Ettin in the Playground
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Total War: Steampunk Skies
The New Mole Empire
In the times of industry the great mole empire lay beneath the surface. Even As the nations of man waged their petty conflicts the and spread industry across the globe the great Diggers plowed through rock and stone. Lava lakes were tapped and drained to fuel the might the Mole Factories. And in deep caverns massive fungus farms spread farther than the eye could see* to feed the subterranean cities that sprawled underneath the earth. In their warrens the teeming masses of mole men worked around the clock, for they had no concept of night and day as the surface dwellers did. They crafted marvelous inventions and great works to praise their Mighty Mole Monarchs.
And when the overgrowth of nature grew without bounds over the surface world they laughed, for what could surface plants do to them. And when the surface dwellers fled from the unstoppable predators the mole men scoffed, what weaklings the surface dwellers were. And then the tectonic plates began shifting.
At that point the mole men stopped laughing and a bit of worry filled their milky white eyes. As their depest cities began to crumble, crushed by unimaginable forces, the Mole Men dug as fast as they had ever dug, but in a direction they had never gone before. Up to the surface they went. Their great machines burst forth into the harsh white light of the surface which blinded the deep dwelling race. A million Mole Men died to cut down the overgrowth and clear a launching space. A million Mole Men died to sate the unstoppable predators. A million Mole Men died in tests and failures as the science of flight was reinvented from scratch.
And when the first and only Mole Ark was launched a mere thousand survivors watched as their great machines were crushed by the wild vines, demolished by the menacing monsters, and finally pulled back into the deeps by rolling waves of the no longer solid earth.
The first order of business for the lumbering Ark was clear. Find a suitable mountain and get back solid ground. The air was no place for mole men. Not with its treachorous winds, harsh lights, and unseemly clouds. And so they did. They founded the city of OGDLD** around the peaks of mount Sorrow, stringing walkways between floating platforms anchored to the mountain and drilling deep shafts into the mountain. And for centuries the Mole Monarchs*** have reigned over their woeful subjects ever trying, and failing badly, to reclaim the deeps that were once theirs.
*About 100 meters, mole men don't have good eyesight
** "Oh God Don't Look Down"
*** Not so Mighty these days.
Cities of the New Mole Empire
Remming, the 221st, Mighty Monarch of the Moles, Beholder of the Sky Without Flinching
Persons of Import:
General Hervald, Deep Foreman of the Mole Marines
Kolep, Subpreme Foreman of the SteamWorks
Last edited by ArcaneStomper : 09-09-2012 at 01:43 AM.