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LOM: Landholder Rank Challenge: the Mission
Yes, this is one of those posts with 50 pictures and a huge story. Don't say I didn't warn you. Also, I apologize in advance for all the blurry pictures.
About this creation
This is my Landholder Rank Challenge for the Lands of Mythron.

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It was the dead of the night. Silently, we snuck up to the tiny door in the wall, protected by a single guard. The guard stepped aside for us. Like many Outlaws we had met, he knew my Teacher only by rumors, and like all, he looked at my Teacher in awe. We didn't even give him notice as we stepped past him, and through the door....



Into the grand city known... as Bodus Minor.



I looked around. There were beings here of all species. In one sweep, I spotted a Taksil, a Minotaur, and a Halidra. An Ilbren sold hammers, axes and cheap swords at the side of the street, a Cyclops sat dejectedly in a corner.
I also noticed another thing: They all carried weapons. Single-bladed axes, double-bladed axes, staffs... even the Ilbren had a knife up his sleeve (I was proud for noticing that. I had learned a lot since accepting Qinon as my teacher).



My Teacher spotted the Halidra, and froze.
"You!", he said.



The Halidra spotted Qinon, too, and stopped in his tracks.
"You!", he hissed.
Several people turned to look.
Quick as a flash, Qinon loosed an arrow. It took him barely half a second to draw, nock, aim and loose the arrow, a sight that always awed me. I had been practicing with Qinon for two months, and yet I couldn't imagine myself ever becoming nearly as fast as he was.



But what I saw next impressed me even more. The Halidra swung his staff and smacked the arrow out of the air. Shooting an arrow at a high speed was one thing, but deflecting an arrow? I had never seen a stunt like that before, and probably won't see a feat like it again.



If Qinon was impressed (and I had no doubt he was), he didn't show it. Instead, he handed me his bow, and said: "Hold this." Then he twirled his knife...



And was suddenly holding a sword.
"You learned some tricks from the Black Lotus, I see", said the Halidra in a voice that reminded the of glass scraping metal.
"Indeed", Qinon said.



The Halidra ran at Qinon. Qinon blocked the stab. The Halidra proceeded to swing the club end of his staff at Qinon's legs, but he blocked that, too.



And on it went. Stab, parry. Swing, block. Slice, dodge. And Qinon never budged an inch.



After about five minutes of sparring, the Halidra stepped back. "You learned a lot since we fought last", he said.
Qinon nodded. "Yes. All thanks to your otherwise useless Black Lotus rabble."
The Halidra growled. "This time you are at least a worthy opponent."
"Last time I had been running for twenty-four hours straight."
"I didn't know the Lost Ranger made excuses."



Qinon shouted and ran at the Halidra, twirling his sword as he went. The Halidra raised his staff to catch the sword...



Only to realize the sword wasn't there anymore. Qinon's knife slid right under the staff, and only at the last second he yanked it aside, embedding it deep in his opponent's shoulder.
The Halidra screamed, hooked the grip of the staff under Qinon's chin and heaved.



Qinon was sent flying backwards and landed on his back right in front of me.



The Halidra immediately charged...



And collided face-first with Qinon's protective shield. It had the same effect on him as hitting your head on a brick wall.



The Halidra reeled backwards. His face contorted with anger. I could almost feel his hate burning me through, with those rage-filled eyes...



Qinon must have felt it, too. He was completely distracted when the Halidra hit him square on the side of the head with the end of his staff. (I would later find out that the Halidra had used some sort of hypnosis.)



The Halidra sliced with the front end of his staff. Qinon tried to block, but he must have been dizzy, because he miscalculated, and the blade dug into his forearm.



The Halidra came in for another hit, but this time my Teacher reacted in time, and the protective shield caught his opponent full-on...



...Sending him stumbling backwards.



Perhaps Qinon wanted to get to the Halidra while the latter was off guard, but in any case, he now made a big mistake: he attacked.



The Halidra was not nearly as unprepared as he had looked: he flipped over Qinon's sword-blade and hit him hard on the back of the head.



Qinon fell face-first in the dirt of the street.



A murmur went through the small crowd that had now assembled itself around the two duelists. Slowly, Qinon got up.
I could tell that the Halidra was about to charge at Qinon, who looked like he was unsteady on his feet...
I did a very rational thing. I shouted "Hey, you!"



The Halidra ignored me. In any other case, that would have been smart, but this time, it was not. I swung Qinon's bow full force at the head of the Halidra.



Now, he did turn around, which was another mistake. In a second, Qinon was on him, and clubbed him on the head with the hilt of his sword.



The Halidra swung around again, this time with the force of the blow.
I raised Qinon's bow and whacked the Halidra on the back of the neck with all my might.



The Halidra fell right before Qinon's feet.



Qinon stepped around the Halidra to join me as the Halidra stood up. I could tell from the way the Halidra was hunched that some of his ribs were broken, and most definitely that he was in pain.
The Halidra walked away. At the end of the street, he turned around and raised his hands. I didn't know what he was doing, but I could feel Qinon tense up next to me.



A huge wave appeared out of thin air.



The wave slammed both of us against the wall. The Halidra turned and left.

"Who was that?", I asked.
"An old friend of mine."
I decided not to pursue the matter.

***

The next day:



I left Elias in a library to study, anything he wanted to. I had previously received a letter with a map asking me to meet the Coordinator at a certain location.
I was not surprised to be asked to meet the Coordinator. I was well aware that my reputation as a ruthless, but highly skilled fighter preceded me. I did not know about the Coordinator wanted to talk to me about, but I was looking forward to meeting him.

It turned out that I was to meet the Coordinator at another library, and, to my surprise, that library was right where I had dueled with the Halidra the previous day.



I entered, and looked around. A Sandrin sat at a table, studying scrolls. Another creature was putting books back on the shelves. It had two arms and legs, but also four more appendages extending from it's back. An Arachnid, I realized.
"Welcome!" There was the Coordinator. "I trust you arrived in Bodus safely?"
"You know otherwise." It was true. I had cleaned the blood off my sleeve, but the cut in the sleeve and the wound underneath were visible, and I was walking a little crooked. I had strained a neck muscle during the fight, a stark reminder that I was getting older.
"Oh yes! I forgot. I did hear about your confrontation", the Coordinator remarked.



Silently, I looked the man over. Muscular, like all Grers, with a prominent scar on his face. I could tell in his eyes that he was intelligent. I instantly had a respect for him, something that didn't happen all too often.
"I was under the impression that you are a human?", I finally said.
"That was my predecessor, Ort Sirisen. He was killed by the Black Lotus. Everyone in our territory knows, but the word apparently hasn't spread far beyond our boundaries."
I nodded.
"I am told that you are a brilliant archer", Sozo said. "The Lost Ranger. Rumors say that you killed five dozen of the Black Lotus scum."
I shook my head. "Three dozen."
"Nonetheless, a fine feat."
"I suppose."



The Coordinator motioned to the coat-hanger beside the door. I didn't take off my cloak, but I lowered my hood.
"Many know you, but your real name is somewhat of a mystery, even to me.", the Coordinator remarked.
"Qinon."
"Ah. I am Sozo."
I nodded. "So, what is the reason for our meeting?"
"First off, I wanted to meet you."
"And...?"
"Please, follow me."



The Coordinator led me up a staircase into a smaller room. "My private library", he explained. He motioned to a seat. I remained standing. He shrugged and sat.
"Our cities need strong rulers," Sozo said. "Right now, they are hives for villainy and black markets. Some are so far North they are nearly off the map, and cut off from the rest of the world by deserts of ice."
I nodded. In my earlier travels, I had gotten lost in those plains several times.
"I want the Organization to become stronger," Sozo continued. "We need to open trade between those cities. They need strong leaders."



"Are you suggesting to put me in charge of a city?"
I must admit, I was surprised. I had expected a secret mission, or a promotion in the Organization. But not being put in charge of a city.
"Not just any city."
"Which one?"
"Larpang."
I searched my memory for facts I knew about Larpang. It was far north. But that was all I knew.
Sozo saw my look of puzzlement. He bent over a map, and pointed to a location in the far northeast of Outlaw territory. "Larpang is farther north than any other known settlement and surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Virtually nobody knows about it. It is sometimes even used as a simile for 'secluded', or 'off the map'. The current leader is not making efforts to stay in contact with the rest of the world. It often takes his messages months to reach me. Even I don't know much about the town."
I whistled. Larpang sounded very secluded. "And why would you put me in charge of this town?"



"I want you to start making Larpang prominent. Everybody has heard of Bodus Minor and Elpis. Nostrogel is less known. Larpang? Off the map. Make the name of the city of Larpang known to everybody."
I nodded. This was interesting.
"But, at the same time," the Coordinator went on, "use the fact that Larpang is secluded."
"What do you mean?"
"Start training people. Build up a team of archers. And also ships fit for war."
"War?"
"It's mostly precautionary. But we will need them eventually."
I nodded. There was a pause.
"So?", Sozo said.
"So what?"
"Will you do it?"
I took a long moment to think. Larpang could be just the right environment to train Elias. And I needed a rest from fighting and wandering. I needed a home.
"I will."
A grin spread across Sozo's face. I could feel myself smiling, too.
"Then I hereby officially pronounce you the new ruler of Larpang."

***

Bonus Pictures! I am quite tired of typing, so I'll just let the pictures talk.





















I really like this shot. I put the mosaic in the wall to make it less boring, and I really like the effect. I also like the small stand a lot.





Of course, what would Bodus Minor be without the iconic red-tiled floor of the outer wall? Also, a major continuity error because I forgot to put snow on the roof. Which is all the more sad because I spent a long time looking for all those light bley tiles.



The other mosaic, and a throwback to the guild I founded ages ago which failed in the Tourney and died. :P



Minifigures! Here are speaking roles.



Darkly dressed.



More lightly dressed.



All of them, plus the dwarf, which I forgot to put in the previous picture. From left to right and top to bottom: The Sandrin, the Human guard, the Arachnid, an Orc, the Taksil, the Minotaur, the Cyclops, a Human spearwoman, and Elf, the Ilbren, a Dwarf, an Ughan, Qinon, Elias, Sozo/the Coordinator (Grer) and the Halidra.
...Which means that this Moc includes (and is perhaps the first to include) all sentient species in the LOM! What better place than Bodus Minor for such a gathering? Some of these figs didn't really appear in the pictures, but that was because they were up on the wall. Also, these would probably do well in the GoH Minifig challenge... :P


Wow. I have been working on this for two months. I started it between my second and third MO entries. And I have to say, I like it a lot.
I obviously went for less texture this time, because I don't have that many pieces for the wall. Plus, I wanted to mimic the way Object of Legend did the wall of Bodus. About the Library, I think it looks sort of what it would have looked like if the Vikings had started getting into architecture. I like that look for Bodus.
I also have to say that this build looks way better IRL than in the pictures.

On an LOM note, I am now the official ruler of Larpang!

I want to add this to the CCC, but I haven't figured out how to enter entries yet (every time I tried, It said that my entry was submitted, but the entry never appeared, even two weeks later, which is plenty of time to moderate it). If someone can tell me how to add those creations the right way or what I might be doing wrong, please leave a comment.

Lastly, I want to do a little experiment. If you read through all the text I wrote here (all the story and all the 4th wall), the leave a comment that says so. I am interested in how many people actually read lengthy stories, and whether it is worth it for me to do lengthy stories in the future. And please don't accuse me that I'm just trying to get more comments. Like I said, I want to see how many people actually read my long stories.



I hope you liked it!



Comments

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  January 8, 2015
Excellent!I like the mosaics and the snow!
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  December 28, 2014
I loved the fight scene, the building was nicely made too.
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  December 23, 2014
Very nice, and yes I read it all. Love the "mosaics" on the wall (I use this term loosely as they're not technically mosaics) very good job on the paving on the top of the walkways. Real shame about the lack of snow. Very nice MoC. Looking forward to seeing what Qinon gets up to as a ruler. I enjoyed the long story as it gave more effect and meaning to the whole outlook. :D
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  December 23, 2014
Excellently built and written (yep, I read it all). Normally I don't have time to read a lengthier story like this, but this one piqued my interest. Brilliant work on the mosaics and the (heh, heh, some people didn't read the description ;) ) TILED battlements, they both look stellar and professional. Your creative usage of a plethora of different minifigs adds a lot to the story (which, again, was well written and developed). The fight scene with the different magic effects looked too cool ;) I'm not at all up-to-date on LoM, but I do know that it inspires all-too-awesome creations from a lot of people. Keep up the great work! God bless and have a Merry Christmas, ~Promar~
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  December 22, 2014
Quoting Joseph Olson Masterfully done, though the walls (without the mosaics) and the street are a little plane. The red 'carpet' is sandstone or something, right? Or redwood... Great build anyhow!
Tiles! Red tiles! :P Thanks!
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  December 22, 2014
Masterfully done, though the walls (without the mosaics) and the street are a little plane. The red 'carpet' is sandstone or something, right? Or redwood... Great build anyhow!
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  December 22, 2014
Very good! Nice fight scene, and the build was terrific! I like the story as well. Great job!
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  December 21, 2014
Your snow texturing looks great, and I really like the use of handcuffs. The mosaics are fantastic too, of course.
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  December 21, 2014
Quoting Tureaglin Naugellon The fight was great! The doorway was brilliant. But what was doctor octopus/the joker doing there?
He's an arachnid. I put the green hair on him because... actually, I have no idea why. :P
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  December 21, 2014
The fight was great! The doorway was brilliant. But what was doctor octopus/the joker doing there?
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  December 21, 2014
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head I read it all, and I must say that while I certainly haven't read every LOM MOC, this is far and away the best one I have seen. The story is engaging, the combat sequence is captivating and easy to follow (both quite a feat for mini-fig combat). I love how the story switches perspectives halfway through. At first I was not overly impressed with the building techniques, but the mosaic floor, the designs on the walls, and the slanted doorway (which to me signified that this was a crooked and somewhat dangerous town) all made for a very cool build as well. Impressive, most impressive.....ps, we'd love to hear from you again in the Insurgency if you ever get a wild hair...
Thanks! About the Insurgency thing, I actually have an Insurgency Moc ready to be posted. It's just not very good. I do plan on finishing the pilot league, at least...
  December 21, 2014
I read it all, and I must say that while I certainly haven't read every LOM MOC, this is far and away the best one I have seen. The story is engaging, the combat sequence is captivating and easy to follow (both quite a feat for mini-fig combat). I love how the story switches perspectives halfway through. At first I was not overly impressed with the building techniques, but the mosaic floor, the designs on the walls, and the slanted doorway (which to me signified that this was a crooked and somewhat dangerous town) all made for a very cool build as well. Impressive, most impressive.....ps, we'd love to hear from you again in the Insurgency if you ever get a wild hair...
  December 21, 2014
Nice job
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  December 21, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Ein sehr guter MOC ! Ich mag die vielen Einzelheiten die Du für die Szene gebaut hast.Und gut erzählt ist die Geschichte auch. Top . Awesome work Cab
Vielen Dank! :D
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  December 21, 2014
Ein sehr guter MOC ! Ich mag die vielen Einzelheiten die Du für die Szene gebaut hast.Und gut erzählt ist die Geschichte auch. Top . Awesome work Cab
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  December 21, 2014
Excellent work man! Fabulous detailing in each of the rooms as well as the exterior. The wolf and hand in the wall are both very well done, and the snow on the ground is realistic. Great story as well.
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  December 21, 2014
Epic work!
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  December 21, 2014
Wow! Brilliant detailing. :D
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  December 21, 2014
Quoting Asad . But the epic MOC was not a tourney intro.
Nope. :P The tourney happens on Guaire. My intro is still going to be good though.
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  December 21, 2014
Nice build Mr.Cab, the library looks very well done. Also I read through the whole store and the forth wall.
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  December 21, 2014
Great MOC. I read through the whole story. I'll read a long write-up like this if there are pictures at decent intervals (like in this one).
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  December 21, 2014
But the epic MOC was not a tourney intro.
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  December 21, 2014
Such a nice looking MOC, great job!
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  December 21, 2014
This is Awesome !!! I love it !!!
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  December 21, 2014
Great story and build.
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  December 21, 2014
Awesome build Mr Cab! And yes, I did read it :D That mosaic really completed the look, and the Arachnid was awesome.
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  December 21, 2014
Great build!
Cab ~
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Tirrell Brown
  December 20, 2014
The Halidra is on another level! That wasn't even a match. Really good story as well.
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  December 20, 2014
Very nice! You have good builds to accompany good stories!
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  December 20, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown The Halidra is on another level! That wasn't even a match. Really good story as well.
Only because it was sword combat. You can't deflect five arrows in a row. :P But still, thanks! :D
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  December 20, 2014
This is really, really nice.
Quoting the Story
You have a talent for writing these fight sequences. I love how much the fight shifted back and forth. The only part I didn't like was the very end of the fight. I've always thought of bows as lightweight and flexible, and I really doubt that a kid would be able to knock out someone as tough as that Halidran. Other than that, both Sozo and Qinon are well-written and fleshed out. I especially like your version of Sozo- it makes perfect sense that he'd have private libraries scattered around Bodus.
Quoting the Build
The walls look nice, although they seem a mite flat. The building interiors, especially, look almost like OoL's work. I personally think the MDF doorway looks great- it ties in well with the shield on the gable, and it adds a much-needed spot of color and angles.
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  December 20, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens I read it all. The wall seems to be nondescript at first, with little more than a few sideways 1x2 tiles, but the mosaics are really awesome. I'm not as big a fan of the angled entrance to the library, though, since I can't really see why that part would be diagonal. I guess it adds an interesting detail and a nice patch of color to complete the well-done facade with all of its fancy offsets. There are no more complaints on the rest of the build - nice work on the interior and the attention to detail with the bars between the battlements and the carpeted wall-walk. ; )
No carpets!!! Tiles! :P
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  December 20, 2014
I read it all. The wall seems to be nondescript at first, with little more than a few sideways 1x2 tiles, but the mosaics are really awesome. I'm not as big a fan of the angled entrance to the library, though, since I can't really see why that part would be diagonal. I guess it adds an interesting detail and a nice patch of color to complete the well-done facade with all of its fancy offsets. There are no more complaints on the rest of the build - nice work on the interior and the attention to detail with the bars between the battlements and the carpeted wall-walk. ; )
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  December 20, 2014
Nice work! Love the wintery ambience.
 
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