This was easier yesterday. Compare this years numbers to last years. Where were we on this day a year go? This Day 3 is like that Day 6. Simple math really. Nice neat little charts. But you guys couldn't let it go, could you? Now with over L$3 MILLION RAISED, a 1/2 million MORE than last year (and still 4 days left!) the charts are not so neat! I need bigger charts! The distance between yearly comparisons keeps growing! I'm gonna need a step-ladder at this rate...anybody have one in Relay purple? - Zander Greene, Friends Fighting Cancer
Yesterday we experienced the incredible underwater city of Nemo Revisited and didn't get even slightly wet. Today however, we are venturing into the underwater world once more, for today's Fantasy Faire sim is brought to you from The Sea of Mer.
Day 6 Sea of Mer
By Beq Janus
Photos by Judith Lefevre
The hard steel plate of Nemo revisited butts up against a platform carved into the reef. If you are able, then now would be a good time to don underwater breathing apparatus or better still by the magic of Second Life transform into a creature of the sea. Sea of Mer is in the South East corner of the ring of Fantasy Faire sims. We are standing at the northern entry point of the Sea of Mer, behind us lies Nemo Revisited. Along the path and geographically to our west lies the tropical wonderland of Exotic Worlds. The path however will lead us through the Magical Sea scape first.
Coral cut steps drop away into the shallows about 5m deep and head east to the outer edge of the sim. The path sits upon a shelf with the depths dropping away towards the centre of the sim (our south). The Sea Of Mer is every tropical dive site in the world rolled into one, classical ruins encrusted with coral growth sit amongst sponges and colourful sea fans. shoals of fish dart and curl through the reefs. Look closely and you will find the occasional octopus waiting for dusk, when it will go hunting.
In the centre of the region we find a giant throne of stone and coral, it is as if some ancient Sea King once ruled the waves from this very spot, perhaps he still does? The sea of Mer reminds me of some of the most beautiful dives I have done in real life, the sense of magic and escape is there, looking up and seeing the shimmering surface above, knowing that beyond there is a world that does not see the incredible wonder of the undersea world. The magic is due to the careful work of the builder Zander Greene and landscapers Elicio Ember, Stef Cormer and Emmanuelle Loon. the landscaping is both natural and realistic feeling despite the hyper real flora and fauna in use. But we must tear ourselves away and return to the path, we have just 4 days left now and plenty more wonderous sims to see.
Back on the path we visit the underwater stores. as one might expect the merchants in the Sea of Mer are predominantly (but not exclusively) involved in Mer fantasy products a startling array of different skins and fins, often styled after fish or themed to the human side of the Mer, such as the kimono wrapped Koi Mer. AOs and animations are an important part fo Mer-life, whilst it may be unsightly to waddle on land it is completely unthinkable under the sea and a number of the top Mer animation and pose creators can be found in the stores.
Following the path east we soon come once again upon some steps and find ourselves back on dry land, the shops here are similar in construction, simple but elegant pillared boxes, each then decorated in theme and to the merchants bespoke line. we turn south and follow the path towards the bottom corner of the sim.
Half way along we find the main teleport gazebo and the store of the sim sponsor Mer Betta. Beams of bright blue energy bounce around the stores here and following them back we see that they emanate from the eyes of a giant, the aforementioned sea king who has left his throne. Is he attacking the land? or defending his realm from the human invaders? We may never know, and we are free to choose our own tales.
The path continues south turning back to the west and dropping once more down into the ocean. Take care to keep your arms away from the large clam shell on your right as you reach the step, you are better advised to keep to the left and visit the last two remaining stores for shortly we will rise to the surface and enter tomorrow's destination Exotic Worlds.
We rise to the surface and with a look of longing glance back to the undersea garden beneath the shimmering sea. Ahead of us we hear the sound of birds and insects, a tropical world but not our own? Exotic Worlds awaits us....
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