Welcome to Rainos' first quest (yeah, yeah, we've had rogue challenges and secret missions and all that before, but the Nerogues are really excited about the new system, so let's call this a bold new step to humor them)! The rules are simple:
1. If you post a build with one of these missions in it, it's worth three points instead of two (limit of one per mission).
2. When you post one of these Rainosian quest builds, you have a good excuse to put "Rainos" rather than "LOM" in the title, which means advertising for our faction (in other words, "fame and glory").
3. You have forty-two days, or six weeks, from the day a quest is posted to participate in the missions. After that time, the quest is closed (in case you were wondering, that means that the deadline is November 30th - look how nicely I timed that*).
4. During and after the quest, I and other staffies look at what people built and wrote for the quest and use that to make choices about future UCs and the like (so much power is in your hands - muahahahaha!).
With that block of ado out of the way, here are your missions:
Here's a draft for Rainos' first quest. If you guys could respond quickly, I would be much obliged since I was supposed to have these up on the fifteenth.
Mission One: Future of the Nation
With repairs for the hurricane already well underway, King Bartok was meant to appear in Guaire to announce a new project undertaken by the clans' defensive network. However, he instead remained behind closed doors in his rooms in Rego Arian's castle, with his aides reporting that he had a minor illness and would not be able to give the opening speech as planned. Naturally, soon after rumors abounded that the king might be dying, which in turn reminded the people that their king has no clear successor in line.
There is, however, a little-known pool of relatives who all have decent claims by blood to be the next King or Queen Bartok: aunts, uncles and cousins, scattered all across the Lands. Either recount a wild rumor about one of these potential heirs or have a character actually run across one of them in real life. It's perfectly fine to make them as crazy, annoying, troublesome or even awesome as you see fit.
Mission Two: The Arsenal
Guaire, the unconquered city with blood-red veins in its walls, has long been the heart of Rainosian trade and the go-to city for any matters of importance. It is here that the Diamond Plot was put into action, here that some of the highest-quality iron in Rainos is mined, and here that the Tourney and the council that ended the war between clans were held. The city is also well-known for its armorers and outfitters, but now several influential groups and tribes (including Guaire's own hardened soldiers) have decided that, in order to protect the nation as a whole and arm the clans in times of need, that it needs a central arsenal with enough weapons and materiel to equip an army on short notice. If you are in or near Guaire, show the fortress-like armory being expanded and filled, or, anywhere else in the world, show supplies being made, bought, or shipped for this purpose.
Mission Three: Grave Matters
For eons, many inhabitants of Rainos have buried their dead all across the island: beneath mounds so great that they are mistaken for hills, in bogs where the bodies naturally mummify and stand still in time, at the bottoms of lakes and rivers to look up at life through the water above, within dark chambers filled with their worldly goods. Most of the time, these final resting places are ignored or forgotten, people mistaking them for part of the landscape or merely taking them for granted. Recent events, though, have exposed many of these ancient graves: some have been exposed by the hurricane's weathering effect, and still more have been uncovered during repairs since then. Scout out one of these sites in the name of archeology, treasure-hunting, adventure, or (if the grave had some dangerous creatures or magic in it) keeping the land of the living safe from its contents.
Mission Four: Cavalry
As the popular legend of the "Great Rider" as well as most schools of current military thought attest, horses can be incredibly useful in waging a campaign. Nigh-invincible knights in heavy armor, dragoons and horse-archers capable of hit-and-run tactics and even infantry with horses to use for transportation play important roles in warfare, but most Lands of Mythron builds show action taking place on foot. If you have horses, use them to show Rainosians training to use them in war. If you don't, show Rainosian troops training to counter mounted opponents with polearms, traps, obstacles or more.
Mission Five: Subterfuge
The covert missions managed through Rainos' national defensive network during Mythron's invasion of Nerogue were extremely successful in some respects: They led to the removal of not one but several important enemy personnel, paved the way for a quick and decisive reclamation of Exileseat, and may well have been responsible for Enalica's retraction of the blockade around Nerogue and Bodus. No one can forget, however, what several of the missions helped to bring about: instead of paving the way for Rainosians to return to Santuario, they triggered a bloody revolution that killed thousands and left an entire island in chaos. Furthermore, not all of the missions were successful, and, even though most of the agents survived, several seem to have been psychologically scarred by the nature of their missions. In the end, though, the successes won out: with some trepidation, the majority of towns and tribes involved in the network have agreed to pass on further missions for the good of Rainos. Show either a mission in progress or its results, with especial attention to the high risks and benefits entailed.
*What, October has 31 days? How come it gets more than November? Stay calm, we can rectify this - October 31st does not count as a day for the purpose of this quest. Just pretend it doesn't exist. See, that works out nicely. Permalink
Finding time for building is so hard. By the way, have this. As the most active of us, you deserve it. This is my way of saying that I could use some help bringing Rainos back to its full health, and that you now have plenty of license to do things for the faction if you want. Permalink
Quoting Gilbert Despathens
Finding time for building is so hard. By the way, have this. As the most active of us, you deserve it. This is my way of saying that I could use some help bringing Rainos back to its full health, and that you now have plenty of license to do things for the faction if you want.
Thanks, Gilbert! I shall certainly do all I can on that front. Permalink
Okay, I didn't get much done Lego-wise last month because I was rushing to make a suit of armor for a Halloween costume on top of my usual classwork, but I will definitely get at least one mission done before I go home for the winter. Permalink