Tamita Island ~ a virtual world sim in Second Life by Xay Tomsen
Tamita Island is the capital of Tamita State and also the capital of Irukandji.
After a month or two learning the basics on Amelia Island, my first home in Second Life, I set out to build my own estate.
Tamita Island in Second Life was where Irukandji physically began. It was the very first sim I made.
For my first year in SL, Tamita Island consumed me completely, literally every waking hour as I honed my skills at construction, scripting, and fashion design.
The towering Tamita Mall build on Sunset Beach was my first major construction on the island in early 2007.
In hindsight, though basic, it was quite impressive for the time with its slow spinning billboards on the roof and a boardwalk that led to rental houses on Barramundi Beach.
I added an outdoor dance club called Lava and forest walks across the island, and soon I had dozens of people flittering about the place and making new friendships.
Tamita Island soon took on a resort feel. I was happy with that and aptly named it the Chez Xay Tropical Island Resort.
The early days were great fun as I learned to manipulate textures and scripts, while meeting people from all around the world as they dropped in to check out my little sanctuary and to shop at the mall.
People began staying at the resort and soon it became too full to take any more. So I started selling land and the rest as they say, is history.
Personally though, I never set out to become a land baron. In fact, it was the last thing I wanted. I came into SL to explore a new medium, to build, to create. And on Tamita Island, I did.
During my time on Tamita, I created thousands and thousands of things, and sold them in massive numbers.
Throughout Tamita Island's history, it remained the centre of the Irukandji Continent, even when the Princes (the estate staff) moved to the Boyfriend Beach sim in the faraway Palace District.
A palace always featured on Tamita Island and there were fifteen variations over the three years of its online life.
Cawarral Mansion was the first and then the larger version Rockhampton House.
Both were designed in the colonial style to represent Irukandji's history of British occupation before it gained independence.
As better graphics arrived, the resolution improved dramatically rendering every pre-2008 build obsolete, even grass and trees.
Tamita Island and its palaces and landscapes - everything - were levelled and rebuilt to suit the new viewer resolution.
But that's all I'm going to say of Tamita Island for now. I could write a million words about this sim alone. It pops up many times on other pages on the site so I won't overdo it here, except to say that it remains truly special in my heart.
The name Tamita is taken from a place in my Khataria series of novels, called Tamita Shoals.
Below you will find some photographs of Tamita Island.
Tamita Island and the surrounding bays and islands form modern-day Tamita State. This is the hereditary home of the Tamita tribe, a warrior tribe dating back 3000 years. Even in pre-colonial times, before the islands of Irukandji were consolidated into a single nation, the Tamita elders enforced their laws - through treaties and fear and respect - well beyond the influence of their islands. While little has yet been written directly about Tamita Island's long history, it features often in the legends and myths of other island tribes. You can read those stories in our library, Tales of Irukandji.
To explore more of the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.
Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen
Tamita Island Photo Gallery