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Dust by Regulus36 Dust by Regulus36
Here is a collab with :iconhoevelkamp: It took us a while, but I think it was worth it :D

Backstory:
The natives of Raenil have evolved to live with the strange rhythms of their binary solar system. For all of their recorded existance they have worshipped the distant second sun that
comes briefly near every 638 years. They have adapted their bodies to live with the rising temperatures and radiation every 319th birthing cycle. But when a strange phenomenon appears
in their sky, a glowing ribbon of sunlight that is bright enough to be visible at high noon, they are terrified. Their religions scrambled to come up with explanations, and their
scientists observed and discussed it just as fast as they could. But their only real hope is their fledgling spaceflight program. Armed with the knowledge that they have roughly 160 years
until its arrival, they built and armed a gigantic spacecraft. After countless trials and awe-inspiring tragedies, they have created a warship upon which rest the hopes of their entire
species. Built out of a hollowed-out moon and propelled with gravity wave engines, they point their craft towards the brilliant enemy and pray toward their gods that their weapons
will have an effect, any effect. Then without warning they are hailed in a bizarre language from an approaching craft. After only moments, they newcomers are able to understand their
own language and speak it back to them. Standing on two legs with pale pink skin and tiny eyes, they offer their aid in only a handful of sentences. But there are those on the titanic
spacecraft that would rather see what their own weapons are capable of before submitting the fate of their race to anything so bizarre looking. Deep inside the moonlet, enormous engines
of war are powered up ....

Explanation:
The "ribbon" is actually a cosmic string that is inexplicably stable, a phenomenon that has been theorized to exist. It is a one-dimensional distortion of spacetime created during
the early universe, and the glowing visible element is actually the 'ripples' that it's existence creates. Wikipedia says: "The formation of cosmic strings is somewhat analogous to the
imperfections that form between crystal grains in solidifying liquids, or the cracks that form when water freezes into ice." The strange looking newcomers are humans, who have advanced
technology able to either destroy the string or deflect it from its current course. But the big question is: will they get the chance? Or will war break out during the aliens' first
contact with another species.

For more info on cosmic strings: [link]

And go check out Hoevelkamp's post [link] and give him some :+favlove:
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:iconc0rwyn:
c0rwyn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
FantAAAstic. 
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:iconmetal-goddess:
Metal-Goddess Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
featured [link]
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:iconprimalscientist:
PrimalScientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I know I have mentioned about this before, but every time I look at this I am in Riddicks world, and not a home...
I have just finished my first piece of work by the way...
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I appreciate the comparison :)
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:iconprimalscientist:
PrimalScientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Was it you that was kind enough to send me two links earlier to Photoshop and Illustrator tutorial websites?
I did not click the links and now I cant seem to find the original messages??
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think so, I sent you 2 links in a post above, but for diff things
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:iconprimalscientist:
PrimalScientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Okay, thanks though.
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:iconprimalscientist:
PrimalScientist Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
How can I aspire to do things like this??

HELP PLEASE!!
This is fantastic.
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is a good start ;) [link] also you might want to check out Solar Voyager [link] it's completely devoted to space art, and there's a lot of helpful people there :)
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:iconprimalscientist:
PrimalScientist Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Thank you!! You have been very helpful!!

Daz.
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:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done. Like that you put some science into it to :)

Although personally, I think I would be better to move the star system rather than mess with the cosmic string. Such defects in crystals are what give them their properties. If the same is true for spatial defects such as cosmic strings, destroying it could rather unfortunate consequences.
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much, I have to say that is a really good idea! What happens when they actually attempt to destroy it? .... My original thinking was that the humans had the ability to simply move the string out of the system, but i may have to reconsider ;)
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:iconjburns272:
Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm. I would not like to be nearby (by nearby I mean in the same cluster of galaxies) when/if they try that.:fear:

From what I've read about them, destroying a cosmic string in no easy task. And then if you do manage it, you will f@#k up a large portion of the universe.
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work man, and an interesting background story to boot :)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man :)
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DannyGordon20 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011   Filmographer
Pretty twisted that one planet reminds me of Pin Head from Hell razer for some reason, definatly a horror feel. Nebula work is freaking epic, excellent work
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hehe, i never thought of Pinhead, but now that you mention it :D i like the analogy
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DannyGordon20 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011   Filmographer
First thing that came to my mind, great terraspace
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volcomman1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah very cool work you two.. =D
really like the planetary rings, and reeaaly cool job on the abstract one...

hahaha not many words for it just incredible cool work :)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hehe thanks, I appreciate it buddy :)
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DarinK Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice story and amazing work. You guys did a great job on this!:D
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, I'm glad you like :) .... and i think we can get to that project very soon, just want to finish my piece for the artpack first
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DarinK Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, no problem, I sent you an email.
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JKelly26 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Awesome story you guys. When I heard you two were working on a collab I knew it would be something special and in no way did you disappoint. Truly amazing work!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, it sure took a while, but i'm def happy with the result :nod:
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:icon0gasguy:
0GasGuy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
incredible man O.o
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconesk6a:
esk6a Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wao maan! This is really amazing. You guys did a really great job.
The nebula looks just wow :O But not just the nebula, there nothing here I dont like on this piece ;)
Very nice concept indeed, and I like the story too :w00t:
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud, i appreciate that :thanks:
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Sostopher Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Love the artwork and I love the accompanying story. It makes the image all the more better and interesting to observe.
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! one day the story just kinda 'popped' into my head :D and i had to write it down immediately
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mlsterben Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Artificial rings on a planet? That, sir, is one of the most awesome concepts I've ever encountered. :D
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
If you like that, you should take a look at this old one [link] that was my first image using the artificial moon :)
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:iconmlsterben:
mlsterben Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap, that's awesome! I love the colors! Too bad it's too small for my monitor. :(
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting story, humans have always worshipped one Sun with the same predictable path, so I wonder what it would be like with two that change position and tend to come and go :spin:

One would think they would have gotten used to that bright streak in the sky now...then again, how many thousands of years did humans think a Solar eclipse meant the end of the world? :lol: I can imagine the streak is always there, it just flares up when light passes through it when the other sun is at a certain point in the cycle, just like cracks in ice glowing when a light passes through :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Do you see the 'streamers' leading from the star to the string? The star recently passed thru the string [or vice versa depending on the frame of reference you use :P] or at least thru it's edges. So it's moving rather quickly thru their system, on the order of hundreds of years instead of hundreds of thousands

.... but i really like the analogy of light thru the ice :idea: you got my brain working with that :D
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:iconpriteeboy:
priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah, never noticed those fine filaments of gas actually connecting it to the star :O
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RizarLogic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Probably war will break out! Judging from the back story these Raenil aliens have somewhat primitive beliefs that may force them into war, but perhaps they could not have advanced so far without having scientists and more rational inclined thinkers on board. However, it only takes a few brutes to force a militant decision!

Love the back story here!

Varieties of SF Experience | [link]
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well let's hope they work out their differences :P or maybe i'll have to revisit them sometime and see what happened
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DarkGeometryArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
WOW! Awsome!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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