Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Rabbicorn story scene three and four

        "What are you?"
        the boy said to her
        the Rabbicorn thought
        then replied "I'm not sure"
       "Can I ride you
        like my bike?"

        "I think you could
        if that's what you'd like"

        So he grabbed her horn
        and climbed on her back
        pointed at his sister
        and yelled "ATTACK!"
        "Oh I don't fight"
        said the Rabbicorn
        "unless I must
        and to this I am sworn"

       "but we can jump up high
        above the trees
        so grasp my horn
        and clench your knees"

        From that day forth
        they did not part
        and he caused gears to whir
        within her heart

       They played for 90 years
        over hills and grass
        and to the Rabbicorn
        the time went so fast
        But the boy grew old
        as he was sure to do
        while the Rabbicorn
        still looked brand new
        Then one evening
        in the month of May
        the Rabbicorn searched
        for the boy to play
        She found him with
        men in lab coats
        one looking stern
        the other taking notes

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Rabbicorn story scene two and three

The next scene is of the Rabbicorn in a cart being driven home from the laboratory.  After creating the Rabbicorn and seeing its capacity to love actually succeeding as a program she felt that perhaps she had created a type of life.  Where we feel emotions from thoughts that trigger chemicals that then trigger say a smile for pleasure, or a fast heartbeat for fear, the Rabbicorn has her body triggered by similar emotions.  It is all zeroes and ones but the scientist questions what constitutes life.   So this is a bit strange but, when I created the Rabbicorn I imagined the whimsical things from which she was built and in my mind I imagined her heart to be connected to a music box on her back.  The music box reacting to the various emotions that were now a part of her.  When a strong emotion is triggered in the Rabbicorn then the music box will begin to turn and the spokes were retractable to change the tune.  In the scene two it is activated by separation from the scientist who created her.

        When she was done
        she knew the Rabbicorn must go
        and that the government
        must never know
        For they would not
        care about her heart
        they would rather
        take her apart
        So she gave her to
        a man she met that day
        who had mentioned that
        it was his son's birthday
        She made him promise
        to look after her
        and for the first time
        the Rabbicorn's heart did whir
        As she looked back
        she said "Please don't fear"
        and as they drove away
        wiped away a tear

   Scene three shows the Rabbicorn from a wooden box in the living room peeking out and waiting under a grid of computer screens.   This world, much like our own, is obsessed with multiple triggers for ones attention and the screens almost seem to look upon the Rabbicorn with concern as she may interfere with their dominance over the families attention.  The morning brings down a young boy who excitedly opens his birthday present to find the Rabbicorn.  The Rabbicorn's music box heart is triggered again by his arrival and she imprints upon him. 

        She was placed in a box
        wrapped in a bow
        on a wood floor
        under a computers glow
        In the morning
        feet did race
        a lid did open
        a child's face
        Eyes of cerulean
        looked down on her
        and again the Rabbicorn's
        heart did whir

Friday, May 10, 2019

Part two: The Rabbicorn story

     The third and final part of the Standby trilogy is now open on Immersiva.  All three parts are there which is a minor miracle.  Originally when the stories were created in prims they each were close to 20,000 prims for a grand total of around 60k.  Far more than a sim can hold.  But yay for mesh which has allowed me to reduce the footprint down to 19683.. which lets all three be on at once.  So this post might be long and will explain the second part of the story called the Rabbicorn.  You can read about the first part of the story called the Daughter of Gears here

Slurl to Standby on Immersiva

the crystal corridor
      My philosophy when creating virtual spaces is to design the narrative so that the viewer will have environments with changes in scale or lighting etc.  The first part to the Rabbicorn story begins with the viewer opening a door to a corridor of glowing crystal rocks.  Projector lighting casts their reflections over the body of the viewer until they come up to the surface of the grey sky and for some a familiar building.  It is the shed where the science lab is hidden below.  This is a structure from 26 tines     which tells the story of a maintenance robot and a little robot boy in a jar who come together at night when everyone is gone home, to connect and feel comfort through a cable.  The cable has 26 tines or spokes with which to plug into the other.   I have mentioned before that all my stories are in the same world and over the last 13 years or so I will crossover characters to show how they relate to each other.  One of the scientists from the 26 tines story is also the creator of the Rabbicorn.   She created the Rabbicorn  as a side project with the intention of trying to instill "Love" within a machine, a deviation from the war robots she builds for the government.  She succeeds with the Rabbicorn and eventually it appears in other things such as the powerpet Mr Zippers from the Singularity of Kumiko, who got the love upgrade.  Anyway I better not fall down these rabbit holes of explanations.  The science lab is again quiet with the maintenance robot still at her station and upon the work bench sits a peculiar machine.  It is called the Rabbicorn.  A mix of a rabbit and unicorn.  Spinning slowly beside it rests her heart which has not yet been installed.  Looking inside the heart will show things like a wee poem and a bird wrapped up in fishing wire which represents my father who passed away from ALS a few years ago.

On the wall is the first poem
The Rabbicorn

        A Scientist
        in a lab
        built the Rabbicorn
        from things she had
        From Tesla coils
        and a music box
        parts of a gramophone
        and fur from a fox
        She gave her a heart
        and a strong mind
        she was the only one
        of her kind
        For the ones she made
        before her
        were Robobears
        meant for war

 Ok a bit more of the rabbit hole.  This isn't important to know but the scientist from Catching Feathers machinima also works at the same place.  I will include that machinima too.

Ok I can't sum up the entire story in one post or it will be massive so I will do a series.