Today's episode of my exploration of New Babbage features a rather unusual region - yes, even unusual in terms of a Steampunk City! Its the Vernian Sea.
First I was more than a little skeptic about my destination. On the map the sea looks, well - like any other ocean: a plain blue area promising nothing spectacular or even mildly interesting. I soon found out that I was very wrong. Its really worth its name!
Starting my journey from the Babbage Canals on the western shore I decided if the sea has anything interesting to feature, it has to be underwater. So I rezzed Aley's Nautilus Mini-Sub. I frankly can't imagine a more suiting submarine for this purpose (even if its "probably not edible" according to its product description).
|The Mini-Sub about to depart from the location of my previous New Babbage post: the Babbage Canals.|
|Despite being a highly industrialized area, the waters in the canals are surpringly clear.|
|And they are just deep enough!|
|Reaching the open sea, leaving New Babbage behind us.|
|In the south-west of the Sea is a obviously work-in-progress lighthouse.|
|After passing the lighthouse the bottom of the ocean dropped sharply and your daring Captain got the boat into a dive, exploring the unknown depths of the Vernian Sea.|
|Captain Some at the wheel!|
|My faithful first mate Emma playing Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor (Warning: cultural content!). I think she also found a way to use the organ as sonar.|
|Did someone said dandy? Our friend and passenger Zen Wickentower.|
|It is really amazing how efficiently Aley used the little space the submarine has. Nemo could barely have done better.|
As the boat sank deeper vague silhouettes began to slowly appear in the distance.
|Getting closer they turned out to be a huge underwater station!|
|Following one of the endlessly appearing pipes connecting different parts of the building. I wonder what's the meaning of these lights...|
|Another part of the station appears like a big flower-like structure.|
I was steering around this mysterious underwater-station, looking for a porthole or some other sort of entrance, finding more and more amazing components...
|This looks quite inviting! I would miss having a balcony though ;-)|
We continued our expedition on foot, well on fins too ;-)
|Emma having a chat with one of the locals.|
White Zen went for the classical Steampunk diving style and Emma became a Mermaid, I followed the call of fasion and went for a stylish latex bane-diving suit.
I haven't used the helmet for quite a while and accidentally (not "accidentally" as some of you may think!) locked myself in without having the keys... lets call it a "diving accident", ok?
|Ok, this is not the best picture I made but it features all members of the Somehow-Underwater-Expedition (no pun intended!).|
Zen had to leave us shortly after so we went on exploring on our own.
|Having a relaxed time inside the deep-sea station.|
|British Mermaids love tea of course!|
|"This must be underwater love..."|
After spending some time in the station we did head back to the boat. The oxygen-alert was ringing hard (did I left a vent open?) So Emma had another reason to keep the Suit locked on me.
|Reaching the surface and heading towards Port Babbage.|
|This pier seems to be made for us!|
|Our arrival being observed by one of New Babbage's Citizens Pilipo Underwood.|
We had a very nice conversation which was a suiting ending of our underwater expedition. I can only recommend you to go exploring there too - its really a worthwhile time!