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Spear by Abiogenisis Spear by Abiogenisis

This image is a part of the Birrin project, the species seen here:…

Born in an age of exceptional technological complexity and profligate resource exploitation, Spear was the first birrin attempt to send a vehicle of any kind to another solar system. Powered by nuclear fusion and cooled by banks of enormous radiators, the intelligent and self-sufficient machine even now represents the most costly and complex undertaking of any birrin age.

The extraordinary expense of the vehicle’s development was shouldered by a multi-national interhouse consortium so extensive that organisations from every continent found themselves contributing. Components were shipped and flown from all over the world to the equator, from where thunderous nuclear rockets catapulted them into orbit.

After half a century Spear, finally complete, undertook a long range shakedown tour of the solar system, flying deep into the realm of the outer planets.

As it slowly returned in-system, however, the scale of the exponentially ascending birrin civilisation began to terminally overtax the planet. Crop failures, famines and coastal flooding lead to regional wars and ethnic cleansing on a scale never before seen, and what little food remained was sequestered by the most able houses.

Meanwhile Spear, all this time arcing closer to home, was supposed to be captured, fueled, and sent on its mission to a nearby star.  As the recovery team prepared to leave orbit, a coalition of minor houses left starving by the major powers launched a salvo of warheads. Bursting into clouds of metal spheres, they tore through the delicate vehicles and their crews at orbital speeds. As Spear fell past uncaptured, the response by the wealthy stakeholders was swift: Invading with full force, the punitive occupation quickly became culling, and birrin society rapidly degenerated into a war so total civilisation would not recover to a semblance of its former complexity for over a thousand years.

Through all this, Spear, pocked by minor impacts and long silent, swung through space in its vast and ever changing ellipse.

Now, with the dawn of a new era of birrin civilisation, Spear is returning once more to the inner system. The powers that be will have decide whether it should be refit and sent on its long delayed mission, or simply stripped for the few valuable parts and cast into the sun.

Seen here is the vehicle undergoing low-orbit trials soon after its completion, pre-fall birrin society still burgeoning beneath.





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Moreuse Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what an interesting shape
Moreuse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah, makes sense.
connont Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You NEED to write sci-fi. Your's would be some of the best hands down.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Working on it :P
jricht Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Amazing. It's alien, yet it has aesthetics similar enough that it's very familiar to our own space travel technology. :) (Smile) 
Kalgrost Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
A beautiful and haunting image, both visually and in words. Poignant and evocative of the difficulties intelligent life must almost certainly face throughout the universe, as well as a glimpse of what we might hope to achieve ourselves if we can overcome our folly.
TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Your alien species seems to have an even worse attitude about tribalism and warfare than even us humans!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
They had a few rough patches ;)
iszrian Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
The spear is one gorgeous interstellar ship :D
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