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"Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
 
   LAST EDITED ON Dec-30-17 AT 07:33 PM (EST)
 
Orussian cruiser Декабрьское Сопротивление
Nikolayevsk-on-Amur Naval Station
ORUSSIA
24 May 1946

Lt. Sanya V. Juutilainen-Litvyak
Lt. Eila I. Juutilainen-Litvyak
AEF 501 JFW
Chateau Saint-Ulrich
GALLIA

Comrades--!

Greetings from the end of the Earth, or at least a place from which it can be seen. As you will have noticed, we have a new assignment! Her Majesty the Tsaritsa has seen fit to entrust me with the command of her newest warship, the mighty Dekabr'skoye Soprotivleniye, or December Resistance as our fraternal Allied comrades from Fuso insist on calling him in the Liberions' unmelodic tongue. He is a heavy cruiser of the improved Kirov class, incorporating many new and (I am assured) wondrous advances in warshipbuilding now emerging from the yards of Fuso and Neukarlsland. Alas, I cannot disclose any details of these new marvels of the age to you, as a) they are classified and b) I do not even slightly understand the engineers' explanations of what they do.

We are preparing for his final sea trials now. These are confidently predicted by the engineers to require six to eight weeks, so I expect their completion no later than mid-November. What happens after that, no one can say, although I intend to push hard for assignment to the Northern Fleet. It is long past time we were back in the fight, and I expect I will have been able to make proper sailors out of even the rabble of assorted landsmen and farm girls they've given me by then. Ah, but "rabble" is unfair. They are heartbreakingly unskilled as yet, but diligent, and I would rather have that than the other way around.

Comrade Tiny One is still with me, now leading my new ship's air wing. They are an even rawer bunch than my regular crew--to me they all look like babies, particularly the ones from Fuso--but she is whipping them into shape. Fortunately, we both got plenty of rest waiting out the inevitable delays between reassignment and the yard actually managing to finish the ship. I have included a photograph taken by Katyusha on our visit to her retreat in the wilds of Sakhalin, which the Fusonese call Karafuto, this past spring. Yes, that is what "spring" looks like in Sakhalin, and yes, Katyusha is quite mad, but I cannot grudge her that, seeing how happy she is among her pine trees and her fishing trophies.

Speaking of Comrade Tiny One, she has recently come into possession of the most fascinating document, which purports to have originated from your very own station in Gallia. Comrades, if this is true I have to say I am disappointed not to have heard about it from you first--although I suppose, upon reflection, you are both still far too young to consider it interesting, particularly Aleksandra Vladimirovna. In which case, listen to Grandmother Gangut, youngsters: The day will come, and sooner than you think, when you will find it very interesting indeed. If this remarkable document's provenance is true, and you are acquainted with its author, do not waste the chance. Start now, and you will be ready.

I must go now; there is a terrible commotion below decks, and I fear the fool of a Cossack they have given me for a cook may have done something inadvisable with the steam lines... again... in an effort to simplify his washing-up. May St. Evgeniya give me strength.

Warmest regards,

Gangut

Captain Reva Oktyabrskaya

P.S. Comrade Tiny One wishes to note that she met your Dr. Miyafuji's mother on a recent visit to Yokosuka, and would like you to convey to the doctor her best wishes.

Attachment 1: Photograph of Orussian cruiser Dekabr'skoye Soprotivleniye, under way on propulsion test

Attachment 2: Snapshot of Gangut and Hibiki on shore leave in Karafuto, spring 1946

(illustration by Kashii)


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  RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Verbena Dec-30-17 1
     RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 drakensis Dec-30-17 2
         RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Mephronmoderator Dec-30-17 3
     RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Peter Eng Dec-30-17 4
     RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Gryphonadmin Dec-30-17 6
         RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Verbena Dec-30-17 7
             RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Gryphonadmin Dec-30-17 8
                 RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Verbena Dec-30-17 9
                     RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 The Traitor Jan-03-18 11
                         RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 jhosmer1 Jan-03-18 12
         RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 MoonEyes Feb-19-18 13
  RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946 Proginoskes Dec-30-17 5
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1. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   Awesome letter! I love these little glimpses into what's going on around the 501st. The creative use of pictures is especially neat in these.

Not sure how I feel about the Zauberschulebuch making its way around the world. I'm pretty sure Gryphon didn't intend for it to leave St-Ulrich, to be honest, and I wonder if a bit of a tightening down isn't called for. Not for the witches to not know, so much, but there are always certain government entities that will inevitably conclude, once they realize the ramifications, that they should be the only ones with this marvelous advance in witch power. And do something very unpleasant to make sure they're the sole beneficiaries.

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2. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   I'd have to disagree. The only long term counter to such government entities engaging in stupidity is to get the information out and widespread and while I doubt it's Gryphon's main concern I'd expect he'd be perfectly happy to have the lessons being spread - after all, eventually he'll head back to the IPO so he'd hardly want to make himself irreplaceable.

D.


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3. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >I'd have to disagree. The only long term counter to such government
>entities engaging in stupidity is to get the information out and
>widespread and while I doubt it's Gryphon's main concern I'd expect
>he'd be perfectly happy to have the lessons being spread - after all,
>eventually he'll head back to the IPO so he'd hardly want to make
>himself irreplaceable.

As Gryph himself said in the commentary here on Fall of Petrograd:

>Most of what he's doing, he's doing not to make himself indispensable,
>but to make the witches' situation better. Hell, in a few cases—e.g., the
>way Zauberschule is set up, his weapons work with 404 Sqdn—he's
>deliberately trying to future-proof things so that they can carry on when
>he's not there any longer.

And if it spreads through the Unofficial Witch Networks, well...

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4. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >Awesome letter! I love these little glimpses into what's going on
>around the 501st. The creative use of pictures is especially neat in
>these.
>
>Not sure how I feel about the Zauberschulebuch making its way
>around the world. I'm pretty sure Gryphon didn't intend for it to
>leave St-Ulrich...
>

Oh, I'm sure he did. Maybe not this soon - he might have preferred to send it with teachers, rather than as a document with no flexibility and what may be insufficient detail - but I'm sure he planned for it to get around, if only because he knows how hard it is to keep information boxed up.

In any case, he'll know that it's getting around now, and it doesn't take three hundred years of experience to figure out what to do once information's gone into the wild.

Release copies to everybody.

Peter Eng
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Gryphonadmin
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6. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >Awesome letter! I love these little glimpses into what's going on
>around the 501st. The creative use of pictures is especially neat in
>these.
>
>Not sure how I feel about the Zauberschulebuch making its way
>around the world. I'm pretty sure Gryphon didn't intend for it to
>leave St-Ulrich

On the contrary, this outcome is exactly as planned. Because:

>there are always certain government entities that will inevitably
>conclude, once they realize the ramifications, that they should be the
>only ones with this marvelous advance in witch power. And do something
>very unpleasant to make sure they're the sole beneficiaries.

There's no way for that to happen if, by the time such persons learn about the movement, it has already spread beyond containing. This way, even if some high-level tool or another decides he wants to, no one will be able to put the toothpaste back in the tube. Especially now that it's reached Orussia. The great Orussian traditions of samizdat and tamizdat, inherited from the bad old days when the thing most Orussian intellectuals principally had to fear was their own government, virtually ensure that the Zauberschulmethod would survive even if powerfully positioned individuals and/or agencies tried to stamp it out. The witches are seizing the means of production. :)

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7. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   Hm, precisely as others pointed out earlier. I think I may have simply underestimated the ability of witches to take advantage of their own subculture and lines of communication, perhaps. Or, you know, egg nog. That might have been part of why I wasn't parsing the ramifications correctly, too.

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8. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >Hm, precisely as others pointed out earlier.

Indeed; I was AFK for much of the day (putting up new light fixtures! SUPER ADULT POWERS), and having arrived after the fact, I just figured I'd make it official. :)

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9. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >
>Indeed; I was AFK for much of the day (putting up new light fixtures!
>SUPER ADULT POWERS), and having arrived after the fact, I just figured
>I'd make it official. :)

Indeed! I was thinking about it for a few minutes and realized the other reason it wouldn't work out as well. It's hard for a government to explain away trying to contain, or even threaten their own war heroes.

Makes one wonder what life will be like, having witches who still have power their whole lives. Or what if non-witches can touch the Force? It'd be an interesting exercise for the reader.

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11. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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What fascinates me is all the old WW1-era witches who can now come back into the fold with proper Miyafuji engines and a boatload of experience against other threats.

Also, while this thread's still relevant: any chance we can get Lt. Col. Charlotte "Bazooka Charlie" Carpenter, Liberion's foremost jury-rigged Striker-piloting rocketeer, to appear in OWAW? It seems like someone who's mad enough to show up in an EPU production. =]

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12. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >Also, while this thread's still relevant: any chance we can get Lt.
>Col. Charlotte "Bazooka Charlie" Carpenter, Liberion's foremost
>jury-rigged Striker-piloting rocketeer, to appear in OWAW? It seems
>like someone who's mad enough to show up in an EPU production. =]

Well, Sanya and her flugenhammer isn't that different... what's crazy in RL seems to be the norm in Strike Witches.


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13. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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>The great Orussian traditions of
>samizdat and tamizdat, inherited from the bad old days
>when the thing most Orussian intellectuals principally had to fear was
>their own government,

Ah, yes. Samizdat. I write it myself, edit it myself, censor it myself, publish it myself, distribute it myself, and spend time in jail for it myself.


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5. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   Baba Gangut is wise.


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10. "RE: Letter received at St-Ulrich, June 29, 1946"
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   >I must go now; there is a terrible commotion below decks, and I fear
>the fool of a Cossack they have given me for a cook may have done
>something inadvisable with the steam lines... again... in an effort to
>simplify his washing-up. May St. Evgeniya give me strength.
>
Its these little nods to other events that give me chuckles. Fortunatly for Gangut I dont *THINK* this Kirov is in danger of being irradiated by his antics.


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