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I ran into the nearest building and stopped. Outside, the swarm of birds whirled and dived in a frenzied cloud. A trap had been laid and I had stepped into it. The warehouse was empty save for a few pieces of discarded plastic and cables. At once I realised I was not alone; the air was heavy with wet decay and fevered infection.

I stumbled into the light and saw that the walls and pillars harboured distorted growths. They writhed and pulsated, extending an inquisitive tendril towards me as I moved between. I couldn't tell if it was a conscious act or merely instinctive. Pools of a dark and sticky liquid collected at their bases, fed by open sores and wounds bleeding from the fat distended bags. In one, a rat had been trapped. Its body was partly transformed. While its back legs and tail were still recognisable, it's forequarters mutated into the dark red biomass of the growths.

I checked the power levels of my shields, only a few minutes and less if I was forced to fight.

The flapping of feathers above me showed a steady stream of birds making their way into the high roof to watch me. In the corners, dark humanoid and near humanoid shapes stirred restfully and began forming a cordon around me. I knew how this would play out; the birds would throw themselves against my shields and exhaust my reserves. The others would finish me off.

The first of the humanoid forms stepped into the light. It was human once, but it had become a monster. The eyes were gone, yet it trod an unerring path towards me. A thought transformed the shield geometry of my right arm into a pattern of slashing blades. I lunged forward and the knife-edges sparkled and hummed as they cut effortlessly through the dybbuk.

It subsided into a bloody mass only to be replaced another, and another; there was no ending of them. Now the birds were slamming themselves against my screens.

Time was running out.

-- Sylenia ny Kleneptra ny Hybritta hept Zilaerion

Stonemason's Faded Industry warehouse. Plants created and exported from Vue 8. V4 in Xena SD4 outfit.

Rendered in Cinema 4D R13.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.
January 8, 2012
Cinema 4D
Science Fiction
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Jan 8, 2012 12:13:31 pm
Awesome pic and story, as usual! ;)

Those "pillars" are really well made, bravo!

by Ancel_Alexandre Homepage »

Jan 8, 2012 12:43:50 pm
Fantastic Artwork,

by ArtistKimberly Online Now!   Homepage »

Jan 8, 2012 3:17:17 pm
Nice one, Mark! (not that I would expect any less, of course...)

I had to chuckle because I am currently waiting on a Vue render featuring the same alien plant base - although my sun-drenched scene is not nearly as 'ominous' as this one.

by Colin Homepage »

Jan 8, 2012 3:17:35 pm
looks grand, Mark! I just wish it were bigger.... good stuff, anyway!

by texboy Homepage »

Jan 8, 2012 3:39:51 pm
Very nice!
A little dark on my monitor for the details to come through, though.

by geirla Homepage »

Jan 8, 2012 7:40:08 pm
Great scene...excellent mood and lighting,and very cool plants...too bad the image wasn't bigger to appreciate the finer details!

by grafikeer Homepage »

Jan 9, 2012 6:19:12 am
What a story and image to go with it. Masterful horror scene with the time factor.

by drace68 Homepage »

Jan 9, 2012 10:43:40 am
cool work. great render

by saphira1998 Homepage »

Jan 9, 2012 3:37:01 pm
Thanks for the feedback. I updated the picture with more light and posted a larger version.

by MarkHirst Homepage »

Jan 14, 2012 3:36:35 am
Excellent image and story Mark :)

by Star4mation Homepage »


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