Excerpt from a Novel in Progress

Friday, November 20th, 2020 —> +9°C / +48°F —> Rained just a little – Small drops polka-dotted the porch around 4:15 pm Atlantic Time –

Metis Wooman in Ceremonial Dress

Metis Woman in Ceremonial Dress – borrowed from a site I found and lost when a hard drive crashed…

{{{ This world is very different – same continents but different history – Derrick will explain this to ‘Xhyrean’ in this excerpt –  Derrick and Elise are 17 year old European-Americans – Elise’s parents divorced when she was ten years old – her mother met an upper class British jerk who offered her a job as a professor at either Oxford or Cambridge University in Britain – he had a lot of pull – was a member of the house of Lords and slept around with everybody he could – he drugged Elise and was about to rape her – she jumped out of her body and Xhyrean – a Métis from the future who developed the ability to jump between parallel worlds and even jumped back and forth in time on several occasions… found her and helped her back into her body – overcame the drug and scared the jerk into leaving the room in a hurry after he { Xhyrean } threw a few heavy items at him with telekinetic power – When Elise told her mother what happened Her mother packed her up and went to their embassy in London, met with intelligence officers, told them what happened – the intelligence guys were investigating the jerk under the suspicion that he was supplying terrorists with guns and money and information – So the intelligence guys gave Elise and her mother new names, had Elise { <— that’s her new name, Derrick knew her by another when they were 8, 9, & 10 years old } They had Elise dye her hair blonde and and had her and her mother change their names, gave them a new identity and spirited them out of Britain. Her mother had been depressed and heavy when they lived in Ithaka back then – and lost a lot of weight in Britain. Then- because nobody recognized them back in “Ithaka, New Amsterdam” they settled there and her mother got a position as a professor at ‘Cleeson’ University { Cornell in the world you and I inhabit } Derrick kept some bullies from beating up a gay kid and was invited to join an LGBTQ2+ support group as a “Plus”/ straight guy they knew they could trust. Wacko evangelical gay hating jerks attacked the local high school on the first day of school and killed a small number of people, notably the principal and a secretary – and wounded several others, but the school had a lock-down procedure and an alarm that brought the SWAT team out and they managed to kill the guys who came to the school in a church van with “God Hates Niggers Jews Indians and Queers” in blood red letters – on both sides of the van. Derrick didn’t recognize Elise as a blonde who had changed quite a bit in seven years { and had her nose fixed and wore contact lenses to make her eyes look blue } He protected her during the evangelical terrorist attack and a couple nights later, Elise jumped out of her body again – touched Derrick’s arm and they both jumped to a parallel world where they met —> Eslyn – who looks like a ‘thirty-something’ woman with brown hair and eyes and a log cabin, a large garden and a dog named Jessie. —> Volffe is a tall guy with dark hair and piercing blue eyes – the son of a German American and a mixed First Nations mother – he found himself in this same parallel world several years ago —> Jessicka is a tall red haired young woman that Xhyrean saved from inter-dimensional monsters in an unfinished novel I wrote in 2017 – She wasn’t as tall and she wasn’t a red head back then but the parallel world she’s in now with Volffe and Eslyn for friends tends to change people’s bodies into what they wished they looked like. —> Zearlina is a shape shifting Healer with a lot of spiritual wisdom. She shifts into an Afghan Hound – or a slender ageless woman with white hair. —> Rocky is an Ymmp – a shortish creature with a thick reptilian tail, pointed ears and a snout and upside down canines that curl up near the leading edge of his snout. He’s a fun guy with a demented sense of humour. He likes mangling any language he speaks and he understands how to use music to heal, distract, or even lull anybody into a trance – I think that’s everybody who is just about to finish dinner in Eslyn’s cabin. }}}

Jessicka + Volffe +Unexplored Territory

– Jessicka + Volffe —> Unexplored Territory –

— After they pretty much inhaled their dinner, Derrick sat back and tried not to burp loud enough to embarrass anybody. Elise smiled and turned to Derrick with a guilty look on her face, whispered, “I think I ate too much, too fast.”

— Derrick nodded, whispered, “Lot of that going around -” then he turned toward Eslyn, and had the feeling that everybody at the table was waiting for him to say something, “Wow – that was fantastic.”

— Jessicka tipped her head down and either blushed or smiled – or both?

— Volffe nodded, “I’ll second that-”

— Zearlina covered her mouth for a second, nodded, “That was a little spicier than I’m used to – but yes, that was really good.”

— Xhyrean nodded, “I don’t know, how does this work, can I ‘third’ that? Or should I second Volffe’s second?”

— Eslyn smiled, “At least half the credit goes to Jessicka, she brought most of the ingredients, including the vegetarian ‘beef substitute’ with its all natural ingredients and low fat content. -” she nodded, “I was pleasantly surprised.”

— Jessicka blushed, shrugged, looked around, “I don’t think I could have figured out how to cook anything over a wood fire if my life depended on it.”

— Eslyn nodded, “Took some gettin used to – but after a lot of practice, I think I just might get the hang of it some day-”

— Elise looked around, “Should I offer to help you clear the table?”

— Eslyn shook her head, “Oh – no – deary – not after what you’ve just been through – and the same goes for you, Derrick – but I don’t think I’d say ‘no thank you’ if Xhyrean and Volffe volunteered.”

— Volffe chuckled, “You mean I couldn’t just sing for my supper?” he grinned at Zearlina.

— “Don’t look at me – I’ll get down on all fours and go for a run with Jessie – I just burned off about six months of my stored healing energy here -” she turned toward Elise and gritted her teeth, whispered just loud enough for everyone to hear – “Don’t you dare tell him that we get a real boost from what we do, they have to believe it costs us half our sanity and three quarters of the energy we need to get up and walk across the room.” She grinned and stuck her tongue out at Xhyrean.

— Elise looked like that statement left her totally confused.

— Zearlina shrugged and turned toward Volffe, “She’s new at this – she hasn’t come into her full powers yet.”

— Elise looked a little more confused, she turned toward Derrick.

— Derrick whispered, “Zearlina told me that you are a very strong healer.”

— “Me?” Elise blushed, shook her head, shrugged – looked at Zearlina.

— Zearlina nodded, “You’ll see – if we have the time, I’ll give you a few pointers. You won’t be raising the dead any time soon, but you might be able to save the lives of any of your friends who suffer critical accidents or gun shot wounds.”

— “You’ve got guns here?” Derrick asked.

— Eslyn shook her head, “Not yet – I think some of our friends sabotage all research toward that end.”

— Volffe sighed, “Some idiot with a pistol came through here a couple years ago, shot at and missed several deer. We kind of let the slavers capture him. He was out of bullets. He tried to pantomime what the gun could do. Pointed it at imaginary animals and enemies and said, “Bang, bang bang.” and acted like he’d been shot and fell down. The slavers thought he was nuts and pistol whipped him, thought the gun made a good – sort of brass knuckles? Kind of thing? – Xhyrean rescued him about a year later and dropped him off back in his home world.”

— Xhyrean nodded, “He ran to his local police and told them he’d been kidnapped by aliens and used as a slave, beat with clubs and pistols that they didn’t have bullets for – The police had him locked up for observation.” Xhyrean shrugged, “He was not a model patient. They treated him with drugs that left him shaking like he had Parkinson’s disease?”

— Derrick nodded, “We know what that is.”

— Elise nodded too.

— Xhyrean sighed, “We – some of us – looked at his possible and probably futures, and he’s the first person I gave up on trying to help -” he sighed.

— Derrick winced, “Some of my friends were bullied, beat up and humiliated by football players – I don’t know that any of the ones who picked on my friends had any redeeming qualities-” he sighed, shrugged, looked sad.

— Xhyrean shrugged, looked at Volffe.

— Volffe shrugged, stood up and began piling dishes together.

— The two guys actually cleared the table and washed the dishes, dried them and let Eslyn tell them where to put them when they were dried.

— Xhyrean looked at the cleared table, went outside on the ‘back’ porch and brought in something that looked like it might be a rolled up sail for a small boat. He laid the thing the long way on the table and unrolled it, straightened out the white canvas that covered the table and then some, then unrolled the animal skin that had been wrapped inside.

— Eslyn, Elise, Derrick and Zearlina all cringed and turned their heads.

— Jessicka gritted her teeth and shuddered.

— “Sorry – we did not kill this animal.”

— Derrick shuddered, “That looks like a very large deer skin.”

— Xhyrean shook his head, “Moose hide – tanned -” he nodded, “But that was close – same family – just bigger -”

— Derrick shuddered again.

— Xhyrean flipped it over and spread it out. Someone had painted, or somehow drawn a very good map of the world Derrick and Elise had come from. The details were amazing.

— “Earth-” Derrick nodded.

— “Your Earth?” Xhyrean asked.

— Derrick shrugged, “Pretty much -” He looked closer – there were no man made boundaries drawn in – anywhere – He pointed to an empty spot in the Pacific Ocean. “There’s an island here – and -” he moved his finger to the Atlantic Ocean, near the edge of the Caribbean, “These two Islands had a volcano go off between them so now they’re joined by a very rocky isthmus.”

— Xhyrean smiled, “You never had a nuclear war?”

— Derrick shuddered, “Yeah, we did. The Chinese started a twenty years war, conquered most of mainland Asia-” He pointed, “and all these Islands around it – Then they started attacking Europe – some of the free nations over here -” he pointed to North America – came to their aid and a combination of Aztec and New British scientists helped the Germans develop the nuclear bomb. The Chinese didn’t want to surrender until more than half their population was obliterated. That was a hundred and seventy five years ago – For the next hundred years, all these areas -” he pointed to most of the areas that bordered on the Sea of China – “As well as most of these islands -” he pointed to most of the islands within a couple hundred miles of the Asian Mainland – “Fought each other for the right to become free and independent states.”

— Xhyrean pointed to the West coast of North America, “What country is this?”

— “That right there is California.”

— “Is California a country?”

— Derrick nodded, pointed father north, “This is Tlingit -” – inland – “Shoshone Land” – farther inland “Lakota Confederation” – inland from California – “Navajos” – South of California – “Aztecs” – Northeast of Aztecs – “Hopi Sovereign Territories” -East of Hopi lands – “Comanchen” – North of Comanchen – “Apachen” – Northwest of Apachen/Northeast of Navajos – “Ute Land” –

— Xhyrean raised his hands, “Okay – Okay – How about this whole area?” he moved his hand in a wide circle above most of North America.

— “All of this is the Turtle Island Confederation.”

— Xhyrean pointed to an Island off the north coast of what he understood was the ‘Turtle Island Confederation’ – “What’s this?”

— “New Svaeria-”

— Xhyrean nodded, moved to the mainland northwest of New Svaeria – “And this?”

— “New Norway -”

— “Are there any Métis Lands?”

— Derrick nodded, pointed, “Here – between the Annishnabe and the Ojibway”

— Xhyrean smiled, pointed to the north side of the river that flowed from the smallest of the ‘Great Lakes’ and looked to Derrick with a question on his face.

— “New France.”

— Xhyrean nodded, pointed to other side of that river-

— “Acadia”

— Xhyrean looked surprised, moved his finger South and West –

— “Madawaska -”

— South and East of Madawaska –

— “New Erin-”

— Xhyrean raised his eyebrows, pointed to what almost looked like an Island south and east of New Erin –

— Derrick pointed to the farthest north eastern bit of land there – “This Island is Nova Scotia” This part is Mik’Ma land,”

— “Wow – this is different -”

— Derrick pointed and moved his finger in a circle, “New Britain -” then he pointed to several areas inside the circle – “ Passamaquoddy – Maliseet – this was Micmac land ceded to Madawaska – Wabanaki – And this, land along the coast – was believed to be cursed after first contact with Europeans here brought the Bubonic plague with them. Many tribes were wiped out completely – Only those who kept to the north and avoided all contact with the Europeans survived. He pointed to the coast from the island that was the border of New Erin down to a mess of small islands and a bay with quite a few more islands, “This is New Keltia – My mother’s people are from there.” He drew his finger south and west from there, “New Mercia – Settled by British Catholics who lost a civil war in Britain.” Then a larger area inland with a small section of coast line, “New Hampshire -” West of New Hampshire – “Vermont” – south of New Hampshire and Vermont – “Massachusetts” – Southeast of Massachusetts – “Rhodes Land” – East of Rhodes Land – “Providencia” – West of Rhodes Land – “Konnecticut” – West of Konnecticut – “New Amsterdam” – A large, long island south of Konnecticut and east of New Amsterdam – “Montauk” – North of New Amsterdam – south of New France – “Mohawk” – West of Mohawk, North of the finger lakes – “Iroquois Nations -” he paused and looked up at Xhyrean, “The Turtle Island Confederation was based on the foundations and treaties of the Iroquois Nations -” – then he pointed to the finger lakes region, and drew a line west to the southernmost of the Great Lakes,and then a straight line most of the way back toward where he had indicated the south eastern part of New Amsterdam was – moved his finger down at about a forty five degree angle then circled around, “All this is New Amsterdam – New Amsterdam City is on this island here and Elise and I came from Ithaka up here at the south end of Lake Cayuga.” He drew a breath, “There are a lot more sovereign nations here, and I haven’t even gone north to where the Cree and the Inuit and the Alieskans are.”

— Xhyrean drew a breath and let it out slowly, “I am Métis – my people were forced west and had their families forcefully separated by the British government that conquered New France and subjugated most of the First Nations people from coast -” he pointed to the Atlantic coast – “To Coast -” he pointed to the pacific – “to Coast -” he pointed to the arctic -”

— Derrick looked shocked, “The Métis, the Lakota, the Navajo and the Hopi were the first of the indigenous people who joined most of the transplanted Europeans in the ‘World War’ against the Chinese. The Navajo and Hopi had seen that war in visions and said it was the first attempt by a force of extremely evil ones to conquer and enslave us all. They convinced the Lakota – and, um, the Métis traced half of their people to other First Nations who had mated with Europeans – mostly French, Keltian, Erinish and New Svaerians.”

— Xhyrean nodded slowly, looked tired, “You seem to know a lot about the history of your world.”

— Elise laughed and covered her mouth, “He hardly ever forgets anything.”

— Xhyrean looked impressed, nodded, “I’m one of a very few humans who can jump between almost infinite parallel worlds. Most others who have accidentally or purposefully tried to jump to too many worlds start to lose their health and their ability to concentrate after three or four jumps. I bumped into one guy who hijacked a inter-dimensional disk shaped craft and escaped with his niece – and her husband and managed to jump between a dozen worlds before that wore him out. We were then contacted by a group of several dozen human hybrids from a couple thousand years in the future who were able to make as many as two – even three dozen jumps before they began to lose their ability to concentrate, then their memories, and then their health deteriorated altogether. Together – we have catalogued, I think – 38 parallel worlds on planets identical to this one mapped out here – Almost every single one of them calls this area – The United States – Up here – this is Canada – Down here, this is Mexico – This whole continent south of what most of them call Central America – this is a mish mash of several countries where the Spanish and the Portuguese conquered the indigenous tribes and were defeated in a series of civil wars and a lot of maps of what they usually call South America are completely different from most other maps of the same continent. This is the first time I know of that it looks like the First Nations made treaties with Europeans that the Europeans didn’t break and try to kill off most of the First Nations any chance they had.”

— Derrick sighed, nodded, “After the Bubonic Plague killed off two thirds of everybody in Europe, two later plagues nearly wiped them out again. First Nations that survived the Bubonic Plague over here let refugees fleeing Europe ahead of the next two plagues settle here – and kept them quarantined, fully expected all the Europeans to die off in the areas they believed were cursed to begin with. Druids, and Keltic healers as well as the Welsh who settled in Madawaska brought healing herbs with them and traded them with first nations medicine people who showed them more healing herbs and plants in the ‘new world’ that everyone soon began calling ‘Turtle Island’ – We survived, and thrived, and the first nations saw us as valued friends – many tribes didn’t want their sisters to have anything to do with the dirty Europeans, but some intermarried – If other tribes banished or otherwise ostracized anyone who intermarried with the Europeans, the Métis welcomed them, conditionally at first and then, when they proved themselves to be honest, contributing members of their villages, granted them full citizenship.” Derrick nodded.

— Elise sighed, “I’m sure he got an A-Plus-Plus for that course.” she winced then gazed lovingly at him.

— Xhyrean sighed, and yawned, “Wow – I guess I have a lot of world hopping to do – all the historians and extra-world explorers will want to know as much as I can tell them about this.”

— Derrick yawned, “You had to yawn, didn’t ya?” he grinned.

— Derrick nodded, “I think we could all use a nice restful night’s sleep.”

— Zearlina smiled, “While I was meditating, I received an assurance that we will get that – a nice restful night’s sleep. I think somebody up there-” she pointed up through the ceiling – “Somebody in the Arch-Angelic strata, has been waiting for you-” she pointed at Xhyrean, “and you two-” she pointed at Derrick and Elise, “to accidentally meet each other like this.” She turned and looked right at Xhyrean, “I saw a flash of your friend – George’s – flying saucer in a world that is in their time zone – has the same exact land masses -” she pointed at the map drawn on the inside of the moose skin, “-but has a population of less than three hundred thousand humans, a lot of untapped resources and animals that have gone extinct on most of the worlds you know about. I think the Arch Angel that showed me that world said it was the New Earth promised by several religions that have been perverted by the forces of darkness and mind control in almost every world you know about.”

— Derrick was stunned.

— Xhyrean looked like he’d been hopeful that he might some day find a place like that, but nodded slowly, closed his eyes and then wiped them, sighed, and nodded, “If we still can remember this after our nice peaceful night’s sleep I will allow myself to feel ecstatic for the first time in what feels like centuries.” He yawned and began to roll the moose skin map back into its tight tubular shape. He glanced toward Derrick and Elise as they smiled at each other, “What year is it where you came from?”

— Derrick shrugged, “Twenty seven fifty nine.”

— Xhyrean looked slightly shocked, “Do you have some kind of letters or initials to go along with that?”

— Derrick and Elise nodded, “M.E.- Modern Era.” They said almost together.

— Xhyrean began to roll the moose skin up inside the white canvas, “That’s – different -” he nodded, “What came before that?”

— Derrick looked at Elise.

— Elise smiled, “C.E. – Common Era.”

— Xhyrean nodded as he rolled the canvas as tight as he could get it, and began to tie it with rawhide strips, “How far back did the Common Era go?”

— Elise glanced toward Derrick.

— Derrick nodded to Elise, “They stopped counting at forty five ninety nine – The common Era began after the Svaerians established trade with the First Nations along Turtle Island’s East coast and the much less aggressive Chinese made peace with the First nations along Turtle Island’s West Coast – The Egyptians were already exploring Maoria – and had made peace with the Maories after they gave up trying to conquer them.”

— “Maoria -” Xhyrean finished tying the third and last rawhide strip around the middle of the canvas around the rolled up moose hide. He glanced at Volffe who looked just as interested as Xhyrean seemed to be.

— “The smaller two big islands to the east of the small continent south of Asia – where the Madjedbebe lived – The Egyptians had started out trading with the Madjedbebe and then tried to conquer them and basically had their behinds handed to them.”

— Xhyrean almost looked confused, “Almost all the worlds we’ve catalogued call the continent ‘Australia’ and the Islands to the east have been called ‘New Zealand’ much more often than Maoria.”

— Derrick nodded.

— Xhyrean continued, “In most of these worlds, the British ‘discovered’ and colonized Australia and New Zealand.”

— Derrick grinned, “I guess the three great plagues kept the British from colonizing the Madjedbebe and the Maories where we came from.”

— “They also colonized what you call Turtle Island. The colonists rebelled against British economic bullying. The British also colonized a large section of southern Asia – called it India.”

— Derrick nodded, “India put up a heck of a fight against the Chinese before Europeans and then some of us Turtellians joined the war.”

— “How many world wars did you have?”

— Derrick nodded, “Just the one – We pretty much stayed out of other wars. Some of us signed treaties with India and promised to come their aid if the Chinese got feisty again. Smaller countries all around China took advantage of China’s weakness and re-established themselves.”

— Elise took Derrick’s hand and tried to lead him toward Eslyn’s sofa. He finally turned to her and smiled, “Sorry -” and followed her there.

— Xhyrean put the rolled up moose hide back out on the back porch and came back in while Volffe picked up his guitar and played several quiet pieces that blended together –

— Xhyrean came back in and sat cross-legged on the floor facing the sofa, “What do you call the time before the Common Era?”

— Derrick smiled. Elise closed her eyes and leaned back, kept holding Derrick’s hand.

— “There were fifteen hundred years of Dark times after the Kelts and the Germanics sacked Rome. The Roman Era lasted two thousand years – they were nasty, tried to conquer, subjugate all the known world. If anybody fought back they brutalized and enslaved them. The Roman Era followed the Greco-Egyptian Age. Before that there was a long period that followed the fall of Altania – The Altanians tried to tame the Very Ancient Chinese by blasting their laser through the centre of the planet – but they hit huge pockets of subterranean gas that blew the continent of Altania to bits, caused world wide tsunamis and pretty much ended a royal golden age -” Derrick sighed, “Before the Altanians came to prominence – a long time before the Altanians came to prominence – there was a civilization in the Pacific Ocean that some called Mu, or Mur, or Lemuria, and some others called the land of Oz – And that civilization dominated a mostly peaceful time for hundreds of thousands of years. The Lemurians lived for an average of 700 years, some lived a lot longer – They grew their houses by planting trees close enough together so they grew together, and they bent and trained branches to form upper floors and roofs – They were really good at cross breeding plants, for instance – they developed bananas -” Derrick yawned.

— Xhyrean yawned, “Sorry – I should let you get your rest. But your world was able to keep track of hundreds of thousands of years? That’s amazing.”

— Derrick nodded, shrugged, “There were times when like, for instance, the Romans tried to claim they’d ruled the planet since the beginning and tried to destroy all records that anything happened before they went on the war path – But the Israelies and the Indians kept their records in secret places – So did the Egyptians, but the Egyptians fell under the spell of the Romans for about a hundred years – and their rebellious historians kept their records so secret that after the Romans killed most of them and enslaved the rest – Almost nobody knows where their records are hidden. There are rumours and theories, but Present day Egyptians have several religious sects that claim that Egypt was founded about four thousand years ago and are crazy enough to cut the throats of anyone who says otherwise.”

— Xhyrean smiled, rose to his feet –

— “Another thing -” Derrick perked up.

— Elise winced.

— “Something that isn’t widely accepted – There have been ages when most cultures went back and forth between world wide Matriarchies and Patriarchies – Kind of like a pendulum swinging back and forth – But for some reason, since the time after the Lemurians, who were reportedly both male and female in the same bodies, there might never have been a time when both sexes treated each other like equals – My Uncle Scott said the last Matriarchal Era ended between three and five hundred thousand years ago, when there was a world wide conference and the matriarchies were losing ground and men were threatening world wide civil wars – So the women said, ‘Okay – you think you can do better? Knock yourselves out -‘ And very shortly thereafter there was the dawn of militarism.”

— Xhyrean looked interested again, “Your Uncle Scott- Scott Baldwyn?”

— Derrick nodded.

— “He stumbled through a portal into the world we call ‘Earth-NorAm-MexCanUSA minus 9’ and published a very scholarly set of books that everybody thought were fiction -”

— Derrick leaned forward, “He disappeared for six months and the next time we saw him – he looked like he’d aged about ten years. And he grew a beard.”

— Xhyrean nodded, “He spent about twenty years on that world.”

— Derrick was about to ask a question but Elise gave him a healthy shove, “Enough already – lets go to bed.”

— Xhyrean gritted his teeth, or winced, or both, and nodded, “Sorry – yeah, we’ve been trying to head off into dreamland for a while now, haven’t we?”

— Elise grinned and almost growled, “Good night-”

— Xhyrean nodded, “Good night.”

— There was a chorus of ‘Good night’ wishes from all around.

— Volffe put his guitar away, laughed quietly and just above a whisper, grinned at Xhyrean, “I guess she told you-”

 

 

 

Saturday – July 18th, 2020 – the Border Fixin Squad is Out in Full Force –

Saturday, July 18th, 2020 —> +28˚C / +82˚F —> & Not so muggy in Atlantic Canada @ 5:30 pm – I think they Celebrated Cheryl W.’s birthday in South Africa & Called it a Nelson Mandela Appreciation Day. –

- Draelen notices Buildings are up off the ground in Birkenport -

– Draelen said, “Uhh – Things are kind of up in the air over here in Birkenport at the moment – Send in the troops -” –

— Another typical Saturday in the Game Building World?

— Excuse me if you already heard this, but we had to fix a few things in Aerendel City – We needed to disconnect the City from its surrounding spaces, or areas – mountains to the north- hills to the south – Highland Forest to the North-West – That was the easy part. Aerendel City had not yet been the focus of Urban Development – It was just sitting there, with lots of plans on several ‘drawing boards’.

— We worked on just the basic landscape, made no major changes in the shape or the border regions at all, smiled and moved it back into place, re-connected it seamlessly with all its surrounding areas and checked the borders and everything looked fine.

— But then a Newbie builder took a look around and a lot of things were not fine. A week before this started Nikki took a look around Landsdrop and found that Wolfe Ridge had gone wandering. Draelen checked it out, came toward Wolfe Ridge from the West, and everything was fine. But then Newbie – Skarhfe – on his way to Del-Vahria – found the same problem and ‘sketched’ the absence of Wolfe Ridge { took a screen shot  and ‘shared it’ with the rest of us. Lucky for us, Skarhfe might have been new to our team, but he knew what he was doing and he corrected the problem with, in Kaelyn’s words: “Ease and Grace” { The first time we heard that we thought ‘Ease’ might have refered to Aeslynne – and wondered who Grace was. }

— Draelen, Volffe, Niki, Evelynn, newcomers Yurgan, and Jim – set about correcting things in just about the same manner that Skarhfe had fixed the ‘Where the bleep did Wolfe Ridge wander off to?-‘ problem.

— And we discovered that if we fixed the border between Aerendel City and ‘AerWest02’ from the East – from Aerendel City – it looked fine, but when Evelynn ran around to check something from the AerWest / Highland Forest side – Things were definitely not ‘fine’.

— We thought we fixed the border between Highland Forest and ‘Mountain Range “A”-‘ where they both just come close to Aerendel City – but after things looked ‘fine’ again there – and after Evelynn ran back around to Aerendel City with nothing obviously out of place – she ran back down to Birkenport and, “Uht – oh!” – Birkenport hadn’t moved, but all the buildings and lamp-posts had jumped at least three feet in the air and hovered there. And the sea level in that important port city had dropped about five meters – and that fell under the ‘Not Good-‘ category.

— So we called out the troops, and a lot of us took turns fixing things – and when we reached the point of exhaustion we went to sleep and somebody else was always ready to take our place –

… Let me finish this later – They need me in the landscape emergency room…

- Yurgan paused to marvel at the red clouds just after sunset in the city -

– “Yurgan paused to marvel at the red clouds just after sunset at the edge of Aerendel City.” –

— The clouds look like they’re closer to a ‘hot pink’ than red to me, but I’ve been assured by others, the clouds around sunset were definitely red.  –

— Have I said too much about everybody’s efforts to repair borders etc.?

- Red Sunsets? This is the border between Birkenport and Daelen-

– “Red at night -” no – somebody might take that wrong – Red Haired Evelynn – in a reddish fog a bit after sunset – with the stars shining through –

— Somebody suggested we compile a ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ of the guys and gals on our team – Sounds okay to me –

— And I better sign off for now – It’s been a long day and a half —

————— T.R. —————

We’ve Been Busy & “Dat’s Good-“

Thursday, July 16th, 2020 —> +19˚C / +52˚F —> & Mostly cloudy @ 2:34 am in Atlantic Canada —> & Jim says it’s Nancy { maiden name “Aspinwall” }’s birthday today – Yesterday washis grandfather’s, Robert Carlson Wellington Senior’s Birthday. & Linda Rondstandt’s 🙂 –

— Where should I start?

- Skarhfe looking at the end of the world. -

– “Skarhfe Proves that Niki Was Right.” – Wolfe Ridge went into hiding….” –

— We never doubted Niki when she said she got to the vortex but it wasn’t there – Draelen ran down from Del-Vahria, all the way through the Shadowlands and Stone Lake and Wolf and Wolfe Ridges – and the crossing from Wolfe Ridge to “AerWest01 looked fine from where he came from – He ran through the spinning vortex and smiled at Niki and turned around and ran back, no problem. Niki closed her eyes and ran off the edge of the world – and didn’t die – and didn’t fall through eternity and all that –

— Draelen and Nikki got their own accounts this week – Drae’s third builder character is a diminutive – possibly a Faer Elf guy wearing a wizard’s shirt and carrying a healer’s kit – He re-created Nikii’s path to the end of the world – and sure enough – there was a wide open space, a bonafide “Nothing” where Wolfe Ridge should be. He had the presence of mind to take a selfie, obviously with a levitated wizard-ish selfie device – and then fixed the problem – made sure that “AerWest01” was linked to Wolf Ridge – which is directly West and “UP” from Wolfe Ridge { Two families, related, brothers, named ‘Wolfe’ – immigrated here a few months apart – When the second brother registered with the ‘Governor’s Agent’ in Birkenport the agent was upset that the bribe that was offered wasn’t as large as he hoped it should have been and spelled the name “Wolf” instead of ‘Wolfe’ out of spite and in spite of protest. —> The first brother had already taken the Princes’ advice and gone West – staked a claim that has been called “Wolfe’s Ridge” ever since. Details are a bit fuzzy – and seem to change a bit every time anybody tells the story – but the first brother thought the second brother should have either offered a bigger bribe or ‘Cold-Cocked’ the agent, forged the documents and beat it to ‘The Ridge’ – He might have actually said, “It wouldda been more honorable even if ya got caught and landed in the slammer- The agents, even the stinkin governor are afraid of me – and they should be afraid of you to- ya wimp. We couldda had ourselfs a legendary Donny-Brook that wouldda established our reputation as bad asses for ever -” – and gave his brother the upper -Western half of the ridge – The ‘Soggy’ section. Brother number two didn’t mind at all. He was the better farmer of the two and the sometimes legendary rain storms up there not only grow wonderful crops, but because the Western half of the ridge is so steep, 99% of the potential crop ruining flood waters run down into his brother’s half of the ridge and flood him out regularly. }

— Oh – back to Skarhfe – when he was pretty sure his gamble would work, he removed the link between AerWest01 and Wolfe Ridge – and then re-added it – and bingo – the errant property magically appeared where it shouldda been all along –

- Skarhfe stares into a blinding sunset -

– “Skarhfe stepped into a blinding sunset” –

— Skarhfe’s efforts, as soon as he triumphantly dashed through the spinning vortex and did not have his body parts scattered all over the continent – were ‘rewarded’ with a blinding sunset through a thick fog – it made going a bit slow, but he felt pretty good about getting that slippery border situation fixed so easily –

- Skarhfe hopes that's just fog -

– “Skarhfe hesitated at the top of the ridge between Stone Lake and the Shadowlands.” –

— After hearing stories of adventurers stepping across borders and never being seen or heard of again, and then seeing that disappearing land masses might actually be a thing – Skarhfe stood atop the ridge that marked the border between Stone Lake and the Shadowlands and waited until a small herd of deer happily galloped up the slope and emerged from the fog – before he took a breath and bolstered the courage to take one step at a time down what could very well have been a slippery slope to oblivion – Nope – it wasn’t oblivion he stepped into, it was the Shadowlands – and while nobody’s reported reputedly haunted buildings falling out of the sky and barely missing anyone lately – there’s always a chance –

- Drae in Islandia -

– “Drae made it to Islandia.” –

— Islandia is another slightly spooky place. It’s reputed to be a ghost town that’s been completely taken over by vegetation. There are those who say you have to be very brave and quite foolhardy to attempt to find the place. And most who make it through a cavern and some pretty tight spaces don’t stay long, and nobody wants to spend the night there – but Drae laughed. A large, muscular constable followed him all the way and then turned and ran at the fist sound of hooves. Drae laughed, “Our big, brave constable was scared half to death by a goat.”

- "Mending Borders" -

– “Mending Borders” – Before Skarhfe fixed our roaming land mass problem – Draelen and Volffe were out inspecting borders and mending them as needed. –

— The screen shot above, if you look closely – shows a slight tear between Wolfe Ridge on the right and Wolf Ridge on the left. None of our guys and women laughed at anyone who reported problems with border crossings and possible sentient land masses getting up and moving if they felt slighted or neglected … So yeah, everybody was out, checking, and applying band-aids when needed.

- "Niki's predawn view of Del-Vahria." -

– “Niki’s pre-dawn view of Del-Varia” This world has some ‘picture perfect’ sun rises and sunsets. –

— She’s got the soul of an artist and the voice of an angel -And it isn’t just me who thinks so – Niki saw this inspiring sight from the Customs House on the Isthmus.

- Morning Fog -

– After Niki stared at the view from the customs house for half an hour she stepped outside just before sunrise and saw this –

— One healer called the morning fog ‘a salve for the soul’. Sounds like a pretty good assessment to me.

- Drae in the Shadowlands Cavern -

– “Drae in the cavern in the Shadowlands.” –

— Depending on your point of view and the poetry of your heart and soul and mind – you may find the way crystals in some stone reflect and amplify and transform the colour and tone of the light from a torch, or in this case, a gas light – You may find the changes in the light either annoying or ‘magical’ –

— And it’s way past my bedtime, but I told the crew I’d get their pictures up and here – I’ve done it. And now – before my head hits the desk when I pass out … I better bid y’all a fond “Adieu” – don’t tell our tea-totallers I found somebody’s secret bottle of hootch – and it was flavored!

— { Hic – }

————— T.R.—

Friday, July 10th, 2020

-Friday, July 10th, 2020 — +30˚C { With a ‘Humidex’ of +37˚C } / 86˚F —> Felt like 98.6˚F — hot and humid @ 7:30 pm up here where we don’t all live in igloos 😉 – On Emilie’s Birthday 🙂 –

— Today’s Progress report? T.R. couldn’t sign in here – he said whatever idiotic thing was going wrong – the log-in page wanted Draelen and wouldn’t accept anything else? — Well that’s weird…

— But –

- Raitch -

– “Raitch” is here and looking around on her own account! –

— Doug says he knew it would be a bad idea to give his daughter her own account. “She has better fashion sense than the rest of us put together – she’ll put us to shame.”

— Looks like he’s right.

— We also gave her husband his own account – but we didn’t click on all the right boxes and he spent an hour trying to contact us to ask why he couldn’t come all the way in to our world here. ( Ooops – sorry guy – ) But I believe that situation has been ameliorated.

- Raitch at Landsdrop Falls - early evening. -

– “Raitch at Landsdrop Falls in the early evening.” –

— It doesn’t look like she moved all day – just stood there and gawked? { No, I better not say that, she’ll kill my avatar next time she sees him. } — Yes, we have learned how to ‘park’ our avatars and fly around doing a lot of stuff – then pretty much landing in the spot you took off from three or four hours earlier. and take a ‘selfie’.

— Hey Doug, should we trust her to start blogging with us?

— And Doug’s answer is, “Hit the deck!” as something breakable comes flying at my head from what? 500 miles away? – “Who gave her Psionics?”

— Raitch just smirks.

— Her dad blushes, “I think she was born with them. I don’t know, ya think maybe I was a victim of MK-Ultra mind control a7 Manchurian Candidate training? Then had my memory wiped?”

— { shudder … } “Yeah, maybe they discovered that we were uncontrollable – even under their stupid torture and drug addiction programs…”

— Doug looks at me with a dubious expression { as seen on our video chat channel } as Raitch’s human player comes up behind him spying on us with her iPad in hand.

————— All for now –

~~~~~ Jim

 

Thursday, July 9th, 2020 –

– Thursday, July 9th, 2020 —> +24˚C / + 83˚F – Mostly sunny & hazy with maybe 30-50% of the sky supporting smallish clouds – with Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for later – Where I’m at in Atlantic Canada @ 4:57 pm –

- Nikki + Draelen in Landsdrop just past Sundown -

– “Nikki & Draelen in Landsdrop just past Sundown.” – The area they’ve been working on lately –

— Things have gone a lot more smoothly lately since we got everybody to “Lock” all their heightmaps when they were finished ‘Messing with them’ —> Jim managed to build an impressive cavern in less than an hour. and he didn’t have to drag all the parts out beyond the area and work on them, then drag them back and fuss for several minutes to get them lined up right. — Charging straight ahead with your head down and your eyes closed might not be the most effective strategy in world-building.

- Nikki & Drae in the Landsdrop Cavern -

– “Nikki & Drae in the Landsdrop Cavern” –

— The idea is – crystals in the stone reflect firelight in different colours and intensity – & Jim is correct – on a decent gaming monitor this looks fantastic. –

- The 'Drop' at Landsdrop -

– “The drop at Landsdrop” – the irregular line of rocky cliffs that give the area its name. –

— The cliffs that give the “Landsdrop” area its name – An “escarpment” in geological terms? The term is often used to describe the Niagara region of ‘southern’ Canada. – At first we were not overly thrilled with the look of the texture we’re using here – At a distance it can look funky – but I guess the fog in the ‘atmosphere’ goes a long way to help that when you’re at avatar level on the ground. But some of our avatars will have functional wings. And we’ve been wondering if characters with ‘Night Vision’ would see what we developers see when we turn on the lightbulb — everything? Another quirk with this texture: When you lower the ‘scale’ to something like 0.25 large areas with this texture look great – but when your character gets close – not only is the magic gone, but it looks like the texture failed and left you with reddish purple lines and foggy fields of grey and tan. So – we guessed that we can use that for cliffs seen at a distance – where nothing exciting will ever happen – and maybe gradually bring the scale back up to ‘normal’ closer to the ground – & closer to where anything might happen.

— Let me digress for a moment – Jim’s theory is to let every player believe their character has an unfair advantage and counsel them not to do anything stupid while they’re at lower levels – “Don’t jump off a cliff if you don’t have the right magical armor -” … stuff like that. I rolled my eyes at that idea at first, but then, the more I think about it – yeah – that works. A thief should believe he or she has an unfair advantage when it comes to picking pockets of npc’s. – Then learn caution when they go up against the higher leveled & more perceptive npcs and player’s characters. Yeah – that works.

….. — T.R. —

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020 – Landsdrop

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2020 —> +19°C / +68°F —> grey & clouded over @ 7:30 am –

— Didn’t get a lot done in Aerendel yesterday – I did build a shelf support in the North-West corner of the office here and plopped the beginnings of a shelf there – from the support to the heavy grey desk top that still needs a bit of work and its own support – we’re planning on getting that at least partially accomplished today.

— This morning, so far – I watched Volffe work all around the borders of Landsdrop { West of Highland Forest, East of Absentia – North of ‘North-West Aerendel_02’ } – which got its designation way back when the refugees who ‘Discovered’ Aerendel began to explore – look for game animals, look for edible native plants – & look for decent places to build settlements beyond the limits of Aerendel City and away from the corruption that was already becoming a ‘thing’ in Birkenport.

- Landsdrop as of 9:23 am July 2nd, 2020 -

– ” Landsdrop as of 9:23 am – July 2nd, 2020.” – borders all worked on – creeks in place as far as the next ‘drop’ –

— Landsdrop got its name from the cliffs that drop to a nearly flat – open stretch of ‘prairie’ land – ‘Scientific’ types, even way back 5,000 years ago – wondered if the ‘drops’ were caused by earthquakes – or if they marked the farthest reaches of a huge glacier during the last ice age. { And we have a lot to do to ‘sculpt’ the land beyond the most major drop and redirect the ‘creeks’ that made the prairies the obvious choice of farmers way back ‘when’. }

- Volffe standing Night Watch on Lovers' Lookout Hill in Keltic Vale -

– “Volffe standing Night Watch on Lovers’ Lookout Hill In Keltic Vale.” – looking North and East toward Del-Vahria. –

— I think I hinted at the beginning of this article / post – That we didn’t get a heck of a lot done Yesterday – I think all that Volffe actually did – besides checking around for obvious catastrophes – was plant a lot of leafy ‘weeds’ among the summer grass on Lovers’ Lookout Hill. { He didn’t call them weeds – he called them local vegetation – which has been used for salad greens over the last 5,000 years. }

— And I have some real world ‘Schnarr’ to do, so I’ll post this now and maybe do some more later —>

~~~~~ Jim

– I Think We’re Taking It Up A Notch – or Seven? –

-Thursday, June 25th, 2020 —> +27˚C / +81˚F @ 6:15 pm —> Sigh — I been Bad and so caught up in trying to undo some Catastrophic messes – I missed telling too many wonderful people that they shouldn’t just have one happy day a year because it’s their birthday – { Hanging my head in shame – feeling like a marionette with cut strings? And an aching neck —> So many wonderful, lovable people out there who deserve to be reminded how wonderful they are … and so little time ? }  Ack!

- After we thought we'd fixed all the irritating little problems ---

– After we thought we’d fixed all the irritating little problems that exploded into our world after one nano-second of clicking on the wrong thing and then pounding control-z hard enough to knock Bill Gates out of his bed wherever he’s hiding out –

— This is what a disaster looks like – W fixed this once already and then when we fixed something else the ‘link’ between two areas unfixed itself. All that black area between the mountain on the left and the hills and green grass on the right? —> That’s not supposed to be there. The tower and other buildings levitated above the blackness? – They’re part of the territory to the right. That bright cube beneath the tower closest to us? That’s a light that should be shining either on  the docks to the left or near the guarded gate that would be part of the land to the right. Several buildings almost dead center? They Belong in line with darkened buildings that stayed with half of the harbor’s docks to the right – when the other half floated, what?-  thirty yards to the left? Something like that.

— I think the above mess happened because we missed one ‘Seamless Link’ That we should have removed before we began moving all our ‘Used-to-be-linked-together-areas’ back together and gluing them in place. Duct tape and wire hangars might have been prettier… and might have lasted better. But anyway —>

-Elise and Vollfe Appreciating a crimson sunset sky -"

– The closest I got to “Read Skies At Night” { which delighted sailors because that meant the storms were chronologically behind them – } Was purple clouds and fog near sunset – But this wasn’t purple – Was it? –

— Elise – The barefoot Hippie builder planted and nurtured some flowers after working all night helping Volffe set up several lamp posts and watching the lamplighter do his thing – I might get around to working on the screen shot of Elise’s garden next time.

— One reason I never tried for a red sunset was the messages in U2’s “Red Skies at Night” and “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” – One big reason I’m building this game world is to give people who don’t want to kill everything in sight a place to hang out and hopefully see some amazingly beautiful landscapes. The hackers and slashers will have their own areas to set each other on fire and spill blood all over the place, but a lot of areas will have either ‘Divine Protection’ or Big ugly protectors scaring the living cement out of the bad guys. — But the red skies last night on my wonderful gaming monitor came close to having me wonder, – Gee, maybe red isn’t such a bloody awful colour after all –

— One “Quirk” with this 3D stuff is – you get to see some characters from a slightly different angle and it looks like you took a photograph with a weird wide angle lens that makes people look like they do in fun house mirrors. Not so much in this screen shot as in one that might be next.

- Volffe & Nikki in a Birkenport Morning -

– “Nikki and Volffe in a Birkenport Morning -“

— Okay – This might have been the game day before Volffe and Elise knocked themselves out putting lamp posts in place.

— Remember I said something about weird effects – Nikki’s face is almost twice its normal width in this shot – and her ears are probably – um, 4 inches farther apart than they really are?  And Volffe’s face is thinner here that it really is. — Can’t chalk it up to lens aberrations…

- "Builder's Hallucinations?" -

– As a result of several ‘Earthquakes’ – we brought the sea bed for the ‘Enchanted Sea’ and ‘Enchanted Inlet’ down a bit. Zealandir was part of the working party – ‘Casting Magick Spells’ to mend the broken land? { no- actually using ‘slope smoothing’ tools to bring the Dark Dirt slopes down to meet the sandy slope rising to meet it – }

— Looks like a weird dream of buildings floating or falling in a pink and purple sky while Poor Zealandir looks like he’s trying hard to believe that if he doesn’t turn around and look at it, it might not be real.

- Builders Gawking at the light high up on the 'mont' At Isle San Michel -

– Daerrikk and Volffe staring at the beacon near the top of Mont San Michel on Isle San Michel in the inland sea –

— Some of these darker scenes might not show up all that great – but this one doesn’t look bad – and this is not on the Gaming Monitor… There’s a fairly bright bluish light way up near the top of ‘Mont San Michel’ on Isle San Michel { Locals who want bragging rights to the highest mountain in the inland sea argue which Mountains are mountains and which are mere hills. I don’t take sides. }

- DelVahrian - 'Working on the dry sea bed after the earthquakes.' -

– Ya don’t want to see this guy comin at ya with a bad attitude in a dark alley – “Don’t argue Religion with a DelVahrian – it ain’t healthy -“

— DelVahrians are Hard Workers, Hard Drinkers, and have been known to have some monumental fist fights over finer points of religious dogma…. Here, this guy is looking for leaks in the dry sea bed of the Enchanted Sea – Which is actually a ‘dog legged’ inlet of the Inland Sea. —> And it has a reputation for being haunted as buildings and huge boulders and sometimes screaming people fall from the sky –

- One more view of the Crimson Sunset -

– Here – one more shot of the Crimson sunset in Birkenport – maybe not as impressive as the first shot, but it held Volffe entranced –

— Ack! I’ve been at this all day, fixing worlds and gritting my teeth – And this ‘posting’ or ‘article’ is the wrap up –

— Have a good Life….

~~~~~ Jim

If It’s Wednesday – This Must Be Isle San Michel -“

Wednesday —> June 24th, 2020 – 1:24 am —> +19˚C / +68˚F – Dark & ‘Clear’ in Atlantic Canada –

- Daerrikk & Volffe + Isle San Michel -

— Daerrikk & Volffe on the Docks at Keltic Vale – Gazing at the Beacon High on the ‘mont’ on Isle San Michel –

— After a frantic week of repairing links between areas inside the Game World – We finally got a chance to work on a couple improvements – Brought down the Space Needle like rock on Isle San Michel – and shaped the mountain or hill more like Mont Saint Michel in France – It isn’t prefect –  but it’s pretty good. Then we put a lamp post and a bright blue light up near the summitt – And here – Daerrikk { Right } and Volffe { With his name showing over his head } were watching clouds roll in and glow blue from the light. There were times, from that vantage – that you could see the whole top of the hill lit up.

- "Isle San Michel -" -

– Isle San Michel and the NorthWest Corner of the Inland Sea. –

— Too many different shades of colour in our mountains? Earlier – { Yesterday? } – We finished shaping the grey stone hill or mountain. Before we conked out in the not-quite-so- ‘wee small hours’ of Sunday Morning we put a lamppost and a bright blue light up near the final chimney-like bit at the top.

— The ‘Mythology’ is, that when a rag-tag fleet of sailing ships carrying refugees from the “Last Wars Of Magick” found “Aerendel” — All they found was an Island in the ‘middle of nowhere’ with a fairly high mountain and fairly lush vegetation. They put ashore and found all kinds of fresh berries and other fruits – good water – and then – as a nasty storm hit – sought refuge in a pretty big cavern halfway up the mountain. The storm lasted three days and the ground shook several times. A lot of the refugees thought the bad guys were winning the Wars – But when the storm was over they discovered that their mountain was much higher above Sea Level than it had been before – and a lot of land had risen from the sea around them – Including a lot of jagged mountains.

— I’m thinkin’ the rocky hills or mountains in the lower left corner of the above Screen Shot are a little too jagged. No matter how sharp and pointed they might have been when the world changed – which might have been 5,000 – 10,000 or more years back – In an area where fresh water freezes and snow is a common sight in winter – I thought it would be more realistic – or at least interesting – to have more rolling ribbons of hills and fewer sharp points. { Shrug }

— So it looks like the world needs a lot more cosmetic surgery – We’re still finding loads of major ‘earthquake damage’ – Areas that used to be connected look like they’re at least a football field apart – And then there’s a lot of areas that are just kind of landscaped with monochrome hills and mountains & without grass or trees or cobblestone roads  or other necessary details – To say nothing about the buildings and caverns and caves and tunnels that are still in the planning stages and – can { or should } we give each race their own style of housing?

— And I better go – I’ve been staring into space and beginning to blink in and out of dreams while I’m trying to type here. And I have a Dentist’s Appointment in the morning —->

— Aaaaaaaa ….

~~~~~ Jim

“Hey – Look What I Found – & This Past Week In Game Building Land -“

Sunday – June 21st, 2020, Fathers’ Day? & it’s +26˚C / +76˚F – off and on cloudy – and muggy? @ 3:34 pm in Atlantic Canada –

I thought I lost this -

– How about a rejection slip from Star Wars – for an unsolicited idea and sample bit of movie script in 1977? –

— I found the above hiding in plain sight here in my office when the ‘clearing away some clutter’ bug hit me. I thought I’d lost it a long time ago –

- Julienne - in slightly foggy reflections in Glaicer Valey -

– “Julienne taking a moment to appreciate the beauty through the coming fog – with reflections in Glacier Valley -“

— Glacier Valley has been around since 2011 – But – while I thought I did a good job of getting the slopes from high mountains right, and learned that white gravel doesn’t just just look like authentic hillside ‘crud’ { – that’s a technical term used by climbers – “Crud” – } —> It also looks like real snow in some places / under the right conditions. … And I was able to pick up a really good ‘Gaming’ monitor during Boxing Day/Week after my 3 month appointment taking photos and working them into a complicated database for the local museum here in the fall of 2018 – and wow – I was actually stunned at how good this looks on a decent gaming monitor.

- A Gremlin - Doug figured out how to morph this guy from a full sized human -

– “Gremlin -” I thought I’d have to try to get my cousin Emelie involved to come up with some decent creature designs – but while this character { one of Doug’s } has some glitches and weird appearance problems – it looks pretty darned good { or Evil – or both } – to me –

— Without the hat – this character has dark eye sockets on the top of his head, and his neck looks like it has a bones sticking out if you look at it too closely – but dang – { I wish the ears were creepier – but heck – } Having a couple of these guys running around burning down whole neighbourhoods could make for some interesting game play…

- Anie - in the shallows of the Enchanted Sea -

– Annie – up to her waist in pretty green water in the Enchanted Sea – Even stout hearted Pirates avoid this area whenever they can –

– Annie looks like she’s really worried that there might be hungry sharks in the shallows of the Enchanted Sea here —> An area that’s just mostly very basic right now – And getting a little bit more finished every day – Even if I work on this game until I pass out and wake up with my neck aching and my head pounding much too often…

- Moe lit some lamps -

– Moe – the slightly Pirate-like Cat-Person – learned that a little bit of some dust from Crystal Mines – when added to whatever they burn in those lamps – both increases the brilliance of the lighting and gives it some colourful tints –

— Moe was my first successful attempt at ‘creating’ a charismatic Cat-Person – With just a little bit of modification we have Fox People who might need bushier tails – But yup, they are different enough –

- Brilliant lighting from a distance -

– This was another view that ‘knocked me out’ – When you see this on s decent sized screen – it looks pretty darned good – & on the Gaming Monitor it looks Magical. –

— As I was ready to wind down – I knew I would pass out soon if I didn’t – Draelen – { My Character } And Nikki – His love interest – met in the dark on “Lovers’ Lookout Hill” and Me, out here in the ‘real world’ was stunned at how good this looked –

- A little more than two hours in real world time passed between the photo above and this one - taken from the same angle -

– Draelen might have been just as stunned as I was – And the morning fog and scenery isn’t bad here either –

— After the magical looking night in the two ‘photos’ – above – A one nano second miss-click messed up several game areas right around this ‘Inland Sea’ harbor – and after three long days of fixing things – we still more to do – But – yeah – seeing that we’re able to have results that look this good – doesn’t keep me from waking up with my forehead on the keyboard – but it does give me hope that we’re actually getting somewhere.

- Gaeren - The Ursan on the right - and his Delvahrian captain of the guard -

– Somebody had to make armor in the DelVahrian style for Gaeren – an Ursan { Bear Person – } –

— These two are in the same unit – guarding the city of ‘Emeliea’ with spooky clouds coming down from mountains in the west –

- "Tall Spruce with roots -" -

– We’ve also been seriously learning how to ‘make trees’ with Speed Tree software – from the same company that designed software that made some really impressive virtual plants for movies. –

— I have to ask Cousin Debi if this is what a real spruce tree looks like, and not a Colorado Blue Spruce –

— Sigh – And I better sign off and get some rest before I blink and wake up a couple weeks from now with a splitting headache…

— 🙂

~~~~~ Jim

– It Used To Be Friday –

– Saturday – June 13th, 2020 – +15˚C / +59˚F – dark & partly cloudy @ 1:42 am on my friend, Bob Balough’s Birthday –

Draelen & Nikki in the guard house in the "Norff Land" area

– Draelen & Nikki on guard duty together in the guard house in “Norff Land” – The chosen and highly defensible ‘New Homeland” of quite a few Ymmps –

— Not long after I took this screen shot the world we’ve been working in went ‘Down’ – { Schnarr! } It went down at about 6:31 Friday morning and it’s still down as of the last time I checked, maybe half an hour ago –
— I spent hours last evening thinking I could copy and paste the page of “The sentient Races of Aerendel” that I laboured over and put together painfully in HTML sometime between 1995 and 1997? – Before I could get my hands on a working copy of Dream Weaver. Long story – You don’t want to hear it. It’s all about me joining the vast hordes of unpaid US home health care providers trying to keep my father alive and then being so burned out I couldn’t work for a couple years.

"Norff-Land" The Ymmps adopted homeland.

We were building this new area and adding the sea to its south – This is about as far aw we got –

— The rocky coast of “Norff Land” { Ymmps, wiff dere demented senses of humor love making fun of language and talk funny for the plus perfect hell of it. } – They’re also hunted by the goblin-like race in this world who, if they can capture an Ymmp, and cut off its tail, and locate the correct glands and process the oily juice they can squeeze out of those glands just right – and survive the hallucinations and near-death experience they go through when the drink the stuff – become almost demonically powerful after having been born sickly, weak, stupid and generally useless – Ymmps are fun characters, ‘old souls’ who just want to laugh their way through this life and have as good a time as they can – And they all develop a ‘spell’ they call fire breath – which can kill bad guys, maybe ten at a time, but then they’re exhausted and need to rest and hope there are enough other Ymmps around to protect them and kill off the crazed attackers who want their tails – literally. I was raising steep hills along the jagged coastline while Nikki’s player was sleeping and had left her there as a place holder in case I tried to do too much at once and crashed out, if it took me a while to get back on I wouldn’t have to twiddle my thumbs for a minute or so while the world ‘spun back up’ and allowed me back in to get back to the business of building the landscape of this world – which is coming together and looking a lot better than I thought it could when I started this.

Julienne in Glacier Valley

– Julienne in Glacier Valley – with the early spring melted snow reflecting the absolutely gorgeous terrain behind her. –

— Looks like a ‘Visit Aerendel and Stay as long as you like’ Post card above, doesn’t it?

Juvenile Palm Trees.

– “Juvenile Palm Trees” – Besides checking a lot of minor problems with ‘Seamless Links’ and making some cosmetic changes, putting finishing touches on several areas – I’ve been working my way through ‘Speed Tree” tutorials and here’s some of the results –

— Palm Tree Saplings? 19 + feet tall? – The pink sphere is a collision thing – no characters can run between the young trees – I was thinking I could ‘sink them into the ground’ and have myself a jungle like look –

Tall twisted Palm Tree.

– Here’s a slightly twisted palm tree guaranteed to react to breezes – I wasn’t a big fan of palm trees, but I know where I can put this –

— A “66.21” foot tall palm tree that’s been buffeted by Trade winds? I randomized this from another palm tree that was 50 feet tall and couldn’t resit. I’ve got some more reading to do before I make sure it has all its intended features and close my eyes and push the button to send it through the pipe line with a couple whole forests waiting to join it. I liked the trees that disappeared with a server upgrade – I forget how many years ago – but these are a lot more interesting.

Tosha - without her axe

– Now this was an interesting occurrence – Tosha did a lot of work landscaping the other day and somewhere along the line might have actually lost her ‘Gear-Axe’ .

— I want to know if her axe magically reappears next time she pops in to help me here, but I guess I’ll have to wait –

— Have I done enough damage for one day? If I don’t get some quality rest I’ll be in trouble, deep.

— “Have a good life -“

————— Jim