Saturday, October 17, 2020

Engine Room: The Alliance

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STORYLINE: The defenders of the natural world gathered their forces. Stepping before the howling troops was General Pa-Hin, Chief and Shamen of the Sioux Nation. His name meant porcupine. "Today is a day that will go down into legend," he began slowly, his booming voice echoing in the warehouse full of heavily armed Lycans. The rowdy beasts calmed down and looked up at their leader, hypnotized by his every word. "It is an honor you accept me as one of your own, and allow me to lead you. Today is the last day of the life-sucking blight upon the Earth. Now is our time!" A young wolf began to howl, and his peers chastised him for loosing his cool. His ears drooped. The general smiled benevolently at the excitable pup, then continued, "While our arrogant enemy is preoccupied with the human's war and petty squabbles for power among themselves, they have forgotten to protect their most precious members." He dramatically pointed his cane towards the Castle of the Elders in the distance, "Kill them and all their blood sucking slaves join them in oblivion." Rolling hoots and howls erupted. The ground shook below their pounding paws. But with one small wave of Pa-Hin's hand, they silenced again. "This task will fall to the hands of our new dear ally, the esteemed Vampire Hunter's Association. Their representative, Mademoiselle Jacqueline, only asks that we get her elite squad of assassins inside. It is our job to SMASH their walls and break their defenses to safely deliver the hunters inside." He hands her a scroll,  "Thanks to this valuable map, her team knows exactly where the Fiends sleep."

This finale post was inspired by the dieselpunk offerings at the Engine Room and Indigenous Peoples Day. The porcupine jacket by Hotdog includes fits for men and women. The Butanik83 Life-support Boiler and matching gift Arm Pressirizer include a hud to change the textures. Seka eyepatch has a textures and matching Rusty nail septum is a gift I repurposed to be an earring. The crow headed walking cane is by The White Crow and includes a version that smackable weapon. For more details on what Aarya is wearing, visit her blog Dark Phantom

You can see the Engine Room’s shopping catalog here: Shopping Guide. Visit here before its gone Oct 20th.

On him, General Pa-Hin:
Jacket: Hotdog Porcupine jacket BJ/S/SG Brown [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Backpack: Butanik83 Life-support Boiler Machine [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Armband: Butanik83 Upper Arm Pressurizer [mesh](Engine Room)(gift)
Eyepatch: SEKA's Rusti Eye R [mesh](Engine Room)(375L)
Earring: SEKA's Rusti Nail Giftie [mesh](Engine Room)(gift)
Cane: The White Crow TWC Senior Crow, Gold [mesh](Engine Room)(500L)
Hand: REKT_Gentlesteam_HAND L Scorched, gacha [mesh](Engine Room)(50L)
Hat: Silvery K Military Girl PeakedCap Green 2, gacha [mesh](80L)
Collar: Pucca Firecaster PFC~Bones - choker, gacha [mesh](75L)
Hair: Wasabi Pills Cayden Mesh Hair [mesh](250L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Pants, boots: Contraption Airship Deck Crew [mesh](400L)
Skin, head:  Genesis Labs Skin_JUNG_05, gacha [mesh](100L)
Tattoo: Ghost'Ink StarBlood Tattoo, gacha (50L)
Body, skin: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Legacy (m) (1.2) [mesh](5500L)
Pose: momomuller / 3M _3M_stick1_2 (40L)

On Her, Jacqueline of the Vampire Hunter's Association:
Guest appearance: Aarya Phantomhive. For more story & style credits, go to the Dark Phantom blog
Outfit: Eliavah Regius Attire [mesh](Engine Room)(119L)
Makeup: TF Machinest [BOM](Engine Room)(275L)
Hat: bonbon martha hair [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Boots: A&Y Neo-Victorian Boots [mesh](Engine Room)(450L)
Weapon: Omise A.S.S.BUNKER [mesh](Engine Room)(500L)

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Engine Room: Attack on Castle Noctem

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STORYLINE: In the frozen wastelands, far from humanity, sat Castle Noctem, the fortress of the Vampire Elders. It was the most precious real estate in all vampiredom for a simple reason that the nights were long, and in deep winter, the sun didn’t rise at all. Being so far removed from their food source was not a problem as most the ancients were asleep. They were guarded 24/7 by the elite Royal Guard. They were outfitted with the latest technology, their armor impervious to daylight. It would be foolish for anyone to dare attack such a heavily fortified castle. So it came as quite a shock when the sirens began to wail. 

Tonight at the Engine Room there will be party and halftime giveaway you won't want to miss! See you there at 2pm - 4pm SLT.

The image above is inspired by the cool Process of Elimination Tannhauser armor. It comes in fits for many mesh bodies, and even digigrade leg for furries too. The texture hud will allow you to switch out the colors to your own preference. Also shown in the badass Val'More Prototype Revolver. It includes fun hold animations like flipping the bullet up and down. It had texture hud for switching the glowing word on the front, metallic color, and if you want to show or hide the crossbow.

SURL You can see the Engine Room’s shopping catalog here: Shopping Guide.    

On Him, Commander Ashe:

Armor: Process of Elimination [P.0.E] Tannhauser, Gianni [mesh](Engine Room)(1900L)

Weapon, bullet, aniamtion: Val'More Prototype - Revolver, animated [mesh](Engine Room)(500L)

Cape: Curemore Star Gals Supreme Commander Cape (ULTRARARE), gacha [mesh](99L)

Hair: Air Kazura A01_Tail white [mesh](200L)

Pose: MGSIT-STORE Horror [mesh](420L)


Castle, rocks: Death Row Bloodcroft Castle RARE, gacha [mesh](45L / full set 3750L)

Small rocks: FANATIK LOFOTEN Base [mesh](1500L)

Cliff: FANATISKELLIG Mountains [mesh](2000L)

Bush: Landscaping by Felix Mesh Bush Se 1 Li=3 Shape=5 Colors [mesh](195L)

Pine: Landscaping by Felix Mesh Seasons Pine-Fir Trees Set 7 Shape=1 Li [mesh](295L)

Hill: Landscaping by Felix Mesh Winter Hill Landscape 2 [mesh](250L)


Bloodlines North

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Engine Room: Monsieur Bleu

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STORYLINE: The glamorous owner of the Vampire Ballet was not one to trifle with. Monsieur Bleu's image was that of a kind gentleman with a love for the arts. His enemies considered him the most docile of the vampire elders. The Werewolves were not scared as they captured his poorly hidden coffin during the day. They planned to experiment on him deep in the most secure section of the Vampire Hunter’s lair. However, as simple creatures they didn't know it was the day of the solar eclipse. They were caught completely by surprise when Monsieur Bleu exploded from his coffin with a ferocious attack. One by one they fell to his sharp high-powered wolfsbane venom injectors. They had no idea they walked right into his trap. It was Monsieur Bleu himself who leaked his coffin whereabouts to their spy. The foul oversized dogs were never a match for such a beautiful villain as himself, he claimed, afterall, one doesn’t live as long by being a fool.

Fall is my favorite time of year, and because Halloween is going to be a bit different year, I was feeling nostalgic for Halloweens past. So this image is inspired by both the new (The Engine Room) and the old (RMK Gothic). You can see the Engine Room’s shopping catalog here: Shopping Guide.    

The two-toned long ponytail River hair by RavenBell is on sale at Neo Japan with a texture hud for top and bottom. At the Engine Room, the outfit and shoulder harness are by Gabriel. Don’t miss the free gift of rigged goggles by Gabriel that match, as well as all the other many gifts! From Ungod are the stabby stabby finger jewelry that come in blood or poison. And jaw dropping gorgeous Dornenburg skybox by Varsons. It includes an interior hall and small room with a fireplace. Poses are on the park bench.

On Him, Monsieur Bleu:

Outfit: Gabriel ::GB:: Steampunk suit [mesh](Engine Room)(380L)

Shoulder belt: Gabriel ::GB:: Steampunk Shoulder belt [mesh](Engine Room)(240L)

Glasses: Air Morris gold, right [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)

Hair: RavenBell River Hair [mesh](Neo Japan)(250L)

Hairbow: RavenBell Luxe Hair [mesh](350L)

Weapon: UNGOD Steampunk Poison Injector Poison [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)

Eyes: Poetic Colors PC Milky Eyes - Dove [mesh]

Skin: Tableau Vivant Andrej skin - bald -Tone 15 [BOM]

Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh](2000L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)

Pose: Grafica stance (20 pose set)(600L)


Skybox: Varonis Dornenburg Scene [mesh](Engine Room)(799L)

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Engine Room: Wrath of the Dolls

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STORYLINE: Neither Belladonna or Rose Kuro spoke. It was impossible with their artificial porcelain doll bodies. They rarely moved, and expressed themselves only with music. Even the coldest vampire's heart would weep from their heart wrenching cello performances. If the twins were angry at their creator, no one knew. He had been a kindly old vampire who adored them in life and rescued them from certain death. A jealous rival had brutally attacked them and left them for dead. The vampire held their broken bodies and wailed. His tears of blood raining down on them preventing them from passing quietly into death. You see, their creation had been an accident. Not knowing what else to do, he merged them with doll bodies and tended them for years, hoping one day they would revive and play music once more. Thanks to his tireless efforts and years of tender care, they did. And it was not long after the twins joined the Vampire Ballet that their mentor disappeared. Nervous members of the troop whispered he had been attacked by vampire hunters. Hearing this, the twins stirred from their stupor. One grabbed a scythe, the other a gun. No one stopped them. They gasped as these awkward stumbling dolls exited the theater into a dark ominous storm.

Engine Room reaches its one year anniversary. It's not only bigger and better, with an awesome Aetherpunk custom build by Contraption and it has gifts to celebrate too! You can view the Shopping Guide here. The picture above was inspired by the lovely Insomnia Angel Aisha dress, CerberusXing Scythe, the Schadenfreude Vampire Hunter kit, and the past Kuro Twins stories from my collaboration with Aarya Phantomhive.

On Her, Belladonna Kuro:
Weapon: CerberusXing [CX] Reforged Reaper prop [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Eyepatch: kosmii Lance Eyepatch L silver [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Dress: Insomnia Angel Aisha gothic dress MaitPetite [mesh](Engine Room)(Fatpack 1000L)
Collar: Insomnia Angel lolita detachable collar Mait[mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Boots: Eudora3D Lyra Boots (Maitreya) Black1[mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves *ASTROM* [mesh](350L)
Headdress: Casse lustre Rose Princess headdress black, gacha [mesh](75L)
Hair: barberyumyum *barberyumyum*93(anime) [mesh](300L)
Necklace: deviousMind !dM LaSombra VampireNecklace Onyx/Silver [mesh](225L)
Lips: The Little Black Dress LBD-Glossy-Sheer-Lipstick-12-Pack (149L)
Skin, makeups: Pink Fuel [PF] Doll V2 Vamp [BOM](2500L)
Head: GENUS Project Genus Head Strong Face GIFT001 v1.7 Mocap [mesh](group gift)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)

On Her, Rose Kuro:
Guest appearance: Aarya Phantomhive of the Dark Phantom blog
Weapon: AiiZawa Pneumatic Peacemaker 1.0 [mesh](Engine Room)(499L)
Dress: Insomnia Angel Aisha gothic dress MaitPetite [mesh](Engine Room)(Fatpack 1000L)
Collar: Insomnia Angel lolita detachable collar Mait[mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Hat: MIL*MIL Gothical Hat [mesh](fatpack 350L)
Boots: Eudora3D Lyra Boots Maitreya Black1[mesh](Engine Room)(399L)

Book kit: Schadenfreude Vampire hunting book kit [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Flask: Schadenfreude Vampire flask [mesh](Engine Room)(75L)
Cross: Schadenfreude Large cross [mesh](Engine Room)(group gift)
Pose: MGSIT-STORE Horror [mesh](420L)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Strange Case of Dr Oliver Paynesworth

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Death Row Designs will be delivering another fun gacha and hunt for Halloween this year. The theme this time is Asylum. This is my entry to DRD's the "Join the Family" contest. I brought out one of my favorite asylum dwelling characters. Enjoy. Style Credits below the story.

The Strange Case of Dr Oliver Paynesworth 
(as told by the Admitting Nurse at the Rosewood Asylum)

It had been an ordinary day at the Rosewood Asylum when the town’s respected general practice doctor, Dr Oliver Paynesworth, strolled past me without a word, not even a Hello, and disappeared down the long of hall of Rosewood’s worst behaved residents, otherwise known as the "inmates." Of course I went to fetch him, since we don’t allow visitors to that wing of the asylum. 

I discovered him in the oddest place. He had taken the last room to the right and barricaded the door with the back of a chair so that I could not open it. I looked through the glass peephole and saw him, just sitting in the middle of the room on the floor with a vacant look in his eyes.

“Excuse me Dr Oliver, What are you doing? Is there something wrong?”

He didn’t look at me as he said in a hallow voice, “I am admitting myself. I am a danger to society. Please leave me alone.”

Alarmed, I fetched the director of the Institution. He spoke to the Doctor for some time before he came back out shaking his head. “Nurse, can you please check into this?” He had filled out a form to accept Dr Oliver and wrote that the Dr believed he could kill with a mere thought. He blamed himself for his fiancĂ©’s death after she broke up their engagement. He wanted me to call her doctor to check if the story was true. 

Dr Oliver’s case turned out to be a sad example of the ravages of grief, most likely driven by intense regret that his last words to his fiancĂ© were, "I hope you die." Turns out she had just discovered her diagnosis of terminal cancer and couldn’t bring herself to tell him, so she abruptly broke off their engagement without explanation. We figured after some grief counseling, and revealing the truth of why she ended their relationship, he would return to normal. But sadly, that’s not what happened.

One day we found him in a pool of blood. He had cut off his own legs with exceptional surgical skill. What he used, we have no clue, but it must have been a very large sharp blade. We searched high and low for this dangerous weapon but could never discover where he had hidden it. He was ranting on and on about offering his legs to Death in exchange for bringing his beloved back to life.

He had clearly taken a turn for the worse. 

We were able to stop the bleeding. Once he had recovered, we gave him a wheelchair and fitted him with new prosthetic legs. I think Dr Rosewood held hope he could save his old friend.

As the months passed, Dr Oliver would sit on the floor, not eating, or speaking…. Other "inmates" requested to be transferred away from his unsettling dark aura. Except one. She requested to be moved directly across from him. In truth, she was here because she was in so much pain her family couldn't care for her. She was often yelling across the hall, begging Dr Oliver to kill her. If he heard her, I don’t know. He was covered in dust by then. Cobwebs hung from his eyelashes too. I thought he was long dead and everyone was too scared to go in and check.

But he was not dead.

The morning on the 19th, I discovered front door of the Rosewood Asylum was open. No "inmates" escaped. No, instead they were all yelling, crying, and cowering their rooms. When I reached the last door on the right, it was open. Dr Oliver was gone. There was no sign of him. I checked across the hall and the lady was still locked inside her room. No one entered, but she was clearly dead. White as a sheet. And smiling.

It was creepy. We closed off that cursed wing of Rosewood. No one ever did see Dr Oliver Paynesworth again. The only clue we had as to what became of him was a note left on the floor.

Thank you for caring for me. 
It is time for me to go now. 
Please take good care of your health. 
Your time precious. Don’t waste it.

Dr Oliver Paynesworth, 


On him, Dr Oliver:
Hair: A&Y CyberBunker Electric-rain hair - Male - pink [mesh](290L)
Top: Contraption Engineer's Top, male [mesh](500L)
Weapon: Val'More Prototype Project - Takizawa Sickle [mesh](380L)
Claws: Naberius Iron Eater Claws (Aether) Bento Jake, gacha [mesh](75L)
Legs: Contraption Classic Leg Prosthesis *gunmetal* [mesh](150L)
Coat: Curio Obscura Luxurious Fur Coat Black, gacha [mesh] (100L)
Glasses: ContraptioN The Tinkerer's Glasses, gacha [mesh]
Hat: Harm's Way Top Hat texture change [mesh] (99L)
Eyes: IKON Deadshine Eyes - Quicksilver [mesh](150L)
Skin, TMP Appliers: Fallen Gods Pure [xy] + Ivory(660L)
Head: TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) - Anime (Deluxe) [mesh](5000L)
Wheelchair, pose: Luna Rosarie L+R Bloody Rosarie wheelchair, gacha [mesh]

Building: Madpeas Run Down Asylum, 159m x 80m footprint, 1100 li [mesh](975L)

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Aengima: Dreadful Depths: Captain Nemo

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STORYLINE: The mournful sounds of a pipe organ reverberated throughout the metal hull of the Nautilus. Captain Nemo's sour mood was made obvious to all. His submersible ship lay sunk on the ocean floor, wounded by a Kraken attack. They had been so close to finding the lost city of Atlantis! It was frustrating. But Captain Nemo could not be so easily defeated. They would make the necessary repairs and be underway on the hunt in less than a week. 

Dive! Dive! Dive!  Last call for the fun underwater steampunk round of Aengima. This image is of course a little homage to the 2000 Leagues Under the Sea. I was inspired by so many great items. The beautiful La Malvada Muder tattoo is lovely and full of interesting water themed elements. The Hat is by KiB designer, and Eyepath and Goatee by Badwolf. From Graveyard is the walking cane. And from Static are the whimsical animesh  Nightmariner Lanterns. They are so fun to watch, but also come in a hold version and static props.

On Him, Captain Nemo:
Tattoo: La Malvada Mujer Kairos Tattoo N2 [BOM](Aengima)(200L)
Hat: KiB Designs Steampunk Hat and mask K073 BROWN(Aengima)(199L )
Eyepatch: Badwolf Damned Eyepatch(Aengima)(200L)
Iron Goatee: Badwolf Evil Goatee(Aengima)(250L)
Belt: Gabriel ::GB:: Sp Belt (Legacy) Brown, gacha [mesh] (Equal10)(75L)
Gloves: Gabriel::GB:: SP Gloves (Legacy) Brown, gacha [mesh] (Equal10)(75L)
Pants and boots: Gabriel ::GB:: SP Pants (Legacy) Brown, gacha [mesh] (Equal10)(75L)
Coat, scarf: Mr Poet Drape GreatCoat set - Black  [mesh](400L)
Belt: BareRose ::: B@R ::: Pirate Emperor Red Sash Shirt[BOM](185L)
Beard: Tableau Vivant Facial hair - Jawline - Dark [BOM]
Hair: Action Hair Base 04 Veganic Espresso [BOM](107L)
Skin, eyes: Fallen Gods Materica male +FGInc.+ RUST [mesh](1200L)
Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh] (2000L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: [3M]**_chair5_1 (40L)

Lantern: Static Nightmariner's Lamp [Animesh](Aengima)(395L)
Walking Cane: Graveyard Corsair Cane [mesh](Aengima)(250L)
Organ: LunaRosarie L+R Lucia eleison -organ [mesh](2000L)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Mainfame: Cyber Idol Bodyguard

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STORYLINE: The siren of Insilico, Ferah, had a little stalker problem. But that was before she hired a nearly indestructible SAW 655 cyborg. No one dared get close to her now when he was on the job. 

Aarya and I teamed up for this last Mainframe shot. It's always so much fun collaborating with her. We bounced ideas, coordinated on camera angles, poses and windlights. She took the pictures and I edited in photoshop a blend of 5 windlights while she was sleeping. Then I shot Insilico to drop in a background and sent her the pieces to use however she wishes. Hey, its so true "Two Heads are better than one." I hope we can team up again in the future.

Let me just tell you this.. the cinphul Mongrel Saw is badass. It has many moving parts. No one will come near you, but be careful you don't slice off a leg or anything. lol  I am also wearing the helmet by Ghost Bullet + Sugerhigh. its mod so you edit the shape and drop in tints. The Butanik83 Wings have on are actually a tail. I know, I'm crazy. But its so cool I wanted to show it. The pants are by Inkrane and come with alpha hud to change texture and alpha out the lower area with socks, for a better fit with boots. Aarya will tell you more about what she is wearing on her blog, you can see it here: Dark Phantom 

On him, bodyguard SAW 655:
Helmet: Ghost Bullet + Sugarhigh SK helmet fatpack [mesh](Mainframe)(100L)
Wings: Butanik83 Tail of ONAGA [mesh](Mainframe)(200L)
Weapons: cinphul Mongrel Saw[mesh](Mainframe)(349L)
Pants: Inkrave Edge Runner Trousers [mesh](Mainframe)(525L)
Collar: SOLE 10 TIME RIFTER Collor Red, gacha [mesh](75L)
Collar: SOLE SA - Collar Mk.1 Black [mesh](799L)
Armband: SOLE GRPE - CArm White, gacha [mesh](75L)
Skin, head applier: Fallen Gods Legacy of Maul, male skin Coal TMP [BOM](990L)
Head: TheMeshProject (BETA) Head(m) - Anime (Deluxe) [mesh](5000L)
Body, skin: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: yzk mens pose 4 hero2

On her, cyber idol Ferah:
Guest Appearance: Aarya Phantomhive of the Dark Phantom blog
Dress: ERSCH Daela Dress black [mesh](Mainframe)(310L)
Wings: AMBIX Plasmorphic Holowing [mesh](Mainframe)(599L)
For a complete stylecard and more of this storyline, visit the Dark Phantom blog here.

Pod: Cerridwens Cauldron [CC] XB Pod Black/High Res Textures [mesh](Mainframe)(250L)