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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 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.
  3. 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!)
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. More of a game question than a lore question, is it possible we might have the option to have the German cruiser Seydlitz completed in 1940? She was 95% complete in September, one year from the game's start date, and I assume with the right influences it'd be totally plausible to have that last 5% finished and the ship ready for that year. The name Seydlitz is a proud and excellent namesake, in both the Rittergeneral that the cruiser was named for, and the SMS Seydlitz, her WW1 ancestor, and I would love to see the name carried on and represented in VB. (Not to mention that German players don't exactly have a lot of ships and need whatever they can get) Drauf Seydlitz!
  10. I'd like to throw out Yavuz and Kongo for the next duo. A German and British battlecruiser from WW1 meeting is sure to spark some lively discussion, as I can't imagine Kongo is too happy about Yavuz's cousin demolishing her half sister. Kongo, being basically a British aristocrat living in Japan, where pedigree and heritage are extremely important, would certainly hold Yavuz somewhat accountable for her family's actions. It might be interesting to see how Yavuz feels about her ancestry as well, since they lived short by exciting and successful careers, whereas Yavuz lived a long, quiet life.
  11. I could never say no to Italian food, 2 it is. The whole net bit gave me a chuckle though, as it seems Lampo has graduated from the Robbie Rotten School of Catching Enemies. This update has also reminded me of how much I love Lampo's fashion senses. Hopefully we can resolve this dispute without anyone getting seriously hurt. Well, maybe Pola's pride will take a hit, but that's inevitable.
  12. Well I was aware Pola was supposed to be a flagship. The unique bridge layout gives it away, and to be honest it makes her my least favorite ship of the Regia Marina in terms of superstructure. But, then again, the RM isn't all just about looks despite what some perfidious Anglo propoganda might say. The Italian cruisers were quite wonderful ships and some of the best interwar cruisers from my point of view. With a leader like Pola, I'm sure they'll be able to accomplish great things. Though, then again her temper and tendency to punch first and ask questions later could easily lead to a repeat of Matapan by rushing in without thinking, so she's going to have to learn to cool off sometimes!
  13. Glad I casted my vote in for Pola, she was more amazing than I could have hoped for! I simply love a girl who can be fiery and ferocious when she wants. Being someone who isn't a big Mahan fan (I don't dislike her, I just don't particularly like her either), I actually laughed way too hard at Pola punching her in the nose. She could stand to learn a bit more self control, and I am sure she will find some if you pursue her story arc. I find it interesting that she indicated her sister give her crap, but not as much crap as she gives them. So, the other Zara class are hot-blooded too, but Pola is the biggest hothead of them all? I always loved the Zara's from a perspective of their combat capabilities, and if they're all passionate, fiery tempered warriors like Pola I think I'm going to have them be my fleet mainstays for anything requiring a cruiser! Also, I am honestly curious why she has the crest of the Rebel Alliance from Star Wars as a hair piece. Especially ironic since Italy at the time wanted to become the Roman Empire again
  14. I'm casting my vote for A3! I need more pasta in my life.
  15. Here's a very interesting article for those interested in the German Navies. It explains the core reasons why German warships of the Imperial German Navy achieved such excellence, and why Kriegsmarine ships ranged from mediocre to disastrously bad. It was quite interesting for me at least, as I've been curious for quite some time as to why German ships in WW2 seemed so lackluster for a given displacement. http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-044.htm
  16. Necromancy go! Legate, I am extremely curious as to how a Belle can handle impractical outfits, or ones generally not suited for regular usage. Hiryuu for example is dressed in full body armor, that has to be pretty heavy and chafing unless her Belle magic somehow negates that. Similarly, Mahan's lack of....leg coverage looks like it would hurt her badly if she got into some cold weather. Does Belle magic make these outfits functional when they otherwise logically shouldn't be, or do they just change into more suitable clothes when their main outfits aren't fit for what they're doing?
  17. I've ran the upgrades Derfflinger undergoes through a program called Springsharp. Not going to go into a super in depth explanation here, but here's the gist of it- Derrflinger's new deck armor is heavier, but she completely lost her upper belt armor and casemate armor so in the end the weight gain armor wise is minimal. Her armor deck is actually fairly low in the ship so it actually doesn't contribute so much to top weight. The real top weight gain is in the new superstructure which is far heavier than her old one, but her torpedo bulges balance it out so she remains stable. And thanks, for the feedback as always!
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