The stamping of hooves fills the gaps between the cheers of the crowd and the goading yells of the gamblers. The underdog is leading at the horse track. To me it's an awful cacophony, but apparently not to man I'm impersonating. He was scheduled to be here, so I determined to attend in hope of avoiding questions. I hate questions. I push past spectators, vulgar barbarians, but this is Rainos after all.
"Well if it isn't Commander Hedrick! Or is it general now. I recognize the fiery plume," a man exclaims, stepping into my path. He is no barbarian. With any luck, he hadn't known the commander well though.
When I give no response, he probes, "What team are you on this year?"
"No team yet," I say hesitantly, hoping he doesn't remember the commander's voice.
"Don't you have remember me? I'm Dave. I was squire to Sir Elson last year. I polished your sword."
It seems the commander had been much more sociable than I am. I look for an escape, but I'll have to talk my way out.
I raise the sword and say, "Yes, and it certainly could use another polish."
"Is that the same blade?" Dave asks. I'm startled when he takes the liberty to grab it out of my hand. "My, it is a bit worse for wear!"
He pauses, and I see his smile drop. I tense. The next moment, he twirls the sword around and swings. I lean back and take the hit across my breastplate. I crash down on the railing.
He charges in for the kill, but I expected that. I kick hard, throwing him on his back. The crowd cheers, and the chant begins, "Fight! Fight! Fight!..."
I only have a moment, but I reach down for a weapon mounted on the column below me. I yank it free and jump to my feet as my assailant comes again.
I turn just in time to block his strike. He drives me back and I teeter on the edge.
My sword stops his twice more, as if by instinct, before I finally get my wits about me and shove back.
We both retreat, steadying ourselves. The crowd has encircled us. The race is forgot; they are hungry for spilled blood. I test the balance of my new blade and approve. Now I have control, but I give 'Dave' the first move.
He starts with a slash, then lunges forward and thrusts. I knock his sword aside and advance while he is vulnerable. The world freezes in place, as I ask myself what I want to do to the man. Here the options are limitless... No. I must do what Commander Hedrick would.
I give him an uppercut with the hilt of my sword. The weapons fall from his hands and he goes down.
The crowd cheers as I pick him up by the collar, listen to him beg for his life, and then shove him over the rail.
These barbarian don't even care that the man fell on one of the jockeys, to busy asking me questions. I hate questions, though I had a few myself. Was Dave hired to assassinate George Hedrick, or was he after me? Did someone know my secret? One man's question is different though. He forces his way to the front and introduces himself as Arthur Finartian. "Did I hear you say that you don't have a team yet?"
It's a horse racing track with racing horses! The complexity of this build comes in the fact that they move in a oval instead of a circle. The ground tiles are set in a oval tack and shift to follow even though crank shaft turns in a circle. Because you just can't have a circle horse race.
The full set is larger then usual for me.
From the whole cast, "Goodbye, thanks for the viewing!"
Quoting Gilbert Despathens
This was a good build technically, including one of the most imaginative functions in the round. The angles were fairly impressive, even without the function, and I'm a fan of the walls behind the arches. Aesthetically, though, this build could be improved a little. Thanks for competing, and sorry you didn't make it.
Thank you, Gilbert. I agree completely, except for the part about not making it of course! There will be a R2 entry from me!
This was a good build technically, including one of the most imaginative functions in the round. The angles were fairly impressive, even without the function, and I'm a fan of the walls behind the arches. Aesthetically, though, this build could be improved a little. The column in the middle might be the major contribution to this - a smaller, skinnier object like a statue or a tree would probably have served fine as a handle for the mechanism without blocking the view of the stands behind it. I would keep the fence in the middle, though - that was a very nice detail. Finally, with some SNOT, tiles or even cunningly-placed minifigures, you could have hidden some studs and cleaned up the look a little. Thanks for competing, and sorry you didn't make it.
I waited to say anything until I read the story, so now I can give myself permission to comment. Great job! I really like the build, and the story is quite interesting. But I have one objection. Not all Rainosians are barbarians, as you seemed to convay. Dont know if that was your intention, but I just kind had to say that. Anyway, good luck in the tourney!
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
I love how 15 seconds into the video the floor jams, and you're just like "Scr#w this, I am NOT reshooting this video." :P That is a cool function though, especially making it run in an oval.
It didn't jam actually, I just wanted to show that it could be operated with the center crank shaft. Sometimes it does get caught but not in the video thankfully!
Wow! That function is really cool. Some details on the moving panels could have been cool... But come to think of it, that would actually be strange, because then all the details would be moving, too. :P Whatever. In any case, awesome moc!