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The Observatory - Chunk Challenge Contest Entry

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avatar FreakSqueakTV
Level 42 : Master Architect
We have always looked to the heavens, fascinated by its infinite expanse of stars and awestruck by its beauty. Steve was no exception to this. He stared upward from atop of hill outside the city, wishing to know the secrets the distant suns held, dreaming of all the unknown. He climbed down the hill, reluctant to leave the presence of the darkness and the rich aromas of the nighttime woods, and returned to the safety of the castle walls. Upon returning to his house, he peered out from his window, but could see nothing through the smoke of the blacksmiths’ shops.

He wanted to learn more, to see more. He dreamt of being among the stars. But how? How could he be one with them when he felt so far away, cut off from them by the pollution of his fellow men? Daily he returned to the hill, watching, wondering, dreaming, and taking note of the movements of the stars. There was so much to learn, things that the townspeople couldn’t have guessed at. But he wasn’t satisfied. He was still to far away.

Upon returning to the town, he noticed a traveler in the market, packing up his stall for the night. He smiled at Steve as he approached. “Anything catch your fancy?” the merchant asked, gesturing at the few remaining objects left at the booth. “Best telescopes you’ll ever find in these parts right here!” He pointed at the bronze tubes.

“Telescope?” Steve picked one up and examined it.

“Fascinating instruments,” he said. “Allows you to view things up close. These are very small ones, but have a look through them.”

Steve put his eye behind the glass at one end and faced it toward the castle gate. It was as though he were standing a few feet away from it! He marveled at the possibilities for stargazing.

“I’ll buy the lot,” he exclaimed, pouring his life savings upon the table.

The merchant looked at him in surprise. “Excellent!” They agreed on a price, and parted ways with a handshake. Steve took the five telescopes and his remaining money. He now had a plan. He was going to make the greatest telescope the world had ever seen.

The next morning he went to his hill with a single rock to form the foundation for his telescope. He knew his lack of money left him with a very limited amount of materials with which he could make the telescope, so he decided to make it as small as he could, but still able to escape the smoke generated by the town.

For three years he labored on the telescope tower. People called him mad, for they had no idea what he was looking for that was so far away or why he did. Steve himself wasn’t always sure, but he knew there were answers up there, answers to life, the universe, and everything.

Using the small telescopes, Steve was able to fashion a much large one. He hauled it up to the top of the tower and careful set it into place, piece by piece. It was finally time to open the roof and see the world.

He put his eye against the lens and watched the heavens pour out their darkest secrets before him.


Hey everyone, Cheesey here!

This was an absolute blast to make. This is my first solo build competition entry, so I don't expect to do terribly well, but I'm nonetheless proud of this creation. Creating something using even spacing to completely fill out the chunk provided a unique challenge and I was able to learn quite a bit about building in dimensions of 2x2, 4x4, and so on. I really hope you enjoy this build and any comments, suggestions, and critiques are greatly appreciated.

I want to take the time to thank the fabulous people over at Hypixel for hosting the server that this was built on. I'm proud to work as a member of the Hypixel Build Team and you can learn more about what we do by checking out our work at the server mc.hypixel.net.
CreditHypixel Network - Server Host, ctd - Setting this map up for me
Progress100% complete

06/14/2019 10:55 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
love it. thanks for sharing
07/10/2016 4:49 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
1st place INCOMING!!!!! XD
07/10/2016 3:00 pm
Level 42 : Master Ladybug
Sweeeeeet yo!
07/10/2016 10:46 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
Looking quite nice & cohesive.

Have fun in the contest fellow contestant!
07/11/2016 10:08 am
Level 42 : Master Architect
Thank you very much! I like your build as well - very unique. Best of luck to you!
07/10/2016 3:17 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Engineer
Wow, Freak, this is freaking amazing! Great job, man! Lovely build. :D
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