Last night I attended a meeting with a group of like minded individuals at one of the few businesses in Cincinnati that still remains lucrative. I met with the "League of Cincinnati Steampunks" (who henceforth shall be known simply as "The League") at a saloon called Arnolds. I don't have a full recollection of what transpired (the moonshine was flowing) but I know we started out talking about the state of society and what role steam and electricity would have at rebuilding a prosperous future. The League also talked of travelling as a group to a newly founded township near what used to be Williamsburg, OH, it was said there would be a man there selling some much needed tonics and salves. Present at Arnolds were Hanna Tikvah, Aloysius Flyte, Ginny Tonic, Dr. Zedekosh, Winnifred Blackmoor, Angela Aliella, Savannah Holmes and Chad Wertz and perhaps a few more. Caelyn
While traveling back towards Cincinnati Hanna and I stumbled across, quite literally, the remains of a deceased highway-woman. I am unsure what may have killed her for she had no visible wounds. She had been there for at least several days based on the level of decomposition. Hanna and I took care to bury the nameless woman in an unfortunately shallow grave. We didn't have a shovel so it was hands and rocks. Most of what she was carrying must have been picked clean by scavengers or bandits, but we did recover her very unique firearm several yards from the body, obscured by a shrub. The markings on the weapon say it is a model 1905LB but the manufacturer's name was not engraved. It is unique in several ways: 1.) It's barrel is below the usual location, more towards the center of the grip, with a structural bar across the top of the barrel. 2.) While it appears to be a revolver, the cylinder is actually a rotating magazine that loads rounds into another internal magazine. 3.) It has a semi automatic auto loading mechanism. (functionally similar to but not mechanically similar to the Borchardt C-93) 4.) It is a small caliber. The .22 Long Rifle cartridge from J Stevens Arms. Apparently the high rate of fire is meant to make up for the lack of stopping power. When I return to the clan compound I will have to let them do some research on it's origins.
Hanna and I made it successfully to Louisville, KY on schedule for our meeting with Promethian and several others. Louisville was very hospitable and seemed to have been spared much (but not all) of the moral and cultural calamity that other cities have seen up to this point. After sharing in some food and drink with Prometian and the others Hanna and I talked with Promethian about various technological and engineering topics. Promethian showed me his new Aetheric projectiles, which rather than shooting a ray or a beam of Aetheric energy, actually are a projectile powered by and containing an Aetheric charge. His accomplishment in building such a small device capable of containing and controlling Aetheric energy is phenominal. The rounds can actually be fired from a standard "Maverick" revolver as well as several other weapons that use the same caliber powder based bullet. Promethian was reluctant to give me detailed enough information or schematics on the construction of these Aetheric bullets, but I believe I may be able to replicate them now that I know the general idea of their construction. Our meeting with the Louisville group now over we have less than 2 weeks to make it back to Cincinnati, where we will brave the dangers of the city to attend a meeting of minds at the oldest drinking establishment in Cincinnati, Arnolds Bar and Grill. A group of individuals who go by the name "League of Cincinnati Steampunks" have called a meeting at this location to discuss how to bring the city out of it's moral degeneration. What better way to do that than to consume alcohol! Caelyn