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Post  Hyperion on Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:50 pm

Copy of post in second thread:

The Queen on an Airship was an awesome idea. After the fall of Britain in 1955 to the Demonic forces of Reich, the Young Queen took to the skies in the enormous Submersible-Airship Britannia, a 3km long masterpeice of British engineering and arcane techno-sorcery built during the Empire's last days.

Held aloft largely due to the queens own formiddable powers, Britannia represents the last hope, but folorn hope of the British People. Surviving by pure piracy, either dropping from the sky or rising from the waves to steal and plunder, the Britannia is mass of gun batteries, bomb bays and aircraft decks, all carrying thousands of rocket powered bi-planes and jetpack wearing cyber-commandos of the SAS.

The Britannia largely occupies itself with gathering enough resources to fuel it's century long private war against the Nazi-occupiers of it's homeland, returning occasionally to obliterate the cities of the collaborators with hundreds of magicka bombs and sorcerous incendiaries. The Queen now living long past her alloted time but unable to die away from the soil of her nation, inflicts as much horror on her own people as that of the Nazi's or Soviets, all in order to destabilise the country enough so that Britannian forces could seize central London long enough to release the spirit of 'The Bulldog', the unbelievably powerful pyschic force imprisoned beneath the now ruined houses of parliament, created by Churchill's martyrdom in the last days of the fall.

They're a mix of magic and tech, focused on war. They're not as advanced as the Nazis or the soviets, but good at their own portions. While the SAS might rip out in a jetpack and only be half a man from implants, aboard the airship they grow penicillin on oranges and use leeches to treat depression.

End goal: Awaken the Bulldog and drive forth the Nazis.

Requirements: Get into Westminster for a few days, obtain summoning ritual materials from around the world.

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Post  Hyperion on Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:59 pm

British Technology is a paradox. In some places, it is advanced, with cybernetics nearly the equal of Russia in their elite SAS troops and assault rifles combined with thaumaturgy. In others, coal is burnt for fuel and quackery reigns.

British magic is druidic. It's still taught, even though the land of their birth is far away. The Queen can't die (voluntarily) until returned to Liberated Albion, thanks to her bond with the isles as the Monarch. She's quite mad, though, from the despoilment of the land and the twisting of the people. The Druids are nearly as bad, as establishing a bond with a corrupted land from thousands of kilometres away using ideals that are not in synch with the current land is not a recipe for being well adjusted. It deals with the land, healing and spirits.

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Post  Grawflemaul on Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:05 pm

For completeness, I'll just copy my alternate vision for Britain from the 1d4chan page.

As Europe falls under the bootheels of the Nazis, Britain prepares for an invasion from the continent. With the humiliation at Dunkirk fresh in memory, the Army prepares to dig in and fight to the last as the Battle of Britain erupts in the air. Britain holds out for a good while, just as in the real world, but in the end, without a second front to worry about, Operation Sea Lion begins and German troops begin landing on the south coast. The Army falls back to its defensive positions, but they can only hold out for so long and slowly, but surely, Britain too falls. The German forces are assisted by Fifth Columnists led by Oswald Moseley, who the Germans will soon appoint Governor of the British Isles.

The British Government had already seen this defeat coming though, and had begun work on a plan to keep the most important bits of Britain out of the reach of the Germans. Work had begun on a gigantic nuclear submarine, to evacuate the Royals, the heads of the Army and government as well as all the necessary support for them. As Britain fell, the submarine was made ready and, with the help of the last of the British Navy, managed to break free of the Nazi blockade and out to the open ocean.

But this was not the only preparation that had been made. The impact of the increasingly apparent defeat on the King was particularly acute. He became increasingly withdrawn and depressed, and his daughter Elizabeth, was desperate for some way out of their grim situation. It was then she was approached by a young stage magician named Jasper Maskelyne.

Maskelyne, an illusionist who had assisted in the construction of defences with decoys and cunning ruses, in a quest for real magic, had discovered an ancient book, detailing the Fae-spirits that used to live in Albion, and how they might be contacted and dealt with. He had spoken to one of these entities, and was promised the protection of the heart of Britain, if he could only obtain the consent of a Princess. The young Elizabeth was eager to hear of any solution, and together, she and Maskelyne made a deal with the Fae. Elizabeth was somehow possessed by the entity, and Maskelyne made immortal to serve under It, but the heart of the Nation was protected in the submarine which miraculously made it past the German Navy.

British society soon changed aboard the Submarine. King George died, and the Elizabeth-thing rose to the throne, taking Prince Phillip as an easily controlled husband. Parliament dissolved into insignificance, splitting up into various committees and sub-committees dedicated to the running of various aspects of the ship. The British government-in-exile was refused access to the Isolationist USA, and even its former colonies turned against it, especially as Nazi and Soviet influence spread round the globe. The submarine settled into its new existence.

Nowadays, there's effectively three main power blocs. The Queen is effectively in charge. The civilian government keeps most of the ship running, clamping down on dissent as much as it can. The Army is basically all that's left of the Armed Forces, the Navy mostly being destroyed in the evacuation, and the Air Force mostly being subsumed into the Army. The Queen has worked her Fae-magics over a substantial proportion of those in charge to keep them subservient. The Queen's magic serves as the Submarine's protection too, shielding it from hostile eyes. She also blesses certain of her servants, granting them boons that mainly manifest as Fate bending to make them safer, or more likely to succeed.

There is resistance to her regime though. From within, disaffected Republican terrorists plot to remove the Queen entirely, and deep in the slums and food vats, there's plenty of places to hide. And outside of the bounds of civilisation, there are the near-feral Scottish tribes, hidden deep in the ventilation systems and sewers. Originally only a small hardcore of Scottish Nationalists, their numbers have grown over the years, from disaffected Republicans or just people who wandered down the wrong corridor at the wrong time.

Outside of the submarine, the most commonly sighted Free British are commandos, raiding undefended sea-ports for the resources they need, or for bizarre and seemingly mundane items that the Fae Queen demands. The liberation of their Isles is the top priority, but no-one knows what plans the Queen has made in secret, not even Maskelyne.

Paranoia meets Blackadder meets Changeling: The Lost on a gigantic submarine.

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