Friday, 20 February 2015

Minecraft Hoenn: Part 40/43: Ever Grande City and Victory Road.

Part 40/43 of the creation of the Hoenn Region in Minecraft.

Three parts to go. Start the countdown. Progress has been slow and steady recently but that's not a bad thing.

Ever Grande City is the last city to visit before facing the fearsome Pokemon League. Ever Grande City is essentially split into two sections. Both are connected by the Victory Road which is an underground cave which serves as the final test before battling the Pokemon League.

It's quite a large and tall landmass and only has two buildings but it is one of the most iconic cities in all of Hoenn.

(Image sourced from Bulbapedia)

Ever Grande City is the eastern most city in Hoenn. It measures 80x160 blocks.

Clear the water... as usual. 

And then start building. Ever Grande City is built on a plateau which I need to build first. A day of slow and steady cloning of coarse dirt and filling of stone got the job done. 

Ever Grande city already looks quite grand. 

Victory road is a three level cave which connects the northern section of the city to the southern section. 

Before we've finished Ever Grande City I thought it best to pause construction and concentrate on Victory Road. Why? Well rather than build the city and then tunnel through the stone I decided to dig out all the stone and build within the hole. 
(Image sourced from Bulbapedia)

Dig. Dig lots. This rectangular crater will be the home of Victory Road.

The lower half goes in first. It measures 44x26 blocks. Unfortunately because of physical space constraints the cave I will built at 1:1 scale. But at least the over world is at 2:1 scale otherwise Victory road would have to be 1:2 scale. Half the size it is on the gameboy. 

Lower level finished. After playing around in it 1:1 scale really isn't that bad. You shouldn't even notice. 

The ceiling added darkness. The lower levels of victory road are in complete darkness so you need to either use FLASH, or a night vision potion, or bring your own torches. 

Starting the second level. The ladders don't exactly line up so this level was modified slightly. I made sure the same 'puzzle' effect that Pokemon caves have was still intact. 


And the top most floor finished. 

It may look quite low down compared to where the cave entrances and exits are and that's because it is. I've put two staircases in. One for the entrance and one for the exit. It's non original but it's either do that or have a cave entrance that drops off, or have a victory road that isn't as close to the original as it should be. 

The top level is fully lit. Those glowstone lights add a slightly comforting atmosphere to the cave.

And with that it's back to Ever Grande City. 

Now it's time to finish building the city. Most of it was done before we looked at Victory Road so all the rest was a few more layers and some gardening.

Now that all the layers are done...

It's time to add the grass and dirt. 

Then it was time to chisel the landscape and make the waterfall vertical. 

Then flowers (yes they are hard to see. My apologies).

Then the northern seciton.



Ever Grande City. All that it needs now is finishing around the edges... and a Pokemon League.

The waterfall. 

The southern half with Pokemon Centre and flowers. 

A view across the sea. 

Entering victory road. Once inside...

you get a fantastic view across the whole top level.

The next level down. Lit with a night vision potion. 

And the lowest, deepest level lit also with a night vision potion. 

Ah the exit. Time for the soothing sound of Ever Grande City. 

Ever Grande City in the sunset. 

The cliffs of Ever Grande City looking beautiful with all those flowers spread over the land. 

These arch things?

Ever Grande City in the sunrise. 

Progress so far.

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If you have any tips for improvement please don't hesitate to share. It would be greatly appreciated. Next: Part 41 features the Pokemon League.
After That: Part 42 features the Battle Tower.
And After That: Part 43 features terrain fill in and finishing touches.
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