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Captain Vila Resthal's Blog

First Album Released!

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I released my first music album. Just my regular music, not an album of steampunk music. It's a fairly eclectic mix of musical styles and genres, all written in my computer. My steampunk album is still in the works. I'm still writing the scripts, and waiting for all the voice acting recordings to come in. Here's a link to a promo page for my music. Not much of a page yet, but I update it whenever I can think of something else to add.…


Gearing Up For AnachroCon...

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 2:12pm 1 Comment

So AnachroCon 4 happens next weekend in Atlanta. Cita and I are already packing basic clothing and choosing outfits to take. I'm also working on ray guns, and have been for some time. Those of you who have been looking at my photos here, and the larger collection of photos on my Facebook page already know just what sorts of things I've been making.

I'm most emphatically *not* going to have everything finished that I wanted to take to the Con. The work is taking longer than I expected…


Wish Me luck!

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 10:22pm 0 Comments

I just submitted a short story to a US publisher putting together an anthology of short stories. Wish me luck, folks! It'd be nice to get this one out there, since the British guy who edited it for me is trying to sell a TV series to the UK TV networks with it as one of the scripts he wants to film. I've sold this story once, but it never made it into the final version of the book because the publisher decided he wanted stories by already…

Steampunk Ray Gun

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 6:16pm 0 Comments

As some folks already know, a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving I was asked to create a ray gun prop for a pro-writer friend who is just getting into steampunk. She has fallen in love with our styles of clothing and gear, but felt that she couldn't afford any of the sidearms that she had seen…


Steampunk Music

Posted on October 7, 2011 at 7:20pm 0 Comments

I recently got back into making music and joined a website called SoundCloud to have a place to post it online. One of the projects I created is a Suite of Steampunk / Neo-Classical music with the overall theme of Airships.

I titled it "The 10,000 Airships Suite" and there are currently 5 pieces in the work-in-progress. Eventually, the music will be re-edited to add voice acting in several pieces. Sort of like "Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds" but without Martians, Heat Rays, and…


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Captain Vila Resthal's Page

Hello! Welcome to my Empire profile page...

As a word of explanation, if you are visiting my page because of a friend request that I have sent to you and you have no Earthly idea who I am and we have never interacted in any way... Well, I scroll through the Empire Members List every time I visit the Empire, and I always send a friend request to any steampunk I find that lists a city in Georgia as their location. So even if you live nowhere near me, I would greatly enjoy getting to know you as an Empire Friend.

Of course, I also send out friend requests to people I meet on those rare occasions I venture into the Empire Chat Room, or meet at AnachroCon, LibertyCon, or any random meet-up my wife and I are able to attend.

That said, what can I add to make your visit to my page more pleasant?

A bit of biography: My wife, Lady Cita, and I live out in the countryside North of Athens, Georgia. We're quite near to my parent's farm, and I work at a factory in Athens. I attended the local High School, and the University of Georgia in the 1970s. Aside from my day job, I'm a low-level pro writer, have sold a very few oil paintings, am rekindling my interest in composing music, and have recently begun building steampunk ray guns of various designs. I'm trying to work out a way to turn my ray guns into a means to defray the cost of attending various steampunk events so that we might be able to go to more of them.

Please enjoy my page. I hope to meet you in person as soon as events eventuate in that direction. :)


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Mj Bridges commented on Captain Vila Resthal's group Classic City Steam
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Classic City Steam

A subset of TerminuSteam, Classic City Steam was formed to assist Steampunks in the Athens, Ga. area to more easily find each other, meet, and go to upcoming events together.
Jan 22
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First Album Released!

A couple of weeks ago I released my first music album. Just my regular music, not an album of steampunk music. It's a fairly eclectic mix of musical styles and genres, all written in my computer. My steampunk album is still in the works. I'm still writing the scripts, and waiting for all the voice acting recordings to come in. Here's a link to a promo page for my music. Not much of a page yet, but I update it whenever I can think of something else to add.…See More
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"There is AnachroCon, in Atlanta coming up in February. AnachroCon"
Dec 15, 2012
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Sep 4, 2012
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"Sorry, we can't afford to travel the 1000 miles to attend."
May 31, 2012
Captain Vila Resthal commented on Captain Vila Resthal's event Visiting New Mexico
"We'll be heading for Clayton, NM Thursday, back to ABQ for Anthony's graduation Friday, Pie Town Saturday & Sunday, & Roswell on Monday. We fly back home on Tuesday evening. We'll be back at the hotel in ABQ in between our day…"
May 9, 2012

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Greetings, friends!

I am Vila Resthal, Airship Captain and Sky Marshal of the Confederacy of North American Republics, serving in the Combined Airship Service. As the discerning reader may have noted, my homeland is not on the same timeline as that in which my Lady wife and I now find ourselves. Some accident of Nature has caused Lady Cita and I to randomly pass from one alternate universe to another, having adventures and meeting new friends...

As for my background, I'm a half-blood member of the Cherokee Nation and a decorated veteran of the 1860-1865 Alien Invasion of North America. I have seen service in both the ground and air forces of half a dozen of the Republics that are members of the Confederacy. After the War, I found myself assigned to part-time duty in the Secret Service and promoted to the rank of Captain of the Airship Service, assigned to the airship "Nemesis." I spent several years hunting pirates as an airship Captain under my own name, and battling power-hungry madmen bent on world domination as a Secret Service agent under the codename of Sky Marshall Ebon Black. During the course of my duties, I encountered a South American pirate Queen, Lady Cita, with whom I fell hopelessly in love. After several years and many shared adventures, we could deny our feelings no longer. Once Lady Cita had found a suitable successor for her throne, she abdicated and consented to become my wife. Roughly about this time in our lives, the two of us ran afoul of some oddity in the natural world that thereafter caused us to shuttle between alternate universes without warning.

One of our first trips between the worlds brought us into contact with Captain Thornguage and the crew of the airship Hinderscipe, as well as the naiad Dryope, her friend the chaos-elemental named Jinx, a lady assassin called Alterra, and several Asian warrior heroes and heroines. After battling invisible demons who had, at first, tricked us into fighting each other, Lady Cita and I once more found ourselves back in our proper world and time.

Months later, we once again found ourselves drawn into yet another world. One wherein we faced the menace of a mind-controlling artist bent upon using Captain Thornguage and ourselves, among others, as zombie puppets in her quest to create living artworks under her whimsical command. Finding a rusty ship's deck cannon, we managed to turn the tables on this demonic artist and escape.

Within hours, Cita and I found ourselves swept into the future of a world wherein the CNAR I'd devoted my life to preserving had never existed. After wandering through a museum devoted to the long-past lives of Southern plantation owners and their slaves, Lady Cita and I met up with Lady Grace Hawthorne- newly returned to Midgard from a long adventure in Asgard -and the collection of heroes she had assembled to celebrate the anniversary of the naiad Dryope's birth. Also in attendance among the heroes was our friends from the Hinderscape, Captain Thornguage and his crew. After several too short hours spent with our friends, Cita and I once more found ourselves caught up in the mists of inter-worldly transition, returning to our humble home near the Southern borders of the Cherokee Nation.

Our next excursion to an alternate Earth deposited us within a veritable convention of other travelers in time and space. They had gathered together to celebrate their voyages fantastique and to join in a great fellowship of Time Travelers. This joyous occasion ended far too soon, but Cita and I were left with the promise that the convocation would seek us out when they next gathered to meet again.

As for now, Lady Cita and I are within the walls of our home once more. We are enjoying the sultry evenings of the Georgia countryside whilst we raise prize-winning thoroughbred cats, grow wetland cacti, and prepare for the next time the winds of change sweep us into the void between the worlds- and straight into another adventure.

Captain Vila Resthal

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At 9:25am on February 18, 2012, Jha Goh said…

Good day, fine captain! I saw you online and I thought I better drop a line to let you know you are most fondly remembered, even though I don't visit the Empire much!

At 6:33am on November 8, 2011, Steamgirl said…
G' mornin'! I like the 10,000 airships music. Voice track might add depth. my firends and I will be at the Mechanical Masquerade in Atlanta. Will you & your Lady be attending?
At 9:31am on November 3, 2011, Jolly Roger said…
Oh happy day Captain sir*salute*, on this the anniversary of your birth;)
At 3:35pm on February 9, 2011, Prof. Black said…
No problem. I was just wondering if that brief meeting quite a while ago rang any bells. It's nice to meet you again.
At 1:14am on December 11, 2010, AaronFlores said…

Hey man thanks for the add much appreciated it.

At 6:43am on November 9, 2010, Jillanna Babb said…
Lovely slide show you offer here...
At 11:55pm on November 3, 2010, Sky Marshall said…
Greetings and Happy Birthday Captain Resthal...

Another Grand year of adventure around the Celestial Orb good Sir.
At 4:49pm on November 3, 2010, Jha Goh said…
It's your birthday! Happy Birthday, dearest Captain!!
At 1:28pm on November 3, 2010, Captain Denvo Pryde said…
Happy Birthday, may day be as steampowered as an airship.
At 9:58am on November 3, 2010, Nivatima AhlaSteam said…
Birthday wishes to you! Birthday wishes to you! ....That is all.

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