The Necromancer’s Call

The Necromancer's Call

One of my favorite skin designers is Fallen Gods, Inc and when I saw the Nekromantia gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival, I immediately knew that this was the photo I wanted to take using it.  This particular skin is the Lord of the Shadows (Coal)* skin.  In addition, I’m also wearing the Deathcall tattoo in Acid*.  The clothing that I’m wewaring is also from Fantasy Gacha Carnival, created by !gO!.  The podium is from an old Apple Fall/An Lar gacha set, but all of Apple Fall’s old gacha machines are currently on sale for L$25 per pull at their main store!  Full credits are below.

Cape | !gO! Homo Sapiens Cape – Gray (Gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Kilt | !gO! Homo Sapiens Kilt Boy – Black RARE (Gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)

Hair | Damselfly Rayburn Tuxedo
Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc Deathcall, Aura Acid* (Gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Eyes | Fallen Gods Inc GLOWING eyes
Skin/Applier | Fallen Gods Inc Lord of the Shadows, Coal* (Gacha at Fantasy Gacha Carnival)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Hair | #TheMeshProject “Natural”
Ears | .:Soul:. Uni Ears – High Elf

Pose | Le Poppycock Inverse Profundity

AF/AL Ritual Podium (Gacha)
Fanatik Caves Set

The Prince Beneath the Waves

The Prince Beneath the Waves

The Fantasy Faire opened less than a week ago, and has already raised over L$4.4 million for Relay For Life, making it the highest-fundraising event of this RFL season so far!  I am proud to be an official blogger for the event, and as part of being that, they have asked us to complete a series of blog challenges or memes that tie into the event.  Today, I’m doing the Faire Folk challenge, which is to create a character from the Fairelands using mainly items from this year’s Fantasy Faire, and photograph the character in their home sim.

I chose to create a merman and photograph him in the Fairelands Junction sim.  Saiyge Lotus of Balderdash has done an incredible job of creating Fairelands Junction and turning it into an underwater masterpiece this year.  The main component of the avatar – the tail, pauldrons, and wrist guards – are actually not from this year’s Fantasy Faire.  They are part of a limited edition set that was created by Mer Betta and auctioned off at the 2011 Fantasy Faire.  A few days ago, I was shocked to receive appliers from Opal Lei, the Mer Betta creator, to use the tail with the Mesh Project body!  Their other tails at the moment do not have that – it’s a special thing for this limited edition set – but I hope to see more of their tails have that option in the future.

This year’s Faire is well-represented in the avatar, though.  Even~Tide created the body scales, Tir Na Nog created the crown, The Stringer Mausoleum created the horns and eyebrows, Wasabi Pills created the hair, and Empyrean Forge created both necklaces.  Even better, with the exception of one of the necklaces, all of these items are Relay For Life donation items, meaning that 100% of their purchase price is donated to the fight against cancer.

Fantasy Faire ends next Sunday, May 3rd.  Make sure to stop by before the Fairelands are gone for another year!

Tail/Shoulders/Wrists | Mer Betta Melite-Polaris (Limited Edition)
Crown | Tir Na Nog King Neptune Crown (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Horns | The Stringer Mausoleum Mocklet Horns – L.E. Gothpire (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyebrows | The Stringer Mausoleum Mocklet Brows – L.E. Gothpire (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | Empyrean Forge Manawa Necklace – Lavender (Left) (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | Empyrean Forge Razortooth’s Charm – Silver Engraved (at Fantasy Faire)

Hair | Wasabi Pills Jay – Sorbet * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Scales | Even~Tide FF Dragon Scales – Light * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Face Markings | Fallen Gods Inc DRACO Marks, tintable overlay
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Kami-Hitoe Mermaid AO3-Dance with the Wave

Location | Fairelands Junction

Atlas at the Gym

Atlas at the Gym 1

A couple of weeks ago, another male mesh body was released, this one more muscular than the popular Mesh Project body.  The Niramyth Aesthetic body has arrived!  There have been many other posts on other blogs detailing the body’s strengths and weaknesses – the lack of alpha cuts, the difficulty of making it worth with the default avatar head (I never got mine to look right with it, so I am wearing the included mesh head), and the lack of clothes that fit it currently compared to the excellently-sculpted chiseled physique.  Personally, I feel that The Mesh Project’s body is more “me,” but Niramyth’s body is very well-made, and I can see myself using it situationally.

To show off the body in the photo above, I’m wearing Casa Del Shai‘s mystery rare from TAG! Gacha, the spinning globe!  I think it works perfectly to turn the Niramyth body into an Atlas-like character.  Now, it is Fantasy Faire time still, so I incorporated a bit of that using the lamps and the building.  Both are from Fallen Gods, and are Relay For Life donation items.

Atlas at the Gym 2

The Niramyth body is currently lacking clothing, but one of the best things that has been made for it so far is this pair of workout shorts*, created by ..::ILLI::..!  They come with a HUD that lets you choose from 10 different colors, and then you’re also able to tint from there.  All of the decor from N4RS finished off the scene, creating a tranquil area for the Niramyth body to stay in shape.  Full credits are below!

Globe (Photo 1) | Casa del Shai Strongman Atlas MYSTERY RARE (for TAG! Gacha)
Shorts (Photo 2) |..::ILLI::.. N88 Shorts*

Glasses | [Steinwerk] Alphabeat Glasses
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Body/Hands/Feet/Head | Niramyth Aesthetic Enzo

Building | Fallen Gods Inc Odyssey ~ Pearl Grand Temple (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Bench Press | N4RS Bench Press

Fallen Gods Inc Odyssey ~ Pearls, Shelled on Stand (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Fallen Gods Inc Odyssey ~ Pearls, Hanging Arrangement A (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
N4RS Gym Towel Folded 01 (from the Gym Locker set)
N4RS Gym Towel Folded 02 (from the Gym Locker set)
N4RS Gym Flag (from the Gym Locker set)
N4RS Gym Bench
N4RS Gym Lockers
N4RS Water Bottle (from the COPA Pool Lounger set)

Faireland Memories (Fantasy Faire Blog Challenge)

Faireland Memories

This year’s Fantasy Faire begins next week, and I’m proud to be one of the official bloggers for it!  One of the things that they have for us to do is a series of blog challenges to get our creative juices flowing.  To get ready for the Faire, I’m doing the first one today – it’s called “I Remember”.  They’ve asked us to think about the past Fantasy Faires and share our favorite stories, memories, transformations, and moments.  Having spent weeks of time in the Fairelands over the years that the Fantasy Faire has been held, I have far too many memories to share, but I do have a few favorites.

I’ll never forget the shotgun wedding (literally) of Alia Baroque and Clover Denzo.  That whole situation never fails to make me laugh when I think about it.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw Elicio Ember’s incredible plants.  I’ll never forget all of the laughs that the Fantasy Faire team had on our constant 24/7 Skype calls as Faire time neared during the years I was on the organizing team.  I’ll never forget the bidding war for the Gate that led to Dark Realms, nearly ending in a magical duel.  I’ll never forget the first time I rode on a dragon-pulled airship.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw a 50-meter-tall colossus avatar, or the first time I spoke to her.

Over the years, I have taken dozens of forms in the Fairelands.  It has been somewhat traditional for me to shapeshift every day of the Faire, and while some have repeated from year-to-year, most are new to utilize the incredible creations of the merchants at the Faire.  One that was worn for most of the 2011 Fantasy Faire, though, is shown in the photo above and credited down below.  The 2011 Faire came at a tough time in my life.  I was making my living from Second Life at the time, but I knew that that was soon coming to an end.  I was living in New York City, trying to figure out what to do and where to go – in fact, a few short months later, I ended up moving to Texas and changing careers completely.  To say that I was a bit depressed at the 2011 Faire would be an understatement.

Then I found Enchanted Mysts.  Built by Alia Baroque, Enchanted Mysts was just what I needed at the time.  It was a place of tranquility when my life was in complete turmoil.  That same Faire, the Forest of Shadows sim had a hunt that rewarded you with different pieces of a satyr avatar.  I quickly became a Satyr using a furset that I bought from one of the Faireland merchants, and spent most of my time sitting on a stump, looking out at the sea.  From time to time, other people would stop by and sit with me.  For this photo, I decided to leave that avatar exactly the way it was back then (although the asset server has apparently eaten the eyes I was wearing then, so I had to use different ones).  The avatar is pre-mesh, so it looks somewhat outdated these days, but I think that most of it has stood the test of time pretty well.  I haven’t found any other sims that have the exact same feel as Enchanted Mysts, but one of Alia’s sims, Athan, comes close.  I’m also using another great pose from this year’s Pose Fair, which is still going on.

I can’t wait to get into the Fairelands once again, but until I do, I’ll keep remembering.

Loincloth | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Tunic (Unavailable)
Horn | Fallen Gods Inc Battle Horn – Celtic
Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc Cataclysm

Hair | Wasabi Pills Esyae Hair – Night Shadow
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Satyr Legs | Satyrs Moon Dionysian Full Furset
Ears | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Ears (Unavailable)
Horns | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Horns (Unavailable)
Skin | AKERUKA Manuel Shaved H Sun Haired

Pose | ::Tabou Irresistable:: Calm Boy – Pose 5 (at Pose Fair)

Location | Athan

Enter: The Messenger

The Messenger

Putting together fantasy avatars is something that I really love to do, so when I saw Fujin’s WindBag and Raijin’s Drums from [CX] at the Xiasumi School Festival, I knew that I had to do an avatar that incorported both of them.  Then, I saw the skirt of the Lysistrata Fantasy Costume from GizzA at The Chapter Four, and even though it was made to fit female avatars, I knew that I had to make it work for this one.  Surprisingly, the large size fit me without any changes!

I call this avatar “The Messenger” because he looks to me like a messenger who delivers news of war.  With his thunderous drums and sharp gauntlets, he can certainly get his message across.  As usual, click the photo above to see the full-size version on Flickr.

Belt/Skirt | GizzA Lysistrata Fantasy Costume [Silver] Skirt (gacha at The Chapter Four)
Gauntlets | Remarkable Oblivion Azrael – Wrought
Fabric Drape | [CX] Fujin’s WindBag (White) (at Xiasumi School Festival)
Drum Ring | [CX] Raijin’s Drums (at Xiasumi School Festival)
Tattoo (Bottom Layer) | Fallen Gods Inc LUMINOUS Firefly Body Swirls
Tattoo (Top Layer) | Fallen Gods Inc RAIJU tattoo, Mystic

Hair | Wasabi Pills Orion Mesh Hair – Ethereal
Eyes | Fallen Gods Inc GLOWING eyes Silver (tinted)
Skin/Appliers | Fallen Gods Inc  LUMINOUS Firefly
Feet | Slink Avatar Enhancement Male Feet
Horns | Remarkable Oblivion Baphomet Horns – Celestial
Wings | Remarkable Oblivion Holiday Spirit Wings RARE

Pose | Rylan Carling Magic – LTD [Unavailable]

Location | Annon

The Artist

The Artist (low res)

The Sakura Round of the Xiasumi School Festival opened on April 3rd with all kinds of goodies.  This photo highlights items from one of the gachas available from the festival, the Artist’s Studio Gacha from Vive Atelier by Vive Nine.  The gacha is L$50 per play and has three rares (the skybox, the artist’s apron, and the double canvas rack) and 13 commons.  There are so many great things available at the Festival.  Be sure to stop by before it closes on April 21st!

Apron | .: vive atelier :. 02 Artists Apron (at Xiasumi School Festival)
Body Paint | Fallen Gods Inc HOLI Phalgun Purnima (at Ozimals Holi Hunt)

Hair |[Colors] 63 LightBrown
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Purple Poses Leon 08

.: vive atelier :. 01 Artists Studio Skybox (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 03 Artists Double Canvas Rack (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 04 Artists Box of Paint Tubes (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 05 Artists Easel (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 05 Artists Easel w/ Canvas (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 06 Artists Floor Tarps (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 07 Artists Jumbo Covered Canvas (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 08 Artists Paint Brush Jar (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 09 Artists Sketchbook (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 11 Artists Studio Ceiling Light – Black (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 12 Artists Used Paint Tubes (at Xiasumi School Festival)
.: vive atelier :. 13 Artists Work Table (at Xiasumi School Festival)

Color Explosion

Color Explosion (low res)

Yesterday, Ozimals launched their Holi Hunt.  Three of the prizes from it are shown in the image above: the featured item is the Phalgun Purnima body paint from Fallen Gods, but the Splattered Classix Nouveaux shoes from Schadenfruede and Lambie Pie – Lalu from ~silentsparrow~ also are amazing.  As usual, click the photo to see the high resolution version on Flickr.

Now, the body paint is NOT fullbright like you might think after looking at the above image – I did some Windlight tweaks to make it appear that the paint is glow-in-the-dark.  Below after the credits, I have a photo of the same settings and same outfit with a more normal Windlight so you can see how it normally looks.  Either way, the body paint looks amazing, as do the shoes and the lamb companion.

Also featured in the image is a swimsuit from VITAMEN that is currently exclusively available at Menswear Fashion Week.  Vitamen Hax has been out of world for a while, so I was glad to see this new pattern available.  Please note that the swimsuit is made of sculpties, so you will most likely have to modify it to fit your shape.

Swimsuit | VITAMEN SideRing Bikini Flower Line – ForestGreen (at MWFW)
Body Paint | Fallen Gods Inc HOLI Phalgun Purnima (at Ozimals Holi Hunt)
Shoes | Schadenfreude Splattered Classix Nouveaux (at Ozimals Holi Hunt)

Hair | Uw.St Jin-Hair02 black
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | In-Pose! Frolic 6 [unavailable]

Photo with a more normal Windlight:
Color Explosion (normal-wl low res)