These First Few Steps (Story Post)

“Have you ever felt like maybe, just maybe, there are things each of us are -meant- to do?

I’m not talking about the regular stuff: grow up, get that degree, find a career that pays (bonus points for personal fulfillment); family, kids, house .. win at Life! Or .. I’m not -only- talking about the regular stuff. What about the real existential-level destiny-with-a-capital-dee ‘born to BE someone’ schtick that we all secretly hope to have? Some mystical lottery jackpot we don’t even have to pay to play?

Do you believe in Fate? In Luck?

I didn’t, not for a long time. Not until they decided to come and kick me in the ass, anyway.

Doesn’t make sense yet? Don’t worry, I’ll get to it in good time.”

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A temple beneath the sand.

“It’s safe to say that today has been years in the making. In a way, I feel like I’ve been  waiting for this moment all my life. All the dreams, the half-realized clues; images of shadows moving through soft moonlight. Terror and a sense of purpose.

The constant struggle of Light and Dark. Skirmishes in the half-light of places that defy explication. Temples beneath the sand, water, snow, and the shadows of ancient trees. And stars .. so many stars!

If I hadn’t lived through all of this myself, I wouldn’t believe me either.”

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Streaming light from above. A Goddess and her servants.

“Is there any other explanation, though, for my presence here? Isn’t it a greater delusion to say that these first few steps are the result of random chance, that the things I know .. the things I can do .. are psychosis and nothing more?

I think not.

Gods, I hope not.”

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Words no one should be able to read unaided – or is it all in my head after all?

I know that this is a bit of a weird post and for those of you who have no interest in an ongoing storyline, I hope you’ll just skip the story bits and get to the bottom of the post where I talk a bit about the clothes, the style, and share my credits. I don’t feel like it’s asking too much to move that mouse wheel a few extra times; if you’re anything like me, you visit a blog to see where ‘so-and-so’ found ‘whatever-it-is’ that you like in their pictures. I like to see more than that, personally, because I love to read.

Credits, even awesomely complete credits, do not excite me.

These posts, my ongoing story, is an answer to wanting more from a blog. The character I’m creating here is one that will develop over time as her story unfolds. Lucky is starting something similar in his post The Moment Will Come and we plan to bring our characters together when the time is right. Gah, we have so many plans!

As for style, I wanted to riff a bit on movies like The Goonies and the *cough* original Indiana Jones *cough* trilogy and, yeah, I drove myself crazy trying to get into Uber on those first days to pick up this GORGEOUS leather jacket from Azuchi and Vinyl. Honestly, I’ve never seen a coat look this good and if I could, I’d nab it in every colour under the sun! It’s that stunning! The tops that are sold alongside the Stevie jacket are all different, with such incredible fabric detail that I don’t want to change into anything else! They look so worn and comfy (and work perfectly with my Maitreya bod)!

Part of designing a memorable hero is creating their signature style. In the pictures above, the leather jacket is my shoutout to Indiana Jones and all my Browncoat brothers and sisters out there. Wicca’s gypsy boots, too, are important because they are totally badass from every angle. I love the cords wrapped around the foot, the laces at the back of the legs. I love that they’re taller boots rigged to standard sizes and that there’s just a bit of a heel. Enough of a heel for a practical hero with style.

The last part of the style I want to talk about today is the set. Doubtless you’ve seen a lot of Egyptian-themed gear lately, from meadowWorks‘ offerings at We ❤ Role Play and the Fantasy Faire 2016 to the Fantasy Faire’s Golden Delta region (sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc.). There’s so much more out there, too. Have a peek on flickr to see what other people are doing with them in the We ❤ RP and Fantasy Faire groups.

Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be inspired to try some of these pieces yourself. ❤


The Fantasy Faire 2016 closes on May 1st.
The current round of We ❤ Role Play is open until Saturday, April 30th. A new round opens on May 4th at 12pm SLT.
The current round of Cosmopolitan is open until May 7th. A new round begins May 9th?
The current round of Kustom9 is open until May 10th. A new round begins May 15th.
The current round of Uber is open until May 23rd. A new round opens May 25th.

~ Credits ~

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Hope Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 ~ Kikunosuke Eel
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. Individual Lash in Morocco ~ Mai Bilavio
Nail Applier: Hello Dave ~ French Ombre ~ Maia Gasparini

Hair: little bones. Jessa v.2 ~ Nova Faerye

Jacket: Azuchi+Vinyl Stevie Leather Jacket LARA ~ Sands Leavitt & Sukoshitosuto ~ NEW @ Uber (until May 23rd)
Shirt: Azuchi+Vinyl Fleetwood Top Maitreya ~ Sands Leavitt & Sukoshitosuto ~ NEW @ Uber (until May 23rd)
Pants Applier: Gawk! Black Cotton Leggings – Maitreya ~ Mell McMahon
Boots: Wicca’s Wardrobe – Gypsy Boots [Aged Edition] ~ Wicca Merlin

Necklace: (Yummy) Guardian Charms – Gold ~ Polyester Partridge
Rings: ieQED chaos.rings (1-8) ~ Sigifaust ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ Kustom9 (until May 10th)
Sunglasses: ODDITY Glasses -TopGun- Retro (WOMEN) ~ Oddity3D

Pose 1: *PosESioN* Calma 3 ~ Dahriel ~ NEW @ Cosmopolitan (until May 7th)
Pose 2: Le Poppycock *Loose Ends* B (Clean Slate) ~ Olivia LaLonde
Pose 3: *PosESioN* Planet 6 ~ Dahriel

~ Set ~

Temple: Fallen Gods Inc. ~ The Golden Delta~ Temple regular ~ Alia Baroque ~ Available @ Fantasy Faire 2016 (until May 1st)

Black Cat: meadowWorks ~ Bastet Cat ~ Black Gold ~ Garvie Garzo ~ Available @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2016)
White Cat: meadowWorks ~ Tomb Traders Egyptian Bastet Cat White UNcommon ~ Garvie Garzo ~ Gacha Item ~ Available @ Fantasy Faire 2016 (until May 1st)
Cat Goddess Statue: meadowWorks ~ Bastet Goddess of Protection ~ Garvie Garzo ~ Available @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2016)
Sarcophagus Statue: meadowWorks ~ Tomb Traders Shabti Figure ~ Garvie Garzo ~ Gacha Item ~ Available @ Fantasy Faire 2016 (until May 1st)

Moon Plaque: MadPea Return of the Light – Moon Disc ~ Electronic Mode ~ Gacha Item

Gold Treasure: Trident Treasure Set II [Gold] ~ Laufey Markstein
Silver Treasure: Trident Treasure Set II [Silver] ~ Laufey Markstein
Urn: Trident Egyptian Treasure Set ~ Laufey Markstein
Chest: [DDD] Treasure Chest ~ Kalia Firelyte

Clay Pots: *AF* Stony Hollow Floor Pots ~ Artizanmesh ~ Gacha Item

Foliage: Heart – Forest Undergrowth – Elephant Ears; Hosta – Red, Green, Purple ~ Lilith Heart
Botanical – Waterlily cluster 1 – White – Kriss Lehmann

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