Rogue Angel

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    Calcio in Illyrian [Challenge 2B]

    Great work! I love the fact that this originated from an Italian game, and as @Muakhah mentioned, it is very fitting for Varlyrio. I like the buildings and varieties, I really like how the basic 2 round stud and tile combo worked for the railing on the right building. I would echo other sentiments on the bley tile, and am also not a fan of how the profile bricks end up with clear seams when you want to have a full-profile surface, as in the dark tan building. Still not a lot of good options to deal with that. Great concept and execution, and a ton of activity in this build!
  2. You've packed a large building into this small build. Nice classic look, and quite appropriate storyline. I like the cart as well. Good job!
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    Into the Maw (Ch.II Cat. C)

    Very nice build! I like the color combination (even the Ninjago orange) and the unique combination of techniques - it helps this stand out as a nonKAM (Kali/Avi/Miti) build. Good story as well, continuing to develop your character's plotline.
  4. Excellent set of builds! The carriage is excellent - the angled wood side combine well with the white and green awning. The buildings are very well done - I like that the building on the left houses 2 trades. I like the variety of colors on the roof, but I'm not sure about the more uniform transition as you go up. The foliage and grounwork are very well done on these - Oh, I also love the well. The story is entertaining as well, and a refilled water supply is a great reason to celebrate - especially in Avalonia. Great job on the builds and completing all 3 categories!
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    Whispers [CH2 - C]

    Glad you got an entry in! The tile placement is a bit distracting, but otherwise a nice little build.
  6. Nice clean build that captures the essence of the challenge. I like the little touches on the wagon contents, and as others said, the turned wheels makes a big difference in adding some character. Well done!
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Thanks for all of the encouragement @Basiliscus and great job everyone on your entries! Here is my Category A entry
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    Book III - Challenge II: Bread and Circuses

    Remember - It can still be the 31st, anywhere around the world. So we should have all the entries submitted. Here's My Category A entry:
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    The Sunken Tavern

    The Sunken Tavern Sheltered off the coast of Tradesmeet, Halfway between Varlyrio and Avalonia, sits the Sunken Tavern. The Tavern is a favorite destination for many a sailor, captain or pirate. The Tavern provides a safe haven for all. The Tavern does not fall within the jurisdiction of Tradesmeet despite it's proximity, and this make's it especially alluring for those seeking to arrange illicit deals and contracts. While some assume the Tavern is under the control of the Scarlet Marauders, the owner is actually a Kolgari who has run the tavern for as long as anyone can remember. Despite it's illicit reputation, the Tavern is understood to be a safe location to travel to and from unmolested. Some say that the Scarlet Marauders have an arrangement with the Kolgari owner, while others say the Kolgari is a powerful magician with many wards and protections in place. It is even whispered by some that the Kolgari has a Kraken at her beck and call, if such a thing even exists. Regardless, the result is that visitors need not worry about Pirates, Maruaders or Customs agents. A Scarlet Maruader vessel is docked. This is a common sight at the Tavern, and many who wish to make contact with the Marauders will attempt to do so here. The Sunken Tavern has many visitors, and those from foreign ports are not uncommon. Currently an Avalonian ship is docked and the guards appear to be on alert, whether out of caution of fear of recognition, it is hard to tell. A Varlyrian Fisherman is bringing in a fresh load to sell to the larger vessels, and to the Taverns patrons as well. The tavern is well built and has weathered many a squall. It is open in calm or storm. The tavern is on the first floor, and can get quite rowdy, depending on the crowd. The Kolgari owner is Taleth Asari, and she is always accompanied by other Kolgari, said to be her bodyguards or sisters, depending on who you ask. There are two rooms for rent on the 2nd floor of the tavern, with access to the balcony on the third floor, and from there the great room. An Avalonian merchant nobleman has been staying in the great room for a couple of weeks, and is about to depart in the vessel awaiting outside. The balcony is quite popular during dry weather for drinking, socializing and negotiations. A heated discussion is currently going on between a Varlyrian lady and Malco Amancio, the notorious nephew of Supano Amancio, a forceful "negotiator" who is also called 'kneecap' by some behind his back. Malco is always suspicious and hot-headed, and has a particular dislike for his cousin Aldacio, who he thinks is trying to seduce his current consort. Aldacio was born and raised in Avalonia, and his relatives see him as soft and weak, and are embarrassed by his soft Avalonian tendencies. As always, the docks are busy, and populated by all sorts of characters from all over Historica. High rez and more pics on Flickr. Edit: Added exploded view to hidden area
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    Guilds of Historica New Member Guide

    Custom minifigs, decals, stickers are fine, as are homemade sails, cloth, etc. Brickarms, Lifelites, Lego compatible are fine. Lego clones like Megablocks, Kreo, etc. Are not allowed. For some Challenges, even custom/compatible parts may be restricted, but this only for those Challenge entries, not free builds, Guild tasks, etc.
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    Book III - Challenge II: Bread and Circuses

    You can probably submit it for scoring, but it would not be eligible for winning, and may get a small scoring penalty.
  12. Always Be Ready To Lend a Helping Shove - Varlyrian Proverb A Prelude for Challenge II of Book III The newly established trade agreements between Varlyrio and the other Historican lands had been a mixed blessing for Varlyrians. The Varlyrian economy had been a masterpiece of supply driving demand and monopolization that largely affected the wealthy and affluent of Varlyrio. With the new influx of resources, many lowly merchants and tradesfolk had found their way of life turned upside down. The common folk had gone from dismal expectation to volatile ups and downs, without knowing how things would change next, or in some cases where their next meal would be coming from. For some, the news of High Queen Ylspeth's decree instilled a cautious optimism, while in others - more trepidation. And some viewed the news with thoughts of opportunity and profit. As with most twists of fate in Varlyrio, a precious few would stand to make great gains at the cost of the many. Illaryian - Capital City of Varlyrio Part 1 - Varlyrian Business as Usual A Varlyrian guardsman converses with a merchant; the merchant seems somewhat tense. Lorgiono: All I can tell you is that the market for exotic creatures and performers has exploded since the word got out of these "Exhibitions" as everyone is calling them now. I tried to buy up the contracts on Elephants, dancing bears, unicorns... Agnacian: I swear Lorgiono, sometimes I don't know how you even made your first Copper! You don't think those would be the first to be secured? I told you to book the Golden Sail pleasure barges! With the extravagant fireworks the Artori Family keeps putting on at each Tradewinds Festival, they're bound to want to paint their names across the skies during these exhibitions, and we could rake it in with spectators in the Bay. Lorigiono: I thought about what you suggested, but do you know what they charge to rent those out for just an evening? I didn't have that kind of money at a moment's notice.... Agnacian interrupts: You FOOL! It wasn't a suggestion! All you had to do was scrounge up enough money to butter up their purveyor and secure the contracts. We could have gotten the loans from your Uncle, or even one of the money lenders if we'd needed to. I swear, first you squander our earnings on the barley contracts, even after you heard Amancio was securing all the grain barges he could, now this! If you weren't Amancio's nephew, I would slit your throat and be done with it - maybe... Lorgiono: NO, I'm still of value, I swear! I will secure those barge contracts, I swear! I won't fail you! As Lorgiono hurries away, Agnacian shouts: This is your last chance! Don't make me regret this! Maybe the fool will actually pull it off, then Amancio will be stuck and will pay a fortune on those garish cogs. If not, I could always fulfill the contract on Lorgiono with the Rabianacis.... PART II - All the Fish in the Sea Fisherman: I tell you Ramse, all these foreign arrangements are just sending money out of Varlyrio, out of the pockets of hardworking people like us! Ramse: With the new influx of all these foreign contracts, it's anyone's guess as to where the profit will be. It's like throwing darts in a squall at night - no one knows what is even worth pursuing right now. I had been saving up for one of the sweet red wine contracts, but now they are all being sent to Kaliphlin instead - Dirty sand peasants! Fisherman: You're telling me! It used to be that the big fish merchants would choke the fish supply to keep the price high, and I was making a nice healthy living selling off my boat. Ramse: I feel for you, but at least you've still got a way to make some money. The racing stallions used to be my go-to, but with the combination of foreign horses being added and with the betting houses laying out all these sucker odds now, I have to spread my money too thin to get any returns. Fisherman: Some of these fish have been rotting here for a week now! The wharves are flooded with Avalonian fisherman who stink worse than the canals in a spring flood. How can I compete! I might as well fill my boat with stones and be done with it! I can think of something else that stinks around here, Ramse thinks to himself. Ramse: Well, I have to get going, but I will stop by next week. Good luck friend. Part III - Learning the Ropes Two fellows chat amiably Rory: That's 5 silver you owe me now. Orvier: You never cease to amaze me. I should have known better than to wager against you. Rory: Well, you are still learning, that is the goal of any apprentice. Orvier: I know, and I want to thank you for all you've taught me so far. These sessions have been extremely valuable. Rory: You are too kind. Orvier: No, you are held in high regard by every one that I asked. I clearly chose the correct profession. Rory: You are too kind, but you are right on both points. Varlyrio will always have need of our service, and I feel I am indebted for the patronage I have received so far. At least that has not changed with these new winds that have been blowing in from the East. Now, why don't you run along, and I will clean up here. Orvier: Same time tomorrow: Rory: Same time. Why don't we meet at the great fountain, the sunrise is a beautiful sight from over the bay. Orvier: The great fountain it is. So long! Rory whistles cheerily as he drags the corpse of a young noble back into the alley....
  13. A Semi-Typical Specimen of Median Size (But Slightly Above Average Size) Gnome Dwelling Demonstrating the Current Gnome Residential Practices in Varlyrio Proper (Not Having Appropriately Surveyed Those Dwellings Beyond the Limits of Varlyrio) or Gnome Home (East Varlyrian) Provided here is a semi-typical specimen of median size (but slightly above average size) Gnome dwelling demonstrating the current residential practices in Valryio proper. NOTE: This representation does not include those dwellings currently established outside of the Varlyrian continuous landmass as a proper survey of these extra-Varlyrian structures has not been properly completed. This survey is approximately 23.63% complete at this point, with an estimated approximate completion date in 14.5 years, with a standard allowance of 14.2% in either direction. SUBNOTE: Additional information on the progress of this survey can be found in Volume 46 of "Established Standards, Practices and Societal Norms of Gnome Society, And All Associated Concepts and Appurtenances of Relevance" by the Inter-Guild Society of Gnomish Researchers, Inventors, Technologists and Academics (IGSGRITA). The prototypical Gnome presented is myself, Kerstibal Bigglemont - Gnome Artificer and Inventor Extraordinaire, Future-Archaeologic Resource, and IGSGRITA Certified Master Academic. This is a typical Gnome home, incorporating steam power, hot water heating, and other advanced technologies with varying degrees of success and efficiency. The hot air balloon is a common gnome mode off transportation, and perfectly exemplifies the path of gnomish invention and technology - it sometimes takes you where you want, if you plan ahead, but often takes you in a completely unanticipated direction.
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Prime Minister of Trade: Rogue Angel Minister of Arms: Garmadon Minster of Ward: Narbilu @Basiliscus - you would likely be vying for Minister of Agriculture or Plantations. Once you have established an example of your key business areas, you can expand to anything else relating to the other aspects of your trade. This may be related to your primary business (storage or transfer warehouses, wine merchants, glass blowers, or other things like what @Muakhah mentioned above) or alternately other trade goods under your Ministry (such as grains or vegetables for Agriculture) or other interactions that relate more to securing contracts, political intrigue or power struggles. If someone else wants to challenge you, they would try to do a better job of portraying their business under the same Ministry. Maybe they have giant pumpkin farms, and do pumpkin pie and festivals and decorations, etc. But it all comes down to how well you are showing the extent of your power throughout Varlyrio.
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    We will be establishing family ranks after the end of Challenge II. This will be determined by free builds, Challenge Entries and Family members portrayed. As mentioned previously, if your builds portray your family engaging in their 'Trade', it will help you win that position (if it is available). Make sure to post you families and Challenge entries by the end of the month! (the next family rank assessment will be after Ch III or Ch IV). If you don't have a sigfig posted yet (@Andrew Spader) AND at least a free build or Challenge entry ( @W Navarre) you will NOT be eligible to have your family ranked. (Andrew - you may have posted your sigfig, but I don't remember it)
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    I may be misinterpreting, but this was in reference to what can be viewed as evil, not savage, even though I mentioned how some can view others as "savages". Sacrificing the weak to save the strong can be viewed as 'evil' especially in modern-day society.
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    My understanding is that Elves and Dwarves were minute beings until Tolkien converted them to the full-size humanoids they are today, but I could be wrong on this. Orcs were a completely new creation, correct?
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    GoH Book III

    Nope, just a friendly reminder to all.
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    I am in agreement that races as a whole would not typically be evil in GoH, but the values and cultural norms of a race or society can make them 'seem evil'. The following mindsets likely exist in GoH and would be viewed as "evil" by some: - Viewing strength and prowess as key qualities and adopting the "might means right" or "survival of the fittest" strategies (Most wild animals) - Place little value on individual life, or embrace self-sacrifice (colony insects) - Viewing other life forms as inferior, insignificant or unacknowledged (humans vs. ants, "Civilized" vs. "Savages") Power = Right in many more isolated communities, and the Wastelands would be a good example of this, as was Feudal Europe. The wastelands are much more prone to powerful groups taking advantage of less powerful groups. There are many bandits, marauders, and other lawless folks there. In addition to human settlements, there are also gnome, goblin, lionel, minotaur, orc, etc. Pretty much anything you can think of or want. We also don't want to make too many blanket statements about the wasteland as a whole. This is a vast area, open to many different interpretations. In regards to the Drow, we have adopted Tolkiens' Elves and Dwarves wholesale, and many races from Dungeons and Dragons, why would Drow be any different? Most of world history is extremely dark, our history books just portray things more nobly (not that that's a word). Varlyrio is a bit darker than the other realms, and I think GoH can handle it. BTW, I love the Belgariad and Mallorean, but it is too rosy, and every character is the best at the world in everything they do. Still love them though. GoT is great because it does a much better job of portraying how the "good guys" are never universally good, and do bad things, and likewise the "bad guys" are never entirely bad. There are good people and bad people, but it is still all in shades of grey (other than the Mountain-that-Rides and Ramsey Bolton)
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Nothing needs to be deleted.
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    GoH Book III

    Just a little reminder to everyone here: This is not the place to get into extended and potentially divisive discussions about real-world issues. If anyone is considering an extended defense or justification of anything that is related to RELIGION or RACISM or SEXISM or real-life POLITICS, please refrain from doing so. This is not the place for these types of discussions. It is perfectly acceptable to get into extended discussions about races and culture and politics in GOH, but these should not get argumentative in nature, and you should be able to restrain yourself if you are starting to post something that is getting you worked up, or feeling divisive. Thanks!
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    Book III - Varlyrio: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Quite a few posts in the last few hours. As Andrew said, this is not the place to get into extended and potentially divisive discussions about arguably racist roots in literature. The concept of whether there should be evil races or not is just fine. In the future, if anyone is considering an extended defense or justification of anything that is related to RELIGION or RACISM or SEXISM or real-life POLITICS, please refrain from doing so. This is not the place for these types of discussions. It is perfectly acceptable to get into extended discussions about races and culture and politics in GOH, but these should not get argumentative in nature, and you should be able to restrain yourself if you are starting to post something that is getting you worked up, or feeling divisive.
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    REVIEW: 80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner

    Great review Whitefang! I've been forward to this set ever since the first pictures surfaced. I love the figures and printed tiles, as well as the build overall. Now I just have to get my hands on one :)
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    The Sunken Tavern

    I have never seen a similar Lego build before. I actually built this for Brickworld 2016, but just hadn't posted it yet. I'm sure someone has built with upside down boat hulls before (Someone just posted one in this forum recently) but I had never seen the other curved roof style that I used for the rest of the roofing.
  25. This dragon is fantastic! It looks very organic despite being brickbuilt, and the sails work perfectly as wings. Excellent work! Your are doing a great job representing the Mystic Isles!