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I stumbled through the darkness and into the light, dazed by the shock transition into normal space and the dizzying freefall towards the planet. The Lazloi that met me at the entrance smiled simply, picking me up as though I was a child and putting me onto stable ground where Lazloi medical staff began treating us.

While the Lazloi were a hive of activity, their green simulacra stood still and attentive, without thought or volition of any kind. Those of us who were relatively unscathed from our ordeal gazed in despair at the broken form of our ship. The spine had fractured in two places, while the remaining engine pods had come adrift from the bracing spar at the top. This design was known for its cheap and modular construction, but in this moment of adversity, modularity had been its fatal weakness.

Siandhyha and the Lazloi claiming to be her mother were the last to emerge, to the attention of humans and Lazloi alike. It was then that my love broke down in tears and wept openly, as she saw her broken and mortally wounded ship. Before I met her, she had already owned this ship for years, struggling to earn the money to service the loans and running costs of a ship ill suited to trade and passenger transport.

Glances were exchanged between the Lazloi. Whether these were expressions of embarrassment or disdain I could not be sure, but Alisandra Zilaerion's fierce glare soon impressed on them that their duties were being neglected. Alisandra extended an arm around Siandyha, but my love flinched and stood away, extending a hand to me instead. Alisandra looked at me uncertainly as I held Siandyha close, but her faint nod seemed to say that she accepted the arrangement.

It took some two hours to collect what personal possessions could be recovered from the Thunderbolt, with Alisandra telling us in her broken galactic standard that we would be taken to her ship, the grandly named Storm Crow of the Dark Sister, a reference to the bird that stood on the left shoulder of their death goddess. That transfer of people and equipment was interrupted by the arrival of a small dagger shaped craft, clearly in the style of the Lazloi. I could see the puzzlement on the faces of the Lazloi turn to bowing respect as they all knelt to greet an older Lazloi, dressed in flowing white satin and surrounded in light.

The tone of the Lazloi's voices turned quickly to anger however; as the older Lazloi began directing the simulacra back to the Thunderbolt with another dagger shaped ship arriving and hovering over the rear engine pod. I glanced over to Siandyha who shrugged and wiped her eye. "They probably want the power plant back."

The Lazloi craft made quick work of the Thunderbolt's hull, with the callous efficiency of a fishmonger extracting the organs and spine of a fish. Siandyha's hand trembled in mine, but my attention was drawn to the angry words of Alisandra and the older Lazloi. I was beginning to understand that Alisandra knew nothing of this, and her open defiance clearly made the other Lazloi uncomfortable.

In the end, the seniority of the visitor overcame Alisandra's anger, and she bowed her head in acquiescence. Orders were given and we made our way towards the gleaming blue elegance of the Storm Crow, the gutted remains of the Thunderbolt burning behind us.

As we entered the Lazloi's craft, Alisandra caught up with Siandyha and I, fixing us both with a frown. "I must speak with you urgently."

-- Tara Alessia, Security Officer of the Thunderbolt

Original models created in Hexagon 1.21 with Thunderbolt mapped in UVMapper Pro and Photoshop CS2.

Rendered in Vue 8 Complete with post processing in Photoshop CS2.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated!
May 23, 2010
Science Fiction
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May 23, 2010 10:22:23 am
Very nice models and landscape.

by kanzler Homepage »

May 23, 2010 10:24:09 am
very fine modelling and a fine story to with this great render

by mermaid Homepage »

May 23, 2010 10:31:26 am
Exceptional image...the modelling and texturing is first rate,and the integration of the wreck into the terrain is very well done...great sense of grand scale in this!A fave!

by grafikeer Homepage »

May 23, 2010 11:34:23 am
This is really great work. The modeling, story, and composition...all tops!

by macmondo Homepage »

May 23, 2010 11:38:50 am
Very good light and texture.

by ragouc Homepage »

May 23, 2010 11:44:48 am
Nicely done!
Though the figure looks a bit large for the size I thought was correct for the Thunderbolt (based on the forward windows).
Great story too.

by geirla Homepage »

May 23, 2010 11:48:07 am
looks great

by MRX3010 Homepage »

May 23, 2010 11:57:48 am
Superb story. Good choice for POV character.

Golly, when did I first see one of your Thunderbolts? Five years back? And I see elements of the Screaming Fist in the current Storm Crow.

Many thanks for keeping the thread alive.

by drace68 Homepage »

May 23, 2010 12:36:24 pm
Nicely done, and the writing flows well too, bravo

by steve100 Homepage »

May 23, 2010 1:32:38 pm
Thanks, Mark - as I mentioned yesterday, I'm going to miss the old Thunderbolt, so it's appreciated that you gave us one last look...

by Colin Homepage »

May 23, 2010 10:47:22 pm
Well Done!

by ephotosaver Homepage »

May 24, 2010 5:13:12 am
Excellent sci-fi render, very nice modeling. Fine sense of scale.

by bigbraader Homepage »

May 24, 2010 7:13:17 am
Thank you geirla for pointing out the scale problem, I have updated the picture.

by MarkHirst Homepage »

May 24, 2010 7:47:41 am
Awesome work!

by A.C.Wolfe Homepage »

May 24, 2010 11:53:30 am
Great light set up , and placment of the wreckage/ model follows the terrain !

by Odessey Homepage »

May 24, 2010 1:52:05 pm
Outstanding modeling and a great story!!!

by alessimarco Homepage »

May 24, 2010 3:56:52 pm
Great stuff as usual Mark

by airflamesred Homepage »

May 24, 2010 6:56:47 pm
Awsome Scene details shading colors excellent Modles

by thgirw Homepage »

May 24, 2010 9:28:25 pm
Great scene. Killer sci-fi.

by amapitodd Homepage »

May 25, 2010 8:35:12 pm
a grand scene! the lone figure just ices the cake!!

by texboy Homepage »

May 26, 2010 1:27:31 am
Excellent illustration for the writing.

by kjer_99 Homepage »

May 27, 2010 4:38:13 pm
Like texboy - the figure adds everything to the narrative.

by Mikeall Homepage »

May 29, 2010 1:06:51 pm

by beatoangelico Homepage »

May 30, 2010 8:25:35 pm
love the scale in this!

by irmax-comix Homepage »


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