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Preparing for Battle

Gadget frowned, “and you are sure this enormous weapon thing is one of the Clanks that fellow ‘opkins mentioned?”.

“Suggestive but inconclusive. Density analysis of grease residue deposits matches those recovered from debris at the Van Creed warehouse” stated Unit 33, “and magnetic field analysis suggests identical grade Iron. They use the same supplier”.

Gadget pondered this information for a moment, “but You saw no Van Creed logos? You know ‘ow those guys like to badge their tech” Gadget asked.

“Negative. Unknown Insignia was present upon the weapons platform and on the lapels of the unknown human subject designated ‘The General’. Insignia appears to display a representation of an attacking eagle” said Unit 33.

“Tactical analysis?” Gadget ordered.

“The Weapons platform has been engaged in contact with opposing forces significantly inferior to its firepower, capabilities and design specification.”

“and your conclusion?”

“It is being calibrated, tested and prepared”.

Gadget narrowed his eyes and stared intently at his clockwork agent “prepared for what?”

“Assault on more heavily defended positions and or forces within the weapons operating range”.

Gadget shivered, feeling he knew what the answer would be before he asked the question; “estimate the number of such locations and forces within the weapons operating range”.

“One – New Babbage” came the stark reply.

“Bugger”. Gadget sucked in the air heavily, his mind racing with questions. Who was The General? Was he connected with the Van Creed? Was this weapon the only threat or just part of an army of such machines?

With the element of surprise now in our favour, Gadget decided that a pre-emptive strike would probably the best strategy before the enemy force was fully prepared. But as he hurried to find Miss Book and share the news with the other volunteers he realised they might have to do something no Babbager would ever wish to contemplate;

They might have to get off the train at Bump.


((OOC below this line))

This is an RP storyline that is a spin-off from Loki’s amazing Dark Aether Falls. Apologise for the delay, but it took Unit 33 all this time to find the enemy ;)

I am looking for volunteers for this experimental RP with a difference. The story from here on will be told in Comic strip style. Those that wish to join me should be prepared to do the following;

(1) Attend a ‘script’ meeting where we will thrash out story ideas and dialogue for our characters – from which a Script and Storyboard will be produced.

(2) Create (or purchase) suitable battle armour and weapons (Steampunk leaning towards sci-fi – Clanks welcome).

(3) Attend a number of photo shoots inworld (one or two as a the full group, probably during the weekend, with more shoots in small groups or individually as the story dictates).

The resulting photos from our shoots will be processed through Photoshop and when complete, presented as a Comic Book style series of perhaps 4-5 pages. The shoots will be scheduled to be as flexible as possible to peoples availability and therefore the production phase will take as long as necessary to complete (I am thinking over a period of months not weeks). If you are interested please let me know via IM :)



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  1. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin March 29, 2012

    Tepic reads the notice with interest, after the excitement of the Oiling Festival, it would be nice to have a little holiday doing something different…….

  2. Mr. Arnold Mr. Arnold March 29, 2012

    Contemplates asking Stormy to mail him to Abu Dahbi since he considered for even a micro second finding out what this was all about…but decides against it because he would.*

  3. Nathaniel Lorefield Nathaniel Lorefield March 30, 2012

    in about two weeks I might be interested, but I’ve got some major things coming up RL that need most of my attention until then.

  4. Stormy Stillwater Stormy Stillwater March 31, 2012

    *Climbs into his battle automaton* I’m in!! :D


  5. Gadget Starsider Gadget Starsider April 4, 2012

    “Come on ‘urry up!” Gadget commanded in frustration as the inanimate cypher engine whirred and grinded through the input from the aetheric communicator. Much fidgeting and swearing later he had the result:


    Crypto key: 4hj52mo22JX0as3H12y
    Classification: TOP SECRET
    Authenticated Source: Unit #33
    Status: Flash Field update – Stealth Mode active
    Location: Bump Mountain <Co-ordinates classified>
    Subject: Intelligence Report <13/UDWR/1379/b

    Target tracked to vacinity of Bump Mountain STOP Contact lost STOP No further activity STOP Unable to persue target due to lack of available ground cover and risk of compromise STOP Tactical analysis: Target currently located in subterranian void of potential strategic significance END MESSAGE


    Still panting from the climb to the roof, Gadget added the intelligence update with a copy of a document he had stol…er…borrowed from the city archive ( ) and stuffed them both into the tiny container on Bob’s leg.

    “Go find Miss Book” he said softly as he stroked the birds chin. Bob inclined his head, shook himself once and soared off into the smog.

    ((Last call for volunteers for the mission of certain death (or perhaps a nsaty bruise)!))

  6. Bookworm Hienrichs Bookworm Hienrichs April 10, 2012

    Bookworm sighed as she read the note from Gadget.  She’d actually begun to think that his fears about battle clanks, which he’d related to her after the end of the Dark Aether affair, were coming to naught.  ‘You’d think I’d know better by now,’ she thought wryly.

    She sat down, pondering the information Gadget had sent her, and finally frowned.  Unsettling as this was, there simply wasn’t enough information upon which to truly act.  She needed to know more.  She felt a chill radiate through her body from her spine as she realized that, sooner or later, she might have to do the unthinkable.

    She might have to get off the train in Bump.

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