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MarkHirst
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It was time to return to the ship, time to make the final jump to the Lazloi home worlds.

The Lazloi herded us forward to wait for admittance at the access door. Cyana tapped the door with the handle of her data sampler and grinned. The preternatural blue metal rang with a dull note. "I think I know what this stuff is, and it's pretty darned cool!"

The Thunderbolt crew smiled politely. They were well used to Cyana's child like fascination with science and technology. Since we had fallen under the wing of the Lazloi, Cyana had ample opportunity to see the Lazloi and their machines first hand. Though we lost most of our belongings when the Thunderbolt fell, she had held on to a scientific hand computer and its basic sensor package. Most of us had been satisfied with watching the remnants of our vid library recovered from a damaged memory crystal, or watching the splendour of the stars from the view plates of the ship. Cyana seemed to be spending every waking hour exploring the ship and pestering the Lazloi with questions.

Most of the Lazloi soon learned to avoid Cyana, but one of them seemed happy to share her enthusiasm. Lyi ny Dyana hept Zynklaea described her job as 'caretaker' of the ship rather than engineer. It was not enough to service the functions of the ship, Lyi said; she also looked after the wellbeing of the ships artificial intelligence.

"It's based on a platinum group metal. Its sometimes nicknamed Blue Steel, but its proper name is Lumina." enthused Cyana, waving the data sampler over the sculpture embedded in the door. "I thought it was Osmium, but now I think it was originally Iridium. The Lazloi must have found a way of changing its crystalline and atomic structure, making it far denser and stronger. They must have done something to the electron structure too, that's why it's blue and unreactive. It's amazing!"

Cyana was forced to jump back as the door began to open, but her monologue continued unabated. "I've calculated that this door weighs about 50 tonnes. If this was natural Iridium, it would be worth a billion credits." The Lazloi behind us urged us forward with their musical and thickly accented commands. We walked across the threshold we had traversed so many times before, but this time with a new reverence. "I reckon the whole ship weighs over 60,000 tonnes," said Cyana running her hand along the corridor wall. "It's worth a trillion credits in metal alone! Of course, you could never get that much money; the market would crash. There's more Iridium metal in this one small ship than has been mined in the history of all our worlds combined."

A Lazloi stepped from a side corridor and gently chided Cyana in broken Standard. It was Lyi. "The ship does not appreciate being compared to a mass of raw metal. It is a living being. You might think of it as just a computer, but it is more than that. The technology of the Creators has allowed some rare individuals to live on inside our ships. Our bodies last far longer than yours, but eventually the end must come. A lucky few can leave their bodies behind."

Cyana pulled her hand from the wall. "The ship is conscious?"

I reached out and touched the metal. "It has a soul?"

Lyi shook her head. "Even the Creators could not answer that question, even with all their powers. They had the power to create this metal, the power to create this ships intelligence, and the power to create the Lazloi; still they did not know about the soul. Did you know that our Creators believed in a Creator?"

-- Tara Alessia, aboard the Lazloi courier ship, "Aradhnwen's Grace"

V4 figure with Marielle Hair in the Xurge suit with custom texture. Space craft is an original model created in Cinema 4D.

Rendered in Cinema 4D R13 Visualise with post processing in Photoshop CS2.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.
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Mar 23, 2012 1:50:53 pm
Interesting new insights into the Lazloi, Mark!

I love how this story unfolds

by Colin Homepage »

Mar 23, 2012 2:06:22 pm
Great image and story.
Crash the markets, indeed.

by geirla Homepage »

Mar 23, 2012 2:20:47 pm
You're stories are just as entertaining as the images. Well done.

by Eromanric Homepage »

Mar 23, 2012 2:51:20 pm
Excellent image. Also the shift in narrator to a more blithe voice is a welcome temporary(?) change.

by drace68 Homepage »

Mar 23, 2012 6:34:41 pm
Love it! Very well done!

by MTeslaMoon Homepage »

Mar 23, 2012 7:22:57 pm
~Majestic and beautiful too!~

by alessimarco Homepage »

Mar 24, 2012 12:41:13 am
A lot of different ways to think of what is true wealth in this one.

by kjer_99 Online Now!   Homepage »

Mar 24, 2012 3:29:10 am
cool render

by saphira1998 Homepage »

Mar 24, 2012 5:52:05 am
Superb render and continuing story Mark :)

by Star4mation Homepage »

Mar 24, 2012 8:48:38 am
Excellent scene details shading textures colors outfit models Awsome story love it

by thgirw Homepage »

Mar 26, 2012 6:39:14 am
Nice picture and great story, as always! ;)
Nice introduction of this ship!

by Ancel_Alexandre Homepage »

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