Angel Underground

    “There were candles all over the Great Hall:  candles stood by the iron pillars that held the roof up; candles waited by the waterfall that ran down one wall and into the small rock-pool below; candles clustered on the sides of the rock wall; candles huddled on the floor, candles were set into candlesticks by the huge door that stood between two dark iron pillars. The door was built of polished black flint set into a silver base that had tarnished, over the centuries, almost to black. The candles were unlit; but as the tall form walked past, they flickered into flame. No hand touched them; no fires touched their wicks. 

The figure’s robe was simple and white, or more than white. A color, or absence of all colors, so bright as to be startling. It’s feet were bare on the cold rock floor of the Great Hall. It’s face was pale and wise, and gentle; and perhaps, a little lonely. 

It was very beautiful. 

Soon every candle in the Hall was burning. It paused by the rock pool; knelt beside the water, cupped it’s hands, lowered them into the clear water, raised them, and drank. The water was cold, but very pure. When it had finished drinking the water it closed its eyes for a moment, as if in benediction. Then it stood up, and walked away, back through the Hall, the way it had come; and the candles went out as it passed, as they had done for tens of  thousands of years. It had no wings; but still, it was, unmistakably, an angel.

Islington left the Great Hall; and the last of the candles went out, and the darkness returned.” 

Neil Gaimen   “Neverwhere” 

 

(click on the images for a larger view)

Lexxiius - The Angel Islington #1_011 - new blog picture

As I mentioned briefly in “The Book Meme”, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, and I usually will count “Neverwhere” as my favorite book. The image of the Angel Islington trapped underground in his sanctuary/prison ( no spoilers – you will have to read the book ) :P   has always been very vivid in my mind, and was the inspiration and opportunity for a small homage showcasing a few of the truly stunning items from ~*Souzou Eien*~ for this month. I didn’t try for a literal translation of the book, but this is very much the feeling I get from Mr.Gaiman’s brilliant writing.

Lexxiius - Sanctuary for blog - #4

The gorgeous ruins that my angels stands in are the gift for the Twisted Hunt – called “The Scrying Ruins”  The Twisted hunt is still going on until September 30th – so if you haven’t yet become part of the madness don’t forget! This is one of the most challenging and interesting hunts in SL – I have yet to finish one myself.

The Scrying Ruins are Mod/Copy only
100% Original Mesh & Materials enabled
17 land impact (at original size)

Lexxiius - Sanctuary for blog # 5The candles and candelabra were of course added by me, but the glowing crystals are part of the item and are tintable if you don’t want the lovely pure gleam of white they come in. I also love the rippling water of the scrying bowl itself.

Here is the link for the official Twisted Hunt start point

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Secrets%20of%20Gaia/76/115/23

~*Souzou Eien*~ is #028 and the beginning hint is “Climb high, the center to the sky. Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers’

Lexxiius - Sanctuary 3
Also out now for We <3 RP is the De La Luna Circlet. The HUD offers endless combinations of jeweltones and metals as is usual with ~*Souzou Eien*~  jewelry pieces, and I thought added a perfect angelic touch.

We <3 RP is at:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evanda%20Island/118/50/4001

Lexxiius - Sanctuary

I decided on Sapphire tones this time for the jewels and eyes, as September is my actual birth month and I wanted to use my birthstone in some way.

~* Souzou Eien*~ also has two very impressive horns as part of the We <3 RP offerings that I hope I can get to in a future post this month

Have fun shopping and hunting and enjoying all that September has to offer in Second Life!

“Good Luck,” whispered the Angel Islington. There was a rushing sound, like a wind soughing across a lost forest, or the beating of mighty wings.” 

 

Credits:

Scrying Ruins ( Twisted Hunt gift ) and De La Luna Circlet ( We <3 RP )   ~*Souzou Eien*~    draconias.timeless

links for Twisted Hunt & We <3 RP above

main store link

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/159/157/2510

Hair – Tableau Vivant  “Summers”  – Summer HUD

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/105/113/24

Eyes – IKON  “Immortal”  “Sapphire”

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

Angel Garb – this is a combination of two outfits from Bare Rose  “Arkhai”  and “Light Laplace”  –  mayflo.smails

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bare%20Rose/158/31/30

Bracelets – Mandala “Sankara”  -

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/TEMPURA%20SOBA/97/119/23

Sandals :  [monso]  My studded sandal – Silver     morphine.janick

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sweet%20Isle/114/113/1452

Makeup –  Madrid Solo – combination of  “My Demons” lips and “Iced T” which was a male group gift  – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

Skin – Swallow “Daniel – Ivory”   – luciayes.magic

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love/128/128/2

poses by Grafica –  alyx.aerallo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Terre%20Des%20Mortes/205/107/1499

Feet and Hands – Slink      siddean.munro

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Slink/43/121/24

Nails = A:S:S  – Metallic

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Space%20Illusion%202/67/57/21

Underground room – The Bunker A-02 multipurpose building  – TC Slade  (found on MP)

 

 

Dog and Cat

 disclaimer: All the items in the photos below you will have to purchase. The philosophical musings are free of charge. 

 

Black and White. Yin and Yang, Dog and Cat. I think most people would agree they have two sides. The one they show the outside world and another deeper one that they may keep hidden even from themselves. It may be because it’s dark or risque, or maybe filled with rage and anger the world wouldn’t perceive as “nice”. Whatever the reason, both can and do exist inside the same person within Real or Second Life. Just because you only see one doesn’t mean the other isn’t simmering underneath. Everyone does a balancing act between what they want shown and what they try ( or think they should try) to keep hidden.
With those thoughts in mind, I wanted to create two very different looks to showcase the new makeup releases from ~*Souzou Eien*~ . ( Ask me how happy I was to blog about makeup :) )

I call them Dog and Cat.

Dog lives in a happy innocent pastel world of bright colors and sunshine, with just a hint of gothish darkness peeking through.

Lexxiius - Wanna be your Dog for blog 2

 

Dog is wearing the “Punk Strip Makeup” in Red. It looks great on it’s own but you can also layer with mascara or eyeliner as I have for a different look. There are eight shades in the fatpack priced at only 100L

Lexxiius - Wanna be your Dog for blog
Cat is a creature of darkness and alleys, dressed all in black. Lithe and slinky, with eyes that hold forbidden secrets.

Lexxiius - Alley Cat (for blog)

Cat is wearing the appropriately named “Wicked Eyeliner” No telling what this one is up to.

Lexxiius - Alley Cat 2 for Blog

Here is a closer look so you can see the detail on the eyeliner. It comes in nine shades ( I’m partial to the purple and teal of course but wanted to use black in keeping with the outfit ) Also 100L for the fatpack which is a bargain and I should know, I buy a LOT of makeup.

Lexxiius - Alley Cat 2 for Blog - closer take

Credits below, and since Cat got an extra picture it’s only fair that Dog get a song.

Enjoy some Iggy Pop.

 

 

on Dog:

~*Souzou Eien*~ Punk Strip Makeup (Red)  draconias.timeless

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/160/2503

Lashes: Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes  – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

Hair:   Adoness  alcippe maroon & Hairbase: alcippe  black shades  – cruella.pennell

( Although it doesn’t show in the picture the hair was edited to remove the long tail down the back for a better fit as it is actually a female hair. Purchased at Hair Fair.)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blackwood/230/208/2501

Earrings: Pure Poison – Trix Nude Earrings –  shaleene.kenin

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pure%20Poison%20District/121/136/27

Lips: Beautiful Freak  Banded Metal lipstick – white

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Seraphine/42/60/27

Eyes: IKON Immortal Eyes  – Scoria   ikon.innovia

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/127/501

Shirt:  –David Heather-Oen Buttondown/Blood  – gianni.broda

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/David%20Heather/99/150/23

Belly Jewelry:  Chaos, Panic & Disorder – Drops of Fire Belly Ring  lilah.munster

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SkyBeam%20Tradewinds/133/80/29

Shorts: A:S:S – Cargo shorts – pink

Slink Nail Appliers:  A:S:S  Superglitter

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Touch%20of%20Decadance/134/207/23

Boots: Razor /// Regulator Combat Boots

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Depraved%20Nation/132/158/28

Skin:  Swallow Manu Ivory Black Eyebrows –  luciayes.magic

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love/128/128/2

Slink Male Hands – siddean.munro

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Slink/43/121/24

 

on Cat:

~*Souzou Eien *~ Wicked Goth Eyeliner (Black) –  draconias.timeless

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/160/2503

Hair: LALA Moon Mesh – Brianna – ruru.nagy

(Another girl hair purchased at Hair Fair)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heatherwood/112/202/51

Hairbase:  Adoness –  cruella.pennell

Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

Eyes: IKON Immortal Eyes – Sage (group gift) ikon.innovia

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

Lips:  Madrid Solo- Male Lip Mix- Design 5 – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

Shirt:  – Batsu] Lacenet shirt – warumono.mode

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bitch%20Tail/167/141/22

Yasum*MESH*Trunk – azlyn.vaher

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fathom/119/196/3002

Belly Jewelry: rockCandy – Belly Ring – Kitty  – autumn.fairlane

:*:Chaos,Panic & Disorder :*: Le Chat Noir Necklace – lilah.munster

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SkyBeam%20Tradewinds/133/80/29

Gloves: Razor/// Foe Gloves – Mens – Slink

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Depraved%20Nation/132/158/28

Pants: Lapointe & Bastchild Pants (Tucked)- Moto – Ribbed Leather Multi

Paul Lapointe & Bastchild Lotus.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Evocative/91/127/31

:::insanya::: Ava Shoes

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/District/172/191/28

Skin: same as Dog

Hands: Same as Dog

Nails:  A:S:S – Metallic

 

Props :

Alley

The Cheap Seats: Rundown Alley Photoset  – found at either Gentlemen Bastards City or on MP

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jindalrae/168/33/1749

Trashcans & Dumpster – Urban Spirit – astin.miles

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shiot/222/237/1163

Dog’s House

A:S:S  -Yelena skybox  ( Free on MP!)

 

The Traveler

      Featuring new hunt items from ~* Souzou Eien*~  for The Femboy Hunt and The Sinister Goth’s Sinners Hunt ( the theme this month is “Sloth” )

                              “The quickest way is sometimes the longest.”          Neil Gaiman

Lexxiius the Traveler peruses the star charts to decide his next destination

Lexxiius - The Adventurer_017  - BLOG

 

Climbing into his Cerulean Carriage he sets off towards the unknown in comfort and style

Lexxiius - The Adventurer_011  -BLOG

 

Somewhere out there his next Grand Adventure awaits.

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As night falls,  the stars call him on to discover their secrets.

Lexxiius - The Adventurer - 2nd shoot_009  - BLOG

 

 

The Zodiac Canvases in the first picture above are the prize for The Femboy Hunt: Zodiac Theme. They will only be available during the hunt and will not be sold in the store afterwards so be sure to snatch them up while you can. The stars on the canvas really do emanate that soft lovely glow in dim light.

Here is all the info you need for the Femboy Hunt:

Official Blog URL:

http://femboyhuntsl.blogspot.com/

Start Point:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Antovic/114/157/88

Hunt hint: Behind the Madness lies the stars.

The cost for the hunt item is 2L$

 

Next is the Cerulean Carriage from the Sinister Goth’s Sinners Hunt. The theme is “Sloth” but this marvelous floating chair put me in mind of all the magical wardrobes, flying carpets, levitating beds and other enchanted conveyances in beloved childhood books that somehow swept the rider into a delightful world of fantasy and adventure. It’s very simple to use ( just turn off your AO and wear it ) and so much fun that you might find yourself never wanting to bother with walking again! ( Oh yeah – that would be the Sloth part :) )

Here is all your info for the Sloth Hunt.

Official Blog:

http://thesinisterfollowing.blogspot.com/

Start Point:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Paradise%20Landing/246/23/22

Hunt Hint: Rise and peer through the veil towards the bejeweled adornments.

 

Enjoy the hunts and best of luck!

 

Wardrobe Credits:

BoHo HoBo Victorian Bohemian Top Hat –   trill.zapatero  ( this was purchase at Art in Hats event so not sure if it would be sold at the main shop )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bitter%20Bunnie%20Designs/196/23/35

*paper moon* Velvet Harlequin Leggings   – Slate & Rose  –  sohma.dix  ( from Genre Baroque)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Port%20Seraphine/81/141/21

.:Whims & Wishes:.   Jabberwock  Boots

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lionheart%20Simba/28/88/29

*BOOM* Sixty-Two Jacket Set  Blush – aranel.ah

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Existence/155/61/21

TRUTH HAIR  – Tom

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth/158/27/34

IKON Spectral Eyes – Maldives

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/502

SLink hands

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife//89/108/23

[sYs] NOKOMIS Skin – Porcelaine – A1 –  syane.cisse

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wave%20Beach/103/193/23

Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

A:S:S – Glam-rock-glitter – blue –  photos.nikolaidis

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Touch%20of%20Decadance/134/206/22

 

locations:

Domicile – Steam IX Fully-furnished Victorian skybox  ( hunt gift )

Milova – Extended Garden   ( a lush waterfront garden sim )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MiLova/115/1/17

 

 

 

Baroque-back Mountain

Badump-ching!    yup – I went there. :)

~*Souzou Eien*~ has released some gorgeous jewelry for this month’s round of Genre.The theme is Baroque and that was all the excuse I needed to go full on Prince Poppycock style corset and heels. ( Like I NEED a reason to wear a corset )

Lexxiius - Baroque back Moutain - solo_003 jpg for crop

While I was searching around for a sim to use for the photos and having no luck finding one, Draconias Timeless – the dashing creator and owner of ~*Souzou Eien*~ himself – came to my aid, not only suggesting the perfect location but volunteering to be a part of the shoot! I tried very hard to control my fanboyish excitement and happily accepted.

And now presenting the movie trailer for the  new ( and purely fictional ) release:

( cue sad string music )

* voiceover*   When two elegant creatures meet on a mountain ….

Lexxiius - Baroque back Mountain_013 - jpg

they become caught up in the moment ….

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.. and are carried away … ( or at least one of them is ;) )

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coming soon to no theatre near you …. .

* music swells * …..   Baroque-back Mountain

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“I just can’t quit you, ~*Souzou Eien*~”  Lexxiius Leopard.

( and yes I know it’s a paraphrase :P )

ok you can groan now

Draconias is wearing the new ~*Souzou Eien*~ Opalescent Choker that comes with a HUD to change the stone and metal color.
My necklace is the new “Pearls of Narcissus” – with this you have the option to change each row of stones to a different color ( 8 colors in all ) so you can come up with countless color combinations.

Here is a better shot of my necklace

Lexxiius - Baroque back Moutain - solo_013  jpg

Both necklaces are available only at Genre until August 12th

Now … go for Baroque!  ;)

Genre:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/31/240/3077

Main Store:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/161/2503

Credits:

On Draconias

Clothing:

.-. Heathcliff .-. Mister Darcy

Accessories:
~*Souzou Eien*~ Opalescent Choker

Eyes:
~*Souzou Eien.*~ Dragon’s Eyes

Shoes:

DRD ( Death Row Designs ) baroque boots – I think these are only available at Genre right now

Makeup:

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Glossy Goth Lipstick [Pink]

+Nuuna+ Meta White

+Nuuna+ Lyre makeup White

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dark%20Tranquility/202/205/23

Hair:

^;^CaTwA^;^ Lee

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CaTwA/127/10/22

Ears:
[][]Trap[][] [ni.Ju] Gelf Ears Pierced

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Twilight/52/171/44

 

On me:

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Pearls of Narcissus (Necklace)

~*Souzou Eien.*~ Fabulous Goth Eye Shadow [Blue]

Bliensen + MaiTai – Liaison Dangereuse – Powder Blue with Roses – plurabelle.laszlo

available at Genre

.la petite morte. marie antoinette full makeup BONUS – available at Genre

Madrid Solo- Manscara- Squinty Eyes – madrid.solo

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jiradic/166/208/37

IKON Spectral Eyes  – Maldives

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

Schadenfreude Underbust Corset, long ribbon  – allegory.malaprop

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nouveau/224/207/33

~The Library~ Pretty Boy-Red –  ( I think these are only available at the ROMP event right now)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chaotic%20Dreams/158/123/21

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Eden%20Baie/238/46/2509

Swallow Manu Ivory No Eyebrows –  luciayes.magic

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love/128/128/2

Essences – Fake Painted Eyebrows Pink / 49% Op. – inka.mexicola

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Essences/123/75/20

[ bubble ] Floral Corset Gloves – Pink  – moonbubble.gothly  ( found on MP )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/District/95/191/28

PIXEL BOX – Long Boots Hunter  – mw.boa

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Savage%20Keep/4/17/3830

Slink MALE (AvEnhance) Hands – siddean.munro

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Slink/43/121/24

Designer Tights One ~ Tattoo White – vlad.blackburn

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Westdell/228/29/2002

nails – -{ZOZ}- Spring Duo Lilacs – for SLink hands

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

Solo poses from: {NanTra} & Diesel Works

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Brooklyn/143/128/21

 

Thanks again Draconias for your help with this and providing the couples poses.

Thanks also to Nigel Riel for making available to bloggers his amazing build that somehow perfectly matched what I was seeing in my head for the location.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sandalphon/8/124/26

now enjoy some Prince Poppycock

 

His Imperial Glamness

When I started the journey with this blog at the beginning of the year I had no real plan for what I was going to do with it or where it was going to take me. I’ve had a ton of fun with it posting different looks for myself and sharing them. Now I have the opportunity to take the next step along the blogging road. I’m honored and excited to have been accepted as one of the official bloggers for ~*Souzou Eien*~

I’ve been a huge fan of this store since I first came to SL. I love its mix of elegant, twisted and offbeat items and I always find things there that inspire my creativity. I’m looking forward to bringing you some of the marvelous and unique creations from the mind of Draconias Timeless.

The first release I’m featuring comes from a line of four stunning new crowns. the Thorned Imperial Crown, the Elegant Rule Crown, the Adorned Sovereign Crown and this one – the Chained Regalia Crown.

What pretty boy doesn’t want to throw on a crown and glam it up?

Lexxiius - His Glam Highness (SE Blog)_024 - for SE Blog

Let’s take a better look at this gorgeous thing.  ( I mean the crown, guys ;)  )

Lexxiius - His Glam Highness (SE Blog)_001 - jpg for SE Blog

There’s plenty of bling here, plus the very detailed chain accent and the aged patina look of the metal is gorgeous. One of the things I love most about this crown is all the color options you get with it. I chose silver with purple and teal gems, but you have four other options in the metal alone and eight choices for jewel colors! The HUD is simple to use and includes pose and resize and delete script buttons. Also if you are a little more build savvy than I am you can do some manual tinting yourself even though this is a HUD controlled item.

Lexxiius - His Glam Highness (SE Blog)_014 - jpg for SE blog 3rd choice

The perfect thing for any royal roleplayer, or just to wear with a contemporary outfit to express  your inner prince or princess.

Lexxiius - His Glam Highness (SE Blog)_020 - jpg for SE Blog

 

So head off to ~*Souzou Eien*~ and treat yourself like the resplendent creature you are!

~*Souzou Eien*~ main store – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jinn/164/161/2503

Marketplace – https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/20374

Credits:

~*Souzou Eien*~ Chained Regalia Crown  –  draconias.timeless

Dreamy Goth Eye Shadow [Black]

!*R3VOLT!  –  Kyler Jacket [V2]

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/R3VOLT/119/146/493

**GizzA** Biker Leather Pants / Silver –  giz.seorn

Dark Water Designs – Grey Leopard/Black boot   – shadowed.luik –   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Xtazy/176/195/24

Schadenfreude –  Silver Glass Star earring –  allegory.malaprop http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nouveau/223/207/33

IKON – Spectral Eyes Ghost

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/IKON/143/128/501

>!< Butterfly Kiss Boutique >!< –  Curly Q lashes

*Dura* – Japan Fair limited hair – A-2

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dura%20Dura/65/128/1002

-{ZOZ}- Wild Silver Polish  ( for Slink hands )

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/131/128/1456

background –  DIGS – Rae Gothic Mirror Triptych – Silver –  iris.maskelyne

 

Bonus Video if you have time (it’s 9 minutes long ) – one of my favorite singers and inspirations showing how to rock a crown like nobody’s business.

 

 

The Nightingale and the Rose

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The Nightingale and the Rose

by Lexxiius

The English lord brought home many strange things from his travels in the East. Carved chests smelling of spices that contained mummified animals or parts of long dead pharoahs. Statues of hybrid gods and lush carpets woven with intricate colorful designs. Long pipes used to smoke forbidden substances. But what caused the most talk, the most clucking of tongues and shaking of heads among the people of the village was not a thing but a person. A young man who lived in the lord’s house, ate the lord’s food and it was rumoured, slept in the lord’s bed. The nobleman called him Nightingale, for he carried with him a lute and sang the most beautiful songs anyone had ever heard.

Nightingale was not troubled by his scandalous reputation or the stories the villagers told about him. For one thing the Englishman had taken him away from a life of hunger and desperation. His name was not Nightingale then. His blue eyes gave him away as the bastard son of a local girl and a traveling European merchant who refused to acknowledge them. Thrown out into the streets she raised him as best she could, their only joy sharing the music they both loved. Sometimes they earned small stacks of coins singing and playing at the bazaar. When he lost her to a fever he had nothing left of her but the old difficult to tune oud she had played while teaching him to sing.

One hot summer’s night he had been playing that oud on a corner, singing an old folksong when the English lord who had come to seek “curiosities” rode by on horseback with his retinue. The lord reigned in his horse and shushed his grumbling servants so that he could hear the rest of the song. Their eyes met, and although Nightingale was sure the other man could not understand the words there was something in his face that showed he knew the meaning of the song perfectly.

The next night he came back again alone on his horse to listen. And the next night after that. Nightingale smiled at him and sang. On the fourth night he got off his horse carrying a lute. It was a shining thing of glistening polished wood and bright metals and worth more than Nightingale had earned in his entire life.

The English lord held it out in his hands. “You are a Nightingale.” he said, speaking the words in the young man’s native tongue much to his surprise. “Your music would make the angels weep. You must have this.”  Nightingale took the thing from his hands, eyes wide. “You must sing for me always.”

“Do you know the story of the Nightingale and the Rose? ”  Nightingale murmured softly. “The Rose was once only white, until one day the Nightingale saw it and fell in love and for the first time the beautiful song rose from his throat. His love was so strong that he pressed himself to the flower, until his heart’s blood was spilled by the thorns and the Rose was stained crimson forever from his passion. And so the Nightingale died. If I sing for you, Englishman, will you have my heart’s blood?”

The man smiled at him. “I would not have your blood.” He gave a small laugh. “Your heart, however …..”

Nightingale’s eyes sparkled. “Yes. I will sing for you, Englishman. For I think it is already yours.”

And so he did.

Fin

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So … a few weeks ago I went to Genre: Arabia to buy jewelry and I bought …. a lute.

It was a beautiful lute and I wanted it but then I had to figure out  – Why would I have a lute? I put it together with my other purchases from Genre and started searching my inventory for things that someone who had a lute would wear. Once it all came together I knew there had to be a story in it somewhere. So Nightingale was born.

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The hat by [^.^Ayashi^.^] came from the last Femboy hunt I did and has the long black hair attached. Everything else came from that starting point.

Hat rakishly tilted. And a rose.

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I thought it looked great but started wondering what he would look like with his hat off. I went to Summerfest and problem solved!  The new Tableau Vivant hair “Summerwind” was almost a perfect match! It’s the first long hair that I think looks good on me, I really like the way the hair flows in front of and behind the shoulders.

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In the above picture you can see the reason I went to Genre in the first place. The “Sweet Sheba” Bindi set by ~*Souzou Eien*~  It comes with a HUD to change the colors of the jewels and metals and for resizing.  I’d happily wear it with a more contemporary look also but I think it added the perfect exotic touch here and matches beautifully with the earrings, part of my “Thorned Embrace” Set also from ~*Souzou Eien*~ that includes a necklace and the ear climber that I wore in the post “Hungry”

Here’s another look along with a closer shot of the necklace I bought – “Ayn”  in Silver/Blue . I had a Hamsa Hand bracelet on as a good luck charm every day for a long time until it broke from wear in real life so it was nice to find a counterpoint here. I think it brought Nightingale luck also.

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A poor street musician can’t afford shoes of course, but I did find this beautiful henna for him to adorn his feet with.

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And finally an unretouched photo of the lute so you can see how pretty it is. ( I don’t do a lot of retouching anyway as I don’t use Photoshop but I do sometimes amp up the contrast and saturation to my photos since I can’t smooth anything out ) The lute comes from .:: Dark Forge ::.  and includes both male and female versions in the package. The lute plays three songs which are really quite pretty, and you can turn the songs and the animations on and off as you chose. Lexxiius - Gypsy Minstrel shoot III_012 - lute closeup jpg

 

Besides the lute, some of the inspiration for this story comes from the actual Persian legend of the nightingale and the rose, and also a short story by Oscar Wilde that has a much more cynical take on it.

Now that I’ve revealed myself as an occasional hopeless romantic I think I will post the credits and continue the story of Nightingale and his Englishman in my head ;)

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Credits:

Don Juan Shirt with pants top & Belt with Rose  –  Tamiron Forge –   tamiron.landar

( from complete Don Juan outfit )

Meggings &  “Summerwind”  Hair – ~Tableau Vivant ~

Deathrock Eyeliner – Schadenfreude –  allegory.malaprop

.:: Dark Forge ::. Lute Male – .:: Dark Forge Creations Original ::. – belford.elman

Ayn Necklace – Silver/Blue – .Luminary. –  augurer

[^.^Ayashi^.^] Puss in boots hair with hat   –  Ikira Frimon

Sweet Sheba (Bindi)  &  Thorned Embrace Earring –  both from ~*Souzou Eien*~    draconias.timeless

Spectral Eyes “Maldives” by IKON

Jake Leather Cuffs by Pure Poison

Mehndi Style Hand & Feet tattoo for Slink hands & feet –  KoKoLoRes – Leyla Flux  ( found on MP )

Hands & Feet by Slink

Skin by <The Abyss>  Adam Crius  Origin Shaven ( from the Warehouse )

The  locations for the photos were

the Gypsy Moon Nature Garden:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gypsy%20Moon/152/164/24

Domicile: 10m of Bliss 1-prim skybox ~ the gentleman [01]

also in the photos  – RoomDivider~stained glass – BellaRose Dunn Designs –  bella.bertone

Tears of Pride


 

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Pride is one of those places where my second life and my real life converge. My avi and I both identify as gay, and although my avi has remained celibate and I haven’t really spent any time at gay themed sims I did go and take a walk around Second Pride to donate, do some shopping and take some pictures because I felt like I needed to support it

Pride is not about dancing around in a rainbow thong to me, although if that is what you are into there is nothing wrong with it. No doubt I could probably be talked into it in Second Life if there was someone who felt the need to try, and I did take photos with some killer rainbow boots I found that are posted on Flickr. But really there is something very serious and moving underneath all the frolic and festivity. Pride is about Matthew Shepard, and the 40 gay men who died in an arson attack at the Upstairs Lounge in New Orleans in 1973. It’s about drag queens tired of being harassed throwing rocks at the police, and being able to see gay characters in movies and TV portrayed as something besides suicidal messes or serial sex addicts. It’s about coming together in all our twink or bear, leather or rainbow clad or newly happily married with kids glory, and celebrating the fact that we can be ourselves, as different and divergent as we can be from each other. It’s about standing up and saying “This is us, and we will no longer hide in silence to be abused and ridiculed.” Deep down, it’s about showing that what we really are is what we all are. Human beings trying to live our lives.

Happy Pride to you if you celebrate it in SL or RL. Even though I can’t be there with my partner this year, I will be at a real life Pride event in my hometown tonight with a friend, grateful that I can be myself as well as having the freedom to be whoever I choose to be here in Second Life.

Credits:

Makeup & Jewelry:  draconias.timeless

~*S.E.*~ Punk Strip Makeup (White)

~*S.E.*~ Second Life Pride ’14 Heart Necklace

from ~* Souzou Eien*~ Second Pride collection

Makeup & Eyes:    madrid.solo

Madrid Solo- Whimsical Designs- Glam Tears- Full Set

Madrid Solo- Mesh Eyes- Realm-Winters Thaw –  madrid.solo

Earrings:  [UG MESH] HALO DIAMOND STUD EARRINGS –  vaientine

 Hair:  MADesigns-Hairbase-speed –  maddox.dupont

              Tukinowaguma:  Ebbe

Skin:  Essences – Lamb skin 02 *medium* – inka.mexicola