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Ave Maris Stella Silentum by glitchritual Ave Maris Stella Silentum by glitchritual
2014, digital, time

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? ;)

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Given 2014-02-25
:icongarvals:
Garvals Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Digital Artist
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.
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:iconcibear:
cibear Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Really well crafted - reminds me of the Catholic Church's rise to the Pax in Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos.
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:iconbabakosen:
BabakoSen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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:iconvoradtralundir:
voradtralundir Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
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
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:iconking8theoz:
King8Theoz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
impressive thought
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:icongezim1885:
GEZIM1885 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Great Work  thank you for explaining all this now it really make sense :) (Smile) 
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:iconwadekorn:
wadekorn Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
So interesting in so many ways.
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:iconmulgorath:
Mulgorath Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Writer
A search through the endless void known as outerspace...
Star Trek V anyone?
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:iconartdrudge:
ArtDrudge Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
This reminds me of End of Evangelion. 
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:iconkrutch99:
krutch99 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
idk about your catholic space program theory, but the picture is trippy as balls. cheers
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:iconrajasegar:
rajasegar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing....
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/02/d…
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:iconsoul-daemon:
Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
breathtaking view... would a flail really be the wisest choice of weapon with a thin visor of plexi-glass is keeping you alive :D
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:icondrunkcowboy69:
DRunkCoWBoy69 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thats just awesome.  Great work man =D
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:iconkerian-halcyon:
Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It shall be our destiny!  We shall begin our great Space Crusade, and on our journey to the Holy Star we shall spread the faith to all around!

...Actually that would be badass if we really did that.  XP Really long shot though.  We first have to get to that point where we can get people out into space and start colonizing other worlds, starting with our own.  But hey, I have faith that we will get there.  Space advocacy FTW!
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:iconsha-ani:
Sha-ani Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love the concept
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:iconjoemerl:
JoeMerl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Writer
For what it's worth, the Catholic Church's official position is that if aliens exist, they probably don't need Christ's redemption since there's no evidence they underwent a Fall like humanity did.

I sort of love that people actually took the time to think about that. :XD:
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:iconkaslito:
Kaslito Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great work!!! :clap:
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:icongirindexlabs:
GirInDexlabs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Amazing artwork with an interesting concept! 
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:iconoission:
Oission Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! haha xD
oh man, I wish I had this idea first. Nice job on it.
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:iconsegura2112:
segura2112 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Stunning piece and I hope they get slapped down for they effort! Thank You and congrats on the DD.
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:iconnestharon:
Nestharon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Writer
I agree with you, religion is just like this: "If you don't want to be like us, than you are not worthy or living."

Thank you for sharing this epic art work.
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:iconjester-of-the-clown:
Jester-of-the-Clown Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is one silly deviation.
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:iconnever-look-back-once:
Never-Look-Back-Once Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well I'll be... This is badass.
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
wow! Amazing, and deep piece!
I love when an artist puts this much thought into something.
And I have to say.... Your vision of the future feels pretty accurate! :faint:
Well done! :love:
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:iconstalfrost:
Stalfrost Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful drawing, very nice!
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:iconbeachlegs:
beachlegs Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
LOVE IT :)
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty cool!
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:iconatari56:
Atari56 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconed2584:
Ed2584 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
strong atheism in this picture
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
don't get it huh?
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:iconed2584:
Ed2584 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
dont I?
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:iconalienpatch:
AlienPatch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
No. Strong antitheism/antichristianism is more like it. Also, immeasurable wealth? I've never thought Donald Trump would donate so much money to the church as to fund AN EFFING SPACE PROGRAM! :P 
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:iconed2584:
Ed2584 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
antichristianism is even worse then atheism
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:iconalienpatch:
AlienPatch Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
True enough. I've got a friend who's a TRUE atheist and she doesn't shove her beliefs (or lack of them) up my throat! (Nor do I). The worst part is that some people tend to confuse Atheism and Antitheism (which sometimes isn't EVEN real anitheism, just antichristianism).
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:iconed2584:
Ed2584 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
yes.
love yours,respect others(if its possible) :-)
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:iconalienpatch:
AlienPatch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Indeed. ^_^
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:iconnever-look-back-once:
Never-Look-Back-Once Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
True to that my friend.
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:iconrasa13:
Rasa13 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
:nod:
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:iconkimarimonku:
kimarimonku Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   General Artist
cool
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:iconluteq:
Luteq Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Nice work, congrats.............................................Why everobody authomatically thinks if God exist then  the humans do play  important , either  main or at least whichever role in his work???????
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:iconemajinthegrey:
Emajinthegrey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Photographer
Dope. Love the concept and the skill involved.
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:iconmasterbellick:
MasterBellick Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahh thats so sick!
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:icontechnlcolour:
TECHNlCOLOUR Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I love it. I want to read a book about this.
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:iconrhynwilliams:
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
sience and religeon, interesting! well done!
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:iconlemmy-koopaling:
Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
O_O
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:iconattyyay:
Attyyay Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Epic!
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:icontruthistruth:
TruthisTruth Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation! :clap:
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:iconsolar-encoded:
Solar-Encoded Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Powerful image. Great work :)
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:iconatram95:
atram95 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Is Magnificent!! I love it!!
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:iconmpz28427:
mpz28427 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
stunning work omfg Love Clap 
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