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MocOlympics Round 3 Chris Phipson VS Dave Sterling
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My entry for round three of the MocOlympics against Dave Sterling in the Short Story category. This is a little tale I like to call “Nature vs Nurture. Here goes nothin’








On an unnamed planet, in an almost unknown sector of the galaxy, men have died. The battle began almost by accident as the droids happened across the small outpost, but the devastation was total.







In all of this carnage, there was one survivor.







A protocol droid, built to serve. It was his nature.







But now, there was no one to serve. They were all gone. He looked around wondering what to do.







He decided to take care of the bodies first. It was in his nature.







He gathered the fallen weapons and placed them in storage.







He repaired the outpost facility. Not sure why he was bothering.







He repaired the roof, realigned the satellite...







and repaired the water recycler. He wasn’t sure why but he did it.







It was in his nature.







Then he decided to clear the droids. He gathered them, stacked them and was preparing to destroy them when something caught his attention.







One of them was still functioning. Barely but still there. Now he had purpose again. He would repair the droid. It was in his nature.







He used the spare parts from the other droids. They wouldn’t need them anymore.







It took him weeks but he didn’t mind. A piece here, a piece there, soon he was nearly finished.







He finished the repairs late the next morning. He decided that he would use this opportunity to show his new friend just how lucky they really were. The outpost building was fully supplied with oil and lubricants. Enough to keep them both going for years. The energy cells were solar powered. They would never have to worry about recharging.







They even had a cache of weapons if the need ever arose.







This, the battle droid was most interested in. It was in his nature.The battle droid picked up one of the weapons and without a moments hesitation, fired.







The protocol droid lay on the ground, his energy cells depleting fast. He only had seconds before he would go off line. With his remaining seconds, he asked the battle droid a question. “Why, after I nurtured you, cared for you, repaired you? Why did you do that?” The battle droid stood over his fallen savior and replied simply…

“It’s in my nature.”






Fourth Wall Commentary – There ya go! I know most of you were reading this going “OK, when is he going to get to the jokes?” I decided for this story, to try and go back to the same theme of my first few stories that I did on mocpages. I hope you enjoyed it. For the build, I wanted to have a nature scene, something you wouldn't expect of a battlefield. The outpost building is my favorite part. It has a working door and the roof is built to be able to collapse in on itself. In one position, it looks like a flat, no frills roof. but simply push your finger down in the middle and poof, instant destruction! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the tree now that I think about it. Hindsight is 20/20 ya know and I've been a little distracted the past week. Good luck to Dave. I did my best to have Stacy distract him, but I think she may be on his side here. Thanks for trying though Stacy. Now that that’s over, I promise to go back to my regular self for my next post (MocOlympics or not). Good luck to all the other players!



Comments

 I like it 
  September 14, 2009
This is like rat's children's stories from pearls before swine...
Chris Phipson
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Tristan Amaya
  June 21, 2009
Very good Phippy. Although sad ending..... I hate those droids! cool outpost and landscape
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  February 10, 2009
Haha, this is one of my favorites! Great MOC, love the scenery, not overly complex but with enough detail to keep it very interesting. However your real talent is in the stories on the side, they display a lot of wit and humor. I don't know why that's your best talent though... Maybe its in your nature.
 I like it 
  November 13, 2008
Awrsome details! That protacal droid never saw it coming.
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  November 9, 2008
Would have been more touching with an animal instead of the battle droid and a human instead of the protocol droid. Oh well its good anywaqys.
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  November 4, 2008
Sorry I'm late. It's 2 am on Tuesday morning and I just finally got enough time to sit down and vote. The story was really original with a great plot twist. You have the edge on the story writing, but I think Dave edged you out on the builds. Although it's already decided, I think I would have voted the same way as Mark and Brian.
Chris Phipson
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Heather LEGO Girl
  November 3, 2008
I'm so glad that you lost. Now you can spend more time with us over at the nerd herd room. I know, I'm so selfish.
Chris Phipson
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Dave Shaddix
  November 3, 2008
I knew it! YOU LOST! HAHAHAHA!!! Saw that one coming a mile away! ...now come swim with the rest of us in the shallow end!
 I like it 
  November 3, 2008
"And Chris's journey came to an end. It was his nature." =) I'm just joshin' ya; well done! Even though you lost, I really enjoyed this build. You have amazing amounts of classic green, so the SNOT grass is sweet, you have a good amount of clear blue, so the creek is awesome, and I'm diggin' the landscape. I think the roof of the building could've been a little bit more detailed, but that's just me. Very nice!
 I made it 
  November 3, 2008
Thank you everyone. This has been a great experience and I think the mocolympics has brought out the best in all of us. Now, I can just sit back and relax and play with the nerd herd in the shallow end. ON to round 4 for the rest of ya. Good luck.
Chris Phipson
 I like it 
Heather LEGO Girl
  November 2, 2008
He IS popular with the ladies, you know. Oh, and I've seen his post now. Still going with the guy with the biggest lair. hahahahaha.
Chris Phipson
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masterchief 1
  November 2, 2008
Nice story Chrispy'! But I still think Dave's is better. When are you going to post the resualts?
Chris Phipson
 I like it 
Dave Shaddix
  November 2, 2008
I havent seen Sterling's yet, but my vote goes for him!
 I like it 
  November 2, 2008
Well Chris, I hate to be the one to pull the trigger, but I’m gonna have to go with Dave for the win. You’ve got a great build and story here, but overall, it’s just a step short of Dave’s highly polished entry. Personally, I think a more natural shape to the stream (as opposed to all those right angles) would have helped greatly, but still, a strong effort. You can hold your head up high Chris…or as high as possible given the colossal albatross hung around your neck by all the other sins you’ve committed. But the build looks good…;-)
 I like it 
  November 2, 2008
Sorry pal, but I think Sterling's got ya on this one. Great story, and the collapsable roof is definitely a plus. Still I'm giving Dave my vote. His had it all...multiple MOC's (all extremely well done), and a great storyline that included paryting, carnage, and flaming Mega Blocks (I always suspected those blocks were in the closet!). As with your last one, I'd have loved to have seen what you could've done without a deadline!
 I like it 
  November 2, 2008
How kind, Heather. Where's your respect for the sport? Both contestants have built extraordinary MOCs; simply rooting for the ladies man without even seeing his MOC is unfair! (Go Sterling, go!)
 I like it 
  November 2, 2008
I really like this idea for a story and I like even more that you rendered it in Star Wars! Good Luck!
Chris Phipson
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Royal Elite: CC-7576
  November 1, 2008
That made me thinking, so it must be a very very good work.
Chris Phipson
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Dave Sterling
  November 1, 2008
Don't worry Chris...I've never even heard of this 'fable' everyone's talking about so I thought your story was pretty sweet. Very deep and thought provoking. The build is awesome as well. I particularly like the water effects...something I have yet to try in any MOC I've ever built. You just make it look so easy. Oh, and I have to agree that you own WAY too many green 1x4 tiles. I am way jealous. :-) Thanks to Heather for the vote even though she hasn't even read my story. I'm just popular with the ladies. :-) Good luck!
Chris Phipson
 I like it 
Heather LEGO Girl
  November 1, 2008
I love it. ~Heather
Chris Phipson
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Heather LEGO Girl
  November 1, 2008
What about Shaddix's tool?
Chris Phipson
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Heather LEGO Girl
  November 1, 2008
Oh, and just for the record, my vote goes to Sterling. I know he hasn't even posted yet, but the guy has a lair for heaven's sake. A LAIR. 'Nuff said. ;)
Chris Phipson
 I like it 
Dave Shaddix
  November 1, 2008
Nice take on one of Aesop's Fables. I could have just kept quiet there, but I couldn't do it. It's not in my nature.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
So Your life story finally told. Very nice. You win.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
Hmmm. Nice scene. The story is nice. I think it could have been a bit better told, but you know, it's not in your nature. Good luck, Chris.
 I made it 
  November 1, 2008
Thanks guys for all the comments. Funny thing is, when I came up with this idea I thought it was pretty good. Then I was talking to Shaddix and he ever so kindly reminded me of that whole scorpian/monkey/turtle/waterbuffalo thing. I was like, %$&@^%! That's where I heard that before! Of course by then it was too late to redo anything... so yeah, Thanks Shaddix. Tool.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
A good take on a classic fable, I heard it before too except it was with a turtle and a scorpion. Great job! Now I've gotta go look at Daves entry....
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
Awesome build, but I'm a little disappointed that you used star wars again, oh well, I'm just looking for a fight. Anyway, good luck, anyone that beats a pop up book has to go to the top.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
Nicely done! I've been doing my best to distract Dave, but it looks like he'll get his posted just in time. Excellent work - it's going to be a tough decision for the judges!
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
I remember hearing this story about a snake and a monkey. Nice lookin' layout. see ya. garth
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
Never thought I'd see the day. Great job!
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  November 1, 2008
Man, I could see that ending coming the moment albino C-3PO started picking up battle droid parts. Predictable old Star Wars, no redeeming qualities except neat special effects... Oh well, I like the play feature of the collapsible roof, and you own far too many green tiles.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
So...deep. I cant fathom how deep that is! (Ha! A pun!)
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  November 1, 2008
Well, my friend, it has nearly take tears from my eyes... A mix of dark humour and poetry like I've never seen here ! But I think the (sad) poetry win here. My favorite MOC from you ! I'll take a closer look to the nice build soon, but this is already my favorite story on MOCpage. If you don't win with that, I would be disapointed. Awesome !!! PS - My girlfriend has read it too and has found the story wonderful !
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
Ahhh, classic Crispy! Nice little story man. The shots of the solitary protocol droid cleaning up after the aftermath have a certain pathos to them.
 I like it 
  November 1, 2008
I pondered about how I could form a joke out of this, but alas, I cannot. The message is deep, and the simplicity is pure gold. I love every aspect of it to be honest. Job well done here Chris. ~Nick
 
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