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  1. This little ship came about when my oldest son saw one of my ships I will be posting soon and wanted to help, I didn't want him to get his little mitts on that one (he is only five) but he was very keen so we built this in an evening. I appreciate it may not be the most traditional ship but I think it was a good bit of team work The success of the Red Top Rum Distillery meant requests for the finest rum in Nova Terreli came in thick and fast. The Gold Wing was one of a couple of small traders that ran coastal routes and short hauls around the Brick Seas for the discerning rum drinker or those in need of a very good paint stripper. IMAG3996 by Phadeout, on Flickr IMAG3997 by Phadeout, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  2. Allow me to represent a small factory in Nova Terreli, the Red Top Rum Distillery, makers of the drink of choice in the choicest dockside rum bars with it's guarantee that "your eyesight will return within two days or your money back" it has proven already to be a hit in the dock district. It is based in a former residence which has gone to ruin as has the rest of the neighbourhood, although business is picking up again you will note the boarded up windows, ivy growing everywhere and damaged roof typical of the location. Although the walls add brightness the whitewash is really quite thin and the area as a whole needs some work to get it looking as attractive as other parts of Nova Terreli. Red Top Rum Distillery (i) by Phadeout, on Flickr The interior shows the top floor is where the magic happens with the vats producing both white and golden rum and the ingredients being prepared; downstairs is where the rum ages (but not for long!) and is then bottled or left in casks for deliveries to the local drinking establishments. Red Top Rum Distillery (v) by Phadeout, on Flickr Red Top Rum Distillery (iii) by Phadeout, on Flickr Rum expert I am not - still I hope you like it!
  3. With Alejandro currently incarcerated and charged with murder Ignacio "Nacho" Quintero, his former valet and now junior partner, has the reins. Nacho has assembled a team of men to help him explore the waterways and surrounding rock formations up the Terreli River after reports of precious metals found in the river come back to him. A bit of prospecting (i) by Phadeout, on Flickr A bit of prospecting (ii) by Phadeout, on Flickr This team seem to have been the luckiest so far - the men attribute it to Rasher, their good luck pig who seems to be able to sniff out valuable things. A bit of prospecting (iii) by Phadeout, on Flickr Further analysis will need to be done but it looks like Rasher has triumphed.
  4. **This is a mostly story based post - there are a lot of pictures and text, it isn't the most Lego-based post ever so I won't hold it against you if you don't read it but hopefully people enjoy.** Two hours ago. Alejandro couldn't open his eyes, how had it come to this, the hard wooden planks kept sleep away and the sounds of the rats scuttling about had the same effect, the rags they had given him were itching and flea-ridden and the sounds from the other cells offered no respite. Although the bottle was still tightly in his hand the effects of the rum seemed to have worn off too. IMAG3911 by Phadeout, on Flickr One week earlier, very late, Nova Terelli, general environs of the Rattled Sabre rum bar. "Nacho, my young friend, there is no need to walk me home, go back and join the others, Alejandro will need someone help him carry Hideo home unless I am much mistaken and I only have a little way to go." "Even more reason to see you to the door Roldolfo, Alejandro can wait for a few more minutes if he wants, these streets aren't the same after dark, no matter how many guards Mayor Fontonajo has enlisted". Walking home (i) by Phadeout, on Flickr "Nacho, seriously, just go will you I c.... wait did you hear that?" Walking home (ii) by Phadeout, on Flickr "Damn, but you have good hearing for an old man, nevermind it can be more fun to watch them squirm, unless they try and run that is, what do you think, Nacho?" "It is you Mia, I thought so, so Don Gonzalo has finally woken up. I suppose it was always going to happen. I only have one question, are we to be the example or will Alejandro's head be joining ours on the de la Calle mantel?" "Shrewd as always Nacho, Alejandro is to live for now, he is to be ruined and robbed of his friends but we will not see him dead yet... unfortunately time waits for no one and yours is ended now, and el viejo too, it is nothing personal you understand, only ever business". "Only ever business Mia" Walking home (iii) by Phadeout, on Flickr "How disappointing, I thought you would have lasted a little longer - I suppose time in these islands has let you go soft. Goodbye Nacho." Walking home (iv) by Phadeout, on Flickr "Wait Mia, you can send a message to my father instead, I would like to speak with him face to face" "Alejandro!, not now." Walking home (v) by Phadeout, on Flickr "Sorry Mia, I can't let you kill them and I don't think you can kill me, so I think your time is up here." "Another time then, you young fool." Walking home (vii) by Phadeout, on Flickr A nearby pier, several minutes later after a chase through the streets IMAG3920 by Phadeout, on Flickr "Looks like you've gone the wrong way Mia, can we stop this now? I need to talk to my father and explain my choices - I don't want to be at war with him." "Thieves often want to make amends once they've been caught - we didn't hear from you for months and yet the second weapons are drawn you want to be friends again." "Be reasonable, what other choice do you have? I know you aren't going to kill me, we can end this feud before it gets going and all do well from the opportunities here." Mia, throws her sword, somewhat theatrically away - the onlookers who are gathering see it hit the water. IMAG3924 by Phadeout, on Flickr The onlookers can't see clearly past Alejandro and the barrels placed along the edges of the pier All of a sudden they hear her scream and fall back into the water - surely the man in black hasn't just stabbed her in cold blood they think, they had all seen the sword go into the water. What they couldn't make out was Mia stepping forward and cutting her side on Alejandro's sword before screaming and falling back into the water. They missed the wink she threw him too.. IMAG3925 by Phadeout, on Flickr IMAG3929 by Phadeout, on Flickr The commotion has drawn one of the watchmen, the onlookers quickly tell him what they have seen as Alejandro stares in disbelief into the water. IMAG3934 by Phadeout, on Flickr "Sir, throw down your weapon and come with me" "She isn't dead, she is tricking you all, she faked the whole thing." "I can see her blood on the pier, you need to throw down the sword and come with me - right now" IMAG3942 by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro, too stunned to argue further, moved back down the pier to eventually arrive at the Nova Terelli jail - held on suspicion of murder. IMAG3937 by Phadeout, on Flickr Now, Nova Terelli jail IMAG3916 by Phadeout, on Flickr "Nacho, I told you he would be alright, see he isn't even in the chains, this is easy street..." "Viejo, now isn't the time for your jokes - Alejandro are you ok? We only recived word we could visit you this morning - they wouldn't even admit to holding you here at first." "Don't worry Nacho, I am alright, they feed me and give me rum, the rats aren't too chatty though and I don't think that guard has smiled since I got here." "You don't need to pretend, we know the reputation of this prison, people die here waiting for trial. We aren't going to let this go on." "There is nothing you can do - I will be tried before too long, I'm certain they will find me innocent - they have no real proof". "All the more reason to let you out Alejo!" "Nacho - all I need from you is to take care of the business for me until I return" "Of course we will, but we will also try and find a way to get you out - we have a few ideas, the name of somebody who can maybe help us - or at least we can find Mia, if she isn't dead you can't have murdered her!" "Good luck my friends, but go now, I don't have long before dinner and the staff do insist we dress formally so I'll need to change." "I'm glad you can still joke Alejo, take care and remember you have friends who are trying to free you". They leave, Alejandro feels some hope for the first time in days.