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# For Queen And Country!

"Trust me. That war was not so great."

Disease, war and greed nearly consumed the world in the wake of the Great War. Pushed to the brink by economics, the United States shattered in to a myriad of nations, some neutral and some less so. The Caribbean has become a hotbed of piracy and undeclared war. Korea rose up to destroy and then occupy Imperial Japan with British assistance, only to turn on its British Masters and ally itself with Nazi Germany.

The Russian Empire tears itself apart in a 20 year civil war between White Tsarists and Red Bolsheviks, a war that spills in to Alaska and threatens Pacifica. Nazi Germany, in the wake of Hitlers assassination, slowly consumes Europe, taking possession of a vast network of overseas possessions. It's alliance with Korea in the far east and the Industrial States of America in the heart of what was once the United States places it in a position to bring war to the entire world in one fell swoop.

Birds of War is a grand stage of unclear borders, mysterious jungle ruins and arrogant, aloof empires. Mobsters prowl the shadows, ruthless corporations rise to crush the common man and adventure lurks behind every corner.

The British Empire is at its Zenith, constantly bickering with its arch rival, the Grand Republic of France! Unchallenged in the last ten years as the United States disintegrated and Russia imploded, both now watch the rising power and aggression of Nazi Germany with concern.

# …In A Theater Near You!

"Maracaibo is in the gutter these days, used to the Mayor didn't need to be bribed, he just did what he was told."

Once a rural backwater, isolated across a massive inland bay, Maracaibo was ignored by the world until recently. Negro & Sobre el Terreno Oil (N&SeT) petitioned, through its minions in the National Senate, for Maracaibo to be named a free port and a special administrative district. With no real reason to object as there was nothing of worth in the area, the Senate acceded. N&SeT quickly built a refinery in the hills overlooking the massive bay and set about rebuilding the harbor district. One cannot ever say that N&SeT lacks a plan or a vision.

Weeks after the refinery was on-line, N&SeT shocked the world by announcing the discovery of Halo-X, the lighter-than-Hydrogen but safe gas. A superior lift medium that allowed the construction of larger, heavier craft, every nation in the world wanted some.

N&SeT declared it would only be sold in Maracaibo, and only to nations, corporations and persons on friendly terms with both Gran Colombia and N&SeT itself. The result was a boom of population and interest in the city of Maracaibo, a town dominated by one corporation but experiencing growth pains as prices skyrocket and foreigners flood in.

# Love Potion Number 69

"The Spear, mien gott, where is the Spear?!"

Magic. The Occult. These subjects strike fear in to the heart of every scientist and religious zealot across the world. Many deny its existence, refute its power, but the Chinese, who hide behind their Great Wall of Elemental Air don't listen, while the Chancellor of Nazi Germany does not care. The Occult is all around in Birds of War, if sometimes subtle. Many claim that Halo-X shows occult properties, defying known rational thought in its behaviors, while some say that a bumble bee cannot fly based on the design of its body.

What is known, is that artifacts with unexplainable powers exist alongside stage magicians who claim magical powers that the sorcerers in the audience sneer at. Magic is rarely obvious or direct, but when it is, it leaves men shaken in its wake.

# The Ivory Zeppelin!

"By expanding on Teslas work, I have created…An Even Bigger Death Ray!"

Birds of War is a game of Petro-Punk, where the Internal Combustion Engine and Electricity reign as the main power sources. Clockwork men, fantastic flying machines and examples of Amazing Science!(TM) are rare, but within grasp. France leads the world, technologically speaking, with its vast network of universities, though its dominance is threatened by the vigorous work in the old United States.

Due to the death of the United States the Automobile never caught on quite like in our own world. Instead, it was the Zeppelin, the airplane and the autogyro that captivate attention. Every wealthy family has at least one Aero and a membership at the local skyport.

A recent Gran Colombian breakthrough in research has yielded the next-generation breakthrough of Halo-X, a gas that blends the lifting capacity of Hydrogen with the stability of Helium, capable of lifting heavy zeppelins safely. Aeronautics research proceeds at a breakneck pace, as the American States pour their boundless energy in to the next big thing and the large empires prepare for the inevitable showdown that will come.

# Don't change that dial!

These logs represent our fine player base as it goes about its adventures! Giant robots, hidden temples, amazing aerial dogfights and bar room brawls! The players of Birds of War have it all and do it better!

These comic strips are representory of the adventures of our players.

# Random Player

## Thomas Starr

### 20 Jun 2009 23:01

Aliases None Known
Nationality Industrial States of America
Birth Place Chicago, Illinois
Ethnicity American
Birthdate February 18/1913
Concept Cursed Explorer, Pilot
rating: +4

"You know, I really wish I could say this sort of thing has never happened to me before."

# Origins

Thomas Starr is a man of leisure, born to the influential shipping magnate Gregory Starr, owner of Starr Freight. As the eldest son, Thomas was expected to take over the family business, and recieved the best education money can buy - a degree at Harvard. Thomas disdained the study of business, preferring instead the fields of archaeology and mythology.

# Discovery

Having secured his inheritance by successfully graduating from Harvard with honours, he almost instantly angered his father by refusing to take a position in Starr Shipping, instead taking the money and enjoying a few years in the social scene of Boston, earning himself a disownment in the process. He spent a lot of time meeting mysterious women, who just as conveniently had strange problems that gave him greater insights into the mysteries of the world.

# The Curse of the Dead Man's Gun

While exploring a temple in the jungles of Honduras, Thomas came upon the body of a previous explorer, clutching a beautiful, golden plated gun, marked with strange symbols, in his dead hand. Thomas took the gun along with him, and that's when everything started to go bad; previously inactive death traps sprung to life, a band of aborigines swarmed the temple, and Thomas barely escaped with his life. Studying the symbols on the gun revealed the weapon's cursed heritage; the Dead Man's Gun, as it was known, has been passed down through its years, bringing ruin to all of its owners before moving on to another. However, the gun seems to have taken a liking to Thomas, bringing strange occurences, sometimes misfortune, but never death, and, though he's tried, although others covet the strange weapon, he has never been able to permanently get rid of it.

# A Brief Informal

Birds of War, in tone, is a combination of fields and elements pieced together to fall into place like a large puzzle. To put it in more formal formula terms:

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\begin{align} \left[ {Pulp Adventure + Hard Boiled Noir \over National Politics} \ast \left( Mad Science + Mythos Occult \over Ancient Civilizations ^D^a^r^k ^S^e^c^r^e^t^s \right) \right] \end{align}

Birds of War has detectives with a need for danger, Nazi generals who loath the world and love the Fatherland, robots with the brains and souls of dead men. We incorporate so many types of characters that sometimes it's hard to keep it all together in one bag of tricks. This means that nearly anyone can find a niche or find others that are like minded, if they so desire.

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