Desert Rock VI

HSAR

This too shall pass.


Newkirk understood all too well. Everyone who had any sort of relevant experience pre-war had become drawn in to the all-encompassing project. He presumed that they had at least been partly successful, and if so then safeguarding such a source on the enemy's strategic decision-making was of the utmost importance.

The two men peered at the cluster of figures, crowded around the hangar as they were crowded around the table. Newkirk leaned in a little and indicated two figures with a spectral hand. His real hands remained in his pockets.

"Are these Moritz and... Yorck?"

Ellesmere looked at one of the women, who nodded. Newkirk shook his head and moved them aside.

"Incorrect. The attackers had an elemental. They don't have that capability, even together. Südkreuz is over... in New York. Yes, she is, Westlake was nearly killed by her yesterday. That means it was Charlottenburg, Bernauer, or both."

Activity around the table immediately rose to fever pitch as figures were shuffled around.


Comments (4 so far!)

HSAR

HSAR

Newkirk must have avoided being part of Ultra by the smallest of margins, given his evident power. How and why is not stated.

The spell used here, the same used in "Helen of Bikini" (41641) is Mage Hand, a handy utility spell that does precisely what is observed. It is a spell of such trivialily low power that Newkirk is clearly happy with using it for incredibly ordinary purposes - such as to avoid having to lean over a large map table. I imagine everyone else has to make do with plotting rods or croupier's rakes.

Moritzplatz, Yorckstraße, Südkreuz, Charlottenburg and Bernauer are all stations on the Berlin fast transit network. West Lake is a station on the equivalent system in Atlanta. For convenience, brevity and dramatic effect I have not always used the original station names.

  • #3870 Posted 31 days ago
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HSAR

HSAR

Neutralising spells before they are cast is very difficult, so a combat between wizards is likely to result in severe injuries to both parties (at the very least) as soon each becomes known. The conditions and nature of the encounter between Südkreuz and Westlake are not stated.

Newkirk seems to have very good intelligence on how powerful the enemy spellcasters are. How and why is not stated.

Desert Rock was a series of military exercises carried out in conjuction with the atomic tests mentioned so far. The sixth Desert Rock exercise ran parallel to Operation Teapot, which followed Operation Castle and began in February 1955.

  • #3871 Posted 31 days ago
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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I imagine that if you run in the same circles that the knowledge of who's who gets around and that's before the addition of spells to get information or to contact extra-planar entities. I'm curious on why the footnote on Neutralising spells ends up here. There was no direct or indirect mention of such an act. And while I'm only passing familiar with Counterspell in D&D, it doesn't seem that difficult, but then again the people I play with are a little power game-y (which the game actively encourages so I don't blame them fully) so maybe they were abusing an exploit.

  • #3878 Posted 29 days ago
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HSAR

HSAR

@Robert: Ah, that's in the context of "if you can't defend, you'll just all-out attack the other person". So there's very little chance of escaping completely without injury.

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