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Odyssey Propulsion 7

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 4:17 PM


He who birthed the strange tale into our world with a spurt of kaleidoscopic intergalactic vomit has now decided its end. CliveBarker has chosen his favorite Chapter Eight to bring the multi-imagined Hydra-headed beast of a story to the end. All that remains is Chapter Eight illustration submissions remaining open for the next two weeks. And with the perfect visual, Odyssey II: Propulsion will become another hallmark in deviantART history.

So many writers and artists from around the world contributed amazing gifts of their wildest imaginations, collaborating with each other and offering suggestions and encouragement to each other in the friendly Odyssey environment.

The true spirit of the deviantART community was on full display, with moments of elevation provided by helpful angels’ wings far outnumbering the moments of snark and cynicism. There are still glitches technical and human in the Odyssey Project, but this is a dA “show” that will definitely go on – so long as talented arts “deviants” with spiritual leaders like CliveBarker are willing to use their time and effort to pioneer new roads into creativity in the emerging Internet powered narrative.

In the end it was BillBlogins, a regular contributor to both Odyssey competitions, who was able to somehow, employing an economy of words that nonetheless achieved a fine dreamlike flow, pull together all the dangling threads of the intergalactic takeover tale concocted by our chain of writers and then let Paul convincingly save humanity on Earth – only to then debark into the cosmos to save other worlds. Wonderful for what had to be done in so few paragraphs.

And Paul, after having been a tortured victim throughout so much of the story, was finally able to redeem his protagonist’s role and go out a real hero. The use of sound vibration warfare was just what was needed to elevate this horror-science fiction thriller into the incredibly memorable.

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CH 8 Lit Runners-Up

London CallingPaul's Journal (February 28)
Six months.
One-hundred and eighty three days from vomit on my pants to the fall of civilization. John Dryden once said, "...mighty things from small beginnings grow."  Yeah, no shit.
There were more entities than we thought, hidden in other cities on other continents, and they all rose together in that terrible final struggle to fight us for control.  I was wrong to think I was strong enough to stop them.  I was so wrong.
At dawn, on the one-hundred eighty-fourth day of the war, all I can see from the roof of the House of Commons is the apocalypse.  Across the Thames, the London Eye looms over the riverbank like a broken metal sentinel.  There are fires in the gloom below--some lit for warmth, others burning out of control.
I had always wanted to bring Maya up here.  Now I just come alone.
Down on the streets, among the remnants of humanity that still drag themselves across the cracked concrete—there are still active entit

Odyssey II - Chapter 8: The Oroboros Wassail
Have you ever seen sound?
There's a condition named for it: Synesthesia.  The ability to hear and at the same time SEE what is, or might, be there.
Paul was experiencing something similar to that right now.  Each word that had poured our of Maya's mouth had rung a bell in his mind.  One that pulsed with all the colours of the void, similar to a violently organic oilslick that danced and twitched  and wrapped around the edges of his consciousness.
It was how he'd been woven back together, the very sinew of those kaleidoscopic utterances stitched into his body now.
The word was being strangled by those tendrils.  Tal'Shen was the final spindle around which all threads of this world would wrap and ultimately be strangled by.  The words would cease, the colours would fade and the world would fade to oblivion's silent black.  There would be nothing and, in this, all would cease.  Paul could feel that null note of oblivion as well.  That last grea

Nightmare Virus"I trust you." Maya said inching closer to Paul.
Paul lowered to the ground and hugged Maya tightly in a loving embrace.
"Everything is going to be ok now."
Maya then collapsed on to the floor and her body shook in violent spasms.
Maya's mouth peeled open like a sack of dead flesh.  She exhaled a dying moan as her body melted like candle wax boiling into a red stump of slimey flesh that seared through the floorboards like sulphuric acid.
The windows began to fog and the room walls blackened like hot cigarrette butts as the sound of demonic bull-like grunts warped any dillusions of victory Paul had into unholy nightmarish madness.  The wallpaper of the room then peeled open revealing London.
But their was no London, no sounds, just white blinding fog in all directions. As he gazed up he saw millions of dead bodies spiraling in the air of this ugly abyss.
A black eye in the sky the size of Hell opened wide swallowing Paul with its
demonic stare.  Paul and Tal'Shan were now alone

The Mandala Turns"Are you sure about this?",  Maya muttered as they made their way over rooftops on a helicopter Maya was "borrowing."
"Yes.  Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I have to get closer to her."  His voice seemed... deeper, and it carried a strange resonance to it that distracted her. She shook her head to clear the cobwebs and pointed. "Thar she blows, as the saying goes."  Up ahead, illuminated by the city lights, was Tal'shen.  Her form was huge and amorphous, a gelatinous mesh of  pieces of that seemed to belong to the menagerie of the deep sea.  The skin was a murky grey that crackled with bolts of rainbow colored lightning and gigantic tentacles lashed back and forth, either gripping onto or slamming into buildings. People on the streets below were scrambling like ants and fires were alighting in a scene of utter chaos. However, none of this was quite as unsettling to Maya as the serene, content smile on Paul's face. It was definitely not what one would exp

End Times Paul lay in bed listening to the radio, still shivering from the battle weeks before.
He remembered his pursuit of Tal'shen, but on reflection it had been less of a chase and more of an allowance to follow her, perhaps she had known that Paul had the seed to defeat her.
Despite his brave words to Maya, he was not truly purged of the beast. A small sliver of unnatural life lay trapped around his spine.  Paul kept it for a reason, knowing the link, no matter how tenuous, would be the key to sooth the abomination.
  Tal'shen had waited for him in a side street, one of London's many capillaries that litter her maps.
She could not speak from her curved beak, but Paul heard her many voices in his head, each confused, contradictory, clamouring for attention, but leading him to her nonetheless.  
 Standing before her, a coruscating mass, tentacles languishing through the air, Paul had known he would be outmatched physically, and prepared himself.
The chosen of Lysanna, bearer of the seed of t

Art submission for Chapter 8 will close on Thursday February 14th, which will also mark final submissions for poetry.

Read Chapter 8 Literature Winner for Artwork Inspiration

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AloisMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
gah! i love this type of art~
Oliks789 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Clive Barker?

My god, this is amazing.
space-commander Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings $techgnotic, I'm assuming that you are have the most successful mass collaboration on dA. Do you have any advice for similar projects?
feathergoblinfly Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
hi I wanted to upload my artwork entry but ........well "everything that Apollomidnight said"
Wyrdhaven Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
*facepalm* Could we get a copy editor to Aisle Five for cleanup?
Wow, just....

Look, I know the English language is a bit of a bitch. I know she assaults other languages in dark alleyways for spare words and loose grammar.
But did she really deserve the fractured and incoherent sentences in this article?
thelonesoldier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Alas, techgnotic continues to prove his incompetence.
Loona-Cry Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You could always point out what looks to be wrong so he can fix it. :)
VonHollde Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
"Liturature" That's a typo or the name of the contest?
ZimmyCakes Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Odyssey, we're studying that in my English class. Odyssey, a great story about a great man named Odysseus who risked his life to get home. "Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of a man skilled in all ways contending, the wanderer, harassed for years on end. He saw the townlands and learned the lines of many men, and faced bitter nights and days at sea. While he fought only to save his life, to bring his shipmates home."
supersonic3225 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well I took English class my teacher never told us the story of Odyssey. Odyssey is a name of a very old videogame system.
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Does anyone even know what this 'odyssey' is? This is the first time I've even heard it mentioned
littlecrow Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   General Artist
If you go to the main group page, you can read more info... This project has been going since October.
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thnx :3
EclipseMind Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sure it is a novel project by a fellow deviant.

He must be popular. [link]
Arsevere Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It was a dA project for everyone to submit to. I think... ^^;
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
0.0 Why his so much over everybody else's?
KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I wasn't paying attention to Odyssey much, but Clive Barker is a well known author (he has written the books of blood, imajica, weaveworld, the Abarat books and others).
Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, that would be it then. (Personally though, I've never actually heard of this person before XD
elinfan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait I don't understand, this is all so sudden! Are we being asked to create an artwork with elements and aspects from the story (is this even a story?) with our imaginations or the poem, or both? Is this like a contest or something or is it just some large scale art show on dA, in which we can (hopefully it's a "can") just make an illustration or so of the main idea of the story and so on...
portraitinflesh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Egads, I thought this was due on the 7th. So it's the 15th instead? This should give my poems a little more time to simmer.
Kailani-e Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great project ^_^ Good job everyone!
dreamingoflight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
I loved participating in the first Odyssey, and though I didn't contribute to this one (a bit too gory for my tastes) I hope to help with the next one!! :D
zyphryus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Going to try submitting one last thing, this really was a great project!!
wei-en Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
It's a real pity I wasn't able to participate for the most of OdysseyII, it was heaps of fun!
littlecrow Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Oh wow! Art not due till the 14! Excellent.
techgnotic Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
It will be open until the 14th. I will fix that.

David-Steele Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   General Artist
Hi, sorry to have to ask again but the link to submit line art still dos'nt seem to be working, when I try to submit it gives options for ch8 artwork,poetry and film,but not line art. Will this be fixed before the deadline?
David-Steele Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Hi is the line art catagory still open or has that closed? I only ask because I was having trouble submitting to the line art catagory earlier tonight (one of my line art submissions is no longer in the line art catagory and has moved to scraps so I was trying to fix this)
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