The Dragon Nest

The rumor was true: the elder frost dragon had managed to lay her last eggs before luring the hunters to a merry chase that drew them far away from the nest, a chase that ended with her life.

dragonwarrior1bsThe nest was a haphazard arrangement, the surroundings not even properly frosted over yet: she had been in a hurry. Some of the growth nearby was still green, the ground only iced over, no sign of a freezing blizzard or intricate icicle formations.

dragonwarrior2bsThe eggs glowed of stubborn, magical life, fragile as any beginning. Easy prey for a dragon hunter. Fortunately they will never share mother’s fate, not if I have anything to say about it.

dragonwarrior3cs“Come, little siblings. I will take you to desolate hunting grounds, far away from the humans until you learn the disguise and can pass off as them. Then we will return to completely different hunting grounds, my little brothers and sisters. Completely different ones.”

The pauldrons and armguards by [The Forge], the mask by ~Chimeric Fashions~, the dragonlings by ~Alchemy~, the horns by .{Rue}. and the waystone bench that worked as a nest by Cerridwen’s Cauldron are all available for discount in the new round of We Love Roleplay. The eyes by IKON are their latest group gift and the skin by .Birdy. can be won at The Arcade. The bamboos by Cerridwen’s Cauldron and the hair by Adoness are new releases.

Scene: Bamboos: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Bamboo Set v2* | Nest: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Bonus: Fae Waystone Bench* | Eggs & Dragonlings: ~Alchemy~ Baby Dragon Accessorie Air

Body: Skin: .Birdy. – Blair Skin Porcelaine Goth Black | Hair: Adoness – Luna Pitch Black* | Eyes: IKON – Spectral Eyes Leonine | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Horns: .{Rue}. – Horns/Krampus Wrought Iron*

Outfit: Chainmail Layers: The Muses – Rainha Black* | Pauldrons & Arm Guards: [The Forge] – Eldar Armour Regal* | Boots: [The Forge] – Daerwen Boots Worn Black* | Leg Guards: [The Forge] – Cadeyrn Upper Leg Armour Black/Br* | Harness & Belts: [The Forge] – Stomach Harness, Chest Harness, Belt Harness* | Collar: [The Forge] – Posture Collar* | Weapons: [EZ] Weaponry – Bacurd Mace & Shield* | Mask: ~Chimeric Fashions~ Dragon Motif Mask (Burgundy&Silver)*

Poses: Exposeur – Call the Shots 4 | aDORKable Poses – Smart 4 | Exposeur – Call the Shots 1

The Black Knight

She’s the Guardian of the Mysteries. The final confrontation on a quest, the Keeper of the Grail — literal or symbolic. It is up to her to test your strength, determination and worthiness.

blackknight1csAdmittedly most of the time her life is simply waiting: heroes don’t grow in trees. Most of them give up on the quest before the final stage or get stomped by the earlier phases involving dragons and minotaurs.

blackknight2csIt does give her plenty of time to come up with tests, though. Puzzles, quizes, combat moves. Moral tests, trick questions, surprise endings. Waiting around for the right hero for a few millennia does make one rather miffed at the job and very willing to plot for payback, after all.

blackknight3csAll she wants is some company that does not invite to be beaten and tossed into the whirlpool!

The Diana corset and buckled gloves are an upcoming release by The Muses, there’s a brown preview version on discount in We Love Role-play. The Dido skin by Jalwa can be purchased in the same event.

Scene: Surroundings: Garden of Dreams – The Whirl* | Throne Set: Roawenwood – King’s Ransom (old hunt gift) | Bow, Arrows, Sword at the Throne: [EZ] Weaponry – Eldar Bow Gold & Wrath’s Conviction Gold*

Body: Skin: Jalwa – Dido Tumeric Brown Eyebrow* | Hair: [monso] – My Hair Daisy Regular Pack 2 | Eyes: IKON  – Eternal Eyes Mesa | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious

Outfit: Chain Mail Layers: The Muses – Rainha Black* | Corset & Buckled Gloves: The Muses – Diana Black* | Boots & Pauldrons: [The Forge] – Daerwen Worn Black* | Straps: [The Forge] – Belt Harness Female Black & Daerwen Chest Belt Chaos* | Sword: [EZ] Weaponry – Wrath’s Conviction Bronze* 

Poses: Kirin – Burlesque Poses Cane Pose 5 | A part of the throne. | Exposeur – Back to Black 7 M

Red Reaper

Almost a superhero name. Or a villain. Depends on which side of the glaive you look at it. This particular reaper might have red-toned skin, sharp horns and armor fitting for any evil overlord’s guard, but maybe she’s changed her ways. Maybe she’s fighting both the preconceptions against demons and the evil overlord?

redreaper1csWhen you stop laughing and/or rolling your eyes I must admit that she does make an excellent member of the said evil overlord army. I’d imagine her and her company are sent out to finish the jobs the regular army doesn’t get done. Or possibly the job of pruning and punishing the army itself when they screw up. They will screw up, you know the evil overlord’s army always does.

redreaper2bsOn the bonus side: at least they’ll die looking at something pretty.

The armor by The Muses, the skin by The Plastik and the horns by .{Rue}. are all available in the current round of We Love Role-play Event that just opened today. The mask by [BlackPearls] can be won in the Fantasy Gacha Carnival and the hairdo by Alice Project can be purchased in the very last round of Zodiac. The glaive by [EZ] Weaponry comes with a colour change HUD so you can turn the weapon fit for the less evil characters as well.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – The Tomb*

Body: Skin: The Plastik – Astrali Blood Elf* | Eyes: IKON – Utopia Eyes Dark Red | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Brows: Bilo – Black Eyebrow* | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Obake Red* | Hairdo: Alice Project – Leah* | Horns: .{Rue}. Horns/Pyromancer: Dominion*

Outfit: Armor: The Muses – Penghel Black/Red* | Mask: [BlackPearls] – Spider Mask White | Weapon: [EZ] Weaponry – Glaive of Ulysses Black*

Poses: ::Picture This!: – Jewelry Model 1 Mirror & 2

Desert Drow

It might first seem like an odd idea: drow in the sunlight. However, since most of my dark elf roleplay happened in a mmorpg called Vanguard to me this feels perfectly natural. The draconic dark elves of Telon lived in the desert and had a hierarchical society somewhat resembling the Roman Empire, especially when it came to the legion.

desertdrow11bsThe mix of desert tents and pavillions, strict military structure combined with plenty of behind-the-scenes plotting and backstabbing can after all work for both historical Rome and dark elves. On the upper level are the Houses, fighting each other in mostly subtle ways, on the lower are the merchants and crafters, the military — both personal troops and the Queen’s — and of course as in any dark elf society ever: the slaves.

desertdrow2bsAs much as most dark elven cultures tend to have outfits that are more focused on having a bonus to stun the opposite gender, this one actually had people wearing properly covering and protecting armours. This is rare especially for female armour — both in games and in SL — so when you encounter such things made with love and care, it’s worthy of notice.

desertdrow3bsIt’s also good to keep in mind that just because you are covered does not mean the look would be dull. Sometimes covering more is also enticing more: after all, that is what we have imagination for.

A new round of We Love Role-play event has started today and brings you for example the gorgeous Daerwen mesh armour parts in gold and white by [The Forge], drow skin by Aeva, materials-using chandeliers and candlesticks by Rustica and standards to carry on your back by GSpot, although I stuck them in the ground for this scene.

The armour is ridiculously beautiful: the tunic and pants come in standard sizes, the other parts are separate and non-rigged for resizing and can be mixed and matched, worn as much or little as you wish. There’s gold and white versions of the boots and upper body armour in We Love Role-play event, for the whole look you need to check the Marketplace. The drow skins come with all the possible appliers, I’m using Slink’s hands with this scene. As for materials: make sure you have a viewer that sees them properly, aka the official one or one of the few third party ones who have it in already.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – Dream Scene The Desert* | Weaponry: [EZ] Weaponry – Axe of Retribution, Jaw Breaker, Instigator Shield* | Standard: GSpot – Sun on a stick dark metal red* | Candlestick: Rustica – Iron Candlestick (Cell Shaded)*

Body: Skin: Aeva – Amelia Drow Spirited* | Hair: =DeLa*= Evita White | Eyes: IKON – Utopia Eyes Dark Red | Ears: *~*Illusions*~* Seelie Ears* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Bag

Outfit: Armour, tunic, pants, boots: [The Forge] – Daerwen Black & Silver* | Katana: [EZ] Weaponry – Izo Katana*

Poses: aDORKable Poses – Smart 4 | aDORKable Poses – 3 of 25 2012 | Exposeur – Call the Shots 4

Take a Bigger Axe

It would solve many problems. At least there are days when it feels like that, isn’t there? Perhaps that is one of the reasons why many roleplaying games feel so liberating: you can solve problems with an axe and not be thrown to jail. Or live with remorse the rest of your life. Most likely you will get a reward, possibly including half a kingdom and hand or some other body part of a royal person. Convenient!

biggeraxe1bsIt’s not a bad thing to at least get to emulate such solutions when in reality most of us have to daily just plaster a smile on our faces at people we fervently imagine getting a piece of axe-problemsolving instead. Logging into a virtual world where you can just run around, hack and slash and visibly defeat things is practically a form of therapy.

biggeraxe3bsSo truly: when things begin to annoy you the next time, try a game. After a few hours of killing virtual population in inventive ways and being praised for it, the edge of frustration is surely gone. Sometimes taking a bigger axe is the right choice: as long as it’s made of pixels.

The Razivia Valkyrie skin by Fallen Gods Inc., Vale Coat by The Muses and the face chain by .:ellabella:. are all available in the current round of We Love Role-play that has just started. The Axe of Retribution is by [EZ] Weaponry.

Scene: *~by Nacht – The Abbey

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Razivia Valkyrie* | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Aurora | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Alice Project – Willow Low Mirror* 

Outfit: Armour: The Muses – Vale Coat Blood* | Chain Mail Gloves & Pants : The Muses – Rainha Black* | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Edenion black/silver* | Face Chain: .:ellabella:. – Childlike red* | Axe: [EZ] Weaponry – Axe of Retribution (Great Axe)*

Poses: Exposeur – Call the Shots 3 | Olive Juice – True Blood: Sookie Promo 1

Sharp Edges

People have them. Life has them. We might learn to protect ourselves by wearing armor, by dodging, by keeping safe distance, but safety comes with the price of limitations in both motions and room to move in.

sharp1bsThe spaces, the edges, the armors are very rarely physical. They are all in our heads, in our own limitations and comfort zones. Leaving them, daring the edges will get you easily cut. But perhaps you win more room to move in by learning exactly where the edge is. Perhaps the edges move in time and should be revisited.

sharp2bsAnd maybe, just maybe, once you learn where the sharp edges lie, you will learn how to wield and control them without hurting yourself.

The Bloodborn and Coalborn upper body tattoos by Fallen Gods Inc. are available in World Goth Fair Cursed. The Ghost skin underneath is also by Fallen Gods Inc., the War version currently on discount in We Love Role-play Event. The beautiful katana is a new release by [EZ] Weaponry.

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Ghost War* | Upper Body Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Bloodborn & Coalborn* | Eyes: Fallen Gods Inc. – Coalborn* | Hair: Lamb. – Whoop Dee Doo Ink & Restaurant Ketchup

Katana: [EZ] Weaponry – Izo Katana  -novo2.02 & Sheath*

Poses: Poise – GA 3 | Exposeur – She’s Crafty 5

Conquering the Grid

Roleplay. It’s about time it gets a bigger spotlight on it in Second Life. To me it is what the grid should be about, with all the means to make impossible possible, to turn any vision in your head into reality, to share any flight of fancy you might entertain with others. No definitions but your own.

conquerorqueen1bsTo me roleplay is more than just swords and spells, to me all the models, children, pageants, even the majority of the people who claim not to roleplay at all still do: it does not have to be an elf or a dragon to count as roleplay. Please do not take this as an accusation of being insincere, take it as an inclusion, a praise of being able to weave around your personality and expand on it, to enjoy parts of yourself that might not get focus in the life behind the screen. We all do this. We all enjoy this. Let’s respect each other for it.

conquerorqueen2bsIn some ways, the masks we wear might be more true to ourselves, to our spirits, than the mundane details. Where better to let them shine than in the world where anything is possible? I say it’s time to conquer the grid back for roleplay, one prim, pixel and avatar at a time.

If you recognize any of this in yourself, if you feel like taking a step to more traditionally defined roleplay, there is a completely new monthly event called We Love Role-play that has just opened its doors. The shop list is impressive, so I encourage all of you to go and have a look!

The Fire and Blood outfit by The Muses, the Jaw Breaker sword by [EZ] Weaponry and the Unseelie mask by *~*Illusions*~* can all be found in the We Love Role-play event. The Disna hair by Alice Project is available in the current round of FaMESHed.

Scene: Surroundings: *~by Nacht – The Cloisters* | Fountain: Trident – “Crimson Fields” Fountain (KoH hunt, not available anymore)

Body: Skin: Glam Affair – Mia Fairy Tales 2012 03 A | Eyes: IKON – Utopia Eyes Dark Red | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 6* | Hair: Alice Project – Disna*

Outfit: Armored Dress: The Muses – Rainha* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Unseelie Mask & Headpiece | Sword: [EZ] Weaponry – Jaw Breaker*

Poses: aDORKable Poses – 19 of 25 2012 | Poise – GA 3*