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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

## Baron von Frankenstein

### 22 Jun 2009 01:29

Aliases Baron Dietmar Von Rautenhart
Nationality German
Birth Place Salzburg
Ethnicity German
Birthdate Unspecified
Concept Aristocratic Monster Pilot
rating: +4

"Why do you shudder at lightning? It is a source of life."

# Origins

Baron Dietmar Von Rautenhart was born into an aristocratic family with strong Austrian ties and a perverse, long-standing interest in the occult. The Rautenharts served as military officers and advisors in nearly every major conflict, and young Dietmar was groomed from childhood to do the same. His father Otto instilled in him the ideas of honor, courage and unassailable class of his station. His mother, on the other hand, encouraged arts and various cultural pursuits while dosing him with the paranormal and arcane. From the exposure to the weird and to the opera and theater, he developed his trademark… flair and persona from an early age. The young baron attended prestigious schools in England, becoming quite cosmopolitan after being exposed to peoples from all over the Empire. Later, he would attend one of the best military academies in Austria, fully expected to become an Wehrmacht officer.

# Discovery

To the shock of his family, he opted to trade horse for airplane and earned his wings just in time to join the fun in Spain with the Condor Legion. He distinguished himself in combat in short order, being tenacious and skilled in the air. His commanders commended his cool under fire and steely determination. He's an unstoppable force, until, of course, he's stopped. Jumped in a dogfight that saw his squadron outnumbered 5-1, he fought valiantly until he was out of ammo and his plane was barely holding together. The lone survivor, he limped home and crashed on the runway. His body shattered, the Reich put their best scientists and surgeons to work rebuilding what was left of him to make him better, the ultimate nazi master pilot. Stitched, bolted and plated together, revived by a massive electric jolt and encased in a black rubberized skin to hold him together, Von Rautenhart was reborn much like Frankenstein's monster. Stronger, tougher, scarier. He is proclaimed a stunning scientific achievement for the Fatherland, a shining example of the Reich's growing power and technological acumen. He is almost immediately nicknamed Baron Von Frankenstein by the press.

# Novel: Baron Von Frankenstein vs. The Pale Specter of Death!

Given a mission of utmost importance to the Fatherland, the Baron flies deep into enemy territory by cover of night to find and destroy the mountain hideout of a cabal of traitorous exiled conspirators that are threatening the life of the beloved Chancellor himself! Undaunted by squadrons of enemy fighters, zeppelins, intense anti-aircraft fire and his own mounting injuries, the brave Baron presses on. All this to face the bullets of a determined nemesis, the ace pilot of a prototype fighter called the Black Specter! Will the Baron once again live to fight another day? Will he need more reconstructive surgery? Will he stare death in the eye and laugh in its face? Will he settle the score with the enemies of the Reich? Find out, in the latest electrifying adventure of Baron von Frankenstein, The Unkillable Monster of the Night Skies.

# 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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