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Beyond Human Challenge - Keyframes by DeanOyebo Beyond Human Challenge - Keyframes by DeanOyebo

My entry to the Beyond Human Keyframes challenge over on Artstation.


After a long war between humans and machines in which humanity eventually lost the world is in ruins. In a final devastating blow to whatever remained of the human population, and in an effort to erase the species from the world entirely, the machines released a virus into the air that, once contracted, made men and women sterile. With too few left with the knowledge to even attempt and develop a vaccine, the last vestiges of humanity broke apart and headed for whatever secluded areas of the world they could find in a desperate attempt to escape the disease. The machines, meanwhile, shut themselves away in strongholds built among the ruins of former human cities in the pursuit of technological advancement and perfection of their species.

At the last satellite sensor sweep of the planet no human life was detected. The ruling council of Elder Machines were delighted but for the machines less caught up in their propaganda this was not the news they were hoping for. Unbeknownst to most in their society their creators had left a flaw within their programming that, after several generations, copies of copies, and reused parts and decades of tampering, was beginning to cause problems. Their code has degraded to such a point that they will soon cease to function correctly or at all. That is, unless, an original copy of their source code could be found and a universal reset be performed.

Despite countless expeditions into the ruins the Elders insisted that they didn’t need the humans to find what they needed yet with no answers to their plight forthcoming the machine society grew restless. Expedition parties return with all manner of tales but for some it is not enough. More and more machines have begun venturing away from the strongholds in secret and returning with all manner of tales. And, of course, as the expeditions increased, so too do the rumours. Divisions start to creep into their society, human sympathisers begin to arise and covert efforts begin to locate any remaining humans and try to cooperate with them so that both races may yet survive.

Meanwhile the Elder Machines remain remarkably unfazed by the looming shadow of descent that threatens to topple their empire. They continue to sit atop their towers, espousing the same rhetoric and mandate they have for centuries and sending Enforcers to assuage the people. When expedition parties start failing to return from the ruins, however, suspicion becomes too much for one 0RN1-X unit (Ornix) and an adventure begins to uncover the whole truth once and for all.

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Sutherlan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017
This could make for an interesting sci-fi series. I especially like the rainy scene and the cartographer scene deserves to hang on a wall.
AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist
I would love to see this fleshed out and the story that develops.
Grump-Support Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what an interesting and unique idea! This is amazing!
Sakinohana Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing ~~
Captains-Girl-2015 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017
AMAZING!!!!! XD l particularly love the 'star map' panel. WELL DONE!!!
vanBlood Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017
Wasterbull Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really is worrying if in the distant future, AI and robots can be independent.

By the way, I really liked his artwork and perfectly matches his story.

Nice work dude! When the Deviation/Art/Upload is Just Right (icon) 
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July 28, 2017
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