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That's right, it's Valentine's Day in the Lands of Mythron... but my characters are busy crossing an ocean in a black ship meant to look like Dracula's yacht. What can it mean for Steven and his crew?
About this creation
~~~The Characters~~~

-Steven son of George, captain of the Krak
-Steven son of George, captain of the Krak
-Fertence the Wizard, Mythronian magical officer
-Igor, Steven's cousin (several times over)
-Argo and Elon, elves in Steven's company
-William Farrer, Steven's right-hand man
-Dame Lenore, southern Dragon Knight
-Sir Jim, southern Dragon Knight
-Arthur, southern Dragon Knight
-Various Rainosians

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Fertence the Wizard arrived in the cabin in the company of two Rainosian - he was fairly sure that they were from the army of Cedric the Bull - soldiers. Someone else might have been chilled by the opulent chamber (it had probably been built as a floating treaty room for the invasion of Rainos, back when King Rowan had entertained hopes of capturing part of his father's colonies) which was, in fact, rather chilly, but Fertence saw the meeting as a sign that his stay in the brig was coming to an end.

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The captain dismissed the guards with an informal sort of order. He wore the same uniform as many of the sailors, but his was not as well-kept as some. It was almost as if he had more Outlaw in him than aspiring empire-builder.

"You may have wondered why you and your maid have been kept aboard the ship, rather than sold with the rest of the prisoners," Steven remarked, leaning back in his chair.

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"I assumed you had need of a wizard, sir, but Lord Darkbeard already visited me and decided that I wasn't worth taking. Under Mythronian rules of warfare, I am obliged to tell you that you are entitled to no more service or information from me than my name and rank. Also, to be honest, I'm a fairly poor magic-user."

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Before he replied, Steven laid two strange objects on his desk.

"Whether you can wield it or not, Darkbeard told me that you are very adept at theory. I kept you because I found one of these in your possession, and I would like to know what these are. Explain them, and I will let you and your maid free in Falmor as soon as my mission there is finished."

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Fertence reached a chemical-stained hand toward the gem in the wrought-iron stick, but held it back and did not touch it.

"This one is easy to identify - it is a tool made to control a soul-diamond, or a rare gemstone with the soul of a warrior within. They were crafted by ancient chieftains before the coming of Mythros. By its color, I suspect that the spirit has vacated the tool."

"I saw it re-animate a centuries-old corpse in a tomb below Falmor," Steven commented. "And the other is the same?"

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Fertence eased as he picked up the other rod.

"Not at all. While it is a few decades old and has the same basic appearance, this instrument was used to carry a light magical charge, probably to stun an enemy."

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He turned it so that a small inscription was visible: MADE IN PESCADO. The Rainosian was incredulous.

"What! I saw you use this - the person who it hit..."

Fertence remembered, and put two and two together.

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"...was you," he realized. Steven confirmed the fact.

"Yes, it was. Or it was one of me. Ever since that day, I have felt two people in my head. One is what I was - a simple villager from Rainos. The other is a hard, dangerous man who cuts throats, steals ships and questions orders -"

"Multiple personality disorder, a syndrome common amongst soldiers. After a particularly close killing, they are sometimes taken over by the mind of another person. It's strange to behold, but nothing more than a natural trick of the mind."

Steven looked at Fertence in amazement. "But this other mind can read, something I never tried to learn. How could someone imagine that?"

"I've heard of people who learned one language and forgot their own after experiencing head trauma. If you saw large amounts of text at some point in your life, some part of your brain could have put it all together and inserted it into your secondary personality while you were under the influence of the stun charge. I'm sorry, but there is nothing wrong in you that magic caused, or that magic can fix."

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Steven sat in thought for a minute, then rose and crossed around his desk.

"Thank you," he said. "You and your attendant will be let off in Falmor. In the meantime, send word if there is anything you require and I will have it delivered to your cell. Thank you again for the information."

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When the wizard left, Steven wanted to be left alone with his thoughts (as syndrome-afflicted as they were), but another young man came running in.

"Steve! You'll never believe it, but Elon and Argo are getting married!"

"Well, we all expected that it would happen sometime, but it's official now?"

"Yeah - someone mentioned that today was the feast day of some romantic martyr, and then Argo got all quiet for a while, then he got down on one knee and asked Elon to marry him. I couldn't believe that he actually did it!"

"Wonderful. I'll ask the cook to prepare something special for tonight, then. When do they want to have the wedding?"

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"Well, as soon as you're ready to perform the ceremony, they said. They want to have the marriage here on the Krak with us and have the honeymoon at Falmore with the other elves they used to live with. Since you're the captain, they figured you could do the service."

Steven was not at all ready, but agreed after a short burst of protest. Then the entire ship became filled with commotion and people finding clothes and decorations and all spare hands swarming the galley to prepare a banquet with what little selection the ship's stores afforded.

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As the day approached evening, Steven pulled on his ceremonial armor, which he had always hated because it was inflexible and ugly, and the bride and groom found rich garments in very-nearly the right sizes in the hold (why the Mythronians had put them there, Steven had no idea). Igor, the best man, found some sort of green outfit complete with tights that approximately coordinated with Argo's suit. Lenore, a dragon knight and Elon's best friend aboard the Krak, was offered the corresponding role. Then all of the adventurers from the Black Knight Tavern gathered out of the cold in Steven's cabin.

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The vows were unprepared but full of emotion, and Steven mostly rambled through his part, sometimes recalling events that were not necessarily appropriate to the situation in his quest to describe the love he saw between the couple, but, in the end...
...they all lived happily ever after.





Fourth Wall
Since I don't like ships, I did all of my work on this new scene of the Krak into a single day while watching my favorite movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, on Netflix for inspiration and moral support. What will Hollywood be like now that Johnny Depp wants to retire?
Anyway, the cabin started with the desk. From there, I built the floor, the walls and finally the ladder to the steer deck. I think those are the right terms, and I also included the steering column for the whip-staff (they didn't have ship's wheels in the middle ages, so carracks like the LOM's capital ships used long rods connecting the rudder to the steering platform instead... I think). Aren't you proud of my attention to technical details? Speaking of technical concerns, the interior presented here is much larger than the exterior I had in a previous challenge - maybe the Krak travels in relative dimensions of both space and time, too. It certainly seems to have regenerated since its last incarnation... (I hope someone catches that - my Discworld references might be a little obscure, but I know that at least some people should be familiar with this one)
Concerning the details within the technicalities, I took the opportunity of one last shot at an interior (including variations on my vine-pattern and stained glass techniques) before my next builds, which will be set out of and around doors, but never in them. The floor technique is different, but I also used it on part of my second MOCpages MOC, Snake Street.

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Last detail to point out - although the cabin is fairly sparsely-furnished, there is a bed for the captain built into the wall behind the desk. Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  April 6, 2014
Yeah that's the one! Cedric the Bull was my favorite knight.
 I made it 
  April 5, 2014
Quoting Rogue Commander I love the detail on this MOC, and the story. I always liked the Bull Knights, one of my earliest sets was the little Bull Knight catapult. Its awesome to see the Bulls thriving.
Same here! You mean the four-wheeled one with the one-eyed guy, right? For some reason, I've always been partial to that group even over the "good" knights that came with them.
  April 5, 2014
I love the detail on this MOC, and the story. I always liked the Bull Knights, one of my earliest sets was the little Bull Knight catapult. Its awesome to see the Bulls thriving.
 I made it 
  March 2, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Just noticed - if you don't like ships, then why make Infy and I make them for TT? Not that I'm complaining since I love my entry, but still. And for the vine thing, maybe you could have cleverly switched which one has only one depending on which sections are seen in each pictures?
To the first, I didn't fully like the idea; to the second, it wasn't worth the effort for something so menial.
  March 2, 2014
Just noticed - if you don't like ships, then why make Infy and I make them for TT? Not that I'm complaining since I love my entry, but still. And for the vine thing, maybe you could have cleverly switched which one has only one depending on which sections are seen in each pictures?
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Elite Brigadier Callum (Darth Jovan) Ha nice Whovian reference! Is this the people in the Falmore wedding?
Yes, they are.
 I like it 
  February 24, 2014
Ha nice Whovian reference! Is this the people in the Falmore wedding?
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  February 17, 2014
Quoting Lord Skarik I like the Doctor Who references... oh yeah the build was pretty cool too xD
Whew. I was about to lose faith in the Whovian culture, or become depressed by concluding that nobody read my fourth wall. Thanks!
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
I like the Doctor Who references... oh yeah the build was pretty cool too xD
 I like it 
  February 15, 2014
I have to agree with the general consensus, but I'm not going to repeat what you've already heard, so I'll just say that the staircase and the captain's bed are very well-done :)
 I like it 
  February 14, 2014
Why didn't I see this earlier? No matter, it's clear that the Krak is a fair-sized galleon at least. As an old ship-fan I found this scene very impressive.
 I like it 
  February 14, 2014
Great build and well-written story, as always. I only sort of agree with Halhi... the windows are much too reminiscent of the Black Knight Tavern (interior), both in design and location/abundance. Less windows and more browns (woodwork) would fit more. The floor does work, though...albeit barely. But whether it's very realistic or not, it's a nice break from the brown+black everywhere else. :P
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
Lovely details! Of course, I agree with Halhi, but still, this is a masterpiece.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
Great scene! Lovely details!
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  February 13, 2014
Fantastic creation! The walls and floor are awesome! When I first saw the title, I thought, "NNNNOOO!" cause in your creation Raid, I thought you had been planning on leaving soon, since you had reached 100+. After reading it, I was so relieved. :P
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
Very nice detail on... everything! I really like this and I like the black vine as decoration on the walls.
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  February 13, 2014
I like how you were able to make the slanted floors. Nice!
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  February 13, 2014
Nice! It is true though, the floor is not quite fitting to the setting. Very nice interior work, nonetheless!
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  February 13, 2014
Yeah... ships are hard for me.
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  February 13, 2014
I have to agree with Halhi, it doesn't exactly look like a ship interior. In my opinion the floor is excellent, but does't fit the location. Still, another brilliant piece from the chemically stained hands of Gilbert Despathens.
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
While it's a pretty good build, I'm still a bit undecided on it because it just doesn't look like the inside of a ship whatsoever. I think the problem is the floor and stained glass window; whatever it is, it looks more like the inside of some sort of building. Still a nice build though.
 
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