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Midnight Voyage by Regulus36 Midnight Voyage by Regulus36
Hey all you deviants, long time no see :D Here's one I've finally gotten around to finishing. Lots of brushing and painting on this one, not much else except for a little 3d modeling. Enjoy!

Backstory - In the dusty depths of the Midnight Nebula, an unusual craft appears. A solar sail, which by it's worn appearance appears to have been drifting for some time, slowly nears the gas giant Vidar. When there is no reply, two armed patrol ships from the Collective naval base on the moon Thrym are dispatched to investigate. By the direction it was travelling the solar sail seemed to have come from the nearest habitated worlds, orbiting the star Atea, 16 light years away. This could mean trouble, since there has been little contact with the New Polys since the war began there.

The two patrol ships hail the craft in all known languages, but there is still silence. After thoroughly scanning it for any signs of life, ambiguous signals prompt them to carefully tow it back to port. Once in port, the craft is opened and found to contain 27 passengers, all in cryosleep. It takes months to figure out how to bring the corpsicles back to life, but eventually it was accomplished with the loss of only one life. When the captain of the solar sail finally is given a chance to tell his story, it is a good one;

The Atean system had been simmering with tensions between the different factions for years, but recently it had flared into a brutal hot war. Both sides had poured resources into developing weapons, and their success had been frightening. Nuclear weapons had long ago become the standard warhead for ship to ship missles, but now they had been repurposed to planetary bombardment of civilian areas. Advanced physics had been bent toward a devastating purpose, the quick and painful annihilation of the enemy. Viruses had been developed, both biological and technological, and let loose into the planetary net. These viruses had been the favorite weapon of one nasty faction of enemy, the captain said, shaking his head slowly. Artificial Intelligence had been considered the cutting edge of technology before the war had exploded. Now this AI tech had been incorporated into the viruses programming with particularly malicious results. Whole colonies had been wiped out. Once infected, humans with net implants, a common accessory for communication and data access, would be under the control of the virus, in effect creating armies of mindless robots or zombies - but zombies trapped inside their own head; as the host carrier remained aware and conscious. These carriers, once infected, would work to achieve the goals set up in the virus' programming, but would do so without alerting anyone to their infection by using the hosts bodies own memories and personalities. What this meant among civilians was a bloodbath as they were usually simply directed to eliminate their neighbors, family and friends. This was seen as such a vicious method of killing that public opinion quickly turned against the virus creators. But for the majority it was too late; their system was turning into a killing ground of crisped moons and glittering debris fields where habitats used to orbit. These solar sail refugees had struck out on a last ditch effort to escape, by building a simple craft like a solar sail they had avoided attracting the attention that the buying or stealing of, say, a couple of Alcubierre warp drives would have done. They constructed a laser station on a cold splinter of rock far on the edges of the system, and were lucky enough to set off without attracting more attention than a lone patrol ship pilot with a slow trigger finger. After a long, cold, silent voyage, they had arrived here, at the edge of Collective space.

Once this story set in, the Collective promised to begin caring for any wounded or sick, and they set about doing just that. They had state of the art medical facilities compared to what the refugees had had access to before fleeing. After the initial bio exams and treatment for cryosickness, the passengers were brought one at a time into a opalescent room to have their implants scanned and cleaned of any traces of viruses. When the eighth passenger walked into the room and came within range of the scanners a tiny bit of compressed code jumped silently out of her head and into the machines lining the walls, unnoticed by human or machine.....

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:iconaliciahollinger:
AliciaHollinger Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! Where I go in dreams sometimes... :)
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atrasicariuss Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is always brilliant, but this one seems even better than usual. On a related note, stop making me look like such an amateur!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud! :D haha I appreciate it, but you're not so bad yourself :ahoy:
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   General Artist
I quite love the image, as it has been a while since your last post, but like the other images is the same Sci Fi setting. I like the nebula and its form, though to be called midnight to me that would mean the nebula is coherently dark in the visual light spectrum, perhaps not so if what I am seeing is a UV false color positive. I think that the story behind this image is just as complex and set in a galaxy far far away in a ship powered by solar rays is interesting. An to the fact that these members of the ship, are from a world where bio agents and machine have merged together to take over the population is quite scary; I think the fact this other world un-involved became infected is really something, nice work. :) :thumbsup:
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Personally I really like this storyline, and I'd like to develop it more thoroughly some day when I have time :) You may see more images set in this same place too.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012   General Artist
That be awesome to see more images and story-line
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TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
LE GASP! This is incredible, very detailed as always :D Wonderful job once again! :3
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks bud! :dance:
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:icontzikiiwolf:
TzikiiWolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha you're welcome! :icondragonhugplz:
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
The ship design reminds me of Alien Planet.
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've heard of it, but I haven't seen it yet, I want to ;)
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alchemyartworks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Beautiful!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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DarinK Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This scene is very nice! I really like the story and that last sentence - "a tiny bit of compressed code jumped silently out of her head and into the machines lining the walls, unnoticed by human or machine....." that is awesome, it lets me know there might be a part two. :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
They'll be more than a part two if I can help it :plotting: :D might not be any images to go with it, but who knows
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DarinK Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Full novel? :)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd like to ;) ... actually I've got like three storylines I'd like to write into novels or something (movie scripts maybe?)
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DarinK Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever think about doing a short story in magazine format with 5-10 pieces of artwork throughout? I have thought about doing this.
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's a pretty cool idea, I hadn't thought of that :plotting: ... interesting ..... does our collab come to mind? :D
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DarinK Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! I'll send you an email. :D
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killerscorpio Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
macnificent as ever
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
beautiful! Do you make these stories up? :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah :nod: I'd like to put some of them down in a book form someday but with work and everything else, who knows when it'll happen :shrug:
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Greetings,

Superb image and background story. . . It's great to see a new work of art from you . . . The nebula is most especially well done.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks Michael, I appreciate it
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Featured [link] :thumbsup: ;)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D :bow:
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artofJLP Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gracias amigo :D
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Scorpidilion Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks good :thumbsup: ;)
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) thanks!
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Fantastic!
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thx! ;)
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Welcome!! ;)
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Sure! ;)
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:iconqauz:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Sweet pic gotta say it :D
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks man!
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wuestenbrand Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Work .. :D ..
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:iconregulus36:
Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure hate to be that one first defrostee :dead: I knew straight away those were solar sails on the spacecraft :D
The nebula looks great, moreso the upper half especially 8-)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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