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)