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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

## SS Occultist Jürgen Schlag

### 21 Jun 2009 05:05

Aliases list
Nationality Greater German Reich
Birth Place Munchen?
Ethnicity German
Birthdate Unknown
Concept Nazi Occult Acquirer
rating: +4

"Blood and Iron is what Germany is built on, yes, but it is arcane knowledge that will guarantee the ascendancy of the German Reich. I do not expect you ignorant peons to understand my part to play in this, but be assured that your sacrifices will not be in vain."

# Origins

Not much is known of the childhood of Jürgen Schlag, but it is strongly hinted at that he originated from Munchen. Contradicting rumors placed him as the son of an unsuccessful merchant or a crippled soldier, but the most likely truth was that he was the bastard son of a minister. In any case, Schlag had many arcane symbols tattooed on his back and arms when he was a mere child, leading many to believe that at least one of his parents was a practicing warlock or witch. Thus Schlag grew up with a strong fascination with the occult, and must have perused many a forbidden tome in his youth which would eventually warp and twist his personality. Between his strange interests and his family's poverty, Schlag often found himself bullied by other children in school; his anger and hatred of his classmates grew in silence, but each time he was beat up by bullies, he learned to defend himself a little better. Schlag quickly learned that respect came from not merely occult knowledge, but strength as well. With his single-minded will, Schlag pushed himself until he was the biggest bully in school, the apex predator of his school.

# Discovery

During the Great War, Schlag served with distinction as an Oberfelwebel on the western front, often displaying an almost psychotic courage while leading his men in battle; as a result of his brutality in the field, Schlag quickly earned the nickname "Leichenesser" in his regiment. Schlag further proved his commitment to the German war effort by taking an active hand in development of an improved mustard gas, which would be far more lethal than normal mustard gas, while retaining the original's decidedly unsavory effects. Fortunately for the Allies and unfortunately for Schlag, his lab exploded one night, burning him severely and dousing him in his own deadly poison. Miraculously, Schlag somehow survived, but ended up severely scarred. Because of the damages to his face, Schlag resorted to keeping his ruined face hidden behind thick bandages. He had been known to survive numerous injuries since, but seemed to have develop some unnatural ability to shrug off physical damages beyond mortal ken. It is whispered that Schlag is more undead than man, killed long ago by the mustard gas he created.

# Faces of Evil

Following the rise of the Third Reich, Schlag enthusiastically joined the Nazi party and worked his way through the ranks of the Schutzstaffel, ultimately becoming one of the Reich's top acquirer of mystical artifacts. In the intervening years, Schlag acquired for Hitler, and subsequently President Harrer any number of relics from across the world for the greater glory of the Reich. In his latest expedition, Schlag led a platoon of SS soldiers to Central America in search of the fabled El Dorado. Racing for the prize against the Germans was the British archaeologist hero Tom Ton, as Schlag led his men in hot pursuit of their rival through the jungles of the Yucatan. Ultimately, Ton and Schlag faced off on top of one of the pyramids; who would win the prize for their respective nations? Will Tom Ton survive his confrontation with the horrific Schlag? Or will the Nazi finally kill his rival?

# 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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