The liberation from the strict confines of realism, the celebration of imagination, of fairytales, of the monsters under your bed and in your closet, the indulgence in beauty and fantasy, the triumphant declaration that humankind is more than rules and logic: that is Usher II. A scheme set in motion to achieve all of that, played out in the very last gothic manor built to honor Poe, a vengeance most dreadfully delightful.
Usher II dress and mask were created for A Tattered Page, for its round focusing on The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. If this wasn’t the kind of offering you were expecting from a book set on Mars, read on.
The Martian Chronicles is a series of stories, tied together by a central arc. One of them, entitled Usher II, is a story of dark and gothic revenge against those who would seek to rid the world of all things less than cheerful.
Our designs for this round of A Tattered Page are based on the following quote within the story:
“The House blazed with life and color; harlequins rang by with belled caps and white mice danced miniature quadrilles to the music of dwarfs who tickled tiny fiddles with tiny bows, and flags rippled from scorched beams while bats flew in clouds about gargoyle mouths which spouted down wine, cool, wild and foaming. A creek wandered through the seven rooms of the masked ball. Guests sipped and found it to be sherry. Guests poured from the booths, transformed from one age into another, their faces covered with dominoes, the very act of putting on a mask revoking all their licenses to pick a quarrel with fantasy and horror. The women swept about in red gowns, laughing. The men danced them attendance. And on the walls were shadows with no people to throw them, and here or there were mirrors in which no image showed. “All of us vampires!” laughed Mr. Fletcher. “Dead!:
We hope you enjoy the dark masquerade, and the reminder that the dark ones are everywhere. Even on Mars.
The dress is a rigged mesh item that moves with your avatar. It comes in seven sizes: in addition to the five standard sizes there are also two extra ones: XS+ that provides more generous curves in the top part of base XS and M+ that has more muscles and extra curves than base M. Please try the demo.
The mask is unrigged mesh for easy resizing and positioning and it has a holding animation.
Both the dress and the mask have a colour-change HUD that has three colours for both metals and bone and twelve fabric colours for the dress and mask.
The items will appear no-mod in inventory because of the scripts involved, but they are still modifiable.
Permissions are M/C/NT. The dress L395, mask L195.