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LOM Episode 1: Attempted Ambush
My Lands of Mythron character intro; he is an Outlaw. (Although this is my character's intro, it is told from the enemy's perspective. Most episodes will be told from my protagonist's point of view.)
About this creation
It was the middle of the night; pitch-black in the forest. Crickets filled the frigid air with their chirping, making it impossible to overhear the low voices belonging to two men crouched by a fire. One was garbed in black robes and a hood. He had pristine white gloves on and a dark, creased face. The other wore dark leather and chain mail under a cape. He had long black hair and a heavily cut and scarred face. The fire that crackled between them cast dark shadows on each of their faces.

"How did this happen?" The cloaked figure asked.

"It was a loner," The latter replied. "We were all set up to ambush anyone traveling west, just north of Carthal. This one looked like a Mythronian. He wore brown leather with blue highlights. He was alone. Simple enough job: let the scout take him by surprise and then rush him. Easy." He paused. "Only it wasn't. He wasn't a normal traveler, and I have my doubts now that he was even a Mythronian."

"Who was he, then?" The cloaked figure asked.

"I don't know. We never found out. One thing's for sure: he had been trained more extensively than most; he slaughtered us."

The cloaked figure stirred. "Explain."


We thought he may have been looking for the missing gold. It was, after all, a hefty amount of it we had stolen from Mythron. He was walking along the path with purpose in his stride and a set, grim expression. We dared not take any chances, so I prepared an ambush.


The scout crawled on the tree above him, knife in hand. But the next sounds we heard were not the ones we'd expected.


There was the sound of hasty backpedaling, an object whistling through the air, and a sharp crack...


I peered around the corner and beheld the traveler unblemished, unhurt and considerably angry, standing over the limp body of the scout.


We surged around the corner towards the traveler. It was three on one; hardly a fair fight.


For us, that is. He took out my other two men in seconds, using the curved spike on the bottom of his staff to direct their weapons away from him and the large sapphire at the top to club them, with unerring accuracy, in the eye and mouth gaps in their helmets.



The man with the disfigured face paused in his story as his cloaked accomplice narrowed his eyes. "Sir?" The wounded man asked.

"Go on..." The other said slowly. He seemed to be thinking hard.

The scarred man continued his story.


The loner turned to me next. Our fight lasted much longer than the others'. I thought I had a chance.


But then he twirled his staff, knocking my knives away and leaving my torso undefended, and swung his staff at my face. Its cold black spike sliced through my skin three times in quick succession. Howling, I stumbled backward, knowing this, surely, was the end. I'd dropped one of my knives somewhere. Blood was beginning to blind me as a deep cut on my forehead dripped the red fluid down, seeping through my eyebrows. More was streaking my cheeks, nose and mouth, sticky and uncomfortably warm. But the man did not pursue me! He simply stood there and watched with an almost quizzical expression on his face.


What could I have done? I ran. I ran fast and hard, knowing I had to get my wounds bandaged. And it was after I'd done this and checked our hidden gold reserve to make sure it was all there--it was--that I returned to report to you.



"I am convinced," He continued, "that the traveler knew nothing of the stolen gold, or if he did, was not seeking to return it. Nor could he have known who we were; black is as generic a color as can be, especially in Mythron."


The cloaked man did not answer.

"Sir?" The wounded soldier said again.

At last, the commanding officer stirred and raised his head. "I know the man you speak of, Carth. I know him well. Ganner is his name. He used to be of the nation of Mythron, before breaking off with his older partner, Zanthas. The gruff old man was a very skilled warrior, but had aged too much by the time we met."

He paused.

"While abroad, I killed Zanthas two years ago before the boy's eyes. Ganner has since become a fearsome warrior; a loner. I always knew he would attempt to avenge his partner and mentor and it seems he has tracked me back to Mythron; no doubt he recognized my distinct style in the gold theft...and I am sure he recognized your---my---men's ambush pattern. You could not have known this, Carth...but I am sure you were spared only so Ganner could follow you."

Just then, there was the sharp crack of a twig snapping. Somebody was approaching from the shadows.


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Comments

 I made it 
  March 14, 2014
Quoting JP Creations The rockwork is very good. The campfire looks amazing!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2014
The rockwork is very good. The campfire looks amazing!
 I made it 
  February 3, 2014
Quoting Reynolds . And you guys just comment on each others mocs saying they're great not criticizing each others MOCs.
That's not actually true. When there's something to be criticized on each other's mocs, we criticize it. It just so happens that there isn't usually much to criticize. :P
 I made it 
  February 3, 2014
Quoting | Calvin |
I thought Reynolds had asked you to post a comment like that; the timing was much too coincidental. What also made me think that is because your reasons for giving it 2/5 didn't make sense. I thought you meant the rockwork design was bad, as well as the lighting itself. I see now you meant the rockwork colors and not the lighting but the background. Those points I can appreciate and assure you future builds will be better in both regards. :P Now, as for Armon's comments...what do you mean? There were no hate comments. At least none intended. I gave him several likes, gave constructive criticism...there was no malice intended. Armon is even listed as one of my favorite builders!
 I made it 
  February 3, 2014
Quoting Reynolds .
It's not a system or agreement we have or anything, it just happened that way. And it isn't that we think it's fun to criticize others' mocs. Most of the time it's honest critique; constructive criticism. My comment on yours, no, that one was not nice and I am sorry it came out that way. I refer you to my response to Armon on "TT R1: The Climb". And lastly, yes, I promise I won't post any comments that may come off as rude on your mocs.
  February 3, 2014
I gave you my true opinion on it. Why would I be mad at you guys? You never comment on my MOCs, much less say negative things about them. The lighting is bad, I see you felt like the pictures should be taken outside, but I do not like it. Plus I really dislike the rocks, the way you made it a little green a little tan and mostly dark grey. The story isn't bad, though. This is totally unrelated to Reynolds. I have no Idea what's going on between you two. But I have seen you two ambushing Armon's builds with hate comments, as with Freeling's. You're being a hypocrite Kai and Halhi, accusing Reynolds of throwing hate comments at your MOCs after you guys dislike one of his MOCs. And yet you do it to Armon? Really? I see you have no reply to Armon on his MOC, either Halhi. "Do unto others as ye will have them do unto you." And Halhi, try not to spam on his MOC, since you've already liked it. I always get in a habit of just clicking the "Excellent" button after I click on "Add a Comment". Not saying it's your fault.
  February 3, 2014
@Halhi and Kai. So you guys like criticizing MOCs? You 2 must work together to do this, like when someone fights back to Kai criticizing their MOCs, Halhi will stand up for him (typically). And you guys just comment on each others mocs saying they're great not criticizing each others MOCs. Why do you guys enjoy criticizing MOCs? I think you only do it for fun. Especially you, Halhi. Freeling is right, you guys are both Sn0bs. By the way, I don't want anymore rude comments on any of my MOCs by neither of you. I hope you guys actually read this and stop criticizing MOCs.
 I made it 
  February 1, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141
Which ones of yours did he do it on? :P And yes, it appears he has, though not to the point where it's convincing. And now to your comment...thanks! Although, this IS quite a blocky, obviously older build. The pathway is a little odd, the rockwork colors inconsistent and the rockwork itself just a /tad/ messy. Still, it was a breakthrough for me at the time and because of it I'm now twice the builder I was. :P
  February 1, 2014
Quoting | Calvin |
That's really ironic coming from you, Do you and your brothers always have to ironically criticize such good mocs? The curvature of this rockwork is something you don't see everyday in LOM. While this isn't a perfect moc, it really stands out for all the techniques he used.
 I like it 
  February 1, 2014
Hehe, always a bit funny to see Reynolds do this kind of thing so often. Although when he did into me, he didn't get his brothers involved (in fact Armon was on my side that time :P); looks like he's worked on his strategies since then :P Oh, since I've only used this MOC to convey messages to you and never to actually comment on it, here goes: that rockwork really looks great! The smooth curves look really fantastic and realistic, really stands out from the common, blockier/ridge-filled rockwork normally seen. Awesome work!
 I made it 
  January 31, 2014
Quoting | Calvin | I think this is over-rated. It could use some better pictures. I don't like the rocks they look too plain. 2/5
Reynolds must be truly angry with me...
  January 30, 2014
Funny how he chose two of my favorite mocs from you, innit?
  January 30, 2014
I think this is over-rated. It could use some better pictures. I don't like the rocks they look too plain. 2/5
 I like it 
  January 7, 2014
Wow awesome moc.
 I made it 
  December 19, 2013
Quoting Halhi 141 Hey Kai: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/23360 Interested?
Definitely interested. But...I'm not sure (for reasons given on the group page).
 I like it 
  December 15, 2013
Awesome build.
  December 15, 2013
 I made it 
  December 15, 2013
Thanks everyone! :D
 I like it 
  December 12, 2013
Very nice, love the story!
 I like it 
  December 9, 2013
Awesome! I love your character! Keep up the good work! :)
 I like it 
  December 8, 2013
What an intro! Intense and captivating story, I can't wait for more!
 I like it 
  December 8, 2013
I already commented and rated this five out of five... but you chose this as your winning moc for the Outlaw Lottery, so I will comment and rate again... and I can only, again, say that the curve in the rocks is excellent. I also like that you took the pictures outside.
 I like it 
  November 26, 2013
Really good build, and the fire pics are excellent!
 I made it 
  November 16, 2013
Quoting RE: Read This!
Quoting Halhi 141 (so this seems like a weird way to comment, but I'm doing this so that this part of my comment won't show up on people's activity bars so that only you'll see it) In the attack and fortify game, I've noticed that you've expressed that you're planning to sever ties between our factions. Wouldn't it make more sense for both of us to ally against Nerogue? Nerogue is getting way too powerful, and you know that eventually the last remaining one of us two will have to fight against them (a battle you know neither of us can win). It would make more sense for us to attack them together so we have the combined power of two factions (and afterwards you'd probably still win against Mythron since you have more health than us). Just something to think about. Nice build!
(Clever :P) That's...tempting, certainly. And it would make more sense, yes. But Nerogue was intended to be our ally to the last; at least the way I saw it. Some of us were even considering suggesting some sort of mutual victory. However, I don't think that's going to happen, and you do bring up some good points. The other reason I'm reluctant to accept your offer is because I've had enough of the ganging-up thing. The Outlaws were ganged up on, and that wasn't pleasant at all. Now we've just done it to Enalica, and I feel bad about that. I'm not willing to gang up on another faction; it's too mean. :P But your arguments are quite logical and have convinced me to sever ALL alliances the Outlaws have and not get into another one. Better to cut ties now than to make Nerogue feel betrayed at the very end.
Thanks!
 I like it 
  November 16, 2013
Quoting Read this! (so this seems like a weird way to comment, but I'm doing this so that this part of my comment won't show up on people's activity bars so that only you'll see it) In the attack and fortify game, I've noticed that you've expressed that you're planning to sever ties between our factions. Wouldn't it make more sense for both of us to ally against Nerogue? Nerogue is getting way too powerful, and you know that eventually the last remaining one of us two will have to fight against them (a battle you know neither of us can win). It would make more sense for us to attack them together so we have the combined power of two factions (and afterwards you'd probably still win against Mythron since you have more health than us). Just something to think about.
Nice build!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2013
Well done! I really like the rockwork in the build where the fight was. Good story, too!
 I like it 
  October 22, 2013
Very nice! The rockwork is brilliant! You're also an excellent writer!
 I made it 
  October 14, 2013
Fixed the pictures. :)
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Nice rock work and lighting! Next time I suggest choosing large pictures (they get centered anyway). Welcome to LOM!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Nice MOC. Not really digging those small pics though.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2013
Yet another great creation. :D
 I like it 
  October 12, 2013
Woah, fantastic! The rockwork in the ambush scene is top-notch and your figure's quite cool. The lighting in the campfire photos is also very well-done, and your story really had me reading. Brilliant!
 I like it 
  October 12, 2013
Very nice.
 I made it 
  October 11, 2013
Quoting Gilbert Despathens You have a good writing style (certainly compared to the MOCpages standard), some skill with scenery, and an excellent lighting technique. I've seen black lights used on flame bricks, but it looks like you just used a flashlight and the effect is excellent with the black background. The only criticism I can offer is the picture size; it's hard to make out details with the "center" option.
Yeah, every shot (obviously minus the last two) was taken outside, and I did use a small flashlight to illuminate the fire. I think it works just as well (if not better) as other, more "advanced" techniques. And is there a way to keep the pictures in the middle but make them larger? They turn out blurry when I make their height 250 instead of 159 (or something)...
 I made it 
  October 11, 2013
Thanks everyone. :D
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
Great building, story, and photography! Taking the pictures outside really adds to it!
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
I love it! Especially the curve in the rocks.
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
Wow! Much better story than most of the other people on here!
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
Nice job Kai. Although I didn't expect anyone to leave Nerogue anytime soon, it being the formulation primarily of older outlaws... (continuing my LOM history lesson)
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
Nice story! :)
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
You have a good writing style (certainly compared to the MOCpages standard), some skill with scenery, and an excellent lighting technique. I've seen black lights used on flame bricks, but it looks like you just used a flashlight and the effect is excellent with the black background. The only criticism I can offer is the picture size; it's hard to make out details with the "center" option.
 I like it 
  October 11, 2013
I love the scenery and the SNOT work you did. Great story too!
 I made it 
  October 11, 2013
Quoting A. Sargent Those are some awesome rocks, Kai!
Thanks! I'd always been impressed with other people's angled+SNoT rockwork so I decided to try it out myself. I'm pretty pleased with the result, and will be doing more of it in the future. :)
  October 11, 2013
Those are some awesome rocks, Kai!
 
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