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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

## Jack Holden

### 09 Jul 2009 16:50

Aliases None
Nationality Formerly American
Birth Place Maryland
Ethnicity Mostly Danish and English
Birthdate June 1914
Concept Unflappable Linguist
rating: +4

"I was not lying. I have never studied German. It just so happens that I am fluent in its use despite that small but completely true fact."

# Origins

Johnathon Ian Holden grew up what counts, for these times, as idyllic middle-class obscurity. He typically had enough to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over his head and no particular dreams to follow. He simply had a childhood, which is rare in itself these days. Shortly thereafter, the United States was no more and it was time to focus on the short term. This was something which young Jack had no aptitude for whatsoever.

# Discovery

Jack Holden never knew what his talent was. It never occurred to him that it was unusual in the slightest. It was simply true that, despite growing up in an especially cosmopolitan area of the United States and thereafter traveling around as necessary, he had never encountered anyone speaking any language that he wasn't able to quickly and almost effortlessly master. It never occurred to him that this might, potentially, be a useful talent in the right place and time and for the right persons. He was discovered by pure luck, as was typical for him, and granted an opportunity to attend college, which he muddled through without effort, in exchange for his future services upon graduation.

# Jack Holden and That Blasted Temple

Jack Holden has simple needs… and mysterious allies. When his supporters have need of a translation of an ancient stone disk, Jack sees no problem in offering his help. What he doesn't know is that the disk is twelve feet tall, weighs several tons and can't be safely removed from its present location, a previously undiscovered temple in the Congo Jungle. Now Jack is off on a whirlwind adventure to the Dark Continent, a place of conflicting and crumbling national interests, ever-present air pirate raiders and malevolent flora and fauna, with an ancient mystery awaiting at the center of it all.

# 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:

(1)
\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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