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In a place long forgotten by men, Mother Nature took over and the spirits of the forest can be seen wandering around.

Abandonned

Spirits of the forest

A lighthouse, barely seen among the trees, scatters its light around, letting us see glimpses of what once must have been a beautiful place.

Lonely Watcher

But then you get struck by terrifying sights.

Cursed

Lonely witnesses of times past can be seen, turned into stone by some old curse. What happened here? What terrible events hide behind those images?

Fading away

Are you brave enough to go there and find out?

Sorrow

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My friend Annie has always been a source of inspiration for my travels around the grid. I don’t know how she does it, but she always finds the nicest and unusual places.

This time she drop me a LM for Soyokaze.

Soyokaze is a Japanese medieval roleplay island and the home of the Clan with the same name (which means “gentle wind”).

The village is carefully and beautifully build. Stores aligned along the river that crosses the island. Temples, the amazing dojo and the homes of the clan members can be seen among waterfalls and luxurious vegetation that goes up the stone hills.

Soyokaze

The guardian

At the restaurant

I was fortune enough to meet the builder and owner of the island, DomoKun Giotto, who gently gave me a tour and showed me the Bushido Challenge, which will open to the public tomorrow, Friday 19th December. Arigatoo DomoKun-San for all your kindness and patience!

As most of you probably know, the Bushido is the Samurai Code of conduct (read more here) and its 7 basic principles are the gi (justice and morality), yu (courage), jin (benevolence), rei (respect), makoto (sincerity), meiyo (honour) and shugi (loyalty).

In this challenge you have to apply your efforts and skills (hint: bring a friend) to succeed in all the quests and free Princess Ayuki.

You have to go through all the gates, each marked with one of the 7 Bushido principles and finish the quests. From getting through walls of laser beams to finding Po the lost monkey, or building stairs, you are bound to spend a couple of hours of fun and mind challenging riddles.

The Challenge

Go through the tunnels and gokouun o inorimasu (good luck) in finding the princess. Remember that things can only be achieved with patience and effort.

Looking for the treasure

At the end of each quest there is a treasure chest which will give you a piece of the final prize, a gorgeous Samurai armour with lots of special effects.

The samurai

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Owl’s Bay is my little playground just across the bridge from my Gallery. With winter arriving to most parts of the northern hemisphere and having in my RL home town just blue skies and sun most of the time, I decided to bring snow to my little corner.

After getting some winter landscaping done, I move my camera and came face to face with this gorgeous unicorn, probably attracted by the beautiful lake and the little critters scattered all over.

Decorating

It was not an easy encounter. The poor thing got scared and showed all his power by standing on his hinder legs

First Encounter

After sometime and patience he finally decided I could approach and hug him to seal our new friendship and he told me that he would stay there for as long as I allowed. He was tired of hopping the grid trying to find a home and he felt safe there. I made him swear he would be kind to visitors and let them play with him.

Friends

So feel free to drop by, play with him, skate on the lake (free skates available at the shed), dance to the mellow tunes being streamed or just sit on the bridge watching the sunset (mother fox and her cub are harmless).

Mother and son

Credits:

Unicorn prop by Studio Sidhe
Little Critters: Gacha from Ionic @ Chapter Four (thank you to Love to Decorate for the tip)
Winter Gazebo by United InshCon

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Winter’s coming is all over the Internet. The cold, the snow, the rain, traffic jams, blah blah blah. But also the fun building a snowman, sleighing down hill, skiing and specially the holidays with family and friends.

Being the pen (even the digital one) mightier than the sword, what if both are combined? So here is Winter ready to fight anyone that just sees the bad side of the season. Be ware!

(My friend Annie, who curates Second Life Destinations both on FB and Scoop.It, dared me to do this post. Thank you Annie!! Took some time to get the proper set and poses, but here it is 🙂 )

 Winter's coming 2 Winter's coming

Set: Winter Scene Skybox – MiChiGaNs ShAcK

Outfit: :: PM :: The White Knight Outfit – Chess Inspired – Purple Moon
Hair: Exile Kyanna/arctic
Props & Pose: Blackburns  Medieval Mesh Sword Knife Set with Animations HUD

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I don’t know if it only happens to me, but with the cold weather I am not comfortable in dressing summer clothes and need to feel warm and comfy.

Also the random travels tend to be to winter themed islands and sometimes we discover some gems.

Let it snow! is one of them.

Leave you with a song and some pictures. Stay warm and enjoy.

Winter Merry Goround

Playing in the snow

Cozy shelter

Let it snow

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When you arrive to Paradiso you get the immediate feeling of peace and quiet. You get a notice stating to use the region windlight and indeed you should.

The soft blue spreads across the water and skies. Splashes of green and white can be seen here and there. Each little island has its own feeling.

The whole of it offers the right atmosphere to just sit in any little corner and enjoy the peace.

Amidst the woods

Silent watcher Flight to freedom

Deep blue

Of course I couldn’t resist to change the windlight settings and here is the same scene with the original one and another by me, based on Bristol (I do love Bristol clouds).

Stuck Abandoned

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Last saturday I went to the “Show and Tell” which is held by Virtual Ability once a week. People share what they have found during the week, from experiences to funny things. Slatan Dryke showed us this gorgeous and unique top hat that look like a wooden house with chipmunks all over it. As I love funny and different things, I asked for the LM and off I went to the Mad Hattery store.

The slogan of the store is “a hat for your every occasion” and oh boy! how true that is. The store has a ton of amazing, inventive and funny hats, and at very good prices too. Of course I couldn’t resist and bought a couple from the boards and two from the gashas there.

However this is just not another store. Where can you find a store where there are bump cars you can rezz or an Intan to dance? Well the Mad Hattery has it, so grab a couple of friends and head there to a complete different shopping experience.

Oh! And there is a sale on Christmas hats until the 1st of December, so hurry hurry!

Top Hat Mad Hattery 2 Mad Hattery 3

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