Well, boys and girls, I finally did it! I took my own advice on how to become a mermaid, and did just that! So rather than mere theory, I’m going to give you a step-by-step account of how I did it.
My first stop was, of course, the Safe Waters Foundation. There, I grabbed a free diving suit and headed on over to the freebies pool.
This is an excellent place for finding many of your start-up items as you begin your transformation to your undersea life. I would strongly urge you to check out the high-quality items donated by some of SL’s finest designers.
Next, I swam on over to Haven of Mermaids. You’d have to look long and hard to find a better “one-stop-shopping” mall for your merfolk needs. Billed as “Home and Haven for the Merfolk of Second Life. A magical underwater world, with a community that welcomes Merfolk of all the tribes, and aquatic beings of all species. Home to Deep Seas Mer Outfitters.” It’s a great place to start expanding on your basic freebie skins & tails.
Finally, I was ready to get serious about just how I wanted to present myself to the various Mer communities. And that meant SHOPPING!
Oh, I did I forget to mention one of the best things about becoming a mermaid? It gives you an excuse to do some serious shopping. Even if you’re content with freebies, obtaining them in the first place means shopping!
A Word About Mesh
Mesh avatars—and therefore, mesh accessories for them—are difficult and time-consuming to make…which explains why everything relating to mesh is expensive. The same is true of mesh mermaid avatars and accessories. So for that reason alone I recommend that you use a classic avatar as your mermaid or merman representation.
And while you can find lots of quality classic avatars, my own choice was for the Mermaid Collection Mesh Emotion Blue, which set me back the whopping cost of one single $Linden ($L1). This set contains a classic avatar which has been specifically designed to fit most mermaid outfits.
Back to Haven of Mermaids
This was my most expensive stop. But when you’re designing your appearance, do you really want to skimp on the details? Neither do I!
The traditional tails come with a Deep Seas Merfolk Animation Overrider (AO), which, while a basic AO, contains all the animations you need to get you started. Best of all, you can edit the AO to include whatever additional animations you like.
And the results speak for themselves
Of course, this is the way I dress when I visit areas that frown upon nudity. The next photo is probably NSFW, but here’s the deal: I’m a mermaid—I have no need of clothes. Besides, if men—mermen or otherwise—can display their bare chests, why not women, too? After all, I live in a State (New York) where courts have ruled it’s perfectly legal.
So before we go any further, chase the kiddies away from your computer.
Ready? Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This is me in my Sunday finest—well, actually—my week-long finest!
Other Times, Other Places
Read about all things mermaid at: http://cynthiamermaid.blogspot.com/
Great site for SL help (and features SWF!!) http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-people-promo-fancis-deep-serving.html
And that’s it for today! Next: further resources for your undersea life.