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HOT NEWS!! Tunnel System Discovered!

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Archaeologists working in the Amazon Jungle today announced a miraculous new discovery - a system of tunnels that link every familiar spot in the Amazon!

You will see the tunnel entrances dotted around spots you are already surely familiar with - walk into the cave or tunnel and you will find yourself at the heart of the network of tunnels.

Simply find the one you want - ancient tribes have helpfully inscribed the destination in the rocks - and walk through it to the spot you wish to visit.

OOC Note: This network of tunnels supplements the spirit based Teleports and links to the same spots. However, using the 'magic' of the Spirit Teleport will henceforth cost you 0.5 health points - whilst walking via the tunnels is free!  The choice is yours!




OOC post about leashes and other roleplay helpers

every toy that is scripted in SL, be it the spirit, the Mama Allpa HUD or even a vehicle - regardless what it is... is always a roleplay-helper - nothing more.
Regularly the question comes up if one can do this or that.. here a small collection on questions that I see a lot. In Amazon, in D/s groups, in roleplay groups.... generally:
"I am leashed - can i break the leash?"
"I am in a cage- can i TP out?
"I am locked in an RLV collar - can i run away and leave the ownership?"
Even if these answers seem to concern different issues, they all are about the same: how much do we want scripted gadgets to influence our roleplay?

So, the answer to all the above questions is: Yes, you can. Technically.

However, you always need to take into account the effect that it has on your roleplay-partners. If you are leashed in a "capture roleplay"-situation and you break the leash it is off-putting for your captors. It does not matter how brilliantly you emote your …
Deep In The Amazon Jungle
"A New Life, It's a Girl!"
Late last night saw the arrival of a new baby girl, Nadia Alvez at 8lbs 2 ozs and measuring 21 inches long to mother Rain Alvez and proud father Andy Alvez.  She was born at 7:37pm on the 14th day of October with the help of Midwife Jᴏᴊᴏ Rʜᴀᴘsᴏᴅʏ-Kʀᴜᴢ̌ɪᴄ.  Assisting in the birthing was Ɗɼ. Ĥȧɼoレđ ƑƦƟϻǟƝ, but according to Andy.....he mostly danced.  *coughs shuffling her scraps of paper*  Also present was Skye Rʜᴀᴘsᴏᴅʏ-ɹoıslǝɔxǝ Within and  Ĵαẕ вøṉεʐ Čόόρέŕşţόήέ'.

I had the pleasure of witnessing the first stages of labor and that it is NOT as fun, when the newborn wants out...*shudders*  The birth took place in the jungle hospital located at crocodile swamp named "AR Medical Services".  I also had the pleasure of saving my ears from Rain's loud vocal cords, heading off as help arrived in the form of JoJo and Harold...that woman sure can scream!

As Harold performed a Tribal Birthing dance and offered dr…
Deep In The Amazon JungleUp Coming Events-Día de Muertos We've all heard about the Day Of The Dead but what is it exactly?
I have ventured deep into the Amazon Rain-forest, and already witnessed some that are preparing for the celebrations to come.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an annual event a celebration of life and death. A day to mourn the dead respectfully keeping them alive in memory and spirit-during the event Día de los Muertos is is said they temporally return back down to earth.

The centerpiece of the celebration is an altar, they are placed to welcome spirits back to the realm of the living. As such, offerings are placed down such as food, drink- Surely they would work up an appetitetravelling from the spirit world. A candle for each departed member of the family placed down surrounded by flower petals that are scattered from Alter to Grave-site. These petals, usually marigolds, will gently guide wandering spirits back to their place of rest.

Soon everyone wi…
Deep In The Amazon Jungle
Landscape and Wildlife
It delicately charmed with beauty, a breathtaking landscape gently mannered. Flat and low-lying sandy shores that hug line its longest and most majestic rivers, prospectively populous by its fruitful trees, shrubs and wildlife. It downpours rain in some parts, but without this life could not be sustained. Enjoy the Amazon for its majestic mountains, impressive towering trees that grow from every angle.
Navigate the waterways by boat, you are likely to see tropical birds, river snakes, energetic and enormous crocodiles. Travel on foot to see much more wildlife up-close, formidable jaguars, monkeys and not forgetting frail light-hearted colourful butterflies.
But explore you must! be adventurous...and step into the undergrowth....but! beware not to step on a snake.

Plant-life
Just try to find two trees of the same species within a few minutes in the Rain-forest, you will just keep walking across different species a term called biodiversi…
Deep In The Amazon Jungle

The Amazon Rain-forest has always have a lot to offer. Diversity, beauty, creative inspiration! Sustainable life, dense vegetation, and a place we can make and call home.  I am going to work my way through the jungle on a solo expedition to see what kind of amazing stories i can discover using it as my muse. What kind of plants and animals will you find? Are there any dangers? Who is who? Tribes and groups? Marriages and Births?
    And who was it.....that stole my batch of cherries? Was it that Grumpy Chief Maccus that i adore so much?

Contact me if you have any interesting stories, in-world, in role-play. Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost 

Public noticeboard @ Tapajos

A new public noticeboard has been placed at Rio Tapajos.  Anyone can use it.  Simply click an empty panel and follow the instructions to CTRL-drag a texture and a notecard onto the empty panel.  The texture will be applied to the panel and the notecard will be given to anyone who subsequently clicks the panel.  texture and NC must be COPY/TRANS.

The panel will remain 'active' for 3 days, and will then be reset.

Spirit Colours - Changes

We are making some changes to the meanings of the Spirit colours.

These changes were discussed at the recent Leaders meeting and we think they will bring more flexibility and the opportunity for improved roleplay in the Amazon.

Summary:-


WHITE - safe zone *and* pre-Wisdom Cave new arrivals.GREEN - no metered combat (i.e. using shots/hits from the spirit) but can use roleplay/dice for 'confrontation'.YELLOW - metered combat (i.e. confrontations resolved using shots/hits via the spirit)RED/PINK - metered combat, especially of a sexual nature (unchanged from now)What does this mean in practice?

WHITE
If you are new to the Amazon, you spirit will remain white until you pass the Wisdom Cave. This means people will be aware that you are still learning how things work here, and will be able to make allowances. You cannot be shot and you cannot shoot other people.

GREEN
If you choose to wear a green spirit you cannot be shot and you cannot shoot other people.

However you can now choose …

Height and Camera

We have now included in your stats a height meter. - and since viewers report sizes in different variants (alternative facts anyone?) we decided to go for an algorithm that will reflect your size according to the normal size for prims. so if you are 2m and a prim is 2m, it should be about the same, more or less.
Overly tall people (>2m) will have to eat more often as they would burn more calories, naturally.

If you need help to adjust your avatar here are two (not so new but excellently written) guides:
the first goes about your shape and how to make a realistic one:
http://pennycow.blogspot.com/2012/01/pennys-shape-making-guide-abridged.html

the second, and also very important one, explains how to set your SL camera for a *much* better experience:
http://pennycow.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-improved-sl-camera-revisited.html

Voting on appearance

The poll result reads 25h after starting the poll:
145 votes for "no fantasy traits"
148 votes for "mild fantasy traits"
19 votes for "full on fantasy traits"

It mirrors by that the mood that i anyway captured already amongst the residents: many ran some fantasy appearance - and many of those also did so secretly ("Is Tantrica around? No? Phew! Let me wear my pointy ears!")


I recognize of course also that 46.4% voted "no fantasy traits" but i would like to encourage those 145 voters to take a closer look at their own SL.

As i wrote already earlier in Amazon Chat - it is tricky in  a world like Second Life to draw a line on "100% realism". Starting it very simple: most of us don't have that perfect Barbie- or Ken body that our pixel-selves in SL have. So, is already the sixpack of John Doe fantasy? Or the triple-D-cup of Jane Doe? I saw just today in the jungle someone voting "No fantasy traits" while wearing s…

2018 - the year of better roleplay

Amazon River is one if the best roleplay regions in Second Life - yet, there is no need to rest on our laurels . We decided to start this year the initiative to better roleplay - for everyone. We will start with roleplay classes and we have more things up the sleeve to provide a full concept on that.

More things that we offer to better your roleplay:

Mentors who explain the necessary OOC conditions for our regions and who help you also to optimize your avatar for the Second Life of today (e.g.: drop your ugly sculpts!)

Seekers who help and support you on your roleplay IC path to get it started

A big community of active roleplayers - as every play needs RP partners

and, last but not least: YOU. To succeed with the plan to make 2018 the year of better roleplay, YOU are vital in that plan. Your motivation, your participation and your dedication.

Keep in mind: roleplay is not watching a TV show. Roleplay requires all people involved to be active, awake and willing to enjoy a good time.