Eternal Conflict part 2

After my last visit to the Eternal Conflict regions and taking a glimpse of the Angel Archadia, I was looking forward to returning. The arrival area that I took a single pic of at the end of my last post is very impressive.

As I mentioned before, I always check behind me, the massive statues were impressive and the doorway seemed inviting so went and had a look. Which leads through to a  very impressive build, similar to that in my very first visit.

I then came back and explored the buildings around the landing area.

The buildings around the area contain various different tasks to be completed by Angel players in the game.  This is where I re-evaluate my original description of Eternal Conflict. I referred to it as “an invite-only Angels & Demons roleplay game”, which is quite an understatement. The roleplay is an optional component, the majority of game appears to be completing these tasks to level-up and strengthen your characters abilities for combat in as the name says, eternal conflict. The series of tasks to reach these ends can be quite time-consuming and complex. For example to make a spell scroll several tasks have to be completed:

  • Chopping lumber from trees for logs
  • Using the logs to make parchment
  • Inscribing the spell onto the parchment

Sounds simple, right? Except that the task of collecting logs requires spending an awful lot of time practicing your Lumberjack skill, before you successfully managed to collect a single log. Then a similar processes for turning the logs into parchment and inscribing the spell. That’s assuming you have gone through the processes to make Ink..

Second Life is just the environment framework used to facilitate the game. The combat can take place anywhere on the SL grid, invisible to non-registered residents.  Yesterday I became a registered player of the game, today I was attacked while dancing at a club, no-one around me was any the wiser. However this practice of attacking a new player is very frowned upon, but is as I found out, very possible.  I’m sure once I have mastered the skills required it will be a lot of fun.

My Angel outfit:

Hair: A&A Guilia Reds (Alli&Ali)
Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
Skin: -{The Attic}- Anjelica – Natural (Alabaster)
Shape: Zyra Anna (modified)
Arm Bracelts: [BODY FACTORY] Illusion Angel Bracelet (Grey)
Ear Cuffs: Angel Wings Silver
Necklace: Lethe Necklace by lassitude & ennui
Dress: White Wedding Gown(GRACE) by AmAzINg CrEaTiOnS 2
Wings: [EC] – Angel Wings (Hope) 

Eternal Conflict

So back in July I was looking for a nice pair of Angel wings, I found some lovely ones on Markerplace. The description of the wings talked about a roleplay system called Eternal Conflict, which is an invite-only Angels & Demons roleplay game. Correspondingly they have two location themes, Heaven & Hell.

The first collection of images were taken  in the Heaven part and I found the place totally enchanting.

I returned recently to revisit the region and explore the Hell part.

From the arrival point you can see a number of round towers, marked Laboratory,Marketplace,Temple, Hall of Death and another away from the others marked “Throne of the Prime God” there is also the visible chasm into a pit of lava.

 

The Laboratory

Marketplace

Temple

Hall of Death

These all contain objects clearly pertaining to the various aspects of the game, which I am as yet unfamiliar, so could only guess at their respective purposes.

Throne of the Prince God

This tower set away from the others had no apparent pedestrian access, being suspended above the ground on the cave wall.

I took a few other snaps of this upper level, where are seating and props before heading down into the pit..

I took the rather impressive teleporter down to the lower level:

Fiery teleporter

Down in the lower level as you’d imagine, lots of rivers of lava among impressive statues

After checking a notecard I’d received, I discovered there was more to be found. Another two areas Hell: The Ruins and Heaven’s Archadia
which are located in a different region.

So off to The Ruins I went.

As usual I took snaps around the welcome area..

Quite often arrival points just expect you to go forward, which is why I always check behind me, in case the builder has been imaginative. Here there’s a throne up on a raised platform hidden behind some rocks.

I then headed out following where they expect you to go, towards a large statue:

Here you can go either down into a mine

Or in the other direction to a castle type building:

After a little wander, I thought it was time to go briefly visit the second Heaven location:

Heaven’s Archadia arrival point

I’ll write up about Archadia in a follow up post, since if it’s half as detailed as Hell, it’ll take me a while to explore it!

You can read more about the game on the Official website.

My Hell Outfit:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Clothes: Mirza Gothic Style (Complete Outfit) – Brii Underground
Hair: Montana – Truth

Read Eternal Conflict Part 2

Goatswood

So there’s this place that once existed, by the name of Goatswood. It was formerly a roleplay sim created in 2013. Recently it has been revived by the original creators on a homestead region. So I went and had a wander.

It’s a lovely sim and I wish I could have seen the original, although the owner claims they prefer this newer version. I love to roleplay and this looks like the kind of place I’d like to. According to the welcome notecard there is a detailed backstory, but how much you choose to involve yourself is up to you. It explains the setting and scenario and there are story notecards you can collect if you choose to follow it.

Go check it out: https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ravine/196/183/29

Mystic Timbers

Another one of those “I saw this on Twitter and went to check it out” posts. This time it was Abby and Olivia Fraser’s tweets that brought me over to this lovely rustic sim.

You can find it here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/147/139/27

So I had a brief wander and took a few pics, lots of little nice spots to chill with a friend or just sit in quite contemplation in the lovely surroundings.

Definitely worth checking it out because my snapshots do not do it justice.

Wardrobe Credits:

Hair: A&A Guilia Reds (Alli&Ali)
Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
Skin: -{The Attic}- Anjelica – Natural (Alabaster)
Shape: Zyra Anna (modified)
Corset & Knife : Bonny Pirate from Brii Underground
Top: Caravan Top by Beyond the Mists
Pants & Belt: Tracker Outfit Moss from Velvet Whip
Upper Arm pouches: AdN Sabotage
Boots: Female Huntsman
Goggles: LoveCats Distortion (Store closed)
Backpack: Old Worlds OW Medieval backpack 2 by Katrina Kristan from Old Worlds
Gloves: Owl Gloves by Loki Eliot (Fantasy Faire item)

 

NeoVictoria Arrival

So my character application at NeoVictoria was approved! Below is the character profile I submitted:

During a vampire turning when the female candidates heart slows and the vampire notices a second heart beat and realised the woman is pregnant. The mother is miraculously brought back from the brink of death by her would-be maker. The child born subsequently has some traits similar to twice-born. Her mother being weakened by the attempted turning died in childbirth.
During her early years she suffered from bad thirst cravings, but these subsided as she matured. She is mostly human in appearance though a red tint to her eyes can be seen sometimes, usually when angered,scared,aroused or otherwise exhilarated. She has enhanced speed and strength advantages over the average human, but due to her regular birth, they’re merely equivalent to those of the fittest human athletes. She does not require blood regularly,but it is a pleasure to drink it. Because of the circumstances of her birth the vampires accept her one of their own.

 

I decided to name my character “Misch” from “ein Mischlingskind” half-breed in German. (I did try other translations of half-breed, but none of them made for a good name.)

Now to go by and have an explore. The aerial arrival point has lots of info and you are shown more as you wind your way down a semi-transparent ramp (watch your footing!) Each little landing has info about each of the different races you will find below.

Once you’re down there’s another corridor of information that leads to a room where you can get advise on appropriate clothing (if you don’t have any) and ladies and gents changing rooms.

Beyond this you enter a larger room detailing different locations within the sims.

There’s also a vendor for the roleplay hud

and after such a long walk, finally the tp door to the rp area.

Let’s see where my story goes from here..

Alpha Moon

After reading Strawberry Singh’s blog post featuring Alpha Moon I just had to go and explore the sim. When I arrived there was a greeter waiting who gave me a brief tour around the island. I took a few snaps as I went around, it really is quite beautiful. My regular graphics settings don’t do it justice here, so best come check it out for yourself. I also managed to find the same boat Berry did, very relaxing!

 

NeoVictoria Meet and Greet at Fantasy Faire

Today I met with Leander [MadMechaMessiah], Asil Ares and Jhaesoph Foxdale from The NeoVictoria Project, as well as quite a few interested residents at their Meet & Greet at Fantasy Faire.

It was very interesting to hear about their unique lore and storyworld. I spent some time talking to Leander about a character I might be able to create there. Their lore and mythology is detailed and thorough so I will have to read up on that to fit the character I want to create into it. It seems very promising and exciting, maybe it’s the next step in Ava’s Second Life journey.

Joining the Bubo Owls at Fantasy Faire 2019

I love Fantasy Faire in SL but rarely get to attend or take part in things. This year I decided to try and follow the rp instead of just visiting the empty scenes afterwards. This year one of the RP stories is the Bubo Owls, I kept up on what was going on through the updates page, so I had an idea what was going on when I eventually made it inworld on time.

It was great fun watching the story unfold as the kids explored, questioned and solved their way through the evolving story. There will be a few more twists and turns in the story I am sure!

I took a collection of photos in their base below the flying market and at various places we went to as I followed them around to different plot locations.

Rise and Fall

A friend read through my Gor Story in one sitting, quite a feat I thought given it’s length. When they finished their response was:

“Nicely done. But what are you doing now?”

Well to answer that I’ll have to talk about what happened in-between,since (at the time of writing, April 2019) it has been roughly 9 months since my final rp in SL Gor.

After leaving Gor I went back to Ava’s roots in SL.

I had been in a family called The Rainbow Princesses (name changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike)  for a few years,but not particularly active in it, what with my Gor rp. I decided it was time to take a more active role. So I started hanging out at the family sim a bit and being more active in the group chat. I’d been away for quite a while so there were lots of new people I didn’t know that I gradually got to know. 

I had often not attended the weekly clan parties because of a schedule clash, but that had also changed so I started attending regularly. However these events had begun to become less frequent due to staff shortage and lack of attendance.  I felt I wanted to help, so I enquired about hosing at one of the parties, for which I was accepted.

That was a great night,though I was a little nervous, I was alongside a great DJ and it was a lot of fun. I only actually ever got to host one other set the whole time. Any offers to host or organise extra events, bring in another DJ were met with a prompt “no”, as if the club manager actually wanted the place to fail.

At some point I heard of a promotion of a member of the group to the rank of Knight,which surprised me.

I remembered this person was a new arrival to the clan,actually recalling their arrival, so the announcement surprised me. I thought aren’t these higher ranks for long-standing family members?  It seemed not, so I decided that was what I wanted to achieve. I figured if they could do it,so could I. However I’d have to do it on merits rather than friends,since I’d already managed to offend a well-liked member of the royalty more than once.

So I set myself the goal to become Knight by Christmas,New Year at the latest.

As well as hosting at the club I began to run regular help with certain Bloodlines Achievements. These are tasks you do using the game’s hud and vary considerably in difficulty. These were well attended to begin with, though I ended up having to space them out to suit people better. I also jointly did an Achievement challenge with one of the other family members. This is where things started to get trickier. Shortly after that event the other person got promoted, I did not. I was not amused.

This may sound childish to some, but not to others including my Leige at the time. They said it was understandable,considering how hard I’d been working in the family. I was told the Council had actually voted to promote me at the same time as well.

 When I eventual had my interview for the promotion to Knight which came after a considerably longer time than any apart the King & Queen felt reasonable, I mentioned this. They did take the view of it being childish,also claiming that they didn’t like to promote many people at the same time. In this case that would have been Two. While rummaging for notes to help me write this account I found a Group Notice announcement of Three people at once and also discovered they preferred to promote in groups,contrary to what I was told.

So clearly despite words to the contrary, it’s definitely a popularity contest and I’m not good at popular. I speak my mind too much for many people’s liking.

So on 13th November 2018 after my interview I was made Knight Prospect. Knight privileges but on a trial basis, that could be a month or more, dependent on the whim of the King as I understood it. Mine did run into the “more” timeframe. However since then I’ve had people say that they’d never heard of interviews being held, or extended trial periods within that family. Apparently things had been stacked against me.

The saying about grass being greener on the other side,definitely applies here. The role of Knight is indeed an honour, the trust of all security related permissions covering  sl regions is not something to be taken lightly. However the role can be dressed up and made to sound more prestigious, but you are basically a glorified greeter/security guard for the family land. 

I had always felt proud to be in this particular family, but things often look better from a distance. Getting glimpses of the inner workings of things aren’t always a pretty sight. 

I spent some months as Knight Prospect gradually becoming more disillusioned as time passed. In the end it was a simple unnecessary comment that was the last straw and prompted my departure. I’d just had enough of the little comments and attitude from single person.

It hurt me greatly,but it was time to move on. So in February 2019 I used the bloodlines hud to create my own little “family” for a while and then briefly spent some time at a former leige’s clan. Until I joined the family of another former member of the Rainbow Princesses. Where I’m pleased to say I’m happy again.

So to answer the original question of what I’m doing now:

Now I am much happier member of the Twist of Fate family, who are considerably more active in many ways.

Moral of the story for me,don’t pursue a goal for a goals sake.

For those readers that reacted “ugh,bloodlines” Maybe you can see that families/clans are just like any other social group in sl, a mixture of fun and drama. We just have to find somewhere with the right balance for each of us.