The Battle of the Tempest (Steampunk)I.The Battle of the Tempest (Steampunk)3 weeks ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
We fly through the thunder and lightning,
The aether-gods crossing their arms.
Around us the streams howling frightening,
The airmen are holding their charms.
Our mighty propellers rotating,
The steam engines powering up.
The stormwinds are tearing the plating
And sparks fly from every hub.
The airship is riding the tunnel,
The nimbus clouds devious black.
Before us, we're seeing a funnel,
Above it, the sky pirates flag.
Our captain is yelling his orders,
The motors are drowning his words.
We're reaching the aether storms borders,
Followed by fast iron birds.
Their gunners are opening fire
And screeching the sirens resound.
We raise our canons up higher
And into their broadside we pound.
Two airships with full speed colliding,
The steam-planes are dancing around.
On up-drafts the two vessels gliding,
Below us the far away ground.
We circle like harriers preying
And biding our time to attack,
Until, while their whole ship is swaying,
Our cannonballs hitting their de
Above the Azure SkiesPut your goggles down, my friend,Above the Azure Skies4 days ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
We're going on a trip!
Around the world and to it's end,
Inside my cosmic aether ship.
The engine starts and purrs content,
The steam filled boilers shaking.
The tinkered arms spread out and bend,
While my iron hawk is waking.
Far away, in open skies,
Where the westwind-falcon flies,
To the realm of floating lands,
Of unbound highs and drifting strands.
On shiny wings of copper gold,
We're gliding on the upwinds bold.
The abbey of the ravens waits,
The castle in the air.
And while the wind of fury fades,
We see the roofs of Steamtown flare.
Countless buildings fill the sea,
The ocean of the stars.
And while the clockwork ticks with glee,
I'm raising altitude and bars.
To the gates of dawn we ride,
Through dark horizons in the night
And brave into the newborn day
Across the bridge of it's first ray,
Until we reach the southern banks,
Of the land of cats and fangs.
The unbent twin peaks rising up
Above the jungle isles.
And while I drink my tea, a cup,
The Isle of Lightning, Chapter One - LettersZhu approached the big, heavy set wooden double doors with the Future Industries emblem carved across them.The Isle of Lightning, Chapter One - Letters3 weeks ago in General Fiction More Like This
There came a gentle but firm knock from the hallway and Asami placed her pencil down, leant back in her chair and called for whoever was knocking to enter.
Zhu opened the door and in his practiced and usual manner slid into Asami's office. Asami’s desk faced the doors, and behind it a wall of glass dominated with a mountain view that made the room feel as though it was part of the landscape. Her assistant came and stood before the desk, a folder under one arm and a message in the other.
“The scaled schematics for the Avatar’s statue, and an express message that just came through, marked confidential.”
Asami pushed her drawings aside as he placed the plans before her and the message in her outstretched hand.
“Thank you, Zhu.”
He always found her voice was as smooth and lovely as a summer breeze but as commanding as any Fire Nation General.
Behind the Scenes: Farewell- part 2*a few weeks after Niv left*Behind the Scenes: Farewell- part 24 days ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Chandiya: *sitting at the bar* *groans*
Jenora: *rolls her eyes* I can’t believe you’re still hungover from that party.
Chandiya: Can’t blame me, the damn thing lasted for days, and what’s a party unless I’m drinking ever conscious minute of it?
Jenora: Well at least you won’t be pestering me about drink for a while.
Flare: *looks up from polishing her rifle* Who’da thought that the ‘pastas could have thrown that kinda party?
Jenora: Well, they were VERY happy….though they seem to have quietened down now.
Chandiya: I don’t really care, it was fun while it lasted. And aren’t you always complaining about how much we fight?
Jenora: I do, and I’m glad that there aren’t as many violent fights as before, though you all do occasionally break a few chairs for fun, but I still miss the Writer.
Flare: As much as ah hate to say s
Thalia's Tale - Ch. 48 - O Captain "DAD!"Thalia's Tale - Ch. 48 - O Captain3 days ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Thalia wait, don't!"
The assassin's eyes widened as he realized he hit Thalia's father instead of Thalia. Her eyes were wide with shock, but Logan held her arm to keep her from running forward. The assassin appeared to be visibly shaken by this turn of events for some reason, and he took a slow step back, shakily putting his gun back in its holster.
Thalia stared at him. "Who are you?!" She shouted. "J-Just leave us alone!"
The assassin stared back at her, his green eyes wide. "I-I'm sorry..." Then he turned and leapt up onto the railing and to the other ship and disappeared into the crowds.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills
Thalia yanked herself from Logan's grip and fell to her knees beside her father. "Dad?" She called, shaking him. But he didn't make any response.
The Adventures of SaoSao: Airship Shenanigans pt 1Saoirse’s life had quickly become a slew of nightmares since she had woken up from a rather sudden slumber in Namaco Bandai’s Marshmallow Cafe. From Coden being on the floor bleeding to death to creepy hotels with creepy dolls, she was surprised her sanity was still in tact. What didn’t help was the nightmares that once again began to plague her mind, for the most part nagging at her sleep, making her unable to fall back into a peaceful slumber and instead had her brood over Alexis and Bahadur’s disappearance. She only had several nights since then where she has actually had the proper amount of sleep, with the rest of the time she would let a small ember burn above her palm, staring at it as she thought. She wanted to trust the blonde elf that has helped her out in many situations (as well as many other people whom she has met because of him), but…that smile and that tendency to keep to himself..what if he really did had a nasty secret?The Adventures of SaoSao: Airship Shenanigans pt 11 week ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Such was Saoirse
The Isle of Lightning, Chapter Two - AirshipsThe Sato Airship glided down out of the cloud cover, dropping slowly toward the Bay of Dragons. Sprawling out across the lands by the bay, Korra and Asami could see the City of Ilkazan, the only city on the Isle.The Isle of Lightning, Chapter Two - Airships2 weeks ago in General Fiction More Like This
Great white marble towers, shining clustered spires leaping into the air, and between the great towers glimpses of the green of grass and trees, the blue sparkling of lakes and rivers. It was almost as though the city had sprung up from the earth as a plant, and grew and spread until it worked so harmoniously with the land that all became one great pulsing web of life.
The radio on the Sato Airship’s Bridge crackled to life.
“This is Ilkazan Tower calling unidentified airship.”
Korra took the radio up. “This is the Sato Airship, requesting permission to tether at Ilkazan Airfield.”
“Permission granted Sato Airship. You’ll find the airfield north-east of your position. Tether when ready.”
“Confirmed Ilkazan Tower. Tethering
The Adventures of SaoSao: Airship Shenanigans pt 2The race was quite a good one, and the company around her quite decent. They seemed to get more enthused by the race as time went on, making playful bets and chatting about different racers and ships and the like. Cheering as someone made an impressive move to get ahead, holding their breath as someones ship was damaged and had to land, seeming relieved when the pilot wasn't hurt too bad. Overall, it was just a bunch of guys watching their favorite sport.The Adventures of SaoSao: Airship Shenanigans pt 21 week ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Saoirse would soon get her drink, and the men offered her some of their snacks for her take on the race...with her bribe money used for the tab of course. Plus, they seemed to welcome new faces if they truly liked the sport. Some may have playfully flirted with her, but most were a bit older, outside conversation mostly drawing towards family and work and life.
The race was an impressive one, going through the nearby canyons and over the massive lake, ending at the landing strip nearby. Eadeline did fairly well, within the top ten, sh
The Isle of Lightning - PronunciationPronunciation - PeopleThe Isle of Lightning - Pronunciation1 week ago in General Fiction More Like This
Izan Anuin Is-an Ah-noo-in
WEIJI the Fanfic - Chapter 02(POV Leila)James Cameron's & Neill Blomkamp'sWEIJI the Fanfic - Chapter 02(POV Leila)3 weeks ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
A Fanfiction by Kaptain-Kefiah
Chapter 02: Home is where the Heart is(cont.).
The door of the wagon opened, she shouldered her way through the crowd, and jumped off.
The girl got out, fixed a bit her grey hooded coat and cleansed the dust away from her jeans with the gloved hands, then she looked at the stop map.
To reach the Front enter the corridor on the left.
The neon lights of the corridor were old and gave out a yellowish glow, a couple of them was out of commission, the roof let water pass and was covered by a huge blot of greenish moss, the walls covered with black fungal blots and hole in the covering, the floor encrusted almost entirely of filth and fossilized chewing-gums, the benches covered in blots and writings, one so much that the overlapping words were absolutely unreadable.
On her left were the doors of a public bathroom, and she could see the white walls completely blackened by writings and dick doodles, the floor
Sail - Prologue"Mam?"Sail - Prologue1 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Elizabeth turned down the hallway into the room where her mother stayed, the natural light from the window coming in and lighting up the room. Out of the ten beds that were in there, only three were filled. She walked over to the left side of the room and sat on the edge next to her mother, who opened her eyes and reached out for her only child. Elizabeth took her hand and looked at her; she was weak, her eyes bagged from lack of sleep, she barely moved and slowly spoke.
"How are you, dear?" She asked.
"I''m good ma', how are you?"
"Could be better," Her mother smiled. Elizabeth brushed the hair off her mothers face and took a hold of her mothers hand again.
"I finally got a job," Elizabeth said, breaking the silence.
"Oh, my dear." Her mothers face lit up, she knew how long Elizabeth had been trying to get a job for, and at last, she had one. "Where is it?"
"The book store just outside town, you know, the one on Awo
ParachutesYou are told by a mysterious man that the airship you currently ride will split in half separating the passengers from the cargo and parachutes. He says that there are enough parachutes for all but one passenger before jumping out of the airship without one.Parachutes3 weeks ago in Philosophical More Like This
“do you believe this man?”
Pushing parachutes into people’s hands will make them resistant and reject it.
Announcing what will happen will get you labeled as insane and thus ignored.
Explaining how they work and convincing people to take them may prove effective, but these parachute will likely never be worn, only taken.
“how do you save everyone?”
“how do you handle knowing that no matter what you do, parachutes will go unused and the man’s sacrifice will be in vain?”
To those who understand; Christians, put on and carry your cross and those who will follow will notice…
End of an EraA ‘Kaiseradler’ story by Duncan MeredythEnd of an Era2 weeks ago in Short Stories More Like This
The airship came down like a wounded whale, shearing roofing shingles and trusses off several houses and flattening a wooden storehouse, its centrally positioned steam engine crashing through wooden pillars like cannon shot through brittle bushes. The damaged hull, pierced and perforated by 75 millimetre-shots and harpoons, broke apart completely and folded. Small fires flared while the two pursuing rigid airships, sleek cylinders build for speed and firepower, started their descent. The town of Colmar, jewel of Alsace-Lorraine, awoke to life in the midst of night this January 21st, 1905.
Fritz David Lange, retired Major of the 2nd Prussian Hussars Regiment and operative in the late Bismarck’s secret service, managed to secure a horse from the damaged craft’s stable that had survived the crash landing unscathed, mounted, and threw back a last glance. The airship had been one of the earlier military models
Larry's Adventure II Ch. 10Chapter 10: Galaxy HoppingLarry's Adventure II Ch. 1010 hours ago in General Fiction More Like This
Purple rounded up Rufus and Yux in Nimbus Land after their escape from the airships that the Shroobs stole from Bowser. P.T. also finally escaped by blowing the ship up, freeing the violent monster and sending Toad Town into the unknown. Then Purple, Rufus, and Yux found Luigi, Fin, and P.T. But then Fiery Dino Piranha appeared, and got supped-up by the resurrected Dark Red, now Dark Red Bones. Will our anti heroes survive this encounter? Well to be honest, my money goes on Dark Red Bones and Dark Fiery Dino Piranha.
Yux, P.T., Fin, and Rufus are standing in Bean Valley. Dark Red Bones and Dark Fiery Dino Piranha are before them. Luigi is off in a puddle dousing fires-
Luigi: Actually, I finished during the break between chapters. I’m back now.
… Okay. Anyway, Purple is off to the side unconscious, too.
Dark Red Bones: I bet you thought you saw the last of me. Well you DIDN’T!
Fin: What do you want with us?!
Dark Red Bones: To finish
BO'H - Chapter 20 - ReturnI stuck around the old ruins for another week or so, though most of our assembled crews returned hope in that time, bringing with them the plans they had drawn up for all manner of trade-enhancing gadgets and constructions. As I was still healing, I spent much of my time pacing the old ruins, making rough sketches of various carvings and objects of interest on my casts that I would replicate later on in my journals when I had the use of both of my arms again. Ignis swung by from time to time to check on me, but she had been having the time of her life following the fungus-hunting teams around, incinerating the holdouts they found and reveling in the praise they gave her for it.BO'H - Chapter 20 - Return1 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Eventually, it began to seem like we had done all we could for the Arthrite. They had already begun reconstructing portions of floors and walls that they Hyphaenid had long since crumbled to dust, and I would often find our crew’s mechanic speaking with some of the insectoid workers about mechanical techni
Legend of Korra Book: Strength Chapter 8Shiro Shinobi: "After an intense fight with Koh, Korra and Tenzin managed to recover Ummi's face. As promised they were told how Korra can regain all her past Avatars. Meanwhile, the rest of Team Avatar make it to Kyoshi Island, only to find the United Forces fleet being attacked by the Dragon Brothers` army. Once defeating them Opal and Kai reunite with the group and are on their way to Zaofu.Legend of Korra Book: Strength Chapter 83 weeks ago in General Fiction More Like This
*Book: Strength Chapter 8: Reunions*
After traveling a day the airship is flying over the forest close to Chameleon Bay up ahead. The skies were clear and blue with little to no wind. Asami, Bolin and Opal were eating breakfast on the long dining table.
“Where’s everybody else?” Opal wondered asking Asami.
“They’re probably still resting. But they’ll be with us soon.” Asami replied as she poured herself something to drink and sat down, “So were yo
Sy in the West #5 - The Lady of SentilThe Lady of SentilSy in the West #5 - The Lady of Sentil1 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Averit breathed in and coughed slightly. The air had become a fell miasma from burning coal and boiling water. Patras, a coastal town in the far north-west of Imril had become the starting site for Averit’s race. The small town was echoing with the sound of two dozen steam engines and several hundred people. The lords of Imril were a noisy folk, when their bets rode on the wings of chance and the engines of stripped-down ariships.
The large field that Averit had turned into the start of what was being called the ‘Imril Air Race’ was ringed with bright, sheltered stands. The common people were held back from the field by a tall fence and a suitable show of force from Bastion’s garrison. Averit did not trust soldiers he did not command, a hard lesson from last year’s race when two men from the Gaenor garrison got a little too deep into their cups and let a few dozen peasants through the
BO'H - EpilogueThe payout from the pieces of stonework I’d brought back from the Sur’Dhanzan ruins went a good way towards setting what remained of my debts in Anchorhal, but it was the sales of the book that really pushed me back up into the lap of luxury. It happened every time I released a book, really, but it seemed that this particular entry had really hit a chord with people. Nora claimed it was the fascination with distant lands that did it, but I had a notion that her being along for the ride had drawn in at least a few more readers. We might have even pulled a few folks in from the romance novel market, what with the cover depicting Nora and I together on the front. I only hoped I hadn’t disappointed them too badly...BO'H - Epilogue1 month ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
That all said, it was wonderful not living royalty check to royalty check again, if only for a short while. The loss of my glove had left me worrying about my public reception (which was definitely in the red to begin with), but I found the people of Anchorhal
A Doctor's Notes - Nightjests I first came across an instance of Nightjests with the son of one of my four estranged brothers, with whom I had not spoken for years, who brought his child to me in desperation. But the child, though not weak of spirit, could not be deemed strong of mind, and by then he was already too far gone to salvage. Lesson One I learned was to diagnose the condition early: a peculiar disease in which the subject suffers fits of laughter in their sleep. Once awoken they would immediately dissolve into an inconsolable state of panic, fear and severe reticence, from which some never resurface. In the decades that followed, I encountered twelve more individual and seemingly unrelated cases, but learnt very little until the twelfth, when a prince from a neighbouring world brought me his young wife. She was in the latter stages of what, by then, I had labelled Phase I of IV, exhausted and fearful of what her mind would become, but strong indeed, intelligent and resourceful, and compeA Doctor's Notes - Nightjests3 weeks ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This