Steampunk Empires

Smoke on the Horizon
November 16, 2012

Finding myself on the deck of the ship I sought the engineer and asked for boiler duty as the most likely bottom most engineering position on the ship. I was directed to the boiler room and given coveralls for wear. I changed and made myself useful in the boiler room. The flight was to take 2 weeks. I attempted to bond with my ward mate and was extremely busy in all training for artic survival, learning prussian, fire arm and sabre training, and of course boiler room assistance. For my own gratification I attempted to master the newly given fire arms. In this manner the first week passed. I was then asked to select another focus of engineering having proved I could now be of use in the boiler room. I selected Steam Engine mechanics and proceeded to learn all I could on that subject here. In the midst of all this training the weather was good, and no mishaps were noticed. I began to understand the nature of being an air ship man now.

Upon arrival on the North Pole, we were lowered from the sky and were fastened to the ice. The scientists and equipment were moved to the snow, and my general quarters assignment of protecting the scientists was in effect. The Japanese officer, the russian, and other security members of the airship were assigned to a perimeter sweep 2 miles out from the established tents and secured ship. The sweep began with the magic user doing something to our gear which became almost comfortable in this frigid weather and told the spell would last 72 hours during which we had 24 hours to make the perimeter sweep.

Half of the sweep was completed when I sighted smoke directly away from camp on the horizon. I looked through my telescope and determined the smoke was most likely coal based. We then returned directly to camp to inform the Commander who was captain of the ship. As we returned to the ship, the smoke was dissipating.

North to the Arctic
November 15, 2012

You must go to Germany. You will be an attache to the consulate. Taking the first available means to Germany I was introduced to the ambassador who was concerning himself with the dirigible service. The latest ship was being prepared for a trip to the Arctic. Naturally, I was to be given the assignment of being the English Empire’s representative on this voyage. What experience do I have with the chill of the Arctic I inquired? Do as you are told. So I met with the captain and officers of the airship and was allowed to attend the current officer’s meeting. Upon arrival at the meeting three separate duels ensued.

At the rapid completion of the duels, one which was so quick the end was almost immediately followed from the start. We then proceeded to visit the ship to be settled in. The rapid duel winner was assigned an officer position to the airship complement. Another russian was also newly upon the airship, and I was myself to be an observer with no assigned rank. We were issued clothing and I noticed the enhanced rifles and pistols of an officer to whom I asked about how I might obtain my own version. These were promised me upon the departure in the following morning. We recieved our clothing issue which was flight leathers and winter gear and then were assigned bunks. The russian is to be my ward mate. A special scarf with the name of the airship was presented and to be worn at the celebration that was to happen that very day.

The party began at the captain’s residence and I engaged the captain in engineering discourse for most of the night. The russian played gambling games with the quartermaster. And the Japanese officer who was now ranked on the airship was in attendance and engaged Bismark himself. Speaking and drinking into the night I endeared myself with our dear captain who was impressed with my engineering capability. We digressed from engineering into hunting and its merits. Following the hunting chat we moved into equine selection and preferences. Upon tiring and succumbing to his weariness the captain departed the group. I moved to observe the continuing games. The Japanese officer had finished with Bismark and had done some small talk with the other officers at the party. The game of quartermaster and russian was also completed. The Japanese officer then played into the night against the russian. I observed and then upon the tables closing up went to my room to sleep. I was to arrive at dawn upon the airship.