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TT R2: The school of an enemy
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Wolf Bracket - Stonework - Up, up it goes!
About this creation
For round 2 of The Tourney.
My guild is the Average GnomIIes


A few quick notes for the people who are too lazy to read the story (it's actually pretty good for once, though):
-The moc is a wizard's university under construction in the most magical area the leader could find
-The walls are dilapidated because another wizard is using magic to destroy the university
-The waterfall comes from a magically refilling pool, and the rock uses natural magic to balance.
-The landscaping (other than the rock in front) is designed to look like an upside-down wizard's hat

tl;dr - There's magic everywhere

TT R2: The school of an enemy

I find myself overlooking the sea, standing on a grassy, pleasant landscape atop a tall, precariously balanced rock. The wind blows at my back, blowing my hair into my face. I push it out of my eyes, only to laugh when it only falls back in front of them a moment later. Gremlon smiles.

"You like this place?" he asks me.

I nod. "How is the rock balanced like this?" I inquire curiously. The rock shouldn't be able to stay up like this; the base is only a few yards wide, not nearly enough to support a large area like this, especially with the forces of the water acting against it.

"It's a mystery," Gremlon replies, shrugging. "Some say everything somehow was aligned perfectly and that it's ready to fall any minute. Others blame magic. However it stays up, it's been here for quite some time.

"It's sorta like the waterfall in that way. The waterfall flows over the edge from a small pool that's never drained. I've heard a lot of explanations for it. Some folks try to explain it away with a bunch of science, claiming that water diffuses through the ground, or something like that. Me? I say it's magic. Natural magic is all around us. Some is more subtle than others, but it's there, whether you notice it or not."

Magic... The word brings me back to the world, taking me away from my moment of bliss. "So, why did you take me here? What am I to learn here?"

"Have you heard of the Druid's College in Hadran?" Gremlon asks. I nod; having lived in Hadran for most of my life, I know all about the city. The college, ironically, is one of the few places I've never been to, but I certainly know of it.

"The Druid's College is the main location where I teach my students. Some I teach privately, but I eventually take most of them to the college, where they can acquire a more diverse education by learning from other teachers in addition to myself. The college currently is unrivaled in Rainos; there aren't any competing schools, or at least none of significance. That was not always to be the case, however.

"Many years ago, an childhood enemy of mine rediscovered me. He began stalking me, trying to find out anything he could so that he could use it against me. Naturally, he quickly learned of my position at the Druid's College. That's when he launched an elaborate scheme; he gathered dozens of powerful magicians and began to construct a university that could rival the Druid's college. If he had succeeded, our school might have fallen apart; he was building his college right here in Guaire, and Guaire is such a more popular area than Hadran.

"I had to act. Day by day, I wove spells into the masonry, attempting to weaken the walls. At first, my efforts had no noticeable effect. The walls continued to look perfectly new. Nothing changed.

"But one day, a breakthrough happened. As the workers were constructing the building, the walls began to crumble. Stones began falling off, and within seconds the walls looked as though they were hundreds of years old. The workers were terrified; they abandoned the project, despite my enemy's protests.

"My enemy died that night. He fell off a bridge when he was leaving the site. I tried to convince myself that it wasn't my fault. My spells had weakened the stone, not the bridge. But deep down, I know that it was my doing. Back then, my magic was imprecise. I must have accidentally caused the wood to weaken as well.

"To this day, that memory continues to haunt me. It was the only time I've ever taken someone's life, and to do it by accident was horrifying. What scared me the most, though, was that in the days that followed, I tried to justify my actions. I told myself that he was an evil man, that he deserved to die. But he wasn't - that's the thing. It was a stupid rivalry. Neither of us ever did anything wrong. We just hated each other for some inexplicable reason. He truly didn't deserve to die.

"In magic, there is more to learn than just how to cast spells. You must learn morality. You must learn, so that you do not make the mistakes that I made."



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Despite what Gremlon said, it isn't magic - or even photoshop or clear supports - that holds this MOC up; it was just perfectly balanced on a very sturdy rock pillar. That's right - despite the complex textures of the rock, it's actually extremely sturdy - there's a solid brick core and some solid brick walls in the back that really help with that.

The School of an Enemy (Main)

The School of an Enemy (2)

The School of an Enemy (3)



The stonework turned out pretty well, I quite like the architecture of the building.
I also really love the coloring of the landscape


TT R2: The school of an enemy

TT R2: The school of an enemy



TT R2: The school of an enemy

I really like how the rocks turned out. The foliage hanging over the rocks turned out pretty well.

TT R2: The school of an enemy



The big rock is my favorite part though, I really love its texture and shaping.


TT R2: The school of an enemy

If you look at it the right way, you might notice that this whole section is supposed to look like an upside-down wizard hat submerged in the water.


TT R2: The school of an enemy

The treadwheel crane (yes, it really exists, ridiculous as it seems) turned out pretty well, I used ship steering wheels to create the round shape.

Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I made it 
  February 24, 2016
This probably would have looked better if I hadn't removed the tree that I had originally included: http://images.moc-pages.com/user_images/84200/1422203588m_DISPLAY.jpg
 I like it 
  February 10, 2015
Amazing job!
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  February 7, 2015
Awesome, 5/5!
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  January 31, 2015
Really sweet looking rockwork here, awesome entry!
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  January 31, 2015
Wow! It's amzing!!! I like the minifig legs on the ground very much! :)
Halhi 141
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Black Smith
  January 30, 2015
fantastic lego, well done !
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  January 30, 2015
Fantastic job!
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  January 30, 2015
The rockwork on those pillars is incredible!
Halhi 141
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Nate B.
  January 29, 2015
Amazing! The story was very well developed, the build itself was stunning, as always, and it just looked so awesome! Great job!
  January 29, 2015
Oh, my original comment survived moderation. That took a while. I guess I gave you an extra like then. :P
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  January 28, 2015
Quoting Armon Russ *Cough* Natural magic? An oxymoron if I ever heard one. :P Anyway, the build is awkward-looking due to the 'naturally magicalness' of it. But there's some nice stonework and rockwork here. Overall, a well-built entry. Your story however, shows signs of 'dialog for the purpose of explanation' syndrome again, which isn't the most interesting thing to read. Most of it is the telling of Gremlon's past, of course, so I get that, but it would be much more interesting if there were some photos to go along with the story, which you most likely didn't have time for. :P Other than that, great work.
The natural magic thing was inspired by some of the locations in Eragon - I forget what exactly they were, but there were several instances of magic occurring in nature that weren't controlled by magicians. The dialogue thing - ever told someone a story? :P I see what you mean about pictures, but it would have taken too much time, especially since the story takes place over a wide period of time (so I would have had to show the wall at different stages of construction, the bridge breaking, etc). Thanks!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2015
Wow. That is reall good. Nice job. Good luck!
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  January 28, 2015
Quoting Soccer Socks Cool, it must be hard to keep it standing, is it? What is the other part of the rope bridge connected to?
It was actually extemely well-balanced, one of my sturdier MOCs actually. The other end of the rope bridge leads to an implied other rock (it really just leads to a tall support)
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  January 28, 2015
Cool, it must be hard to keep it standing, is it? What is the other part of the rope bridge connected to?
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  January 28, 2015
Unique, but very effective! The rockwork is fantastic!
  January 28, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 Yay, you've discovered the art of blank comments! (over half a year after I did :P)
Yep. :P I had a non-blank comment for you about two days ago, but it went to moderation and was never seen again. I was too lazy to type it over. :P
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  January 28, 2015
Quoting Armon Russ
Yay, you've discovered the art of blank comments! (over half a year after I did :P)
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  January 28, 2015
Halhi 141
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John Smith
  January 27, 2015
This is seriously incredible! The shaping and textures and the rock are flawless. The masonry is also very well done! Incredible build!
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Alexander Solzhenitsyn Looks like just about every other castle MOC I've seen...
I take it you're joking, right? Sure, I definitely see floating castles under construction every day. Nothing new about that.
  January 27, 2015
Looks like just about every other castle MOC I've seen...
  January 27, 2015
It does look average compared to your other MOCs. Not saying I don't like it though. Grandmas have ears.
  January 27, 2015
Could this be the first time I (and others) disagree with Halhi D:
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Julia LeeP
Quoting Halhi 141 Thanks Grahma!
This is priceless XD
Hey, he misspells my name, I'll misspell his :P :P :P
  January 27, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 Thanks Grahma!
This is priceless XD
  January 27, 2015
YUS
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus This looks much more of an average castle MOC than what I have come to expect from you.
I disagree, I find this one to be more unique than pretty much anything else I've ever made. It's certainly a new look, so I guess there will always be some people who don't like it, but I quite liked the colors and the rockwork was definitely some of my best
 I like it 
  January 27, 2015
To be honest I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this build. There are some great elements such as the rock pillar, the waterfall and the water and yet I feel if you just changed a couple small details it would make this build a lot better. The ground coming out from the pillar seems to have too much of an overhang and the construction project which should be the center of focus seems like a side thought. Just my opinion, though. Overall great MOC.
 I made it 
  January 27, 2015
Quoting Drew Johnson Yeah, I'm just shocked the thing is actually balancing. That's what I meant be the architecture.
Oh. Well, in real life, it actually balances extremely well (the rocks are super sturdy and the weight is really well balanced. As a MOC....well, keep in mind that this location was supposed to be an area of natural magic - thus the unnatural balancing, the waterfall from a magically refilling pool, etc
 I made it 
  January 27, 2015
Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber A+
Thanks Firas!
Quoting Professor B. eh... it's alright.
:P
Quoting Professor B. Hopefully you noticed I was kidding. :P
Yeah, I figured :P Thanks!
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  January 27, 2015
Yeah, I'm just shocked the thing is actually balancing. That's what I meant be the architecture.
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Rosalyn Crown Breathtaking structures! ~Phoenix Rose
Thanks!
Quoting Alex Rode Too cool! I like the structural irregularity.
Thanks Alex!
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Joe McGill Some of your best rockwork, and a nice storyline.
Whoa, someone actually reads the story? :P I guess the solid wall of text probably scared most people away. Anyway, thanks! And yeah, I really like how this style of rockwork turned out, I'll have to use it more in the future
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Reese Hawthorne I agree with Thomas, you should have fanned the rocks out on the bottom. Great build nevertheless!
Yeah, but then it wouldn't work for the wizard's hat :/ I like how it looks as it is, it looks more unrealistic and magical :)
Quoting Shevik Anderson Great job, Halhi!!! ;D Aye do I find your rockwork e'er so beauteous. :) Keep it up!!
Thanks Shevik!
 I made it 
  January 27, 2015
Quoting Stephan N Awesome
Thanks Stephan!
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Nicely done! --Blast--
Thanks!
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Isaac Snyder While the rock pillar and landscape are superb, it seems everyone is overlooking the sweet waterfall and base :)
Thanks Isaac! Glad you like the waterfall, I've never done one using this technique (or size) before
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Drew Johnson Very nice! Not sure about the architecture though....
Thanks! What don't you like about the architecture?
Quoting Graham Gidman This is awesome, just awesome! Well done, Hahli!
Thanks Grahma!
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Infernum Mythron-Bane Love the water! Awesome build! :)
Thanks Infy!
Quoting Verticus Akkron This is really nice. Good story too. My only critique (if you could call it that; suggestion is more appropriate) is that I would use your second picture as the main image. It shows the rock craftsmanship a bit better. Either way, brilliant creation! Good luck.
Thanks! Yeah, you might be right, I couldn't really decide between the two (the main picture shows the overall build more, but the second photo shows the rocks more. I guess the second picture is higher quality though...) Once the round's over, I'm going to replace some of these photos with the new ones that I posted on Flickr (the first four here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/halhi141 )
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Stephen Boe Everything is awesome. I especially like the waterfall and ground textures and colors. I think the rock base could use some foliage hanging down, the solid grey is really monotonous to look at.
I was thinking about that, but I decided against it - the rock is directly below the ground, so it wouldn't have much sunlight reaching it
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting John Daniels Very cool, Halhi. The whole build has a very nice texture to it, and the upside down wizards hat idea is a very nice touch. Good luck. ~John
Thanks John! Glad you saw the bit about the wizard hat, that was one of my favorite parts of the build
 I made it 
  January 27, 2015
Quoting bombin ben Epic.
Quoting Wolverine [Bill Daniels] Awesom. wow. :D
Thanks!
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  January 27, 2015
Quoting Kai Bernstein Beautiful. Those rocks are awesome!
Yay, the Kai vote of approval :P Thanks Kai!
Quoting Joseph Olson As Kai said. The stonework, also, is amazing. I don't believe the judges will dare not to pass this one. :P
Thanks Joseph!
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  January 27, 2015
Whoa, this is brilliant! Spectacular work on this Halhi!
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  January 27, 2015
Outstanding work! :)
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  January 26, 2015
*Cough* Natural magic? An oxymoron if I ever heard one. :P Anyway, the build is awkward-looking due to the 'naturally magicalness' of it. But there's some nice stonework and rockwork here. Overall, a well-built entry. Your story however, shows signs of 'dialog for the purpose of explanation' syndrome again, which isn't the most interesting thing to read. Most of it is the telling of Gremlon's past, of course, so I get that, but it would be much more interesting if there were some photos to go along with the story, which you most likely didn't have time for. :P Other than that, great work.
  January 26, 2015
Hopefully you noticed I was kidding. :P
  January 26, 2015
This looks much more of an average castle MOC than what I have come to expect from you.
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  January 26, 2015
@ Halhi 141 thanks for the update!
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  January 26, 2015
Note - for anyone interested, there's some much better photos of this on my flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/halhi141/ (first 4 photos). I'll embed them here after the round is over.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
A+
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  January 26, 2015
eh... it's alright.
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  January 26, 2015
Breathtaking structures! ~Phoenix Rose
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  January 26, 2015
Too cool! I like the structural irregularity.
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  January 26, 2015
Some of your best rockwork, and a nice storyline.
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  January 26, 2015
Quoting Julia LeeP Magic here, magic there, magic magic everywhere! Overall, I agree with Thomas. Another thing is that the colors-- especially the regular green, sand green, bright green, and olive greens don't really work well together IMO. On the other hand though, water/waterfall +textures are fab, and overall, this is a really original build. Not like you'll need it, but good luck! :)
Thanks! Personally, I like the colors, though, and even if the floating ground isn't realistic, it adds to the whimsical, magical look (and creates the wizard hat)
 I like it 
  January 26, 2015
Magic here, magic there, magic magic everywhere! Overall, I agree with Thomas. Another thing is that the colors-- especially the regular green, sand green, bright green, and olive greens don't really work well together IMO. On the other hand though, water/waterfall +textures are fab, and overall, this is a really original build. Not like you'll need it, but good luck! :)
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  January 26, 2015
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga How about this: I don't like the overall shaping of the rocks. If you look at Cesbrick's island tower, his rocks go in a bit at the bottom, then flare out again to support the whole base. Your rocks just go straight out, and still don't fill the whole base. I can believe a rock held in place by magic. I can't believe that that whole slab of grass is just balanced on top like a plate on an ice cream cone. Rocks work that way, sure, but grass and dirt don't.
Oh, I see your point, but that wouldn't have really worked for the Wizard's hat illusion.
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  January 26, 2015
Great job, Halhi!!! ;D Aye do I find your rockwork e'er so beauteous. :) Keep it up!!
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  January 26, 2015
I agree with Thomas, you should have fanned the rocks out on the bottom. Great build nevertheless!
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  January 26, 2015
Nicely done! --Blast--
  January 26, 2015
Awesome
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  January 26, 2015
How about this: I don't like the overall shaping of the rocks. If you look at Cesbrick's island tower, his rocks go in a bit at the bottom, then flare out again to support the whole base. Your rocks just go straight out, and still don't fill the whole base. I can believe a rock held in place by magic. I can't believe that that whole slab of grass is just balanced on top like a plate on an ice cream cone. Rocks work that way, sure, but grass and dirt don't.
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  January 26, 2015
Quoting Kai Bernstein I wouldn't say I "like" it particularly, but I don't dislike it. :P
That's funny, I seem to have remembered seeing you say something about liking it in my intro, but I suppose not. I love it personally though.
  January 26, 2015
I wouldn't say I "like" it particularly, but I don't dislike it. :P
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  January 25, 2015
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Rockwork looks very detailed, despite being hilariously unrealistic. I like the stonework, though, that section looks a LOT more realistic than normal.
Oh, if the rockwork thing was supposed to be a criticism, you might want to read the beginning section. Anyway, thanks
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  January 25, 2015
Rockwork looks very detailed, despite being hilariously unrealistic. I like the stonework, though, that section looks a LOT more realistic than normal.
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  January 25, 2015
Quoting ~ Brick Still ingesting the build from the rather dodgy photos, but I can make one observation for certain...you obviously wanted to murder Kai with that path. :P
Yeah, I know, a camera refusing to cooperate + huge build + having to use artificial lighting wasn't a good combo...anyway, Kai likes this style of path I think, it's when the tiles are alone used as natural rocks that he dislikes them
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  January 25, 2015
While the rock pillar and landscape are superb, it seems everyone is overlooking the sweet waterfall and base :)
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  January 25, 2015
This is awesome, just awesome! Well done, Hahli!
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  January 25, 2015
Very nice! Not sure about the architecture though....
  January 25, 2015
This is really nice. Good story too. My only critique (if you could call it that; suggestion is more appropriate) is that I would use your second picture as the main image. It shows the rock craftsmanship a bit better. Either way, brilliant creation! Good luck.
 I like it 
  January 25, 2015
Still ingesting the build from the rather dodgy photos, but I can make one observation for certain...you obviously wanted to murder Kai with that path. :P
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  January 25, 2015
Love the water! Awesome build! :)
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  January 25, 2015
Everything is awesome. I especially like the waterfall and ground textures and colors. I think the rock base could use some foliage hanging down, the solid grey is really monotonous to look at.
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  January 25, 2015
Very cool, Halhi. The whole build has a very nice texture to it, and the upside down wizards hat idea is a very nice touch. Good luck. ~John
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  January 25, 2015
Epic.
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  January 25, 2015
Awesom. wow. :D
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  January 25, 2015
As Kai said. The stonework, also, is amazing. I don't believe the judges will dare not to pass this one. :P
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  January 25, 2015
Beautiful. Those rocks are awesome!
 
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