A few days ago, I was thinking about how long I had been a part of the Second Life community. It’s been a really long time! Over 9 years! That is a long time to be a part of any virtual community.
It also got me thinking about how far the graphics have come! And that led naturally to the evolution of my Vedis Seid character. Below you will find a picture from one of her very first builds. This is not my first avatar, by far, but it is when Vedis became that black eyed beauty so many fell in love with.
2011? Yeah, that was a while ago, for sure. Layered clothing, and not much of it. She had already become a part of the Legacies 1981 sim in Secondlife at this point and was starting a very small brothel there. Legacies 1981 was a lovely little Victorian fantasy sim run by the amazingly innovative Trijin Bade. (His LARPs HUD was one of the few HUDs in Secondlife I can actually tolerate.)
Her story really blossomed in this sim and it is, hands down, one of the favorite stories I have told in Secondlife. She is one of the characters in the comic, though we will never know the fullness of her story there.
This character introduced me to some of the most wonderful of people, who helped shape my life in very real ways. Because of the importance of that I felt like I couldn’t truly leave her behind. So for the past few weeks I have been updating her, when I can.
Check out what she looks like now.
Oh, hello there.
Vedis has gotten an overhaul for sure! Mesh body (SLink Hourglass), ears (*~*Illusions*~* Fairy Elf Ears) and clothing (*Just BECAUSE* Venom Gown) makes a big difference. Those tentacles (Xoph’s Tentaculus Exoticus) are the same though I have changed the texture. The eyes (FATEeyes) I have had for several years now, but not back as far as the first picture. The horns are much more modest due to in character reasons. Maybe someday I’ll write that story out. If there is interest.
But the best part of her new look?
Her mesh head not only has facial expressions, but facial expressions that LOOK NORMAL. I have been waiting YEARS for that. The facial expressions with regular avatars are so limited it really made taking photos difficult if you were trying to express emotion with poses, rather than just fashion pictures.
Bento has added even greater benefit with the ability to curl fingers and have more realistic movement of tails and the like. I haven’t found a tail replacement for her yet, and sadly the tail she is known for looks horrible against this build. Even more than the tentacles they stick out like a sore thumb, so until I can find someone who can reproduce it with the Bento bones, I won’t use it.
Oh yeah, these photos look SO much better. Don’t you think?
I’m sure she has more stories to tell, she never could stay dead.