The Steampunk Empire

The Crossroads of the Aether

As steampunks from all over the colonies of the new world and the motherlands of the old world gather on this fabulous crossroads of the Aether, we invite you to share a little about your steampunk self and tell us about your airship, meetup, local steampunk scene, or whatever.

On the waves of the Aether I am known as Aloysius, a dandy who is a little more of the steam and a little less of the punk, heralding from the Queen City (aka Cincinnati, Ohio) although originally I was born and bred in the heart of the British Empire before migrating to the colonies toward the end of the last century. I am a founding member of the League of Cincinnati Steampunks, a band of anachronistic anarchists who meet every couple of weeks to share tales of adventure and find new ones. I have been a steampunk for longer than I realized; I knew the literary genre back in the 90s, wore Victorian and Edwardian fashions, liked goggles, airships, and brass gizmos, but did not piece it all together until these last couple of years . . . and it's been steamy fun ever since!

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Hello everyone. I've been attracted to the elegance of steam technology for as long as i can remember, I like engineering which is beautiful in its own right, not covered up. Steampunk as an art style is something I've been attracted to for a long time, and I recently discovered the social movement.

Always been a maker and have made a wide variety of things including model boats, aircraft and steam engines. Most recently I've been making ocarinas, a kind of wind instrument, and have written a book on the subject: The Art Of Ocarina Making []. Also know how to program in several languages and have a side interest in 3d computer graphics.

For the past 11 years or so I've been writing (and re-writing) a novel which has a heavy mechanical and 'otherworld' theme to it.

Lovely to be united with another member of the tribe. Welcome to the Steampunk Empire!

<static> Hailing frequencies open <static>

Greeting to you all from the command deck of the C.R.S. Ironside. I am Tobias Grey, Airship Captain for the Confederate Republic of Elysia. I have found my displaced in the Aether far away from my great country of Elysia in the skies over a United State of America know as Texas(?). At least this is what the locals here call it, according to a few scouting reports. So let me expand a bit on my life and how I can only assume I ended up here. I will do what I can to relate my home to this new place.


I began life as humbly as one could expect, my father was an engineer for the reigning sovereignty and my mother was a very skilled seamstress. My father designed many airships for his country with only a few ever seeing production, mainly due to the available technology. Things changed however when he designed the Aether flux drive. By harnessing latent energies he could allow instantaneous movement through space. Not like the blackness outside of atmosphere but the space between object. He first tested small objects to a great degree and slowly moved to larger objects. When he tried it on an airship however, it was less than successful. Nothing survived but the flux drive unit. After a few more unsuccessful attempts the project was scrapped. However there was a bit of a silver lining to the dark cloud or failure. My father created the Aether quantum turbine. It ran upon the same principles of the flux drive of using Aether energy but this time it was for power.


I stop here so that I may continue that portion of this story in a moment.


Elysia, my home country is set high in the mountain tops, what many here would consider the Alps. If it's not cold and snowy, it is cold and rainy. However according to maps that I have seen of this new region known as the United States. Elysia would be located where Austin is, with the mountain range running from San Antonio through Austin and up to Dallas. The place where the township of Houston lies was open and contested air, with nothing but farmland and coast. In the middle of what is known as the Gulf of Mexico was a string of islands known as the Federation of Tartaroo. This string of islands I do not find but it resembled a place known as Cuba, according to this map. However, it is in the Gulf not the... Atlantic(?). 

Elysia has been at war with Tartaroo for as long as I can remember, and they have never breached our nation's borders. Citizens of Elysia are trained from a young age about the history of our nation, reading, writing and combat. Two years after my induction into the Elysian military Tartaroo breached our borders in an attempt to hijack an airship with the Aether quantum turbine. My father always joked that, the fates conspired against him. This day proved that he was not far from the truth. He was repairing some superficial damage on one of the prototype ships when the remnants of the Tartaroo strike team attempted to take control of the ship. Rather than let his creation fall into the enemies' hands he overloaded the turbine causing critical failure and destroying the ship in a massive explosion leaving a huge black scar in its place. His research died with him.

My mother was devastated, and she passed away shortly after he was gone. One can only guess it to be from a broken heart.

It wasn't until I was clearing out my families estate that I came across my father's completed design. Imagine my surprise, finding a completed Aether Quantum Turbine. His research notes confirmed several successful test runs that he had run himself. This completed turbine was quickly pressed into service in the newest of Elysian ships the Ironside. I was chosen as its Captain, a sort of prodigal son, as it were.

The first mission for the Ironside was an attack on the country that nearly halted its completion. The attack ended in near disaster. During the strafing run the Ironside was set upon by a few quick moving ornithropters. The Aether Quantum Turbine took damage in the attack and all I can describe is the sound that I heard shortly after. There was a whine and the sound of shredding gears followed by a loud pop and a flash. I awoke to clear skies and different topography from the world I knew.

Forgive me for my ramblings.


Captain Tobias Grey

C.R.S. Ironside


Hello everyone! I'm just about to graduate college with a degree in technical theatre, mostly in prop building and costumes. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, though I attend college in Kansas, so my time is split between Kansas and Texas. I've been into steampunk for about 4 or 5 years now, and I find that I love it more and more every day. In an attempt to find others who share my interest, I created the Manhattan Kansas Steampunk Society, a student organization (open to anyone though, not just students) and we meet once a week during the school year.

My jobs currently include being a full time student, props master for plays at the university, a human traffic cone during sporting events for my night job, and I do graphic design work on the side. My hobbies are making things, and when I don't have a project or two to work on at any time, I go crazy. I am always trying to learn or hone a new skill. My professors are into steampunk as well, so in scene shop class and a prop making class I recently took, we had to make goggles and a ray gun. I heard about this site from another steampunk at a convention I went to this past weekend. This seems like a great place!

Ms. Thymble ~ Was the convention, by any chance, in Houston?

Why yes it was! It was great to meet you, and thank yo so much for telling me about this site!

Hi i'm Codie!

Though i am not out of school yet ( 8th grade this august) i have been a long time fan of steampunk life.

My dream is to be a mechanical engineer or Pilot.

I even have a brit accent that has been with me all my life for some odd reason. I only hear it on video though.

Well thats a wee bit about my life. SEE YOU ALL AROUND THE EMPIRE!!!!

Hello everyone! I’m Joseph Peter Perry. But my loved ones call me Joey and Joe. I stumbled across this site about a year and a half ago. I am a huge fan of steampunk, and have bean so for quite a while now. But my true love is the railroad. I am what I call a Railpunk, witch is when one takes trains to the extreme. If anyone needs any help with trains, just ask me and I’ll see what I can do.

Why does this remind me of the latest Max Barry novel, Machine Man?

Greetings and salutations!

The name's Erika, but my pen name's Alethearia, so I go by that. Thea if you like - tis easier to spell. I may or may not also go by The Lady Dr. Chennelle Elicith and/or 1st Mate Krylsorta (Krys) Milse. I'm a stay-at-home mommy with a darling little boy, I am also a writer and a small business owner in Utah.

Interestingly enough, I had been piecing together a story for a while with no idea what the genre was that I was writing when all of a sudden my brother in law insisted it was Steampunk and made me watch Steam Boy and Howl's Moving Castle. It was shortly after that incident that I realized that I've been into Steampunk all along and simply didn't know what to call it!

I have been heavily influenced by Firefly and Serenity... which I suppose you could call Steampunk seeing as how it's a space western. Meh, it doesn't really matter.

Pleasure to meet you all.


The pleasure goes all around dear lady.

Hello and salutations one and all; I am Abigail Pinpricker. Currently I am a fashion design student residing in Dallas texas. when im not working on school related subjects i make and design victorian/steampunk inspired costume pieces. I, like many was steampunk before it had a name.. lol I joined the empire almost a year ago but have not been very active until recently. always looking to find like minded people to friend and love having creative friends to bounce ideas off of.


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