Variable realities now: below snapshot represents property I *had* my eye on. No more, what with the most recent purchase in Pietmond. But if that particular Otaki Gorge parcel hadn’t opened up, this is the place I might have plopped money down for instead. Don’t know what I would have built on this ridge connecting two, higher mountains except for a re-creation of what I already had in Blackmount. At least initially. Something quite unique could have developed here over time — variable reality, thus.
But since I really can’t buy the land now — “everything in Pietmond,” as a more recent post put it — thought I’d show pictures anyway, if only to give an excuse for talking about what might have been. It’s in in the heart of what I’m now calling the West End Hills, as originally described in this slightly earlier post. The specific sim is Sheol (northwest part), and as I’m checking the SL map out right now upon logging in, I see the majority of the land in question has already been sold. Not surprising, since the overall asking price was only about a linden a square meter.
Hucka D. has hinted around that two, distinct cultures of “Ancients” inhabited the West End area in pre-Linden days, with the West End Hills being the center of the smaller and perhaps more primitive of the two. I’ll get to the second, primary one in just a moment.
Perhaps curious statue on what could have been my neighbor’s parcel here. A lack of details coupled with the solid, black color reminds me of the same qualities in the larger, Jasper statue now in Pietmond. Probably nothing, though; just making another note in case something else comes up.
So here’s another bundle of land parcels I thought about purchasing, this time on the Heterocera continent and not far from my old property in Rubi. Is there more mythology to develop on this particular continent? If so, the development may have been delayed, or set on a different track altogether through another of those “what might have been” reality splits. And all because I passed on these parcels, which, by the way, are in Juanita and represented about the same amount of land at about the same price as the situation in Sheol.
Moving back to Otaki Gorge, more my *home* than ever, I suppose, I found this steampunk style whirly copter parked on the green hills just north of Pietmond, with its owner describing himself, in his SL profile, as “short and green” but not alien (and, btw, also not a frog or an owl). Guess that rules him out as a possible relative to Pietmond’s Colgate family, then, who are likewise green but also clearly alien. Not from around here, as they say.
Another shot coming from the West End Hills, this time of a large ridge running north and south through Streibs and also Ivanova. The aforementioned, Linden owned Oak Hill park would lie just on the right side of this ridge looking from the direction this picture was taken.
Moving north out of the West End Hills proper brings us quickly to this curious set of structures in the Fears Trebled sim immediately west of Ivanova. Although obviously related, the two, colorful “sculptures” here have different owners. Alts of each other? The more multi-hued one to the right lies on property owned by a British art student, and the higher, more orange-ish one is situated on Vashulka Archives land, also containing the large, gray structure beneath it.
Inside the latter is found much information on the history of video (apparently the promised “archives”), along with what appears to be hung pictures of various, historic video captures (?) Only the lower 2 floors out of 6 appear to be finished in any way.
Moving further north and away from the West End Hills we come to this larger, steampunk city taking up most of the Gothlauth sim. Baker thinks upon flying toward the looming, dark buildings: Is this what Pietmond is destined to become?? He hoped not, but history has its course.
Low, green hill in the southwest corner of Talyn just west of Gothlauth. The Platzman’s Family Park is found just below, complete with a train, amusement rides, even a number of elephants.
Nearby microcosm of a snowy day in a backwoods cemetery. Baker is unable to re-find this set piece tonight for further comments.