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No Noru!! September 18, 2009

Filed under: Comet Archipelago — baker Blinker @ 1:09 am

Decided to go ahead and take the plunge and buy the parcel I had my eye on offered by Azure Islands. It’s right smack in the middle of what we’re now calling, tongue in cheek, Big Island. Well, at least its the biggest island of the Comet Archipelago (that’s a coined name as well… more on that in a bit), which isn’t saying much since the second largest island covers much less than even a half sim’s worth of virtual real estate. And the area of Big Island itself, although its length and breadth spans 7 sims altogether (6 currently on the grid, with a 7th to be added soon, apparently), is little more than one sim, it appears.

I now “live” in the Chesaux sim, which contains, by far, the largest chunk of the island of the 7 in question. About 1/3rd to 1/2 of the sim makes up part of Big Island.

Below are pictures depicting what I’ve set up so far. There will be a gallery, true enough, but I’ll have to make it a non-commercial venture here, since the zoning is residential. Have already removed prices from all art within. This would be the Edwardston Station Gallery, still containing the 100 collages of the 10×10 like it did in its last incarnation in Noru. Yes, I’ll have to give up b_hivia — shame! — but I promised Edna I’d put her photographs somewhere on the property.

The Arab has already shown up. This is an important element of the island’s invented lore. Can you spot it below? (hint: it’s *smok’n*). Also present is my standard Victorian house I seem to always set up on new property and then delete. And also another AA creation in the modified Econo apt. building.

One of the really cool aspects of this parcel, besides being relatively *huge* (almost 4 times as much land as I’ve ever had to work with in one location) is the fact that it spans the entire, narrower center of the island. This means you have beach front on both the east and the west. The Arab has been positioned, as a wrecked vessel, on the longer, western beachline of my land. The Victorian house sits roughly midway between the 2 beaches, and directly faces an island off the coast to the northeast. Have to think of a name for that island as well.

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So this is the island I’m talking about, the smaller one to the northeast of my land.

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Let’s go ahead and bring in Hucka D., since he’s so good at helping me craft these mythologies. “Hucka D.?”

Hucka D.:

The island’s name is Chesaw. That’s where the sim’s name comes from.

bb:

The name Chesaux, I know, is from a comet’s name, as [is true for most of the] sims in this archipelago. Hence my name for it.

Hucka D.:

No. It comes from Chesaw. This article will help build up your mythologies of the place. It is a bleedthrough, as they say. Blood. Bleed.

bb:

Ok.

Hucka D.:

Chee Saw, or the equivalent, use to sell art from the island. But he had to give that up when moving to Big Island. He set up a store, true enough, but he gave everything away from that point on. Your Victorian House is on the basic site of that store now. He set it up so that he could open the front door and look directly at his old home, you see. But his name wasn’t Chee Saw, as it was in Washington. Instead it was Chesaw. And the derivative name was not Chesaw but Chesaux, [you know]. See how it builds up from a bed of truth?

bb:

Suppose. Quite interesting, Hucka D. What about Solar and Pons?

Hucka D.:

There is a man named *August* at both the southern and northern ends of Big Island. Or was. Or will be. [whatever]. To the south this has something to do with August Derleth. To the north: August Kopff.

bb:

Very interesting. I wonder how common a given name August is? I’ve never known anyone by that name. Guess I could check. Well, looks like it use to be quite common in the early 1900s, Hucka D., and then went into a lull in mid-Century and is now making a bit of a comeback. Also looks like Hucka wasn’t popular enough to make their list, Hucka D. Sorry.

Hucka D.:

I forgot to add that Chesaw renamed his old island Toroda, or maybe Adorot. This would have been after the wreck of The Arab.

bb:

I’m interested to hear about the story of that wreck!

Hucka D.:

Well… from a different dimension obviously. And not an ordinary sea faring vessel, that’s for certain! For it could fly. It was also submariny-like. It could go into space, and there have been recorded instances in history where certain astronomers mistakened it for a small comet.

bb:

Hmmmm, anyone we know from our study of the various sim names of the area? Perhaps Chesaux himself?

Hucka D.:

Might be. Probably not but you never know. We’ll keep our minds open about that possibility. The point is: this is symbolic of a landed or grounded comet.

bb:

Who was the captain, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

A man named August. There were two of him.

bb:

Clones?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Human clones. One moved to the south; the other headed north. And Chesaw, square in the middle, was able to view it all. He was friends with both; glued the two together.

bb:

Were there other people aboard The Arab when it wrecked? I assume it wrecked anyway.

Hucka D.:

There were 7, soon to be 12. For the 7th was pregnant. I was that 7th.

bb (just going along with Hucka D.’s wild tale):

You, Hucka D.? Were you that purple alien you appeared to me as one time?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Purple and quite pregnant. Quintuplets. I named them after the 5 fingers. There was Index and Ring and Pinky and…

bb:

Did the rest live — I don’t know — with Chesaw himself? Including you and your brood?

Hucka D.:

We lived in the wrecked vessel mostly. For it still contained the portal to Hell. Sorry… to Pluto.

bb:

This sounds a lot like the first goodmobile of the Mmmmmm’s, then, Hucka D. Are they related?

Hucka D.:

Pluto and beyond. New.

bb:

New Pluto?

Hucka D.:

No.

bb:

Just Pluto.

Hucka D.:

… and beyond.

bb:

Getting back to Chesaw, his story attached to Big Island as you’re laying it out sounds something like Arcadia Asylum deciding to give her creations away free of charge within the SL game structure. I assume… or can I assume there is a relationship?

Hucka D.:

Yes. Illumination.

bb:

*This* is where the illumination takes place. The place of scrubbing.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Can I get back to my 5 children because it’s a fascinating story and I loved them so much.

bb:

Maybe another night on that particular subject. Back to The Arab…

Hucka D.:

Pinky was the wee-est, you see. He was the baby. I admittedly spoiled that one. He threw a tantrum and ran off and lived on Torado — Toroda — for several months. He uncovered Chesaw’s old place there, and found the edges of the history of commercialism in SL. Well, he quickly got over his tiff with me and invited me over to the place. It was a money pit.

bb:

Like in Nova Scotia?

Hucka D.:

*Exactly* like that. Afterwards, Pinky went on and on about not wanting to be an orphan and that I was his real mommy and that he was so so sorry for running away like that and he’ll never do it again and he was so sorry for finding what he did on that island, it was so horrible to uncover. But it was fate that he did. Big Island, after that, also became known as PI. Maybe PIE. Pie. But not Pie Island, you see. Just Pie. Like in apple pie. Pie for baking and eat…

bb:

I get what you’re saying.

Hucka D.:

After that the island was divided into 3 parts, with Chesaw in the middle, as I say, and then the 2 clones, August and August, to the south and north. And we were with Chesaw most of the time. And, after that, also on Pinky’s island of Torado — Tornado — Torodo…

bb:

You said Toroda first, Hucka D. Or the reversed spelling: Adorot.

Hucka D.:

Adarat. Ararat…

bb:

What else tonight? We’re certainly fleshing out the history of the place rather quickly!

Hucka D.:

We obviously need to talk about the Money Pit more, and how Pinky fell into it and came out all crazy and apologetic. That was the start of the madness.

bb:

We’ve talked in this blog about mainland madness, Hucka D. Like Kerchal [Forest] apparently had and I suppose still has. I don’t know how Alice [sub-forest] puts up with it.

Hucka D.:

You will study this August Derleth and his Solar Pons. You will see how this is a pastiche, and how Mythos is involved.

bb:

That better be it for tonight, Hucka D. Thanks for explaining all this. Very interesting [as usual]. Goodnight.

Hucka D.:

Thank you.