Steampunk Empires

Bristling Battleship Approaches

November 29, 2012

After completing the journey back to camp, we announced the discovery to our commander. We are now to investigate in earnest. We proceed carefully towards the smoke which has begun to increase dutifully. After some time as we approach within a mile, we come upon a perimeter alarm system. Above the ice by a narrow margin, is suspended a string which extends into the distance with a large circumference. We mark the location with pitons and step over the magically enhanced suspension string and proceed inwards. I glimpse a shiny object in the far distance near the source of smoke. After a short while we proceed further toward the smoke. Our danger senses are prickled and we immediately return outside the string circle near the pitons. After the danger immediately halts, we carefully retrace out path towards the smoke again. We are joined by a member of the crew and head back towards the smoke. As we get closer, the shiny object is determined to be a periscope scanning an area in a wide arc. Determining the edge of the arc, we head to that edge and proceed inward again. We come along the edge of scanning and find the source of the smoke which is a chimney with the smoke deflector in a poor state.

Suddenly a hatch begins to unscrew near the group of four. We immediately become prone on the ground and I ready my pistol at close quarters. The hatch falls to the side and a fuzzy human of fox type emerges from the ground and begins to become alarmed drawing a pistol. He is quickly struck in the back with a knife and halts the pistol draw. The bear begins to wrestle him to the ground. At the same time our dragon Japanese officer replaces the hatch and begins to secure it again down on the hole. The new officer who joined the group fastens the hatch securely with a piton. The odor of fuse is detected then the sound of its burning. The bear knocks the fox unconscious and we begin to depart quickly the way we came. The hatch bursts open and falls on the ground and grenades are scattered from the hole about the surface. We are rapidly departing and are having pursuit begun by panda bears.

We are making good speed and gunfire from the pandas is missing us and we are distancing to the west of the string circle and beyond. We eventually begin traversing in the sky from a spell cast by the bear. Upon coming back down to earth and now out of sight of our pursuers, we change from westerly flight and head to camp.

The captured fox is bound and has his wound attended to. The captain begins the interrogation after commanding the scientists to gather equipment for quick immediate departure. The fox is Chinese and claims to be a member of STAR (Sabotage, Terrorism, Assassination, and Revenge) which hopes to change the control of Empires and end the current established country controls of expansion and domination. There are several bases and this one is about 2 miles in diameter under the ice. Plenty of supply has been established and roughly 2 thousand people are here with 1 thousand military and supporting members. There are large guns and ammo that brought down the last ship from Britain here about a year ago. The base was begun about 14 months ago. Several supply ships from various empires come to the base on an irregular basis including the Tirpitz Battle Airship and the British Hood naval ship which comes by sea and sends dog sled teams to bring supplies and equipment to this base. There are other bases in the world the main one in the Pacific Ocean and one in Africa and continental USA.

After the scientists board our ship a warning from above announces that the Tirpitz is closing on our location. We then board the airship and battle stations is called. I gather my wits about me and direct the scientists to keep the barriers down and prepare for combat. The bear is about some sorcery and the dragon officer is preparing the new rocket weaponry.

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