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It all started on December 3rd. Addler the Butler Otter promoted the Brothers Squirrel as his Majorly Mostly Assistant Decoration Wranglers. Mostly because they had paws that could reach and grab and twist and twine, and poor Addler himself had always been somewhat paw-challenged due to his round tummy that he was extremely proud of.
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After the decorations came Addler’s favourite part: baking! Not that he could bake anything himself (see: paw-challenged), but the Hamster Baking Brigade was extremely professional and a joy to watch and sniff. One of the bunlings had taken the art of Learning Letters very seriously and could now read almost every other word from the Big Book of Noms. He told Addler every other word was ‘nom’, and who was Addler to question his learned ways.

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While the critters on the table plateau were focused on baking, a disaster struck on the lower level: suddenly everything except the rugs was lava! The Bunling learning the Art of Scribbling immediately made an alarm flag. The Bunlings had wisely divided the Arts so that one of them learned to Read, the other to Write.

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The Brothers Squirrel figured out an escape plan immediately, but only the penguins showed interest or daring to follow them across the ladder. The Squirrel in charge of Taking (the other was in charge of Keeping) even performed a small squirrel jig to show everyone it wasn’t dangerous. He knew it was the work of the Magician and surely he would not fry the critters in lava: not good barbeque!

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The brave escapades were forgotten the moment the scent of ready gingerbread cookies descended to the rug-level. Lava and adventurous challenges already forgotten, it was time to party! The Nom Fest was so thorough that the Brothers Squirrel forgot to ponder where had Addler gone.

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Addler had orchestrated the Grand Nom Feast on the main table. On many tables. After several Critter Committees were held on the decor and colour matching, defeat was admitted and the Bunling scribbled a plea for help in the flag: magician aid was required. After some patient translation work from the Ladybun, the Magician got to work to change the critter infested mess into a proper feast.

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What a feast it was! Addler could barely see to the other end of the table! The Ladybun had helped him with a bow tie (see: paw-challenged) and all he had to do now was oversee everything from his spot at the end of the table. Well, to see, and watch and sniff and approve. Extremely responsible job!

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Addler could feel his otter tummy growing from the scents alone: so round and pretty! He guarded the sacher cake of chocolatey goodness with care: if he was lucky, the Magician would eat only one piece and he could have all the rest! …to share with his friends, he reminded himself. To share with his friends, yesyes.

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The Rat Band had settled next to the cheese tray that had been promised to them, already playing festive songs such as Every Whisker Glitters and All the Red Ribbons and the critter favourite Nom Day Every Day.

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The Bunling that Knows Bun Glyphs had found tiny bunlings from a glowing jar of snow. He pressed his nose against the glass and wiggled it in hopes of communication, but the tiny figures did not move. Surely there should be another plea for the Magician to make them come alive.

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In the meanwhile, under the tree, everything was peaceful. The band played a song or two to keep in shape, the weffs practiced puppy parkour on the presents, the guest bunnies were helping with the decor and the cocoa train kept driving around the tree in slow, delicious circles.

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Everything was ready. Just one more night to wait.

I meant to simply take pictures of the hijinks and shenanigans happening home as usual and add them to Flickr for shared amusement, but this December the story just kept growing and growing and called for more words. So here: a home-ful of critters to wish everyone a delightful, happy and relaxed holiday!

Laziest Credits Ever:

Critters by Ohmai, MishMish, Half-Deer, Snips & Snails, Aisling, Intrigue Co. (fd), Offbeat, Ispachi, Lark, Balaclava, keke

Noms by Poche, Lost Junction, Schadenfreude, Tres Blah, Erratic, Vespertine, Aphrodite

Grand Nom Feast Table & Chairs by The Looking Glass (free under the tree)

Tree by ~Libertine~

A lot of noms and critters from the Arcade, the tree from the Midwinter Fair.

Gothilocks

But only two bears. Surely this was some sort of bizarro-day in story land, things definitely out of place and overlapping. Holidays mixing with fairytales, critters running from one story to another, no one sticking to the original plans anymore, absolute chaos! (And hijinks and shenanigans.)

gothilocks1csThere was no porridge nor beds, but a holiday feast and comfy pillows, even a small gingerbread house for noms. Gothilocks wasn’t quite certain why there was a snowshoe rabbit riding a small yak indoors, but surely there’d be an explanation for everything eventually.

gothilocks2csThe cocoa train kept puffing along steadily while the little arctic fox tried in vain to awaken the doggie that had unfortunately zoomed right through the Sleeping Beauty’s story before landing here. It was all so very peaceful and cosy that it was tempting to close one’s eyes, for just a moment.

gothilocks3csBut wait, maybe it wasn’t just the doggie… where did all this food come from if not a castle’s kitchen? Definitely not from this cottage, there’s not even a kitchen here! This amount of sleepiness all around cannot possibly be just from relaxed atmosphere… there’s trouble afoot!

Most of the look is from Gothmas by Gaslight. The outfit by Violent Seduction, the furniture by [noctis] and the nails by Pin Me Down are located in Cursed. The skin by Jalwa and shoes and jewelry by Eclectica can be found in Sium. The cocoa train by Lark and the sleepy doggie with pillows and the yak by +Half-Deer+ are from the current round of The Garden. The arctic animals are from a gacha in Beetlebones. The eyes by Adoness are a part of F R O S T and the gingerbread house by Poche is from the Christmas Mini Mall at Naminoke.

Scene: House: Trompe Loeil – Frostbite Cottage White | Rugs: ~Libertine~ Green Brocade Rugs | Train: Lark – Cocoa Express Large Track & Train | Center Pillow & Doggie: +Half-Deer+ Sleepy Italian Greyhound Black & Pillow | Yak: +Half-Deer+ Winter Yak Black (gacha) | Gingerbread House: Poche – Christmas Hexenhaus | Furniture & Tree: [noctis] – Von Scarlet Chairs and Dining Table, Baron Von Scarlet’s Secretary Desk, Gothmas Tree* | Critters: Beetlebones – Arctic Friends – Polar Bear Pals (Snow & Soot), Snowshoe Hare Pal (Snow), Fox (Soot), Snow Owl (snow) RARE

Body: Skin: Jalwa – Zahida Coven Salt Cleavage* | Hair: Wasabi Pills – Kylee Mesh Hair Licorice | Eyes: Adoness – Salina Eyes Starfish* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hands & Feet: Slink | Nails: Pin Me Down – Gothmas Nails*

Outfit: Dress, Collar & Bow: Violent Seduction – Criminal Monochrome* | Necklace, Rings, Shoes: Eclectica – Catherine Ringsets in black, pendant in pale gold, Gothic shoes in dark* | Stockings: ~Cannibelle~ Bow Suspender Tights

Poses: aDORKable Poses – Sunny 2 | Part of the +Half-Deer+ pillow. | aDORKable Poses – Sunny 3m

Ned the Newt and Hoo-Wo-Man

“I remember when Uncle Flip went missing,” the wise old toad croaked. The newts called him simply All-Seer because surely when one missed eyes it meant they saw more and better than others. “Soon after that the chocolate frog appeared. Coincidence? I think not! Boys, if you do not save your Cousin Fred from the Jar, he’s going to end up chocolate as well. Then chomp! She’ll bite the head right off.”

newthero1csSo it was that the bravest of them all, the young Ned the Newt wiggled his way up the fireplace, freezing in fear only when the spellcasting terror known only as the Hoo-Wo-Man glanced away from the mysterious object she held. Cousin Fred was frantically nudging with his tail toward the true horror: the chocolate frog that surely had to be the missing Uncle Flip!

newthero2dsNed the Newt squirmed between the Jar and the fireplace, waiting for the moment when the mysterious object flew away from the Hoo-Wo-Man so she had to flail to catch it again and look away. Then he pushed with his tail and huzzah! the jar was falling. But the Hoo-Wo-Man was already turning, noticing the movement. Ned lunged after the jar, no time for careful descent!

newthero3dsLanding on the floor was a painful, dizzy experience, but the Jar didn’t break — who knows what kind of materials it’s made of, terrible prison! The Hoo-Wo-Man was approaching already, but Cousin Fred was free! The newts scuttled back into the shadows as fast as they could, losing only Ned’s tail that he bravely left as a decoy to guarantee the safe retreat.

newthero4csBehind them they could hear the mysterious gibberish voice of the Hoo-Wo-Man: “…well, guess no newt familiar then. Maybe something cuddlier.”

The heroic newts, frogs and all the furniture and props are from the Wizarding Faire, the house by Trompe Loeil and the dress with the cape by *katat0nik* are from Collabor88. The earrings by Bliensen + MaiTai are from We Love Role-play and the eyes by Adoness are available in The Body Modification Expo.

Scene: House: Trompe Loeil – Autumn Cottage | Newts & Jar: Silent Sparrow – Purple Newts | Frogs: Beetlebones – Wizarding Phantom Toad A & Chocolate Frog | Table: O.M.E.N – Wizarding Table | Extras on the Table: [Consignment] – The Edinbure Manuscript Silver | Cauldron Full of Books: [Consignment] – The Spell-o d’Cauldron | Other Cauldrons: :{Atomic}: – Cauldrons | Plant in a Cauldron: Floorplan – Dirigible Sapling | Books on the background: Lark 

Body: Skin: Essences – Amaterasu TDRF 02 Brunette | Eyes: Adoness – Bestia Eyes Albino Tiger* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Alice Project – Mika* | Hands: Slink – Avatar Enhancement Hands Casual | Feet: Slink – Female Feet AvEnhance Medium

Outfit: Dress: *katat0nik* Wishy Woman Dress old gold | Cape: *katat0nik* Wishy Woman Cape forest | Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Alisha lace booties brown* | Bangles: [The Forge] – Ailida’s Bangles WornBronze* | Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Moonchild Earrings Gold* 

Poses & Held Books: [okkbye] – Wizard Books MM Static 4 & 1

Sunny the Sorceress

“Disgrace to the family,” her father had said. Her mother had tried to be more supporting, but when Sunny’s lich-transformation gave her a deer-nose and adorable dapples, even she had given up. She had tried, oh how she had tried. She summoned bats and got flocked by chirpy birds. She brewed vile potions and ended up with ice cream. She tried to to conjure the chirpy birds into breathing fire and covered them in the said ice cream instead, much to their delight.

sunny1csShe left her dark cottage by the volcano before the roses and apple trees took over the briarthorn bushes and poison ivy patch and moved into a little tree house in the forest instead. She kept trying every now and then, hoping to clear her name and prove herself worthy of her ancient lineage, but even her robes turned from black to bright, sunny colours the moment she ceased focusing on them.

sunny2csSomehow the skull-carved table soaked in blood turned into a console filled with comfy, happy-toned bedding. The carefully preserved ectoplasm barrel was suddenly apple cider. She took comfort in the fact that it was at least alcoholic. Mildly, but any ship in such storm.

sunny3csBy the time she found herself twirling instead of doing the well-practiced stalk-and-loom she decided it was the final straw. If she had to live in the sunlight with birdsong no matter what she did, she might as well start to enjoy it and brew another batch of ice cream.

The tree house by Dysfunctional Designs, cauldron and alembic table by c( Two Cats ), the outfit by Apsara (Sunny forgot to wear the included pants, she’s a flake), the skin by Aeva // Heartsick and the necklace by .:ellabella:. are all available in the current round of We Love Roleplay. The Batty shoes by lassitude & ennui are available in the Wizarding Faire, the crate and barrel by 22769 [bauwerk] are from Fantasy Gacha Carnival, the magician hat by Remarkable Oblivion can be won in Oh My Gacha and the birdies by +Half-Deer+ are from the Candy Fair.

Scene: Tree House: Dysfunctional Designs – Tree House* | Alembic Table: c( Two Cats ) – Louisoix’s Alembic Table (high res materials)* | Cauldron: c( Two Cats ) – Oseberg Cauldron Copper* | Barrel & Crate: 22769 [bauwerk] – Alchemist Crate & Rustic Barrel | Birdies: +Half-Deer+ Ice-Creamaholic Birdy Cake Cone Choco, Paper Cup Sherbet, Sugar Cone Vanilla | Mini Topiary: !Ohmai – White Roses Topiary A| Console: Lark – Haran Console | Pears: Teawood – Tray of Pears

Body: Skin: Aeva // Heartsick – Poppy Tone 0 Bambi* | Hair: Alice Project – Rose* | Eyes: IKON – Eternal Eyes Mesa XL | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious 

Outfit: Hat: Remarkable Oblivion – Rakshasa Magician Hat | Outfit: Apsara – Anarkali Kameez Lemon Custard & Dupatta Powder Blue* | Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Batty Shoes brown/gold* | Necklace: .:ellabella:. Nahimana’s Autumn Necklace* 

Poses: c( Two Cats ) – Miqo’te 2 | Exposeur – Female of the Species 5 | aDORkable Poses – Sunny 1

Little Ark of Dreams

The ark to dream land departs in ten minutes or possibly an hour unless it already left! Time to check the weather — picturesque with a slight drizzle of fish — put on your best bowl for breathing on the surface and tiptoe aboard.

dreamarc1csIt’s good to check that the navigation tomes are sailing to the right direction and the gramophone plays the best of rains. Double-check that the couple under the instrument is waltzing and not trying a tango and then you’re all good to go!

dreamarc2csMake sure the ice cream stays smiling in the sun and that the apple house keeps steaming, then count every paw and tip of a tail before nose-wiggling at the oar-operator bunny that the journey may begin!

dreamarc3csOnwards to the best of dreams. Only the very best.

Most of the items are from Designers United that just opened. This includes the mochi ice cream critters by Ohmai, the boat by Vespertine, the gramophone by *bbqq*, the apple house by Poche, hair by Pesca, dress by Tee*fy, fish bag by Beetlebones, fish bowl helm by duboo and the first pose by marukin. The skin by Essences is from the new round of The Dressing Room Fusion, the eyes by IKON are from The Boutique and the book by Lark and fish by Yummy can be won at The Arcade.

Scene: Boat: {vespertine} float inside my dream boat | Gramophone: *bbqq* – shanghai vintga gramophone | Books: Lark – Mariner | Apple House: Poche – Let’s play at the home of apple. | Fish: Yummy – Blues Fish, Electric Dancing Fish, Regular Old Goldfish | Mochi Critters: !Ohmai – Mochi Ice Cream Usagi, Nezumi, Neko

Body: Skin: Essences – Amaterasu TDRF 02 brunette | Hair: Pesca – Bunny Chignon Jet Black | Eyes: IKON – Perspective Eyes Wight | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hands & Feet: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual & Mesh Feet (av) Flat

Outfit: Dress: Tee*fy – Vanishing Clouds Sky | Fish Bowl Helm: duboo – Sea Wanderer w Glass | Fish Bag: Beetlebones – Koi Bag for DU (Kohaku)

Poses: (marukin) – [volition] back of a bird | N/A | Part of the boat.

The Alchemist

It’s all about secrets. Secrets and uncovering them. Truths beyond the known and mundane. Most of all it’s about the burning curiosity to learn, to see, to understand. Often also about the power that the knowledge brings, no matter which face the power wields: security, wealth, control, ambition, longevity, life.

alchemist1bsThere are books, tomes, legends of old to form the first steps: to detail what others before you have learned. It is faster than trying to do every basic process yourself, leaning on the curiosity and wisdom of others for the groundwork.

alchemist2bsBut in the end the book-knowledge will reach its limits and the only way forward is to experiment further yourself. Find and map new ways, test and define, draw new parameters after every failure until you can pinpoint the exact method for success.

alchemist3bsLike here: developing the most soothing bath system for mermaids and their cephalopodian friends. Just a touch more sea salt and a little pinch of powdered coral and it’s ideal.

An Alchemist’s Tale set with the armoire, magic circle, poses and the kettle (without the mermaid) are by (*chanimations, available in the new round of We Love Role-play. You can also find the Amarthiel dress by Senzafine, Ysandre piercings by .:ellabella:. and Malynda hair by :esk-imo: in the same event. The mermaid who is honestly just taking a peculiar bath is Phoebe de la Mer by Culprit. She and a lot of the Alchemist’s surroundings (medicine cabinet and bottles by [ keke ], tables by {vespertine}, poetry book by Lark, knick-knacks by O.M.E.N.) are loots from the Arcade.

Scene: Building: Garden of Dreams – The Library* | Alchemist’s Armoire, Magic Circle, Kettle, Poses: (*chanimations – alchemyArmoire (highDetail)* | Mermaid: Culprit – Phoebe de la Mer Tentacle | Medicine Cabinet & Bottles: [ keke ] – Dreamer’s Medicine Cabinet | Small Tables: {vespertine} – Attic Table Set & Treasure Cabinet Red | Book with Flying Pages: Lark – Imaginarium Librarium Poetry | Decor on Small Table: O.M.E.N. – Fairytales

Body: Skin – Pink Fuel – Harley Opaline Lid 03 dkbrow B | Eyes: IKON – Eternal Eyes Green | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 10 | Tattoo (face & body): Fallen Gods Inc. – Sanctum Split Sides Full Tintable | Hair: :esk-imo: – Malynda Red 01* | Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 | Nails: Orc Inc – Goth Gloss*

Outfit: Dress: Senzafine – Amarthiel Elvish Gown Crimson Noir* | Cuffs: Zaara – Prata Silver Cuff Onyx | Piercings Necklace: .:ellabella:. – Ysandre Raw Rubies & Amethyst Gold* 

Poses: Part of the Alchemist’s Tale set by (*chanimations.