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The trip should have been quick, it should have been easy, and it should have made money.

The cheap merchandise was in low berth minding it’s own business, but the live meat was getting restless, even with the regular threats of beatings and abuse.

We had been looking forward to a pleasant stop over at Telluride Station on the northern continent of Seven Sisters. It would be the last chance for dirt side recreation before the final hop to Gateway and the expanses of the Echolian Stars.

It was to be women, wine and more women, even for the Kal like me. That part worked out just fine, and the miners at Telluride Station couldn’t get enough of our latest batch. Meat was traded for the usual contraband and special cargo, and was surprisingly intact when they returned it. After a little cleaning, it would have been fit for sale at Acaphone just as we planned.

There was a catch, and it was a big one.

Starport Control at Seven Sisters was in chaos when we arrived. Ordinarily this was a good thing as it made our trip to Telluride even easier. It seemed that all traffic to Gateway had stopped, and ships and passengers were piling into the fast diminishing berths and hotels.

The reason for this disruption was a name that meant nothing to the stinking rabble aboard our ship.


The rumours were that several ships had jumped into Gateway from nowhere and began to interdict the gas giant and its orbital starport. They were a design never seen before, but were obviously weapons of war.

They had casually announced that no ship would be permitted to leave the system without their permission. Ships eventually started to leave but very occasionally and without warning, the Lazloi ships would annihilate a hapless trader or transport into its constituent atoms.

Needless to say, ships stopped moving and now they will not go to Gateway at all. Echolian patrols are checking all outgoing ships and manifests regardless of destination. Since Gateway is the only route to the Autocracy, it means that we are stuck here.

Meat has a limited shelf life, especially on this ship, and disposal brings too many questions. I need not remind you that the penalty for human trafficking is death, either in the courts, or more likely, at the hands of the Echolian Marines.

For the moment we have nothing but time on our hands and the way I figure it, chaos and war have always been profitable.

In any case, the Lazloi can’t stop ships going into the Autocracy forever, can they?

-- Aerin Kaballa, Kal, aboard the pirate ship “Lovely Lola”, official registry, ND-2643 “Venture Star”.

Venture Star is modelled in Hexagon 1.21 and textured in UV Mapper Pro and Photoshop CS2. Buildings are from Dystopia City Blocks.

Final render in Vue 5 Pro Studio.

Thanks for looking, comments are appreciated.
December 10, 2007
Science Fiction
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Dec 10, 2007 1:45:02 pm
Awesome work!

by Trollmac Homepage »

Dec 10, 2007 3:01:02 pm
Beautiful work. It is really fascinating to have seen the model and then see this finished version. The scale is a little hard to judge at first, but the windows give a good visual cue. Obviously you can't have human figures to make things easier for the viewer in a case like this -- but with just a little studying the viewer quickly gets a feel for things. The haze of the background gives a nice depth to things while also highlighting the spaceship. All round fantastic job.

by duncanlong Homepage »

Dec 10, 2007 5:14:37 pm
She's a beauty -- looks fast and sleek! We don't get too many starships of this configuration out here in the Frontier Worlds. Terrific!

by Denger Homepage »

Dec 10, 2007 6:12:43 pm
Very cool!

by danway Homepage »

Dec 10, 2007 6:35:11 pm
Fine modeling; like the result very much. Great writing, too. Sent chills down my spine thinking of the poor--I'm assuming--woman that the Vargr calls "meat."

by kjer_99 Homepage »

Dec 10, 2007 7:27:31 pm
A cool ship design - reminds me of those 50's American cars - all smooth lines, fins and chrome! Great story to go along with your image too - I enjoyed it very much!

by SunsetHunter Homepage »

Dec 11, 2007 5:54:18 am
Lovely work once more - Hexagon? Not using trueSpace anymore? I love the sleek lines but wonder if it could use a few portholes or windows?

by WZRD Homepage »

Dec 11, 2007 10:55:56 am
Very cool ship model!

by kanzler Homepage »

Dec 11, 2007 4:52:49 pm
Looks superb now She's textured!!
Excellent storyline too :)

by Star4mation Homepage »

Dec 11, 2007 6:42:40 pm
Excellent modeling, great render, very dynamic image. And thanks for the story!

by 1402dandoy Homepage »

Dec 12, 2007 2:07:23 pm
Awesome Ship and image , Great Detail

by kiteflyer Homepage »

Dec 14, 2007 11:07:03 am
looks fast and sleek , overall i like the design it's obvious alot of thought went into this !

by Odessey Homepage »

Dec 17, 2007 11:57:22 am
Most excellent!!

by PoserHobbit Homepage »

Dec 26, 2007 11:14:59 am
cool pic and text

by Legion1 Homepage »

Jan 1, 2008 4:34:13 pm
She looks fantastic (if a little shiny and brand new) - just like my car once was when I first picked it up LOL :) That planet below looks pretty cool too - amazing realism! Superb!!!

by hoskins78 Homepage »

Mar 7, 2008 3:38:45 pm
The plot thickens! Keep 'em coming!

by Tom-Noddy Homepage »


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