Magellan Linden

Goodbye Osprey…

Friends of Osprey as well as those who followed her online would know of her long time battle with MS. I’m sad to say that its a battle she lost yesterday, although she did so on her terms which sums up Osprey perfectly – she lived life her way.
Os1

Os was my mate in SL, the single person most responsible for my staying in SL after the initial novelty of the place wore off in early 2007. She gave me purpose, diection and a chance to create. She shared her world and friends generously and I will always love her for that.

The Army of Os

You can leave a message on her SL page here.

 

The Return of The Mag

The call came in from Marianne MaCann, Magallen Linden was back on the Grid! The fact that the void-traveller had once more resurfaced could mean only one thing: new land had been found. Or he was out of booze. Two things, his return could only mean one of two things: new land had ben found or he had no booze left. Or, of course, he could have come back for his still-pining love Osprey. Three things. Mag’s return could only mean one of three things; new land, no booze, lost love and a fanatical devotion to the Pope!

I was busy, too busy it turned out, to visit the new land of Linden Homes everyone was talking about and where, rumour was spreading, Magallen’s latest crash site landing spot was to be located. A visit would have to wait. Nearly a month later I managed to get over there and I was amazed with what I saw!

Deep in the south of the newly-gridded section of 64 sims set aside for new premium homes lies Elderglen and there, just north-west of a moated area, is a circle of standing stones & crystals that appear to have been a teleportaion system possibly connected with the systems that were found around Nautilus.
Magallen Linden in Elderglen

I use the past tense for their usage as that ruddy great oaf has gone and broken them! No doubt he crashed into them after searching his supplies for refreshments and becoming well and truly refreshed to the point of a totally refreshed stupor.
Magallen Linden in Elderglen

Magallen Linden in Elderglen

Magallen Linden in Elderglen

The big question now, as always, is where the deuce has Magallen Linden gone now? Why are we are always one step behind? Read more here and join the hunt for the Grid’s greatest explorer (and worst driver)!

Edit: TY to The Bakers for a link to a Snapzilla Elderglen photo group 🙂

Magellan Resurfaces!

I popped in-world to pick up a simple delivery and was immediately IMed by ever wonderful Marianne McCann who had the amazing news that her Magallen Detector Ring was going crazy… the great man was in-world!

[13:49:58] Marianne McCann: [13:49] Magellan Linden’s Status Item: Magellan is on the grid!

The Mag is back! I tweeted the news right away and asked the big guy for a signed photo for the Rodeo Explorer’s Base 😀

All at sea to see what I could see

Wow! The Hunting Magellan forums have lit up again with a new possible sighting of the ill-famed suff – this time a bottle has been found bobbing in the recently gridded waters of the ocean sims east of Nautilus that made up Blake Sea. Spotted in ‘Blake Sea – Indian‘. The bottle contained a garbled message seemingly from the pilot of a downed plane. Now whilst this carelessness with transportation did indeed sound like our man, the few words that could be made out in the message did not:

Please rescue ~~~ ~~ name ~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ and I’m a pilot for the Blake Sea ~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~
~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~~~ crashed, and I’m stuck on a tro~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ in ~~~ ~~~~~ part of the Blake Sea.
The plane went down near ~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~.  My EPIRB must be broken.  I’m tired of eating fish!

I went right out there as soon as I could (photo record here) but couldn’t decide if it was from Magellan or not – my gut says it isn’t… watch this space!

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Blake Sea

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Blake Sea Hunting for Magellan Linden in Blake Sea

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Blake Sea

P.S. For more about the hunt, check out my Magellan Linden page which has all the links you’ll need to join the hunt and help us find the drunken old misery.

The Hunt for Magellan: Exploring Nautilus

Yesterday three groups of brave souls gathered together at the Bodega Explorer’s Base all ready for a leap into the gaping maw of unknown danger that is the newly discovered Nautilus continent. I joined Salazar Jack, Osprey Therian, Enjah Mysterio, Ilianexsi Sojourner & Neal Lyle at the base and Sal handed out his custom made safety suits which we donned gratefully (1). We were on the trail of the ever-illusive Magellan and this time were hot on his trail.
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

The heat of the trail was largely due to his flipping monstrous nuclear-powered void-boring mole-tank which we found jutting out of the ground in the style of your everyday impressive phallic totem.
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

The insides of this tank were the expected booze-filled shambles we have come to expect from this 40% proof doer of daring dos.
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

But soon we had exhausted the crash… I mean landing site (sorry, force of habit when talking about Magellan) and moved east along the canal bank towards the temple mentioned in the Linden’s post. At some point first Enjah then Sal & Osprey fell or jumped into the water and after a mad dash to add buoyancy upgrades to our suits we all found ourselves swimming to the temple instead.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

Despite two of our party getting trapped in unstable areas of the canal wall and needing rescue and then Neal having to leave unexpectedly, we soldiered on until we found the sunken wreck of an old wooden ship. Sal theorised that it could be the ship of the famed seafaring Captain Elias Reedbuck which disappeared more than three hundred years ago.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

At this point Osprey began to feel unwell and we headed up and to land for some air. It was at this point, as we set foot on the land at the base of the temple, that we experienced our first time tremor! Sal had warned us this might happen and had asked us to take notes on the sim performance. As we walked up to dry land the Time Dilation readings dropped to sub-zero numbers and we all felt the horrible stretching feeling of trying to wade through air the density of warm blue-tack.

I was separated from the others and whilst they found their way inside the temple, I managed to get to the steps that led up to the top just as the time tremor stopped.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

I climbed the steps…

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…and found myself in a square chamber with an enormous crystal pumping energy particle upwards through a chimney arrangement to an even bigger crystal above.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

Here the energy seemed to radiate off to the four cardinal points a well as into the sky. I couldn’t begin to imagine what it was for or how it all worked (2) but by this time I had decided it was best to find the others and tell them about the crystals.

It turned out they had found several of their own inside – including a large group that seemed to be the source of the energy I had seen above and a strange pipe-organ like construction that I theorised might be some form of harmonic controller but which I simply could not make work.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

Over on the other side of the main power crystals, Osprey had found a beautiful dolphin shaped submarine (which whilst looking tiny, managed to accommodate my seven foot bulk).

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

As we were admiring the sub (and wondering about the books on world domination laying nearby) a strange half fish-half mole Mole popped up to say hello. Silent Mole (a perfect name for the wee fella) had come to see who was in the temple (3) and mentioned that there was another submarine out to sea before he swam away giggling to himself.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

Having explored the interior quite thoroughly, we moved off outside and Sal led us to a huge statue thrusting out to sea at the very front of the temple, a female Poseidon-style figure with a fish tail instead of legs and holing aloft a flaming torch and glowing orb. From the front of her plinth a crystal spike jutted out and emitted a stream of energy particles similar to those pouring from the roof high above us.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

Next to the statue was a ruined pharos and although we talked long and hard about why this was the only ruin to be found in this other wise perfectly preserved temple. There was a small collection of crystal in the wreckage leading us to wonder if the lighthouse had suffered some form of fatal power surge. I still find it strange that the only structure around that would have been used to aid nearby ships was ruined…

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

By now time was drawing on – we had suffered another time tremor and as the third hits us, at about 10 minute intervals our rough calculations suggested (4), we made our way up to the roof so I could show the others the crystals and chimney I had spotted earlier.

Hunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus
Hunting for Magellan Linden in NautilusHunting for Magellan Linden in Nautilus

And then it was time to go. Bed was calling back in RL and I had to wave goodbye. But I shall be back – there is more to discover at the temple and in this new land.

What are the crystals powering and how? Are they trying to draw ships in or repel them? Did they power the field that shielded the land from detection? What is the pharos ruined but nothing else? Who owns the dolphin craft and why are they reading books one world domination? What is the strange cyclical time dilation event that is felt in that area but does not show up on the sim stats? All these questions and more will keep me awake until I can return again and poke around for answers.

And while I’m on the subject of questions… where the bloody hell *is* Magellan? Jack Linden said at his recent office hour that the mole tank ol’ Mag arrived in is broken, so where is he now? Answers on a postcard (but to the forum please).

Yours in Nautilus,
HeadBurro Antafrm
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P.S. pop over and read Osprey’s report here. And Enjah’s here.

(1) Horizontal stripes do not suit us gentlemen, I have to say. Also, due to my horns, I had to put my specially made spacesuit over the top as it contains a nano-particle sealing system that allows my horns to jut out through a helmet without my face being sucked off. Also, I think Sal should really install some cubicles at the base – I caught Osprey peeping over to watch us fellas change more than once. I know she did because I was watching Enjah at the time.

(2) Sal’s GINI device would give him no meaningful readings through the temple but his friend Champie is working on another version.

(3) That’s his story – he may well have been reporting us to Blue for all we know…

(4) Rough calculations = two of us looking at the system clock at the previous time tremor and then again at the following one and then struggling to remember what the first time was and then trying to do the mental arithmetic needed to work out what 2:26 to 2:35 was and then fudging the answers a little to compensate for several factors that included but were not limited to: doing several things at once, needing answers typed before people walked out of range, trying to work with odd numbers, filtering in and then out the various time differences, sunspots, a gimpy leg, fleas and the needed to wee but having no bag in the bloody suit.

The hunt for Magellan is back on!

If you’ve had your ear to the ground lately (always dangerous as someone could halfinch your wallet and draw a funny face on your bum as I discovered to my cost) you’ll have heard of the new land that has been discovered by Linden Lab – the continent of Nautilus. Well new land means that that ever grumpy nose of ol’ Magellan couldn’t be far behind and sure enough it appears that, seemingly now wary of flying, he has persuaded some of the LDPW moles to build him a ruddy great void-tunneling sim-crossing underground-moving tank!

Magellan Linden in Nova Albion dated 23-03-2006

Salazar Jack's photo of Magellan Linden in Nova Albion dated 23-03-2006

How do we know this? Because he’s been spotted, of coure! this time by the Lab and not by us mere mortals. But a spot is a spot (the end of my nose was recently a sorry testament to that simple truth) and now the explorers and hunters of Salazar’s troupe are on the case with three field trips planned for Thursday 23rd October (i.e. tomorrow) at 1pm, 4pm & 7pm SL time. Come one, come all! Bring friends! Lets see if we can snap a picture or two of this rare, hairy, sweary beast of lesser-spotted fame.

Be at the Explorer’s Base in Bodega for 1, 4 or 7pm tomorrow. And bring your cameras!

p.s. I’ve added a special page to this blog where I’ll add all the findings from this ongoing mystery – just head over to The Magellan Files page and get yourelf up to speed, Mag fans – there are even some buttons/badges for your blog 🙂

The Search for Magellan: The Road to Bay City…

The seekers have met again in the secret Bodega HQ and this time we were joined by a Linden! (no name, no pack drill). The topic of discussion was the recent discovery of photographs that showed Magellan had managed to build himself a new airship from the wreckage of his old one that crashed in Geata. After we went over the latest findings and pawed over the table of goodies…
The Find Magellan Tabke

….we gawped at the majesty of the Magellan Bear…
Magellan's Bear

…we checked out The Jeska Photos…
The Jaska Linden Magellan Photos

The photos seemed to indicate Ol’ Mag was being met by a mysterious figure on top of what we surmised was an airship mooring tower in what we took to be Bay City. We decided to head over and see if we could find the tower in the newly opened city. Which, you’ll be happy to hear, we did!
Bay City Airship Mast

The view from the top only served to prove that the shot of the mystery man was indeed taken from the tower…
Atop the mast

Osprey was the bravest amongst us…
Kong Osprey!

But it was inside that we found some real proof that the tower was somehow linked (no pun intended) to Magellan – a photo of the airship shown in Jeska Linden’s grainy shots!
Magellan's Airship at the Bay City Airport

What does it mean? What is Magellan’s connection with Bay City? And who is the mysterious figure on the mooring tower? Only time will tell…

Bay City is here!

Can’t write much now – off out in RL, but Bay City is open!
Bay City 2

Bay City 4

Explore! Photograph! Blog!

The Search for Magellan Linden – News!

The hunt started one month ago and there have been many exciting discoveries since the ragtag bag of explorers, hunters and inventors set out across the grid to find the missing explorer par excellence. Our first task was to leaflet drop Linden village with publicity – a task that is significantly harder than one would imagine!. But soon we had a break-through when, on the newly raised landmass of Gatea, Natacha Chernov saw the great man and even managed to get a snap!

There was an understandable flurry of activity – Osprey and I found his camp where wreckage suggested yet another crash (my gods, don’t let him fly another craft!)
Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

Osprey even wrote to her one time lover (the lucky cad! She deserves better!) and left him a wee letter in a bottle (there were plenty of empty ones to choose from!)
Message in a bottle...

Since then, despite a couple of other brief sightings, it has become apparent that Magellan has left his makeshift camp and returned to exploring. Speculation about how he achieved this and where he headed to was rife until some photos came into the possession of Natacha. How Jeska Linden came by these she isn’t saying… but one thing is for sure – Magellan is airborne once more and possibly in the soon-to-be-opened Bay City. Hmmm, time to get some air crash insurance, I feel…

Salazar Jack is organising another meeting at the secret explorer’s base in Bode… opps! Err, the secret base in somewhere secret (drop him an IM if you’d like to join us)!

Here are some more useful links:

The Search for Magellan Linden Starts Now!

The evening of Sunday 6th April 2008 saw a most unusual meeting in a secret location hidden away in Bodega, a meeting of some of the finest explorer’s adventurers, hunters and inventors all with one aim: to find the missing explorer, Magellan Linden!
Postcard from Second Life.

Magellan is a legend in Second Life, a traveller whose spacecraft crashed in Columbia as he explored the new continent of Heterocera way back in February 2005. He continued his explorations, sending his typically gruff and bad-tempered reports back for all to read in his blog. His reports stopped abruptly in April that year and many feared him lost to the Moth God worshiping tribes he had encountered, but he did turn up a few more times with the last sighting being just over 2 years ago at the second anniversary celebrations for the city of Nova Albion.

However, since that last sighting, Magellan Linden, explorer extraordinaire a connoisseur of many a fine ale house (and many, many more not so fine) has not been seen nor heard of since.

Rumours are rife – some say he has fallen to the demon drink and currently lives in a state of befuddled bliss in some seedy opium den; others say he is away exploring and long ago went native; other still say he is kept in Robin Linden’s basement as a sort of grumpy play-thing for her! Whatever the truth, one thing is clear – Linden Labs knows more about his whereabouts and fate than they are letting on and the brave souls who met in secret are determined to get to the truth and you can help!

You can join in the hunt – you can help us find this grumpiest of explorers and return him doing what he does best: charting the uncharted, mapping the unmapped and drinking the undrunk! Simply go over to the location below and look for the Lost! Milk carton – click on it to receive your “Find Magellan” kit and start spreading the word! Put up posters, give out flyers, blog your findings, ask everyone you meet if they have seen him and together we will be victorious!
Postcard from Second Life.

p.s. Here are some useful links: