Rogue Angel

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  1. The Guilds of Historica Book III Challenge I: A Time to Rebuild Challenge II: Bread and Circuses Challenge III: What will Tomorrow Bring? Prelude: What Lies in Store Historica Vulnerable Historica is still rebuilding, but there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. Historicans are coming to realize that they no longer enjoy the protection they once did. The Guild armies and navies are still greatly depleted. A new conflict or disaster would be much more devastating than in the past. With this realization, their fears are breeding all manner of rumors and speculation. What could happen tomorrow, and how can they protect themselves from it? Category A: Rumors Abound Everywhere there are rumors, speculation, fears. When will the next war break out? Can this new queen be trusted? Is Nocturnus going to invade the other Guilds? Is Varlyria not actually a new island but the eastern edge of Nocturnus? Is there a secret invasion planned that will wipe out half the population of Historica? Rumors abound of impending perils and battles to come. Even the most outlandish stories have been heard somewhere in Historica. With all of the Guilds still rebuilding, the common people are worried that almost anything could occur. Your task: Portray a rumor that has been heard concerning the future of Historica, is it war, invasion, treachery, disaster? (This can be anything your heart desires, as long as it fits within the "medieval no guns" concept. This could be former foes reborn, the dead rising, new races invading, whatever you can think of.) Maximum size: 36 x 36 Category B: Fortifications With the guilds weakened and trying to regain their former power, the common people no longer feel safe and secure in their homes. They are feeling compelled to take steps on their own. Walls, fortifications, defenses and more have started appearing all over Historica. Your task: Build fortifications for your farm, town, village, keep, district, etc. This can be new walls, a tower, a keep, a castle, whatever they can muster. Maximum size: 64x64 General Rules Scoring: Builds will be scored on build quality, presentation, and photography with bonus points to entries with original concepts or stories. For both Categories, a 1st and 2nd place will be selected. Each Guild can have up to 1 winner per category (so 2 guilds could have 2 winners, there can be 1 winner per guild, etc.) Rules: One entry per category per person. Borders can exceed the maximum size restriction, within reason. Maximum sizes can be varied as long as the build does not exceed the footprint of the given size restriction (e.g.: 32x64 instead of 48x48 is permissible). No clone brands (Megablocks, KREO, etc) allowed, but 3rd party fig parts and accessories (Brickarms, Citizen Brick, etc.) are acceptable. All entries should be posted in their own topic, with the title of: "CHALLENGE II: Category X: Name of your build". Please also post a link to your topic here. Deadline: Entries due the end of the day on June 15th. Prizes: The Build with the highest score will win a custom MOC: (The larger build categories will be more likely to score the most points, but that is not always the case) The next highest scored Build in a DIFFERENT CATEGORY will win a $25 Lego Gift Card
  2. Challenge II - Avalonian Civil War The Road to Civil War - Prologue Southern Avalonia - just northwest of the Kaliphlin border A drunken Avalonian sailor is hard at work downing his bottle of grog. From the stench of alcohol surrounding him, it is obvious that this is not his first bottle today. Sailor: What wash shat!? Sailor: That maybea ship, but that maaay be jussht the grogg talking again - It wash lasht time.... Sally, whu, whuddu think? Sailor: You shink sho? Aright, I'll take a nutter look The sailor gazes off across the sea for a long minute - almost as if in a stupor. Sailor: Shally, you were right again! Twash tha grog making me she shings again. Shanks for shetting my sail straight, mate! Sailor: Me bottleshrun out. Shally - hold down the fort fer me.....'burp' Out across the sea, the mirage appears yet again, but this time it can't be the grog, and there's noone left to witness it. What is the mysterious ship? Where did it come from? Is it friend or foe? Only time will tell. End Prologue.
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    Book III - Challenge III: What Will Tomorrow Bring?

    Here are the results from Challenge III: The overall winner was @Etzel - Pass It On (Mitgardian Cat. A) Second Place went to @adde51 - Protecting the City of Mophet (Kaliphlin Cat. B) The top entries for each guild per category were: Category A: @Etzel - Pass It On (Mitgardia) @LittleJohn - King or Puppet? (Kaliphlin) @Zilmrud - Story of the Traveler (Avalonia) Category B: @adde51 - Protecting the City of Mophet (Kaliphlin) @Zilmrud - Reinforcing the walls of Zamorah (Avalonia) @Louis of Nutwood - Rebuilding Valnostrad (Mitgardia) Congratulations to our winners! Varlyrio didn't really have any entries this Challenge... We will need to make up for it next Challenge The gold received for each Guild was as follows: Mitgardia: 74 Gold Avalonia: 56 Gold Kaliphlin: 36 Gold Varlyrio: ...0 Gold Thanks to all of you that contributed! The tentative schedule for Challenge III will be August 15th (announcement) to September 31st (deadline).
  4. GREAT to see some nice fleshing out of other parts of Varlyrio. Great concept and love your story, as before. Excellent work!
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    Of Dragons and Druids, Ch. 3: The Kitchen of Druidham

    Lots of excellent details in this build - I love the black rollerskates on the doors (I am loving that part), is that Rey's hood holding the 'currants' - great idea! My only critique would be that the grey walls look a little too bare with just the plain brick compared to the rest of the kitchen. Fantastic work!
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    King of Avlonia Final Entry: de Gothia

    Love the throne room! You've done a great job with the lighting, and I think I recognize an awful lot of figs in that crowd.... (are those Simon and SI-Mocs sigfigs!!!?) Excellent work DG!
  7. Very good job on this build! I really like how you have included a number of elements (house, bridge, river, dock, interior) but not squeezed them all into a small space. I like the exterior and interior of the house, the little guard shack, the goat, and the parts use for the snow (except maybe the snot studs). Great job!
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    Militia Mishaps

    Excellent build! The sloped base, the snot use of the 1x curved piece for the crenelations, the NPU for the railings, really nice work on this build!
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    Svalg Keep: Mitgardia (Free-Build)

    Welcome and excellent first build at GoH! This build has a fantastic first impression. You have a ton of detail without getting messy, you've done a great job with varying angles, colors and textures, and you've used some excellent techniques! I like the use of the wand, the trappers cap, the extensive use of the white vertical tooth for the snow, and just the way you've blended everything together in this build. The story is well done too. Welcome and I hope to see much more from you!
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    Prelude: What Lies in Store

    Prelude: What Lies in Store A prelude to Challenge III While agriculture has once again flourished in Avalonia, there is still great uncertainty as to how long this peace will last. Rumors abound in every tavern and market - are the Drow planning another invasion while the Avalonian forces are weak? Are the Varlyrians merchants secretly buying up the large store houses and merchant companies in Albion? In the past, the Guilds would rely on each other, and in unity there was strength. There could be wars going on in Kaliphlin or Mitgardia, and how would anyone know about it? Could the roving marauders that have been preying on the weak show up at your doorstep tonight? tomorrow night? Next month? With great uncertainty comes great stress, anxiety, fear.... Avalonian Farm This farm has been quite prosperous in the past, and was able to largely escape the worst of the recent conflicts. The last two years have not been easy with shipments lost, produce commandeered and price hikes from scarce supplies. Wife: If we can bring in a full harvest this year, we should be able to sleep a bit more soundly at night. Husband: I wish I could believe that, but we don't know what the future will bring. It looks promising, but what if there is another conflict, and we don't get so lucky...? Their son crosses the nearby stream, taking one of the pigs to market Husband: Will Orick live to see manhood? I pray he will, but if war breaks out again and he gets conscripted... If he ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time... Husband: In the past, I would have slept easily at night with how well this Spring has gone, but we may have to fend for ourselves from now on. We can no longer rely on the Avalonian guards. When is the last time you saw them on patrol? We are ripe for the picking. Husband: Our herd of cattle would feed a marauding band for weeks, and how would we be able to stop them? Husband: We were able to plant a full crop of wheat, but what if we have to go into hiding when it ripens and we lose our crop? Remember the magic that tore apart those farms and the Village to the south years ago? Old Man Rutherson said he heard from a merchant that the Queen is a powerful magician. Wife: That is pure poppycock! Old Man Rutherson also claimed the Drow had tunnels beneath the Town cemetery and they were going to animate all our ancestors, and that was pure nonsense! Husband: I know, I know, but with every rumor there is a seed of truth. The Drow were tunneling.. Wife: That was across the next District! Husband: But they were tunnelling! Husband: I am taking Orick out with me tomorrow to start working on some walls around the West field. If we can bring in this harvest, we may be able to afford some hired hands. Wife: It won't come to that will it? Husband: We don't know what will come, and it's better to be safe then sorry..... The Man grabs his cart and heads off. The Woman heads into their home.
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    Latest impact of other themes on historic themes

    I had the exact same observation!
  12. Wizard, Wizardess Sorcerer, Sorceress Enchanter, Enchantress Mage/Magi/Magician/Arch-Mage Illusionist/Obfuscator Summoner Witch/Warlock (often negative connotation) Invoker Spellbinder/Spellshaper/Spellcaster Conjurer Diviner/Seer/Oracle/Fortune Teller Elementalist/Fire/Ice/Earth/Air Mage Shaman/Witch Doctor/Druid Blood Mage/Thaumaturgist Alchemist/Transmuter White Mage/Priest/Cleric/Acolyte Monk/Mystic/Hermit/Spiritualist Black Mage/Necromancer Sage/Maester Archivist/Scribe Bard/Hedge Wizard Runecaster/Scrivener Time Mage/Chronomaster Battle Mage/Spellblade Adept Almost all are really genderless, even though they have primarily been associated with men.
  13. The Guilds of Historica Book III Challenge I: A Time to Rebuild Challenge II: Bread and Circuses Preludes: The Queen's Council The Long Discussion Always Be Willing to Lend a Helping Shove Kaliphlin Talk Northern Conversation Historica lives again... Historica has been hard at work rebuilding as the era of civil war comes to an end. But more needs to be rebuilt than just buildings - families, friendships, and loyalties of all kinds have been heavily strained. Today, Queen Ylspeth calls upon all citizens of Historica to relax, to celebrate, and to really enjoy life after the hardship and agony of the past years. Category A: Bread Starvation and want have run rampant through the guilds. While the fertile fields of Varlyrio may still be growing strong and areas of Avalonia are producing record crops, many places are still just barely surviving. Queen Ylspeth, out of her own treasury, is buying surplus grain and redistributing it to more needy areas of the guilds. Many other nobles and leaders are following her example and providing for their cities and followers. Your task: Show the efforts of the Queen, her lieutenants, or another leader to bring basic necessities of life to needy areas of your guild. Maximum size: 20x20 Category B: Circuses It's time to take a break Historica! Relax and remember what life was about before mayhem broke loose. Have another dance around the maypole, a jolly evening courtesy of the royal cellar, or an exciting day cheering at the ostrich races. Whatever your town specializes in, make it happen this circus season! Your task: Build the greatest show that's been seen in your guild since the royal tour of Book I! Maximum size: 64x64 Category C: Plot and Counterplot Now you've heard the Queen's pitch. Your representatives at the royal council might tell you that she took the advice of her foreign adviser, N'ri, in defiance of anything they said to the contrary. They might tell you that your support is being bought with charity and clown shows. They might warn you that Avalonia is getting rich at the expense of the royal treasury, or that dissenting nobles are being shut down with ruinous taxes. What is really going on? Is Bread and Circuses as innocent as it seems? Your task: Show the back alleyways of Historican politics. Are Kaliphlinians getting bribed? Are Varlyrians landing rich contracts? Are Avalonians having food confiscated to help "needy" Mitgardian millionaires? Maximum size: 32x32 General Rules Scoring: Builds will be scored on build quality, presentation, and photography with bonus points to entries with original concepts or stories. For all 3 Categories, a 1st and 2nd place will be selected. Within these 6 winners, all 4 Guilds will have at least 1 winner (so 2 Guilds may have 2 winners, or 1 Guild may have 3 winners) Rules: One entry per category per person. Borders can exceed the maximum size restriction, within reason. Maximum sizes can be varied as long as the build does not exceed the footprint of the given size restriction (e.g.: 32x64 instead of 48x48 is permissible). No clone brands (Megablocks, KREO, etc) allowed, but 3rd party fig parts and accessories (Brickarms, Citizen Brick, etc.) are acceptable. All entries should be posted in their own topic, with the title of: "CHALLENGE II: Category X: Name of your build". Please also post a link to your topic here. Deadline: Entries due the end of the day on January 31st. Prizes: The Build with the highest score will win a copy of the Ideas Pop-up Book, or Lego Gift Card equivalent (The larger build categories will be more likely to score the most points, but that is not always the case) The next highest scored Build in a DIFFERENT CATEGORY will win a $25 Lego Gift Card
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    GoH Book III

    Challenge 3 is scheduled to start May 1st. Look for Prologue builds shortly.
  15. The tradesman assessed the stock of supplies that had been provided by the queen's agents. Looks like they are over half way through, that is good. He searched through the bustle of gnomes around the large contraption and found the quirky fellow he had spoken with when the supplies had first been dropped off - Master Inventor Birble it was? Drast: "Excuse me, Master Birble....? The gnome cut him off: "Master Inventor Ebbilan Birblenic, Ranking 7th Cog, Steam Harnesser Extraordinaire and Professor of the Mechanical arts and languages. And you are?" Drast: "I am the ferrier who brought you all of the supplies from the Queen to distribute, we had to go over the logistics of your process for over 2 days, don't you remember?" Master Birblenic: "You humans all look alike, and I have more important matters to dedicate my intellectual prowess to - I guess I can spare 2.5 to 3.2 minutes to discuss." Drast: "It looks like you have gone through over half the supplies that were provided - I assume this means you have been successful with your.... machine?" Master Birblenic: "Oh, extremely successful, we have had 46 successes so far to be precise. And by machine, I can only assume you are referring to the Remote Access Distribution and Conveyance System?" Drast: "Yes, that's what I meant. Of course. So do you have an estimate of how many of the remote natives have been supplied with the Remote .. System" Master Birblenic: "Let me see here - Yes, that's right, our current count is at... 0" Drast: "0? You said you had 46 successes, how are you defining success?" Master Birblenic: "Well of course, every successful engagement of the Distribution and Conveyance Instrument. If you counted every time the system ignited, we would be well into the 100's by now. Now if you were to account for the Master of Accounting for Collateral Losses and Costs, he wouldn't count the 3 injuries and the fatality, so that would put us at 43, but I've always been able to place the Science first!: Drast: "Fatality?" Master Birblenic: "On trial run 168, the instrument released radially instead of longitudinally, and Steamsmith 2nd Cloud Algold was within the radial path. But - as they say - lives sacrificed in the pursuit of science are the foundation of what gnomish technology is build upon." Drast: "But don't you have catapults you could have used?" Master Birblenic: "Yes, but we have rainwater, and we still used distilled and purified water to power our steam engines don't we. The catapult requires beasts of burden to set the mechanism, requiring a minimum of 50 feet, it is limited in range to a mere 1500 feet, it is difficult to rotate." Drast interrupted: "This looks stationary to me." Master Birblenic: "This current iteration, yes, the rotation feature was not considered until design phase 41, and by that point we had invested significant effort into design plans, parts fabrication, and ground preparation, so it was decided that it be included in a future iteration - maybe 4h or 4i?" Drast: So you have yet to provide supplies to anyone in the area? Master Birblenic: "I would say that we have theoretically supplied everyone within a 10,000 foot radius for at least the next 400 years, and besides, we here have been supplied quite nicely ever since this endeavor began." Drast: ...... Master Birblenic: "You're quite welcome. Now, I must get back to work, Good day."
  16. Welcome to the Guilds, and s beautiful first build! The wall and figs are well done, but my favorite part is the greenery. I always like to see the mushrooms, and I especially like the use of the whips and brown flex tube in your plant techniques. Great work!
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Great job on the Challenge entries guys! Avalonia edged us out by a few points, but that was due to having a few more submissions. @ZlatanXVIGustaf took home the 1st Place Prize with his Category B Build, @Basiliscus was the winner for Category A, and @W Navarre was edged out by Gideon and LittleJohn in Category C, but had the highest score for Varlyrio in that Category! Thanks to @Judge of the Wastelands, @mccoyed and @narbilu for their submissions as well. GREAT WORK! Now to the free builds. I will be working for something For Brickworld in June that may or may not be done by the April 30th deadline, we will see. I will try to get at least something submitted during this period though. Anyone else have any free-build plans? (BTW, we will be announcing family rankings and positions in the near future, but we have not finalized them yet).
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    Book III - Challenge II: Bread and Circuses

    Excellent job with all of the entries, as the well as the quality of your work! Here are the results from Challenge II: For Category A: 1st: @Basiliscus (Varlyio); 2nd: @dathil (Mitgardia) For Category B: 1st: @ZlatanXVIGustaf (Varlyrio); 2nd: @en_zoo (Avalonia) For Category C: 1st: @Gideon (Kaliphlin); 2nd: @LittleJohn (Kaliphlin) The overall winner was @ZlatanXVIGustaf, and the runner-up build belonged to @Gideon Congratulations to our winners! (Also of note was @kahir88 who had the highest total points with his entries in all 3 categories!) The gold received for each Guild was as follows: Avalonia: 104 Gold Varlyrio: 93 gold Kaliphlin: 56 gold Mitgardia: 40 gold Thanks to all of you that contributed! As I mentioned above, the tentative schedule for Challenge III will be April 15 (announcement) to May 31st (deadline). Get you freebuild on!
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    CHALLENGE II: Category C: Power

    Excellent combination of tan, dark tan and white! I love the raised floor and the fountain using the PoP helm. Very polished for 2 days, and quite the story. Great work!
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    Don't Cry

    A 2nd beautiful build! Ramshackle was definitely the right work to use, and it really looks like slums/shanty/rundown buildings, the floor is especially well done. I wouldn't expect the variety of colors to work well, but they definitely did here. I am enjoying the story, and looking forward to part 3!
  21. Beautiful first build in GoH (if you don't count your previous teasers). Great details and build techniques - the dragon, torches, gates and portcullis are probably my favorites, but everything is well done. Excellent work!
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    Book III - Challenge II: Bread and Circuses

    the tentative schedule for Challenge III will be April 15 (announcement) to May 31st (deadline).
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    Bath-house in Barqa [Ch II Cat C]

    Great story on this, and tons of details. You've done a great job representing a Kaliphin bathhouse, and nailed the intent of this challenge.
  24. Beautiful representation of Kaliphlin at it's core! You've done a great job with the way you laid out the buildings and track, and the colors work well, especially with how you tiled the streets. Love the reservoir, the tree, the building in the back, the gate, and the figure placement. Great work!
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    Challenge II: Category C: Plotting in Barqa

    Gorgeous build again! That roofing technique is fantastic! My favorite parts would be the roof, the shrine, the lighting, the plant and the fellow hiding in the plans. Beautiful as always!