City of Solace in Second Life

City of Solace; Inara Pey, May 2019, on FlickrCity of Solace – click any image for full size

Sitting just off Wellington Road as it arcs around the southern bulk of Jeogeot, sandwiched between Route 9 and 10 sits the City of Solace, a region-wide, futuristic city design by Jean K. Smit (jeankyn) and of Bill R. Smit (BlackBlade Smit). It’s an interestingly curious place, easily accessible by road, and with a direct teleport set to deliver people to the main rental office high overhead.

From this latter comment, it should be obvious that this is a location offering rentals – both residential and commercial; however, it is also a place open to visitors, and where casual role-play is potentially encouraged, the Destination Guide description noting:

Solace. A city of wonder, mystery, and amazing vistas. The City of Solace could be considered a city of tomorrow, today. Futuristic architectures, places to see and visit, things to see and do. In accordance to the city, there is also a space installation to explore, named S.O.A.R. Rentable habitation pods, access to starships, etc. There is lots to do for avid role-players.

City of Solace; Inara Pey, May 2019, on FlickrCity of Solace

At the time of our visit, a number of the city units had been rented, so some care is perhaps in order when exploring at ground level. This is reached via a teleport booth outside of the rental office, should you arrive there first. This gives access to three ground level locations: a nightclub, the city’s motor centre (which also supports Get The Freight Out), and the SmitCo headquarters.

The majority of the ground-level city is laid out along a network of enclosed roads which in turn provide access to both Wellington Road as noted above, and with the airport at Annyong to the north-west. Thus those driving through the Mainland or flying over it can pay a visit to the city if they wish.

City of Solace; Inara Pey, May 2019, on FlickrCity of Solace

The residential units appear to be of two sizes, single floor and split level, while local businesses occupy some of the high-rise buildings. There was no sign of role-play when I dropped in; but given the city appears in the Destination Guide’s Recently Added category, and elements of the supporting infrastructure – such as a promised web site – still appear to be under construction, this is perhaps not surprising as the city is still building is residents and businesses. Or perhaps role-play is more focused on the space station.

Located in the sky, the space station is officially called the Solace Orbital platform for Astromineralogy and Research (SOAR). It is reached via a separate teleport system to the main pods, being based on Stargate SG-1 style ring systems. One of these can be found just outside the rental office, lying within a grassy dimple. Another can be found at ground level in a circle of trees towards the south-eat corner of the city, just below the turn-off from  Wellington Road that’s marked by the tall Blue Star truck stop and travel centre sign.

City of Solace; Inara Pey, May 2019, on FlickrCity of Solace

SOAR is a large facility offering both research and residential opportunities. In fact, with its docking facilities, a mid-level public deck, that sandwiches habitation pods between itself and the biodome of the uppermost level, where visitors arrive when using the ring system teleport. One might be tempted to comment it is “a port of call – home away from home – a place of commerce and research…”, even if it isn’t big enough for a quarter million humans and aliens….

The multiple decks of the station are connected by a central elevator system, and while some areas are devoid of content, the public deck offers a bar and a cafeteria area looking out over the docks and their varied visiting spacecraft. The outer sections of the station feature restricted access and contain the main administrative offices and research facilities. Again, usage at the time of our visit appeared light, but this may grow over time as people discover the city and the station.

City of Solace; Inara Pey, May 2019, on FlickrCity of Solace

Overall, there could perhaps be a few more public spaces – the apartments feel a little cramped in their vertical stacking in the city – but overall, City of Solace and SOAR is an interesting – if unexpected – find whilst motoring through Jeogeot. It’s also a place that offers an interesting potential backdrop for photography.

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