Friday, 18 November 2016

Heterocera Travelogue #16: Malacosoma

It's been a very long time since my last Heterocera travelogue. In January 2016 I posted a special feature about my former home, Triphosa, but the last regular instalment was in December 2015, when I visited Philudoria. And that's where I am today, on the border crossing with Malacosoma.

There are two ways to reach the area (not counting teleporting to it directly): by train, and by car. Here I am standing next to the SLRR tracks, with the Malacosoma train station directly behind me, and one of the mainland public roads under the bridge.

The station is operated by the VRC (Virtual Railway Consortium), and here you can find more information about them and their work.

Interestingly, there seems to be a railway hunt going on, where you need to find a wrench within the Tuliptree sim to claim limited edition gifts. It ends tomorrow, 19th November, so you better hurry!

Now, the rest of Malacosoma looks rather empty. This is the view to the east of the station and the local rezz zone:

It's mostly abandoned land, apart from a small parcel named "The Ancient Heavenly Connection". There's a small zen garden with a Buddha statue, a meditation cushion, wind chimes, and a camp fire... One can come sit here and relax after a long journey on the train.

The only other parcel in Malacosoma with something rezzed on it is "W + W Ranch". Here you can get some cotton candy and ride the carousel, among other things.

Zantor, the fortune teller told me: "Remember to share good fortune as well as bad with your friends." Good thought!

The owner of the place, Winter Phoenix, was in the area, but as he was busy getting frozen in a cryogenic pod up in his skybox over 2.500 metres above, I didn't want to bother him.

Behind the game park is Winter's home, the ranch itself, which is by far the nicest thing to see in Malacosoma and the wider area. It was lovely to see all the farm animals in the middle of an otherwise empty mainland region.

Closing thoughts: Malacosoma is well connected and practically unavoidable if your travel in the area, but it's also underdeveloped and largely abandoned. It's only thanks to VRC and Winter Phoenix that there are signs of life here.

Typical Malacosma with the view of Catalpa
I'll be moving towards south from here, so for the next instalment of the Heterocera Travelogue (which I hope will come out soon), I'll see you in Catalpa!