Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I GOTTA SNOWDROP!

[10:09] Denver Hax: and the clue is as follows : one who stands apart from the sacrifice, yet was once one upright.
[10:10] Tanarian Davies: ...that's it?
[10:10] Denver Hax: yep :)
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[10:10] Tanarian Davies: Oh. I have an Idea.
...
[10:16] Denver Hax: and we have a winner
[10:16] Tanarian Davies beams!

Caledon Snowdrop #15/22 by Mister Denver Hax
#15 of 22

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dr. Malegatto Alter's "12 Days of Mad Scientists Christmas" (with commentary)

From Steelhead's holiday storytelling event (with a few edits for smoothness - and possibly broken ascii art, sorry):

[20:49] TotalLunar Eclipse: Well I do not look like a bad kitty, or ETK but Malegatto Alter's human had a family emergency
[20:49] Doc Wrangler: YA LUNAR!
[20:49] VelesJaeger Munster: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[20:49] Elegia Underwood: Lunar Elf Lord!
[20:49] CeAire Decosta: Eeek!
[20:49] Doc Wrangler: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
[20:49] Tanarian Davies: Oh noooo.
[20:49] Annechen Lowey: Oh, no.
[20:49] Elegia Underwood bows low.
[20:49] VelesJaeger Munster: Zorry to hear dot. Hy hopez efferyting iz hokay for her.
[20:49] Elegia Underwood: NOOOOOoooo.
[20:49] Riven Homewood: yes, I do too
[20:50] CeAire Decosta: Ditto to what Veles said.
[20:50] TotalLunar Eclipse: She herself is fine, but out of town
[20:50] Forelle Broek: tritto
[20:50] Elegia Underwood: And I was so looking forward to finally meeting the famous scientist. I hope all is ultimately well with her.
[20:50] Doc Wrangler: Send her our warm wishes, Lunar.
[20:50] CeAire Decosta: And to her family.
[20:50] TotalLunar Eclipse: I will *smiles*
[20:50] VelesJaeger Munster: Goot, tenk hyu.
...
[20:52] TotalLunar Eclipse: I was using voice earlier but there is no way I am going to sing 12 Days of Christmas
[20:52] Nabila Nadir: foo
[20:52] CeAire Decosta: Awww - Darn!
[20:52] Tibouchina Freschi: double foo
[20:52] Doc Wrangler: SING IT! SING IT!
...
[20:52] TotalLunar Eclipse: :P no
[20:52] CeAire Decosta: Just start with 12 and go down!
[20:52] Tanarian Davies: Pleeeeease?
[20:52] Doc Wrangler: FIIIIIVE...!
[20:52] Riven Homewood: We'll help you
[20:52] Annechen Lowey: Not even in Elvish?
[20:52] TotalLunar Eclipse: I will be reading after this, and using voice... but not singing
[20:52] Tibouchina Freschi: we will
[20:53] VelesJaeger Munster smiles encouragingly!
[20:53] TotalLunar Eclipse: and my name isn't Chauncy!
[20:53] Tanarian Davies: What Missus Decosta said... oh. Reading is OK.
[20:53] Nabila Nadir: lol
[20:53] Doc Wrangler: Ship ahoy!
[20:53] Riven Homewood: You'll never live that name down :-)
...
[20:54] TotalLunar Eclipse: What I am reading is, the 12 days of Mad Scientists Christmas by Malegatto Alter, our own evil tiny kitteh
[20:54] VelesJaeger Munster: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[20:54] KlausWulfenbach Outlander looks quite interested
[20:54] bowlofnoodle Tomorrow: Aah!
[20:54] Nabila Nadir: She's mad, MAD I tell you!
[20:54] Hotspur Otoole: Chauncey.
[20:54] VelesJaeger Munster: Uf courze.
[20:54] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..... a tock lobster in a warehouse.
[20:54] Tanarian Davies: Tock?
[20:55] Greegar Hellershanks: lek clenk
[20:55] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Clockwork, perhaps.
[20:55] CeAire Decosta: (It goes with tick....)
[20:55] VelesJaeger Munster: Or t iz bezide r.
[20:55] TotalLunar Eclipse: (if no one has been to her warehouse there is a massive metal lobster)
[20:55] Greegar Hellershanks: tock lob-stah!
[20:55] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ah, haven't seen it yet.
[20:55] VelesJaeger Munster: Heh. Zoundz like fon.
[20:56] Tanarian Davies giggles at Greegar
[20:56] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in a warehouse!
[20:56] Hawc Decosta: Armored Lobster, my favorite dish!
[20:56] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Tesla coils, very useful.
[20:56] Riven Homewood: can you use them to cook the lobster?
[20:56] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[20:57] Greegar Hellershanks: de cogs is to bost up de shell zo hyu ken eat it?
[20:57] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[20:57] Tanarian Davies: Is that four pair, or two pair?
[20:57] Elegia Underwood giggles... & giggles are not common to her kind.
[20:57] Annechen Lowey: at least it was an even number.
[20:57] Tensai Hilra: 4 pair *smiles*
[20:57] Doc Wrangler: Four LEFT gloves.
[20:57] CeAire Decosta: I would think potholders might be more useful at this point.
[20:57] TotalLunar Eclipse: Probably pair... have you seen the amount of crates full of rubber gloves at her place?
[20:57] Greegar Hellershanks: meybee de alle right hond glovez?
[20:57] Riven Homewood: Good to have rugger gloves around Tesla coils
[20:58] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[20:58] Doc Wrangler: So true Riven
[20:58] Elegia Underwood: Wow!
[20:58] Greegar Hellershanks: Hooh!
[20:58] Elegia Underwood: He must've loved her a LOT!
[20:58] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[20:58] Nabila Nadir: wow!
[20:58] CeAire Decosta: Flying high now!
[20:58] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Hmmm, needs a hangar now.
[20:58] Hawc Decosta: Or 5.
[20:58] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...six mobs a yelling
[20:58] CeAire Decosta: Careful, might get six of them.
[20:59] Nabila Nadir: uh oh
[20:59] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ach, the mobs.
[20:59] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[20:59] CeAire Decosta: What are they yelling about?
[20:59] Greegar Hellershanks: hooh!
[20:59] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[20:59] Hawc Decosta: pitchforks and torches all a glow!
[20:59] Greegar Hellershanks: hy don lek dem
[20:59] Nabila Nadir: I think it has something to do with the giant lobster....
[20:59] Doc Wrangler: Love them airships...
[20:59] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Oh, mobs are always indignant about random monsters, or missing children... poisoned streams.
[20:59] Elegia Underwood laughs at Hawc.
[20:59] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[20:59] Elegia Underwood: This is a seasonal mob, Herr Baron!
[20:59] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[20:59] Greegar Hellershanks: huh-hoh
[21:00] CeAire Decosta: I think we have a riot on our hands.
[21:00] Annechen Lowey: Ah, the mob was useful after all. - volunteers.
[21:00] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[21:00] Tanarian Davies: Mad science does that.
[21:00] Tanarian Davies nods solemnly.
[21:00] Tensai Hilra: hehe
[21:00] Greegar Hellershanks: vy he not geef minions? deez zum kreppy troo loffer
[21:00] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...eight rats a running, seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[21:00] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[21:00] Tanarian Davies: Giant rats?
[21:00] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[21:00] CeAire Decosta: The rats were trying to get out of the way.
[21:00] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Not the rat-stretching machine at work....
[21:00] Hawc Decosta: Call out the Jaegers for Riot Control duty and vermin extermination!
[21:01] Greegar Hellershanks: ken ve eat de retz?
[21:01] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...nine minions missing, eight rats a running, seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[21:01] Nabila Nadir: missing?!
[21:01] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[21:01] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Missing! That won't do!
[21:01] Greegar Hellershanks: dey kidnep de minionz?
[21:01] Annechen Lowey: not properly trained.
[21:01] Searra Weatherwax: ROUS
[21:01] CeAire Decosta: How can you miss a minion?
[21:01] Elegia Underwood murmurs, in between fits of laughter, "I loooooove Steelhead."
[21:01] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[21:01] Tanarian Davies giggles
[21:01] Doc Wrangler: I love that airships part. That's my favorite.
[21:01] Tibouchina Freschi: BIG airships
[21:01] Hawc Decosta: Yes, none of us have enough of them, so hard to get good help!
[21:02] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...ten labs a burning, nine minions missing, eight rats a running, seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[21:02] Nabila Nadir: d'oh!
[21:02] Greegar Hellershanks: hommmm
[21:02] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[21:02] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: The experiment -- ruined.
[21:02] Annechen Lowey: niss your minions and the lab is in flames, and you lose your hat.
[21:02] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[21:02] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Very sad.
[21:02] CeAire Decosta: Maybe that was the experiment?
[21:02] Doc Wrangler: THE LAB! IT'S BURNING!
[21:02] Greegar Hellershanks: hyu ken ztart offer, Herr Baron
[21:02] VelesJaeger Munster: Lebz dun vork vhen dhey iz borning.
[21:02] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...eleven beakers bubbling, ten labs a burning, nine minions missing, eight rats a running, seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[21:02] Hawc Decosta: Tensai, have you been littering bombs near the warehouse?
[21:02] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[21:03] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!
[21:03] Annechen Lowey joins in, "Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!"
[21:03] Tensai Hilra whistles and looks innocent
[21:03] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Of course they're bubbling, the lab is burning and they're boiling over.
[21:03] Greegar Hellershanks: zee, de beakes in booblink . Iz lookink bedder all ready
[21:03] CeAire Decosta: Yeah, if the lab is burning that would be hot enough to melt a beaker.
[21:03] Greegar Hellershanks: ho.
[21:03] TotalLunar Eclipse: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...twelve diff'rence engines, eleven beakers bubbling, ten labs a burning, nine minions missing, eight rats a running, seven folks a screaming, six mobs a yelling
[21:03] Remington Pinion: beakers are boiling I am sure from the heat of the fire
[21:03] Nabila Nadir: oooh!
[21:03] Greegar Hellershanks: hyu kent mealt de beaker ontil iz vinished bobblink
[21:03] TotalLunar Eclipse: FIVE BIG AIRSHIPS!
[21:03] VelesJaeger Munster does Beaker impression (from the Muppets)
[21:03] TotalLunar Eclipse: Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils..
[21:03] Annechen Lowey giggles, "Four rubber gloves, three brass cogs, two Tesla coils and a tock lobster in the warehouse!"
[21:03] Elegia Underwood: Here comes the finale!
[21:03] KlausWulfenbach Outlander: Ah, but if the difference engines are in the labs... there's not much of a point of them as a gift.
[21:03] Doc Wrangler: Diff'rence engines? What's the difference?
[21:03] Tensai Hilra: making up for it with the difference engines
[21:03] TotalLunar Eclipse: AND A TOCK LOBSTER IN THE WAREHOUSE!
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: ***** APPPPPPPLLLLAAAUUUSSSSEEEEEEE***********
[21:04] Nabila Nadir: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] CeAire Decosta: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[21:04] CeAire Decosta: Bravo!
[21:04] Searra Weatherwax: HOOOOOOOO!!!
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: And a tock Lobster in the Warehouse!
[21:04] Forelle Broek: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Tibouchina Freschi: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*.(¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´¨).¸..(¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´*•. ¸.•´ ** `•.¸.•´ `•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: `*•.,_,.•*(¸.•*´♥Steelhead Rocks!!♥`*•.¸)`*•.,_,.•*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´¨) (¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸`•.¸(¨`•.•´¨)..•´¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸`•.¸.•´¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] KlausWulfenbach Outlander applauds
[21:04] Hotspur Otoole: brava!
[21:04] CeAire Decosta: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[21:04] CeAire Decosta: Bravo!
[21:04] Greegar Hellershanks: Hoooo!
[21:04] Annechen Lowey giggles and scares the cat.
[21:04] CeAire Decosta: :*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:
[21:04] VelesJaeger Munster: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Remington Pinion: Hoooo!
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: Bravo!
[21:04] Tanarian Davies: Hoooo!
[21:04] Annechen Lowey: `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[21:04] Hotspur Otoole: I was deeply mmoved.
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: Hoooo!
[21:04] Riven Homewood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Annechen Lowey: `*.¸.*´ APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´APPLAUSE `*.¸.*´
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUAAAHHHHHHH!!
[21:04] Hawc Decosta: *beats chest*
[21:04] Hotspur Otoole: or was that something I ate?
[21:04] VelesJaeger Munster: HOOOOOOOO!!!
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: `*.¸.*´
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*.(¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´¨). I .(¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´*•. Love .•´ `•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: `*•.,_,.•*(¸.•*´♥ Steelhead! ♥`*•.¸)`*•.,_,.•*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸(¨`•.•´¨) (¨`•.•´¨)¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸`•.¸.•´¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. ¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: `*.¸.*´
[21:04] Elegia Underwood: Hey!
[21:04] Riven Homewood: HooHooHoo!! HooHooHooHooHoooooo!
[21:04] VelesJaeger Munster: *:-.,_,.-:*'´ `*. HoOoOoO!¸.*´`'*:-.,_,.-:*
...
[21:04] CeAire Decosta wipes a tear from her eye....(from laughing so hard!)
[21:04] bowlofnoodle Tomorrow: YEAH!
[21:04] Doc Wrangler: WOO-HOOO! AIRSHIPS!
[21:04] Remington Pinion: brought me to tears, but I am sure it was a reaction to the bubbling beakers

Monday, October 20, 2008

Missus Lowey was windowshopping

...and found this:



Life's Journey by K & Company: Cotton Novelty Print

Contents: 100% Kona® Cotton
Width: 44'' wide
Weight: 4.3 oz. per square yard.

As a leader in the scrapbooking and craft industry, K & Company is proud to offer unique products and coordinating lines carefully designed lines carefully designed for lasting appeal. These latest novelty prints reminisce upon an era past with antique keys, vintage clock motifs and a classic label print. The coloring also speaks of time long ago with sepia tones and vintage hues. All prints will be popular among collectors and perfect to be used in memory quilts and tribute quilts to grandfathers everywhere.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Because Annechen said to

Worked on Magic shoot from 18:00ish to around 23:00; bought Teleri Magic a skin because she hadn't been shopped yet (L$200).

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Work for the Shirtless project

Missus Lowey said to make note of this, so here even if it's kind of public, I can't lose it.

Poses purchased: 15, 10 @ L$100, 4 @ L$75, 1 @ L$25 (but not all for the shoot)

Set built: 4-5 hours. Materials on-hand, no direct purchases.

Photos taken, submitted or not: myself, Miss Magdelena Kamenev, Misses Selle and Desdamona Magic, Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Mister Herr G√ľnstling Messenger.

Retouching done: On Miss K's (just a little); some on one of the Baron's; a lot on G√ľnstling's and one of Missus Lowey's. Time taken on the long ones? Ummm... say 30 minutes each? I had to replace a floor in the Baron's case and fix the $%#@*!! mesh on Missus Lowey's.


...I'm not used to keeping track of this sort of stuff.

Monday, September 15, 2008

I got to tell a story!

The Falling Anvil in Tamrannoch, Caledon, has a regular storytelling event in the biergarten. Here, let me share the description:
Story Session at the Falling Anvil -the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen

Women of wit, wiles and wisdom; clever and adventurous lasses, wicked (or winsome) witches; vile villanesses, keen-eyed warriors, and resourceful female persons of all descriptions whatever, the Theme this time is....Women and their stories! All bards, storytellers, griots and creative liars are invited to join us with tales of adventures, triumphs, tragedies, and miscellaneous events comic or the cosmic, involving women and the ways they make their way through the world.

Sponsored by the Caledon Library, the Clan of Seafarers and Storytellers, and the Storytelling Guild
I decided to tell the story below, with great nervousness on my part as I hadn't reviewed the details in some time (and couldn't find a retelling anywhere quickly!), and was unprepared and aaaaauuugh.

So instead of the photos I've promised for this journal, here's my story instead:



A very long time ago, when there were few people in the land, and the gods themselves were young, There lived a woman in simple means, as did all people then. She dressed in rude clothing of animal skins, as most of the art in craft was not yet developed. She was going to have a child, and was well along in her pregnancy, when her mate, angered for no good reason - perhaps a bad hunt, or merely a nasty temper - struck out at this woman, whose name we shall never know, and hit her so hard he killed her. Of course, having no-one around to try any drastic measures, when her spirit departed her body, her child's did as well.

Now, instead of drifting off to a peaceful afterlife, the soul of the woman and her unborn daughter came to the Well of Souls. The goddesses had started collecting the souls of women wronged by violence and protected them in this sacred space for some future rebirth. After many centuries, the goddesses, now known as Artemis and Aphrodite, Hestia and Demeter, and Athena decided to create a new race. They took the souls from the Well, all but one, and sent them to the bottom of the Aegean Sea, where Gaea's body formed around each one. And as these new beings found their legs and walked up out of the water, the race of Amazons was born.

The first was Hippolyta, and she was named as Queen. The second to emerge was Antiope, and she was set to rule with her sister. The goddesses gave them Girdles of Gaea, magical belts that would strengthen them and enhance their abilities. So the Amazons settled on the great plains of what we now call Asia Minor, in their city of Themiscyra. Antiope was War Queen, in charge of fighting off the tribes who would seek to subdue a 'bunch of women'. Hippolyta ruled over civic matters and was the judge for the community. They both took counsel from their High Priestess, as the Amazons worshipped their Divine Mothers with great devotion. They became legendary as great warriors, although they never sought to conquer as did the male-run kingdoms around them.

This sadly attracted the attention of Ares, for as the God of War, he was always drawn to carnage. He resented the Amazons for not following his ways of war and chaos, and plotted against them. He whispered in the ear of his half-brother, Herakles, and arranged for him to go to Themiscyra to steal the Girdle of Hippolyta. Herakles and his men approached the city, and as they apparently came in peace, they were welcomed likewise, and feted by the Queens themselves. Hippolyta found him well-favored, and perhaps let her guard down more than her more suspicious sister would have done if she alone were Queen.

But Herakles had no interest in a woman who could match his strength of will and arms; he had his men drug the wine served at the grand feast, and when the Amazons were incapacitated, the men turned on them, killing those they could not capture, and dragging the whole nation, from the youngest (for the nation would adopt girl-children abandoned by other tribes) to the most revered priestess. Their captivity was horrible, for not only were they made the lowest of slaves, but the Greek men resented the Amazons as Ares had tutored them, and raped them, and beat them, and treated them worse than any animal.

Hippolyta prayed and prayed, begging the goddesses to forgive them for her weakness and offering her life for those of her sisters. Eventually, they came and rescued the Amazons. But when their bonds were loosened, and their minds cleared of the drugs and brutality, the Amazons turned on their captors, in the same vicious way they had been treated, and killed all they could reach. This displeased the goddesses.

When they had led the Amazons to their new land, an island hidden by the gods from the rest of the world, they told the Amazons two important things. Firstly, they must always wear their shackles around their wrists, as a reminder both of the price of their slavery, and the necessity of obedience to the gods. Secondly, as penance for their slaughter of the Greeks, they must guard Doom's Doorway - their island was over a weak spot where one of the Hecatoncheires was held imprisoned, along with other destructive monsters.

Antiope rejected the Gods, gave her girdle to her sister, and led off half the Amazons to fight to regain Hippolyta's girdle, and their story is for another time. The Amazons who stayed with Hippolyta re-founded Themiscyra, and other than occasional excursions from Doom's Doorway, lived happy and peaceful lives in harmony with the gods.

One day, a stranger came to their island in a strange machine - her arrival was unnoticed, as Philippus, General of the Amazons, was leading a losing fight against the giant working his way from Doom's Doorway. She wandered around for a little while, and came across the battle. Now, her name was Diana; and her country was at war. She knew a fight when she saw one, and leapt into the fray without a question. Pulling her service .45, after being grabbed by one of the hundred hands of the monster, she fired at it point-blank! The new weaponry was painful to the monster in a way no sword had ever been, and it retreated far enough that the Doorway was able to be sealed once again.

Diana was too badly hurt, though, and she died there on Paradise Island as a hero to the Amazons. They took her jacket with its unusual insignia, and her weapon, and placed them in the temple.

About that same time, Hippolyta found herself longing for a child. She did not know that her soul had harbored another next to it in her last incarnation, but now she felt that closeness calling to her. The gods instructed her to make a figure of a baby from the clay of the island. When it was perfected, the most flawless sculpture of an infant you ever saw, they brought the last soul from the Well of Souls, Hippolyta's unborn daughter, a pure soul untouched by any evils of the world, and brought the clay baby to life. They breathed gifts into her, of strength and speed and knowledge (for Hermes, being Hermes, fell in with the goddesses as well). And her mother gave her the name of one of their greatest heroes: She named the princess, "Diana".

And eventually the whole world would know that name. But that also is for another time.

The stopping point. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

I'm not ungrateful, I'm just /late/!

I had the best First Rezday party...! Actually, my rezday is September 5th, but Annechen's... um, Missus Lowey's is earlier, mine's later, and Myfi's rezday AND birthday are just about splitting the difference between us, so we had it this past Sunday, the 17th. Myfi made time specifically for it, so we didn't have to celebrate her in absentia - that was a sort of present in itself.

Duchess Gabrielle herself DJ'd for us, and did a set for each of us specifically, plus a handful of the Mad Science Playlist from way back at the Kittiwick Town Consulate's official opening. Therefore, you know the music was absolutely fantastic. The three dogs followed us into the pavilion, and it got even more canine when Melanippe brought her Irish Wolfhound Prokris, Kara her Aussie, Oscar, and Mister Pinion's Aussie, Jo. Annechen even let Hans loose, and he wandered around fearlessly, meowing his head off.

Lots of people came; Miss Riven Homewood even gave me a present made by the famous sculptor Madcow Cosmos! It's a marvelous and Kemetic (OK, ancient Egyptian)-y "sun beetle" to hang on a wall. Miss Emilly Orr gave me a delightful green and white Tiny dress that makes me look like lamb in mint sauce (hee). And of course, the Consulate staff gave me the party in the first place. Melanippe also brought the Justice League with her! Yes, I had Superman and Supergirl at my party, and Captain America, and a Green Lantern, too!

Miz Tensai put on a different stream after the Duchess had to leave, and people danced for hours more. I only regret I didn't get any pictures, because I was still Tiny and trying to avoid being stepped on, and it was too difficult to wrestle with my camera and enjoy myself at the same time.

Thank you Consulate, Steelhead, Caledon and Justice League Unlimited. You made it great.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More pictures from RFL

From Mister Donovan Messerchmitt, a dozen snapshots of Steelhead Salmons pounding the pavement and gathering around the train station during Collapsing Closing Ceremonies.

From Miss Riven Homewood, pictures of various builds (especially Castle Wulfenbach) and her especial friends in the Magic Sisters, Selle and Desdamona who walked a couple of laps themselves. (She has quite a few pictures, but hasn't tagged all the RFL ones.)

From Miss Eladrienne Laval, the Steelhead build/Castle Wulfenbach and some wanderings around the Heroes sims.

From Miss Krystine Qinan, several including a beautifully and subtly accented portrait of the Europan Consul and Vice Consul on board the Castle Wulfenbach, during Miss Eugenia Burton's group portrait photo session (results forthcoming).

The Second Life Relay For Life Flicker group

...and more to come, but I should have been in bed two hours ago. :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Some Relay images

They're in somewhat scattered order in Flickr, here (click the photo):

The Steelhead Salmons, collected at the end of their efforts.