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Within this wall beats the heart of an empire, within this radius lays the mind of Sol's youngest child.

This is The Ark; cornerstone of Arkaedian civilisation. It's continuing construction has consumed thousands of worlds over tens of thousands of years in a project that will one day see it's host star encapsulated by a sphere of Iron and Graphite.

The Ark's primary purpose is the generation of "white holes" from which quantities of energy many times more than the output of it's star can be harvested. It's secondary role is the physical and virtual habitat of thirty one trillion personalities.

Many speculate that in the event of an extremely unlikely catastrophe, inhabitants within the Virtuality would experience the remaining minutes as billions of years worth of run-time; a relativistic slumber that would see it's citizens subjectively outliving the life-time of the universe in defiance.

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:iconarchange1michael:
Archange1Michael Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The scale on this is amazing! Fantastick job! :)
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:iconbananakiller:
bananakiller Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
this is....phenomenal
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:iconampersandinterrobang:
ampersandinterrobang Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student Writer
the story behind this is really cool
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:iconhugocampos91:
hugocampos91 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
looks like south america.
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:iconstartdreaming:
startdreaming Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is cool. Reminds me of Halo.
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:iconcatholic-deviant:
catholic-deviant Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the Ringworld series, by Larry Niven, far predating halo
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:iconjovianj:
JovianJ Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Very eye catching. It has elements familiar enough to pull in yet differs enough to want to know the story behind it. Which is written below it. Wonderful use of colors with a great lighting effect.
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:iconredintooth:
RedinTooth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Absolutely amazing bravo!
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:iconsmiling-demon:
Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning man.
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:iconspazzboy911:
Spazzboy911 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
makes me think Halo Array 2nt prototype. fascinating!
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:iconadam-turner:
Adam-Turner Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a truly inspiring piece of artwork. Mind-boggling.
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:iconmoriadne:
Moriadne Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply breathtaking!

An astounding piece of work!
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:icontomxaros:
TomXaros Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
This TOTALLY AWESOMELY INSPIRING!!!
did you write the story yourself or is it from a book?
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:icontekkert:
Tekkert Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
A round of jogging would take a while!!! :D
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:iconjudithius:
Judithius Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
When your not sure how big you want to go..... go even bigger :P that's what this "Halo" inspires me. I mean, the scale on this structure is unimaginable.
Love it!
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:iconchaoticlychaotic:
ChaoticlyChaotic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
I'm not sure if you've ever read any Ian M. Banks, but you'd get some fantastic ideas from his books.
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:icongeneralz151:
generalz151 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student General Artist
absolutely amazing, you truly have tapped into imaginative soul haven't you?
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:icongeneralz151:
generalz151 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student General Artist
my god...this is absolutely stunning!!
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:iconmind-thief:
mind-thief Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
magnificent idea... really awe inspiring!
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:iconshayhurs:
shayhurs Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
nice!
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:iconandreu1991:
Andreu1991 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Impresionante
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:iconsimsdoc:
SimsDoc Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Huh, Reminds me of Halo, But with a Hint of Mass Effects.
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Is there a walkthrough about this or any art in your gallery? I must learn from you. :):)
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:iconblanklook:
blanklook Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
beautiful
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:icontk769:
TK769 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
An awesome renedering. The detail is both exoctic and exquisite. An inspiration.

M
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:iconnandos97:
Nandos97 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
What imagination, its people like you that allow the galaxy to grow...
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:iconsegura2112:
segura2112 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Always wondered how a Dyson Sphere would be built.
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Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Sir Arthur Eddington
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:iconifreex:
ifreex Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My eyes! Amazing mate!
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:iconcmbrown79:
cmbrown79 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Lover your work..thank you
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:iconaxelofart:
AxelOfArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of Halo.
Amazing, love the light and the colors!
:heart:
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:iconsatanasko:
Satanasko Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
This reminds me of a game named Freelancer - some aliens had build their world in a shape of sphere around a star. This makes me feel so tiny and insignificant ..
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:iconparagonic:
paragonic Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
"Chief, I have a feeling we're not on Halo anymore..."
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:iconyago174:
yago174 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
great work
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:iconaligfx:
AliGFX Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
pretty nice piece dude.,
like it :D
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, incredible idea, similar to halo.
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:iconheartless-mind:
heartless-mind Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
you mean similar to ringworld, the book bungie copied the idea from.
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:iconsupersampled:
supersampled Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
The Halo ring would be all but a dot in comparison to the scale of the Ark. :)
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:iconmrjumpmanv4:
MrJumpManV4 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yea i can see what appears to be a full sized star in the center, which makes this pretty big.
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:iconkiyamm:
KiyaMM Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Featured! :D [link]
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:iconsupersampled:
supersampled Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Appreciated :) Great collection
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:iconfinalsage:
FinalSage Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
And one day, we will out live the universe, for they are the children of Sol, and the descendants of God
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:iconsupersampled:
supersampled Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:)
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:iconfinalsage:
FinalSage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
thanks for posting it, I like the hope it brings
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:iconastepintooblivion:
AStepIntoOblivion Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Woo Dyson Ring. :D
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AStepIntoOblivion Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
And yeah, first thing that comes to mind is Larry Niven. Hehe
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:iconsupersampled:
supersampled Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:D
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AStepIntoOblivion Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Oh, and yeah, the 'Ring Mind' (AI) overseen orbitals of the Culture in Iain M. Banks' books. :D

Very close to your concept of it actually, if you've read the Culture series. There, Culture Minds only look after the functioning of the mostly humanoid-populated rings as a sort of hobby. And a retirement hobby at that, Minds being usually housed inside ships (Ship Minds), who transfer to Rings and planets when they've grown tired of running around. Their concept of time is very different, and they actually 'live' in different worlds where a second in human perception would mean years to Minds, drones (individual AI's with far lesser capabilities than Minds, more akin to biological species), and even low-level utility AI that have achieved sentience. Forgot what they call it, but it's mostly personal (though there are shared realities as well), kind of similar to human dreams but far more lucid and detailed. They create virtual universes inside them really and switch back and forth between that and the real universe. Or in other cases simulations of civilizations or scenarios that last for thousands of years, virtual time, but would take only a few hours or days real time. heh

Babbling, LOL. I do love Banks' books.
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supersampled Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think it's called infinite fun time :D

The major difference between the CoS universe and the Culture galaxy is this distinction between artificial and human minds. Instead of personalities being tied to, and limited specific hardware, human personalities frequently transfer and use external hardware, processors and virtual constructs in ways that would make them indistinguishable from an AI in terms of performance and capabilities.

It's really just an extension of the "to use tools is to be human" condition that has helped us differentiate us from most of the animals on this planet.
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AStepIntoOblivion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Aha! Yeah. LOL. Forgot the cheekiness of culture AI. Infinite fun time indeed. :D

Transferring the consciousness to hardware however brings the philosophical question of what makes you you. I think I once read somewhere (again forgot the darn book) about how a perfect copy of a something (including consciousness) is the exact same thing. Not clones or twins, but exact copies (something that was supposedly infinitely possible in an infinite universe == infinite resurrections we are not aware of). Something about quantum entanglement or something. Then there's GITS which has a supernatural 'ghost' variable. And then EVE and other sci-fi I've read (including the Culture series), in which the original consciousness actually dies when initiating such transfers, but the to the 'transferred' personality, there is no death. @_@
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, talk about a BIG project ;) It would be a nightmare balancing that mass during construction too!! with that node of mass on one side, it has a lot of potential to be unstable, unless maybe you have some sort of active balancing system run by, say, advanced AIs? Realism nitpicks aside, the scope is phenomenal and i really dig this image! :thumbsup: and it's going into my faves

So what exactly is the Virtuality? and who are the Arkaedians? is there somewhere i can read more background about the universe this is in?
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