A Romantic Idea for Iron Stars

Space combat in an age of steam & steel
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One more Image of Magalhães-class Heavy Cruiser

Postby Blackronin » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:00 am

The Magalhães-class is fitted with experimental "Pedro Nunes" target aqquiring system.

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Deep Space Encounter

Postby Blackronin » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:08 am

After its first scan in the KF Cluster, the Magalhães is visited upon by the SMS Matthius Corvinus. After a brief dance in the ether, the Magalhães returns to its tour of duty. Most of the crew in the heavy cruiser only had three weeks of experience in the ether.

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The Journal of Lt-Captain Teles - Part 7

Postby Blackronin » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:17 pm

From the diary of the Lt-Captain Afonso Miranda Teles, Captain of the Light Cruiser "Cidade de Lisboa" and Commander of the Venus Expedition:

October 23, 1911.

I ordered all ships to port in the vast plains near the city of Uiarn. Half the men will be in the party today, as the other half was in the party yesterday. The Ainduren attended by the thousand and the men enjoyed it until dawn. I fear that my intentions were fully met and I, as an officer and a gentleman, am not very proud of it. But the Ainduren need new babies and the men aren’t complaining with the task that I secretly set for them, so I want to let it go of my mind. If only I could. Commander O'Dunagan, the American Captain of the Destroyer "Edward" has already voiced his disagreement with my actions. He told me that I acted in a much mundane way and put at risk the entire fleet. He´s right about the second complaint, but I could do nothing. As it is now, twenty eight of our sailors want a leave to marry a Ainduren woman. Four of them American.The tragic is that I feel obliged to accept their request.

Even I was in the mood for marriage yesterday, as the soft grass pierced my clothes and Sa’atia blue lips touched mine. What to do now? More and more I learn things from this world and more and more I get scared with the future of the Ainduren. After some discreet questioning I discovered that the number of all the Ainduren in this world doesn’t reach ten millions. Very few to stand fast against the Earth powers. Germany or the Austria-Hungarian empire will have enough power to subdue the Ainduren. What the Martians couldn’t do, will we, the Earthers accomplish? Will it be treason to give the knowledge of space faring to Sa’atia’s people? What will do the other captains to me if I do this? Mutiny? Order me jailed? My men would surely try to intervene. I would bear not fights between the fleet. And yet, looking for the past of our nations, I feel I must protect the Ainduren.
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Re: A Romantic Idea for Iron Stars

Postby thedugan » Tue Jan 13, 2009 2:58 pm

If you're going to stick my 'ancestor' in there, at least change it to 'O'dunagan' or some such.
:)

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Scenario 1: Gaining Wings

Postby Blackronin » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:16 pm

Gaining wings.


November 08, 1911. A mechanical problem stops cold in the ether a German transport convoy in his return voyage to earth from the KF Cluster. The freighter with the mechanical problem is escorted by the German warships, two cruisers and three destroyers. As the two freighters bridge each other for repairs, a Portuguese training fleet detects the convoy. The Portuguese Fleet Commander sees the target as far too good to be wasted. After the German invasion to Cap Verde, he wants to offer some reciprocity. The Portuguese crew is new and green, but as the German cruisers and destroyers shield the freighters, they feel that the pounding they are receiving it’s not only the enemy crew capability as anger. Though the battle drags to a draw, the Germans decide to leave the damaged Freighter in Portuguese hands and escort the other transport ship away from the battle.
Portuguese Forces: 2 Tejo Class Cruisers: Tejo (42 points), Vouga (42 points); 6 Golfinho Class Destroyers: Golfinho (11 points), Faro (11 points), Lagos (11 points), D. Luís (11 points), Diu (11 points), Zambeze (11 points)

German Forces: 2 Cruisers: AMS Vaterland (48 points), AMS Altestadt (70 Points); Destroyers: 3 Az.3-class Destroyers (17x3 points); 2 Medium Freighters.

Setup: The German put their ships first, in the middle of the board map. The freighters must face opposite directions and the warships must face different directions. Starting momentum of zero. The Portuguese start the game in one of the table edges at no less than 24’ from the German freighters with momentum of five.

Special Rules: To simulate the effect of a green crew, the German player can make the Portuguese Player reroll one die every turn. The Freighter point cost rules has no effect in this game. Each turn, the damaged freighter can roll a D6, in the event of a 5+, can start moving again.

Victory Conditions: If both freighters leave the board, and both cruisers are not destroyed it’s a major German victory. If both freighters leave the board and just one German cruiser is intact it’s a minor German Victory. If just one of the freighters leave the board and both German cruisers are intact it’s a draw. If none of the Portuguese Cruisers are destroyed and both freighters are destroyed it’s a major Portuguese Victory. If one of the Portuguese Cruisers is destroyed and both freighters are destroyed it’s a minor Portuguese Victory.
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Re: A Romantic Idea for Iron Stars

Postby Blackronin » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:24 pm

thedugan wrote:If you're going to stick my 'ancestor' in there, at least change it to 'O'dunagan' or some such.
:)

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Done. ;)
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The Journal of Lt-Captain Afonso Miranda Teles - Part 8

Postby Blackronin » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:12 pm

From the diary of the Lt-Captain Afonso Miranda Teles, Captain of the Light Cruiser "Cidade de Lisboa" and Commander of the Venus Expedition:

November 05, 1911.
With some very well done homemade bombs, the. Brazilian Destroyer "Petrópolis", was able to make an orbital bombing against a Karroom city. Though it was a very erratic (thanks God) action, with only a small amount of bombs actually falling into the city, it was enough to make the Karroom retreat from their last assault against the Ainduren. After this victory, the Ainduen are treating me as their commander in chief. I find it awkward, but given the position I started issuing orders and things went on almost naturally. I then gave a drawing made by Mr. Pessoa to one of the injured Karroom and let him go free. I hope he understands that the drawing, we covered it with a kind of fat, so the ink wouldn’t dissolve in the water, is to be given to one of his leaders. As a gesture of good will I also let all the other Karroom go free. Usually, as Sa’atia told me, there aren’t prisoners in either side of the war. A terrible thing. Now we wait. I’m impressed with the industrial capacity of these people, but I think that it is not enough. As soon as I have an answer from the Karroom, I’ll make a trip to the south pole continent to see the Ainduren heavy industry. If my plan has any chance to work, I must know what they can do. Some of the Ainduren from the “Two Worlds Party”, as everybody is calling it now, are pregnant. Good. Some of the men from the expedition want to go back to earth. I have to do something about it very soon now.
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From Fernando Pessoa's Notebook

Postby Blackronin » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:05 am

Venusian Poem #32

Ruined castle at the seashore
Kissed by the waves of the storm
Away from time and emptiness
Waiting the return of galleons
Like an abandoned mistress.

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The Journal of Lt-Captain Afonso Miranda Teles - Part 9

Postby Blackronin » Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:40 pm

From the diary of the Lt-Captain Afonso Miranda Teles, Captain of the Light Cruiser "Cidade de Lisboa" and Commander of the Venus Expedition:

November 12, 1911.

Hate is an awful thing, I said to Sa’atia. Death of your loved ones and destruction of your home is an awful thing, she replied. It’s true. But it doesn’t help. The Karroom replied today. If my men weren’t near the river flirting with some Ainduren women, the Karroom messenger would have been slain the moment he emerged from the water. My men escorted him throughout the city to meet me. They were bruised by the women that several time tried to attack the Karroom. This is going to be difficult. He delivered me a map and a very elaborate drawing. After calling Mr. Pessoa, we understood the message. To meet as soon as possible with a high representative of the Karroom government in a savage island two hundred miles from here. We’ll go and we’ll take the Ainduren High Council with us. Except the men. Mr. Pessoa is amazed with the quality of the drawings. So am I, though I’m not as proficient in decipher the drawings as he is. Before we escorted the Karroom with our reply draw in another fat wet paper, Mr. Pessoa and the karroom traded some information through drawings. Interesting creatures. The Ainduren and the Karroom never have talked with each other. I must find out why. There is something of karroom in me, Mr. Pessoa told me. Don’t say that aloud near the Ainduren, I replied. He laughed. Strange man, this poet. I asked Sa’atia why didn’t the Ainduren tried to talk to the Karroom. She answered me that the first time they met the karroom, the karroom attacked them immediately. Maybe the reason to speak now was my demonstration of force. But still, I feel that it’s more complex than that.

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Re: A Romantic Idea for Iron Stars

Postby thedugan » Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:37 am

You know, this sorta sound like it was written in the same era as the old Wells books. I think the basic ideas would fit right in - have you considered writing this up as a single story?

...More importantly, is there MORE?
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