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The Inner Sphere Graveyard by Colourbrand The Inner Sphere Graveyard by Colourbrand
This was an idea that came to me out of the blue and in part from the nature of the Inner Sphere of Battletech.

Wrote a wee story to set the mood, with some good help from Dsherratt74 (hope I got the name right this time :)) in the advising and editing stakes.

As I always emphasize, please check his work out whenever you can – fantastic creative soul.

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The story:


….Devlin Stone had to see it all for himself. The paltry view ports and cameras did not do it justice. He has to see it as it is.

He took control of the exoskeleton in its sealed environmental shell to see it all for real. Even knowing the scale, this vastness still stunned him.

Standing on the side of the warship, he just could not believe what he was looking at. The scale of devastation just staggered his mind.

In his sight, lay the largest field of space debris he has ever seen. The sky was just full of wreckage, so much material, so many devastated star fairing ships he just looked on speechless. All tumbled in a silent perfect dance, their hulls if fortunate illuminated by the star giving those radiance to show off their death marks.

All these magnificent pieces of human engineering, all these works of experience, achievement, struggle, and advance were nothing more than spinning hulks of empty gutted metal shell. These vehicles, the backbone of the Inner Sphere, reduced to this.

It is an atrocity, he thought.

Once, even the merest dropship was precious to such a point that the manufacture of such ships was becoming a lost art. There was a belief that should they have been too scarce, the vain wars waged by the main five self indulgent factions may have ceased.

Then the Gray Death Legion found that memory core on Helm that unlocked all the secrets of the Star League’s great technology and suddenly everyone learned how to build and squander the knowledge of man for a cup of rice.

If that did not help matters, the return of Kerensky’s exiles in the form of the hideous Clans accelerated such matters; to this.

The Word of Blake was so utterly convinced in some stupid prophecy that would see the Star League reform and they would rise to prominence within its ranks. Devlin winced and shook his head at the notion. The idea of a prophecy is the foundation of primitive people who have no idea of science, education, self governance, or democracy.

For people who traverse the stars, who utilise advance technology, and are free to think, believed such nonsense on a scale that it would be laughable if the outcome was not so tragic.

The Word were livid that their dream was not going to be fulfilled the way they hoped, they had to make it come to pass by force. This is end result, he thought. They did not come off well from it. Then again very few, if any did.

All around him floated junk, just junk nothing more. Vast fields of wrecked ships, including vessels deemed “miles long” and “long lost” just useless hulks in space.
The planet they orbited also worthless now due to the stupidity of a man who selfishly regarded planets like property and thus scorched them so no one can have it.

He looked at the flotsam and wondered was it worth it? Really was it worth it? Billions dead, worlds ruined, ships in bits, technology lost, just to fulfil a stupid ‘prophecy’? He stood there staring out across the gulf of space towards it, a graveyard in the void…..


I have an attraction to dereliction, to abandonment, to worn, and I wanted to do a flotsam scene of dead ships. The contrasts of blue/grey of the metal of the ships to the orange and yellow of the stars, skies, and sheens makes this piece really rises and feel more woeful.

I also am pleased how the planet came out – hopefully ruined and desolate but with an atmosphere to show that this world once supported life.

Enjoy!
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
One word for all of it Colorbrand: Epic. Story and all.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:bow:
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I only speak the truth.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that is all we - and the world - need :thumbsup:

Thank you sir :)
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:iconstargazzer811:
Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Sure thing. I agree
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:iconsullimike23:
SulliMike23 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
A regular boneyard in space.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed - must do more - cheers sir :D
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screenscan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Interface Designer
rgreat one
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I've got to say, this is the sort of huge, widescreen vista that regularly pops up in my mind's eye. If it were ever to appear on-screen, I'd demand that it not have any kind of sound effects, except for when the camera POV is inside a ship, looking out.

 

The total devastation and extinction on display would be so much more daunting with nothing but silence to accompany it...

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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I've got to say, this is the sort of huge, widescreen vista that regularly pops up in my mind's eye. If it were ever to appear on-screen, I'd demand that it not have any kind of sound effects, except for when the camera POV is inside a ship, looking out. The total devastation and extinction on display would be so much more daunting with nothing but silence to accompany it..."

You know, reading this moved me...could not put it better than that.

Thank you very much sir - I mean this :)
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

You're more than welcome. The selection of colours in the image make me think of sunlight filtering through a cloud of dust, which just adds to the feel of destruction.

And as far as no sound in space goes, just about the only time I've seen it done properly on the screen was way back in the pilot episode of UFO, with the SHADO interceptors' launch from Moonbase. They're elevated onto the surface in silence, their engines kick up dust in silence, and they lift off in silence. Even the explosions as they fire their warheads at the incoming UFO are silent.

Of course, that all got changed. Massive explosion SFX and roaring rocket engines.:no:

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye - and we know who to blame for that!!!
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Pandering to the "dumbass plus" TV market in the US of A!

Couldn't possibly be "Lord" Lew Grade, purveyor of technicolor cow manure, surely not...:devil:

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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... metrosexual Dr Who anyone?

GAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
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:iconnuclear-fridge:
Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:puke:
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite!!

Thank F*** for Peter Capaldi! Unless they screw him....
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EKKnight Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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:iconekknight:
EKKnight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome.
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Vogelkinder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Quite well done.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir :D
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:iconduzloo:
Duzloo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:clap:
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KHUANTRU Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is just flat out amazing!!!!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It has its moments :)

Thank you sir :D
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:iconbattlehamsterreturns:
Interesting picture . As far as the canonical Devlin Stone is concerned the truth is a bit different then the image you conjure of him .
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have gathered - but am open to a neutral minded person who could look at something like this. Dev was the only one in a position of power who is not a House Lord.

Cheers for your feedback!
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"not a House Lord..." As far as we know. And as far as he knew... he had a Terribly Mysterious Past that even he didn't remember.

...Sort of convenient that the man who founds a whole new way of governing an interstellar polity is, in himself, a blank slate...
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest - I wish I encountered you earlier with that BRILLIANT account of what should have happened to Kerensky et al, with this.

But this was done in my naive days of BT....

And yes, Devlin Stone was the cherry on top of that crock of shit.

Damn :(
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh. I'd hit total burnout on a lot of my gaming right about the time the whole "Dark Age" clicky-tech horror show was forced upon the world.:wtf:

I saw a few of the lumpy little blobs of warped plastic daubed in fluorescent paints and was instantly turned off. I have recently started getting back into the boardgame, and have been doing a bit of research on the whole "Devlin Stone/Republic of Niceness".

I really love how so many of the leaders in that era are insane. Really, totally, barking crazy. Malvina Hazen, kissing corpses and wallowing in blood. Daoshen Liao, thinking he's a god and mating with his own sister. Caleb Davion, into brutal rape, patricide, and listening to his imaginary friend.:wtf: Who the hell thought that all of this was a great idea to sell the setting?

Whew. Had to get that off my chest.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm reading this sounds like to me some F**ker who got BT wanted to do something with it and when it failed decided to go warp speed into the shit bucket. WTF? Sounds like a case of "If I cannot make it work - NO ONE WILL!!!!!"

Person responsible for that should be shot - probably a PC thug methinks :(

Yer welcome to vent sir :)
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ChiaraLily9 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderfully chaotic
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sweetheart HUGS!!!
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:iconchris-illustrator:
chris-illustrator Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Nice job, I like the lighting and detail.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So do I - and this is my first attempt at a flotsum!

Thank you for popping by!
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HawkWinds Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Very nice, reminds me of an episode of Farscape with a space junkyard.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes!! Forgot the aliens they met, had an innovative ship mind.

Looked like an hour glass.

Thank you for visting sir!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
I sure ain't drivin' through that!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!!! :D

Thanks for the visit!
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay I'll hold my hands up here and say thanks for letting me have a little sneaky peek at this one a while ago, it's a masterpiece and really shows off your skill with space scenes.

Every time I look at it can see the serene almost unnatural calm of it despite the devastation. But I can't help wondering what will happen next? This is the kind of place that could make a salvager rich.

Still it's wonderful to look upon and the short really helps with the theme of the piece.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a joy to do and thank you very much on the feedback and ideas, far better than the one I came up with.

As for the scene, I am glad you feel that desolation but calmness. That is what I tried to do and hey, it worked :D

Sci-fi should make one think, especially the aftermath. Glad this did that.

As for salvage....now there is a question!

On that, thank you very much for your help in this, and thanks for faving, commenting and visitng :D

Always a pleasure!
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dsherratt74 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sell yourself short sir, all I did was change a few words and the order of a some others, oh and added the "Graveyard in the void" line. You did the rest.

It's not just sci-fi that should make a person think, all art should. And this piece does just that.

Always happy to help you out my friend. ;)
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Touché

Touché

and Touché!

Thank you sir! :D
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:icondeadborderbob:
deadborderbob Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Very atmospheric. Nice work!
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - one aims for that and I am pleased its achieved by your standards.

Thanks for popping by :)
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ArrAy88 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
: D Nice theme again, and interesting view. So many union-class ships floatin around T_T.
Luckily just one overlord-class there, Nice details.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you sir - Union classes are the most obvious, guess they are the most known but I did shove in a few other ships. Snag is that most dropships of an UN-aerodyne nature tend to look like Unions.

However thank you for liking this and for visiting :)
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fletcherc Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Remember when I said that I can hear your pictures as much as I can see them? With this one it's almost the same -- except that all I can hear is the eerie silence of dead machines.
Very atmospheric, this one. Very sad. I love the the little story, too.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyyyyyyy HUGS!!

Thank you for your deep input here - that is what I aimed for. Glad its achieved here!

Thank you my friend, always a pleasure in your visit :)
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S7alker117 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like this one.

It shows how grimm war is, be it yesterday, today, or tomorrow.

A nice insight on the Jihad. :)
That setting needs more fiction. ;P
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