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Ice Pirates - 2025

Ice Pirates - 2025

Vector Map
20 x 18 inches

This map was created for a contest entry.  It is a map/diagram of a fictional base for a group of ice pirates. 

These swashbuckling modern pirates had created a base of operation under the ice sheet of a Baffin Island fjord in the Canadian Arctic. Their primary prey was cargo freighters traveling the newly opened Northwest passage. They relied on the stealth of their electric submersibles to both attach ships for their cargo and supplies as well as to reach their base, carved from below up into the arctic ice sheet.

The base was constructed using thermal fusion technology. After drilling small boreholes, a thermal device was placed and triggered, that would result in a spherical shaped void melted into the ice. The size of the charge would determine the final size of the void created. Power was supplied by a solar panel array mounted just below the surface of the have, having the same albedo as glacial ice, making the site virtually invisible to surface observation and location.

The base provided a safe, essentially self contained hideout that these pirates were able to operate from for a 12 year period.

Unfortunately, the same global warming that opened up the northwest passage and provided their prey caused the abandonment of their base. The ice-shelf they were located under had deteriorated to the point where fractures in the ice made remaining dangerous, with some crevices actually penetrating the main cavern.

The map was created entirely in Inkscape.

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