Hello again, Dimensionerds! Today’s touring takes us back to the North American shard of Faeblight. You may remember Jamesen from a previous post about his dimension (RP) The Underground, and the other day whilst touring, I found the follow-on to that dimension, (RP) The Scoundrel’s Rest. There was nothing for it but to send him a mail, asking for the back story of these dimensions, I was interested in what his character had going on. For someone who doesn’t RP and almost never has, that’s a powerful statement of the way his dimensions can get the imagination flowing. I looked at The Underground and saw brutal beginnings and a ruthless grab for power. In (RP) The Scoundrel’s Rest, I see a sequel to that. This camp, to me, looks like it could have come straight out of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series of books.
There are a couple of campsites like this out there on the shards, but Jamesen’s tents aren’t in some haphazard configuration, his camp has an almost militaristic air in the way that everything is lined up and fenced in (as we say a lot of times in my day job: dress-right-dress). These guys are organized, they’ve got plenty of supplies, and they’re armed to the teeth…good luck getting rid of them! The Scoundrel’s Rest is one of those dimensions that screenshots can’t possibly do justice to, the atmosphere is so strong, the best way to get it is in person. Incredibly, Jamesen says that there really is no story behind his dimensions, he gets an idea and he builds on it, then slates it for RP in case anyone wants to use it, which I find very generous. More, in speaking with him, he’s blown away that anyone would even like his builds. Like so many others who don’t advertise their work, he’s surprised by the attention–and perhaps just a bit embarrassed and uncomfortable, which is never my intention, so I do apologize for that.
Stone Grove is the perfect location for The Scoundrel’s Rest, given that Scarwood Reach is a rough and tumble area in game–at least, that’s how it always struck me–with the hunters, the loggers, and all the other bad beasties that roam around in that zone. This is a good place for recruitment from like-minded fellows. I could quite clearly picture Baradara sitting in the main tent, issuing orders, and executing prisoners in the suspended cages–or just simply letting them hang there, so their screams could serve as a warning not to mess with me…too much? Perhaps I get a bit carried away. Jamesen’s dimensions definitely get the wheels turning on my imagination, and I hope they do for others as well.
This may sound a bit sexist, but in looking at dimensions, the vast majority of the time, you can always tell if a woman completed the build or a man did. This is not always the case, but it definitely is for the majority. Women are very much into interiors and landscaping, our builds are full of flowers and pretty things. Men tend to go more for structures–big structures, and detailed structures. In a lot of builds that men do, there won’t be a stick of furniture inside their houses, or a single thing outside their structure, but the building itself will blow your mind! That’s why I like a lot of husband and wife team dimensions, because then visitors get the best of both worlds! It doesn’t make one any better than the other, it’s the different ways we see things and the different ways our brains work.
Before I go off too much more on my tangent, in speaking with Jamesen (a lot of it by in game mail), he told me about an alt of his named Jacksen, and a build he had in Kestrel’s Cry Ravine. He said he didn’t think it was that great, but if I wanted to check it out, it was called Legion’s Bane Lodge. Considering that he always says his dimensions “aren’t that good”, I ignored that part, and immediately told my touring partner of the day, Emerald, so off we went. As a side note, solo touring is fun in and of itself, touring in a group is often times way more enjoyable just for having someone there to bounce comments off of, and extra eyes are sure to catch something that we miss when we go alone.
Furnishing in Legion’s Bane Lodge is spartan, but it’s fitting at the same time. I wasn’t really interested in the interior so much as looking at the detailing of the structure itself. Inside and out, the crafted Wood Poles–which are certainly not plain!–are lined with rugs, Red Floral Rugs on the inside, Long Tan Rugs on the outside. Everything is proportional. For Jamesen’s sake, I wish Kestrel’s Cry Ravine had a higher item limit than 1200 pieces, just think of what he could do with more. Everywhere, Brevanic Gravestone Creatures are used to accent the wood, so that this cabin is sharply defined in dark and rustic colors that go well with the Space Sky Projector and the landscape. Jamesen says this is an older build, and with only 18 All Time votes, it is a hidden gem indeed. I appreciate him sharing it with the rest of us!
I hope that you enjoyed this look at Jamesen’s dimensions as much as I did. If you see me in Scoundrel’s Rest, cackling to myself, don’t mind me, I’m just plotting the demise of my enemies.