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LOM MBC: Zelpunra's Tower
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Zelpunra's Tower

Zelpunra's Tower, located in northern Santuario, was built as a blend between military power and aesthetic beauty. It was used as a way for many of Enalica's best structural engineers to experiment and push the boundaries of what was possible with their materials. Its many angles and precariously placed upper room made it a marvel of engineering for many years. However, the structural uniqueness came at the price of sturdiness. After several years, the upper floors began to warp considerably. Some consider this to be one of the few faults of this architecural marvel; however, others feel that it only adds to its beauty. Regardless, it is clear that Zelpunra's Tower is one of the greatest places in Santuario."
--- Excerpt from the 3 AU book The Wonders of Enalica




Zelpunra's Tower

The strong wind of Santuario hits my face, sending my hair fluttering in my eyes. Pleasant sounds of rushing water from the nearby stream fill my ears. It is lovely. Someday, I know, I want to return to Santuario, hopefully under better circumstances.


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But it is with hesitance that I walk toward the tower, knowing the deep consequences of what I am about to do. Is it right? I wonder. Are the benefits of the upcoming events really enough to justify the costs? Gremlon would say yes, but I am not Gremlon. Gremlon is dictated by logic, and logic only. I have a heart, and that is both my greatest weakness and my greatest strength. And I am without Gremlon this time, so it is my heart that guides me, nothing else.



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Inside the tower, I know, lie many barrels of weapons. Gremlon wants me to deliver them to some Rainosians in Santuario; says it will help them solve some dispute. Knowing him, he's almost certainly connected to the dispute in some way; there's no way he'd care enough to get me to do this if there wasn't a benefit for him. But I can't help but wonder what's really behind the dispute. Gremlon has never been one to get involved in the petty clan conflicts that fill Rainos. He's always praising unity and order, almost like a Mythronian. It seems strange, then, that he would be encouraging a conflict.

I grab the barrels. I know, now, that I have not been told the whole story. There is something more behind this mission - something major that Gremlon does not want me to know.

If I deliver the weapons, Gremlon will benefit in some way, and by that route, so will I. But if I do deliver them, I will also be going against my own instinct - my own free will. I realize that the choice is between the two things that I have tried and failed to balance in the past: Gremlon's logic, and my heart. It is no longer a choice of whether or not to support the conflict; that is now becoming insignificant. The choice, now, is who I want to be. I can be the person my mentor wants me to be. Or I can be true to the person that I have always been - and, I realize, I always will be. Unless I act. Unless I change.

With trembling hands, I hand the weapons to the clan chief standing by the waterfall, wondering what is to come.

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Zelpunra's tower has been a side...ish... project for the last 2.5 months, during which time I've apparently only posted 2 MOCs...and both were quick builds. Yikes. Fortunately, I have another quick build coming tomorrow, and starting next month I should hopefully be going back to normal posting frequency.

Anyway, the whole MOC started around the whitewash. I came up with an idea for a tilted whitewash technique and liked it a lot, so I decided to design the MOC around it. People who are familiar with my WIPs know that I build things in very strange orders, and so the next part was the bottom part of the stonework (rather than the base). Eventually, I got bored of working on this and progress virtually halted for nearly a month. Finally, a few weeks ago, I started getting some serious work done again and did the landscape, which is probably my favorite part of the build. After that, it was only a few weeks until I finally finished the build.

The stonework technique is probably one of the most noticeable parts of the build. It's done using tons of SNOTted slopes, although there's also several hinged/SNOTted plates and tiles as well. Around the middle there's a perfectly round section as an architectural detail, which uses a useful and surprising simple round tower technique (although it's also very piece-intensive.

As to the color scheme, ever since my TTR2 entry, I've wanted to try out a color scheme like that in a more successful build. I really love how all the colors go together here; it really helps the bright mood.

Enjoy!

Zelpunra's Tower

Zelpunra's Tower

Zelpunra's Tower

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Comments

 I made it 
  August 22, 2015
Quoting Kai Bernstein Top-heavy tower. Same flaw as with Mother Hulda too. But the stonework and landscaping are excellent as always!
Yeah, I know :P thanks!
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  August 22, 2015
Top-heavy tower. Same flaw as with Mother Hulda too. But the stonework and landscaping are excellent as always!
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  August 18, 2015
Quoting Julia LeeP Out of all the builds I missed over the past 5 months, this has to be one of my favorite. The textures (LOVE the water+rocks) are beautiful, but what really is amazing is the tower. Good grief, even glancing at some of your WIP pics makes me sure I'd never be able to do something like this, mostly because I'd break down and have a fit after the first 5 hours :P The roof could use a few pieces to make it more flowy (and to eliminate the gaps), and the shaping of the tower towards the bottom area is a little off IMO (widens on one half for the door, but not on the other side, which makes it look like it has a potbelly :P), but really, this is amazing. Great work! :)
Thanks :) I love this one too, even if it seems like most people didn't. As to the complexity of it - well, that's why it took over 2 months to build (longer than any other MOC I've ever done...even if a lot of that time was procrastination) And I also built it in the middle of the REC, so I was kinda obsessed with over-complicated stuff at the time :P Yeah, I agree that the roof is kinda annoying - I got tired of this by the end and tried to finish it in one day, which turned out to be a bad idea. As to the shaping at the bottom, that was kinda intentional, and I liked it a lot personally. But yeah, I'm glad you liked it - I really want to do another tower like this someday.... Might even be able to do it next to another building, since this didn't use many traditional stonework pieces, other than the tiles that I never run out of...
 I like it 
  August 18, 2015
Out of all the builds I missed over the past 5 months, this has to be one of my favorite. The textures (LOVE the water+rocks) are beautiful, but what really is amazing is the tower. Good grief, even glancing at some of your WIP pics makes me sure I'd never be able to do something like this, mostly because I'd break down and have a fit after the first 5 hours :P The roof could use a few pieces to make it more flowy (and to eliminate the gaps), and the shaping of the tower towards the bottom area is a little off IMO (widens on one half for the door, but not on the other side, which makes it look like it has a potbelly :P), but really, this is amazing. Great work! :)
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  July 4, 2015
Wow!! Great Job!!
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  June 14, 2015
The stonework and tower itself is very well done, my favorite part is probably near the top with the beams. The angles are quite nice! Excellent work on the terrain, the rocks especially!
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  June 6, 2015
As I said on Flickr the build is incredible! But the name is also very clever ;D
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  June 5, 2015
Absolutely love that rock work. Perfect landscape as well. I won't say anything about the roof, though, since you already know what I think. :P
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  June 5, 2015
The stone work on the tower particularly caught my eye.
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  June 5, 2015
Perfect roof, nice halftimber section and great stoenwork. Unsquare base goes along with tower. Wonderfull MOC.
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  June 4, 2015
I love the stonework and the small waterfall. And great use of the whips!
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  June 4, 2015
One of your best!
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  June 3, 2015
Too cool! Very refined.
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  June 3, 2015
I don't comment on enough of your stuff, sadly I dropped in activity as you really hit your stride. This caught my eye though, really excellent work. The water in particular is beautifully integrated.
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  June 3, 2015
That is awesome! Very cool! Keep it up!
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  June 3, 2015
That stonework is awesome! Masterful work Halhi.
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  June 2, 2015
Great Job!
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  June 1, 2015
The landscape is fantastic, and the rounded stonework is amazing. I love how those windows fit in so smoothly. What I don't like is the transition between the stone and whitewash, and (surprise surprise) the roof. The crooked and angly feeling is just a bit too much and throws it off aesthetically compared to the curves of the tower. Sure, they used some great techniques, but it just doesn't fit here. As for your story, I really hope you do something interesting with Elisa soon. Tbh, she just doesn't stand out or appeal to me as a character, since she hasn't actually done anything ever since you introduced her. :P
 I like it 
  May 31, 2015
This is a bit simpler than I expected it to be, but upon closer inspection, it isn't as basic as I thought! Congratulations on a well-done build. You are a master of stonework; The doorway is particularly appealing. Again, great work!
 I made it 
  May 31, 2015
 I like it 
  May 31, 2015
Amazing job, Halhi! Like Deus, I'm not a huge fan of the roof but a lack of a certain piece can do that. Once again amazing work. Keep it up. Oh and btw, my mom walked by the computer and asked it that was Rapuzel's tower from Tangled. :P
 I like it 
  May 31, 2015
A real beauty, so much here that looks natural. Great job with all the offsets and angles to make it look so good.
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  May 31, 2015
I love how the stone tower tapers and then the half timbered part flares, both very smoothly.
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  May 31, 2015
wow :D
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  May 31, 2015
Unscramble Zelpunra's and you get Rapunzel's... interesting, I love the rock-work by the way! :P
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  May 31, 2015
Awesome build! Well, aside from the fact that I can see the background through some of the gaps in the roof. I think it would have still worked out better if the stonework at the top were just a bit wider, but it doesn't stand out as much in the finished product. I agree that the base is definitely the best part.
 I made it 
  May 31, 2015
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Need a solution to your problem? The roof is forgivable if you add a balcony.
Yeah, that might have been a good idea...I think I experimented with a balcony early on, can't remember why I scrapped it...
  May 31, 2015
Need a solution to your problem? The roof is forgivable if you add a balcony.
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  May 31, 2015
Wonderful
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  May 31, 2015
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus The water border is beautiful and the tower's slope is technically impressive, but the top of the tower does not impress much. Being the main focus point for people's attention, if it is not good enough, it will not hold that attention.
You mean the roof? I agree with you there, but I'm really low on black wedge plates and such, so I didn't really have much I could do about it....
 I like it 
  May 31, 2015
As my thoughts are already expressed, I will not fill a comment with them. :) Lovely work!
  May 31, 2015
The water border is beautiful and the tower's slope is technically impressive, but the top of the tower does not impress much. Being the main focus point for people's attention, if it is not good enough, it will not hold that attention.
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  May 31, 2015
I love the tower and the rockwork. Great job!
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  May 30, 2015
Wow! Top-notch stonework! The entire build is very well done, especially that tower and the rocks. Great work!
 I made it 
  May 30, 2015
Quoting Andrew Spader Wow! What a moc! You do phenomenal panel rockwork, as usual. The water is well done as well. This stonework looks supremely detailed, and like it took a TON of work. The Upper story also looks like a million bucks. I presume a story will be edited in at some later point. Excellent moc!
Thanks, glad to see the 2.5 months of work paid off ;) And yeah, I have a write-up to add in, I'll put it in right now
 I like it 
  May 30, 2015
Wow! What a moc! You do phenomenal panel rockwork, as usual. The water is well done as well. This stonework looks supremely detailed, and like it took a TON of work. The Upper story also looks like a million bucks. I presume a story will be edited in at some later point. Excellent moc!
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  May 30, 2015
Fantastic work! The stonework is spectacular! Brilliant use of the Indiana Jones' whips and the sand green hands!
 
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