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The Roof of the World by Abiogenisis The Roof of the World by Abiogenisis

Evolving in sweltering, humid wetlands, preindustrial Birrin found the frozen places of their world among the most forbidding. A hothouse planet, most snowbound regions of Chriirah are restricted to high altitudes and were seldom visited until the advent of lightweight insulated clothing allowed the intrepid to explore these last terrestrial frontiers.

Already rare on Chriirah, the upheaval of The Fall and subsequent global temperate rise has left even fewer permanent snowbound peaks on the planet. The most spectacular of all tower above the inhospitable Kiln desert: the legendary First Mountains. 

To climb this ancient range in modern times requires considerable capital and influence; the region lies in the Kiln desert and remains largely lawless where not outright uninhabitable. All supplies have to airlifted or transported overland to establish a base of operations from which climbs can be co-ordinated. 

The isolation of the region is twofold: satellite communications post-Fall have been hampered by debris still filling most useful orbits. As such sat-phone services are exceptionally expensive for anyone without a personal stake in the space industry. High-powered radio transmitters and relay stations help climbers maintain contact with both basecamp and one another, but sudden storms and low temperatures can leave climbers cut off and vulnerable. 

The First Mountains are littered with spent oxygen bottles and iced radio equipment, but few bodies. Subsequent expeditions often feed on the preserved carcases of other climbers, carrying back choice parts for basecamp meals in celebration of the dead. Those engaged in the feasts would expect nothing less for themselves. 

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:iconagentlemanscientist:
aGentlemanScientist Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You never fail to amaze.
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Cannibalism is cool :D
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I must admit - this is clever and freaky at the same time - aliens in 'our tech'....

It's surreal :D but very well done!!
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:iconguywhofindsyou:
GuyWhoFindsYou Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
So, when are we let in on the visual process of a Birrin dressing itself?
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:iconfuturefavorite:
FutureFavorite Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ive always been a fan of retro futurism artwork, and I love it in your style as well, seriously man, inspirational stuff.
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:iconplaguefathernurgle:
PlagueFatherNurgle Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
Your artwork is beautiful. Several questions.
Will we ever see the book.
How do you pronounce their names.
And are they edible. My palate is worthy only of sophonts! Or is their chiralty different.
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:iconfuturefavorite:
FutureFavorite Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Heads up, you replied to me not the abiogenesis, lol
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:iconplaguefathernurgle:
PlagueFatherNurgle Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Sorry, my comments were acting up and I could only reply to someone, please Abiogenesis responds!
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:iconharris2300:
Harris2300 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017
Honor the dead by eating the dead.  That's . . . interesting.  Sweating a little... 
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:iconbabagannoosh:
babagannoosh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Crackerjack work, as always!

I really appreciate the attention to a sense of realism.  The Birrin are one of the most believable and fresh fictional alien species out there and I always enjoy learning more about them and seeing them in 'cool' situations ;).
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:iconraphael7:
Raphael7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to see these new species again m8 ^^
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:iconmethusulacomics:
MethusulaComics Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
wow. nice to see the birrin again.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconmethusulacomics:
MethusulaComics Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
:)
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:iconseptimus-oraka:
I have a question to you, Abiogenisis: if I find a modder able to do it, I have your permission to use your Birrin in Stellaris ( store.steampowered.com/app/281… )?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
If the mod is not for profit, go for it :)

If it is for-profit, we can negotiate a royalty.
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:iconseptimus-oraka:
Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner May 30, 2017
It's not for profit. It's for fun! ;) I love your Birrin and I think that they deserve their own place in the universe of Stellaris. :)
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:iconimperator-zor:
Imperator-Zor Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
Do Birrin have something akin to Prions?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They dont have the same problems with transmissible disease via cannibalism that we do
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:icongd8909:
Gd8909 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
Nice!

This is the first time the Birrin are shown to do anything that would be weird or despicable by our tastes—cannibalism. I guess it had to happen sometime. They were getting a bit too like us.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, in the end they are aliens, and I feel to not just be reskinned humans there HAVE to be some gulfs in thought and behaviour
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:iconbogexplosion:
bogexplosion Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Socially acceptable cannibalism? I wonder what normal things we do everyday they would consider taboo?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
We would seem pretty up tight to them in a lot of ways
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:iconmegasupream:
Megasupream Featured By Owner May 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You are so good at drawing alien organisms! They look so believable!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Danke!
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:iconrraillery:
RRaillery Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
This is excellent- it shows just how much thought you put into things.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe too much :P
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:iconnarstak:
Narstak Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Student Interface Designer
-Hey dude
-What...
-I told you this walk in the north would be fun! Smell the fresh air! The nothingness! So vast!
-Yeah... (heavy breathing)
-You don't sound as please as you tell me?
-That yellow suit is hitching! And as you said... THERE'S NOTHING HERE!
-George... You can't just stay at home watching anime all day! You have to go out time to time!
-What if I want to stay at home and never move my butt of the fluffy carpet?
-Then I will tell your moma!
-Not my moma!
-Yes, george... Your moma will be disapointed... So you better like this snow and roll in it...
-(little crying) Yes, sir...
-That's a good george!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Even in space, there is anime...
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:iconseptimus-oraka:
Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
You did not knew? anime is our tool to conquer the galaxy! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA! EVIL Laughter! 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Kawaii Eyes) [V6] 
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DannySamFanMan Featured By Owner May 5, 2017
You should be awarded an honorary degree in exobiology!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconarenhaus:
arenhaus Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Quite brilliant on many counts.

... arguably, eating the corpses is more fair of them than what we humans do on Mt. Everest - it may even be less macabre than leaving them to lie there forever.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes they would consider our rituals around the dead quite... odd, wasteful, letting things rot or just freeze there
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:iconselkra:
Selkra Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
I really love how plausible, yet colorful, their suits are.
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:iconmax-radius:
Max-Radius Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Primary colours would make sense for visibility in that environment. Being easily seen would aid survivability.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yep that was my thinking
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:iconselkra:
Selkra Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Very good point!
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:iconvasanoja:
vasanoja Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Hobbyist
These birrin look adorable in these clothes for some reason! XD Very imaginative, I think!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
puffy!
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:iconobeah:
Obeah Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Always a fan of primary colour images! And non humanoid aliens :)
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I do seem to be drawn to red and blue :P
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:icontinselfire:
Tinselfire Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  New Deviant
Fantastic. Absolutely worthy continuation of the Elson/McQuarrie legacy.

I hope you are young, and that you will be continuing that legacy when in twenty years or so, it is sadly likely to also include Foss and Mead.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Just gotta keep goin!
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!

Pikachu Loves It Plz 

So cool and original!!!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
llama stare 
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s1l3nt-c0y0t3 Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
1) The poles on their back are ski poles/snow poles for stability when walking in snow.
2) Those things on the mouth are mouth parts (fancy that). Not all Birrin have them but some do. They're either a subspecies or a form of sexual dimorphism.
3) They get dressed like everyone else, one leg at a time. No, seriously, you can see the seems on the clothing where they zip together. You put a "coat" over the torso and zip it along the "chest". You pull on the back "pants" and zip it along the "waist". You put the front "sleeves" on and zip them at the "hips". The head goes into the "neck sleeve" when you put the "coat" on.
4) That's an antenna for a radio on the head.
5) Humans also evolved in a hot, humid area. The Great Rift Valley isn't known for it's cool, temperate climate. In fact, hominins evolved during a period of climate change and desertification in Africa, leading to the emergence of the Savannah that forced bipedialism on us. So Birrin on a mountain top is no more far fetched than humans on Everest.
6) Lots of human cultures practiced/practice ritualistic cannibalism.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Close!

1. the poles are radio repeaters
2 the mouth things are multi tools, the helmets are just different models with different tools
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