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Flight of Icarus by jflaxman Flight of Icarus by jflaxman
Unbeknownst to his captors, Erziah dreamed of devices that would not enslave, but liberate; while they had him forging beasts of steel that devoured human beings, he imagined crafting wings that would take him from his hell. His wishes were so unlike theirs they never stopped to question him when he asked for new components, and when these went missing they blamed other slaves. They did not think he would rebel as long as Jarne, his only son, was given minor liberties within the compoundís bloodstained walls.

Erziahís vision seemed simple, but it took years before his greatest work was done. By then Jarne was on the verge of manhood. While Erziah had told him stories of the better lives free people led, Jarne had more ambitious dreams. He did not just want to escape the only home that he had known. He yearned to leave the world behind, to soar beyond the brooding clouds and the poisoned tears they shed, and find eternal paradise.

Another year passed, and finally Erziah had finished two pairs of wings. He could not promise they would work, but his options were success or death. He ordered Jarne to stay with him as he made his final checks. Jarne assured him that he would. Then sirens screamed and spotlights blazed as the two made their escape with a screech of microjets and stench of burning biofuels.

The wings worked better than expected; for all the noise and smoke they made, flying was intuitive. Erziah turned to check on Jarne and saw, to his horror, his son was speeding not away but up. He followed, calling him to come back, but Jarne climbed faster; he was lighter and had the better pair of wings.

Erziah had no choice but to turn back as more ominous alarms rang out. Jarne had passed the boundaries no human being was meant to cross. As he soared ever higher, the hideous spires that had mocked him all his life grew dim and distant far below. The haze dispersed, the sky turned blue, and even through his mask and goggles, he felt a wholesome light and warmth unlike any he had known.

Jarne was never seen again. Some say he reached his paradise, but the undercity scavengers who found the remnants of his wings naively, if poetically, assumed he had flown into the sun. More likely he was shot down on the orders of the transhuman elite, who resented this mere mortalís presence in the realm they called their own.
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chris-the-sword Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
such a beautiful, dark drawing!

as for the story, it was amazing, and soul-crushing.
i always loved the story of daedalus and icarus, and this was one of the most impressive, post-apocalyptic, transhuman versions of it.
i would love to see a continuation of this, and to see more chapters about this story.
what happened to erziah?
would this act inspire rebellion against the transhuman tyrants?
who will use/find/fly with the broken wings of jarne? (this could inspire a story where, some scavengers would rebuild and use the wings of jarne in order to be free/to organise a rebellion to kill/overthrow the hated transhuman elite.)

it would be cool.

anyways, good artwork, and great details!
the suit, the mechanical wings, the eye of jarne shown through the gasmask, every detail in this is perfect!
also the mechanical city's towers look grim and impressive. nice work!

its good, keep it up!
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
sorry tale
Commander-Fillmore Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
awesome futuristic twist to an old tail
jalern Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting take on the old Greek myth, J. I really like the perspective on this one. Great work.
Dandabug Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
An excellent re-imagining of a favorite fable - and also timely, given Felix Baumgartner's recent leap of faith!
jflaxman Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Thanks! I was following Baumgartner's story with a lot of interest as I find real-world exploits far more exciting than virtual ones. This story's been in my head for a while, and the microjet concept has already proved more practical than older rocket pack designs - in case you haven't already seen it, or followed the link below, here's some footage! [link]
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful and imaginative if sad tale.
commanche105996 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
Wonderfully dark take on the myth. Good job.
danceingox Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I want to try that out now xD
jflaxman Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
It might be closer than you think: [link]
danceingox Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
by all that is holy! OAO
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