Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Deep In The Amazon Jungle

Día de Muertos-Unity Unites

Each new day I awake, eyes raised to the strong arms of the trees, seeking out a new inspiration that will make me stand in awe. Endlessly my sight searches the vast lands i call home.....this is Amazon!
Autumn is here! arriving with slow grace, the flamboyant colours of the fallen leaves from reds to burnt is breathtakingly beautiful. The crisp crunch underfoot of the morning frost, each step awaking my senses to mother earth. There is a calmness that speaks to me in a beauty silent way, as i made my way over to the gardens of Unity.

The sweet scent of the freshly arranged flowers drew me closer, for then! my heart danced with eternal joy at their vibrant display.

Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Deep In The Amazon Jungle

Up Coming Events- Día de Muertos

It's not often you get to actually get to wander the Rain-Forest in peace, without a few encounters along the way. My journey tonight took me across the rivers and vast landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.

 First stop was Kamayura Tribe that nestles closely to Crocodile swamp in the Northwest, they have been busy at work decorating the entire Tribe for Dia de Muertos.
 Next stop, Makatarli Tribe, who by far was one of the first that i had noticed in honouring the Day Of The Dead.
  My journey took me far North, Bandit Territory high upon the rocky cliffs.....and the one place you can get a decent drink around here *Grins*...That's if Beast hasn't sipped the last of the supplies.
  And last but not least backtracking over to the towering mountains that sits shadowing the Kamayura Tribe , where another group known as the Raiders are located. I seized the opportunity to take a quick look at their base to respectfully admire, with a warm approval how they have taken the time to join in on the up-coming celebrations.

I am hoping, that in the days and nights to come....more will take part for The Day Of The Dead Celebrations.

Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost

Jungle Voices

Exclusive Interview With Huffy

I had the chance to catch up with Huffy, and asked him a few questions about his time in the Amazon so far. Huffy is in a league of is own, and somewhat of a me. A chance to actually talk with him, took place late into the early hours, just as the orange skies finally sunk behind the mountains. He sat across from me, with a red velvet crown upon his head, a fine suit and perched on his lap sat a beautiful female named Mika.

Aα尺α: "Thank you for taking some time with me today, this publication will be broadcast across all of the Amazon River for all rogues and natives to read!" *giggles*

Aα尺α: smiles across to Huffy, "Now then, word has it that you have been in this jungle for years, you must have seen and done some exciting things in your time in such a dangerous place, tell us...maybe one or two of your most fondest memories here?"

Huffy chewing on the end of a cigar, "Let's get this show on the road though. I got places to go and people to intimidate.", laughing. "I mean uh... talk to.", hearing her first question. Thinking a few moments further, "Hmm, that's a good one.  My favourite memory of this place was probably when I ended up with a cement mixer and filled the Raider's cave up with cement.  That was such a mess for them.  Pretty sure they packed everything up and moved to where they are now."

Huffy paused a few more minutes to think about another time.

I breathed out slowly trying to hold in a laugh...

Huffy: "Ah I do remember when I was offing seekers as well.  I had probably the biggest bounty in Amazon history.  Fifteen thousand coins and a couple hundred soups for my capture.  I had three or four groups after me and I had some of the best fighters in Amazon protecting me."

Aα尺α: "Thats pretty impressive...not sure if its the truth but hey I take ya words" *snickers* "How long exactly have you been here and what was the first thing you learned when arriving?", she asked.  *pops a cherry into her mouth*

Huffy takes along drag of his cigar before exhaling above him to avoid blowing it in Mika's face, "Hey all ya gotta do is ask Widow for the truth on that one.  She was the one who stabbed me in the back and turned me in for the bounty.", looking quite angered still by that reminder.  "I've been here for, oh three and a half years or so.", dabbing his cigar ash to his side..."and the first thing I learned here was to avoid the Bandits at all cost.  But, I eventually learned they are about as scary as a room full of unicorns."

Aα尺α placed a finger to her lips realising she lost her scrappy paper now in the grass, raking her fingers to find it, smiled and then wrinkles her nose, "I see! Good stuff! *clears her throat to continue* "So what would you say keeps you coming back after all this time...and what would you say, to keep the longevity of the average Amazonian going?"

Huffy looks around and then to Aara, "Have you seen this place?  Why would you ever leave it?  It has a little bit of everything that makes the best places special and it kinda comes together.  It's always said this is Hotel Amazon, like that song from before my time.  You can check-out anytime you like but you can't ever really leave.", thinking of the lyrics.  "To keep things fresh and exciting, at least for me is if things get stale.  Reinvent yourself.  I've been everything from a Bandit, to a Raider, to a World Wildlife Fund representative, smuggler, and logger.  If something isn't working for you, just find something that does here.  There is plenty of room for change for anyone here."

Aα尺α: "I must admit that I have to agree with you on that, Huffy.  Okies, moving to the combat action we see on a daily basis here, you have been mentioned by quite a few people in the jungle as being one who knows his way around a weapon...tell us, what are, in your opinion, the best and worst aspects of having so much combat in these lands?"

Huffy gets his patented cocky smile like always when he's praised for his abilities, "There's people that said that about me?", building himself up further with his ego.  "Well I think being able to have the ability to get shit done and influence the weaker people is something you absolutely need.  It's live or let die out there in the jungle.  Survival of the fittest.", looking to Mika to plant a kiss on her cheek.  "And well I think the worst thing about it all is some get too carried away by it.  So much so that I can't even walk up to someone without having a gun pulled on me even if I don't visibly have a weapon on me and it's not just me, it's anyone.  Nobody can trust anyone or talk to another before they are laying waste at each other."

Aα尺α shuffled her perky curves a little then averted her eyes to meet his stare, "Aye they really did, it's surprising what people say behind your back" *laughed out* "One last question, can you name three people who you will always remember even if its......for good or bad reasons?"

Huffy laughed to himself, "Oh that one is easy.  Syd and Jewel, because I put em through so much hell since I came here and I don't think anyone could ever forget Harold and his Afro the size of a Mini Cooper on his head.  I'm so glad he finally shaved that thing off."

Aα尺α: "Huffy!  Thank you, you are the first in line to speak with me so all I have to say it this..." *paused and inhaled deeper* "ALL HAIL KING HUFFY!"

Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost

Saturday, October 20, 2018

HOT NEWS!! Tunnel System Discovered!

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!
if you are at 6 HP or less the Teleport-option will not be offered in the spirit menu because paying the 0.5 HP Teleport fee would make you unconscious.

Friday, October 19, 2018

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 way out of it. They capped you. You lost. And it is common sense to play along.
Now, if your captor is a clutz and cant string two words together and sucks at roleplay - well, cap the leash and walk off. But otherwise, stay put, play along.

Bottom line: both parties, captor and captive should talk about it, why the captive felt the urgent need to cut the leash. Was the roleplay boring? Did it violate limits? was there something else wrong? or, and be honest there, dear captive: did it jar with your look on yourself that you lost a battle? and you had to win?
And ideally these talks take place before the roleplay is destroyed by a "godmodding" move like cutting the leash. Don't cut and run. It is frowned upon. Talk. you have IMs. Make use of them!

Monday, October 15, 2018

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 drugs around, I wish I had stayed a tad longer. *giggles*

Congratulations to you both!


Your friendly jungle reporter, Aara Iceghost

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

                         Deep In The Amazon Jungle

Up 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 appetite travelling 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 will join in dance and song to celebrate this up-coming event....More to follow soon.

Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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.


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 biodiversity. So what kinds of trees are there? as many as 80,000 plant species from which more than 40,000 species play a critical role.
But the greatest riches maybe the compounds they produce, some of which are used for medicine. For the Amazon people, Native and new explorers, plants and trees are a food source. Widely scattered around all of the Amazon, surely no one could go hungry? could they?

Your Friendly Jungle Reporter Aara Iceghost

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