Dominance War V - 3D - Nethermind - Goddess/God of Progenesis

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  03 March 2011
Dominance War V - 3D - Nethermind - Goddess/God of Progenesis

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The God/Goddess of Progenesis

The God/Goddess of Progenesis can be seen as a contingency plan to ensure life never dies out across the universe, even under the most catastrophic circumstances. Whenever there is a mass extinction event or a civilization is on the brink, or has destroyed itself, this god coalesces from the ruins, reconstructing itself from the collective remains and debris. As such, The God of Progenesis takes on many forms in it's various reincarnations, but each shares a common attribute in it's ability to create life from death and decay. It is powerful in form and function but peaceful, if not ambivalent, in approach and action.

Once born it wanders the aftermath, be it the decimated fields of war or the scorched plains of a dying planet, sampling and absorbing any particles of matter found. This is the dust of war and destruction, the detritus of the long dead, the cells from rotting flesh of the newly fallen, sparking isotopes and shining specks of machine men, sand from razed civilizations; all is drawn in and reduced to their most basic elemental forms.

It uses a large reactor from within to power turbines and create a gale force vacuum that draws in particulate matter from the surrounding area onto it's collecting plate. In this manner all material is combined: flesh, blood, bone, metal, stone, and crystal. Even simple molecules of protein and energy contribute to the chaotic pot of genetic soup used to manufacture seeds of life inside the God's internal catalyst. Once produced, these seeds travel from the reactor, flow through the body and deposit themselves inside tiny embryonic sacs embedded in the Gods skin. With each seed deposited, a larva forms and will continue to grow until it reaches maturity. Depending on the conditions and manner of genetic material collected via this process, a large selection of races can be created. These larva form alongside one another on the titan's back as they, each in turn, develop a unique evolutionary line.

Beset with this gift the God of Progenisis travels the planets and chasms of space; a timeless beast of burden ferrying new life across the galaxies. Along its journey, the god will deposit these seed races when both conditions of a particular environment and the state of larva are in concurrence. It is in this manner the titan is able to reproduce a vast pantheon of sentient life: behemoths of stone, fantastical beings of light and crackling plasma, cognizant machine races, great floating gaseous beasts, and terrestrial bipedal creatures of flesh and bone, among others.

As miraculous a gift it is, a toll has to be paid by the god. As the the larva grow, finally born to lead their own existence and form consciousness, they take with them a percentage of the precious resources shared between god and progeny. Along its tireless journey, and as countless larva are born, bred, and shed off its back, the titan becomes increasingly weary with each new birth.

After the last embryo sac is formed, and the larva birthed, it's host god is stripped of any remaining nutrients and left with little energy. With the God of Progenisis's task fulfilled, and with its remaining strength, it finds solace on an isolated planet or moon and ends its days a dry husk. As this form of the body dies its essence disperses across the universe and lays dormant, awaiting the eventual apocalyptic event that will trigger its re-awakening. At this inevitable time the God of Progenesis will arise again, forever bound amongst the stars, to begin the cycle anew.

Last edited by Nethermind : 04 April 2011 at 07:06 PM. Reason: Updated Most Recent Image
  03 March 2011
Concept sketch round 1

I'm working on the description at the moment and playing around with visual concepts. It's going to be a mesh of machine and flesh. For now here is the basic concept.

The basic concept is a god that creates life from destruction and decay. Embryonic sacs carried, or grown, from it's back house various "larval" life forms that hatch once maturity is reached. The god travels the universe and seeds planets with this new life.

Upon finding a suitable habitat and ensuring the embryo has reached full maturation, individual sacs are deposited and hatched, producing a life form which has a chance of producing a viable and sustainable race.

Drawings: Mechanical versions mixed in with one more organic type.

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  03 March 2011
Updated sketch ideas.

Also I have decided on a name. I was playing around with rebirth, genesis, provenance, origin, resurrection, etc...I tried mashing up Provenance and Genesis, into Progenesis. It sounded like it might be a real word and, serendipitously, its meaning matches my basic concept and idea fairly closely.
So it is God/Goddess of Progenesis.

Will add text tonight along with some more organic sketches.

  03 March 2011
Nice! I like those long, 'awkward' looking legs
DW5 God of Corruption
  03 March 2011
From those sketches It looks to me like he could be god of possessions or god of travel, just my two cents.
  03 March 2011
Here are some more organic versions.

I've also updated God/Goddess description and backstory on first post.

Last edited by Nethermind : 03 March 2011 at 05:39 AM. Reason: change
  03 March 2011
New Sketches

I'm going to run with something akin to these two drawings. Design is still not set in stone but I'm happy with the progress. The left arm specifically is exactly what I want so I might do some modeling of that just to change things up a bit. I will also need to do some 3D roughing in zbrush to get body proportions and silhouette designs worked out. Need to get that feeling of weight in the embryos and burden pressing on back and shoulders.

Last edited by Nethermind : 03 March 2011 at 03:57 AM.
  03 March 2011
The character is dying for something to drag on the floor as it walks. I don't know what but the whole pose and character express "misery". Definitely drag something on the floor. Perhaps his dead goddess?
  03 March 2011
I really like you concept, the best so far.
It has that creepy kind of mysterious style you donít see around enough, in my opinion any way.
Sorry I donít have any advice or anything, other than to say that what youíre doing is working, at least on me.
And also that it reminds me a little of the style of Tsutomu Nihei while being totally different at the same time.

Looking forward to seeing how you move forward.
  03 March 2011
Oh wow, that is really creepy! Well done!

I think out of all the concepts I am leaning towards the one where he has a cane!
Looking forward to this one
"5 minutes before a man dies, he is still immortal"
  03 March 2011
Digiegg: Misery is definatly part of its existence so hopefully it's something that I can translate to 3D. There is no other goddess though, i just haven't decided if it's a god or goddess yet..I'm hoping I can pull off something a little androgynous.

scrufftype: Ty for the positive feedback. Oh and thanks for the heads up on Tsutomu, looks like he's got a great body of work that is very inspirational.

Pavel: ty for the feedback.

Last edited by Nethermind : 03 March 2011 at 08:10 PM.
  03 March 2011
I keep coming back to this thread. I just love the creepy/awkward character design. nice work
  03 March 2011
I really really really love this idea, that said, I imagined it a bit more nurturing or maternal. I love the concept of the pregnant belly that holds the potential life, but the face and pose should just be more assuring and comforting. Just my 2 cents, looking forwards to this tread progressing.
  03 March 2011
I love the feeling of torment and fragility in this design. It gives off a sense as if this god doesn't even have control of the happenings around him/her. Very dark. Very creepy. Very good design. I really enjoy this piece and look forward to seeing its completion! Good luck!
Zachary Turner | Environment Artist
  03 March 2011
Head Detail

Coots7: ty, i'll try to keep you coming back for more
Salki: ty for catching that, the initial concept I had in mind for the face had just those attributes but it wasn't really coming across in the initial sketches. Check out the face detail below.
Speranza87: hope I can finish too! ty, and glad you like.

slightly sadder version (<3 liquify brush)

*original thumb.

This one is a little closer to the original imagery I had in mind for the face. (Based off of a quick (and crappy) face sketch I did the first few days.) It's supposed to be a cross between a fragmented stone idol and a tiresome, aged and caring old woman/man. Mechanical pieces serve to move the various flesh/stone bits. I think the jawbone might be partially exposed.

I guess the closest thing to describe the frills behind her face would be a collection of adjustable solar panels, but they work with twilight starlight instead of direct sunlight. (Technically the sun is a star, yes i know..but me, it's more poetic with starlight.) During times of respite, she turns her face to the stars and in this manner 'feeds' energy to the embryos. The frills lay along the neck when she's at ease/relaxed. When she's frightened, agitated, or on alert.. the frills fan out around her face.

Last edited by Nethermind : 03 March 2011 at 08:55 PM.
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