The two suns of Tatooine

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What a desolate place this is―C-3PO

Tatooine is one of those places – in fact or fiction – that I see or read about and immediately want to recreate in Second Life. It was the same with Hoth, with Furillen itself, and with those stacks from Ready Player One that are situated at Furillen’s sister sim, La Digue du Braek.

Tatooine is an iconic location. I watched the original 1977 Star Wars movie again yesterday for a more detailed look. It really is an inspiring place – dry, arid and scorchingly hot, a little bit grunge and retro and yet unmistakably not ‘of our world’. The two suns that you see in this famous shot …

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… are a crucial part of this, and now you’ll find them at the Second Life version of Tatooine. This is how Tatooine is described on Wookiepiedia:

Tatooine was a planet located in the Outer Rim, a region of the galaxy far removed from its core. It had three moons, Ghomrassen, Guermessa and Chenini. Due to Tatooine orbiting its two suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II, the planet was oppressed by a scorching climate. The whole planet was covered in harsh deserts, and only a small part of its northern hemisphere could sustain intelligent life. The landscape was covered with sand dunes, mountains, and canyons which made traversing the planet very difficult. Due to the absence of surface water , those who lived on Tatooine had to draw moisture through the dry air.

To be completely honest, I am not a huge fan of the Star Wars movies themselves – but this isn’t the point. You really do not need to be a Star Wars nerd in order to appreciate the stark beauty of Tatooine, and the terrifying scale of those AT-ATs at Hoth. That, in a nutshell, is why I staged this event.

And I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do next …

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