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LoM Crossover: Unlikely Alliance
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Near the easternmost border of Rainos, I shift uncomfortably, eyeing the road, taking in all the details. I didn't like it at all.

Me: Gorbus, if we're to get all of the people of Red Sand to Nostrogel, we need roads that aren't infested with these infernal rocks! The supplies won't even make it to the docks!

Gorbus: Calm yourself, my friend. We will find a way. I might even have a spell or two that could clear the roads here, but I can't be certain. I might accidentally turn the road into a river!




Me: For heaven's sakes, don't do that! We could try carrying the supplies on our backs, but that would be tiresome and require more than one trip. But if we bring wagons, we risk breaking a wheel and then our supplies would be stranded on this treacherous road with no way forward or back.

Gorbus gently stroked his beard, whilst his eyes seemed to gaze out into the distance. I had finally come to understand this to be his thinking face. I, many times, took it to be ignorance. Finally, he spoke again.

Gorbus: Then we may have to try my spells. Even if I conjure the wrong enchantment, I'm sure I can fix it.

Me: You're sure?

Gorbus: Of course. I've been doing this a long time, you know.




Me: Maybe so, but we can't afford any mis-

Suddenly I was cut off by a shout of warning from behind. I whirled around, sword tightly grasped, ready for combat. I eased slightly when I saw it was one of my Crimson Knights rushing down the dirt road. His face was pink and his breath nearly gone from running.

Me: What is it? Orcs? Stray Mythronians?

Crimson Knight: Nay, sir! It be a trio of warriors clad in green! None like these eyes have ever seen. I think one of them was an elf. His hair was long, as were his ears, sir.

Gorbus: Elves? In this country? That's odd...

Me: Maybe so, but I won't take any chances. Men! Take stealth positions! If they mean any harm, we'll ambush them! Gorbus, stay close. I'll block the road and I want you to provide magic where it might be needed.

Gorbus: I'll do what I can.




Then, all that could be heard was the shuffling of feet as my men settled into position. I moved back a few feet, standing directly in the middle of the path. I cut my eyes over at Gorbus, his face was stern and his grip tight on his staff. I returned my vision to the road, and that's when the figure appeared into my view. His face was fair, just like an elf's. His hair was long, a dark chestnut brown, running down his shoulders and back. His ears were much longer than that of any human. This was indeed an elf. He was accompanied by two footsoldiers, each carrying a long wooden spear. One carried a banner that I had never laid eyes on before. And before I could speak, the elf raised his hand and spoke.

Elf: Ho, there! I would extend my greetings to you, but I've seen too many vile Outlaws on this road already. Whether I can trust you or not escapes me. Hopefully you don't wish to attack me as well?

Me: As a free Outlaw, my intentions are my own. As is the land you now walk. You're in my territory now, so I'll ask the questions.

Elf: Ha! Since when did Outlaws beginning claiming Rainos land for themselves?

Me: Since they started earning it. Perhaps you best tell me your name, elf. Like I said, you're in my home now. Is it not customary to introduce one's self in another man's home where you come from? Especially when he comes uninvited?

Elf: My name is Darvainian.
(He slightly bows his head) Might I have the honor or your name? Or shall I just call you filthy Outlaw?



I quite detested his response, so, almost without thinking, I lunged forward, sword raised, and then sought to bring it down upon his head. But much to my surprise, he, with utmost ease, parried my blow. I gritted my teeth as our swords locked. I could hear as my men leaped out from behind their hiding spots, and rushed forward. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see Darvainian's men drop the banner and raise their spears at me and my men. Then, I could hear the faint creaking of a bow being drawn back.

Gorbus: Jaldor! Move back! We can let the bowmen do away with them!

Suddenly, I saw the flicker of flame in Darvainian's eyes go out, and become replaced with confusion. He quickly unlocked blades with me, jumped back, and held up a hand.

Darvainian: Jaldor? You're Jaldor of Red Sand?

Me:(Blade still raised) Yes, that would be me.




Darvainian lowered his sword and let out a laugh. It confused me, and I wasn't sure if it was a tactic to try and get away or if he really found something humorous.

Darvainian: This is rich indeed! Then you are the man I am seeking? The one who repelled Mythron from Red Sand during the invasion?

Me:
(Lowering sword)Aye, what business do you have with me, stranger?

Darvainian: Troubling business, I'm afraid. Have you had any encounters with the Black Lotus as of late? I pray you have no affiliation or agreement with them?

Me: Agreement with that lot? I wouldn't dream of it! They're vultures! Tried to get me to give them weapons and supplies for their effort. So I sent them away.

Darvainian: I must say, I find it odd that an Outlaw wouldn't align themselves with them. So many have already.

Me: Let those other Outlaws do what they wish. But the Crimson Knights have other plans. We're actually getting ready to head to Nostrogel. I've been appointed leader there.

Darvainian: As leader of Nerogue, I'm inclined to ask you to join our ranks and help fight the Black Lotus scourge. After all, you dislike them, yes?

Me: Of course, but my duty is to my people. Plus I could never fight alongside Mythronian dogs. No offense.

Darvainian: None taken. But before we go our separate ways. I ask a favor of you.

Me: Oh?

Darvainian: I need to know where I can find information about the Black Lotus. And don't lie to me by telling me you don't know where I can, because I know a man of your status does.

Me: I truthfully don't know of any places to get that sort of information. But I do know one thing. If you want to find out more, you should find the Coordinator. I have no idea who the fellow is or where he's at now. But, if you can find Sozo the Grer, who has ties with the Coordinator, you'll be on the right track. If you can team up the Coordinator, you'll have an immediate link with eyes who may already be looking for the Black Lotus.

Darvainian: I greatly thank you for this new information! Do you know where I can find this Sozo?

Me: Last I heard, he was in Reedus. But that was just through the grapevine. A guy like that could be anywhere.




Darvainian let out a smile full of gratitude and extended his hand. I nodded in return and shook his hand.

Darvainian: I thank you for this! Could this be an alliance on our part perhaps?

Me: Maybe an unlikely alliance, but yes.




And with that, Darvainian passed us, and continued down the road, surely to go back toward Reedus.

Gorbus: Hmmm... Darvainian, leader of Nerogue. A peculiar character.

Me: Maybe. But he's just looking out for his people, just like a good leader should. Besides, I would love to see someone put those Lotuses in their place. And I hope I'm there to see it...




Comments

  May 23, 2014
Heads up - campaigning for moderator positions in the LOM is open until June 1. If you want to run, you should probably get a platform up quickly.
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  May 19, 2014
Awesome! Sweet base and ground textureing! I love it:D
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  May 12, 2014
Awesome crossover! .... Talk about a late comment.
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  May 8, 2014
Wow! Great work, Jacob! I really like the landscaping and texturing, but my favorite part has to be that tree! Fantastic!
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  May 8, 2014
Sweet!
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  May 8, 2014
Very nice landscaping! The tree has to be my favorite! Great story as well! (I was once an outlaw as well, so other than calling someone a filthy outlaw, you did well with my character! But no worries, you can leave it as is)
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  May 8, 2014
Excellent job! Love the rock texture and tree work, the scene itself is awesome too though!
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  May 8, 2014
Great color scheme! The dark worn path looks nicely with the dark beige, and the rock work is nice as well.
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  May 8, 2014
Lovely job. The set looks great and the dialogue is very good. --Blast--
  May 7, 2014
@Halhi: Yeah, but does this look like a desert to you? :P I sort of agree on the larger rocks, though they aren't bad; certainly they aren't the same size.
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  May 7, 2014
Fantastic!
  May 7, 2014
I've seen square rocks in plenty of places, although mostly deserts. Actually, I thought Gilbert was referring to the shaping of the bigger rocks (which is the only real big issue with this build) rather than the 1x1 tiles. Maybe the 1x1s are a bit excessive, but not too bad. What bothers me is that the large rocks stick out so much - not really realistic, especially since they're all around the same height - some shorter ones mixed in would make it better.
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  May 7, 2014
And Kai has pounced. Great little build, Jacob! My favorite part is the tree, your best one you've ever done so far! The path is also good, but I think it's edges are too curvy. Overall, stellar work!
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  May 7, 2014
Now that I've finished with that - great build, Jacob! the layout is very nice and the landscaping is awesome. I like the 1x1 use of round tiles, for some reason not many people add them. The path I dislike, but then I dislike all solitary 1x1 squares. The rest of the build far outweighs them, though. :P
  May 7, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens When Kai does get here, I hope he sees this: in real life, some rocks do look like that. They stick out a few inches above the ground and are just as likely if not more likely to look like squares than circles. This is common anywhere with rocky soil or low topsoil, and I think they fit the situation perfectly.
I don't think I've ever seen a rock (that isn't near a body of water) that is square. And yes, I go outside quite often. :P But even if you have, I just don't think square 1x1 tiles look good. At least not alone.
Quoting Halhi 141 Nice build, and I agree with Gilbert - contrary to Kai's belief, not all rocks are the same. (small square rocks, for instance, exist...)
I have never stated nor meant to imply that all rocks are the same. Quite the opposite, actually; I know there's lots of variety. But it's funny you should say that now, when almost every rock in this path is exactly the same. :P
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  May 7, 2014
Great work! The landscaping is quite nice.
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  May 7, 2014
Cool tree and rockwork!
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  May 7, 2014
Very nice! I will speak for Darvainian, though. He doesn't call outlaws names. The same for Rainosians. but FNJ can correct me if I'm wrong. It's his character for goodness sakes! Again, nice build. Love the tree. :D
  May 7, 2014
@All the stuff about the rocks: I think Kai's hate of those 1x1s is a little unique - but when overdone, they don't really work. Here, I don't think you overdid them so it looks nice.
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  May 7, 2014
Nice one! The texturing is great!
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  May 7, 2014
Nice build, and I agree with Gilbert - contrary to Kai's belief, not all rocks are the same. (small square rocks, for instance, exist...)
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  May 7, 2014
Great job! Alwase a plesher to see your biulds!
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  May 7, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens When Kai does get here, I hope he sees this: in real life, some rocks do look like that. They stick out a few inches above the ground and are just as likely if not more likely to look like squares than circles. This is common anywhere with rocky soil or low topsoil, and I think they fit the situation perfectly.
Wait, what's wrong with the rocks?
  May 7, 2014
When Kai does get here, I hope he sees this: in real life, some rocks do look like that. They stick out a few inches above the ground and are just as likely if not more likely to look like squares than circles. This is common anywhere with rocky soil or low topsoil, and I think they fit the situation perfectly.
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  May 7, 2014
Cool stuff! Ooh, Kai's gonna have something to say about this . . . :P
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  May 7, 2014
Ooohh, Kai's going to be mad about those rocks on the road! Very nice job on the tree!
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  May 7, 2014
Don't trust them! The Nerogues are the same as the Black Lotus - they only do a better job of keeping their reputation clean. It's nice to see your part of the crossover, though. I was wondering how it all fit together.
 
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