Greetings and Salutations my dearest dears! Welcome one and all to this, our SEVENTH geography guide. For the past few months I have been writing about the Second Life Mainland Continents in the order of their creation. For those of you who are joining us for the first time,welcome! and allow me to explain. I was becoming bored just teleporting around Second Life from A to Z with no real idea where I was. I wanted to fly around and explore without hitting ban lines, or ride my bike without being ejected, or just go for a good old fashioned walk! Where could you do these things? None of the maps I found made any sense to me, and the information I found inworld and online was patchy at best. I decided to crack Second Life geography wide open, and post my findings as I progressed. You may recognize this map:
Some of you have probably already noticed, that although the continents are supposed to be listed in chronological order, Gaeta I is continent number eight, and there is no Gaeta two to four. There is a typically unclear Linden Lab explaination at the very top right corner of the map. It says Gaeta is planned as a group of linked continents. Fab. After much knocking around in forums and online, what I got was this: when Linden Lab say “creation” they actually mean going online. Five Gaetas have already been put together at Linden Lab , Gaeta 5 was the first one up and running online, making it continent number seven, Gaeta 1 was the second to go online, making it number eight. Official word is, when they are all online, the names will probably change to Gaeta mainland, Gaeta North, etc.
And now, my beloved readers, with no further ado, let us begin.
CHAPTER ONE: AENEAS´ NURSE
Gaeta V is unprepossessing. Peanut shaped, and so small as to be more of a big island, you have to look good and hard to see it on the map. Unlike the other continents, it was created with almost no fanfare,( something I have a theory about by the way). Its closest neighbor is Corsica, and the two continents share the distinction of having real world names. Real world Gaeta is a city located on a small promontory on Italy´s west coast, who´s nearest neighbor is, you guessed it , real world Corsica. Tiny, real world Gaeta has an big cultural heritage. Ancient Rome´s greatest poet, Virgil, claimed it´s name derives from Cataes, Trojan prince Aeneas´ beloved nurse, who died, and was buried there. It´s location has made it a military base for everyone from the Etruscans to NATO ; and according to my theory, location is also how Gaeta wound up in the virtual world. Because my dears, as long as there has been a Rome,( and for my many non-western readers, we are talking thousands of years), there have been Romans on holiday in Gaeta. For the last few hundred years, the citizens of Naples have joined them. I think, that after all the fanfare of the “Korean” continent Jeogeot´s , opening and the subsequent, very public failure to hook any significant number of Koreans , that Linden Lab decided to tread more softly when they wanted to snag the Italians. It appears to have worked; from what I saw there are alot more Italians on GaetaV than Koreans on Jeogeot.
I have another theory. I think the lack of fanfare is responsible for its extreme unpretentiousness,wildl eclecticism, and for it being one of the friendliest darn continents I have been on in months. Ban lines are the exception, rather than the rule, you can actually leave the road, and go for walk or bike ride, which I would encourage you to do. Try every door; usually, you are welcome. There may not be any mindblowing cultural areas, but there is also a real lack of your standard malls and casinos which I found very appealing. It seemed that every few feet I saw something unusual and unexpected. I had to change my clothes constantly; from furs and ice skates to ball gowns to scuba gear. It was hard to keep up. And it was hard to finish this post. For a small continent, the accesibility made it very time consuming to travel. When I can stick my big fat nose in, I do. And on GaetaV I could stick it EVERYWHERE. Now let´s get started!
8) CLIANSA rez zone, which is just open sea.
22 ) Was a Freebie area/ info hub / sandbox in SHIROMANI, which has evaporated. Shiromani I mean, not the info hub. But take a look anyway, in SL, a whole region could blink back into existence even as I write this.
26) The paved road picks up again in GEOFFROY, which has a working rez area and a free sailboat!
27)The road between GEOFFROY and LOXICH was unfortunatly surrounded by ban lines, but at least the rez zones were working! Be careful in LOXICH, there are alot of scripted animals, which made the region very unstable. It kept dematerializing whenever I flew, I ended up having to cycle.
28) A working rez area and another free boat in SWANBRIDGE.
30) Another working rez area and free boat in MACLANE!!!
And now mydearest dears, I absolultey have to get some sleep! I hope you found my seventh geography guide to be of some small value. Thank you so much for reading this post. Your company means the world to me!