Halloween came around fast and all the spooky places sprung up for October and I had great fun blogging some of them.
Shortly before the *actual* date of Halloween arrived I was at a club called Ohana that I’d visited several times in the past and they mentioned Hosting vacancies,so I applied and was taken on after a trial set that went great.
Finally in December I decided I’d try to go along to the SL Book Club readings. I’d seen the Twitter activity about it weekly (who could miss Draxtors enthusiasm?)but never actually got around to attending. I went along two and a half hours early,just intending to have a look and take a Landmark.
I realised I’d unwittingly taken myself hostage,the place was already half full and if I’d left,getting back in wasn’t guarunteed. Fortunately I’d already done my whip around of Christmas advent calendar clicking that day!
Which pretty much brings this year of Second Life adventures to a close.
I’ve explored more places than I got around to blogging about, so I’ve lots of photos of places that deserve long posts of their own. Maybe I’ll write those next year if the locations are still there in the New Year.
For now I’ve simply made small galleries of some of the different places I didn’t feature on the blog, as well as some one-off snaps,in chronological order:
A storytelling evening at NeoVictoria (3rd January)
Furry Night at Kitty Kaboom (23rd January)
Bikini party at Kitty Kaboom,from PG angle. (13th February)
Hayo as a Tarn (18th May)
Sci-Fi Con 2020 (21st May)
Ash Falls (15th July)
Murder City (21st July)
SecondLife 17th Birthday explorations via train (24th July)
(Dear Reader, I’d love to know what brought you to this page, that’s getting regular hits despite its age. Please leave a comment or see the contact info on About page. I’m genuinely curious!)
A while ago I applied to RP at Liddell Correctional Facility (LCF) which you can read about in this post.
They didn’t technically accept my application, since the character role of Bounty-hunter was unsustainable. However I was able to participate in a storyline into which my character would fit: they had a mass escape.
My story centred around the tracking of an inmate by the name of Jessica May.
In the process of her escape she had taken my friend Megan Sommers, a prison guard, as a hostage.
I went to the prison to offer my services in locating Jess and Megan, they were both very keen on the idea OOCly.
Now I’ve recently tried to not use too many chat logs in my posts, they can be tedious to read, but I will include some here in places as well as summerising.
RP Scene 1: Tracking At the prison I met with an officer by the name of Frank Timberwood l and played out using some information from him and one of their computers to locate the GPS on Megan’s phone and her car, since Jess had conveniently for me, used that as her getaway vehicle.
[01:32:02] Ava Delaney looks around for a bell or buzzer to get someones attention,finding none she calls “anyone here?”
[01:32:53] Ava Delaney turns and sees an officer outside the glass doors to the yard
[01:33:00] Frank Timberwood leans against his car reading his recent reports. He then gazes and puts his attention on a stranger at the desk. He opens up the door and walks up to her “Hello there, is there a problem?”
[01:34:57] Ava Delaney smiles “no problem, in fact I’m here to help” holds out her Bounty hunters licence ID ” I believe you’re missing a few of your..guests?
[01:35:26] Ava Delaney : name is Delaney, Ava Delaney.
[01:36:51] Ava Delaney : I also have this “reaches into a pocket and holds out a letter on LCF headed paper requesting her assistance
[01:37:46] Frank Timberwood nods as he sees that she’s a bounty hunter “Hmm, yes we do. You must be the bounty hunter I heard about.” he says seeing the paper “Well, welcome aboard on the manhunt.”
[01:39:30] Ava Delaney smiles “Thankyou, now the papers didn’t reveal which officer was taken, but given the fact she’s not answered her phone since the escape..it was Somers wasn’t it?”
[01:41:32] Frank Timberwood nods “Yes, it has come to our attention that a certain Jessica May has her at the moment. We don’t know her location, yet.”
[01:42:52] Ava Delaney : Damnit. I knew her attitude would get her in trouble one of these days, or just being in the wrong place in here I suppose.
[01:43:04] Ava Delaney : Well I can help with locating her, she and I have been friends for a long time, since we both do dangerous work, we put certain measures in place.
[01:44:51] Ava Delaney : Can you get me the contents of her locker? Or let me see it?
[01:45:16] Frank Timberwood raises an eyebrow and nods “Sure… Follow me.”
[01:46:07] Ava Delaney : Which ones hers?
[01:46:19] Frank Timberwood points at one of the lockers “It’s the third one, it has her name labelled on it.”
[01:47:54] Ava Delaney goes to the indicated locker and opens it and starts to rummage
[01:49:27] Ava Delaney goes through various items, purse, civvie clothes but something is missing..and turns back to the officer “No phone”
[01:50:16] Frank Timberwood folds his arms “It might be in the car that May took to escape with Sommers… I think it was Sommer’s personal car or maybe Sommers has it with her.”
[01:50:47] Ava Delaney : well she wouldn’t have left home without it, so yes, she must have left it in her car..that should make this a bit easier
[01:51:35] Ava Delaney : if the battery has held up, it’s been a few days since the escape
[01:52:06] Frank Timberwood nods “But why do you need the phone? Don’t you have her number?”
[01:52:20] Ava Delaney : but if not, I’ll locate the car, but I’ll need some info from you for that
[01:52:36] Ava Delaney : Sorry, I didn’t catch your name..?
[01:53:09] Frank Timberwood : “Officer Timberwood, but you can call me Frank.”
[01:53:56] Ava Delaney : Thankyou Frank, well the phone should be traceable if there’s any juice left in the battery.
[01:54:47] Ava Delaney : or if the inmate was dumb enough to charge it
[01:54:52] Ava Delaney : or use it
[01:55:47] Frank Timberwood nods “Which she probably has used. Which is dumb for her but good for us.”
[01:56:22] Ava Delaney : indeed, can I use a computer here?
[01:57:18] Frank Timberwood points towards the desk “Sure, you can use the ones on the desk.”
[01:57:40] Ava Delaney : despite being friends Megan obviously didn’t want nosey old me tracking her wherever , but I can if needed.
[01:57:53] Ava Delaney heads out to the reception area
[01:58:12] Frank Timberwood opens the door “Use the one in the middle, that one is mostly used to track suspects down.”
[01:59:54] Ava Delaney takes a set then realises the pc is obviously locked “can you login so I can get a broweser up?
[02:00:51] Frank Timberwood goes towards the computer and types in the password to login to the databases “There ye go, if there’s something… Ask me so I can be a bit of an aid to you as well.”
[02:03:50] Ava Delaney types in a seemingly random address into a web browser that’ blank apart from a single text entry box and types in a code, taking her into another page of input boxes. She turns to Frank, need a few details, they might seem random, but dhe changs them regularly.
[02:04:11] Ava Delaney : Can you remind me her badge number?
[02:04:47] Frank Timberwood : “From who exactly?”
[02:05:27] Ava Delaney : sorry,Megans officer badge number
[02:06:01] Frank Timberwood : “Ah yes, I think it was…” he gives out Sommers’ badge number
[02:06:25] Ava Delaney enters the code
[02:07:10] Ava Delaney : “And she had locker number 3..” enters that in a box
[02:07:36] Ava Delaney : She didn’t want me using this uless I’d actually been here and spoken to someone, i.e. a real emergency
[02:08:21] Ava Delaney : last question, which inmate would Megan consider the most dangerous?
[02:08:44] Ava Delaney : you know them I don’t obviously
[02:09:56] Frank Timberwood he scratches his head “That’s a tough one… I would say Jessica May as I’ve heard that she is a corrupt officer and a manipulator.”
[02:12:01] Ava Delaney the name in and hits Enter. Two sets of co-ordinates appear on the screen. One labelled Phone, the other Car. Turns to Frank.
[02:12:27] Ava Delaney : There we go, somewhere to start
[02:13:39] Ava Delaney : I did say “certain measures”
[02:13:53] Frank Timberwood : “Alrighty, that’s good. So what now?”
[02:14:13] Ava Delaney : Now, I go hunting
[02:15:01] Ava Delaney taps the co-ordinates into her phone and closes the page.
[02:16:01] Ava Delaney : You have a spare radio I can borrow? So I can tell you where to send the van?
[02:16:56] Frank Timberwood takes out his radio and hands it over “Here ye go, I bet you know how to use it right?”
[02:18:17] Ava Delaney smiles and nods “Yes, thanks” and stashes it inside her jacket. I’ll be off then, hopefully next time we meet I’ll have Sommers and May with me.
[02:19:31] Frank Timberwood nods “Take care my friend, Jessica May is a dangerous woman.”
[02:20:08] Ava Delaney smiles over her shoulder as she heads out the door ” So am I”.
RP Scene 2: Hunting
The location of Megan’s car was in a rather rundown part of town, the only place showing any signs of life was a tatty looking bar with a couple of probable prostitutes loitering outside.
Unsurprisingly I found Jess inside having a celebratory drink enjoying her newfound freedom, but no sign of Megan.
Jess hadn’t thought to leave the car somewhere further from where she might be found. This confirmed what I’d been told, that while Jess was psychotic murderous bitch, she wasn’t too bright.
(I should clarify here for those not so familiar with RP, that I am referring to the fictional characters described personality, created by their typist. Most definitely Not calling the real-life person behind the keyboard stupid.)
There followed an inevitable confrontation in the bar where I was too bold and ended up taking a gunshot in the chest as a result. Thank heavens for modern bullet proof vests.
Jess bolted out the door and met an accomplice, by the time I was up on my feet and able to pursue the pair of them had quite a head start.
I came in sight of them again near the waterfront where they were already in a boat, seems Jess might not be so smart but her unknown accomplice was.
I fired a few shots at them but I couldn’t risk killing Jess because I didn’t know where Megan was and the boat was too small for her to be onboard.
So I made a call on the radio I’d borrowed from officer Timberwood to update him and suggest they call the coastguard to follow them.
[06:25:15] Ava Delaney stands on the rocks looking out over the harbour as her quarry escapes. She takes out the radio she got from Frank and switches it on “Calling officer Timberwood, this is Ava Delaney. I have an update on Jessica May. Over”
[06:26:49] Frank Timberwood takes out his radio and responds “This is Timberwood, loud and clear, over.”
[06:30:06] Ava Delaney : I found Sommers car right where I expected it to be, jumpsuit in the backseat and signs of blood. Found May at a close by bar but she took a shot at me and slipped past me.
[06:30:29] Ava Delaney : She has an accomplice tall unidentified blonde male
[06:31:14] Ava Delaney : he had a boat waiting
[06:31:43] Frank Timberwood : “Do you need a medic to come to your location to heal that shot?”
[06:32:57] Ava Delaney : Negative, I was wearing a vest, so just gonna be sore and bruised. They were last seen heading west at Morelock Point
[06:33:24] Ava Delaney : Better notify the coastguard
[06:34:02] Frank Timberwood : “Do you need backup, or any assistance?” he hears her mentioning the coastguard “I’ll notify them to check the west side of Morelock Point, over.”
[06:37:18] Ava Delaney : “I’m fine for now, I’ll call you again when I have more information, for now I’m going back to that bar and search around for signs of Sommers. Over”
[06:38:17] Frank Timberwood : “Alright, take care, Ms. Delaney. Over.”
[06:41:03] Ava Delaney : “Thanks, Timberwood. Delaney out”
[06:41:19] Ava Delaney stashes the radio safely away
That unfortunately became the last part of the chase I was able to play out, but not the end of the story. Due to a combination of timezone differences and the inconvenience of the Christmas holidays, I was unable to make it to the locating Megan or the Capture of Jess stages of the storyline. Which was very disappointing.
However I did make a visit to Jess at the prison after her capture. When I was supposedly dropping off an application to become a guard at the prison, which never happened, but also to gloat a little. Although obviously I was not too pleased about getting shot, I conceded that I was pushing my luck in the situation resulting the damage to my rather expensive vest.
As you may have seen from Jess’s prison record above she was a Death Row inmate. This meant her escape and subsequent re-capture didn’t really change her sentence, just delayed it a little while.
I was unable to attend the event but I have some pictures taken on the day, provided by Jess. You can see however that they are quite thorough and take it very seriously.
The original date scheduled for her execution was 16th of January 2020, in the end the (Roleplay) Death of Jessica May by electrocution (or “zap-zap chair” as the group call it) happened on 15th of February 2020.
Jess has since created a new character to play at the prison, which is fairly common in these situations. The new character may well have a different temperament, attitude and definitely a different appearance. Just as an actor plays a character in a movie or play.
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!
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.
“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.
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, Bloodlines. Please those that roll your eyes and groan about bloodlines, do read on there’s a moral to this story. I had been in a Bloodlines family called The Rainbow Princesses (name changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike) for a few years,but not particularly active in it. My SL time had mostly been taken up with my Gor rp. I decided it was time to take a more active role. So I started hanging out at the family sim regions 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 (who is still a dear friend today) and it was a lot of fun. I only actually ever got to host one other set the whole time I was there. 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 knew this person was a new arrival to the clan,actually recalling their arrival. 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 real 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 my reaction 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 eventually 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 reference to preferring to promote in groups,contrary to what I was told.So clearly despite words to the contrary, it’s definitely a popularity contest.
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 This 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 from the start. The saying about grass being greener on the other side,definitely applies here.
The role of Knight is indeed a priveledge, the trust of all security related permissions covering multiple 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 before I joined the family of another ex-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 or elsewhere. They’re a mixture of fun, friendship and also unfortunately drama. We just have to find somewhere with the right balance for each of us.
Updated March 2021:
Twist of Fate was a lot of fun. I helped a lot of people there gain some tricky Achievements (Bloodlines merit badges) which I enjoyed for a while, because I like to help people. Then sadly (in my opinion) in March 2020 we merged with a much larger family. There were good (RL & SL) reasons for the merger, which I understand and accept. But to me it felt more like being swallowed up than merged.
I still have my little place I used for doing the Achievements and could help with some if needed. However today my only involvement with Bloodlines is offering advice occasionally. Usually to those that were of a similar opinion about the merger.
On a side note I did make a brief forray back into SL Gor RP during March 2020,but that was short lived and I moved onto other things.