Simploring 2020 (41) Endless 58-58N “YES”

After I published my post about Endless 58-58N (read here) I got a very nice feedback from Sombre Nyx (sombrenyx) who explained to me some further details about the Orkney Islands, which inspired her to create Endless 58-58N and about some details, that I missed. I added some remarks to my original post afterwards.
Sombre also confirmed that Jackson Cruyff owns the sim in which she realized Endless 58-58N: “Jackson Cruyff is the land owner, group founder, and a very dear friend – he’s generously offered me the chance to build anything I wish on his land. He has taken the top level in the sky at around 3500m for his build entitled YES, which is totally different from my own work.

On Friday, May 22nd, I went seeing Endless 58-58N “YES” and it really was another great experience. “YES” is just one large island surrounded by a few rocks and a few very small Islands or rocks. It is dominated by one very tall and high mountain. The rest of the island is comparable flat and green and does remind of Endless 58-58N. There’re just a few trees and some rare flourishing wild flowers, which stand out between all the green.

Endless 58-58N “Yes” – overview

You see what makes “YES” very particular at once: wooden walkways set up on poles. Some of them don’t make any sense on a first glance as they just build a circle or an eight. The first walkway I took makes sense as it leads out into the sea like a long pier and at its end is a chair where you can rest and have a look at the island and the mountain. From here you also see a structure of these walkways in several levels with a spiral walkway at its end. That looks like a rollercaoster but is in fact a walkway leading up to the top of the mountain on which you see a big sign “YES”. “Yes, I can do it. Yes, I got there. Yes, Yes, Yes” came into my mind and I decided to keep walking up for the end of my visit and to continue exploring first.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (1) – the pier leading out to the sea / the circle walkways with the two birds

I walked on the first walkway that has a platform in its center. Two birds sit there looking as if they chatted with each other. Walkingin the walkway isn’t that easy though, in particular if you keep waling and don’t stop inbetween. Perhaps this circle and the other walkways are just for exercising for the big challange to get up to the hill?

I tried the next walkway and felt a bit more comfortable already. Then I took a long suspension walkway to a smaller island off the coast. Again you find a place to rest there.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (2) – the walkway around a rock / a visit to the off coast island

I continued exercising and walked on the walkway formed like an eight. There’s a campfire in the middle of it, and it feels almost like a little reward to sit there after the exercise. Before starting the challenge of the big walkway leading up the mountain, I went to the beach, the only beach at Endless 58-58N “YES”. That’s a nice place, with no view on the mountain, just enclosed by rocks, really cosy!

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (3) – the “eight” walkway / the beach

When you approach to the big walkway you’ll come around a small hut and some leftover floorboards. It seems as if building or maintaining the walkways is a permanent task. After my exercises walking up the big walkway wasn’t that hard anymore. I did not fall and I enjoy some great views.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (4) – the hut with the replacement floor baords / walking up the big walkway

You arrive on a palteau with a nice pond before you reach another smaller walkway leading up to the top with the “YES” sign. This smaller walkway is – although it looks easy – harder to walk up then the big walkway, because is curves are sharper. And yes I made it, Yes, Yes, Yes. *winks*. At the foot of the Yes sign a few peacocks found their favourite place.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (5) – walking up the big walkway

And of course there’s again a place to sit and enjoy as a reward for succeeding to get up here. The look from up there is great! I played a bit with the windlight settings and tried to get some different impressions before I walked down again and ended my visit.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N “Yes” (6) – YES, I did it!

Endless 58-58N “YES” is different, as Sombre told me in advance. It fits nonetheless to the Orkney Islands sim on the ground level. I had fun and enjoyed this outstanding sim. You can see that in Second Life almost everything is possible. Jackson Cruyff did try out something weired and the result is really great. Thank you, Jackson! YES, I did it! *smiles*
Thank you Sombre for the hint.

Landmark to Endless 58-58N “YES”
Landmark to Endless 58-58N

Simploring 2020 (37) Endless 58-58N

For my simploring tour on Saturday, April 25th, I picked Endless 58-58N from SL Destinations. I read Inara Pey’s blogpost “A journey to Orkney in Second Life” before I went there myself.

Endless 58-58N was designed by Sombre Nyx (sombrenyx) and the objects I checked were also owned by Sommbre. Endless 58-58N is built in a full adult region, that is owned by a group founded by Jackson Cruyff. I don’t know his role though (co-owner? client?). After I published this simploring report, I learned from Sombre, that Jackson really owns the land as I assumed.

Endless 58-58N – overview

The landing is at a lonely beach with a camping site and you get already a feeling of the beautiful landscape and the almost intact and untouched nature at Endless 58-58N. Not far from the landing point is a sign post where you can grab a notecard with more information.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (1) – around the landing point and at the beach

Endless 58-58N is inspired by Orkney, an archipelago of about 70 islands found to the north-east of Scotland. Inhabited for around 8500 years, the islands were settled by the Norse in the late 800s, and became part of the lands belonging to the Scottish Crown in 1472.

Today, it is a destination renowned for its many wildlife populations and gorgeous vistas and landscapes, with terrain that ranges from wetlands, farmlands and rolling moors to dramatic sea cliffs and sandy beaches. The islands are also home to Neolithic settlements, historic buildings and monuments, a thriving arts & crafts community and Europe’s best wreck-diving site at Scapa Flow.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (2) – at the beach

I began exploring and walked along the beach. I came across a circle of Stonehedge rocks and I saw seals, many seagulls, an ox and many sheeps. I found a nice place for fishing and and some other places just to sit down and enjoy the peace. Endless 58-58N is very tempting in its own way and I enjoyed the views. It consists of one large island and two smaller islands that are connected by a bridge. One of the smaller islands is dominated by a tall standing stone that shall most probably remind of the tall standing rock named “Old Man of Hoy” that can be seen at the Orkney Islands in the physical world.
Remark: Sombre told me later that “what you see on the hillside of Endless 58-58N is a pixel version of The Ring of Brodgar. Similar to the Stonehadge in the South of England, but very different!

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (3) – the island with the tall single rock

In this virtual world, you’ll find glimpses of the real place, hints and impressions of it. To recreate any more than a tiny corner of the variety that exists in the landscapes there would be impossible, so Sombre Nyx (sombrenyx) focused on the creation of a sense of place, one reflective of all the beauty found on the islands.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (4) – the docks and the puffin rock

Endless 58-58N has a lot of little details to discover. I like to mention the sign warning of falling stones when you walk at the foot of one of the cliffs, or a little robot made of iron sheets that stands admist the cliffs. And there’s the sign warning of puffins wich have occupied one of the cliffs.
I didn’t see though the small framed oval mirrors that are supposedly located in various parts of Orkney and should work are teleporters.
As Sombre told me later the mirrors can be found:
– on the outside wall of the garage building next to the farmhouse
– on the Ground by a large rock near the hillside painter’s easel
– at the entry to Nightfall, on the ground to your left as you walk towards the house
… and you can also click the broken telephonw box vy the docks for a TP menu, if you wish.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (5) – the café pier and the cosy beach

I visited the docks and the farmhouse, both are offering many many details and you can sense all the work that went into both. I had fun taking a closer look. The only place that doesn’t really fit to Endless 58-58N or the Orkney Islands is the café pier, which looks a bit Mediterrean. It does offer a great backbround for pictures nonetheless.

Impressions of Endless 58-58N (6) – the farmhouse and the sheeps

In the notecard you find the landmarks to the 3 main destinations of Endless 58-58N: the camping (landing point), the docks and the farmhouse. And there are 2 more landmarks that lead to platforms in the skies above.

Nightfallis an evening retreat for rest and relaxation, intentionally very different in appearance from the main land of Orkney.” It has a touch af Asia and of luxury, a place to sit with your loved one, to get a massage or to have a romoantic evening with a glass of wine.

Impressions of Nightfall – a romantic place so different from Endless 58-58N

The other additional landmark is the Red House, “a fantasy world of winter, Red House is a collection of vignettes, small scenes that might be part of a larger story.

Impressions of the Red House, a Winter fantasy world

Endless 58-58N is a beautiful sim that provides an impression of the beauty of the Orkney Islands. I’ve never been there but it inspried me to read a bit about the Orkney Islands on wikipedia and the pictures I saw there did fit with my impressions in Second Life. I enjoyed my visit a lot and I had fun exploring the two extra places on the sky platforms. Thank you Sombre Nyx (sombrenyx) for creating this beautiful sim.

Landmark to Endless 58-58N
Landmark to Nightfall
Landmark to Red House
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A journey to Orkney in Second Life”
More information about Orkney Island
Flickr group