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Sozo the Great: Episode V. Freebuild for The Lands of Mythron. It's finally here, thanks for your patience everyone!
About this creation
The Lands of Mythron
~Outlaws~

Season I.
~Season II~
Prologue
Episode IV
Prologue VI

(Note- Captions above pictures.)


Sozo pulled hard on the reigns and guided his stead to flatter ground. The path was steep, muddy, and treacherously narrow. The five horsemen drove their weary mounts onward, strict and careful. Descending from the snow and mystery of Bodus Minor was to them a return to the hard, dirty real world, as though the ancient city had been some mythical haven. They felt again like a motley band of Outlaws, but their matching armor told a conflicting tale. This armor, though very fine, was a costume. They rode under the guise of a northern manor lord and his company hoping to establish trade with Neroguian noblemen. For his part, Sozo had traded his famed scythe for a glimmering longsword. He would need the coordinator's helm to win the trust of Su-Skryra.



“We camp at the foot of the mountain,” Sozo called ahead to Zailiborn, who was the first to escape the mountains slippery banks. “It’s already late and the border is just a league south.”
Sozo gazed down upon his team. Immediately, the many worries that he’d suppressed up to this point began to surface in his mind. He slowed to a halt. They were about to cross into enemy land, seek out a mysterious mage, and face untold danger in a hunt for the Dark Druid. All this for what? Revenge? Answers? Kavita? It felt so wrong to drag friends into his personal quest, a fight that was his alone.



“You okay, sir?” Dothel probed, looking quite concerned. He’d come to a stop as well at the next bend in the trail.
Shaken from his thoughts, Sozo quickly answered, “Yes, fine. Just thinking about the mission.”
“Is there something wrong?”
“Perhaps.” As Sozo goaded his horse into motion, he continued, “I’m putting each of us at great risk when I’m the only one with much to gain.”



“I wouldn’t say that,” Dothel countered. “The Druid is an enemy of the faction, and it is our duty to administer justice. Besides, don’t we all have our own reasons for being here?”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, like Zailiborn who hopes to win respect for his kind, or Joshua looking for his place in the world.”
The orc had always seemed rather dim, never having much to say, but now he showed incredible insight. Sozo led his horse up next to him, and asked, “What about you? What are your reasons?”
“Brad. We were good friends on the caravan, even though he liked to play tough. And I owe it to you. We all do.”



No one else’s ‘reasons’ put their friends in danger, Sozo thought, as they took the final slope to the base of the mountain. He knew if they made an example of the Dark Druid it could deter others from challenging the organization, but he couldn’t shake his unease.
After taking care of the horses with food and water, the team gathered around the campfire. The sun had set, letting the cool night air settle in, and a hardy, boiling stew released its tantalizing aroma.



“This mission has many unknowns and may be far more perilous than we’re prepared for,” Sozo began, addressing the whole group. “I confess, my motives for this trip were selfish. I sought mainly to save my sister, thereby eliminating that sorcerer’s sway, and unravel the mystery of my past. I cannot ask any of you to risk your lives for my problem. I will go alone…”
Dothel slammed the pot to the ground and rose, saying, “You don’t have to ask. It is a good quest. Save a life, and bring justice. I will ride with you.”



“You gave me a chance when no one would,” said Zailiborn, getting to his feet. “I will repay you for that.”
Joshua and Kobin also stood. The orc spoke first, “You are our leader and I will swear loyalty to the end.”
“Aye,” Joshua agreed. “What are friends for anyway?”
Sozo looked from one sincere face to the next, and smiled. They were right of course, and he knew they would be. Indeed, they were that close knit band of Outlaws once more.




In the flickering light of the dwindling fire, Joshua stood on first watch. Everyone else fell easily to sleep, other than Sozo. The grer strode up beside him, and asked, “Do you still miss the pirate life?”
“Aye. But the Barons are gone now. If our information is right, then I don’t feel I know Enalica anymore. I… I wish I knew…”
“I'm going to find the truth. I promise you.”








~Builder's notes
How do you build a dark gray mountainside without dark gray brick? SNOT plate is clearly the logical option, however what you save in parts you pay doubly in time. This was one of the most difficult, ambitious, and generally insane projects I've ever attempted. I didn't even think it would work out, but in my opinion it finally did! Check out the W.I.P.

Figless-






I'm not overjoyed by the way the front left portion came out.


My favorite part, the boulder!



The back-
I was asked in the W.I.P. to show the back, so here you have it. Maybe you'll find some techniques you like.


Maddness... just maddness...


Here's how I got the upper trail at that crazy, slightly forward tilting angle.


Inside the front trail. I quite like this bit. It contains the only ball joint in the entire MOC.



The secret-
What made this build possible was it's modular construction. Most of the panels can be removed and worked on independently, and then fitted right back on.






Thanks for viewing! Please tell me what you think, praise and criticism or both welcome!



Comments

 I like it 
  December 5, 2014
That's crazy! Great job! The rocks look wonderful!
 I made it 
  November 9, 2014
Quoting Dragon Breath I REALLY like your builds and stories. I'm new to Mocpages and I haven't built/posted anything yet, but your faction and LOM as a whole interests me. I've been browsing awhile and I've noticed that occasionally, when builders submit posts for challenges in LOM, they don't always receive points/credit. Why is this? Would you mind giving me tips on how to avoid this situation? Once again, I admire you and your faction greatly! Thanks!
Thank you so much, Dragon Breath! There is a general "Points of the People" thread in LOM which is periodically updated, but each member has their own personal scorecard so if they haven't receive points it's because they haven't logged it yet. If you build for a monthly challenge you get 5 points (10 if you win), rank challenges are worth 3, and freebuilds like this one are worth 2. If you enjoy building with a castle theme, let me encourage you to join The Lands of Mythron. We have a great community of builders from all skill levels, different game features to explore, and an always developing story. I hope to see you there!
 I like it 
  November 7, 2014
I REALLY like your builds and stories. I'm new to Mocpages and I haven't built/posted anything yet, but your faction and LOM as a whole interests me. I've been browsing awhile and I've noticed that occasionally, when builders submit posts for challenges in LOM, they don't always receive points/credit. Why is this? Would you mind giving me tips on how to avoid this situation? Once again, I admire you and your faction greatly! Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2014
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head Yeah, that is some truly inspired mountain work. Good story too.
Thank you, Kermunklin!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2014
Quoting David . Dem angles tho. O_O Some parts look a bit messy, but it still delivers a good build in the end. *cleans up drool*
Haha! I know what you mean about it being a little messy. Thanks!
The Object  of Legend
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Graeme Straughn
  September 11, 2014
Great rocks!! Woww!! Shweet build, man!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2014
Yeah, that is some truly inspired mountain work. Good story too.
 I like it 
  September 11, 2014
I'm not a fan of that style but it is amazing how you did that :O. Great Work
 I like it 
  September 11, 2014
Awsome building, I cant realize how did you managed to get that look of the mountain.
 I like it 
  September 10, 2014
:O wow.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2014
Dem angles tho. O_O Some parts look a bit messy, but it still delivers a good build in the end. *cleans up drool*
 I made it 
  September 9, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Very nice work here, Object. The plates really look nice. If you had the pieces, more grey tiles would be nice, but these angles are still extremely well done. Also, the dark tan looks too much like old gray for my tastes, and I think some snow patches would break up the brown trail nicely.
Yes, it seems I needed better texturing. I'll admit to that. About the dark tan looking like old grey though, doesn't that help tie the old plates in with the new? I was tempted to put snow, until I realized it didn't make any sense. They're at the bottom of the mountain and it's not even winter.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2014
Woah, that is some serious angling! I'm impressed by that.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2014
Great angles! I agree with what's been said about breaking up the studs, though. Mixing some more textures on the panels - tiles, slopes, tooth plates, other weird pieces that look good - while keeping some studs would create a sufficiently varied texture.
 I made it 
  September 9, 2014
Quoting Julia LeeP Those panel/hinged rocks and path are epic! I don't even want to imagine the number of hours you must have put into that thing... but other than those critiques, I think you pretty much nailed down the look that you were going for. Nice build, Ool- keep up the good work!
Thanks for the feedback, Juila! Good ideas. I didn't know there was a problem with studs, so I will keep the tile in mind for next time. However, I don't think tan/dark tan would have given the path a muddy appearance as the brown does.
 I made it 
  September 9, 2014
Quoting Tyler Halliwell Great work! This, on a smaller scale, is essentially what I use for my busts. It's cool seeing it at a larger scale and for landscape.
Thank you! I looked at some of your stuff and wow, you have an incredible way with parts!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
I would not have had the patience for something like this. :P Excellent work! True, Julia's right. More tiles and slopes would help cut down on the amount of studs, but WOW! I love it! That's some serious stuff there! Epic work my friend.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Very nice work here, Object. The plates really look nice. If you had the pieces, more grey tiles would be nice, but these angles are still extremely well done. Also, the dark tan looks too much like old gray for my tastes, and I think some snow patches would break up the brown trail nicely.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Wow! This clearly some very advanced panel work. I saw the WIP, of course, but this way exceeds what I expected. The panels worked great, especially for the path.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Those panel/hinged rocks and path are epic! I don't even want to imagine the number of hours you must have put into that thing. If you have them, some more tiles overall would improve this build, especially for the rockwork, those bley studs on the rockwork stand out too much IMO, there is a little too much dk tan on the rocks IMO, and I think tan/dk tan would look best for path color, but other than those critiques, I think you pretty much nailed down the look that you were going for. Nice build, Ool- keep up the good work!
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Great work! This, on a smaller scale, is essentially what I use for my busts. It's cool seeing it at a larger scale and for landscape.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Incredible job! Must be very fragile.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Wow! Outstanding work on those paneled rocks!
 I made it 
  September 8, 2014
Quoting Joe McGill Amazing! I said this would be awesome if you could pull it off, and by god, did you pull it off! Your ambition was certainly rewarded.
Wow, thanks a ton, Joe! I really appreciate it.
 I like it 
  September 8, 2014
Amazing! I said this would be awesome if you could pull it off, and by god, did you pull it off! Your ambition was certainly rewarded.
 
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