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Cascading Chronology by porkshanks Cascading Chronology by porkshanks
Sirrini was a young girl who lived deep in the forest.

But this wasn't just any forest, this was The Clockwork Forest. The lands of Ninimia had become a great wasteland in the aftermath of the Last War, the soil turning up life no longer. Its not clear if it was an intentional biological attack or just one of the senseless casualties of war, but it didn't matter to the wandering few that remained.

The people who lived in the forest were known the world over for their clockmaking skills, whether it be delicate watches or towering grandfather clocks; if it ticked with a heart of gears, they had surely mastered it.

As the denizens of the area watched in horror as the precious last tree shriveled up and shed its leaves a final time they conspired together towards a mad resolution.

It all came to pass many decades ago. The elders of the Wandering Few were sitting in a circle under the dying husk of their last organic tree, lamenting their situation and wondering how to provide for the future. Concerned if they should even try.

As a solemn moment passed between them, they were interrupted by a giggle nearby. A young girl was seemingly being chased by a small metal duck, flapping its wings and waddling comically on the end of a leash she held.
What struck them was the way she was smiling as she pulled the small clockwork contraption along the ground behind her.

It was a simple enough device, crafted by her loving mother from her dead father's spare clock parts bin. The elders saw in that moment a hope for some kind of future, and they set a new directive to the people who wanted to share that future. Organic material was passing from them, but they could rebuild their lives, make a new world that nodded to the past, but that was in actuality something else entirely!

It was that year that the first mechanical trees were planted. The first clockwork ecosystem was just beginning.

Sirrini is the great grand daughter of that young girl, and the gears she wears around her neck are purely decorative. She doesn't see them as parts to a machine, they are viscera from the only real creatures she has known. The Clockwork Forest expands from horizon to horizon now, and has become a truly wondrous and deadly place for outsiders. The citizens of the forest would have it no other way.

She doesn't know that her people were once made of organic parts, or that she herself was one of the last of her people to have her consciousness transferred into a mechanical body. This is just the way things are to her, the way they have always been, and there is no reason she has to think they will ever change.
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girlgeniuscomic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Hi! Yes, I bought this one. There it was on Etsy, and the music started playing in my head... and it had to be mine...

This is my favorite necklace. I wore it to the Hugo Awards ceremony (the year Phil didn't win...sigh...) and everyone wanted to know where I got it. I told them. I wore it to EmCee the Comicon Masquerade, as well.

I love it.
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome :) That is so lovely to let me know its your favorite!
katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009   General Artist
Your incredible art has been featured here: Organic Feature II! Enjoy your day. :blackrose:
porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
HeavensXGames Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist
This is simply beautiful! It's like eye chocolate. :love:
Just wondering - where do you get the cogs from, and how much are they? I'd like to try my hand at making something with them but I have no idea where to get them.
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008   Digital Artist
There's something melancholy about this story. I mean a whole mechanical forest with mechanical inhabitants is great.

But the loss of the true organic forest is heart breaking.

This has to be one of your most beautiful necklaces! I love the long spindly pendants hanging down from it. There's something graceful about it!
porkshanks Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
that's something I was hoping people would think about, the trade off of a metal world for the organic one... are we only valuing the organic because we are organic? In the grand scheme if we were to transfer ourselves into a some "artificial" body, would we still feel the same about things? would we value life the same?
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008   Digital Artist
We might. I mean we evolved from creatures that spent most of their time in trees. So it would make sense to me that the loss of forests and greenery like that would claw at us deep inside aching in some ancient place we thought we'd out grown. We might REALLY enjoy the artificial but I think it would be hard to ignore thousands and thousands of years of dna programming and collective experience and ancestral memory.

After a while we would have forgotten about the organic, but I think the longing for it would still remain and we'd have no clue as to why.
porkshanks Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
well, keep in mind that the loss of the forests in this case was not the fault of the Niminian people. The trees died because of war and plague, and the Niminians were so poisoned that they were dying as well... so they did the only thing that made sense at the time, they all transferred themselves over to inorganic bodies. The clockwork forest might have been built *because* of that innate desire for interaction with organic forms and the comfort of the forests that our ancestors lived in.
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Yeah that make sense. Still... it would be heart wrenching to loose all that is organic, especially if there was nothing one could really do about it.

That would drive us to do what ever we could to save it or recreate it or replace it if we had to.

But what would drive the other side in that war to even THINK of creating something that would get rid of natural or organic things? I mean wouldn't they be afraid of it spreading father then the intended area? Wouldn't they worry about it effecting them as well?
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