The AirshipMemory is probably the oddest part of the mind, sometimes, it will recall events with vivid imagery, but only a day later, it might be unable to remember even a single moment of that same event. There is one event that, no matter how much time passes, will always stay deeply entrenched in my mind, when I was arrested as a political prisoner of the French Republic. Let me tell you how the events transpired.The Airship1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
Before you can understand what any of it means, you will have to know a bit of background. It was the 30th year Queen Victoria's reign in the UK, or at least it should have been, if the French hadn't executed her and her entire family when they conquered the nation eighteen years ago. Europe has been divided between three great empires, the French, spanning from the Iberian Coast to the edge of the Alps, and following the Mediterranean coast over to the Russian Empire. The Russian Empire Holds most of the farther east parts of Europe and the entirety of Siberia, while finally, the Pr
Airshipping Is MagicThe morning air was crisp and cool with barely a breeze blowing. The sky was crystal blue, and the rays of the sun played lazily across the green countryside. It was the perfect day, thought Twilight Blimple, for a flight.Airshipping Is Magic3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The little purple sparkly blimp slowly rose into the air, enjoying the wind as it played across her surface. Her propellers spun into life as she turned in a westerly direction, the fluted spire that jutted out from her control deck pointing the way.
Twilight wasn't a big blimp. Her gasbag was large but stubby, her fins small and protruding, and her purple gondola cabin was slung almost apologetically underneath. Growing up as a little balloon in the big city she had always been jealous of the other airships, who always seemed to be more graceful than she. But soon study had paid off.
Today, she was on an important mission. Today she had to ferry vital medical aid across Airquestria. A hailstorm had hit the town of Hull, and puncture repair kits were urgently needed.
Guardian Angels: A Report on the Modern AirshipPhillip PirripGuardian Angels: A Report on the Modern Airship1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
November 1, 2132
Technology has always played a crucial role in human history and has only grown more influential and intertwined with our daily lives as it progresses. However, as our past has proven, often some of our most incredible advancements have been born from or used to create conflict. The twentieth century saw countless examples of warfare and conflict leading to leaps in technology. Although one could list off the various weapons created in this time period, an interesting pattern emerged as the technology matured. Once purely destructive innovations became something more as we unlocked their constructive potential. Rockets and explosives formed the foundation for our space exploration programs, atomic weapons were soon reformed into energy providing reactors that illuminated our cities, and wireless networks designed for military communication evolved into the internet that we know today, among several oth
Bury the ChildBury the child in a broken coffinBury the Child3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
with an empty censer, for who will pray?
You killed her with your bloody hands;
she starved for the food you stole.
She was your child, so beautiful,
with a sweet and untrained voice,
yet most who saw her told you
that she'd make the world rejoice.
When the winter came, she faded away,
shadows of monsters in clouds of steam
from the fires crying out in the hearth
drawing you back you back to your home
where they would tell you:
"She doesn't exist, there is no child.
Monsters and visions are lies.
All poets are dead to the world
and hope won't feed the stomach.
Hearts are not for dreaming,
only for your blood."
Oh dreamer, why did you listen to them?
You returned to find her gone.
To the place that you had stolen away to,
hiding the child in the snow.
Bury the child in a broken coffin,
who will pray for the golden dream?
Will you notice the phoenix,
Will you remember me?
1x03 Rosa Raines and the Vanishing Airship(part 1)'Aagck!' I barely managed to stifle a cry of pain. In a momentary lull, I had leaned against the steel pillar, forgetting the burning sun had made it--and, indeed, most of my surroundings--uncomfortably hot to the touch.1x03 Rosa Raines and the Vanishing Airship(part 1)2 weeks ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
In my newest pursuit, I found myself paying my first visit to Copper Creek's airship dock. It was a rather impressive sight to behold; airships of various shapes and sizes were lined up along the skyward equivalent of a pier. In place of an anchor, each ship was held into place by a harness made out of steel poles and cables, keeping it suspended some distance above the ground.
And yet, something wasn't quite right. I had expected the dock to be bustling with people, preparing for journeys or just arriving in the city, as well as workers loading various goods onto cargo ships. Instead, there was barely anybody in sight, as though air traffic had taken the day off. There was one security guard at each end of the dock, and occasionally a few people would carry crates off
Aboard the Airship Skipper thought for a second. He knew that there was only a minute left before the bomb went off. He looked up at the airship which was about half the size of New York City. An idea popped into Skipper's head. He ran over to Kowalski and ripped the bomb out of his flipper.Aboard the Airship2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Skipper?" Kowalski asked, "What are you doing?" Skipper ignored Kowalski and picked up the mega-bazooka flipper that the ripped off of Sherman. Skipper stuffed the bomb into the mega bazooka.
"Rico" Skipper said, "Give me a grappling hook gun!" Rico nodded and hacked up a grappling hook gun. Skipper grabbed it and ran to the side of a building. He fired the grappling hook up and pulled himself upwards.
While he was still being pulled up, he looked at the timer. He had thirty seconds. He finally got to the roof, with only twenty-five seconds left. He belly-slid, and jumped on
AirshipsThe city lights dim,Airships5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Shutting down for sleep,
Airships passing silently overhead
Passengers gazing out of diamond windows
At the darkness below
in a world of dreams
The sable cloak of night waves
as about their business go
the keepers of the dark
The watchers in the stillness
in the shadows
in the shadows' shadows.
Steam escapes from the chimneys
billowing upward to embrace the ships
Welcoming in a cloud of heat and tears
and copper piping.
What is made is not undone,
what is undone cannot be made,
In this city of darkness and dream.
And the people ever watch
as the grand design is played out below
in their forgotten memories
and shattered hopes.
A new world, a lost world found again
by the floating airships
And they float on, shadows quickly forgotten
leaving everything of value behind.
Anti-dragon Airship DefensesCaptain Chesiram's Listing of Anti-Dragon Defenses for Airships.Anti-dragon Airship Defenses3 years ago in Settings More Like This
I won't hide the fact that I've had dealings with dragonriders, or the fact that I am on good terms with them. However, I am a dragonhunter, which means that I know how to take them down.
What should be remembered first is that dragons are smart. Smarter than most men I know. keep that im mind when fighting them. Wild dragons are a threat to anyone who travels the skies. It's always a good idea to keep an eye out for any of them, as an airship is a tempting target for these creatures.
Harpoon Gun - Classic dragon-hunting weapon for an airship. Useful for other utilities as well. Requires decent aim, but the shot will pierce the dragon's hide easily. Also attached to a cable, allowing you to capture your attacker, or bring it to port as a trophy. Downsides are aiming, added weight of a hit t
My Little Airship Part 1The armor of the mighty Trottingham soldiers glinted in the moonlight, the infantry standing tall and proud, swords raised. Behind them two ranks of kerosene-powered trotting machines stood ready to fire, cannons aimed over the heads of the platoon. A zeppelin scouted no-pony's land at the center of the battlefield, its black metal skin sparkling in the ominous black and orange sky.My Little Airship Part 12 years ago in Profiles More Like This
The Dawnist infantry crouched behind their fortifications, knowing they stood no chance against the steel might of Emperor Blueblood's Clanker empire. But a row of genetically altered manticores loomed behind them, ready to devour any who dared retreat.
The attack had almost begun when Princess Twilight Sparkle heard somepony outside her door.
She took a guilty step towards her door- then froze in place, using a sound amplifier spell. Trees stirred in a soft breeze outside, but otherwise the night was silent. Mother and Father were at the Appaloosan border, after all, and the servants wouldn't dare disturb
Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 3 rev 1Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 3 - by John "Basileus Ioannis"Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 3 rev 14 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Another day and night passed on the Silver Highway, with no further sign of the Blackstonian invaders and their big, armored Charrs. Haergrim the ranger walked nearly wordlessly, despite all of Pana's efforts to engage him in conversation about the invaders, about Lord Heizmall, about anything at all. Haergrim was an elf of few words. He wasn't unfriendly toward the human girl, but just kept his cards close to his chest.
So Pana spent the time looking around to make sure they weren't followed, for any sign of danger, but found none. She also marveled at the beauty of the land. White birch and poplar trees lined this stretch of the Silver Highway, many birds sang their songs and criss-crossed overhead, and one evening she even saw a deer with tremendous antlers.
There were farms on both sides of the road now, the odor of hay and manure hanging in the air, and the occasional farmer and his wagon full of sweet smelling spring b
Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 6 rev 1Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 6 - by John "Basileus Ioannis"Bad Blood Runs Black - chapter 6 rev 13 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A cold sweat beaded on Pana's forehead as she slept uneasily, hiding under the cloth-covered table in the dark narrow corridor. She dreamt that Stengal the Weasel was chasing after her, with a horde of monsters behind him. Suddenly a huge black spider was in front of her, hanging in the center of a gigantic web, laughing at her. She recoiled, and tripped on something lying on the floor. As she fell, she turned over to see what it was. It was her father's dead body. His face was blue, and his Spatha was clutched in his hands across his chest. As she touched his face, suddenly his skin turned jet black, and he broke out in a big white toothy grin. He turned to face her. His eyes opened, and they were ruby red. He spoke to her, in a husky feminine voice, "Hey missy..."
"Hey missy," whispered Chawinda, shaking Pana gently. Pana awoke with a start and a gasp, hitting her head on the underside of the table. "Easy...it's time to go
AirshipAirship4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Captain Severence Constantine Archer was just drifting off to sleep when the transmitter began beeping. He thought briefly about ignoring it, but as a captain, he knew he couldn't. It could be important... It had better be an SOS or death dispatch, he thought. With a sigh, he got up and grabbed his jacket, tossing it on over his bare chest. He zipped it up, took a seat at his desk and flip the switch to receive the transmission. The vacuum tubes hummed for a moment while they warmed up, and after a few seconds the screen flickered on. General Harver McCoy's face appeared on the screen, the windows behind him showing midmoring sunshine of Britain's territory in Hong Kong.
"Good evening, General," Archer began, putting a quite emphasis on the time, though he doubted the other man actually cared that here in the Atlantic it was still the middle of the night. He and McCoy had never gotten along well. Archer suspected that the older man would have long ago dumped him at a deskjob and forgot
Alternative Solutions (My first Steampunk)Alternative Solutions (My first Steampunk)1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
"There's GOT to be a way around it," Sherlock raged softly from his corner of the flat, lifting his magnifying goggles away from his eyes to rest in a tangled black nest of curls. The tiny chart of the underground facility stared elusively back at him, its secrets no less divulged than they had been an hour ago. "But there's nothing for it," Sherlock sunk into a state of lamentation in his armchair, legs outstretched until his saddle-print boots nearly intruded on John's personal space.
"The bases are air-tight, not even Mycroft could sneak someone into one of them. They've got double and triple backups on everything, a checkpoint every three yards. There's no way in and no way out without being privy to the fifty-digit sequence of a puzzle that only their approved pilots have memorized."
John looked up over his bulky newspaper, one eyebrow quirked.
"Not that I couldn't easily memorize it, of course," Sherlock snapped hastily as he glanced at his fobwatch for a split second, "But the p
Negeyari's Begining Chapter 9Chapter 9Negeyari's Begining Chapter 95 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Above the fishing village of Najalka two massive airships hovered ominously, blocking out the sun and creating a shadow on the village below. The civilian air ship and large armed military airship communicated with their signal lamps continuously as they grew closer. The smaller civilian airship then turned towards the open land around the farms, as the military airship
hovered in place above the village. "Its landing!" "Why are they here?" "Are they here to take away Negeyari?!" many of the villagers began shouting as the airship lightly touched down in a field devoid of trees just outside the village.
"Come on Negeyari... hiding you would be pointless..." Nahal said with a serious tone.
The little naga still amazed by the flying machines finally came to realize why they were here, "Th-they're not going to take me away are they?" she said in a panicky tone.
"I won't let that happen..." Nahal replied with a grim look on his face. Nahal led the way as Nege
AphroditeLightning crackled in seven hues across Serpentine's faceted flight visor. The steering yolk buffeted against her thighs with the eastward winds. She gripped the stick with a gloved hand, and reached up to grab the speaking tube.Aphrodite3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Doc! Whatever you're going to do, do it fast!" she screamed into the brass funnel, "the Everstorm will chew us up if we stay here much longer!"
As if to prove her point, the Aphrodite lurched like a kicked-over watering can against the storm-wracked winds. The starboard rotors missed a beat, and Serp's stomach jumped into her throat. It was a long way down into the Maw, and she was flying without backup pinions; the winds would only shred them.
Serpentine's urgent plea pulsed down the magnetic reverb tubes to ring like a funeral bell inside the Aphrodite's tiny cargo basin, made tinier by the metal slab bolted to the basin's deck. Crammed into the small space between the slab and the portside bulkheads was a chickenbone of a man with wild, red h
Airship worldWe've seen zeppelin survival explored as a side effect of virtually every POD set before last wednesday, but the a scenario where everything is focused on the survival of the zeppelin as the scenario's main core is all too rarely explored. The POD of course involves a combination of various disasters being avoided plus president Roosevelt deciding to embark on an ambitious project to follow up the TVA: the construction of an air merchant marine using airships that would of course use american-produced helium.Airship world1 year ago in Settings More Like This
The second world war, cold war and even much of modern history largely followed OTL's overall path, but there of course some differences. One obvious difference is that adding zeppelins into the equation doesn't mean the replacement or even sidelining of heavier than air travel. Zeppelins remain on the side but by the facts that 1) they require much less infrastructure to accomodate 2) airships can carry big loads of cargo and or passengers much cheaper than aircraft can.
My Little Airship Part 3*cough* *cough*My Little Airship Part 32 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Princess Twilight Sparkle awoke to the sound of rumbling of engines and the taste of terribly sweet molasses. It felt as if she were moving.... She couldn't come up with a cohesive thought as her senses gradually returned to normal. She opened her eyes and saw that she was wrapped in a white blanket with her family crest embroidered on the middle; the Great Princess Celestia flying straight into the sky with the rising sun behind her. It was her family, after all, that the Princess entrusted her half of Equestria to on her death bed. So of course, when Twilight's father fell in love with a lowly commoner, her family saw it as him inviting trash into the home of Celestia.
Then it all came back to her: being pulled out of bed, piloting the trotter, and being assaulted by her own two tutors.... She realized that she was still in the Stormtrotter, and that she could be a hundred miles from home by now. She'd been fillynapped.
At least she was still breathing. Were they plan
Dissidia Quotes: Cid HighwindCid HighwindDissidia Quotes: Cid Highwind2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
1. Hey, do you know who the hell I am?
2. Who the hell are you?
3. Get out outta my way!
4. You're starting to piss me off.
Low HP: Gonna cry on me?
Low HP: Pick yourself up already.
Strong Opponent: This is gonna be a big splash.
Strong Opponent: Whadda want?
Weak Opponent: Don't piss in your drawers.
Weak Opponent: Piss off already!
Warrior of Light: Does battle truly suit you?
Garland: A fool like you shames that name.
Firion: You're bit of a grouch, aren't you?
The Emperor: What and uncouth individual.
Onion Knight: You do know smoking is bad for your health, right?
Cloud of Darkness: Sink into the hazy darkness.
Cecil: It'll take a lot to put you down.
Golbez: Determinations must be part of that name.
Kain: Don't rush to die like a fool.
Bartz: Do you work with Crystals too?
Exdeath: Witness a true oblivion!
Gilgamesh: Too expensive of a habit for me!
Terra: Could you please watch your mouth?
Kefka: At least there's no banana suit this time!
The Adventurer's LamentGive all my love to ages past,The Adventurer's Lament2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
To times of wealth and wonder;
To adventurers, to lands unmapped,
To pirate's loot and plunder.
Tell history to wait for me,
Though I am far and gone
There's one path left for me to take
Before my journey's done.
I sailed these skies once like a king,
In search of gold and glory,
My body strong, mind clear and sharp,
Pursuing airship quarry.
Alone, I flew the seven seas,
And countless distant lands;
Mount Kailash and the Himalays,
The cruel Saharan sands.
It was the world of yesteryear,
With mountains white and wide
With deserts shifting, sun ablaze
Which beat my weathered hide;
With ruins swallowed up by sand
And skies of high azure,
With tribes unknown and jungles deep,
With monoliths and moors.
Alas, the past's a quiet thing,
She ne'er speaks more than once;
The shining world I once knew
Has vanished into dust.
The clouds, once gold as angel's hair,
Now glower black with coal;
Below, a city indifferent, grim,
In fog as thick as wool.
Airship Rose Mary PrologueAirship Rose Mary Prologue5 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
No one heard the sound of the woman moving in the small farmhouse. She quickly and quietly packed her things as her soon to be former husband and young daughter slept soundly. This woman could not take living is the West anymore. She was born and raised in the North with other rich families. She couldn't handle cooking and fending for herself. Her parent’s thoughts this would be best for her but they were wrong. She latched the lid if her suitcase shut and looked back the man she once loved. She did love but she was young and foolish.
"I'm sorry, Henry" she whispered as she left the room. She hurried down the hall and to the front door. Just as her hand touched the cool metal of the doorknob, a small voice spoke from behind the woman.
"Mommy?" The woman turned to see her five-year-old daughter.
"Where are you going, Mommy?" She asked. Kneeling down before her daughter, she stared into her emerald green eyes, which she got from herself, and said, "I'm going away for a
The MechanicI ran across the dilapidated tarmac to the airship that was refueling. If any of the people on the ground saw me, they'd probably shoot me before asking any questions. I was quick to slip into the cargo bay, using the boxes they were loading as cover as I scurried deeper into the ship. As soon as I found an access panel, I pulled it off and crawled inside before closing it almost completely. I just needed to get away from this town. To get away from him before he killed me.The Mechanic2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I held my breath as I heard the bay doors close and the engine fire up. It was only a matter of mintues before I was away from this town. They could kick me out at the next port and that would be perfectly fine with me. As long as it wasn't this town. That was all I needed. I relaxed as I felt the ship actually begin to take off, but there was an odd sound filtering through the access panels from the engine.
I slipped out of the access panel to creep down towards the engine room, holding my tools close to my chest s