From the Quill of Captain Edward Cannonball
Antiquity Field Reporter
In the RL there are catastrophic events that change the shape of our world both physical and mentally. Things like hurricanes, tsunamis and war take lives, wreck property, and devastate a landscape.
I never thought that in Second Life a Catastrophe could occur…, but it did. Sure, no Real life was lost, but some avatars have been abandoned and for those who care about these people... it almost feels the same. Just like in RL, property is gone and the landscape has been devastated. Every day sims are closing. People are backing out and going to other metaverses. Confusion fills the streets and seas… That is, if there are any seas left.
Before Black Monday occurred on October 28th 2008 when Hurricane Jack blogged that tiers were going up, the community of Antiquity was a bustling epicenter of Victorian and pirate activity. Antiquity boasted 36 sims and plenty of water for sailing.
After Black Monday there was confusion, there was disarray…but more importantly, there was hope for a new day. Antiquity it seems is more than its lush greenery and sprawling waterways- it is people. It is as if in one voice the good people (and even some of the bad ones) have declared “We are in this together and we will survive!!!!”
Antiquity is not shutting down and turning away. It is doing what it has always done- thriving in the face of adversity, growing despite the world around it, and moving forward. The region is downsizing its borders but not its people. Folks are offering shelter to those who have been displaced. New friendships are forming and old ones are becoming stronger.
Many in Antiquity are going to be hurting financially both in the RL and the SL. Businesses are closing and people are reaching deeper into their pocket books to help fund the new sims. Folks are banding together to help raise money to save the open water areas and each others property...
Originally when I was asked to write this article on Antiquity I was asked to show the devastation that the Lindens had wreaked on a proud community, but the more I reviewed postings and chat logs the more I began to realize that the more important story was how the people are working together to rebuild.
Yes the storm has decimated us; yes it has shrunk our borders; yes it has closed our shops and brought our homes to the ground; and yes it broke our hearts and lowered our spirits…
…and yes….like a phoenix rising from the ashes and screaming out in defiance “WE WILL GO ON, WE WILL SURVIVE, WE ARE STRONG….
WE ARE ANTIQUITY!!!!!”