So, it's been a while, and finally I get a little while to mod, but since last time plenty of thought's been going into Westernesse. As you may have been aware, I've been writing music for Westernesse, which unlike Howard Shore's compositions for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies is entirely synth-based, as I don't exactly have an orchestra in my backyard to play with, and also differs in that I will not be writing particularly 'evil' or 'good' motifs for the Black Numenoreans or Elendili, as the story of Westernesse is in its most basic form the story of a civil war. There is no good side, nor a bad side, if you really want to look at it for what it really is. This leads into the revelation of what Westernesse will become, after such thought has been put into it. I don't want to create a perfect island, as I've set the mod in the later years of Numenor for timing reasons, by which time there is extreme tension between the Black Numenoreans and Elendili, and I don't want a mod set around a war. I want a mod set in a cold, harsh real vision of Numenor, filled with revolution-esque fear, discrimination and street violence. I want it to feel like you can reach out and touch the rough stone walls, smell the smoke and fire, hear the screams of terror that echo as a last breath escapes the helpless and oppressed. Plagued with fear as much as any rodent's disease, communities divided by great walls to segregate the 'nonbelievers', and an enemy slowly picking you off one by one, but who is the enemy? Is it the guard standing by the gate, cold-faced and colder-hearted? Is it the hundreds of people that lower their eyes as they walk past you in the street? Or is it your spouse, or children, or parents, watching and reporting your every move in case you decide to make a move?
I will build Numenor as it ever was, a human island, and with humanity comes distrust, betrayal, nervousness and insecurity, and blood running in the cracks of stone pavement. I will create a place true to Tolkien's vision of an island that the survivors try ever to forget and erase from their history, yet inevitably influencing their lives uncontrollably. It is Tolkien's Numenor, but with the honesty of civil war, taking hints from real-life conflicts such as those in Israel and Syria, and also in Nazi Germany, the latter of which probably being most useful due to Tolkien's personal involvement in the War.
Ok, now onto a more visual and sonic news post: