Otherworld – a Tour of Fantasy Faire

Fantasy Faire - In Otherworld as a Flying Qilin
Fantasy Faire, Second Life’s biggest Relay for Life Fantasy themed charity event, is currently in full swing.  It opened to the public on April 21, and as of this writing, the event has brought in over $11,000 USD for The American Cancer Society!

Avatar Bizarre, as mentioned before, has a booth at the Faire, and thank you to everyone who is buying things from me and the other merchants.  Every little bit helps.

I decided to take a little tour of all 13 sims the other day.  The first few photos were a whirlwind “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium” tour, which resulted in one photo in every sim over the course of a night.

But it really doesn’t do the faire justice.  So I wanted to spend a little time visiting each sim, and showing off some really neat builds, while also showing off some of the things Avatar Bizarre has to offer.

Fantasy Faire - In Otherworld as a Flying Qilin

The Otherworld Sim is an incredible mix of glowing plants, spires, and natural formations.  Otherworld is nestled far from the trade routes, boats and trails, roads and civilization are unknown.  It’s a breath away from you, just beyond the shimmering mist. This is a mysterious and magical place, the world of heroes and gods of the Faerie Realm.

I wandered aimlessly, always trying to capture that fleeting glimpse in the corner of my eye.  Non-corporeal beings hid in plain site, always just out of reach; flickering lights and echoing laughter haunting the lonely traveler.

Fantasy Faire - In Otherworld as a Flying Qilin

Sponsored by Cerridwen’s  Cauldron and built by Elicio Ember, this sim is host to many fine merchants, so don’t forget to check out their booths while you explore this mystical realm of Faerie.

I flew through the crystal caves on my way to the next new adventure, but couldn’t resist the temptation to admire the glowing treasures up close.

Fantasy Faire - In Otherworld as a Flying Qilin

I’m a real fan of shiny things, as you can see.  They’re a wonderful distraction, and look spectacular in every way.

I could keep adding photos, but there’s just so much to see and so many things to do!  It’s difficult to keep from going broke in this event, but I have to say that the quality of all the merchants, the fun of the Quest (you can get your Quest HUD at all the sim landing points), and the amazing team who brought us yet another great Fantasy Faire, this is one of the reasons Second Life is such an amazing place.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the Fairelands, brought to you by little old me.

Credits:
Location:  Otherworld at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink male relaxed
Hair – Exile Give Away Your Secrets Natural
Head – LOGO Ethan Male
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Wings, Horns and Legs are all from Avatar Bziarre, and available in the booth at Lucentia sim.

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Hooves Tripping Through a Field

Avatar-Bizarre-Qilin-LegsThe Qilin – a rare and colorful creature in Chinese folklore. It is often called a Unicorn, but this is somewhat of a misnomer, since most Qilin (Japanese is Kirin) are depicted with two antler-like horns.  They are often associated with vibrant colors, gemstones, and the elements, much like the dragon.  Although the arrival of a Qilin is a good omen, they are said to punish the wicked, as well as foretell the birth of great men.  It has been said that the birth of Confucius was foretold by the great Qilin. The new Qilin legs from Avatar Bizarre are as jeweled and spectacular as any true Qilin.  These are rigged mesh, and fit most avatar shapes, though there is a demo available if you aren’t sure. AB-Qilin-Legs-with-color-HUD

Now for the fun part!
You see that vendor ad?  It explains everything pretty well.  There are appliers for SLink (the underpant layer), and Omega appliers (same deal, only for other mesh bodies).  The color HUD controls the colors of the legs and gem on the horns.

If you don’t have a mesh body (SLink, Matrieya, etc), not to worry.  There are six tattoo layers in the different colors for the default Second Life avatar.  So we’ve got you covered!  Literally.

I did want to mention a couple of things about the new Male SLink Physique Body, which is what you see my avatar wearing in the two images above.

First, it’s really, very nicely done.  There are a lot of bodies out there for folks to try out. Some are more muscled than others, which is great for folks who want to be heavily muscled.  The SLink body is more lithe, slender, and has just enough muscle tone.

Second, the HUD that comes with the SLink body is very detailed, and works really well!  It includes an 80 point alpha HUD, a skin tinter, a Penis (Hah!), and all the bits and bobs you need to make regular mesh clothing fit.

And the clothing does fit!  All you have to do is use the HUD to alpha out the bits that poke through.

Third, the hands and feet (sold separately), no longer have a weird seam between wrist/ankle and the rest of the body.  There’s a head that comes with the body, but I prefer to wear my own head.  The skin maker I prefer has not made appliers as of this blog post, hence the neck seam you see, but I don’t have a whole lot else to complain about.  I’ve heard others saying the pecs are a bit high, but I can live with that.  Because..

Wouldja look at that ass?  Holy carp!

The legs are available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Kirin to Elaborate?

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So things and stuff and junk happened.  Blender was summoned from the pits of Hell, the ninth gate was unsealed, and the Learning Curve was unleashed.  After selling my soul, a box of Girl Scout cookies (the Mint ones), and several worthless stocks to the Devil, Blender suddenly felt much easier.  Clothing happened.  Lots of clothing. That’s all well and good, because avatars in Second Life generally like to wear clothes.  Then shoes happened.  There are whole messy hordes of avatars who may be Imelda Marcos in disguise.  Oh, and the wings.  My goodness, the wings!  I’ve reveled in this flood of inspiration lately.

After all, when Inspiration hits, you kind of have to follow it to its bitter end.  Inspiration is like a cat:  It never comes when you call it, but when it wants your attention, God help you if you try to ignore it!

Amidst this flurry of brain activity, an avatar was born.

Meet the Kirin in all its antlered and barbeled glory.

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Avatar Bizarre (which is oddly first person) is thrilled to bring to our illustrious Second Life grid a Kirin avatar.  The Kirin, or Qilin, is an omen of good luck and prosperity.  It is called the Chinese Unicorn, though it is usually depicted with two horns.  The Kirin avatar is a delightful bipedal creature with dainty hooves, gilded antlers, and some of the wildest candy corn mane hair you can imagine.

This avatar is fully rigged, and it comes in two flavors:  Male and Female.  Oh, and about nine different colors.  There’s also a demo for the sake of kicking those tires before you buy the car.

Available inworld and on the Marketplace. .