After the Mage cursed me, I ran into the woods. At first, I was trying to find Bodus. Then, I was trying to escape the forest. Then, I was just trying to survive. The pain was not a strong pain. But every time I thought I had gotten used to it, it changed. Just ever so slightly, but the change would bring out the pain again. It was always present, I could not block it out. I lost track of time and direction, wandering through the forest. It was the first time that the forest felt unfamiliar and strange. I began to wonder what my life's purpose was, there in that forest, and whether I had fulfilled it. And whether I should maybe pick a new one. And all that time, the pain...
I found myself at the edge of a clearing. At first, I felt only relief. Finally! I had escaped the forest.
But then I noticed the pillars. There were three of them, three gigantic pillars, hewn out of black stone. They looked like they were old, older than me, perhaps older than the forest. And they seemed strangely familiar...
"Who are you!" someone shouted. Between the pillars stood a boy, aiming at me with a makeshift bow.
I allowed myself a few seconds time to figure out what to answer. When the silence became almost unbearable, I said: "I am the Lost Ranger."
The boy's eyes opened wide. "The man who slew five dozed of the Black Lotus' finest" he whispered.
I shook my head, amused. "Don't believe everything they say. It was more like two dozen."
The boy looked a little bit disappointed at that. So I waited. And he waited. I finally decided to break the awkward silence.
"Do you know how to use that bow?" I asked approaching the boy.
He nodded. "I was the best shot in the village" he replied.
"Are you out hunting?" I asked while I still walked closer. "Shouldn't you be with your parents?"
The boy's expression instantly turned hard. He mumbled something that I couldn't understand.
"What?" I asked.
"I ran away." This time the boy's voice was louder. "They were mistreating me. I ran away."
Now I was right in front of him.
I looked him in the eyes. "I know how it feels to be alone."
The boy looked back at me. "It feels like..." The boy seemed to be struggling for words. "Well, like being... alone."
"I feel very alone sometimes." I said. "And I often wish for someone to talk to."
The boy nodded.
"And you probably feel the same way."
"What is your name?" I asked.
"How would you feel about..." I hesitated. Then I decided to forge on. "How would you feel about being my Apprentice?"
Elias looked at me for a long time. Then he said: "I don't want to be an Outlaw."
"Outlaws aren't all bad" I said. "I am, admittedly, but you don't have to be like me. I myself have come to regret many of the things I have done."
Elias looked at me again, skeptical now. Then he seemed to come to a conclusion.
"I will be your Apprentice."
The whole build, figless.
A (sort of) close-up of the clearing. I improved on the pillars by making the base and the equivalent at the top each a plate smaller, and I really like the results.
Sort of artistic shot.
The Rock. Wait, what are those binoculars doing there?
Ah yes... the reason that this is an MBC.
I had made an MBC like this a while ago, but then I re-purposed it for a Quest entry. Then, when I decided to make this build, I knew that it wouldn't be worth my while if I made a 32x32 diorama (which typically takes me at least a few days) only as a freebuild, so I made it an MBC!
All around outlaw territory are watchposts. These posts are often in abandoned ruins, but can also be in artificial caves like this one, or in large hollow tree-stumps, or other things. These posts are typically along the sides of Roads, where any suspicious passer-by is take note of, and some larger posts have a hidden horse which the person at the watch-post can use to warn surrounding villages and even cities in case of impending attacks or other emergencies. They can also warn of escaping captives things like that. The notes about suspicious seeming people traveling on roads are collected in books that can then be used for various things by the High Outlaw Council or the Coordinator.
This particular post was set up to watch the pillars, because strange reports concerning black pillars had surfaced around the area. If anything interesting happens here, the man notes it immediately, and in case of danger, he uses the horse at the secret exit of the cave (which is not in the Moc) to warn surrounding villages.
Another overview shot
Well, this Moc was very fun to make. I tried hard to make my landscape more interesting, with a more diverse color scheme (three colors instead of two!), rocks and plants. I also think that I was a lot more successful at portraying a forest than the last time I tried.
This was also a very important Moc story-wise, because I feel like Qinon had to get an apprentice eventually. Some people may be thinking, wow, that is really just copying the Ranger's Apprentice books, but that's fine with me.
If you have suggestions, please tell me (except about the big rock. I promise it looks decent in the back, and the front looks weird only because of the binoculars!).
EDIT: This is also my 30th LOM Moc! And it is also my 12th 32x32 diorama, so I think I have some practice with those now. When compared to my first, I you can tell that I have made some improvements.
Quoting Kai Bernstein
Love that landscaping! The photos are too soft to bring out the richness and contrast of the colors, but I still love the veins of dark green and the transition to brown. Great work overall!
That might be because of the editing... I'll have to look into that.
Excelent build! It would have been a 4 as I couldn't find any flaws, except The whatch hole seems a bit weak. It can only look one direction. So, it will have to be a three. It would have been a 3.5 if that were possible. Love the landscaping!