Critter Adventures in the Fairelands: Sailing in Junction

It is tricksy to cross the sea between Falls of Hope and Aetherea, especially if you’re not a mermaid. Or have a handy snorkel. Or if you cannot really swim, just splash a little in shallow pools for fun.

Fortunately the bunling had come prepared with a mighty ship. He did not really have paddles — nor paw flexibility to use any — but the ship had a big sail, and Fairelands always seemed to help the travelers to get where they were going. The bunling liked that, and wished other lands were as friendly, too.

As he was bravely sailing across the endless ocean, he suddenly noticed a flower crown emerging from the depths, followed by a fishie. There was a moment of excited waving and almost toppling over, then a calmer happy greeting.

The fish said he usually frolics with all his friends in the endless embrace of colours, but sometimes he peeks up at the strange thin water above the cover of the world. Bunling peeked up too, but saw only fluffy clouds in the sky. Then he peeked down and touched his nose to the wet surface, causing ripples. He leaned further… and further… and then almost tumbled over as he saw the colours. So many colours all over, swaying and dancing in the water! 

The newly-found fish-friend straightened the mighty ship and nudged it to follow the right stream, to make sure the bunling would reach land safely. He waved, and waved, and waved some more, until the flower crown vanished from sight. He did not dare to peek into the water again, it had all looked immense and easy to get lost in — even with a snorkel — but he kept thinking about the colours. One day he’d learn how to bubble safely and go back. One day he’d also frolic in the colours with fish friends.

The bunling is sailing in Fairelands Junction, visiting Fantasy Faire, which is still open until May 7th!

The mighty ship is {RW} Pools of Ethuil Memoria Caravel by Roawenwood, available of course at the Faire, in Roawenwood’s store at Pools of Ethuil.

Bunling by !Ohmai, fishie by +Half-Deer+.

Training for the Pingu Olympics

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The Pingu Olympics are approaching, but it’s too hot to train. The blazing daystar threatens to melt the whole support and fan camp, too, but fortunately the Drink Delivery Doggies excel at their job!

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Some brave souls still practice challenging summer sports with amazing skill, precision and determination. Pingu Olympics are a serious matter, no sudden heat wave will disturb the training routine!

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It’s also important to stay well hydrated and nourished, summery noms and personal bathing helper are a must for any pingathlete aiming for improvement. 

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With enough practice and stubborn sisu, even a pingu can learn to fly! …at least the few centimeters before the splash, but it still counts!

The Arcade is open again and provides hours of amusement if you’re fond of silly critters like I am. Each pingu comes with a piece of furniture, an effector, and they are scripted to interact with them, padding, hopping and flying all over between various pieces, just like piccoli do, which made them my must-have-them-all collection of this round.

Scene:
D-LAB+LIZAIL – Peti Penguins & Effectors at The Arcade
JIAN – Beach Corgis: Drink Cooler & Beach Towel, wander corgis at The Arcade
O.M.E.N – Beachy Companion & Hiding Piggy at The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Chihuahua: Donut Floatie, Beachballin’, Thinking about Stuff at The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Purrfect Patisserie: Choco Princess Lay at The Arcade
Lost Junction – Surfy Snacks: Watermelon Platter & Hawaiian Kebabs Tray at The Arcade
Dust Bunny – Wanderlust: Thrown Shirt at The Arcade

Avatar:
Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll V2 Crystal
Mesh: Maitreya Lara body, Slink hands & feet
Hair: Exile – Peaceful Easy Feeling
Bikini, Jewelry & Headdress: Birdy – Boho at The Arcade
Sunglasses: {Imeka} Heart Sunglasses {10} at The Arcade

Poses part of the D-LAB effectors.

Spring Secrets

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“But how do the eggs get into the hooman world?” Cheepy the Third inquired. “We work hard all year with the eggs and flowers and butterflies and the exact right tone of yellow, and then one morning they’re just gone!”

“It’s the Guardians of Spring Secrets,” chirped Squee the Fifth. “Once we’re aaalmost ready, they send out someone to check our work and when they approve they’ll magic the eggs away, just like that! One wiggle of whiskers and swoosh!”

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“Not just a swoosh,” Goldiedots the Guardian spoke up, startling the chick workers. “It takes careful calibration of each bush and hiding spot and extremely patient channeling of spring energies. But that-” He paused for a moment, the official tone changing into an excited squee as he hopped next to the tiny bird and egg tree. “Whoooo did this one? This is brilliant!”

Cheepy the Third plopped down next to the Guardian, shamelessly proud. This year spring would be better than ever! The sun would be brighter, days warmer, birds more melodious and bunnies hoppier. It wasn’t easy to make the perfect spring, but by the Royal Tailfeathers of the Jazz Chicken, it was satisfying!

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The spring in Second Life would not be a proper spring without the Easter Hunt in Magic of Oz. Go pick up your egg basket and collect your prizes in Magic of Oz! You can read about how the hunt works and preview the prizes here.

Scene:
Ozimals: Bunny Elite: Spring Dot 2016 – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
~Libertine~ The Magic of Oz – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
~Libertine~ Spring Eggs Gacha 2016 available at Magic of Oz
{anc} happyendpark. color little chick (natural) 5Li at The Arcade (March 2016)
Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Eggplant-Rainbow – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
~silentsparrow~ Sweetums – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
Schadenfreude – Sensio Meowlbit – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
+Half-Deer+ Egg of Jewels – Gift at Magic of Oz Easter 2016 Hunt
Cole’s Corner – Moonbeam Aura, Glamour Glitter, Sakura Body Ambience*
The Looking Glass – Dream Fields

Happy-Making Yool Kart Magic

“What is it?” The smallest bunling asked and sniffed the rectangular piece of cardboard curiously.

“‘s yule card!” The Bunling Who Knows Letters declared proudly.

“Yool-kart,” repeated the smallest bunling and nudged the cardboard up with his nose, then tilted his head as it fell over. “‘s all colourful on this side!”

“What does it do?” One of the squirrels picked the card easily up and held it on the side, then peered forward to try and see the colours better.

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“It’s a picture!” The smallest bunling hopped up and down, then paused, tilted his head and took a few side hops to prevent tumbling down. “‘s upside down picture.”

The squirrel turned the card around and everyone gathered to look at it.

“I think they’re waving,” said the younger of the squirrel brothers and waved back at the card.

“He has a carrot-nose!” The smallest bunling kept on hopping up and down excitedly.

“He looks like he’s made of ice cream scoops.” Addler, the otter butler, nodded knowingly.

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“The Ladybun said he’s a snow-man, ‘n the red person is a tonttu,” The Bunling Who Knows Letters pronounced with authority. “‘n that people give each other yule-cards to wish them happy festive yuletime! ‘s a trad-ishon.”

“Why doesn’t the snow melt?” The squirrel holding the card pressed his nose against the picture. “It’s not even cold!”

“‘s a picture, like a kamera-picture! ‘n doesn’t have to be snow-men, can be happy winter things of any sort.” The Bunling Who Knows Letters nodded for emphasis, ears flopping. “Then you give them to people and they are happy!”

“Happy-making yool-kart magic!” The smallest bunling turned to his wiser friends. “Let’s make some!”

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“The Ladybun did say that Matshan has a big big tree on the Other Island, ‘n people bring all sort of treats and warm wishes under it.”

“We are people!” Addler declared after hearing the word ‘treats’. “Let’s bring wishes there, ‘n yool karts, ‘n see if the others have brought there noms. We could trade!”

A lengthy oooohhh-sound escaped the gathered critters: a fair trade of warm wishes for noms was a brilliant idea!

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“I know a jackalope who could take pictures of us! So they can see us wishing well!” The Bunling Who Knows Letters started planning the process. “‘n then we can scribble yeys on the other side and and… someone needs to bake a cake and we need some lights and…”

The critters did manage to make some yool karts and they can be found in a small box under the tree in Selidor, free to take with their warm wishes. There will soon be much more gifts there as the traditional Giving Circle begins, the critters just got a bit over-excited and went over to sniff for possible treat trades early.

Scene:

Studio Skye – Snow Formations
Kalopsia – Santa’s Bag of Toys at Tannenbaum
*Shai* Snowman Chibi (Rez me) – gift at The Arcade
dust bunny . berry cake . arcade gift 2015 – gift at The Arcade
{vespertine}artistic mess.
Sari-Sari – Art Class – Palette (light)
*LODE* Headwear – Fleur d’hiver [white] at The Arcade
[ keke ] snow jar – snow hares

Critters:

!Ohmai: Sea Otter Pet [Onyx Pelt]
!Ohmai : Steampunk Chestnut Squirrels
!Ohmai: Mochi Bunny
+Half-Deer+ Jackalope Baby – The Little Artist (rez) RARE at The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Jackalope – Photographer (rez) at The Arcade
+Half-Deer+ Bunny helps with the Decor (Snow)

Dream Bubbles

Dreams are bubbles over water, glittering in the sun, dancing to the quiet melodies within. We create as easy as we breathe — ideas, thoughts, concepts, dreams — they all float and flutter and escape from our mindscapes with every exhale.

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Most of our ideas pop like sparkling soap bubbles, perfect for that one brief moment, then gone, forgotten. Some linger long enough to take form, to grow wings, gain life. It is still a fragile life, in constant need of light and warm winds to carry them, to care and support. 

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It takes an immense amount of focus, care and perseverence for the brilliant little bubbles to turn into a full-fledged dream in all her complexities and details, for the creation, the project, the thought to become reality.

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But when it happens, when you watch your creation complete and fall up into the sky exactly as you imagined, or even better, exactly as she grew out to be — it is worth all the faded soap bubbles bursting in the sun. Worth keeping breathing, keeping dreaming, one deep inhale at a time.

The delightful bubble dress by chocolate Atelier is from the current round of Gacha Garden and pretty much inspired the whole thing. It is one of the so called Seeds of Inspiration, which means you get it automatically from their machine after you’ve played it 20 times.

Scene: {anc} Bubbles & Ephmera Clear | +Half-Deer+ Bubble Brigade Crab Orange

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll V2 Vamp Pure (blkbrow) | Hair: MINA Hair – Roosje | Eyes: IKON – Odyssey Eyes Clarity | Hands & Feet: Slink | Body: Maitreya | Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Ammonite (past hunt prize during Fantasy Faire 2015) | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Romantic*

Bubble Outfit: chocolate Atelier – Tiffany Bubble Dress

Poses: Exposeur – Underwater 7 | Picture This! – Submerge 2 Mirror & Submerge 5

Mielikki, Mistress of the Woods

Mistress of the woods, Mielikki, Forest-mother, formed in beauty,
Let thy gold flow out abundant, Let thy silver onward wander,
For the hero that is seeking For the wild-moose of thy kingdom;
Bring me here thy keys of silver, From the golden girdle round thee.

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Fair Mielikki, forest hostess, Spake these words in meditation:
‘Claws I should be pleased to give him, And with teeth endow the wonder,
Would he not abuse the favor.’

“Swore the bear a promise sacred, On his knees before Mielikki,
Hostess of the glen and forest, And before omniscient Ukko,
First and last of all creators,
That he would not harm the worthy, Never do a deed of evil.
Then Mielikki, woodland hostess, Wisest maid of Tapiola,
Sought for teeth and claws to give him.
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O Mielikki, forest-hostess, Tapio’s wife, thou fair Tellervo,
Call thy dogs and well enchain them, Set in readiness thy hunters,
Let them wait within their kennels.

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Filled with kindness was the forest, Glen and woodland full of greetings,
Tapio showing greatest favor.
Fair Mielikki, forest hostess, Metsola’s bewitching daughter,
Beauteous woodland maid, Tellervo,
Gladly led me on my journey, Smoothed my pathway through the glen-wood.
Marked the trees upon the mountains, Pointing me to Otso’s caverns,
To the Great Bear’s golden island.

All of the above are separate quotes from the Finnish National Epic, Kalevala. I found its translation here, so couldn’t resist just locating the Mielikki quotes for this. To all the Forgotten Realms fans feeling confused right now: yes, Mielikki is an actual pagan Finnish goddess of the forest, her name (and several others) were just happily yoinked and applied into Forgotten Realms.

The gown that inspired me to envision her is another collaboration by Faida and Fallen Gods Inc. and it is available in The Conquest event right now. The hair by Wasabi Pills can be found in the same event. The fennec foxes by +Half-Deer+ are a gacha in Kustom9. Mielikki’s foxes should really be red and northern, but the fennecs didn’t take a no for an answer.

Scene: Home in Ambar (Private)

Critters: Foxies: +Half-Deer+ Fennec Foxes | Birdies: Happy Mood | Bear: Birdy/Alchemy – Forest Babies Bear Cub Sun 

Body: Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 02 (db) | Hair: Wasabi Pills – Keira Cinnamon | Eyes: IKON – Charm Eyes Forest | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyeshadow: Beautiful Freak – Starcrossed Gruesome Gold* | Hands: Slink Casual | Nail Polish: Beautiful Freak – Romantic*

Outfit: Gown: [FAIDA] & Fallen Gods Inc. – Secrets Green* | Headdress & Earrings: Aisling – Dangara | Necklace: .Enfant Terrible. Magic Ride Necklace Gold | Bracelets: The Muses – Vanha Bracelets Bronze* | Honey: Anc Ltd. – Magician’s Honey Drink | Aura: Cole’s Corner – “We Are Groot” Aura*

Poses: Kirin – Florence Pose 3 | Exposeur – Back to Black 2 M | Kirin – December Pose 2

The Bunny Painter

“When will the Bunny Painter arrive, Uncle?”

“Nobunny knows, young Splatter. She comes on a whim and a wish, when the spring sounds grow to a melody, when the scents of newgrowth tickle your nose, when the sun warms your ears. You close your eyes for a moment and there she is!

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“She paints everybunny colourful to celebrate the soon-summer, all the colours of the flowers and grass and sky and rainbows and birds and plants and stars and-“

“Stars aren’t colourful, Uncle. They’re just sparkly.”

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“That’s only because you’re so young you haven’t been painted yet. Just you wait, young Splatter. Just you wait. When the Bunny Painter colours your life, even the stars will sparkle in brilliant glowing tones, alive and laughing!”

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“I’ll stay up all night to see the colourful stars! All night! ‘n then I’ll wink at them and we’ll laugh together, the stars and I and the Bunny Painter.”

Magic of Oz Holi 2015 Hunt has started and lasts until April 16th. You can read about it in here or teleport to Magic of Oz, click the big poster to get the hunting platter and go figure it all out, it’s not difficult! The Holi Phalgun Purnima tattoo by Fallen Gods Inc. and the bunny masks by Ozimals are some of the prizes in the hunt. The elite Holi bunny is purchasable for as long as the hunt lasts. As always with the purchasable elites, the colouring is just a coat covering genetically a perfectly ordinary random bunny.

The Bunny Painter has horns and brushes by +Half-Deer+ and hair by .Olive., both available in the Xiasumi School Festival that last until April 21st. The bottle lamps by Happy Mood can be purchased in Creation.jp until April 18th.

The bunlings are enjoying their colourful life on the giant clovers by Cerridwen’s Cauldron, complete with the usual fantastic fantasy-colour options.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Giant Clover Set* | HPMD Happy Mood – Lamp Bottles | Ozimals Bunnies, including Holi 2015 Elite and masks on the other bunnies

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Doll v2 Vamp Pure Black Brow | Hair: .Olive. – the Elisa II Hair Streaks Faded Colors | Eyes: IKON – Immortal Eyes Passion & Sage | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Dress: [FAIDA] & Fallen Gods Inc. – Circe Gluttony* | Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Holi Phalgun Purnima* | Horns & Brush: +Half-Deer+ Artist’s Antlers Pastels & Paintbrush

Poses: Kirin – Athena Pose 1, Athena Pose 2, Hera Pose 3