As a few people know The House of Runo has moved to a new sim. We are now connected to 2 other sims which include The Delta Coast and Jarl Hrothgar’s sim. We are still in the building phase and have much to do, but as we were moving and building Lady Safira wrote this nice little essay. We thought it would be nice to share for everyone.
I was thinking back to the early days of text based Gor, we had none of the trappings that we do now. No avatars, no buildings, no props, everything was rp out, and communicated in a textual manner. We had taverns, that we described with words, it had rooms that our minds painted. We developed whole cities in IRC, Turia, Thentis, Ar all springing up during this time period and again all textual, some of us even created web sites with pictures that we used to help paint the picture of Gor.
Then along came SecondLife, the opportunity to create visuals with our text based rp. In the beginning of SecondLife our avatars looked pretty goofy compared to todays standards. We didn’t have mesh bodies, or mesh clothing, our hair was a mess and our buildings lacked the curves and style that we have now with mesh. Yet we continued to build our Gorean communities in awe of the technology. Cities sprang up, The Black Tarn, owned by Capton Jacobs, Port Kar by Marak, Ar by Fidelio and Ko-Ro-Ba owned by Scar. Each week and month brought a different Gorean sim into existence. Technology evolving drastically since 2004, our goofy looking avatars now looking nearly human and alive. Our buildings evolved into true works of art. We have scripts that allow us to have sex, scripts to fly us through the air on tarns, and all the other goodies to make Second LIfe appear even more real than it did in 2004. But I ask have we gotten too caught up in the technology and lost sight of what is truly important?
There are days I find myself wondering what is is we have sworn to as citizens? Did we swear to a build? Did we swear to a land, or did we swear to a community, to an idea, to a belief? I would like to think that each of us that swore to our Home Stone, swore to that family, that is independent of a build, or objects or nice to haves. I would like to think that even if we logged in one day and there was nothing on Caer Cadarn at all, those that have sworn and committed to this community would still be here, being Gorean and supporting one another in our beliefs. Raising one another up, challenging each other daily to be better, to raise the bar, to raise our own personal standards.
Change is hard on everyone, we all are used to how things were, and when changes happens in real life or our second life, it is normal to feel a bit unsettled, but I implore each and every one of you to remember what does Gor mean to you? What does swearing to your Home Stone mean to you? I did not swear to a build, but I swore an allegiance, to defend Caer Cadarn, our beliefs, our commnity and the people that make up Caer Cadarn.
I would like to think that even if we logged in one day and there was nothing on Caer Cadarn at all, those that have sworn and committed to this community would still be here, being Gorean and supporting one another in our beliefs. Raising one another up, challenging each other daily to be better, to raise the bar, to raise our own personal standards.