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Object C by MikeDoscher Object C by MikeDoscher
The war ended, the tide rolled back. Left behind were countless tragedies, and not a few mysteries.

The First Lord referred to *this* mystery as 'A jester to the Court of Mars' in a letter to his son, and most of the high command referred to it as Object C, when they referred to it at all. It was found in the desert, at some sort of research facility. The documentation was never good, and both the war and the circumstances of this discovery clouded things further. It had started life as a heavy cargo tractor of the sort converted to artillery duty in large numbers some years ago, but had been fitted with a novel weapon system. The nature of this system has been a source of discreet research and speculation since the end of the conflict, but to no productive end.

It would seem to fire some sort of liquid, though a plasma based system had been theorized at first. Tantalizingly incomplete, a number of design features and a novel use of materials suggested that it was based on some sort of rediscovered Founder technology, though this was impossible to prove. Indeed, when the base was searched for documentation, not only was none found but it was discovered to be not just deserted but devoid of all life (down to the bacterial level) and bereft of all organic matter. A lengthy investigation yielded nothing, but was the subject on intense speculation by all involved. Evidence of anything from an as of yet unclassified apex predator to interdimensional travel was rumored, but never materialized.

Currently Object C is in storage at Base South, awaiting restoration.
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JazzLizard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work, and an awesomely designed machine as well. I love the potentially terrifying history behind this thing.
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Great looking half track.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm. Another amazing and annoyingly mysterious description. You really seem to have a knack for writing those as well. :>
I'm guessing that the Founders were some sort of precursor race to mankind? :P
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, the simple version would be some sort of colony world without complete manufacturing facilities that got cut off from the civilization that founded the colony. If the colony wasn't designed to be self-sufficient, then they would need to reinvent certain things if they wanted to survive. A 23rd century civilization could spawn one with a mid 20th century level of tech, with odd discontinuities depending on what was remembered. The abilities of the former colony need not be uniform across the world, either. The universe would seem very mysterious if you lived in such a place, I think.

Please excuse my intellectual perversity. It's the idea of a worldwide, multi generational game of 'telephone' that drove this piece. :)
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sadyVONschattig Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that description completely projected me into a new universe
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Very good. Has elements influenced by the German Sd.kfz 251 half-track, eh? But similar to German WW2 doctrine, an obsolete chassis is used to carry a heavy gun, used as a self-propelled artillery piece or anti-tank gun. I like the front wheels. I built a lot of models of German armor when I was young, sure brings back ideas and memories...
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Yes, the influences here are pretty obvious I suppose. :) I'm glad you like it.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Why not take what's great and make it better? I do it too.
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nykgmr Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I love half-track combat vehicles and this one is awesome!
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GamerKnightTut Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Looking good. some great detail on the metal and rust effects.
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