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The monster on the wall
Sozo the Great: Episode II. This is an entry for the LOM May UC- Preparing for War.
About this creation
Faction = Outlaws.
The Lands of Mythron

Season I.
Season II.
Prologue
Episode I
Episode III

(Note- Captions above pictures.)


“They recently repulsed an attack from Rainos and need troops out there to reinforce Elpis.” Brad spoke to Sozo, as they strolled atop the wall of Bodus Minor.
Trailing them by a few steps, Elshak added, “And skilled personal to train the local Outlaws. That’s why I’m being sent. We’ll both be getting a some extra in our wages to make it worth our while.”
Despite that snow still covered the mountainside below, it felt comfortable up here with the sun glistening off the crimson stone walkway. A patrol was busy sweeping away the remaining slush from the wall.



Sozo stopped and leaned on the handrail, staring down into the white abyss. “I’m happy for you, it’s just sad to see you both go. I see you said your goodbyes to the rest of the crew.”
“Indeed,” Brad confirmed. He reached up to touch the red bandana on his head. Baron red, it was a farewell gift from Joshua.



As the Coordinator approached the trio, a happy shout from the patron stirred them from their conversation. “Hey, Ort!” Sozo’s ears perked up.
The Coordinator waved back to the patrol, but addressed Sozo, “We’re about ready to move against the Black Lotus. We’ve nailed down the location of their southern encampment. You’ll be under the command of Jacko the Marauder.”



That was a statement, and no answer was required. Sozo seized the moment to probe, “What did that soldier just call you?”
The Coordinator sighed. He waved Brad and Elshak back, commanding, “Leave us a minute.” Once they were out of earshot, he began, “I enjoy walking this side of the wall and have befriended Timiny, the patrol. He called me by my name, Ort Sirisen.” Sozo almost choked. This was the name of Lt. Harris Lottamen’s informant in the Taddren scandal.



“It’s not what you think, Sozo. Lottamen told me about you, and I’d been meaning to clarify about Taddren and Blood Bay since you arrived. I promise there’s a logical explanation, and I promise I will tell you when I have time. This morning I’m making an address to the builders and dedicating a newly finished park in the city, hence the cape…” A stomping noise seeped through the windows of the storeroom beneath them. The Coordinator lifted one finger, requesting quiet.



That quiet was shattered by the sound of a sword slicing flesh and bone. Everyone turned to see Timiny drop limply before two warriors cloaked in black.



They charged. Elskak and one of the Coordinator’s bodyguards engaged them, but Sozo froze at the sight of the monster that rose high over the battle. The Dark Druid!



“Run!” Sozo called to Ort, but an energy blast floored the Coordinator and his remaining guard. It became clear at that moment, that this was not a random attack. This was an assassination.



CLANG! THUD! One of the intruders pounced on Brad, slamming him to the ground with a heavy black shield. He slashed at Sozo, who had to throw himself backward to avoid the blade.



Things went from bad, to worse. Though Ort had recovered from the energy attack, a new threat blocked his way. Minions of the Druid had scaled the wall. Sozo glanced around as he jumped to his feet. They were surrounded and out manned as Elshak was batted back and Brad was unable to thrash free of his opponent. The warrior set his sword to Brad’s neck, but Sozo rammed a fist into his side before he could deal the fatal blow.



Fingers tearing through the black hood, the grer dragged the warrior off Brad by the ears. He rotated heaving him around, but the warrior pulled loose. In the second it took the man to get his bearings, Sozo planted both hands on his chest and shoved with a yell that demanded power. The warrior stuck the hand rail, and momentum carried him over. Brad wasn't out of harm’s way yet though, barely on his feet before the Dark Druid shot forward.



“Oshi Nomu Sei!” screamed the Dark Druid, invoking the enchantment of his weapon. Light flashed and a wave of energy pulsed from his golden scythe. Elshak was thrown back but not down and Brad blocked the wave, yet Sozo saw that the attack was only meant to distract them. They’d fallen for it, and now stood in extreme peril.



No longer encumbered by Elshak's skillful blade, the second cloaked warrior rushed forward. He swung the great sword as he broke through the defensive line, and cut Brad down.



As the body of their dear comrade rolled lifelessly over the step, Sozo and Elshak turned their blazing rage against the first enemy they saw. Their weapons swung for the Dark Druid, though a greater enemy passed like the shadow of death.



They brawled with knife and magic like a furious whirlwind. Little did they know that the battle was already over, and that the Black Lotus had won.



The realization came like a stab in the back. Elshak and Sozo had just knocked the Druid unconscious, when a chain jangled. They turned, as a voice panted behind them, haughty and victorious, “So it seems that the Outlaws, are just outlaws all over again. Join the Black Lotus if you have any sense, we will soon rule the world!”



A moment later, the cloaked warrior was gone. Two remained on the wall, scanning the destruction.



Their gazes came to rest on the body of their fallen friend, and they grieved in silence. Neither shed tears. Years in a dungeon had dried up the once assassin’s tears, and Sozo had used up a lifetime of sorrow after Blood Bay. Nonetheless, they were filled with grief, and then anger.



“What happens now,” Sozo’s voice was a whisper. He turned to Elshak, “Where do we go from here.”
“The Coordinator is dead, we aren’t. The Outlaws are alive. It will be as the cloaked warrior said unless someone holds us together.”
“What are you getting at?”



Elshak picked up Ort’s shining helmet, and held it out to Sozo, “You could lead us.”
“You really think so?” Sozo was shocked by the suggestion, “Why would they follow me? There are others who’ve been here longer.”
“The team you brought together is now dispersed through all areas and occupations of the cities, each one telling their new coworkers the stories of how they got here. They’re telling stories about your leadership, Sozo.”
“Maybe so, but what about the higher ranked members leading forces elsewhere?”
“Nothing will change for them, we’ll continue on with what the Coordinator began. They’ll have no reason to question.”



“I don’t know,” Sozo shook his head. “What right do I have to that position?”
“You have to try!” Elshak pleaded. “Someone has to address the faction, and they have to do it now. If they find out the Coordinator is dead on their own, there will be mass division. They’ll revert to being mere thieves and plunderers!” He shoved the helmet into the grer’s hands, “Your faction awaits you. I think you’ll be dedicating a cemetery instead of a park though.”
Finally, Sozo nodded, determined. He put on the commanding helm of the Coordinator, then the breast plate, and, at last, the ceremonial cape. He was ready.



Turning and marching over red-spattered stone, he commanded, “Let’s do this.”





(The wall)
This thing is big! ...at least for my collection.






(The catapult)
On flat ground, this little artillery launches stones 5' through the air!


All you have to do is turn the crank.


Here you can see how is works. Simple but very effective.




Some foes just won't die...







Thank you all for your comments, I hope you enjoyed!



Comments

 I like it 
  June 1, 2014
Nice job! The snow/rockwork could use some work and the wall ought to be more textured, but the shaping is fantastic and the red cobblestones on top is a great idea. I really like that SNoT rounded section, too.
 I like it 
  May 21, 2014
Nice! I like the curved part of the wall the best (the tower-like part).
 I made it 
  May 21, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick
Thank you very much! Interesting opinion about the floor, most people thought it enhanced the MOC. I did it to tie it in with the color scheme of Bodus Minor. I'm really not sure what you mean about the catapult though, sorry. Perhaps it's because of the black, which I hoped would make it look more realistic.
 I like it 
  May 21, 2014
Nice work OoL! The tower's shaping is really well done! I skimmed the story, but what I read was good! I have a few problems though, one of them being the cobble stone on the floor. Not only does it not fit very well in my opinion, but it being red made it all the stranger. My other problem is the catapult. It's very imprssive that it actually fires, but the coloring and shaping is a little strange. It looks a bit mangled....not terribly. With the miniture serge of firing castle weapons in the LOM community it's great to see another weapon though! :D
 I made it 
  May 17, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Really nice architecture on the curving wall, and that daring red wall floor is a great balance to the white and bley scene. Great job integrating the floor angles into a smooth surface with no major gaps. Also, I'd forgotten how good your stories are :)
Thank you, Thomas! I appreciate your feedback.
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
The top of the wall was beautiful! Great work!
  May 17, 2014
BURPs: Big Ugly Rock PieceS. (Not kidding)
 I made it 
  May 17, 2014
Quoting Professor B. You can't even imagine how happy I was when I saw this. Object built a castle!!!(Well, at least part of one.) Fabulous job! I think this is your best MOC yet! The rounded part was executed perfectly. Then there was the snow and rocks at the bottom, which, I may say, looks awesome. The red floor and catapult are just too cool. An excellent MOC Object!
You are too kind! One day I'll have a full castle for you.
 I made it 
  May 17, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens You made wall elements and BURPs look good. Great build!
Thanks! I'm not familiar with BURPs, what does that mean?
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
You can't even imagine how happy I was when I saw this. Object built a castle!!!(Well, at least part of one.) Fabulous job! I think this is your best MOC yet! The rounded part was executed perfectly. Then there was the snow and rocks at the bottom, which, I may say, looks awesome. The red floor and catapult are just too cool. An excellent MOC Object!
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
Lovely! Awesome story, too.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
Really nice architecture on the curving wall, and that daring red wall floor is a great balance to the white and bley scene. Great job integrating the floor angles into a smooth surface with no major gaps. Also, I'd forgotten how good your stories are :)
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
You made wall elements and BURPs look good. Great build!
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting David FNJ Great work! I like the architecture here, and the story was excellent!
The work paid off, thanks man!
 I made it 
  May 16, 2014
Quoting Bumblebee 5253 8O Amazing work!! I love that wall, and the very entertaining story!
Thank you, thank you!
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
Great work! I like the architecture here, and the story was excellent!
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
The architecture is the bomb of this moc.
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
Very well done - the color choices work great and the shaping of the wall is stellar. Nice!
 I like it 
  May 16, 2014
8O Amazing work!! I love that wall, and the very entertaining story!
 
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