Otherworldly

Frontier Town

In the midday heat, the dusty frontier town lay quiet. A horse rested at the watering trough outside the saloon, lazily swishing at flies with its tail. A pretty redhead leaned against one of the posts, idly watching it.

Welcome to HopScotch’s Frontier in a box, a wild west backdrop with all the essential buildings for a classic western town that you can configure as you like. You can find this set at the current round of We Love Role-Play, available as individual pieces or as a fatpack, with a 25% discount during the event.

The gorgeous green dress I am wearing is another WLRP release, this one from Miel. It is for eBody Reborn but I am wearing it on Lara X which works well with alphas. Since this is a Birthday Round for WLRP, the creators have gifts out and Miel actually has one colour of this lovely gown as a gift. The hair is Retreat from Stealthic, a longer style with pretty waves.

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Rooftop Shelter

You have been invited to take refreshments with a view atop the roof of a desert manse, with shelter from the sun provided by a colourful tent. The company is pleasant as well.

For this round of We Love Role-Play, Aurora offers the Jasmine set, which can be worn with or without the jewellery and customised with materials, transparency and colour options for both fabrics and metals. I really like the sleek shine of the fabric here. As an accessory, I have added a necklace from Constraint.

Also from WLRP are the refreshments from Cerridwen’s Cauldron, the Lantern Fruits set which offers several different versions of the decor and also gives out holdable fruits and drinks. A beautiful set of fantasy fruits and drinks, very decorative. The rest of the decor are older releases from paper moon, from their Oasis series.

My hair is a brand-new Wasabi release called Harlow, an extra long style with sweeping long bangs. Perfect for this sort of look but also a sultry modern style.

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Mistress in Waiting

The Luxe range from DICTATORSHOP brings class and elegance to your home or perhaps to an upscale club. The furnishings offer a chance to relax in style on smooth velvets accentuated by shiny metals. Here I have combined the Ladies Chaise with the Floor Lamp set (which includes a single lamp with a small integrated table and a double lamp) and opted for the Copper metal option and the Cinnamon colour for the fabric. There are, of course, several more metal and fabric options, as always accessed via the DICTATORSHOP logo on each piece of furniture.

The Ladies Chaise comes in three versions in regards to the animations: PG, Adult Vanilla and Adult Kink Femdom. I am using the latter here though sadly on my own, but the classic smoking pose is from the femdom menu.

The sparkly little outfit is the very sexy Jade dress and matching bolero from Salt & Pepper, out for L$75 until the end of today. The hair, too, is a time-limited deal; a new hairstyle from Exile called Estelle, out for Fifty Linden Fridays.

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Serpent Witch

The Fantasy Faire is over for this year (though I did manage to sneak in for this photo) but We Love Role-Play is here! The May round offers a fine lineup of creators and I am starting my blogging with a silk from Ruxy accessorized with double armlets from Secret Witch.  Ruxy’s outfit features metal flowers, delicate chains and two minimal pieces of fabric for your modesty. The included HUD gives several texture options for each element and the set is fitted for Maitreya Lara X and Legacy.

Secret Witch’s armlets combines celestial imagery with a serpent, very appropriate indeed for a witch. There’s a HUD for texture options and the armlets are fitted for Maitreya Lara X, Legacy and Ebody Reborn.

The pose was released by Astalianda for the Fantasy Faire and the hair is a recent Happy Weekend special from Wasabi, a cute pigtail style with or without bangs.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Farewell to Avalon

A final adventure for this year, as the Fairelands are set to recede into the mists today. It has been a wonderful experience as usual and as much as I wish the sims would stay all year around, it wouldn’t be the same. I already can’t wait to see what the amazing worldbuilders and other creators will come up with next year! I will leave you with a video from Avalon and of course credits to everything can be found at the end of the post.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Almost the Last Stop

The end of the Fantasy Faire draws near, but there is still time to experience the magic of the Fairelands for two more days, until the 7th of May. I have paid several visits to The Last Stop, the underwater sim designed by Teegle, but so far I had not done any photography there. That was, of course, an excellent excuse to do a bit more poking around on the back of the gorgeous Hippocampus, the second of the new Teeglepets.

Like the Kelpie, the Hippocampus is half horse, half sea creature. But despite is foreboding name—Scylla—the Hippocampus has a much more benign appearance than the sharp-toothed Kelpie. Mythologically, they are often seen pulling the chariots of gods and goddesses of the sea or being ridden by nymphs of the sea.

There are already a ton of beautiful appliers out, both from Teegle and other creators, but here I went with the gorgeous default applier. Its too bad you would need a very big aquarium to keep a Hippocampus! ;)

Also from the Faire is the lovely gown by Portal, its shimmering fabric a nice match with the iridescence of the Hippocampus coat, and a delicate circlet from PANIQ.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: A Meeting of Magic

The magical isle of Avalon, Alia Baroque’s creation for this Fantasy Faire, became witness to a meeting between two fantastical beings. One, a fae called to this realm as the dragon nearly woke from his slumber. The other, a spirit horse lured down from among the clouds and starts by magic required to send the dragon back to sleep.

At the Jail & Bail for Alia, I bought the Ancient Spell version of the special skin. I was really curious to see how the sim would change if the dragon awoke, but alas, that did not happen. But I knew I wanted to create a post with this skin and when I got the opportunity to blog the Qamariki mod & texture kits for the Teeglepets, created by Tutto E Vanita, I had an idea for bringing the two together.

For the rest of the fae’s look, I used one of the RFL releases from deviousMind together with one of the new colours of the SteamWings released for the Faire and a crown from Les Encantades.

As for the Qamariki, I modded my Teeglepet Pegasus with the kit as I have a copy version of the Pegasus. The first time I tried I managed to skip one step and had to start over, but once I actually followed all the instructions it was not difficult at all as long as you have some basic understanding of how to use the editing tools. The Qamariki mod kit is available for most Teeglepets, including even the new Kelpie and Hippocampus pets. In addition to the mod kit, you need one of the special texture kits and the toughest part about that will be to pick your favourite. This is a really fanciful mod kit and the texture kits use glow and emissive marking for an ethereal appearance.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Druidic Rites

A highlight of the Faire for many is the annual Quest. But did you know that here are several region-specific mini-hunts as well? They are a great way of doing some extra detailed exploration of those regions! You’ll find one of these on Ogham Grove, which inspired me to setup for some photos there as well. The pretty dress with the subtle sparkle in the texture is from the Muses (so happy to have Nephilaine back making lovely gowns) and the dramatic headdress and matching earrings is from Petrichor. With a HUD packed full of texture options, it was easy to match it to the dress. The poses are from Uzme Poses and the Sorcerer set, which for some poses include magical effects but I opted for using the druidic wand that was the prize in the hunt instead.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: A Guiding Light

I already used one of the poses from Audition, but the Beacons of Hope set is so perfect for the message of the Fantasy Faire that I wanted to revisit it again for this post. The lonely figure in the opening of the door, small against her surroundings but still offering a hopeful light, seemed like such lovely imagery.

Of course, it also gave me the opportunity to feature more Faire-releases, such as the pretty Eleanor gown from Faida, a sweet and simple style in a beautiful rose colour which is one of two special colours found in RFL vendors. I think the ribbon necklace from Sigma complements it in a lovely way.

The building is from Del-ka Aedilis Medieval Series, a charming townhouse with two stories and ivy clinging to the walls. The second story is set back a little bit, creating a fenced-in veranda in front of the door.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Walk the Plank

Adventure calls at Plankbarrow Harbor, where many broken ships have come to rest and a twisted array of ropes and planks shaped into a town of sorts. A hideout for pirates and treasure seekers, with dangers lurking both on the rickety wooden piers and below the waves. If you plan on visiting, you had better keep your wits about you and a trusty dagger at hand. Not all encounters will be friendly, especially after dusk.

The Muses Wanderer outfit almost looks made for the Atriane Gloves from Senzafine, or vice versa. A great base for a pirate look, with the ostentatious hat by Attitude is an Artform adding a lot of flair (and sitting nicely on the curly hairstyle by Analog Dog). The necklace from Portal is rather understated but has an interesting design and the obsidian dagger from Oblivis Solem looks appropriately menacing.

I am late to report this, but LL has allowed the Faire two extra days before the Fairelands fade away, which means you will be able to explore, shop and raise money for RLF until the 7th of May!

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Deep Ones

A princess of the Deep and her deadly Kelpie steed awaits you in my first vlog from this year’s Fantasy Faire. The Kelpie is one of two fantastical new horses from Teegle for this Faire, the other being the far more benign-looking Hippocampus. They have been released as Teeglepets so far, but there will probably be avatar versions down the line as well. The black skin is by CORN who has released a really nice set of textures for the two mer-horses in their Fantasy Faire store. You will find the Teegle store on the Last Stop sim, one of the underwater sims for this year. The video below was filmed at Thunnus Bay, another of the underwater sims.

In addition to the gorgeous Kelpie, the video also features a side-saddle riding mer-princess. The beautiful, glistening tail is the Odyssey tail by Brine, in the version fitted for the Legacy female body. The tail requires a little fiddling with your shape to fit perfectly at the waist, but it was fairly easy to sort that out. I have left the original materials on the tail, but added a black BOM texture from Krature. The crown is by Drunken Brokkr and the cuff necklace and armbands by Petrichor. The skin is one of the Draugr versions by Fallen Gods. Detailed credits with links to Faire-stores and main stores can be found below the video and the photos.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Duskfall

She raised the lantern up high and it cast a faint light over the dusky fields of flowers, the glittering waterfalls and the strange, twisted roots. What kind of place was this, she wondered, eager to explore more of its beauty and mystery. She did not know what lurked in the shadows, however…

Welcome to The Duskfall Court, sponsored by Quills & Curiosities and Cryptid. A lush Faireland shrouded in the colours of twilight and shadow, with beautiful little nooks and crannies to explore.

I wanted to echo the colours of the sim and the Sorana outfit by Petrichor and Ersch offers ample choice when it comes to textures, making that easy to achieve. I quite like the combination of the tiny bodysuit/bikini with a bolero and a flowing skirt—it looks almost modest from behind! For accessories a flower crown by Angelicus seemed appropriate, and the halo from Air added an air (pun intended) of mystery. Finally, the Beacons of Hope pose set from Audition offered an excellent pose with a custom lantern.

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Fantasy Faire 2024: Enter the Fairy Tale

Ladies and Lords, mermaids and mermen, fairies and goblins and all other creatures, the time has come again. Tonight, the Fairelands become accessible and Fantasy Faire 2024 begins and stays open until May 5th. Prepare to explore, shop and be entertained across 20 unique Fairelands, all in the name of raising money for the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

I’ve begun my journey to the Fairelands on my own sim, but thanks to HopScotch I have found a way to enter the Fairy Tale from here. I invite you all to follow along as soon as the mists recede fully and welcome everyone to the Fairelands. A few glimpses of what will be on offer from the fantastic creators taking part can also be seen here; a stunning gown fit for a Fairy queen by Les Encantades and jewellery to match by Drunken Brokkr. A pose from Uzme and fields of gorgeous flowers by MB.

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Queen of the Swarm

The beautiful, steampunk-inspired wings from deviousMind absolutely insisted that I should take to the skies. These wings include both rigged and unrigged versions as well as PBR and non-PBR versions for each. I am using the rigged PBR wings for this shot and I think they light really beautifully. This is the first PBR release from deviousMind and a bit of a proof of concept, so there will be more gorgeous colours of these wings later on (the plan is, I think, for the Fantasy Faire).

I paired the wings with the Cleopatra dress from Aurora, which comes with some nice texture options for both the fabric and the metals, as well as sheer/opaque option for the dress. And to keep me company, a beautiful swarm of butterflies from Puke Rainbows. All three of these items are We Love Role-Play releases, whereas the wild curls from Analog Dog are a new mainstore release.

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Courtyard Captive

The roleplay gets a little naughtier today with the Rogue Shibari Frame from DICTATORSHOP, available at We Love Role-Play at 25% off from its usual price. The rough bamboo frame offers four textures and over 140 animations for 1 to 2 avatars, with both maledom and femdom menus being available. The Rogue series offers rough wood and suggestions of harsher play, which I think it fits right into the courtyard of the Quinta Palace by Fanatik. A public punishment for bad behaviour, perhaps?

I added in some mood lighting with the sturdy braziers from Tirrany Designs, also from WLRP, as is Superdoll’s Siren’s Modesty set, a minimal bikini with little moon designs. For a final set of WLRP releases, I used Boudica’s Brows in Ginger and one of the Iceni appliers for my eyes, a matching set from lovelysweet.

The gorgeous and aptly named Lush hair is a new Truth Collective release from Truth and Wasabi, available at the Truth mainstore. It comes with and without bangs, with four options for how to style the hair and with optional clips at each temple.

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