ms. isis interviews elpis for first time in 2008

Digging through my very thick game guide folder I used as a mystonline guide and found this old interview between Ms. Isis and Elpis. The memories!

Issis recently settled into a house on M’nine and no longer explores or guides explorers.

Elpis and Thorne continue to link through and research the old D’ni books they managed to ferret away. Their home base is on M’nine, though they still frequent Tomahna, The Cleft, and their Reltos several times a year.

LaCasa  in New Mexico and Myss Terrie’s Hood have been mostly abandoned, the other senior members having moved onto other Ages to retire.


Ms. Isis:  Hello, everyone.  I’m Ms. Isis and my guest today is Elpis, protector of the Friends of the Fissure and from the bed and breakfast, LaCasa, that has become the home for so many displaced explorers while the Cavern is closed for maintenance.

Elpis:  Good afternoon.  It’s great to be here to help those who are not sure where the path before them will lead.

Ms. Isis:  I know you came to LaCasa in the winter of 1996 and 1997.  Where did you come from?

Elpis:  I grew up among the cattle ranches of central Nebraska.  Our family ranch has been passed down for centuries, although my father took possession of the ranch late in life.  He traveled a lot, met my mother on his travels, and brought her back to the ranch.  They stayed thre after I was born, although we still took a lot of vacations exploring unpopulated areas and mountain climbing.

Ms. Isis:  Why did you come to the desert of New Mexico?

Elpis:  Really, my URU journey started before I knew LaCasa even existed.  My mother told me fairy tales of an underground city and she left me a locket when she died.  The locket’s inscription said, “To my darling Elpis, my hope.  May you find the courage to follow the path your father and I could not.”  I was only 18 years old at the time.

Ms. Isis:  Very sad to lose your mother so young.

Elpis:  Yes.  And for the next few years, I dreamed of D’ni, Aegura, and the Bahro.  After my father died, my dreams became visions of what is known as the Great Fall, the incident that caused the demise of the D’ni civilization.

Ms. Isis:  And then you followed the path before you.

Elpis:  Yes.  The call was strong.  I followed the voice that led me here, the voice I later learned was Yeesha.

Ms. Isis:  So, how did you become a protector for the Friends of the Fissure?

Elpis:  At the cleft, I met Okaasan.  She took me in, guided me, taught me what she knew so far, and together we learned more.  KoHama niDni left Okaasan in charge of LaCasa during her ten year absence and I helped out where I could.  Mainly continuing the research, with some odd jobs thrown in.  I became Okaasan’s assistant, you might say.

Ms. Isis:  LaCasa took up a lot of your time then and delayed your journey to the Cavern?

Elpis:  It was close to a year after getting here before my journey continued below the surface.  Okaasan and I travelled down the Great Shaft.  There I saw the place of my dreams.  A treasure trove of learning awaited me there.

Ms. Isis:  Many joined the DRC in the restoration efforts at that time.  But you didn’t become a volunteer.   Why is that?

Elpis:  Yeesha guided me to stay away from the DRC.  Their intentions were clouded with the business of running the restoration.  I made a few friends with the DRC volunteers for food and supplies, and managed to study books on my own.

Ms. Isis:  The DRC protected the books well.  How did you manage to get to them?

Elpis:  Remember how I told you my parents took me on trips?

Ms. Isis:  Oh, yes.

Elpis:  We often went mountain climbing.  So I took my gear with me.  Those windows are high up, but I had no problem getting to them.  And the city is big.  I found a hiding place they didn’t.  I don’t think the DRC ever found that room.  Many of the books not claimed by the DRC are still there.  Many more are locked away by the Friends of the Fissure.

Ms. Isis:  What about the Ages, whose books the DRC guarded?

Elpis:  At this time, they hadn’t opened Teledahn yet.  Douglas Sharper had just started there.  I watched him at work for many months by scaling up to his city office and using the linking book there.

Ms. Isis:  Eventually the Cavern opened to explorers and you didn’t have to be invisible anymore.

Elpis:  That’s right.  Jeff Zandi showed up and helped people follow Yeesha’s call to the Cavern.  The DRC didn’t like it too much, but since Yeesha wrote us our Reltos and set us on the journey for the first four Ages, they couldn’t do much about it.  I thought it was funny.

Ms. Isis:  So, how did your role with Friends of the Fissure change then?

Elpis:  Well, it really didn’t change.  But I did get out more.  We kept to the Bevins mostly.  That’s where new explorers would venture to get help and direction.  When things became strained and uncertain with the Bahro, I tried to keep people looking forward.  Keep optimism alive – help them not give up hope.

Ms. Isis:  I’ve noticed that making sure people not give up on hope for the future is important to you.

Elpis:  Yes.  My mother chose my name, Elpis, after the spirit of hope that clung to Pandora’s Box, refusing to leave mankind.  Helping others to hang on to hope for the future and in Yeesha’s way is a big part of my path.

Ms. Isis:  Your path brought you back to the surface before the Cavern was closed.  Why was that?

Elpis:  I meditated in Bahro Cave C for awhile, where a friendly Bahro kept me company.   I might have been there for more than 24 hours.  Not sure because I left my KI and everything else in my Relto hut.  The Bahro jumped into the hole and I followed.  That night, back in my Relto, Yeesha came to me in a dream.  She said my job down below was done and my work was to continue at LaCasa and Tomahna.  Yeesha told me to leave immediately.

Ms. Isis:  I remember that day.  You let me know through the KI.  Even though I knew I’d see you at LaCasa, it was sad to know I wouldn’t see you in D’ni.

Elpis:  Yes, it was bittersweet.  Being given a path by Yeesha was exhilarating, yet having to leave the Cavern and the people there was very sad.

Ms. Isis:  But it worked out.

Elpis:  Oh, yes.  I was able to concentrate on the research, catch up on LaCasa bookkeeping, and prepare for those explorers leaving the Cavern after me.

Ms. Isis:  I know the day I left the Cavern, the Cleft was filled with people.  We were very confused and lost.

Elpis:  Yes.  It was busy for all of us.  I was very glad then that Yeesha had sent me topside early to prepare.

Ms. Isis:  It was very disorienting for all of us.  We had a journey, a purpose, and a home to look for.  Suddenly, we were stranded in the desert and didn’t know what to do.

Elpis:  That’s what Friends of the Fissure is for.  To help those lost find their path to follow.  Some figure it out quickly and leave here, while others take longer.  Until they know where they want to go, they’re welcome at LaCasa.  Or to stay when they find their purpose is here with us.

Ms. Isis:  Now that things have quieted down, what has LaCasa been doing?

Elpis:  Well, we still have the occasional explorer leaving the Cleft, so we help them find their direction.  But Friends of the Fissure know there is more left to this journey that Yeesha set us on.  You know.  “Find a way, make a home.”

Ms. Isis:  Those words continue to guide many of us.

Elpis:  The answer is within our grasp.  If we don’t have the path to the home of this new D’ni, we at least have the next step of the journey.  We just have to stay diligent and keep our eyes open.

Ms. Isis:  New D’ni.  That may be a term many aren’t familiar with.

Elpis:  D’ni is a word that implies a ‘new start’ in the Ronay tongue.  For the D’ni, that’s what the Cavern was.  For us, that’s what this new journey is.  A new start or a new beginning to finding our home.

Ms. Isis:  What about the guilds?  What are your thoughts on them?

Elpis:  At first, I thought they would fill up with pride and lead to disaster, as many claim the guilds of old D’ni led to the Great Fall.  But they’ve really impressed me with their enthusiasm, devotion, and openness.  I feel there’s a chance they’ll work wonders.  At any rate, the Friends of the Fissure will be here to help those not in the guilds and to welcome those in the guilds.

Ms. Isis:  Well, we’re out of time for today.  It was great to have you here.  Thank you for taking the time away from your work.

Elpis:  My pleasure.  I’m always willing to spread hope to those stranded who might be listening.  Remember, Yeesha sent us on a path and she’s out there with the friendly Bahro leading the dangerous Bahro away from us so we can complete our journey.  Have hope that she will return safely and hope that we will find our home.


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Another thought on prims…

There’s some die hards in Second Life. Some can live within the prim restrictions and be happy. That’s cool. I wish them a very happy Second Life.

But I watched chat with D’ni Refugees talking about how they wish they could use these naval ship builds to ride around in, but couldn’t. The ships were a huge 2000 prims each. Sounds like a wonderful build.

Now, even if the owners of those ships are multiple land owners where their tiers are a bit lower, they’re paying about 2000L per ship per week, just to have it sit there in world. That’s $8USD a week per ship.


In comparison, if I was to have a 2000 prim build on my Inworldz sim, I’d be paying a touch over $3USD a week for that build’s spot.

Don’t give me the BS that there’s nothing InWorldz.

There’s bikers. There’s role playing. There’s shopping. There’s clubbing. There’s even breedables.

Yes, there’s less advanced scripting features, but there’s a lot more than there was the last time you visited, I bet. If you’ve even visited at all before calling judgement.

This is why LL is making SL2. This is why LL got scared and won’t let people convert L’s to Izzies.

They KNOW people prefer more prims for reasonable prices. They know people love free uploading, which many open source grids offer now.

Crap, I’m making environmental sound balls now for my own sim. I couldn’t afford to those myself ever in Second Life.

If you want to do more with prims and not be robbed in the process, think outside of Second Life.

If you just want to hang with your family and friends in Second Life and can do so with less prims so it doesn’t clean out your wallet, then great! I wish you the best of inworld life.

And if you’re like me, trying to do both and enjoying it. Right on!


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#Secondlife Monday Update on Sunday

Being a long weekend, I decided to do my Monday breedables update early. I feel safe knowing what to expect and what not to expect. And having less animals in world, and not having attended any auction in nearly two weeks, there’s not as much to update.

More like odd thoughts to start the week off with.

Brainy Girl is out old, sleeping in today.

Brainy Girl is out old, sleeping in today.

I feel safe to say now that there’s been no direct sales for me for two weeks. I may have one or two later today via a friend who works on the same pony traits as I do, but I don’t really count that in the regular market sales area. And I don’t sell for much so one sale doesn’t really make a difference.

The Buryu shiba I’m breeding for someone else passed the coat. Which is cool. Wish it had passed some traits too though.

I’m waiting until RL payday to buy my epics. Curious. So many people are broke right now. Wonder how much lower epic sales are too.

On traffic, one spot has three times the amount of traffic as the other for the week. For all but a few, the visitors are different at one spot than the other.  This does not seem to be dependent upon auctions or gatherings.

Okay, I’m going to say it. I’m still not happy with two things.
1 – We can’t click to chum Pet Peddlers baggies. This is a waste. I stand by that. I don’t care if it’s only 50 servings, it’s SOMETHING. And I wouldn’t have to pick up my good breeders just to chum crap I can’t get rid of, rather than deleting and getting nothing for my efforts. This totally sucks!  But the breeders who pay the bills for the creator and who can afford to use the extra prims think it’s just peachy. So my thoughts mean nothing.
2- Tired of not being able to afford to do anything with my good breeders in Biobreeds because they’re sick. This is one big reason Second Life is losing me. It’s too expensive to use prim space to heal more than a few at a time, too expensive to dish out 250L to heal when we usually can’t even sell babies for close to that. Wish they’d make them go dormant in storage, or at least make the healing potion free. But Second Life is expensive for them too, and the healing potion is a source of income they need to stay in business. No chance there, I guess. Sucks.

Yes, I’m becoming a sore breeder. I’m sorry. But since I’ve pulled my “investment” funds out of Second Life and taken them to Inworldz, which is a lot happier place to be, I’ve become one of the “poor breeders” and I see so many more obstacles for someone trying to make their own lines and in eliminating waste.

Funny…stuff I used to ignore as a big breeder.

But KittyCats. Can’t find complaints with them. They’re flexible on prim counts, especially with the cattery feature. They all give a really good point count when turning for K$ and the K$ go for anything, including food. They still go sick in inventory, but heal within a reasonable 7 days, not costing that much in food, and you can use the low prim feature.

Well, I guess I can complain. They do expire. Many breedables do still expire after 120 days. This is something I hope changes someday, but don’t count on it. Figure that would be too much re-scripting.

I did pick up my Pet Peddlers fish I was breeding and am using my prims to pull sales baggies and chum them at 1 day old. Waste of regular food, as predator food doesn’t sell for me either. Too much competition where I am. But it’s something, and ensures that we can keep breeding predators during times we’re totally broke.

The materials for Breast Cancer Awareness came in. Yay! Haven’t heard anything from the second area I asked about an auction for this. Kind of sad. Charity is important to me. When someone’s reluctant to jump in, kind of kicks a small notch out of my loyalty. Makes me wonder if it’s really in the right spot…


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If you wondered who Eddie is

Eddie is the name for the beachball in the neighborhoods, aka Bevins to us oldies, in MystOnline. We all know him as eddie. Few know who he is.

Eddie was created by one of ubisoft members back when physics was just being discovered in the games.

As told by the creator/programmer/writer/whoever at that time: My new “embellished, in character” story is the beachball is the disembodied spirit of E’di Kadish, the writer of Kadish Tolesa (the purplish tree age with the hard puzzles). His wife sings “Ode to E’di” in a recorded loop in his gallery on Ae’gura.

Now you know. :-)

Eddie trapped in the book room. Perhaps he's trying to get back to Kadish.

Eddie trapped in the book room. Perhaps he’s trying to get back to Kadish Tolesa.



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Not awake yet Monday update

Hubby has the work week from crazyville while four are gone from his dept (IT), leaving him alone to manage the office here with newbies and the China office through the start of inventory. He worked day and night through the weekend, so I worked on trying to get the Inworldz location set up and finish my Pet Peddler fish rotation.

So far I’ve chummed all the excess lives I had stored up. One set of headstanders, that I kept, did give a unique traited fish. Koi with swedish shade, aqua shade fins, and fireworks cluster bubbles. If the chart is right, that bubble is new – either this is the first or others have it but still in baggy form.

Kittycats are doing what Kittycats do best. Giving boxes and looking cute. :-)  Still nothing from my menagerie boy. Guess there’s duds in those too. Sad.

We’re doing well with the floral hair ponies. I switched out a few females and birthed new ones. Waiting for them to grow and make babies. Smmu’s gave a bitter hair. First time we saw that, so not positive if it’s from her girl or the male.

Weekly traffic is a tad slow compared to what it used to be. No doubt thanks to the recent SL developments making many leave. I notice my friends are gone a lot more over the last three months. Time will tell if this continues. Hard to gauge what’s from the normal summer slowdown. But the ones on my gaming friends list are normally consistent through the year, so I suspect some of it is permanent.

No sales in six days. For this week’s count, all sales were on one day and covered 1/3 of total expenses.

Not too surprising, when I talked to Smmu about it, we both seemed to have the “meh, so what” attitude.

It’s not the markets. Traffic is good at both. Sales happen at both to cover rent this week. My spots are good enough that I get people checking without the advertising. In a few weeks, we’ll look at the situation and decide where we go from here.

Going to work on a client’s project this morning and then decide about the afternoon auction. Hubby has decided to look for a new job so I have to get the business ready to mobilize, our stuff organized for an upcoming move, and I’m setting up the inworldz sim so that if it needs to sit without me for a month it will be okay.

Maybe get that hotspot service going too for moving time, even though our internet issues were resolved.


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Dee’s Designs alter my plans

Evidently, there will be more check in days for me in Second Life. At the very least some quick check ins, after I get some more product built up for Dee’s Designs. The store honoring my mom for Breast Cancer Awareness was approved for the upcoming hunt.

For now, there’s some old Frosted Myst Designs product in there, along with the first 20 of the new line of sculpted rugs. I love those rugs! So tempted to just fill the whole thing up with them and make it a rug shop. If I see I have enough good textures for it, I just may.

I’m one of the players who won’t do as much in Second Life due to their mishandling of the TOS. So, of course, none of my actual books or the books for the authors I represent will be available there.

But I will set out an advertisement box sending people to our website, and letting them know where they can find us in Inworldz. That location should be ready to open in September. We hope.

I am working on a virtual world memoir style of guide book. This I may publish under creative commons license and make it available on both grids. TOS is not an issue there.

And to those who say they adjusted the TOS, um…no. They reworded a bit, but the wording fixed NOTHING. Copyrights are still endangered by it.

And they did nothing to fix the way in which how they changed the TOS. You still had to accept the changes first before being able to get in to your stuff. Another thing the lawyer group tried to tell them was wrong.

That’s okay if they don’t want my books.  And even if they were to change the TOS to satisfy me, none will be uploaded. They’ve proven I can’t trust their TOS practices already.

Where you land on coming to Marion Margaret Press in Inworldz

Where you land on coming to Marion Margaret Press in Inworldz

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Monday Breedables Update 1

Since my Second Life days are going to start being Mondays, I’m going to do Monday updates.

For traffic, it will become weekly. I’ll try to not reset the counters for The Farm and Camelot Ranch until Monday mornings. I say try because after so many years, it’s been my morning coffee time habit to check and reset them each day. And being without coffee on the hard to wake up days…well, mistakes can happen!

A few critters important to me found homes in my cheap inventory reduction sale. Thank you so much to the buyers.

The 10t ponies are still a challenge to me I keep going back and forth on. I think I’ll leave the random givers out for those and not heaven them. I still need another 200 crates or critters before the next heaven epic edition so not in a hurry, and the givers are only 1 prim.

The 10t lives are not selling – no interest. And I did some research on their lines. Judging from following their lines forward to their babies and their babies babies, and so on, it looks like there’s not a lot of breeding going on with these lines at all.

I do suspect that many breeders were like me. Lowered their prim use drastically on SL due to RL, cost, and moving to other grids.

I’ve only got two days left before the land is gone, so they’ll sit out just in case anyone is interested. But I do think there’s one I’ll keep for myself if she doesn’t go. The rest will be deleted.

Not sure on the exotics that are out yet. Guess I’ll see what I feel like when it’s time to clear out. Was very tempted to delete nearly everything left again. With the number of 25-50L sellers out there, it’s cheaper to buy to breed again than heal. Even with the more respectable 100-150L sellers out there it’s cheaper.

Speaking of which, I may add another post soon on pricing. Been getting some confused queries by people who know me from the old days that this fits into.  (Wow, someone reads this blog! Thanks!)

Sigh…still wish BB would let their breedables go dormant in inventory. So much waste! Either the critter gets heavened before going sick because I don’t want to invest time and/or money in healing it. Come on. Even if it’s 0 seeds, it still costs 14 prims of rental space.

Didn’t sound like much to me when I first started this, but then I realized that’s a lot when you need to heal more than a few critters. It adds up. Especially when you know after eating the 18 days of prim rent, you then have to buy the next set of seeds.

Plus, the price of healing is not worth 5 biochips. Think I’ve added up that I’ve lost the credit for one heaven epic due to just deleting ones I don’t want to keep and not willing to pay to heal.

Another suggestion would be to maintain the catalog better. Lots of stuff in there. But it’s not sorted for easy shopping, and not much is available. Don’t understand it. Being able to use the chips for new starters became addicting for me at the beginning. Then after a few breeds, they stopped letting us use chips for new starters.

The more you offer people to turn in their excess, the better for the system and for the market. People may be less desperate and feel they have to sell for 25L to get rid of their excess.

My Pet Peddlers family is turning more into a market playing game. I left that game long ago and do not wish to return. It served me well during my years of training. Now I have better use of my time, and personal investment.

But a terrific crowd and I’d highly recommend joining the Pet Peddlers group to anyone. We’re keeping some running, and keeping some out for sale. We don’t get the prime stuff, so pretty sure our stock will still grow faster than we can get rid of it. If sales allow me, I’ll rent a space for a week or two weeks to birth and chum for food to keep that down, as needed.

But I’ve decided one thing. IF things turn to where I need to return to breeding a lot of critters in Second Life in the future, my emphasis will be on Kittycats. They are the best at making their K$ worth so much. I don’t have to sell and know my excess is worth something.

They’re one of the smartest breedables business around. No wonder they have so many members and no wonder so many keep wanting them to come to Inworldz.


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