Nightfall, the homestead region held by Uni Looney (Unique Loon), is a place Caitlyn took me to visit late 2015, but I didn’t get around to blogging about it at the time. As such, it seemed right that it should be one of the first places I re-visit and write about as we start the new year.
When visiting the region back then, it was in the grip of what might be considered an Indian summer; bright greens and autumnal golds were everywhere despite the month of October slowly advancing. With my most recent visit, however, that last dash of warmth had clearly departed, leaving the region firmly in winter’s tight grip.
The landing point in the south-west corner of the region provides access to the ruins of an old castle or fortification, rising from grass which is itself attempting to keep its head above the snow drifting down from above. Here the newly arrived can enjoy a spot of ice skating, while a turn to the north will lead the way through the ruins, past camp fires, seating areas, and a mouse on his own grand tour, to the north end of the region and the beach. Just mind the sleeping brown bears and very much awake polar bears should you head in that direction!
The journey eastward requires you either take a cold dip in the frigid waters of the channel which divides the region, or you make your way across one of the three bridges spanning it – two of which look decidedly rickety, although they are in fact quite sound.
The weather on the east side of the region is somewhat colder; the snow falls in heavy sheets to cover roads and paths, ponds lie frozen, and the local livestock and horses all appear to be enduring the weather rather than appreciating it. A convertible sits just outside the falling snow, the owner brave enough to leave the top down; given the state of the weather, I’m not sure I’d be so confident!
A little cottage sits no far from the dividing water, offering shelter from the snow, and while the fireplace may be lacked, there is a bath for those needing to warm themselves up with a quick, hot dip. Beyond this, and reached via two smeller bridges arching over a little stream, three more cottages can be found. Two of these are somewhat whimsical in nature while the third, sitting atop a low hill, offers a warm fire to please colds toes, hands and noses.
Nightfall is a gentle region, a place you can roam as you see fit, either following the paths and board walks, or simply setting out through the grass as the mood takes. As with many regions in SL, there is plenty of ambient sound available to add to the sense of immersion. For those who prefer, bicycles can be rezzed from the board walk near the beach on the north side of the island.
All told, a charming place to visit and explore.
- Nightfall (Rated: Adult)