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Sophont Parade by nemo-ramjet Sophont Parade by nemo-ramjet
One by one the silhouettes marched past like images trapped between mirrors, multiplying and changing as they walked on. Feathery, clawed, beaked, toothy forms emerged from might-have-been worlds, and joined the procession of even wilder tangents of tangent timelines.

Occasionally one locked eyes with her, staring from across the fractal haze of divergent worlds with a piercing gaze that only thinking beings could wield.

All the time, echoing across her thoughts and threatening to shatter her mind like a fragile glass egg was the music; that rolling melody, the eternal whistling paean to the Mind of God.
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vasix Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How big would a synapsid sophont be next to one of these diapsids?
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You should make that a novel!
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Nettleheart Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Pfunkei Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
That was an excellent read Nettleheart, but did Ramjet ever publish a novel with the focal point being these ornithodiran sophonts?
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Nettleheart Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think so.
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ArchitectofSleep Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I can just imagine them all going off for a spot tea and discussing the merits of their superior intelligence in regards to each other while still agreeing upon the fact that there is no way a mammalian body plan could possibly develop into any form of higher intelligence.
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TheAmazingKopout Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I like this image a lot. I would very much like to read the rest of the story the caption came from, if their is one. Question, dose distance between characters relate to distance between time lines? Such that the one furthest in the background comes from a time line that diverged earlier from the one in the nearest foreground than it did from the one next to it? (that question was a lot clearer in my head)
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
"A sophont that's not a diapsid? With teeth instead of a beak, no tail at all, and such a ridiculous pose that goes against the rules of anatomy? Don't make me chitter. Surely you know that synapsid brains don't even have a nidopallium required for sapience."
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Even if we didn't know that brains need a sac-lung driven oxygen system for their energy needs, this would be blasphemy against the Mother Egg. And how would their big skulls pass through their narrow pelvises, not to mention your offspring growing inside you like parasites?... yuck!
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JALaflin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Too amazing for words. I'll find some anyway. I've been browsing your work for some time, but now I can no longer be silent. I consider you among my greatest inspirations. Keep on blowing my mind. I also really appreciate the alternative evolutionary perspectives, entertaining and intellectual all at once.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Thank you so much for your appreciation, I try to do my best...
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Zae369 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Your work is so inspiring! Everything looks incredibly convincing and functionable. and I love how your love for evolution and putting together all possible forms life can take shows. It even shows in your artist's comments.
I like the long thin digits on the one second from the left, it's like an aye aye's, and the unusual outline the extra elongated bone & joint on the front legs give the one fourth from the right.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Thanks! :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
I hope you don't mind putting my oar in. Here's my take on another evolutionary path to sentience. Something I think you'll appreciate.
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Oh, and can my characters and yours be friends? :)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Wow, really nice characters and a completely believable biology. I'm sure they can get along with my characters. People also stab each other while courting, even if only metaphorically :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
Right. As I am sure a pnamn would say, we're the disgusting ones, since our roles in reproduction are fixed.
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Somnium-23 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
I love your art Nemo, and your poetry, it's beautiful.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Thanks!
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Somnium-23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
You're most welcome
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saintabyssal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You should have included a human for scale. That would be awesome.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
It's neat to see them all together! :)
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Seeing your dinosauroid makes me think of what else inhabits the dinosauroid world ! I saw some of labgnomes drawings, and I must know, what else ... if you wish to divuldge, please note me :D
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yoult Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh wonderful and stunning!
I guess a human would be of a similar size as the Retro-Dinosauroid or little smaller, or?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Exactly!
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Oooh. Funny how the majority seem to be maniraptorans, but that's my favourite clade to draw sapient species from too. We're all dinosaur geeks at heart, ever since that first stegosaurus toy.


What does sophont mean?
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Sophont means "sapient being," I guess...
This whole thing started out as an experiment on intelligent dinosaurs, and the most likely candidates for that, as you pointed out, were maniraptorans.
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Wow, they are all awesome!

What is the sixth creature? (The one with the swollen neck)
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
It's in my gallery, check it out.
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nyctopterus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
I need a Velociraptor for scale!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
It would be slightly smaller than the two dinosauroids at the end.
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Kirk-Hammett Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Cool! Nice work.
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
They all look so amazing -and distinct- in this lineup! Wonderful work!
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Thank you!
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student General Artist
I hadn't realized that you'd already made so many of these! Seeing them lined up together is definitely impressive
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Isn't it? It was fun trying to arrange them all together and seeing how big they'd be.
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
no words to explain how astounding this looks ! I cannot wait for what else awaits our eyes from your mind. The poem is great as well. I hope this will soon be added to your site :)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Thanks for the praises dude!
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:iconchimpeetah:
Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
You're welcome as always :)
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Jomeaga Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Really nice with all them together. You get a sense of size with them
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Thanks!
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Jomeaga Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Your welcome!
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El-Moppo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
Amazing.
I want the Dinosauroid for my wallpaper... Is it on your account, on its own there?
I Loves It! :D <3 :)
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
I will post it soon. You have Simon Roy's Dinosauroid on my account to download, if you want.
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El-Moppo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   Digital Artist
Oh. That is the one that I was referring to.
And thanks!
However. Windows Vista is being a 'tard, and making it all blurry. It does that. There is almost no control over your own desktops on that thing at all.
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CBSorgeArtworks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You've done a great feat of design here. They all feel equally real and capable, without bending to aesthetic biases that come with being human. All very thoughtful. Great job!
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Thank you so much!
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mr-author Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
*mentally adds nekkid human. giggles. Ruins moment. Gets stared at by parrot.*
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:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
:)
There goes the aura of mysticism I've tried so hard to prop up!
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mr-author Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
In the parrot-dude's universe, everyone complains about how ornithocentric all the sci-fi aliens look.
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Try to imagine the sf/f conventions in THAT parallel universe... Bird nerds!
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