I took a brief step away from Andared's story to make this entry in a contest against RBC. Unfortunately, it seems RBC forgot that the deadline for the contest was today. I offered him a week-long extension, but he informed me that he'll be extremely busy (aren't we all
) during the Christmas season, so he decided to forfeit. Nevertheless, I present...Collecting Cartography:
In the months that followed the treacherous rise of Queen Galainir and her Dragon army, a new power had begun to form in the swamplands south of Loreos. This new faction of outlaws rose to power mainly because of the opposition to the queen amongst outlaws. While some of the outcasts and criminals (particularly those from the Magic Isle) had been more than happy to join Galainir's army, there were almost as many enemies of Galainir to be found on the mainland. These rebels joined together to form the Coalition of Thieves.
Despite tense relations between these rival factions, neither the Dragon Army or the Coalition had waged open conflict against the other. However, with the growing strength of the Coalition and the increasing oppression of Galainir's forces, hostility had brewed almost to the point of open war. Unfortunately, it was impossible to determine when, or where the inevitable battle would take place. This worried the Black Dragons of Lenfald greatly, for if the conflict between the two groups occurred in one of the three Roawian provinces, innocent citizens could suffer the consequences.
However, if the Coalition and the Dragon army could somehow be prematurely provoked into a war, perhaps the fighting could be contained to the lands the outlaws themselves controlled. It was, the Black Dragons thought, worth a try, so they assigned one of their infamous Shadow Dragons to attempt the task.
He was sent deep into the swamplands, and into the very heart of the Coalition of Thieves castle. One of the recent triumphs the the Coalition had achieved was that they had successfully mapped out the entire territory south of Loreos with detailed notes on secret paths. Such a feat had never been done before, and this was a very prestigious item as well as a source of pride for the Coalition. If such an item were to go missing, the blame would certainly fall on the Dragon army.
With one political play, the Black Dragons could spark a war that would drain the resources of both outlaw armies and gain them access to previously unknown secrets of outlaw territory. It was a golden opportunity, and one that the Black Dragons would not squander.
The Shadow Dragon performed his duty flawlessly. He stealthily walked through the - quite literally - den of thieves, and came out unscathed and unseen with the map. It would take more than this to bring down Galainir's reign of evil, but perhaps this could mark the start of her fall...
The photo quality on this wasn't my best, but I was satisfied with this build. I wish I had captured this build better, but please give me your own opinions on this MOC. Thanks for reading!