I have moved into a much smaller space than I have ever had in second life. I could no longer justify the tier that I paid every week for land that I barely used. I had grown used to the prims that larger parcels allow, but, I finally admitted to myself that I really would never build much in Second Life.
Three platforms floating high in the sky. A perfect spot for a butterfly.
I have dabbled with simple projects, and I still like to modify objects and scripts to my liking. However, I would rather spend my time in SL talking with others, exploring, and just having fun.
The hard part was finding small, cheap land, that allowed full control, and which had sufficient prims for a small house and a few other items. I have had a small airship for a while, and, I wanted to use that as my house. It has a bed, some chairs, and a media player.
I quickly realized that a small parcel would likely be bordered by ugly neighboring buildings at ground level, so, I decided to move up into the sky. At a thousand meters, I would be less likely to have to look at my neighbor’s houses, or to have to deal with ugly ban lines and security.
Plenty of room for the Iron Butterfly. My home and my primary means of transport–other than my wings that is.
I tried building my own flat platform. That worked OK for a while. It gave me a chance to move out of my old place and get something set up quickly that I could live in. But, it didn’t feel right. It was bright and bland, and the mix of styles bothered me to the point of distraction.
My ship is clearly steampunk in its style, and, I knew I wanted to keep that. That led me to a search on Marketplace, where I found these lovely floating platforms. Their curved shapes and metallic textures pleased me so much more than the platform I had built. Each platform has a chamber underneath with impressive sparking electrical displays.
The three offset levels create a sense of interest for me. I love spiral staircases.
Also, each has a working propeller. I like the idea that sky platforms have at least a plausible explanation of how they stay in the air. I’m not fond of platforms that hang in the sky with no visible means of support.
My parcel is small, so, to fit three platforms within its boundaries required placing each at a different level and allowing the edges to overlap. I didn’t mind that though. The stepped layout seems more interesting, and it let me add some spiral staircases between the levels. I found some mesh stairs with full permissions, and I am quite pleased with the result.
Laying it all out posed many challenges. I spent about two days pushing everything around. I wanted to make sure my platforms stayed on my property, but I also had to watch that the propeller blades would not slice through other objects or pose a threat to those walking by.
A romantic spot with lots of flowers.
My other challenge was that, for some reason, I want to be able to walk all the way around my ship. It just doesn’t seem right if I can’t because the ship is backed up against a wall or something.
Finally, but, most importantly, I wanted this to be a romantic spot that would convey some sense of permanence. There are flowers, trees, and grass on the middle platform. While my ship could take off at a moments notice, it remains parked for now. This butterfly has found a place to settle down and call home.