Front view. I didn't have the temple of time in mind when I first started. I began with the stairs and kind of just winged it before imagining two towers and thinking it reminded me of the Temple of Time. Tried to recreate the mountain range on the right, but it was too far back to render in without making Death Mountain's ring all flimsy.
That railing on the left doesn't bother me. NOT. ONE. BIT. NEVER EVER.
Whoops, I forgot to disable HUD.
The sword not in the stone. I stole this idea from Skyrim. You know the hell you had to go through to get that horn, only once you get there, someone beat you to it? I know exactly who does this sort of thing. Gary Oak.
For some reason one of the links is broken now, so I made another screenshot, this time I remembered to take off the HUD. I'm not sure how to edit the post so I'll give a bonus update to the pools and a peek at my next project. (The area on the right that was supposed to be another mountain range.)
No, but seriously. That's a common enough suggestion that I decided to put that there for a laugh every time someone is disappointed that it's hollow inside. I find it difficult to work with water/lava because of how the fluid never wants to follow the path you lay out, It never turns out how I want it to look, so I try to avoid using them. I've played around with them now just to show you what I mean.