Simploring 2021 (15) The Divide

Looking for a destination for my simploring tour on Monday, March 15th, I came across The Divide on scoop.it SL Destination. The entry led to an post of Rig Torok just containing some very nice pictures and the landmark description of The Divide:
The Divide is a study of contrasts, an expression of duality inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki. A hidden valley bisected by a narrow river. One side an Asian village, it lies nestled at the foot of an unspoiled forest glen. Separate in harmony.”

Upon landing I noticed Inara Pey who also visited and who’s post about the The Divide – “Crossing the Divide in Scond Life” – was published right the next day. I read her report before writing my own.

The Divide – bird’s eye view and orientation map

The Divide is a full adult region, owned by Coriel (coriel7766). According to Inara Pey The Divide is the the work not only of Coriel (coriel7766) but also of Xen (Xenia Nordberg). And Xen told me after this post was published that Threshin Barnett is also co-owning it and played a large role in helping with the build.

The Divide‘s theme is contrasts. There’s a very urban Japanese setting next to a forest full of magic. There’s the busy town with its little corners of silence. There’re places to enjoy and meditate close to a huge underground night and dance club. And there’s a rock in the form of a mushroom with ruins on its top.

The Divide was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki. I never heard or read about him and I am not at all familiar with Japan or with the Japanese culture.
Hayao Miyazaki (born 5 January 1941) is a Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of animated feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished filmmakers in the history of animation (source: wikipedia).
If there are any inuendos about Miyazaki’s work hidden at The Divide, then I didn’t notice them as I am not familiar with his work.

Impressions of The Divide (1) – The Town

The landing is at a spot where you can either walk into the magic forest or into town. I started my visit with the town. Just after a few meters I saw the entrance to the subway. I expected to see some stores and a subway station – but no, it is the entrance to a huge night and dance club, which alone would be worth a visit. I like the huge gitarre and the all the other decorations. There’s pole dancing as well as enough room to sit and to dance. A very well made club.

Impressions of The Divide (2) – The Subway club

The town itself is a busy place and there’s a lot to dicover. The streets are illuminated not only by boards and raceways but also by decoration lights as if there’s a festival or special day to be celebrated. Some of the stores and houses are furnished and I recommend to have a closer look. For sure I did not discover all but I particularly liked a little Japanese garden with trick fountains – an oasis of silence in a backyard.

Impressions of The Divide (3) – The Town, a bit offside the main street

At the end of the town you find some more quiet places. There’s a container used as a living space which is worth to have a more detailled look at. Over the river begins another world, way more quiet. Close to the town, just across the river, is a large house with a garden.
And I have to mention the rock, that looks like a mushroom. At it’s top are some ruins and in the center is a board game, which is played with up to 10 players (counting the chairs). I have no idea what sort of game it is. And I don’t know if it is just decoration or really playable.
REMARK: Xen (Xenia Nordberg) told me later that the game board on top is actually used by Threshin Barnett when she hosts a weekly game of Dungeons & Dragons for some friends. So it gets plenty of use!

Impressions of The Divide (4) – The Town, the large house across the river, the mushroom rockm the stairs leading into the magic forest

If you walk from the landing point not into town but over the bridge, over the river you enter a complete different world. A long stairway leads into the forest, which I called magic forest because of all the lights and laterns. There are quite a lot places to sit and mediate, places to enjoy the nature and the magic, places to spend time with a loved one either under a tent or in an hallow stump. Again, I’m pretty sure that I missed many details.

Impressions of The Divide (5) – Magic forest

The Divide is a place with several faces. It seemed to me that at the time I visited, it was still a work in progress at some areas. I suffered a bit of lag and had low frame rates while I visited. You might need to wait a bit until all textures have loaded.
Thank you, Coriel (coriel7766), Xen (Xenia Nordberg) and Threshin Barnett for creating The Divide and for sharing it publicly. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to The Divide
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Radiator%20Springs/59/115/1987
Inara Pey’s post “Crossing the Divide in Scond Life”
https://modemworld.me/2021/03/15/crossing-the-divide-in-second-life/