The Five Ages Of The City

This sketch depicts five ages of a fictional city: antediluvian (before the flood), ferroflexic (flexible iron age), altodiluvian (high flood), anazithum (a high age of technology), and finally, cryptic (as the city falls into ruin). The individual stages are illustrated with representative changes to the city's architecture.

A brief, illustrated overview of the city through its ages — from the antediluvian to the cryptic.

We begin in the antediluvian era. The structure of the city is already vast and ancient in this time. The great wall of cyclopean stone which for centuries shielded it from invasion will soon fail before the rising sea, all but erasing the smaller buildings collected within.

In time, the flood waters recede, and the ferroflex era opens. A rebirth of scientific discovery brings forth major advances in all pursuits. Great arcologies are constructed as the population swells.

The city is again flooded in the altodiluvian era. The structure of the city reorganizes toward suspended architecture and wide, tethered bridges which allow passage between the greater inhabited islands.

In the anazithum era, the city descends to the suddenly arid earth, stretching outward and deep beneath the surface to vanishing aquifers. Greater and greater structures are erected — ten to one hundred times the size reached in the ferroflex era.

As the cryptic age dawns, vast portions of the city are abandoned, destroyed, or buried beneath great dunes driven by underground heat currents. War and other upheavals have diminished the population and organized stores of knowledge. This is age of scavengers and the dry flood.

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  1. Two words: Awesome.

    I need to scan in my drawing of a jetzepplin luxury liner (imagine a jet powered upside-down sailboat, and on the sail, it’s zepplins all the way down) and maybe work some vector magic on it.

  2. ratchetcat,

    Now that sounds awesome.

    /me cues up Airships by VNV Nation