It’s (Dungeon) Party Time! Fighter-Style!

What does it really mean to be the “Fighter” in a band of intrepid heroes?

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“It’s a thankless job—living day to day by your armor and the skill of your arm, diving heedlessly into danger. They won’t be playing golden horns for the time you took that knife to the ribs for them in the bar in Bucksberg. No flock of angels will sing of the time you dragged them, still screaming, from the edge of the Pits of Madness, no.

Forget them.​ You do this for the guts and the glory, for the scream of battle and the hot, hot blood of it. You are a beast of iron. Your friends may carry blades of forged steel but, fighter, you are steel. While your traveling companions might moan about their wounds around a campfire in the wilderness, you bear your scars with pride.

You are the wall — let every danger smash itself to dust on you.

 In the end, you’ll be the last one standing.”

Mhirdrun – “The Fighter”

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Class: Fighter
Role: Primary Damage, Primary Defense
Style: Physical
Other Terms from Personal Experience: Tank, DPS, Meat Shield, Combat Gore Machine

First one in; last one out. More than anything, your typical D&D Fighter is going to be dealing and receiving the bulk of the party’s combat damage much of the time. This is their purpose in an adventuring party, their role if you will, and it’s where a well-played Fighter can really shine.

A Fighter will do physical damage more often than not, usually with one or many weapons. Or chairs. Or very large rocks. In my very first D&D 3.0 game, I threw a torch so hard it  killed a fleeing orc – it was good times. 😀 (I’ve also remembered to invest in ranged weapons since then; torches are hard to throw.)

Generally, a party’s Fighter will have the highest hit point total and a number of ways to avoid catastrophic injury in combat. They wear armour, occasionally carry shields, and are able to continue fighting against extreme odds and in almost every situation where the party finds itself in combat. I say “almost” because there are no finalities in Dungeons and Dragons; there’s a bit of one-upmanship between Dungeon Masters (DMs) and players and both delight in stumping the other side. With this being said, however, I will stress that there is no more reliable class in a fight .. than a Fighter. Other classes may be more useful in certain kinds of combat or with time to prepare for a specific encounter but when push comes to shove, the Fighter is always ready to kick some ass.

This May Be the Class For You IF:

  • You enjoy combat.
  • Numerous weapons and fighting styles are of interest to you.
  • You love to plan battle strategies and lead from the front.
  • All you really want sometimes is to hit something. No muss, no fuss: POW!

~ Picture Credits ~

Skin Appliers: Genesis_Lab_Skin_LENA_MILK ~ GenesisLab
Mesh Head: Genesis_Head_Lena ~ GenesisLab
Eyes: \//. Koko Eyes {Grey} ~ Druunah Esharham ~ NEW @ We ❤ RP (until April 30th, 2017)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Mesh Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands ~ Siddean Munro
Facial Scar: Le Forme Battle Scars 02(Mirror) ~ Louise Marsault
Body Scars: [flit ink] BATTLE SCARS Torso Tattoo ~ Flit Ulrik
Gloves Appliers: AE – SLINK Applier HUD (Gloves Leather) ~ Sachi Vixen

Hair: ^;^CaTwA^;^ Selena Messy Braid ~ Catwa Clip

Armour 1: [Azuchi] Cecil Armor (Steel) ~ Sands Leavitt
Armour 2:  A&A Abyssal Bracers & Shinguards Mesh ~ Heceta Demina
Pants Applier: l&e Handstitched leather leggings ~ Jackal Ennui
Boots: JD – Ara Black ~ Davidefre

Sword: LR Valyrian Sword ~ LRWeapons Chrome
Bow & Quiver: LR Chakra Bow ~ LRWeapons Chrome
Knife: [BODY FACTORY] Legend Knife Holster (Black) ~ Deco Olinger
Belt: [V/W] Bounty Belt ~ Madmacit
Torches: Torches: TBF Torch v2.1 ~ Arduenn Schwartzman

Pose: Le Poppycock ~ dark angel – Die a Little ~ Olivia Lalonde
Pose Modifier: LR::AO Shoulder Stance 2.01 ~ LRWeapons Chrome

All That Glitters

All that glitters may not be gold but I don’t think any of us can deny its irresistable lure. There’s something decadent about wearing it from head to toe and just revelling in the soft glow of warm, golden light. It’s very fancy.

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I’ve wanted to put a picture like this together from the moment I saw Gos’ gorgeous Lesina sandals at the newest round of FaMESHed because, goodness, look at them. It’s no secret that I have a weakness for shiny things, pretty trinkets and doodads, but I do try to keep it classy when class is the aim. 😉

Styling, for me, isn’t just about wearing a thing I like anymore, though. I’m always looking for cohesion. Bringing different elements together from different corners of the grid is something that satisfies me beyond measure but .. let me share a little bit of my process with you here:

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Hair Fair 2016 Pre-Show!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Mask and Mien’s official coverage of Hair Fair 2016!

I’m Portia Pexington, coming to you live from the Hair Fair’s ‘Backlot East‘ location, just one of four full shopping sims and two camming sims dedicated to this landmark event!

It’s hard to live in Second Life and not be aware of Hair Fair – it’s one of the core events on the grid and, as always, a percentage of the ‘Fair’s proceeds are donated to Wigs For Kids, an important and established charitable organization dedicated to providing children suffering from hair loss with the tools they need to maintain their self-image and esteem. Although most of us approach Hair Fair as a shopping event, and rightly so, it’s important to remember that while so many of us indulge in our Second Life hair addiction there are so many people in Real Life that go without. If you’re able to donate to this cause, like so many content creators who are so generous with their time and profits, I urge you to do it. Remember that the greatest power we can claim in Second Life is the power to do good things for others. ❤

Hair Fair First

With only a few hours before Hair Fair 2016’s official opening, we at Mask and Mien have prepared a special report to help you, our readers, navigate this massive event with minimal fuss. So without further ado, I’m thrilled to share our first ever…

Hair Fair Pre-Show!

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Our Tools Of The Trade

[UPDATED: 4/2/2106 – FATE eye poser HUD]

The first installment of our guides/tutorials involves some helpful tools that we use for doing photographs/posing in Second Life. These are by no means ALL of the tools that are out there, they are however the ones we use most often here at Mask and Mien. I’ll go through a brief explanation of each one’s capabilities and my personal experience with them. I highly recommend all of them.


(CTS) Viewfinder

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This handy little HUD has saved me more times then I can count. It saves your camera angles, so in the event of a crash (which always seems to happen to me at the worst time) you can go right back to that awesome angle you had lined up. For only L$199 it’s well worth it’s price.

It saves angles based on the region you’re in so you can have multiple angles for different regions. Keep in mind that with it being region based the angles will only load in that region. You can easily manage all of the angles from the menu, allowing you to rename them, list all of them, and delete specific angles or entire regions. I highly recommend it to anyone who crashes, and I would guess most of us do, it’s my number one tool of the trade.

Where to find it: SL Marketplace or Inworld
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