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In the Names of God by Regulus36 In the Names of God by Regulus36
Massive Lei Gong rises in the distance, with 6 members of it's extensive family of moons visible, over the Tratung Mountains in this view from the moon Zhun-Ti.

The monks of the Jaffei Order live far above the forest and it's inhabitants, both literally and figuratively. Living an ascetic existence amid the freezing mountaintops, they continue their Order's reason for existence; their attempt to fulfill the Prophecy of Clarke. Found in the holy book "The Sky's Backside" written by the prophet Clarke millennia ago, the Prophecy states that when all 9 billion names of God have been calculated and printed into physical existence, it will reverse Hubble's constant, causing all of spacetime to slow and then stop it's expansion and begin it's contraction into an eventual singularity, essentially triggering the end of this universe and the creation of the next.

The monks have strung together a network of sublight transmitters to contact their brethren on other worlds in order to assemble the holy List in real time. This small, unassuming temple here on on Zhun-Ti is a permutation generator that generates the many possible combinations of letters that make up of the names of God, which are then sent to through the transmitter to a printing station, to be printed out on prayer flags and hung from the Final Stupa. When all 9 billion prayer flags have been hung, the monks will have, in effect, destroyed the universe, all in the names of God.

If anyone has read the short story "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke, found in the compilation "The Other Side of the Sky" (aka "The Sky's Backside" .... translation errors in ancient texts are a pain aren't they ;)), then you'll probably recognize this. It's sort of a re-imagining of the story with a different setting ... what can I say, it's one of my all time favorites :D

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Bluenight01 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work :)
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Falken02 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
i think i wanna cry :,)
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MandelCr8tor Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME! WOW this one is GREAT!!, like the Background,
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CorentinChiron Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work !!
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Usagi-Shams Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
That's amazing!!!
I love it!!!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Usagi-Shams Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
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reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful. And I remember the story, or one very close to it, where the monks have just finished writing down all God's names, and someone who had thought the monks ludicrous looks up into the night sky, and sees the stars going out, one by one. That was a good one.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's the one alright :) the end gave me goosebumps the first time I read it :D
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Atmost Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
This goes to favs with no doubt. Brian you are damn good!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D thanks man, I appreciate it
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
beautiful!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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NESWolf20 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
you're welcome, you did a great job on it too.
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yugenro Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... gorgeous land & sky... charming story...

I'd like to use this image for a musical piece of mine called "Motherland." Listen here: [link]

Your humble servant, yugenro
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure you can, thanks, and nice piece too, I've been listening to it while I comment :D
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yugenro Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Farstanley Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
This is an observation not a criticism
Not all stars are yellow like Sol some are blue green and purple and you have all heard of red brown and white dwarves.
So how come all alien skies are blue?
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
They're probably not; but a sky on a planet similar to Earth would probably be a similar shade of blue to ours ;)
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artofJLP Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Killer image man.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's amazing.

Putting that compilation on my list of book I need to read
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! The book def has my recommendation :D
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Jburns272 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I'll have a look for it :)
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Greetings my friend,

Most exceptional image. Arthur C. Clarke would surely agree that it captures the spirit of his writings . . .

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I appreciate that - I do hope he'd like it :)
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Greetings,

You are welcome . . . Clarke assuredly would love it.

Regards,
Michael C. Turner
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tadp0l3 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice stuff man :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks Emil! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love the cabin on the mountaintop! Oh, and the rest as well - but I really details of that kind! :D
:+fav: fave :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
The cabin was made so long ago for an aborted scene (something like this [link]) and I've been just itching to use it in another :D
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cstrick3 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Takes my breath away..
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow thanks! :)
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screenscan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   Interface Designer
nice pic
you could loose the big planet though for my taste its a little dominating
the landscape looks so much great
:)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
hehe the big planet was the original focus of the pic ;) before i added the buildings
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JKelly26 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Incredible buddy!!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks bro, i appreciate it ;)
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000-N-000 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
wonderfull work <3
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Really great man, I've never read the story. I didn't Clarke had written many but I'm thinking of seeking them out now. Great piece!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I would def recommend them, he wrote a lot of good short stories in addition to his novels. Thanks :)
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow! Such a tranquil scene, I could stare into it forever :heart: Brilliant job :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
You are very welcome :D
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Feranash Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Once again a great creation =D You keep amazing me hehe
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   General Artist
What a concept; when I first saw that planet I though of Jupiter king of the planets and this was like the moon Europa. I stand corrected this is not Jupiter, nor our solar system but instead another world and system all together. I like how the landscape looks like the mountains of Tibet and the fact this place has monks like Buddhist in a monastery, only I never thought of monks as technologically advanced, I guess when in need to restart the universe constant contact might be necessary, very nice work and short story rendition. :) :thumbsup:
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I can't take credit for a lot of the original premise, like i said I really just took his idea and put it in a different setting, but I do like the result :) Have you read the original short story by Clarke? I recommend it [link]
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KRISTALIUM Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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