These Shoes Were Made For Wokkin – Hanfu Warped Head Shoes

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All you speak and all you hear
Hand that’s strong and voice it’s clear
An unforgotten memory when the moon begins to call – Red Rockers, China

Okay, so really, really bad title pun. Fine, I see the pun jar, and happily pay the tax therein.  Meanwhile, take a look at these awesome new shoes I’ve just made!

Honestly, when I was doing research on Chinese Traditional Footwear for men, not a lot of interest came up, till I found some photos of Hanfu Qing Dynasty Warped Head Shoes.  They were traditionally worn by men (along with the Hanfu robes), and generally made from silk or satin with cotton soles.  In more recent times, these shoes have been adopted by both men and women, as a Traditional fashion choice.  Since the thought of making Lotus shoes feels repellent, it’s safe to assume these unrigged shoes are for everyone with SLink flat feet in Second Life.

The Hanfu Warped Head Shoes, which are copy and modify, include a color HUD with six color choices.  They’ve been materials enhanced, so the pattern (and particularly the dragon on the front) really pop.

I do want to do more traditional Asian footwear (Lotus shoe is simply not gonna happen, folks), and I’m quite excited about this project.  You can now find the Hanfu shoes on the Marketplace and Inworld.

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Jade Girl – The Dark Heavens Cheongsam

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“At only twenty-eight I felt no great rush to settle into anything boring.” – White Tiger, Book 1 of the Dark Heavens Trilogy

In the Dark Heavens trilogy (Kylie Chan), Emma, an Australian living in Hong Kong, suddenly finds herself working as a nanny to the Dark Lord of the Four Winds, Xuan Wu.  He is the black turtle god or Shen, ruler of the Northern Heavens.  He’s a dark creature, the master of all Martial Arts, destroyer of Demons, and the owner of Wudang Mountain both on the Celestial plane and on the Earthly plane.  Five years prior, he had married a mortal woman and they had a child (half Shen, she would grow into a powerful force of nature).  Demons killed the wife of Xuan Wu and her family, leaving the Turtle Shen with his small daughter.

Emma works as a nanny to the Shen’s daughter, but eventually trains in the Arts, discovers she has an innate talent for both physical and energy work, and is able to protect the Dark Lord’s child from Demons, who would kidnap her in order to have power over Xuan Wu.  Of course, she also falls in love with Xuan Wu, though he is unable to touch her without draining her Chi (energy) and killing her.  She loves the daughter as her own, and swears to protect the daughter with her life.

One of the great things about diving into a good set of books is the inspiration, that can be drawn from them.  This is a story told from Emma’s point of view, and she describes all of the Immortals, the Shen, the Retainers, the Dragons, all the great characters from Chinese mythology (including the Jade Girl, the Golden Boy, Bai Hu the White Tiger, and more), and the traditions surrounding the mythical world opened up for her.  She describes a gown worn during a magnificent event; a black Cheongsam with a high Mandarin collar, and golden chrysanthemums embroidered in the silk.

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The Dark Heavens Cheongsam is a semi-formal dress with three-quarter sleeves, made from the finest pixel silk, and embroidered in golden flowers.  It’s a gown that accentuates and showcases your figure while giving you a regal appearance.  It’s available in six beautiful jewel-tones, and materials enhanced to really make the embroidery pop.

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Dark Heavens Cheongsam is available at Avatar Bizarre’s Marketplace Store and inworld.

Dragon Myself All Over Second Life

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At some point, dragons have to happen.  While I realize there are a ton of dragons in Second Life, thanks to the likes of Grendels and such, you can never have too many.  Particularly of the Asian variety.  Not only are Asian dragons good luck, but they’re shiny, they smell nice, and they know where to get the best Pocky.

https://i0.wp.com/grabilla.com/03c18-14aec4e1-d6bf-4c83-b919-cedd8a5243c3.pngSo, as bereft of dragons as Second Life isn’t, your humble narrator spent a couple of days mired in the Evil That Is Blender™ and pulled this avatar out of a very, very tattered hat, much like a tired zombie rabbit.  The hat was housing my brain, which is now a dead, lifeless grey mass of goo sitting in a jar on the corner of the computer desk.  Be that as it may, there still ended up being seven strikingly jeweltastic colors, and there may be more if the Gods approve.  Okay, so black isn’t exactly jewel tone.  Sue me.  But the rest of the colors definitely fit the profile:  Red, Green, Sky Blue, Dark Blue, Teal, and Purple.

Originally, I made a quadruped dragon, which looks freakin’ amazing.  Only problem is it doesn’t move the way it should in Second Life, and apparently I have to make an animation override with all my own animations.  There may be sacrifices and volcanoes involved.  They really don’t approve of people tossing things into the nearest active volcano, for some reason.  It will be finished at some point. I’m just not sure when.  It’s rather a daunting project at the moment.

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As such, the biped was born.  I was playing around with the idea of making a more female shaped dragon, but dragons really don’t have breasts, and I was advised against the idea by a number of people, including those with breasts themselves.  I’m okay with this.

This particular avatar was built using my own human avatar as the base shape, and then made a bit thinner, because Dragon.  Some mesh clothing may fit it, by some miracle.  It’s always a good idea to try out demos and things to be sure.  As far as I can tell, medium and large items will probably fit pretty well.  It all depends on what you’re trying on, because nothing really has a standard size, in spite of the label.

The Shen Dragon (also known as Shen Long) Avatar is available at the main store location inworld, and on the Marketplace.