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Hidden in dead space, the space between galaxies, lies the home of the most mysterious and destructive force in the universe. For years now planets have been falling victim to an strange alien mineral that grows rapidly, covering an entire planet in months and ripping it apart.
Scientists have spent these years researching the mineral, trying to understand how it works and more importantly where it comes from. Due to its volatile nature its impossible to study it up close, instead they watch its effects in different environments and use strong scanners and machines to get close readings.
A few things were understood from the beginning, it thrives on heat, naturally heading to the cores of planets to feed on the heat, it then grows even faster, in the cold dead of space it stays dormant, it was this behaviour that first made scientists think twice about its origin, was it really just a mineral, or was it sentient?
Now the discovery of this dark place hidden inside a thick gas cloud sheds a terrifying light on the matter, the mineral is indeed sentient and is in fact the basic form of a more advanced life form, strange space creatures similar in form to jelly fish are formed by advanced versions of the crystal formations, their nervous system and skeletal structure composed of the mineral, several planet bodies in the area show 2 distinct functions, one is the hive a huge advanced crystal formation able to create thousands of these creatures, they live of its energy, and forge worlds, huge planetoids with a fiery hole on one side, a huge crystal shard is created in side, it grows out of this molten forge before being blasted into space to be used as a seed.
There is no known defence against these creatures.

Very long intro I know, but it needs a bit of explaining, anyway its a new image based on that nasty planet cracking crystal stuff, also we see its more advanced forms, big floaty things with a giant eye, creepy.
About 3 days work in total. Also ITS GREEN, I have never done a predominately green image before hehe.
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:iconthebigpieman:
thebigpieman Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I would love to see a follow up to this. 
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Cedric116-B45 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the idea behind this very much.
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Aust1nrulesall Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Tiberium!
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Phebe-Moreaux Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
The shade of the green reminds me a bit of algae. Which is sort of perfect really as these aliens keeping growing in number, in mass and as they can't be stopped may one day coat the universe. The picture is eerie and threatening. The fact that the aliens are partially hidden in the gloom only adds to this.
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SillyMadman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The universe is teeming with life. The time for harvesting was near. The near-sighted fools who used our bodies will be first. Their death will be quick, though, for had they not collected our husks, we would not be here. They spread their influence, not even knowing what terrible seeds they have sown. Now, they were running from an enemy they did not know, and they would not escape. Hunger fills us. The Old Kin defeated us once. Now, we are returned. And this time, none shall stay alive. We will consume all.
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drewevans Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Great story.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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VMJML1er Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Super image.
C'est surement une référence à la techologie Kryptonienne.

Super image.
It's probably a reference to the Kryptonian Techologies.
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mz7 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing gallery dude.
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ErcaArmadyl Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Not sure if someone has made this comment, but, Tiberium.
[link]
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:iconsillysock:
SillySock Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
The jellyfish monsters remind me of the matrix but they're so much better :thumbsup:
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:iconemi64:
emi64 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Hi,
I'm a super fan of Sci-fi and in particularly of Stargate Sg1, and your idea about destructive mineral , is fantastic!!

I try to learn to used Photoshop , but I'm beginner . :-)

I like very much your works, congratulations!

Happy New Year !
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, and happy new year to you :ahoy:
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MONSTEVR Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
...This is SO COOL.
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Darkjigglypuff Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
So let me get this straight...

"Kill It With Fire"

Isn't go to work? lol


I'm no art critic, but this is a masterpiece, as is all your other works. I've seen your entire gallery, and you're an amazing artist, all your work is simply jaw-dropping excellence.


God job man.
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:iconberen89:
Beren89 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
Fantastic job as always, and really great idea =)
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sjp117 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Looks like Tiberium from a C&C game.
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Dave-Mastor Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Makes me wonder what it would look like if I were at the base of such a structure... looking up. o.o
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ralasterphecy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Intriguing story to go along with an interesting work of art. I think the murky green goes nicely with the theme. It has the presence of swampy type horror. Or something like that. Nice work!
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Dark-Hostage Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009
Reminds me a lot of a book that I read once, called Moon Seed. I can't remember the author. Anyway, it turned planets into silver dust stuff and then they exploded, though the nature, purpose and origin of the stuff was very different from what you have up there. Very cool idea, really cool picture.
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mike-reiss Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
interesting concept
nice colors! like it!
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Rexyf Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds a little LoveCraftian, in that it doesn't know or care that it's ruining your day by going about its business. Was it inspired by him in any way? Also can't help but notice the Tiberium connection, sweet!
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Gyromorgian Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Far be it from me to critisize your work, but the only way I think this could be inproved is if the crystals were bending under the weight, the show how massive they are. They're as big as planets but seem too thin and lightweight.

(Also this looks awesome but I'm pretty sure that's been pointed out already)
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Then again there not really that thin, they would be hundreds of miles thick, and as the majority of its form is in space it wouldn't bend that much as there isn't any gravity pulling it down
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Gyromorgian Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point - they probably are really thick. However there's still a gravitational pull outside of the atmosphere (think about it - the Earth's Moon is farther away than the height of those crystals and it's still within the gravitational field of Earth)

I don't want to sound argumentative though, it sounds like I'm jsut bitching (sorry!)
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LJFHutch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome :) Great texture.
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Balder8472 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
wow! I guess if you were a young interstellar civilisation and had war-like tendencies. You could remotely collect a minute sample of these sentient crystaline creatures and then shoot it at your enemy's Homeworld then Pow no more homeworld.

just a thought what if an advanced race encased their homeworld and sun in an insulating dyson sphere astro-structure wouldn't that protect it from these sentient crystaline creatures?
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Probably would protect them, the aliens, although very nasty, arnt directly aggressive, they dont deliberatley attack another race or even care about them, they shoot out there shards into the galaxy and its entirely random as to what planet, if any, they will hit. They wont go out of their way to attack a certain planet or civilisation, odviously if provoked they will defend them selves, so if one lands on your world and you fight it its logical to asume they are attacking you when in fact it was a totally random chance.
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lycan-rising Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
now there's something that we could kinda do without seeing in a zoo

great work
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ha yeah
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PtoIemy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Incredible, I love the impact into the planet in the background and the stroy is cool. :)
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Gabriel-BS Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Creepy aliens ;) Nice otherwise!
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
WOah.... Freaking awsome. I made two species of aliens that are similiar to this. Hope you like them [link] and [link]
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like that first one, pretty cool
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Which one, sorry I was busy on my art
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
the long one thats on the first link you gave me
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Oh the Zan Ghoul! Well I'm trying to imagine what they would look when taking on a host later on
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Kolanny Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Good job! Amazing atmosphere!
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Alevyr Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Man, you really need to make a tutorial or at least some sort of technique on how to make jaw-dropping work like this. I'm so jealous.
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928 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Brilliant work.
Excellent job, well done. :)
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Cyberborg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Jokes aside... With the Universe being virtually infinite.. Stuff like this could really be out there.
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AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It could indeed
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Cyberborg Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
OK...Who sprinkled PCP on the Tiberium crystals?
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah this is basically tiberiums big daddy
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Zionazuro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Wow epic epic, I've thought of an idea thats simular, thats why I like this so much.
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IceCoffin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Student General Artist
INCREDIBLE.

Destroying some more planets again, I see! SCORE!

The green coloring is so eerie, I love it. :+favlove:
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah cant shake that habit
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archaeum Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this series. And your awesome works, of course.

This whole premise of unknown lethal civilization-ending forces emanating from unknown/unexplored regions of space reminds me very much of Jack McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins saga of novels about the Omegas. The eye on those creatures looks very similar to the one depicted on the cover of the last book in the series. If you haven't read them, they're a FANTASTIC rendition of what the next 200 years will be like in realistic and humanized terms(i.e. is very not far-fetched, deals with climate repercussions, etc.), and even chronicles the journey of discovering an FTL drive faster than the "slow" one they were using for the better part of a decade. It's a really gripping series.

So, kudos for reminding me of them! :D
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:iconadamburn:
AdamBurn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds like a good story, might look into it, thanks :ahoy:
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nekra6099 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009
Awsome lighting and the colours are really good too
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