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LIU Atlas - Heri Rex
There are billions of stars, millions of planets, but there is only one man, Terrance McDoogal. Welcome to LIU Atlas.
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LIU Atlas - Heri Rex


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.

Note: This episode is presented in full screen. The corresponding dialogue is underneath each photo.


Doog: “Welcome to another episode of LIU Atlas. I'm your host, Terrance "Doog" McDoogal. Today, we are visiting a location in the Umbra Asteroid Belt, a collection of nearly a billion asteroids in deep orbit around the star Tumulus. The Umbra Belt is home to a race of energy beings known as the Vis. Early travelers to this region, having never encountered an energy being, mistook the Vis for ghosts. This mistake led to the false assumption that the Umbra Asteroid Belt was a haven for spirits, and the travelers decided to bury their dead among the asteroids. Although we have a better understanding of the Vis these days, the asteroid belt continues to be a popular burial ground for the LIU's deceased. The belt is now home to several Necropoli. The largest of these Necropoli is contained in a large dome on the asteroid Heri Rex. That's where we are headed."




Doog: "Alright folks, I've been dropped off inside Heri Rex's large dome. As you can see, the entire surface inside the dome is covered in a large cemetery. I've been told to meet my guide here."




Doog: "I've been given a specific grave where I can find my guide, but finding it is easier said than done. In order to deter grave robbers, none of the gravestones on Heri Rex were engraved with names. Instead, each grave was embedded with a electronic tracking device."




Doog: "Holy..., is that...a...a...ghost! Maybe if I just stand still, it won't see me."
Vyk: "Dooooog..."




Vyk: "Dooooog..."
Doog: "I'm not talking to you ghost. I don't believe in you."
Vyk: "Dooooog..."




Vyk: "Dooooog...Dooog...ahem, Doog. Sorry about that, it's been a while since I've spoken. I'm your guide, Vyk Shkr."
Doog: "You're not a ghost are you? You're a Vis?"
Vyk: "That is correct. I'm an energy based being. Unlike you meat based organisms, excuse me, 'corporeal beings', I can phase in and out of solid materials."
Doog: "Sorry, it's just that you look so human. I expected an energy being to look different."
Vyk: "Although we are made of pure energy, we have altered our body forms to appear humanoid. It makes interacting with meat bags like yourself much easier."




Doog: "Shall we get started?"
Vyk: "Yes, let's begin. As you stated before, the entire surface here is covered in a large graveyard. We have approximately ten billion former citizens buried here."




Doog: "And you guys act as grave keepers for the facility?"
Vyk: "Yes, we've been reduced to caring for the spoiled meat of the LIU."
Doog: "You don't seem so thrilled with your job?"
Vyk: "We once lived fulfilling lives contemplating the universe and feeding off the energy of our star. One day, your settlers showed up and started stuffing meat all over our homes. When we complained, the LIU used energy based weapons to persuade us into our new jobs. So no, I'm not too thrilled."
Doog: "Welcome to the club Vyk. So what else do you guys have here other than gravestones?"




Vyk: "We also have several large mausoleums. The mausoleums lead to even larger underground tombs. The more important members of the LIU are buried in the underground tombs. We can head inside if you like?"
Doog: "I wouldn't really 'like' to go, but it looks like we have no choice. This show isn't going to make itself."




Vyk: "This particular tomb belongs to one of the LIU's former Finance Governors. He is buried here along with his two former ex-wives. It's rumored that they were still alive when they were placed inside...something about his last wish."




Vyk: "The LIU frowns on any tomb that is too ornate. They believe wealth should not be wasted on such trivial things."




Doog: "So that's it then? We've seen the graves and the tombs. There's not much else here is there?"
Vyk: "Actually, there is plenty more to see. Follow me."




Vyk: "Phasing through this wall will save us some time."
Doog: "Uh, you may have forgotten, but I can't phase through walls."
Vyk: "Crud! You 'corporeal beings' and your meat can be so difficult. Maybe I could squeeze some of your meat through the cracks in the wall."
Doog: "You probably could, but I don't think I'd be able to finish the interview being dead and all."
Vyk: "Hmmm...I have an idea. Hang on a minute. This won't hurt a bit."




Doog: "Whoa! What's happening?!?"
Vyk: "Close your meat hole! I'm trying something."




Doog: "Am...am...I dead?"
Vyk: "No. I've simply pulled your life energy out of your meat bag. I left just enough inside to keep your meat alive. It's funny though, your life energy should reflect your inner self. Your inner self still carries a microphone."
Doog: "It's my signature style man."
Vyk: "Shall we go on?"
Doog: "Uh, actually, I'd appreciate if you could stuff my life back inside my 'meat'. I don't like this."
Vyk: "Are you sure? It's a long walk if we go around. The physical activity might make your meaty legs get tired."
Doog: "As much as I despise physical activity, I still rank it one notch above being dead."
Vyk: "Fine."



Fifteen Minutes Later

Doog: "Huff. Huff. I take it back. Physical activity and death are nearly equal. What was there, huff like a thousand stairs?"
Vyk: "More like twenty stairs, but don't say I didn't tell you so."
Doog: "So what's this?"
Vyk: "Many of our deceased guests have elected to have there bodies preserved instead of buried. They hope that one day they will be able to be brought back to life."
Doog: "I don't see anything? Are they in these dark tank things?"




Vyk: "I forgot your meat-based eyes can only see in visible light. Let me turn on the lights."
Doog: "Wow..."




Vyk: "The departed's meat is marinated in this special preservation fluid. The fluid is also chilled to aid in the preservation. It is quite expensive, so only the richest citizens select this method. Of course, the really, really, rich citizens don't worry about dying at all. We also aid them with this."
Doog: "You can stop people from dying?"
Vyk: "In a way. Follow me, I'll show you."




Vyk: "There are several methods of life extension used by the LIU's elite, including mind uploading, cybernetics, and brain transplants, but we utilize our own unique method known as soul displacement."




Vyk: "I'm sure you remember when I pulled your life energy out, right?"
Doog: "Yeah, that's kind of hard to forget."




Vyk: "Well, we use the same method to pull out the life energy of an elite citizen that's near death."




Vyk: "We then imprint the energy over a younger, more viable body."
Doog: "Wait? Is that younger body alive? It looks like he's strapped down."
Vyk: "Yes, indeed. The younger bodies usually belong to prisoners that are set to be executed. They're not going to need their meat anymore, so we imprint the elite citizens' energy over their own."
Doog: "Hmmm. I think I want to leave now. I was a former prisoner after all."




Doog: "Well folks, Heri Rex is a strange, morose place, but it is an important part of the LIU's culture. See ya next time!"

Note: This LIU Atlas is brought to you by the Low Light Long Exposure Effects Company




Comments

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  September 21, 2011
I can't help but feel like that Vis is an energy-based version of HK-47 from Knights of the Old Republic. Maybe it's the meatbag line.
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  March 17, 2011
Great job, this seems like one of the wierdest planets yet. 5/5!
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  March 13, 2011
I don't know how I could have missed this one...
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  March 13, 2011
a cemetary planet? lol! morbide! it would have been funny to add the ghosts that glows in the dark for this one! great and dark episode!
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  February 16, 2011
Life energy transplants - how inspired!
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  February 8, 2011
Great presentation and lighting as per. The reference to the meat being marinated - surely he meant preserved..... didn't he?
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  November 26, 2010
so cool!
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  November 23, 2010
Wow, that's crazy... Nice episode though!
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  November 23, 2010
Oh, that was excellent! I love all the settings you used here. `Ryan
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  November 23, 2010
Terrific!
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  November 21, 2010
great job again!
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  November 20, 2010
Ooh, lovely scenes. I've been enjoying your frequent LIU posts.
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  November 19, 2010
Brilliant as ever, Awesome work.
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  November 18, 2010
Like others have mentioned, although this episode didn't require complicated builds, the story telling was, as always, very very interesting. I too have been following the LIU Atlas for quite a while, and I enjoy it everytime! Keep up the good work!
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  November 17, 2010
this one was very deep i like it
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  November 17, 2010
I've been following the LIU Atlas for quite some time now and I love all episodes I've seen, although I usually don't comment (there are a lot of comments anyway ! and I still rate them). But this episode is special: some very simple builds, yet very nicely done, but above all a really great story. I think the ideas are pure genius. You should write stories for Hollywood !
  November 17, 2010
Quoting Ludgonious: The Umbra Belt is home to a race of energy beings known as the Vis. Vis means fish in dutch ;) Love the tomb! An other great job!
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  November 16, 2010
Some nice photography and effects - lovely job. Lee.
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  November 16, 2010
Strange but interesting... Nice work.
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  November 16, 2010
WOW, I love your world. It is fantastic and lovely designed. Impressive. I wish, I could have a little bit more time for Lego.
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  November 16, 2010
Doog: "Huff. Huff. I take it back. Physical activity and death are nearly equal. What was there, huff like a thousand stairs?" Vyk: "More like twenty stairs, but don't say I didn't tell you so." That was epic. This part... just hilarious!
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  November 16, 2010
Whoa! Glad I did not go much longer on this site without discovering your work. I see from a quick gander at your folders this entire series is wonderful in conception and implementation. A treat for us all.
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  November 16, 2010
Interesting builds, and cool lighting effects. Good day
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  November 16, 2010
Something about his last wishes...yeah, sounds about right!~H
Ludgonious .
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Espen Stålder
  November 15, 2010
Genious lighting? Check. Great builds? Check. Fantastic story? Of course! This is LIU Atlas. Woops! Wrong series! Still, another fantastic episode!
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  November 15, 2010
I'M NOT A MEAT BAG! More like a sack. NICE JOB!
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  November 15, 2010
My favorite was the third scene with the tanks. 5/5!
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  November 15, 2010
Wow, man this is awesome! Awesome in a morbid way, maybe, but still awesome.
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  November 15, 2010
This is awesome!
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  November 15, 2010
Wow! This one really creeped me out! I could see a side story where one of the "imprinted" prisoners remembers his killer ways and goes on a rampage. Wait, I think that was a movie...
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  November 15, 2010
This must be one of the few instances where a lot of meat is not desired ... Huh? What?!?! You mean ... never mind ... Excellent lighting and the usual wonderful story line!
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  November 15, 2010
Ingenious episode mate :)
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  November 15, 2010
Excellent story, design and visual effects. Congratulations!
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  November 15, 2010
If only they had this as a real TV show, :)
  November 15, 2010
Quoting Ludgonious Heri = Yesterday Rex = King, while it may not be conjugated correctly, I see it as Yesterday's King(s).
Ah. I was guessing... heri is the root word for "heriditary" and that's all I had to work with. Very apt, even poetic, title.
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  November 15, 2010
Quoting W Mark Hmm... previous to this I thought the LIU went with the "Soylent Green" approach... an interesting (and somewhat creepy) subject for an episode. What does the name mean this time? King of passing on, or something similar?
Heri = Yesterday Rex = King, while it may not be conjugated correctly, I see it as Yesterday's King(s).
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  November 15, 2010
Hmm... previous to this I thought the LIU went with the "Soylent Green" approach... an interesting (and somewhat creepy) subject for an episode. What does the name mean this time? King of passing on, or something similar?
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  November 15, 2010
Great episode, Dude! Love the atmosphere!
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  November 15, 2010
Yet another excellent episode, your ideas are extremely creative, I love it!
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  November 15, 2010
A lot of nice looking interiors. I'm surprised the LIU isn't turning people into snacks. That would see the most practical thing to do with a meat bags. Jerky for everyone! see ya. garth
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  November 15, 2010
You've really hit your stride with the presentations of your builds and the story-telling - another brilliant episode. A couple outstanding shots in there, by the way. Nice one, Emp!
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  November 15, 2010
Nice, poor Vis, all the folks dumping their dead with them :P seems cool to be an energy being but since there are energy based weapons I bet there are quite some disadvantages too, very interesting
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  November 15, 2010
It looks so real. It feels like some kind of hollywood blockbuster at it's best. Nice, nice, very nice!
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  November 15, 2010
Unbelievably creative, once again going above and beyond, thinking outside the modern intellectual box. So many new ideas . . .
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  November 15, 2010
Quoting Dennis Price Creepy awesome. Now if they would transfer Doog's energy into a chick's body, you could really have some fun! Great episode -- the lighting in the hallway shot was superb. Guess Eylar's got some competition after all!
I believe Eylar already did an overhead light shot like this, so he was definitely an inspiration. He has no competiton from me. :)
Ludgonious .
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Falco .(CSM)
  November 14, 2010
so what? the young people get posessed by the energy of the near death? weird...
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  November 14, 2010
Haha, meatbags, long live HK-47 or Bender!
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  November 14, 2010
So THIS is the planet of the Soultakers.... I guess the glowstick-ring thingies are cheaper and more portable than "soul spoons"....
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  November 14, 2010
Seeing how the super-elite can be transferred into new bodies, it does make you wonder how many times the Emperor has had this done 0.o Awesome job!
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  November 14, 2010
I love it nothings impossible for the LIU. Another great presentation of Atlas.
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  November 14, 2010
I want a Soul Spoon too!
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  November 14, 2010
I've been following some of your other Atlas MOCs, and these are very imaginitive. I am impressed with the life extension process that you've displayed. I look foreward to your next installment.
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  November 14, 2010
very nice. i'd love to see where they landed doog's ship though. after all, if the whole place is a "cemetery" then who's grave did they land on?
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  November 14, 2010
Creepy awesome. Now if they would transfer Doog's energy into a chick's body, you could really have some fun! Great episode -- the lighting in the hallway shot was superb. Guess Eylar's got some competition after all!
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  November 14, 2010
you are just brimming with ideas aren't you? your brain must explode and this comes out.
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  November 14, 2010
Yet another great installment of the Atlas! The lighting effects are superb! The tomb section was well done. Keep 'em coming!
  November 14, 2010
Still a good episode that energy being made me laugh a few times.
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  November 14, 2010
Quoting Eric Mickle Good picture effects and lighting. But it seems this episode was a bit more simple than most, build wise. >Eric
I agree. This episode was more about lighting and effects rather than elaborate builds.
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  November 14, 2010
Good picture effects and lighting. But it seems this episode was a bit more simple than most, build wise. >Eric
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  November 14, 2010
The tomb is quite lovely as is the lighting in the hallway. I always enjoy settings that have a ceiling. Nice work.
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  November 14, 2010
That's all kinds of creepy. You sit around thinking of ways to creep people out or what? haha (Maybe we should have seen the emperor himself being transfered in the background?) Great stuff man! ~ Chris.
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  November 14, 2010
Hahaha, hilarious! I love the idea of the energy beings.
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  November 14, 2010
Haha! great work as usual.
 
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