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The Roof of the World by Abiogenisis The Roof of the World by Abiogenisis

Evolving in sweltering, humid wetlands, preindustrial Birrin found the frozen places of their world among the most forbidding. A hothouse planet, most snowbound regions of Chriirah are restricted to high altitudes and were seldom visited until the advent of lightweight insulated clothing allowed the intrepid to explore these last terrestrial frontiers.

Already rare on Chriirah, the upheaval of The Fall and subsequent global temperate rise has left even fewer permanent snowbound peaks on the planet. The most spectacular of all tower above the inhospitable Kiln desert: the legendary First Mountains. 

To climb this ancient range in modern times requires considerable capital and influence; the region lies in the Kiln desert and remains largely lawless where not outright uninhabitable. All supplies have to airlifted or transported overland to establish a base of operations from which climbs can be co-ordinated. 

The isolation of the region is twofold: satellite communications post-Fall have been hampered by debris still filling most useful orbits. As such sat-phone services are exceptionally expensive for anyone without a personal stake in the space industry. High-powered radio transmitters and relay stations help climbers maintain contact with both basecamp and one another, but sudden storms and low temperatures can leave climbers cut off and vulnerable. 

The First Mountains are littered with spent oxygen bottles and iced radio equipment, but few bodies. Subsequent expeditions often feed on the preserved carcases of other climbers, carrying back choice parts for basecamp meals in celebration of the dead. Those engaged in the feasts would expect nothing less for themselves. 

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nathaneatonalive Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  New Deviant
I have a few questions about the birrin
1. What forms of art do "they" make 
2. What kind of jobs do they have 
3.what forms of entertainment do they have 
4.what are some of the brand's they have
5. And finally what does a birrin toilet look like
Also this is like very cool, like beyond what I expect most things to be like "cool"
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Voltron64 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018
It suppose it's a good thing birrin's physiology presumably prevents from developing the equivalent to kuru or similar such diseases?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No prion diseases. Cooking kills other possible parasites
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SayaAyane Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I'm kind of curious to know how birrin prepare their dead for eating. I'm only half joking when I wonder if there are Birrin cookbooks like 101 Recipes For Serving Friends and Family on any hypothetical Birrin bestsellers lists. 

Still, unless they have a very different palate for their meals, I can't imagine that eating a corpse freeze-dried in the wild would be very appetizing.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Cannibalism is general a sacred thing so the texts tend to be reverent and respectful
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Veratai Featured By Owner May 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
 jee, so many questions on how they dress themselves.. Ouo;

I'm pretty sure they're flexible and nimble enough to put clothes on as any of us :XD:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yep got lots of limbs and a beak!
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namelessgalaxy Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
how many moons does chriirah have?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Two moons; one like Earths, the other a captured asteroid
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Intimations-of-life Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
These are so super cool!  I love everything about these critters and the amount of detail you put into fleshing out their world and background.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do!
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JustJohn11 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
I am fascinated by this world
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I hope to make much more of it
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qwergh Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2018
I love the Birrin design, though I struggle to image how they manage to dress themselves with those limbs. Shrug 

Keep up the great work, cheers!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
They use their beak a lot for pulling clothes on
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SuperHappySquid Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018
Two figures cutting steps in the roof of the world. Love it.

It makes me incredibly happy to know that not only do others in the world share my fascination with astrobiology, but that artists as astonishingly talented as yourself are able to give life to the subject in so vivid a manner. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful art. :¬)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome!
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Irradiated-Imp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
It's real itneresting seeing the clothing a species with the Birrin's body plan would make and use.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Fun to design
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Irradiated-Imp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like it
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inkoalawetrust Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
One of your only images that isn't incredibly small.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Many were uploaded back when I had a smaller screen so they fit it back then at around 900PX
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WorldBuildersInc Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I had no idea birrin were cannibals, but at the same time that's not surprising at all given what we already know. Is cannibalism a common death ritual in birrin culture? or is it mainly reserved for extenuating circumstances such as extreme mountaineering?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
In many birrin cultures it would be considered maudlin and selfish to just bury the dead like we do
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connont Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017
Your work is so inspirational. Absolutely love your narrative. Thank you!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I am glad you like it!
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017
Art on Birrin encountering humans?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You can see that on the Metahuman peice 'contact'
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rr27075nn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
Yeah but humans that are not in metahuman bodies.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh well there are an almost infinite number of ways for them to be. Some even take the form of animals
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
practical cannibalism... hope they critique the individuals they eat.

Red: how the hell did this guy expect to survive with such bad muscle tone... barely a mandible full on his lower front leg.

yellow: i Know, that why i'm sticking to his rectal kidney/liver..... hmmm fruity flavors... heh... this guy died blind drunk and theirs still some alcohol in here.... want a lobe ?

Red: sure.... hmmm... lovely. say how is the gonad soup coming?

yellow: almost there, the spore sacks have dissolved completely but the primary phallus is still rigid.

:)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hungry hungry LA 
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BonusExperiment Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
How do the Birrin communicate? Their mouths seem rather oddly shaped and unsuited for oral languages. 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
In a similar way to birds, also using the two 'nostrils' either side of the upper jaw. They can create more varied sounds than humans
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IThinkOfaNameLater Featured By Owner May 22, 2018
could a  human possibility learn to understand it? ( of course not speak it I assume that wouldn't even be physically possible). But just contemplate it or is they're language structure just too different?

also it would be hard to translate wouldn't it?
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Jasperdood Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2017
when will the book be finished?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
A good question :P
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SailorBarsoom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017
Actually, I was starting to wonder the same thing.  I kind of like non-humanoid aliens, and have enjoyed reading some Hal Clement... actually I should read a bit more of him.  But anyhoo, I think I'd be interesting in a book featuring these guys.
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BioPE Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
Hi! I'm currently working on a pokemon fan game with some friends of mine and I was wondering if we could take some inspiration from your drawings? Not full-on plagiarism, just ideas. Thanks!
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Euel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
...radio static noises...

"Sven?"

"Yeah, Don?"

"Think we'll find any more 'lost climbers'?"

"Christ Sven!  You are such a glutton..."

"Hey, this trip was expensive enough, got to save money -somewhere-.  Besides, they'd do it for us..."

"But you're having us go off the path to get them.  The -safe- path, the one we agreed on to keep us ending up like them."

"What can I say, I just like 'honoring the dead'!"

"Bite me, Sven..."

"Only if you die first, old buddy..."

Yet another great image, with commentary and information about your delightful Birrin...
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017
Another cool picture!

Makes me wonder how they manage to dress themselves, though.
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Otherpony Featured By Owner Edited Aug 10, 2017
Just wondering... are these two creatures running a farm  - by accident...? ;)
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
Another Masterpiece ! These series're Addictive ! :wow:
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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grisador Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017
:nod:
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TikiLord Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017
I going to fly to that planet, and establish a shoe shop.  With that many legs,  ill  rich in no time.   lol 
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amyroseater Emoticon 4 
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ltmauve Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017
This feels very real.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Tried to ground it as much in reality as I could, in terms of design and technology
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deviantsock Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey Alex Ries I have a question (sorry if this is the wrong place to post questions.)

I want a better understanding of Birrin society. What's the most powerful nation on Planet Chriirah? Have they united into a single political union like the EU/United Nations or do they continue to fight amongst themselves? What is the predominant world ideology? Democracy? Communism? Fascism?

If you don't mind I'd like to create a nation-states map of Chriirah, though it may be non-canon.
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