrow w cleavage 3 & Glam Lipstick Vamp | Hair: Magika – Shimmer | Eyes: IKON – Eternal Eyes Mesa | Hands & Feet: Slink | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Lucrezia*

Outfit: Top & Skirt: Greymoon – Shadowed Steamgirl Keyhole Blouse & Tiered Skirt* | Shoes: lassitude & ennui - Nevermore heels black (slink high)* | Jewelry: lassitude & ennui – Lethe necklace silver, Boudica armbands black, Winged earrings silver*

Poses: Kirin – Athena Pose 6 & 2 | Part of the furniture. | Kirin – Hera Pose 8

The Detectors of the Station

“Miss Sight, I assume you’re busy at work, but perhaps I could have just a few words…?”

“Friendly greeting, Visitor 9321. Your record shows no trespasses or misconduct, your current stay at the Spiral just reached nine days, one hour, forty-five minutes and counting.”

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“Yes, that is correct. Is that what you do, the Detectors of the Station? Keep records of the visitors?”

“Record every arrival, record every departure, keep track of current status.”

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“…and if there is a …misconduct?”

“Inform the Gaze. The Detectors are not equipped to deal with misdemeanors, we simply observe and record matters.”

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“Ah. …may I ask why… how… the Detectors are… trained, exactly?”

“Specific radar implants, broadcast unit for communication and control. Organic blindness for enhanced vision. Nerve-integration to Broca’s.” 

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“…that seems very… complete, yes. I’m sure you do your job perfectly well.”

“Error-margin non-existent. Good day, Visitor 9321. You have seven days, five hours and twenty-three minutes left of your stay.”

A Clockwork Spiral has passed its halfway point, lasting to October 1st. If you haven’t yet indulged in the matters of steam and dieselpunk, now’s the time! The jacket and pants by Pale Empress, boots by House of Rain, hand attachment by Unrepentant, the nails by Pin Me Down and the eyes by !Chop Shop! are all available in the Spiral.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Sora <Alabaster> Natural | Eyes: !Chop Shop! - Vibrant Moonstone | Makeup: Pin Me Down – All about the liner Sapphire, One 1, Tiken* | Hair: A&Y Aeon Hair 2 Black | Hands: Slink | Nails: Pin Me Down – Oscarian Modern*

Outfit: Jacket: Pale Empress – Meteora* | Pants: Pale Empress – Diesel Capri* | Boots: House of Rain – Decadencia Boots Black* | Hand Attachment: Unrepentant – The Deep Oil Spill* | Eye Implant: Remarkable Oblivion – Photographers Eye Closed

Poses: (marukin) [volition] back of a bird | !Picture This! – Artistic Nude 2 Mirror | Exposeur – Back to Black 6 | Kirin – Hera Pose 1

The Clocktower of Creation

“Miss Anna, I cannot express how happy I am to finally be able to talk to one of you Prototypes, I have been hearing so much about you.”

“The pleasure is all mine, I assure you. I have been designed to feel comfortable and pleased when interacting with humans in a socially acceptable and friendly manner.”

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“Feel? I am somewhat surprised to hear you use the word, I hope I do not offend… I was not expecting a… woman that has been designed to speak of feelings.”

“Do not many of the humans also believe they were designed? How is that different?”

“…ah, yes. But um… see, they believe they were designed by… well, not by another human. Speaking of, do you think it is possible for me to speak with him?”

“Find Marie, ask her. She knows such things. Climb on the roof by nightfall, she prefers to do her calculations in the dark.”

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“Miss Marie, a word, please?”

“Cuprosklodowskite.”

“…ah. Um. I meant… could I ask you a question?”

“Rhetorical and redundant.”

“…quite right, I already did. I would like to meet and talk with your Maker. How may I achieve this?”

“Put these on to adjust your human sight to see the Clocktower. To the south. Knock on the door. Goodbye.”

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“May I just state that it is an honor to finally meet you… I am not even certain what to call you, I have heard so many names. The Prototypes call you Maker, the townsfolk whisper of the Architect, the Scientist and there are even other words floating around…”

“Names do not matter, Miss Journalist. Only my work does.”

“…very well. I can see you are doing just that, working. Is she… I mean… does that hurt?”

“Greta is not sentient yet. No, it does not hurt, she has not been created to feel pain. The others have preliminary nervous systems to aid in self-preservation, but Greta and her partner will not be needing those.”

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“…and why is that?”

“Because they are created to aid the Gaze. Captain Lupine sent me a very special and specific request. I am responding in kind.”

“…I see. Actually, I see far from here… the whole of the Spiral. But until Marie gave me these goggles, I did not even know there was a clocktower here.”

“There is always a tower of observation, Miss Journalist. Always.”

A Clockwork Spiral has been visibly inhabited by the Prototypes from Fallen Gods Inc. this year. One can meet Anna, Marie, Oscar and Nikola almost any time one visits the area. They are available as complete avatars, but also sold separately as outfits and skins (Rust appliers in the Materica HUD in the main store). It felt only fitting to have a story of the steam diesel scientist behind them, so Alia Baroque graciously agreed to play the part that is his by right.

In addition to the Prototypes themselves, you can also find Greta’s seat and one of the lamps by 22769 ~ [bauwerk] from the Spiral. The steam arm on the Scientist is by ImmateriA and also available in the event.

Scene for Anna and Marie: A Clockwork Spiral

Clock Tower Scene: Pixel Mode – Clock Tower Sky Box | Volstead – Savoy Table & Vogue Lamp 001* | 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Steam Powered Pouf & Industrial Floor Lamp* | ~Libertine~ Marquis Master Chair* | E&D Engineering – Thinker’s Work Table & Stool | Hat & Gearbuckle on Greta’s seat from Nikoka Hrdja avatar by Fallen Gods Inc.

Prototypes: Fallen Gods Inc. – Anna & Marie Complete Avatars, Greta’s skin with The Fatal Familial Insomniac head attachment by [ContraptioN]

The Scientist: ~v~ ImmateriA ~v~ Steamarm from Arcane Finery outfit, the rest of the look a part of the mystery.

Poses: {Imeka} – Reika-Pose 1 | Kirin – Athena Pose 2 | Diesel Works – Adam 7 | Sitting poses part of the furniture.

The Wrench Hand

“Miss Abigail, a moment of your time?”

“Abby. By Gear and Gadget, do I look like a nob? ‘m a wrench hand, you can drop the blasted misses.”

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“Abby. I was just wondering what exactly it is that the… wrench hands do in the Spiral?”

“What does it look like we do? Pick daisies? We make sure the bloody thing doesn’t blow up while you folks prance about in the fancy dances. ‘n it ain’t easy sometimes, let me tell you.”

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“Ah. At least I am extremely grateful for that, let me assure you. But isn’t that dreadfully dangerous? Isn’t there some more… mechanical labor for such tasks?”

“Are you kidding me? Do you have any idea how much the Prototypes cost to create? They’re delicate machinations, the gearwork alone- …I mean, humans are always expendable, doesn’t cost much to make one of us, huh? Add a few implants for ocular accuracy and heat exhaustion and you have a new wrench hand.”

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“…and how do you feel about that?”

“How do I feel about that? ‘m bloody- …oh, good day, Gazer, good day… grateful and happy to be able to keep us safe, naturally. What else?”

A Clockwork Spiral continues spinning, completely safe and stable, honest. The outfit by The Little Bat, necklace by AZE Jewelry Designs, goggles by Goth1c0, monocle by Souzou Eien, back exhaustion pipes by ~SongBird~, eyes by !Chop Shop! and the poses with the various wrenches by {Rook} are all available there.

Scene: A Clockwork Spiral

Body: Skin: !Imabee – Petal Florentien & Eyeliner/Lipstick | Dirt Tattoo Layer: Miss Shippe’s Studio – Digging in the Dirt | Eyes: !Chop Shop! - Gearhead Brass | Hair: !lamb – DIY Haircut Ink | Hands: Slink | Dirty Hands & Nails Applier: Izzie’s 

Outfit: Top & Pants: The Little Bat – Steam Outlaw Red* | Boots: The Little Bat – Abby Boots* | Necklace: AZE Jewelry Designs – Impedimenta Gear Necklace Gold* | Monocle: Souzou Eien – Archivist’s Monocle* | Goggles: Goth1c0 – Jasper Steampunk Goggles | Bracers: The Forge – Steamer Bracers | Back Augment: ~SongBird~ Smoke Stacks Augment*

Poses with Wrench: {Rook} – Wrenched Set

 

The Flight of the Dragonfly

“Lady Anisoptera, you are one of the more upstanding citizens of the current Spiral, how would you describe-“

“Oh, you can call me Anise, titles are terribly tedious business. Or Lady Dragonfly if you absolutely must, it has a nicer ring to it.”

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“I did notice that people referred to you as such when I was inquiring how to gain an audience with you. An intriguing nickname.”

“I think they just like to add a little mystique to me, makes amazingly amusing rumors even more scandalous, I guess. Not that there’s any truth to them. I have absolutely nothing to do with the Prototypes and I have met the Spark only once at a dinner party.”

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“But it is however true that you hold a substantial amount of the Spiral’s wealth and influence in your very young hands and that none of it was inherited, correct?”

“Oh, you journalists, always exaggerating. I might know some people and own some property here and there, but it’s hardly substantial.”

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“Nevertheless-“

“Nevertheless you should come and join the next party we’re holding, meet some people, see the situation from a larger perspective. You do know that there’s a club underground right beneath the Station, correct? They have delightful shindigs there several times a week. You should go. Much more interesting than having tea with me. Thank you so much for visiting! Remember: club underground, the Station. Good bye.”

There really is a club underneath the train station in A Clockwork Spiral: Club Gothika’s Mobile Unit functions according their regular schedule, make sure to tune in to the stream when visiting the event area and if you’re in luck timewise: go enjoy the diesel underground! The corset and skirt by :{MV}:, boots and collar by lassitude & ennui and the dragonfly and ladybug jewelry by Bliensen + MaiTai are all available in the Spiral. Same goes for Anise’s surroundings, which is a mix of Spiral furniture from 22769 ~ [bauwerk], Roawenwood and Spyralle.

Scene: House: Scarlet Creative – Neva Captain’s House | Wall Sconce: Spyralle – “Inspiration” Manhattan* | Table, Stool & Plant (first picture): Roawenwood – The Brigadier’s Table Set* | The Rest of the Furniture: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Grammophon, Around the World in One Day Rug, The Vintage Chesterfield, A Clockwork Side Table, Spine Light, Steam Powered Pouf*

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll v2 <Crystal> Pure blkbrow w eyeshadow soft black & thin gloss pink | Hair: Exile – Dream of Paradise | Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes Leonine | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Corset & Skirt: :{MV}: – Libertine Corset & Skirt Copper | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Selene Boots black/brown* | Stockings: League – Ella Stockings Light Brown | Collar: lassitude & ennui – Wayfinder Choker Gold* | Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Aeropleustic Ladybug Earrings, Luminiferous Dragonfly Necklace, Ring, Hairpin*

Poses:  !bang – Carefree 1 | Part of the couch. | N/A