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A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance

Somewhere near Kranichfeld September, 1633   At the age of twenty, Dafydd Gough, of Cardiff, Wales, wanted excitement. So he took his farrier journeyman ticket, signed on with a mercenary company, and went to follow the sound of the guns. But instead of shooting,...
Engines of Change: A Few Kroner More

Engines of Change: A Few Kroner More

Copenhagen, September 1636   The shop was humming. All around the room, large twelve-cylinder engines sat in various levels of completion. Lars Holgersen, shop supervisor, walked from position to position, inspecting the engines in process. The men knew exactly...
Engines of Change: Niels the Builder

Engines of Change: Niels the Builder

Copenhagen, August, 1636 Niels Isaksen was young and ambitious. He had been working for Halmsted Construction for several years, but now saw an opportunity to advance himself. It was risky, but a young man wanting to build his life and impress the father of the...
Engines of Change: Digging Deeper

Engines of Change: Digging Deeper

On the Docks of Copenhagen August 1636 The heat was stifling today, and the sun beat down like the baker's oven. Bertel Kierulf made clicking sounds at his horses. Their ears flickered towards him, and they leaned into the yoke. With the reins, he guided the horses to...
Engines of Change: The Miller’s Tale

Engines of Change: The Miller’s Tale

Copenhagen, September 1636   Michael Skov had always been called a bookworm. Even as a student, he could always be found up to his elbows in books. He liked books, always some new nugget of information, always some new poetic vision. At the age of twenty-three,...
Engines of Change: The Three Erics

Engines of Change: The Three Erics

Copenhagen, July 1636 The old longboat was what their forefathers had called a ship of twenty-six rooms for the twenty-six oars, lucky thirteen on each side. And twenty-six men on those oars. They all faced aft, where the Captain stood and shouted orders. Captain...
Engines of Change: More Power

Engines of Change: More Power

Aksel Nørgaard walked into the shop like always. Just watching the machinery made him feel good. The overhead mainline shaft clattered away as it rotated, belts came down from pulleys to each machine tool, small wisps of smoke curled up from each machine. Everywhere,...
Murder and Chocolate

Murder and Chocolate

Copenhagen September 1636   The shop was not busy, only five or six patrons. Fatmir sat at his customary table, and sipped his chocolate. It was such a different thing, this drink from the Americas. It was not coffee, and yet, it was dark and rich. It was heavily...

Wingless Wonders

Lighter-than-air technology is a lot like the game Go. It is easy to learn, but very hard to master. Many countries tried the technology, but only a few managed to master it. By far the largest number of rigid airships were built by Germany. On the other hand, the...