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

Eleven Days of Enchantment

The transition was smoother this year. No lands were lost and the amount of magical energy required to form the Fairelands was at such high levels that the continent grew to the size never seen before.

welcome2bsThe Fairelands are awake now and like all living things, reaching toward the spring light, basking in it, full of life and promise. Full of magic and enchantment.
welcome3bsAll is prepared, the feasts have been set, the portals polished, the welcoming fairy dances practiced, the dragons pre-lectured about not eating any visitors.
welcome1bsThe Fairelands are here, the magic has arrived. You have eleven days to step through a portal and join the Faire Folk before the spells anchoring the Fairelands into reality fade once more. Eleven days to live in the fantasy world continent, eleven days to be all you want to be. Eleven days of enchantment. 

Fantasy Faire 2015 has just opened! You can begin your journey here in the Fairelands Junction, which has portals to all the other sims. This year there’s ten shopping sims and three additional ones: Fairelands Junction, Poseidon’s Abyss (Arts & Entertainment) and Ravenshold (The Lost Land Hunt). There’s Literary Festival, dance and particle shows, DJs, roleplay groups, May Day Ball, jail & bails, auctions… the eleven days are packed. Read more about it all in the Fantasy Faire website.

You can find The Muses and Analog Dog Hair in Tangleshimmer Grove, [Gauze] in YoZakura, [MUSE] and Stitched in Spires of Andolys and .:Soul:. and Cole’s Corner in Ichi-go Ichi-e. The tattoo by Fallen Gods Inc. is a hunt prize in the Fairelands Hunt: The Lost Land.

Scene: YoZakura in Fantasy Faire 2015 | The Muses – Titania’s Feast & Chaise*

Body: .:Soul:. Davina (F4) Violent Toned FB* | Eyes: IKON – Hope Eyes Leonine | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Analog Dog – Sola Splash* | Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc. – Ammonite Full 100%*

Outfit: Dress: The Muses – Coil* | Shoes: .:Soul:. Cthu Shoes* | Bracers: Stitched – Astraea Bracelets* | Collar & Crown: [MUSE] – Maiden of Tuatha Gold* | Staff: [Gauze] – Alchemist Staff Animated Mana* | Sprite: Cole’s Corner – Water Faerie Companion* |

Poses: {NanTra} Eternal Beauty 6M | Picture This! Magi 2 | (*chanimations – alchemy_look

The Things That Belong to the Sea

It is unknown whether dugongs possess the ability to be curious. In fact, one might think that the slowly grazing marine mammals are unfazed by anything short of all the food vanishing or seas drying up. However, sometimes there are things in the sea that might intrigue even a steadily swimming creature such as dugong.

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Perhaps it can remember these strange bits and pieces belonging to the two-legged creatures traversing the seas in metal shells. Perhaps it can remember that they do not journey peacefully, but harass its kin often enough to be dangerous.

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Does it understand that the strange metal pieces littering the bottom of the ocean are a sign of their defeat? Does it realize that the metal shell has broken and the two-legged creatures either swallowed by the sea or fled from its rage back to the land?

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Perhaps the most important question of all is: does it feel relief at the sight? Maybe even satisfaction? Or is it simply nosing for hidden food between the strange objects? Strange objects that now belong to the sea.

A new round of A Tattered Page has just started! This time the event focuses around 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. The various remnants of Nautilus by [noctis], 22769 ~ [bauwerk] and BluPrintz and the hilarious dugong avatar by The Muses are all available in the ATP Library.

Scene: [noctis] Nautilus Porthole Brass* | 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Remnants of the Nautilus: Nemos Sea Box, Nemos Deep Sea Helmet (decor), Nemos Lamp, Pair of Compasses, Sea Chart* | BluPrintz – Ned’s Harpoon, Spyglass, Prized Pearl (stand)* | Fantasy Flora – Sea Grass Light Green, Bubble Plant

Avatar: The Muses – Dugong*

Dive Deeper

Dive deeper. It’s summer, it’s time to swim and play. Time to explore for the sake of exploration, to see new sights, try out new things, view visions never encountered before.

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 Who says the water isn’t warm enough yet? The sunlight reaches all the way down during the summer nights and where it doesn’t reach, the magic of underwater growth lights the way.

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Perhaps if you’re lucky enough in your watery visits you might pique an interest of someone ascending to visit you in return. Curiosity is a remarkable trait, goes both ways.

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In the depths all the secrets are yours to find, all the mysteries within your reach. Dive deeper. It’s summer and anything can happen.

Just because I’ve wanted to make a mermaid post the whole spring and never had the time for it: now I did. Besides, frolicking in water is an inseparable part of summer. The only event item in the post is the hair & headdress of the first mermaid, they’re by ~Tableau Vivant~ and available in The Arcade.

Scene: Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Jellyfish Gazebo | Cerridwen’s Cauldron – Hydra Anemone | Forest Feast – Plume Grass Blue

First Mermaid: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Nirvana, Hell Ed. (J&B Prize 2014, not available anymore) | Hair & Headdress: ~Tableau Vivant~ Longfall Hair Rainbow, Arowana | Eyes: ~*BySnow*~ Midnight Eyes* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyebrows: Bilo – Black Eyebrow | Hands: Slink | Nails: Beautiful Freak – Galaxy* | Necklace: House of Rain – Bring on the Dancing Horses sapphire/gold* | Tail: The Muses – Ianthe Seaglass* | Pose: Niqotine – Water 15

Second Mermaid: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Biologic Arachnos Black/Red | Headdress: Bliensen + MaiTai – Seafro* | Eyes: ~*BySnow*~ Midnight Eyes* | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyebrows: Bilo – Black Eyebrow | Jewelry: House of Rain – Abyssal Collar & Cuffs ruby/black* | Spell Effects: Solarium – The Enchanter Essence Hand Aura & Fallen Gods Inc. – Ring Particle Makers | Tail: !deviousMind – Undine Electric Red | Pose: ANA_KorruptGSit

Third Mermaid: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Materica Frosted Anima [NY2014] | Hair: Analog Dog – Scene Nascent | Eyes: IKON – Kaleido Eyes Night | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Eyebrows: Bilo – Black Eyebrow | Forehead Decor: Evie’s Closet – Archer’s Wick | Modesty Scales: Evie’s Closet – Nymph | Necklace: AZE Designs – Blue Topaz Fluted Scallp Necklace* | Collar/shoulderpads: Sweet Lies – Aqua Gardbrace | Tail: Mer-chandize Cove – Mother of Pearl Tail | Pose: c( Two Cats ) – Magical 2

The Return of the Faire

“Greetings, mortal. It is time. It has taken us more than twelve cycles of your moon to return, but the Fairelands are finally back in your realm.”

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“The journey back to this plane is always perilous; fraught with chaotic magic and unseen dangers, tests of nature and strength. Tests of perseverance and faith.” 

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“Sometimes we lose things on the way: treasures, people, even whole lands. The re-formation takes its toll, all of the magic channeled into new shapes, every land taking on a new visage.”

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 “When we make it, when the lands rise anew like the phoenix, when the portals finally open for us to meet again: it has all been worth it. For we are the Faire Folk, and we have returned.”

Fantasy Faire has just opened its portals into the Fairelands! Prepare to move in for eleven days of roleplay, shopping, entertainment and absolute astonishment at the beauty of the lands. The hair by Analog Dog, the outfit by The Muses, the shoes by De La Soul and the crown and collar by . a i s l i n g . are all available there. Analog Dog can be found in Heavenslough, The Muses and De La Soul in Mourningvale Thicket  and . a i s l i n g . in Hope’s Horizon.

Scene: Fairelands Junction

Body: Skin: League – Sia Fair Bloom | Eyes: IKON – Spectral Eyes Leonine | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Odetta goblin green* | Hair: Analog Dog – ever wicked | Hands & Feet: Slink

Outfit: Dress & Cloak: The Muses – Paiva teal* | Collar & Crown: . a i s l i n g . Sumiana Spring* | Shoes: De La Soul – Cthu shues

Poses: :Picture This!: Magi 2 | Musa – Gown Pose 014 & 20

Stay Away

All the stories got it wrong. They paint the forest full of terrors and threats, scare the humans away from our home, turn tales into metaphors of fearing the unknown and not talking to strangers.

red1bsThere was no human child for a wolf to hunt, wolves know better than draw in angry hunters. It doesn’t mean the forest would be safe or welcoming for their clueless, noisy kind.

red2bsPerhaps grandmother really has sharp teeth — you don’t want to get on her bad side, especially during the full moon — but I’d like to see anyone try to take her down. Age brings experience and cunning to the pack, not frailty.

red3bsIn truth, there really might be a woman wearing red in the woods, but if a huntsman ever raises an axe against a wolf, that tale won’t end well for the human. All the stories got it wrong. Just as we wanted, just as we planned. These are our forests. Stay away.

The new round of Enchantment has just started and its theme is Little Red Riding Hood. The dress by The Muses, necklace by House of Rain, hair flowers by .Enfant Terrible., skin by .Birdy., eyes by !Chop Shop!, wolf by Alchemy, nails by .Infiniti. and the poses by an lar are all from the event. The event items are exclusive, so go shop while you still can!

Scene: Enchantment

Body: Skin: .Birdy. – Red Skin Milk Black | Eyes: !Chop Shop! – The Wolf | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Alice Project – Rose (Bloodstained HUD)* | Hands: Slink – Elegant1 | Slink Nails: .Infiniti. Better To See You With

Outfit: Dress: The Muses – Into the Woods Red* | Necklace: House of Rain – Big Bad Wolf necklace mens blood/gold* | Hair Band: .Enfant Terrible. Forest Flowers Red 

Wolf: Alchemy – Fenris the Great Wolf Grey

Poses: an lar [poses] Being Miss Red: Three-A (m) |  One (m) | Two

Step on the Path

New Year is upon us with its fresh resolutions, new beginnings, old hopes transformed and redressed. In the end we all wish for the same: to be happy. The ways we see this happening simply vary.

lighttheway1csWe might be wrong in our views, in our decisions. They might very well lead us astray, to paths of trouble and stress instead of happiness and serenity, but the only way to know this is to start walking. You cannot decide which path is the best for you by standing in the crossroads.

lighttheway2csAnd so we wish, we hope, we make resolutions every year: this is the year I will take that first step, that right step. This is the year, this is the moment. Everything is new like fresh fallen snow, waiting for footsteps to mark the route to the future.

May you all have the best of years and may your paths lead to happiness.

Gothmas by Gaslight is still running until January 5th. You can find the dress by The Muses, the roses headband by Zibska (I mixed two headbands for the look) and the lantern and pose by Flash Friendly Poses from Sium and the choker by House of Rain from Cursed. The necklace and eyecatcher by .Enfant Terrible. are from the current round of Genre.

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Eyes: IKON – Horizon Eyes v2 Pale Glass XL | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Pin Me Down – Liner 1 | Hair: Exile – Turn the Page Frost | Hands: Slink

Outfit: Dress: The Muses – Victoria Ivory* | Choker: House of Rain – Winter Choker Moonstone/Silver* | Necklace & Eyecatcher: .Enfant Terrible. – Lotties Darling Grey | Roses Headband: Zibska – La Vie En Deux Headpiece* 

Pose & Lantern: Flash Friendly Poses – Light the Way 2