A couple of posts ago, as promised, we began breaking down the geography of Second Life. I was becoming a bit frustrated teleporting blindly around SL, and could never make any sense of the rare maps I would stumble across. So I began doing some research, which I wanted to share with you. My first geography guide was a brief sketch of the first continent of Second Life, Sansara.
And now, my dears, let us take a second to commence with the second chapter of my geography series, which will deal with the second continent of Second life.
CHAPTER 2: HETEROCERA, AND HOMES OF THE RAILROAD EARTH
That´s right. the Heterocera Atoll is named for Moths. Don´t worry, it eventually sort of makes sense.
So, it is 2oo5 and Sansera has been up and running for a while. The first pioneer residents have dug in, communities are formed, there is a financial structure, and everyone is building like crazy. Then a second wave of residents begins arriving. These are people who have heard of Second Life from real world media. They are perhaps not the movers and shakers of the first wave, but they have their own ideas to implement, and it is starting to get a little tight on Sansara.
A fictional Linden named Magellen, begins blogging on the SL website about his expedition to a new continent north of Sansara. His collected blogs are known as the The Magellan Linden Chronicles. I didn’t find them interesting enough to read completely, but did manage to shed some light on the Moth thing. The expedition finds evidence of a civilization that lived in stilt houses (explains the “Atoll” bits in your inventory library) and had a civilization centered around moth worship. They believed that A Giant Moth Mother was the creator, and they built temples for her before they conveniently disappeared.
Magellan´s character was discontinued, but Linden Labs constructed several things to jibe with the chronicles- The Moth Temple in the Iris sim, and this:
There may be others. As I said the whole Magellan thing didn´t really grab me. This did.
Get your head around this idea- Heterocera was built BEFORE TELEPORTATION. This is the continent of locomotion! So there is a complete railroad and road system ALL ON PROTECTED
LAND. The term protected land means that it is owned by Linden labs, and is kept as a kind of preserve. So although you may be surrounded by yellow restriction fences on both sides, the road or rail always continues. Some roads also seem to include bridle paths, with stations where you can rez horses. I saw a guy with a tank on route six, so it would seem you can bring your own vehicles as well. Personally, I just enjoy flying along the roads and tracks without suddenly being cut off. Although I do have a couple of animals, and a broomstick I would like to try out.
You can find the numbered guides to Map 1 and 3 on Heterocera Atoll, a Japanese website that translates into 5 languages. It is simple, extremely informative, and beautifully illustrated. There is a Virtual Railway Consortium , with a big fat real world website ,
Thus concludes virtualchristine´s second little geography missive. I hope it was helpful. I truly enjoyed writing it, I hope you had fun too. My son and I are planning a train tour for a real world rainy day, but I really wish I had known all this stuff when he was 10! Thank you so much for joining me. All my sweetest dreams and wishes of happiness and contentment for you all! Your company means so much to me.