Ephesus

From the files of Mainframe:

CODE NAME: EPHESUS
FILE NAME: LOFTIN, CECIL D.
BIRTHPLACE: UNKNOWN

Blinded as a child, Cecil always considered himself a burden; he felt as if he had been cursed. Times were hard and food was scarce. He did what he could to survive. Unwilling to accept the pity of others, Cecil learned how to provide for himself, and he often found himself alone. His death would have never been noticed.

As a young adult, Cecil began listening to an underground broadcast from a man known as Prophet. Prophet spoke of a new life through repentance, that there was more to this life that what could be seen. Days, months, years it seemed, Cecil drank in the words from the air. On July 4, 2207, the broadcasts abruptly stopped with one final message:
"In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword- his fierce, great and powerful sword- Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea." -Isaiah 27:1

Without the broadcasts and unaware of the fate of Prophet, Cecil was left with little option: he began hunting for something Prophet called "The Word," a Christian Bible. Weeks and weeks went by until his journey lead him to an abandoned town in a land formerly known as Georgia. In the rubble of a small white building, Isaiah found what he had searched so long for in the ruins of Ephesus Baptist Church.

The word was like water; it was life. He poured himself into its contents until he found some familiar passages in the book of Isaiah. Prophet taught that the word spoke and gave direction. Cecil continued through the text until his eyes were opened.
"Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow. And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return." -Isaiah 35:5-10

The words were clear; his path set forth. Cecil was no longer caged by his blindness. With a new spirit and a new name, Ephesus took up his sword and shield, put on his armor, and sought out the water in the wilderness.
"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 6:13-17

Following the Word and the Spirit, Ephesus traveled days and night until he uncovered a hidden bunker in the Cumberland Mountains, formerly in the state of Tennessee. This, however, was just the beginning of his journey.


I wanted a figure that looked and felt both post-apocalyptic and would fit in with the original project.

I also was inspired by the armor of God from Ephesians 6, which spoke about the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

Originally I was going to make him autistic, taking the words of the Bible literally, but it did not fit in the story.

He was the first figure I put together for this project, and the first completed. I am satisfied with the outcome.

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