Sunday, September 4, 2016

Twisted Hunt 2016

Something was stirring outside...
Something was stirring outside, under the earth. It wasn't the purposeful meanderings of the little folk in their velvet coats searching for worms or a mate, but still it had purpose. Out in the orchard the leaves still tracked the movement of sun, not yet turning the shades of autumn soon to come, while the fruitful harvest blushed and fell. Something deeper moved, turning more rapidly than sun or moon. What was it? What was it? She could feel it coming...
Catdog had been of remarkably little help, moreso even than usual, and that was indeed something on which one could remark. For hours she had tried to question the beast - it's button eyes regarding her with innocence in every stitch. Straightforward, or cryptic, her questions received no answers, though she was certain it knew something, though it spoke only in riddles and quotes from the silver screen. She turned to the cards, they could be evasive in their turn of course, whenever she looked too intensely, posed too direct a query. As she dealt, the cards themselves seemed to mock her, over and over she asked, rephrasing, reasking, desperate to know. Finally, a cough from catdog as the grinding noise of things spinning, moving through earth grew louder from the orchard, she flopped forward, cursing her own idiocy.
Her collapse into fury and bewilderment at her own lack of foresight lasted only a moment, she ran outside, not a moment to lose. The oldstone was glowing, casting flickering light over the ground, over the spinning cubes as they broke free of the earths grip, to fly off, left and right, up and down. A low cackling flew with them, laughter hysterical and inane. She cried out with delight to see them fly. What had distracted her? What fog had covered her eyes to blind her to the date, to the return of the twisted cubes? It mattered not. They were back, and now they were out there, ready for the taking by any hand or eye quick enough to glimpse their hiding place. Waiting for nothing, she began to run, into the the night, after the blue tinged nightmares.

Twisted Fall 2016!
This is the SIXTEENTH Twisted Hunt - I've been as distracted as the woman in my tale - there's a lot a lot going on RL right now - and there will be for the forseeable future - so this kinda snuck up on me this year - but it could not have come at a better time.

As ever - this is the hardest hunt in all of Second Life - and for no small measure is the best for that! There are no clues - save those on offer from those other twisted folk in the group chat who cobble together lists of hints as the hunt progresses - please remember to ask nicely- a please and a thankyou go a long way, and believe me it's easier for us to find a hint if you have the number of the store you are stuck on as well as the name! The chat is fun and friendly - one of the best parts of the hunt.

There are 91 stores, there can be 10 visible decoy cubes in addition to the prize cube - which will be in sight somewhere. If you choose to de-render - be warned - there are unlimited decoys allowed in walls, floors, ceilings etc!
There is a list of Landmarks - for those you just cant take searching for any longer - you can skip to the next to return to try again later.

Here's your starting point! At the Twisted Headquarters

Tattoo : Fallen Gods - Auspex~ Tattoo, Green Old Ink
Several colours included in this prize - Omega appliers included - I discovered only this week that there are magical items available that mean you can use omega appliers on other mesh body parts such as my SLink Mesh hands and feet!
Earrings : Hudson's Clothing Co. - Amethyst Divination Earring
Pretty Pretty - I feel like I have these RL somewhere!
Bracelet : :::Sn@tch  - Strega Bracelet :::
There's always room for pentagrams!
Nails : [:Rad Designz:] THF16
HUD driven, six beautiful designs for your mesh bodypart nails 
Dress and Scarf : [.NS-Riel.] Gypsy Wanderer
Gorgeous - Handkerchief hemmed dress, fits and flares and the colourfade is just beautiful. The scarf is wonderful, ultra-realistic. I don't have this in RL and I desperately want it!

Shop :  ~Adorably Strange Wares ~ The Divine Oracle's Shop
Lovely little build - door opens on approach. You can climb the stairs to a sweet little attic room.
Standing Stone :  - Lilith's Den - Inverdur -  Celtic Ogham Elements Stone
Depending on the ancient script you click - you are treated to different light effects.
'Tarot' set : [Curvosity] - Cardomancy Prediction
Pose set perfect for when the cards have worn you out!
Catdog! : Chiana Oh - Mystic CatDog
This cute little cuddly guy... girl... catdog is scripted to spout sarcasm and movie lines at you! You can even mod the script so it says what you want.
Poster : ChiMia:: Divination Poster
Brighten up your walls with a glimpse of the future!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior

The air was thick. After long days trekking through the clear thin atmosphere of the mountains and high passes, descending into the valley it posed as solid a barrier as the curling wall of greenery before her. 
All jungles were dangerous, of course, but here there seemed something more malign, more ominous even than the shrieks of monkeys, and the claw marks around the camp site, fresh each morning. It was more than the insects, more than the crocodiles, each step along the trail was fraught with danger. Following paths once man made, but for centuries abandoned to animals and the elements. Each Inca statue a further clue, another task to complete, another treasure to find to placate the gods before progress could be made... Wait... Was that plant... growling?
She felt as though she had died a thousand times along the path. The insects, the bugs, the GIANT SPIDERS? Blasted by near inexplicable torrents of icy air, she had crossed rotting planks to fall into leech infested waters, been bitten by swarms of bats... did I mention the GIANT SPIDERS? As if staying alive in the jungle environment weren't enough, the trail tested far more than just her survival skills. Appeasing the statues meant hunting out objects they required, solving puzzles and riddles to find the gems they desired. At times the jungle itself was against her. That plant had more than growled, it tried to take a bite out of her...
It had been a long quest, but so full of danger and excitement that it seemed to have flashed by in mere moments. When she had set out, crumpled map in hand, she'd thought she was prepared. Now, with all she had seen, all she had done, she would never have believed it. No one would. But, there it all was, past the stone guardians and their bloody price - the treasure of the Inca - hers for the taking!

Madpeas have launched their latest game - The Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior 

Not your standard point and click (as if any of their point and click games are standard LOL) this HUD based game will take you through purpose built dedicated SIM environments, and have you hunting through stores. Each decision and step you take can result in injury or death - I think I died 78 times? I blame the lava. Yes, there is lava. Lots of lava. You will have to solve puzzles with crystals and lightbeams and riddles, all while avoiding giant spiders and falling rocks to get the wealth of prizes at the end.

The HUD to play the game costs L$1000 and comes with an outfit (male and female versions)

Tattoo : [White~Widow - NORMAL] Signs - Black
This prize comes in black and white versions - each with 'normal' 'low' and 'high' intensity ink.
Outfit : Madpeas Inca Warrior outfit
Comes with boots - male and female versions included with HUD pack - also the arrow quiver and a bow.
Headdress : Pucca Firecaster Creations ~ Inca Crown
Beautiful headdress - I love the feathers!
Septum ring : Noodles & OAKEN - Noodles - Inca Septum Gold
Lovely intricate gold jewellery - prize also contains earrings.

Madpeas : Golden Inca Mama Cocha Statue
Sway's : [Quilla] Mask . wood and colors
Mori : Sun decor
Kalopsia : Remnants of Qosqo - Vase, bowls and plates
Boudoir : Wearable Treasure Pile (I rezzed it - worn, it has a sitting meditating anim)
.random.Matter. : Field Guide - What's a map without a skull?

Madpea Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior Blog

Lost Treasure of the Inca Warrior Starting Point

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Burning sands - Tres Chic and Exposeur

One world had ended. That was how it felt, because that was how it was. The past was firmly relegated to a distinct era of its own as the fired burned. The fires, distant as they were from where she wound up, still scarred the sky. Eye protection was advisable.

Everything in the what was now the 'old' seemed to have come together to destroy itself. Such a cobweb of events, cause and effect, the beat of too many butterflies wings. "It's orchestrated!" those on the fringes screamed, placards waving in faces bland with complacency and internalised fear. Such shouts had only grown louder, voices added each day, and matched in equal measure by screams of opposition from televisions and posters, instructing the masses to believe, even as the cracks tore open.

The world had broken apart, sloughing off centuries of humankind's scratchings at its surface. None of them, the lucky ones who had made it to this island, knew how many other such castaways there may be out there. There was talk already of sending out search parties, building more boats. There must be others out there, others who could believe in something better, of taking what they had left and building a better future. She hope there would be enough of them, enough to overcome those who had caused it all.

Yikes... that got a little dark. Mood of the moment, what can I say? Well, I can tell you about the Tres chic event! Sorry I'm late in getting to it - but if you hurry you can grab some lovely items here in their 'midsummer nights' round - running until 10th July :
Tres Chic

Hair : *TKW* (TUKINOWAGUMA) Maiju Reds / Blacks L$ 250
Shades : MAJESTY - Concave Shades [Tortoise] L$ 180
Top : [sYs] COMOX top (fitted mesh ) - khaki L$ 140
Pants : Gawk! Leather Pants - Skulls L$ 299
Shoes : .:KC:. MARIKA Heels L$ 195
Spheres : Cb] Ringed Sphere Deco Lights Set L$ 150

The poses used here are all from Exposeur - a lovely and longstanding favourite pose store which is sadly closing TODAY. There is an up to 80% off sale at the store, not all items will be available afterwards on marketplace. Please drop by if you can, and give this great creator a good send off.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fantasy Faire - the last dance

Morning had broken, like the first morning. Though, this was the last morning, and the bird cawing over the alcove in which she had slept, while black, was distinctly corvid in nature. Mist thickly carpeted the tunnel system snaking its way through the landscape, as she stretched and yawned, it was through these tunnels she would fly.
Each of the Fairelands had a charm all of its own. There were hours when the brightness and pretty colours called, windmills and bunting turning cheerfully. Others, she needed the hustle an bustle of the sun drenched marketplace, the blown sand scouring everything clean. Mostly though, she was drawn to the twilight and the darkness, as only in these places could the lights be seen to shine. It was here the lights of remembrance could be found, one by one in niches or on branches, in groups, crowding shelves and alcoves, creating all the heat they needed to rise into the air and dance. It was here you would find her, on this, the last day of the Faire.
Soon the mists would rise higher, all the wonderful worlds drawn into being by the Faire would be engulfed, drifting apart for another year. Endings, always horribly sad, were not permanent. Anything learned, or gained would remain, carried within until the calendar brought everyone together again. There was not long left now, she would rather rejoice in what had been achieved than let herself sink into sorry. She would like to take you with her, to stay as long as possible in the world they had created, to stay happy, and revel in the beauty that could be found. She's waiting, all you have to do is reach out, and take her hand.

Horns : Spyralle - Lightbearer of Hope   Relay for Life item
Skin : .:Soul:. -  Gen2 F - Ranitomeya - [FF2016] - Fade - TT-FB - Brow   Relay for Life item
Earrings : EF: - Talia's Heart Earrings HOPE   Relay for Life item
Outfit : [V/W] Elody - L$ 250 Relay for Life item
Wings : {Acios} Hellfire Wings  Relay for Life item
Nails : DP - Koffin Nails - Cat's Eye  L$ 200  Relay for Life item

Images taken in the Blackmoor Fairelands SIM

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A dryad's dream - Fantasy Faire 2016

Spring was moving through the woods. Winter's chill grip loosened gradually, day by day. As a soft breeze blew warmth through bare boughs, sap began to rise, bringing life back into cold dead wood. Thalia watched the change of season creep toward her, eyes for months shielded by a layer of bark and moss blinking free. Tingling shifted to movement as leaf by leaf unfurled, roots drinking deep as frozen ground thawed. Sunlight was no longer a harsh glare, but reached the softening earth through a canopy of shimmering green.

She had listened long to the stories told beneath her branches. In the gently curving glade she had made her home, people had come each spring, each summer, to rest, to eat and share their stories. Travellers, couples and families, each brought their tales. The families were her favourites, they brought books, bound in leather, or with cardboard covers crumpled from years of use. Tales of magical beings, perilous quests and curses broken. It had been years since she had chosen to put down roots, to sleep for a while in the soil.

This spring Thalia felt the joys of spring more strongly, it was the season for the dryad to climb out of the tree, to feel different grass beneath her feet. There were flowers across the glade she longed to smell, the fitful breeze had never blown their scent her way. This year she would visit other glades, other trees, greet the rivers and streams, enjoying her freedom.

Come on down to the Fairelands!
The Fairelands Junction

Relay for Life total raised currently stands at L$ 5,105,493 that's $ 20,422 real life dollars!

Hair : /Wasabi Pills/ Thyra Mesh Hair  L$ 250 Relay for Life item
Lovely hair, 19 HUD driven colours, 16 colour options for each of the two hair ribbons.
Skin :  [NM] - Aurora - Corset/Brows - Dystopia  Relay for Life item
Captivated by the tone of this skin - pack contains 6 versions with appliers for Maitreya, Belleza and Slink
Earrings :  EF: Talia's Heart Earrings HOPE  L$ 225  Relay for Life item
Delicate but eyecatching jewellery from the masters at the forge.
Dryad outfit : .AiShA. Dryad Relay for Life item
Dryad dress comes in standard size MESH L, M, S & XS. Included accessories, mask, ivy collar and bracelets are resizer scripted. 
Gown : !!TWA!! Maya of Moonhollow Gown  - Mystery
Beautiful elegant gown, the lacework really stands out with a tactile quality.
Treeswing : TLG - Boho Fae - Twisted Tree Light  L$ 200 Relay for Life item
Lovely illuminated entwined tree, complete with a swing! Couples poses included.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why I Relay - Fantasy Faire 2016

Each year it came to this. In amongst all of the hustle and bustle, the crowds and the adventure, this moment came.Was it coincidental that moments of reflection tended to come near the water? Be it rhythmic movement of waves gently lapping against the harbour wall, droplets of water arcing through the air from a fountain to meld with a pond, or the sudden welling of tears in her eyes.
This year, she did not want the tears. Even as she wiped them away from her eyes, a sardonic smile tugged at the corners of her mouth. "As if anyone wanted tears!" Like everyone drawn in to the Fairelands, she was captivated not only by the beautiful surroundings, as breathtaking as they were; nor by the vast array of goods on offer, as exquisite as they were. She was drawn by what it meant. By what a disparate group of individuals could achieve when they were working toward one goal.

This year I had an idea of the look I wanted to create for my 'Why I Relay' blogger challenge as soon as I saw the skin from Plastik. The more I thought about it however, the less I wanted to think about hope or a cure being something celestial, something otherworldly. In reality, hope can be something made of pain. Pain can inspire hope, calling it into being where there had been no need for it before. Pain can erode hope, wearing it away over time. The less that has to happen, the happier we all can be. Since writing for this challenge last year, there have been losses, there are also survivors. Cancer has taken my cousin, a wonderful woman who was a daughter, sister, aunt and mother. Relatives and friends have received diagnoses, treatment beginning, remission reached. I don't want to write about a cure being something made of magic, from some distant galaxy. A cure is what we relay for, it's why we do this. So research can continue. Real people, right here, working to find a way. The cure is getting closer. Until then, we will come together like this. After that - we'll do it for the sheer love of each other, and all this love can achieve. 

These pictures were taken in Dangarnon one of the Faireland Sims

Skin : :[P]:- Constella Skin:// Lunale  Relay for Life item
Beautiful starry galaxy skin, comes with every applier you could think of, eight eyebrow shapers, eyes, makeup options - as ever - wow.
Branches :  Air Magnolia_Head Accessory_purple_CM - L$ 100  Relay for Life item
Lovely delicate branches, intricate beading, and softly glowing flowers.
Outfit : *LE* Xylia Onyx Pearl - L$ 250  Relay for Life item
Fantastic outfit, all sections can be worn separately, I love the contrast of bronze on white!
Nails : DP - Koffin Nails - Something Wicked L$ 200 Relay for Life item
Pretty pretty nails! HUD controlled, nine colour options. This purple to blue fade is my favourite.