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  1. 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.
  2. There is much to celebrate in Weelond on the island of An Holli. The new royal textile factory is opening, and several MCTC dignitaries have arrived to see the factory in person. Additionally, the mayor of Weelond, Willem Guilder, has just been appointed governor of the island. Governor Guilder (he likes how that sounds!) hosts his guests at his new residence. The governor’s mansion is a simple 2-story affair with an entrance portico and a kitchen off the southern wing. A statue and fountain grace the front lawn. A stone path around the north wing leads to a garden in the back. Small access hatches in the cupola allow access to the widow’s walk along the top of the roof. Here Governor Guilder greets the mayor of Nova Terreli, Román Esteban Fontonajo, and his lovely wife Marietta. Fontonajo was instrumental in getting the royal factory built in Weelond, and Guilder is quite grateful. Eslandola’s Secretary of State, Guy K. Wyndzon, leader of the Merchant’s Colonial Trading Company, discusses matters with the mayor of Bardo, Colonel Oystridge. Rumor has it that the colonel may soon be named governor of the island of An Toli. Guilder needs to let the colonel know that the position comes with no upgrade in pay beyond the continuing mayoral duties, but the title does look nice on the letterhead. Guy’s uncle has wandered onto the lawn and started yelling at the statue of the Eslandolan explorer who discovered An Holli more than 50 years ago. Perhaps Guy’s uncle knew him before he was a statue? Regardless, the other guests steer clear of him… A view of the house unobstructed by the fountain: Here's how the grounds look to anyone who might fly over in a phlogisphere... Many thanks (and apologies) to Kai NRG, Elostirion, and Sir Stig for use of their characters. I hope my versions of their characters is close enough for government work!
  3. Previous part: A gift from MAESTRO for the new King After gifting the gifts to the officials of Breshaun and providing the Cider Shop with new provision, the "Prince of Stedor" sailed a bit further. After a few hours sailing from Breshaun, the "Prince of Stedor" entered a small bay and joined some other vessels laying for anchor. All of them Eslandolan... Once anchored, some small rowboats were heading of the ship. Lord Maximilian Damaximus was overwatching the arriving rowboats. He clearly heard two voices mocking eachother. Sir Edward Thomas Wilkinson de Chauncourtois was laughing with the new haircut of the young Guy K. Wyndzon. In the third rowboat, Viceroy Renato Filamento was listening to the two others, while his eyes were focused on Lord Maximilian. They will never be best friends since he had a crush on princess Margot for such a long time. But he had to put his pride away, politics was much more important than a lovestory.... Inside the "Prince of Stedor", the guests and Maximilian started drinking applecider. Even they all were rivals, there was a good atmosphere. After some good laughs, Renato bounced his hand on the table. R: "Let's start the discussion" M: "indeed, so we all agree I may assume, as you all made the effort to come to here" All: "aye" G: "Perfect, so how are we doing it? We can't ask if he steps down..." E: "No, indeed, I fear it will be throug military actions" R: "We can't attack those bloody royalists on the old continent, they are too strong there. If we want to make a chance, we will have to take control over the New World settlements." M: "last time I saw the New World capital, it was filled with guards" G: "I can take care of that. Money does a lot... But we still need other soldiers as well..." M: "You see "Margot"? 80 Elite MAESTRO Soldiers are in it, as well with 40 reserve soldiers" R: "120 men? Where in Hades Realm found you them?" M smiled E: "So no actions in the Old World?" M: "Considering your power in the old world, I would propose ot keep you army stand-by. You never know if we need them. Guy, you have to take care of the diplomatic consequences of our actions. If I am right, you are going to Mardier soon. I hope your visit will be fruitfull and you will find allies there..." R: "So then we all know what to do..." All: "Long live Eslandola!" After the two Tradelords and the Viceroy disembarked, Maximilian went to his Cabin and looked to the maps of the New World. Soon he will give orders to his army. If everything goes as planned, Eslandola will become a true powerfull nation again. Provision: Elysabeth and Tomvaximus MAESTRO Explorer Jan Zwartbaard Bow Middle ------------------- C&C welcome! She will be licenced as a Class 5 T2. With some minor modifications, she can easily be a Class 5HA as well. Maybe when the class 5+ classification is known, she will be classified as a class 6... Licence chart: MAESTRO ESL: 0 (2 shares) MAESTRO COR: 50 (1 share) Maxim: 150 (3 shares) Legostone: 100 (2 shares) TitusV: 50 (1 share) Tomsche: 50 (1 share)
  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.
  5. Captain Cornelius Reyngout was relieved to get a second chance. Released from Bloody Bill’s capture when the Corries paid Bloody Bill’s price for the Heart of Eslandia, Capt Reyngout feared the MCTC would blame him for the loss of the ship. But the lack of proper escort was deemed the problem, and Capt. Reyngout’s reputation was intact. With the activation of the Heart of Eslandia’s sister ship, the Prince Fernando, Capt. Reyngout was once again in command of an elegant, large trader. The Prince Fernando, built back in the youth of the Eslandola king, honors him with a royal crest on the main foresail and a princely figurehead on the bow. And with normal canvas sails that are not blood-red like on the HoE, the ship looks less Corrie-ish than its now Corrie sister ship.
  6. This is my 3rd FB, so Approvals from Corrington, Oleon and Sea Rats is most welcome. The Musician Fair had been a success in all regards, except for the garden in front of the Town Hall. The Town Hall was situated close to the northeast dock entrance, and was Victor Servadacs most elaborate building so far, closely followed by the restoration work on the church. Colonel Oystridge was looking forward to greeting people here. Lanterns makes it cozy to work long hours. And the flags are finally starting to appear. The 1st floor is packed with influences Victor gathered from Oleon architecture, but not without an Eslandolan twist. The door, made of sturdy wood from Salida Este, gives off a solid and pleasant knocking sound. And a fountain is situated in front of the building. Perfect for cooling down after some hard weeks of binge drinking singing and dancing. The inside is ready to be filled with furniture. There was even some spoils left after the fair.
  7. Captain’s Log, 6 April 616, Bastion: It pains me to report on the events April 2nd. We had completed calls on Bardo and Breshaun, and the run had been a magnificent maiden voyage for the Heart of Eslandia; it was truly a golden run! But before we reached our final port of call, Prinport, we were intercepted by ships under the command of Bloody Bill the Pirate. First, Scavenger attacked La Raenette. Our escort, Travao, interceded, but Scavenger was able to initiate a boarding action and forced Travao’s surrender. Now without escort, I ordered the flotilla to take line formation behind Heart of Eslandia. Unfortunately, Scavenger had the weather gage, and she was able to grapple with us. It was Scavenger’s second boarding action of the encounter, but my crew of merchantmen were no match for Bloody Bill’s hardened gang of sea rats. We fought as best we could, but eventually I had to surrender the vessel to save the remaining crew. La Raenette was eventually taken by Little Scavenger; only one of the ships in our flotilla got away. As I and what is left of my crew sit in a cold, dirty cell on Bastion, I can only hope that Bloody Bill’s ransom demands are met, and that we can soon return to Nova Terelli. I know the ship owners will be disappointed in the loss, but there was nothing we could have done. Perhaps the MCTC leaders will see fit to provide more escorts on future runs. These seas have become overrun with pirates. We must arm ourselves and take back the sea lanes. -Captain Cornelius Reyngout Post Script: April 12th. The ransom has been paid, but by Corrington! I am to sail the Heart of Eslandia one last time to deliver her to her new owner. Then the crew and I will make our way to Nova Terelli, where I will have to hope the MCTC is willing to give me another command.
  8. With the demise of the class 2WR sloop Lady of Madrice in Hurricane Stepho (or was it at the hands of L’Olius in combat? Reports differ), the MCTC called up her sister ship, the class 2A Lady’s Revenge, commanded by Captain John “Jack” Merker, to active duty. Sporting six cannon and two swivel guns, she is well armed for escort duty or privateering. Unlike her sister ship, Lady's Revenge sports two cannon on the fore deck. Here Captain Merker takes the helm while his crew work the guns in anticipation of future action. What action will Captain Merker and the Lady's Revenge find this month as they sail the Sea of Storms?
  9. Thanks for looking - here is my fourth FB of the month, please feel free to approve if you aren't Eslandolan. I will be licensing as a small commercial in Nova Terelli Alejandro's Office Settled into his new office Alejandro has begun to think of extending the reach of his burgeoning empire, as tales of exploration and adventure fill the taverns of Nova Terelli Alejandro begins to imagine himself carving out a slice of the action on undiscovered shores. Maybe if the Fénix's next trading run proves profitable he might be able to afford another ship to quest for new lands to claim in the name of the MCTC, Eslandola and Alejandro de la Calle, although not necessarily in that order............ Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (i) by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (ii) by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (iii) by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (iv) by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (v) by Phadeout, on Flickr Alejandro's Office, Nova Terelli (vi) by Phadeout, on Flickr
  10. Here is the church: And here is the steeple: I got a little busy, so I don't have the inside and the people ready yet. But I have some of the furniture ready.
  11. To the outsiders, the Merchant’s Colonial Trading Company may look like a profit grubbing organization, but in reality, we’re interested in a lot more than just money. And Eslandian culture is one of those things that is high up on our priority list. That’s why, every year, we sponsor a recurring Musician’s Talent Fair. Come on over to Bardo and join in the fun! Rules: Your entry must showcase a musician performing for the Musician’s Talent Fair. Your entry must be located in Bardo (post in the Bardo settlement thread). You must provide a link to your entry below. You must submit your entry by the 25th of March, 12:00 PM, your time zone. Your entry must measure 8 studs in width and length. There is no height restriction. Your entry may only have a minimal (2 stud) overhang. Only one prize maximum will be awarded per entrant. Prizes will be paid in April, not March. We’re looking for quality, not quantity, so you may only submit a maximum of two entries. You must be a BoBS member to participate, but you can belong to any faction. Prizes: A panel of judges, including the leader of MCTC and the mayor of Bardo, will judge all entries and choose a select number of favorites to be exhibited on the front of this year’s Musician’s Talent Fair Paper. One winning entry with be awarded 20 DBs. The best MCTC entry will be awarded 20 DBs as well. Every entry chosen for the newspaper will be awarded 2 DBs.
  12. The City Gate of Bardo is fitted with a tower where the guard greet visitors. And a bell, in case of raiders.
  13. Capitan Alonzo, late of the Royal Army of Eslandola, now found himself in the employ of the Merchant’s Colonial Trading Company. When agents of the MCTC discovered the island of Ferro Azure in February of 616, the MCTC quickly established the settlement of Salida Este to secure their claim. Capitan Alonzo was tasked with fortifying Salida Este and protecting its anchorage. Protecting the settlement itself should be a simple matter of building a palisade, and so he assigned several men to this task and then turned his attention to the trickier task: finding a suitable location for his artillery battery to command the harbor. Alas, at this early stage, he had only one cannon for such a battery, but such were the conditions so far from home at the far end of the world. Scouting locations on the heights above the harbor, Capitan Alonzo and his men found a spot that offered a clear view of the harbor while maintaining excellent defensive cover. After a few weeks of hard work, they had cleared the trees, leveled out a gun platform, and built defensive earthworks. Powder and shells were in place. Capitan Alonzo was pleased with the progress of his men. More guns would be needed in the future, but this was a good start. *** About the uniforms: Capitan Alonzo still wears the golden armor and morion of his Royal command. His MCTC militiamen wear sleeveless buffcoats over green shirts, and their morions are of blackened steel.
  14. In Central Bardo Instruments have been hard to come by around Bardo since the Musician's Talent Fair was announced. So one member of the local militia built a frame and borrowed a Sea Rat from the Jail. The sound isn't the best, but's it's fun to play! My entry for the MTF! The road was inspired by one of Kai's recent builds. C&C welcome!
  15. Captain Log: February 1 616 We weighed anchor and moved out of Terelli's grand harbour as dawn rose. The Queen of Terelli, our warship escort, had already pulled out ahead and heavily laden for goods we headed east under favourable winds to make our fortunes in Nova Terelli. The three ships, the Cotton Lady, the Golden Snake and the Fénix are shown below. Check out further installments to see how the voyage progressed. Leaving Terelli 3 by Phadeout, on Flickr MCRA Results Feb16 by Phadeout, on Flickr Leaving Terelli 2 by Phadeout, on Flickr
  16. Willem Guilder was pleased with how his cotton plantation was progressing. With some early returns in hand, he could afford to open up additional acres for planting. So he set a team of men to clearing and plowing the land. *** This build expands on the earlier medium plantation found here, increasing it in size to a large plantation. Here is the new build by itself: And here it is combined with the previous build: In addition to the new sections, I added some stones to the road along the fence in the old build, as you can see better here: A close-up of the plow: And a resting worker with his scythe: I think the plowed rows in the field worked out ok (although I did get some glare off the slope pieces I used in one of the photos). All feedback welcome!
  17. Aaron van der Meede is a young lawyer, recently graduated from the University of Terreli. Working for an established attorney, Aaron was tasked with finding a suitable plot of land in the islands for a plantation for a wealthy client. Aaron did some research and then sailed to An Holli. There the young lawyer fell in love with a world he had never imagined. The lush countryside intoxicated him with an enthusiasm for life. Aaron quickly completed his task, finding a suitable plot for the client’s future plantation and sent word back on a fast ship. But Aaron did not return to Terreli to deliver his findings in person. Aaron could not imagine ever going back. The islands were where he belonged. He scouted the town of Weelond for a suitable place to set up shop. In the warehouse district he found what he was looking for. He found a small private warehouse with available space on the second floor. The building was a bit older than others around -- the stone walls were no longer whitewashed, and the roof was made of wooden planks, not the red tiles seen almost everywhere – but the building was sound, and the location was good. The second-floor space was really nothing more than a small apartment, but he could make it into an office. Aaron quickly found the proprietor and they came to an agreement for the young lawyer to rent the space. Aaron borrowed a ladder and literally put out his shingle. And the fates clearly approved of the young lawyer’s decision. Before Aaron even had a chance to furnish his office or send for his books, a prospective client saw his sign and came up the stairs. Aaron had his first client, surely the first of many. *** One of the things I wanted to do with this build was play with the roof technique. I think I'd adjust how I did it next time; feedback on it is appreciated. I planned on doing an interior, but I wasn't particularly happy with how the wall panels looked from the inside, and I wound up stealing the tiles I used on the floors for another build.
  18. For your viewing pleasure a stripped down entry. Showcasing the outstanding vocal talents of Esmeralda Escobar and the heart-wrenchingly beautiful piping of Tomasito. As with all their performances it has all gotten a bit much for one of the audience who is proposing marriage through his tears. But Esmeralda sings for a man who went seeking his fortune out beyond the discovered islands and cares not for the attentions of "tired and emotional" sailors. Musician's Build by Phadeout, on Flickr The full build with the place looking a bit livelier is going to be a freebuild I'll put up later. I had so much fun building this I decided to expand the idea into a small tavern.
  19. By limiting the number of entries, you leave me no choice. I present for the Musician’s Talent Fair… The Amazing Amadeus and his One-Man Band When the Amazing Amadeus heard of the MCTC music festival, he knew he must be there for his many fans. He and his partner, Ludwig, packed their gear and caught the first ship for Bardo. Once there, they were barely onto the street beneath the festival banners before they were mobbed by their adoring fans. Mrs. Hendriksen is here. It’s one of the highlights of the year for her! Another fan waves as the band marches by. As Ludwig marches down the street playing the bagpipes, bugle, drums, and cymbals simultaneously, Amadeus works the crowd. Here one of their young fans shows his appreciation. Amadeus figures this gig will pay well. It should keep him in bananas for quite some time.
  20. This is my fifth free build of the month, so approvals and critiques are most welcome. * * * It had been some time since Captain Cornelius Reyngout had spent any time back on the mainland, but he had been summoned to Terreli. After meeting with Guy Wyndzon, he had his orders. Reyngout departed the MCTC headquarters, out into the busy street, and headed for the docks. The MCTC had acquired a ship that had been decommissioned from the Eslandola navy. She was a beautiful ship, but of an earlier generation, and the time for her military service had come and gone. But she was of solid construction and had many years of service left in her, if she could find the right service. And the MCTC thought she was perfect for the merchant service. Now completely refurbished, the Heart of Eslandia would sail again. Cleared of the extra guns and large crew of a warship, she now sported a large cargo hold, 5 guns in each broadside (and could add two chasers to the bow if needed), and was one of the speediest ships around. Reyngout thought her name very appropriate, as trade was the lifeblood of Eslandola, and the ship still sported its blood-red sails from its fighting days. And the name Eslandia referenced the historic tone poem dedicated to the Eslandolan ideal. Capt. Reyngout’s orders were to take her to the Eslandolan colonies, display the pride of the MCTC merchant fleet, and drum up financial support from MCTC members so that she may be licensed and enter revenue service next month. Bow detail: Stern decoration retained from her fighting days: Some detail shots of the cleared decks:
  21. This is my 3rd Free Build. Approvals will be accepted with gratitude, and critique met with an open mind ;) Colonel Oystridge was greeted by Victor Servadac, as soon as he arrived on An Toli. "Colonel, it's an honor to meet you. I have been hard at work, getting others to work, and the surgeons office is ready to move in. Only needs some furniture. And, ah, well... a surgeon." Victor explained to the Colonel. "Good, good. I have contacted my old army surgeon. A most effective man. Soon no one have to fear for their life working in Bardo. The odds for survival will be here. We'll use cloth from the factory, and we need a wagon from Wilfredo's" "This calls for a celebration. Cigar?", offered the colonel. "Yes, please. I've heard it's good for your health.", Victor accepted. The White Glove Order ornament turned out alright, I think. Inside needs a little more work, but the need for a surgeons office was dire, so it will have to do until the surgeon arrives (last day to submit february fb's). What category would this be? Artisan does not feel quite right, but commerce doesn't either. I guess artisan will be the closest?
  22. This is my fourth free build of the month, so approvals and critiques are most welcome. * * * Even though Weelond is still too small of a town to gain any immediate benefit from properties in the hinterlands of An Holli, Weelond’s new mayor knew that that time would come. Additionally, Willem Guilder was a company man for the MCTC through and through. So, to take advantage of the MCTC’s cotton monopoly, Guilder bought some prime land not far from town and set up a medium-sized cotton plantation. The growing season is apparently surprisingly short, as his workers are already busy picking cotton! Once the crop comes in, he plans on expanding the plantation even more. * * * I am ineligible for the rebates offered for building and licensing properties in Weelond this month, so the rebates are still available. The next two properties licensed in Weelond in February by MCTC members who have not previously built in Weelond will get 2db back (from me). Additionally, at the end of the month, I'll award an extra 3db to the best non-residential property licensed in Weelond. The citizens of Weelond are particularly in need of artisan’s shops!
  23. Welcome to Wilfredo's Wagons, the only best wainwright in Bardo! Run by Wilfredo and his son, it's the only finest place to buy a wagon in Bardo! This shop is set up to be modular, so hopefully i can build a whole street of shops! C&C Welcome!
  24. The food shortage on Bardo have left the town storage empty. While waiting for shipping bright minds within the WGO had the idea of renting out small spaces to individuals, allowing them to travel to other places in these hard times. Having the opportunity of leaving their belongings behind also gave them a reason to return, when the crisis passes. For a small fee, that in turn gives the town means to import food until their own production is up and running. Marcel Penidãs, a robust man well into his thirties, had worked at docks his whole life. He was to be in charge of handling the daily business. With direct access to the sea and a crane, his workload was less than before and the was pay a little bit better. His first customer was a young man that were going to seek his fortune as a sailor after being dismissed at the textile factory, due to an accident that had ruined his depth perception. To reassure people that their goods was safe, the city watch had dispatched a cannon and assigned guards to watch the entrance day and night. Comments: This build draws heavy inspiration from 6244 Armada Sentry, but I hope I have made enough changes so that is not a problem. The two openings towards the back of the roof is intended for a future city wall extension, and the reason it is offset of the baseplate is that I intend to raise the main level of the city using a 2 cm plate of wood (2 brick height). I took this pictures at the same time as my first free build and the challenge entries, and am aware of the hard shadows. I got some good advice from Dr_Spock (here, and Gideon was kind enough to share his photo setup-up (here, that I will try to replicate as best I can for my next builds (without the tripod unfortunately).
  25. Colonel Oystridge sat in his office in the Officer Quarter on Weelond. He had just finished a map of the island where he found Orbinson and Mercredi, drawn by a local cartographer for his coloring book. "Hmm, I wonder where I put my cigars... Did I bring them from the ship? Let's see, last I had them..." He had not completed his line of though before he heard a familiar knock. The knock of the order. "Come in!" It was Gilroy O’Dougahallahan, the keeper of the books. "Greetings, Colonel. I come with news from the order. Bardo is suffering from food shortage and bad morale. Your countenance are needed there." "Thats a shame. I have begun to like it here in Weelond. But I can't dismiss The Orders orders. Bad morale you say? Bad morale is bad for your health. They couldn't have just sent a letter?". "Sir, with all due respect, everyone knows that no one just writes the Colonel. You have a great deal of respect in the colonies, you know". "Well, I suppose. It would have been nice to get a letter once in a while though. I am going to forget how to read", he laughed merrily. "Not to worry, I am quite sure the people of Bardo won't notice." "That bad, is it? We will have to something about that. Well then, what are we waiting for? Would you mind taking my belongings to the docks and telling my ship not to unload the spices. I have a couple of friends I have to visit before we go", The Colonel asked. "Actually, there is a small house I wanted to do some research...". (Small house in Weelond) Well aware of which house Gilroy was referring to he replied: "That's an order. If you don't mind. We won't set sail until tomorrow morning". The Colonel had a knack for getting his way without making people feel repressed, and still carry his authority well. Often this involved just listening, not stressing and leaving some open time in his plans for people to do their thing. "Oh, well then, Certainly, sir, I'll see to it". Ooc: This build will not be licenced for quite a while, so the Majors bonus is still available. It is actually available if the MCTC or the settlement of Weelond wants to licence it. And there is a job opening for a new officer and gentleman Kai, I hope you don't me referring to your small house.