The Wreck of the von Kessler
Cyclops III Book Spread
Iron and Glass
Fall of the 'Gloire'
The Wreck of the von KesslerFollowing the Conquest, the eyes of Earth found purchase upon wider realms. Where one world had become two, two became five beneath the four crowns of the victorious blue world. As Mars yielded her secrets, the shipyards of Luna and Telemachus Minor birthed ships embodying the unearthed knowledge of lost races. With this, a tide of steel flowed out from Sol, seeking to turn the five worlds into a dozen, or perhaps a hundred.The SMS Markgraf von Kessler was a cresting wave upon this tide, though that didn’t save her from the hunger of a haunted universe. Here she drifts above a nameless world that would eventually be known as Sargon IV, though the mystery of her cargo and her loss are still not fully understood.
Cyclops III Book SpreadThis is a page spread I've mocked up for a possible book project I'm working on.
Iron and GlassThe USS Charleston, a Shreveport-class cruiser, witnesses a mysterious disturbance on the surface of Titan. Later investigation revealed neither Martians nor Germans, but a mysterious and deserted city made of glass.Current hypotheses lean towards the explosion being some sort of self-destruct mechanism triggered by the emanations of the American ships gravity nullification engine. This may have been either to prevent capture of the city (and the secrets therein) or to serve as a sort of warning beacon for whoever was monitoring the site. The mystery continues, and was the source of much speculation before more urgent matters pushed this aside.
Fall of the 'Gloire'The ship fell burning out of the night, her crew missing. She was intercepted by German pickets above Mare Erythraeum, and boarded by Raketentruppen when she did not respond to hails. This was a pivotal moment in many ways: Not only did it mean that the Anglo-French technical advantage in engine design had evaporated, but also that the Martian gravity technology could be used to warp time itself. The crew was subsequently found to have been reduced to dust, an engine malfunction aging everything within the gravity field in a highly accelerated manner.
HMS InexorableThe HMS Inexorable, flying over a (mostly) rebuilt Manhattan after the Peace.
Spooky KittensDeath in a perfect sunset, somewhere at the edge of the Venusian atmosphere.Italian short range fighters with oversize Le Prieur rockets attack an Austro-Hungarian air vessel during the blockade of Phobos by the Central Powers. Smuggled aboard a cargo vessel, the 'Gattina Spettrale' squadron was not particular effective against the forces there, but the presence of allied fighters so far inside their own lines had the Imperial forces searching for carriers that didn't exist for nearly a month. This splitting of their fleet made the blockade untenable, and Phobos was relieved.
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