This Map is an entry in the completed Nether Empire Project Contest.

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Nebulo Drak - 8th place in Nether Contest

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Steve opened his eyes to find a gigantic mouth of large, shiny teeth inches from his face. The jaws opened, and for a moment he though that he was about to be the lunch of an unknown predator. However, rather than chomping off his head, the animal seemed more interested in playfully nipping at the lights on the floor.

The creature took a few steps back, and Steve stood up to get a better look at his predicament. In front of him was a dragon, which would have been terrifying if not for the fact that it had begun to chase its own tail.
Turning around, Steve realized that he was in a city, and that several more dragons were scattered across the landscape. Most of them were small, indicating they were juveniles, but a few were much larger, making them likely the parents.

The city was beautiful, but slightly unsettling. Closer investigation of the terrain revealed bones partially buried in the ground, and the buildings themselves seemed to have been constructed from a material similar to that of the bones. Perhaps this place had been built from the bodies of dead dragons.
The thought was grim, but in a way also uplifting. Watching the younger dragons play around the bones of their ancestors was a morbid but hopeful reminder of the way death is succeeded by new life.


This is my entry so far to the PMC Nether Empire contest. I didn't quite finish everything that I wanted to do, but considering I worked alone and didn't have much time for building, I'm proud of how it turned out.

Nebulo Drak is the birthplace and tomb of dragons. They are born in the lava of the volcanoes, and return at the end of their lives to lay themselves to rest. After they die, the ashes from the volcanoes cover the skeletons and form statues, memorializing them. It is apparent that the city was originally built from the remains of the dragons.

This build was planned and constructed entirely solo, although my good friend Lockenoia made the render for me.
Usually I build together with the other members of the BeastsMC team, but we entered separately. The rules of this contest seemed to encourage that there be one main builder who primarily deserves credit, and when we build as a team, we all participate equally, so it didn't seem appropriate.

The basic architectural concept was to be incredibly detailed and use as much color as possible without making the build too disorganized. It's usually a good idea to have only a few main colors, ones that blend well together and ones that create contrast. I wanted to push that limit a bit, so I tried to work with different color schemes in the same way people would use individual colors.
I'm using three different gradients: a white to black set, a brown set to compliment the white/grey/black, and a yellow to red firey set for details and contrast.
Hopefully it's not too hard on the eyes. ^^

I did not use any mods or shaders to take the screenshots (apart from the 1 rendered image), seeing as I very much support the spirit behind the rules of this contest in that we're being encouraged to rely on the builds themselves rather than any sort of aesthetic programs.

Hopefully you like it!

CreditMithrintia, for building the contest terrain
Progress100% complete

3 Update Logs

Update #3 : by KrisKleer 09/12/2013 11:55:37 amSep 12th, 2013

-Finished interiors
-Edited landscape slightly
-Added more dragons
-Added world download

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12/15/2013 12:25 pm
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NinamanOfficial's Avatar
Dr. Snufflepuss is mah favorite dragon x) hahaha
11/03/2013 11:26 am
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DragonsDungeon's Avatar
now this is awesome :P i wonder why i didnt see this before xD
11/01/2013 10:43 am
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alliekittycat's Avatar
Will you post a download for it? It's so epic
10/27/2013 9:30 am
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TheSchnuff's Avatar
101th diamond :D
how can you build structures that good? voxelsniper?
10/27/2013 2:20 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Blockhead
KrisKleer's Avatar
I've used VoxelSniper (very useful tool!), but never in single player.

If you're referring to the terrain, that's actually built by the Mithrintia team. All contest entries were required to use the same starting terrain. From the insides of the mountains and general structure of the terrain, it looked like they used a combination of WorldEdit and perhaps some Voxelsniper to smooth things out.

As for the building itself, WorldEdit and Voxelsniper actually aren't terribly helpful for details. They're just useful for pasting and filling things.

I used WorldEdit to help build the structures faster, particularly with the circular building.
10/24/2013 8:38 am
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I gave you the 100th diamond :D
10/27/2013 2:17 pm
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Thanks very much!
09/20/2013 4:10 pm
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Congrats Kris! My regards ! :)
09/25/2013 8:27 pm
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KrisKleer's Avatar
Thanks, Taygub.
09/18/2013 10:21 pm
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