The north – true north, the north of the north – is a really harsh and merciless environment, but nonetheless it does sustain many small clans of primitive hunters, fishers and herdsmen. Some have probably been there for thousands of years, indigenous, while some have been pushed there only recently (in the big scheme of things) by the slow advancement of southern settlers to the more temperate parts of Mitgardia. The northeners have traditionally minded their own business only and even fought wars against any endeavours to bring the tundra people under the rule of any king or ruler, or guild for that matter. But during the last hundred years or so this has started to change, with one clan after another having acknowledged the rule of the Mitgardia Guild and yielded. The Clan of the Great Elk was one of the first to pledge their loyalty to the Guild, many long years back when the Clan was lead by young Meeko son of Kuonjar. He was the father of the current leader, now an exceptionally old man by the standards of his people.
The oath of allegiance happened on the border of the Great Elk lands, by an old watchtower which has thereafter been known as the Oath Tower. While the clan lives inlands in the far north, they have not had much to fear from the faraway lands and peoples of the other guilds, but from time to time there arises some... disputes among the local clans (some of them still do not acknowledge the rule of the Guild), or some wild orcs might come raiding into the region, and at those times the towers are needed as defenses and also as safehouses, because many of them connect to underground caverns with more room and some emergency supplies. This is also true of the Oath Tower.
Here it is!
There is a small stream going by the tower that has been frozen and mostly covered in snow like everything else. Not much growing here. Halti son of Halti, my character and the younger son of the leader of the clan, is standing on the top of the tower and looking at the envoy that is approaching. Apparently a captain from the Mitgardia Guild is just arriving to inspect the defences. The guy sweeping snow down below is Halti's brother Peera.
A narrow path leads to the tower between the cliffs.
Here is a view from the top of the tower, with the hatch to the stairs below open...
Pictures of the tower interior with parts of the tower lifted off. Not much to see here, except the stairs and a small platform by the window.
And as you may remember, there was a cave under the tower. The thing in the upper part of the picture is my attempt to make a turnable bolt to seal/open the hatch. It works quite well, but the structure is somewhat huge-ish and not very minifig-operable or compatible. Don't pay attention to it.
Brickshelf gallery (if you are interested, three pics from before the last few changes can still be found here)
This has been by far the biggest single building project of my still quite short AFOL career, with some landscaping and such that I hadn't really tried before. The creation used more or less all of my white plates and brown palisade bricks (not counting the ones that are used in my other MOCs). I hope you like it.
Edited by Haltiamieli, 15 December 2011 - 06:19 PM.