Darmenzi Chapter 15: Abandoned Electric Isle now available

Duth_Olec: Hey, you try coming up for good designs for elemental guardian thingies that aren’t actually elemental. I mean, that is to say, whatever brought these guardians into being was probably amazing and smart and at least passable in looks.

Chapter 15: Abandoned Electric Isle

Chapter 15 now available, featuring a mysterious island and a bunch of electricity everywhere. It’s dangerous and weird and definitely not my fault.

With this chapter we are 3/4 through Darmenzi! The end of the year will see the finish of this story. The actual release of the novel, well, who knows?

This 3D puzzle…

THIS FIGGIN 3D PUZZLE

I would not have guessed that it doubles as a metaphor for a thing that what it is is often a metaphor for. Butterflies? Flowers? Fragility of life? Fragility by gravity??

Crystal Butterfly

Pretty, right? Pretty ridiculous. Pretty hard. Currently it is sitting on the counter with superglue on it because it does not stay together otherwise. I feel like it’s under ridiculous pressure and gravitational forces and at the slightest touch will literally explode.

This. While putting it together, I had to tape parts of it together to hold it together while I put it together.

flowertape

The first two puzzles I did–that panda and bird–were challengey, and though there were a few points where I had to squeeze pieces into place, it wasn’t liable to explode (although at one point I had to rebuild the bird, but the pieces were organized so I knew where each one was).

The butterfly was easy. A few instances of difficulty, and a couple pieces aren’t completely firm, but it’s okay. The flower was awful. Getting all the petals together required more finesse than someone without telekinesis has. I still have no idea how I got them all together, which is why I immediately went for the tape. Then I got the other parts in and could not figure out the tightening rod in the center–it didn’t seem long enough. Once more I had to squeeze it in there. Finally, the butterfly stays on, but at the slightest touch it falls. It doesn’t actually snap in; it only stays on by sheer counterbalance forces.

So, again: metaphor for fragility of how life exists in just an extremely smooth spot between complete destruction. I glued the butterfly to the notches where it goes. It will not be flapping its wings to cause any storms.

Apparently my reviewing of 3D puzzles is now a recurring feature, ’cause I got more coming.

Oh, right, and by the way, this is a level one puzzle. That bird was level 2 and it was easier. This butterfly should be a level 5. (It only goes to 3.)

Hm, maybe I should actually put this up as a review on where I got it. There are currently no reviews