September 02, 2006

The Forest of Kahruvel

When I first teleported into the Forest of Kahruvel, I was immediately struck with an intense feeling of Great Age. Meters and meters of forest spreads out around the landing spot - old growth. Prehistoric growth. On further exploration (that is, wandering around), I begin to come across the ruins of an ancient time, fragments of history and the hideout of a man named Phyneas Jack...

overlooking the coast


I was enchanted.

I immediately began searching the recorded history of Second Life to see if I could find out more about the forest and it's mysteries. I came to discover that Salazar Jack and his family have been patiently replanting, reconstructing and excavating the Forest and its surroundings since the Lindens made their world available again. A world that they had fled 35 years earlier because of a catastrophic event known as The Great Erase. Valdora Grayson's (Salazar's mother) description of the event can be found in her apartments above the Cafe Jack. For his part, Salazar is now collecting the accounts, documenting discoveries and preserving the history of the area with his website.

While exploring the Seaside Village to the Southwest of the forest, I located two maps that showed the extent of the reconstruction.

two maps

On the left, the area map. On the right, the terrain map.



I have not included SLurls for all of the sites of archaeological interest housed within the Forest of Kahruvel and surrounding area; it is much more interesting to discover them for yourself. I encourage you to take the time to explore the area thoroughly - you will be left with many unanswered questions...

Whose hand print is this?

handprint in the pillar

When touched, it makes the same noise as the landing spot.



How did this Tako come to be embedded in stone?

boat in stone

My guess is that this is the result of a Physics Accident that has gone unnoticed - not very mysterious at all!



What DOES happen if you ride the elevator in the light house by the village?

the lighthouse


Be sure to visit Salazar Jack's blog to stay up-to-date on the archaeological progress and rebuilding efforts!

The Forest of Kahruvel, Rodeo (29, 36, 49)
Cafe Jack, Grignano (96, 116, 28)
Seaside Village by the Forest of Kahruvel, Cowell (152, 79, 27)
The Tako in Stone, Stinson (189, 93, 61)

3 Comments:

Blogger Torley said...

Hi Ida!

Just wanted to... say hello and mention I'm enjoying reading about your tourism on your blog! Jeska Linden let me know, and so I'm going back through the archives right now.

I look forward to what you'll write next--you should also contact Tao Takashi to be added to World of SL, I noticed you linked but you're not on the list... yet!

T'care. :)

9/05/2006  
Blogger Ida said...

Thanks for reading Torley (and Jeska)! I am really having a great time with this - it gives me a excellent excuse to fly around and look at things. ;)

I am in the aggragator, but I only post once a week at the moment (Tourist writing takes research!) which may be why you haven't seen me there yet.

9/06/2006  
Blogger Torley said...

Oooh! Very nice to know. And haha more than excuse--this is a good reason!

I'll be looking for you on World of SL then, too. I'm glad you do your research because it gives you weight and layers. And I'm terribly fond of layers.

Have a good one, ida!

9/08/2006  

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