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Symbol of the Traveller by Aikurisu Symbol of the Traveller by Aikurisu
“Hmph. I never could understand why you keep that thing. Not that I’m against pretty little things... but still.”

“That ‘thing’ is a sacred symbol to my people, Si. And they, like yours, never take the origins of their existence lightly.”


-- Sinaa and Kaden



By the age of space exploration for the collective inhabitants of Esha, the nelri were often known as the first race to travel beyond the Seven Spheres of Man. Yet what many historians overlook is the evidence supporting that the eminent ancient starship, the ‘Vessel of Faith’, was not a vessel completely crewed by their hands. In truth, a generous portion of the souls onboard it were of mixed blood to them and humanity, who hailed from a proud nation on the Blue Moon, the Third Moon of Esha. These people were the faenen, who under the guidance of their proud ancestors had won their racial independence from the two races that gave life to their own. Of course, very few not among them were quick to call them anything more than the offspring of half-breeds, though. Especially mankind.

Ironically, however, the nelri were more tolerant of their identity, which lead to an openness between them over technological advances in spacefaring. Such caused a political rift with the nations of man that ruled over the worlds they called home, causing concerns so dangerous that the spiritual leaders of the faenen conferred with one another over the possibility of searching for a new world to colonise for sake of their people’s future; an ideology that soon lead to fostering a greater friendship with the nelri. It was only a matter of time till their collective interests saw them working together, under the guise of deep sea research upon the Blue Moon; the supposed birthplace of the Vessel of Faith.

This divine symbol is an image of that time where the faenen, much like the nelri, were well known for their strong spirituality. There was, however, much more behind this design than what humanity originally fathomed, as symbols like these not only helped identify one’s faith in the Creator but some were also built around ancient map-making technologies that dated back before the Fall of Man. Because of this, especially for the rarest ones, symbols like these were created by the faenen to store holographic data of entire star systems, or the ‘heavens’ as some called it. Those faenen who travelled aboard the Vessel of Faith were said to be the first owners of these symbols, and it was through them that they stored knowledge of their travels to be passed down secretly to their entrusted future descendants, long after they colonised worlds far beyond humanity’s reach at the time...

This information naturally would prove priceless to anyone who could obtain it. Such was the case for Kaden, whose faenen ancestry saw him inherit one in his youth. Yet whether or not its centre jewel holds the navigational powers found in similar creations, he nonetheless treats it with devoted care, it being a symbol of his people's faith, and has so far managed to hold his tongue from telling Sinaa that what he possesses could be as valuable as a secret intergalactic treasure map she would probably find at least some temptation in wanting to snatch from him and journey off alone with it. Not that he would blame her when it could be a treasure map leading to riches beyond any mortal’s wildest dreams. The question is does he even know how to access such information within it...?



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I know... last month was possibly the worst ever for me in terms of being creative, yet hopefully it’s just a phase that’ll be buried as this month progresses. And as for this, I’ll admit some good news in that I’ve found renewed strength in my Christian faith on certain issues I was struggling to cope with, so you could say this art is in reflection of that. ... that and some inspiration from a classic cartoon show I’ll always have fond memories of. And special kudos to anyone who knows what that is, from managing to decipher a part of this symbol's design from it. (Which I sincerely doubt anyone will. XD)

Artwork // Lore - © Kristopher P. Love // Sinaa and Kaden - © =gppr & *Aikurisu
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MrAthena777 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Somehow I really get a lot of ideas about your weapons^^
Mainly involving magic :)
For that one...it could spread blue energy and summon some sort of angel
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
I doubt it would be that fancy, but interesting idea. =)
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
This is really COOL!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Thanks!
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NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
You're welcome :D
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iduck Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful design, but it doesn't look very structurally sound. It'd be best for a decorative piece rather than one you'd use for fighting, but I like it :D I hope your creativity comes back, because I love your stuff :love:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Well, my creativity is still in hiding... and to be honest I'm beginning to think it's dead. >_>;;

Anyhoo! Glad ya like the design, but just so you know this item is actual size, so it was never meant as a melee weapon. =D
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iduck Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH NO, NOT THE CREATIVITY :fear: *Gets the paddles* CLEAR! *BZZT* LIVE!!
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
*flatlines*
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iduck Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Noooooo :cry:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
"Doctor, it's gone."
"Ugh, this is the part of the job I hate most." *flings corpse over shoulder into a nearby basketball hoop over trash bin*

XD
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iduck Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that episode :giggle: So sad..
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
See, that's when The Simpsons was actually memorable. Can't for the life of me remember much from the newer seasons. =P
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gppr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Sorry to read about the difficult situations you are going through. I hope they pass very soon. :huggle:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thanks Ginny. :hug: And they are, slowly but surely. =)
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gppr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Very interesting story and symbol. Kaden thinking about Sinaa taking off with it makes me guess this happened early in their relationship. (It would be cool if it was a map to that world you described in the pendant's lore) And yes, how will he access that information? :)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I think Kaden at first wouldn't know how to access the data within it till after a story arc where he meets with an old friend from his family's past. Possibly a priest of his people's faith, who knew the former owner of the pendant. (Which could quite possibly be Kaden's father. It may have been the very reason he died so young in trying to protect the knowledge from someone not within the family... so he might have entrusted its secrets to the priest till Kaden was old/strong enough to learn about them and act responsibly about it all.)

Anyhoo, you're right about Kaden's carefulness with Sinaa early on, but to be fair this symbol is pretty sacred to him. It could be like one of those things that brings them closer together before they marry, since in some ways this symbol is Kaden's greatest kept secret, and it could explain why he's so good at finding shortcuts in space that would not be registered with the average ship navigational system. (Which could lead to Sinaa wondering why he spends so much alone time with the pendant, till she realises he's been using its knowledge behind her back to help them with past jobs. XD)
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tigerfeiry Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I adore your stories. And this is absolutely gorgeous. Amazing work as usual. Hopefully your "funk" is gone and you can continue with your plans. Symbol is vaguely familiar but its been years since I watched any cartoons @_@
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
lol, I still watch some cartoons from time to time when I'm having something to eat, but this one will always have a certain place in my heart, despite it's horrible English dubbing at times. If only I could obtain the original French version... if it exists.

Anyhoo, glad ya like! And here's hoping my 'funk' has gone too. =P Guild Wars could very well help with that...
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theo222 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
very nice sword :phew:
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thanks! Although technically this one design is for a pendant. =D
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theo222 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
we ave seen pendant turn into magical sword before
so nice sword ^^
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DaIx-the-Dark-Fear Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
OOOH, I like that! Is that a sword or just a symbol and that's it? And that's good news to hear about your faith :)
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Thanks. =) And yes, it's supposed to represent a holy symbol similar to a cross, so the size we see it as here is roughly to scale. It was likely kept as a pendant originally too, but Kaden isn't really the necklace wearing sort... and some people could swear it ironically makes a very good lockpick in the right hands. XD
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DoMiNouS-Qi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   Writer
Cold Fire
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Cold Fire?
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DoMiNouS-Qi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011   Writer
That's... My Reaction To The Picture :D
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Aikurisu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Heh, original. I like it. =D
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