Still on the island Rainos had won in the recent treaty, Steven and Liza enjoyed a sea view in silence. At the moment, Liza's hair was cut (relatively) short and died nearly white - she had been spending her time on the island as a spy in the employ of the governor pro tempore and infiltrating Black Lotus revivalist cells. Her last mission had ended that afternoon, and Steven hadn't had the heart to tell her that she'd run it with her eyebrows still a telltale orange.
For all of their differences, or perhaps because of them, the two had stuck together. In addition to their shared levels of intelligence and cynicism and their experiences in the recent wars, each was attracted to the strengths each had that the other lacked: Steven was awed by Liza's ability to find a cause to believe in even after her previous causes had betrayed her, and Liza longed for the take-what-comes attitude and loyalty to friends and family that let Steven stick with his cause (i.e., the clan's lord's insatiable quest for power). Steven enjoyed the irony of this arrangement.
"I'm going to Bodus," Liza said, her voice clear and blank. Her companion shifted mental gears.
"You could find a place anywhere in Rainos," he answered, but he knew her well enough by this point to know that her decision had been made.
"I have field experience and I'm a disillusioned, angry Mythronian. Those are practically the perfect criteria for immediate promotion in the Organization."
"Except for a maniacal lust for gold and a demagnetized moral compass," Steven added reflexively.
"No, that's your Lord Cedric," Liza answered, and they both laughed briefly.
"Well, with any luck, we'll meet again in Enalica. It seems like half the Lands are looking for gold, and it's only a matter of time before Cedric ships me out..."
I tried not to spend much time on this MOC, since I have a lot more building to do this month, but I still wanted to try out a couple of tricks. First, I messed around with some new angles on the watchtower/overlook. The slant didn't have much effect on this MOC, but now that I've tried it once I'll be able to put it to better effect in the future. Aside from that, I also developed a new type of rockwork.
Let me guess - you're thinking "Look at that - Gilbert's found another way to be incredibly cheap and lazy with his landscaping. He just piled up a bunch of one-by-one grey parts with some vines in them and he has the nerve to call it a new technique!" Trust me, that was not the intent - I was going for an original technique, not an easy one. To get a decent effect, I had to build overhangs for a "dirt cover" and then I had to pack in the greebly blend so it matched said overhang. After that, I had to find some way of embedding those vines without compromising the look, and then I had to move around a few more of the rocks to fill in the gaps that were left. I think it looks fairly decent as it is, but next time I'll probably make sure that all or almost all of the rocks are right-side up - that might give a smoother appearance.
Quoting David .
What you said made it a lazy technique a l@me explanation. It looks like decent gravel, (ish) but it's still just 1x1s dumped over a few vines. :P
The leaning yet straight tower is really cool though!
Why does nobody believe me? A lot of those rocks were individually placed, some of them in very delicate positions! You know what? I'll just do it again, better, and SHOW YOU ALL! Muahahaha!
Despite what you said...the rock technique does seem kinda lazy, it's pretty much always more difficult to throw a bunch of pieces in than to connect them. The exception is the cobblestone technique, but that's more like making a puzzle, whereas this is just dumping a bunch of pieces to fill an irregular tub...which doesn't really seem difficult. Still, this is a pretty nice build...
Wonderful job on the slanted wall. That's one amazing "rock technique". The rocks look (as Mr. Cab said) more like gravel, but, since gravel is rock, I guess you could say they turned out great. Very well writ story as well. Ooo, nice to see you've still got the Tomb Raider...