The Things That Belong to the Sea

It is unknown whether dugongs possess the ability to be curious. In fact, one might think that the slowly grazing marine mammals are unfazed by anything short of all the food vanishing or seas drying up. However, sometimes there are things in the sea that might intrigue even a steadily swimming creature such as dugong.

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Perhaps it can remember these strange bits and pieces belonging to the two-legged creatures traversing the seas in metal shells. Perhaps it can remember that they do not journey peacefully, but harass its kin often enough to be dangerous.

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Does it understand that the strange metal pieces littering the bottom of the ocean are a sign of their defeat? Does it realize that the metal shell has broken and the two-legged creatures either swallowed by the sea or fled from its rage back to the land?

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Perhaps the most important question of all is: does it feel relief at the sight? Maybe even satisfaction? Or is it simply nosing for hidden food between the strange objects? Strange objects that now belong to the sea.

A new round of A Tattered Page has just started! This time the event focuses around 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. The various remnants of Nautilus by [noctis], 22769 ~ [bauwerk] and BluPrintz and the hilarious dugong avatar by The Muses are all available in the ATP Library.

Scene: [noctis] Nautilus Porthole Brass* | 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Remnants of the Nautilus: Nemos Sea Box, Nemos Deep Sea Helmet (decor), Nemos Lamp, Pair of Compasses, Sea Chart* | BluPrintz – Ned’s Harpoon, Spyglass, Prized Pearl (stand)* | Fantasy Flora – Sea Grass Light Green, Bubble Plant

Avatar: The Muses – Dugong*

Azure’s Search for Normal People

Never content with just one world, Azure had long ago mastered the skill of landwalking. The first shifting had been awkward, her new-shaped limbs as useless as a baby fish tail, shuddering on reflex instead of control. But she had learned since. She had learned well.

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She taught the craft now to the other curious mermaids, how to control two narrower, more angular tails, how to balance upright on them, how to survive in thin non-supporting air instead of the stronger embrace of water. How to transmute sea shells and coral into human body ornaments and wrappings.

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It was perhaps the biggest challenge of them all, to learn which parts of the body should be wrapped in decor and which not, but after the initial mistakes and a lot of landwalker observation, Azure was now confident she had it right. If she could just find landwalkers with a normal skin colour instead of this one endless tribe of sand tones, she’d be happy. 

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But no matter how far she had searched she could find no blues and the sand-skins kept raising strange structures wherever she had visited and burning small fires in them. Kneeling was also commonplace, but Azure assumed it was to show off their superior limb control. If she could only find normal people things would be easier: they would explain the landwalker oddities to their mer-cousin, those normal blue people.

The Draco Odyssey/Laguna skin by Fallen Gods Inc. is available in We Love Roleplay event. Azure’s skin was the scaled version underwater and smooth when rising to the surface. The mask by Senzafine, octobra by ieQED, fishnet dress by FDD and the Nereid dress by lassitude & ennui are all from the current round of The Fantasy Collective, conveniently themed around mermaids. The hair by Exile is available in Collabor88.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Jellyfish Weed Crownleaf, Hydra Anemone Indigo 20 Tentacles | Fantasy Flora – Fantasy Sea Grass Light Blue & Fantasy Bubble Plant Blue | Chair: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Tentacle Chair

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Draco Odyssey/Laguna Scaled Marks Awake & Smooth* | Eyes: ~*By Snow*~ Midnight Eyes II Indigo* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Exile – Windsong | Tail: !deviousMind – Undine Electric Blue | Hands & Feet: Slink

Outfit 1: Mask: Senzafine – Morgazh Mask* | Bra: ieQED – Octobra Gold | Collar & Bracers: Luas – Revenge Set

Outfit 2: Dress: FDD – GS Mareena Fishnet Tunic Silver | Face Chains: . aisling . – Xanthe N1 Gold

Outfit 3: Dress: lassitude & ennui – Nereid Dress* | Jewelry: House of Rain – Bring On the Dancing Horses Jet/Gold* (rings not available anymore)

Poses: Part of the tentacle chair. | Exposeur – Underwater 7M | {Imeka} – Lulu-Pose 3

Sea Orchid

Mermaids of tropical waters are never just blue or green tailed. They most definitely do not have pale human skin like some of their more traditional cold-water cousins. No, the tropical mermaids flourish and flaunt their colours like the local fish do.

seaorchid1csThey bloom amongst the coral reefs, flicker about near the surface, splash water with their tails at unsuspecting sailors. They are the orchids of the mermaid garden, full of strong colour combinations and surprises.

seaorchid2acsThey play, they dance, they explore. They collect random shiny things from wreckages, combine them with corals and fishbones, twine bright sea plants in their hair.

seaorchid4csThey are the sun-warmed water, the sound of friendly waves hitting the shore, the playful breeze on the surface, the current that sweeps you off your feet — or fins. They are the wavedancers, the laughter of the seas.

The original rigged mesh mermaid tails are a new release by The Muses, available in 24 different colour options. The hairdo by [Gauze] is one of their Hair Fair releases that you can find in their fair booth. The Ulani collar and hat by Zibska are a part of the The Gallery Gift Shop’s Second Anniversary. The half-mask is a group gift by Zibska.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Hydra Anemones, Giant Clam Blue Adult, Jellyfish Weed Bladeleaf | Fantasy Flora – Sea Grass Blue & Purple, Bubble Plants Blue & Purple

Body: Skin: +Nuuna+ Crayon skins v2 Orange | Eyes: .{Rue}. Eyes/Pluto: Diva* | Hair: [Gauze] – Demara  Gems & Ivy Hair Decoration | Mask: Zibska – Maaike Purple* | Eye Makeup: Zibska – Alia Purple* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 | Purple Hand Blends & Orange Nails: Orc Inc*

Outfit: Mermaid Top & Tail: The Muses – Ondine Midnight* | Collar & Hat: Zibska – Ulani*

Poses: Musa – Fantasy Pose 056 | Exposeur – Underwater 7 | !bang – Intuition 2

The Blue, Blue Sea

It isn’t always, of course. Just like the sky is not all the time exactly blue. But that is what we think they are, and if we humans see them blue, how much more vivid would a magical creature perceive them?

bluemermaid1bsMaybe everything is so blue that mermaids long for the surface colours, lighter tones, more forget-me-not than deep azure, perhaps even rare sand beige of the beaches! After all, it’s the uncommon and rare that we learn to value, no matter where we grow up: on the surface or under the sea.

bluemermaid2bsEven magical ruins of ancient sunken cities with their strangely still operational fountains can become dull after you’ve marvelled at it for a few hundred years. It doesn’t matter anymore that one cannot figure out how the waterflow still behaves as on land and twirling about in the tickling bubbles can entertain one only for a few decades.

bluemermaid3bsEventually there is only one way to go to trigger imagination and feed curiosity: up.

All of the sea scenery, the mesh mermaid tail and the jewelry are all available in the Under the Sea Expo. Most of the items are prizes in the hunt there (I’ve marked which ones in the credits). Dive in and enjoy slightly cooler moment of the summer!

Scene: Aquatics – Emerald Mermaid Scenario (hunt prize) | Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Seahorse Fountain (hunt prize) | Fantasy Flora – Bubble Plant Blue & Sea Grass Light Blue (hunt prize) | meadowWorks – Fish School Orange Fairy Rare (hunt prize)

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette* | Eyes: IKON – Kaleido Eyes Night XL | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hairdo: Alice Project – Bells II* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant | Nails: Orc Inc

Outfit: Mermaid Tail & Top: =LunaSea= Azure Mesh Tail | Necklace: House of Rain – Bring On the Dancing Horses necklace sapphire/silver* | Rings: House of Rain – Bring On the Dancing Horses silver (hunt prize)

Poses: Exposeur – Female of the Species 1 | Part of the mermaid scenario. | !bang – Carefree 5