A J Thompson | Andrew Thompson, Rockhampton Australia

Weta Island .:. an Irukandji simulator by Xay Tomsen

Weta Island ~ a virtual world sim in Second Life by Xay Tomsen

Weta Island map

Weta Island is the capital of Weta State in the northwest of the Kingdom of Irukandji.

Anyone familiar with the Irukandji Continent would be aware that apart from it being a virtual continent, it also has a great deal of written history - a living novel, if you will.

Weta Island plays an enormous part in that history, in that it was home to Irukandji's only king, Daniel of Weta.

This, along with the crimes that befell his family on the neighbouring region, Weta Rim makes Weta Island one of Irukandji's 'sacred sims'. You can read more on that history further down the page.

Looking west over Weta Island to Mount Irukandji

That aside for now, Weta Island is a popular residential sim due northeast of Grand Irukandji.

The southwest corner of Weta Island lies in the towering lee of Mount Irukandji and to the north, rises up to join the rolling foothills of the Horn of Weta.

A waterfall in the foothills feeds into the river that cleaves the island in two, and marks the farthest extent of the Maskari River in the north before it falls away into the Pacific Ocean.

Road access to Weta Island is via the Trans Irukandji Causeway which enters through Tongabuti Bay and passes over the Horn of Weta and into Weta Rim.

Xay Tomsen at Weta Island, Irukandji 2008

Curiously, during its life, Weta Island became quite an enclave for German settlers, while three Americans also built homesteads there.

Weta Island takes its name from the prehistoric spider native to New Zealand.

Regions adjoining Weta Island, clockwise from east, are Weta Rim, Upper Aboyo Passage, Grand Irukandji, Tongabuti Bay, and Horn of Weta.

When I created Irukandji v2 on the InWorldz grid some years later, I had planned to include a new version of Weta Island, but alas this did not eventuate.

Irukandji Ministry of Heritage and Culture

In 1975, when Irukandji gained its independence and thus became a kingdom, Daniel, the elder of the Weta clans, was elected by all the Irukandji elders to hold the crown. He served as king for four years then died unexpectedly of a weakened heart. Under the laws of succession, his eldest child would take the throne, but a coup took place by the Pinjarran warlord, Kebo, who sent assassins to the royal sanctuary on neighbouring Weta Rim to murder Daniel's heirs. This event led to The Tamita-Pinjarra War.

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

Weta Island Photo Gallery

Looking west over Weta Island to Mount Irukandji
Looking west over Weta Island to Mount Irukandji
13 February 2008
Weta Island, Irukandji
Me posing for business cards on Weta Island
1 July 2008