Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
×



Details

Submitted on
December 26, 2010
Image Size
185 KB
Resolution
1200×700
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
821
Favourites
18 (who?)
Comments
1
Downloads
31
×
Blown Off Course by zombat Blown Off Course by zombat
My final Senior Year project was to illustrate scenes from a fictional game I thought up based off of the Odyssey. The Game was a retelling of the Odyssey, only in Space. Instead of Triremes, the Greeks travelled across space in similarly shaped spaceships. The game would start as a RTS, move to a RPG, and end up finally as a Shooter, as the greek fleet shrunk from a bunch of ships, to Odysseus's ship, to Odysseus alone.

---
Blown off Course
4 of 8
Previous image: [link]

By some miracle, Odysseus's fleet ran into a ship, piloted by the 'Aeolians,' a peaceful race of beings, devoted to the exploration and mapping of the entire galaxy. As such, their navigation and scanning equipment is far superior to anything Odyssesus's fleet has seen. After making peaceful contact, the Aeolians take pity on Odysseus and his fleet, and give them a device that allows for better jump calculation as well as navigation. The jumps after this encounter send them rapidly back in the right direction after they realized that they were going the wrong way. Elated about this new technology, and hungry for a healthy bit of money on returning, a small faction of the crew attempt to backwards-engineer the device, as such a bit of technology would be worth a lot - particularly to Poseidon Enterprise's competitors. However, the backwards engineering ends up destroying the mechanism, or rather, they don't put it back together correctly. The device no longer works properly, sending them further off course, and worse, to the realm of the Laestrygonians.

Surrounding a young star, an accretion disc of raw material, asteroids and ice chunks float silently in the vacuum of space. Amongst those chunks of rock, the Laestrygonians dwell, a violent, warlike faction of pirates. Most people think they're savages, and most people would be right. They take no prisoners, and recycle everything they get their hands on, scrapping any ship outside of their faction, regardless of the crew on-board. They use Metal Asteroids as basis for their ships - boring out large holes for living sections and engines. The resulting ships are incredibly durable, but lack weaponry. So instead of shooting their prey they simply accelerate into and collide with their enemies. Such a collision is usually devastating to the ship, a crippling blow which allows for boarding and close, hand to hand combat. By the time Odysseus and his fleet noticed the plume of thrust shooting out of the end of an asteroid, it was too late. Before most of the fleet had time to react, power up shields or make another blind jump the asteroids were upon the fleet, and in seconds it was over. All but one ship had been destroyed, and Odysseus knew it was too late to save the rest of his fleet. The Laestrygonians we're too strong in number, too hard to discern from the asteroids. Beaten, he fled, once again into the depths of space.

Next in the series: [link]


More info:

Aeolians - A peaceful and benevolent race of explorers, devoted to the exploration and mapping of the entire galaxy. As such, their navigation and scanning equipment is far superior to anything Odysseus's fleet has seen. After making peaceful contact, the Aeolians take pity on Odysseus and his fleet, and give them a device that allows for better jump calculation as well as navigation. The jumps after this encounter send them rapidly back in the right direction after they realized that they were going the wrong way. Elated about this new technology, and hungry for a healthy bit of money on returning, a small faction of the crew attempt to backwards-engineer the device, as such a bit of technology would be worth a lot - particularly to Poseidon Enterprises's competitors. However, they screw it up, and the device no longer works properly, sending them further off course, and worse, to the realm of the Laestrygonains.
:iconnvpstudios:
NVPStudios Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Awesome, another stunning piece. The scale of this is awesome, it just slips back into space and really conveys how massive the vacuum really is.
Reply
Add a Comment: