Sunday, May 29, 2022

ScifiCon: Where No Rat Has Gone Before


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STORYLINE: There is a rat on the ship. No, really. Its huge, wearing a Starfleet uniform, and piloting the USS Karni Mata out of Spacedock. Gone are the days of him being hazed at the Academy, having trashcans emptied in his dorm room, or worse, called a disease carrier. No, today Cadet Ricky Rat was on the bridge of a real Starship. Trusted. Respected. His wings earned. His mother would be so proud, and all his thousands of siblings. He couldn’t wait to find another M Class planet. You see, the Rodents are clever and just as eager to colonize space as humans. Once the humans accepted rodent-kind as equals, they actually made a good team. In fact, they had already been traveling together for so long, it predated recorded history

Today is last day of the 14th Scificon in SL. And what's a Scifi convention without Star Trek? It would be like peanut butter without the jelly. I'm still racing around to look at everything. I discovered a new-to-me store, Sailor V Creations, full of detailed recreations from Star Trek series and movies. There is a demo in their store of the bridge of the Sovereign Class Starship (from the ST:TNG movies). All mesh, so much detail. Just wonderful. Of course I had to blog it! There are freebies in the store, hunt prize, and you can follow the links to full demos of many ships and sets. Ships are not just starship recreations, but also have connecting mazes of interactive rooms for your space traveling Strange New Worlds adventures. The older models are impressive too, all built in prim. Stunning build work. Needless to say, both types are land impact heavy but you can also take the interior rooms out to use as a skybox.   

For my Vermin crewmen above, I used Eclectic Stars' Orville inspired Bortus outfit (also at the convention), with the grey Bespoke Carla Rodent head. These two items just seemed to click. And so a crazy story idea was born. Enjoy the last day of the Con!

On him, Ricky Rat:
Top, Pants, Shoes: Eclectic Stars Bortus Pants, Legacy Male[mesh](Sci-Fi Con 14)(395L)
Head, skin: BeSpoke Rodent Carla - Head male, grey, bento [mesh](800L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

Set:
Spaceship: Sailor V Creations Sovereign Class Starship [mesh](Scificon: New Xantis)(25,000L)


Friday, May 27, 2022

ScifiCon: Radical Ed and the Quest for Space Lobster

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STORYLINE: On the dusty streets of New Albuquerque in the off world colonies, a strange flame haired teen danced and sang to a song only he heard. Following behind Radical Ed was a short legged dog dressed in a lobster costume. In the teen's arms were takeout boxes from Space Lobster, and on top of that was an open laptop almost at his eye level. The screen flickered with the image of a blue haired woman. “Damn it. He got away. I don’t see why I should pay for dinner when I have no money! It should be the one who collects the bounty!” A nonchalant sounding guy replied, “Hey, not my problem you make bets you can’t pay.” The woman began to curse. In the distance, Ed heard gunfire. He checked a map on his computer, then stopped in front of a hanger. Its massive door slowly groaned open. “We’re heerrree!” He placed the boxes on the ground and pointed to his furry companion, “Guard, Einstein!” The little corgi smiled and barked. Ed looked back in the distance towards the gunfire. It was getting closer. He hurried inside, but froze in his tracks at the awe inspiring sight looming over him, -- the AMC Tiger Mech. “Whoa.” Then a big mischievous grin grew across his face. In a blink of an eye, he pirouetted up the scaffolding, and landed inside the heavy war machine. His hands danced at the controls as he Oooed and Ahhhed at the shiny technology. Then he reached down, grabbed a handful of wires, and yanked. “Oops,” he chuckled. He popped open his laptop, plugged it into the machine, and typed as fast as the gatling gun firing outside. Close, too close!  He smashed the enter key, tossed a bomb with a smiley face into the cabin, and hopped to the ground with a soft thud. The corgi barked and ran up to him. Panic crossed Ed's face as he quickly scooped up the little dog, dropped low, and rolled behind a cluster of tall metal crates. Gunfire began to ricochet into the hanger. Metals sparks all around them. When the ammo ran out, a man wearing a cowboy hat raced in. But he had no face. What he had instead was a solid metal plate with heat seeking vision. The Golden Express Bandit! Ed watched quietly as the bandit labored up the scaffold, leaving a trail of blood, then flopped into the pilot seat. “Goodbye, Spike Spiegel!” he snarled as the Tiger’s guns suddenly stirred and aimed outside. “Shit!” A figure silhouetted against the bright sand outside, dove to the side just as 3 rockets launched in his direction. Ed reached down with his hand and clamped the dog's jaw shut as the rockets exploded. The ground shook. The sound of the explosions reverberated in the desert canyon. A few moments later, Spike's weak voice flickered through the laptop. “Damn.... No ...lobster tonight. I... I think I need a medic.” Ed punched in a few keys on the laptop. As the cockpit canopy lowered and locked tight, a grin spread across his face like the cat who caught a mouse. The mech began to fill with smoke. “Nitey Nitey Mr. Express." Outside, a confused Spike stumbled into the hanger holding his side. Ed popped up from behind the crates and pointed to the charred lobster boxes. “Order more, your treat!” The towering mech lumbered out of the hanger with Ed trailing behind it, his fingers working a joystick. Spike leaned against the wall, and watched the kid with the little corgi trotting behind him still wearing a ridiculous lobster costume. He lit up a smoke, and shook his head, "Damn brat. Next time we bet on who pays the hospital bill."

Its ScifiCon in SL! Have you see it yet? Many fun sims, a hunt, cool things to buy in themes of Cyberpunk, Dieselpunk, Space Western, Steampunk, Super Heroes, Silvertech, Ecotech, and Near Future. This post and story were inspired by items at the event and the anime Cowboy BeBop. From Death Row Designs is a stunning fully meshed sim with shitton of decor items that is just stunning to behold. The DRD team worked for months on this massive Space Western theme build. And delivering badassness, is the brand new AMC mech and repair bay with animated repair arm and flying repair bot by Solaras. For Ed's outfit is the Cyber mechnic by MALified, and Googles and backpack by Butanik83. Radical Ed is an ambiguous gendered character, so for my take on him I used Off-shoulder Crop Top with V-tech flat chest mod for Maitreya, and +AH+ collar to hide the seam with a male head Kane by Lelukta, wearing female face skin by DeeTalez and Boi skin by Pink Fuel. Since this is a mechnic outfit and Repair Bay and Hanger, I threw in the Sekai pipe Wrench for fun. And speaking of fun, how adorable is the little Corgi by Sweet Thing & DarkendStare?   

For an event schedule at Scificon and Maps of where stores are located on each sim, head to: https://www.scificon.org (Note: If you have trouble viewing the website, switch to the firestorm browser)





And now a little more Information about the very cool new [AMC] Solares Tiger mech. At Scificon, you can demo the Tiger and try it out within the store. You will first want to buy from the vendors for Basic Mech, Deluxe, or Mega pack which includes everything. If you want to do max Relay for Life donations: 1) Get the basic (The basic includes the Tiger and all you need to start fighting.) Then 2) walk over to the row of Relay for Life vendors to get fun addons like the popular Repair Bay, or Cat Ears for your mech, and a variety of skins. Now how do you add the addons? 1) Unpack workshop. 2) Rez the tiger on the ground. 3) Wear Workshop hud 4) Then wear on the addons you want to load into the Workshop menu. 4) Drag and drop addons from the Workshop menu to "skin" tab or "front deco" tab for the ears. See the video below. Here is a video clip showing the Repair bay and the Mech firing on it. lol And 2nd video clip showing how change skins in the Workshop menu. You can add the cat ears this way too, just drag and drop it to the Front Deco menu. This is the first release, so there are sure to be more addons in the future. Have fun Space Cowboys! 



On him, Radical Edward:
Pants, gloves, boots: MALified Cyber Mechanic, Black, Maitreya[mesh](Scificon: CircuitJanes)(389L)
Backpack: Butanik83 Planet Explorer Backpack [mesh](Scificon: New Xantis)(250L)
Goggles: Butanik83 Planet Explorer Goggle [mesh](Scificon: New Xantis)(200L)
Top: krankhaus Off-Shoulder Crop Jacket [mesh](200L)
Pet: Sweet Thing. & darkendStare Plopped Lobster Corgi [mesh]
Wrench: +SEKAI+ Pipe Wrench, Fatpack [mesh](199L)
Collar: Artificial Hallucination  +AH+ Belt Collar male rig [mesh](249L)
Hair: Dura Dura-Boy01, fatpack (200L)
Skin face: DeeTaleZ Skin *Selma* for LELEVOX / nobrows/ Nordic (past gift)
Skin: Pink Fuel [PF] <Porcelain> Boi/Athletic 1 [BOM](250L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Chest: [V-Tech] Boi Chest Mod - Maitreya [BOM](499L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara  [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose: Poseidon Ice 8, gacha

Setting:
Mecha large: Solares [AMC] Tiger Mech, basic pack [Animesh](ScifiCon: Violet Streak)(1999L)
Repair Bay: Solares [AMC] Mech Bay [Mesh](ScifiCon: Violet Streak)(1999L)
Laptop: Kraftwork Shabby Console Desk, Laptop [mesh](399L)
Hanger: Death Row Designs DRD Xantis - Hangar [mesh](Scificon: New Xantis)(575L)



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Fantasy Faire: The Hunt in Basset Town

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STORYLINE: Outside the dusty town of Basset was a sign that read, "Quarantine. Do Not enter." A Bounty Hunter known simply as D stopped and looked at it. A sickly person stumbled towards him. “You the Bounty Hunter? Half human, half monster killer?” D nodded and said nothing. “A suspicious looking fella came through last week, everyone he touched soon died. The rest of everyone is plum near dead or dying." He offered a burlap bag to D. “It's not much, but that’s everything we got. The whole town pitched in. So you can kill this thing, right?” D looked at his sad sunken face, then towards the town with many ghostly faces peeking out at him from their windows. “There's not much time left,” he said and without another word, rode off. A week had past before the Hunter returned. But everyone in Basset Town already knew he was successful. He was greeted with laughter and people running up to him, their cheeks now a more healthy color. "Don't celebrate too soon," he threw down the burlap bag and the head of the monster rolled out. “This fight is just beginning. The Unweaver is an evil seed that can take root and sprout again at anytime, anywhere. Be more careful and savor your lives.” And with that, he tipped his hat and rode out of town to the stunned silence of the townfolks.

Last call for the Fantasy Faire 2022! On May 11 at some point the Fairelands will disappear into the mists. Be sure to see and do everything you planned before the close!  This photo series is for my Mom, who had been undergoing surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation for cancer for the past 6 months. Her treatment ends this week. I feel grateful to her doctors, medical science, American Cancer Society, and all the kind hearts who donate to make a difference. If we care, and love each other, great things are possible.

P.S. I love Vampire Hunter D. There was no way I would not try to do a homage to it thanks to the awesome outfit by Quills & Curiosities at Fantasy Faire. Vampire Hunter D was my introduction to anime back in the 90s.

On him, Bounty Hunter D:
Outfit: Quills & Curiosities - Hunter's Garb [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Basset Town)(500L)
Necklace: Quills & Curiosities - Hunter's Pendant [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Basset Town)(150L)
Hat: Quills & Curiosities - Hunter's Pendant [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Basset Town)(250L)
Wings, Tattoo: Forest Fantasy Store [FFS] Demon Bat [Bento][mesh](Fantasy Faire: Sylvuselah)(690L)
Monocle: ERG Bat Wing Monocle [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Basset Town)(100L)
Weapon: Val'More Ghostspear [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Atheneum)
Hair: barberyumyum L19(02) style1 [mesh](Collabor88)(288L)
Cape: DREAMCATCHER Vampire's cloak - unisex [mesh](199L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

On horse, Shadow:
Collar lamp: Static Bounty Hunter's Lantern [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Basset Town)(250L)
Tack: Blackthorn Stables Tack [BTS-TH] Blk/Slvr Baroque Tack (550L)
Horse: Teegle Teegle Horse avatar [mesh](3500L)

Thanks for your help, Fulli!


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Fantasy Faire: The Stinging Bees of Opet

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STORYLINE: Deep in the fertile Nile delta was an island paradise called Opet. The pharaoh created it to honor the givers of life in his realm, for without them there would be no future. It was a clean and safe place to give birth with good medical care in the teachings of Imhotep. But this was also the land of gods and demons. The people of Kemet took very seriously threats from evil creatures who could create illness or snatch infants. The most trusted members of Pharaoh's army, the Stinging Bees, were rotated in and out of Opet. The soldiers considered it a posh assignment, even a prestigious reward to guard so many pretty faces. The women often chose to marry their protectors. Captain Djoser was a ferocious fighter, but with one smile from the beguiling Priestess of Hathor, he became as weak as a kitten. They had planned to wed and start a family. But then the unthinkable happened. She was suddenly struck by a mystery illness. Djoser knew all to well the signs of a demon attack. He swore on a small golden idol of Hathor, he would find the Unweaver and force him to remove the curse from his beloved.

On Him, Captain Djoser of the Stinging Bees:
Makeup: Seydr Verdandi Makeup [BOM](Fantasy Faire: Atheneum)(250L)
Tattoo hands: Fallen Gods Thoth's Acolyte, dark [BOM](Fantasy Faire: Opet)(gift)
Horns: Fantastical Notion [.fn] Leight Horns - Anubis [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Gaalthyr)(300L)
Armor: Partner in Crime Adelicia's Guardian Ash [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Gaalthyr)(250L)
Weapon: Artemeisia Ash Sword Glaive [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Atheneum)(375L)
Wings: Evil Baby Majestic Wings [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Bassett Town)(499L)
Statue: meadowWorks Hathor Cow Head Obelisk [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Opet)(250L)
Armbands: NOCHE Roman gold cuffs - Legacy [mesh](99L)
Hair: Aleutia Jessie Metallic Wig [mesh](249L)
Cuff: David Heather Ramses Costume [mesh](350L)
Collar: Wimey Tribal Collar Old Gold [mesh]
Necklace: Montauk chained collar - necklace [mesh](350L)
Skin: Fallen Gods Pure [xy] + Ivory [BOM](660L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

Setting:
Fantasy Faire: Opet Sponsored by Fallen Gods

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Fantasy Faire : The Hidden City of Tenpyo

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STORYLINE: Hidden beyond a snowy pass deep in the Nippon mountains, was the twelve hundred year old city of Tenpyo, the capital of the Oni Lands. Beautiful. Regal. A place untouched by modern times. It had been safely defended all these years. Until one day, the Benimurasaki Onmyōdō detected the evil miasma of the Unweaver had infiltrated their paradise.

The Fantasy Faire is back!
This post was inspired by the hat and veil by Hopscotch and the fun skin and tattoo by Soul and AERTH. Not to mention, this stunning sim created by Gabriel. Its a Must see! the Faire is open until May 8th. DO NOT MISS IT!   (Below the style card, is an FAQ for FF I made for those new to SL and the the Faire.)

On Him, the Benimurasaki Onmyōdō:
Veil: HopScotch Veiled Hat, posable [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Tenpyo)(225L)
Pet: ridi-ludi-fool obake medama-3 patapata [animesh](Fantasy Faire: Bassett Town)(80L)
Tattoo: AERTH Moon Tears Body Tattoo MAGENTA [BOM](Fantasy Faire: Atheneum)(200L)
Skin: SOUL .:S:. [G3] Dantela [F20] EVO, LEGACY M [BOM](Fantasy Faire: Atheneum)(1499L)
Necklace: who what magatama pendant- male [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Tenpyo)(210L)
Typing Effect: who what GOBOUSEI- [benimurasaki] male [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Tenpyo)(180L)
Pants: Gabriel ::GB:: Wa sarouel (Legacy) (C) Kurosame [mesh](Fantasy Faire: Tenpyo)(99L sale)
Hat: Maru Kado Suge Gasa White [mesh](100L)
Hair: Ginko Hair #22 Hair - Rigged Male, colorful [mesh](279L)
Arm wraps: CerberusXing Wraps (350L)
Belt: sakka Studio Ss.Kosode Nagoya-Obi [mesh](200L)
Collar: Bare Rose ::: B@R ::: Karakuriko C2 Kesa [mesh](190L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)






Here is a quick FAQ on Fantasy Faire off the top of my head.

**Q: What is the Fantasy Faire?**
A: Its an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Its like SL's World Cup or Super Bowl. It's HUGE! The theme is Fantasy (fiction, fashion, role play, decor, sim design, tabletop games, video games, anime/manga/comics, radio station, parties, art galleries, quest games, etc)

**Q: They raising funds?**
A: yes! All designers participating have an item for sale that is either a 100% donation or 50%. There is also a silent auction. Donations. And a Hud you purchase to play a quest game with stories, videos, and prizes. (note: A higher level hud includes an outfit for men and women). Last year in 2021 the Fantasy Faire in SL raised a new record, $95,178 in US Dollar (that's L$23,794,648 in Linden Dollars). So far this year after 8 days, the Fantasy Faire has raised $42,503 USD (that's 10,625,800L). Yes, I was not kidding when I said its huge! Relay for Life says of all their fund raising operations, SecondLife's Fantasy faire is by far the biggest fund raiser per money invested in an event. )

**Q: Ok! I want to see it, do I need to dress up in a costume?**
A: Come however you want, Fantasy allows for barely clothed styles, furries, city smashing giants, fairies, animal avatars, tiny kittens, robots, whatever you want as long as it's PG. But a word of  WARNING, the sims are very full of people and objects. To avoid lag, and enjoy the best experience, wear a low lag avatar, and work for graphic settings to keep frame rates up. At the main landing is a free Low Lag gift avatar/outfit you can wear. This year its a paperdoll style. To read more about being low lag, go here: https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/How_to_reduce_lag

**Q: What is there to do?**
A: Explore the 20 sims! Its very big deal to land a sim to decorate for the Fantasy Faire. Its SL's finest creating amazing fantasy settings. This my favorite part of the fair. I also enjoy people watching and making new friends. I have made many long lasting friends at the fair, good people too. You can also visit during live DJ shows and Live dance Performances. The Lit Sim has gatherings to talk about certain books and authors. Tabletop game tournament. Several sims have their own Hunts and Games. And the big game will start soon, you purchase a hud to play it. The first part usually requires hunting for objects hidden across the sims. The 2nd part takes place on the game sim, with puzzles. You can also shop like crazy. Lots of amazing stuff.

You can read more the Fantasy Faire here:
https://fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com/
The website has links to event calendar, the shopping catalog, details with the sims designers, role plays, game information, images taken, and daily blog posts.Go have fun! But don't wait too long to go, it ends May 8th. First week is full of events. 2nd week does not have events, but sims and games are still open.

BONUS QUESTION:
**Q: What is the "Unweaver" I see mentioned in the game?**
A: Its the Faire's personification/embodiment of Cancer. He is the villain we quest to defeat.



Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Engine Room: The Great Race of the Clockwork Kingdom, 3

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STORYLINE: The roads were deserted all across the Clockwork Kingdom. The tension was thick in the air as darkness fell. Children strained on their tiptoes at the windows. Where were the racers? Did they crash? Did the new vehicles invented by the Cogworks fail? Who was winning? Suddenly, a distant cheer swelled up in the night air. And then the children heard it, — a thundering roar growing louder and louder. The kids squealed and ran to the rooftop. “Momma Momma,” they jumped up and down and pointed. “It’s the White Wabbit!”

On Him, The White Rabbit:
Cape, gloves, top: TURB Dark Archbishop Fatpack (Legacy M)[mesh](Engine Room)(1050L)
Mask: ANTAYA Steampunk mask "Delta" FATPACK [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Bike, pose: Level Nine Songbird [mesh](Engine Room)(1500L)
Pants: [LOB] VIEGO PANTS - LEGACY [mesh](199L)
Boots: irrISIStible Steampunk white rabbit BOOT MEN [mesh](199L)
Eyes: Mana Fickle Eyes [BOM] [mesh](399L)
Ears: Aii & Ego Cotton Usagi Ears XL [mesh](450L)
Hair: INK air _ UN ::White, gacha [mesh]( L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

Setting:



Saturday, April 16, 2022

Engine Room: The Great Race of the Clockwork Kingdom, 2

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STORYLINE: The Clockwork Queen proposed a contest to see who can complete the designated race course first. Naturally the winner would get a valuable prize, but what it was she kept to herself. Not only that, but all contestants get a valuable prize just for entering, -- a day with her esteemed team of engineers, known as the Cog Works, to create the ideal vehicle perfectly suited for each participant. The race course goes over land, air, and sea. The start begins in 1 week!


On her, The Clockwork Queen:
Staff, magic: Artemista Roots of Time - Staff, Body Effects [mesh](Engine Room)(320L)
Glasses: Air Unnr Glasses gold_CM [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Gloves: RabbitHouse LaceHalfGlove  [mesh](Engine Room)(375L)
Dress: RabbitHouse NEO VICTORIA green[mesh](Engine Room)(380L)
Clock earring: PANIQ Lachesis Earrings [mesh](Engine Room)(169L)
Earrings: Rise Design [ rD ] Manchester Earring [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Hair: KMH Hair F191 Rigged, naturals [mesh](Engine Room)(325L)
Collar: Insomnia Angel gear collar [mesh](700L)
Crown1: Nutmeg. Chaise lounge and Crown [mesh](350L)
Crown2: deviousMind !dM VictorianGothic - Little Decorated Fur Crown, gacha [mesh](75L)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KAYA 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose: Shisei-Do GothLoli Pose09 (10L)

Setting:
Office set: Eclectica Curiosities Steampunk office desk, chairs, props  [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Decor: random.Matter The Haunting - EMF Reader [mesh](Engine Room)(120L)
Decor: random.Matter The Haunting - Ghost Box [mesh](Engine Room)(100L)
Clock: Rhyme Nor Reason [RnR] Chronometer [mesh](Engine Room)(gift)
Decor: Rhyme Nor Reason [RnR] Stereoscope Decor [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Drafting set: SAYO Edison Drafting Schematics, Table, Scrolls, Lamp [mesh](Engine Room)(850L)
Desk lamp: Jane&Finch Outer Satellite [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Walls: Le Boheme Steam Goth Walls 27, 15 (20L each)