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January 29th, 2011

PLACEHOLDER.

December 3rd, 2009

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politestpirate sent to me...
Twelve more blueprints drumming
Eleven pirates piping
Ten books a-rambling
Nine blueprints building
Eight ships a-flying
Seven astrolabes a-sailing
Six hijinks exploring
Five dre-e-e-eam-sequence confrontations
Four west indies
Three extra blueprints
Two wacky hijinks
...and a singapore in a normality.
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September 1st, 2009

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Determined
A bit after this.

Somewhere in the back of Wellard's mind, there's an alarming drum beat and the mental shout of beat to quarters!

However, one must do things differently at Milliways than one would do on board ship.

Thus, there is a knocking at Finn's door, though in a couple moments, unless there's no protest to the contrary, Wellard will more than likely enter.

It is an acceptable habit, to the both of them.

July 24th, 2009

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Building Calculations
Somehow, (with perhaps bending the laws of narrative physics), it is possible to fit a griffin into the mostly-enclosed piloting station at the stern of the ship that Wellard's been working on for-

Well. Quite some time.

Even more impressive is the maneuvering so Elda can get into the panels underneath the magical equipment to do some final work- though this means Wellard is right at hand to play assistant.

July 21st, 2009

Aliases!

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Sorta. >_> Just because these are a lot of fun, considering Wellard has yet to realize how confusing his usual introduction is to people who don't know Western/English naming conventions.

Henry: Home Ruler
Matthew: Gift from God
Wellard: Strong Will

Star: So the whole thing above is Henry Wellard son of Matthew? Caunbaron Belinn Eruantion?
TL: Yes
TL: more
TL: Henry, called Wellard, son of Matthew

Fionavar: Enri dan Mathys

Title-ish thing of a place no one wants to admit to never having heard of: Commander Henry Matthew Wellard, commissioned explorer to His Magesty King Arthur the Fifth of Leosford-upon-the-Ocean

July 12th, 2009

This letter is to reassure you that I wholly understand the workings of the magical mechanics of the device your student Elda has built for me, to levitate the ship the Singapore Queen. I may not be a wizard or any sort of magic user myself, but she has constructed this device as to be usable and maintainable by any sort of person- even, as Miss Elda has put it, 'that even an idiot could use it!'.

Please be assured that I do my best to avoid doing such things that could be construed as such.

~
The 'heart' of this whole device and spell is the power source. This ring of twelve cut and fitted crystals gathers ambient magical energy and transmute its into the proper energies needed to levitate the ship. The amount of energy available, or the 'charge' as Miss Elda has put it, can be measured by how many of the crystals are currently glowing. If we are ever down to merely two, it would be best advised to land as quickly and as safely as possible. However, Miss Elda has reassured me that by the normal ambient magic of her world and my own, the energy supplies should be replaced as soon as they are transmuted and used, given normal usage.

As for transmuting the energies, this is simply due to the fact that the spells work best if powered by a more homogenized energy than whatever random magical energy is collected by the device. (Miss Elda has already written a paper reguarding this theory, and she asks you to please refer to what she has already written there on this matter.) A glow of multiple colours simply means that the device is charged. It is only when the colour of the glow is blu does that mean the energies are ready to be used.

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The Control Panel is designed after the common abacus for ease in manipulating exactly how much lift is needed to raise the ship. It consists of five rows of gemstones of various colours and sizes, mounted in a metal and wood frame. The bottom row contains only four large stones, which are the 'Absolutes', as all of them together hold the weight of the ship herself, with nothing added. (Please see the attatched page of calucations of ship weight based on materials and construction.) These are only to be manipulated for take offs and landings, or in times where drastic decreases in altitude is needed.

Going up from the row of Absolutes are four more rows of gemstones of decreasing sizes, and these are used to add on to the lift depending on the amount of weight (passengers and cargo) the ship is carrying. The top row, consisting of green stones smaller than the others, deals with increments of ten pounds only. Considering the small size of this ship, Miss Elda and I felt it necessary to be able to go down to this detailed amount of adjustment. Any further adjustments will be dealt with by adding or losing ballast. (When we build a larger ship, we do believe the smaller adjustable increments can be handled by either 50 or 100 pounds, depending on ship size.)
The middle three rows of gemstones on the abacus adjust the amount of lift by 50, 100, and 500 pound increments. The weight of the cargo and crew will have to be carefully factored each time someone/thing is added or removed.
Again, adjusting these is only to stablilize the amount of lift to keep the ship in the air. Miss Elda and I believe that adjusting it to move the ship up or down to a new altitude would only cause undue stress on both the ship and spell. (However, we both understand that this method can be used in times of emergency, which hopefully will not be too often.)

The mechanics of the Control Panel work as thus: The weight of the ship (already factored in by the Absolutes), crew, cargo and misc. are to be calculated, and the appropriate number of gemstones moved over to the left on their railings.

December 15th, 2008

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Sometime after this.

If Tom has seen fit to warn Wellard-

Wellard can think of a few other people to pass the warning on to. Namely, Finn. Which is why he has found himself outside of Finn's room after looking through the bar and lake area for his friend.

September 19th, 2008

A Totally Reassuring Letter

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Oct 14, 1775

Commodore Lyon~

I write this letter to you in the hopes that it finds you in good health, and also with the hope that you receive it and the package it accompanies in due time. Misters Finn, Maxwell, Miss Lennox and myself have only just departed from witnessing the event soon to be titled 'The Boston Tea Party'. Considering all the causes and details leading up to this event, it was quite intriguing to see it first hand, though at times I do believe I have to agree with Miss Lennox's belief that it was a 'great waste of tea'. However, given later events that this sets into motion, it could be argued to be well worth the cost.

Unfortunately we had to depart from Boston, December 16, 1773, a bit sooner than I had planned due to an altercation between Mister Maxwell and the local authorities. Mister Maxwell's actions were, I believe, entirely justified considering the present circumstances, and Mister Finn and I were able to distract the unruly mob in order for the four of us to escape to a quiet location and take our leave. Considering that I had hardly any time to plan our next destination via the Astrolabe, we thankfully did not become too lost, and in short order we have found ourselves in Philadelphia, October 14, 1775. Currently we are in a tavern, resting and making plans, (though Miss Lennox is speaking with a local gentleman writer/inventor), and I am taking a moment to see this package off to you.

I believe that our next destination will be to go and see the gathering of Congress on August 2, 1776, when the Colonies will be signing their Declaration of Independence. After that, Mister Maxwell has suggested we find out when King George is to receive word of this, and that we should make ourselves present in order to witness his reaction. Mister Finn has also suggested we go further ahead to July 20, 1969, so we may see the television broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. I will admit to being very torn between the two proposals, and may just have to figure out how to accomplish both.

With apologies, I must cut this letter short as it may be wise for us to be departing very soon. Miss Lennox's discussion with Mister Paine has gotten very heated and I do believe it would be best for us to leave before she either kicks him in the shins or even worse, is able to convince him of her point.

With the best of wishes

Your servant, H. M. Wellard

Mary also wishes to add her req//
with the argument that the//
kracken would do well in//
Milliways 'does not count//

June 10th, 2008

Cast of the Past

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Morrison
Some details (mostly hair and eye color if I've mentioned them before and have to fix it, or specially all the dates) to change.

Henry Edward Morrison: Wellard's maternal grandfather. Sandy hair, grey eyes, tall and solidly built. No known family. Volunteered in the navy, and made a warrent officer in the navy, and 'retired' after he had saved a duke's life during a storm. With funds and monies given to him as a gift because of this, Morrison worked on starting his own shipping company, Emerald Shipping and Trading. He married Josephine Alice Bright in 1765, against the wishes of her family. They had one child, Elizabeth Victoria in 1768. In 1784, stepped down as single owner of Emerald Shipping and Trading, naming Matthew Wellard as co-owner and parner. In 1792, he and his wife were lost at sea, while on board one his ship The Challenge.

Lady Josephine Alice (Bright) Morrison: Wellard's maternal grandmother. Dark blonde hair, vivid green eyes. (This may be where the name 'Emerald' came from.) Headstrong, she married Morrison against the will of her family, and thus did not speak to any of them for the rest of her life. She had one daughter, after a long and difficult pregnancy (a trait which she unfortunately passed on to said daughter), and was unable to have any other children after Elizabeth. Josephine and her husband were lost at sea in 1792, and are presumed dead.

Lord Robert Bright and other Family: Robert was the youngest of three children. The oldest son died in his late 40s, unmarried and without children. Josephine married a common-born man against the will of their parents. Robert returned to the family manor near Ashford in Kent, with his wife and children. Prior to this, he had attained the rank of captain in the British Navy. He had been fond of his older sister, and even though he never contacted her after her marriage to Morrison, he took on the care of her only grandchild when contacted by Elizabeth Wellard from her own deathbed in 1794. By then, Robert was widowed, and his own children had families of their own. He brought Henry Wellard to the house in Ashford, and saw to the boy's care and upbringing until he was of an age to go into the navy as a midshipman. Robert was friends with the captain of the Worthington, and saw Wellard placed there in 1799.

February 27th, 2008

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