Time for Dances and Delights

The day felt too long. The sun was bright in my eyes, the hours toward evening seemed to drag on for an eternity.

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As the evening breeze brought solace to the heat, the first of the fairies emerged. Their dance, the peacefully floating sparkles eased the anxiety of waiting.

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The lanterns were slowly lit, the scent of evening roses filled the air, the night began its approach in a slow, gentle embrace of shadows.

maskedball2bsIt is time. Time for masks and mysteries, dances and delights. Time to forget the strength of sun and embrace the solace of night. It is time for the Masquerade Ball.

The first ever May Day Masked Ball takes place this evening in Fantasy Faire. The Ball is 5-7pm SLT in Poseidon’s Abyss. It is hosted by DJ Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel and during the Ball there will also be an announcement of the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Both The White Armory and Bliensen + MaiTai can be found in the Spires of Andolys, Illusions has its Faire-store in Ichi-go Ichi-e.

Scene: Ichi-go Ichi-e by Sharni Azalee in Fantasy Faire

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Divinora Black* | Blush & Gloss: Pink Fuel – Elly Sugar Doll Gloss (Blush) | Hair: Magika – Shimmer | Hands & Feet: Slink 

Outfit: Gown: The White Armory – Forest Fantasy Gown Starlight* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Curiata Mask | Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Soleil Hair Pin, Necklace & Earrings* | Flowers: *BOOM* – Nature’s Crown (pale)

Pose: Kirin – Athena Pose 3 | The rest from AO

 

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

Day and Night

Blessed Sun, Bringer of Warmth, Governess of Growth, Ruler of Day. Give us energy to exist, to change, to move, to live. Bring fire to our endeavors, warmth to our homes, bravery to our steps forward. Allow your heat to kindle ours, your rays to light our world, your radiance to enlighten our thoughts.

sistersun1csBlessed Moon, Bringer of Peace, Caller of Dreams, Ruler of Night. Give us serenity to balance our daily struggles, visions to guide our paths, silence to soothe our souls. Allow us to see ourselves in your reflection, to glimpse our true-selves through you for just like your Sister is too bright to gaze upon, we can perceive ourselves only in our dream-selves.

sistermoon2csThat is our nature, divided between two heavenly bodies. Some favor one sister above the other, but we all need them both. Every day, every night, or we are lost.

The Shining Sun gowns by The Muses can be purchased in the current round of We Love Roleplay.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – The Desert* | T R I D E N T – Egyptian Tomb I

Sister Sun: Skin: Glam Affair – Renee My Gitana 03 RAV | Eyes: Adoness – Bestia Eyes Lion* | Liners: Beautiful Freak – Jackal Eyes Orange & Girl Poison Black* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Tekeli-li – Ashtoreth Black | Hands: Slink – Avatar Enhancement Hands Elegant1 | Hand&Arm Blender & Nails: Orc Inc* | Gown: The Muses – Shining Sun Gold/Ivory* | Collar & Bracelets: *~*Illusions*~* Khepra | Pose: Musa – Fantasy Pose 062

Sister Moon: Skin: Glam Affair – Renee Sinless 02 RAV | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Pale Glass | Liners: Beautiful Freak – Nierika Eye Makeup White & Odetta Eye Makeup Black* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Tekeli-li – Hathor Silver | Hands: Slink – Avatar Enhancement Hands Elegant1 | Hand&Arm Blender & Nails: Orc Inc* | Gown: The Muses – Shining Sun Silver/White* | Collar & Snake Headpiece: *~*Illusions*~* Semeret | Pose: Frozen Panty Poses – HI5-Bunny-07

Titania’s Call

Trapped on a distant shore, banished to another plane, lost in a world alien to her, she calls. Who knows why she is there, what her crimes were, if she is innocent to any except her very existence, if she used her powers for her own gain and was caught or if the ruler of her own plane changed and she fell out of favour.

titania1bsThe delicate bracelets grow and wrap and pulse around her wrists, keep her from casting a portal home, imprison her to the spot, immortal life turned into a punishment of watching the blood red skies and calling, always calling.

titania2bsAll she has left is hope and time. Neverending supply of one, desperate surge of the other. Her eternal red dusks are spent in weaving plans. There is nothing else to do: weave and keep calling. Never stop calling.

The Titania gown is a new release by !dM deviousMind, available both in the main store and in The 24.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Jellyfish Gazebo

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 02 Pale Dust Brunette* | Eyes: NoirOptix – Pale Violet Eyes | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eye Makeup: Beautiful Freak – Obake Violet* | Lipstick: Zibska – Belle Six* | Hairdo: Exile – Fire To The Rain Naturals | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1

Outfit: Gown: !dM deviousMind – Titania FairyQueen Gown Purple w Glitter Ivy* | Jewelry: House of Rain – As Darkness Falls Necklace, Bracelets, Rings Amethyst/Old Silver* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Curiata Mask

Poses: Orc Inc – Claws 4 | aDORKable Poses – 17 of 25 2012

The Courtier Game

The life of a courtier can be surprisingly challenging. Instead of having to worry about food, shelter or material concerns you’re stuck as a pawn on a chessboard that no one really even truly plays, although many hold the delusion they do. The game simply happens.

courtier1bsWhen it comes to the women of any historically traditional court — or even the majority of the imagined ones — there are several approaches to the game one can take. One can be fully a pawn, but make sure one’s value is high enough for the others to keep protecting you. One can also use it as a cover while actually having more in-depth plans under the oblivious-but-valuable cover.

courtier2bsOne can be openly pragmatic, sharp and widely acknowledged as a player in the game, as someone you want on your side or someone to be concerned about. The power and reputation can form alliances and gain one respect, but it can also drive one very very down if anyone with more perceived power should become annoyed.

courtier3bsFor most of the time it is very good to be the queen, indeed. The most power on the board, the most control and yet also the most wanted position and therefore the most luring target. Once in the position one cannot afford one single lapse of judgment or the game is over. For that particular piece.

The new dresses by The Muses spoke to me in so many voices that I had to sneak in several of them in one post.

Scene: Building: Garden of Dreams – The Roman Bath* | Furniture: ~Libertine~ Marquis Set*

Pawn: Skin: Essences –  Cancer Light Rose Brunette | Eyes: IKON – Lucid Eyes Optimism | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hairdo: D!va – Chiharu Cat’s Eye Forelock | Dress: The Muses – Cecily White* | Necklace: lassitude & ennui – Dewdrop gold/white* | Pose: Exposeur – Advent Gift 6 F

Player: Skin: Essences – Gemini 02 Light Rose Brunette | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Dark Turquoise | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hairdo: D!va – Naomi Garnet | Dress: The Muses – Margaret Autumn* | Necklace: House of Rain – Bring on the Dancing Horses ruby/gold* | Pose:  !bang – Intuition 5

Queen: Skin: Essences – Whisper *Forgive me* 02 Light Rose Brunette | Eyes: IKON – Sunrise Eyes Deep Violet | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 7 | Hairdo: D!va – Ruri Type B Onyx | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 | Dress: The Muses – Regina Purple* | Necklace & Earrings: *~*Illusions*~* Curiata Collar & Earrings | Tiara: lassitude & ennui – Dreamer Tiara silver/purple | Pose: A part of the furniture.

Bonus to Stun

It’s what drow (and elven in general) armors have always been based on: less the actual protection, more the stun effect of the opposite gender staring and gaping with their mouths open, making them easy kills.

drowarmour1bsTherefore bright colours, daring cuts, form enhancing designs and silky fabrics have always been on top of the armory list. The illusion of armor can be achieved by adding pieces of beautifully smithed metal into areas that do not cover anything strategically sexual, like shoulders and arms.

drowarmour2bsThe more serious soldiers might even pass the traditional stiletto heels and wear pragmatic stompers instead, but only if they are sufficiently gorgeously crafted. Balancing the look with enough eyecatchers slightly higher will guarantee the successful stun effect.

The skin by Fallen Gods Inc., the hair by Analog Dog and the pauldrons, bracers and the boots by [The Forge] are all available in the current round of We Love Role-play Event. The necklace by [The Forge] that the drow is using as an improvised headband/crown can be won in Fantasy Gacha Carnival. Despite astonishing match I must put an extra disclaimer on the system layers and the coat tails: the outfit is by Bare@Rose, one of my old favourites. It simply worked so perfectly with the armor bits that I had to combine the two.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – Tibetan Temple*

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Hybrid Cyan Sacred* | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Girl Poison Black* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Analog Dog – Ism Purple | Ears: *~*Illusions*~* Seelie Ears*

Outfit: Pauldrons, bracers, upper arm armour, chestbelt: [The Forge] Daerwen Red/Gold* | Boots: [The Forge] Daerwen Red/Gold* | Outfit: Bare@Rose – Arachne Red | Belt: [The Forge] Boadicea’s Belt* | Headband: [The Forge] – Boadicea’s Necklace Gold* (attached higher)

Poses: Orc Inc – Behind 5 | aDORKable Poses – Smart 4m

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

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*

The Silence of Yuale Nura

Its frozen, wintry beauty is breathtaking. Or breath-freezing, as winters tend to be. The elven enclave in the treetops of Evensong Woods glows softly in the night of blues and purples, silent and peaceful.

fateelf2bsThat peace is carefully guarded by the local wood elves, who keep a close watch on any visitors to see how they behave. Perhaps they simply want to make certain no one falls off the bridges or disturbs a hibernating bear with shouting, but perhaps there is something bigger slumbering in the cold.

evensongwoodsWhatever the reason for the maintained frozen silence, the elves will never tell. The only response you’ll get is a small smile and a nod of acknowledgement before the polite encouragement to keep your voice down.

fateelf1bsOne thing elves do not have to worry about at the moment is gear. Fantasy Faire provides all the things an elf could want, for example: The elven Rochon robe by FATEwear is available in Titan’s Hollow, both the Edenion boots by lassitude & ennui and the Deliverance necklace by House of Rain can be found in Crimson Fieldsthe Faded Warpaint face tattoo by Pin Me Down can be found in Lotus Valley Dream and the elven ears by *~*Illusions*~* are fittingly located in Evensong Woods.

Scene: Evensong Woods

Body: Skin: League – Sia Fair Bloom | Hair: Wasabi Pills – Hawk2 Night Shadow | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Poison Ivy | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Makeup: Pin Me Down – Faded Warpaint 2* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Casual | Ears: *~*Illusions*~* Seelie Ears*

Outfit: Robe: FATEwear – Rochon Emerald* | Necklace: House of Rain – Deliverance Black Cord* | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Edenion Boots grey/gold*

Pose: Poise – Vogue 9

Forest Dragon

Not all dragons are roaring flames and burninating the countryside (sorry, I could not help myself). Nor are they dark menace made out of greed and tyranny. Some of them are protective, nourishing forces of nature.

forestdragon1bsForest dragons must prefer shapechanging for practical reasons, not much left of the forest if you stomp through them as a dragon. It is also easier to aid other creatures when they are not expecting you to snack on them any given moment.

forestdragon2bsIf you lack the ability to shapechange or help with magic, there is an excellent opportunity to do so with a much more mundane means: money. Isle of Wyrms is holding a spring festival that will benefit St. Tiggywinkes Animal Hospital in the UK. You can find many a wondrous thing on their marketplace, for example this Draco Laguna skin by Fallen Gods Inc. Half of the price will go to the charity while the festival is going on (skins available afterwards in the main store). The festival will end tomorrow (April 14th), so fly over to shop while you still can!

Scene: Forest: Studio Skye – Enchanted Woods | Arch: Coco Creations – Regal Arch (Pose Fair until April 14th)

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Draco Laguna Scaled Marks Dormient | Hair: Alice Project – Heather* | Eyes: Repulse – Cyborg v3 Eyes Red 

Outfit: Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Unseelie Mask & Headpiece

Poses: Part of the arch.