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“A birrin pilot and her ground operator scramble to launch a Loyal Sky strike aircraft in defense of a forward Reclamation base being hammered by insurgent mortars and drones.”

Background

The Kiln, once a semi-habitable region of intense heat and storms on Chriirah, was rendered a baked and heavily eroded wasteland in the aftermath of the fall of an earlier global birrin civilization.

High carbon industry pushed temperatures up around 60-70 degrees C, making average daytime temperatures lethal to unprotected birrin. However, the return of technological civilization has seen renewed interest in the region; ancient cities contain huge quantities of precious metals such as copper, electronics-bound gold, and cultural artifacts for power blocs with the resources to claim them.

Local insurgent groups and other major reclamation efforts have created a constant source of tension in the region and many birrin Houses have deployed military assets to protect their operations.

The Loyal Sky is one such asset; a short-range hybrid electric strike aircraft. To avoid debt with the Carbon Bank, much of the aircraft’s energy is derived from batteries charged at ground stations; an efficient turboshaft engine at the rear maintains battery levels during longer missions but primarily powers the cooling systems for the powerful electric engines. Power cells are distributed throughout the forward fuselage and within the wings, adding weight and placing the COG far forward. Some measure of protection for them is provided by slender internal armor plates.

The primary armament of the Loyal Sky is the nose mounted dual-barreled autocannon, firing down the centerline and passing through the ring-shaped electric motors driving the propellers. A modest munitions load can be carried beneath the fuselage, and an internal magazine of air to surface missiles can destroy hardened or more distant targets.

The single pilot of the Loyal Sky sits within a hardened windowless cocoon, well protected from projectiles or battery fires. The birrin’s four eyes are able to take in information from various directions simultaneously and so all external optical input is fed to a flight helmet from high magnification cameras and targeting systems mounted in front of the landing gear fairings. These cameras move along with the pilot’s eyes and so render the aircraft an extension of the birrin’s sensory system.

The job is hazardous and the Kiln unforgiving, and advanced safety features are incorporated into Kiln rated Loyal Skys. Small optical periscopes allow forward and rear vision in the event of total electrical failure, enough for navigation and landing if the need arises. The lack of a windshield means the pilot can be well protected in the core of the vehicle, and the entire cockpit can in explosively ejected in emergencies. This parachute equipped ejection pod can keep a pilot alive long enough to be extracted by recovery aircraft. Usually.

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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018
If any of you want to really experience the Birrin world daily then join our Discord:discord.gg/MjD8Aj The chronicles of Chriirah where you can create your own Birrin nation and basically do anything
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Konstalieri Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
to paraphrase videogamedunkey "It's a mastapeece! *muah*" and also congladurasions your art gets to be my computers wallpaper.

P.S. you just got a watcher.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconkonstalieri:
Konstalieri Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
;)
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018   Photographer
As it gets so hot on the Kiln surface, do at least some Birrin have towns or even entire cities similar to Coober Pedy as it would make perfect sense to me to live deep underground in the region that takes most of the land area on Chriirah?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep they have settled parts of it, as well as in deep canyons
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018   Photographer
I have imagined some of them even starting to "permanently" live underground as a means to adapt to the "new" hot house of a world they now live in. Might they burrow their equivalent of Dwarrowdelf?
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
the completeness of your vision of the Birrin is most impressive.

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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DoctorAlbert Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing picture and well thought design.
To bad that prop-plane era ended so fast :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah the Birrin love props now that they are worried about CO2 from jet engines
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Very interesting concept for the cockpit, or the energy saving measures for the engines. Given the nature of the Kiln and of birrin biology, aircraft lacking windows and using electronic visual feeds makes plenty of sense. Pity we humans probably couldn't emulate such a design, since we don't have as many eyes as the birrin. The cockpit doubling as a rescue pod is also well thought out.

It is pretty interesting what a major role aviation technology played in the gradual renewed exploration of the Kiln region and the extraction of its pre-Fall ruins and treasures. Too bad the socio-economic setup of the renewed technological civilisation probably doesn't allow for rogue groups of birrin prospectors causing trouble in the Kiln. Birrin sky pirates, fending off government aerial forces as cover for ground units of illegal scavengers, could be a cool element for the setting. But I'm guessing it's really just the occassional insurgents, with decidedly less advanced technology and less manpower. :-)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh there are for sure rogues out hunting for treasure in the Kiln ;)
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can hear this piece. Is superb
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Got that propfan roar
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Something you don't see - weeds on the ground!

The aircraft look alien but not stupid - excellent work sir :)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FantasticWork by wiwaldi24  
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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URBANHOOD Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018
White color <3 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Reflect that desert heat!
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URBANHOOD Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
YIS ! 
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MechaWolfie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
These aircraft designs are really great! I love how Birrin vehicles look alien, but the tech still parallels our own. It would be really neat if you could do some technical drawings of some of the Birrin vehicles.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah will definitely include those in the book...
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hayfootstrawfoot Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Great
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
cheers :)
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ladygeneral1991 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
This Reminds me of the of the Anglo Isles fighter, just with solar Empire type paint scheme
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
which fighter?
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:iconladygeneral1991:
ladygeneral1991 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It doesn't have a "name" it just looks like the Anglo isles fighter. The one in the foreground in this fighter
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
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ladygeneral1991 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, while not exactly the same plane it looks similar. I got a bunch of happy childhood vibes
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SwapPappy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cant tell if lucky camera shot




or just a fucking amazing drawing






DUDE YOU'RE THE BEST DRAWER I'VE EVER SEEN
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:showing-art: 
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Euel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Wowsers!  Yet another impressive image and story!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
And a Very Bad Day
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Sophibelle Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
I absolutely love this!! WOW :clap:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thankya :)
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Catgirldstr11 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you muchly!
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Tinselfire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Why, this is a nice surprise to see. Remember seeing your mountaineers in the past, but missed your name. Splendid!

Now, taking a good look there is one thing I wonder, though. Where exactly does the escape capsule separate during egress? The ventral stabilizer and centerline pylon seem to indicate it ejects upwards, but cannot seem to find any separation line. The fuselage is very obviously segmented, though, especially in front of the intake. Since ejection assumes a total airframe loss, does the entire turboshaft compartment separate to expose the capsule?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
An explosive cable beneath the skin blasts out a section of the top of the fuselage. The pod then rockets up out of it
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Tinselfire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Ah, okay, so the egress process creates a passage rather than there being a separate cover? If I read that right (English is not my first language), that is one interesting solution - both brutal and elegant.

Used to design spacecraft with non-anthropomorphic creatures in mind a few years ago, but always came up short when it came to rescue systems. Good to see someone else has given the same subject thought - and masterfully succeeded.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.

I guess it is a bit like the Harrier explosive ejection system, the cable under the canopy glass
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WimpyIam Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
I like this, only wish it was larger to fill my monitor.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
How big is your monitor!?
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WimpyIam Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018
Hey thanks for asking, hope to see your upload larger, hate for it to be stretched. Anyway 2560x1440
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Congratulations, great piece!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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DlyanBlake1666 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope Your watermarking these some how You've got something here.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Nah watermarks ruin art
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