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  1. Chapter XII [Of Endings Many, and Beginnings New] And there it is folks, the final chapter of the First Act. There will be a short intermission posted in the near future concerning our Italian friends, and then it's on to making Act 2. Hope you've all enjoyed, even those of you that haven't commented (grr).
  2. Chapter X [The Iron Dog Rides Again]
  3. Chapter VI [Battle of Ile de Batz]
  4. Chapter V [The Italian Connection]
  5. Chapter IV [Third Battle of Heligoland Bight] After a short hiatus of grumpiness I am back with some more updates. As always readership is always appreciated.
  6. Chapter III [Battle off Flamborough Head] New chapter, come check it out! (And please do take a look at the last one too, before you do!)
  7. Chapter II [Shards of the Past] Second chapter is out, and now we start dipping our toes into the plot. All criticism positive, negative and otherwise is always welcome, as long as it is thoughtful.
  8. An aggressive and headstrong Royal Navy Captain meets his match in the aggressive and headstrong Belle of SMS Derfflinger. Awoken from a twenty year slumber at the bottom of Scapa Flow, she must fight Morgana, her Captain, and her own demons. The outcome of the war, and the fate of her nation may depend on it. DISCLAIMER: Takes place in an alternate universe where Belles can hop aboard other ships freely. They can't go on land though, and if they end up in the water without some kind of hull nearby they perish. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. Outside historical events and personas that can be reasonably considered to fall within the public domain, ie Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, ect. Chapter I [The Phantom of Scapa] Chaper II [Shards of the Past] Chapter III [Battle off Flamborough Head] Chapter IV [Third Battle of Heligoland Bight] Chapter V [The Italian Connection] Chapter VI [Battle of Ile de Batz] Chapter VII [Cheer Up, Baden!] Chapter VIII [Danzig Raid] Chapter IX [Burning Bridges] Chapter X [The Iron Dog Rides Again] Chapter XI [Brothers in Arms] Chapter XII [Of Endings Many, and Beginnings New] After 3 years in development, I hope it was worth the wait! Will be posting updates regularly, so look forward to it!
  9. I've returned with more questions, this time as a follow-on to the information we got in the latest update. If Belles from salvaged ships like Thetis and Squalus could potentially manifest Belles, what about much bigger ships? Specifically, what might be the Belles thoughts on a certain famous WW1 battlecruiser that recently came to the surface in Scapa Flow, for the first time in 20 years? I have some good information on the salvage of SMS Derfflinger that indicate the raising took place late in August, potentially days before the Morganas appeared and Belles began manifesting. Though I lack specific dates for each stage of the salvage, it seems likely that the ship would be in the midst of free-floating an in preparation for drydocking on September 1. As salvaged she is remarkably intact, her main battery turrets are all in place and have not fallen out of their barbettes. Even in death, she defiantly clings to her weapons! A diagram I have of the raising effort indicates that her bridge and funnels survived settling on the sea bottom, and her masts were the only significant causalities of that event. Even the original paint appears to have remained in photographs. There certainly seems to be potential there, but I'll leave it to the Belles to hear what they have to say on the matter. Given her service record in the Great War, she'd be a force to be reckoned with if ever she returned.
  10. Ask a casual enthusiast of history who collaborated with Weimar Germany in military development, and the United States Navy will certainly never be mentioned. Yet, that is exactly what happened with the Navy's fledgling rigid airship program in the twenties. This endeavor resulted in one German airship entering service with America, and two more behemoths of the skies designed by none other than German engineer Karl Arnstein, following shortly after. It seemed as though the US Navy was poised to ascend as the premier operator of zeppelin airships in the postwar period, building on and expanding the long legacy of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin's machines. But it was not to be. Less than a decade later, it would all come to an end. Wicked weather would spell disaster for the USS Akron and the USS Macon, the first two of the American-built airships. In 1933, the USS Akron was struck down from the sky in a tremendous thunderstorm, taking all but three of the souls aboard her down into the perilous waters below. The USS Macon, would suffer a similar fate in 1935, but while flying over land. The loss of life was less severe, but the ship was demolished. With two such disasters in a row the US Navy permanently shut down the airship program, and retired it's sole survivor. The USS Los Angeles. She had came to America as LZ-126, and was known as the Amerikaschiff by her builders. Though she had several close calls, she never had a single disastrous accident or loss of life aboard her in her career. In 1932 she entered her hangar at Lakehurst, New Jersey for the last time, and would stand as a silent reminder of the terminated airship program for seven years. On October 24, 1939, the last American zeppelin met her end. Struck from the Navy List, she was dismantled in her hangar. But not this time. This is the story of how fate changed for one particular, unique ship when the Morganas attacked. Part I: A Star Is Born Part II: Back in the Saddle Part III: Fall From Grace Please leave all your thoughts and feedback below, and I hope that I've brought you something fresh and interesting for the New Year.
  11. I'd like to pose a question for our aircraft carriers in our next lore update, specifically Lexington and Hiryuu representing the largest and most advance carrier fleets in the world, and in commemoration of Paul Allen's discovery of Lex's remains. Ark Royal would be a welcome addition as well, if she can be bothered to come across the pond. And that, pertains to the nature of aviation amongst the Belles and Morgana, stirred by an observation from a previous update. As one of the possible personas we can throw our support behind, the notion that Belle and Morgana aviation are not particularly impressive raises several questions. Are they really unimpressive, not able to exceed anything that humans have put in the air? Or is this particular figure simply impossible to impress? The question I pose to the carrier Belles, is, succinctly: What precisely are the capabilities of air assets for Belles and Morganas? How does their pilot quality, speed, agility, and formation discipline compare with contemporary human air forces? Is it rightful to regard them as unimpressive?
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