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Covenant of the Kraken

The Covenant of the Kraken is a confederation of time traveling privateers, their sea, air, land, and subsurface vessels, and their support ships and crews working to elevate the enjoyment and storytelling level of Steampunk forums and events.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=100001451499636
Location: Dallas-Fort Worth Area, Texas
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Jun 29

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Steampunk in the News and other Links Worth Viewing

Started by Ramon Leon del Mar. Last reply by Pennie Nevan Sep 20, 2010. 2 Replies

Check out the following BBC stories and their links.  Aint life grand!http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8385580.stm…Continue

Performance Art Activities, Group History, etc.

Started by Ramon Leon del Mar. Last reply by Ramon Leon del Mar Sep 18, 2010. 1 Reply

What Is the Covenant of the Kraken?When Ramon and I were firstgetting involved in the steampunk scene we were literally the onlypeople in the DFW area we knew of.  We wanted a way to connect…Continue

Adventures of the Covenant of the Kraken

Started by Ramon Leon del Mar. Last reply by Ramon Leon del Mar Aug 22, 2010. 6 Replies

Chapter 1  Life as an Irish Half Breed in Victorian Era AmericaI was told as a child that I wasn't really a part of the human race. Maybe they were right as I have little desire to share the most…Continue

Steampunk as a form of self evolution as a being!

Started by Vice Admiral S. Radha Narasimhan Aug 22, 2010. 0 Replies

Some steampunk groups/crews recruit people with similar interests, samegeography, or just aim for total numbers.  That's all a good thing as itbrings us together, but we don't try to compete with any…Continue

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Comment by Pennie Nevan on November 14, 2010 at 7:14pm
I found a very cool set of stockings for the ladies of the crew. Kraken stockings http://www.etsy.com/listing/61749888/largeextra-large-sexy-octopus-...
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on November 14, 2010 at 6:34pm
The Ugly Gun Skit
We just finished doing a very fun comedy skit/play at Yulecon. It was a blast! Unfortunately we were not able to film it though some others did, so maybe it will show up in cyberspace somewhere, but we were billed as the local group which is Kali's Hourglass, so watch for it on you tube etc. We have audio, but it loses a lot without visuals since there is some physical comedy as well as verbal. The next time we perform this pirate/privateer comedy skit, we will try to get it on film! We will be perfoming it again at the Steampunk Illumination Society meeting at Crystal's Pizza in Irving on Nov 18th and at the Winter Wonderland Music, comedy, and Mini Steampunk Convention at the Curtain Club in Dallas on Januray 22, 2011. This skit was custom developed as a promotional comedy for the upcoming Carnivale of Creatures music, comedy and dance spectacular. Carnevale of Creatures will be on Febuary 11th, 2011 at the Son's of Herman Hall. At Carnivale of Creatures we will be doing a Steampunk Naturalist skit, and some various types of dance such as traditiaonla Aztec dance , probably, thought the actual line up is still being discussed.
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on October 28, 2010 at 12:33pm
New works and old are being reviewed or explored on http://artofsteampunk.blogspot.com/

I have requested an internet interview with the crews of "The League of Steam", "The Imperial Anti-Piracy League" and the performance art and fabrication guilds of the Airships "Isabella" and "Neo-dulcimer", but am still putting together questionaires for the crew.
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on October 6, 2010 at 6:38am
I have a blog related to how Steampunk interfaces with the fine arts at http://artofsteampunk.blogspot.com/
This would include drama, roleplaying, and fictional writing such as what this group was set up to address.
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on September 18, 2010 at 9:59am
We received a very nice response from the customer service people at Kraken Rum about my offer to help with local promotions of their product and about possibly sponsoring some of our events, but they had to send it to marketing to see if they are interested.
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on August 22, 2010 at 12:08pm
Qualifications Desired for Crew Members for Kali’s Hourglass

While our primary role is as Time Traveling Privateers who look for opportunities to upset the balance of power in various centuries and thereby give the common man and woman a chance to bargain for better conditions in a harsh world, we also just love to dance! That certainly is not a requirement for a crew member on board the other vessels in our Covenant of the Kraken collective, (although it helps), but on board the Kali’s Hourglass, crew should be ready and willing to dance at a moments notice! Granted this does not work well in the middle of a naval engagement as, we are not only rather busy at that moment reloading all the cannons and trying to edge more speed out of the sails, but all the cannon fire tends to make it hard to hear the dance music well enough to keep on the beat! As such, ongoing naval battles are one time that crew members are not required to drop what their doing, and grab their instruments or kick off their shoes for a rousing dance on the deck! This exception for naval battles does not count simple chase engagements with poorly armed vessels where only a few gun crews are busy trying to take out their sails as we rather like to dance during such long and otherwise mostly uneventful chases.

Now you may think this is a waste of time on board a ship of war, but I assure you it is not! It not only keeps our crew fit, well connected, and fearless, but as we learned during our time living among the Aztecs, a warrior that can dance for 4 hours (some would go for 6 to 8) straight in the blazing sun has enormous strength, endurance, and wind capacity. They have used this as a primary means of strength and endurance training for millennia in that part of the world. After seeing them run races and testing strength with weaponry against them, I must say I was incredibly impressed! One of their warriors can cleave through the enemy (or more often block blows while trying to knock others unconscious as they like to take them alive, just like us, but for very different reasons that we won‘t go into) for almost a solid hour without hardly working up a good sweat. With that kind of endurance, our boarding parties can wear out the crews of even the largest Man of War/Ship of the Line and then go on to the next. Of course we wear specially designed, floating (in case you get knocked overboard or slip on the boarding planks) armor, shields, and helmets, so we don‘t go down under swords as easily as most, but if we tire too fast, it won‘t really matter much will it?.

Yes indeed, our time spent living among the Aztecs was very educational. Of course we reciprocated by sharing what medical knowledge we had (mostly Indian Ayurvedic medicine in trade for their own vast knowledge of herbs etc, and most importantly, taught them the signs of and how to contain and stop the spread of contagious European diseases such as the smallpox and dysentery, the real conquerors of the Aztec realm. We also introduced them to gunpowder weapons such as cannons, metal armor such as breastplates, and explained that war dogs and horses are not monsters and that warriors on horseback are just a man, in a metal suit riding a tamed beast rather than the two headed monsters the locals were destined to mistake them for otherwise. In other words, we did, what we always do, we helped out the underdogs against abusive tyrants. While we are good enough businessmen and women that we always keep our crews happy by making a good profit in the process, we keep future technology secret, but shift the balance of power in ways that slow the conquest of endangered people and allow them to bargain for better treatment and hold off the worst tyrants of the era as long as possible. We often share current era, not futuristic, technology with underdogs that current era tyrants are trying to enslave and suggest ways they can use this knowledge to resist being enslaved, abused, or slaughtered by those who got the current technology earlier than the others. (Boy won’t Cortez be surprised !)

This should also level the playing field a bit by helping them clear up any confusion about whether Spanish conquistadors in metal hats and silly pumpkin pants are actually Quetzalcoatl returned. Of course I am having a little trouble convincing them to stop all the rumors flying that I am Quetzalcoatl returned, but Montecazuma said that I am fulfilling that role for his people just as the real Quetzalcoatl wanted it fulfilled by helping them understand and protect against a dangerous foe while bringing people together to find new forms of sacrifice that require less human waste. Even he found that second part a little odd at first, but I reminded him that the original Quetzalcoatl refused any and all human sacrifices and accepted only the sacrifice of his symbolic animals, namely snakes and butterflies (& sometimes birds). That satisfied him and the rest of the allied tribes and a true revival of Quetzalcoatl worship was reborn as the primary sect of their empire. While this did not stop human sacrifice all together there when doing special rites for particular Gods, it did cut way back on it especially at the times of dedication of the latest layer of beautification and enlargement of the main temples which usually happened about once in each emperor’s life. They used to round up human enemies to sacrifice in great number for that special event (about once each generation), but now, they just round up rattlesnakes and butterflies, because I insisted and cited historical precedent to back it. (I knew those 20th century anthropology books would come in handy!)

Well back to the point. We expect all crew members of our flagship to work on playing instruments, dancing, making art (like the beautiful gold, jade, and feather masks the Aztecs gave us) , drama, poetry, and making beautiful, yet practical clothing, armor, and weapons design etc as part of their normal daily activities and as a way to evolve, to quote Dear Dr. Darwin’s writings, into the most wonderful creature they can become!

Of course this has to happen around normal duties such as cannon, musket, and saber drill, knot tying class, swimming and stealthy boarding class, sail rigging class, hand to hand fighting class, etc. We do ; however, have fun competitions and award highly desirable prizes such as a full bottle of our special “Kraken Rum” along with the next day off to recover of course. (Putting a beast in your belly can be fun, but a bit intense for the faint hearted and they are never any good on the deck the next day anyway. Kept missing the targets and setting sails on fire during cannon practice don‘t ya know!!!)

Oh I should mention, that while we have swept away prohibition of women as crew members, (in spite of the silly local superstitions of most sailing ship era sailors about the Sea Goddess Calypso being so jealous of human women that she would try to sink any ship they sailed on, you are not allowed to tell everyone about he special rituals Admiral Radha performs to pacify the Goddess Calypso (and/or our ship’s namesake) and to pacify and reassure our superstitious male sailors. We just let it remain a mystery among the various allies and enemies we encounter. They all think we are witches or something anyway, but are just too afraid to say so. I suppose since technology that is misunderstood is often mistaken for magic, that should not be surprising. After all, while we try hard not to show our advanced weapons, we do use clever tactics, new gun carriage designs, and other advantages from future eras in our battles. Our exploding rounds also have the uncanny luck of tending to explode just when we want them to, unlike those of our enemies, but by their very nature, exploding cannon rounds are difficult to examine after the fact. We also appear at times to be from another world or time. Perhaps that is because it is sometimes true!
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on August 16, 2010 at 7:37am
Sorry...typo problem, that should have read OPIUM WARS
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on August 16, 2010 at 7:36am
Is anyone out there? I'd enjoy ideas about how that type of conflict might work with your type of character! It's easy enough to look up the Oium wars on Wikipedia to see what I mean. The Chinese pirates formed a major alliance with about 7 major leaders and a constitution to agree on how to work together instead of against one another. One of the strongest Pirate lords was a woman, believe it or not, and they essentially created a floating nation as they lived with their families aboard ship most of their lives, ruling their own seafaring nation. Between that, the evil corruption of the East India Trade Company (who maintained slavery in India just to keep young girls as sex slaves for themselves) and were essentially the largest drug cartel and armed drug pusher organization to ever exist, we could have the makings of a great story. (Once again, this is not a reflection on the English in general then or now, but evil men got into power in that organization and kept the Queen mostly in the dark about it just like in most other nations then and now) What more could you ask for as a story device?
Comment by Ramon Leon del Mar on August 10, 2010 at 9:43am
I would love to read stories about Airship Isabella or others taking advantage of the Opium Wars to conduct airship piracy against the European nations that were trying to take over China. If you attack European shipping you will get the bwest of both Indian and Chinese goods with the English, Germans and French doing the goods collecting for you. What's more, The Covenant of the Kraken has allies and safe harbors for you in Sri Lanka, Mdagascar, and Hong Kong as this point and would be willing allies in that particular conflict, though they would have to disavow knowledge of any raids on Chinese shipping if that were to occur.
Comment by Baron Augustine Gunn on August 9, 2010 at 4:14pm
This sounds great i will have to spend a little time writeing
 

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