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The Dying Of The Light

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Beautiful artwork! This was painted for me - and took quite some time, with so much amazing detail in it - by :iconlesoldatmort: LeSoldatMort

Some viewers may recognise this as being essentially very similar to another work that I commissioned a few months back on one of my other accounts, which I also gave exactly the same title. There's a very good reason for this - I actually commissioned both at about the same time! xD See that work by clicking here. The biggest difference really is that out of the two commissions, that one was a bit more animation or comic-book in style (not saying that in a bad way, it's just true), whereas I commissioned this one from an artist who leans much more towards realism. No offence to AFD42, but I think this is how I really envisioned this piece from the start.

So here, again, we have my original view of the far future on display - the two alien children (alien to us, and to each other) on board an intergalactic vessel, heading to a new home in another galaxy. A galaxy that is very very old...as evidenced by how much it has shrunk over the trillions of years. It looks huge, but they're actually close enough that they can easily make out the relativistic jet emanating from the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's aged core. This galaxy is probably much less than 10,000 light-years across, compared with our own's roughly 100,000.

Almost all of the stars have a sickly weak red glow to them, apart from the ones near the centre, which shine a somewhat brighter red-orange or even orange-yellow; except all the colours are being blue-shifted by their movement towards the galaxy, so actually at rest the view would probably be even darker. Almost all of the stars are small, barely-glowing red and brown dwarfs, warm enough to live around if your planet is close enough to the star; but then, such close planets tend to slowly bake due to their own tidal locking at such distances. One hopes that they would surely have technology to mitigate such effects.

If this was once a spiral galaxy (perhaps our own), the spirals have long since been destroyed by collisions with the other galaxies in its Local Group, and then by repeated ejections of stars or whole star systems through countless slingshot manoeuvres over the aeons. Now, it's just a roughly circular disc, not a spiral like the Milky Way, but not a global cluster like the Magellanic Clouds either.

Welcome to the year - by our calendar - AD 136,676,321,748,725

Welcome to The Dying Of The Light

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sunshineandlolipops's avatar
I loved the original, so I'm loving this version, too, obviously! :D I'm adding this pic to my DA favorites! :D
Power-and-Chaos's avatar
Thank you! As much as I loved the original version, I've gotta admit (no offence to AFD42 meant) I love this one even more! ^^
sunshineandlolipops's avatar
I agree, both versions are great and the basic concept idea is amazing, but I think this version edges it out slightly for me, too. :D
Yet-One-More-Idiot's avatar
Yeah, for me it's the sense of realism of this image - the lighting, the depth, the detail on the galaxy in the background and the nebulae floating across the mid-ground. Looks (almost) like the viewer could actually be there, taking a photograph of the tableau. :)
sunshineandlolipops's avatar
Agreed. :)

Also, I notice you're replying from your main account and not from Power-and-Chaos. :P I appreciate you give my comments this much attention. XD
Yet-One-More-Idiot's avatar
I was browsing my other accounts and saw your comment and replied...then realised I hadn't changed accounts. Nevermind, it doesn't matter. :) (It's no secret that it's one of my alts, after all)
sunshineandlolipops's avatar
Yeah I know all your 3 DA accounts afterall. ;) I'm always surprised by how many people on DA get surprised by/can't keep track of a person's alt accounts though. :P  
Yet-One-More-Idiot's avatar
I tend to be less surprised about it, and more just that I wasn't aware / didn't remember occasionally. :P
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LeSoldatMort's avatar
I'm so happy that you like the result! <:
Power-and-Chaos's avatar
Of course - it's beautiful! :D
Tarturus's avatar
Great artwork.

By "alien to us, and to each other", do you mean that these "alien children" are in fact two species of very far future humans, and thus only "alien" in the sense of not coming from Earth (which would be long gone by this point)?
Power-and-Chaos's avatar
Nope, I meant that they're alien to us as in actually alien to us, from another world. After all, with so many worlds and so many, many years...there couldn't not be life elsewhere in the universe, right? (double negative intended)

:)
Tarturus's avatar
Well I agree that the universe is more likely than not teeming with life, probably including a lot of sapient beings. But as the characters in this pic were of humanoid form I kinda wondered if they were in fact far future humans. If humanity has managed to still survive that incredibly far into the future I think it would have long since diversified into countless different species, none looking the same as humans of our time but many possibly retaining the basic humanoid form.
Power-and-Chaos's avatar
Humanity as we know it has been around for maybe 200,000 years; primates have been around for a few million. I imagine that if humanity survives for the next 100+ trillion years, there would probably be essentially nothing left that would be at all recognisable about them... if they hadn't indeed ascended to some higher plane of existence in that timespan. xD (We might be the Ancients in this scenario. Or the Precursors...)

The fact that these two kiddies are both vaguely humanoid; albeit with variations, such as extra limbs, antennae - and I think that the boy on the left is digitigrade (like a cat, say), while the girl on the right seems possibly to be unguligrade (like, say, a horse) from the way their legs are shaped; suggests to me more just a possible case of convergent evolution. Over so much time, some design elements of evolution (like bipedalism) may inevitably become repeated.
Tarturus's avatar
Well, anatomically modern humans have been around about 300,000 years, pre-modern humans go back almost 3 million years, and the earliest known primate lived 55 million years ago. But yeah, all that time is minuscule compared to 100+ trillion years. If there were still humans they'd probably be countless different types of descendants as evolution is a branching process, rather than a linear one. Many may have long since become unrecognisable as humans, others may have stayed closer to the original form though none would be quite like us. Impossible to know for sure what would become of us given the unfathomably huge timescales here.
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Power-and-Chaos's avatar
Yes, it really is. Thank you. :)
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