Q: Second Life, why go there?
A: To practice Tai Chi in Narnia!
It would be fair to say that some of us are wondering whether the White Witch has vacated Narnia and moved into the North East of the US? At least, our endless winter was temporarily interrupted by a frugal Christmas Day. Narnia, under the spell of the White Witch, may never have Christmas, but it does have clean sparkling snow (unlike the grubby gray stuff by the side of the road in real life). I went to visit the Chronicles of Narnia, as re-created by TP Fizzle in Second Life, to escape last week’s bad news about the groundhog seeing its own shadow on Groundhog Day. Another six weeks of winter? Where is the Turkish Delight?
It seems wise to apply virtual lip balm, scarf and mittens to your avatar before stepping through the wardrobe. The snowy scenes awaiting you will have you turning up the central heating at home. That said, the views you will see are beautiful as TP Fizzle has an excellent eye for synthetic scenery! The photographs below show mainly Fizzle’s Narnian landscapes (because they impressed me so much). To enter Narnia: find your way into Second Life, then teleport over to the Chronicles of Narnia, if you want to sit inside Tumnus’s cave or have tea in the beaver dam.
TP Fizzle takes a few departures from the C.S. Lewis’ books, and one of these flights lead him to create the Grand Ballroom of Narnia. Fizzle manages to create a floor that looks like reflective glass, or shiny marble in this epic sized room. You will be intrigued to see how the effect was achieved. And finally, another nice touch was the addition of Tai Chi pose balls in Care Paravel! I feel sure that C.S. Lewis would have approved these flights of Frizzle Fancy! (More images below.)
Thanks to the Not Possible IRL Group for providing the landmarks to The Chronicles of Narnia.