Artist: Esme Carpenter
Artwork: Unknown Man's Diary
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INFORMATION REQUESTED: Freedom
WARNING: information is largely composed of rumour. Proceed? Computer just do the thing I ask you
Wyvern Ship Logs: >> Planetary information >> Freedom
Freedom is officially classified by the Time and Space Protection Society as a dead planet, due to the level of toxicity in both its atmosphere and ground composition. It cannot support any ecosystem, sentient or otherwise, of its own, and never has. The clouds that surround the whole planet are three miles thick, and consist of, among other things, cyanide and arsenic. Research into the creation of these toxic clouds has always been halted by the death or maiming of research teams. Freedom is composed of thick volcanic rock, and orbits a star on the furthest reach of the Tryt suns.
However, Freedom is not dead. It has become home to some plucky and tenacious groups, mostly criminals, who somehow found a way through the thick gases and onto the surface. Once this was done, it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to clear the clouds, temporarily or otherwise. Through the use of an ingenious ventilation system (also never researched), Freedom is now accessible to only the lower rungs of society. Stringent checks and scans are performed on approaching vessels, and if they are deemed friend, the clouds are parted. If not, a fiery death awaits the ship. As such, no policing teams or spies have ever been able to get onto Freedom’s surface and crime runs rife. The only information we ever get from Freedom, therefore, is dock rumour and fairy tales.
Over 90% of the galaxy’s drugs are passed through Freedom. 72% of all human trafficking in the system originates there. The unofficial headquarters of the galaxy’s Black Market is on Freedom. The legendary Obsidian Market, an auction site where highly rare and dangerous stolen goods are sold on, makes its home there.
In short, Freedom is not a place for civilised people. It is a place to hide and skulk, a place to wait, a place to murder. It is a place a lot of people never leave.
Zephyr Scout Ships Inc. does not recommend travel to Freedom, or any attempts to land there.
Star’s Landing National Museum – artefact information
Curator: Esme Carpenter
Item for exhibit: one diary, ruined. Age approximately twenty years old. Written in Basic by an unknown man (aka William Blake?) documenting life on Freedom (I kid you not! Who would have thought we’d ever find such a thing?) for his infant son (aka Little Grey, Blake). One poetry book – William Blake’s collected poetry, ruined. Age approximately thousands of years old? Originated Earth, circa 1990 (?).
Area of interest: Actual insight into life on Freedom, by someone who lived there. No other museum in the quarter has this kind of thing, I promise you.
Unknown Man's Diary is a piece of character art, based on the fictional world of upcoming graphic novel Son of Songs, written by Esme Carpenter. A novelist by trade, writer of both science fiction and fantasy, Esme is fascinated by worldbuilding and character, and making both as real as possible for her audience. This piece attempts to incorporate both, by delving into a place that none would chose to visit and exploring the reasons how and why good, honest people would go to such a place. Esme believes that the best storytelling comes from the characters themselves and the sometime mundanity of the lives they lead.
She invites you wholeheartedly to pick up, read and touch the artwork.
Photography by Strawbleu Editions