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The Roof of the World
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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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TheYump's avatar
TheYump|Student Digital Artist
Now THIS is how you depict intelligent aliens. None of that humanoid nonsense
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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
Friendos
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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's avatar
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|Professional Digital Artist
No prion diseases. Cooking kills other possible parasites
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Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
That seems an improbable stroke of extraordinary good luck that no rouge proteins at all have arisen within their biosphere.
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SayaAyane|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|Professional Digital Artist
Cannibalism is general a sacred thing so the texts tend to be reverent and respectful
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Veratai|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|Professional Digital Artist
Yep got lots of limbs and a beak!
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namelessgalaxy's avatar
how many moons does chriirah have?
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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
Two moons; one like Earths, the other a captured asteroid
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Intimations-of-life|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|Professional Digital Artist
Glad you do!
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JustJohn11's avatar
I am fascinated by this world
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Abiogenisis|Professional Digital Artist
I hope to make much more of it
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qwergh's avatar
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|Professional Digital Artist
They use their beak a lot for pulling clothes on
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SuperHappySquid's avatar
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|Professional Digital Artist
You are most welcome!
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Irradiated-Imp|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|Professional Digital Artist
Fun to design
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Irradiated-Imp|Student Traditional Artist
Looks like it
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inkoalawetrust's avatar
One of your only images that isn't incredibly small.
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