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  1. Elizabethville has grown considerably in the year and a half since it was officially founded. Though its position on an island made up primarily of plains has created a diverse growth of the island. Some people have build clapboard buildings, others have used stone or brick, while some are building log cabins for themselves and their families. Malcolm and Serena Otis are one such couple. They lived in the slums of Belson before they heard about the opportunity to settle in a new colony. They scrimped and saved every last penny, and eventually set sail for Elizabethville aboard the Soupfish. Now that they are here, they have claimed a farm and have built a log cabin from the trees they have cleared from the land. As the crops haven't come up yet, they are living off of the land. It isn't an easy life, but it is a better life than they had in Belson. Malcolm is off to try and get enough meat for the week, as Serena takes care of their one month old baby and collects herbs from the countryside. Note: I was in need of more residences in Elizabethville, and wanted to try my hand again at a log cabin. This one is much more stable than the last one, though it really wouldn't take a lot of handling well. Mesabi, I had planned an interior but in the end beams were attached inside that prevented a look at anything inside. Here is another angle:
  2. This thread encompasses all builds within Elizabethville and on the Corrington claimed island of Lacryma (unless in another settlement.) Settling the Island Growing Name: Elizabethville Ownership: Crown Location: Lacryma Mayor: Tom Mercer (SilentWolf) Trade Value: 114 Settlement Size 28 Who can own property in Elizabethville: Anyone Who can freebuild in Elizabethville: Anyone Map: To be released soon(ish) On the settlement of Elizabethville: Elizabethville is founded on the island of Lacryma which was discovered by Micah and the other members of the WETEC while searching for new islands to the East. They found there a friendly local tribe, and were informed that the island had many other tribes as well. The partners founded a horse ranch in the area near there discovery of a cave. This was the beginning of the settlement that is growing as new settlers arrive from all parts of Corrington and the brickworld. The geography of Lacryma is mostly pedestrian looking plains with plenty of trees scattered about along with a few small forests. There is no great harbor on the island, but several places to anchor a ship safely. Builds in Elizabethville, a level 2 Town: Properties to reach level 8 City Residences: 4 Factories: 4 Artisans: 4 Commerce: 3 Education: 0 Culture: 0 Other Licensed Builds: 14 Licensed properties (32): 1. Residence (4) Chief's Longhouse S-Licensed Captain's Residence S-Licensed On the Frontier S-Licensed Cole Family Residence S-Licensed 2. Factory (4) From all over they have come M-Licensed Micro Mill M-Licensed 3. Plantation (4) Horse Ranch (Including these two builds: Defending Horses against Pirates and Unexpected Attack) M-Licensed Ahoy, Fishermen! S-Licensed To Make Ends Meet S-Licensed 4. Mine (2) Mercury Mine (Hi, ho, quicksilver, away!) - Licensed 5. Artisan (4) Preservation of Food S-Licensed The Bittersweet Mug M-Licensed Tomahawk Makers Longhouse S-Licensed 6. Commerce (5) Trading with the Whole Village L-Licensed Founding a Colony M-Licensed 7. Education (3) The Present Will Be History L-Licensed 8. Art and Culture(2) The Art of Horses and War M-Licensed 9. Forts (2) Fort di Legno M-Licensed Other Mocs (2) Where Only the Strange Men Go... The First Election We have found gold! Letters to be written (Please help me out by posting a link to your Elizabethville builds in this thread as well as what category they are licensed as.)
  3. Micah is in his office in Elizabethville, where he has been residing since his expedition to Cascadia. Recently, he received a letter from Rear Admiral Fletcher regarding some news personally affecting Micah. Micah felt it necessitated a reply. To her Royal Majesty, Queen Annetta, Sovereign of Corrington, Balondia, and Her Majesty's Colonies, and to Rear-admiral S. Fletcher in her majesty's service. My father, Lord Alexander, was granted his rank and lands from the crown due to his heroic actions and valiant service to the crown during the 49 Years War. I have longed desired and strived to serve my country with as much vigilance and honor as he had. I am profoundly humbled that her Majesty and her officials think so highly of the services I have thus far rendered to the crown by bestowing the title of Knight of the Order of the Compass Rose. I intend to not falter in my efforts to serve her Majesty, and look forward to many years of faithful service should I be granted them. Long live the Queen, Sir Micah of Wolfhaven Owner of Wolf's Equine, Trade, and Expedition Company He also was writing a letter to his business partner Arthur Kellogg in Arlinsport. Dear Mr. Kellogg, I hope this letter finds you well and business continuing to improve. Based on the extensive amount of work to be done here in Elizabethville, and the massive amounts of new land to be explored to the East, including Cascadia, Celestia, and the surrounding isles, I will not be returning to Arlinsport for quite a few months. As I know you have extensive oversight of all our shipping, I feel my presence will not be detrimental to the company. You do have Charles there to aid you in any matter regarding the raising and pricing of the steeds sold from Arlinsport. I do want to remind you to put pressure on the shipwrights to finish refitting our three ships we have in dock plus the ship we committed to fund for the crown. Though I know that they have many ships to make and repair, I feel they are taking entirely too long to put our ships under sail. I hear that there will be a massive push in the upcoming months to trade between the various ports now that war has subsided in the eastern seas. We must press to have all our resources available to profit from this opportunity. I encourage you to make a visit to the headquarters of the East Terran Trade Company, which my estate is a member of, and ask for their help in pressuring any shipwrights who are uncooperative at refitting the ships we have in repair. Speak to the manager at the ETTC headquarters, Mr. Bartholomew Antonius. Greet your wife and children for myself and Elizabeth. Hansa and his lovely bride, Kahente, also wish to say hello and often ask about you, as is their manner. Yours truly, Sir Micah of Wolfhaven OOC: This build is serving the two fold purpose of in-character acknowledging my promotion in Corrington, and to increase my ship level maximum. It also leads into my next build posted here. An additional picture of just the furniture:
  4. SilentWolf Index

    Sir Micah of Wolfhaven, Knight of the Order of the Compass Rose, and primary founder of the WETEC Elizabeth, Micah's newlywed wife Captain George Knight, a former gentleman mercenary, one of the four cofounders of the WETEC and captain of the HMS El Bellos Captain William Chase, one of the four cofounders of the WETEC and captain of the Corrington warship HMS Whisper Arthur Kellogg, one of the four cofounders of the WETEC and in charge of all the WETEC's trade ships (Needs better photo) Caleb, one of the four cofounders of the WETEC and captain of the Flying Colt Charles, the rancher who manages all the horse trading for the WETEC out of Arlinsport (Need better photo) Hansa and his wife, Onondaga couple from Lacryma who have helped Micah in the past and have joined his expedition Hannah, also known as the lady in black, part of Micah's expedition due to acquaintance with Elizabeth, but not much else is known about why she has assassin skills List of Ships Owned:The Ant - Class 1 R M F C $ H 1 4 0 0 4 0 Flying Colt - Class 3 R M F C $ H 3 2 2 1 4 3Alexander - Class 3 R M F C $ H 3 4 1 1 4 2Pinto Filly - Class 4 R M F C $ H 4 4 1 1 5 3Don Obello - Class 5 R M F C $ H 4 4 5 3 2 3Octavia - Class 5 (unmocced)Soupfish - Class 4 (unmocced)Nightmare - Class 2 (unmocced) Sub-Character is mayor of Elizabethville, on Lacryma
  5. Animals

    Hello! Recently I have decided to enter a contest over on Flickr, the Colossal Battle Contest in the group LEGO War. One of the categories is Beasts of battle, and I was wondering if anyone had ideas/techniques of how to build cool animals that might fit that theme. I already have one entry done, but I still want to hear some ideas and learn some new techniques to apply in other builds as well. I hope this topic will help others too, because I know that animals and beasts are often rather difficult to realistically represent in LEGO brick form. Thanks everyone!
  6. Been having fun with my Nexo Knights, some knock-off Dinosaurs and Legend Beasts, some real Lego Legend Beasts and a random Mixel. I thought it'd be fun for each knight to have an animal steed instead of vehicles. What kind of things would you like to see in Nexo Knights? Anybody else found any cool knock offs online that you wish were part of the franchise?
  7. Previously... The Curious Case of the Bottled Message - Bregir The Lost City of Gold, Part 1 - Ayrlego Mysteries on Cascadia Part 1 and 2 - Bregir The Lost City of Gold, Part 2 - Ayrlego (Part 3 follows after my build) Micah, Montoya, and Colonel Allcock continued up the river in search of the large lake, using as their guide Montoya's curious letter from the bottle. and the Eslandolian Marderian map that Colonel Allcock had acquired at no small sum. Though they were chilled by the evidence that the Eslandolian's had been slaughtered here, they had no intention of turning around. Micah did not trust the Mardierian officer's account at first, but the evidence has been leading him to realize that there are unscrupulous men (and women) in all nations. Times of war seem to bring out the worst in them. It was not that long ago that Mardier had tried to take Micah's life. If it had not been for the secretive Hannah, he would surely not be on this boat today. What does that lady do? How does she do it? Micah pushed all these other concerns out of his mind and returned to vigilantly scanning the foliage for any hostile party. The party was quite large due to the three groups converging on this single quest. However, it is never good to let your guard down due to sheer numbers. The journey continued for several days without incident. They did see signs of large cats, but never caught a glimpse of them. Occasionally, one would be heard at night. The women did not seem too thrilled about the cats being that close, but they attempted not to show it. Upon finding the lake, a small camp was set up. It was decided a few of the soldiers would stay behind to guard the boats, but the rest of the party would continue on into the highlands. Following the map and the letter, the Corrington party arrived at the base of one of Cascadia's many gorgeous waterfalls. Per the sources, there is a cave and passage behind the waterfall. After a small amount of searching, it was determined that a small path on the right side of the falls was the most likely route for access. It was not easy going as some places were suitable only for mountain goats. Following the path, they spied a small opening behind the fall, but definitely not outside its mist. Alas, the information was true! Behind the opening was a small cavern safe from the treacherous footing and the powerful mists of the falls. The party decided to leave a guard along the path and bring all the supplies with them through the falls. Of course, this was also not an easy feat. Once in the cavern, Montoya and Colonel Allcock began following the written and drawn directions for navigating the pathways inside the mountain. Micah made sure that the entire party made it through the falls and down the right passageway. It appeared that some advanced race of people had widened and secured these corridors and caverns. One could only imagine what kind of people these were. After following the corridors for about an hour, they saw light up ahead. Hurrying along, they exited the mountain to brilliant sunshine, and a glorious site. The mountain descended quickly on this side to a valley nestled in the mountains. The view was unobstructed for an extremely long ways. In the distance, they saw a large city sprawling out. It was too far to tell what kind of city it was, but it must indeed be the place they are looking for. The letter and the map were also in agreement to this conclusion. ___________ We all ran out of time on this collaboration so unfortunately it isn't as fleshed out as we would have liked. (I somehow thought I had until Wednesday to finish.) Though this is the beginning of Corrington's exploration of Cascadia with its mountains and big cats, which Lego has been so gracious to release this summer. As the challenge simply stated that we could have up to three builds, I am going to have to settle with just one build this time around. My computer is working on a better render of the front view so I will add that once I have it complete. For more pictures, see below.
  8. Micah and Elizabeth have arrived safely on Lacryma thanks to Hannah and her work. There is much to be seen by them since Elizabethville (named of course after Micah's one love) has grown a lot while Micah was away. 2nd Lieutenant Anthony Bolton and Mayor Tom Mercer have worked hard at keeping the settlement orderly and growing. The new settlers arriving from other parts of the Brick Seas have quickly settled in to make their own way in this land. The relationships with the natives have proven to be very amicable and trade with Chief Otetiani and the Onondaga people has continued. There are rumors that some of the other tribes are upset over the Onondaga's success but as of today those rumors do not seem founded. On this mid-morning, Ensign David and Hanska were leading Micah and Elizabeth to an Onondaga village for a meal and trade discussions. They are accompanied by one of the light cavalry and Hanska's bride of less than two months (moons). Micah always suspected the two of them would get together. As they rode along, the party passed a windmill which Ensign David told them had been constructed by the Ruysch brothers. They had settled on the island from Varcoast. Hubert had brought along his wife and daughter and the four of them ran the only grist mill on the island. It was a very busy business but lucrative. Here are some close ups and different angles of the build. Builder's Note: I have found that a baby crawling around has hindered my time available to build with my bricks. Thus the several projects I was working on in bricks have stalled out. I decided to instead do some LDD builds as I had the time for that and I didn't have to worry about the baby eating a brick or two. This is the result of my attempt at the first factory in Elizabethville. The outer dimensions of the build are 91x94. The windmill sits on 16x16 with some overhang of the blades and guide. The warehouse is about 20x40. I am licensing it as a medium factory since the footprint of the buildings take up 1056 studs. C&C welcome. P.S. The windmill is modeled after this one, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/15/Goliath_Poldermolen.jpg even though it is not a grist mill. I am sure in BoBS it doesn't matter.
  9. Sailing east out of Arlinsport on the Soupfish, Micah, Elizabeth, crew, and guests have arrived at King's Port where they intend on topping off their supplies before their journey to Elizabethville. Hannah and her two students had not been a burden on the ship, mostly staying to themselves. At least that is what Micah heard. He and Elizabeth had also been mostly staying to themselves in the Captain's Cabin. At King's Port, most of those on board disembarked to walk around and shop while in the city. Micah had one business contact he was supposed to meet the following morning for breakfast, so Elizabeth and he strolled through one of the open air markets. The vendors sold everything from painted dolls, to inkwells, to freshly cooked meat. Micah was certain that he just saw the lady in black he had been seeing around Arlinsport. He had been seeing glimpses of her for the last several weeks. He had for the most part ignored it as they had been visiting many shops in Arlinsport prior to the wedding. Though now here in this market in King's Port? What Micah didn't know was that Mardier was worried that the WETEC would choose the Eslandolan side and provide them with war horses for cavalry and transports. In fact, he had not even considered choosing one side over the other. Rather, it seemed like business would be exceptional over the next several months. However, for Mardier, the Soupfish stopping in King's Port was a golden opportunity to cut the head off the WETEC and guarantee that they would not get involved. Micah didn't even see the blade coming. The lady in black, or as Elizabeth knows her, Hannah, was not so distracted. Her fan blade may appear beautiful, but it is also deadly, as the Marderian assassin found out. Fortunately, the guard on the roof above had also seen the knife at the last moment, vindicating Hannah of the charge of murder. Not that a prison would hold her long anyway... This is an entry for Eslandola as part of Challenge 5A. This was a fun build trying to pack the street with vendors and people, but I still had to see enough to get some decent pictures. It was inspired by my recent travel out of the country and visiting a market much like this. I also wanted to catch up on some story line and weave the lady in black into the party before we got to Elizabethville. There will be more of her in the future. Edit: I realized I missed the 600 post mile marker. Considering that when I joined BOBS last January, I had roughly 12 posts after a year on Eurobricks, I think I can safely blame BOBS for getting me more involved around here. I also did a grand total of 47 MOCs for BOBS last year which is more than I have done in any prior 5 year period of my life. I look forward to another year with you guys and gal(s)!
  10. 25 January 617 A.E. Wedding of the Owner of WETEC! What will the blissfully married couple do next with the WETEC expanding throughout the known world? Exclusive photo here at this paper! The marriage of Micah of Wolfhaven and Elizabeth Griffin was a success. It turned out flawlessly as one would expect when the marriage is between two large trading companies in Corrington. It was attended by the bride and groom's families, Mr. and Mrs. Griffin, their youngest daughter, Charlotte, Mrs. Sarah of Wolfhaven, her son, Alexander II, and daughter and son-in-law, Rebekah and Simon. Also in attendance were representatives of trading partners from Eslandola, Oleon, and of course key figures from Corrington. There was music of both the harp and the flute to be enjoyed while tasting apples, bananas, and chocolate danishes. It was a lovely day for the couple who it is rumored will be taking a boat ride to the eastern islands for their honeymoon. I haven't linked to it lately but HERE can be found a complete list of builds that were completed for BOBS and progress this storyline.
  11. Time: 18th of January, 617 A.E., one week prior to Micah and Elizabeth's wedding Location: The Griffin's residence in Arlinsport Elizabeth and Micah had been busy decorating the house for the upcoming wedding and preparing decorations that couldn't be placed out yet. Elizabeth had been acting worried most of the day, and finally she worked up the nerve to tell Micah why. "Micah, while you were away on your adventures I did something in secret that I feel you should know about prior to us being married." "What is it, dear? What did you do?" Micah asked trying to contain his concern. Sighing Elizabeth said, "It is probably best if I show you." She left the room and returned a few minutes later carrying several weapons which she placed on the dining table. "I went out and bought all these weapons, then I went to a local school and learned how to fence and shoot. The instructor said I progressed very well, and he recommended I go to another instructor, a lady named Hannah. She has been instructing me for the last 4 months. I wanted you to know before we got married that I had gone out and done such a very unladylike thing." Micah was relieved that this was the worst thing that she had on her mind one week before the marriage. "Elizabeth, dear, I do not find what you did offensive in the slightest. In the polite societies of Belson it may be said that ladies never learn the art of weaponry. However, in the unsettled lands to the East it is good for a woman to know how to defend herself. In fact, I know several women who have taken to exploring the lands to the East. I have even heard rumors that Queen Annetta practices with pistol in her living chambers. I am proud that you had taken the initiative in this, and only regret that my travels have prevented you from telling me prior to now." "There is one more thing. My instructor, Hannah, wishes to travel with us to the East after our marriage. She and several of her students wish to put their skills to work in the new settlements and islands. I told her that I would speak to you about that. I know the space is limited upon the Soupfish, but if it is possible I ask that we would accommodate them." "As friends of yours, I will consider your request most seriously. Now, in regard to our sailing east, we..."
  12. I've previously posted some of these but have now taken decent picture and added stickers. I think a new thread is deserved. They were all part of my Tie Rack for Brickvention 2017: So here we go. Mining Guild - added custom stickers Dalek Tie Rebels Wolf - added custom stickers Scooby Doo / Mystewry Machine Ectie 1 Classic Space Batman Steampunk ... More picks on Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/78271818@N00/
  13. Micah and Elizabeth were strolling through the public gardens of Arlinsport. It was a beautiful afternoon and they had some time to talk over their future. Charlotte was walking with them but had been distracted by some of the gorgeous flowers in the garden. It was planted with exotic plants from all over the world. Here there bright colors worked together to brighten the city. Micah and Elizabeth wandered to the gazebo that sat in the middle of the garden. Elizabeth: Can you believe that in less than a month we will be married? Micah: It does seem almost impossible to believe. This year has been so different from what we first expected. The explosion of new land for the growth of the nation and the subsequent growth of my company. I know it has been hard on you that I have been away so much with the exploration and supporting the founding of Elizabethville. Elizabeth: It has been hard. However, I am glad that this period is coming to a close. I look forward to traveling with you to see these new lands you tell me about. I particularly look forward to seeing the city named after me. I shall miss my family, but I look forward to the future. Micah: I believe you shall enjoy the people and places we will see over the next six months. At this time Charlotte, approached them. "Have you noticed the lady who is on the boardwalk above the terrace? She seems to be following and watching us. She might want to rob us!" Micah: "Don't be silly Charlotte! I am sure that widow would not have any reason to want to cause us harm." Charlotte: "How do you know she is a widow?" Micah: "Well she is wearing black in the middle of a warm day. Thus it would make sense that she is a widow." Elizabeth: "Whoever she is, she has done no harm to us. Even if she is watching us, there is no reason to think poorly of a person until we know more about them. Maybe someday we will meet her again and learn more about her." OOC: This build started as a gazebo for my Christmas village. I then decided to use it for a garden. I started with the 32x32 plate and then decided to add to it to bring it up to a total 2304 studs needed for a medium Arts and Culture build. The end was 2656 studs. I wanted to finish out the terraced section but I ran out of vegetation. Here is an overview of the build.
  14. Elizabeth's family and Micah were resting in the sitting room after dinner one evening. Primarily, they were discussing the upcoming wedding, but Mr. Griffin was ignoring the discussion and reading his newspaper. He suddenly outburst, "What have they done!? Have you heard the news of what these Eslandoleans have done, deposing their king? It is an outrage!" Micah looking over from the discussion of the wedding responded, "I heard about it this morning. I believe that they only laid down rules of leadership, not depose him." Mr. Griffin responded still excited, "This will cause financial loss and problems throughout the world! What are we going to do?" Micah, "I was planning on selling horses to the king to use in his free time." Mr. Griffin, " I think..." Mrs. Griffin cut in at this point, "Dear, we should really save this talk for another time. We are trying to finalize the last details of this wedding. Besides there is no need to cause such a disturbance over the newspaper. You and Charlotte should continue reading and we will return to our discussions." An overview shot of the build. It will eventually be licensed as a small residence in Arlinsport.
  15. Ever since the night the King of Eslandola had a visit in his bedroom, he has been very skittish. He decided his room was not as safe as he would like it and he moved into his mother-in-law's vacant bedroom. He spent the time hiding under the covers, and anyone who disturbed him had a nightcap thrown at them. This necessitated the servants having to run all over the city acquiring new nightcaps. Some he liked and some he despised. Who in their right mind brought the king BLUE nightcaps!? He threw every one of them across the room. However, one ended up on the beam above his mother-in-law's portrait. It sat there unmoved despite all attempts to knock it off with more night caps. It mocked him. He returned to hiding under the covers.
  16. The Grand Road of Nellisa runs for many miles. One of the difficulties of dirt roads is that when it gets wet, it turns to mud. The downside to mud is that when it is driven through it can create ruts that stay there even when the ground starts drying out again. It also creates a natural low spot that stays wet longer than other portions of the road. The Hendrick family has stopped prior to such a section of muddy ruts on their way to Pontelli. They are going there to sell some of the increase of their chicken flock this year, and pick up some needed goods. Mrs. Hendrick has prepared a picnic lunch for them that they are enjoying under a beautiful shade tree. Jerome Hendrick is enjoying chasing frogs that are living in the vegetation on the side of the road. There are other travellers on the road today who are not taking it quite so leisurely. Some are avoiding the ruts by walking around the muddy section. A courier is riding by on his horse. A gentleman is driving his carriage right through the ruts which fortunately are drying up at the present. A hunter is heading home with the game he procured this morning. Jerome on the other hand is learning that sometimes creatures in the vegetation are not always happy being bothered. One more view
  17. Introducing Mr. Mandamento, the leader of the Mafia of Charlatan Bay by right of inheritance by blood and power. His commands are unquestioned in the gang and respected in the Mafia in the world at large. His second in command, Mr. Rossi, oversees all the day to day operations of the gang and their business dealings. Mr. Mandamento: Mr. Rossi, call a meeting of all the overseers of our enterprises. We will meet at exactly 2:37 pm tomorrow. In the morning, the entire crew had assembled. Mr. Mandamento (at 2:37 pm precisely): I am glad you could all make it here today. I wouldn't have wanted to need to permanently exclude any of you in the future. As you have noticed, there has been an influx in various criminal gangs in Charlatan Bay over the course of the last several months. At first, I ignored it because what harm could a few children and miscreants do. However, their early successes have caused them to be emboldened. They believe that they rule the city despite that all they have done is squeeze a measly few pennies from a few poor souls. It is time that we show them that they do not rule Charlatan Bay. Rather, it is the Mandamento family and all who serve them who are the real rulers of all enterprises above the law. It was just nine months ago, that we relocated to Charlatan Bay that we might expand our business into both the newly discovered world and maintain our control on the Old lands without interference of those pesky kings and priests and lords. Here we are protected from any criminal investigations and can spread our enterprises without hindrance. Now we will assert our dominance on Charlatan Bay's underworld and guarantee that no one dares cross us in the future. Mr. Moretti, our accountant and planner, has prepared assignments for each of you. They reference what gangs you should seek out and how much you should demand they pay us. Use each of your specialties and make them pay if they do not do so immediately. Mr. Moretti Luka (Specialty: collecting money from those of wealth who may have acquired it illegally. Skill: fencing and dueling - purportedly he has won 17 duels in his life.) Tiberio (Specialty: blackmailing women of wealth. Skill: Magic tricks and kidnapping.) Bruno (Specialty: forceful seizure. Skill: his massive size and strength lend to terror and his brute force does not dissuade from this emotion.) Dante (Specialty: Delivering terror on those most hardened in crime. Skill: Assassinations and threats of the same.) Riccardo (Specialty: Distraction of targets and relaxation of Mafia. Skill: Music.) Mercede (Specialty: Cooking and cleaning. Skill: no known, primary job as Mr. Mandamento's niece is to maintain their dwelling and keep their kitchen stocked. There is rumor among others that she has killed up to 13 men in her life. No evidence has ever been seen even among the Mafia, but she does keep that knife in her belt at all times.) Marco (Specialty: Being a pain. Skill: Being Mr. Mandamento's bumbling nephew and Mercede's younger brother.) Mr. Mandamento: Luka and Tiberio open the vault and provide whatever weapons the various crews need to complete their missions. Marco: What weapons should I take, uncle. I may need a pistol, but I have my knife and mace and... Mr. Mandamento: None! What are you doing here? Go with your sister and make sure the cleaning and cooking are done. The men will be hungry tonight. Then lightening his tone: One day, you may lead the Mandamento family, but for now you must learn the business one lesson at a time. Obedience is the lesson today. Marco left joyfully for he shall be the boss soon; his uncle said so. At least, that is what he heard.
  18. It should be recalled that Alex, Henry, and Jimmy were "prospecting" and found what they believed to be gold. Despite their beliefs, it was determined that actually they had found quicksilver. Once they were told, they went around and informed everyone that they had discovered the largest mine of silver in the history of forever. Their fathers on the other hand, contacted the WETEC in regard to the discovery, and soon a mine was opened. The red cinnabar ore that contained the quicksilver was removed from an underground shaft, and carted to the surface. Here we see a wagon load being pulled by draft horses to the new factory on the outskirts of town. Inside the mine, they are about ready to push a new cartload out to the next wagon waiting to be loaded. Lanterns provide light for the workers. Here is an overview of the build.
  19. This challenge entry will have a lot of photos and text, so you are forewarned. There is a livery stable in Arlinsport on North Street. It was run by Henry the livery master, and his son Harry. Its ownership was held by the WETEC, though it was being transferred to Henry at a rate of 10% ownership per year that he oversaw the business. Today the trot of horse hooves on cobblestone stopped in front of the livery. It brought Henry to the door. Micah was informed by Henry that Elizabeth had arrived. He came out to meet her. Henry: "Harry get back to sweeping and quit trying to eavesdrop on the young lovers." Harry: "Father, the sawdust can wait..." But he was cut off by a stern look from his father. Micah: "It is great to see you, Elizabeth. You are as lovely as a filly in the spring." Elizabeth: "Thank you, Micah. You always do say the strangest and sweetest things. I have come to expect to hear some magnificent horse reference from you." Micah: "I could always stop if you wish me too." Elizabeth: "Not at all. Please carry on." Micah: "I definitely shall. What brings you down to the livery today?" Elizabeth: "I came to invite you to supper. We have many things to discuss in regard to our wedding in two months, and mother suggested if you came over we could spend the evening finalizing plans." Micah: "That sounds like a good idea. Let us go for a short walk down to the bakery." Right as they reached the edge of the livery, Micah slowed up. His left hand reached for his sword, starting it from its scabbard. Elizabeth: "What is wrong, Micah?" Micah: "I smell a rat." Stranger in the alley: "Greetings, sir. and fair woman. You wouldn't happen to be the one they call Silent Wolf and his fancy fiancee?" Stranger: "Let me introduce myself. I am Philippe the Intelligent." As he bowed deeply. "I hail from the fun town of Pontelli in the wealthy empire of Eslandola. I wish to give you something." Micah had drawn his saber, in uncertainty over this man's contradictions and uncertain motives. For though he was dressed as a gentleman, he spoke like a man who was not used to polite speech. Philippe as he advanced toward them: "I have a business proposition for you. It involves a great treasure that I know of that is sailing soon. It can be yours for a price." Micah: "Elizabeth, would you please go back to the carriage. I would like to speak to Philippe alone. I shall be there shortly." Philippe: "I know of a treasure fleet that is sailing under silence from the new islands back to the Old World. For a fee of 200 doubloons and a share of the end of the profits, I can tell you all I know including where the fleet will be travelling. All you have to do is intercept it and take the treasure for yourself. Imagine us being the richest friends in all of world." Micah always the analytical, skeptical, and thoughtful person, stayed silent. Philippe: "I can assure you my information is valid. I heard it directly from Major Woward Holowitz in Pontelli." Micah: "So it is an Eslandolian treasure?" Philippe gleefully: "Yes, yes it is." Micah: "I see. Well, let me send my fiancee off, then I will get you your payment inside." Micah: "Elizabeth, please tell your mother that I will be there at supper. I am sorry we cannot spend more time, but I have to take care of this business right now." Elizabeth: "I do not trust him." Micah: "Nor do I..." As soon as Elizabeth left, Micah and Philippe entered the stable. A saber swept from Micah's scabbard and planted itself against Philippe's throat. Micah: "Who are you really and what traitorous deeds have you committed? If you mean to do me harm by implicating me among the cutthroats that would start a war for money, I shall kill you where you stand." Philippe with a plaster smile: "I don't know what you are speaking about." Micah: "I know of Major Holowitz. As an officer in the Eslandolean army, he would not betray such secret information to someone who would sell it for profit. Even more if you were a man of honor, you would not stoop to such levels of selling out your own nation. No matter how well you dress I can tell you are not a gentleman." Philippe: "I will not tell you anything. How dare you challenge me, a wealthy man? Besides what does it matter to you. There are many others who paid the prices I set for such information and they will be very upset if I am injured in any way." Micah: "You are indeed not a man of honor. Henry and Harry, tie this man up in one of the empty stalls. We will find out what he knows. Any man who would sell out his own nation has evil plans afoot." Turning to Philippe, "You may have expected to make easy money today. However, there is one thing I cannot stand above all and that is a man of dishonor. No matter your station in life, you should carry yourself with integrity, honesty, and honor. You, sir, with your traitorous schemes have done everything that I would deplore.Even more I am a business man who trades throughout the world. Did you think I would cross Eslandola and risk putting my trade with them at risk? " After a while of questioning, Micah was able to get out of Philippe that he had indeed sold this information to others. Yet he would not reveal who he had sold it too, nor what their plans were. Philippe was convinced that they would let him go very shortly, in fear that these mysterious powerful friends would be too dangerous. Micah was not one to fear, especially in contrast to principle. Micah decided to let Henry have a try with the bullwhip. Philippe may be a criminal, but he is not a true spy. His tongue loosed very quickly when the whip began to play. Henry: "So it appears that he found out by overhearing Major Howitz being told about it. They were talking overtly loud and it became easy to eavesdrop. He followed the Major and was able to acquire more information using his particular set of skills, cat burglary." Micah: "Who has he sold this information too? Do they know the exact route?" Henry: "He said the fleet was supposed to be leaving Nelissa enroute to Terelli. They are supposed to sail past An Holli then meet additional escorts for the time they sail near the larger ports and shipping lanes. He has sold the information to the Order of Oleon, the kingdom of Mardier, and the factions within Garvey. Apparently Garvey intends to send a large vessel to intercept the fleet. It is presently stationed at their settlement on Alicentia." Micah: "Tie up our 'friend' and hand him over to the Eslandolean ambassador. Eslandola shall treat this traitor the way he truly deserves. Plus, they may find he has more information that is useful. Tell the ambassador everything we have found out so far. I will head to the docks and attempt to find a fast vessel heading east that can alert our settlements in Mooreton Bay, or King's Harbor. Maybe they can mount a defense against Garvey's vessel. I will also command the Soupfish to resupply and set sail as soon as possible. Perhaps it can reach our Eslandolean friends and warn them to alter their route. Then I have to get to supper to discuss wedding plans." Edit: Fixed some of the text, and added a photo I missed. To refresh on previous parts of the story, here is a link to all the builds I have done.
  20. A new artisan has opened in Elizabethville, and it has been the rave of the town. The WETEC has not allowed a tavern to be set up so far, in order to prevent drunkenness among the soldiers. Though there is no prohibition, they wanted to avoid the soldiers being able to spend their entire paychecks drinking each month. This new establishment has helped ease the tensions over the lack of a tavern. We had formerly seen the propietors, Joe and Josephine Black voting for the new mayor of Elizabethville, and since then they have been working hard to get the building finished and opened. Joe and Josephine Black decided to open an establishment that specialized in the delicacies from Cocovia. Here the residents can buy cocoa bars and coffee. It also provides a great location to meet and spend time with friends during the evening hours. The place is so popular that they are considering opening up the roof for additional seating in good weather. On rainy days, the shutters are dropped and the inside is the only available seating. They have also already hired a young lady to help serve. There is a new cocoa bar that is available that is processed with milk. It makes a lighter and sweeter tasting delicacy. Though it so far hasn't overtaken the cocoa bars in popularity. (Some rumors claim it was developed in Oleon, but every true Corrington citizen knows that it was developed by Corrington scientists on Cocovia.) Some even drink chocolate and claim it tastes wonderful, though coffee seems to be the preferred drink. Among the women, there is a tendency to add cream to the coffee makes it a tan color rather than its original black. Without further ado, here is the Bittersweet Mug. Bittersweet Mug An extra picture capturing the flat roof
  21. The WETEC has been expanding into the new islands. Part of the plan was to place offices and stables in strategic locations in order to expedite the delivery of horses to the new settlements. Elizabethville has begun to be the supplier of the horses in the new islands, but some are still being shipped from Belson and Arlinsport. The newest "office" the WETEC has been founded in Mooreton Bay. Though presently the "office" is simply a room in the residence of the manager, Mr. James Palmer. He and his wife are settling into their new home and responsibilities. They already have orders for 5 farm horses that they will soon be sending to Arlinsport for. They hope to receive more so they can get ahead of the needs on the island. This is intended to be a small residence in Mooreton Bay.
  22. Elizabethville has been growing in leaps and bounds. The efforts of the WETEC in enticing new settlers to the settlement has been paying off. They have seen an influx of people which has necessitated various industries and services. As any good Corrie would know, education was the key to progressing in the world. With this in mind, Micah had convinced Aaron Jenkins to settle in Elizabethville, and found its very first school. Due to the work needed to be done to settle the land, the class time is in the evenings. Schoolmaster Jenkins has set up a small classroom in the front of his house. During the day time, he has taken up his favorite hobby the most important discipline of recording the happenings of the present so that history will be preserved for the future. He has been several works in progress, including a history of the Corrington Empire. However, his newest work is tentatively titled A History of the Corrington Settlement on the Untamed Island of Lacryma in the Sea of Thieves and the Relations with the Natives There. (He is after all a true historian who would never use few words when more would suffice.) He intends to use this book in five years to teach the younger children. Today, he has been writing about the agriculture that has been taking place on the island. Feel free to open the pages of the history of Lacryma. Notes: This is going to be licensed as a large education build. The book was built as an entry to the Texas State Fair. The books measures 57x38 studs (just under 18x12 inches) with a height of 12 inches. This is by far my largest physical build. The log cabin was the second version attempted which proved far stabler than the one used in Those Smelly Pig Farmers... Oh Bacon! Here is an overview shot of the book. As always, complements, criticism, and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
  23. To review previous builds, check out this link, or to specifically follow Elizabethville, read here. The core of the WETEC is their extensive horse ranches and the sales of the best steeds anywhere. Lacryma has become the new headquarters with the wide open plains suitable for large herds of horses to be raised and trained. Though Micah owns the horse business, with the other four holding a share of the company, it was his father's vision that made their ventures profitable. Alexander of Wolfhaven, rest his soul, was an avid horsemen who bought and bred the best horses he could find. In his honor, Micah had commissioned a marble statue from Belson. Upon its completion, Micah had it loaded upon the companies newest ship, the captured war brig Soupfish. They sailed straight from Belson to Elizabethville. There the statue was placed upon the pedestal built for it. The dedication ceremony consisted of a military parade of all the troops who are being trained on Lacryma, as well as the 12 marines from the Soupfish. The cavalry are expected to be deployed soon to Prio to help end the stalemate that has taken place over the last several months. The divisions are mounted and ready for combat when called.
  24. Alex, Henry, and Jimmy's families each moved to Elizabethville from different parts of Corrington. Being around the same age they have quickly become fast friends. Recently, they have been out exploring around there new homes. Alex at 7 years old, heard some of the older boys talking about gold. He has decided they will find it. Borrowing a couple shovels and pick ax from their parents, they have found the perfect location to dig. Henry: My hands are getting sore. Are you sure the gold is down here? Alex: Of course this is where the gold is. Jimmy: I am super sore also. Do you want to take a turn shoveling all this dirt? Henry: I can't shovel, because I am watching for the gold nuggets. Jimmy: I could look for some gold nuggets. Alex: What do gold nuggets even look like? Henry: You guys are only 6, and I am 7. I know all about gold. I have to keep watching for the nuggets. We should be seeing one soon. Alex: I am almost 7! Then I can take a turn looking for the nuggets. Scrape, scrape, oof. Alex: What is this shiny rock? Henry: Let me see! He inspects it for a few moments, tapping it on the pick ax and holding it up to the sunlight. Henry: We have found the gold! We are rich! Jimmy: I can buy a toy soldier! Alex: I can buy a pony! Throw down the ladder. I want to come up and see our gold! I could pay someone to do my chores! Bouncing around excitedly, they continued to discuss what they were going to spend their gold on. Note: This is a prospecting build near Elizabethville. In a month, we will find out how knowledgeable Henry REALLY is about his gold nugget. Check out this link for previous builds regarding Elizabethville and the WETEC.
  25. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pigge had settled on Alicentia with their prized possessions. Harry, Mary, and Carrie were the best bacon producing hogs in all of Corrington. At least that was the belief of the Pigges. They have built a small plantation two miles from Mooreton Bay. Some of the residents were not pleased to have a smelly hog farm nearby. However, the Corrington love of bacon proved overall stronger than the disdain for the wind blowing from the wrong direction. Mrs. Amy Pigge was also a very good seamstress, and quickly made friends with some of the ladies who wished to lighten their own sewing work. Today, their grandson is out at the cabin "helping" Grandpa care for the pigs as Grandma takes a couple dresses into town. SAM_7523 by SilentWolf Legos, on Flickr SAM_7525 by SilentWolf Legos, on Flickr SAM_7526 by SilentWolf Legos, on Flickr A birdseye view: SAM_7527 by SilentWolf Legos, on Flickr Notes: The cabin design was borrowed from a combination of Mike's log cabin, with an attempt to combine it with the roof from Kai's log cabin. It was built for my entry to the state fair, but the cabin ended up not being stable enough for me to trust it to other people for a month. Thus, I decided to build this small hog farm around the cabin. It was also my first attempt at a non-square base. C&C welcome.