Update: This region no longer appears to be a public venue
I’ve not tended to cover Adult destinations in this blog as I’m aware they are not everyone’s cup of tea. However, over the weekend, I did drop into Volubilis on FearyDreams over the weekend, and was surprised to see it now has an Adult rating, having previously been Mature.
The notecard delivered on arrival warns that the region is a place for “romantic BDSM”. This may sound a strange juxtaposition and have some ready to leap elsewhere, but I’d venture to say that the latter would be a premature reaction while the former, in context, isn’t actually anything like the oxymoron it might sound.
If you teleport via the Destination Guide / search, you arrive at ground level. Other than the notecard offered to you on arrival, there is absolutely nothing overt in the surroundings to suggest this is anything other than a romantically inclined region. This isn’t out of any desire on the part of region owner Selene Wideshining, to hide the “dark” side (BDSM) of the region’s nature from people, only to have them unwittingly stumble upon it. Indeed, if anything, I’d say she’s doing herself a disservice in including “BDSM” in the region’s description. This is a region which encourages romance and wooing – be it among D/s oriented couples or those with more vanilla tastes. Certainly. one should not be worried about suddenly being confronted by a St. Andrews Cross when walking around a corner, or anything remotely like it.
The ground level area of the region has been simply, but effectively landscaped and laid-out, with some of the buildings appearing to draw inspiration from the ruins of Volubilis, the ruins of an ancient Roman city in Morocco from which the region takes its informal name. There is a small amphitheatre, together with the remains of a somewhat larger building – a temple perhaps? – complete with a statue of Venus, with other Romanesque statutes also to be found.
Across a bridge from the main island lies a tall, fairy-tale like tower complete with gold-coated minarets reflecting the sunlight and drapes hanging from pillars which again fits with the Moroccan feel to the region. Here lie plush pillows to share on the floor of the main room, together with sofas and loungers, or, if you prefer, a candle-lit table for two above in the towers, a romantic setting for a dinner for two set against the setting sun.
Also lying just off shore is a tall ship, one of Lia Woodget’s wonderful builds, apparently just getting underway. It’s placement adds to romantic feel of the region; One can almost imagine a brave sailor standing on her stern, one hand on the rails, the other on a rope rising into the rigging, looking back at the isle with longing and regret – and to his lover as she stands on the shore, watching him depart onto a hostile ocean…
There is a teleport in the grounds near the arrival point (a little hard to miss, given the sign hanging in the air over it), which leads to a sky island. This carries a very oriental theme to it and the landscaping here demonstrates the same care as shown down on the ground. Both are fully complemented by the default windlight setting, which sees the sun low on the horizon, dipping towards and long, forever sunset.
While there are hints of the adult nature of activities which may occur here, they are very low-key, and certainly not anything which could cause upset or offence. Some of the ground-level seating could be regarded as throne, complete with cushions upon which those of a submissive nature may prefer to sit close to hand of their partners. However, as mentioned above, there is nothing overtly “BDSM-ish” here – and I suspect that were overt displayed to be made by visitors, they would be somewhat discouraged and asked to keep more in the context of using the region for a little romance. As the notecard states:
The purpose of this land is to offer to any guest, regardless of any condition or personal inclinations, a pleasant environment where entertaining, respecting each other. This is a bdsm land, but bdsm activities are not to be considered mandatory. Anyone who violates the basic rules of good manners and respect for the others will be warned. If you will be repeatedly found guilty of such behavior, you will be permanently denied access.
All-in-all this is place where couples can visit, wander through, sit and enjoy one another’s company, talk together, or simply enjoy the everlasting sunset. For those who wish to be more intimate, the sky island offers some privacy anda place for gentle cuddles (or more) to be enjoyed. It is also a place which lends itself to photography, as my amateur efforts produced here hopefully indicate.
For me, the visit to FaeryDreams was one of unexpected and welcome discovery; the romantic at heart will likely find it to be the same as well. My only real word of warning would be: don’t try to pilot the balloons – they are part of the scenery, and not for flying, and it’s a bit of a way to the ground after finding that out! :).