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My entry for the LOM May UC.

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The chase started over a month ago. The Black Lotus found me in Carthal after the Tourney, and I started heading back towards Bodus to escape them. They followed me on the road. I would get them whenever they came close, getting sleep when I could, making a new arrow whenever I shot one of them to keep up my supply. Then, about a week ago, I headed into the forest. That is where I can fight best, but they followed me regardless. Until yesterday , I had managed to put them off enough to get sleep, but yesterday night, I had to keep running, and have not rested in 24 hours. I know I will run out of energy soon, and then I will have to make a final stand...



I rush through the forest. I can hear one of their assassins not far off. He is making only slight noises, but my ears are fine-tuned from years of training, practice and experience. Side-tracking in the river to change the direction of my footsteps will hold them off for a little while, but I have to press that advantage while I can.



I arrive in a clearing. There is a big rock in the middle, and I briefly wonder how it got there. It looks like it fell from the sky, but that must have been long ago, because the rock is weather-worn and completely integrated into the landscape. I remind myself that I don't have time for these kinds of thoughts and keep going.



Suddenly a cloaked figure steps out from behind the rock. I immediately notice the small crossbow the figure is holding, and take action.



I lunge onto the rock, and just in time, too. I feel the dart tear the edge of my cloak.



I then realize, too late, that jumping onto the rock brought me out into the open. Silently, I scold myself for making a stupid mistake like that, but no time to worry about that now.



I hear a noise and duck. An assassin lands on the rocks next to me, probably having jumped off a tree, and his knife misses me by an inch.



I whirl around while his momentum is still carrying him forward, rip off his hood and pull my bow over his head. Then I draw back on the string and let go. The bow's ninety pound draw weight snaps the man's neck, and I kick him off the rock.



Another noise catches my attention, and in a second I have drawn an arrow, aimed and shot, all in a single motion.



A man with a crossbow collapses next to a tree; I have hit my target spot-on.



I reel back as something hard and metal hits me on the side of the head. Another assassin has landed on the rock next to me.



I regain my balance, catching her knife with my own.



Quickly, I swing around my bow to hit her in the chest and shove her off the rock, hoping the fall is enough to keep her down.



Two Black Lotus soldiers enter the clearing, led by an armored woman with a sword. This might very well be that last stand, I realize.



I fire two shots, both the soldiers fall, but before I can loose another shot, an arrow grazes my knee.



I turn in the direction that arrow came from and see an orc with a bow. I shoot my own arrow at him, but I only get his left hand, hurting but not incapacitating him.



Then, a chain with two spikes at either end hooks over my bow, taking my chance to take a second shot at the orc.



I manage to hold on to my bow, but the chain pulls me off the rock.



As I land, the chain somehow unhooks itself from my bow.



I immediately get up and shoot the warrior that I didn't have a chance to get at earlier.



Then I back up against the rock as the cloaked figure from earlier appears (whether by magic or by stealth, I do not know), as well as a mage and another orc with a huge staff with a large blade at one end. I am reaching up to my quiver for another arrow, when I hear a yell above me.



I stagger backwards. A halidra warrior with a wicked-looking harpoon vaults off the rock behind me. And as he flies in the air above me, I looked into his face... and I know I have lost the battle.



The halidra turnes around in mid-air, landing to face me, and hooks his weapon over the grip of my bow.



The bow goes flying, landing in the dirt a few meters away.



The halidra stabbs at me, but I catch the thrust with my knife.



Twirling his staff, he swings the back end, and again I manage to block with my knife.



The halidra fakes at my feet and then takes a swing at my head. I am so tired and exhausted that I fall for it. The staff hits me hard and I slam against the rock.



He hooks the harpoon over my knife and flicks it. I, still dazed from the blow to my head, let it go.



And just like that, the battle is over.
I stare the halidra right in the eye, breathing hard. "Finish me", I say. They chased after me, and now they have caught me. It is over.



Without a word, the halidra makes way for the mage I had seen appear earlier. The mage looks at me a while, then speaks. "You are to join us."
I shake my head. "No", I say.
"There is no other option", the mage hisses. His voice reminds me of metal scratching metal, or a sword gliding from it's sheath.
"I do not want to. And you cannot make me. I would rather you kill me."
"I said, you will join the Black Lotus. We tested your skill in Worsan. You beat our expectations by a large margin. So we were going to recruit you, but that stupid wizard decided to help you. So we tried again with the incident at the
Dark Queen. You escaped again. We searched for you, found you in Carthal, and chased you all the way here. You proved your skill a multitude of times, and this chase will be worth our while."
"Well", I say, "I'm sorry you wasted your time then."



The mage lifts me into the air and slams me against the rock.
"We have ways to make you do what we want. I can induce pain beyond your imagination. And it won't stop unless I say so. It won't stop when I die. It will also keep you alive, even when you should be dead, even with a sword sticking out of your head. And it would hurt forever. I hope for your sake that the threat is all you need to comply, but I would love to give a demonstration."
I nod. Without another word, the mage turns around and starts walking away. I get up to follow him, and the halidra as well as the orc with the large staff flank me.



We leave the clearing. All those dead people. All the pain I caused them, all the pain they caused me, it all happened so that I would join them. But it worked. I did the one thing I had promised myself never to do...

I had joined the Black Lotus.


***

Extra pictures!



This is my favorite part of the Moc. Both the best tree and and the river make it stand out, and I think that the stone in the river and the bamboo are both nice touches (the stone gives the river a sense of direction, and the foliage increases the forest feel). The picture doesn't really show it that well, but a few pictures in the story show those details better. Credit for the tree design goes to Kai Bernstein.



Now, I said that the tree in the picture before this one was the best, but this pine makes for a close second. Credit for the design goes to Anthony Wilson. I did work on the design to make it more rounded, and I like it that way, but it isn't as realistic.

EDIT: Credit for the small tree made with leaf pieces attached to a seaweed piece goes to Gilbert Despathens.



The Rock! The first thing I worked on, this guy had his beginnings about the time I finished "The Sweat and Tears in a Single Bite of Chocolate". I already knew I had to make the scene where Qinon joins the Black Lotus, and I already knew it would look like this, before the May UC came out, and thankfully it still fit the category.



Next side of the rock! The rock is the first time I tried this kind of rockwork, and it worked out fairly nice, but I think I have room to improve.



Yet another side of the rock.



And finally, my four favorite figs out of the host of Black Lotus members I made for this. From left to right (and least favorite of the favorite figs to most favorite of the favorite figs): The Orc archer (the helmet is what made him cool), the crossbowman (he really has that kind of ragtag mercenary feel), the mage (you gotta love the staff) and the halidra. Right when I made the halidra I knew I had to give him a prominent position in the story, and I think I succeeded. This picture doesn't do the figures justice.

A fun fact about this build: I made everything except for the rock in a single day. Yes, a single day. I wish I could have put more trees on, but I ran out of foliage, and the trees were in the way of photos and figures as it was. I removed every single tree but the one by the river for at least one photo (not the same photo). Also, please give me any feedback you might have, because I always love to improve (or at least to hear how others think I could improve).

Well, I hope you liked it!




Comments

 I like it 
  August 7, 2014
Nice olive evergreen!
  June 21, 2014
To expand on that, additional, smaller rocks and pebbles would look good scattered around. Also include more round 1x1s and tiles, like you did around the center boulder. And the cheese tree, while a good one, does not fit in with the other trees and the rest of the scene. :P
 I like it 
  June 21, 2014
Not my favorite from you. It looks a little like an expanded version of Forest Confrontation, just with less detailing. And in a scene where there's no civilization, details are a must. Otherwise it looks too plain, as Halhi brought up. Nevertheless, it serves its purpose (and that rock does look really good). :P
 I like it 
  June 4, 2014
Great MOC! Those trees are awesome!
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga This is definitely a strong entry. The story is nice, and you used several terrific tree techniques. The rock may be small, but it certainly serves its purpose, and I like how you made so many BL figs. One quibble, though: in the beginning of the story, before the bodies start piling up, it seems almost like the Loti are waiting their turn to attack you :P
Loti? And yes... They sort of were. I could excuse it by saying that they were trying to wear out Qinon, but really I just did that because it makes the story more interesting... ;) :P
 I like it 
  May 30, 2014
This is definitely a strong entry. The story is nice, and you used several terrific tree techniques. The rock may be small, but it certainly serves its purpose, and I like how you made so many BL figs. One quibble, though: in the beginning of the story, before the bodies start piling up, it seems almost like the Loti are waiting their turn to attack you :P
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  May 29, 2014
Quoting Graham Gidman Nice work!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  May 29, 2014
Nice work!
 I made it 
  May 28, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick Gosh, a Man....er, boy can't post a MOC with out multiple critics commenting on it these days! :P I'll spare my nit picks and just say what's true, "Nice work!"
I actually really appreciate people's critiques, so no need to hold them back. ;) And thanks. :D
 I like it 
  May 28, 2014
Gosh, a Man....er, boy can't post a MOC with out multiple critics commenting on it these days! :P I'll spare my nit picks and just say what's true, "Nice work!"
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
I changed the main picture... I hope this one is better.
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe I actually think the rock looks VERY realistic. Well done shaping! Also gotta love the trees. :D
Thank you! :D
 I made it 
  May 27, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Great landscaping! There are a lot of studs exposed, but they look fine in every picture except the main one.
I have been messing up my main pictures recently... I accidentally took the first main picture shot with flash on my camera, and then all the pictures without were too wobbly, so I had to take that one. I should change it to a picture from the story...
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
I actually think the rock looks VERY realistic. Well done shaping! Also gotta love the trees. :D
 I like it 
  May 27, 2014
Great landscaping! There are a lot of studs exposed, but they look fine in every picture except the main one.
 I made it 
  May 26, 2014
Quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn And yet another falls to the Black Lotus... My condolences.
There's much of the story to come yet... ;)
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
And yet another falls to the Black Lotus... My condolences.
 I made it 
  May 26, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I'll be honest, this looks a bit plain - well, the ground anyway. The trees are great, but the rock and stream could use some work - the rock's shaping is a bit awkward and squarish, and the stream would look better with some shade of blue or white beneath. Not too bad overall, but it could be better...
I was afraid of that... The pain of a limited amount of brown pieces, and green, too. I used up all I had, and then some more. :P As for the issue with the stream, I am actually not sure about that. It's just a shallow stream, so it's not very deep. It wouldn't make that much sense, and I am not sure if it would look that much better. 'Bout the rock, I actually tried pretty hard to make it as round as possible, but there is one place where I failed pretty badly, and that kind of ruins what I tried to convey.
 I like it 
  May 26, 2014
I'll be honest, this looks a bit plain - well, the ground anyway. The trees are great, but the rock and stream could use some work - the rock's shaping is a bit awkward and squarish, and the stream would look better with some shade of blue or white beneath. Not too bad overall, but it could be better...
 
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