Descending upon the land of Erstwhile teleports one back to a distant past that sits nestled in the future. It is a land where long ago meets the excitement of the present with an ability to breathe the air of the of a time not yet to arrive. The gleaming brass frames of the colorful glass yields an imaginary field of fragrant metal wildflowers, stiff and unbending on the sunlit stone. The ambiance is inviting and invigorating. You’ve reached the launching point to propel yourself into the future without leaving the past behind.
A close look here sees walkways, docks… a skyport in the bowl of an enormous crater, wrought from a technology so advanced that it will forever seem ancient. From here, merchants in scarabesque vessels ply their trade between the worlds, between realities. But step back; let the sunlight gleam from the opalescent hulls and they become as petals, the brass and iron of the walkways become stems, to the structures that hold it all together: a magnificent flower, shining in the crater’s embrace. In the middle of it all, a bright light streaks upwards, the connection to those other realities by which these ships journey to places as yet undreamed. This is the gateway of now. The launching off point for those brave souls that are truly ready for the future.
Erstwhile by Marcus Inkpen and Sharni Azalee.