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Author Topic: [D: LH] What Lies Beneath  (Read 19137 times)

August 12, 2015, 01:13:20 PM
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It is 7 May 1042 and some three weeks after the big blow up between Mary Marshfield and almost everyone, the Humans returned to what passed for normal in a world containing sentient lemurs, dinosaurs, and Japanese marines. Work continued on the refinery under Carel De Vries' watchful eye as Sam Mayo worked concurrently on the storage kettles that would hold the fuel once it was possible to crack the oil into gasoline. Norman Ellington and Albert Potterfield got the damaged engine functional as a pump for the pipeline and turned their sights on coming up with some sort of plane to go with the fully operational engine from the Japanese transport.

Evans-Clarke and Carter Jackson spent lots of time with the sky-priests pouring over the old legends of the Tailless Ones in hopes of discovering where they might have gone. One thing that hung in the air was the silence in the jungles. None of the hunters reported any signs of the Japanese known to be hiding out there somewhere. While the lack of contact allowed for continued progress on their projects, everyone was waiting for the other shoe to drop in the form of a shattering of that silence.

In addition to the silence in the jungles, reports from the sea were just as quiet. From fishermen aboard their small feluccas to the inhabitants of the massive Homes the Tellana and the Dalmora all reported the same thing. No Grik. It was as if the ferocious enemies of the Lemurians had vanished leaving all to wonder if they had ever resurfaced again. However, the captured Indiaman was all the proof that anyone needed that, yes, they had returned. It took weeks to scour the ship from the horrors found in the hold and many of the Lemurians claimed nothing could ever fully cleanse the ship of the evil that took place there. Regardless of taint or curse, the ship was operational and might make a decent scout if it was possible to find a crew willing to sail aboard a ship with such a dark past.

With the lessening of the threat from the Grik and the need to concentrate on the refinery, the casting of cannon slacked off markedly with only 20 twelve pound guns completed. There was plenty of powder for the guns, but efforts to reload the salvaged casings from the modern weapons had also ground to a halt. So many projects, with simply too few individuals capable of leading them was a major factor in the survivor's progress. It was difficult to say which was the greater problem, the lack of people or the lack of the tools to make the tools.

The Arquettes, Sandra Hansen, Judy Kimball, Joan Lutz, Mary Marshfield, Artie Monaghan, and Xiong Tao all continued to study medicine under Doctor Reid's supervision and they were all progressing very well as medics and nurses. In addition to the medical training, the training of the Davaao Guard continued with Chi-Dan-Ag leading the instruction in the use of scota and shield for Glenn Appleton, Heng Tsung, Flynn Pierce, and Roy Sokolowski. Only George Reynolds seemed to be rudderless, refusing to participate in any training or useful work of any kind, which was becoming a sore point with the rest of the castaways.

Norman Ellington split his time between the aircraft design with Albert and his pursuit of Sandra Hanson who had become the de facto charge nurse of the infirmary while continuing to live there full time. Carter Jackson, was however at a quandary on what to do about Judy Kimball, since the blow up with Marshfield, she seemed withdrawn and he wasn't sure of how to proceed with his own pursuit of her.

After three weeks of working on the plans, Norman and Albert had sought out Jackson to seek help on how to get the resources to build their design. They found him with Evans-Clarke and Jannik-Ree-Ad the Sky-Priest of Davaao.


« Last Edit: August 13, 2015, 11:09:10 AM by Skygalleons »
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August 12, 2015, 07:51:53 PM
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Carter Jackson
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Jackson stood over an ancient chart that the sky priests had pulled from dusty racks in one corner of their hut, trying to configure the coastal outcroppings and bays to what he remembered of the island. Their symbols for land mass and land marks varied depending on who scribed on any particular day. But some of it was starting to make sense.

"So, the Tailless Ones came through this valley here before arriving at this point? Is that a natural bay there?" He asked Jannik-Ree-Ad, stabbing at a particular jutty.
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August 13, 2015, 11:22:01 AM
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Jannik-Ree-Ad blinked in confusion, then frowned.

"I guess I have not told the story well. The Great Siska-Ta from Jaava, the First Sky-Priest, learned from the Tailless Ones' Saaling Maastar the knowledge of chaarts and Laatin more that three hundred seasons ago. She then spent the rest of her days bringing the sacred teachings to the People wherever she found them. Daavao is only one hundred seasons old, we never saw the Tailless Ones here, but all who become Sky Priests learn of them and the Great Siska-Ta."
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August 14, 2015, 02:03:52 PM
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Norman looks down at the rough drafts that he and Albert had just finished. Hoping that the rough drawings will help get their ideas across  Norman rolls them up and secures them with a piece of string.

"Okay, this should be all I need to take with me. I'll head on over and show them to Jackson and let him know what our intent is. I don't think it will take me long, but if it does shut down for the day and take a break. As hard as we've been hitting it we deserve one."

Waving to Albert as he leaves the dock Norman makes his way into Davaoo and looks for Jackson. After a couple minutes of searching Norman lucks out and spots him speaking to Evans-Clark and Jannik-Ree-Ad. Politely waiting a few feet away Norman waits for the right moment to approach the group.



« Last Edit: August 23, 2015, 02:03:06 PM by browncoat29 »
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August 21, 2015, 03:10:51 PM
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Jannik-Ree-Ad spots Norman arrive and beckons for him to join the conversation.

"Welcome Mister Ellingtaan, we speak of the Great Siska-Ta and the original Tailless Ones. What can we do for you this fine day?"
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August 23, 2015, 02:11:42 PM
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NORMAN ELLINGTON
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M1917 .45 Revolver- 18 loose rnds
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Nodding at Jackson and Evans-Clark, Norman bows respectfully to Jannik-Ree-Ad. Approaching the group, Norman glances at the map the group is looking at.

"I've brought some rough plans for Captain Jackson to check out. I couldn't help, but overhear the story you were telling them.  You said that the first Sky Priest learned from the first tailless ones. Then she spent the rest of her days teaching others. Did she come here to Davaoo or did one of her students bring the knowledge here. Are there any stories of which direction they came from?"
« Last Edit: August 27, 2015, 11:48:56 PM by browncoat29 »
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August 23, 2015, 05:35:53 PM
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Carter Jackson
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Jackson looked up as Norman arrived, and smiled good naturally at the other pilot.

"We have both a break in conflict and the potential of an ongoing campaign. We're trying to determine the best action as well as get a better handle on the past. The old adage, what we fail to remember we are doomed to repeat. "
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August 24, 2015, 11:53:24 AM
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"I've brought some rough plans for Captain Jackson to check out. I couldn't help, but overhear the story you were telling them.  You said that the first Sky Priest learned from the first tailless ones. Then she spent the rest of her days teaching others. Did she come here to Davaoo or did one of her students bring the knowledge here. Are there any stories of which direction they came from?"

Jannik-Ree-Ad smiled, obviously enjoying being able to talk about his faith and signaled for Norman to take a seat.

"The Great Siska-Ta never came to Davaao, she lived some two hundred seasons before the founding of this city. People in the great Homes learned from her on Jaava and other places long, long ago. One of those Homes the Keefre-Nak found this sheltered bay and some of her people chose to stay. One thing is known about the original Tailless Ones. They came from the west in three ships...Indeeahmen they called them. Two sailed east, to where we do not know. The third sailed back west to find a place called Eeenglaand, but I fear they met a grim end."

"We have both a break in conflict and the potential of an ongoing campaign. We're trying to determine the best action as well as get a better handle on the past. The old adage, what we fail to remember we are doomed to repeat. "

Evans-Clarke frowned.

"Perhaps so Mister President. The Lemurians are working as fast as they can, but it will be at least two more weeks before we have the ability to make fuel for the Macao Clipper or for whatever it is you have designed young Norman."
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August 28, 2015, 12:04:37 AM
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NORMAN ELLINGTON
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Scota

Now it is Normans turn to smile as he hears the story Jannik-Ree-Ad tells the group. Moving over to the table he carefully unwraps the diagrams for the new plane.

"This is what we are currently working on. With the repaired Jap engine complete we've turned our attention to the next project. As you can see it's a rough design for a bi-plane. A two seater with the seats behind each other. It would be perfect for scouting purposes. We could possibly even hook up a means of mounting the machine gun in the rear seat as a gunners seat."

Looking up at everyone Norman pauses as he continues.

"Now we should be able to make some progress until we have to head back out into the jungle for supplies. Building the frame shouldn't be an issue. Getting the materials should be no harder than as if we were building a house. My main concern is the internal systems. The steering, pedals, wiring and such, even comms for that matter. The only way to get those would be from another aircraft. So we all know what that means."

Norman lets his silence hit the final point home.
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August 28, 2015, 01:31:11 PM
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Evans-Clarke frowned as Norman spoke.

"I don't think that's quite right lad. Ever since Sam completed the blast furnace, the Lemurians have been able to make steel. They already can draw copper wire, I would think it shouldn't be much of a task for them to start drawing steel wire, which you can bundle into any cable you might need."
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August 28, 2015, 01:58:00 PM
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NORMAN ELLINGTON
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"That's good news indeed Professor. That will definitely be great indeed." Norman says in reflection as he thinks about what Evans-Clark just told them.
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August 28, 2015, 03:08:42 PM
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Carter smiled at the design for a biplane scout.

"With little in the way of aerial opponents, perhaps we could mount the machine gun to fire downward instead of normal back seat gunners. Like a belly gun or tail gun. "

Lights were going off in his eyes as he considers a new flight potential.
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August 28, 2015, 04:18:51 PM
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NORMAN ELLINGTON
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Norman grins as he listens to Jackson's idea about the machine gun.

"That's an idea thst will definitely work. Would it have the bubble like normal or a different hook up? I think it can definitely work."
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August 28, 2015, 09:57:37 PM
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"Not to get too complicated, but like have the gun under the pilot, with the gunner's seat be able to position in two spots, one directly behind the pilot and the other half way down and slightly forward, so he can fire forward and down. Maybe swivel mount to traverse to the sides." He starts to sketch out an arrangement as he describes it with the pilot seating a littler further forward giving room for the different seat arrangement.
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August 28, 2015, 10:14:56 PM
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NORMAN ELLINGTON
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Norman watches as Jackson sketches out the gunners seat and shooting platform.

"Okay, I see what your saying. Putting the pilot seat farther forward will give us room to play with the gunner's area. That's a solid idea sir."
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