Update: The Luminarios Divide has closed, the region is under new ownership.
Over the past few weeks I’ve received a number of IMs, notecards and Twitter direct messages from people telling me about places I might like to visit and blog about. While suggestions are always appreciated, and I will try to get around to visiting as many as I can if you do drop me word, please be advised that it might take a while for me to get around to doing so.
One of these recommendations (thank you, Baz!) was to pay a visit to the Lumenarios Divide in Storm, a unique and quite beautiful Adult-rated build.
You have come to a land the likes of which you have never seen before. The living aura of this place calls out to you with a maternal need that strikes your very core. It begs to embrace you and welcomes you to explore it. There is evidence all around that you are not the first to stumble upon this ancient, sleeping giant of a place. The beings that inhabit this land have been here longer than they can remember, and soon, so shall you. Here, all are welcome and those that have come before have made Love, War, and above all, Beauty.
So reads the greeting awaiting newcomers to this most ancient of realms. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the story of the Divide, a storybook can be obtained from the arrival point. In it lay the story of how the Divide came to be and who came to it both in pilgrimage and to seek a place to live.
Surrounded by barren hills, the Divide is a wondrous place; a series of small, mostly verdant islands over which are suspended even more islands, held aloft by balloons and spinning propellers, the blades of which might be so many petals from a flower.
Walkways extend between the water-borne islets and climb up to and between those floating in the clear, blue skies. Climbing them takes time – and for the faint of heart there is also a teleport system – but it brings with it rewards of its own, as following the rocky paths leads to discoveries the teleports can easily miss.
The Divide is the vision of Luminaer Moonflower and Anitsas Gi’tli,T and is intended to fulfil many needs: role-play environment, a romantic setting for couples; somewhere to dance away the hours; a place to rest the spirit and marvel at the beauty of the build; somewhere to simply enjoy. It is a place which is well worth taking time to visit and explore, and to immerse yourself in the lore Luminaer and Anitsas have created.
For my part, I fell in love with the region; it has an otherworldly feel to it without actually – aside from the fact the islands are floating in the sky – being overtly otherworldly. The sky and water, the trees and plants are all very much of this world – as are the balloons holding the walkways aloft. So there is a sense of familiarity with the region which encourages one to feel at home; yet at the same time the fantastical nature of the region is underlined in a very subtle way. Again, this is not so much that you are walking among floating islands, but in the things you find, from the bones of a great dragon through to the etherial floating lanterns…
All-in-all, a fabulous place in which to spend time.
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