It's a Small World, Over Here and Over ThereHistory as we understand it is not a simple straightforward narrative. Dear God, no. History is more than just a chronicle of past events, it's a mind-bogglingly complex mechanism made of vast interconnected components, each comprised of everything from individual action to era-appropriate prejudices; from disparity of resources to cultural evolution; from religion to warfare; from art to politics; from reverence to tradition to open defiance of tradition and the conflict thereof.It's a Small World, Over Here and Over There1 month ago in Editorial
Typically, there are two popular and diametrically opposed approaches to history. There's the common "Great Man" theory, which focuses all the thrusts and revolutions and actions of any historical context on individuals, giving them credit for vast movements or perhaps giving too much credit to individuals who happened to be in the right place at the right time. This is the theory that would have you think George Washington and his cabinet alone were the supreme architects of the American R
Baja Airship SuperweaponBaja Airship SuperweaponBaja Airship Superweapon1 day ago in Sci-Fi
Use: Chemical Weapon Spreading Weapon
Faction: Baja Pirates
Weight: 635 tons
Armor: 170mm Armor Plates
12x 37mm Light AA
3x XB-30684 Dispensers
Powerplant: 2x Fusion Core Reactors
Info: The Creation of "Goggle Eyes". His Super Deadly XB-30684 Gas is so potent it can kill a human and Super Mutant with a single breath. Using this Airship he can blanket a entire city in 2 passes! The creation of a Insane man! It has been used three times so far.
Battles for the Skies: Section 7Battles for the Skies: Section 7Battles for the Skies: Section 72 days ago in Fantasy
The giant swarm of monsters was advancing with tremendous speed. Each second they closed on us by many meters, the wall ahead looking as if it could blacken out the sky completely. Despite the panic building inside me, I managed to remain calm through determination. The roar of the engines around me had remained constant, signalling the fact that the airships remained in their stationary position. I listened closely for the sound of cannon fire, and sure enough, the sound greeted my ears.
A Battle Cruiser near the HMA Goliath had opened up a heavy volley from its gigantic dual barrel CST scattershot cannons. The two turrets created an impressive display of dust and small pebbles scattered into the air, blown off the deck from the sheer force of the cannons. The twenty shells spewed from the cannons flew forward with dazzling speed and slammed directly into the mass of creatures ahead of us. An entire section of the wall came falling down as the shells p
Bad Blood Runs Black chapter 36 part 4Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 36 part 4 by John "Basileus Ioannis"Bad Blood Runs Black chapter 36 part 44 days ago in Introductions & Chapters
The next day, the von Jettingen family and many castle guards stood on the parade ground of the army headquarters. The weather had turned cold and windy, but no rain had fallen overnight. An airship was moored there, awaiting its special passengers. Several soldiers struggled with the guy lines tied to horse-drawn wagons, trying to steady the airship being buffeted by gusts of wind. The wooden mooring tower groaned and creaked, but held the vessel fast as the family said their goodbyes.
“My sweet Gemma,” said Lilde to her daughter, tears ruining her make-up, as she held her tightly. “You will be missed dearly. Remember to listen to Haergrim, he will help you understand the ways of the High Elves.” The Grand Duchess released her and put her hands on her upper arms. “Think of it as boarding school for a year. Study hard, and time will fly by, dear...you’ll be back home in no time.
Battles for the Skies: Section 6Battles for the Skies: Section 6Battles for the Skies: Section 62 weeks ago in Fantasy
The Roland Hanks smacked against the public docks on South Haven. I then released by hefty grip on the helm of the airship, turning around to the crew. They were hard at work enabling the locks and securing all hatches into the flying machine. While they were conducting standard operations, I took time to ventilate my remaining anxiety and ponder about the things we had just seen. I was uncertain as to whether or not the battle for Stovak was a victory or a defeat, but I could not take the risk of leaving South Haven without proper defenses if the latter was true. With my anxiety decreased, the symptoms that I had been experiencing earlier had returned, and they hit me with tremendous force. My bones and my body began to ache all over, pins and needles of pain cropping up from everywhere on and in my torso, arms, and legs. My brain pounded against my skull in rhythmic beats, causing me to breathe slowly to try to avoid the aching pain. My chest and lung
Expedition Journal of Alistar Revis -3This scrap of paper has blotches on it from the rain, and an oil stain.Expedition Journal of Alistar Revis -31 month ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
I was assigned to an excavation on the islands. Damn procurement pencil-pushers just want me out of the way again. "Bring back something valuable this time." Oh yes, I'm going to bring back MOUNTAINS of gold now. Good motivating, guys. The route will take us past the skyfortress again, and maybe I can allay any fears.
We were given the excavation ship Pursuit. Honestly it looks like a re-purposed warship, but it's better than taking the water... It'll be slow though. Odds are by the time we get to the isles, it'd be too late to turn around if what I think is correct.
Still, got a few nice things from the market. I look forward to enjoying my books on this trip.
Battles for the Skies: MEU(contains spoilers).Battles for the Skies: ForeshadowBattles for the Skies: MEU(contains spoilers).1 month ago in Fantasy
This is a message from Director John Doblisk, Raid Director of Capal Rubin in the Silver Empire. This is an urgent message regarding the fate of our glorious capital of Verace, along with the tens of millions of people that live inside it. If this message is not delivered in one week to the High Capal, I fear strongly that all of the innocent residents along with the cradle of modern civilization will perish.
We were attacked only a month ago by an unknown flying creature that could breathe dark fire from its mouth and had no heart or soul. The body of the creature was confiscated out of the streets during a confrontation with a Corvette Mk3 airship in service of the Kingdom of Lannier. Our scientists and researches extensively studied the corpse, but alas we had to transfer the body over to Grand Hierophant Hughes Niblo of the Kingdom’s Church. Thankfully we made an agreement with the intellectual to share collected data from autopsies and disse
Battles for the Skies: Section 5Battles for the Skies: Section 5Battles for the Skies: Section 53 weeks ago in Fantasy
The Roland Hanks was cruising straight into a death trap. A large task force was engaged in combat with a vicious and merciless enemy lying just outside of Stovak. The roar of the cannons and the constant pattering and noise coming from the fire guns of the airships was proof enough that the enemy lay just to the other side of them. My airship, a trading merchant, completely unarmored with no weapons, would be a prime target if the enemy spotted our airship. I knew that if they selected the Roland Hanks as their target, it would be burned to a crisp and sent plummeting to the cold, snow-laden ground beneath her, killing all aboard. I stood there in utter shock, unable to move and frozen with fear. The airship remained cruising toward the formation of Royal Navy destroyers and corvettes. The dread had spread throughout me like horrible throbbing chills and shivers of someone stranded in the cold. I was not shivering due to temperature though; I was quaki
War.swf #4 - MUNS DefiantWar.swf #4 - MUNS Defiant3 weeks ago in Settings
Type – Heavy Transport Zeppelin (Rigid frame airship)
Armor – 16 mm in hull areas
Cruising speed – 90 mph
Cruising height – 35,000 feet
Engines – 5 Morton Bay-leaf fusion steam engines
Weapons – 12 QBZ300 naval cannons, battering ram
Crew – 200 naval robots
Operated By – Mechanikii Union Navy
Home Planet – Sesiqui
Intergalactic Ride Equipped? No
Piloted by AS45 and DD90
Prompt: Squall Leonhart Tries To Be A Pirate It was a searing hot day in Ivalice and despite Balthier's many efforts to keep his airship to a minimum heated temperature, the Strahl was essentially a large, though beautiful, floating tin can.Prompt: Squall Leonhart Tries To Be A Pirate2 hours ago in Short Stories
His own body heat rose as his temper flared, shaking his head. "No, no, no, it's all wrong. You're wrong. You can't be a pirate. I'm this close," he held up his forefinger and thumb in a pinching motion, "to throwing you off this damn ship."
Squall Leonhart was a good soldier if nothing else, but a pirate? Not on your life. "I don't get it," he muttered, looking over his gun blade, "why do I have to loot people and hold them to ransom?"
Balthier flailed, almost falling from his perch on a large tool box, "because that's what pirates do, you imbecile!" Running his warm hands through his damp hair, his palm came to rest at the back of his neck, "I'll go over this... one more time," he narrowed his eyes, watching the guest on his ship. "Vaan, come here so I can demonstrat