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  1. Garmadon

    Dawn at the Cathedral

    Previously - Mainhall Corridor, de Fiori Castle - Tergiversa Near the outskirts of Illyrian, the ruins of the abandoned cathedral of Sana Argentum rested in a silence so intense that one would have imagined that the old structure were slumbering in the sleep of death, save for a slight wind which whistled eerily at intervals through the old stonework as through a graveyard, and a few dim torches, flickering in the night air. Just as the dawn began to crack through the open arch at the entryway, the sound as of a impatient watcher might have been caught behind one of the main pillars, if there had been anyone to observe it. Suddenly the form of Falco de Fiori emerged, and he gazed intently through the entry to the cathedral. "They are coming!" he whispered, in a low and eager tone. A minute later low footsteps could be heard approaching, and two figures came to the archway, stopped, exchanged a whisper, and passed steadily through. The second was a stout and vigilant retainer, dressed in the royal colors - the first a grizzled man in a black hood, but still in his prime, his face one of strength and determination. As the two de Fiori brothers stepped out from behind the pillar he threw back his hood and revealed the unmistakable face of - the Rego. "Susto and Falco de Fiori," the Rego smiled - "Pray, and what was the reason you requested this untimely interview?" Susto took a step forward. "Well, my dear Rego, what if I were to tell you that it has been hinted that you have been being remiss in the performance of your duties? Quiet as it has lately been, their are many excellent families in the realm who have contributed to the prosperity of Varlyrio, but instead of encouraging and promoting them as a wise Rego ought, you have been only sitting upon your beds of ease and basking in their gold while they fade away and vanish, and the realm falls into the pit of oblivion. Take the Di Carlo family, for one - they almost single-handedly took the gold for Varlyrio under the Queen's latest challenge - though I do not say the de Fiori's approve of such royal whims - but what have your majesty done about the profitable efforts of our olive merchants? Nothing, nothing at all!" "So that is it, de Fiori, is it? Do you think I do not know that you yourselves have allied yourself with that family and only seek to benefit from any position I reward them with yourselves?" "He who has no friends," returned Susto coolly, "should not be the one admonishing those who do." "Well, there has never been much love lost between us, de Fiori - I can see no cause why I should tolerate your self-interested whims." "Is that so? There are ways in Varlyrio, you know, of seeing things done." Falco tapped his bare blade wisely. "I do not say a de Fiori would have much cause to make a move, but it is not an petty little family whom you have but now insulted. I shall take care that Luca di Carlo hears of what you think of him." Supano took a step forward, and his bodyguard moved so close behind him that Susto could feel him. "Do you threaten me?" Falco ran his hand through his hair and grinned. The Rego turned on his heels, looking back from the entranceway. "Take care, you sons of Fiori." The brothers looked at each other and winked, and before a minute had passed, as the first morning birds began to sing, the cathedral had once again been left to its wonted solitude. A couple more pics: This was my entry to the Ruins category of the Summer Joust, and it's been due here for way too long! Photography was quite challenging (and I did end up with a bit of the fish-eye effect), but was done entirely with natural light and except for one or two of the pics, no editing was done afterwards except for some cropping. Inspired by this picture by Charlie Bowater (at least, so I gathered from the signature, haha). Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome as always!
  2. Varlyrian Family Affairs Home to tumultuous political intrigue, deadly family rivalries, and chaotic trade wars, Varlyrio is not a place where it's easy to rise to the top. And once a family has, it is even more difficult to stay there. Marriages, assassinations, backstabbing, and everything else must be carefully calculated in order to move up in the ranks, and only the most consummate cunning will enable one to surpass their rivals and build their family's influence, power, and prestige. Varlyians! It's time to put your ingenuity, tenacity, and building skills to the test! Welcome to the family intrigue of Varlyrio. Check out the spoiler for the Family Affairs guild challenge info - entries to that should be posted in the Guild thread rather than here, though, unless specifically related to political developments. Varlyrian Family Ranking: Leading Family (Rego): Amancio, Rego of Varlyrio, shipmasters (@Rogue Angel)Secondary Families: De Fiori, sword-makers (@Garmadon)Third rank: Lords of Baiamonte, soldiery (unclaimed family), Chiaro, merchants (unclaimed family), Khaor, cloth and leather merchants, tailors (@narbilu)Fourth rank: Cioto (unclaimed family), Conzaga, wine-makers (@Basiliscus), di Carlo, merchants (@ZlatanXVIGustaf)Fifth rank: D'Gatto, artists and antiquarians (@mccoyed), Di Cioto, profession unknown (@W Navarre)Sixth rank: Waythe, judge and mercenary (@Judge of the Wastelands) The main things which affect family ranking and change of positions: - Number and quality of builds and participation in guild specific and in major challenges - Builds related to one's family and trade (as opposed to simply building for your sigfig without much concern for the family overall) - Builds related to intrigue; originality, ingenuity, and story - Consistent participation and activity Note that the unclaimed families may be won through the Family Affairs challenge if desired (and if you're coming up with your own family, we encourage you to tie it into the current history line if you'd like to), but that they require more builds than coming up with a new one depending on the rank of the family you'd like to obtain. PM guild leadership if you're interested in one of them! Additionally, note that the top three ranks in particular will be GMed more significantly by the leadership. And, of course, we're the GMs That means we're allowed to do things like throw in plot twists where someone in the fourth rank suddenly gets launched to Rego. Remember that this is all in-game story related, and a good story, clever assassination, or tactful marriage could help your family tremendously. Challenges and suchlike are definitely helpful, but if you're not clever enough to master the intrigue, chances aren't good for you making it to the top. In general, we hope to be able to approve of whatever madcap schemes you all can come up with to get to the top, but anything major like assassinating the head of a different house or kidnapping an heir or arranging a marriage or something would need to be PMed to Rogue and me for approval, however - but we hope to be able to say yes to your plans as often as possible. As a general rule, making your sig-fig the leader of your family is discouraged, as well as becoming excessively attached to somewhat distant family members: we want to be able to allow you all to do whatever is necessary to rise in the ranks (subject to prior leadership review, as mentioned before), and obviously we can't go around approving the murder of sig-figs or characters the member is really very fond of without getting in contact with that member and working things out to make sure they're ok with it (otherwise we'll just have to say no to the assassination), which clearly involves a deal of complications. Leadership will use its discretion to determine when a proposed development must be turned down and/or when it requires them to get into contact with the other member involved (otherwise we will keep your idea a secret until you put it into action). Expect many members of your family to be assassinated, blackmailed, or otherwise bushwacked! An example of Varlyrian family intrigue in practice: @Rogue Angel and myself (@Garmadon) will do our best to keep things rolling efficiently, keeping the ranking here up-to-date (Garmadon), as well as handing out titles and trade and ministry positions where deserved (Rogue). This thread: This is where you will introduce your family and trade, post important family developments, where the leadership will keep the up-to-date rankings, and where we will post the results of events on families' ranks and influence in Varlyrio. As a general rule, if your build is associated to your family and may affect your ranking, please link it here. This thread is meant to work kind of like a story thread and less like a Q&A thread, so if you have any questions about the Varlyrian family ranking and political possibilities, or general questions about how this works, please post them in the Varlyrio Thread.
  3. Dawn at the Cathedral | Garmadon | Varlyrio
  4. Near Illyrian there lies an old a decayed cathedral from the days long ago when Varlyrio was still two separate islands and when the Chiaros ruled as Rego. However, it is not infrequently still used as a rendezvous by starlight or in the early hours of dawn by certain families... New build from me! Long overdue in GoH, but here it finally is (picture linked to topic)!
  5. Garmadon

    Prelude: What Lies Beneath

    Just wow! I've got to say, that black base was absolutely brilliant! The trees, flower buildings, and pathways have some great color for the subterranean caverns and really shine against the black Some great complex shaping in there too, especially with the main structure!
  6. Monthly Free Build Registration Thread July 1st, 2016 to August 1st, 2016 What is this thread? This is the thread where YOU register your free build, besides submitting it via the webform. So, why are we doing this again? This thread is both an index of builds so that they may be easier to find for members, and a backup for the Economic Game System. As a back up of Free Builds and MRCA builds, we won't be using this thread for calculating your account. Please remember to submit the form for your Free Build or MRCA build. What do I need to do? Simply write the following information in a NEW post: Name of MOC linked to the thread | Name of Builder | Faction you belong to IE: Smuggler's Cove | Kai NRG | Eslandola Write no more. Note: All free builds must have their own thread, and there must be a link to that thread provided here. After you are finished making a thread, make sure to report your free build via the monthly webform so that you can get credit for it! Remember, if this build is going to have an Economic Game System component (IE you are going to buy a license and make money off the property) you will need to fill out either a Property License Form or a Ship License Form. Do not comment on builds in this thread, please do that on the MOC’s own thread. Can I just post in my faction thread and leave it at that? Um... No. Can I put up an entry for another faction member's build? If that builder has disappeared and we are getting near the end of the month, this would be allowed. What if I can't remember if a submitted a build? If you don't remember submitting a form, use the Free Build Entry List to find out what builds you've already submitted. An email will be sent containing a list of all builds submitted. Spelling is important. Is this just a copy of GoH's free build registration thread? No! I don't have any idea what made you think it is. The idea was a completely original one and has absolutely nothing to do with GoH's one. (Yes, actually it is ) Why does this look a lot like the previous ones? Because it is the same, that's why Previous Months: January's Free Build Registration Thread February's Free Build Registration Thread March's Free Build Registration Thread April's Free Build Registration Thread May's Free Build Registration Thread June's Free Build Registration Thread
  7. !! For some reason I'm in love with that vig! Great use of those broken pieces, and that chair is fantastic too Hilarious story as well - I see you were trying to break the record for the use of the most words ending in -itude in the same sentence You're not posting it on Flickr, though?! I'd favorite it if you did!
  8. Garmadon

    [AoM House Phase I] Goatherd's Hut

    Hehehe, very clever! Perfect use for that micro-fig! Lovely little build - great use of that new rock crystal piece, and I'm really liking that flowing water
  9. Garmadon

    Galleon Esperanza

    Well, whoever said the stern was fantastic was totally right! A very nice ship, Legostone!
  10. Something strange is going on... So far: Explosion on Gunpowder Island A Message Is Sent A Message Is Recieved At The Headquarters Encounter in the Jungle Don't Shoot Examination Subjects Meanwhile... In the Laboratory Never Alone A Scientific Breakthrough Air Strike A Surprise Reward ... Soon word of the delicious cocorite-enriched bananas of gunpowder island had spread like wildfire throughout the Brick Seas. Everybody wanted to get their hands on the exquisite bananas. The Queen of Corrington had even sent her special ambassador to bring a cargo of gunpowder island bananas back to the capital. Naturally, during the initial rush the bananas were going for quite a decent price... and so the General and Marquis set up shop. Merchants from all over the colonies, and even from the Old World, lined up for miles to purchase a cargo load of bananas. And while the General and Marquis run the operations, the always business-savvy ETWC has partnered with them to get in on the profits as well... I mean, well, somebody was going to have to climb those trees... One more pic: And there you've got my contribution to Captain B's Mystery Island story-line! Hope y'all have enjoyed this installment and the whole story - I know I have! Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!
  11. Just do it! It's about time we get a little excitement in good old BOBS again
  12. Precisely! And thanks to you - always fun to help out with a Captain Braunsfeld story! Thanks Kai! The banana bunch technique was borrowed from one of the other banana plantations in BoBS (Elostirion's, I think). Haha, yeah, banana/palm trees are kinda capricious in my experience - the leaves either put themselves all right almost all by themselves or they don't, and there's not a whole lot you can do about it! That Gloogloo farm? Looking forward to it! Thanks Professor Thanks Ayrlego! I really like those blue flowers - gotta get some more of them sometime! (Well, some, actually, since these are Kai's ) As far as I know that'll be perfectly fine! @Captain Braunsfeld is the one running the story, so he can let you know for sure, but I don't think there should be any problem with that Sounds like an interesting investigation anyhow, looking forward to seeing it
  13. The Strange Stuff is continuing on Gunpowder Island! This time it's the monkeys and the ETWC setting up shop with the newly created cocorite bananas on the island... (Picture linked to topic)
  14. Ooh, looks like it wasn't exactly a wonderful month for pirates this times around (well, except for Montroy, [though we did sink one of his, I'll take it ] ...And for LeColeon... and a few Sea Rats. Alright, maybe not so very bad for anybody but Captain Nordau ). And we're back to the rowboat, it looks like! Well, this definitely deserves a MRCA result build anyhow - I'll definitely try to get one built for it!
  15. Garmadon

    [Mystery Island 13] A Surprise Reward

    What Faladrin said! - I had to double check to see which one of you this really was Very nice installment in your story, and I like that Gloogloo in the background there...
  16. Garmadon

    Morty's Traveling Puppetry

    Very nice little puppet show there, mate! - love the way it's all so compact and can even be closed for travel! The color-scheme and those gold tooth pieces give the carriage an appropriately fancy look too
  17. Garmadon

    [COR - FB] Spudkirk Windmill

    Really nice job on this windmill, Spud! Those sails are great, and the olive green does an amazing job spicing the tower part up!
  18. Garmadon

    Aithaz Hold

    Amazing job with all those angles here, Ecc! The star points on the main keep and all the angled towers give this a special, unique feel among LEGO castles! The Mitgardian colors and the brown are just spot on here as well, and your trees are great as always! Wish I had been there this year to see it in person!
  19. Garmadon

    Ninjago Legacy Contest Winners!

    As Exetrius said, thanks a lot for running this contest, @Peppermint_M, and congrats to the other winners and runner-ups! It's always great to see Ninjago MOCs, and there were a lot of very nice ones built for this!
  20. Garmadon

    Boardwalk Talk

    The infamous Captain Nordau and a representative of the Sea Rat port authorities take a walk on a Garveyan boardwalk in Freeport, and in the process a large bag of DBs and some papers change hands respectively... only time will tell where it all will go from here! But, little do they know, they are not alone - other ears are hearing every word that is said... And a shot of the infamous pirate Captain on the beach: Hello y'all! A little scene to officially inaugurate my Black Flag Captain's agreement with the Sea Rat authorities - the details of which, for the curious, are that which Captain Nordau has bribed bought the future silence of all Sea Rat port authorities (i.e., the location of the Captain's ship(s) won't be published in the KPA when he's in a SR settlement) in exchange for 5000 DBs and a Class 4 ship which he has given to the Sea Rat faction. And yep, we did get the court's approval and all, so all's fair and above board - figuratively speaking, you know Oh, and no, this is not the start of another ETWC monkey story, I just couldn't resist the urge to get at least one monkey in the scene! Was really happy with how the sea background worked out; and it was awesome getting to crack out that light yellow for the beach! Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome as always!
  21. ...Recently, in the mainhall corridor of the de Fiori's castle in Tergaversa... Alesio de Fiori paced the floor of the mainhall corridor thoughtfully. It had been a long time since he had been planning on this meeting, and now that the representatives of three of the most powerful rising families in Varlyrio were in Tergiversa, he certainly would not let the opportunity slip. He looked up as footsteps sounded down the hall. Through the doorway came Aureo, Alesio's second and favorite son.  "di Carlo has arrived, father." "Ah, excellent," replied Alesio, with a nod. "Have him come in." The promising young administrator of his family's affairs, Luca di Carlo had won himself the position of a prosperous merchant from Ostia, and had pushed himself up into Alesio de Fiori's view as a most useful possible ally. "An excellent evening to you, di Carlo," began Alesio, "and congratulations on the success of your recent experiments. It is, in fact, at least partly due to that that I had invited you here tonight." "Oh yes, that worked out better than I had even expected," responded the grinning olive merchant; "but I hear that it was politics that you had in mind for the subject of conversation now?" "And right once again," Alesio de Fiori replied, smiling - "I see that you're already of my mind on the status quo in Varlyrio. It's about time things start moving." "Certainly, my dear de Fiori - but I thought I heard that the representative of another family was to be here as well?" "Just so - in fact, he has but arrived this very moment." Captain Conzaga came through the door which had been thrown open just a second before, and strode over to the group. After welcoming him to the group, Alesio continued, "I know it seems on the surface that Varlyrio is as placid as a pond. But I assure you, beneath the calm the people are getting restless, and I dare say you will agree with me when I say that the Amancio's have ruled for long enough..." ...More to come soontm! ... maybe A few more pics without figs: Stairs: Arches: And doorway: And finally another regular build from me! This thing's been in the works waay too long - since Challenge I, in fact; it was going to be an entry for that - but had to be put off for the Ninjago mods and a bunch of other stuff, but here it finally is! It is meant to officially start up an alliance between the De Fiori, di Carlo, and Conzaga families, and hopefully get some Varlyrian intrigue moving! Inspired by this picture (which I randomly stumbled across and decided that I had to build!), but I have no idea what that's all about Thanks for viewing, C&C welcome as always!
  22. Garmadon

    Boardwalk Talk

    Thanks guys! I was quite happy with how the photography turned out, and I really like using these colors! Thanks mate! Glad to hear it - that was the goal! Thanks Captain! Another tree was originally planned to form the right border of the scene, but Kai suggested that they were looking a little too un-tropical, so I stuck to this one, which didn't stand out too much by itself. Yes, I believe it does - probably a SR national park or something (that's what those are for, right? ) And yep, I was thinking of the monkey (I am in the ETWC, you know... ), but as Rm points out, there is also another Sea Rat parrot... and a few Olean frogs... and a Corrie crab... No other minifigs though, that I know of, anyways! Thanks Rm! We certainly need more pirates! And yes, there are a lot of animals around, actually (though they're not all visible in the pics). Thanks Bart - and no worries, it took me about another three months to get around to building this! That was referring to the monkey, in point of fact, but as I mentioned to Captain Dee, there are actually a large number of ears around (do crabs have ears? ) Hope you guys can get it figured out! Maybe a few raids are in order? ...
  23. Garmadon

    AoM: Tower Phase 2: Spring Watchtower

    Very nicely done, Ayrlego, the unusual tree colors look great, and I'm loving that arch at the entryway! Those stickered (printed?) parts look perfect here as well!
  24. Great to see so many familiar faces back in the guilds for the challenge! That little boat design and the wood-work are quite nice here, and the landscaping is well done too, especially those trees! If I've got one critique it'd be about the black, though - I think that kind of border is usually just a hit or miss kind of thing, and just a little bit of trans-clear or trans-clear over blues (or some trans-green, maybe!) would have given a little more color to the build overall. But this is certainly a nice entry, and it's great to see something from you again! Here's hoping for more before long!
  25. And that's the kind of build that makes me wish I was still in Mitgardia! I love the number of rooms and scenes (and story-plots) you've got into this build, and the amount of detail you've managed to fit into each - a couple of my favorite bits being the dark green in the stonework underneath and the tapestries on the hall-room walls. That roof and the log framing of the walls definitely deserve mention as well - top-notch stuff all around!