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It soared out of midnight, all gas envelope and aerosolized Nightmare, propelled by only God knows what. It carried a tiny bomber bay, loaded with a lethality that would have made any nation quake to its roots, if any knew it existed.
The airship was black as night and quiet as death. It harbored no pilot, guided only by an intricate clockwork array designed to get the ship from Point A to Point B. No living navigator could have survived such close proximity to the payload for the duration of the voyage.
And so the vessel sailed on, unheeded and unnoticed.
A klaxon sang out somewhere far below. Spotlights lit the night, sweeping the sky for a target. One swept past the airship -- then back. Others joined it, until the whole thing was lit from the ground.
The beam of one light narrowed, focusing on the bay, searching for... something.
There! A name.
A question as much as an answer, neither of which would ever be known. The torpedo doors opened, and death fell from the sky.
No prequels yet. Why not write one?
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Comments (9 so far!)
Average reader rating 5.00/5
Deadly dirigibles...war in a steampunk world.
Plenty of questions here regarding the name of the ship and the world in which it floats. The tone of this piece is even and cool, though, not panicked, and not a lot of steampunk details. It could almost be a drone of the modern day. Steampunk drones is a neat idea..since they had radio, why not?
- #2477 Posted 4 years ago
Ah! A continuation of a series I thought missing.
- #2478 Posted 4 years ago
You have my son to thank for this one, HSAR. He threw a bit of defiance at me last night when I was trying to get the kids to settle down into bed, and the title phrase just popped into my head. From there it was a short trip back to that world of airships and Nightmare.
- #2479 Posted 4 years ago
It's comforting as I dig through this site to find storylines that have crossed over from Ficly. Mind linking the others so I can have the context for this one?
- #2517 Posted 4 years ago
For me, this piece certainly ties in with the arc that begins here: http://ficly.com/stories/19651. Whether it's a prequel, sequel, or a parallel story, I haven't quite decided just yet.
The Nightmare plot point was something I borrowed from the extensive Airships series, and I can't rightly tell you where that series begins. You'll have to dig some digging in Ficly's archives on your own to locate that one.
- #2520 Posted 4 years ago
The Steampunk Worldbuilding project has spawned a number of series over a long period of time, so I don't blame Jim for having lost track of it a little.
In-universe by timeline, it starts with the Gunfire series on Ficlatte.
It proceeds to a much larger and longer series, and the only complete one to date, Airships:
Running roughly in parallel to Airships is a companion series, Messenger:
Some years and a war later, we find a much-aged captain trying to navigate his way between new frontlines.
Miscellaneous notes and other such things are here:
- #2521 Posted 4 years ago
Ah, I remember the Airships series. Never read it exhaustively, but I would dip in on occasion. Thanks for the links!
- #2538 Posted 4 years ago
Absolutely love this.
- #2541 Posted 4 years ago
- 5 out of 5
You had me at "airship" and "guided only by an intricate clockwork array" :-D
- #2567 Posted 4 years ago
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