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I used to rule the world,
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
"Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was the wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become

Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?


Don't read til you've finished the comic!

I am uploading a day before deadline day for the whole Just in case thing, because you know, we could get attacked by demon spawn apocalypto cows tomorrow and the last part would never reach the internet! So just playing it safe to avoid the inevitable.


Firstly I'd like to say... I'm sorry ;n; *gives Saiph a thousand and one hugs*

Secondly, I hope to god I did not disappoint. This was my longest part, and it was incredibly challenging tying in as much as I could in a reasonable amount of time to conserve the little amount of sanity I had left. I hope the simplified version of it turned out alright and the ending made sense and gave justice to these two awesome characters.

Shink and Cerby are kicking my butt to high heaven though, and frankly I'd rather see myself finish second because they already deserve the first spot. But there is always hoping, I guess!

So I guess this is the part where I put down all of my feels into one large paragraph but I think I'll save the majority of it for a journal. So I'll just give the short version instead;

Shink and Cerb were by far the best choice to be in the finale, and it was useful to Marty's ending and him being the asshole he is. He doesn't deserve to have a happy ending. I'd like to personally thank Shink for the constant stream of motivation and encouragement, that is good sportsmanship. Without her and my friends I highly doubt I would have been able to pull off 300+ slides of story within 3 months next to home issues. So I appreciate it, a lot.

Anyways, I'd rather not ask for any critic on this part only because there is nothing else I need to do-or to put it better I cannot go back and edit-and there are a ton of errors I am aware of regarding arts, but there was no turning back if I wanted to get everything in plus some.

Well.... The curtain draws a final close for me. I am pretty sad to see it go ;n; My stomach is exploding with emotion.

Good luck with the judging, my opponents!

Thank you :iconfluffyz: for making this flash possible!

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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I... did not expect this... Bernard.... why?
IDK, definitely, this was the most emotional part I've read from this, and I loved it^^ especially, the shadow kitty returning and... Marty's actually NICE to him.
This also made me sad. I feel kinda... empty inside... sort of like: now what? Will he get Bernard back? Will everything return to normal? ARGH!
A nice conclusion, I thought, though. And I know I mentioned before how much I like it in the flash player^^ It flows so nicely, and the layouts and characters were incredible!
Well done, well done^^
now, I order you to go and take a well-earned nap!!
NuclearLoop Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yay unexpected endings! :dummy:

Questions that are up to people's interpretation; Will Marty have to rebuild his life with his own two hands or is Bernard waiting little ways away to get things workin again? Mysteriiiiiiesss.

Thanks so much for following me in this tourny it means a lot! :D

And oh don't worry I did :faint:
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh, questions like that make me lose sleep :dizzy: lol
I hope he finds Bernard again.... Marty just isn't the same without his handy dandy staff :(
Lol, no problem, it was a lot of fun to read.
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Pssssh, why must this be the eeeend. I do not know how to control these feels. It's like ToH all over again, but with sexy sassy Martys. 8'C

Maaaan, so I totally did not expect the ending to this at all. Then again I wasn't really sure what to expect from Marty in his crazy state (having him suddenly grow a heart and not destroy things would have been a bit strange for him so that seemed a far reach) but to have him not actually win at all was a crazy plot twist. Either way this tourney ends up, Helena still was the winner and Medium is still saved. I never thought of that in 10 million years with an OCT. At first I was a little iffy on that, but after rereading the part like 3 more times it almost seems like a perfect ending. Marty really went through a lot this time, and his selfish build-up ended up crashing down on him in the end. See what happens, Martykins? You need to learn to love people instead of yourself. >:C Or love yourself but... love people slightly more. pff

And of course the return of the paper at the end... well you heard my reaction to that. It was so perfect and fitting. It gave me warm fuzzy feelings inside. 8'I The loop around back to the flashback sequence and all was perfect for this round to lead to the conclusion. It was just so faaaab.

And as for your whole CM for this go around, it's been such a fantbulous journey. I know you struggled quite a bit through this, but you definitely learned along the way and it shows in this one. Some climactic issue may linger here and there, but from Round 1 to this it's like an extraordinary leap. I don't know whether to love Round 1 or this part the most now! 8'I I liked seeing Marty kinda develop through this in his own ways. It took him awhile to really learn his lesson and realize he's not the center of the universe, but when it all came down I think he did realize he was being an asshat. AND HE SHOULD FEEL ASHAAAAMED. Maybe in it's own way he had his version of a happy ending. Not the ending he wanted, but something that brings positives as a whole.

And of course, the Flash comics worked out really great I think for this. Especially for some of the storyboard-like scenes (like Bernard creating the chair and the change in Saiph's emotions). Some of the scenes were really fancy like Marty walking off into the degrading city and him transitioning from the golden building to original!Diabolus. Little things like that made it quite nifty :D

All in all this ending was really fantastic and as a whole this tourney was totally worth every bit, and I'm so ridiculously happy you made it to the end. It was so fun to read and I love Marty even more. Why must you allow me to favor such psychopathic douchebags? 8'C

Good luck in the final judging, but whatever happens, this was a great story :iconbigheartplz:
NuclearLoop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sexy sassy Marty's indeed 8'C It doesn't even feel like it's the end but it iiiis 8'U

I'm glad you approve of the plot twist, I was hoping it would work out alright seeing there was no rules (well no rules in general) saying you had to show YOUR character winning CB Marty does not deserve such fine luxury. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, MARTY.

Ahaha, I was hoping people would remember dat paper >:U Even though I had quoted it in the first part pff

I learned through this entire venture, with sweat, blood and tears, but mostly blood. It got kinda of messy. And yeah I guess, I mean he got back to his story and everybody is alive again 8D He just has to be a better person this time >:U

Thanks! I was happy I went with the flash comic idea this go, it really worked out perfect for my plans and I'm glad people agree >:U


Thanks dude, I appreciate all the support from start to finish ;A; *smothers with hugs*
AlfaFilly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh bby BU

That's one positive to having an OCT with no rules. There are no rules to screw so ANYTHING GOES! 8D It's definitely an original take on it, for sure. I know I was so surprised I was waiting for Marty to turn around and win some other way. So it was a twist for sure.


It's no probs bro, no probs at all. It was a magical adventure. 8'I *dies from hugs*
Cloudbat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Marty...I love how things came full circle, it's so sadly beautiful. Oh Marty.

And Saiph ;o; Saiphy...

I love that paper, it's so cool.

<33333 Eeeeee
NuclearLoop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh Marty indeed...

*me continues to smother Saiph in hugs*

Thanks :'D
StupidShepherd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFF Maaaaaaaaaaaaaan I wanted to comment on this yesterday but I forgot 8'U

I really liked this round in general but particularly this part and I thought it was nice that even though Mart didn't get a "happy" ending, his story didn't end on a sour not either. Personally, It would have been interesting to see what woulda happened if Mart would have won but, I think the ending you gave to this was very fitting and way well done. So good job man >:C (and pssssh i can see what you mean for "Time" really fitting well for this part now 8'U)

I know you put a shetton of effort into all these parts, and it really shows. The flash comic format thing you did was really fun and interesting and ttly fab for a finale >:U

good luck with judging man, you did not disappoint >8C
NuclearLoop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man s'all good bro >:U

Thanks it really means a lot to me 8'C Yeah I listened to that song n Viva la Vida the most when scripting and drawing everything XD

I'm happy you enjoyed it so thanks man 8'C
StupidShepherd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student
maaaaaaan XD IT TTLY WORKED >8C

np bro 8'C
Shinkoryu14 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FFFFFFFFFFFF, all my feels.


So this is awesome and you shush about getting second place, this is ffff, I have no words. Poor Saiph, he met with such a noble end and it was totally a fitting conclusion to his character arc. He finally found something that mattered more to him than himself. ;A;

I also thought it was pretty epic that Helena becomes like, the new ruler/guardian of Medium in Omer's place. She was totes boss telling Death his services were not needed. And of course she takes the easiest and most direct route to dealing with Marty, like any halfway intelligent person would. She has found genre savvy!

And then when the shadow cat showed back up at the end I just had to smile. Hopefully Marty will learn something from this experience and do better by Diabolus this time.

Your ending has filled me with emotions and I cannot properly express how happy I will be if you win. However things turn out in the judging CM will get an epic conclusion.
NuclearLoop Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh gosh I am so relieved you approve ;n; I wanted to make it as best as I could because you guys deserve it fully. So to see you had feels it fills me full with happy.

I'm glad that was clear, somebody had to help medium out since their ruler got asploded to bits.

And of course I couldn't forget shadow cat! He had to have gone somewhere this entire time >:U Marty, a second chance is quite the gift in itself, will you use it for better this time?

May the best finalist win! :salute: Thanks for makin this round awesome ;A;
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