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Apollonian Drop Frame by Keithwormwood Apollonian Drop Frame by Keithwormwood
The accident on the Apollo 21 Lab Station couldn't be contained. Rescue missions sent to the station disaster hurriedly collected the lab's most recent studies of the sun's relations to a quantum vacuum. Unexpectedly the teams broke all protocol and transmitted this data openly and unencrypted. The data was a garbled mess of obscure information and bizarrely outdated language. What could be gleaned from it though were very clear specifications for angles and spectral configurations for viewing specific parts of the sun. Attempts of following these directions using remote viewing from earth through space telescopes ruined the orbital equipment. All other manned orbital stations that attempted it immediately cut off their contact with the earth.

After a prolonged silence the medley of military presences in orbit unleashed themselves unilaterally unto the earth. Orbital kinetic bombardment weapons carved strange symbols across the earth's surface. The attacks on heavily populated areas however were primarily carried out by manned reentry drop-frames: armed suits intended for quick reaction force insertion. Millions of these orbital drop frames blazed through the atmosphere, unfurling into their squat insectoid shapes upon landing. The were covered in hastily painted glyphs. Downed drop frames always proved to have dead pilots hanging limply within.

Their only communications were being piped back and forth between the millions of drop frames: an endless loop of a synthesized voice saying

"Burn a path to earth. Prepare them for the Sun's arrival."



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TheLastOmnitect Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work as always, good sir. Your talent is impeccable! I was hoping to ask you:

I love your writings on this and the Apollonian Wight, and was wondering if you would mind me using these two pieces as a story seed for a World of Darkness Campaign I want to run with my friends?
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flumenlimia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
The backstory makes the art even more interesting!
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MetalicSoul Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
From the Apollonian Wight to this, I have to know how this story goes and what comes next. Whatever is causing this isn't going to encounter any resistance since the planet will be too ravaged from all this.
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Centurion6755 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
All of your work is great, but this is one of my favorites.  I think I like it as much for the background history as for the piece itself.  There's a very Lovecraftian flavor to the whole thing which I like.
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SharkaBlarg Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Is this from a book? Or is this your original art? I'd love to read a book with the drop frame in it! I'm finishing the leviathan series and i'm wondering if that is the only book series you drew for. Great art by the way!
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Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional
It's a personal piece.  It will get more detailed and expanded upon when I get my first art collection book complete.
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Scruffly-Sojourner Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Very nice. It's all about the implications here. What have they seen? What's the message? Is there some intellegence behind the Wights and the attacks, or is it all just a peculiar form of madness that afflicts peoples' minds? Questions, questions.
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RADIOACTIVEBUNY Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Lol the feet just hanging. I'd totally kick someone.
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Demialc-neeb-sah-em Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Pure awesome as usual.
Reminds me of this boss...
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SuperTurnip Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dark, mysterious, and terrifying. I'm impressed by this, and how you create a new take on the sci-fi mech. Very, very cool.
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