Critical Mass

She clicked the first air interchange on, clicked the second, the third, felt them all shunt open and heard the low hum of the mechanicals gearing up. Lights flickered on, popping in sequential strings of glowing red gems across the control panel. The vents slowly opened, pushing the first breaths of fresh oxygen into the cabin where the dormant residents lay.

She checked her belt. Her carbon-blade set was available, her electro-mace charged and unlocked. While she hoped she wouldn’t have to use them, the doctor warned of disorientation upon awakening, and she wanted to be prepared.

The first resident stirred…

~ from “Critical Mass,” an unpublished and mostly unwritten science fiction novel by Harper Beresford

Critical Mass

I secretly read science fiction and fantasy. I am not an avid reader but a grazer, interested in strong characters, deep thought, interesting landscapes, new cultures. Sometimes it’s fun to think about new worlds, and the very avid RP class in SL does just that. One of the best stores for such folks is run by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin.

This newest offering by them, available tomorrow, shows Bryce’s newest work in 3DMax as he bakes on the textures with shadows, skillfully building the prims and pieces in SL after his work. It’s truly a piece of wonder and if you’re waiting for someone else to get back from their afk break before you resume role playing, you will most likely spend your time camming around the outfit, fascinated by the details—the buckle on the cape, the three knives tucked in the back in the belt, the pouches on the side, the laced fly. It’s a fascinating graphic journey—each exquisite detail opening up another potential story.

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I really like Hart Larsson’s new line of skins with their Asian features and beautiful coloring. Hart has blessedly drawn the nose wider (rather than the unrealistic Michael Jackson pinched nose I unfortunately see on so many skins for women of color) and smoothed out the skin. Hart approaches the tattoo layer differently than other creators—rather than giving you one eye makeup on the skin with lipstick options, he gives you one lipstick on the skin and you purchase the eye makeup options separately. This allows you to customize your skins as you please, swapping out say, a cat eye with red lipstick to a smoky eye with wine lipstick. You ostensibly create your own makeup set in this manner. For example, you can purchase the wine lipstick skin as I have here and purchase several eye makeup options to create your own fat-pack.

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For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects. – Gene Roddenberry

Hair: POISON ponytail/plum ( resizable / no rezz ) by Mirja Mills for Emo-Tions

Skin: [PXL] Kasumi SK WineLips with [PXL] Kasumi SK Smoke Eyes by Hart Larsson for [PXL]

Outfit: ED-Crucible-F by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin for Eclipse Development *

Boots: Adam n Eve Boots Sleek by Damon Gorilla and sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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Take a step outside your sim once in a while and you might run into the power players of the RP sims. These are the women who carry heavy duty scripted weapons and have kill ratings floating over their heads. They are always gorgeous—well dressed and beautifully detailed in their character appearance.

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One of the places the best RP’ers go is Eclipse Development, where Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin make being an RP’er a work of art. Their newest outfit comes with so many combinations, you’ll be able to traverse the plains, survive the apocalypse, engage in hand-to-hand combat, and seduce the prince with just a few clothing changes.

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The outfit comes with the wicked boots and gloves as well as a sculpted chest piece that discreetly covers the breasts and another shoulder piece that comes with or without cape. Add a veil and long skirt, shoulder pads, and layers upon layers of stockings, pants, shorts, corset and sexy bra, and you get a lot in this bundle.

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Mirja Mills’ hair is another great place for RP/fantasy wear. Her hair (which she is producing at an unbelievable rate) is perfect for outfits like these—a bit wild, very untamed and perfect for fantasy.

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“You wouldn’t think it would be Toby—she was so tough and hard—but if you’re drowning, a soft squashy thing is no good to hold on to. You need something more solid.” ~ Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

Hair: CRISS hair ( blood) by Mirja Mills for EMO-tions

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/bl) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Outfit: ED – Enclave – Ebon (Boxed) by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin for Eclipse Development *

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Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin of Eclipse make some of the toughest, most elaborate RP wear on the grid. They are also the nicest people you will ever meet. I had the pleasure of meeting Bryce and then his partner Eclipse when we were all doing RFL (which has personal significance for them as it does for many in SL). I had long admired their work without knowing the warm hearts behind the work.

Bryce and Eclipse have achieved a partnership that many of us would envy. They had known each other before entering Second Life, and Bryce followed Eclipse into this new world where they could open shop. Their work and vision is so entwined that they can not tell where one’s work ends and the other’s begins.

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“Realize your RP” is the tagline of their business, and it caught my attention. Their RP wear is so elaborately made, so complete with evocative details that it’s hard not to WANT to create a story about the person wearing it.

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I felt instantly tougher wearing it. Gone was the fussy woman with the legendary shoe collection. Present was the tough and beautiful warrior and conjurer. Scuffed boots from miles of travel, elaborate staff in hand, equipped with tools for conjuring and facing foes, I felt confident and ready.

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Note the details–the knife holstered on the back of a vest, the tooled leather belt complete with mystical hourglass and pockets containing herbs and other spells. I styled this piece with MissAllSunday’s Aerandir beautifully braided hair to make a complete look.

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And check out the back side. They sure know how to make a good butt, much less the gloves and leg satchel.

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Few things in SL can survive such close scrutiny. With their work, I can still get this close and gasp with wonder. The textures from the system pieces to the prims are immaculate and contain in them the stories of ages.

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How I realize my RP:

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Aerandir Hair – Flame by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless ll/Makeup 1 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit (including all accoutrement plus boots): ED – Conjurer – F by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin for ECLIPSE