I logged in to discover two new butterfly pods in my skybox tonight. I had babies! It was pretty exciting really to click them and watch them come out, I even got one… well that’s going to have to wait. I do plan to write about my babies, I even dressed up to match them and then I wanted to find a place to take pictures so I searched for the word Butterfly. As I went through the list one caught my eye. Pteron.
This is one of those times where I wish I was a better writer. There is no way I can adequately describe this sim or how it made me feel. Also one of those times where I wish I was a better photographer. I’ll share my first glimpse of Pteron though.
I don’t know what it is, or what it’s for, but it’s breathtaking. Whether you are a builder who can be awed by the craftsmanship or an artist who likes to do photography or machinima, or just a plain jane like me who stands there with her mouth open taking in the surreal beauty of this place, you must visit.
There are so many rooms and hidden corners, I’m sure I didn’t get to them all. There are places to relax, places to dance, places to take it all in. As I toured around I ended up in one building that looked like a boardroom. Inside was an object labelled AtomOrb. I hadn’t yet seen anything else labelled so I clicked on it and it gave me something called “To dazzling Human – Open”. Well I had to of course right? Inside was a shape, and an AO, and something called a body crusher. I guessed it must be an avatar so I put it on.
It turned me into a ball. No really. A silver ball. I had to send a few IMs saying “I’m a ball!” to which the reaction was pretty much “Ok?”. I guess you had to be there.
I spent the rest of my time touring Pteron as a ball and I realized it was probably meant to explore in this fashion. Then I fell in the water and much to my delight discovered that it’s not only gorgeous above the surface.
The silver ball in the middle there is me. I don’t know if it was the wine, or the sounds, but something about hovering with the jellyfish dancing around me was positively surreal. I confess I’m still not sure what this is, or what it’s for. I guess it just is and sometimes that’s good enough you know?
I’d love to roleplay here. I’m not sure as what, or what genre, but everything about Pteron makes me feel creative. A mermaid perhaps. If I ever get a mermaid avatar I’m coming here. Too often we think of roleplay as a place but it isn’t, it never was before Second Life and there is no reason we need to make it so now. All it takes is inspiration and someone to write the story.
The only thing that bothered me was that my pictures didn’t do it justice. I did a bit of googling (that’s a verb now right?) and you can find many pictures better than mine quite easily. Apparently Pteron has been around for quite some time, it’s just new to me. There are also a few videos.
I’m certain I’ll be back to explore further or even just to have one of those quiet meditative evenings.
I also think you’ll be seeing the ball avatar again as well. I’m enjoying this shape. I can’t explain why, you just need to go get one and experience it for yourself.