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APOCALYPSIS


Episode II

The Conflict Within



(see "Episode I: A Journey Inward" here)






Terror stricken screams of men, women, and children rent the air. Searing flames lept from the base of great columns and turned to monsterous black plumes that rolled across the high ceiling devouring it, while glowing red embers rained down in a hellish storm like failing stars. Stinging, hot smoke scorched his eyes, and he choked and wretched, and staggered blindly over the burning bodies of Shamans as they lay dead on the steps of the temple.






As he clambered over the dais and collapsed against the back wall, he caught, through watering eyes, distant silhouettes of figures darting to and fro; some running for their lives, some slashing and burning, some searching frantically amidst the blazing fray. The Shamans and their families were now paying the ultimate price for his protection as those that sought to undo the prophecy swept down upon them all in a fiery, murderous storm.






In that moment of despair and panic, a distant but familiar voice rose within him to bring focus and order. It was a strange force of will that had grown within him throughout his young life, like a voice speaking from beyond an unseen veil. It spoke to him of longings for unknown places, and beckoned to him in his dreams. The screams, the terrible heat, the bitter burning smoke all faded, and in an instant of inner clarity the voice told him “run!”






He rose feebly to his feet, and staggered to an old door in the rear corner of the temple.






Passing through the door, he ducked beneath a burning beam, grabbed his pack and a torch from the wall, and bolted through a second doorway to stumble frantically down an ancient flight of stone steps.






As he careened through a winding, dark tunnel beneath the temple, tears blinding him, all sense of reason was lost to sorrow and chaos. Panic overshadowed all but the will of that inner voice. Distant, muffled screams echoed through the tunnel. Above him the only family he’d known was dying. And the thought came, “my death will come, too.” “But not here” said the inner voice, and the light of the torch flickered in the darkness as he ran.






His body gave a jerk as the memory faded. The torch he’d escaped with became the torch now burning before him; the recollection of screams vanished, and the temple’s blazing heat turned to cold damp air. He was standing atop a large boulder that sat in the midst of an underground stream. All about him, beyond the feeble torch light, were the distant sounds of waterfalls. Hollow echoes of swilling water poured forth from the black bowels of the cavern, and the thick smell of earth and mold permeated the dank, cool darkness. Into his mind came once again the familiar force of will speaking in ever greater desperation. “Hurry!”






Cautiously he stepped to the edge of the stone. Holding the torch aloft, he took a deep breath to gather his courage and strength, then slid off of the boulder and cast himself back into the hurrying water way. With a glance back that revealed only darkness, he strode on yet again, wading wearily into the void.






Time wore on as he worked his way deeper and deeper into the mountain. As it had at the cave’s entrance, the horrible purpose for which he’d come once again crept into his conciousness, and now an internal conflict was building. Shadows of doubt began to grow in his mind. Fear and exhaustion came in ever greater waves. “Why am I doing this?” he thought. But still the strange and trascendent longing held sway, pulling at him against all reason, to a destiny he neither wanted nor understood, but could not seem to refuse.






As if to reflect the growing internal storm, the cavern about him was becoming ever larger and more menacing. Now and again, massive fissures in the ceiling would suddenly appear. With the onset of these openings, the ceaseless echoes of water would change their rhythms and pitch, and the cold misty air would suddenly swirl about as it rose to the heights of the cavern.






Upon reaching an immense opening, he struggled out of the hurrying stream to walk on a large flat ledge that jutted out from the cave wall just above the water’s edge. Every step was now a conscious act of sheer will, and the conflict within, to turn back or go forward to his death, was overtaking him.






As he looked about, coruscating light from the torch flames danced on the water’s surface below him, and cast elongated shadows all about the tall, glistening cavern walls. He looked up. With every subtle shift of the torch, flickering light made rocky shadows bend, stretch, and distort, like fearful contorted phantoms whose menace argued with the will that was beckoning him on.






A sudden surge of terror and sickness swept over him. Uncontrollably, he fell to his knees and he began to shake. Cold hissing sounds rose above of the rush of water and joined with the looming black shadows above to speak of his fears and doubts. A chorus of ghostly hisses whispered "The voice lies. Your death will mean nothing to the world." Frantically he looked about for the source of these voices. His own tremulous voice muttered "I can’t…I can’t do this!"






He looked up again, eyes now filled with terror, and tears blurring his sight. The shifting shadows began to move across the wall. He screamed "I CAN’T DO THIS!"






The shadows danced and swarmed about the towering walls of the cave. High then low they raced about the cavern, rolling and pitching over outcrops, recesses, spires, and boulders. Then they began to congeal in the center of the ceiling, twisting tighter and tighter, and finally drawing away from the stone surface, they swirled and gathered in a great, black, writhing mass above him.






He staggered to his feet and fell back frozen against the rocks. He couldn’t breathe. The dark cloud descended towards him, and in unison a chorus of voices shrieked "There is nothing here but the abyss! This quest, and all you believed in, all you’ve struggled for, all they died for…has been in vain!"






He shut his eyes tightly. He threw his trembling hands over his ears. This couldn’t be happening.






Suddenly his hands were flung apart, and as he opened his eyes, another hand seized his throat like a vice. His right arm was pinned to the wall. In a flash, the terrible specter was transformed, and in its place stood his attacker, eyes glowing with rage; eyes that he instantly recognized…






…as his own!




TO BE CONTINUED...









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Comments

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  September 28, 2012
Just had to come back and marvel at this a bit... yeah, might be time to finish up that story that we discussed on this all those years ago... We seriously need a conclusion to this... AFTER the brickworld build of course ;) ~ Chris.
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  June 26, 2012
I've been wondering for quite some time, when is the next one?
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  January 24, 2012
Fantastic work again. You should probably consider taking up film making too ;) But please don't stop building...
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  January 3, 2012
This whole thing took me in awe. I am amazed by this piece of...of...ART!!! it was terrific, the scene was so set, i felt i was there. then the end, ohhhh.....amazing.
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  December 31, 2011
Excellent build! I especially like the lightning of the scenes!
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  December 20, 2011
wow
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  August 29, 2011
This is amazing! You should make movies of this stuff! How did you get the effects and change the pictures? Your lighting effects are amazing!
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  June 12, 2011
this is the coolest thing iv ever seen or read! :) it must have taken u a looonnngg time to do this :o but it was worth it! ^^
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  June 5, 2011
Quoting Parrington Levens Thanx for accidentaly leading me here Barto - Now I'm going to try and say something not already said about this. Awesum. No, that's not it... Man, one really can see the difference between someone who has a genuine love for visual art, and the patience to portray with it equal passion, and someone who just posts stuff they have made in a sitting or two, like my stuff, lol! Truly this is a benchmark, and if I pull out the bricks again, it will be to attempt something of this calibre. That cavern for instance, now that was a backdrop! Looked like you had thrown a fractal equation in there! The ghosts looked sick, the rickety stone stairs, what a touch! Yeh, the temple, insane, and the robes on the fig, inspired. Long live the king of Moc pages! lol... cheers dude.
Dude, that's got to be one of the nicest comments anyone's left for me - thank you so much!
  June 4, 2011
Thanx for accidentaly leading me here Barto - Now I'm going to try and say something not already said about this. Awesum. No, that's not it... Man, one really can see the difference between someone who has a genuine love for visual art, and the patience to portray with it equal passion, and someone who just posts stuff they have made in a sitting or two, like my stuff, lol! Truly this is a benchmark, and if I pull out the bricks again, it will be to attempt something of this calibre. That cavern for instance, now that was a backdrop! Looked like you had thrown a fractal equation in there! The ghosts looked sick, the rickety stone stairs, what a touch! Yeh, the temple, insane, and the robes on the fig, inspired. Long live the king of Moc pages! lol... cheers dude.
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  June 4, 2011
Freaky, Dude! Great looking production!
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  June 2, 2011
Stunning lightings! Wow, I love that cave!
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  April 24, 2011
Quoting Quad - Man But it was annoying having music show up when I didn't want it.
Sorry, but the music is what this entire series is all about. Not only does it enhance the mood I'm trying to set, but it was what gave me the idea for the story in the first place. Without it, I wouldn't bother building any of this.
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  April 24, 2011
Jaw drops at the cave. But it was annoying having music show up when I didn't want it.
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  April 20, 2011
Nice photoshopping!And brickwork of course =]
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  March 11, 2011
Finish up the Eye of Chaos so you can get to work on #3!
Mark Kelso
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Helmut Vincevelvut
  February 10, 2011
I am deeply impressed!! The photography was perfect. The use of legos to create this amazing story was terrific. Keep up the great work, please. We need more like you friend.
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  October 29, 2010
Boy, that Shannon Young sure does like to rake people over the coals, him and that King of Smack we got running loose around here... Anyway, as for me, I love this story and its presentation - look, goosebumps! I sure wish I was as talented with computers to figure out how to do stuff like this - I still have white out on my screen from word editing programs... I still use that joke about using white out with word editing on computers; that's how bad I am.
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  September 19, 2010
Wow. Just...wow. Words cannot describe this. Amazing. When are you going to post the third?
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  September 3, 2010
Extreamly cool and great anormatoins and mad biulding! Keep biulding!
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  August 15, 2010
wow! and your name is mark..lucas,spielberg maybe? well,this is that kind of league you re into! and like the rest of these creator collegues, i d love to see the making of,and the next chapter of this moc classic! i admire your focus ability to be able to switch from this mastercrafting gem to something else. because it s something i m not too comfortable with ! my nxts are just sitting pretty in a biped robot frame! i make jokes about it being my nxt doll!lol! i really have to concentrate on my city to achieve the goals i ve set! you re an inspiration for me sir! as you ve once more raised the bar to a spectacular level! only the most artistic,patient,visionnary,creative and persistent person can achieve such results! i look forward to see all your creations, and the next!
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  July 18, 2010
a spiritual journey, you say? i can't wait for the next installment!
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  July 18, 2010
a spiritual journey, you say? i can't wait for the next installment!
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  July 5, 2010
How do you do it? (rhetorical) Brilliantly Beatiful in its own sense! Cant wait for three!
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  June 26, 2010
Quoting Gondabuggan Draconfell the gnome arcanist when are you going to make the 3rd installment, I'm just loving these!
Glad to hear you're into these! I'm working on #3 at this moment: story's written, and music's selected. I'm starting the build in July, but it will move slowly as I'll be borrowing parts from fellow builders for some of the next MOCs in the story, and I've also got other massive projects going simultaneously (collaboratives and Eye of Chaos ship, in particular).
Mark Kelso
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Gondabuggan Draconfell the gnome arcanist
  June 24, 2010
when are you going to make the 3rd installment, I'm just loving these!
Mark Kelso
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chimera -340
  May 19, 2010
thats amazing!!!
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  May 18, 2010
You are a GOD among men! I am truly humbled by your amazing talents (and that's not sarcasm).
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  April 19, 2010
This is awesome, i just LOVE the caves
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  April 17, 2010
It somehow seems that I never commented on this. Or I did and it never showed up. Anyway, Dylan B's recent "Infection: the Outbreak" (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/196288 - another MOC that relies heavily on photoediting) made me think of this one and led me back here. Basically, as a fairly strict purist, my feeling was that the excessive Photoshop work tended to overwhelm the "Lego-ness" -- make them not so much MOCs as showcases for computer graphics. I can't argue with the overall presentation, you were going for a certain mood and you succeeded. It's just that I'm a poor sad geek who wants to see the builds. I know it's pretty late at this point, but will we ever get the stripped-down, behind-the-scenes look at this chapter? You promised...
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  April 11, 2010
When I go to this page, I feel a deep sense of smallness in the universe. The lines are so deep I was afraid I would fall right into them. Nice piece of literature as well as a nice piece of art.
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  February 7, 2010
This is amazing. the build is great, the story is great, heck, it is all great.
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  January 30, 2010
Wow. I've spent some time every day this week looking over this presentation, again, and I am just as impressed as I was the first time. It's almost like each one of the uploaded images here is a painting in and of itself. But the writing is spectacular, as well. Wow.
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  January 29, 2010
Mark, I couldn't muster a smart-a** remark if I tried, not through the tears. If there were ever any doubt of your artistic talent, this b1tch-slaps that right out the door. Truly, masterfully done.~H
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  January 26, 2010
Incredible! Did you get in touch with the ghost of Lovecraft when you wrote the story for this MOC? It is certainly as disturbing as some of the tales set in 'medieval'/ past times!
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  January 7, 2010
AMAZING. That's all I can say. Amazing photoshop usage.
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  December 14, 2009
Those caves are stunning! I cant even tell you how I love Them. Nice job on those. PS. Could you check out my creations.
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  November 18, 2009
Wow that was really good, and kept me reading! One of those stories where you want to know the end...so I skipped to the last sentence. (Not really) KeEp BuIlDiNg!1!1
  November 15, 2009
Official nominated for the Tall Tales award 09 (categories visual effects and best set building) join the group and vote
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  November 14, 2009
This is amazing how do you get the different faces and how is he able to kneel?
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  November 8, 2009
WOW! nice story and photo-shop work, i really like this.
  October 25, 2009
Wow. Words cannot describe the sheer awesomeness of this. as I was reading the story, the music seemed to be in sync with the mood of the current situation. It'll be worth waiting a year for the next installment.
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  October 24, 2009
WONDERFUL!!!
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  October 24, 2009
The last few pics are scary...especially the eyes in the very last one. It has come to my attention that you have commented on some of my best friends mocs but have overlooked me. I hope to see that rectified in the near future (please). Iadsgb.
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  October 23, 2009
Dear Mr. Kelso, a really long time ago you commented on my Klingon Bird of Prey, at this time it was a work in progress, maybe you remember. Since August I had an Teaser of it and perhaps you have the time and the patience to look at it. I would be very glad if you could say me, what do you think of it - Kevin http://mocpages.com/moc.php/142118
Mark Kelso
Blade Bat
  October 22, 2009
Hey Kelso it's me master builder I just got a name change and well I am letting you know that I have a new mech http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/160726 and since you asked if I was making a new one well here it is
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  October 9, 2009
I dont really care about the origins of the word apocalypsis and apocalpse ect, i just can't get past the actual moc - its fricking amazing! every little thing is great! the graphics=awesome! the scenery/set=awesome! mark Kelso=awesome! Thats one of my goals on mocpages -> to get a comment from mark kelso, I passed out when I saw the invisible hand.
  October 9, 2009
I was going to ask this in my previous comment but I guess I'll do it now. Since I've rated this before. Could you please check out my ODST sigfig? I don't care if you say no.
  October 9, 2009
Quoting Mark Kelso Apocalypse, while commonly thought of as the "end of the world" actually refers to ancient religious texts that provide prophetic revelations about the future (not just the end of the world). Apocalypsis (note the difference in spelling) is the greek word from which apocalypse comes, and refers to simply a revelation, or something being revealed.
Wow. Big deffinition for one word. Amazing.
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  October 9, 2009
Quoting #99999-32194-MS Mandalorian Spartan Matt Shack Sweet work Kelso, Apocalypsis means the end of the world Right?
Apocalypse, while commonly thought of as the "end of the world" actually refers to ancient religious texts that provide prophetic revelations about the future (not just the end of the world). Apocalypsis (note the difference in spelling) is the greek word from which apocalypse comes, and refers to simply a revelation, or something being revealed.
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  October 8, 2009
Sweet work Kelso, Apocalypsis means the end of the world Right?
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  October 7, 2009
Nice Kelso! Very dramatic!
Mark Kelso
Master Builder
  September 26, 2009
hey could I have your opinion on my newest mech http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/154857 Because I realy want the opinion some one who knows alot about mech building. so that would be good if you could comment. (BTW I can take a bad review)
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  September 23, 2009
Quoting Christian Schlichting How many parts/chapters are planned?
Thanks, Christian. I'm looking at five to six chapters all together. I like the idea of five (for various mythological concepts that it ibues), but we'll have to see how it plays out. I'm currently building for chapter three, and writing chapter four.
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  September 22, 2009
And i was so lucky about my small effects i can do :(. Well, this have to win a award or something. Outstanding. How many parts/chapters are planned?
Mark Kelso
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Elite Marshal : RC - 1313 "Daro" Skirata
  September 21, 2009
once again, you humble us all. Very nice use of computer programs... speechles and brilliant.
Mark Kelso
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Elite Marshal : RC - 1313 "Daro" Skirata
  September 21, 2009
once again, you humble us all. Very nice use of computer programs... speechles and brilliant.
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  September 21, 2009
I´m really stunned. This cannot be described in words, it would take too many of them. The dramatic story, lighting and effects - awesome. This is not just MOCing, this is high arts! Makes me feel a little bit small ;-P Perfect work!
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  September 21, 2009
omg!THE BEST F*"/=(*g MOC EVER!
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  September 20, 2009
How do I always get brought into these things?... ohhhh, right. Never mind.
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  September 20, 2009
Quoting Emperor Ludgonious ...So hurry up. Otherwise I'm sending Phipson over there with a whip.
Promises, promises.
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  September 19, 2009
Nice. ~mOsEs
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  September 17, 2009
woah
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  September 16, 2009
Amazing, all of the scenes were breathtaking. I can't wait to see the next one. ~ J
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  September 16, 2009
This is breathtaking. The cinematic composition and lighting make you forget that this is a children's toy... And (as a staunch opponent of auto-playing music) I stand corrected as the tone you set immediately swept me into the scene, set the mood, and compelled me to stay and explore deeper. Bravo, Mark. Bravo.
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  September 13, 2009
wow! that is amazing!
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  September 13, 2009
Love the light dynamics! Stop scaring me with your talent and writing!
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  September 12, 2009
Amazing stuff Mark. The various builds look fantastic, and the lighting and music really add to the whole experience. I can't wait for next one, literally. So hurry up. Otherwise I'm sending Phipson over there with a whip.
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  September 8, 2009
OMG! This is the most epicly awsome thing I've read in a long time( and seems how I'm a junior auther, I do a LOT of reading!) Realy great. Please could you take a look at this and comment. Thanks. http://mocpages.com/moc.php/151321
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  September 7, 2009
Oh man, I need to learn how to build caves like that. You know Wu-Tang Clan? You're GZA, The Genius. Nuff said.
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  September 3, 2009
The caves are sublime, and I love the old staircase with the broken steps. Smoking job on the photography. A little too much photoshoping for my tastes, so I look forward to that "making of" so I can see this in its natural beauty. Lee.
  September 3, 2009
1st of all AWESOME!!! 2nd there is a problem, this guy named PHAZE or PHAZEROZ or Commander Awesome (he has multiple accounts) have been getting into groups and de-admining everyone and then deleting the group or keeping it under lockdown and fear. I believe his account ph Aze has been deleted but he keeps coming back some groups he is trying to take down is the CFOL (christian fans of legos), 701st marine corps,Armies of the Empire and for the mentally advantaged and different. Along with the 3 or 4 Army of the Trinity groups. PLEASE HELP! this guy is gonna destroy every last group on the MOCpages. This is CODE RED!
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  August 30, 2009
Holy dear That is amazing. Just awesome. That's all I got
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  August 29, 2009
The best comic series ever!
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  August 29, 2009
The best comic series ever!
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  August 29, 2009
The best comic series ever!
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  August 28, 2009
Those are some truly amazing caves, not to mention the photography and the editing to it! Well done, Mark.
Mark Kelso
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The Incinerator
  August 27, 2009
beautiful just beautiful, you really are an artist with lego you are a Picasso with bricks, fantastic job!!
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  August 27, 2009
Best. Caves. EVAH! And you’re right, the vertically oriented 1x2 waterfall looks wonderful. The whole thing has amazing atmosphere throughout. You know, with skill like this, you could probably make a name for yourself…if only you could do something about your dismal personality, repulsive appearance, and noxious body odor. What’s that you say? Why, no, I’m not jealous. Why do you ask?
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  August 27, 2009
The master has done it again. This is amazing, all the detailed intricate rock work of the cave astounds me, and the writing is novel-worthy. the work with the lighting is astounding, especially the scenes where the torch gives a glow in the dark of the cave. This is my favorite piece of your work so far, I can't wait to see what's next. ~T
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  August 27, 2009
In order to master the Avatar State... just kidding, but that's what the eyes reminded me of. Anyways, was this an art MOC, or Lego MOC? I couldn't tell. Great techniques though(the cave reminds me of the new Harry Potter)!
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  August 27, 2009
Quoting Henri Järvinen Nice work and what camera are you using because your photos are higly detailed (HD)
Thanks! I use a Cannon EOS 1-N. It's the wide angle lens (28mm) that comes with it that really helps get some cool shots. And I always shoot with a tripod so there's no blurring.
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  August 27, 2009
Nice work and what camera are you using because your photos are higly detailed (HD)
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  August 27, 2009
Quoting Tyler Samantha Yah!! First comment! U beyong luv this creations. U always blow me away!
... just be careful when using the word "blow" around Kelso ... i'm just sayin'. XD ..... BTW, I do not have anything more to add since every sentient being in the universe have already given praise. I'm with D&J about the crooked stone steps --- stunning!
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  August 27, 2009
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor The only unfortunate thing is the page doesn't hide the right column, and instead has your groups and such overlap your pics. It's a shame it's covering such fine pieces of art.
Doh! *slaps forehead* That's what I get for making the pics so big. Okay, Item 171 on today's glitch list. Thanks for letting me know.
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  August 27, 2009
I finally got a chance to read part 2 today. This is a spectacular story so far! I am amazed at your building skills. They really shine from the cave and the staircase sets. Your photoshop skills are insanely great as well! Looking forward to the next installment. The only unfortunate thing is the page doesn't hide the right column, and instead has your groups and such overlap your pics. It's a shame it's covering such fine pieces of art.
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  August 27, 2009
WHAT THE FONCH IS GOING ON?! I don't even care. That was freaking sweeet
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  August 27, 2009
This is awe-inspiring. The caves and scenery are amazing, and the lighting and the way you took tha pictures is great! The story is also amazing, and with a cliffhanger ending like that...superb!
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  August 27, 2009
Art; in all the meanings of the word! But... well, what we would expect from an artist like you!? The photography sills with he lights and action effects deserve a 10/5 itself, not to mention the awesome build you made here. Just don't stop building my friend.
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  August 27, 2009
C'mon man, seriously! I mean... C'MON! You can't be THIS good...well it's, it's just not cricket! Oh dear...I've got goosebumps....
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  August 27, 2009
Too much win.... /head explode
Mark Kelso
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Pedro Cuahchic
  August 26, 2009
The end of my enforced internet absence coincided with you releasing this MOC, coincidence or what? Joking aside, there's nothing else I can add that hasn't been said already, except that why can't you just build rainbow warriors like everyone else?
Mark Kelso
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Dave Shaddix
  August 26, 2009
and let this serve as an example... MARK KELSO WILL NOT REST UNTIL HE HAS EVERY LAST TAN LEGO IN THE WORLD!
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  August 26, 2009
My. God. Mark. What a friggin masterpiece. Not only is the landscaping simply astounding, such as the studless jagged rock in the cave, and the stalagmites, but the editing was beautiful. To provide such sites to the eyes with lego was wonderful, but the story was gripping, chilling, and magnificent as well! Can't wait for the next installment! -Kevin
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  August 26, 2009
.....whoa.
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  August 26, 2009
Exciting creation. Best scene is where our hero is wading through the water, seen on his back ("As if to reflect the growing internal storm..."). Very dramatic lighting, convincing rock, very nice rippling in the water, if it were a commercial movieposter I'd defenitely wanted to see the movie.
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  August 26, 2009
I love the plot Mark! It's just sooooo suspenceful! Can't wait 'till part III. It's gonna be VERY cool I can feel it. I also love what you did with the shadowed figures. That was realy impressive.
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  August 26, 2009
Awesome
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  August 26, 2009
As always fantastic work. Aside from a neat story, you've come up with some of the rock-work I've ever seen done in Lego. Kudos to you, sir!
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  August 26, 2009
Gus: WOW, this is amazing! best artsy comic and the details and the lighting and the colors and the effects are all so perfect. Thanks for the comment too!
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  August 26, 2009
I have have never seen anything like this, but thats a very good thing. Dang!
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  August 26, 2009
this is fantastic! very artistic in a way.... nice work :)
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  August 26, 2009
Hmmm... It's good, but I think the first one was much better. Also, I think it needed a transition, I had no idea what was going on. The photography and lighting were brilliant as always though!
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  August 26, 2009
Creepy, but perfect!
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  August 26, 2009
I can only dream of having such skill at such cool minifig posing, creativity, bricks and sense of awesomeness. Excellent.
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  August 26, 2009
Wow! You always blow me away! Love all the creative details like offsetting the angles of the stairs, the caverns, and the SNOT water. Really enjoyed seeing it and reading it. Can't wait for part II!
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  August 26, 2009
You sir, pulled out all the stops. Mighty fine, might fine indeed. A pleasure to witness.
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  August 26, 2009
Amazing lighting and effects, and the story is fascinating. I like how you've been concentrating on these epic builds instead of just doing a bunch of smaller ones. Definitely looking forward to more!
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  August 26, 2009
Amazing!
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  August 26, 2009
wow this is impressive mark!
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  August 26, 2009
Bone chilling, bone chilling indeed. Great MOC, tho!-Agent
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ßlake ß.
  August 25, 2009
Did this come out of a book? If not you are a wonderful author! I love this, awesome job!
Mark Kelso
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eoghan o callaghan
  August 25, 2009
so much detail awesome
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George Kemper
  August 25, 2009
Wow you added more than what you origanally showed me. The walls are amazing and I really like the photoshoping of the demons. Again exelent job.-George
Mark Kelso
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George Kemper
  August 25, 2009
Wow you added more than what you origanally showed me. The walls are amazing and I really like the photoshoping of the demons. Again exelent job.-George
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erik smit
  August 25, 2009
That is fascinating stuff indeed. What did you do , build it all with actual Lego and then photoshop in the flames and the facial expressions? Not sure about the music, though. It is great music and it fits the scene but I dislike websites that play music automatically, because I tend to open ten tabs at once so the music will play while I'm reading my email and my recent activity on Flickr, too - and I have to go hunt for the tab that produces the music. Is there no pause button?
Mark Kelso
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Master Builder
  August 25, 2009
Very nice lots great brick work. I too am working on a Medieval story the story is for my Kingdom of Grau. The actual brick work is mostly castle ruins and caves but some other stuff too and the castle will be huge.
Mark Kelso
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Brad Jasko
  August 25, 2009
Nice detail on the cave pond.I love the lighting.Photoshop must've help you a lot.
Mark Kelso
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Nunoyo Bizznizz
  August 25, 2009
I just realized I swore in the last one. Whoops. Cover your ears kiddies. Anyways, this is the pinnacle of Lego storytelling. Beautiful work.
Mark Kelso
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Dave Shaddix
  August 25, 2009
Wow Mark, somebody certainly likes his attention doesn't he?
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  August 25, 2009
Best photoshop I have ever seen. I love the facial expressions, the fire effects, and let's not forget the spectacular shadow effects! I love how you make some thing small and less impressive into something amazing and emotional! Very nice, it's hard to find such talent like this in the world!
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  August 25, 2009
How much did this Cost? and how much time did it take Those Parts on the Cave are Very detailed
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  August 25, 2009
Once again I'm completely astounded! So much good stuff, I don't know where to begin! So I'll just say: good job and looking forward to seeing more!
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Dennis Price Now then, zen master, how are you going to top this in part three?
Uh-oh, hadn't thought of that! (Actually three and four will help to explain what's really going on with this whole journey of his, and then in five we go for broke...there's lot's of good stuff to come, hopefully. Get'n 'er done's going to be the tough part!)
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  August 25, 2009
Wow is all I can think of. Other than that, I'm speechless...
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  August 25, 2009
WOW!!! THIS IS AWESOME dude you and sean are THE BEST ON MOCPAGES
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  August 25, 2009
Amazing! And and excellent job with all the photoshop, I must say! The story is really quite well written, too. The music goes along perfectly with the story, and changes pace at all the right places! I can't wait to read the next installation!
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  August 25, 2009
Love the shot where he's heading for the door and shots with the gathering shadows are great too. The expressions are good, and I really love the rockwork in the cavern. Now then, zen master, how are you going to top this in part three? (Awesome work my friend!) btw, playing with fire will make you pee your pants, so be careful.
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  August 25, 2009
Ok Mark, I think it is quite time for the LEGO Group to hire you. Everything here is flawless, from the phantoms to the unique character facial expressions and movements. The way you present these MOCs is fabulous and the reader actually feels like he/she is a part of this little story. Absolutely great build, and great techniques! Time to take it all in. -Dylan
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  August 25, 2009
o_O Woah, intenseness.
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Oh yeah, and you should probably get started on number three. According to the Mayan calander, we've only got till December of 2012...
Sorry Chris, but do you really believe in that?!
  August 25, 2009
Eh, it's ok.
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  August 25, 2009
Oh yeah, and you should probably get started on number three. According to the Mayan calander, we've only got till December of 2012...
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  August 25, 2009
My lady and I, we love to speak about "artistic value" of the most interesting MOCs. In her opinion, a six-feet ship is an amazing piece of work, but it remains just "great Lego". She hasn't seen 'Apocalypsis II' yet, but I'm sure that she will adore it, just like me, and will agreed, this is ART with a capital A ! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with the community !
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  August 25, 2009
Amazing! The effects are awesome! Great pictures and light! Awesome figures too! Great work! Lawrence_
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  August 25, 2009
Hmmm... oh yeah... now I get it. You but the candle, then image edit over it... nice job man... I wish I am able to do this kind of image editions in the near future...
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  August 25, 2009
Incredible... absolutely incredible. Just when I thought I was getting good at comics (Though I still think I'm really good) you come out with this and plow mine into the ground. The builds themselves are just stunning, and then the use of added lighting and photoshop makes each picture a work of art on its own. The music was very fitting, and the story is amazing. The moment I say the wraiths, I realized just how much effort was put into this. I dont want to bore people with walls of text, so I'll leave it at this: Absolutley brilliant.
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  August 25, 2009
oh...my...god...that...is...the...best...moc...ive...ever...SEEN!!!!!
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  August 25, 2009
Candles!!!??!!! Ah poo, I planned on trying that this weekend! And here I thought I was being clever.....the guy who pointed out the water effect is right, looks great
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  August 25, 2009
Darn you Kelso! You're stealing all my press! :D
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting James Theodore You have got to tell me at least how on earth did you do that lighting effect...
Really easy, actually...just birthday candles.
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  August 25, 2009
You have got to tell me at least how on earth did you do that lighting effect...
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  August 25, 2009
I'm sorry, but I voted for your opponent... wait, what? (Mark... Thank you. This is truly a work of art) ~ Chris.
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  August 25, 2009
I had to re-read the first chapter of this, as it was quite some time ago. But wow. Love the buildup in the story (psst: there's a few typos here and there), and I love how you made the structure of the cave with the stalactites. The photoshopping of several layers into one picture is rather cleverly done. I do hope you've already started working on the next part though!
  August 25, 2009
I'm suprised nobody commented on the little detail of the cavern water ripples as he wades through the water. Amazing work Mark! The backstory, the Photoshop, and the build is truly incredible.
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  August 25, 2009
Photography is great, effects are good... that chamber reminds me last Harry Potter's movie actually... but over all it is just impressive!
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  August 25, 2009
I want to agree with all the people who said that your writing was wonderful... because it was! Though I was spending much more time looking at the build itself, I am sure if these were paintings and the same writing beneath I would still enjoy it nonetheless, great work, Mark! I am extremely impressed!
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  August 25, 2009
nice work! it took me a while to figure out how you made him fall to his knees - very clever!
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  August 25, 2009
brilliant work
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  August 25, 2009
As a fellow story righter (and also theater play designer and sketch maker) I congratulate you. You have been able to wow us again with your work, and those 65 smilies that appeared over the last 24 hours are a prove of it. Keep up the good work, and I am going to say this to you for the first time: if you need anything, anything (except money), I am here for you (a grea builder as you deserves that much). Goodbye and make sure you do a third :)
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  August 25, 2009
So this is what happens when the wife is out, eh? Man, she really should do that more. Great build, Mark! Welcome to round two...uhm...I mean...nevermind...
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Keith Goldman LEGO should just hire you, give you an office with a view and a hot secretary. You've raised the bar just about impossibly high.
Shaddix tells me you're pretty hot...how are your "secretarial" skills?
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  August 25, 2009
Sometimes words aren't enough to describe amazement, and I cannot think of anything particularly witty to write for a deep story like this, so I'll simply say "give yourself a pat on the back, Mark." You've earned it.
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  August 25, 2009
Great job! The rock work is excellent!
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Lance Sloan This is very good, Mark. Nice building and art. My only complaint is about the music that automatically plays without an obvious way to turn it off.
Yeah, sorry about that. I had to make some choices regarding the music. What I opted for doesn't allow for adjustment (although there's always the volume control on your computer). Besides, the music for me was such an important element that I really wanted people to experience the story WITH the sound.
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  August 25, 2009
Good lord man, one again you prove yourself as a master of rocks.
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  August 25, 2009
Spectatular. I really like the green stalagtite in photo 12. The story actually is my favorite part though, really brings the photos to life. Well done.
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  August 25, 2009
Forget the insane builds, that writing was a majestic piece of art. As one who spends most of my free time writing I can truly appreciate what you've done here. With that gem of writing combined with your beautiful photoshopping, I could honestly feel our hero's emotions flowing through my own being - just like I could with a well written novel. Very well done, Mr. Kelso, very well done.
  August 25, 2009
Amazing, The cave is the best part of the Story, can't wait till the next one!
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  August 25, 2009
wow... that cave must have taken forever to build!
  August 25, 2009
Absolutely beautiful!
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  August 25, 2009
*Stands up from the chair and applauds* An epic masterpiece, the story, the effects and the fantastic souronding made out of LEGO blows me away. I can´t imagine the effort you´ve put in to make this astounding piece of art. I only wish that the music some poeple before my comment mentioned would have played, for some reason I couldn´t hear anything. Anyways, thanks for sharing this glorious moc with the rest of the world.
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  August 25, 2009
Wow, what a showman you are... you set fire to all of those Legos just to make that scene more awesome for us. You must have been taking pictures like mad quick before those Legos melted away into a nasty plastic lump. That aside, everything here was just spectacular -- the cave, the water, everything.
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  August 25, 2009
this was better then i hoped it would be!
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  August 25, 2009
I've been waiting a long time for this, and now my waiting is rewarded. My only regret is that I wasn't able to see the temple in all of it's glory without the fire and smoke. Other than that, though, this is a masterpiece of Lego art: The caves, the water, the torch effect, all of them done perfectly. And WOW, your Photoshop skills are good; I guess that's what happens when an artist gets his hands on Legos. I certainly can't wait for part III! Also, I remember reading somewhere that you were having a hard time with embedding music in MOCpages. I know that you have it on this page, but here's another method: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/147862
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Mister Fang Do you use Photoshop?
A good bit, yeah. A lot is just lighting and so on, but the character's facial expressions, the spirits, etc....that's all editing work. I'll post a "making of" soon to show a bit of what it looks like before and after, and how I achieved some of the effects.
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  August 25, 2009
Nice looking sets and photoshopping but the story seems to jump ahead from part one. Me puzzled. Hopefully it's explained in a future part. see ya. garth
  August 25, 2009
Great job, Mark. Heh...Of course I leave a note on Flickr, about you never finishing this, and the next day; you have it up! Oh well..
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  August 25, 2009
High quality entertainment! I really enjoyed this.
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  August 25, 2009
Absolutely amazing! From the mini on his knee's, to heading down the stair case, absolutely amazing!
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  August 25, 2009
Mr.Kelso.....this is quite amazing as everyone before me has pointed out. The way you did the lighting left me speechless. Do you use Photoshop? I actually took the photo of the wraiths coming over the water towards the protagonist and made it my desktop. You are gifted my friend, quite gifted.
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  August 25, 2009
Excellent. though some of the photoshopping made some weird interactions between the frames. Amazing nonetheless.
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  August 25, 2009
Nom Nom Nom, great stuff here Kelso, can't wait for the continuation.
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  August 25, 2009
As if the build wasn't stunningly awesome enough, that's some stunningly awesome Photpshopping there. I love the stalagmites! And the storyline, WOW! You should publish it! (Or get it published)
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Matt S. Excellent work! This is even better than the first one! What I most want now is a behind the scenes look, are you planning one?
Yeah, I'll try to post something in the next week or so. Glad ya like it!
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  August 25, 2009
You sir win at building and photo editing. I especially love the cave details and the stalagmites. -Rob
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  August 25, 2009
Quoting Cole Fynn Wow ! The detail is amazing ! Nice photoshop and you spelled apocalypse wrong.
Actually, it's meant to be spelled that way, but thanks.
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  August 25, 2009
wow... just... wow...
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  August 25, 2009
this is top noch man this is unblevballl!!!!
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  August 25, 2009
The cavern is magnificent, I really like the rock walls and those stalag-things, the story is very interesting, while seeing such amazing builds it remains mysterious, one of my favourite creations, that's for sure
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  August 25, 2009
SWEET!!! but the music really scared me....
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  August 25, 2009
Excellent work! This is even better than the first one! What I most want now is a behind the scenes look, are you planning one?
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  August 25, 2009
Wow ! The detail is amazing ! Nice photoshop and you spelled apocalypse wrong.
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  August 25, 2009
Hey, you showed us a preview on Flickr. This is great! It's a day I worship, when Mark Kelso comes out with a new creation. This is great! Looks spectacular!! And is this the same cave the guy went into in the first Apocalypsis? The texture and angles are amazing. Hard to believe it's LEGO! Anyway, this a an uber awesome build. Keep up the great work! Lol. Like I have to tell you. :] Oh, and I love the way his knees bend!!
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  August 25, 2009
Stunning, you've done a great job. I can't wait for the next episode.
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  August 25, 2009
Stunning, you've done a great job. I can't wait for the next episode.
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  August 25, 2009
I am speechless. Wow! The build is truly huge, and it looks amazing! I love all the effects you made with photoshop or something! This is just great!
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  August 25, 2009
Now this is beyond amazing...you can actually see the time and effort you put in this, the photoshop manipulation, story, creation is just stunning, can't wait to see next one....
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  August 25, 2009
awesome, those built are simply awesome. Can't wait for the making of :P
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  August 25, 2009
I am left speechless Mark, gazing at this amazing piece of hard work. This stuff is fantastic! The caverns, stream, and editing is awesome! You are the best!
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  August 25, 2009
truely amazing, the story was great and the cave lighting spectacular. The position og the legs when he was on his knees wasgreat as well as the added effects such as smoke and fire.
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  August 25, 2009
The kneeling fig legs are genius! Awesome caves as usual, marvellous editing and intriguing story. Too bad we'll have to wait so long for the next chapter...
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  August 25, 2009
This beautiful piece of art is overwhelming! - Kevin
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  August 25, 2009
Yah!! First comment! U beyong luv this creations. U always blow me away!
 
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