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The Goggle Vendors of Derk'et Alley by zypherax The Goggle Vendors of Derk'et Alley by zypherax
It would seem that most things tend to appear to be in areas where you can not see them. In fact, if you look hard enough, you might find that it is far more difficult to find anything, then it would have been if you were not looking at all.

such would happen to be the case with any pedestrians strolling along the streets of the under-city who happen to pass Derk'et Alley; a quaint side street that is incidentally the location of the best vendors of quality eye-wear in the cities above and below.

of course, because most people who know of the highly esteemed vendors and seek out their wares would simply overlook a side alley as unoticable as Derk'et (despite the sign scrawled neatly in several dialects hanging just under the entryway), while those who have no desire whatsoever to find vendors of such goggles tend to saunter in, stare in awe at the dazzling variety of lenses, and end up walking out of the alley with several pairs strapped across their heads without quite being aware of what had just transpired. eyeless patrons in particular have been known to be fond of the goggles sold here, claiming that they can just barley catch a glimmer of what other species describe as 'sight' by fastening them across any available body surface.

the vendors themselves do nothing to verify or refute these claims in the event that any interested parties do in fact locate and enter Derk'et Alley, in fact, they barley speak at all... their world is one of vision, and they do all they can to perfect it...

you might notice, however, that the Servak gentleman does a remarkably fine job of tinkering with, sorting, and handing out his wares (without the help of his hat wearing associate) to any customers, despite the fact that his four sensory antennae have been coated in lead, preventing him from picking up the vibrations of the world around him...

...yes, he'll even sign his autograph for you.
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johnbrito Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Just great!
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8H29B Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
nice drawing!
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zypherax Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Very, very, ..... let me think of a word other than interesting ........ Superb!

When I first glimpsed this I though the Servak was two individuals pressed against each other, perhaps in some custom of foreplay or aggression. Anyway, the concept of the ability to sense, or quasi-sense, other sensations normally beyond a sophont's natural abilities is quite intrueging indeed; I have been reading a book recently which offers possible explainations for the incoorporation of what humans perceive as 'supernatural' events into factual reality.

In a super-advanced civilization, such as the one I assume these two beings reside, those phenomenon could be commonplace and well know or even understood, and could be used in everyday customs and technologies like this particular optics vendor in Derk'et Alley. (sly smile)

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"Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!"--Homer Simpson
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zypherax Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
haha, all right then!

a custom of foreplay... I have yet to illustrate that! I shall do so immediatley!

indeed, that is quite the case in the under-city (even more so in the city above, but I prefer the undercity, so I only have a coupple of illustrations for the city above so far, while I have almost a dozen for the under-city). extreemly advanced technology, being a mixture of devices cobbled together based on the knowledge of hundreds of cultures and species, is the foundation for the societey. amazing things such as floating prostetic heads, various gravity resistant objects, and even body-less individuals that exist by changing and occupying billions of the atoms around them as they move in order to form a 'mind' (I will explain this later, it is a rather complicated idea I am fillying about with at the moment)are quite commonplace, and well understood; one needs only to have a proper understanding of physics and biology in order to achieve these sorts of things, along with the nessecary tools.

of course, things such as clothing, solid building materials such as bricks, paper, and a number of other things that might be considered 'low tech', and even 'primitive' in comparrison to some of the extreme technological achievements are very prevelant, so the whole environment with its varied denizens is an insanely diverse and complex one, and it is VERY fun to draw!
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Transapient Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Indeed.

That is something I would want to see! (now I feel perverted)

This 'under city' and 'city above' sounds interesting; is it a new project of yours?

I love Ultratech! That is waht I refer to as super-advanced techology. In my own little univerve project, civilization (which I have now determined must be as least several million years old) incoorporates things like transendent tachyon communications, systematic gallactic wars, immortality by various methods, and advanced Psytech (technology based on actions of the mind) are common throughout the civilized parts of the universe.
But the concept of super-advanced ultratech coexisting with 'primative' technologies as fasinated me for awhile now. I have imagined how cool it would be to see things like antigravity and superconductors alongside stone megastructures and other comparitivly primative techs. Some aspects do make sense though. Reinforced concrete and steel corode much quicker than solid structures of various stone, or perhaps crystalized carbon.

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"Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!"--Homer Simpson
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zypherax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
haha, do not feel perverse, I am the one drawing it, after all!

indeed... I have been working on the project for some time now, and I have many pieces based in that world that I have yet to upload...

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indeed, the way I see things, the materials and customs that have worked for thousands of years already will continue to exist for millions of years, and will not be replaced, but accentuated by hyper advanced technology, especially in areas where people are more or less impoverished.
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Transapient Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Very well.

Ah, so all of those are based around the two cities. Cool!

I can imagine the most important information or structures built for long-term use (by an imortal race) be carved into the landscape or written into 'books' of stone.

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"Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!"--Homer Simpson
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zypherax Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
indeed, although mainly the city beneath, not the city above.

yes, I can imagine that as well. that is not really my reasoning concerning this world design project though... there are no monumental, megalithic strouctures of any sort... it is just a city that combines what has worked for melenia with the newly discovered (although some of the high technological things implimented in 5217 have been used by various races for melenia anyhow), it is a melting pot of thousands of distinct cultures and everything that comes with them... and, soon, it is going to boil over...
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Transapient Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Knowing your style, and my exirience in Priaque, the city beneath somehow seems a good source for your illustration on that project.

Quite, that shuld be quite a city then.
"Boild over"... with my Human sense of anxiety I feel that should be interpreted as a bad thing?

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"Well excuse me for having enormous flaws that I don't work on!"--Homer Simpson
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