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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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jeheil Featured By Owner Edited Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art has been one of the my main sources of inspiration for the hebsehbahn, an alien species i've been working on for several years now.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! glad it can inspire you :)
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
What would it be like for a human and a birrin to get stoned? Provided they could communicate, how do you think that would go?
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I too would like to know the answer to this question. Would birrin plants affect human biochemistry? What about the other way around? Do you think it would be an amicable meeting, or would the two species not get along so well? Personally, from what I've seen of the birrin, I think they would get along just fine but you know the birrin better than I, Abiogenisis.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Honestly, if we could understand one another, I'd love to see the interactions between a Birrin and a Human stoner.
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, and given the other art piece in which humans are depicted as so advanced as to be like gods I find it hard to believe that humans and birrin couldn't understand each other or engage in the same mind-altering activities. My only wonder now is how the birrin would regard human philosphers, and visa versa. Would the birrin like Plato, or Descartes?  Would a philospher-king be a noble profession to a birrin? Would "I think, therefore I am" mean anything to them? How would they regard human figures like the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama? Or non-magical/non-divine philosopher Jesus of Nazareth?
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
All really excellent questions. Now I'm curious just how far humanity advanced in this world. Is it like the Asteromorph gods and the galactic/ machine citizens from All Tomorrows (excellent short science-fiction book btw, check it out if you have the time), or have they gone another route? What are the Birrin's thoughts on issues like gender (if they even have sexual organs in similar fashion to humans with males and females). What was their pre-collapse society like? What about pre-collapse culture compared to modern-day cultures?
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ART5EC Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw All Tomorrows way back when it first came out; my privileged as the admin of the Speculative Evolution forum/community. Many of us saw it as it came out, and most of us mourn the disappearance of Nemo Ramjet from the spec world. I feel like this is far, far beyond the Asteromorphs though. This is how far humans advanced in the birrin universe:
 
Contact by Abiogenisis

They are literally unto gods. They are to us as we are to humans 7000 years ago. As far beyond our achievements as we are from ancient man mastering fire and stone.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Yeah, I thought it was something like that. I remember when he made that! Nemo Ramjet and Povorot being missing period is pretty depressing. At least we have Abiogenesis, Exobio, and Hydr- That guy that made those speculative evolution for dragons series. I'd still be very curious about those interactions we talked about earlier though!
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the Birrin! 

I wish I had more words to describe how amazing your artwork is. Your aliens are believable, imaginative, surreal, and cute, all at once! 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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luka1184 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 3, 2016
Do you have any art or concept art - perhaps studies - on Birrin architecture? Generally speaking it seems architecture is often overlooked in worldbuilding. I don't see many pieces of concept art on alien architectural designs for example. Not much on fantasy architecture either, except large, fully realized towers in some cities, which is not very useful for me.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, its not often seen, and when it is usually sticks to organic/curvy stuff. I will see what I can come up with
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legopony Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Do we know what(and if) the Birrin keep as pets??
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They have a few pets, mostly flying creatures, but for the most part they see other animals as food
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Fewroth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
On Earth, many substances we find to be stimulant drugs evolved as quite deadly defense mechanisms against smaller animals or bugs and thus have a bad effect on humans if overused. What effect does the prolonged usage of various substances have on birrin?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Roughly the same as with humans, though smoke does not induce cancers in birrin
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Fewroth Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
It would be cool to have them as a playable modded race in Stellaris xD
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EverboundVenvel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
Aaaaahhhh. Man, I could hang out for a while after work in a place like that myself. Too bad my drinking buddy lives over an hour away, and human bars tend to be loud and obnoxious.

Curious, can the Birrin breath through their mouths as well as their head holes? Or was the guy in "Birrin Study" doing the equivalent of a human smoking a cigar (just tasting and absorbing the narcotic through the mucosa, not inhaling)?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
They can indeed breath through both, since their lungs are modified stomachs
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TimeKratt Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
when i create a new alien race, it'll tolerate the birrin ways.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Then allies they shall be!
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TimeKratt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Can they reside in the Birrin's oceans? They are an aquatic race for all of their evolution.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
If they compete with the birrin for fisheries resources, the birrin might eat them
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TimeKratt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ah. I see.
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SJUBER Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016
fucking love all this amazing alien stuff i swear id buy one of your works and put it in a frame
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It shall be done!
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dah dah dah dah dah.........
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Chillin
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm
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Halo1339 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
So they are basically smoking pots.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Totally!
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TechnoJo3 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
I love the 1970's sci-fi vibe. The room, the clothes, the Birrin themselves all have that classic look to them.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lots of color, 70s style.
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Csp499 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are there any sources of information on how Birrin communicate?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It would sound rather like birds combined with Jurassic Park raptors.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If so then these two must sound like Jurassic Park 3 raptors.
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fabianfucci Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Professional Filmographer
The beer in! :D :thumbsup:
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Every. Day.
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StarvedSkull Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god I want a movie, I will fund! (kinda, i ain't got alot (or a book))
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Rockclanhawkstar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed this would be awesome :D
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Greed 
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Viper2458 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
:iconsniperplz: DRUGS are good mate. *crashes the van he called "home"*
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Steven Quartz Universe Emote 11 
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21Mauricio21 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Niiice :)
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NPlaysMC Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
I want to see some Birrin interacting with humans. I know you have that one picture with the toddler Birrin and human, but I'd like to see some adults of both species interact.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
There you go :P

Contact by Abiogenisis
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NPlaysMC Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
This is cool. But what happened to actual organic humans? Did they all become meta humans? I really wish I could see some Birrin and Humans not just meeting, but interacting. It would be a great starting point for an awesome story.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Some did, some are half way between, some became half-animal. There are now lots of gradients of different types of 'human'.
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