Lagune d'Or ~ a virtual world sim in InWorldz by Xay Tomsen
Located in Central Irukandji, Lagune d'Or was an active and popular recreational sim on the InWorldz virtual world grid during 2013 and 2014.
A shallow sea, its western shore abutted Irukandji's capital, Tamita Island, providing a beautiful quiet beach on the east coast of the busy island.
During Irukandji's earlier incarnation in Second Life, I had always enjoyed the peaceful bay to the east of Tamita Island, then named Minoan Atolls. When it came time to rebuild the continent on the InWorldz grid, I decided to use exactly the same terrain for Lagune d'Or as its predecessor, and again it worked very well.
In mid 2014, with Tamita Island becoming densely commercial, I changed the eastern beachfront of Tamita Island in order to accomodate more shops and to broaden the royal canal. This meant removing the beach it shared with Lagune d'Or and changing its layout as well.
Lagune d'Or became a deep sailing sea and I changed its name to Irukandji Straits in order to preserve its past heritage.
While many of the Irukandji sims, such as Tamita Island, Alantay Island etc retained the names I had used in SL, I decided to call this region something new as I had never been comfortable with the ill-fitting Greek reference of the old name. I also wanted to continue playing with the theme that the Kingdom of Irukandji was incredibly wealthy, hence its sometimes-ridiculously grandiose gold and marble architecture - which I love btw :) The mythology behind the kingdom's vast riches was that somewhere in the realm lay a secret seafloor made of gold. Back in SL, I had started this theme with the sim, Palace Lagoon. This time, and again drawing on French colonial influences in the Pacific, I went with a French name, Lagune d'Or, or 'lagoon of gold'. On the surface of the bay, the terrain looked standard fare, but if you dived down amongst the fish, you could catch the occasional glimpse of gold poking up through a thin layer of sand. Its existence wasn't advertised, but nor was it a secret. It was just one of those nice little surprises for people who took the time to explore, and part of the reason that Irukandji had - and continues to have - such a cult following.
Lagune d'Or Photo Gallery
Below you will find some photographs of Lagune d'Or that I took during my travels around the islands. If you would like to explore more of the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.
Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen