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Alliances are made with the affections and marriages of the young to suit the will of the older generation. It is such a case today, as the young Eslandolean, Mateo Santos, is having a picnic out on the hillside with the beautiful daughter of Martel Schultz, Rebecca. Martel is in the sheriff of King's Port, and though he does not wield as much power as the military, he does oversee that the city retains peace and order. It is a difficult thing these days. He has strong Eslandola leanings, and his encouragement of the the affections between Rebecca and Mateo infers that he wishes to use his influence to aid Eslandola in securing King's Port and Terraversa. The young people are too naive and in love to realize that there affections are serving a much larger purpose. Others in the city are not so naive though. They have sent for a person with a very special set of skills. 

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Dante, as we know him for we have seen him before, enjoys this moment of the chase. His target is dead, but is simply unaware of it at the present. All he needs is for the guard accompanying Rebecca to be distracted for a single moment. What luck! Apparently, a beautiful butterfly is worthy of distraction (for obviously there is no danger here on this hillside).

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The guard will regret that mistake, but not as much as Mateo. Well, I guess he can not regret anything now.

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Dante immediately flees the scene and by the time Rebecca and the guard recover from the shock, there is no catching him. Mateo's blood squirted out onto the ground and his face turned ashen. He had had his final meal. It appears there will be no agreements between Eslandola and the sheriff of King's Port, at least not through marriage. Dante loves his job though few others would say the same.

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This build is for Mardier in Challenge 5A. The tree was my first attempt at a tree that looked real. The hill was a fun part of the build making sure it worked without having too big of a gap in the transition to the flat portion. C&C welcome especially on how to improve my trees. 

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Nice job. It's good to see you tie in one of your characters from the mini challenge. All the green tiles make for a lush looking country side. Great entry!

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Oh, the tragedy of young lovers being engulfed in the horrors of politics!

Very interesting (and effective!) landscaping technique, Silentwolf! I think your tree is pretty good, although I think the round 1x1 cannonball bricks might look a bit out of place. It's nice and gnarly, but perhaps some more lower branches would work? I am in no way an expert on trees, but you asked! ;)

Nice build and story, and as Ayrlego, I love recurring characters!

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There's a lot to like in this build. The old, gnarled tree trunk looks good, and I love the crow flying above it. Mateo's bandana and leg turning from white to red is a nice effect. And kudos for putting the scene on a hillside rather than flat terrain. And great figure posing all around! :thumbup:

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On 2/27/2017 at 0:08 PM, Ayrlego said:

Nice job. It's good to see you tie in one of your characters from the mini challenge. All the green tiles make for a lush looking country side. Great entry!

Thank you. Since I already created an assassin, it seemed logical to bring him back around for any evil deeds needed. Of course him still being assembled in my box of minifigs helped inspire the idea. 

On 2/28/2017 at 4:42 AM, Bregir said:

Oh, the tragedy of young lovers being engulfed in the horrors of politics!

Very interesting (and effective!) landscaping technique, Silentwolf! I think your tree is pretty good, although I think the round 1x1 cannonball bricks might look a bit out of place. It's nice and gnarly, but perhaps some more lower branches would work? I am in no way an expert on trees, but you asked! ;)

Nice build and story, and as Ayrlego, I love recurring characters!

Thank you for the comments and suggestions on the tree. I have a build planned this month with several trees so I hope to improve on what I have for them. Glad the landscaping technique turned out. 

On 2/28/2017 at 9:06 AM, Capt Wolf said:

There's a lot to like in this build. The old, gnarled tree trunk looks good, and I love the crow flying above it. Mateo's bandana and leg turning from white to red is a nice effect. And kudos for putting the scene on a hillside rather than flat terrain. And great figure posing all around! :thumbup:

The crow was a favorite touch as I like to include animals in my builds. I was surprised how well it worked out in appearing suspended. I wanted to show the blood without adding any random red plates so the bandanna, pants, and picnic blanket were a fun way to do that. Glad to hear it came across. 

On 2/28/2017 at 10:10 AM, blackdeathgr said:

Great scene! I like Dante's fleeing pose and I don't know why but I also like the poor guard!!

That poor guard won't have much of a job anymore I am afraid. Thank you on the compliments to the posing. 

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Love your use of a fleshie head to symbolize the pallor of death!

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Such a beautiful setting... and yet so tragic...

The landscape is fantastic. The tree is really nice (save perhaps that round brick...) and the smoothness of the grass is simply inviting. The posing is excellent, from the inattentive guard to the ruffled skirts of the reclining lady to the plunging assassin, to the bird taking flight above the tree. And the flesh head for the deceased is a neat idea. Good entry.

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