Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea
(Under the Sea, from Disney's The Little Mermaid)
Yep! Im a mermaid :)
This is, of course, my friend Sorcha's fault. :P The Search/Places function is still not working in Second Life today. So I went to another one of Sorcha's recommended places with another landmark she provided: Mermaid Oasis.
You see, ever since I was a little girl, Ive wanted to be a mermaid. I watched "The Little Mermaid" a gazillion times. So when Sorcha sent me to a place where you CAN be a mermaid...I couldnt resist! :)
There are 2 important things you MUST have in order to become a mermaid in Second Life (OK 3, but flirting skills can be learned later :P). First you need a tail! And second, you need an appropriate set of Animation Overrides (AO).
There are a number of vendors who sell mermaid tails and accessories. If the Search/Places function were working, I would probably search under there. But I got a few notecards with mermaid landmarks and went shopping from there.
Mermaid tails range from semi-realistic to glitzy. I went for the semi-realistic fish tail look and bought a tail from Merwings for $200L. Mermaid tails are actually a number of clothing and attachments items combined. The tail I am using has a left leg cover and fin, right leg cover, right leg fin, textured pants, textured socks, and a textured skirt. I also needed to make 4 lower body adjustments, in particular increasing my Leg Length dramatically. So be sure you save a set of your Appearance settings if you want to try this. :)
So after I put all this stuff on, I stood with my legs apart, wearing what looks like an ugly blue/green skirt and something weird attached to my feet. You see, mermaids have to keep their legs together and toes pointed at all times! :) That calls for a special set of Animation Overrides (AO) and poses.
I bought a basic set of preloaded AO with animations from Nora Wayne at Mermaid Oasis for $150L. This includes a set of 7 animations (ground sit, sit, swim, up, up with spin, stand, and stand typing), which is a pretty good deal. This is enough to get you started. You can "stand" around (basically floating and flapping your tail), sit, swim like a mermaid (you need to turn on "Always Run"), and fly out of the water like a fish :)
Oh...one last thing. With just a tail, theres certain parts still...exposed. I couldnt exactly wear a bikini top, so I had to make something. No problem. I used the Color Matching trick to find out the shade of blue and green used on the tail, then made a set of blue/green shells for the top. They are 7 path cut/tapered tori side-by-side, with Low Shininess.
The standard tail leaves half your butt hanging out. Im feeling kinda exposed already, so I added an extra torus around my hips to cover my butt. Its the salmon pink thing you see at the top of the tail.
So what does a mermaid do all day? Well, theres a surprising number of places for a mermaid to go! I will cover some of them here.
As I mentioned, this all started when I went to Mermaid Oasis. Oasis has a large mermaid tank with a number of pose balls for you to relax and play around on. Some of the animation is really cute! Be sure you say "ao off" when you use the pose balls. And your land-loving friends can watch you via a couple different observation areas. So this puts you on the wrong side of the fishtank :)
Oasis also carries a number of mermaid products, including Nora Wayne's Animation Override (AO) attachment. To come here, Search under Places for keywords "mermaid oasis". The SLURL is Kot (14,242,95).
Another great place for mermaid shopping is EmeraldEver's Shop By The Sea. Emerald has products from a number of different vendors. To come here, Search under Places for keyword "emeraldever". The SLURL is Pyeonghwa (27,180,26).
EmeraldEver's also has this *GREAT* information board with landmarks to a number of really nice mermaid hangouts :) So let me run through a few here:
Remember the SupportForHealing center? Did you know they had an underwater labyrinth? I didnt either until I became a mermaid :) The labyrinth is in the NE corner of the sim. To come here, Search under Places for keyword "supportforhealing". The SLURL is SupportforHealing (232,230,8).
And if there is a magical place in Second Life for mermaids (and land-lovers alike), it would have to be the Siren's Grotto at Selune's Kiss. The Grotto and the surrounding waters provide plenty of places for a mermaid to brush her hair, stretch her fins, and frolick in the waters.
***Update: Siren's Grotto at Selune's Kiss is back! Its moved here to the Maculata sim (Thanks for the comment, Leita!)
I even found this wonderful clam-shell bed with satin sheets! Oh, I dont think Im leaving the water...ever. :)
How about exploring the waterways of a Goth island sim with a pirate ship next to a black beach? Then come check out the Black Sand Beach at Relic. It is currently being remodeled, which makes it that much interesting... To come here, Search under Places for keyword "relic". The SLURL is Sanctum Sanctorum (28,216,24).
So where do mermaids go to party? Why, at their very own underwater club at Thalatta Sirens Dance Club! :) This beautiful underwater club has a fully stocked bar, dance floor, and state-of-the-art video and sound systems. Oh, and it has a lot of fish and coral :P
***Update: this has been removed from Search and EmeraldEver's...bad sign. But the SLURL is Scoopwing (22,203,2). Enjoy it while it lasts :)***
See, being a mermaid isnt just about floating in one spot! :)
Doesnt it feel like most guys have way too many hands? :P
P.S. I think being a mermaid is contagious! My friend Sorcha just got her mermaid outfit as well. This is going to be so much fun!
P.P.S. Come on...it was a special day. There had to be a video! :)