Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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A bit hesitant, Hector retrieved the helm from his bag and put it on the table.

“Whoa,” said Lance. “This is really smooth, too. Cast iron, isn’t it? You have access to a furnace, too?”

He wasn’t sure how else to explain it, so he just said, “Y-yeah.”

“Are you gonna add some ornamental lines to it?”

“Uh... m-maybe.”

“What do you think about making a full suit of armor?” said Lance, and Hector blinked. “It’d be a pretty big project for just one person, but between the two of us, I think it’d be manageable. Maybe enter it into a competition or something.”

“Uh... that, uh...”

“If you don’t want to, that’s fine. I was just thinking of making some greaves next and got to wondering.”

“Ah, no... I mean, uh, sure. That sounds... pretty cool.”

“Yeah? Awesome. I was thinking we’d make various parts independently and then piece them together later.”

“Hmm.” Hector scratched his forehead. “But, uh... well, that could be a problem if we don’t, um... correlate our measurements or whatever.”

“Ah, you’re right. Maybe we should make the breastplate together, then. Once that is done, we can take proper measurements and then split up to make the smaller stuff like the gorget and pauldrons and such.”

“Gorget is for the neck, right? What’re pauldrons for?”

“Shoulders. There are lots of other parts to choose from, too. Vambraces for the forearms. Couters for the elbows. And tons of others. We could probably spend the rest of the school year making all the different things.”

“I see.” Hector eyed the gauntlets again as a quiet thought struck him.

“We can get started tomorrow, if you like. Just come over to my uncle’s place after school. He’s got lots of scrap metal we can melt down and use.”

“Ah, o-okay...”

20 comments:

  1. Geoffrey tracks down Hector, shows up and attempts to kill his Hector and his friends, because Geoffrey got board.

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    1. Forgot to delete the _his_ on the above post edit option for non anonymous posters would be useful.

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    2. Don't have any control over that, unfortunately. Unless I switch to an entirely different comment system, that is. Which I'll eventually get around to. Probably.

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    1. Excluding Hector he is not allowed to die
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      ... yet.
      He is the main character after all.

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    2. The comments are always appreciated. And if you're bored, then a visit to webfictionguide.com or topwebfiction.com might help. There are shitloads of other web serials out there.

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  3. Obviously, I can't do otherwise but support something that gets Hector closer to being a fully-armored, badass Zombie Knight, but there are some potential problems. For example, Hector couldn't actually use Lance's armor pieces in combat without risking damaging them, even with an iron coating. And Lance might not appreciate it if his beautiful artwork comes back all patched up. Although I figure this isn't a very big deal: the way he's going, even if Hector couldn't figure out a way right now to use Lance's work as a base to make his own iron replica, it won't be too long until he is able.

    The second problem, of course, being that Lance might get suspicious if a mysterious superhero appears on the news who consistently starts wearing a piece of armor right after Hector and him finish it.

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    1. That was very coy. No comment? :P

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    2. Haha. Just enjoying your analysis. You aren't wrong, by the way.

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    3. Of course I'm not wrong. Hector WOULD be really badass in full armor. That's just a fact. :P

      Did you know? For a bunch of armor pieces, it's easier to remember their function if you know some French. For example, throat in French is "gorge". Gorge... gorget. Pauldrons protect the shoulders, and shoulders -> "├ępaules". Vambraces protect the lower arms... "avant-bras".

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    4. Interesting. I did not know that. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Okay, This has just been bothering me since forever...is it pronounced jeff-ory, or Geo-phory ...Also please excuse my terrible typing, It's near midnight and I go to my dreams soon.

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  5. Hmmm...Hector needs a strong mental image to create his metal doesn't he? I bet this kind of work is even better for developing his power than anything else. Really, really understanding how to make it all. By the time he's even partway through, he should be able to produce it for himself.


    Don't think I missed him producing steel earlier. You said a silvery orb in the gas station. Not mere cast iron.

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  6. Power-up incoming. Nuff said

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  7. Stenciled Broad StrokesFebruary 17, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    incentive to stay in school this is

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