Otherland is certainly an interesting archipelago, topographically. While none of the inclusive islands are as large as Azure Island #1, where the Bakers now reside along with Hucka D. and Esbum Michigan, there are 3 that stick out above the rest. The largest of these I’ll call Otherland I.#1. It is spread out over about 25 total sims, although the actual area is smaller than this. It seems to be about the same size as the Nautilus City island that I’ve already written about extensively in this blog, or, in another comparison, between the sizes of the two largest Azure Islands (what I’ve been calling Azure I.#1 and Azure I.#2). Otherland I.#1 has been the focus of Baker Bloch’s quest to find the perfect fishing hole. He’s almost settled on a spot, it seems.
There are two other, larger islands that stick out from the rest in the archipelago in terms of size. Baker’s already started exploring both to some degree, in fanning his quest outward. What I’ll call Otherland #2 is the slightly larger of these two islands in question. And currently, unlike Otherland #1 and also Otherland #3, which I’ll get to in a moment, it does not have a wintery theme attached to its landscape. That’ one of the things which baffled me when I returned to Otherland a week or two ago: the places that Hucka D. roamed this past summer, such as the area containing the Bee’s Nest Mtn. lemonade stand, and Hurla Dontbee, and whose grounds were as green as an emerald at that time, are now covered in snow. And furthermore — get this — the entire archipelago seems to have shifted halfway across the SL grid as well (!).* I’ll perhaps have more to say about that certainly unexpected move in this blog soon, most likely connecting it back to Azure Islands again. As I think I’ve mentioned once or twice now (can’t remember), Otherland may be the closest relative to Azure Islands on the Linden grid currently — probably is. And I’m seeing now that I had overlooked many of its obvious virtues in former forays into the region. I’m trying to rectify that oversight this winter.
Just to wrap up the individual island discussion, Otherland I.#2, in the current southwest corner of the contiguous archipelago, is about the size of Azure Island#4. Like Azure I.#4 and also several other of the larger Azure Islands (#2 and #5, namely), a large volcano lies near its center. But its most interesting feature may be a “man-made” one: a monorail completely encircles the outer rim of the island.
Otherland I.#3 is about the size of Azure I.#5, and lies directly east of Otherland I.#1. It’s topography is similar to the larger Otherland #1 as well.
The vast majority of the other island in the archipelago, and they are numerous, are under 1 sim in surface size, with the largest of the remaining island being perhaps just a little over 1 sim in size — far as I can tell. The smaller islands are also dividable into those with a wintery theme, like Otherland I.#1 and #3, and those with a summer or tropical theme, like Otherland #2.
So below we find Baker Bloch exploring one of the many smaller islands, this one with a more tropical climate. I believe that’s a colorful cutout of Buddha on the side of the cliff in front of him. Baker plans to investigate, at least in a playful, surface manner, the religions of SL more in the future, since he is a member of one himself, albeit a “religion” that has to be coupled with both game and philosophy aspects in order to legitimately manifest as a true phenomenon. I’m talking, of course, about TILE.
Baker sits in a house on the same island, making notes on the interesting textures found within. Such a different aesthetic from the Ubertemple, he thinks, with both being quite legitimate approaches to creating a pleasing, even worshipful space. Perhaps I should remind Baker Bloch that he shouldn’t enter the houses of people without first asking for an invitation. True and thorough explorers are sometimes forgetful about that common curtousy in their thirst for knowledge and adventure.
And another, somewhat larger tropical island nearby, this one with two large parcels (out of three) still up for sale. And quite reasonable too. But Baker is too tied to Azure Islands now to move again, at least so soon. And he’s not really a beach person either, although the mountainy aspect certainly appeals to him. But… no.
About a day after creating this text, found a web page on this move. Check here.. Still incredibly fascinating that you can move 150 sims so quickly.