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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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Theodren Featured By Owner 1 day ago
this beautiful !
WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have the space agency convert it to a manned - sorry, birrined - vehicle, put the crew in temporary stasis, and send it off to another system! (Earth, maybe?)
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
But damn, stasis might be ever harder than fusion tech!
WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are different kinds of stasis: warpfield stasis is sort of like Star Trek's warp drive; encase the subject in a bubble of stationary space-time (which is feasible) so their personal timeline stops moving. Or you have more primitive cryostasis; encase the subject in chemically engineered ice to slow down their body clock. With the level of birrin technology at this point, I would suggest simple cryostasis. The original birrin society may have at one point achieved warpfield stasis, but the technology was lost in the societal collapse.
Blue-Abraxas Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great work!!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
FuyukoTheNoisette Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man this is just amazing ...
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Aww Yiss
MarkArandjus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so... so... functional! It's just big and strange enough that I totally buy it visually!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Thanks :)
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