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  1. I'd like to propose an 8th option. We have a team of very different Belles with very different, and tasty culinary styles... plus we have a ton of spam to get rid of. Get all the girls working together, and produce a massive feast. Barring that, choice one, it's Boise's job.
  2. They didn't quite say that David. There's still plenty of room for treachery, and mixed crews mean agents won't stand out nearly as obviously as a British man trying to do a Brooklyn accent, or an IJN man attempting to sound like he was born in San Francisco, or worst of all, a Texan doing his whether best at a German accent. I also maintain that U-29 would back up my paranoia. One must consider the activities and habits of traitors if one is to catch, then keelhaul said traitors and I... Redacted: "Captain, we can't keelhaul traitors. It violates the Hague conventions and INPF naval policy." Shit. Hangings still on? Redacted: *checks document* "Yes." Right. Hangings it is, thank you. Carry on. Redacted: "Aye aye." Where was I? Right. The habits of traitors. One must consider the avenues of approach for a traitor, and the counter measures available, especially extra counter measures such as a Belle might possess that a mere human agent might not be able to account for so we can catch them, then hang them. Then toss them overboard for fish bait. Similar thoughts must be applied to infiltrating the Morgana. It wouldn't be safe for a human agent to approach unless we can learn to counter their enthralling... magic for lack of a better term, though U-29 may have my hide for it later. If it is not a technology, and not a learned skill, like say a spell, then it stands to reason it is inherent to the Morgana themselves. Can a Belle produce a similar effect? Perhaps a Belle does produce a similar effect already, but far more subtle, and passive. Something that boosts the efficiency and gallantry of the sailors aboard. If the latter is true, with practice a Belle might be able to produce an effect that feels to an outside observing Morgana the same as their enthrallment effect. Do a little redecorating and you have a infiltrator. I wouldn't trust it at close range, but it might be enough to manuver within the mists. Redacted: "If you try to bolt *anything* to my hull for an intelligence ploy I'm killing you and then myself."
  3. Link to update 1. Being insane and discipline are not mutually exclusive. As the Marine Corps has proved over centuries (now) of combat engagements. 2. Gneisenau you wound me. My word is my bond, and paranoia is a survival mechanism... and is it really paranoia when people are indeed out to get you? Morgana thralls, intelligence agents from powers foreign or native causing trouble. I trust my walkure, myself and maybe other INPF Captains I've worked with who've shown themselves to be men and women of honor and integrity. INPF fleet command goes on the do not trust list. Especially INPF fleet command. Edit: Added Gneisenau's lovely portrait. Sorry things aren't pretty and centered but I don't get the full editor on my phone it seems.
  4. @Käpt'n Korky, I'm not sure what to say. I think the press relief explained what's going on pretty clearly, 2nd Fleet was and apparently shall be again a major command of the United States Navy. Fleet commands focus on specific regions for naval operations. Reactivating 2nd Fleet indicates the Navy wants to seriously focus on the North Atlantic specifically again.
  5. Option one, "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle And I can't think of a better Belle to enjoy such an investigation with than U-29. We have a strange series of supernatural circumstances and sailor superstitions made flesh regularly walk the decks of our warships. If such things are true, what else might be that we have previously discarded? Besides. The Morgana almost certainly have Naval bases somewhere. Whether it's in the Azores or Avalon doesn't really matter when it comes down to the brass tacks of finding them and killing them. Excellent news about the battle engine. Not quite the level of fanfare and celebration Legate's "hint" had me expecting, but fantastic all the same. Here's hoping for some gameplay footage in the immediate future.
  6. A brilliant idea when you think about it really.
  7. Well the Irish war of independence and following civil war was finished barely a decade earlier calling it a sensitive discussion was... ah. Yeah. Uncomfortable to say the least.
  8. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. I admit I had strange liquid coming out of my eyes by the end. A truly worthy victory cry.
  9. I'd have to look it up, but I believe it was mentioned in and around the Kongou interview. The sheer cost of dragging a warship ashore and near a government building would be insane. In the end I don't think political Belles will be something in the cards. For retirement I suppose that, assuming Belles remain post Morgana, would look much like it looks for warships now. The mothball fleet is the fate for most warships, which would probably end up looking like a cross with a retirement village. Some ships would be moved to various ports and rivers as museums just like now... but I worry about how they'd be treated by the governments of their homelands. Keeping warships afloat is expensive after all, and it's certainly not worth keeping every say Iowa class battleship in active service and updated like USS Wisconsin was/is.
  10. The real issue for A is the distance that a previous lore update gave us that Belles can go beyond their hulls is about 30ft. So while the Potomac may have the depth to park a destroyer on her, I don't think the Potomac ever comes within 30ft of the US Capital building. B. Probably not? That's the downside of being equipment as well as an officer. I'm sure they can be retired on their ship being decommissioned, but the form that would take... Hmm.
  11. In the United States at least, I can answer that from a nuts and bolts real world perspective. Might be different in the lore due to author fiat, but past you know, the entire premise, history hasn't changed all that much in the VB timeline. As I understand it Belles basically got hammered out into comparable legal status to commissioned naval officers in the United States Navy. This is important for a variety of reasons including giving them prisoner of war status in the event of capture by a foreign terrestrial power and placing them in the chain of command aboard themselves, and thus able to give lawful orders. The Articles of War and Articles of Governance of the Navy, what would eventually become the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), along with Federal law and War Department/Department of Defense directives restrict the political activities of commissioned officers and enlisted men of the United States Armed Forces, especially as a member of the active component of the military. (There's a little more stretch for National Guard and Reservists). So if the Belles are citizens they could indeed run for office provided that... A. They can actually get to their appointed place of duty, be it a state seat of government or the US Congress building in Washington D.C. B. They have been either struck from the Naval List and decommissioned or possibly transferred to the Naval Reserve. C. They have the explicit permission of the Secretary of War.
  12. Triumphant reveal eh? That sounds promising.
  13. You know, speaking of income... if the girls are officers technically... shouldn't they be drawing pay? Some kind of "allowance" or something for personal items for sake of their morale and comfort. They're ships yes but they're sapient beings too after all.
  14. Seems most of us are worried about Henley going down like a sandwich obsessed Capone.
  15. Nah. We do include free crayons with our doctrine books though. Snacks are good. Hey now that rabies thing was one time! The recruiting question's a good one too. I mean... sure it's a nice idea to let anyone and his cousin volunteer, but it seems like it'd make sense to recruit from able seamen already in active service if at all possible, and it seems likely that such recruiting will be going through INPF member navies any way. We know that the ships and their captains still belong to their respective navies. Barring an odd situation like in Scootia's Echoes of Jutland story where revived Kaiserliche Marine warships end up with primarily British crews because said ships hulks were in Royal Navy possession on revival, and their actual parent navy, and indeed nation, doesn't quite exist any more, you can assume that the navies in question want their crews on their ships. Which would go back to that security thing I mentioned. Training wise... I can't see there not being something of an INPF boot camp, probably run in each country by native and select international INPF personnel, followed by a lot of training as crews on the ships themselves. To say nothing of OCS. Any random schmuck can get picked by a Belle. Making said schmuck a naval officer capable of fighting a warship, no matter how much a Belle might help, would need to be refined to an art form then compressed to as little time as humanly possible so as to get Captain and Belle into the active fleet ASAP. I imagine certain nations will want to ensure the political reliability and loyalty of said new Captain as well outside of the INPF curriculum. Not plugging Nel and I's forthcoming OCS series at all there.