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The Hero of Avalancia - Chapter Two: A Surprising Discovery
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When we last left off, Sir Jalton of Avalancia had just dispatched of a group of Dracovian grunts. He and his flag-bearer, Thomas Doogleberry, now make their way up the tall Shadow Tower to retrieve that stolen Ambassador. Soon, they come to the creaky oak door, and they push it open...



Sir Jalton: Fear not, dear Ambassador! I have come to save thou from this retched prison!

Ambassador: I dare say! It took you long enough! Living up here has been like living in a sewer below the streets of commoners!

Sir Jalton: A woman?! I was under the impression we were here to rescue a wealthy Ambassador, not a damsel in distress!

Ambassador: Hmff! And rude as well as he is slow! My name is Penelope. Ambassador Penelope.



Sir Jalton: Well, this is truly a wicked turn of events!

Ambassador Penelope: I trust the negotiations with Baron Gripora went well? Was he happy with the exchange?

Sir Jalton:(Laughing)Oh yes, I'm sure the Baron is quite overjoyed with the exchange.

Ambassador Penelope: What do you mean by that? Did you give him more than agreed in the letter?

Sir Jalton: I can truthfully say he got more than he bargained for! He is dead, as are his pathetic cronies.



Ambassador Penelope: WHAT?! Dead?! Are you insane, you foolish knight?!

Sir Jalton: What on earth is the matter with you? I destroyed an evil man and retrieved you without having to hand over a single gold coin. I thought you'd be happy with that!

Ambassador Penelope: You are dreadfully wrong, knight. The man you killed is Baron Gripora! He is brother to the Shadow King of Dracovia! You single-highhandedly might have just brought doom upon all of Avalancia and the surrounding realms!

Sir Jalton: I still don't see the problem! If anything, its a major plus that he is dead!

Ambassador Penelope: Fool! The Shadow King has always had the power to challenge us head on, but he knew it was a 50/50 chance of success. He's been biding his time waiting for a chance to strike. But now that his brother is dead, his rage will be like no other! You may have just started a premature, all-out war!

Sir Jalton:...Oh.

Ambassador Penelope: "Oh"? You may have just ended our kingdom's reign and all you have to say to that is "oh"?



Sir Jalton: Well, in that case, there's no time to lose! If there is to be a war, we must get you back to Avalancia and inform the Gold King Phillip. Thomas! Lead the way out of this horrid tower!

Thomas: Yes sir!

Ambassador Penelope: May our souls be given mercy for what you've done, knight!

Sir Jalton: Stop your blabbering and let's go!

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The road out of Dracovia is long and winding, dreary and dark. Our heroes trek through it, keeping a weary eye out for Vrago Pass. Once they arrive there, they can walk safely into the only country not engaged in the war: Idella. And soon, they come to a clearing where they can see hundreds of miles ahead. And in that clearing, they spot Vrago Pass, and the capital castle of Idella.



Sir Jalton: Ah! A sight for sore eyes!

Thomas: And sore feet!

Penelope: A beautiful castle indeed. Lets hope it doesn't get destroyed because of you, Sir Jalton!

Sir Jalton: Don't be such a pessimist!



Penelope: I say we stop at that castle for the night. Plus we can inform King Willow of the war you may have just started.

Sir Jalton: We're already in a war! Why do you think Gripora captured you and held you for ransom in the first place? It was so he could use the money he got from it to buy weapons!

Penelope: Enough of this! Let's just go!

Sir Jalton: As you wish, "Your Highness"!

Penelope: You're despicable!

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And soon, the hard cracked ground turns to soft earthy dirt. And soon our heroes find themselves in the woodland realm of Idella, ruled by the wise king, King Willow.



Thomas: Look sir! This castle is huge!

Sir Jalton: I see it Thomas! The Idellians are truly master builders!

Penelope: Stop groping and keep moving! My feet are tired and I wish for a place to sleep tonight!

Sir Jalton: Stop whining! I hear the Idellians don't tolerate whiners!

Penelope: What about war starters? Do they tolerate those?



(From above): Hold there! You have arrived at the castle of Idella! State thy name and business!

Sir Jalton: My name is Sir Jalton of Avalancia! I come bearing news for your king, and a desire to have a place to sleep. We come bearing no ill will.

(From above): Hold there for a moment.



Suddenly from above, a creaking noise can be heard. And then, the drawbridge comes crashing down upon them! The heroes scatter, nearly crushed by the giant drawbridge!

Sir Jalton: Are you out of your minds! I nearly became a pancake! Watch what you're doing!

(From above): My sincerest apologies, sir! The new recruit is still getting the hang of it!



When they regather their wits, a man dressed in royal green laced with gold approaches with an escort of two soldiers.

King Willow: I suppose you know whom I am, Sir Jalton?

Sir Jalton:(Bowing)Of course, your Majesty. It is a joy to lay my eyes upon you once more.

King Willow: Likewise. And I see you brought some allies?



Penelope: It is nice to finally meet you, King Willow of Idella.

King Willow: Ah, Ambassador Penelope. The tales of your beauty fall short when seeing you in person. I extent my welcome to you.

Penelope:(Blushing)Thank you, your Majesty.

King Willow: Now, what is this news you wish to inform me of?



Sir Jalton: Perhaps it would be best if we spoke somewhere private. This news is too important to just tell it anywhere.

King Willow: Of course. Come. We will speak in my private chambers. No one will disturb us there.

Sir Jalton: Excellent!

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King Willow leads them through the large castle of Idella, and they soon find themselves in a green and grey room with only a chair inside of it.



King Willow: I welcome you to my humble dwellings. It's not quite finished yet as you can see. I plan to have a lot more green!

Sir Jalton: My lord, last time I was here, this rooms was drenched in purple, as were your clothes.

King Willow: True. Purple is such a regal, majestic color. But green conveys cunning and wisdom!

Sir Jalton: I see... But on to more important matters, your Majesty. There has been a development as of late that you must be aware of.

King Willow: Oh? Do tell.

Penelope: Let's get straight to the point: Gripora is dead. He was killed by the knight you see before you.

King Willow: What?! This is awful! Gripora was the only thing the Shadow King held dear. His anger will burn forest and topple mountains!



Sir Jalton: Gah! Why wasn't I made aware of this! Everyone seems to know but me!

King Willow: Indeed. But I'm afraid the Shadow King is already on the move. His brother's death will only fuel him more.

Penelope and Jalton: What?!

King Willow: I'm afraid my countrymen and I may be responsible for the Shadow King's movement toward all out war. You see...we've...discovered something new in our mines that caught the Dracovian's interest.



King Willow then made a gesture toward the door and two Idellian guards came in carrying a box filled with some kind of armor.

Sir Jalton: What is this? This is what he's after?

King Willow: Yes. We stumbled across it by chance whilst mining for gold for our economy. Its a new kind of steel. My blacksmiths can meld it in a whole bunch of new ways. But the most frightening part is that it's impenetrable.

Penelope: That's absurd! No armor is impenetrable!

King Willow: This kind is. We tried to keep it hidden. But a Dracovian raid found it hidden in one of our secret cellars. It didn't take them long to discover what it could do. Ever since then, they've been demanding so much at a time. And...I've been giving it to them...

Sir Jalton: What? Why?

King Willow: Idella has been peaceful and without war for centuries. I don't want to get involved!

Penelope: Involved?! If you give our enemies impenetrable armor, they'll overrun us all! And then they take Idella when it's all said and done! There's no way you can avoid war if this keeps up! You must deny them the next haul of armor!

King Willow: I can't! This is why I need your help! You must get Avalancia to attack them before they can attack us!

Sir Jalton: So let me get this straight: You want Avalancia to spill blood so that you can stay safe.

King Willow: Don't think of it like that! Here! As a token of my good faith, take this set of armor! And as another token, we'll send half of the next batch of armor to Avalancia! Here! Try it on!



Sir Jalton was uneasy about it, but he tried on the armor anyway. It was light, yet you could feel the strength in it.

Sir Jalton: Well...how do I look Thomas?

Thomas: Like a true knight of Avalancia, sir!

Penelope: Very well. If this is how it is to be, Jalton, we must get to Avalancia as quick as possible. King Phillip must be informed!



Sir Jalton: Indeed. We will have to stay the night though, I can barely stand up-right.

Penelope: Oh, all right. But first thing in the morning!

Thomas: Ah, a warm bed!

King Willow: And feel free to help yourselves in the kitchen!




But before they could scuttle out of the King's chambers, a young, eager boy popped in.

King Willow: Agora! What are you doing here? Leave at once!

Agora: No uncle! I must speak to the knight!

King Willow: Nonsense, boy! Leave!

Agora: Sir knight! I ask that you take me with you! Let me go with you on your journey, wherever it my lead you!

Sir Jalton: Actually, its leading me to the kitchen.

Agora: And beyond that! Even if it leads you to the hall of the Shadow King himself!

Sir Jalton: Well, you're an eager little bloke, I'll give you that. I don't care if you come, but the choice is your uncle's, not mine.

Agora: Uncle, please! This has been my dream since I was a child!

King Willow: You're still a child!

Agora: Uncle...please.

King Willow: Gah! Fine! But I will not be held responsible for any limbs you lose!

Agora: Thank you, Uncle!

Sir Jalton: Very well, boy. Pack your things, but only what you can carry. It's a long walk to Avalancia.

Agora: Yes, sir knight!

To be continued...



Comments

 I like it 
  February 3, 2014
Very well done. I completely missed this... I like it!
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  February 3, 2014
Nice builds. The interactions between the characters is quite amusing. :)
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  February 3, 2014
Very nice builds here man! Cool story as well! Awesome.
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  January 24, 2014
I like how you made many scenes to tell the story, hint; get the camera closer to the characters to make a 'forced perspective' or take the castle further, the focus should be on the characters, and the castle should be a bit blurry to achieve the proper effect, we still understand what you went for, but, you ll get the proper effect that way, I very much like the style of the scenes, they have nice color schemes, and are very clean!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2014
Good job on the builds and the story.
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  January 22, 2014
All of the builds are great, but my favorite has to be that first build - the way you angled the floor with the wedge plates looks fantastic, and the doorway is quite nice too. Awesome work!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Awesome! Amazing job!
  January 19, 2014
The excessive bickering between Jalton and the ambassador sure seems to me like the beginnings of a romance. :P
 I like it 
  January 17, 2014
So well done! Fabulous detailing as always! Can't wait for more!
  January 17, 2014
This is underrated.
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  January 17, 2014
Nice work Jacob! I'm not a fan of the build in the main picture, but the others are very nice! I especially like the build in the second photo from the top! Very Nice! ~Brick
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Jackal :] absolutely amazing, well done!
Thanks Jackal!
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  January 16, 2014
absolutely amazing, well done!
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Great work, Jacob!
Thanks Graham!
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  January 16, 2014
Great work, Jacob!
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ Excellent work, here! The builds are very impressive. Love the forced perspective. Looks just like the real sized castle. The room scenes are also very clean. And are the builds made altogether, or did you take some apart to use for your next scene? I'd think so. That's what I would do. :P But, anyway, love the story, too. It's great how you give all the characters unique personalities, and I'm enjoying the humor! ;D Can't wait to see where this goes. Keep it up!
Thanks a lot Armon! And yes, I take the builds apart after I photograph them.
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Graeme Straughn Wow! Great work! An exciting story made in Vignettes! Keep it up, Jacob!
Thanks Graeme!
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Nice job; all builds are simple but good. I like the design of the first one in particular. The FP in concept is done well, but blurring either the castle or the figs - preferably the former - would make it look much more realistic. (And do I detect an AP influence? :P)
Thanks Kai! Yeah, maybe a little. ;)
 I like it 
  January 16, 2014
Excellent work, here! The builds are very impressive. Love the forced perspective. Looks just like the real sized castle. The room scenes are also very clean. And are the builds made altogether, or did you take some apart to use for your next scene? I'd think so. That's what I would do. :P But, anyway, love the story, too. It's great how you give all the characters unique personalities, and I'm enjoying the humor! ;D Can't wait to see where this goes. Keep it up!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2014
Wow! Great work! An exciting story made in Vignettes! Keep it up, Jacob!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2014
Nice job; all builds are simple but good. I like the design of the first one in particular. The FP in concept is done well, but blurring either the castle or the figs - preferably the former - would make it look much more realistic. (And do I detect an AP influence? :P)
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Bill Daniels. Awesome! I love how you did the forced perspective, and made the big castle look just like the micro one! Great work! I can't wait for the next one!
Thanks Bill! Glad you like it!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2014
Awesome! I love how you did the forced perspective, and made the big castle look just like the micro one! Great work! I can't wait for the next one!
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Nice series of scenes! The FP is pretty good, the tower scene is very well done, and the green gives the king's chamber a nice splash of color. Just a random idea, but is the king going to have a new favorite color in every chapter?
Thanks Thomas! I'm not sure, but I'm thinking about it.
 I like it 
  January 16, 2014
Nice series of scenes! The FP is pretty good, the tower scene is very well done, and the green gives the king's chamber a nice splash of color. Just a random idea, but is the king going to have a new favorite color in every chapter?
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Reynolds . Nice work overall!
Thanks!
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  January 16, 2014
Nice work overall!
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  January 16, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode So much to love here. I like the irregular baseplate style and the FP. The gatehouse is good but I think more detail could have been added. The interior is great! Well done man!
Thanks Alex! :)
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  January 16, 2014
So much to love here. I like the irregular baseplate style and the FP. The gatehouse is good but I think more detail could have been added. The interior is great! Well done man!
 
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