The ImperiuM

…yes I have a few Memory Lanes, like we all have.
Some are now dark, muddy paths I wish to avoid, other are happy streets that make smile when I happen to wander into them.

Today I had one of the happy wanderings about…I met Ratt, he has returned in SL after an absence of about 3 years, and since a few months he is frequently online. We used to run a Samurai Clan, as ‘clan leaders’ and spent so many, many hours of our time in SL katana fighting! From 2008 – 2011 we were always fighting. On our sim, Imperium Island. Good times yes.
Good times come to an end, it happened to us. Ratt had to leave SL for all the right reasons and I was left behind, eventually giving up the clan and the sim. Today we met and chatted, not for the first time – we have become close friends in real life since he left SL, so it wasn’t that we had years to cover, but we always managed to keep RL and SL separated in our past years.

It was funny to see him back, all ‘meshed’ up, with mesh clothes, new hair and mesh hands even! He has shrunk his avatar, but still……I had to LOL about his size and he, as in the old times, called me short-ass.

Ratt & Caity, catching up, 4 yrs after the video as in description...

Rattus and Caity, november 2014

It was nice to take a pic of us together after all those years and when he logged I went to youtube and watched some old video’s of us, the katana fighters….yeah, good times and it made me sad for a moment I have lost so many pictures of us when the ‘big harddisk crash without backup in 2012’ happened, but nevertheless I strolled over a lovely memory lane for today.

I still have all my katana’s, but – just like Ratts swords – they will sit in my inventory for old time sake and occasionally they are a photo-prop. Ratt-San and Caity-San are no longer the sword fighters, but still good friends and that’s what it is all about in the end, right?




Today, when going through my (too many!) bookmarks I ran into two youtube-clips I made in 2010. Not machinima’s, as I don’t have the skills nor patience to actually shoot a movie in SL, but I created some slideshows with music about The ImperiuM.

Good times! And now ImperiuM Island is gone, it is actually nice –  a tiny bit sad – to see the magnificent buildings we have had so much fun in!

This weekend I picked up all the trees, grass, rocks and other decorations on ImperiuM Island, getting it empty for the big move to our new home.

I did it properly, so not to mess up my inventory!, and all in all it took me over 3 hours. Well, yes…I also took the time to take pics and sit about a bit, thinking of the good times we have had here!

All that is left now, in this wasteland that was a lush place a couple of days ago, are Ratt’s buildings, including the bridges. I have always loved our bridges!

Summer 2011

Last photo before picking up the trees....

The Bridges of ImperiuM Island

The canyon is gone...

I had to get some extra days for the sim, to give Ratt time to re-model one of the buildings for the move and pick up what is left. The official move will be end of this week, till then..I have a whole empty sim to play with :p.

The last days of the year were…odd. We, ImperiuM, had to make a very tough decision, one that left me with a heavy heart for some days. And still.

After having ‘lived’ on our own sim since November 2009, we had to decide to let it go. The monthly costs of tier, the decrease in members and our own reduced time to spend on it forced us to re-think and re-group. So on the last day of 2011 it was clear. In order to maintain our beloved ImperiuM healthy and to attract more members and fights, the inevitable had to happen: leave ImperiuM Island – our beautiful home – and move to a smaller parcel on one of the Samurai Island sims.
Next to the other clans that made that nasty decision earlier and next to the C:si Headquarters, so in the centre of katana fighting.


Yes, personally…I will miss our ImperiuM Island so much. Two years of joy, fights, talks, parties and other stuff. Landscaping, having fun and non-fun…it really feels like leaving home.

But! Onward and For The ImperiuM!  And as Ratt always says: ‘Nobody Quits, Everybody Fights!’ And he is right!

Our new home will be for the best of the Clan (well, and our bank-accounts) and yes it is smaller and we do not have the privileges as we had, but hey…..we can still be us and we can still fight and we still have a clan-home!

Our new home

The last day of ImperiuM Island will be in less than a week. I know I will find it tough and will have a heavy heart, shed another tear…But oh well, maybe in future we will be able to move on again…….:)

Click here for the LM to our new home, all are welcome!

On this cold and grey day I went to work on ImperiuM Island. Time to remove the autumn trees, the leaves and get rid of the cheerful green meadows, it is December and it is supposed to be ice-cold and snowy!

I found some wonderful snowy Oaks and an amazing ice-skating rink at Heart Garden Centre and after shopping there was no more excuse to sit about: at work!

It is not at all a punishment for me though, I absolutely enjoy transforming the sim every season and working with snowmounds, white grass and snowy rocks really brightened up my day! I usually ‘live’ in a quite bright setting ( studio 5) but for landscaping and terraforming with snow I have to use sunset – to prevent snowblindness! (for the pics below I used several other settings)

As always: everyone is welcome to come over and run in the snow, iceskate or just sit and chill on the snowbeach next to the campfire!

Yay, all done! Time for some hot chocolate!