There are billions of stars, millions of planets, but there is only one man, Terrance McDoogal. Welcome to LIU Atlas.
About this creation
LIU Atlas - Fuscus
The Ludgonian Industrial Union's galaxy contains billions of stars and billions of planets. Unfortunately, most residents of the LIU could only name a handful of these worlds. In order to improve astronomy grades across the LIU, TV2 has started a new program called LIU Atlas. Follow our host, Terrance McDoogal, as he takes you on a tour across the LIU and some of its more obscure worlds.
Dogg: "Welcome to another episode of LIU Atlas. I'm your host, Terrance "Doog" McDoogal. Sorry for the delay between episodes, I was involved in an unfortunate situation. Today, we are here on the planet of Fuscus. Fuscus is extremely far from its star, Moloch, and receives very little light and heat. This makes Fuscus an ice world. Although the living conditions here are less than ideal, people, and more importantly businesses, have managed to thrive."
Doog: "Fuscus' warmer equatorial region supports its only city, Tartarus."
Doog: "Tartarus sports a population of approximately two hundred and eighty million people, making it the largest city in its region."
Doog: "We've landed here in the interior of the city and are joined by Fuscan Scientist Doctor Ferdinand Moras. How you doing Doc?"
Doc: "I'm doing great Doog, but I'd prefer if you call me Dr. Moras."
Doog: "Well, I'd prefer to call you Dr. Kaadu Fart, but I'm guessing you'd rather compromise and go with Doc."
Doc: "Uh yeah, I guess that would be better."
Doog: "So what do you do here Doc?"
Doc: "Well Doog, like most city residents, I work for the Universal Ice Company, a division of the LIU."
Doog: "The Universal Ice Company? You mean you guys sell ice? I bet you don't do much business with the advent of freezers and all."
Doc: "Freezers are nice for small quantities Doog, but were talking about millions of metric tons of ice per day. Besides, we don't sell the ice, we melt it down and sell water. Water, my friend, is the most precious substance in the universe."
Doog: "Yeah, but water is so cheap. I can get a gallon for a few cents. How can an entire planet's economy revolve around something so cheap?"
Doc: "It's easy Doog, we throw it a fancy bottle. People are willing to pay a thousand times more for bottled water. Besides, you'd be surprised how much the residents of dry planets are willing to spend on water."
Doog: "As horrible as that sounds, it makes a lot of sense. Well Doc, we've been chatting long enough, let's see some of this planet.
Doc: "Alright Doog, sounds good. First, let's get you through Customs."
Doog: "Whoah Doc, wait a minute. No one said anything about going through Customs. I am not submitting to any cavity checks, I've had enough of those in prison."
Doc: "We'll see what we can do Doog."
Doc: "Sorry Doog, I really thought they'd make an exception for you."
Doog: "Quiet Doc. I don't want to talk about it. Now, about this digital weather screen behind us. It says it negative eighteen degrees, but it doesn't quite feel that cold."
Doc: "Well Doog, heating coils were built into all the sidewalks on Tartarus. The ambient heat keeps it a little warmer."
Doog: "And what's that above the weather screen?"
Doc: "Well Doog, that’s a digital news ticker. Tartarus is home a regional TV2 station. The news ticker displays all the news in the region."
Doog: "I've never been much of a reader Doc, but those don't look like words to me."
Doc: "Good point Doog. The residents of Fuscus have resisted the transition to Galactic Standard. Most residents still speak, read, and write in the local language."
Doog: "So what does it say?"
Doc: "Let's see, there been a murder, another murder, a riot, a murder, taxes are going up, a murder, a murder, a triple homicide, convicted drug smuggler Terrance McDoogal is coming into town, a murder..."
Doog: "Sounds like Tartarus is pretty dangerous."
Doc: "It's no worse than any other big city Doog. Tartarus has recently expanded its already massive police force, and we are no longer listed as the most likely place to get raped then murdered. Although we are still number one in getting murdered then raped. But we're improving Doog. That's the main thing.
Doog: "Well we've finally made it to the train and I just have two questions Doc. Does it always take this long to catch a train? And do all Rock Monsters smell this bad?"
Doc: "Yes and yes Doog."
Doog: "I thought so. So where is this train taking us?"
Doc: "This is Line 5, servicing the outer city. Its going to take us to the city limits, from there, I thought we'd take a look at the ice fields."
Doog: "Sounds good."
Doog: "Doc and I have been riding this train for nearly an hour and we are finally arriving at the end of the line."
Doog: "This section of the city contains all the necessities one needs before venturing off onto the ice..."
Doog: "...like McDoonald's..."
Doog: "...and a brothel."
Doc: "Actually Doog, I don't think we have time for that."
Doog: "Doc, for the love of god, I just got out of prison. You can't take this away from me. Look, go get me a Double Cairo with cheese. I'm going to check out this brothel. I'll meet you back here in ten minutes."
Doc: "Doog, you know..."
Doog: "Alright fine, you're right. Make it five minutes."
Doc: "No! That's not what I was going to say! I just don't think..."
Doog: "In fact stay here. I'll be back before you can blink."
Doog: "Doc here was nice enough to pick me up some supplies while I took care of some business. Thanks Doc."
Doc: "Sigh, you're welcome Doog."
Doog: "So we're finally out on the ice. What can you tell us about ice mining?"
Doc: "Well Doog, first things first. You can see this clearer layer of ice. This was caused by a period of melting. This clearer ice is more brittle. If we can drill deep enough inside this crack and deposit some dynamite, we can blow several large chunks of ice out."
Doog: "This must be what you use to drill."
Doc: "Yes Doog. This is the LIU Snowcycle with an attached pneumatic drill."
Doc: "The LIU Snowcycle drills holes approximately five feet deep. From there..."
Doc: "...the LIU Detonator Bot and the LIU Dynamite Mite take over. They deposit dynamite into the holes and detonate them from a safe distances."
Doog: "Can we watch?"
Doc: "Actually Doog, the LIU was pretty specific. You are not be anywhere near the dynamite. Something about you being a liability."
Doog: "Whatever Doc. What's next."
Doc: "Here, we have the LIU Ice Crusher. This baby crushes up the fallen chunks of ice into more manageable pieces."
Doog: "Can we get on it?"
Doc: "Uh, I guess."
Doog: "Oh crap Doc. My snowshoes are stuck. I'm going to need some help."
Doc: "Doog... I told you not to wear those stupid things. We're on ice, not snow."
Doog: "Look, you can keep complaining about my shoes or you can help me up. Which one is it going to be?"
Doc: "To be honest, complaining sounds better."
Doog: "Hmm. For some reason, I thought it would be kind of fun to get up here, but blah. I'm bored. What's next?"
Doc: "This here is the LIU Ice Chipper. It's used to chip ice off the ice shelf."
Doc: "While not as effective as dynamite, it gets the job done."
Doc: "Various LIU Bulldozers are used to collect and load ice chunks onto transports."
Doog: "And as always folks, all these products are available for purchase from the LIU. Well Doc, what's next?"
Doc: "Well Doog, I thought we'd head to the LIU Deep Ice Research Center. On the way, maybe we'll catch some of the local wildlife."
Doog: "Sounds good."
Doc: "Wow Doog. Look over there. It's a Fuscan Ram. I've never seen one this close."
Doog: "Fuscan Ram?"
Doc: "Yes Doog. These beasts are one of the few native species on Fuscus. Strangely enough, they eat rocks. Somehow their bodies are able to convert these rocks into energy."
Doog: "Why is it drooling so much?"
Doc: "Well Doog, male Fuscan Rams, like this one here, usually drool during the rutting season. They can get pretty nasty during the rutting season. In fact, they've been known to kill other males that venture into their territory. Relax Doog. I think were safe as long as he doesn't start shaking his head."
Doog: "Uh Doc. I think his head is shaking."
Doog: "OH NO! Wait Doc! I lost my snowshoes!"
Doc: "Forget the snowshoes Doog!"
Doog: "Holy Kaadu Doc, I thought we were done."
Doc: "Fuscan Rams are pretty slow Doog. I think we were fine."
Doog: "Oh, I'm not talking about the Ram. I'm talking about losing my snowshoes. I never thought I would have made it here without them."
Doc: "WE'RE ON ICE! I swear to all that is holy, I will leave you out here in the cold if you bring up those snowshoes one more time."
Doc: "I mean it."
Doog: "So where are we?"
Doc: "We're at the LIU Deep Ice Research Center. With so much of Fuscus' economy tied to ice mining, we thought it would be important to closely study the ice. Come on, let's head inside."
Doc: "Here, my fellow scientist is studying the various ice depths on Fuscus. Using this info and some advanced computers, we've determined that we can sustain this level of mining for approximately 800 years before depleting the entire planet's ice supply."
Doog: "And what happens then?"
Doc: "Well Doog, I hate to say it, but Fuscus' economy would collapse. We've tried to diversify some of our economy, but there is no denying that we depend on ice mining. This place will be a ghost town in 800 years."
Doc: "In this lab, a scientist is studying some ice core samples taken in the Northern Gehenna Region."
Doog: "And what does that tell you?"
Doc: "It tells us this region has a higher mix of methane ice mixed into the water ice. This will be useful when we mine the region in the years to come."
Doc: "Anything else you want to hear about Doog?"
Doog: "Can you tell me about the ice core samples again?"
Doc: "Really? To be honest I didn't think you'd be so interested."
Doog: "Actually Doc, I stopped listening to you like an hour ago. I just didn't want to back out into the cold so soon."
Doc: "I should have known..."
Doog: "The last place we are going to visit today is the loading docks. Doc, tell us what's going on here."
Doc: "Well Doog, we don't bottle any of the water here on Fuscus, so it has to be shipped out to various Factory Worlds across the LIU. We ship the water out in transports like the LIU Water Tanker."
Doc: "Here, you can see our Water Engineers pumping several thousand gallons of water into the Water Tanker."
Doog: "Well Doc, thanks for helping us today."
Doc: "It was my pleasure Doog."
Doog: "Well, we learned a lot about Fuscus today. It's cold, crowded, and the people have a strong dislike of snowshoes. More importantly, Fuscus and its city of Tartarus are an important part of the LIU economic empire... at least for the next 800 years. Well, I'm going to sip down this ice cold Fuscan Bottled Water and make my way back to my ship. Thanks for joining us!
Note: Tap water is extremely dangerous. Please drink bottled water. We also recommend that you use bottled water for your bathing needs. Thank you,
I saw this on the "5 Years Ago" bit of "Explore". I hadn't realised that there was such an archive of Doog's adventures. I love the whole art imitating life thing, with the marketing of bottled water. Strangely, where I live in Switzerland in the winter, we have some heated roads, as its cheaper than ploughing and salting them. It's only on short, steep sections in town and strange with all of the rules and laws about house insulation! I really liked all of the various yellow ice-mining machines, especially the first drill and robots. Like the previous commenter, I found that octagonal portal at customs is an interesting piece of Lego.
another good wintry LIU Atlas MOC! I thought the Fuscan Ram was going to do more damage than it did though, considering what you are willing to subject Doog to in these episodes. Nice Ice Tanker and what WAS that octagonal portal piece that was in the opening scene at the entrance to Customs?
A great episode: nice city, a lot of very cool vehicles and, of course, great story and hilarious dialogs ! And I love the water tanker... But I think what makes the LIU Atlas so special is the fact that it is so realistic, I mean scientifically plausible.
I like it
December 7, 2010
Hi , Can you sell versions of the LUI Water Transport? maybe put it for download on Lego Digital Designer?
Wow man, way to make a comeback! As Uspez said, this Fuscusian Atlas entry was amazingly detailed with heaps of mocs and, as usual, very funny. In particular I really like the photos of the interior of the Deep Ice research station: nice atmosphere you managed to capture. And you gotta love that Ice Tanker. (PS: sorry for the late comment-I got thru 2/3 of the story when I got interrupted the other day!) Brilliant work your Highness!
Hey, what's all the Fuscus about? And really, just who gives a Fuscus about this planet anyway? Sorry, had to be done... surprised no one else made name jokes... anyway. I gotta tell ya, if THIS is what you've been doing in the time you've been gone, then you need to take time off more often! Ok, so that kinda came out wrong, but you get what I mean. This entire post is BRILLIANT from start to finish. The attention to detail in every shot shows just why you are one of the BEST here. And then you're commentary... HILARIOUS! There's just WAY to many great things to list each so I'll just end this with, "thank you!" Can't wait for the next one! ~ Chris.
Wow! The build quality for this episode is over the top! There were probably 20 MOCs worthy of their own page balled up into one glorious episode! Great writing as well, very entertaining. All hail the Emperor!
One of the most silly place of the LIU and it says a lot ! Hilarious, and the large number of amazing vehicles and locations is impressive. MOCpage wouldn't be the same without your great contributions - Awesome !
Fantastic! The details continue to amaze me, and I love all of your clever vehicals, do you just gather parts and think of something to make with them? or did you actually plan ahead what vehicals you want to make? Again Fantastic Moc!
Very nice. It's good to know his little sojourn in the hoosegow didn't ruin Doog's reputation as a hard-hitting reporter. A great report, the water hauler is great and so is the Fuscan ram, but the crowd scenes and newscrawler might be my favorite part. Good to have Doog back (and you too).
An interessting creation(s), and some very creative story-telling...
I like it
September 21, 2009
"We're still number one in getting murdered then raped, but the important thing is we're improving" hilarious. Your writing never seems to amuse, and your building never ceases to amaze. My favorite part was the water transporter. Are you going to put in a seperate page for each of these new vehicles? ~T
Well this was certainly worth the wait. great job making another episode in the Atlas, and of course the writing is amazing. (Although I have to disagree with the tap thing. I've been drinking it for years an..urk! Bottled water is awesome, especially from the LIU) =)