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Into the Pleasure Dome - Draft by TankaaKumawani Into the Pleasure Dome - Draft by TankaaKumawani
Our adventure opens with a mysterious figure in a gas mask and duster taking an armored barrens cab to a grotty squatter doss when pursuing a lead provided by his fixer.  How gritty!  And would you look at those thick ALON windows on the cab.

Image will be scrapped when I start to catch up with the associated writing and start shading or coloring the artwork.  We do need appropriate amounts of rain, and the horrible cheap LED light needs to be cast upon the scene.  (The cab has good interior lights, but they're good for minimizing glare and not disrupting dark-adaptation, not color-rendering.)  Oh, and it needs cropping.  We live in an HD world, after all.

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ALON
- Aluminum oxynitride.  AKA "Transparent Aluminum," just like on Cosmic Voyage.  Great for making armored windows and helmet faceplates.  If only they would make coffee cups out of it...

cab, barrens - an armored taxicab that provides on-demand transportation in the slums Z-zones less pleasant areas of a metroplex.  Generally regarded as neutral ground, and the Guild is no group to mess with, but it's better to have small arms and shrapnel protection and not need it...

doss, squatter - a truly crummy rooming house that makes tenements look nice by comparison.  At least it's cheap and the landlord takes rent payments in cash.

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Artwork, Characters © of me

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(Please go play some Shadowrun and get this out of your system, omae.  -Ed.)
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Ptrevor-Dactyl Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the cab design. I guess being a cabbie there must be an unusually stressful affair if the cab has to be armored that well. A seedy place called the "pleasure dome" sounds awfully suspicious. Is the seedy setting and pollution metaphoric for how we struggle with our own less then pure desires?  The fight to control our desires and instinct to avoid pain and go for pleasure is a constant battle. The checks and balances of these matters is difficult.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Barrens and Z-zones are not for the faint of heart.  Mind you, it's not Redmond Barrens from Shadowrun, but it's a place to stay away from if you have the choice.

It's more sarcasm on the slumlord's part given that the place is full of BTL addicts.  Or there's a dive bar in the basement, your choice.
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Jblask Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A mysterious figure concealing their face walkinginto a place called Pleasure Dome? Sounds like this can't end well! The detailing going into this scene definitely establishes a gritty atmosphere very nicely.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It probably won't, but they have to do it anyway so they can say that they tried.
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Jblask Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fair enough. best of luck to them!
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