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The Wreck of the von Kessler by MikeDoscher The Wreck of the von Kessler by MikeDoscher
Following the Conquest, the eyes of Earth found purchase upon wider realms. Where one world had become two, two became five beneath the four crowns of the victorious blue world. As Mars yielded her secrets, the shipyards of Luna and Telemachus Minor birthed ships embodying the unearthed knowledge of lost races. With this, a tide of steel flowed out from Sol, seeking to turn the five worlds into a dozen, or perhaps a hundred.


The SMS Markgraf von Kessler was a cresting wave upon this tide, though that didn’t save her from the hunger of a haunted universe. Here she drifts above a nameless world that would eventually be known as Sargon IV, though the mystery of her cargo and her loss are still not fully understood.


Dedicated to all those crossing a wide abyss to an uncertain hope.
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that shape, being symetric "but-not-that-symetric" ^^
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really eerie and amazing description. Also, I love the ship's split-bow idea, housing some giant-ass cannon in between. :D
Love the ship itself as well. What class is it, and will we ever be seeing more?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you.

She's the lead ship of her class, though her disappearance prevented the completion of her sister ship as planned. The nature of controlling gravity to move a ship within space has some interesting implications under general relativity, not least of which is that you're indirectly manipulating time in the process.
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very technical, as usual, but how would the loss of this vessel prevent the construction of similar sister ship(s)? Wouldn't the plans be in some government base or something of the sort?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, they knew how to build another, but decided that it was a very bad idea. By developing a new way to bend gravity based on Martian designs, they were also bending spacetime. The inadvertently built a sort of crude time machine that not only disappeared from this universe, but let something else into it as well.

The loss of the ship was a major political scandal, but also had even stranger implications. The use of technical language is intended as a sort of veil here, to partially obscure events and give some sensation of the uncertainty of the moment.

The sister ship that had already been laid down was completed with an older style engine setup, but the results were disappointing. The rest of the class was canceled.
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halonut117 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know it would end horribly but I would love to get aboard that magnificent vessel and explore 
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm imagining that the SMS Markgraf von Kessler is the hulk at left, and not the warship in the middle. What is this other one's name?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
The hulk is something much older that disappeared under peculiar circumstances some years earlier. The loss of the Kessler relates to her discovery of the wreck and what was contained therein.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so the non hulk is the kessler?  If not then what are the two folks in EVA suits trying to do up there?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's the Kessler. The two people are survivors from a far later disaster that have come upon it as a desperate (and improbable) refuge. A lot of these paintings end up being notes for stories that may or may not get written.
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