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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.
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome :) That is so lovely to let me know its your favorite!
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katdesignstudio Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009   General Artist
Your incredible art has been featured here: Organic Feature II! Enjoy your day. :blackrose:
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
<3
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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.
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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!
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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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LunaWriter Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
I more or less liked all the things in you gallery, but this was my favorite. I love clock work, and this is beautiful.

:)
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
aw you are too kind!
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Clockwerk-chan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
This is the coolest piece of jewelry I've seen...ever.
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It has been found from the word : "HOPE " :devart:
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CorporateXLullabies Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
WAY COOL! It's so beautiful...
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Pandazdesuyo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student
beautiful. :D
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miro-kaisou Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
That... was an amazing, amazing story. Wow.
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MechaHeretica Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
i covet this...perfection. mad props!!!
i adore every element, but i must admit i get weak in the knees when i see gears, lol.
i want it, no need it, ( but i see that this one may have been sold *pout* if not, i NEED it!)...as well as "A Tilted Heart Pendant"!
...and i am unsure if "A Tilted Heart Pendant" was sold or not (if not, i want to purchase it also PLEASE!)
Also, do you accept commissions?? I am interested in that as well.
My fiancee and I are getting married May 3rd, 2008 and *we want steampunk jewelry*...
i found him some, and stumbled across your amazing artwork...and nowI simply cannot walk down the aisle w/o one of your pieces! *begs*
please contact me via email at: decomposingviolet@yahoo.com at your earliest convenience if you are interested inselling me stuff...
thanks! sorry i am so verbose...your art makes me giddy ^-^
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Scoop51 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Marvelous use of the clock hands. I also like the layer of the gears. Great work.
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Phoenix001 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you make such detaild objects? trully amazing! O_O
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
:jawdrop: This has got to be my favorite of yours yet.
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clockwork-zero Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008   Artisan Crafter
absolutely beautiful! love it. Are those clock hands? they look large but I can never really figure out size well. That centre-piece is fantastic. You do wonderful work.
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S-c6h12o6 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Student General Artist
This is beautiful :heart: GREAT JOB!
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insomniahedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful; I want one. <3
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Obeadience Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome. Love it.
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seventh7scense Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
This is beautiful.
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S-R-Schauer Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Writer
Absolutely gorgeous! So much clockwork, I could scream. I love the dangling hands and the gear links, rather than a chain. Its really lovely and the story is antastic but sad as well.
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MicMaxwell Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Wow! Your work constantly amazes! It is really wonderful to see your work progressing, and becoming more complex. I love that your starting to integrate the chain as a part of the design. Is that enamel on the clock hands?
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asoftermurder Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
OH MY GAWD IS THAT FOR SALE. I'm so glad I'm broke because otherwise I would be buying every other deviation you submit (that's for sale). xD
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YeOld-Jester Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: That is seriously AWESOME! :heart: :heart: :heart:
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talyra Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Those hands really make this piece, but I do like the gear-chain effect as well :D

As for wearing innards... that reminds me of *EskimoScrybe. She's a native Alaskan who occasionally makes jewellery out of scraps of seal gut. Sounds gross, but it looks like some sort of beautiful translucent tracing paper or parchment. I can spend hours staring at it wondering how something so icky can become something so pretty.
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snowitchie Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
It's beautiful and graceful=D
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful piece.. love the combination of colours.
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AelisLaurel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Really seriously... can I borrow one of those drippy clock hand like things? It would look awesome as a mismatched earrings version to my other one...

*puppy face*
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
sure thing! email me.
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AelisLaurel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
What the HELL are those drippy pieces! Send me one immediately, I want to cast it in sterling silver and add a bit of cameo at the top! *fusses* Please please? Oh geez, they are so sexy they get me all riled up.

I think this is my favorite of your work yet!
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Meowyiff Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
This is simply beautiful.
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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ringnebula Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Love it!!!!
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you :)
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IrisAyame Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Talk about decadent!
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
yeah... there is that.

thanks!
:D
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Camaryn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
That is fabulous, I'd just like to say.

I wish I owned something like that!
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you :)
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Camaryn Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
You're welcome :)
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IncompleteMe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
The story gives me shivers.
Awesome piece!
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you very much!

glad you like the story, I have decided that I want to fully flesh out the Ventorin storyline. I have had it in my head for a while, and it just keeps getting cooler in there, so I guess its time to share it :P

:D
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IncompleteMe Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank for the honor of the sharing. As one of many who think it is epically amazing, I myself am honored at the privelage to read it. Wahahahahahaha!
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BangBangKittyPhux Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
I absolutely adore this piece. The story, is fantastic. However, I admire the necklace craftsmanship and attention to detail much more.
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you very much for the comment, I spent many hours getting it *just so* and I'm glad you notice the details :)
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