In the near future, the Catholic Church will realize it’s clear that if God exists, he isn’t coming to us. To this end, they will use their immeasurable wealth to launch their own space program, with standing orders to seek out God by following Stella Maris, the North Star, and to impress the word of Christ upon any sentient life forms they should come across – by force, if necessary. Space crusaders.
This is the first time in a long time that I’ve given a personal piece this much attention, and I’m glad I did. The title, Ave Maris Stella Silentum (Hail Star of the Silent Sea), is a reference to a hymn to Mary from the middle ages, Ave Maris Stella, just more… silent. In space, after all, no one can hear you pray.
There’s a deeply-buried reference to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine here, but it’ll require a working knowledge of both the crusades and Star Trek. Good luck, and thanks for looking!
EDIT: Oh snap, DD. Thank you in advance to everyone checking out, favouriting, and commenting on this piece. I appreciate the support! To those asking about the intended meaning, well... a good piece of art promotes discussion, right?
One of the most well deserved DDs. Also one of your most depressive pictures. I like how it contains that brutally dark atmosphere of religious medieval times and hopeless emptiness. Add some silent space with nothing to be found and fake delusions and you get something that will burst through your heart.
And when they get to Polaris, they'll realize their huge mistake really fast, if they continue to pursue it in light of what we know now. Polaris is an supergiant, pulsating beast utterly unsuited to hosting livable planets by almost any stretch of the imagination (cyclically increasing and decreasing in radius by ~25% every few weeks, spewing out many orders of magnitude more UV radiation than the Sun, not to mention it's about 2500 times the Sun's luminosity on average overall), especially with that diminutive companion, also bigger than the Sun BTW, orbiting closer to Polaris than Neptune does to our Sun.
I like the story you have crafted behind this piece. There is a parallel in Doctor Who during one of the Weeping Angels episodes where there was a religious military presence performing archaeological work on distant planets with Professor River Song as a captive resident expert.
I'm sorry for the comparison but I do think your work is so unique that it is stand alone, and the detail is marvelous