When the invaders breached our temples, we had to unbury the old weapon. It was our only hope. When its tentacles pierced the invading ship, everything inside would become food for its incubating young. Our final task, if we survived, would be to bury the remains before the next weapon was born.

Aaron Limonick is a concept designer in Santa Monica who works on videogames, television and movies. See more of his luminous work on his website.