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LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera
Spring comes to Isla Norte, at a serene wooden chapel.
About this creation
What Happened First?
What Happened Last?
What Happens Next?


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

“Here we are,” Eric said cheerfully, as we strode up to the tall wooden church. “I’ll be outside if you need me, but I’ll try not to disturb you.”


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

Inside, the church was dim and quiet, and completely deserted. It was a welcome contrast to the bustle of the city.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

I looked around; although it felt as though someone else was in the room, the hall was quiet as the grave. Suddenly, in the loft, a board creaked.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

With a wild cry, a black-coated figure charged off the narrow walkway, swinging a curved, alien weapon from its chain. Leaping down to the floor, he somersaulted and came up on his feet. The Black Lotus had found me once more!


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

I glanced around urgently, seeking some form of weapon, but unsurprisingly, the church had nothing. On the wall at the end of the church, a round, polished wooden shield was hanging. I snatched it from its hanger, turning to face the assassin.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

As hard as I could, I smashed the shield’s boss into my enemy’s face, expecting him to reel back. Instead, he ducked backwards and flicked his blade around my shield.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

With surprising strength from one so agile, he next flipped underneath the edge of the shield, dropping to the floor and sending me sprawling over him and onto a row of pews. As I righted myself, he sprang, from the floor, onto the edge of the loft and pulled himself over.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

I grabbed the end of the bell-chain, and swung up onto the loft from it. From the tower above, the clear peals of the bell echoed out. I could only hope that help would come.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

On the back wall hung two banners, in the yellow and gold of Isla Norte. I jerked one out of its socket to fend off my assailant, but his chain was already spiraling around it with a clank.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

He dropped again off the loft, dragging me after him. I dropped the banner, leaving him to untangle his weapon, and scrambled up to the far side.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

In the corner was a small bundle of tools. I pulled out a long, hooked pole, used to hook onto the bell-chain, and prepared to fend him off again.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

Snatching the tip of the pole, however, he unhesitatingly leaped off the loft, pulling me forward and off-balance.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

As he leveraged the pole over the walkway, I hurtled forward and over, launching uncontrollably across the gap and smashing into the pews below.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

My vision was blurry and my head was reeling, and I could barely move after the impact. My leg, meanwhile, felt as though it was in the grip of a great spider.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

The assassin advanced towards me, cackling and whirring his blades menacingly.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

He halted, a stunned expression on his face, and slowly slumped to the ground.


LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

I faded into darkness.




What Happens Next?

One of my favorite examples of Viking architecture has always been that of the stave church. They have a fascinating amount of different shapes to them, especially in the roof, while still having the perfect base for building out of Lego bricks.



Mine is modeled more after this, however :)




Front wall, with a small path running to the church door. From front to back, the ground rises by one brick’s height. Also, the window arches, though not identical, were inspired by Halhi 141.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera


The top of the front wall. Nothing especially interesting going on from this angle, except for a few shields.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera


Side view. The plate at the bottom right corner is angled with some hinged SNOT. Although it’s mostly hidden, I still think it adds some visual interest underneath the plants. About those plants- “Springs are short in Isla Norte, and thaws can spring up in a matter of hours.” I totally wasn’t getting bored with building snow.

Also, the boards on the second story have a ½ stud offset.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera


Here’s the main picture again, showing the vines, the steeple, and the architectural doohickey at the edge of the second story.

LOM UC- The Stave Chapel of Aesera

Thanks for viewing, and have a nice day!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 7, 2014
I really like the look of this!
  June 25, 2014
The builds are good enough, even though they could have more detail. Photography is quite good though.
 I like it 
  June 24, 2014
Great work
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  June 1, 2014
Quoting Ranger Brady This is nice! I like the shields and foliage.
Thanks!
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  May 31, 2014
This is nice! I like the shields and foliage.
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  May 13, 2014
Quoting Evan Botkin Nice job! I like the church's design!
Thanks!
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  May 13, 2014
Nice job! I like the church's design!
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  May 12, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Impressive build here, Dude! And great action scene! All very convincing.
Thank you!
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  May 11, 2014
Impressive build here, Dude! And great action scene! All very convincing.
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  May 3, 2014
Quoting Graeme Straughn Excellent work, man! I love the story too! Sometimes LOM stuff has an AMAZING story but a lame build or vice versa but not here! :)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
 I like it 
  May 3, 2014
Exellent... Great Church! Very accurate!
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  May 3, 2014
Quoting Aranethon . A brilliant way to continue this interesting story line! I have made a decision, Thomas. It is up to you wether to accept it or not. I place the complete control and ownership of the "Troytanions" in your hands. I am hoping your hands I'm hoping you can make use of it. I shall no longer be contributing to LOM enough to own a race.
Okey-dokey. I'll be sorry to see you leave. I'm glad you like the story, however :)
 I like it 
  May 3, 2014
A brilliant way to continue this interesting story line! I have made a decision, Thomas. It is up to you wether to accept it or not. I place the complete control and ownership of the "Troytanions" in your hands. I am hoping your hands I'm hoping you can make use of it. I shall no longer be contributing to LOM enough to own a race.
 I made it 
  May 3, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Very nice rendering of this type of medieval architecture! :)
Thanks!
 I like it 
  May 3, 2014
Very nice rendering of this type of medieval architecture! :)
 I like it 
  May 2, 2014
Excellent work, man! I love the story too! Sometimes LOM stuff has an AMAZING story but a lame build or vice versa but not here! :)
 I like it 
  May 2, 2014
Yeah, honestly. People have been showing the BL to have no more skill than some common rabble of Outlaws. Its mocs like these, and only these, that I consider canon. Sieges? Head-on assaults? Inferior warriors? Nonsense.
 I made it 
  May 2, 2014
Quoting David . Nice! That's a very agile dude though... Jumping up to the rafters. O.O
He's BL- what do you expect? Besides, I'm far from the only one to bounce their character around like that :P
 I like it 
  May 2, 2014
Nice! That's a very agile dude though... Jumping up to the rafters. O.O
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting Julia LeeP An eye-catching build, for sure. I love the vine detailing, the bell on the top, the golden studs detailing, and the shields here. Also, I think you really captured your inspiration (the Viking stave church) in this build. The foliage is a bit boring, but I think that the forest green really went well with this build. The regular green wouldn't have really flowed. And the path could use some work. But overall, simplistically beautiful. Oh, and one last thing: what happened to the base? It looks like it was warped...
Thank you, Julia! I really wanted to focus to be on the church here, not the landscaping. Also, the path was built hours before the deadline :P The base is hinged on one of the 4x8 plates, and the rest is simply elevated. I did that to give the impression of extra height without adding a ton of rockwork.
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting Professor B. When I first saw this I thought, "This has got to be based off of Viking architecture!" Then I read it. :P My older brother loves this one a lot: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=387262&id=/user_images/103077/13989070782 (at least... I think that's the one) Anyway, stellar job! Love the interior!
Thanks, Professor!
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  May 1, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny Nice! The building itself is really beautiful and it certainly does have that Norse feel you wanted.
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Great lighting and photography - a very cool MOC.
Thank you!
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  May 1, 2014
Quoting David FNJ I actually think that the plain colors actually adds to the feel of the MOC (some buildings are indeed plain). Nice work!
Finally, someone who understands! That's one of the funny things about Lego architecture- irl, not all buildings have giant chunks of wood or stone covering the walls :P
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick Good work Thomas! Be prepared for Kai to sever your head for that path though:P
Hey, why do you think I'm still holding onto that shield? :D Thank you!
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting T. J. Pownell That was great! The build is also stellar. I love the assassin's dying expression! x0
That head's perfect, isn't it? Glad you liked it!
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting James Prins Wow, that's a great church! You should finish it off and post it separately when you have time :)
I'm about empty of brown pieces right now :P I'm planning to build the front end when I'm further along in the story.
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ The angles of the photos in this post are nice! They show off the action very well. The church looks good, though it could use some texture of some sort. The walls are a little too smooth. The exposed studs inside threw me off a bit. :P Ran out of tiles? Hate when that happens. Anyway, your story was great as always. Can't wait for the next installment!
Thank you! Yeah, I used pretty much all my tiles on the exterior :P I'm glad you liked the story and the "action poses" :)
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  May 1, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Great work! I really like the shape!!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
An eye-catching build, for sure. I love the vine detailing, the bell on the top, the golden studs detailing, and the shields here. Also, I think you really captured your inspiration (the Viking stave church) in this build. The foliage is a bit boring, but I think that the forest green really went well with this build. The regular green wouldn't have really flowed. And the path could use some work. But overall, simplistically beautiful. Oh, and one last thing: what happened to the base? It looks like it was warped...
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
When I first saw this I thought, "This has got to be based off of Viking architecture!" Then I read it. :P My older brother loves this one a lot: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=387262&id=/user_images/103077/13989070782 (at least... I think that's the one) Anyway, stellar job! Love the interior!
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
Nice! The building itself is really beautiful and it certainly does have that Norse feel you wanted.
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
Great lighting and photography - a very cool MOC.
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
I actually think that the plain colors actually adds to the feel of the MOC (some buildings are indeed plain). Nice work!
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
Good work Thomas! Be prepared for Kai to sever your head for that path though:P
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
That was great! The build is also stellar. I love the assassin's dying expression! x0
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
Wow, that's a great church! You should finish it off and post it separately when you have time :)
 I like it 
  May 1, 2014
The angles of the photos in this post are nice! They show off the action very well. The church looks good, though it could use some texture of some sort. The walls are a little too smooth. The exposed studs inside threw me off a bit. :P Ran out of tiles? Hate when that happens. Anyway, your story was great as always. Can't wait for the next installment!
 I made it 
  May 1, 2014
Quoting Gabe French Great MOC, and I love how you made the church.
Thanks!
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  April 30, 2014
Great work! I really like the shape!!
 I like it 
  April 30, 2014
Great MOC, and I love how you made the church.
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  April 30, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Nice architecture, and good idea with the window arches! That's definitely a much less piece intensive method ;) However, I feel like the color scheme is a bit plain - perhaps some colors mixed in with the foliage or building could add a lot. Also some parts seem a bit simple and repetitive. Still, nicely done and good luck!
Thank you! What type of color scheme do you think would be good in the foliage? I only have the three olive green leaves, and I thought normal green looked too summery. Would you put flowers there?
 I like it 
  April 30, 2014
Nice architecture, and good idea with the window arches! That's definitely a much less piece intensive method ;) However, I feel like the color scheme is a bit plain - perhaps some colors mixed in with the foliage or building could add a lot. Also some parts seem a bit simple and repetitive. Still, nicely done and good luck!
 
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