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LOM Freebuild: The Ranger Files: Chapter One
A tiny, slightly pathetic freebuild for Mythron, needed to push the story of Julie to where I want it to be. The full title of this freebuild is: The Ranger Files: Julie Liberia Evelyn-Esca Papalatronus: Chapter One: The Letter.
About this creation
Please pretend I uploaded this three week ago… I have been having even more trouble with the uploader (part of the reason I’m not uploading all of the photos right now)… sad, yes, I know. I'm on my dad's secretary's laptop at his office in Boston currently; that is the only reason I was able to post this.

Okay, this is one of those builds that is just to push the story to a certain point in time. I can’t say I’m that happy with it at all (in fact, it makes my eyes sting—or maybe that is my allergies :P) but it is needed for my next build, the ranger’s MBC (which I’ll post shortly). Oh, yeah, and I finalized the Ranger spring, summer, and fall uniform, so that is why Julie has a different set of clothes on.

I’m going to plunge you into the story, but please also read my notes on the creation afterwards too. This is an extremely small and IMO not that good of a build, but I was able to try out foliage (a first for me), and also a path (also a first) . Neither of which turned out how I wanted them to, but… well… you’ve got to start somewhere.

An interesting fact: I actually built the ranger’s MBC before this, and to build this, I had to take apart some parts of the build. Rather… I nearly demolished the MBC. Yup. I have very little parts. Anyway, enough rambling. On to the story.

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Continued from , or my character introduction.

The Rainosian turned away from peering intently at Julie. “It isn’t time to strike, no, not before we try to seduce her,” he thought. He stood hesitantly on the balls of his toes… the Ranger girl had come back out from writing her letter, and was taking out her horse to ride to one of the surrounding villages.

“Should I track her, or report my findings?” the assassin thought. Then, with a swift decision, he pivoted and headed back to one of the Black Lotus bases. There, he would debrief and either send another to track down the girl, or return and continue to follow her.

“Either way,” he thought as he stealthily moved through the forest, “her fate will be satisfactory. She will either join the Black Lotus, or die.”

And with that pleasant thought, the assassin melted into the forest foliage.


****


It was exactly two weeks after Julie had sent the letter to the Ranger Council and to Prince Sadon, pledging her bow to them both, when she realized that the return messages would be coming that day. Thus, she decided to go to the path that lead through a clearing in the woods where the mail rider came through every other week.

So, after an oatmeal breakfast, Julie pulled on mismatched socks, put on her ranger uniform and gear, went to the clearing, and waited there, perfectly still, for about half an hour, which is then when a white horse pulling a cart came through.

“He must be new,” Julie thought. “I don’t think I’ve seen him in this area before. And why does he have so many weapons in the cart for heavens sake?”
The rider, a young fortress guard by the looks of him, missed the red splatter, and continued on.

“What?” she blurted out, peering around the tree as the cart rolled by. “Wait! Stop! You—sir, stop!”

The guard made a yelping sound, stopped, turned around, and looked at her. He relaxed, relieved. A confident smirk played across his face. “Should I come back?”

“Of course. You are the mail deliverer, I suppose?” Julie asked, regaining her composure as the guard wheeled around the horse and came aside her.

“Oh, yes, but to a Silver Ranger, you see, not to a little girl dressed up in men’s clothes,” he smirked again, this time dangerously, jumping down from the cart.

Julie’s heart clunked to the bottom of her ribcage, and her face grew pale. But when she answered him, an underlying threat played across her voice. “I am the Silver Ranger you were sent here to deliver the supplies to,” she answered softly. “And, if you please, I can prove to you who I am, and my training by sending an arrow through your ear. Or your arm. It isn’t really my choice, you see, but yours, through how you behave towards me. If I feel threatened or disrespected in any way, of course, I don’t really have a choice, do I.” It was a statement, not a question.

The guard’s face turned an ugly shade of pink, and he muttered something unflattering under his breathe, but Julie exhaled in relief. She had exerted her dominance clearly enough for him to respect her, at least for now.

“Well, then,” the guard said, stepping back up onto his seat. “I was told to give you this. Here you go.” With that, he dumped all the weapons, a weird danger sign, and a bunch of chains on the ground in front of her.

Flabbergasted, Julie looked at him. “What?” she asked finally.

He gave her a ‘look’. “This. Is. For. You.”

Julie caught herself in time before asking another stupid question. Instead, she stared at him with a sense of distain, caught between her pride in wanting to ask him an insulting question, and her sense of caution.

He angrily unloaded the weapons, and then left, whipping the poor horse as he went, yet reining in the beast, so that the poor animal was frothing in the mouth, his eyes wild with fear and pain; he was trying to run, but the despicable guard wouldn’t let him.

Julie watched them round the bend in pure disgust, her hands balled. She wished that she could say something, but as she knew full and well, saying something would only get the man even angrier. And, since he couldn’t take it out on her, the guard would probably take it out on the poor animal once the guard was out of sight and hearing.

After a minute, Julie could hear them no more so, with a sigh, she opened the letter in her hand. It read:

To the honorable Ranger Julie Liberia Evelyn-Esca Papalatronus, Greetings.

We are aware of your terrible loss of Carl, and words cannot describe how grateful we are that you are willing to take on this huge responsibility. In response to your letter, enclosed is your identification papers and Silver Ranger badge/chain that will officially allow you to be a Silver Ranger. We have also mailed you both your new Ranger uniform and your official formal dress apparel.

Your first mission should be coming shortly.

Good luck.

Yours ever so truly,

Quintin

Senior Ranger, Ranger Cabinet Secretary


Julie smiled. The uniform had already come, and for that she was glad, but she was mostly glad that she might be able to finally get some help here. Then, she opened the next official-looking letter. It read:

To the former apprentice of Carl Cist Kenswiner, Julie L.E.E.P., I am known as Catspaw, and grew close to your mentor during our training and testing years. We both promised to try to help each other’s apprentice if one of us was ever incapable of doing so, so it is in his memory that I offer what I can. If you ever are in need of help, send a letter to the Ranger Council for “Catspaw,” and I will do my best to help you. I have convinced the council to send you William Ryan Ascadian, an Elite Ranger who I trained after he turned 14, to help you out in any way that he can, especially with securing the border of section 13, and in training the villagers in that area. At 20, he is the youngest Elite right now, but he is quite experienced and will be sure to help you a lot. If you check every day outside the village on the northern path leading up to it, the one near the border, you should meet up with him within the next couple weeks. As you probably know, there has been some extremely disturbing news concerning our capital city, Reedus, where outside of Black Lotus camps are growing, and also a hint of an upcoming attack on Falmor. Thus, although it’s your choice in the end, Will may ask you to travel then with him to the great Reedus itself help out with the defenses as only we rangers can. You must weigh the costs it might take on your people by you leaving, versus the costs (that will be very high) if Reedus falls. Yes, falls… it is unlikely, but out of caution, we must prepare for and expect the worst.

I wish you the best of luck, as I fear that you will need it. Stand firm.

-Catspaw


“I?!?” Julie thought in shock. “I, Julie, perhaps to help out protecting the great Reedus itself? How in any way am I competent to even help out a tiny bit in doing such a job? Well, I do suppose he hasn’t met me yet, but, I…”

Little did Julie know, as she started to pick up the gear on the floor of the clearing, and as she started to luge it back to her hut, deep in thought, that the fact that Will was coming to help her would not only change her life forever, but would also save it.

The assassin had returned.

…TO BE CONTINUED…

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I’m happy to say that I’ve finished my story outline for Julie & soon-to-be co., and I think it will turn out splendidly, and I hope that it will also enjoyable for the readers. And… I guess extra pictures of the build are in order here… Sorry for this um… bad and small build, but I think my next LOM moc (probably my May MBC entry) is coming out much better, both the build and the writing, although it is a bit piece-eating.

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… … … no extra photos yet, but I hope to have them up today after my soccer game, in a couple of hours or so. Until then, you can see them here, left to right.

If you can comment, PLEASE do, especially concerning the jungle-ly- like foliage, the path, and the two-wheeled thing, all which are firsts for me… heck, forget that, this entire build was a first for me ;).

Thanks for looking!

~Julia LeeP



Comments

 I made it 
  August 3, 2014
Quoting Andrew Alexander Great creations! I love them very good job with realistic and vegetation. You should try this group the insurgency looks quite like LOM but with space and modern times very good creations you have good job!
Thanks!
Quoting Kai Bernstein Great story! The build is also quite nice; I like that path.
Oops, must of missed this. Thanks, Kai!
Quoting Graeme Straughn Hmmm... I'm pretty sure you've improved in 6 chapters... :P Great work! But your newer builds are stunning!!
You think :P? This was only my third MOC anyways, as I started building just late this winter, so, if you think about it that way, this isn't really that horr!ble to look at, is it:P? Anyways, thanks for the comment, Graeme!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2014
Hmmm... I'm pretty sure you've improved in 6 chapters... :P Great work! But your newer builds are stunning!!
 I like it 
  May 31, 2014
Great story! The build is also quite nice; I like that path.
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Great creations! I love them very good job with realistic and vegetation. You should try this group the insurgency looks quite like LOM but with space and modern times very good creations you have good job!
 I made it 
  May 18, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Very nice work! In my opinion, the cart looks a little too high. I know that those wheels can be hard to work around, but maybe putting the plates further out or further in would allow you to lower the cart body by a plate or two. I agree with most of Halhi's critiques and praises on the landscaping- I personally don't see a problem with the bamboo stud holes, but whatever :) I'm still a fan of the story you're working on, and even though almost nothing "happens" in this one, it still flows well. I also have posted mediocre builds to further the story- I'm busy on another project, and my character's probably going to have to nap through May and the big battle in Reedus :P
Thank you very much for your comment, and also for the feedback on the cart, which is quite helpful... and about your character, too bad you are missing out on all the excitment. As for me, I 'm just crossing my fingers (and toes) that I will be able to get up both the MBC and my UC before the end of the month. The problem is, I just can't find my camera :P...
 I made it 
  May 18, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Very nice build overall, and again, fantastic story! Since you asked for it, here's my thoughts about the specifics you asked for: The path is fantastic, really. The color blending is nigh perfect, probably better than I could do. My only real concern is that red stud in the middle - why? Some small dark grey pebbles might also look good. Going into nit-picks, the two tan rounds sticking out might look better with some plates of the same height adjacent to them, and some tiles mixed in with the plates could look nice. The foliage is very eye-catching and definitely above average. The first thing I'll note is that color is essential - some small flowers (I like using yellow ones) can add a lot. Going into some more advanced methodology, it looks best if you avoid showing the hollow studs present in the bamboo leaves. My favorite methods of doing so are either putting green 1x1s on top or covering the hollow stud with the leaf of one of those large 3 leaved plants. Overall, though, your designs are fantastic. And finally the cart. I don't have much to say about this, really - vehicles are my weak point (although I'm currently working on 3 ships), but it looks great from my limited knowledge. The chains look great and the shape looks nice. Maybe use some other piece to attach the cart to the horse though? Lego string might look good. Overall, this is a really great MOC and story. You've really impressed me lately - it's apparent that you're also a perfectionist, and it shows through the quality of your builds. Really nicely done, and I'm eagerly awaiting your future posts.
Thank you a lot for your comment; it meant a lot, especially from a builder of your level, and I always really appreciate constructive critism. About the red stud; it was supposed to be a marker for the post-guy to stop, but I guess that wasn't clear (otherwise I would have never put it in, as it does stick out in a rather awkward way). Other than that, thanks a lot for the feedback, and good luck on your MOC-off with Gilbert!
 I made it 
  May 18, 2014
Quoting Ian ... Pretty good job! The foliage looks really good for a first. The path is also good for a first time. Great story as well. Can't wait for your next build.
Thanks, Ian!Part of the reason I finally got this up, you know, was acually because you asked about my next build, so I'm glad you like it.
 I like it 
  May 18, 2014
Very nice work! In my opinion, the cart looks a little too high. I know that those wheels can be hard to work around, but maybe putting the plates further out or further in would allow you to lower the cart body by a plate or two. I agree with most of Halhi's critiques and praises on the landscaping- I personally don't see a problem with the bamboo stud holes, but whatever :) I'm still a fan of the story you're working on, and even though almost nothing "happens" in this one, it still flows well. I also have posted mediocre builds to further the story- I'm busy on another project, and my character's probably going to have to nap through May and the big battle in Reedus :P
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Very nice build overall, and again, fantastic story! Since you asked for it, here's my thoughts about the specifics you asked for: The path is fantastic, really. The color blending is nigh perfect, probably better than I could do. My only real concern is that red stud in the middle - why? Some small dark grey pebbles might also look good. Going into nit-picks, the two tan rounds sticking out might look better with some plates of the same height adjacent to them, and some tiles mixed in with the plates could look nice. The foliage is very eye-catching and definitely above average. The first thing I'll note is that color is essential - some small flowers (I like using yellow ones) can add a lot. Going into some more advanced methodology, it looks best if you avoid showing the hollow studs present in the bamboo leaves. My favorite methods of doing so are either putting green 1x1s on top or covering the hollow stud with the leaf of one of those large 3 leaved plants. Overall, though, your designs are fantastic. And finally the cart. I don't have much to say about this, really - vehicles are my weak point (although I'm currently working on 3 ships), but it looks great from my limited knowledge. The chains look great and the shape looks nice. Maybe use some other piece to attach the cart to the horse though? Lego string might look good. Overall, this is a really great MOC and story. You've really impressed me lately - it's apparent that you're also a perfectionist, and it shows through the quality of your builds. Really nicely done, and I'm eagerly awaiting your future posts.
 I like it 
  May 17, 2014
Pretty good job! The foliage looks really good for a first. The path is also good for a first time. Great story as well. Can't wait for your next build.
 
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