Liddell Correctional Facility RP Application

Back in 2014 as part of a project exploring roleplay (RP) in SecondLife I visited a prison sim. I spent a little time there IC to get the feel of the place but didn’t like it much!

Me in my cell at Hanzai Correctional Institute, 2014

However I did make friends with one of the guards and we’ve remained friends since.

Recently we were catching up and she came up with a suggestion that I come and RP at the place she now does, Liddell Correctional Facility. The idea was that I might act as a freelance bounty-hunter, brought in to help bring back escapees. So we did an intro rp.

However before I could begin rp’ing there I first needed to put in an application to the Admin team. Part of which required writing an RP scenario for my chosen character role. I thought it would make a nice blog post, so here we go.

First here is part of the intro RP to set the scene:

[03:05:26] Ava Delaney opens the door and steps in confidently
[03:06:12] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers looks at the woman and smiles, politely “Ms Delaney?”
[03:08:08] Ava Delaney nods “yes, that’s me” smile slightly at her friends formality
[03:08:31] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers nods her head and says “Megan Sommers, I’m the Corrections Sergeant who the Warden might have mentioned when you spoke with her on the phone. I thought we might go somewhere more…informal”
[03:09:55] Ava Delaney: Yes, that would be preferrable I’m sure.
[03:10:31] Ava Delaney pats her bulging hip “I’m guessing you’ll want to take this?”
[03:11:48] Ava Delaney opens the jacket slightly to show the pistol handle and a badge that’s hard to identify with a glance
[03:14:42] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers : “I thought we could head across the road, the Warden confirmed to me it would be fine…somewhere discreet…I’l you’ll allow me”. She moves to the door and opens it
((we moved across to the club building opposite))
[03:16:32] Ava Delaney sits and stretches her legs out putting her feet up on the table
[03:16:45] Ava Delaney: good to see you my old friend
[03:17:20] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers indicates the sofa, and smiles, ordering a drink from the waiter “So, did they tell you what this job is about?”
[03:18:17] Ava Delaney: not specifically, no
[03:18:46] Ava Delaney: just that some “unconventional” methods may be required
[03:18:53] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers : “We need someone with some specialist skills, someone we’ve worked with before… Good with hardware, Good outdoors, so to speak. Resourceful…….”
[03:19:50] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers : “Now when they told me this, I thought of you, first…..”
[03:20:15] Ava Delaney: It does describe me quite well I guess
[03:20:19] Ava Delaney smiles
[03:22:06] Megan Sandalwood-Sommers smiles, quietly takes the drink offered by the waiter and looks at Ava “So we need someone available to us who can help with escapee recapture…. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s embarassing…..messy. And no one likes mess like that in the news, right?”
[03:23:59] Ava Delaney: Right. But obviously I can never guarantee it won’t be messy if they don’t want to play nice. But I do my best.
If you want to read the rest of full transcript click HERE.

And now my RP for the application:

Having received the file on the latest escapee I head across to the bar to sit and read through it. Having a habit of always wanting to know where the rear entrances of places are, I detour to glance down the alley at the side of the building and see it’s ajar. Either a member of staff wanting a smoke has left it open or someone wanted to try and enter unobserved.

I head down the alley to the door and glance through and notice it’s darker than it should be, someone has put out the lights at the back of the bar, so I draw my weapon and step through. There’s a door that must open next to the rear tables where I’d had my meeting with Sgt Sommers a few days previously.

So I slowly step up onto the end of the stage behind the curtains, a glance tells me the the main club is empty of civilians except a waiter and nudge the curtain just enough with my weapon to see into the corner, sure enough there’s someone in a jumpsuit stood in corner and the lights on the wall and nearest table are out. From their posture they’re watching the main room, not the rear, obviously taking a breather before making their next move, if they’ve even planned one.

I step out with my weapon raised aiming in their direction and cock it “I suggest you stay very still and raise your hands”

They move to open the door next to them and find it stuck on a bag of garbage I’d put in front of it from the alley. I shoot at the already damaged light next to their head.

“I said STAY STILL!” I say louder.
“Hey!” they yell “you can’t just shoot at me without warning!”
I reply “why not?” as I fire again finishing off the remnants of the lamp to keep them nervous as I walk swiftly towards them

“You’re the law, you have to obey rules” they say with a smug expression, which fades very quickly as I take the last steps to bring me face to face with them and put warm barrel of my gun against their forehead.

(Keen eyes might recognize the jumpsuit from the 2014 pic)

“Wrong guess” I say as I bring my knee up into their stomach and bring the butt of my gun against the side of their head as they fold and I step back and aim my gun at them in case they’d not gone out completely.

I glance over my shoulder as the main doors burst open and the real cops arrive. Clearly the waiter had been smart enough to call them rather than intervene. I raise my other hand holding up the warrant card the warden had issued me with and say to them “Ava Delaney, Department of Corrections deputy. Looks like I found some of your lost property.”

One of the officers shouts “Lower the gun Ma’am, I don’t know you”. I look at him and reply ” Someone point a gun at that piece of trash and I will”

Another officer has moved around by the tables and already done so “I am” they say.

I move my gun away from the escapee, pointing it at the ceiling and click the safety on so the officer can see me doing so and lower it and pass them the warrant for inspection. “It seems they hit their head while trying to open that door to escape”

I turn away from them holstering my gun and take a seat at a table and call over to the bar “Waiter! Tea for one, please!”

Note: At the time of publication I’m still waiting to hear from the Admin staff about my application(submitted mid November). However a number of inmates have actually escaped, on the day of publication. The timing was astonishingly coincidental.

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.