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  1. Panay's Ghost

    Victory Belles Lore questions

    A submarine is a valuable asset. A submarine with a Belle is valuable beyond measure. Far be it from me to argue with that statement. 😁
  2. Panay's Ghost

    Victory Belles Lore questions

    I couldn't agree more with TwoHeavens. I think the more interesting question is if Sinterklass/ Santa Claus/ Saint Nicholas believes in Belles... 😉 *** It has been established that Belles who are sunk and re-floated are never quite the same. I'm curious if that is true for the Belles of ships that were lost, re-floated and returned to service before the start of the war. Such potential does exist. Consider USS S-38 (SS-143): who had a mishap in July of 1923, but following repairs and clean-up has been in active service. Another example is the Spanish destroyer Císcar, victim of the Spanish Civil War but refloated and repaired. Would it be something from her past that she'd rather not dwell on, or would there be more obvious consequences to the Belle? There is also the question of ships in the process of being salvaged at the start of the war: HMS Thetis and USS Squalus. Both submarines have been below since Spring, with salvage operations well underway; under optimal circumstances (in real life) Thetis should be raised on September 3rd and Squalus on September 13th. As of September 1st however, circumstances have become less than optimal. Are they among the first casualties of the war, or is there still hope of recovering them?
  3. Panay's Ghost

    Victory Belles Lore questions

    Sadly, The Sullivans is not unique: USS Rogers (DD-876) was named for three brothers on USS New Orleans who were all killed in the Battle of Tassafaronga (which occurred less than three weeks after USS Juneau was torpedoed). The policy for US warships between 1900 and 1980 (i.e. during WW2) was firm: warships received names of deceased individuals only. The only reason then to give a US warship the name of a living individual, would be to "experiment" with what kind of link a Belle created might have; a move that would no doubt be controversial. Certainly if any Imperial Japanese warships popped up named after individuals (living or dead) that would be why... Last year's Christmas Party (Part 1) and 2... and 3.
  4. Panay's Ghost

    Voting for Fleet Problem #2

    Kudos for Nautilus: her first (only?) torpedo salvo actually hit the near side of a carrier! And did damage! Break out the champagne! ? Setting aside the questionable tactics, her change in depth was rather abrupt (I initially missed the change). Is there any way to note it more? Having the waves above her silhouette lower, perhaps?
  5. Panay's Ghost

    Voting for Fleet Problem #2

    So, unless you're going to tell me Nenohi volunteered to fill the slot, I'm curious who the submarine was on Arizona's team. Arizona probably should have mentioned in the Update the location and conditions, which were posted with the Youtube portion: Sea of Marmara 9:00am 2 Knot wind from the West Visibility: 8 Low Clouds: 2 Oktas Fine weather for a shoot-out. ...Sea of Marmara. And there was a delay because a couple of Belles kept flying Turkish flags. Hmmmmmm..... Next is a night battle. Even discouraging subs (Boo hiss) there are so many choices... In no particular order: Pola Houston Surcouf Scharnhorst Leningrad Wicher Nagato Perth Belfast U-29 Leberecht Maass Saguenay Hans Lüdemann Maillé-Brézé
  6. Panay's Ghost

    KS Update 118

    Probably the fact that the Royal Navy used the name Nautilus (Greek for "sailor") as far back as 1762 for a number of sloops. There have been ships in the Royal Navy named after a certain hunter from Greek Mythology since 1787, so I'm sure from then until now their paths have crossed once or twice... Other than some really generic names like Ocean or Shark, there aren't too many Belles that have so many past-life ships of different navies to draw from. No wonder "Naughtly-lass" is such a loose cannon: if it's Tuesday, I must be a USN submarine.
  7. Panay's Ghost

    Update 117: 紅葉狩り, 十四 昭和

    Romances be wrecked Before they begin By a hair On the coat Or a lot on the chin Burma-Shave Option 5 please.
  8. Panay's Ghost

    La Belle Galerie Redux

    Once upon a time, forum member Dano created a chart of the Belles we knew of at the start and put them in a handy grid format for all to enjoy. That was before the current forum changes, which added this album area. This seems a logical place for such a resource.
  9. Panay's Ghost

    Update 112: On Captains & Pin-Ups

    A few more thoughts then, to add to your thought process... Shimenawa are put around any suitably impressive object capable of attracting a kami such as boulders and trees (yorishiro). Since the hulls of INJ Belles have demonstrated themselves to clearly be capable of housing a kami (go-shintai), in theory the whole perimeter of any IJN Belle's ship should be festooned with them. That would likely be impractical to do (even with hemp in place of rice straw) out to sea, but to add to a ship's dressing when coming to port? That would depend on how much extra room said ship had to house the stuff: bigger ships could afford the room for heftier, more elaborate/impressive shimenawa. Given that shimenawa delineate the border between the mundane world and the sacred dwelling of (one or more) kami, a practical alternative application might simply be at a ship's access ramp and gangplank - to remind all those going aboard that they are entering a sacred place. ...But that's just me. I do think you've over-thought of the captain's title. I would counter that a Belle ship is not a Mikoshi since there is nothing temporary about her residence in her hull. The Belle-kami dwells in an object (warship) that just happens to be able to travel, rather than being in a temporary transport to take her to a permanent home or on a festival-long jaunt though the neighborhood. Possibly a better term for a ship with a Belle would be Mitamashiro (the object that houses an enshrined kami). I wonder how many of the IJN Belles actually view themselves as "gods", especially in the Western sense of the term, given that kami is much more broadly encompassing than that. Certainly they are spirits and it would be only proper to show them great respect (even if they weren't the ones standing between the Empire and the Morganas).
  10. Panay's Ghost

    KS Update 111

    Option 6, please.
  11. Option #5 please. With luck the majority will get drunk enough to forget this intervention occurred.
  12. Panay's Ghost

    A fan artist appears

    The saga continues. Bravo!
  13. Panay's Ghost

    Update 107: The Most Dangerous Captain

    All of the options were wonderful, but I must limit myself to one: Option 2. For my reasoning:
  14. Panay's Ghost

    What You Can Find On YouTube These Days

    Of special note is at 4:00..."the captain lives in a broom closet". I'm not sure whether that means all captains regardless of ship size/class live in equal (lack of) luxury, or that destroyer captains live in a medicine cabinet over a sink.
  15. Panay's Ghost

    KS Update 105

    Option 1. Between the royalties and the popcorn, I figure I can make a mint at box offices worldwide out of the comedic gold. ...How else am I supposed to cover the cost of seventy cans of icing? ;p
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