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Kaybor Gate by Abiogenisis Kaybor Gate by Abiogenisis
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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:iconantfingers:
AntFingers Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is easily my favourite of the Birrin artworks, really captures the sort of human-familiarity of them. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I like the lighting and composition quite a bit...
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Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018
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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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That may lie in the future ;)
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American-Emperor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
This is incredible.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
danke
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:iconveratai:
Veratai Featured By Owner Edited May 12, 2018  Hobbyist 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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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
combination!
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:iconglunar:
Glunar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
That looks cool!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Egypt-style!
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SnowPhire1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the place where you fight the old lady at the end of KoTOR II
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
cant be a bad thing
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Skullgrin-140 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a creative looking concept, very Wayne Barlowe inspired with a little bit of Frank Herbert thrown in. 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, both sound good to me ;)
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:iconveychurim:
VeyChurim Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
This is awesome! You just earned a follower!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D welcome aboard
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome concept!!!

Draco and Voldemort Hug XD 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Icon #2 - Voldemort smile (Harry Potter) 
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Chitoge Hugging Haru Icon 
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:iconmoonlitrain013:
MoonlitRain013 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018
It gives such a sense of power and place!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The dignity of birrin past
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:iconstarbat:
Starbat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always love seeing your world-building stuff.  Awesome work!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it :)
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Jiquradar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Id love to see what their army looked like! Have you thought about depicting the Birrin in their more, medieval stage of technology?
This whole thing you've got going on is so freaking cool, i wish i had your skills!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I have, I would like to do a mounted birrin cavalry image
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:iconjiquradar:
Jiquradar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That would be awesome!! I could only imaging what a six legged creature would use as a mount!
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Ferchomartinena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Hypnotic! It feels like I'm in that world.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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ArchAngel23 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
I really want to see the floatforest looks like.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Same :P
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017
Birrin conspiracy theory, humans built Kaybor gate
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
HAV - Dana Scully HAV - Fox Mulder 2 
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Pardon the immaturity on my part, but I get the feeling if some birrin explorers saw this building for the first time, it would sound something like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pig6xZ…
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:P
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, the illustration is fantastic. :-)
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Ameirart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This looks amazing I love all the detail to it. When I saw this piece I had to watch you man nice job.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww yiss!
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IneptusAstartes Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Been curious about this for ages. Was the Valley People society from before the fall, or after?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Long before.
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kaybor gate? Humans!Aliens Aliens Aliens 
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Earth Eater 
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:iconhublerdon:
HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ILLUMINATI CONFIRMED.
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AchillobatorPrince Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Not saying it was the humans, but.........
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grisador Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Ancient Aliens ?! :D


Amazing art as usual :nod:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ancient alien aliens!
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
It makes it Double as awesome :nod:
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:iconsingularidence:
Singularidence Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Im interested in those steam warships. What can you tell me about those?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I will definitely paint them at some stage.
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Singularidence Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to them.
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RepublicofDesire Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful sense of the fanciful, exotic made real by the very tangible effects of light and water. Thanks for sharing.
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