Then and Now
I like to imagine that the above picture was painted then time and progress happened and the scene below was painted. (Go over to Gnemo's Sketchbook for a new post too.
Here's the full story of Doré Volcanoes:
Living at the edge of instant death, but with limitless steam energy to run their factories, the Valcodians live every day knowing it could easily bring molten death. They work on a rotating schedule with half their life spent at serious toil, and the other half spent in hedonistic abandon. Hundreds of years may go by before one of the ring of volcanoes in their community erupts, and obliterates an outpost. However, they are all keenly aware of the dangerous business they are in. Constant monitoring of the volcano, and a quick escape route that takes the populous behind some distant rock has on occasion saved lives, but is usually futile.