The Golem Runes

The runes called to me. I could hear them in my slumber, the shift of colours, the pulse of light, the gathering of energies.
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They called to me, awakened me, shaped me. I could feel their melody singing new forms to life, drawing new lines, connecting them, giving them thought, purpose, spirit.

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When I withdrew from stone I could still feel them. Each spark of colours pulsed magic in my veins, responded, conversed, connected. I did not know much of the world outside the runes, but my understanding of their secrets filled me, made me a living being. Separate, moving unit. A part of something bigger.

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They kept singing to me, the runes. They kept singing and as they did, my veins pulsed to the melody, my limbs moved with it and slowly, steadily, I found my ability to move. Ability to live. To dance.

Scene:
Garden of Dreams – Floating Island*
Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Fae Waystones Set*

Avatar:
Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Coal Golem, female* at Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – The Name of Water* at Fantasy Gacha Carnival
Eyes: Fallen Gods Inc. – Glowing Eyes
Hair: Analog Dog – Pipe Dream Splash
Body: Maitreya Lara & Slink Hands & Feet

Poses: !bang – Taurus 5 & Intuition 1 | Picture This! Dance [Gift]

Waltz with Lost Spirits

It is the night of celebration, the night of festivities, the night of freedom. The doors are open, the portals calling, movement from one realm to another as easy as breathing: even for those who do not draw breath anymore.

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The music twists within like a golden spiral of dance steps older than time. Left, right, across the border of reality into another, hop to next one, shapeshift, disguise, mold, become: dance.

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It is the night when everything is normal and accepted and one can ride skeletal steeds through ballrooms, the night when one can waltz with lost spirits and indulge in the sensation of flesh once more.

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It is the night when we all dance, we creatures of grey realms, celebrating the return of flesh and spirit once more. This is Halloween.

Scene:
Garden of Dreams – The Ballroom at the Eternal Hunt
Anc Ltd. – mist cloud [sun gold]
Anc Ltd. – forest lanterns
The Looking Glass – Infinite Love Music Box at the Eternal Hunt
~*Sweet Revolutions*~ Lazy Boo at the Eternal Hunt
deviousMind – Sugarskull Horse RARE

Avatar:
Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll V2 Vamp Pure (blkbrow)
Eyes: IKON – Deadshine Eyes Crimson
Hair: Lamb. – Love
Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Ammonite
Mesh Body Parts: Maitreya Lara & Slink Hands
Outfit & Parasol: deviousMind – LaCatrina White Wedding RARE
Bra: Dead Dollz – Emmanuelle White at The Epiphany
Bracelets: Mandala – Polly Bracelets White
Red Halo: Cole’s Corner – Infinite Halo (blood) at the Eternal Market
Poses: N/A (AO or included in the horse)

Space Bunny: Guardian of Fluffzoid 8

The thing about the space bunnies of Fluffzoid 8 that isn’t mentioned to the tourists is that their leaders are shapeshifters. One moment a fluffy hoppy thing of bright colours, the next a guardian female of telekinetic powers strong enough to toss trespassers into orbit.

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They take their job of guarding their smaller kin seriously: the majority of the bunnies are unable to shapeshift and simply enjoy their curious lives on Fluffzoid 8 sniffing, nuzzling and flopping about to enjoy the suns in the turquoise grass.

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What is widely known, however, is that not one single bunny has been taken off-planet in the known galactic history. There are continuous attempts of course, ranging from official zoo and research expeditions to downright pet poaching. They all fail.

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Therefore the only way to pet a space bunny is to travel to Fluffzoid 8, follow the safety regulations, bring treats and behave yourself. You never know who is hiding underneath that teal fluff and wiggly nose.

The Legacy of Maul skin by Fallen Gods Inc. is available in We Love RP and the hair by Olive (Sweetpea) can be won in this round’s Arcade. The outfit by r2 is not made for mesh bodies and does not have any appliers, I simply wore it over Maitreya’s Lara and alphad a teeny tiny bit on top. It worked otherwise fine but the boots clipped slightly around thighs in most poses. The body suit and gloves are available in Collabor88 right now.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – The Space*

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Legacy of Maul Eclipse* | Eyes: IKON – Deadshine Eyes Quicksilver | Hair: .Olive. the Sweetpea Hair RARE | Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara | Hands & Feet: Slink Casual & High

Outfit: r2 A/D/E – Ayame body suit black, Ayame arm warmers black, Kagetsu boots Sheer | Face Implants: Spyralle – Sensory Enhancement Module Astra* | Bunny Ears: Remarkable Oblivion – Super Bass Rab8 Headphones Black 

Effects: Cole’s Corner – “We Are Groot” Aura, Mana Fae Halo, Powder Puff Hand Dancers (blue/white)*

Poses: {Rook} Galaxian 1 & Galaxian 2 Mirror | Eternal Dream Poses – Fata 07

QP Agency

Greetings, humanoid of hormonal functions. It is the registered period of time to use various forms of currency and monetary compensations to purchase and acquire items to be delivered to another humanoid of hormonal functions.

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Our databanks suggest that the spectrum of purchases varies from indestructible materials such as coal-based condensations to consumables of mostly sucrose content. Perishables, such as various bio-organisms with photosynthetic abilities are also recommended.

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We have been given the undestanding that choosing within such a wide spectrum, or even remembering the brief timespan, can be challenging to humanoids. This is why our agency was created. We keep track of your target humanoid’s purchase preferences and then at the agreed time deliver them something we guarantee they will like. 

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We will send a forward notification to you with the bill, so the only surprised humanoid is the target, not the one agreeing to our incredibly reliable and affordable contracts. 

QP Agency: The Hormonal Humanoid’s Best Aid.

A post combining Futurewave with Valentine’s? No problem! The outfit and necklace by GALLACTIC, the forehead implant by Bliensen + MaiTai, the circuit makeup by Beautiful Freak and the furniture by 22769 ~ [bauwerk] are all available in Futurewave. The QP Agency’s services, however, are only available far in the future.

Scene: Skybox: Garden of Dreams – Showcase Basalt* | Furniture: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Snake Sofa White, USB2 Tree, Hexagon Table, Loudspeaker Flower*

Body: Skin: Kooqla – Queens (Black) | Eyes: ~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes* | Hair: Analog Dog – Val Blacks | Makeup: Beautiful Freak – Circuit Eye Makeup Bubblegum* 

Outfit: GALLACTIC – Andromeda Dress, Hat, Sash & Sleeves, Callisto Necklace* | Implant: Bliensen + MaiTai – Bionique Implant Forehead Gold* 

Poses: Kirin – Athena Pose 5 & 8 | Part of the sofa.

Dropping the Masks

If we let our masks drop, Mr. K, and walk into the desert to watch the moons, to swim in the wine-filled canals, to speak to each other in soft melodies, would the fire flowers bloom for us again?

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If we abandoned the routines, the rituals, the appropriate behaviour, if all the masks of joviality, stern moments of disapproval, gold and silver and paint, if all of them dropped on the red Martian sand, would we be able to connect again?

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If we forgot assumptions and covers, if we opened our minds and bodies to touch once more, reached out toward each other and found ourselves in the telepathic sharing, would you hold me as tenderly as you do the ancient books that sing to you?

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If you did, I would not dream of strange metal crafts and white skinned men of Earth. If you did, the calling would be answered by someone else. If you did, our days would be a flight of flame birds across the sky: sparkling fireworks in the heavens.

The second round of A Tattered Page has just started, and it’s focusing on The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. The book is a collection of short stories written in 1950, the stories spanning the imagined years of 1999 – 2026 of Mars colonization. The first story, Ylla, features Mr. and Mrs. K, a married Martian couple. Their marriage has faded into familiar routines and rut, until Mrs. K begins having dreams of a strange white-skinned, black-haired man of Earth, arriving in a silver craft. It is my favourite of the whole book, both because it shows the Martian culture most, but also because Ylla is so heartbreakingly easy to sympathize with.

A Tattered Page has a central Library now for your shopping convenience, although the items are also available in the main stores. The skins and eyes by Fallen Gods Inc., the fire flowers by @->~ISD, the masks by Roawenwood and the arm-strap mask by .Luminary. are all from the event.

Mr. K is fittingly represented by Alia Baroque, of course. After photobombing Mrs. K he managed to change the whole direction of where the post was going for the better.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – The Desert* | Fire Flowers: @->~ISD – Martian Fire Flower Pretty Face Pack | Masks: Roawenwood – Moody Martian Masks*

Mr and Mrs. K: Skins & Eyes: Fallen Gods Inc. – Mr. & Mrs. K.* | Hairs: Mrs. K: Exile – Rain Natural Fusion | Mr. K: Exile – Tidal Light Blondes | Arm Strap Mask on Mrs. K: .Luminary. – Peregrine Pauldron*

Poses: :Picture This!: – Dance [Gift] | !bang – carefree 5 | N/A (dance, not a pose)

Super Maya

Even superheroes have to live with the perceptions of others, with their opinions, with their words and views. All of these are always based on very little knowledge, on snippets of information, ideas, quick glances: often completely wrong.

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The opinions of others might feel like a box around you, telling you what you are, defining you. Your own ideas and wishes might begin to appear strange and a bit scary, a dream taking a shape of a nightmare. 

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Once you find the courage to ride the dream you will realize that the suffocating box of others views of you is just ignorant guesses telling more about them than you and that you can shrug it all off and ride out to gaze into your own horizon.

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It takes bravery to remember that no one knows you better than yourself and that everyone is their own life’s superhero, fighting the unseen battles. It helps to know everyone else has their own villains harassing them and that there are always others willing to join forces with you and to have your back. 

This is a post for and about Super Maya, who is a little six year old girl bullied in school. She dressed up as a superhero just to feel stronger and more able to handle the issue. Axi of Beautiful Freak made these fancy superhero nails just to send Maya a message of courage, and has asked everyone to take pictures of them and to add them in the Beautiful Freak’s flickr pool to send the same message to Maya. The nails are available in Silly 7. The boots by lassitude & ennui are also new and available in Geeks’N’Nerds.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – Showcase Snake* | Culprit – Eku~ine Unicorn Midnight

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Sora Alabaster Natural | Eyes: ~*By Snow*~ Citadel Eyes* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Spellbound – Velvet Natural Ombres & Dips | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Odetta Vicious Violet| Hands: Slink | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Super Maya* 

Outfit: Dress: r2 – A/D/E uruwa red | Pants: GALLACTIC – Split Circuit Black* | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Cyberpunk boots red* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* – Bad Kitty Mask | Bracers: .Enfant Terrible. – Chloes Bracers Black* | Bunny Ears: Remarkable Oblivion – Super Bass Rab8 Headphones Black

Sidekick Bunnies: D-LAB – Flying Bunnies

Poses: Kirin – Florence Pose 2 | Del May – Twisted Arcane 6 Virgo | Kirin – Hera Pose 7

Occasional Orpheus

The scythe was absolutely useless against mushrooms, they either regenerated stronger than my dots, or if killed with dd, exploded in dots of their own. I checked out the frost focus in case I could freeze the lava to cross over to the channeling spot, but nope. Lava stayed lava and my gear was getting rather broken from all the deaths it and the mushrooms caused. I had to switch to my Uber Elemental Garb of Fireproofness and Stompy Boots of Kindling out of desperation.

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So then I re-read the quest prompt, the whole poem about nature’s lullabies, and it hit me: the harp! All those hours multi-classing to bard finally paid off, the mushrooms changed colour and after the patch 5.3 I don’t look like I’m trying to bash someone’s head in with the harp when playing, which is a bonus.

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Hopping up the lowered mushrooms finally got me to the achievement channel spot: months of pre-quests and grinding coming to culmination in this single two-second animation. No more harvesting thousands of mushrooms for the key or hoping the magma hippos drop the elemental hoof or that someone has completed the quest chain for the Irate Farmer so he’s asleep, leaving the door open from the left while you open the right side on the other side of the mountain… finally free!

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[Achievement unlocked: Lava Gardener.] [Title Gained: Occasional Orpheus.] [Item Acquired: Mushroom Plant (Home Instance Harvestable)] [New Quest Unlocked: Epic Gardening 7!]

It never eeeeeeeends. But hey, at least you can look fancy while questing. The epic loot weapons by !dM deviousMind are available in Fantasy Gacha Carnival. The Fomhar dress by lassitude & ennui will be available on November 15th at The Secret Affair.

Scene: Environment: Garden of Dreams – Lava Lounge* | Mushrooms: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Whisp Shroom v2 Set*

Body: Skin: Jalwa – Sameena Salt Black Brow & LipStain Apricot 70%* | Eyes: IKON – Spectral Eyes Leonine | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Exile – Pick Up Lines | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Odetta Red* | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Romantic* | Body Parts: Slink – Physique, Casual Hands, High Feet

Outfit: Dress: lassitude & ennui – Fomhar Dress Red* | Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Obsession Sandals Black (physique & slink high)* | Cuffs: House of Rain – Abyssal Cuffs Ruby/Black* | Weapons: !dM deviousMind – Norath The Reaper’s Wrath, The Glass Canon of Destruction, Crystal Harp of the Valley* | Spell Effects: Solarium – ChaosHex Golden*

Poses: A part of !dM deviousMind – Norath The Glass Canon of Destruction* | Kirin – Florence Pose 1 | A part of Solarium – ChaosHex Golden*