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Cleanslate’s Personal Account of Panarea

24th November, the current year. Winds Southerly, a Gentle breeze, and Clear weather, with which we coasted at about 60 meters elevation. Time from Clockhaven East Wall: 12 hours eighteen minutes, dead east, estimated 240 Leagues. At that time dead ahead we took sight of a small circular island or atoll, with a shallow anchorage. After comparing the View to the copy of DeHoutman’s Atlas, we surmised this to be the island named Panarea.


At 5, being about 2 or 3 Leagues from the land, we killed the impellers and drifted at an altitude of roughly sixty meters. Gas pressure nominal, fuel at 58%. At 6, we were abreast of a pretty high Mountain laying central to the island. The shore under the foot of the Mountain forms a point, over which is a peaked hillock. This Bay seem’d to be but very little Shelter’d from the Sea Winds, and yet it is the only likely Anchoring place I have yet seen. In the P.M. we saw the smoke of fire in several places; a Certain sign that the Country is inhabited, confirmed later by the identification of a strange White Vessel at anchor in the lagoon and a primitive Pier.


Personal note: I am suddenly very much aware of how little exploration we have done of the Lands in the immediate vicinity of the New Babbage. Tenk is right: we have taken high altitude airship travel between the Steamlands very much for granted and have forgotten the importance of Exploring for ourselves the Lands In Between. I for one believed that such discoveries belonged to a different Age and have been largely content to review the old Maps and Atlases safely chronicled in our Libraries, rather than find out for myself.

The old Maps tell of countless small islands and regions – more than I ever truly realized. And beyond those – whole continents of unimagined Wonders. What else lies in the lands beyond Steam?


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  1. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon November 25, 2010

    Most impressive, maybe I should explore more local lands with the portal generator…

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying November 25, 2010

    How interesting!  I confess that side from Armada I know nothing of the lands surrounding Babbage. We should take more of an interest in what lays outside our borders.

  3. Orpheus Angkarn Orpheus Angkarn November 28, 2010

    interesting entry, which prompts me to ask…

    Is there a definitive geography of New Babbage and surrounding areas (steampunk or otherwise)? I realize there is crossover between NB, Caledon, Steelhead, and other steampunk sims, but where are they in relation to each other? Also, is this Earth? An earth-like planet? I love playing in the world of New Babbage and would love to know more about this world.

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