Steampunk Heart

TUNES

Clockwork ticker, beating pulse
It lives and loves on wild impulse
Shiver and shake like feverish imps
If you look inside and take a glimpse
Romanticism is just an illusion
To a heart that beats confusion
Mechanical wonder but oh, so cold
The wheels and cogs in brass and gold
Manipulate the ghost in the machine
Ignored and loathed like something obscene
Tarnished and tattered by time and misuse
A strange device suffered decades of abuse
Mechanical lungs, screwed in ribs like art
All of them hiding my Steampunk hear

[- R.K. Summers -]

Clothing

Top: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Aesir (Crimson)” (BoM, Materials)

Corset: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Viscount (Red)” (BoM, Materials)

Shoes: Wicca’s Originals – “Celestine 2.0” (Maitreya)

Dress (inc. Pasties and Ornaments): ERSCH – “Babette” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Accessories

Hat: Insomnia Angel – “Steampunk Top Hat”

Collar: Insomnia Angel – “Gear Collar”

Gloves & Claws: Skellybones – “Rayne Claws” (Maitreya, Bento) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Wings: dM! – “Aeon – “SteamWings” (unrigged) **WOOD**” (Gacha, Rare) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Hair & Makeup

Hair: KMH – “Hair CP006”

Face Art: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Amunet Color #06” (EvoX BoM, Materials)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Avalon 3.0”

Ears: [CX] – “Wthered Berzerker Ears”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo ( Dark ) Secrets” (BoM) – NEW @ Kinky // March 2021

Poses, Props & Tools

Backdrop: VARONIS – “Dayport Backdrop Scene” – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Pose: Selfmade

Birds: :MoonAmore: – “Caged Soul / Hojalata Birds (Coffee)” (Gacha, Common)

Cage: DISORDERLY. “/ Book Magic / Not so Magical Birdcage” (moded)

Bag: DRD – “TAH – Doctor Medical Bag – Closed” (Gacha, Common)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Sky Pirates

TUNES

Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
Of wire thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play.

[- Janice T -]

Clothing

Top: AsteroidBox – “Albian Shirt” (Maitreya Flat) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Pants incl. Shoes: AsteroidBox – “Elise Leggings & Boots” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Hat: !R! – “Peaked Cap/Wearable”

Collar: AsteroidBox – “Crystal Collar”

Backpiece: Garmonbozia – “Divinity Halo Eye 1” – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Rings: RAWR! – “Chronos Rings” (Maitreya, Bento) – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Nails: RAWR! – “Chronos Nails” (Maitreya, Bento) – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Hair & Makeup

Hair: Sintiklia – “Lou Bento FITTED”

Face Art:  Nefekalum Tattoos – “Hunger” (BoM, Materials enabled)

Scars 1 & Eyes:  TF: – “Antikrist” (BoM) – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Scars 2: . The Rotting Lab . – “Waster – Scar – Pale” (BoM)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – Erin 2.5″

Ears: L’Emporio&PL – “Athan”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3” + “Lara Add-On “Flat Chest V1.0″

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo Dark Earthly” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: Foxcity – “Me Time-4m” (Bento)

Backdrop: VARONIS – “Dayport Backdrop Scene” – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Deco 1: *HEXtraordinary* – “Victorian Frog Taxidermy – The Duel” – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Deco 2: [REQUISITION] – “The Minuteman’s Musket” – NEW  Engine Room /// March 2021

Deco 3:  [ kunst ] – “Wine Barrel” (Gacha, Common)

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Originals @ The Warehouse Sale // March 2021

Wicca’s Originals @ The Warehouse Sale // March 23rd – April 18th

Wicca’s Originals has released their latest optimal augment, the Kingsford Eyepatch. Bringing form and function together, this curious looking facial decoration serves to do more than just cover the eye with a stylish design. The eyepatch is outfitted with analog parts, including an optical zoom on the lens which can be adjusted from the dial on the side of the face, and a shielded concave lens designed to be able to maximize the capture of light and allow the wearer to see in near-dark settings. Being all analog, the Kingsford design requires no batteries or electronics, and is easy to service. The squeamish may find the way it is studded to the face uncomfortable, but nobody got anywhere by letting such hang-ups hold them back. This unrigged eyepatch can be worn on the left or right eye, on any head, and comes in 5 colors for the leather and 5 colors for the metallic pieces.

Thank you Vivien and Aramis De’Lancoure for your time and patience for that picture, as well as the awesome pose ♥

Event Location: The Warehouse Sale

Wicca’s Originals @ The Engine Room // March 2021

Wicca’s Originals @ Engine Room // March 20th – April 20th

The Parthena Top by Wicca’s Originals challenges the idea that Steampunk styles needs to be so modest. The prominent folded collar with the big stamped metal faux buttons of the plunging neckline keeps with the ‘overcoat’ aesthetic, but that’s where the similarities end. The teasing crop-top cut of the top and the single, delicate clasp in the front show off plenty of midriff, which is perfect for showing off any tattoos, piercings, or other accessories decorating your midsection. This smart, sexy top dares to be bold and sends the message that the wearer isn’t as repressed as the Victorian-inspired genre might suggest. Comes in 10 color palettes and is fitted for Maitreya Lara, Maitreya Petite, Legacy, and Legacy Perky bodies.

Event Location: Engine Room

Travelling through the Pages of Time

TUNES

Several hundred years before
A gambler and a monk embarked
On a long trek through the endless prairies of the North
They had a fierce debate
About God and chance and fate
And to resolve it, agreed a game of cards indeed be played
The game went on all day
And through the next and next they played
And around them a shelter was built to shield the rain
A street around the shelter formed
Then a church, a house, a bar
New Albion today
With bustling streets, machines, cafes
And the nice, the wise, the eccentric and insane
The mafia’s run by
A red haired dwarf with just one eye
Whose affairs he decides with a pair of silver dice
Over the Zeppelin Union Pilots
A castrati boss presides
And we hear his song each afternoon as he flies by
There’s prisons made of lead
And gargoyles of iron shreds
[- Paul Shapera, The Dolls of New Albion -]

Clothing

Outfit: *:..Silvery K..:* – SteamDancerina” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Shoes: Hotdog – “Gaiter Boots” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Accessories

Glasses: Air – “Etienne f_gold_CM” – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Nails: FORMANAILS – “Kalisha” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: .EscalateD. – “Glencora V1”

Hairbase: LeLUTKA – “EvoX.Hairbase.037” (EvoX BoM, Part of the Avalon Head)

Eyeshadow: LeLUTKA – “EvoX.Eyeshadow.021” (EvoX BoM, Part of the Avalon Head)

Face Art: Nefekalum Tattoos – “Aliea (Gold) // EvoX Tattoo” (EvoX BoM) – NEW @ Electic Event // March 2021

Lipstick: LeLUTKA – “EvoX.

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Avalon 3.0” – NEW @ SkinFair // March 2021

Head Skin: LeLUTKA – “FACE – lel EvoX AVALON” (Part of the Avalon Head) – NEW @ SkinFair // March 2021

Freckles: LeLUTKA – “EvoX.Freckles.013” (EvoX BoM, Part of the Avalon Head)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Ears: [CX] – “Ostium Impaler Ears”

Tattoo: .:Vegas:. – “Tattoo Dark Earthly” (BoM)

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: Myself

Cane (incl. Shoulderpose): Badwolf – “Steamskull Cane” – NEW @ Engine Room // March 2021

Location

Drune Diesel City

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

“Because they are dreamy, and endless, and magical”

Do not stare directly into his eyes!” she warned, in an accent I couldn’t place.
“Why not?” I said, but she was already too late. I was staring directly into his eyes too.
“Because they are dreamy, and endless, and magical. And then when you learn what a terrible boy he is, your heart will turn into a black husk of doom.”
I blinked off the spell of the boy’s eyes.
“Wait, what?”
[-Richard Due, Idiot Genius: Willa Snap and the Clockwerk Boy-]

On Her
Clothing

Dress: Eliavah – “Regius Attire” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Garters: A&Y – “Neo-Victorian Garters” (Maitreya, Gift) – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Shoes: A&Y – “Neo-Victorian Boots” (Maitreya) – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Accessories

Goggles: LUX AETERNA – “[Aether Oculi] Multifocals GOLD” – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Wings: ROZOREAGALIA – “KALAVINKA” – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Hair & Makeup

Hair: {Letituier} – “Ronan Hair”

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Lake 2.0”

Ears: [CX] – “Sceleratis Ears”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

On Him
Clothing

Outfit: ::GB:: – “Steampunk Suit” (Gianni) – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Accessories

Glasses: kosmii – “Henry Glasses [gold/sunnies]” – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Mask: [The Forge] – “Nomad Mask, Male” – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Walking Stick: -[TWC]- – “Senior Crow (Silver/Black) -Single Anim standing-“ – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Hair & Makeup

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ – “Viking Hair – Gents – Equinox”

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: Catwa – “Danielv3.2”

Body: Signature – “Gianni”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1”

On Both
Poses, Props & Tools

Pose: /BT/ – “Mechanical Couple”

Background: VARONIS – “Dornenburg Scene” – NEW @ Engine Room //October 2020

Models & Photographer

Wicca Merlin  Redclaw Inshan

Darkness is our Cloak

“Darkness is your cloak. Fear is your ally. Wickedness is your manna.”

[- Stephen Hunt, The Court of the Air-]

Finally I can start my couple post series for the Engine Room! Usually I am only doing single pictures, the more I enjoy if I can talk my partner Redclaw into redressing and let me do some pictures with him. He rarely redresses or wants to appear on my pictures, but thanks to Akira… he has to*grins*

Today we are showcasing some of the designs of the Engine Room, an event I personally love to go to, as it does highlight some niece corners of Second Life roleplay and designs. I always was more on the fancy side of fashion and so this event is perfect for me.

I would start our couple series with designs from Hotdog, kosmii, bonbon, SEKA, Requisition & Varonis. As you can see we are wearing a partner look jacket, which was made by Hotdog. The waistcoat looking design has dangerous, long spikes at the shoulders, which give them an amazing rough touch. We both decided to defend us with the super detailed pistol from Requisition, while our taste for the eye patch was different. Red goes with an am amazing piece from Seka, while I decided to use the one from kosmii.

I hope you will enjoy our little couple series for the Engine Room as much as we did with doing the pictures for the coming mini series 😉

On Her
Clothing

Jacket: Hotdog – “Porcupine Jacket. Brown” – NEW @ Engine Room

Pants: Hotdog – “Knickerbockers . plain” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Eyepatch: kosmii – “Lance Eyepatch L [silver]” – NEW @ Engine Room

Hair & Makeup

Hair & Hat: bonbon – “Martha Hair” – NEW @ Engine Room

Eyeshadow: CAZIMI – “Exiled HD Makeup (Lelutka)” (Applier HD LeLUTKA Evo.)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Lake 2.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara V5.3”

Left Arm: Wicca’s Originals – “Eagleden Arms” (Maitreya)

Ears: [CX] – “Ostium Impaler Ears”

On Him
Clothing

Jacket: Hotdog – “Porcupine jacket. Black” (Gianni) – NEW @ Engine Room

Pants: Wicca’s Originals – “Wyatt Pants” (Gianni)

Leg & Shoes: Wicca’s Originals – “Eagleden Legs” (Gianni)

Accessories

Eyepatch: SEKA – “Rusti Eye R” – NEW @ Engine Room

Hair & Makeup

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ – “Viking Hair – Gents – Equinox”

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: Catwa – “Danielv3.2”

Body: Signature – “Gianni”

Teeth: [CX] – “Strigoi’s Fangs – Silver Type.1”

On Both
Poses, Props & Tools

Gun: [REQUISITION]  -“The Finicky Flintlock” – NEW @ Engine Room

Pose: Drunk Panda – “Fight for you” (Couple Pose, Bento, modified)

Background: VARONIS – “Dornenburg Scene” – NEW @ Engine Room

Models & Photographer

Wicca Merlin & Redclaw Inshan

Steampunk Revolution

Eclipse Magazine, June 2020: https://issuu.com/eclipsemagazinesl/docs/eclipse_magazine_june_2020

TUNES

We’ve got a steampunk revolution
We’re tired of all your so-called evolution
We’ve darted back to 1886
Don’t ask us why; that’s how we get our kicks

Our underworld isn’t filled with fear
Just brass and copper, leather scrap, and rusty gear
You can keep your hip-hop techno-pop-rock schleppin-dub
I’m on my way to a coal-powered underground vintage pub

Your subculture shops at the mall
We build ours with blowtorch, needle, thread, and leather awl
With our antique clock parts we’ve taken all arts, fine art to fashion
And now we’re spreading worldwide to circle the globe with a furious passion

We’ve got a steampunk revolution
We’re tired of all your so-called evolution
We’ve darted back to 1886
Don’t ask us why; that’s how we get our kicks

[Abney Park]

Clothing

Collar: Insommnia Angel – “Gear Collar” (Maitreya)

Dress: Violent Seduction – “Cosette” (Maitreya)

Tights: Izzie’s – “Tights Dark Beige” (BoM)

Accessories

Hat: *:..Silvery K…:* – SteamDiva Hat”

Glasses: -[TWC]- – “Mistic Glasses – Black”

Nailpolish: DP-Koffin Nails – “Full Steam” (Maitreya Applier)

Back Piece: [ContraptioN] – “Machinist’s Assistant”

Hair & Makeup

Hair: .Entwined. – Linette”

Eyeshadow: Zibska – “Noir Pack 06 – 01” (BoM)

Lipstick: CAZIMI – “Trending HD Lipstick Set 2 Neutrals” (LeLUTKA Evo. HD Applier)

Head, Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLUTKA – “Lake 2.0”

Freckles: Izzie’s – “Pores & Blemishes – Freckles” (BoM)

Ears: -[TWC]- – “Diesel Ears”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara v5.3”

Poses, Props & Tools

Poses: Foxcity

Bird: HILTED – “Mechanicrow – Gold Trimmed” (animesh)

Location

New Babbage

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Originals @ Engine Room // September 2020

Wicca’s Originals @ Engine Room // September 20th – October 20th

The Wickham Hat and the surprise it holds is a must-have for any steampunk enthusiast. This latest offering by Wicca’s Originals is a combination of felt and metal, in the image of a top hat. The styling of gears and pipes, nuts and bolts carries the aesthetic. But what really sets it apart is what is hidden within. The top of the hat can open up, revealing a music or voice player within, using cylindrical audio capture. One brass cylinder can be spouting tunes or recordings, and another cylinder is available to listen to what’s going on and record it. Just wind it up for a meager five minutes and it is good for an hour or recording or playback! The Wickham Hat is a unisex, resizable piece that anyone can wear, and comes in 7 color options. Get yours now!

Event Location: Engine Room

“My Heart has been always Yours”

Image made for Eclipse Magazine // June 2020 https://issuu.com/eclipsemagazinesl/docs/eclipse_magazine_june_2020?issuu_product=document_page&issuu_context=action&issuu_cta=like_publication

Recently I had a talk with Trouble, my little brother in SL (that grew over many years) and we came across an idea we had for a while, but it never seemed to be the right time. Now it was the right time and we talked about my sweet little corner in the Eclipse Magazine, where I could contribute something with all my weird and crazy ideas. I always missed a more roleplay based fashion and places section. Not the typical fashion spread that we all got tired of seeing in all the magazines, more something with fantasy but still themed and with according places to go. More than that I am allowed to have a little paragraph about the theme to characterize and explain certain genres a little bit. I do not know how I can describe it properly, but my little “Across the Grid” section in the Eclipse Magazine was born *winks* Thank you Trouble for giving me a corner to express all my funky ideas and dreams!

I love steampunk in RL and SL and so it was an easy choice what my initial theme would be – Steampunk!

One of the pictures that I did for the magazine, is the one above (the other one I will showcase in a separate blog post). The style was based on a look I did for the Second Life CyberCon show we did with Madd Modelz, I just did pimp it a little bit more to go towards steampunk even more. For the show Tour Blanche – another close friend of mine – wrote a wonderful story to my look, which I have to put down here as well so that it wasn’t just for the show and I can read it over and over again myself too because I love it so much. Thank you so much Tour for that incredible, wonderful and amazing story.

There once was a man. He was brilliant, but his brilliance made him an outcast, exiled for dabbling in upsetting the natural order, attempting to create life itself. It was not so many years later that he had his first true breakthrough, and /she/ was awakened. A construct from head to toe, she was built with the purpose of being his assistant. Her metallic body was capable of working without tiring, and her capacity to learn made her adept at not only aiding in his work, but also conversing.

While the strangeness of her voice and slightly inhuman mannerisms might repel some, hers was the only companionship he had. She would be the reason he gave up pursuing further research. He viewed her as his magnun opus, and continued to refine her as needed as the years went on, rather than creating new constructs. While she was capable of thought, she was bereft of true feeling. Though she went through the learned motions to embrace him when he needed it, and spoke affectionate words, she did not truly know what they meant.

Over the decades, her parts were improved or sometimes replaced with mismatched pieces, but he aged, growing old, tired, and eventually infirm. On his deathbed, he pledged his love to her, “My heart has always been yours.” When he perished, she surgically extracted his heart, and using all he had taught her, connected it to herself. When this was done, his devotion to her strangely resonated within her chest. It struck her core like a hammer, and for the first time, part of her metal shell cracked and broke loose. A truth revealed: She had not been a full construct all along. She did not know whose body went into her creation, but she did know that she now missed him for the first time in her life, and yearned to hear his voice again. She knew now what he felt, as she felt it too; a love for him. She would find a way to bring him back. For now, she would preserve his heart as a part of her, and wander the earth, seeking the forbidden knowledge she would need.

Clothing

Dress: Wicca’s Originals – “Amity Dress [Black]” (Maitreya, Gacha, Common)

Belt: Wicca’s Originals – “Amity Belt [Black]” (Maitreya, Gacha, Common)

Sleeve: Wicca’s Originals – “Amity Arm Left” (Maitreya, Gacha, Rare)

Right Shoe: Wicca’s Originals – “Michonne Boots” (Maitreya)

Accessories

Backpack: Hypnos – Treasure Hunter Backpack”

Rings & Nails: .:E.A.Studio:.  – “Thunderstrike Ring Woman” (Maitreya, Bento)

Head, Body & Tattoos

Head & Mask: Wicca’s Originals – “Elmstone Head [Gold]” (Maitreya)

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 5.1”

Arms: Wicca’s Originals – “Eagleden Arms” (Maitreya)

Legs: Wicca’s Originals – “Eagleden Legs” (Maitreya)

Poses & Props

Poses: Foxcity

Prop 1- Rusty Companion: HILTED – “Little Bust Rucket – Floaty Flying Version”

Prop 2 – Cat: HEXtraordinary – “Lord Bartleby Von Tinkleton Esq. – Companion”

Location

Piltover & Zaun

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin