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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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GigarexxPSC's avatar
GigarexxPSC|Hobbyist General Artist
I had better read the text below more careful)

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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
starscream jet smiley 
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JustFrampton's avatar
You should write stories about these lot!

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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
working on it :P
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Centuri-900|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the design of this vehicle, it reminds me of the A-10 in many ways, most notably the landing gear housing mounted on the wings.

Fantastic job!
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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
Definitely the same role as the A-10, but not as robust as fuel is hard to come by so it has to be light
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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|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|Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Konstalieri|Student Traditional Artist
;)
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Altair75| 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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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
Yep they have settled parts of it, as well as in deep canyons
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Altair75| 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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the completeness of your vision of the Birrin is most impressive.

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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
:D
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DoctorAlbert|Hobbyist Artist
Amazing picture and well thought design.
To bad that prop-plane era ended so fast :)
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Abiogenisis|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|Professional Digital Artist
Oh there are for sure rogues out hunting for treasure in the Kiln ;)
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Jakeukalane|Hobbyist Digital Artist
you can hear this piece. Is superb
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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
Got that propfan roar
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Colourbrand|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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