- Juju, my faithful snake companion and I deep in the heart of darkest Nautilus, (region Goober,SW of the southern end of Route 14) fearlessly researching our fifth fantabulous geography guide. Okay, we were a LITTLE nervous. Well, I was. Juju was simply stunned that his opinion of humans could be lowered.
And so we say greetings and salutations once again! Welcome to our FIFTH!!!! Geography Guide, which, for those of you who are new readers, is virtualchristines guide to the second life continents, in their order of creation. I was finding zapping around Second Life to be a bit numbing. I mean ,where are you, exactly, when you are in SL? I like to fly and explore. Is there someplace you can fly without constantly hitting a restricted areas? How do you orient yourself? The world map in your SL browser only shows you annoyingly small chunks of land, and the maps I would occasionally find inworld or on the internet made very little sense to me. I decided having a grip on SL geography would be my next goal, and I am sharing what I learn with you!
- This is a map of the Second Life Mainland continents. They are numbered according to order of creation. We have already written chapters on Sansara Heterocera , Jeogeot and Satori. Remember, the “continent” names are simply used for cultural familiarity.(see my post on Sansara!) They bring up exactly NOTHING on an inworld search. ONLY REGION NAMES, which I always provide IN UPPER CASE, will get you a teleport location.
As you can see, we have already covered quite a bit of virtual ground. Now onward towards-
Chapter 5: SHORE
As you can probably see from the map of the SL continents above , Nautilus, ( very occasionally referred to as Berlengas, after the Portuguese archipelago) is actually a group of large to tiny islands, which makes it´s most consistent theme the beach culture. Linden Lab finished Nautilus in July 2007, proclaiming to the world it had been discovered by Magellan , the only fictional Linden, ( see my Linden post) the explorer who “discovered” Heterocera, Nautilus, and Gaeta. SL NAUTILUS CITY INVESTIGATION will take you to the official Second Life Wiki. There was no Nautilus map with place names, so virtualchristine, cartography queen, has once again wrestled a map out of her Microsoft paint program!
Firstly, a big thank you to Yevad Doobie, for his generosity in sharing this map of the Nautilus Road Network. In fact, let´s start there! Linden Labs has a road network on all the mainland continents. They roads are all protected land, which is a kind of Linden Lab public park, or preserve. So although you may be surrounded by restricted areas on both sides THE ROAD IS ALWAYS PASSABLE. There are also rezz areas, where you can rezz up your vehicle of choice. Sometimes there are free vehicles at the rezz areas, or along the road . Heterocera, the second continent, bombards you with every concievable form of locomotion and has a RAILROAD NETWORK! A really, really, big one. Read my Heterocera post for more details! And now, with no further ado, is the Nautilus Public Road Network!
ROUTE 12 spans the northern part of the main, large island. Like all the Nautilus Network roads, it has a very cool feature- if you click on one of the untitled stars on the billboard, you will teleport to that location. They are all rezz areas. I have added region names for all the starred locations on route 12. Just run an inworld search, and you´re off!
ROUTE 13 AND 14 both have the star teleport system. I have only given the region names of the northern tips; it is definitly enough for orientaion purposes, and I just would not have had managed more detail if I wanted to finish this before my 13 year old son graduates college . The amount of island hopping for this post was staggering. Lotta fun, but freaking monumental. There was one area though I wanted to point out , just north of Sandy Trunks beach, on the northmost end of route 14.
NOW LET`S START FROM THE BOTTOM UP! At the bottom of the map you see the Bingo Straits. This is the body of water that seperates Satori and Nautilus. The waters are protected, and the small islands that dot the strait are open, and full of little surprises.
Now we move to the island at the bottom left of the map labelled “Nautilus City. ” The island is loosley based on Platos mythical lost island of Atlantis.
It is very pretty, with lots of ruins and pricey rental villas. There is a Linden freebie market, lots of Atlantean crystal clusters, an impressive temple and citadel… Just teleport to The Harbor, Nauitilus, YAMM
- Look at my map, and then this sketch of Atlantis, based on Plato’s description. SL´s city is less elaborate, but you can see the resemblance.
- To the far right of Nautilus City, you can see the legend “Blake Sea”. This is a very famous boating area,that doesn’t really belong to the Nautilus continent, and I would like to do it separately, another time.
- Above Nautilus City, You see a larger island, and above that a thinner one. They are numbered 1through 21. There is no public road works here, and it is a checkerboard of threats and restriction! So I have listed areas where one is WELCOMED,not shoved into casinos or malls, by puppies , hummingbirds, liverymen, merpeople, or something as simple as an open door and an invitation to sit by a fire. The list is top heavy with beaches, but hey Bra! You on Nautilus!
21 Traveller´s Havens on the Islands above Nautilus City.
21 Traveller´s Havens on the Islands above Nautilus City.
- 11. MDD Stacy Outlands Darkstone Kingdoms VtM (ground level), CRESPO, looked great and was absolutely the most boring thing since the Goreans. A tepid, vaguely Gothic roll playing area with a modern pool???? You also have to wear a visitors tag to get in and agree that you might be stalked and turned into a vamp. The only thing stalking us was rentless monotony. Worth a miss.
- 21. Kierna Rise Sailing Club and Marina, TEFFELAW is a genuine change of pace. Kudos!
Now, lets go to the right of our map, on the western side of the large island with the road network. There is a long, thin,archipelago, lettered A to F. Again,there are no public roads and alot of private property. Still, I have managed to find a few places with a welcome mat out!
6 Traveller´s Havens on the Archipelago to the Left of the Main Island.
And that my dears concludes my fifth geography guide. I will be on holidays for the next two and a half weeks- which means I will be posting next in the first week or two of August. thank you so much for joining me. I´ll be back before you know it!
Until then, all my wishes for a wonderful summer for you and your loved ones, in every world! Adieu!