Somewhere in one of the world's most ancient cities, a woman has built a landmark for humanity's newest society in the metaverse. The Second Life isle of Syncretia is a place that flickers between the old and new, synthesized reality and imagined dreams, and is without question among the most original locations in SL. It's a place that defies me as a writer; so unique, haunting, and strange, it's difficult for me to describe in words. So instead, I show screenshot glimpses, or simply suggest you see it first-hand. (To do so, click this direct SLURL teleport link to Syncretia.) The place was created by Alpha Auer, in real life a designer and educator living in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul-- a city formerly known as Constantinople, and when the Greeks founded it, Byzantium. (I think that timeline's important to mention, because Syncretia also seems to be layered in history.) Recently Bettina re-visited Syncretia to write one of her dizzying illustrated journal entries, and noted that Alpha Auer has a blog. And what a blog, rich with brilliant insights and observations, like this post comparing the narrative space of the Karnak ruins in Egypt to the stories suggested by MosMax Hax's Whitenoise Church in SL, or The Garden of NPIRL Delights; or this post, describing the cruel fairy tale quality of Second Life creation. Taken together (her story in Second Life starts here) they read like the textual footnotes to the virtual image poem that is Syncretia. Now, can someone help her stream The Who's "Quadrophenia" there? Image credit: Left, Alpha Auer; Right, Bettina in Syncretia.