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There will only be one...
Right now there are seven, but in the end there will only be one...for there can only be one victor.
About this creation
Entry in The Mob Rules, Round 5, Final Group, Category "There can only be one."


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After days of completing bizarre tasks, stressing relations with competitors, and having other competitors disappear as we follow our instructions, seven of us finally made it to the final challenge. All of these challenges that we went through were a part of an experiment on human nature that I and fifty-one others agreed to be a part of. When we began, we were told that our goal was to exit the building we entered and follow all instructions along the way, but we could treat our competitors however we wanted. After that, we worked our way through tasks and rooms, gradually loosing competitors. Finally, seven of us found ourselves in an elevator. On the floor was a piece of paper which I picked up and read aloud. All it said was “Only one will be the victor, remember the rules.”



As I finished reading, the door in the elevator opened revealing a room with a doorway to the outside at the end.



My first impulse was to dart for the doorway, but a glance around the room immediately crushed that idea. A rifle in the middle of the room was propped in the direction of the doorway and could have been reached and fired at me by any of my opponents before I could reach the outside.



The others must have all thought the same thing because we all simply exited the elevator and examined the room from the near side. Many weapons were hung in the room and several grabbed a one or two.











Then, we all found a place to sit where we could watch each other and examine the room.



It was at this time that I took some paper and a pen from my pocket to record this final showdown. This predicament is quite ironic: the only thing keeping us from exiting and winning is ourselves, and none of us can exit entirely on his own.



Looking at the walls, they seem to have a meaning of some sort.



The treasure map on the opposite side of the weapons can suggest that a peaceful negotiation in this room is real treasure, or it could simply mean that that side of the room is where the prize lies…the doorway.



The skeleton in the corner and the jagged mixture of dark and light greys on the wall also hint at meaning I think, or maybe I’m just growing tired and jumping to conclusions.






This room makes the doorway at the end seem so much more important than, in truth, it really is. My desire to reach it grows.







Through peaceful negotiations, in which we all live, or through violent fighting, in which many could die – these are the two ways that lead to the end of this stalemate. Maybe I’ll try to begin talking things out with my competitors. One of them is moving now, I’d better speak qui-




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There can only be one victor...but how will that person become victor?



Comments

 I like it 
  August 14, 2010
Nicely done, well, most likely it will be a bloody fight :p good job
 I made it 
  August 12, 2010
Quoting Axel ™ If you did that after the winner is announced, like made another MOC, that would be cool.
Thanks for the input! I thought about doing this after you brought it up, but ended up deciding against it.
 I like it 
  July 23, 2010
The idea behind all this is very interesting - and I love the open-ended ending, very clever!
 I made it 
  July 20, 2010
It's very interesting to read the different thoughts that people have on the vague ending. That was intentional and is supposed to allow the reader to interpret/imagine things in his own way. Also, just so everyone is aware, none of the figures in this MOC are supposed to represent anyone specific; instead, they collectively represent the final seven. Finally, thank you all for the comments and thoughts on this!
 I like it 
  July 20, 2010
Very interesting. The "experiment" is so very sadistic and the ending so vague, but i think i know what happened :P
 I like it 
  July 20, 2010
Fantastic! The build is great and so is the story! I love it! But only one problem: I wish we could see more of the story, maybe an ending. If you did that after the winner is announced, like made another MOC, that would be cool.
 I like it 
  July 19, 2010
I like how you made us builders look like a salty group of sailors; just like real life!
 I like it 
  July 19, 2010
Vague endings annoy me because I want to see a resolution to the issue. With that out of the way, I like this MOC and I'm glad you left it open-ended. I half expected some bloody battle or (even worse) some sort of zombie apocalypse ending. The philosophical aspects are nice and work well. I actually thought everyone would rush out of the elevator and the last person in it would would be whisked to the victory feast.
 I like it 
  July 19, 2010
Nice entry. Great job making it this far and good luck with your teammates!~H
 I like it 
  July 19, 2010
Yeah I agree with Wes you needed to expand on the Great idea but just not enough explanation. Lot of allegory here so it is good for the philosophical. Like me....
 I like it 
  July 19, 2010
Torment...desire...agony...teamwork. Intriguing ideas. I wish we could have seen the fleshed out a bit more. You left me wanting more, which by itself is not a bad thing.
 
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