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Winding Down by Abiogenisis Winding Down by Abiogenisis
Many birrin, being pleasurably susceptible to many of the psychoactive defence compounds found in their planetsí plants, have developed complex rituals around recreational drug use.

The practices are not universally accepted, and many societies have strict controls to reduce their economic impacts. Others embrace them to such an extent that they have become an essential part of the daily ritual, as is the case with the Southern Chey nations: Before and after work many Chey stop at their local smoking bars to partake in a variety of substances both inhaled and ingested. As community focal points, smoking houses are also places for social interactions, and as a way to prepare for, or wind down from, the daysí pressures.

Smoking houses have a long history, this example predating the widespread collapse of birrin society millennia ago. Restored by wealthy locals as civilisation recovered, the interior was painted a calming blue to lend an air of tranquillity. To avoid the smoke damaging their garments, many regulars wear blue smoking suits infused with years of volatile chemical scents.
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TheQueenOfEmber Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Yay high aliens xD
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner 2 days ago
The best kind!
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PeriodicCrafter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
yay alien getting high
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Birrin know how to roll.
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kasaundra1 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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ArthurDrakoni Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I think what I love the most about these creatures is that while they're clearly alien they stil retain a certain human element to them that makes them relatable and familiar.  I'm a big fan of mixing the familiar and the unusual.  Great work on these.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Yeah just got to keep a few anchoring elements to make their experience relevant to humans.
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant. Very few illustrators have managed to show aliens in a truly alien setting, Wayne Barlowe is perhaps the best at this, but you seem to have an even better grasp of technology. He's certainly got competition now!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Hopefully we shall work together some time :)
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Michel-Lamontagne Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would be great to see.  I wonder if a first contact, you one race, Barlowe the other, would work.
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