Monday, February 20, 2023

Midnight Order: The Last Day

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STORYLINE: It was hard to believe. 12 hours ago he was partying with his buds at the pub after a hard day climbing the tallest mountain in the French Alps. He was the leader of the group, the one who rescued those who faltered. He was a fearless hero to them. But look at him now… panting for breath, clinging to his Spiderbot 450 because he too weak to even stand.

Some people had dogs, he had his trusty Spiderbot, -- there was nothing it couldn't climb! They had been on many adventures together. In fact, Spiderbot was his best friend. And it knew he was dying. It knew what he wanted to do, one last time....

Higher and higher the bot raced, leaped, and climbed. The air was getting thin. It was hard to keep his eyes open now. His breath became ragged. His thoughts a jumble.

There was a monster lurking in pub parking lot. It wanted him. He fought it off, but not without first taking serious damage. He never really thought Nosferatu were real, just Dark Ages folklore, superstition, and fiction. He wanted to believe he infected by was some kind genetically engineered virus or something, but he couldn't deny the changes he felt. The sunlight was beginning to burn. He pulled the hoodie lower over his face. 

He wasn't sure how long he had been passed out when Spiderbot suddenly squeaked. He slowly opened his eyes and smiled weakly. "Good Spider," he whispered. Then he used what strength he had left and stood up. The cold wind whistled in his ear. It was so peaceful up here at the top of the world. So beautiful above the clouds.

"I could throw myself over the edge," he thought. "The Mighty Claude Frederic, Mountaineer Extraordinaire, is a slave to no one." He looked down past the cliff's edge into the darkness peeking below the clouds. Perhaps he could stay here with Spider and let the sun purify him.

"You wouldn't try to save me if I start to burn, would you, Spider?" he laughed bitterly. Of course Spider could easily hop to the shaded side of the mountain. Would the AI refuse to let him die even if he wished for it? How many times had they cheated death together against all odds on a mountain just like this? 

Damn that fiend, it chose its victim well. What was he going to do? Was this really his last day?

This image is inspired by one of my all time favorite paintings, "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" by Caspar David Friedrich, (who is also one of my all time favorite painters) and the Shard Wild Arliss Spider. Its a wearable animesh vehicle you can attach. It comes with a hud to alternate poses for men and women, change the spider's textures, and trigger a few spider leg animations. Also from Midnight Order, is the open Dark Find Hoodie by Gild with texture hud too change colors. The pants from Ash come with a nice texture hud with many color options including latex and gold trim. The Boots from Quills & Curiosities come in fits for men and women and a texture hud to change up the textures. Midnight Order is ending soon. I hope you were able to the live DJs show, picks up the gifts, and of course, get lots of dark-minded things of awesomeness. Can't wait for next round? Bookmark this page: Midnight Order. It will update with information on the next round, not to mention it has galleries of all past rounds. (I love that!)

On Him, Claude Frederic:
Vehicle: SHARD Wild Arliss Spider, steel [Animesh](Midnight Order)(600L)
Hoodie: Gild Dark find hoodie red, legacy(m) [mesh](Midnight Order)(420L)
Pants: Ash Eden Suit, legacy(m) [mesh](Midnight Order)(369L)
Boots: Quills & Curiosities Lazarus Boots, black, Legacy M [mesh](Midnight Order)(350L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

Rocks: Jian Floating Islands [mesh]

Friday, February 17, 2023

Midnight Order: The Future Has Bite

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The Future Has Bite

In the future, we'll soar high,
With drones and cyborgs to amplify
our strength, our speed, and our might,
To aid us in our every fight.

But beware, dear friends, for it's true,
That Nosferatu will have them too,
They'll fly with drones and wield AI,
Their power and influence, we can't deny.

With cyborg enhancements, they'll be swift,
Their fangs and claws, a deadly gift,
A force to be reckoned with indeed,
As they hunt and prey and make us bleed.

So take heed, my friends, and be aware,
The future holds a new nightmare,
Not just humans, but Nosferatu too,
Using technology to do what they do.

And I'm back with the next Midnight Order themed image, this time it's Cyber and Vampire! I got very into this making this image, does it show? It was fun to put together. (Thanks for the help, Akira!) Its been awhile since I did cyber, and of course I just love the NK Aranyc Back Alley fangs implants, they are the inspiration for this image. They are on sale at Midnight Order, which covers all themes dark, including cyber. Also from Midnight Order are the haunting Twinkle Eyes from Mana, and the Squirrel Hair by Zao. The hair is not rigged and comes with a popup menu to resize. In the background are the lovely Batmasks by Antaya. I love them! The statue models are none other than the brilliant Cyborg Heads by Whats Lost Spiritis. The Station Omega Base Kit skybox is on sale at Mainframe by The Eschaton. It has a clever auto alignment tool for building your hallway settings. The screens in the back are from Linkrave, and the screen is tintable. The Poem above was a collaboration with Chat GTP. I told it what I wanted, and made it try and try again. 14 times before the AI cut me off. lol So many had little lines that were great, but others were nonsensical. Too fun.

On Him, The Blood Harvester:
Hair: ZAO Squirrel Hair [mesh](Midnight Order)(366L)
Eyes: Mana Twinkle Eyes 13 [BOM](Midnight Order)(500L)
Fangs: NK* ARAKNYD Back Alley Fangs Implant, Male [mesh](Midnight Order)(999L)
Spine: Contraption Power Jammer Spine [Animesh](500L)
Shades: KROVA K-Specs [mesh](75L)
Chest: BISON Synchronize ExoPlate Red Danger [mesh](499L)
Face tattoo: THIS IS WRONG Mech makeup BLACK EvoX  [BOM]( L)
Bindi: The Stringer Mausoleum *TSM* Facial Decor [BOM/EvoX] - Gothic Cross (gift)
Makeup: sacrilege eternal damnation [BOM](329L)
Makeup: The White Crow -[TWC]- Feeling bad gift -Red- EVOX (gift)
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution .2.5 [mesh](3990L)

Masks: ANTAYA Desmodus mask [mesh](Midnight Order)(199L)
Skybox: The Eschaton *TE* Station Omega Base Kit (Mainframe)(500L)
Viewer screens: LINKRAVE Display Screen Cluster [mesh](425L)
Statues: Whats Lost Spirits WLS - CYBORG HEAD - 3 gacha [mesh]
Cables: BROKEN ARROWS - S.T.A.R.K Labs  - Cables Fatpack [mesh](650L)

Monday, February 13, 2023

Midnight Order: Curse of the Endless Library

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STORYLINE: Once upon a time, two teenage twins, a boy and a girl, escaped their difficult life by reading books. One day their luck changed when they discovered a handmade book about the Fairykind hidden under a pile leaves deep in the forest. It was full of beautiful art and amazing tales. The twins fortunes grew as the book became famous. Many people paid to see the mysterious book. 

Then one day, a real fairy came and demanded the book be returned immediately. At first the twins refused, then the girl, who knew the rules that bound the Faeries, had an idea. She offered to exchange the book in return for three wishes. She wished to live in the world's largest library, full of knowledge and great works of fiction, a library so vast it would be impossible to read in one lifetime. 

As their wish became true, they found themselves transported to a dark place that was completely silent. When the boy stumbled, they discovered they were standing on a stack of books. It was the library they wished for, but it was in total darkness. Angrily, the twins were forced to use their second wish giving them the ability to create light. 

They were determined to save the third wish. The twins attempted to escape by creating a massive stack of books to climb out of the endless library. But it was impossible. Their situation became desperate.  They were so hungry and thirsty they had to use their third wish. The girl angrily wished to never need food or drink again. 

Unfortunately for them, these three wishes combined and transformed them into fairies of light, and were cursed to dwell in the library for all time.

ChatGTP Response and Sequel: The twins realized too late that their wish for a never-ending supply of knowledge had turned into a curse. They were trapped in the library, unable to leave, and unable to enjoy the knowledge they had wished for. They spent their days reading, but the books no longer brought them joy. They were just a reminder of what they had lost.     .....     Years went by, and the twins became known as the Guardians of the Library. People would come from far and wide to see the library and hear their story. But the twins never spoke, they just silently read their books. The visitors would leave messages in books, hoping the twins would hear them. But the twins never responded.     .....     The moral of the story is that sometimes, what we wish for is not what we really want. The twins' wish for a never-ending supply of knowledge had turned into a curse of never-ending existence in the library. They were trapped in a world of darkness and isolation, unable to enjoy the very thing they had wished for.     .....     The story of the twins became a cautionary tale, reminding us to always be careful what we wish for. The consequences of our actions can be far-reaching and unforeseen, and sometimes what we wish for is not what we really want. It is important to think carefully about what we want, and to make sure that our wishes align with our values and desires. Only then can we be sure that our wishes will bring us true happiness and fulfillment.

Midnight Order is back with wonderful Spooky things for your SL Life!  Aarya and I teamed up once more. The post was inspired by the Dirty Rat Library Skybox and the Light Sorceress outfit, arms, and legs by FenDuDu and the floating Etheric Lantern by Quills & Curiosities. I'm wearing the stunning Alger outfit by Kiru. Its so nicely made fantasy outfit, something very rare for the men. Be sure to check it out! The fatpack has many color combinations to really mixing up the look. The #112 hair by Ginko also adds to the romantic fantasy style for guys. Aarya is wearing the magically sparkling Eclipse Hair by Aii & Ego. Head over to her blog Dark Phantom to see more Midnight Order awesomeness! 

FYI, I updated my Blog guidelines in regard to AI Art, its not going to be shown here. In a nutshell, this is a SecondLife blog, therefore it will only be showing only SecondLife in its imagery.  ....ChatGTP however, I think can be a useful tool. I asked it what it thought of my story, and it gave a response immediately! It understood my message perfectly and even wrote a sequel!  Amazing.  2023 is going to be the Year of AI....

On Him:
Outfit: Kiru Alger Pants, Alger Top (Fatpack) Legacy [mesh](Midnight Order)(1250L)
Hair: Ginko Hair #112 Hair - Rigged(Male/M) [mesh](Midnight Order)(465L)
Lantern: Quills & Curiosities etheric Lantern (Hexagon) [mesh](Midnight Order)(350L)
Earrings: PENDULUM - Avarus Silver [mesh]
Eyes: Poetic Colors orchid nightfall large bright [mesh](150L)
Skin: Fallen Gods LACRIMOSA male, weeping [BOM]
Head: LeLUTKA Kane Evolution [mesh](3990L)
Body: TheShops [BODY] Athletic Meshbody (Legacy)(m) (1.0) [mesh](5000L)

On Her:
Guest Appearance: Aarya PhantomhiveFor complete stylecard, go to Dark Phantom blog.
Outfit, legs, arms: FenDuDu_Light Sorceress fatpack [mesh](Midnight Order)(3666L)
Hair:  Aii & Ego Eclipse Hair [F] [S style 1] + {HAIR HELL} [mesh](Midnight Order)(500L)
Skin: Fallen Gods LACRIMOSA female, weeping [BOM]
Head, eyes: LeLUTKA lel EvoX LILLY 3.1 [mesh](3990L)
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body Lara [mesh](2750L)

Skybox: Dirty Rat Library [mesh](Midnight Order)(649L)
Book: Petrichor :[P]:- October Spellbook [mesh](gift) 
Book stack 1: 8f8 Storyteller's Burrow - Stairway to Knowledge, gacha [mesh]
Book stack 2: 8f8 Storyteller's Burrow - Study Desk, gacha [mesh]