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Strangetown: Specter

Something extraordinary is developing in Olive's garden. Olive Specter is a so-called "true believer" but it wasn't always so. The Specters, the Nigmos and the Muendas are the old guard of the Strangetown Basin able to trace their ancestry to the lost civilization of the desert. Like all such old families they were conservative and superstitious--one does not upset the desert spirits after all. Olive, however, dismissed her family's archaic notions as so much desert fever vision. She flouted the conventions dabbling in forbidden arts, roaming the desert and building her home on temple ruins without much regard for curses or consequences. For a time she lived a full life even falling in love and marrying. But soon the warnings took tangible form--three times Olive lost her lovers. The grounds of her beautiful home took on the weight of many lives taken too soon. The ancient blood magic of the old temple lost to the sand used these sorrows and deaths to give new life to Olive's belly. Death for life. Life to death. The child and Olive were not long for one another but he is the harbinger of change to the Strangetown Basin--lands shifting and greening, waters rising from dust. Years after his birth, Olive took in her orphaned niece despite fears that Ophelia would be taken by the desert as well. Through a protective ward she ensured her niece's safety but became "touched by death" resulting in a slow decay of her timeless beauty.

Ophelia had heard most of the rumors about Aunt Olive but she wasn't prepared for the stranger reality. When she's at home she spends most of her time in her room with her earbuds in ignoring whatever strange nighttime rituals her aunt performs. Usually she tries to spend as much time at the Smiths or the Grunts where life is at least more grounded if not always more normal.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
WAHHH my gosh your whole makeover of the lot and the Specter's is gorgeous. The exterior and interior of the house is so atmospheric, I really want to jump into your wonderful game :')
Apr. 19th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
WoW sidgwick!!! Olive house look amazing!!! Loved the colores you used, it fits Olive so well and, her graveyard is suberbe!!! Great :D
Apr. 19th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Absolutely amazing. Bravo!
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
This is an ideal makeover in all aspects. Loved your back story where Olive isn't evil. I also love Ophelia's makeover:P

This is fantastic!!
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Apr. 20th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
This is just stunning. Every bit of it! Perfection. :)
Apr. 20th, 2012 06:30 am (UTC)
Amazing. The makeover is stunning as always, I love the graveyard especially. And I really like your take on Olive's story, it's very different. <3
Apr. 20th, 2012 09:10 am (UTC)
Wow, just wow! I loved your take on this and the makeover is nothing less than superb!
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)

Your explanation of Olive's past is wonderful. You have obviously put a lot of thought into this and it fits perfectly. Most interpretations of Olive I have seen are much more pedestrian (including mine); most people just make her evil or crazy.

I've never paid much attention to the witches/wizards aspect of the game because it just seemed really corny (those costumes and effects - ugh), but you have made them really beautiful here in your photos.

Love this, and I wish I was half as creative as you.
Apr. 20th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love your idea for Olive's backstory. I think it fits her much better than anything I have heard yet. And both Olive and Ophelia look great with their makeovers. Their house is stunning too - both inside and out.
Apr. 21st, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Wow this makeover is amazing! This is the way the Specter house is supposed to look :)
May. 9th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
What an amazing makeover! Such a perfect home for Olive :)
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