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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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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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I was searching for some music to listen and I came across Taylor Swift and “Untouchable”. I didn’t know either and I really liked the tune. So here it is for you to enjoy.

Going through Facebook, I noticed some pictures posted by my SL cousins Flor and Chagal taken at the Intouchable sim. As I don’t believe in coincidences I thought that could be a sign for me to log in to SL and head to Intouchable for a nice photo session without crashes.

And you know what? It worked! I didn’t crash not even once!

Let it rain Treelighthouse As time goes by Rusty

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I use the CtrAlT Studio Viewer, which is apparently a lighter version of FireStorm with all the good FS features. Good thing is I only crash 2 times per session, instead of the usual 10 in FS lol.

However, when I logged in yesterday I was a beautiful cloud and, after waiting a couple of minutes without rezzing, decided to log out and clear cache, which I haven’t done for months.

When I logged back in, inventory was not loading so I sat on the balcony at home and fell asleep.

Sleeping

Finally inventory loaded and with new energy I headed to Frisland. After getting my backpack (free at landing point in men and women versions and 2 colours each) and hiring a bike I pedaled away to check the place.

Cycling

The sim is beautiful, full of little cozy corners and lots of new four-legged friends to meet. The foxes showed me the way to the waterfall and after hanging with them for a bit, I waved goodbye and went to check the rest of the island.

New friends Waterfall

Peaceful living

When I was trying to head south, following the weathervane, I crashed, but I will return to Frisland to discover more hidden corners.

Heading South

What I am wearing:
New release from Gizza Fall Outfit IV (including ankle boots, shades and purse)
Hair from Kletva (store closed)

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