For the last week I’ve been working on overhauling the Royal Grounds at Cair Denbar. They were originally build eons ago, and didn’t look too extravagant.
I started by gutting and expanding the Stables, as they were cramped. I then finished paving the courtyard, as it still had bare bits of dirt and grass.
I then moved onto what is becoming the Royal Gardens. Before, the back half of the royal grounds was just open to a lake with no enclosing wall, and just had one path and very little decoration. I intend to fix that. I updated the area outside the Stables, and converted the simple dirt cliff face into some tiered gardens.
I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I’ve finished the outer wall enclosing the area, and laid out some ideas of where I want the paths to be. I still need to develop the entire other side of the lake.
The other day I started planning out making a video of Imperial City. One thing led to another, and now I’m working on a laundry list of upgrades for Cair Denbar, my royal palace (my home on the server).
This is actually a good sign. Usually when I loose my “mojo” for Minecraft for a bit, what gets me back into the game is upgrading or adding onto my main castle 🙂
Cair Denbar is the oldest structure on my server. I laid the original foundation on April 7, 2012 – the day I got Minecraft. It started out as a small castle on an epic mountaintop. Over the last nearly 7 years, it has grown and expanded over and over. It grew into a large castle spanning two mountaintops, and they a village sprung up in front of it. The castle eventually expanded to fill all 4 mountaintops, and the small village has grown into Imperial City, my single largest city on the server.
I started with something that had been bugging me for ages – the Royal Vault. It had a two-digit combination lock that was very easy to figure out, and once you had entered it anyone could walk by and see the combination. The interior also needed some love. I created an entrance hallway outside the door, where you now pull a lever to seal the two entrances to that hallway. It then opens access to a small room with the new 4-digit combination lock. Also, while the vault door is open, the hallway doors cannot be opened. It feels much more secure now.
I also did some updates on the inside, making it look more vault-like. Previously, it just looked another storage room with precious-gem columns. It looks much more vault-like to me now, and I’ve even placed a bunch of items in there to store in shulker boxes 🙂
I then went on to the Storage Level. I had purposed a level in the complex simply for storage, but never did more than put a warehouse room on it and ton of boxes. I knocked out a wall and made a large loading area with a crane down to the Courtyard Level. It looks really cool!!
To finish off, I finally finished a project I started eons ago. I found this design for an awesome hidden staircase inside a fireplace, and I’ve wanted to add it to Cair Denbar for ages. Problem was, the castle is so old, compact, and dense, I couldn’t find anywhere to fit it in. Especially where It needed access to the floor below, as the castle has multiple levels down into the mountain.
I changed a few things around in the oldest section of the castle, and managed to fit it into the Emperor’s Study! I had to remove a sitting area by the South Landing and vacate the Royal Healer, but I made it work! The hidden stairs access a room three floors below (lots of stairs). I still need to figure out what I’m going to put down there though.
I’ve decided the time has come to make new videos of my Minecraft world. I originally started back in 2014, made a handful, and then got distracted by something shiny.
The videos are still online, but they are HORRIBLY outdated. All the cities in the videos have had massive updates since then, and I never did get to Imperial City, my crown jewel.
I’m going to start making videos, and I’m actually going to narrate this time! I figure I’ll give some tours of my large cities to start.
And this time around, I’m starting with Imperial City. I will most likely make a separate video for Cair Denbar (the Imperial Palace) as the city is large enough by itself. Cair Denbar is also the oldest location on the server, the original foundation was laid on day #1 of me buying Minecraft. It has grown to be quite enormous.