Tag The Endless City

The Return Of The Sea


The Altodiluvian Age

I flooded an entire fictional city last night! The draft illustration will be up soon. In the meantime, check out the faster-than-realtime video depicting the event above.

(Not incidentally, the soundtrack for this video is Revolve by hisboyelroy. It’s really the star of the show.)

Age Of Iron


This image captures the city in its ferroflex era. As you can no doubt discern, I’m still figuring out how to handle cityscapes effectively and have started to differentiate these ages by monochromatic tone.

Consider this a series within the series — an attempt to flesh out the world a little.

I finished up The Last Siege in the evening, then dove back in to Mass Effect: Revelation by Drew Karpyshyn. The cliché, cheesy plotline of the latter novel is a real struggle — in spite of my admiration for the video game bearing the same title.

I’ll have to find something more compelling — possibly Jonathan Stroud’s Heroes of the Valley.

The Dry Flood


I painted this piece while listening to The Last Siege by Jonathan Stroud. While not his finest work, the novel intelligently handles a weighty subject and gives one a new appreciation for places of refuge and sanctuary.

(You won’t find much of either while crossing the swollen breadth of the dry flood, of course. Stability and settlements are rare until you reach one of the shore boroughs where water is still relatively abundant.)

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.

Ship of The City Canyon


This past weekend, I went geocaching with my good friend Christy and Sam the Geodog. 😉

We found our first cache with some difficulty, but the next two went pretty smoothly as we worked out how to properly adjust the resolution of the GPS. The latter caches led us across surreal foggy landscapes populated by twisting bridges and rocky mountain outcrops.

Three caches in one day! Not bad for former muggles.

(If you have the time, I really recommend getting involved in the practice. Beyond discovering hidden treasures everywhere, it’s a great opportunity to explore the outdoors and take photographs!)

Placing The Call


Yesterday, when I wrote “re-reading” Bellwether, I really meant “listening to Bellwether as narrated by Kate Reading” — for audiobooks are one of my favorite avenues of ingesting books anew.

Today, I was surprised to discover Kate Reading is a pseudonym used by actress Jennifer Mendenhall. She apparently grew up in England — which might explain her fantastically nuanced voice — and has narrated dozens of books over the last twenty years. Mind-boggling.

Back to the races, I guess.

Especially For Catbot


March is looking like another difficult month for yours truly. Can’t say much more on the subject right now, but posting frequency and regularity may be slightly random for the duration. Your patience is appreciated.

Started reading another book by one of my favorite authors this week: Bellwether by Connie Willis. I’ve read it before, but good books are like a known refuge and secret redoubt: always ready to furnish shelter and relief when enemies press the gates.

Catbot On Drums!


The Shadow