FROM: OFFICE OF FIELD MARSHAL JACKHAUV, FORWARD OPERATING COMMANDER FOR ALL NORTHERN OPERATIONS.
TO: OFFICE OF THE LORD COMMANDER, OFFICE OF THE HIGH OVERSEER, TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PERSONNEL OF THE COMMONWEALTH HIGH COMMAND, COMMITTEE OF PERSONNELL; THE IRON TOWER.
SUBJECT: END REPORT STATUS OF OPERATION: LONGINUS.
CLEARANCE LEVEL: ALPHA.
REPORT READS AS FOLLOWS:
Today, June 6th, 1924, should be marked down by our record departments as the merciful end to a colossal military disaster.
Operation: LONGINUS has completed none of it's projected strategic goals. Casualties have, at this time, not been fully counted but have already exceeded standard acceptable losses for armed operations.
In this report details can be found of Operation: LONGINUS and it's strategic goals and objectives, to inform those not privy to them before now. To lay out the timeline of events during operations, and to detail the failure which has occurred to be reviewed by the Lord Commander and High Command an appropriately adjust doctrine and application of tactics for future operations.
DETAILS OF OPERATION: LONGINUS
For the last four years the Front has been in total deadlock with offensives unable to break through Imperial defensive lines. The simple goal of OPERATION: LONGINUS was to cripple Imperial ability to conduct defensive actions in the northernmost sector of the Front. And then to capitalize upon this with a mass offensive to push and eventually break through the Imperial lines in this sector.
In order to achieve this overarching goal several amphibious landings would occur in this sector, with the majority of marine troops originating from the Commonwealth North Province and crossing the Strait of Iod to land behind enemy lines.
PLANNED OPERATIONAL STAGES
STAGE ONE would involve Naval Task Force Sierra moving into operational area. █████ intelligence reported that Imperial naval activity in the area has been very low for the entire war. With a reported minefield placed at the lip of the straight to prevent naval actions further east. The primary goal of Task Force Sierra was to secure the waters in between the marine landings, as well as provide fire support to the landings themselves. Bombarding the coastline to annihilate coastal guns and other defenses.
STAGE TWO would involve the amphibious landings. The 1st Blackwood and 5th National Marines would land on "SILVER" beach, followed very quickly by the 3rd National Marines. The strategic objectives of these forces were to:
1. Surround, engage, and eliminate the Imperial forces stationed in that area, who were meant to reinforce the front line.
2. Secure and control the city of Starfalsen, which was the primary logistical railway hub for the front line in this sector. The 5th and 3rd National Marines would focus on the Imperial forces what the 1st Blackwood would focus on pushing on to Starfalsen itself.
3. Engage and destroy the Imperial forces at the from in a flanking action and/or when said forces attempt to retreat.
The 1st Special Brigade would land and advance secure the city of Aushstadt. Destroying the train switching station there and holding the city against any Imperial reinforcements coming from the east.
STAGE THREE once the landings were confirmed successful a general offensive would be ordered at the Front against Imperial defenses. the 66th Penal Battalion would advance first, reinforced by the 14th National Infantry Division. Between this offensive and the forces landed behind the Imperial front lines it was projected the Imperial forces stationed at the Front would break within six hours.
Once enemy force had been nullified Commonwealth forces would advance to Starfalsen, including the 1st Special Brigade which would fall back from Aushstadt to Starfalsen; destroying key infrastructure during it's tactical retreat.
Once OPERATION: LONGINUS was confirmed to be successful in it's goals further reinforcements would advance to Starfalsen. Primarily the 3rd Armoured Division, to then sweep south in an encirclement action.
RELEVANT TIMELINE OF OPERATIONS AS CONDUCTED ON JUNE 6TH, 1924 WITH DETAILS OF TOTAL STRATEGIC FAILURES
0100H - Naval Task Sierra begins to moves into position
0200H - Bombardment begins on shore targets by Task Force Sierra
0400H- Amphibious elements in Northern Province begin crossing
0430H - 3rd National Marines are given signal to begin crossing early. Encounter unreported mines during crossing. Coastal guns have not been destroyed by bombardment. 3rd National Marines take heavy casualties during crossing.
0500H - 3rd National Marines make landfall to heavy resistance however are able to secure local objectives. Communications of the early landings fail to reach Task Force Sierra and 3rd Marines are forced to retreat after taking friendly fire from naval bombardment. 3rd Marine Commander, Major Edward Sulveski, is able to contact Operational Command to communicate his location and the early landings; just before being killed by friendly shells. 2nd in Command of 3rd Marines, Captain Robert Antonovich, is able communicates that 3rd Marines has taken over 70% casualties and is combat non-effective. Captain Antonovich requests permission to retreat and is denied by Operational Command. Bombardment is ordered to cease immediately and does not resume at any point.
0630H - 1st Blackwood and 5th National Marines make landfall, due to early cancellation of bombardment these forces meet far greater shore defenses than expected and take heavy casualties securing their local strategic objectives. Commanders of both forces, Major Natasha Nalklov and Major Adam Denislov would later report that the Imperial Home Guard stationed in the area were far better trained, organized, and equipped than they had been lead to believe.
0657H - 1st Special Brigade makes landfall to minimal resistance and begin to advance on Aushstadt.
0710H - Loss of communications with 3rd National Marines, entire force assumed dead or captured.
0714H - Two ships in Task Force Sierra, C.N.S Dread and Stalker are hit by underwater torpedoes launched from undetected enemy U-Boats and begin to take on water.
0800H - 1st Blackwood commander Major Natasha Nalklov communicates high casualties and that minimal progress has been made. Opposing Imperial force possibly too great to continue. Operational Command orders that the 1st Blackwood regiment continue with strategic objectives.
0815H - 1st Special Brigade reaches and begins to engage garrison there.
0825H - 1st Blackwood attempts to break through out of beachhead to advance towards Starfalsen while 5th Marines remain to secure beachhead.
0900H - Field commanders at the Front assume at this time that landings have been successful and order general offensive along the front. Imperial forces stationed at the front are unaffected by landing operations and are able to conduce defensive actions with normal success.
0905H - 1st Special Brigade is able to enter Aushstadt and overwhelm local garrison. Major Nicola Tunnlov reports Imperial reinforcements have already begun to arrive including enemy armour. Operational Command ordered the 1st Special Brigade to continue with strategic objectives and to hold Aushstadt at all costs.
0925H - Crews of C.N.S Dread and Stalker abandon ship and vessels are deemed destroyed. Task Force Sierra is ordered to retreat from the area.
0930H - 1st Blackwood reaches Starfalsen, meeting heavy resistance. Major Natasha Nalklov reports that strategic objectives are impossible and informs Operational Command that she has ordered a retreat.
1000H - 66th Penal Battalion reports 98% casualties, 14th National Infantry Division begins second wave of offensive.
1002H - Major Nicola Tunnlov reports that the 1st Special Brigade is completely surrounded in Aushstadt. Operational Command gives approval to retreat. Major Nicola Tunnlov reports that this is impossible and requests immediate reinforcements.
1045H - 1st Blackwood retreats to beachhead, begins evacuation procedures along with 5th Marines. Major Adam Denislov requests fire support from Task Force Sierra but is denied by Operational Command.
1050H - Major Nicola Tunnlov again requests immediate reinforcements and repeats that retreat is impossible. Major Tunnlov reports the 1st Special Brigade has taken 20% casualties. Operational Command informs Major Tunnlov that reinforcements are on the way and the 1st Special Brigade must hold out for 4 hours.
1200H - 14th Infantry Battalion reports 89% casualties and ends offensive operations on the front. 66th Penal Battalion is reported totally destroyed. All offensives in the sector are halted.
1232H - 1st Blackwood successfully evacuates beachhead and begins crossing back over the straight. 5th Marines is reported by Major Natasha Nalklov to have taken 80% casualties and was unable to evacuate. Entirety of 5th Marines assumed dead or captured.
1245H - Major Tunnlov reports 50% casualties and again requests reinforcements, Operational Command claim that reinforcements will be there within 3 hours and orders 1st Special Brigade to compete it's strategic objective of destroying the switching station in Aushstadt.
1315H - 2nd in Command of 1st Special Brigade, Captain Nick Serknov reports in that attack on switching station failed, Major Tunnlov is injured and the brigade has taken catastrophic casualties. Operational Command finally informs them that no reinforcements are coming and orders the 1st Special Brigade to not surrender.
1357H - Captain Nick Serknov reports that Major Tunnlov is dead and assumes command.
1415H - 1st Blackwood arrives back in Commonwealth territory, upon hearing of the situation in Aushstadt; Major Natasha Nalklov demands permission to land her regiment nearby and move to rescue the 1st Special Brigade. This request is denied by Operational Command.
1456H - Captain Nick Serknov reports his forces are scattered and few but still fighting.
1623H - Final communication with 1st Special Brigade, unknown soldier transmits that there is 27 men left alive and they have no intention of surrendering. Last words of communication were "Long Live the Commonwealth." All of 1st Special Brigade assumed dead.
END OF RELEVANT TIMELINE.
OBSERVATIONS REGARDING THESE EVENTS
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After reviewing this document it has been declared that the details of this document shall not be discussed, distributed, or copied. Personnel already aware of Operation: LONGINUS or this document are prohibited from discussing the existence of either to any non-cleared personnel. Failure to comply with this order shall result in court martial.
This document has been seized by the Commonwealth Protection Agency,
By order of the Lord Commander,
Long Live the Commonwealth.
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Can gay couples or anyone else have a baby by useing a spell to combine their DNA
Hi anon, I was already planning to answer your previous question about the same thing. You don’t have to send it more than once, I answer all my questions at some point but some take me a tad longer to write or I don’t have enough time to answer them. This being said thanks for asking nonetheless.
I want to say yes, I really do, but it’s complicated.
On one hand, it would be a really nice and sweet representation. I personally had never seen anything quite similar to it anywhere. From the few gay couples I know, who are planning to start a family, they would love to have a child with both of their DNAs but it is simply not possible, at least from what me and them know.
On the other hand though, it raises a lot of problems. Where is the child going to grow? Is it just going to pop into the world already 9 months old? What type of magic is it? Healing? Constructing? Type of some weird Necromancy/Life Magic? Who can do it? Who cannot? Is it allowed or forbidden? Accepted or despised? The list goes on and on.
I really want to go through this and find the best possible way to write it, because this would be great, and a really interesting piece of worldbuilding.
Maybe they could be grown inside some vessel or container but it sounds pretty harsh.
Anyway anyhow I’ll greatly appreciate any help with this matter, so if you anon, or anyone else, have some good take about this. But for now, thank you.
Kraken creation: day 3
After three days of watching nature videos, reading articles, and general brainstorming, I have come up with a “realistic” kraken I am satisfied with.
Most depictions of kraken either look like squid or octopus. I chose to go with squid mainly due to size, behavior, and habitat, taking heavy inspiration from Colossal squid and Humboldt squid.
Kraken are going to be a living magical creature species in my world and not just one solitary mythological monster. Similarly to how very little is known about Colossal squid due to the inability for humans to easily access their natural habitat to study them, not much will be known about kraken for the same reasons. Most information comes from dead specimens either washed up on shore or caught in fishing nets. Kraken attacking small ships does occur, but the attacks are rare and thought to be triggered by illness which causes individuals to act erratically.
It is believed an average kraken can grow to 80~100 ft. (24~30 m.) with half of that length being its main body and the other half being its eight arms and two tentacles. Each arm is lined with suckers, and each sucker is ringed on the inside with sharp teeth. Its hard, beak-like mouth can pierce through bone. Its arms are incredibly strong and fast. It attacks its prey by grabbing/strangling and dragging it to a lower depth to either suffocate it or kill it with the sudden change in pressure.
Their main food source are whales but kraken also feed on magical energy and they can sense sources from a great distance. Because they do not perceive magic in the same way humans do, concealment enchantments are useless. Similar to other species of squid and octopus, kraken display high levels of intelligence and problem-solving, though the extent of their intellect is unknown.
Kraken can naturally change the pressure within their bodies which allows them to quickly move between different depths without their cells rupturing. Kraken attacks are always heralded by a severe thunderstorm and this is due to the sudden change in air pressure from when the kraken rises rapidly from great depths to the surface of the ocean.
I haven’t thought much about the appearance yet but I read that the eyes of Colossal squid glow in the dark so I plan to look more into bioluminescence and how it could be incorporated.
Crafting an education system can be important because they have such a large impact on character development that it can explain a lot about how people think and the preconceived notions they hold about the world.
Is there any formal education in your world?
If so, how is it structured?
How is it similar or different from the education system(s) you’re familiar with?
What are schools like?
Are there different types of schools? What are they for?
What subjects are emphasized in the curriculum?
Is education available to everyone? Or only certain groups?
Are most people literate or illiterate?
Do most people go to school? How are most people educated?
What kinds of requirements are there to become a teacher?
Are teachers respected in the society? To what extent?
At what age do children start school? When do they leave school?
Are children in school most of the day/year like in real life? What does a school calendar look like?
How do children learn?
Does the school system cater to children’s needs in terms of how they learn or is it more standardized?
What kinds of technology are available to teachers/students?
Is there a written language?
How highly does the society value education?
If you’re writing a dystopia, this Wikipedia page can help incorporate propaganda into your curriculum.
If there’s anything you want me to cover, shoot me an ask! To learn more about worldbuilding, check out the tag!