Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Engine Room: After-Hours Gossip

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“No no,” the Newspaper Delivery Guy said, “I heard it was a secret society behind the Earthquakes.” His incredulous friend, the Barista of Steam Beans, laughed and slapped him on the arm. “For a newsman, you sure do love your fancy conspiracy stories!” He huffed, “It’s not a conspiracy story if its a real conspiracy!” She shook her head and poured gain alcohol on a napkin and dabbed his face with it. “Ouch,” he jumped. “So tell me, you big baby, how you really got those nasty gashes on your face?” He blushed with her so close to him, tending his wound. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.” She gave him The Look. “Fine, fine. I saw a comet hit the ground, buildings fell, and people running out of that Secret Society building I told you about. One of them was screaming back into the room, “Lord, he’s coming! Reset it! Reset it!” She was leaning in on his every word, “and then?” He shifted nervous, “I saw a giant emerge from the crater. He was twice, no four times as tall as me. He looked really pissed. And he held a great sword. But get this, it was on fire!” She had that skeptical look on her face once more, "And then what?” "Nothing," he shrugged sheepishly. "Nothing?" ...“Ok fine, I ran! You would have run too if you were there!" She laughed, "Don't tell me, you tripped on a stack of newspapers, and hit the railing with your face." He looked away and blushed. "Oh shit, you did! Poor baby," she pet his arm. He yanked it back, "Nuh uh! I fought that big Angel barehanded and kicked his huge big ass!" She chuckled and shook her head. 

Head over to the Engine Room for steam coolness and gifts, today is the last day! A gallery of products can be seen here:

On Him, the Newspaper Boy:
Shirt: oni vintage man grey Jake/Legacy [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Hat: Deadwool Newsboy hat "1920" herring light [mesh](Engine Room)(120L)
Tattoo face: Reliquary B.W. Mechaneer Wound, Scar [mesh](Engine Room)(200L)
Tattoo: Clemmm Wretched Arms Black [BOM]
Pants: TheShops PANTS Legacy m Chinos Black(bundled with mesh body)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

On Her, the Barista:
To see Aarya Phantomhive's complete stylecard and story, go to: Dark Phantom Blog
Dress: Insomnia Angel Francesca dress Blouse Mpetite [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Boots: Eudora3D Ylva Boots (Legacy) [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Earring: Arts & Gear *AG* Steam earrings [mesh](Engine Room)(180L)
Hat: Wicca's Originals  Engine Room Gift Wickham Hat [mesh](Engine Room)(gift)

Cafe set: Kumagami KMGM Steam Beans Cafe [mesh](Engine Room)(398L)
Hanging Plant: Architect Airship Plant [mesh](Engine Room)(275L)
Hanging Light: Air Light_Anniversary gift for CCB_Light [mesh]
Bottles: Apple Fall Argentinian Malbec [mesh](gift)
Newspaper: Apple Fall Crumpled Newspaper [mesh](100L)
Glasses: Apple Fall Wine Glasses [mesh](gift)
Desk Lamp: 22769 [bauwerk] Petroleum Lamp [mesh]
Posters: Noctis barber shop posters
Skybox: TROPIX Vintage Room 01 [mesh](275L)
Poses: ExclusiveShop Bar [mesh](1950L)

Thanks for your help, Aarya!

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Engine Room: The Golden Express Bandit

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STORYLINE: Kurt Jameson, (formerly known as the Golden Express Bandit), lurched forward falling out of his chair. He had been fast asleep on his post outside the Dark Inventor’s door when the Clocktower Hotel violently shook. Danger! Danger! Danger! All around him were little mechanical sparrows sounding the alarm. He cursed under his breath and searched the wooden floor with his hands until at last he found what he needed. He quickly snapped the strange visor into place over the ruin of his face once more. As it hummed to life, he was able to see again. Without wasting more time, he grabbed his weapons and darted to the window to look outside. A dark ominous crack had formed across the sky, and from inside it, something impossibly bright fell to the ground with such a force the hotel shook again. He took a few steps back. Had the device malfunctioned? When his gaze returned outside, everything was normal. He shrugged and was about to leave when the crack reformed and the bright flaming object fell, but this time when it struck the ground it was so violent two brick buildings nearby fell. He gasped, “What the hell?”

On him, Golden Express Bandit, Kurt Jameson:
Top: Deadwool Malone working vest Legacy taupe[mesh](Engine Room)(390L)
Weapon: AiiZawa Songbird Claw Revolver w/ Grappling hook [mesh](Engine Room)(499L)
Weapon: Val'More Prototype Chainsaw V.2 Steampunk Sling [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Mask: Omise OctaScopes FaceArmor [mesh](Engine Room)(200L)
Hat: toksik Varmint Hat [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Holster: toksik Varmint Holster [mesh](Engine Room)(400L)
Pet: Rivendale Aether Birb Copper [Animesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Bracers: L'Emporio&PL Bullet Bracers LEGACY/Athletic [mesh](350L)
Pants: TheShops PANTS Legacy m Chinos (Sand)(bundled with mesh body)
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: sakupose+ yzk mens pose 4 hero2 (70L)

Birdcage: Air Septem birdcage silver open [mesh](Engine Room)(300L)
Chair: Architect D'Arcy Steampunk Armchair black[mesh](Engine Room)(295L)
Table: Architect Porthole Coffee Table dark [mesh](Engine Room)(245L)
Hanging Plant: Architect Airship Plant [mesh](Engine Room)(275L)
Decanter: HEXtraordinary Kraken Decanter[mesh](Engine Room)(275L)
Skybox: TROPIX Vintage Room 01 [mesh](275L)

Thanks for your help, Aarya! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Engine Room: The Society for the Prevention of Aging

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STORYLINE: Like most bad ideas, “The Society for the Prevention of Aging” sounded like a noble cause at first. It began as a rich and powerful secret society's pet project. They threw an extravagant fund raiser. And not long after, a gifted inventor and powerful witch were commissioned. With the combined forces of science and magic, a time portal was created. However it could not stop aging, it could merely freeze time for anyone who dared to enter. Obviously, it was dangerous. A few limbs were lost before they realized they needed to bring their own oxygen supply, (frozen time has no chemical reactions). However with practice, they grew more bold. At first, it was innocent pranks like removing the chair from under a frozen person who was about to sit down. The prank played out flawlessly. The culprit never discovered. Since there was no law governing each and every moment in time, abuse of the society's newfound power escalated quickly to all manner of ghastly atrocities.  Is it any wonder, the sky itself cracked?

Aarya and I, (Team Blogger Bat!), joined forces once more for this image. We have been collaborating with Discord for awhile now; coming up with ideas, storylines, feedback on outfits, camera angles, lighting and EEPs. Its been wonderful. This image started as an idea for her dress, and quickly grew into Time Villains!   Many interactive scripted items on this one from the current round of The Engine Room. Ex Machina's Prof Baltazar's Astounding Portal is a site to site teleporter. It uses a cool special effect you can see in Advanced lighting. From Celeste is the Nixie clock that keeps SL time for you. From Whats Lost Spirits is a Steampunk greeter and Enforcer Orb. The lvl.9 Masks come with a hud that lets you retexture its many parts. (I loved the animated flames on the lenses.) I'm wearing the Tempus Shirt by AsteroidBox. It comes in male and female fits, and its mod. I opted to hide the corset part. On the shoulder is a fun SpiderBulb prop by White Crow. In set, you can see the fun Pipework Lamps by Dictatorshop. Touch them to turn on and off, and in distance is the underside of the D-Lab Capsule Sky Island. For more details on Aarya's Time Witch, head over to Dark Phantom Blog.

On him, Dark Inventor:
Top: AsteroidBox Tempus Shirt, Legacy [mesh](Engine Room)(289L)
Pants: Somnium Mage Trouser & Boot, Legacy [mesh](Engine Room)(450L)
Mask: lvl.9 Ninth Life Mask [mesh](Engine Room)(500L)
Pet: The White Crow Spiderbulb [mesh](Engine Room)(220L)
Arms: Contraption SP1NDL Prosthetic arm *AETH* [mesh](500L)
Cane: Deadwool Goat cane - v1 [mesh](group gift)
Hair: Wasabi Pills Hawk Male - Night shadow [mesh](250L)
Pose: pose maniacs {pm} Male & Female 27

On Her, Time Witch:
To see Aarya Phantomhive's complete stylecard and story, go to: Dark Phantom Blog
Collar: Silvery K Steam Libera [mesh](Engine Room)(280L)
Dress jewelry: Kosmii Bedelia Chatelaine, gold [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Hair: KMH F175 hair [mesh](Engine Room)(325L)

Set: Ex Machina Prof Baltazar's Astounding Portal [mesh](Engine Room)(587L)
Clock: Celeste Steampunk Nixie [mesh](Engine Room)(187L)
Robot, orb: Whats Lost Spirits Steampunk Greeter [mesh](Engine Room)(888L)
Fans: D-Lab Capsule Sky Island [mesh](Engine Room)(150L)
Light: Dictatorshop Pipework Lamps Brass [mesh](Engine Room)(395L)

Thanks for your help, Aarya! 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Engine Room: The Guardian of Time

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STORYLINE: Time is a serious matter. It separates what-was from what-will-be. Without a present, there is no future. This simple fact is what caused the Great Time Calamity of New London. Freezing the movement of time cracked the sky. Through the fissure, a powerful being fell to Earth, Chronus.

This round of Engine Room is to die for. I can't believe just how amazing these items are! This post was inspired by the Time themed items, wings, and flaming sword at the Engine Room

The wings by Aii & Ego are the best so far in SL. They come with armor, halos, texture change hud, and lots of animations. I'm just blown away by the feather textures.   Let's talk about this lovely time themed coat by Somnium. It has matching hat, pant and boots, and a hud to change the colors. You just know my dapper heart is doing flips for this. So awesome!    I recently discovered Legacy Female Boots can often fit Legacy Male. So I just had to try this with the Eudora3D boots! It's not a perfect fit, there was a little poke on the outer inner thigh, but otherwise it works, just make the foot shape larger.   RavenBell has created another elegant hairstyle for men and women, Soleil. The braid down the back worked perfectly with the jacket.  The pants are a BOM texture by toksik, which comes in handy for thigh boots.   The earring by Quixe are a rigged fit for the Evo Elf ears.  And of course I wore my favorite L'Emporio&P claws.   ....yeah yeah, you want to hear all abut that flaming sword, right? Its Beautiful! I love it so much! It comes with a sheath, just click to draw the sword, and then touch the sword to light the blade! The flames are animated and even have sparks when start it it or extinguish the flame. Super cool. 

p.s. For Freebie Hunters, I just came from the Engine Room event and can confirm there are 39 gifts there. To get them you need to join the "Second Life Syndicate" group here:
( secondlife:///app/group/d35c55f4-6a4f-eb2d-1dae-af9665f6f4cd/about )

On him, Chronus:
Coat: Somnium Chrono Mage Tailcoat - Legacy [mesh](Engine Room)(450L)
Wings: Aii & Ego tarfire Angel Wings - Windy [mesh](Engine Room)(1500L)
Sword: Requisition Avalon's Tear Rapier [mesh](Engine Room)(850L)
Hair: RavenBell Soleil M2 Mirror [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Hairpins: Static Chrono Hairpin {Cluster} [mesh](Engine Room)(265L)
Boots: Eudora3D Ylva Boots (Legacy) [mesh](Engine Room)(399L)
Earrings: Quixe Crusade Earrings Male ELF
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Pants: toksik Leather Leggings, Black [BOM]
Head: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: Poseidon Nightmare Slasher 2

Memento mori

Thanks for your help, Aarya!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Janitor

Death Row Designs has cooked up another fun event for Halloween this year, a haunted hotel! This is my entry to DRD's the "Scarlet Hotel" contest. The story is inspired in part by my time working in the news, and discovering who to talk to for the real scoop. Enjoy. Style Credits below. Contest Details here.

The Janitor

Bobbie R. Murrow was an aspiring journalist who wanted to do a really great “School of J” investigation into the infamous Scarlet Hotel for his high school’s Halloween edition newspaper. His teacher loved the idea. However Bobbie was having a hard time getting past dubious murder rumors, ghost stories, and urban legends. What he needed was facts, cold hard truth, not stories told to frighten children. Surely there was a kernel of truth to the rumors. But what was it? He poured for days in the library hunting for old newspaper stories about the Scarlet Hotel, but at every turn, when there should have been an article about the hotel, that part of the paper was ether cut, or damaged. It was frustrating. His brilliant idea was turning into a nightmare that could threaten his precious grades.

After sighing over his uneaten dinner, his father noticed Bobbie’s sour mood. After explaining the problem, his father smirked, “Son, if you want to find out what’s really going on at a business, talk to the janitor. They see all. They hear all,” he leaned in close for emphasis and whispered, “…They know where all the bodies are buried, if you know what I mean,” he winked and leaned back to stab another slice of steak.

Bobbie was completely stunned. Of course, it was perfect! He immediately formed a plan. 

Later that night after dinner, he stalked the dumpster of the Scarlet Hotel, waiting to see the janitor when he came out to dump the trash.

It was a night Bobbie would never forget.
He found out far more then he ever hoped to know.

On him, the Albino Janitor:
Outfit: Dusty Hut Repairman Suit - red [mesh](385L)
Id Badge: White Canvas Templates WC Chest ID Card Badge [mesh](100L)
Gloves: Contraption Dapper Dandy's Gloves, *SOOT* [mesh](350L)
Shoes: Livalle Payne Combat Boots Male (For Pants) [mesh](299L)
Cigarette: NikotiN SLIM_Black [mesh](499L)
Hand prop: Insomnia Angel rotting my hand [mesh](250L)
Belt: Death Row postopocap male Belt M [mesh](past gacha)
Hair: Dura U108-HAIR-FAT PACK1 [mesh](330L)
Tattoo 1: Izzie's Face & Body Dirt & Mud (199L)
Tattoo 2: Izzie's Face & Body Blood & Wounds (199L)
Tattoo 3: Absinthe! Apocalyptic Wounds, dirt (299L)
Broom: POST Marquette Broom [mesh]
Cart: Bunker Cleaning equipment [mesh](19L)
Bodies: Death Row Bluebeard bodies [mesh]
Eyes: Gloom Galaxy Collection - Fatpack (150L)
Head, Lips, brows: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: Belleza JakeV3 BOM/Bento Mesh Body [mesh](1500L - limited sale) 
Pose: sakupose+ yzk mens pose 4 hero2 (70L)

Friday, August 20, 2021

Wizarding Faire: The Trouble with Doyle, part 3

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STORYLINE: Fia ran up the cobblestone path to Doyle’s medieval family home. He had his back to her and was wearing a long hooded green cape. “Finally,” she panted. “Hey, was that the Headmaster I just saw leaving?” Doyle didn't react. He seemed stunned. In one hand was an empty tea cup and in the other was some kind of formal owl mail letter. She peered over his shoulder, “Oh, is that an acceptance to bring you back to Hogwarts?” He only seemed to notice her when she lost her balance and almost fell onto him. He turned a solemn face towards her, and she gasped. His beautiful long locks were gone and he was wearing a mask. She took a step backwards. If she didn’t know better, she would have thought he was a Death Eater. “What happened to you?” 

Doyle looked down again and stared at the tea cup. “There was an accident. A misfire. Apparently I am dyslexic.” She couldn’t help but feel nervous, he was acting very strangely. “So umm…, what was the Headmaster doing here?” 

“He said he would never have expelled me, but the Ministry of Magic forced his hand. Someone embedded in the Ministry wants that cursed Dementor summoning spell I accidentally created.” He turned and looked at Fia. “The Headmaster erased the original spell from textbooks to prevent any attempt to reverse engineer what I did. All of them. Every single book, like it never existed. And from the minds of all students too, ...except me.” Doyle looked off towards the setting sun. “He said, I’m its discoverer. The first new spell in over 133 years. He says I need it for leverage. …You should go away from me.”

“No, Doyle,” she tugged on his cape. “I don’t understand what’s going on, why you are dressed that way, and what's in that letter…”

"Here," he gave it at her. It was invitation to join an elusive private school for pureblood witches and wizards. “They made it clear they were a very expensive. Too expensive for a simple farmboy, but they would graciously waive all fees if I give them the Dementor spell.”

“No. Don’t do it!”

Doyle shrugged, “Do I even have a choice? My magic is growing stronger and I can't control it. Either I join them, or discover which of them infiltrated the Ministry of Magic. If I do that, and I can return to Hogwarts under the Headmaster's protection.” 

He looked down at the tea leaves in the cup. “Apparently, its a very dangerous mission.” He dropped the cup and it shattered on the rough stones. “Goodbye.” He mounted his broom and turned to leave. 

“No, Wait!” She shoved the symbol-casting spellbook at him. “Take this. It will help you!”

He looked at the book, then his eyes opened wide in amazement. It was like he finally saw her. "Its simple," she beamed, "Don't chant, Draw! No more accidents!" 

He carefully tucked the book inside his robes, nodded a thanks to her, and flew away.

I got a little crazy with the Grand Finale to the Trouble with Doyle series. Its been fun. The Wizarding Faire is ending soon. Hurry over and get all the awesome stuff for your own HP inspired stories.

On him, Doyle:
Cape: Hotdog Shady cloak Tall Green [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Teacups: Ladybird Trelawney Tea Set [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Ring: Hopscotch Magical Ring Snake [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(150L)
MaskKROVA Vitzili's Mask green [mesh](Midnight Order)(200L)
Nose Chain: Garmonbozia Write me earrings [mesh](Midnight Order)(1 L)
Hair: barberyumyum *barberyumyum*S01 blonde [mesh](300L)
Head, Lips, brows: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

House: Hisa The Windburrow [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(1475L)
Mailbox: Noxturnal Ye Old Public Spellbook Library [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(300L)
Location: Angel's Nest

Thanks for your help Aarya!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Wizarding Faire: The Trouble with Doyle, part 2

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STORYLINE: Fia flopped down for lunch in the Great Hall of Hogwarts and sighed, "Has anyone seen Doyle? He's missing again." Her Griffendor roommates exchanged knowing looks. "You didn't hear? He reversed the word order of a spell, its some kind of learning disability, and summoned a small Dementor." Fia's eyes grew wide. All color drained from her face. "Shut up. He did not!" The other girl nodded, "It's true. Lucian's mom reported him to the Ministry of Magic. She demanded he get expelled immediately. You would think those slimy Slytherins would love to have a Dementor for a pet, and..." Fia suddenly stood up and slammed her fist into the table. "Don't talk about Doyle that way! He's wonderful!" She ran out of the hall to her favorite tree and sunk down to think. This was horrible. It wasn't right to kick him out of school for one mistake. Poor Doyle. She pulled from her pocket a treasured doodle drawing. Doyle made it on a lunch napkin. When no one was looking, she stole it. She traced the lines with her finger. He was really talented. It wasn't right he was getting kicked out....  Suddenly, an idea hit her! She raced to the library, grabbed a book of spells on casting magic by drawing symbols (instead of using chants), and raced to the Slytherin Dorms. She banged on the door like mad. "I need to see Doyle!" It was unlike her to be so bold. The Slytherin boys were annoyed. They told her it was too late, and to go away. But she refused to accept Doyle was already gone, so they showed her his empty dorm. It was only then her shoulders fell. "...but, I have the perfect plan to save him...." 

On her, Fia of Gryffindor:
Dress: ALTAIR cassandra uniform lion [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(399L)
Umbrella: Insomnia Angel Witch Wand Umbrella gothic lolita [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(420L)
Book: AERTH Grimoire Azaghun [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(299L)
Gloves: Viki Wizard Glove [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Skin, head: Persephone [p] ginerva skin creme browless (Wizarding Faire)(849L)
Glasses: Fantastical Notion [.fn] Astral Glasses Solar golden rust [mesh](Midnight Order)(300L)
Hair: RavenBell Gem Hair v1, crystal [mesh](350L)
Boots, socks: Cute or Die! [CoD!] Vampire Academy Boots Maitreya [mesh](299L)
Head, eyes: LeLUTKA lel EvoX LILLY 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM][mesh](2750L)
Pose: R.icielli CUTE Poses 2 / 03 (179L)

Bed: Raindale Nightingale bed [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(350L)
Chair: Disorderly Common Study Chair Green [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(149L)
Pet castle, tree, bowls: PandaFace Magic House Cat Castle fatpack [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(450L)
Books behind bed: Pitaya Harry's Books [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(98L)
Owl light: HEXtraordinary Owl Sconce [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(299L)
Screens: Eclectica Curiosities Revival Dressing Room Screen [mesh](Midnight Order)(350L)
Wall Scone: Static Ghast Claw Sconce Eldritch [mesh](Midnight Order)(275L)
Skybox: Candle and Cauldron {C&C} The Serpent's Lair [mesh](500L)

Thanks for your help Aarya!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Wizarding Faire: The Trouble with Doyle

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STORYLINE: There are many kinds of aspersing witches and wizards at Hogwarts. But there were none quite like Doyle. Popular with a burning desire to be the best, he landed easily in House Slytherin. Everything seemed to be going his way when his grades began to slip. He was in real danger of failing. He stopped going to events and parties. He disappeared often, and spoke to no one. The headmaster of Slytherin had enough, he searched all hidden corners of Hogwarts before finally discovering a sad and frustrated Doyle, alone in the tower trying over and over to cast a spell right. ...You see, spells require concentration, and an exact recital. Change any word, or any order of an incantation, and horrible things could happen. In fact, there floating over Doyle's shoulder was a baby Dementor. The headmaster gasped. He never knew such a thing was even possible! Troubled, his eyes darted to the spellbook in Doyle's hand. And then, he suddenly realized what happened. “Doyle, are you dyslexic?”

It's finally here! Grab your broom and race to the Wizarding Faire 2021, it opens today and runs until August 21st. The image above was inspired by the tiny pet Dementor by Hopscotch, HotDog Cape, the richly detailed Mage decor items by DRD, and a little bit of my childhood experience Dyslexia. The Dementor you can wear and it will hover over your shoulder. The Cape comes in rigged sizes for small, medium, and tall, and also includes an unrigged version. It also has a hud with a few poses you can trigger to work with the cape. I am a huge capes fan, I love this. The Skull Wand is by the team of Skellybones and Star Sugar. It has several built in animations you can trigger by touching it. Nice animations for wands too. The Spellbook by KitCat also comes with a wand and an animations. You click the hud and choose a fun spell to prank your friends, like give them a fit of giggles. lol The Mage Den decor by Death Row is a delight to look at with so many fun details. I especially love the table with crystal magic. Very cool. From over at Midnight Order, I have three super cool items that work well together for the gothy inclined men, the Nocturne Arms by Wicca, Hot Dog broken glasses, and Mitore outfit by AsteriodBox. The Armwarmers have a nice texture hud to change the colors to fit any outfit. The Broken Glasses are by Hotdog come in 3 different metallic colors. And the Mitore outfit fatpack also includes a hud to switch round the colors all you want. The thigh high boots are also built into the pants. If you want a grittier version, there is a side texture pack you can get at the event. 

On him, Doyle, the Dyslexic Slytherin:
Pet: HopScotch Soul Sucker (Animated) Shoulder Pet [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Cape: Hotdog Shady cloak Tall Black [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Book: KitCat Magic Potter Spellbook, interactive [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(200L)
Wand: StarSugar / Skellybones SS/SB Skull Wand Silver, interactive [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(250L)
Arms: Wicca's Originals Nocturne Arm Gianni [mesh](Midnight Order)(399L)
Top, Pants: AsteroidBox. Mitore Top, Pants Belleza Jake, Fatpack [mesh](Midnight Order)(1889L)
Glasses: Hotdog Broken glasses Gold [mesh](Midnight Order)(200L)
Hair: RavenBell Aster Hair M2 solids [mesh](350L)
Head, Lips, brows: LeLUTKA lel EvoX KANE 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: Fashiowl - Hermione - 15 (Wizarding Faire)(250L)

Decor: Death Row Designs DRD The Mage's Den, Fatpack [mesh](Wizarding Faire)(2175L)
Skybox: VARONIS Sombre Skybox [mesh](429L)
Thanks for your help Aarya!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Midnight Order: Symphony of the Night

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STORYLINE: Only the pale light of the waning moon leaked into the darkness from broken rafters above. Footsteps echoed down the long stone corridor. Alucard summoned a candelabra and lit it with his dark powers. It was not so much for him, as he could see quite well in the night. Revealing himself in a friendly manner he hoped would assure his visitor he meant no harm. "I am Alucard, master of the castle," he bowed politely. The flickering light gleamed on his long golden locks. A bitter voice sneered at him, "Oh, I know who you are, Bloodsucker." The man pointed to the blood splatter covering Alucard, "The chosen one? The messiah foretold by prophecy? Ridiculous! You're the son of the devil himself, Dracula..." Alucard cut him off, "And the son of my mother, a human."  Undeterred, the man spat, "Abomination! I will purge you from this world!" Alucard sighed, not this shit again. 

I know I know, everyone is talking about the Gachapocalypse (me too!), but can we take a moment to swoon over the Gothic goodies at Midnight Order? So much awesome.... Midnight Order's halfway point is this weekend, new gifts will be put out and live DJ Friday the 6th , 2 - 4pm SL time, and at 7 - 9pm SL time, and on Saturday the 7th f2 - 4pm SL time, and at 7 - 9pm SL time. Midnight Order ends August 20th.

The image above was totally inspired by the classic Gothic creations this round, and of course Alucard from Castlevania. (Is the Castlevania Netflick series great or what?) For my picture above, I did Alucard more in style of the classic Symphony of the Night. He is wearing the Eternal top, pants and boots by Toksik. All items are mod, so I tinted the boot laces to gold. The gorgeous candelabra is by Reliquary and has texture hud to change all its textures. Smartly hidden on his right thigh are the Kosii Hunter Stakes and Holsters to bring down a big bad like Dracula. It is interactive, with a hud to trigger draw, flip and sheath animations. From a past MO round, is the beautifully created TF: Mort Veins BOM texture, - its perfect for any starving creature of the night. The Dhampir cape by Aii works so well here, its Bento and you can touch it to change it's built in animations. The background is the castle at No Salvation.

On him, Alucard:
Candelabra: Reliquary !R!&:P:- Orryn Candelabra [mesh](MidnightOrder)(399L)
Top: toksik Eternal Blouse (Legacy M) [mesh](MidnightOrder)(250L)
Necklace: toksik Eternal Necklace (Legacy M)[mesh](MidnightOrder)(250L)
Pants: toksik Eternal Pants (Boot Fit) (Legacy M) [mesh](MidnightOrder)(180L)
Boots: toksik Eternal Boots (Legacy M) [mesh](MidnightOrder)(250L)
Holster: Kosii Hunter Stakes [mesh](MidnightOrder)(599L)
Cape: {aii} + Dhampir Alis Cloak L (Red) +  Bento [mesh](315L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Gloves: NOCHE Bill Essential Gloves [mesh](349L)
Hair: Sintiklia Hair Wenna Light [mesh](300L)
Tattoo: TF: Mort :: Veins (BOM) (303L)
Head, Lips, brows: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: momomuller / 3M [3M]_sc0_m_3 (40L)


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Fantasy Faire 2021: Khol Dracys

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STORYLINE: Red embers drifted upwards in the smoke choked red sky above the hidden Canyon of Khol Dracys. Above the sound of the roaring wildfire, a bellowing screech suddenly echoed off the rocky cliffs. A terrifying sound not heard in over a thousand years. Villagers huddled tightly together in the town's central circle. A man towering over them on the village's sacred stone of the dead, shouted "Behold a dragon born of fire and ash!" He was dressed in the royal colors of House Targaryen. The villagers looked nervously at the eerie red flames consuming their homes, and then at strange animated bones of the long dead dragon, before returning to their unwelcome visitor who most certainly dug up the bones of the dragon their ancestors had slayed a millennia ago. What witchcraft was this? More importantly, how does one defeat something already dead? The mad Targaryen began to dance wildly to a tune only he heard, "Fire cannot kill a Dragon!" he said, and then repeated it many times. "Fire cannot kill a Dragon!" 

The Fantasy Faire is stunning this year, even bigger than last year with 20 sims!  And I'm happy to tell you the Shopping Guide has been updated based on all the feedback from past years. It's now on the main website and even has sections for male items and special avatars. You can see it all here:

As always, I'm so happy to help out on the catalog. This year I cataloged Khol Dracys, the fun Dragon and Dinosaur sim created by Wanders Nowhere of Prehistorica. The image above is inspired by Khol Dracys, the viking themed items on Fallen God's sim Valahlla, and leaked images of the upcoming House of the Dragon series on HBO. (Can't wait!) The Dragon and Stone monument are gifts from the Faireland Quest, part 1, Language of Birds.  

BishieStyleSL will be on hiatus until I am settled in at my new home in about 2 to 3 weeks.
Thanks for your help, Aarya!

On Him, the Targaryen Necromancer:
Outfit: R3D Viking Tunic Njord - Legacy m [mesh](Fantasy Faire 2021, Scrimshaw Warrens)(250L)
Boots: R3D Boots Runar - Black - Legacy m [mesh](Fantasy Faire 2021, Scrimshaw Warrens)(199L)
Fur: REKT Fantasy Furrneck White - Legacy [mesh](200L)
Crown: NOIR Aegon The Conquer Crown [mesh]
Hair: RavenBell Aster Hair M1 [mesh](350L)
Tattoo: Lovely Disarray Battle Ready : Warpaint - Complete Double (230L)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: sakupose+ yzk mens pose 4 hero1 (70L)

Dragon: Prehistorica Animesh Skeletal Dragon, language of birds quest HUD [mesh](Fantasy Faire 2021, Khol Dracys)(350L with outfit)
Rocks: Fallen Gods Valhalla Memorial, language of birds quest HUD [mesh](Fantasy Faire 2021, Valhalla)(350L with outfit)
House: Del-ka Aedilis Guthrum C/M - Summer [mesh](Fantasy Faire 2021, Valhalla)(549L)
Trees: FelixvonKotwitz 1 Li Mesh Pine Season d1a [mesh](295L)
Land: Jumbo Core Plat  River,19 li [mesh] (95L)

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Engine Room: The Robotic Burlesque

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STORYLINE: The younger brother of the Marquess of Waterford, Lord Berksford, was throughly obsessed with automatons. He studied the masters and tinkered endlessly in his workshop. The result of all his work? In true scandalous fashion, (his big brother would be proud), he debuted The Robotic Burlesque to much fanfair. The show was the talk of the town. Berksford tolled not for fame, but for his own amusement. Sure his brother every now and then came with special requests, but it seemed innocent to him and he liked the challenge as much as the revenue. I mean what Gent wouldn't want giant spider legs to leap over tall buildings, right? When the police busted down his door and arrested Berksford for the Spring Heeled Jack Murders,  ... he was completely surprised.

The Engine Room is ending soon. Here's a last look at some wonderful creations there. This image was inspired by Burlesques, Steampunk Mechanics, and the beautiful What's Lost Spirit doll. 

On him, Lord Berksford:
Mask: [LANEVO] Deadly Drive Mask [mesh](Engine Room)(342L)
Shirt: AsteroidBox Albian Shirt Legacy red Male [mesh](Engine Room)(270L)
Boots: Hotdog Gaiter boots brown [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Wrench: +SEKAI+ Pipe Wrench [Fatpack] [mesh](Engine Room)(199L)
Goggles: Gabriel ::GB:: Flight goggles [mesh](free)
Gloves: Gabriel ::GB:: SP Gloves LegacyBrown, gacha [mesh](75L)
Hair: barberyumyum B06 01 [mesh](300L)
Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes - Leonine [mesh](150L)
Pants applier: Roosters n cHix Roosters Justice Pants (99L)
Pants: BareRose ::: B@R ::: Pirate Emperor Pants [BOM](185L)
Tattoo: Overt Dirt 7 [BOM](100L) 
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: <K&S> Seductive lady5

Dolls: What's Lost Spirits WLS - STEAMPUNK DOLL vs2 [mesh](Engine Room)(288L)
Chaise Lounge: The Looking Glass The Torch Singer Chaise, gacha [mesh](60L)
Curtains: T-3D CREATIONS Curtain Display 008 Full Perm [mesh](358L)
Stage: Death Row -DRD- Villa rouge - Stage [mesh]

This post was made possible with the help of my of Blogger Bat Buddie, Aarya Phantomhive. Thanks Aarya! To see her finale to the Spring Heeled Jack series, the Killer, go to: Dark Phantom Blog: Dance with the Ripper

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Engine Room: Spring Heeled Jack

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STORYLINE: The Marquess of Waterford was a prankster with an aristocratic disregard for the law. Together with his merry gang of drunken hooligans, he terrorized the sweet young ladies of New London. It started with simple jump-scares from behind a bush or darkened alley, and grew into elaborate costumes and clever contraptions that gave him seemingly supernatural abilities. But with all his hilarious tabloid fame came a dark side, -- a deadly imitator. What had been fun and games was now dripping in blood. He was Public Enemy Number One. Of course he couldn't go to the police for help! After all, he wasn't leaping over tall buildings to get closer to his pursuers. No, this was his problem to solve. Could he discover the true serial killer's identity before he was unmasked as the Marquess and framed for the numerous grisly murders?

Engine Room. This image is inspired by the Victorian urban legend of Spring Heeled Jack, and by the sweet items on sale at the Engine Room: the Rayne Claws by Skellybones, Bloodlust outfit by toksik, Tsuchigumo Spider Legs by Aii, Steampunk shaded by Dreamcatcher, gift scar tattoo by TF, and the very Jack the Ripper vibes of Varonis's Dayport scene. 

On him, Spring Heeled Jack:
Coat: toksik Bloodlust Top Navy [mesh](Engine Room)(350L)
Pants: toksik Bloodlust Pants Navy [mesh](Engine Room)(210L)
Boots: toksik Bloodlust Boots Brown [mesh](Engine Room)(160L)
Legs: Aii Tsuchigumo Spider Legs Masculine [Animesh](Engine Room)[mesh](999L)
Claws: Skellybones Rayne Claws [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Glass: Dreamcatcher Stylized Glasses Unisex [mesh](Engine Room)(250L)
Makeup: TF Linea [BOM](Engine Room)(Gift)
Hair: Tableau Vivant Mon hair [mesh]

Skin: Tableau Vivant Nathan - tone 1 - blond [BOM]

Mesh head: Raven Bell James, Bento [mesh](2000L)

Pose: [3M] 3M_jump1_1 (40L)

Skybox: VARONIS Dayport background [mesh](Engine Room)(449L)

This post was made possible with the help of my of Blogger Bat Buddie, Aarya Phantomhive. Thanks Aarya! To see her story of the Sheriff hunting Spring Heeled Jack, go to the Dark Phantom Blog: Prep Patrol

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Engine Room: Justice

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STORYLINE: Officer Dobson waited silently on his perch above New London. Sweat matted his hair. It was another humid night. No doubt many naive young women had their windows open in hopes of catching a breeze. They knew nothing of the monster that plucked his eyes out. He turned his head towards the clack of a horse and buggy on cobblestones. The clocktower rang, once, twice, three times. The hair stood up on the back of his neck. There! On the street below. The sound he knew only too well. First came the click of those demonic metallic boots, the clicking of gears, followed by a mighty swoosh. He tightened his grip on the sword. The click of boots on the rooftop moved towards him. "Not one more woman, Spring Heeled Jack. Justice has come for you." 

It's Engine Room time! From March 20 - April 20th, get your fill of all the wonderful and clever creations on the Spring round of the Engine Room.  This image was inspired by the Myst hair from RavenBell, the P.0.E, and the Greek goddess Themis. (and if you caught a reference to the Bed Intruder song, you weren't mistaken!)

On him, Officer Dobson:
Outfit: Process of Elimination [P.0.E] Kalandor [mesh](Engine Room)(1,200L)
3rd Eye: RichB. The Third Eye[mesh](Engine Room)(299L)
Wings: ROZOREAGALIA KALAVINKA*WING Soar/A [mesh](Engine Room)(290L)
Orb: Petrichor :[P]:- Korsik Orb [Encased-R-Menu] Carved Metals[mesh](Engine Room)(569L)
Hair: RavenBell Myst Hair Gradient Pack [mesh](350L)
Scales: random.Matter Hands of Fate, Scales Copper/Emerald, gacha [mesh](85L)
Sword: random.Matter Hands of Fate, Sword Copper, gacha [mesh](85L)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: Signature Gianni - Mesh Body [mesh](3500L)
Pose: [3M]_sco_m_3

Skybox: VARONIS Dornenburg Scene [mesh]


Friday, February 19, 2021

Midnight Order: Club Manjushage

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STORYTELLING: Down below the streets of Chicago in the 1920s was a dark basement that appeared to hold nothing more than discarded old newspapers and dusty crates. But if you opened the right crate, a hidden passageway would be revealed. Club Manjushage was a dazzling feast for the eyes in expensive black marble, dripping red velvet, and glints of gold decorating the sharp art deco edges everywhere. There was no prohibited alcohol here. SpeakEasies were not the only secret clubs in Chicago, and Alcohol was not the only forbidden drink. 

This image was inspired by the Art Deco style the Neudamm water fountain by Contraption, and illustrations of Erte.

On Him:
Earring: +koii+ persona earrings  [mesh](Midnight Order)(269L)
Eyeliner: Gorsimi Strut Shadows (Midnight Order)(400L)
Flower: cinphul spider lily [mesh](Midnight Order)(262L)
Eyepatch: Garmonbozia Tenebra eye patch [mesh](Midnight Order)(299L)
Shirt: THIRST The Baron Vest- Legacy M THIRST [mesh](Midnight Order)(400L)
Tattoo: Lilithe Astraea Tattoos - Eclipse - Fresh, gacha [mesh](Midnight Order)(65L)
Hair: Exile Rory [mesh](390L)
Coat: Moon Elixir x MUSE Dripping In Luxury - Rigged - Coat [mesh](350L)
Smokes: NikotiN HOLDER_ Black V.4.0 [mesh](499L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: ZZANG strength 003

Water Fountain: Contraption Decor: Neudamm Deco Fountain [mesh](Midnight Order)(400L)
Skybox: Process of Elimination [P.0.E] - Sci-fi Art Deco Apartment [mesh](1500L)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Mainframe: Drug Injection 2077

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STORYLINE: The cop working the roughest neighborhood of Insilico was Cursed A.N.G.E.L. He thought he had seen everything working that beat. Maybe he was too much of an old world creature, preferring things like flesh and blood. He had a hard time wrapping his mind around hottest drug. He was getting tired of calling the morgue to pick up another dead teen off the street. They called it The Plug, and it wasn't chemical. No. It was computer code junkies jacked right into their cyber enhanced body ports. Unbelievable.

This post was inspired by the Drug Injector pose and the optical themed goodies at Mainframe.

On him, Cursed A.N.G.E.L 2077:
Jacket: LINKRAVE Typhoon Breaker [mesh](Mainframe)(525L)
Earring: UNGOD Cyber Eye Spider - BB [mesh](Mainframe)(299L)
Optics: Butanik83 Optical Implant SPYDR6 [mesh](Mainframe)(250L)
Glasses: ENRAGE glasses Cori [mesh](Mainframe)(369L)
Glove: L'Emporio&PL Cyber Pulse BENTO [mesh](Mainframe)(398L)
Hair: Dura U93-HAIR-FAT PACK1 [mesh](330L)
Bridge: KROVA Bridge Cover v2 BLK [mesh](150L)
Eyes: By Snow Citadel Eyes - Carbon Cyan [mesh] (200L)
Tattoo: Nuuna+ Emi makeup Aqua [BOM](75L)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Pose, USB: Strut Poses Drug injector [mesh](Mainframe)(250L)

Background: JEYS Cyberhunter RARE 02, gacha  [mesh](Mainframe)(69L)
Effect: Dreamcatcher Face and Body Tags Pixel Game (Mainframe)(299L)

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mainframe: RAB8 and the Crystal Palace

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STORYLINE: The crowd was cheering at the Crystal Palace. RAB8 was preparing to take the stage when gravity on the space station suddenly failed. Darkness. Emergency bots flicked on and buzzed around him. He heard gunshots. An explosion. People shouting... Alarms blaring. What the hell? Was the Space Station was under attack?

This image is inspired by a combination of things: the endings of the video game CyperPunk 2077 and their Kitsch style, my past post for RAB8, and from the Mainframe event items like the Omise CyberRabiEars and Black Cat anti-gravity poses. Speaking of Mainframe, have you checked out all the awesome loot at the event this round? Its ending soon. Don't miss it!

On him, RAB8:
Ears: Omise CyberRabiEar [mesh](Mainframe)(350L)
Corset: Fika Chassis Augmentation Maitreya [mesh](Mainframe)(700L)
Boots: Eudora3D Road Boots (Maitreya)[mesh](Midnight Order)(499L)
Hair: KMH Hair CP006 (Male) Unrigged[mesh](Mainframe)(325L)
Armbands: krankhaus Cross Straps Maitreya [mesh](Midnight Order)(250L)
Jacket: krankhaus Mahou Shonen V-Tech Jacket [mesh](500L)
Collar: A&Y Helix Cyber collar Maitreya multicolor [mesh](MF gift)
Shorts: Cubura Arcangel Shorts Maitreya [mesh](399L)
Guitar: Mug Punk Rocker #17 Electric Guitar Black, gacha [mesh]
Eyes: By Snow Citadel Eyes - Carbon Cyan [mesh] (200L)
Makeup: Lovely Disarray Dead of Night [Complete](150L)
Bodysuit: Graves G242 Mainframe - White - male (460L)
Tattoo: Apocalyptic Tattoo Circuited body M&B tattoo (500L)
Skin, Boi layer: Pink Fuel [PF] Doll V2 Vamp [BOM](2500L)
Mesh head: Raven Bell  BJD Bento Head James // OMEGA-UV [mesh] (2000L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [BOM] [mesh](2750L)
Pose, helmet: Black Cat Poses BCp Cyber Helmet Pose 3 [mesh](Mainframe)(150L)

Pet: Solares Zap-01 Blue Dron, gacha [mesh](Mainframe)(99L)
Skybox: PALETO Backdrop Blueshift purple version [mesh](199L)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Midnight Order: The Grand Masquerade

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STORYLINE: It all started with the ringing of a tiny bell. Cornelius had been engrossed in a book when a stunning woman stepped inside the bookstore and asked the shopkeeper about a rare out of print book. Normally his mind was focused on invention, he wasn't one to chase after a skirt. However, he began to visit that little bookstore more frequently. He told himself it was research, but in truth he was hoping to see her again. And see her again he did. She was strolling down the aisles, picking up books. He nodded. "...Yes, yes. Excellent choice. A lady of good taste." And then She looked directly at him and smiled. What she said, he had no idea. He forgot his own name. She laughed and took the book he had desperately been pretending to read and turned up right side up. Normally he would have been quite embarrassed, but all he could think was "she smiled at me." So it came as quite a shock the next day he discovered his mystery woman on the cover of the newspaper. She was the youngest daughter of the Queen's Knight family, and would be soon be picking a husband from the attendees of the Grand Masquerade. He had no invitation. He had no hope to win the hand of such an amazing lady. But he felt if he didn't tell her his true feelings, it would kill him. Words failed him in her presence, so he created a beautiful ruby mechanical heart. His plan was to sneak into the ball before it started, and offer it to her.

Are you wanting something gothic and elegant in this month of love? Well I have some some good news for you, Midnight Order is a debut event by SLS folks, and there are fantastic items to drool over. Be sure to check it out!

On Him, Cornelius:
Outfit: AsteroidBox Sabien Outfit - Legacy (M) - Fatpack [mesh](Midnight Order)(299L)
Cape, sash: Salem Apostle Cape Silver Rigged M [mesh](Midnight Order)(299L)
Heart: Reliquary !R! The Lodestone Heart [mesh](Midnight Order)(399L)
Mask: Moon Amore Lucrezia Masquerade Wearable Silver, gacha [mesh]
Hair: Wasabi Pills Cayden Mesh Hair [mesh](250L)
Claws: L'Emporio&PL Oblio Vampire Claws male [mesh](350L)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)
Pose: Del May Standstill

On Her, Blair:
Guest Appearance: Aarya Phantomhive of the Dark Phantom blog. Her side of this story here.
Dress: tosksik Descent Dress[mesh](Midnight Order)(360L)
Hair: Ravenbell Celeste Hair [mesh](Midnight Order)(250L)
Mask: Moon Amore Lucrezia Masquerade Holdable Black, gacha [mesh]
Pose: Unholy Duality [UD] Eeve - pose 5 - mirror (Mainframe)(149L) 

Ballroom: Death Row DRD MB ballroom RARE, Mystic Bastion gacha Full Set [mesh](7500L)