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The Distant Horizon by Daemoria The Distant Horizon by Daemoria
[].The Mirror .Our Voi̟̬̰̰c̼̥͍̖͎͚̰̻̭e is strong here .The connect̻̳̟̹̞i͙̳o̤̗̙̣͓̗̱ͅns to divergent world lines, splintered but brought together by our will...[]

[].Sometimes even the fly caught in ou̠̭̖̩r web has teeth[]

[].Oh how they twist and tear at their binding fates. ?Donne you see, werren inevita̜̩̼b̯̥̭͚l̦̺̣̦e[]

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The end draws near. PsiComp's influence is absolute, and Mankind hurtles ever forward, feasting on the rich bounty of the universe that has been opened to all.
The glittering fate of the utopia humanity has established balances at a razors edge.

The Metatek super-dreadnought Sylheim ensnares a collection of vessels, dragging them into the Mirror. But in the infinite simultaneous possibilities of the Mirror, ca͎̘u͔͚̗̦sali̹̞̻͇̻̹t͍͎̝̩̜͓̥y sometimes doesn't work the way that it should.

<Vessel Catalogue>
NATO TAV standard trans-atmospheric transport. ~60 meters long/wide
Soviet Project 44122 "Gromov" Heavy troop assault ship.  ~410 meters long.
NATO 17-C CV Patrol Carrier. ~145 meters long.
NATO 1AR(Q)-M "Arc Mantle" Heavy cruiser. ~410 meters long.
EXNA MRV-A/R 10 "Den'Rae" The Red Horizon. Battleship/Carrier hybrid. ~1,700 meters long.
PsiComp Shin'lin "
Sherôdan-Ath" The Evershinning Face. Authority cruiser. ~2,300 meters long.
PsiComp "Sylheim" Metatek entity. Super-dreadnought, carrier form. ~16,140 meters long ~14,000 meters wide.

Mature Content

Exfil. by Khal941
Investigation. by Khal94117-C CV Patrol Carrier by DaemoriaRegrowth Et Ulnis Axbet by DaemoriaArc Mantle by DaemoriaSherodan Ath by Daemoria
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Arnilo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
I need more of this shoop porn in my life.
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markusglanzer Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Professional General Artist
I really love your colors.
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Estragon55 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks painfully good...
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too kind! I'm glad a few people out there appreciate this blend of craziness. This started off as just a silly 3d scene of throwing a bunch of my ships together... it sort of evolved into what you see here.
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Estragon55 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was stalking (hurr hurr) through your latest art and tought to myself that you are going 3 dimensional now.
and Blam
this came out and im stunned.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, i've actually always had a background working with 3d software. Modeling, texturing, some animation stuff. I prefer to work with 2d for fun, and have built up a work flow where 3d is used for the beginning concept stage, but the final images are nearly 100% hand painted, covering all the 3d.

Some stuff like this, isn't as carefully planned. It's fun to do though.
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Decacommand Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The colors are excellent and the ships look better than my ex. Love this piece, especially the Red Horizon. Swoosh!

Side question: Besides Axbet, do any of the other ships in this realm have a little AI manifestation lady installed?
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of the newer vessels following the Biotek revolution are comprised of organically grown components. This includes the network structure controlling all functionality on-board. This gives each ship a fully conscious sentient mind.
Before the Biotek technologies were incorporated into ship manufacturing, there was still very advanced electronics, and a form of AI included in each vessel. Those are what you would find on a vessel as old as... say, the Red Horizon.
You can see the 'primitive' biotek personalities manifest as floating hologram sigils in my older stories.
The Purge -1-
Starfall -1-

Axbet is a bit special, in that she's a ship that's actually built up around the personality. The core of all Metatek (the realm of technology that breaks beyond what is science and what is 'magic') vessels are non-physical elements. The way they are viewed in the regular universe is dependent on the entity in question.

The Shin'lin is an artificial Metatek entity. Created by mankind, versus being found. It's avatar, if it ever manifests one is very much different than the other entities native to the Mirror.
The Kiska avatar, Lens-weaver 'witches', and the creator, Aten-neb, all have more 'human' appearances. And we can't forget about the anomaly... can we?
Wish You Were Here Alt by Daemoria

Mature Content

Harem-Metatek 'Kiska' by Daemoria
Nuan Leleng-sil -WIP- by Daemoria Temptation (alternate) by Daemoria

Mature Content

Yinda by Daemoria
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Decacommand Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that explains a lot. No wonder Axbet is so... active. And the anomaly is very cute. But why do the Swarmies still use the Red Horizon if it's so old?

The amount if thought you've put into this world puts me at a loss for words. You, sir, are truly a king of worldbuilding.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The Red Horizon is special, because it somehow merged with an artifact giving it some unknown linkage to the Mirror. Also, the ship itself is pretty capable, since it's been retrofitted to keep it up to date, with additional non-Newtonian engines being added, and updated weapon and power systems.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Edited Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is, hate the term but its the sole one I have; epic.

This is a magnificent piece of art; the colours, the effects, and the design work are exceptional here :D That nebula or string effect is beautiful! :D

It looks like the scene of a high quality anime!!

And a valid point; Causality dances to its own tune!!

Something tells me that this is going to end very badly!
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Perhaps it might end badly, or it could all just be a glitch. In all seriousness, this image was just me playing with my little model spess ships, and getting the scale unified... The strange composition resulted from me slinging them about. And then this illustration happened.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:

I know where you are coming from - even so - good image!
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
Oh my gwad! They all gone to plaid!=P (Razz) :) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) 
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! Yes!
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Fastmax Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
You're fabulous with colors!!
:D
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Taste the rainbow! It's drips with madness.
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Bigjack66 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
It's where all the greats head for! Awesome pic!:)
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's kind of you to say.  Thank you.
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ZokWorks Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I have to give a critique.

I honestly had no idea what the hell i was looking at for a while. Your render is all over the place.

Bit of advice: Check the silhouette. Check your light sources and shadows. And dont jumble too much information in one spot.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The context of the scene really comes from previous knowledge of the content. To a person new to my gallery/works, it's going to look random and confusing.

That's pretty much the entire point. I'm trying to imply a scene so confusing (dare I say maddening, even) that you have to squint to begin to pick out specific details. The whole context of the scene is part of a phenomena in the setting i've crafted. Sure, it's not perfect... but that's what practice is for. If I didn't put forth these efforts, i'd have an empty gallery. Perhaps sometime soon, I'll re-tackle this particular subject and scene. The Mirror is a damned difficult thing to illustrate, due to the way I describe it in the fiction.

Understanding the silhouette and the way the lighting plays on the specific vessels is going to be up to individual familiarity with the craft in question. These ships are not just standard flying bricks or guns that other scifi settings seem to like ever so much. I do admit they're complicated, sometimes to a fault... but I try to mitigate that with the 3d model work I've done. It really does take the guess work out of actually lighting them in a complicated scene like this. The shadows you see, and highlights are actually cast from light sources in my 3d software.

Again, I admit that the scene is claustrophobic, cluttered, and possibly maddening... but really that's one of the main goal of this illustration. I intend for this to be an assault on the visual senses of people looking at it. It's sort of the main quirk of the Mirror, it's supposed to be a really bad idea to actually look at it with the naked eye.

The individual craft are all available to be seen separately in more standard concept art style compositions, if you want to learn a little context for this image. They're in the description.
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ZokWorks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
If thats the case then why would you intentionally hurt your viewers eyes just to make something look good within a context. Thats still odd.

You can make things look cool within a context AND make it readable. I understand you wanted to make it confusing, but from a scientific standpoint in art that makes no real sense.

The idea is cool and the ships look cool, its just ruined by the sheer madness of it.

Also, look at it again, I'd understand if that were some sort of dimensional light change, but light and bloom does NOT work that way. Theres no reason for that blue light to be appearing on sides of the ships they wouldnt appear on nor would the other ships be receiving none of that blue light.

The perspective on the ship to the right makes no sense unless its intended to fly as if its flying straight while turned 40 degrees to the left. The way it is now seems like its intentionally trying to block off the other ships. The main issue with the ship on the right is that you placed an object above your clear horizon point and didnt show how the underside and the side of the ship change angles correctly (if that makes sense). It just looks awkward.

If its supposed to be maddening, well make it look maddening. You can do that with visual distortions that alter the way the colors are, or how the lines are drawn. But don't try to alter the rules of light and perspective and then call it style. If you throw this on artstation and ask for critiques, a ton of people are going to give you a similar critique, and may even critique your ship designs.

Also to be honest your description of your content does not interest me. That description is so convoluted its as if a bad guy were talking in a game like warframe. If you want to pull someone in on your IP, you make it understandable without needing previous context. You should basically try to make it readable without a description at all. Something that reads like this is a good example. <- Link to another deviants painting.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, it seems I can not please everyone. But such is life.

First and foremost, I make art for myself. Yes, the interaction with other people, and in particular other skilled artists will change how and what I draw... but it's not an over-night thing that happens.

I appreciate the time and effort you took to write out such an extensive critique, because I know it's not something that is just shat out in 10 seconds. Hell, it's more readable than my illustration.

...but still... consider this, you might just not be the person I drew this for.
If you're not interested in reading the archaic style of prose, or looking at the other images in my gallery... maybe come back in a year or two, after I've improved my own skills a bit? It's not like I only draw one thing, or in one style. I wear many hats, or attempt to. It's what stops boredom from setting in.

Or you can just move on, and forget about my art in general. It's no earth shattering event for me either way. I'll be working towards my goals in either case.

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Additionally, the way you describe people on Artstation critiquing my designs sounds like a threat. And a very hollow one, at that. I know for a fact that even my most popular design on Artstation is in no 'danger' of being critiqued. www.artstation.com/artwork/0Xr…

Hell, I'd love for people to do a full on critical breakdown of my technical designs (once proper context is gained, so the critique can be from a point of authority)... starships above all other things I illustrate is something I generally get the least amount of feedback on.

I'd like to think I have a solid hand at them by now, from having worked at their design for almost a decade, but I know I have quite a ways to go before I can comfortably sit amongst the greats like Sparth and others.
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ClassicalSalamander Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So good! I love to see how you work with your renders, you add so much with your painting, that I can't often tell what it rendered and what is not. :love:

I have to say though... whomever thought bringing Den'Rae into close Mirror-proximity with a couple of Metatek entities probably deserves the horrible fate imminent.

...but at least it's
Sherôdan-Ath and not Sherôdan-Yinda, right?
                                                                                                 ...right??
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Sylheim's Voice is strong (the optical webs seen in the images of the Mirror are the Voices of the entities) but even it doesn't have a perfect grasp on the Mirror. Through a twist of misfortune, that little Den'Rae is the unlikely holder to that power.

Can the Red Horizon actually use that it its advantage here, though? And what of the Nato ships, Soviet Gromov, and that Sherôdan-Ath? Things are probably going to get messy.

Just because the Shin'lin is a mass produced vessel, doesn't make it any less of a threat...
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ClassicalSalamander Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yasss... we lovesss them, my preciousss.

Such fun here, such raw reality-warping power all concentrated in one place!

I like Sylheim's Voice, and it's never wise to underestimate any ship of the Sherôdan class, I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with every one of them.

...but the Den'Rae is my favorite... and within the Mirror itself, the power of one's Voice is paramount.
                    It doesn't even have to be a loud Voice... the right word in the right place at the right time can shake worlds... even if it's merely whispered.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Random knowledge time with Daemoria! The word "Sherôdan" is actually an honorific, and roughly translates to "Ever shinning". That vessel's class is actually a "Shin'lin" cruiser.

It's a good thing that one of the words that has been mastered is 'escape'. The problem is you never know where that escape will bring you.
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ClassicalSalamander Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah... "Ever Shinning" is good, I was afraid it was a family name of sorts!

Escape is quite often a dangerous necessity.
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fxboxing-fan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Racing off into the infinite? Sounds like a gambler's errand to me. That's a pretty amazing piece of arting.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey. When you got to go fast, you gotta go fast.
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alexichabane Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Neat!
This would make an amazing Saturday morning cartoon.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I await the day when saturday morning cartoons contain hardcore tentacle/lesbian sex and hard-scifi.
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blacklion68 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
In japan, its normal...=P (Razz) :) (Smile) 
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is what happens when you're an isolationist island nation that gets nuked twice in a world war. Japan is a ...strange place.
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alexichabane Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Might have to be LATE Saturday night then... :P
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll reserve the time slots then...
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alexichabane Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Side note: Are you playing no man's sky? Seems up your ally, with all the ships and alien worlds.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems interesting, but I really dont have the time or money to spend on it.

It'll be something I look at from an outside perspective, unless they add something to really attract me to it.  The potential for a nice looking landscape is hidden behind some badly put together game mechanics. As it is, it's a 60$ somewhat buggy and unoptimised walking/inventory simulator.

Space Engine has vast landscapes and an (almost) unlimited universe. Best part, it's free.
Scr00000 by Daemoria
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much everything! :iconmindblownplz: However, there's always room for a kitchen sink there... Somewhere.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There is room for many kitchen sinks. At least two, if not more!
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm... Then it will need more Cillit Bang - I've heard that there is an increased possibility of limescale on kitchen appliances in Mirror. :dummy: However, if the Mirror shows all of the potential futures, will it also show the future of the kitchen sink? What if it is destined to be so limescale-ridden that no amount of Cillit Bang is going to help?  :iconconspiracykeanuplz:
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Edited Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunno about Cillit Bang, but there is plenty of clit bang on those ships. I think we're fine.
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vin113 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey' hey. Thank 'ye!
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vin113 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome 
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Khal941 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016
Poor, poor flies...  But on the bright side, they're the first Humans (in this timeline) to cross dimensions!

Suppose that's something.
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Daemoria Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Think of it as them being pioneers. Soon they will experience wondrous  sights sounds, and emotions they never considered possible. And who knows, they might even learn how many tentacles can fit inside a standard Soviet Tits model clone before it passes out.
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