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Kaybor Gate by Abiogenisis Kaybor Gate by Abiogenisis
These ruins represent the height of Birrin pre-industrial engineering, and continue to impress tourists from more recent, technologically complex societies today.

Part city and part fortress, this gate was built to defend one of the few entrances to a lush, steep walled floatforest valley beyond, in which a society of several million inhabitants flourished for centuries.

Initially a natural stone monolith with only a narrow passageway dividing it, generations of craftspeople and slaves hammered away at the stone to perfect it into its current form, before finally coating it with a resin/sand mixture to protect it from further natural erosion.

The guardian statues warned foreign armies and traders of the power and capabilities of the valley people, who maintained a massive standing army at all times, based in a garrisons built into the gate walls.

Too heavy to themselves be created from stone, the guardian statues were built from the interlaced and cemented trunks and roots of local float-forest and other imported plants. Treated with resin to prevent decay, this meshwork was then coated in the same substance used to smooth the wall standing behind them.

Ultimately, the civilisation responsible was conquered by a society that had developed steam powered warships, and who attacked from one of the seaward entrances of the valley.

Left to ruin by the conquerors for several centuries, it is now of prime interest to archaeologists attempting to reconstruct the history of the valley society.

Seen here, a small camp of nomadic locals pitch tents in the evening glow of the great gate.
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:iconrepublicofdesire:
RepublicofDesire Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful sense of the fanciful, exotic made real by the very tangible effects of light and water. Thanks for sharing.
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Mikel-Stormraven Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Your work reminds of Barlowe's guide to extra terrestrials... One of my favorite art books
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
One of my main inspirations :)
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:iconyemayema:
YemaYema Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
I want to play this videogame.
 What?
 Well, it should be then.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Give me 100 million dollars and I can make it happen!
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:iconyemayema:
YemaYema Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh, the budget issue.
Well, if I ever have that money to spare...
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:iconsporediatrymisss:
SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do I love your birrins so much

Like, I looked in to your art just today, and already the birrin is my new favorite alien race.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
Thanks! I have been working on them since, it must be the mid 90s
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:iconsporediatrymisss:
SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy kitten butthair, that's impressive!

I have a feeling they're here to stay.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
As long as I live!
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:iconsporediatrymisss:
SporeDiatrymisss Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This comment makes me happy.
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:iconmarcotonio-desu:
Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Student Filmographer
ToddNTheShiningSword, Maybe Dappy's found some new company.
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:icontoddntheshiningsword:
ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dappy has not found new company.
He has found his long lost people.
Now he has to phone home, :iconet-plz: get in a spaceship, :ufo: leave Trayna :earth: and go to the Birrin planet :diny: .

This is like the best Mention. I have Watched :iconabiogenisis: now.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
:ayylmao: Welcome to the party!
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:icondappyrunningplz:
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animeokamidrawer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just the anatomy and difference in your aliens are mind blowing! The legs and how they fold are a piece of art in themselves . . . Just wow XD 
and the story behind all of this makes you respect the race an a whole nother level. I may or may not comment on the rest of your artwork (will try) but definetly watching!!! 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Those legs will be the death of me!
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:iconanimeokamidrawer:
animeokamidrawer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD mind if I draw one for fun?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Do it!
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:iconthe-polybius:
The-Polybius Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Without a doubt that these statues where a nightmare to make 
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
What the average biirn lifespan alex? I was thinking 50-70yrs, hopefully we can see more from the birrin soon
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Thats about right. Just slightly shorter than first world humans.
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I can imagin a birrin family going to see thair centinarian gran for tea and biscuits
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Meat tea and meat biscuits
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
No vegans on Chriirah? Hmmm birrin hipies......
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
They have an all new kind of hippy!
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:iconryan-bowers:
Ryan-Bowers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Lol, hope to see more from chriirah soon
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TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist
Well that was strange.

For a moment I thought those were Scrabs.
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ArthurDrakoni Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hey, I saw this on the cover of the Benieth Ceaseless Skies Magazine podcast.  Did you sell to them?  If so great for you, though a little odd given that they're a fantasy magazine and this is a science fiction picture.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Yeah we worked something out. I guess it has a mythic, fantasy like quality to it?
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:iconnickjohnmon1:
nickjohnmon1 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Built before or after the collapse?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thousands of years before the collapse.
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
This is one of my favorite pieces of yours because, even without your description, I can still tell that the image itself has a vast narrative just waiting to be uncovered.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
A narrative I will slowly tell :)
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:iconshadechristiwolven:
shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
I am sure I will enjoy every part of the narrative you choose to share :D
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Xenoarchologie is also cool :)
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:icondeanmarshall:
DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Very thought provoking <3 
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   General Artist
dude, you're a mega-genius. if anyone tells you different, you punch 'em right in the kisser!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
I will END them!
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:iconrevealedfromthevoy:
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013   Photographer
How high is that gate wall compared to those statues?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
It is massive, but its a modified cliff rather than birrin made.
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:iconaltair75:
Altair75 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013   Photographer
They carved cliff of that size?
How cool! Dance! 
They were so brilliant!

Great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconathelind:
Athelind Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
"Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair ..."
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:iconisograph60xyz:
IsoGraph60XYZ Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Nice.Are you going to make a planetary Map for the background ?
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:iconsonobeno:
sonobeno Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great idea and sense of scale!
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reykjavix Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
I'm curious why the facial physiology of the statues are different than modern Birrin (the statues seem to only have two jaws, and the lower one is pointed.) Is this a less-evolved ancient form of Birrin, or perhaps some sort of armor/clothing?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Yeah its a stylized form of armor design.
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SigmaMinus Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I find myself wanting to favorite your entire gallery. You're a real inspiration, man, keep it up; I just love everything you do with the Birrin. You poke at human society with both blame and admiration, something that few people can pull off.

In short, +1, Abiogenesis.

+1.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Its true, the Birrin are a sort of punching bag/idol for my conception of humans :P
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