|Tears of Fire|
|On display at||Bentley National Gallery|
Tears of Fire is a 2610 painting by Aaron Fring commemorating the end of the Second Tevarin War. After losing the Battle of Centauri, the remnant of the Tevarin fleet incinerated itself in the atmosphere of their homeworld. The painting depicts these fireballs crashing into the surface of Jalan with the silhouette of an unidentified spectator in the foreground.
As with most art, I wasn’t trying to depict the moment exactly as it was. That’s what I’d always done in the past but this was something so much more than the visual. There was so much complexity caught up in that action, from the Tevarin, for what it meant for us as a species, and what it meant to me. I just wanted to try and capture the feeling of that fraction of time. So beautiful and so sad.
While filming a segment for Whitley’s Guide's Intergalactic Aerospace Expo 2951 series, Jax McCleary (under pressure to increase show ratings) attempted to recreate Aaron Fring's work by exhausting paint out of the engine plume of an Aegis Redeemer aimed at a rooftop landing pad in New Babbage. The results, however, were less than satisfying, creating a mess of color not at all representing the original masterpiece. The remnants of this stunt have not yet been cleaned up and can still be discovered by players.