The Between is Breached

“Tell me, minions mine, what news from the Border, what word from the Threshold, what whispers from the Between?”

“O Mistress Most Magnificent, tonight is the Night: the Border opens, the Threshold is crossed, the Between breached. The cards so pronounce, the runes declare, the moons of nether shine upon the Door.”

“Witness then, my vicious vouboos, witness and rejoice: it is time to summon spirits to wander the waking world. Upon my call they shall come, my words they shall heed, my will they shall follow. The mortal world shall feel their presence as they walk its streets: truths among lies, surreal realities amongst disguises, hidden in plain sight. 

Each step they take draws shadows from human hearts, each inhale of stolen breath drains courage, each bastion of rationale besieged by doubt, assaulted by belief older than this newly-found love of facts.”

“Their hearts fill with dark whispers and undeniable certainty that there is something near them: behind them in the room, in the dark corner of the street, under the bed, just out of sight but so certainly there they can hear the breath that is not drawn. Their hearts become ours. This night, this night when the Between is breached.

This night they know that underneath the fairest of Ariels lies Caliban awaiting. This night the nether realms are empty, for their creatures all walk amongst you.”

Magnificent masquerade this Halloween: keep your eyes open, pay attention to the corner of your eyes. Who knows what you might see.

Many events have their last day today, so take a moment in your trick-and-treating to make sure you have all you wanted! If you missed the events, check out the main stores later.

Scene:
The Looking Glass – The Hounfor Set Gacha at The Secret Affair (last day today)
Schadenfreude – Vouboo Aries* at The Decennial Market (last day today)
~Libertine~ “A Heart Expo” Collectable Egg

The Summoner:
Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Amethyst Pure
Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Widow Black at The Nightmare (last day today)
Nails: PUMBY* Noir Gold Collection
Eyes: .ID. Essentials Omega HUD / Inhumans
Mesh: LOGO Alexis Bento Head, Maitreya Body
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Raven Dreamscapes at The Decennial Market (last day today)
Horns: !dM deviousMind – Talaitha DruidHair RARE
Headdress: LOVE – Midnight Lotus Headdress

The Summoned:
Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Silver Pure NB at We Love RP (last day today)
Blood: Fallen Gods Inc. – Blood Gaze, Blood Step, Blood Touch at Trick or Treat Lane (last day Nov. 3rd)
Eyes: .ID. Essentials Omega HUD / Inhumans
Eyes: E.V.E {MICROPHONE} Eyes Gold at The Decennial Market (last day today)
Face Glitter: E.V.E {KOI} Glitter Face Makeup Gold at The Decennial Market (last day today)
Mesh: LOGO Alexis Bento Head, Maitreya Body
Hair: Exile – Laugh at You
Dress: Dead Dollz – Praha Dress Bloody Pearl

Poses: Included in the The Looking Glass furniture.

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

The Gull Invasion: Critter Beach Adventure

The gulls appeared out of nowhere. Their chattering was shrieks, their laughter even more so. They invaded the beach and for a moment the critters were worried. Then they began teaching the squirrels how to fly and everyone calmed down. Surely this was normal, after all.

gullinvasion9bsThey brought puppies with them, for some reason. Or maybe the pups followed the gulls. Regardless, The Bunling Who Knows Letters wiggled into the Diplomacy Shoes of the Big Bunny to greet them. Since the bunny who wore shoes was in charge, greeting newcomers from them was only appropriate.
gullinvasion1bsAddler and Petal were too worried for their solemn duty to guard the pina coladas to leave them, but at the point when the flock of fluffs on two feet approached the dropped ice cream, Addler simply had to flail his short paws in shocked protest: he had been eyeing the ice cream for at least a century now! Claimed by gaze, it was!
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The gulls located shade and found perfect perch in fast order. In short, they were making themselves home. The diplomatic bunling tried to enquire if they were planning to stay very long and to warn them of possible dangers of barbeque-kind nature, but the puppy just licked her face instead of listening.
gullinvasion4bsGradually the concern shifted to a calm, sunny beach day mood. Addler managed to point out that puppies seemed to be always welcome and perhaps the gulls could fly to escape possible barbeque if needed. Surely the invasion was not the critters fault, so all was safe and good!
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The relaxed mood spread throughout the critter crowd, except for Grumpy the Kiwi, who atop the sleeping pup kept pondering the secrets of flight. His small flock had followed the gulls for a while and had just seen them teaching the squirrels how to fly. If they could teach the squirrels, surely even kiwis could one day fly! 

All the gulls by Ohmai are available in Summerfest, the puppies by MishMish can be purchased in Uber and the shoes by lassitude & ennui are a part of Mix, a new main store event. The rest are a mix of older items, although the kiwis by Schadenfreude were just in this June’s Arcade.

Critters: Gulls: !Ohmai – Herring Gulls, BlackHeaded Gulls, Ivory Gulls | Puppies: MishMish – German Shepherd Puppies | Kiwis: Schadenfreude – Spotted, Brown, Black Kiwi | Otters: !Ohmai – Sea Otter Pet Onyx & Silver Pelts | Squirrels: !Ohmai – Steampunk Chestnut Squirrels | Bunnies: !Ohmai – Mochi Bunnies

Decor: Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Floral pumps cream* | Ice Cream: 8f8 – 22. Oops! Cherry Pistachio Ice Cream | Sunglasses: *katat0nik* bunny sunglasses | Drinks: Rusalka Writer – Pina Coladas | Hat: G Field – Straw Floppy Hat Rose Garden | Sun Lotions: Second Spaces – Beach Day Pale Skin

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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.

Rabbit Day

It happens every spring: bunny girls appear out of nowhere, wandering around with mysterious baskets with eggs. Are they planting or are they harvesting, one might wonder. Which was first, the bun or the egg? Do they plant the eggs in spring to be harvested as baby bunlings later? Are they responsible for bun-population’s growth like the squirrels tend to trees: by forgetting where they hid their treasures?

rabbitday1bsPerhaps it’s for the best that we do not know, that we get to simply enjoy the sudden appearance of birdies and eggs, flowers and bunlings, signs of life returning.

rabbitday2bsAfter all, it’s better to be completely oblivious in case there’s cunning plots of bunnobility going on. What better time to be crowned as the Leader of All Bunkind than when the population is the largest?

rabbitday3bsThat said: do indulge your bunnies that like to hold odd things on their heads. You never know who you might be talking to!

Ozimals is hosting a wonderfully entertaining Easter-Egg Hunt in Magic of Oz. Port over here, click the poster to receive your egg basket and instructions and start hunting! You can read more about the hunt here. The dress by katat0nik, bangle by +Half-Deer+, sniffing nose by Fallen Gods Inc., burdies by Silent Sparrow and burd-fitting eggs by Schadenfreude are all hunt prizes. The bunnies in the pictures are also hunt prizes: special Easter Elites. As all Ozimals elites, the colouring is just a coat and not a gene: they won’t pass to the new bunlings and underneath the coat is a completely regular random bun.

Scene: First Picture: Magic of Oz | Rabbit Setting: Eggs: Schadenfreude – Burd’s Breakfast < 3 & @, Easter Eggs | Birdies: Silent Sparrow: Lady Burd Dovey, Boi Burd Sunny | Easter Bunnies & Cake: Ozimals – Elite Pysanka Magic & Elite Faith 2014 | Bangle-Crown: +Half-Deer+ Painted Rustic Bangle (Bunny) | Strawberry Feasting: Gumi’s Flower Shop – Table Strawberry Server, Ohmai Steampunk Squirrels & Bunnies

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Hair: Analog Dog – Schnapp Natural Black | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Classic Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 1 | Blush: Zibska – YesNo Two | Hands: Slink – Casual | Nose: Fallen Gods Inc. – Just Sniffing

Outfit: *katat0nik* Cheeky Bunny Dress Black | Bangle: +Half-Deer+ Painted Rustic Bangle (Bunny) | Ears: +Half-Deer+ Velven Bunny Ears (Angelbloom) RARE | Basket: Ozimals Hunt Basket

Krampus the Yule Yak

It’s almost time. All the signs are there: the shifting colours to very specific spectrum of reds and greens, the emergence of lights in the middle of the darkness, the mistletoe and holly and all other words ending in -olly.

krampus1csWe’ll leave the reindeers to more commercial types and instead set out with yaks. Nobody expects the yak acquisition! Acquisition and re-delivery, that’s the name of the game. The Great Yak Company: bringing smiles and laughter around the world since the… era that you’ve never heard of but is surely there. Yes.

krampus2bsLittle Krampus here is a perfect candidate, ready for hours of work to find things that were lost and to bring them to people who miss them. Sometimes it’s the same people, sometimes different. We don’t mind, we’re creative about the whole distribution. It’s not about who throws money around the most, it’s about how to make the most people smile in the end.

krampus3bsSo when you have a moment to sit down in all the commercial stress and rush, listen to the clip-clop of tiny yak hooves and prepare to enjoy the spirit of Gothmas: accept yourself with all your misgivings, accept the people around you with all of theirs, take a deep breath and simply smile.

Most of the look can be found in Gothmas by Gaslight: the dress by :{MV}:, the earrings by House of Rain, the eyeshadow by Beautiful Freak and the liner by Pin Me Down are available in Cursed. The ribbony Batty necklace by lassitude & ennui is available in Sium. The delightful stripes in the hair are from the new Winter HUD by Alice Project, colouring your favourite hairdos to new tones. The yule antlers by Cerridwen’s Cauldron are available in the current round of We Love Role-play. The skin by Al Vulo is from The Dressing Room: Fusion, the house by Scarlet Creative from Collabor88, the eyes by Adoness from her Christmas Market and the rocking chair by Atelier Visconti and the yak by +Half-Deer+ from The Garden. The dresser by DIGS, the crown by Schadenfreude and the tree and wreath by Trompe Loeil can be won at The Arcade.

Scene: House: Scarlet Creative – Trilby | Chair: Atelier Visconti – Mont Blanc Rocking Chair | Krampus: +Half-Deer+ Winter Yak Black | Dresser: DIGS – Geary Dresser Moon RARE | Crown: Schadenfreude – Storybook Royalty: Crown of Skulls | Tree: Trompe Loeil – Star Tree | Wreath: Trompe Loeil – Branch Wreath 

Body: Skin: Al Vulo – Mimi Dk dark brow cleavage milk | Eyes: Adoness – Lignum Eyes Weed* | Eyeshadow: Beautiful Freak – Lua Eyeshadow Blood Red* | Liner: Pin Me Down – Julie Eyeliner 8 | Lashes: Redgrave – Luscious | Hair: Alice Project – Bella II* | Horns: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Yule Antlers*

Outfit: Dress: :{MV}: Translate Dress Crimson* | Shoes: Has Been – Betsy Bow Pumps | Stockings: ~Cannibelle~ Gothic Lace Suspender Tights | Necklace: lassitude & ennui – Batty Necklace Black* | Earrings: House of Rain – Melt Earrings Garnet/Silver* 

Poses: N/A | Kirin – Nina Pose 4 | Part of the chair.