A Character Extroduction . Like the other one, but backwards. . What you see before you are the remains of the noble Sir Black.
He lived a relatively blameless life, when held against the others of his kind, and even earned some merit in his time. His manners were perfect (towards his fellow aristocrats), his bloodline was pure (its history is written on paper going back a thousand years to a retired bandit), and though it would not be true to say that anyone loved him, he did have a few good friends.
All in all, a blameless life.
Unless you were a bandit, pirate, troll, or enemy soldier. He was a very good knight when it came to dispatching enemies, although his friends stopped him from beating peasants a few years ago.
The lady in gray holding his head is the friend responsible for this matter. She's a hedgewitch that first met Sir Black when she put a curse on him and made him miss his boat. They made up, and occasionally traveled together.
Although many of his fellow mortals forgave his faults, the fates (I, Gilbert Despathens) were sick of putting up with his arrogance and set up this elaborate death scene (it took five minutes to build, set up, and photograph). The fates are feeling some regret here, because cold Sir Black was a nice, strong character who served as an excellent foil to the more chivalrous of his order and a useful plot element. Alas, resurrection is too cliche to consider.
Somewhere around here is a knight in grey armor and a brimmed helmet named Duncan MacFiercest. He is another of my favorite minifigures, both because he looks almost as awesome as Sir Black with his more primitive style and roguish smile and for his equally diverse character. The important thing about him is his squire, Leslie, whom kinless Sir Black (he actually had some distant family, but loathed them) named as his heir.
The thing about the name "Leslie" is that it can apply to either gender. Leslie picked it for that reason, because she is female by birth and physiology, but he spent so long passing as Sir MacFiercest's male squire, he/she really isn't sure. It's probably a job for a specialized psychologist, but all this world has are wizards.
Good luck, Leslie. You're rather dull, but you might work.
There is also the Knight of the Cheesy Grin, Sir Blancard d'Hilltown, the one and only Ankorian knight errant (Ankoria is full of knights, but they are heavily structured into the Imperial Military and have no time for questing). I'm not too sure about him yet, but both his color and jovial, robust personality perfectly reacted with the old Sir Black.
Both Sir Black and Sir Hilltown carry full-sized swords from the KK1 series, and those are a bother to fit on a horse. Check out how I did it.
Sir Black's steed also has saddlebags and a crossbow attached to its harness. It works surprisingly well.
Again, I have mixed feelings over this murder. On one hand, such a breathtaking suit of shiny armor deserves a "good" hero, but on the other Sir Black was the perfect blend of light and dark.
Have you seen the dork with the bad hair and the grin? He's Leslie's replacement as Sir MacFiercest's squire. I'm already looking for a messy extroduction for that one.
Structure notes: As you can see, this is a simple, SNOT-powered monochrome composed of dark grey slopes and a few BURPs designed to be viewed from only one direction. This was built with the intention of providing a deathbed for my hero while distracting me from a much larger and more annoying project, and fitted both purposes equally. If you would like to see my best creation on MOCpages to date (August 10, 2013), check out "Snake Street" on my homepage.