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Apocalypsis: A Journey Inward
The first in a series of episodes recounting the spiritual journey of a young man.
About this creation
APOCALYPSIS


Episode I

A Journey Inward


A figure wound his way quickly along an ancient cobbled trail, with heart pounding and breathing heavy from the hard climb and the thin mountain air. It was adrenaline and desperation that kept him moving through the rolling cloud cover of the ancient old growth jungle. While his breath came in hurried gasps, all about him the great forest was blanketed with a heavy silence.



Out of the mist, ghostly grey silhouettes of the forest world formed about him. With each footfall, new forms up ahead came into being, while those about him faded again into the grey as he passed. Now and again the tinkling sounds of tiny streams would penetrate the silence, telling of waterways cutting their passage along the mossy forest floor. And into the clouded cathedral of leaf and limb high above, rose the dim shades of massive tree trunks. From the ground up, the great pillars ascended skyward to vanish into a gentle swirl of fog. Their buttressed roots below fanned outward from their trunks, split, then twisted and writhed, before plunging into the boulder strewn earth to wind along the forest floor like great serpents.



As the figure rushed on, he ducked beneath giant roots that arched over the path. He leapt over small boulders, and wove through patches of ferns, grabbing hold at times, onto twisting, low hanging vines for balance and support. The space between the earth and the canopy above was growing ever greater as he hurried on, and the land continued it’s climb, higher and higher.



Up ahead the mist was thinning. There, the moisture-laden leaves above began to shimmer as morning sunlight broke through the canopy and poured down in silver shafts. Over the stillness of the mountainside and the ever present tip-tap of dew droplets on leaves, came the faint hiss of rushing water. The young man followed the trail to the right as it cut back and descended steeply in a stair-step fashion between massive boulders towards the growing sound of the falls. At the bottom of this dip, the trail made a another sharp bend to the left, and the jungle’s roof suddenly opened up.



The surrounding mist vanished with a soft rush of cold, wet air. Above it’s thunderous undertones, the loud hiss of the falls came down upon him now crisp and clear. He found himself standing in an opening; a cavernous stone sanctuary scooped out of the jungle mountain by the tireless years of tumbling boulders, rushing mountain water, and following air. Craggy cliff walls, dappled with sunlight, towered upward in an almost vertical climb, and tangles of roots and vines slithered down over moss covered ledges and outcroppings, to hang limp above a calm glistening pool of water at the base of the falls. There above the white veil of falling water, lay the gaping black mouth of an immense cavern.



The young man stopped for just a moment to catch his breath. He’d been following the path for days with little food or sleep, and the arduous trek up the mountain left him weary to the point of exhaustion. He stood there gasping, taking in his surroundings, and then the realization of where he was seized him. “This is it,” he panted. “This is it.”



As quickly as caution would allow, he began to climb the steep walls. He worked his way up the slippery, vertical ledges along side the roaring cascade, and finally reaching the top, soaked to the skin by the over-spray, waded into the middle of the cold, rushing water to face the mouth of the cavern.



Then, the purpose for his journey, which had been driven from him by weariness and blind desperation, descended on him like a thunderclap. The thought stifled him, and he stood frozen, staring into the watery passage way. Slowly he turned from the cave to look about one last time.



Beyond the falls, beyond the tree line and the misty mountains, there on the horizon, was the light of the morning sun pouring down over all the world. “Not even in my dreams was it this beautiful,” he whispered breathlessly. He shook his head and thought to himself, “Not like this. And here’s where it happens. All of this beauty, all of this life, this creation...and this is where I go to die. Or is this where we all die, all the world, all of us?”



And with that thought, he turned again to face the great cavern. He took a deep breath, and striding into the oncoming current that issued from the mouth of the cave, he plunged towards his destiny and into the darkness.


TO BE CONTINUED...




See Episode II: The Conflict Within











Comments

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  January 24, 2012
Visually stunning, both the MOC itself and the presentation. The lighting and photography makes this a pretty immersive experience, well done! As for the builds, simply beautiful - that's some rockwork!
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  January 2, 2012
Incredible! The trees are amazing, and the waterfall stunning. The best bit is the rock work though, it's truly magnificent. Great work!
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  October 2, 2011
The MOC itself is great, but the presentaion makes this whole thing perfect.
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  September 1, 2011
AMAZING! I am at a loss for words.....
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  July 26, 2011
I love the story. The MOC, story and music work perfect together. Great job. Here is a mountain and cave I'm just finishing up for Brickcon. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirklandlegoman/
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  June 2, 2011
As usual, stunning work on your pictures Mark. Here, I can a little more appreciate The Artist!
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  February 26, 2011
This has me in awe! The amount of detail, the scale, music, and effects! It's truelyone of the best MOCs I've seen on these pages. >Eric
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  October 29, 2010
Quoting Alan Crisp I am finding myself visiting this page, and one or two by Sven Junga, every time I am looking for awesome inspiration or I need to boost myself to strive for the next level. I mean, really, this is just incredible. I heard that you work for TLG, which I am glad because if you did not I would start a campaign to get you a job there; they need talent like you! - you help define the Brick!
Wow. To hear that my work is inspirational at some level is wonderful praise. Thanks so much. And actually I don't work for Lego. I'm a self-employed artist...but not a bad gig, either! ;-)
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  October 29, 2010
I am finding myself visiting this page, and one or two by Sven Junga, every time I am looking for awesome inspiration or I need to boost myself to strive for the next level. I mean, really, this is just incredible. I heard that you work for TLG, which I am glad because if you did not I would start a campaign to get you a job there; they need talent like you! - you help define the Brick!
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  August 15, 2010
just amazing! the best story set up i ve seen to date! the environment is superb,and the photoshop gives it an eerie atmosphere! exactly what i m aiming for with cybercity! i hope i ll be there next year! good show! can t wait to see the next part!
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  June 24, 2010
Sheesh, easy on the literary imagery there, Jack London--we here nuthin' but simple buildin' folk. We can only hur so many adjectuvs 'for our brains get hurtin'.
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  May 26, 2010
Wow.....It´s just amazing!!!!
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  April 25, 2010
awesome landscape
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  November 20, 2009
your talent freaks me out!
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  November 18, 2009
Cool once again! If only there was a pretty lady at the end of that waterfall! KeEp BuIlDiNg!1!1
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  September 22, 2009
feeling poetic mark?
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  September 11, 2009
Hey Mark!! Still luvin this creation! I wanted to tell you that I just thought of a really cool new Apocalypsis journey that you could do, but I could NEVER pull of. Your next scene should be him stuck inside an erupting volcano.
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  August 26, 2009
...*sniff*...it's...beautiful...
  August 26, 2009
Kelssooooo! you hurt my MOC-but seeing this!
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  August 25, 2009
SPECTACULAR!!!! Excellent scenery! The cave is truly amazing! I'm hooked!
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  August 25, 2009
AMAZING. simply amazing.
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  August 25, 2009
hm, It's certainly a good story. however the pictures look a little to animated. I specifically like the picture showing the falls for the first time. The set is very detailed and beautiful, great job.
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  August 25, 2009
hm, It's certainly a good story. however the pictures look a little to animated. I specifically like the picture showing the falls for the first time. The set is very detailed and beautiful, great job.
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  July 8, 2009
This is an amazing creation by a talented human being. Breathtaking and astounding are the only words that describe this true work of art.
Mark Kelso
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Thomas N
  June 16, 2009
The scenery work is absolutly brilliant, the storyline is fantastic and gripping, overall, this installment, and most likley the entire series, is and will be a work of genious. ~T
Mark Kelso
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Michael Sloper
  June 16, 2009
This is amazing. Truly one of the best mocs I've seen. This the best MOTD I've seen! Oh, and could you check out my Battle of Aagonar?
Mark Kelso
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master builder
  June 16, 2009
Wow amazing
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  June 16, 2009
Hardcore and yet somehow relaxing
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  June 16, 2009
this is the best!!!, almost Spiritul!!!
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  June 16, 2009
how do you put music on a moc? please tell me!
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  June 16, 2009
THIS IS TRULY AWESOME!!!
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  June 16, 2009
Quoting Brad Jasko Awesome detail on the cave.How did you get that many blue tiles? I only have about two.
Basically Bricklink and a hefty some of money! If ya got the cash, they'll feed your addiction!
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  June 16, 2009
Quoting Filip Felberg No doubt, this is the absolutely BEST creation I have seen here on MOCpages! By the way, how did you work it out with the music?
It's a method of embedding...similar to the way you'd embed music on MySpace.
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  June 16, 2009
Amazing...
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  June 16, 2009
That is the most detailed MOC I will ever see, its so stunning
 I like it 
  June 16, 2009
So so beautiful ....
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  June 16, 2009
I'm absolutely perplexed as to how you made all of that, and the computer graphics are stunning. Great work, and fun writing. Cathedral of leaves or something; a very nice play on words.
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  June 16, 2009
Congrats on MotD! The cavernous stone sanctuary is awesome!
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  June 16, 2009
That waterfall is still awesome.
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  June 16, 2009
awesome
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  June 16, 2009
WOW! This is very amazing. The scenery is fantastic and the story line is great. Gread build and keep up the good work.
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  June 16, 2009
I HAVEN'T EVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!
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  June 16, 2009
Grats on MOTD. Your lighting is great, awesome depth of field and the story is very interesting. Just need to tighten up your PS masking and your are set. Can't wait for episode 2.
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  June 16, 2009
Of all the mocs that get MOTD, this is one of the most deserving. Now get that van packed and get up here would ya! ~ Chris.
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  June 16, 2009
Happy MOTD Mark!
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  June 16, 2009
( jaw drops ) *gasp* that's, that's *gasp*, Amazing!!!!
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  June 16, 2009
No doubt, this is the absolutely BEST creation I have seen here on MOCpages! By the way, how did you work it out with the music?
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  June 16, 2009
Amazing!!!!! Love the music btw!!
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  June 16, 2009
amazing, totally deserved motd, congratz man!
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  June 16, 2009
MOTD congrats!
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  June 16, 2009
Realy like the water fall!
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  June 16, 2009
Mr.Kelso, this is without the slightest doubt the most beautiful moc in the world. the scenery, the setup, the design, and the whole moc is just so, incredible! its just, in one word, Beautiful! and the story is amazing! your very good with words. i can't wait 'till part two comes out!
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  June 16, 2009
a more than well-deserved motd
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  June 16, 2009
this is totaly awsome. congratulations for motd
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  June 16, 2009
damm it, ither i was walking in the sleep or you have a secret clone of me to star in this! i want answers!
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  June 16, 2009
OMFG. Do yo not do anything else other than make models out of LEGO. Great work, this is my favourite moc on MOCpages Well done 99999/5
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  June 16, 2009
About time this got motd! This whole series looks like screenshots from the "Myst" games.
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  June 16, 2009
beautiful...
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  June 16, 2009
Fantastic work. The scenery and story line leave me speechless (so to speak). All of it is beautifully done. Great work as always and congrats on MODT.
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  June 16, 2009
Phenomenal build Mark! The scenery is just amazing, I love everything. The waterfall effects are beautiful too, as is the cave entrance. Keep up the great work! Oh, and congrats on MotD! This deserves it!
 I like it 
  May 27, 2009
Amazing pictures! I wonder if the nameless hero will make something of himself before he passes to the realm of minispirits! Thx have fun
 I like it 
  May 13, 2009
This is one of those MOCs/stories you can enjoy many times over again. Truly an inspiration, and for lack of better words, intensely awesome. =)
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  May 13, 2009
Awesome creation. Love the music. It kinda sounds like Lisa is using the same words from another one of her songs "Now We Are Free".(Love that song)
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  May 12, 2009
You don't want to know how jealous I am of all THAT LEGOS! There's so much! Fantastic Job! (As always)
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  May 11, 2009
WOW! This is absolutly fantastic!!!! Amaxing! Brilliant! Wow!!!
Mark Kelso
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Timothy Mably
  May 9, 2009
Your better than Sean Kenney!
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  May 9, 2009
This is the ultimate marriage of photoshop and Lego creation -- Raves Siskel & Flava de Wheek... You have not seen epic Lego MOCs until you have seen Apocalypsis -- Rants the New York Times... All Lego building has been cavemen hitting rocks with sticks up until now with Apocalypsis -- Slobbers the Washington Post... You have never said, "I am not worthy," as hard as you will say it now -- Comments Brick Review
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  May 9, 2009
SIMPLY . . . THE . . . BEST . . . LEGO . . . CREATION . . . OF . . . ALL . . . TIME!!!!!
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  May 9, 2009
Quoting Brady G You forgot to shave off some of the white pixels around the leaves you placed there, and is that picture the great wall of China?
Yeah, my photoshopping work still has a lot of room for improvement. The pic of the forested mountains includes a waterfall...although it definitely does look like the Great Wall now that you mention it.
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  May 4, 2009
Thanks for the nice comment, Dave. This one's my baby! Part two is now well under way, and will hopefully be finished by summer's end...I've had this concept in mind for a few years now, and trust me when I say it's only going to get better!
 I like it 
  May 4, 2009
Mark, brilliant as always. You have an amazing vision, and the talent to make it come to life. Great work.
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  April 29, 2009
Great descriptive story combined with awesome creations?!?!?!? Am I in heaven?? Oh, wait, no. I'm at Mark Kelso's page. At first I couldn't tell the difference.
Mark Kelso
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eoghan o callaghan
  April 6, 2009
if you had a lego brick for a good thing you sir for this would be able to make every moc 1000 times
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  March 29, 2009
hurry the freak up and continue that s awsome!
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  March 17, 2009
OMG OMG OMG!!!!! The forest is the best thing EVER!!!!!
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  March 17, 2009
Nice music you added
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  February 24, 2009
Where's part 2? Are you working on it? 'Cause this is seriously cool! Can't wait for the next part, cya! >>Raphy<<
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  January 10, 2009
Great trees. any instructions for the poor man?
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  January 7, 2009
Wow! That's amazing!
Mark Kelso
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Pedro Cuahchic
  January 5, 2009
This is fantastic. The MOC is breathtaking and the storyline only adds to the magic. Wonderous. PS - It was tempting not to chastise you for not having continued this story as of yet!
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  November 23, 2008
I never commented on this? Weird...Oh well, now I can say it's awesome if I didn't already. It's awesome! =)
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  October 19, 2008
Can someone please tell me how to embed music from playlist.com?
Mark Kelso
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masterchief 1
  August 20, 2008
This has got to be the GREATESS lego comic EVER!
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  July 25, 2008
You are a master of emotional manipulation Kelso, your MOC made me think (At last!). I say this is why you are one of MOCpages grand Masters
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  July 18, 2008
This may easily be THE best MOC I have seen. Not the BIGGEST but the BEST. I love how you did the trees! And the waterfall is incredible! The rock face is also cool. The foliage is great in the forest!
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  July 13, 2008
Wowwww... the lego craftsmanship is astounding not to mention the story, which was moving even though it didnt have much of a plot.* amazing. *that is a compliment, it is hard to move someone with something so simple. It is profound unto itself.
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  July 10, 2008
I just can't believe that you made a MOC as good as the "Invisible Hand" and put into it a more personnal feeling... it's so uncommon and TRULY awesome !
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  June 27, 2008
ya. uh i gots a question! where do buy these legos? where do you keep these legos? how to you have the heart to dismantle these legos? HOW! HOW! you make me feel tiny.
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  June 22, 2008
this is not fair, this is like one of the best creations on mocpages, it deserves at least 5, the ratingsystem should really change...
Mark Kelso
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Pedro Cuahchic
  June 21, 2008
Outstanding. Superbly presented and well written. I look forward to the next installment!
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  June 20, 2008
I am speechless
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  June 16, 2008
Oh my god, the way you make the rock the waterfall the trees the woods, oh my god its freaking beautiful. Holly s##t
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  June 10, 2008
this is amazing
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  June 8, 2008
The most beautiful creation I have ever seen in Lego, I would love the see the next parts
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  May 31, 2008
This is an incredible combination of spiritual power and great MOC-ing! I like your style Mr. Kelso.
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  May 15, 2008
Inspiring, LEGO can be art! One of the parts especially, caught my eye as being exactly right: "...All of this beauty, all of this life, this creation..." Key words there: "this creation." I love how the beginning of the story slowly, yet eagerly builds up to the cave. And I mean: THE CAVE. You also did very well in giving it all an organic look. Inspiring.
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  May 14, 2008
*sheds tear... The MOC itself is astounding, the cave/lake & waterfall are beautifully done. Beyond that your photography & PS skillz are simply fantastic. Nicely done, Mr Kelso, nicely done indeed.
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  May 14, 2008
Wow. Just wow. This is amazing.
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  May 14, 2008
Wow, building skills that rival Goldman and a story that rivals Young. Excellent work. I especially liked the cave and waterfall. Well, and the jungle scene for that matter.
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  May 14, 2008
That's it... I quit! Just put my bricks in storage and go cry in the corner. Words fail, and the ones that don't were already put forth by my moc-brothers below. When you said you were posting something this week, I had no idea! Thank you Mark. ~ Chris.
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  May 14, 2008
That is the most beautiful landscape I ever saw, the trees, the rocks, they're all so detailed but realistic, I got high hopes for the next part
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  May 14, 2008
I agree, the landscaping is incredible and the story is very well written! I plan on taking a motion-grapics major in college so the fact that there are professional artists on here is very uplifting!
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  May 14, 2008
This is the single most bestest landscaping I’ve ever seen done in Lego. Astonishing!
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  May 14, 2008
Excellent work. When this story is all done, I'd like to see some photos of the builds to see what the entire thing looks like.
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  May 14, 2008
As everyone else has already pointed out, this is a beautiful piece. However, I have to say that there is too much photoshop usage with your pics. It does help to tell the story, but for me, it takes away from the creation itself. Brilliant job on the pics themselves, and the story is inspiring. The brick-work on the mountain/cave is very clever and I will have to borrow that idea down the road. Lee.
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  May 14, 2008
Only a few times in MOCpages history have we seen a MOC that has immense proportions yet amazing detail. All of these [including your Invisble Hand] have been technological MOCs...the only one comparable [in somewhat the same style] is the "Tsunami at El Katar" [http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/24639] done by Jacob C. His is about a once in a million occurence [not very original], happening to a huge castle. [not very original either] Your MOC is an example of raw, untouched beauty that doesn't change over time, just waiting to be discovered. This is probably my favorite creation on MOCpages [good story aside, MOC by itself], a lot because it is so original. Sorry for my rambling, can't wait for the next installment!
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  May 14, 2008
That waterfall and cave opening are astounding. You've made some beautiful organic shapes.
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  May 14, 2008
Beautiful, the trees are awesome, the landscape wonderful, I also noticed you incorperated your "block of scenery" and your vines(which are both great by the way).
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  May 14, 2008
Mr. Kelso that cave took my words away...
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  May 14, 2008
This is very amazing, the structure around the cave is incredible. It must be a big amount of work to create this?!?!
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  May 14, 2008
Can't tell you how fantastic it is that you're creating your own Lego worlds now, instead of ships from movies (which were brilliant in themeselves, but this is a whole other level). An inspiring mix of quality building, intriging storytelling and photoshoping. Thank you. Please don't make us wait too long for the next installment!
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  May 14, 2008
Simply incredible... Looking at some of the thumbnails I could have sworn you'd thrown in 3d renders as a joke. This is off the rating chart.
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  May 14, 2008
Well, I like to say "awesome" a lot, but I mean it every time.
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  May 14, 2008
What are you trying to do, knock me off my storytelling throne? Isn't it enough that you can already MOC circles around me?
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  May 14, 2008
An interesting mixture of awesome, awesome, and awesome. The trees, cliff, and waterfall are all very creative, as well as... well, everything else. Looking forward to the next installment. ~Jon
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  May 14, 2008
Great landscape. I like how ,the stone cliff is made of the layers of slopes.
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  May 14, 2008
What inspired you to create this along with writing the story? This is unusual stuff to see. Is it autobiographical, fiction, or a mixture of both or what? By keeping many details anonymous like the young man, you create characters that others can identify with. The construction at times look like renders, is everything lego? It's all impressive.
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  May 13, 2008
Really great work on the forest, it looks very organic. Fog effects are nice as well. Your foreshadowing really reminds me of Dante's Inferno. I'm very interested in seeing where this leads.
 
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