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Kaybor Gate

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These ruins represent the height of Birrin pre-industrial engineering, and continue to impress tourists from more recent, technologically complex societies today.

Part city and part fortress, this gate was built to defend one of the few entrances to a lush, steep walled floatforest valley beyond, in which a society of several million inhabitants flourished for centuries.

Initially a natural stone monolith with only a narrow passageway dividing it, generations of craftspeople and slaves hammered away at the stone to perfect it into its current form, before finally coating it with a resin/sand mixture to protect it from further natural erosion.

The guardian statues warned foreign armies and traders of the power and capabilities of the valley people, who maintained a massive standing army at all times, based in a garrisons built into the gate walls.

Too heavy to themselves be created from stone, the guardian statues were built from the interlaced and cemented trunks and roots of local float-forest and other imported plants. Treated with resin to prevent decay, this meshwork was then coated in the same substance used to smooth the wall standing behind them.

Ultimately, the civilisation responsible was conquered by a society that had developed steam powered warships, and who attacked from one of the seaward entrances of the valley.

Left to ruin by the conquerors for several centuries, it is now of prime interest to archaeologists attempting to reconstruct the history of the valley society.

Seen here, a small camp of nomadic locals pitch tents in the evening glow of the great gate.
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Hello:
 This illustration is amazing, I would not be any less interested to get to know more about the ruins than any archaeologist :) .

 Also, I?ve been checking your gallery and the Birrin race is very good! So keep up the good work Headbang Emoticon 
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AntFingersHobbyist General Artist
This is easily my favourite of the Birrin artworks, really captures the sort of human-familiarity of them. 
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Yeah I like the lighting and composition quite a bit...
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Your work is on parr with the great Wayne Barlow! Look forward to seeing more of the Birrin. Maybe more Birrin and Human interaction?
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That may lie in the future ;)
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This is incredible.
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danke
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VerataiHobbyist Artist
hm.. now it makes me wonder how many giants ( your latest image) took to build these :D or if they were the 'valley people'
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
combination!
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That looks cool!
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Egypt-style!
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SnowPhire1Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the place where you fight the old lady at the end of KoTOR II
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cant be a bad thing
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Skullgrin-140Professional General Artist
Such a creative looking concept, very Wayne Barlowe inspired with a little bit of Frank Herbert thrown in. 
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AbiogenisisProfessional Digital Artist
Yep, both sound good to me ;)
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This is awesome! You just earned a follower!
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:D welcome aboard
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The-Last-PhantomProfessional Digital Artist
Awesome concept!!!

Draco and Voldemort Hug XD 
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Icon #2 - Voldemort smile (Harry Potter) 
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Chitoge Hugging Haru Icon 
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It gives such a sense of power and place!
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The dignity of birrin past
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StarbatHobbyist Digital Artist
I always love seeing your world-building stuff.  Awesome work!
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Glad you like it :)
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