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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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:iconthefellowwiththehat:
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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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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nickjohnmon1 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Built before or after the collapse?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Thousands of years before the collapse.
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:iconshadechristiwolven:
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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DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Very thought provoking <3 
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