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First collab between me and :iconregulus36: We proudly present: Dust. If you fave here, do the same here: [link]

The natives of Raenil have evolved to live with the strange rhythms of their binary solar system. For all of their recorded existance they have worshipped the distant second sun that
comes briefly near every 638 years. They have adapted their bodies to live with the rising temperatures and radiation every 319th birthing cycle. But when a strange phenomenon appears
in their sky, a glowing ribbon of sunlight that is bright enough to be visible at high noon, they are terrified. Their religions scrambled to come up with explanations, and their
scientists observed and discussed it just as fast as they could. But their only real hope is their fledgling spaceflight program. Armed with the knowledge that they have roughly 160 years
until its arrival, they built and armed a gigantic spacecraft. After countless trials and awe-inspiring tragedies, they have created a warship upon which rest the hopes of their entire
species. Built out of a hollowed-out moon and propelled with gravity wave engines, they point their craft towards the brilliant enemy and pray toward their gods that their weapons
will have an effect, any effect. Then without warning they are hailed in a bizarre language from an approaching craft. After only moments, they newcomers are able to understand their
own language and speak it back to them. Standing on two legs with pale pink skin and tiny eyes, they offer their aid in only a handful of sentences. But there are those on the titanic
spacecraft that would rather see what their own weapons are capable of before submitting the fate of their race to anything so bizarre looking. Deep inside the moonlet, enormous engines
of war are powered up ....

The "ribbon" is actually a cosmic string that is inexplicably stable, a phenomenon that has been theorized to exist. It is a one-dimensional distortion of spacetime created during
the early universe, and the glowing visible element is actually the 'ripples' that it's existence creates. Wikipedia says: "The formation of cosmic strings is somewhat analogous to the
imperfections that form between crystal grains in solidifying liquids, or the cracks that form when water freezes into ice." The strange looking newcomers are humans, who have advanced
technology able to either destroy the string or deflect it from its current course. But the big question is: will they get the chance? Or will war break out during the aliens' first
contact with another species.

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laborinth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
The backstory is as well done as the art.
lynleef Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful Art and an intriguing story!  Would love to hear more and see more!Clap 
anunbis2011 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
you make my fantasy's come true with your art.Just beautiful.
tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice stuff as always man. The planets look awesome. Especially the cloud map/oceans on the left planet. Do think the reflection in the water looks a bit odd though. Can't really place the lightsource.

Would be nice to colab some time, I'm always awestruck with your planets and 3d elements.
QuintonCharles Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
An absolutely awesome concept and illustration, but I don't quite understand how "They have adapted their bodies to live with the rising temperatures and radiation every 319th birthing cycle." That seems a bit far-fetched, doesn't it? :laughing:
Aside from that though, as I say, it's awesome and (in addition) I love the 'ribbon' and the idea behind that moon-ship. I've always wondered how we - as a species - are going to escape either the Andromeda Galaxy or the Sun expanding. =P
ATrueNorseman Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
God, I love the concept of that planet with development out into it's outer atmosphere! w/ the technological space freeway rings, or w/e you were thinking @ the time!

Could you make a detailed, High-Rez of just that planet with maybe the glow of the nebula in the background, where all you could mostly see is the splash of lights and traffic from the planet's night-hemisphere. Ooooo ooo ooo! It sounds soo coooool!
MoonlitCrescent Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
That's a bit of a confusing explanation.. why is the human ship so near the planet?
priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work, I really like the artificial planet...A tad bit death-star like but the way it lights up like that does make it more true to a vast global city. Cool planets too, especially the reflections of the suns 8-)
RizarLogic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Probably war will break out! Judging from the back story these Raenil aliens have somewhat primitive beliefs that may force them into war, but perhaps they could not have advanced so far without having scientists and more rational inclined thinkers on board. However, it only takes a few brutes to force a militant decision!

Love the back story here!

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