Die Jungen in den Himmel

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    2 July 1900: First flight of the LZ, a rigid airship designed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, over Lake Constance, Friedrichschafen, Germany

    28 July 1914: Austria-Hungary invades Serbia while Germany invades the nations of Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. This sparks the beginnings of a Great War between the Central (Austria-Hungary, Germany) and Allied Powers (Great Britain, France, Russia, and later Italy).

    1916: The war between the Allied and Central Powers has become one of bitter attrition. Neither side seems likely to break through the lines arranged along the Western Front, where hundreds of thousands have died in places such as the trenches of the Somme. The efforts of the German forces face the hindrance of a British naval blockade which can only be circumvented by air strikes over the island nation. However it seems unlikely that a breakthrough will be achieved in the skies, as the Allies have their own planes and pilots, and there are too few resources available for the Germans to mass produce aircraft. As shells, mortars, and mustard gas continue to claim more and more lives daily on the front lines, Central Command becomes desperate for a way to overcome the obstacles impeding their now seemingly dubious victory.

    A solution presents itself in the form of Otto Helvig, an Austrian industrialist who has secretly managed to develop an airship construction yard in the Swiss Alps. He offers the Central forces the use of a prepared fleet of 50 airships, all much larger than normal and fully armed and supplied with crews of his own privately trained technicians. His price: a 90% share of all war industry contracts should his fleet prove succesful.


    1917: After some initial strikes in western France serve as its trial by fire, the entire fleet is dispatched to the main front. The Allied forces entrenched there are swiftly decimated, and an assault on Paris commences shortly thereafter. As the City of Lights burns, Germany seizes control of the Il-de-France. The Treaty of Bordeaux is soon ratified, securing German victory over the French.

    1918: The Central Powers have now claimed victories across the Middle East, Africa, and various parts of Europe, due almost entirely to Helvig's now rapidly expanding fleet. The greater part of Germany and Austria-Hungary's war machine has now been absorbed into Helvig's enterprises. By the end of the year, the Central airship fleet now numbers close to 100.

    1919: Heavy airship bombardment of Great Britain has all but brought the war to a close. The entire surviving population of London has been driven into underground railway stations and shelters. Other British cities fair little better, as those that are still standing live under the constant shadow of the threat from above. The Treaty of Westminster cements the end of the war on February 12.

    1919-1930: The German Empire experiences a period of expansion and dominance never before seen in its history. Otto Helvig is granted an honorary seat in the Bundesrat and his companies continue producing airships until each German state possesses at least one, with some having their own fleets. The entire German airship force now consists of approximately 230 ships which patrol Germany's holdings across the world, enforcing the Kaiser's rule.

    1931: The German and Austrio-Hungarian Empires are unified under Kaiser Wilhelm II.


    1932: Otto Helving succumbs to a mysterious illness while staying at his Swiss chalet. It is widely suspected that he was poisoned, perhaps by Hungarian nationalists. His holdings are rapidly nationalized and his original airship plans and schematics become a closely guarded state secret.

    1935: As the ever increasing number of airships have become the mainstay of German military strength, it becomes apparent that an entire generation must be conscripted into service in order to staff, service, and command them. To this end, the Luftschiffjugend is formed; a youth organization that seeks to obtain the best and brightest children of the Empire for military service. Thousands of young people flock to contribute to the glory of the Empire, and within two years the first class has graduated and been given their appointments in the fleet. The Luftschiffjugend become the envy of all German youth, such that there is no higher aspiration a young person could have. The organization is seen as the fast track to success and prominence within the Empire, and as a result millions apply for enrollment in the second and third years. For those that get in, there is still the crucible of training, education, and conditioning that they must first get through in order to graduate. Stringent regulations ensure that only the most driven and talented of students will succeed and make it through. "Die Akademie", as their training program becomes known, is not a place for the weak or faint of heart.


    Our story begins in the year 1938. A brand new class of Luftschiffjugend has been accepted, and they have a trying year ahead of them. They will live, eat, sleep, and serve on board the Akademieschiff, a series of airships linked together in a kind of train or convoy. The compartments below each ship are used for specific purposes: one is a training room, one is sleeping quarters, one is a kitchen and mess hall, etc. All in all, the Akademie consists of 12 airships, each with its own crew and commanding officer.




    Personality: (Let us know how your character thinks, feels, and interacts with others)

    History: (A brief history giving some background on your character, including how they came to join the Luftschiffjugend)
  2. Name: Helmut Schroeder

    Age: 22

    Personality: Studious and bookish, Helmut has always excelled at academics. While very comfortable being withdrawn and isolated in his own little world, he is slightly less proficient at tasks which require him to be a little more extroverted, and he often feels exposed and clumsy if he somehow becomes the center of attention. Awkward and shy in group situations, he doesn't like to bear the burden of making important decisions, especially if it is on the behalf of other people. Even though he is hardly a social butterfly, Helmut is a fairly affable fellow around those he knows and trusts, and is also a very loyal friend. Above all else, he wants to succeed and make his family proud of him. This drives him to always apply himself to the best of his ability no matter what the challenge may be, and although he doesn't handle failure well, he knows he can trust the support of those who truly believe in him even if he isn't the best at everything he tries.

    History: Born during the most intense phase of the war, Helmut's parents had little hope at first that there would be a bright future ahead for their youngest son. His oldest brother, whom he would never know, entered the German army and died on the front lines less than a year later. His death would influence the early years of Helmut's life in ways that he did not at first understand. Only much later, after Helmut had begun school, did it occur to him that his mother and father were placing all the hopes and wishes they might have held for their first child on his shoulders.

    As Helmut grew older and the Empire remained ascendant, it became obvious a nebbish like him would have little chance to succeed in a society where bravery and military service were viewed as the key to gaining status. Luckily for him, the Luftschiffjugend soon emerged as a way young people could distinguish themselves through both intelligence and daring. While he may have been lacking in respect to the latter, Helmut was pressured to join the organization by his parents, and determined as always to not let them down, he soon found himself propelled through the application process for the Akademie on the strength of his test scores alone.

    Still unsure of himself despite the swift progress he was making, Helmut entered the training program simply hoping he could do well. However, within a year his smarts and dedication had seen him promoted through several lower ranks, and a year later he graduated among the top of his class. Staying on as an ensign at the Akadamie, Helmut is now poised to serve as a mentor and instructor to its newest crop of recruits.
  3. its finally here! I'll get some kind of CS up soon
  4. quick question, what is the average age of the students?
  5. Anywhere from middle school to late high school or early college aged. As far as numbers, I'd say from 12 to 24 at the most..
  6. okay, then my planned age works out perfectly. Anyway, I proly can't post my CS until sunday because I'm really busy. Sorry 'bout that
  7. That's fine. Gives other people time to get theirs in.


    Oh wait. There are no other people :[
  8. Name: Issac Winterfield


    Personality: The only thing bigger than his ego is Luftschiffjugend. Fueled by praise from his parents as he learned all the parts of a plane and how he easily got it to work and fly. He's your classic hotshot, but despite all the stuff he says and his ego, he is a natural at flying a plane, easily capturing the attention of the academy.

    History: Born into a family of mechanics for the original airplanes, he was exposed to the machinery at a young age. As he got older, he showed a passion for planes, quickly grasping the basics of it. At the tender age of 9 he had climbed in his first plane, not actually flying it, but getting familiar with certain controls. Growing older, his aptitude for planes slowly inflated his ego, bragging to his friends about his skill and knowledge of the planes. This not only got the attention of the academy, but also other people's spite with all his bragging.