Menzoberranzan is a dark elves city ("Drow"), located in the Underdark.
A shining jewel of the Drow nation, Menzoberranzan is sparkling from spiderwebs. But nevertheless, The church of Lloth does not bear the spider symbol. It because "every Drow bears spider essence in his soul", she used to say.
Tall, slim towers are reaching for the top layers of the caverns; these are homes of the numerous wizards and rich Drow from noble houses.
City is famous by its bridges. Although every Drow city has its share of beautiful bridges (remember Ched Nasad? :)
Menzoberranzan has the longest and tallest bridges in Underdark (although there are some whispers about two lost cities (yet to be seen in Lego;) that have even sumptuous and more glamorous bridges, but that is another story ;)
Avanturists that travel to the Underdark know that pure water is hard to find here; but not in Menzoberranzan; there are waterfalls on almost every step that you made, and in the middle of the city there is beautiful square, filled with water. Do not forget, Drow are elves, and they do have that esthetic side.
Heavily guarded, it is almost impossible to lay siege to the city and succeed: a long bridge is going over the lava flow, connecting rest of the world with great entrance fortress. Its angled walls are very hard to climb, and inner walls are impregnable. From there the longest bridge in known Underdark is connecting city and twin guarding towers
"NO SUMMOING ON THE CITY SQUARE!" says the sign. With good reason, because someone summoned something and that something is not happy, not happy at all!
If you look hard enough, you can find Solaufein (remember that Drow from Ust Natha, from Baldur's Gate 2? When he fled the city, he found save haven in Menzoberranzan. Little help: he is crossing one of the bridges.
Yup, Sisters-of-sword are here to! But they are not here to fight. This time, they came to shop, because Menzoberranzan has the tastiest mushrooms EVER :) but, old quarrels can not be forgotten so easily, and look, a mage is casting "nine-eyes" protection spell, under the bridge, trying to fight of that greater-troll. It is spell from Icewind Dale, originally called "seven-eyes", but paladins wouldn't be paladins if they did not put something of their on.
You will notice that the highest tower has some kind of strange magic glow around itself: that is because, some time before he relocated to Ust Natha, it was home of Deirex the lich. Actually, he did not left by his own will, but the pressure of the hunting Drow parties was too much, even for a lich.
Down-town is a place for castaways. Lot's of bars, cheep wine and suspiciously smiled women. Beneath down-town there is a low-town, full of castles Drow and slaves. Noble Drow like to hunt here when they are drunk. Under the low-town there are pits. Demons are known to come from there, and elementals.
Somewhere in between there is a famous arena, where gladiator-like fights are every day entertainment. Monsters from all over the Underdark are brought here to fight, or just provide distraction between the matches, trying to escape beholders.
It is rumored that a green dragon has his lair somewhere around the city, but few are the ones that saw that animal, and remained to talk about it.
It is sad that famous Drow Valsharess stood on one of the bridges and told that Drow look like ants from there... also, it is sad she rhymed it, and that she was as good as poet as she was as cleric, but that is some other story.
Drittz is also somewhere in the city, but I will not reveal where he is ;) this time he is not in fighting armor, with weapons, he is just enjoying the fact that he is in his hometown. Viconia (De'Vir) is also in her home town, she is also relaxing, playing fetch with axe and her pet beholder. Easy to find ;) You can't miss her blonde hair and brown ball with lot of eyes, asking for a axe-throw :)
It is, by far, the tallest, widest, largest, sparklest Drow town that I've build ;)
Menzoberranzan is 2.5m x 2m x 2.5m high; it was build in 10 all-day-full-time-24-7 building; and again, it took nine hours just to assemble it for display ; also, it took three full days to disassemble, with sorting.
Parts of the city are "overflowing" over the edge of the table, and some structures are hanging holding only to the upper parts of the castles. 85% of the castle is made from 1x2 bricks, other 5% are 1x1; 9% are slopes, inverted slopes, arches and plates and only 1% are other bricks
Here's one photo with yours truly, for comparison (I'm 184cm high;)
Check out the main castle gallery, for many additional details, like evil clerics, rogue dealing with sneaky ghosts, vortex, Viconia, Dritzz, many other Drow and their slaves and summoned demons, notice windows, secret passages, hidden balcony, hidden artifacts, and, of course, spiders. This time, they are not in the open. There are 40 spiders hidden in the castle, and they are hidden hard.
Thank you for spending so much time with me, and with pride and a smile, I present you: Menzoberranzan!
Main castle photographs
Construction photographs (how it was build)
Minifigures photographs (Drow rule supreme!)
Here you can see some other Drow cities from me:
Drow rule supreme! ;)
Edited by I Scream Clone, 05 May 2011 - 11:23 AM.