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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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watcher25 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
space- the theater for ungodly carnage.
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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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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah a bad luck region.
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carvinxs Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
AWESOME STUFF
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TranquilRuins Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome painting - the forward gun mid ship is a great idea (instead of covered over Yamato type cannon, which is still awesome of course) - like how the smoke stacks and bridge/tower feel more WWI .. at least to me?
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MikeDoscher Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I figured that this sort of post-'War of the Worlds' civilization would have an odd mixture of technologies equipping their vessels. The first ships that used Martian antigravity technology still had conventional oil-fired steam engines for propulsion (not lift) within an atmosphere. This was much like the way early steamships still had sails. As the understanding of how to practically apply the alien technology progressed these were discarded, but the systems that replaced them needed a way to vent waste heat and noxious gases away from the hull, so the exhaust funnels were retained.
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sonobeno Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cool piece! I sure do like me some space-wrecks! 
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Kydoon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant slice of narrative to go with a stunning image, as per the norm.
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DanteVanHell Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
pic + text = chills of likey!
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Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Nice! :)
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome work, and I hope you shed more light on the story. :D
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shayhurs Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Sounds like a short series
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the way this craft looks.
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tschiburaschka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist
favin the description
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Very well done, Mike.
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful painting, and I like the backstory- there is something fascinating about spacewrecks. :)
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loathingthis Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Couldn't agree more, almost don't wanna save it so i don't lose the backstory.
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Rekalnus Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Painting and back story.
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Orpheus7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great image. Well done.
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my!
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