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Captain Nevel Oblust

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a character in “Eternal Seas”, as played by WadeJackel

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||Full Name:||

Nevel Oblust

||Nick Names:||

Cap. Nev

||Age:||

41

||Role: (good or bad)||

Good guy

||Occupation: (If any)||

Captain of the ill-fated Kaiser Max

||Weapons:||

Rapier sword, single pistol

||Personality:||

Astute, controlled and controlling, fair minded, focused, carrier man.

||History:||

Born 1825 in Vienna Oblust was groomed for a command position within his royal Majesties navy from a very early age, though he would eventually prove to be middling midshipman at best, hardly living up to his parents expectations. The shame and disappointment in these early years would brand the young navel officer with a insatiable desire to improve himself. His first appointment of some notoriety came when he was recruited as second-in-commander of the HMS Varlberg in 1847, then in 1855 Nevel Oblust became co-commander of the battle cruiser Alemannic. One year after barely surviving the battle of Eckernfjorde, the middle-aged Oblust was given the captains chair of the Kaiser Max. In reality his appointment only came at the sudden and mysterious death of its former captain, upon discovering this Nevel became convinced that his role was fated.

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"We live in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

July 20 1866. 40‹02N - 13‹09E, off the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Aboard the Kaiser Max, 4:35 am.

Preparations for the day of battle was underway by 4am, normal duty watches would begin around noon, immediately after getting a fixed position by a solar sighting, but this day would be occupied by warfare, and therefore a fixing of position for the vessel wasn't necessary.

The Kaiser and several other vessels were already in line of sight with the ships of the Italian navy, the Kaiser in the position which would ultimately be taken up the vessel under the command of Carl Eberle. The Kaiser awaited the Salamander, Habsburg, and especially the flagship Erzherzog Max which would form the tip of the V shaped tactical alignment.

Captain Nevel Oblust paced the upper deck of the war-vessel surveying and observing the actions of his officers as they worked the crew like a well oiled chain. Stepping up to the rail the Captain yelled the command.

"Clear for action!" Before the call was completed the crew immediately jumped into the motion of their preassigned duties.

All firearms were removed from the area around the battlements. Boats, which could shower deadly wood splinters if hit were tightly secured; splinter nets were laid out. Those responsible for the deck began the process of sanding and wetting, as Scuttlebutts of water were placed at various points where the seamen could easily quench their thirst.

Arms chests were deployed midship for easy access of crew weapons.

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Rose felt her heart leap up into her chest as she heard the commands being given above the deck, followed by the shuffling of feet across the worn wood. She looked around, squinting in the darkness from her hiding place among the many barrels of gunpowder. There were men just a few feet away, coming and going as they prepared for the battle. She never should have come. Ohh, her brother would be furious with her if he knew that she was on the ship.

She ducked her head down a bit as one of the men came near and grabbed a barrel, hoisting it up onto his shoulder. Rose heard a soft chattering near her head, felt a tickle on her cheek. She turned her head slowly, and came face-to-face with a large rat, its beady eyes staring her down. She let out a shriek and leapt out from between the barrels, gathering her skirts as she looked around for more of the filthy creatures.

But then she realized her mistake. The men below the deck with her had stopped their work and had all turned to look at her. "A stowaway!" one of them cried out. "Bloody women! Let's throw her overboard!" another said. "It's bad luck to have a woman aboard!" said yet another.

Rose gasped as she felt hard hands wrap around her arms and she was practically carried up the ladder and out into the predawn darkness. She looked up at the sky in wonder. There were so many stars out there, more so even than what she could see from her home. The hands tightened painfully around her arms as she stumbled a bit, and she turned to the men with a glare. "Unhand me! You don't even know who I am!"

She spotted her brother at the railing on the upper deck, and let out a groan. Nevel was going to kill her. She just knew it. But she adored her brother, had always loved to follow him around. How could she have stayed at home, safe and sound before the fire, while he sailed out to battle? She couldn't, and hadn't. It had been no easy task, sneaking aboard his vessel, but she'd managed to stay hidden until that dirty rat had gotten too close.

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Nevel was still facing the bow of the cruiser when he suddenly caught a glimpse of some form of commotion on the lower deck of the Kaiser Max, that's when his eyes caught sight of a woman being dragged from the lowest level of the ship-The hold.

Hunching over the rail with bulging eyes which struggled to discern the identity of the stowaway.

"No! In Heaven's name. It cannot be." The Captain thought.

"Lieutenant commander!!" Came the raucous outburst of the angered sea captain.

A certain amount of glee could be seen beaming from the faces of the crew members who held the young lady, somehow not realizing that a great portion of the anger so loudly professed would be allotted to their own actions.

The lieutenant had called for another officer to assist with the sensitive situation, the two men immediately releasing the woman as they spotted the frayed, thick piece of rope clutched within the lieutenants right hand.

"Alright you beetle-browed bastardly gullions. Let free the fair lady!"

Then with a few strong thrusts of the thick rope onto the bare forearm flesh of the two seamen all order was quickly reestablished. "Back to your lugging, we need black powder right quick." The two men retreated back to the innards of the vessel as the lieutenant escorted the lady to the captain.

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Rose winced as she watched the punishment that was given to the men who had held her. She watched them go, frowning to know that she had caused the lashes. Finally, she turned back to the lieutenant who was waiting for her to continue moving. Brushing off her skirts, Rose straightened her back and held her head high as she made her way up to where her brother stood. She would have to make him understand that she could handle herself in this situation. A lady she may be, but at heart, she was a young boy who wanted to be free to run up to the mast and climb away until she was high above them all.

Rose folded her hands in front of her and gave her brother a small curtsy as she stepped up in front of him. "Brother," she said meekly. She tried to show that she knew she was wrong, but inside she was bursting with excitement. Her eyes flitted around, taking in the actions going on behind Nevel. She took note of the other ships around them, including the other fleet. Her heart leaped up into her throat, and she quickly brought her attention back to Nevel, waiting for him to speak.

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"Foolish girl, do you realize the dangers that you shall face."

Nevel's eyes squinted with confusion as to what had stolen his sister's attention away from the verbal lashes which he felt she deserved. He greatly loved his sister and he felt obligated to defend her, but this added additional burdens upon his weary shoulders for he was now responsible for both his sibling and his men.

Nevel turned his body completely around to face the open seas and the gathering of enemy vessels. Now facing away from his sister and her from him Nevel began to speak in a tone of authority, not as her brother, but as her captain.

"Since you are already here, and there is no possibility of retreat, I suggest you don the proper attire.......seamen Odell."

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Rose watched Nevel as he turned away from her. There was the slightest slump in his shoulders, visible only to her because she knew him so well. She frowned once more. 'Foolish indeed. I have only added to his troubles...' She thought.

When her brother spoke up once more, telling her to change her clothing and referring to her as seaman, Rose couldn't keep from grinning. Instead of sending her back below deck to stay out of the way, Nevel was putting her to work. This was why she loved her brother so. He didn't treat her like a dainty woman who might break at any moment.

Rose snapped to attention as she had seen his men do before. "Aye, sir!" Beaming, she turned and ran off in search of someone who could lend her clothes.

Rose reappeared on the deck after just a few minutes later, dressed in borrowed breeches and a tunic. Both were clearly large on her, but she'd roped it all together somehow to maintain some decency. Her long blonde hair was twisted up high on her head so it would be out of the way.

Strutting past the other deck hands, Rose ignored their stares. She came to attention in front of her brother once more. "Your orders, sir?" she asked, excitement obvious in her voice.

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Nevel's sister had returned before him having donned the proper attire, just as he asked. "Lieutenant Commander Schlitz!" Nevel called for his second.

"This is is our new recruit, seaman Odell. I expect nothing less then perfection from her in her duties. I shall hear of it otherwise. Is that clear Commander Schlitz?"

The tall lanky officer switched his glance from full attention upon his captain to the crew mate to his left. "Yes Sir! Captain Sir."

With clicked heels and a salute of compliance the tall lieutenant Commander dismissed himself from the captain to turn toward seaman Odell. "Attention!"

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Rose blinked at the swift change of commands. Being a woman, she'd obviously never had any kind of military training. And she certainly had no clue what kinds of things needed to be done on a ship, but she would put her all into her work and make her brother proud.

She eyed the Lieutenant Commander with big blue eyes, snapping to attention once more when he called her to it. Despite the fact that she wanted to run to the rail and watch everything that was going on, Rose remained still, awaiting her orders.

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"Lieutenant commander! Where are we deficient, place her there." The captain spoke as he walked to the stern; he would often separate himself from the crew before every battle in order to gather his thoughts and do a final mapping out of his strategies.

Nevel was quite aware that Captain Tegetthoff and the flagship Erzherzog Max was heading up this campaign and that no matter the outcome all honors would be go to him, at the same Nevel also recognized the important of his, and his crew's participation in this most important battle.

The Kaiser Max was but one of seven vessels that would lead the run for the Italian flagship, the Persano.

To engage with artillery and firearms, or to purposefully ram their opponents were the only options available to them. Captain Oblust didn't favor the second option, particularly now that he has someone other then his crew to be concerned about.

By this time the Austrian forces were beginning to align themselves into the arrow formation which they would maintain until they successfully breached their enemies line. The Italians had already formed in a slightly curved battle line some 20 miles off of Porto Comisa, these six ships formed the main line of defense for the Island of Vis.

The command ship was positioned behind the Ironclad Faa di Bruno which lay at the upper most point of the Italian defensive line. The Italian commander of the flagship Persano was insistent that his ship should take on the Erzherzog Max, but in doing so they had left a considerable gap between the first line of six vessels and the top most portion of their battle line. This second battle line consisted of three vessels the Acono, Castel, and the ironclad Vecca.

Back aboard the Kaiser Max the 1st lieutenant was assigning the Captain's sister with a crew position, Captain Oblust had already suggested a possible assignment. Taking this into consideration Lieutenant would place Rose as a member of the Armorer's crew.

"Crewman Odell! Our armorer's mate has come down with gaol-fever and is now incapacitated. Your new position, indeed your first position, will be to replace him as a member of the Armour's crew. You task will be to hand out firearms to the men should we be forced to board an enemies vessel, or they ours"

The lieutenant stepped aside. "Now, to your duties!"

Nevel stepped back up to the rail. "And Rose." The hint of a smile came upon his face.

"Please try and stay out of trouble."

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Rose was almost trembling with anticipation as she waited for the two men to figure out where to put her. She knew Nevel would never place her somewhere where she'd be in direct danger; but one couldn't exactly escape danger entirely on a ship in the middle of a battle. She listened as the Lieutenant Commander gave her her orders. When he called her to her duties, she snapped off a salute, wondering if that's what seamen did at all… She called out, "Aye, sir!" and was about to turn away when her brother called out her name. She looked over to him, a grin coming to her lips at his words. "Of course brother." Then, quickly, she added, "Sir!"

Rose took off in search of the armory. She had not a clue where it was, but she was clever enough to be able to find it quickly. Within minutes, she had found her new post and reported to the armorer. The man was astonished to have a woman reporting for duty and was about to march off in search of the Lieutenant, which Rose warned him that the Captain was her brother. This shut the man up quickly, and he set to work showing her around the armory so she would know what to do if the time came.

Once she knew her way around the armory well enough, Rose sat down to inspect the firearms as the man had showed her. Her heart was beating furiously, for she knew the battle would be starting soon. And if men started coming to her for these weapons… the situation would be very dire indeed. She might even need to take up a firearm as well. She knew she should feel terrible for placing the added stress on her brother's shoulders, but she couldn't help but be thankful that she could be at his side in a moment if he needed her. Rose had always dreamed of such an adventure with Nevel.

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All ships were now in perfect formation for the battle, the arrow tipped by the Erzherzog Max and the Kaiser Max taking the bask position just to the side of the light armored Salamander. Eight ships headed by Von Petz floated in position behind the main V, behind this were 10 additional vessels.

Captain Oblust and the 1st lieutenant were standing on the second deck when they were suddenly approached by midshipmen Felig. "Captain sir. I have the latest report."

The lieutenant had assumed this to be but the latest status report and so he walked away from the Captain to attend to some important business. After a few brief moments he called his 1st lieutenant back.

"Well lieutenant, it seems that what we assumed was a rather unusually battle formation by the Italians was in fact completely unintentional. It seems that we have caught them off guard."

The midshipmen who had stepped aside as Cap Nev called for his second would also present them with some potentially disturbing information. "Captain, a second group of ships has formed near Porto Comisa, headed by Captain Albini."

The crewman had expected the Captain to be surprised, or at least concerned about this latest development, but it didn't seem to phase Nevel.

"I wouldn't worry about Captain Albini, I am aware of his feelings toward Captain Carlo di Affondatore. Judging by the situation, of having caught the Italians by surprise I don't think he'll risk his ships."

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Rose had completed her duties and the armory was ready. She climbed up on top of a barrel and peered out the small port hole. Everything seemed silent and still. "The calm before the storm…" she whispered to herself.

"What's that?" the armorer called over to her.

She turned to face the man for a moment, then looked back out the port hole once more. "It's an odd formation they're in, isn't it?" she asked. "Nothing at all like ours… Why do you think that is?"

Rose looked over at the armorer again, watching as he poured gun powder into a horn. "Different fleets fight in different ways, lady," he told her.

She tried to peer across the water, to see the men inside the ship, making their preparations just as those on hers were. Finally, she sighed and turned away, sitting down on top of the barrel. "I suppose that makes sense." She hopped down off the barrel and walked over to help the man, even though she hadn't been asked. That old armorer wouldn't be telling her brother that she had shirked her duties. She wished she could have been up on the deck, though. Perhaps at Nevel's side. She wanted to watch it all; take in everything. "And it's Seaman Odell now, sir." She said the words with a bit of a grin. She put a foot up on one of the barrels nearby as she worked.

Rose had never worn men's clothes before. Of course, a lady never did such a thing. But now that she was in the borrowed breeches and tunic, she was as comfortable as ever. She already felt at home on her brother's ship. Though, she knew that once this battle was over, it was likely there'd be trouble. She felt another stab of guilt; she hadn't considered the kind of trouble she would cause Nevel if his superiors found out she'd stowed away. Her grin faded a little and she let out another sigh.

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Time was running out, the inevitable battle between the Austrian and Italian navel fleet was coming to a head, each side was determined to protect their interest in a piece of land in the eastern Adriatic sea known as the Island of Vis. The stakes were high for all men concerned, but especially for one man in particular; the distance of loved ones from any battle can be a comfort to those who must fight, captain Nevel Oblust had all his family with him and in direct danger.

His enemies were many and strong and his vessel was sailing quickly toward a possible death sentence, such were the risks of warfare at sea. Everything was ready, the brink of battle was almost met, all that remained was a final tightening up of the battle line, and then the last signal from the flagship would be run up the mast and the engagement would begin.

Captain Oblust and the his 1st mate were on the upper deck talking to one another, they had received information which assured them that their fleet had the tactical advantage, the majority of this discussion revolving around their apparent fortunate position strategically wise.

"Look at that lieutenant, a perfect advantage." Nevel said as he stretched out his right hand and pointed to the odd battle line of the Italian fleet.

"Advantage captain? Somehow the word slaughter seems more appropriate." The 1st lieutenant replied.

"Yes, if they don't sure-up that vast gap in their defense they will be escorting us to an unassailed and victorious end."

The lieutenant then turned toward his right and focused his attention on the second group which consisted of seven vessels.

"Don't worry lieutenant. Now, I may be breaking protocol here, but I can assure you that we have nothing to fear from Albini and his bunch. I have it on good word that he and Di Affondatore are rivals for the admiration of the queen of their troubled lands."

Nevel went up to the lieutenant and placed his arm on the young man's left shoulder, speaking to him in a quieter more serious tone.

"Our main concern in this forth coming battle are the Persano and the San Martina. Captain Affondatore commands the deadliest vessel in the whole engagement, while the San Martina is reported to possess experimental guns, the most powerful ever put to use upon the seas. Notice how they attempt to hid these vessels, with the San Martino hidden between the other five vessels, and look how cowardly the Persano eases back behind the line. We need to take out these two vessels in order to secure a complete victory, things have been set in motion to achieve a decisive end game."

The captains words had the effect of simultaneously reassuring and terrifying the 1st lieutenant, he had leaned against the rail to steady himself and take in all that had transpired, but then something astonishing occurred. A massive explosion of water burst forth from beneath the paddle steamers Maria and Portagallo, as if cast out of the seas by some unseen hand the two vessels flew straight into the air and then crashed back into the water, the wooden un-armored vessels were obliterated upon impact.

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The crew which had been working frantically to prepare for that's days engagement all stopped their activities, though they had no idea where the startling sound had originated. They had looked in all directions until one of them pointed out to the correct direction, to which they all turned. All that remained of the two ships were small fragments of wood, bone and flesh, not a single body could be found amidst the wreckage.

It could have been the work of sharks, though this was highly doubtful, how could they have gotten to them so quickly. A line of crew members two men thick stood against one side of the Kaiser Max, everyone was still in shock, they had never witnessed anything like it before, even Nevel had to admit that this was unlike anything he had seen.

Fragments from the Maria and the Portogallo had also caused considerable damaged to the battleship San Martino, its sails were shredded and its mast was broken to bits, the steam engine was also severely damaged.

Nevel's mind was overcome by contradictory feelings. First and foremost in his thoughts was the obvious advantage this gave the Austrian forces, yet he was familiar with the San Martino and dreaded the conditions that the crew of the lower deck would find themselves in, should they be unable to exit its interior.

Although it was general practice to leave behind the maimed during warfare the Italians were particularly renowned for their lack of concern for their fallen sailors

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The destruction of the Maria and the Portogallo was an event that no one could have prepared for, in battle one expects to see extreme examples of death and carnage, but there was something about this occurrence that defied ones imagination. The questions on every ones mind, on both sides, was what? What the hell just happened, and what the hell could have caused so much damage while leaving behind not a single trace of the weapon or process that caused that destruction.

The more superstitious among those now standing with baited breath against the rail perceived some sort of supernatural element to the tragedy.

That morning of battle would reveal many things which had been kept from the crew and even the captains 1st mate, the Italians discovered a faction of their fleet had engaged in treason against their fellow countrymen.

The next unexpected occurrence took place after the commander of the flagship hoisted the signal flag that Captain Nevel Oblust had been awaiting. He too was transfixed by the destruction of the two ships but unlike his crew Nevel had managed to pull himself out of the shock and surprise of the moment, stepping back Nevel could see the signal flag being raised by the Erzherzog Max through diagonally aligned vessels that formed the left arm of the V formation.

"Back to your posts." Nevel screamed out.

The sudden call startled the sailors who were still standing by the side of the boat ogling the carnage, all of whom immediately snapped into action. "The wind is in the easy position to the east, bring us around the point of the Italians battle line."

The Kaiser Max' true mission was hidden from her crew and as a result there was much confusion, the Captains latest order seemed to defy logic. The Austrians knew that the commander of the Italian flagship had intended to let his ships suffer the full force of their enemies fleet. The Austrians also needed to win this engagement, the island of Vis was sorely needed and they would do anything to secure the island and bring it under the control of the Austrian empire, not to mention the disgrace this would bring the French with whom the Italians had allied themselves.

"Man all batteries, all stations, expect heavy shelling from the Vacca, get us through.....no matter the loss. All available men to arms.....starboard!"

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"1st lieutenant, get those scoundrels starboard, I want every able bodied sailor with a firearm positioned against the Vacca when we cross her bow." Captain Oblust screamed at his crew.

The 1st lieutenant immediately grabbed his favorite piece of frayed, thick rope and began to discipline those who were disobedient to their commanders call to arms.

Captain Oblust was a fair and understanding commander but he did not suffer fools lightly, under most circumstances he would not condone flogging, this was different. They had reached a crucial point in the engagement, a point in which the smallest of mistakes by a single person might bring about great hardship to so many.

By the time the 1st lieutenant had finished disciplining them every available crewmen was armed and standing starboard-Ready to do what they must to defeat the Italians sailors who would undoubtedly be firing back at them.

The Kaiser Max was carried toward the Vacca by strong winds which seemed to champion the Austrian ironclad, taking the vessel hard and fast across its bow. At that most opportune moment Captain Nevel Oblust called out the command.

"All hands............FIRE!!!"

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With the firing of seamen Olson's weapon; the first to pull a trigger and successfully hit an enemy upon the Italian manned, light armored Vacca, the great sea war had begone.

The Kaiser Max was making a full run toward its opponent-vessel, the largely wooden and inferior cruiser would meet its watery demise at the hands of Nevel's men, they had unleashed a blanket of fire upon the much smaller vessel tearing to shreds its hull.

This barrage of gun fire was but the first step that would ultimately lead to the first loss of a vessel due to ware time aggression. The Kaiser Max was about to pass the point which would take the vessel beyond the battle line of the Italian fleet, that is when the stern gun-turret opened fire upon the Vacca.

The Kaiser shook as the turret blasted its iron projectile directly into the starboard side of the severely crippled ship, the cannonball hitting the boat just above the watermark which had been stained into the hull from previous battles, but this time the Vacca would not be making a champion's voyage home.

The artillery had unleashed a barrage of wooden splinters of varying size which pieced the legs, arms, and torso's of sailors.

In less then a minute the Vacca had sank beneath the waves, taking its crew of bloody human pin-cushion down with it.

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Rose couldn't help it, she had to go back to the window. She returned just in time to watch as the cannonball hit the Vacca. Her eyes widened as she watched the damage unfold. Men screamed as they were hit by the deadly shrapnel. Then suddenly, the ship was sinking. It all happened much faster than Rose could ever have imagined. She slid back off of the barrel and walked over to plop down next to the armorer. "She's sunk!" she told him.

"A noble victory for your Captain brother!" the man cheered. "I wonder who will be next?"

Rose nodded slowly then shrugged at his next question. The old man prodded her in the ribs. "You ought go see that the men have enough supplies," he said. He dumped a box of bullets and several more powder horns into her hands then shooed her off out the door. Rose dutifully stood and made her way up to the deck. She moved along the men slowly, asking if anyone needed supplies. While she walked, her eyes searched among the men for her brother, a soft sigh of relief escaping her lips when she found him unharmed.

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The Kaiser Max was rounding a starboard turn several hundred feet beyond the Italian battle line where the destroyed Vacca had once stood. The maneuver had been successful the ship had broken off from the arrow formation to take out the Vacca and clear a path for their strike on the flagship Persano. The formation headed by Albini had done their part in the conspiracy against its countries navy and so they were not obligated to take part in any further acts of treason, what they did next was not something that had been contracted.

Albini had commanded his fleet of seven semi-armored vessels to attack and destroy the Varese and would ultimately succeed in that endeavor, after that they would make their way to Porto Comisa, ending their limited involvement in the battle. The vessels Castel, Ancona, Di Bruno and the Palestro had engaged the Austrian fleet, which resulted in the loss of Kommodor von Petz, who was decapitated by artillery, suffering heavy shelling the Austrians lost the entire right arm of their secondary V formation.

In all the Austrians would lose six vessels, the remaining Italian ships were heavily armored and did much damaged against the larger Austrian fleet. The Austrians still outnumbered the Italians with more then 10 vessels, to the five ships still remaining in the Italian fleet, the flagship Persano still remaining elusive.

The heavily armored vessels Kaiser Max and Persano are poised for a head to head showdown.

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Rose had spent the entirety of the battle thus far running back and forth from the armory to the deck among the men, handing out supplies and making sure everyone had whatever they needed. She had had very little time to watch any of the action, busy running as she was. As simple as handing out supplies seemed, it was some of the hardest work Rose had ever done in her life. But she felt great doing it. It was nice to actually have a purpose for once. People needed her and she was only happy to oblige them.

There was tension in the air as the Kaiser Max came upon the Persano. Rose held her breath for a moment, watching as they neared the other ship.

"Move, seaman!" one of the men shouted as he pushed past her.

Rose jumped out of the way and quickly hurried back down to the armory where she wouldn't get herself into trouble, just as she had promised Nevel. As she headed back below the deck, she passed a boy who looked much too young to be in such a battle. She offered the boy a small smile, wondering how he'd gotten such a job, then waved and hurried on back to her own station.

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The well planned battle had deteriorated by early mid-day, the remaining ships were now scattered around the watery battlefield, the Italian flagship Persano and the smaller vessels of the Palestro and Di Bruno had managed to sail around to the west and to some extent, bypass the advancement of Captain Tegetthoff's fleet.

The failure of the Italians to form a proper battle line had forced both Fleets to make certain alterations to their pre-planned attacks. Now both fleets were attempting to swing back around for another shot at destroying their opponent.

The Persano had broke to the west, with plans to turn to the South and then finally north, where they would be in perfect alignment to strike at the remaining Austrian ships. While the Austrians attempted to swing their ships around from the east, then to the south, by doing so they hope to cut the Italians off before they can cast their sails north.

Captain Oblust and the Kaiser Max could find themselves caught in a difficult position between both fleet's.

A half mile off the shores of the island of Vis; between Port Comisa and Porto S. Giorgio, a massive swelling of the sea was beginning to develop, the turbulence stretched out several hundred feet in a straight line to the South.

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Rose began yet another ascent toward the ship's deck for about the hundredth time that day. She was more careful as she made her way around the deck making sure she stayed out of anyone's way. The woman took note of what was going on around their vessel, for she had been reporting back to the armorer just how the battle had been going. It was during this trip above the deck that she turned and her eyes fell upon the odd swelling of the sea near coast of the island.

She ran over to the railing and leaned up against the rough wood, peering out. "What is that?" she asked no one in particular. But she turned, looking for anyone around her to see if she was the only one that had seen it. A few of the other men though, had begun to notice and were letting out some cries of alarm.

Rose's gaze slid over to her brother, wondering if he had noticed as well. But his eyes were elsewhere, likely watching as his vessel moved into place for the next attack. She was torn, not wanting to cause a scene if the odd swell turned out to be nothing. What did she know? Rose had never been out to sea before.

The cries of the other men though began to get louder, and she knew that her brother's attention would be redirected soon.

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Things were coming to a head, both fleets had executed their maneuvers successfully, movements which would bring the fleets back into cannon rage of one another. The Kaiser Max would serve as a reserve force to pick out any stragglers. The remaining five ships of the Italian armada are attempting to make an inverted teardrop-like maneuver starting from the west, going to the south and finally back down toward the island of Vis which lay in a northern position.

The Austrians plan on cutting the Italians off to the south by completing a semicircle maneuver toward the enemy fleet, while the Kaiser Max would come straight up to the south. These maneuvers were somewhat unorthodox in their execution and were made by each captain purely independent of one another, they simply defied all strategical logic.

The battles of the morning hours had destroyed all means of one vessel communicating with another.

All of these magnificent maneuvers were all for naught, for there was something approaching from the north, some unknown menace with its own agenda. The point of engagement would soon be reached by the two fleets and the lone vessel of the Kaiser Max.

Nevel was standing on the upper deck watching the culmination of the days drawn-out battle, he had no doubt that the Austrian empire would be the victor, however certain unforeseen events would call this assumption into question, the first of which had already begun on the main deck of the Kaiser Max.

The swell from the north had not gone unnoticed by the crew of the vessel, even Nevel had seen it from the corner of his eye, though he tried not to lend credence to the old myths of which many claimed this was an omen.

A group of frightened and concerned crewmen had gathered directly in the center of the deck, 12 men huddled together and talking amongst themselves about the encroaching doom from the black depths.