Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Heterocera Travelogue #11: Philereme

After a shorter break from exploring the SL continent of Heterocera, I'm back on the road. Not quite where I'd left off last time, at the Pavonia-Serpentata border, but not that far either: I've decided to go down Route 4 to Philereme - an area closer to home.

The sim borders with several I had previously covered: Wainscot and Drinker to the north, and November to the west. My home sim of Triphosa lies to the east, and there are Lythria and Dimidiata to the south.

To say there isn't much to see in Philereme would be an understatement. Travelling towards south via Route 4, there's practically nothing around. Abandoned parcels stretch along both sides of the road. Even the rare parcels which do have active owners look completely undeveloped, with the property presumably located in skyboxes above. Only the Linden trees make the area less dreary.

It is only very close to the sim's southern border that one can see signs of life - a huge zoo spanning across several neighbouring sims, excluding Philereme: "Simple's Zoo of All Things," which I'll be writing about in the next instalment.

It was from there that I spotted the single only inhabited parcel in the entire sim, creatively called "Mature 512m." All it has are vendors and money changing machines, though, with the view on traces of landscaping done by owners since gone.

Simply put, Philereme is a disaster. It's the first sim I've visited on Heterocera where there's absolutely nothing to see. While I was there looking around and taking notes, a random avatar TPed to one of the abandoned parcels to quickly change clothes and that was it.

A telling sign of the dying mainland? Perhaps, but in the next two instalments I will write about several neighbouring sims that tell a very different story.