Revisiting A Trip Through Paradise

Original Post:

One of my lovely readers posed a question to me in email asking what happened to SL Gor as it used to be so lively and now it’s just laggy and there’s no one around.  While I did respond through email, I thought I’d throw that out here as well.

I took Wildcat out of SL Gor a good many months back because SL Gor was becoming downright stupid.  Now when I entered into SL Gor, it was mainly ‘by the book’, meaning that they interpreted this fantasy world based on exactly what was in the book.  If it wasn’t touched on in the books (of which there are 36!), then it wasn’t accepted as Gorean.  This also meant that any ‘gay Gor’ cities were persona non grata.  Many of the regular city states wouldn’t have anything to do with a gay Gor city.  Eventually some did break ranks and would role play there.

Due to the ‘outcry’ of ‘discrimination’ more cities came around to deal with gay Gor sims, although tenatively.

Then came ‘Gor Evolved’.  There were more and more gay Gor sims being created.  As they were, the general philosophies of Gor and the role play suffered.  They started bringing modern ‘Earth’ views into the mix.  Suddenly, it was Gor for Earthers.

Now I lived through the influx of outlaw bands, when everyone just had to be an outlaw, therefore the cities didn’t have many citizens.  I lived through the ‘Tuchuk’ influx, where everyone decided they were going to be Wagon People, even though they were just outlaws with less clothing.  I lived through the massacre of language where everyone spoke the fake Gorean language that never showed up in the books.  I managed to survive transgender slaves, gothic Frees and the idiocy of Gorean animals.

And then I’d had enough.  So Wildcat packed up his bags when Venna collapsed, the last bastion of decent gay Gorean values, and walked away from SL Gor.

During the time in Venna, I had a call from my good friend Master Ember that he needed help with his city, Asperiche.  Holding true to my Gorean values, I wouldn’t ‘dual Home Stone’ so Wildcat couldn’t just fill in as a Scribe.  Nor would I leave Venna until the bitter end because of my loyalty.  So I had to split my time between Wildcat in Venna and Armand in Asperiche.

Armand was more Gor Evolved friendly but still played according to the old values.  Asperiche was a good place but there were those who let their personal drama get in the way and eventually, as you can imagine, destroyed the city.  That does seem to be the case, doesn’t it?

Armand went from one city to another and all of them were good but not great.  I’ve not yet found one city where the old values are preserved and the role play is good enough for me to be interested.  Most of the cities seem to be either focused on getting raided all the time so they can have their little capture sex scenarios or they’re too accepting of everyone which waters down the role play.

When I was in SL Gor, I had mentors who taught me how to behave.  I had to take tests to make sure I was up to the task.  I started out as a warrior and had to perform tasks for my leader.  Even as an assassin the training was rigorous.  Now anyone in black can call themselves and assassin, and the warriors don’t even wear red!

Needless to say, being in the UK has it’s drawbacks when it comes to SL.  My time isn’t their time, as SL seems to be US centric still.  So I would often find myself alone in the cities, even when I visited.  Or people expect someone else to start the role play, instead of initiating it themselves.  I saw a lot of people standing around idly in their houses, not in the public areas, so unless I wanted to burst in on someone’s private space and get it going, there wasn’t any role play to be had.

Now, as for the lag in SL Gor, that’s tremendous.  Is it the scripts from the weapons, attachments, clothing, hair?  Highly possible although a lot of sims now measure that and prohibit people over a certain mark.  Is it the sculpted prims or mesh?  Highly likely since I lag mainly on sims that have high mesh content.  Either way, if you can’t move, you can hardly have adequate role play.  I can confirm that it takes a long time for anything to rez on a Gorean sim, and I love it when my radar tells me that someone is completely off the sim even when they’re about 20 m from me because they’re mesh avatars.  It only seems to happen on Gor sims though.

So there’s my thoughts, my dear Roulon.  Solutions?  For Wildcat, it might be creating his own city with the old school values and a high vetting system.  It could be that he’s standing all alone yet again.  For Armand, oh he’ll just stumble through.  He always does.

From Blogger: A Trip Through Paradise

Originally Published on Blogger:  09 Nov 2015

My most recent bout with PTSD is coming to an end.  It’s been nearly a month of exhausting hell once more.  And what brought this one on?  Online drama.

I’ve got this avatar in SecondLife, an online virtual world, named Armand.  He’s a sweet, naive little guy who is a Scribe in Asperiche Island, one of the sims involved in the world of Gor, which is a fictional world created by the author John Norman.  Since the creation of Armand, I’ve managed to connect with some pretty fun people.  But as with all things, people come with their own set of issues.

A boy (slave) named jael for example.  He’s a lovely guy, and a bundle of psychological issues, just like me!  He’s been a friend of mine for years, and I enjoy him immensely.  His character bounces around a lot.  Personally, I think he’s searching for something but not finding it with the idiots he gets hooked up with.  I spend my time just chatting with him, helping him to sort things out, and maybe getting him to figure things out for himself with gentle nudges.

He was a slave in the Oasis of Two Scimitars, a very active sim, and had gone through a series of owners.  Each and every one of them a complete nightmare for him.  So he was with the First Sword of the city and issues arose.  So the First Sword took back his collar, thereby abandoning jael, because of whatever the issue was.  jael then left Scimitar and showed up on the shores of Asperiche.  Meanwhile, the First Sword publicly posts a notice that jael had run away;  foolish, I know, because he’d taken back the collar.

In Asperiche, the Ubar takes jael in, gives him the city collar and then orders the city Physician to remove the Scimitar brand on the boy’s leg.  At no point did the city of Scimitar notify the city of Asperiche, which is their ally, of a runaway slave.  Nothing from the kennels, zip!  So the Ubar and citizens of Asperiche would have no knowledge of this declaration.

The Physician spends a good many hours of surgery role play on jael, in addition to the recovery role play which took days.  So far jael is happy with his new home.

Of course, the minute that jael arrives, he also meets Armand.  I did let him know who I am and he was thrilled.  We spent a lot of time role playing when I was on.  I was planning to take him in, but these things take time and I had to check with my current boy, oman, if he’d be okay with it.  Things look good, right?

Now the fun starts….

jael got bored, apparently, with the lack of activity in Asperiche.  So what did he do?  He ran right back to that First Sword and got involved again!  He did post the he publicly returned to Scimitar as well, to the Scimitar group and to the Asperiche group.  The Physician went bat shit crazy.  This is where Armand got involved.  The Physician grabs Armand for a meeting, and his slave is there.  Now I know for a fact that the information gained by the slave is from out of character, not in character.  One of the biggest no-no’s in role play is the use of OOC information while IC.  The Physician wants me to go to Scimitar and demand payment for the time spent removing the brand.  Fair dues, it’s my job as a Scribe.

Armand goes to Scimitar and speaks to the Head Slaver who tells him that jael returned on his own, he’s no longer considered a runaway, and people are upset that the brand was removed by the Ubar and Physician.  I didn’t think it was time to quibble over some coins.  I explained to him that Asperiche was unaware of the boy’s status as nothing had been sent to us to let us know and we only had the word of the boy to go on.  Armand heads back to Asperiche to update the Physician.

And so it begins…

Upon arriving, I get at least three different people in my private messages, all bitching about the situation.  Also, the Physician went to Scimitar to have a go at the Physician there and get some back up on the case.  Apparently the Physician there told him to get stuffed, making the situation worse.  The situation escalated to the point where Scimitar was going to drop Asperiche from their allies list and void the treaty.  The Ubar, meanwhile, was on a two week vacation, so he’s unaware of all this nonsense and his girl slave was handling it all, to the best of her ability.

All this crap spread over a two week period of sheer hell.  I had her complaining to me, the Physician complaining to me, the Head Merchant in my box.  And I was trying to keep jael calm as things with him and the First Sword went awry from the get-go.  I got to the point where I basically told everyone to sort it out themselves and if they need Armand, get him involved IC only.

So…. the situation was entirely voided upon agreement between Scimitar and Asperiche.  Which means none of it, his runaway, the brand removal, etc, happened.  You’d think it would go back to normal, right?  Wrong.  The Physician leaves Asperiche, with his boy, and then the Head Merchant follows him.  The girl slave is hysterical thinking the Ubar is going to be pissed.  The slavers of Asperiche have no clue why this all a big situation.  And I’m there, trying to tell them without exposing alts, that the whole situation never should have begun in the first place.

Thankfully the situation turned out fine in the end.  A month later and we’ve lost a lot of people but the relationships in the city are still in place.

As for me, I’ve become a little more guarded about who I let close.  I don’t need to be dragged into other people’s situations.  I got enough on my plate!