Here's my entry for Phase 1 of the LC10. "Poor Tidings".
(MOC forum link: http://www.classic-castle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=23386
I posted all the photos and story below. If I should post less pictures or less text in the future, let me know, and I'll edit my post.
Marykk Torennson began yet another of his days as he always did, with a short walk across the town square to the armigers’ building to retrieve supplies. Or, he would have, except that a huge crowd had gathered in front of the gallows platform. It looked like everyone he knew was present…he even saw Aelbern standing in the back behind some friends. Marykk caught sight of Einryk’s burning red topknot and pushed his way through the crowd to stand with his friend in front of the platform. A finely-dressed messenger, flanked by shieldbearers, stood atop the planks with a scroll in his hand.
“Good people of Nereberg!” the man called, in a voice that said he was from the Jarl’s court. “I bring grave news. As many of you are no doubt aware, the invasion of the Magic Isles was something of a disaster.”
There was muttering here and there, and Marykk shook his head. Nereberg had received no news or call to arms before the invasion, and had only heard of it from country travelers, and then only after it was far too late to send warriors to aid in the attack. So the news that the invasion had failed came as a sort of dull surprise to the people of Nereberg.
“Our proud warriors of Garheim gained much honor in their battles! Spoils were gathered and glorious feats of bravery done! However, the invasion itself DID fail. And while many of our brave sons will be returning home, many have already passed on to the halls of their fathers.”
This was met with quiet shrugs and sighs. Nobody in Nereberg knew anyone who’d gone on or died in the invasion.
“To make matters worse, the hot-headed men of the southern deserts, the Loreesi, have gravely dishonoured our neighbors in Lenfald, and even insulted our honorable Jarl. Despite the Jarl’s patience and mercy, and his willingness to forgive such insults, the people of Lenfald are not quite so well-inclined. It seems even now that war between Lenfald and Loreos may lie near at hand. For now though, we will simply watch, and wait. The Jarl is a patient warrior, but above all he is a cautious warrior. Therefore, let it be decreed that every city and every township shall prepare themselves for war!”
At this a general murmur and shouting rose in the crowd. One of the shieldbearers stamped his foot.
“Yes, war! We must be ready! Nereberg stands vulnerable, with no curtain wall or keep to defend it. And perhaps these will not be necessary. Decide for yourselves how to defend your town, but defend it you must! Prepare…watch…be alert! The raging stallions of Loreos may break from their pens at any time. We must be ready to defend our homes!”
This led to some cheers, and the messenger stepped down, towards the town chief and his entourage. Marykk turned to his red-haired companion and motioned him away. “Come on, I’ve got a favor to ask you.”
Hope you all like it. I know the build is rather simple. It's just functional: I'm not really into smaller builds like this...not when I need a crowd of people anyway
Link to the Flickr set:http://www.flickr.com/photos/29378983@N04/sets/72157632999042525/