[God made the world in 7 days...We can redesign it in 49 weeks!
This was the motto that rallied together the most talented landscapers, space artists and writers of our community in what was to become one of the bigest and ambitious projects that DeviantArt ever seen.
Project Phaera is a real succes; Our team is made of no less than 80 professional artists, who are more than eager to show everyone that wonders do exist!
[And God said "Let there be light!"]Suirebit
and the whole Staff are happy to let you know that Project Phaera will fully start tomorrow, Friday, 10th March 2006.
Now, I am more than sure that you have tons of unanswered questions, so be patient and read everything that follows, as most likely it will answer everything. [Project Briefing][1.Basic Rules]
We cannot start anything until you fully read and understand our rules. That's why I ask you to go to our forums and read them prior to this briefing!
Forums : www.atfreeforum.com/phaera/[2.Kickstart]
You've probably already heard about the kickstart and wonder what this is all about; Prior to the official start, the directors done a couple of collabs between them, both to set up an example and a base for our project. This was called 'The Kickstart'. You will find all the kickstart materials at the end of this briefing[3.Phases]
The most asked question so far was "How will this project actually work?"
The easiest way to explain it is by pointing out the main ideas that were discussed at our last staff meeting:
1) Do not worry about management. The Directors will tell you everything you need to know when the right time comes!
2) The Project will be done in several Phases, as follows:
Phase 1 (Start): The Writing Team will set up the bases of this galaxy. This includes History, Planets Naming, Solar Systems Naming, Sectors, Races, Characters and so on. ETA: 3 to 4 weeksHence, the following weeks after the start "belong" to the writers!
Phase 2: A database of the so created instances will be made. The SpaceArt team will then distribute them evenly among themselves and will start creating the Visual Galaxy, based upon the writers descriptions. Same thing goes for the Landscapers: When a planet is created, getcracking!
Phase 3: The Writers turn again. Now they will shape the basic story that link the instances of this galaxy.
Phase 4: The Writers will create the final saga, and if needed, extra images will be created to support the storyline.
Phase 5: Staff will assemble the final product.[4.Submissions]
These are the General Submission Guideliness! Each group will receive additional rules when their Phase comes!
To Submit an artwork to the project, please follow the next steps:
1) Include the Official Project Logo (www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…
2) Do not add copyright text or anything else except for the title! We will make sure you will get all the credits.
3) Submit the artwork to your gallery, adding in the description the following copyright agreement :By submitting this artwork to deviantART, I give the Phaera staff full permission to display, crop, resize and frame my work, as long as the work is used within the Phaera project, be it for promotional purposes or final displays. The Phaerastaff is allowed to use this image without notifying me beforehand, yet I, the artist, must be properly credited for my due work.
4) Send Phaera
a note with a link towards that artwork. IF you do not respect rules 1)-3) the submission will NOT be validated!
5) Upon validation you will receive a reply which will tell you if your artwork was or was not accepted.[5.Resources]
DeviantArt Account: Phaera
Project Team List : suirebit.deviantart.com/journa…
Stamp: www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…[Kickstart Materials]Prelude Story:
The Prelude Story is done by LiraelGoldenhand
. It's purpose is to introduce you to this wonderfull universe and saga.* * * Phaera - The First Song * * *Who am I you ask? It doesn't matter, for I've lived so long that I cannot feel anything anylonger. Nor love, nor hate, nor anger. Nor rage, nor passion, nor warmth.. just cold.. a frozen shackle that will torture my soul forever. You see.. I remember it so well. Might as well have happened yesterday. The day Ener was destroyed in a planetary collision was the day my heart was sealed for an eternity. There are no words, spoken or written, to describe the tragedy. Billions of souls were crashed in an instant. Without warning. Without the chance to pray to our lord. Trapped between two realms forever..
Still, fate likes to be ironic. You see, my child, there was a handful of surviving Enerfins from among the priests - the only ones who had forseen this event. Barely escaping the onslaught, they roamed the outskirts of the galaxy, looking for a place to live. Years of search. Decades even. Until one day, when fate smiled to them again. Exhausted and without resources, they had the luck to come across the planet now called Phaelaxion, which was to become their second homeworld. Named after the most sacred word in their language, Phaelaxion wasn't anything like Ener, yet conformed to their views of a 'perfect' world. This was to be their new home.
Barely having any resources or technology, the reconstruction took many centuries. As the years passed by, their knowledge grew fast, yet with it, their religion. They became a spiritual race, one which held nature over technology, and beauty over advancement. They became the sons of Ener, and this is where our story begins...Phaelaxion
Landscape done by Suirebit
Description done by Riangel
Phaelaxion....the world of wonders; The Heaven, as other races call it. Inhabited by Enerfins, Phaelaxion is the third planet from Ener System, 100LY away from the center of the universe. Named after the most sacred word of the Enerfins, Phaelaxion is a world of both divine beauty and pure spirituality. It's a cold, icy world, just as cold and sharp as the minds of its inhabitants; however, it possesses unique oases, full of luxurious vegetation and exotic creatures. Phaelaxion has no rings; instead it's orbited by one huge satellite called Tak'Mair.
Enerfins, a humanoid race, only inhabited the planet of Phaelaxion less than a century ago. They came onto the planet as a homeless race, ever since their home planet, Enerfa, was devastated in a planetary collision. While Phaelaxion in no way resembles their home, it did conform to the 'perfect' world for the Enerfins, and they settled there. When Enerfa collided, it wasn't more than a handful of its inhabitants who managed to escape the planet. Other survivors have never been known to exist, and the Enerfins were in a state of loss; their ancestors, their friends, their family all were gone. Ironically, this lead them to become a race, strongly influenced by religion. In the mind of the Elders, or 'Archons', their religion was the only way of salvation for leaving behind the once now lost.
Despite their religion, they did continue to advance their technology. They did choose a very specific guideline in this, though, one which even got recorded in Phaelxion law: 'Every technological advancement to be found on the planet, must conform to the following two criteria: 1) No technological advancement whatsoever must be made with the purpose of destroying nature's beauty, nor should it have damaging side-effects next to its main purpose. 2) Any building, vehicle or large piece of machinery may not be built unless the Archons and/or their representatives have decided that its aestethics are in harmony with our natural landscape'. This law, in itself, shows the love and care the Enerfins have for their environment.
All Enerfins are ruled by the mighty Archons, the founders of this world, for they are the wisest among them. The event of an Archon dieing is a rare one indeed, as the Enerfins have an unusually high life expectancy. The Archons know much more than the average person, and much more than any living creature in this galaxy, for they've been collecting information from all around the galaxy for millennia. The archives that contain this knowledge are hidden safely into huge, beautiful, exotic temples, while the safeguarding of these temples has been assigned to the strongest templars, the Tiraxian Knights.* * * But who was to know that fate was so ironic? For not only the priests did escape the planet. You see, my dear, when a ship sinks the first ones to escape are the rats.
Convicts, Criminals, Assasins they all managed somehow to survive; And while the remaining priests rebuilt their society, on that far away world, the convicts found a planet for themselves too, the one now known as Ashad Niad.Ashad Niad
Description by LiraelGoldenhand
Ashad Niad, the sweltering planet of firey industrialization and the home of the feared Mauri, who fight ruthlessly with electric swords and are plated in heavy armours powered by plasma-enhanced thrusters -- an aweful sight to behold. The terrible, ringed world of Ashad Niad, those who speak its name offworld do not speak of it with any fondness. The inhabitants of Ashad Niad, the Shael'ta, take pleasures in using slave labour to complete their megalithic, incredibly advanced cities and monuments. However, you will never see any artificial intelligence on Ashad Niad, for the Shael'ta are paranoid and afraid of robotic intelligence surpassing their own and taking over. While Phaelaxyon is a planet of both divine beauty and spirituality, Ashad Niad is a place of great torment -- to prove to the slaves of the Shael'ta people that they would remain servants of their great lords during the Great Uprising of 7681, the Shael'ta destroyed their charred and useless moon, Suka. The ring of debris around Ashad Niad serves as a brutal reminder to all species, near and far, of the crazed, violent history of Ashad Niads people.[Project Team List][Project Leader]Suirebit[Spacescape Director]zebravissimo[Spacescape]BlazeChaingoran-dRicky-DayRabieshundzebravissimoedlorealillusionsRatBeggarAngelAsylumSamODJJohnVbsdunkst3rNameless-Designersupernova7dadrianHameedTerminaterxiaodilekt[Landscape Directors]RockmountouteqPOverdrive[Landscape]Spartanx5Rockmount4fitdeep--blueenvironautkobrakai51outeqJoshJanuschtigaerBlackheart6004AssassinatorsalbumTsukiyonoSSamartianoggybDestructionistrealityfaeryKojima2087POverdriveliewqiedloMark-SSimonSawSunlightrealityparadoxLitoNicogarciaartbytheoottovX-AxiScrystaleyes909AngelAsylumDistortedTruthNightmareTFPadawancatsdurisLadyofspiraaditWertonenavireXloucards325Eclipse-CJ3[Writing Directors]LiraelGoldenhandRiangel[Writing]spirit-fallLiraelGoldenhanddune3001halocinDeep-BrownDissonantIsotopeperi-dotsNomadicusRexRentCavalierRiangelHeroOfHeavenDreaminMyHandsharryhashBBCVersusLeifHawkhidingintheclosetruadhritransferalExplosionAnomalyDr-TeathValatarLycanDID