Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Interview with TotalLunar Eclipse
By Bixyl Shuftan
With the Steelhead mayoral elections this week, Second Life Newser was able to get a hold of the two candidates expected to have a good shot at winning. Last week, we interviewed leading challenger Willow Leafstorm about the election and what she would do if victorious. This weekend, I sat down with TotalLunar Eclipse, the incumbent candidate. Besides the election, we talked about how he and his wife Tensai ended up in Steelhead and their history there.
Bixyl Shuftan: For those readers who know little about Steelhead, how would you describe yourself?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Physically, I am a moon elf that has taken up being an apprentice mason.
Bixyl Shuftan: How did you come to be in Steelhead?
TotalLunar Eclipse: It was an accident, Tensai and I were running from an angry mob, and we took whatever train could take us to wherever wouldn't ask us too many questions. We took the train to the end of the line, and it was Steelhead."
Bixyl Shuftan: Interesting. What may I ask sparked this angry mob?
TotalLunar Eclipse: (chuckles), At the time I was the hired hand and Tensai was the scientist. Mad scientist I should add. And that was near seven years ago.
Bixyl Shuftan: And getting to Steelhead, how did things go?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Steelhead was perhaps the most friendly place we've ever been to. They saw mad scientist, and accepted it readily (smiles).
Bixyl Shuftan: So you found many like-minded people here?
TotalLunar Eclipse: We found many open minded people here. Everyone has a different tale to tell and they're unique in their own right.
Bixyl Shuftan: And how did your tale go in the first few years?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Steelhead is where I began my trade, building and stonemasonry. I focused on that and Tensai focused on her science.
Bixyl Shuftan: As a builder, what projects have you been the most proud of?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Lately? The new station, the RFL build which is the new city hall.
Bixyl Shuftan: The Relay build was made into a permanent building? Interesting. I take it some Relayers will be pleased to hear that.
TotalLunar Eclipse: Yes, that's our new town hall. It is not down yet as I have to make it more useful to what we need it for but it is the same.
Bixyl Shuftan: What other builds have gotten attention over time?
TotalLunar Eclipse: The sun pagoda in Shanghai, Vista House and Multnomah Falls and the landscaping in St Helens and Nevermoor. Ahh, the building we are in now, this is the new schoolhouse.
Bixyl Shuftan: Looks good. I take it this will be able to suit the needs of all the local youngsters?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Yes, two classrooms so we can have areas for labs, etc.
Bixyl Shuftan: Laboratories? Are these what would normally be found in schools, or are there accommodations for, "mad scientists" in training?
TotalLunar Eclipse: We have our own grade of mad scientists or sons/daughters of notable mad scientists. So science/technology is something we have to focus on.
Bixyl Shuftan: How did you become the mayor of this community?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Would you believe for the longest time I was not? The founder of Steelhead, Kattryn Severine was mayor. Though she left SL a very long time ago, only checking in with Tensai and I on occasion. Finally she released Steelhead to me in full ownership not too long ago. So technically I've been Mayor only about a year.
Bixyl Shuftan: One year ago, what would you say are your best accomplishments as mayor?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Expanding Steelhead Six times its original size.
Bixyl Shuftan: Impressive
TotalLunar Eclipse: Thank you
Bixyl Shuftan: Were there any happenings you had a part in you'd like to mention? Any negotiations with neighbors?
TotalLunar Eclipse: We have had relations with other Steamland sims we'd like to strengthen and grow upon. Steelhead is a city of friends and that friendship has lasted a very long time for Second Life.
Bixyl Shuftan: Any incidents while you've been mayor?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Yes, in Shanghai there were mobs that took a great deal of time to clear out and many disappearances that are still left unsolved.
Bixyl Shuftan: How were those dealt with?
TotalLunar Eclipse: We had a team of undercover investigators and those who infiltrated the mafia. We were able to catch them at the crime and arrest them
Bixyl Shuftan: Mafia? Sounds serious.
TotalLunar Eclipse : (nods) A dangerous fae with her ear more to the floor than mine own.
Bixyl Shuftan: What fae was this?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Aoi Steamweaver is her name. She and her band of fae mercenaries finally returned to China.
Bixyl Shuftan: So she seems to be gone for good?
TotalLunar Eclipse: I do hope so though we are never fully aware if that family will return or another family will come in to take its place.
Bixyl Shuftan: Going to more recent matters, what inspired that bet between you and Jimmy Branagh?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Oh. just teacher against student in my mind. Obviously a very bad move, heh.
Bixyl Shuftan: (chuckles a bit) So it seemed like a harmless publicity stunt. At least until someone, as the story goes, found a technicality in the local law.
TotalLunar Eclipse: (nods) The lawyers are so finicky.
Bixyl Shuftan: For the record, which lawyer was this?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Remington Pinon, my personal legal consultant and lawyer in Steelhead.
Bixyl Shuftan: Whom were you expecting to be running against before the candidates were announced?
TotalLunar Eclipse: To be honest, no one. This position requires long hours, a lot of time invested into it and I do little else beside it. Most know to stay away from government position.
Bixyl Shuftan: Two challengers stepped up, Willow Leafstorm, and Jobias Barthelmess. How much of a surprise were they?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Willow was not a suprise as she'd expressed interest in the politics of Steelhead before. Jobias though... I am rather surprised he would subject himself to public ridicule after the incidents he involved himself in.
Bixyl Shuftan: I think one such incident was mentioned at the debate, but for the readers could you describe them, or at least the more noteable ones?
TotalLunar Eclipse: As a rule I do not slander people especially opponents but Jobias has been involved in past transgressions involving Fuzzball Ortega and his desire to rule Steelhead.
Bixyl Shuftan: At the debates, I believe there was mentioned an incident involving a silver bullet.
TotalLunar Eclipse: Yes, he shot our sheriff and as you know Fuzz is a lycan. So silver is quite lethal.
Bixyl Shuftan: Well, the sheriff is obviously alive and well. Was he a bad shot, or did something else go wrong?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Fuzz outwitted Jobias, he was never in any danger. But... Jobias has done his time and since then has led a relatively quiet life.
Bixyl Shuftan: Willow expressed some concerns about what Jobias would do if elected, although felt he stood almost no chance of winning.
TotalLunar Eclipse: He is not a favorite among many. His intolerance for those of us who are not human blood is quite evident.
Bixyl Shuftan: And even among humans, I understand he's not seen much better?
TotalLunar Eclipse: No, he hires henchmen only to not pay them, gets out loans and such to fund his former terrorism ways and doesn't repay. So banks are unwilling to lend to him anymore.
Bixyl Shuftan: Between you and Willow, this seems to be a campaign of limited stakes. Her only issue about you, if one can call it that, is being both Steelhead's builder and mayor at once is too taxing and strenuous.
TotalLunar Eclipse: At this point of time it is quite taxing on me but that's why I have ambassadors that run things for me. I will be utilizing them more in the upcoming months. That is if I win *smiles*
Bixyl Shuftan: So you feel Willow has an even chance of besting you?
TotalLunar Eclipse: I shouldn't say anything concerning other's candidacy. *smiles* But I feel she is a good speaker and has given her speeches and ideas a great deal of thought.
Bixyl Shuftan: Gotcha. Well, other than what you already mentioned, what would your goals be under another term as mayor?
TotalLunar Eclipse: I am taking what Willow has said to heart and utilizing my ambassadors more, finding different ways to advertise the sim and getting more citizens involved in its upkeep. I always feel like I am imposing asking someone to do something, but I should get out of my shell and let others assist.
Bixyl Shuftan: Let's see ... I haven't brought up Tensai until now. What has she thought about the election?
TotalLunar Eclipse: She chuckles under her breath about it, says I shouldn't do things... exactly to the law.
Bixyl Shuftan: (chuckles a bit) That covers most of our questions. Though if you don't mind, might I ask about that device on your wrist?
TotalLunar Eclipse: My typewriter? Certainly, its a beautiful device made for me. With moon elves the males, after a certain maturity, become empathic. And they lose their ability to speak, it's all telepathic. This is just a voice enhancer, as I am getting older and my voice is losing its volume.
Bixyl Shuftan: Oh, sorry to hear that, Lunar.
TotalLunar Eclipse: That's alright about my voice, it is replaced by the coolness of this device.
Bixyl Shuftan: Was there anything else you wanted to mention?
TotalLunar Eclipse: Anything else? Nay, just that I would be very honored to steward Steelhead again as I have for years prior.
Bixyl Shuftan: If that's everything, thank you again for your time.
TotalLunar Eclipse: Thank you Bixyl.
The Steelhead mayoral elections begin on Tuesday August 6, and the voting closes On Friday August 9th. The winner will be announced at the Tuesday Town Hall meeting.