“The Ashcen was the ceremony that celebrated a Kushauwan Pilot’s the 10th Magniacapra engagement.
The event was the acquisition of “war paint” via the low altitude gravitational assist of Ganarhun I in the Ganarhun system.
Ganarhun I was a Metallic Hypergiant who’s close proximity to it’s star caused it’s surface in daylight, to evaporate prior to being blown by the solar wind into interstellar space. As pilots undergoing the Ashcen transgress through the planets ;bleeding’ atmosphere, metallic vapour condenses and scars hull plating providing the vessel with unique patterns that distingish the pilot amoungst it’s peers.”
Synax444’s work provided most of the inspiration for this piece.
Magnetar Proving Facilities provide the ultimate testing environments for new technology and tactics due to the extrodinarily tough conditions found within these particular stellar atmospheres.
Like with all stars, magnetic field’s excite and bake stellar atmosphere and the solar wind to millions of degrees hotter than the stars core.
This Magnetar (SGR 1900+14) although less than 20 killometers in diameter weighs in at over 5 solar masses and resides in a photosphere several billion degrees kelvin. It’s in these extremes, ship defences and weapons systems are assessed by some of the most competent test pilots in the industry.
Asgards in transit towards a Magnetar Facility.
Running off the success of Varuna, I wanted to design a ship similar in style and nature, but a size class larger and perhaps a little more aggressive.
I’ll be redesigning this vessel in future so stay tuned.
This is one of the first large ships created for the Arkaedian faction. I had a lot of fun with the detail and general design. Some aspects such as the colours and paint would be things I’d like to get back to but I it still more than holds up after several years of relative neglect.