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Tower of the Arcane
Rise of the Mage (Prologue)
About this creation
30 years after the fall of Count Vlad and his minions, the Kingdom of Leon has become a prospering Empire, covering the lands of men from sea to sea and filling in the borders of the ancient Empire of Tasher.

In the West lands the tower of Edrin the Wise rises like a monolith to the arcane arts and marks the Western-most border of Leon. Edrin has held dominion over this land for nearly 200 years; protecting and caring for its people, hailed as the savior and guardian of the West, renowned for his wisdom and considered one of the most powerful Elemental Mages in the World.
Alas, even the greatest Mage in Leon is mortal and can only ward off his demise for so long… Old age and a the byproducts of countless spells cast over his lifetime have drained Edrin of his strength and power. Even his beloved people have abandoned him in this state of weakness. Edrin the Wise now lies in his deathbed in the Tower; only his apprentice Kaloyan and his servant Roger remain bedside.





As his life force leaves him, Edrin utters to his disciple; “Protect the people, protect the Kingdom of Leon my gentle Kaloyan”.





Kaloyan: "Farewell my old friend, may they treat you better in the next world than they did in this one. Quit your sniveling Roger, this is a time to rejoice!"

Roger: "Rejoice how ser?"

Kaloyan: "The passing of my tutor makes me the senior-most mage in Western Leon; this is a moment I have been waiting for for nearly 20 years!Follow me, there are rites to attend to!"





Up near the top of the tower:
Kaloyan: "Ah here we are, the Rotunda of Elemental Magic!”
Roger: What is this chamber ser? Tis’ fancier than the rest of the tower?”
Kaloyan: “This is the portal to the paranormal, the opeining to the occult my dear servant. “




Roger: “What is it’s puropos ser?”



Kaloyan: “Look around Roger; these are no simple mosaics. These pictographs are riddles with enchanted stones and runes od elemental magic. All the elements are present: air, water, fire, and earth. Over by the terrace you see the quintessence; the fifth element; the Dominion of the Underworld. It is the force of death magic in other words; a forbidden practice in Leon. This chamber can augment any spell and impose it on the surrounding area. This was Edrin’t secret weapon; I intend to make it my tool of dominion. Now Roger, head on down to the village and summon the elders to come up and greet their new lord”



Some time later:
The Elders arrive, but not a trace of rejoice or obedience is evident in their sturn faces and their frustrated postures.
Kaloyan: “Well would you not bow And greet your lord?”




Village Elder: “You have some nerve mage to summon us! We swore loyalty to Edrin the Wise long ago in exchange for his protection. His dominion over this land was earned and he suffered for his people. We have no loyalty towards you, you young cockerel!”
Other Elder: Keep your nose buried in your books, and your eyes on the stars and let the Empire of Leon take care of its people.
Third Elder: “Never send for us again or make claims of entitlement to power, or else the Emperial courts shall hear of your defiance! “




Kaloyan: “You dare speak to me that way you ungrateful peasants! Who are you to challenge the might of a Mage! Who are you to set foot in the hallowed chamber of the and denounce the practice that has saved your timber homes form fires, giants and advancing armies!”
“Get out of my sight!”




Kaloyan: “Cockerel! Filthy peasants! To speak that way to a mage, and in his own tower nonetheless! I’ve had it Roger, it’s time we used the fine resources my mentor never had the nerve to use! It’s time to teach these town-dwellers why it is that people feared mages before their precious Empire took over. Let us see what else Wise old Edrin has hidden away in this tower!”



Kaloyan: “You poor old man… If only you could see what your beloved people think of mages now. You were too soft on them; they lost all respect for the power of your position. You could have had it all if only you had the ambition! To single handedly crush an Orc invasion and to slay a mighty dragon rider in service to the crown, not to mention defeat the greatest of the vampiri clans and why? So that these peasants can eat and drink and enjoy their sinful ways and demean you?!



Kaloyan: “Let us look around”



Kaloyan: “These are the ancient texts of the Tasher Mages! I can only imagine what kind of powerful spells must be described within!”



Kaloyan: “Edrin’s Potions room! There is enough vials in here to fight a small army. Let’s see Roger what can we use to send a message to the little town below?”



Kaloyan: “Ah yes! I have heard of this; why this should be quite the demonstration! This must be primed with a large amount of earth Magic. Let’s ascend the tower and see just how powerful this Rotunda is!”




Kaloyan primes the spell and fills the potion with earth Magic>
Kaloyan: “Come on Roger, at dawn we go down to the village and show these ungrateful peasants why a mage is to be respected! A new day will arrive and I will be the Harbinger of its advent!”
“The era of submission is over; the era of the Mage is here!”
To be continued…



Comments

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  September 20, 2013
fantastic creation ,cant stop look on details !!
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  July 7, 2013
This is a really interesting story! The builds and techniques are amazing as well.
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  April 22, 2013
It's always a treat to revisit the MOCs that inspired me to start castle building seriously. Wonderful work all around! One of the greatest stories and lego curvature I've ever seen.
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  April 22, 2013
No doubt, this is totally worthy of MOTD! Congrats!
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  April 22, 2013
fab deserves motd
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  April 22, 2013
Awesome MOTD, for sure. :)
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  April 22, 2013
Love this story. followed the whole thing. this would be great as a graphic novel.
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  April 22, 2013
All these builds are so awesome!
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  March 20, 2013
Very cool! just started today and will read through the series!
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  December 29, 2012
Great job! Brilliant storyline, and incredibly detailed room interiors!
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  August 25, 2012
Amazing! You should turn this story into a book or even a movie.
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  April 7, 2012
Cool lego rooms. Great storyline!
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  February 21, 2012
Love it!
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  February 4, 2012
All the builds for this are incredible! The story is a very nice read. I had that floor with the elements in it particularly awesome.
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  January 26, 2012
Wonderful brickwork! I love the way you make the floor with the 90 degrees tilted mini slope bricks, really nice narrative also :-)
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  January 16, 2012
How did you make those little quill pens? great work and i love the mosaics.
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  January 9, 2012
Great Job! You have serious talent. Detail AMAZING and story EPIC!
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  January 1, 2012
Wow! The technics used here are really impressive! Great work!
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  December 12, 2011
How did I miss this... it's wild. Great architectural geometry and detailing! :)
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  November 18, 2011
The curvature is inedible, and those windows...your a very talented builder!
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  November 4, 2011
Quoting Elderon Eldar Awesome! You really gave me some great ideas to use in my Mocs! I'm gonna admit, a few things will definately be "borrowed" from your creations. I especially love it how you used the microfigures as ornaments or something. Briliant! And something else, the brown head on the shelf, with the ponytail, was that the goblin-chieftain? Cause if so, wicked sense for continuity!
Fell free to use anything you like! ;) And yes that is the goblin chief's head, I'm surprised anyone noticed! Good eye! :)
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  October 30, 2011
Awesome! You really gave me some great ideas to use in my Mocs! I'm gonna admit, a few things will definately be "borrowed" from your creations. I especially love it how you used the microfigures as ornaments or something. Briliant! And something else, the brown head on the shelf, with the ponytail, was that the goblin-chieftain? Cause if so, wicked sense for continuity!
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  October 25, 2011
Wow very impressive!
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  October 24, 2011
Great story... And the floor of the tower is amazing !
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  September 16, 2011
Amazing, the bed & potions room are really awesome. Don't know how it could be better please tell me when you make something else
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  September 5, 2011
wow i love the stained glass and the mosaics!
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  September 5, 2011
Wooww, so many advanced techniques and a beautiful overcome! Congratulations, another great MOC!
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  September 5, 2011
Quoting Riley Gonzalez This is AMAZING.How long did it take?
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! :) The whole thing took about 2 days to build, but only because I struggled with the mosaic technique in a previous build and had it easy this time around. ;)
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  September 5, 2011
This is AMAZING.How long did it take?
A P
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Mark E
  September 4, 2011
Beautiful floor man!
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  September 3, 2011
Awesomeness!!
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  September 2, 2011
Wonderful level of detail. the mosaics on the floor and the floor's structure are amazing.
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  September 2, 2011
Everything about this is epic and sooooo cool!
A P
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Billy Bob
  September 1, 2011
Seems like you are once again adding plots to your creations. Brilliant!
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  September 1, 2011
Amazing detail and great story!! Awesome!!
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  September 1, 2011
Favorite part(s): The way the books partially pulled out, and the mosaics. Love it all, of course! Keep on brickin'!
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  September 1, 2011
great story, in an amazing setting! the details are brilliant!
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  September 1, 2011
Woohoo you're back and better than ever!! Love the architect, characters and storyline!
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  September 1, 2011
Love it. Simply love it. Very intricite detailing and architecture. Splendid job!
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  September 1, 2011
Excellent build I'm really looking forward to this story.
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  September 1, 2011
Great build again....but I am really excited that a new story is starting as well!
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  September 1, 2011
That, was absolutely amazing! I think those mages are a bit cocky... but great story! Can't wait for more!
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  September 1, 2011
Wonderful moc! I like the use of 1x1 cheese slopes at the wall and the floor.
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  September 1, 2011
Excellent builds and story line!
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  September 1, 2011
I love your stories! The build is awesome too, but the story you add just fills the spot!
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  September 1, 2011
Excellent. Is this from game ?
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  September 1, 2011
I love your SNOT technics! Congratulations! And what a story teller you are! Great!
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  August 31, 2011
The floor.... Its so beautiful....
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  August 31, 2011
Both the build and the story are extremly well done! Can't wait for more!
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  August 31, 2011
Great story and MOC, can't wait for the rest!
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  August 31, 2011
The floor of that rotunda has some really impressive SNOT work, and the pink and blue windows are very nice as well.
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  August 31, 2011
Amazing! Hurry up with the next part, I cant wait!
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  August 31, 2011
Uh-oh, thinthe future is looking grim for those peasants! I loved both the build and the story, can't wait for the next one.
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  August 31, 2011
Amazing!
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  August 31, 2011
Very nice!
 
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