Introducing: Silent Service!

K9 here. WordPress is being stupid and locked me out, so Morgane’s doing the post for me. But of course, you’re not here to hear me rant about wordpress.

Tautog, you’re up!

Huh, wha? An introduction? I didn’t know it was time for an introduction. Give me a minute!

Hiya. I’m Tautog. Today I would like to introduce to you our newest book scheduled for release sometimes early Q2 of 2017. It’s the Silent Service! Focus: subgirls.

This book details the daily lives of the subgirls, and will feature twelve all new original subgirls along with the familiar faces you know from the other Pacific books. If you’ve ever wondered what life is like for us on Avalon, then this is your book!

Since a good number of us will be debuting in this book, we’ll be introducing ourselves, too! Something like this. Here’s a part of the text that’s part of the book.

How’s your day been?

How’s my day been? Fiiiiine.

This morning Tambor decided she wanted pancakes. Tambor then made too much batter and then proceeded to burn every single one. About half of them literally caught fire. Since Trout was off helping you, I ended up cooking for everyone.

My pancakes did not catch on fire. I wonder what’s Tambor’s special trick.

Lori and I went shooting after breakfast. She decided to try my springfield, saying something about how a scope could make her hit things.No guesses on how well she did.

(Lori didn’t hit a single thing. Big surprise, huh?)

I applaud her perseverance, but she’s going to need help. If she practices the wrong things all the time, the only thing she’s going to do really well are, well, wrong things. Anyways, I wanted to make sure she doesn’t shoot herself, so I had to skip lunch. It’s unfortunate.

I went looking to see if there are leftovers in the kitchen. I didn’t find any edibles. I did, however,  end up in the middle of a Pennsy/Sanny fight. Neither one of those two would let you go until you’ve validated one of their beliefs, but I got away all the same. Yay.

After that… For the umpteenth time, Chester tried to convince me to brush aside my hair because I needed to “unleash the powers of the evil eye!” I’m not sure what the hell an “evil eye” is or how to get Chester to shut up about it, but I didn’t unleash said power today.

That’s been my day so far. So things are fine!! Just. Fiiiine. Thanks for asking.

So as you can see it’s kind of a cross between the whimsical nature of OCEAN, the matter-of-fact “reports” of Action Reports, and the profiles found in the Pacific books.

Tell me a bit about your namesake.

SS-199 was one of the most successful submarines in navy history. She was present from the attack on Pearl all the way to the end and sank a grand total of 26 ships. If I remember correctly, it may be one of the highest out of all US submarines. Whatever the numbers may be, she ended 11th in total tonnage sunk.

Hmm, if I was to give her a personality, I’d say she simply did her job and did it well. Not many can contest having scored the first kill during the war, but old Sieglaff always said that it was a torpedoman from Tautog that downed the first Japanese plane at Pearl. Then the ship just went out with her crew and did her thing. Thirteen war patrols. Thirteen missions, accomplished. I think it’s the fact that she was so consistent during the entire war that she ended up with her nickname, the “Terrible T.” Thanks to that, a lot of girls here expect me to work miracles where I think they’d be perfectly capable of doing things themselves. Except for maybe Tambor. Or Chester. Or Laffey. Or Lori when it comes to guns. Or Trout when it comes to taking it easy…

Correction – Most girls would be perfectly capable of doing things themselves.

Oh.  You meant the fish?

…Tautogs are delicious. Very meaty fish if you’re crafty enough to catch one.

Right. I’ll also have my own little mini-show in this book. It’s called Tautog’s Sub Corner! It’s all about submarine stories, facts, trivia, and other fun tidbits. If that sounds fun to you then definitely keep a lookout for that!

Hiya folks, Tautog here. Today I’d like to talk about the two common types of military submarine: Diesel Electric, and Nuclear.

Most, if not all submarines in WWII were run using diesel electric power. These submarines had two engines, a diesel one and an electric one. The diesel engine was for running on the surface, and the electric motor was for going underwater.

One good thing about this set-up is that it’s really quiet when under water. Some modern submarines using this system can be almost impossible to detect using conventional detection methods! (They’re much cheaper to produce too.)

The disadvantage is that you have to run on the surface to charge the batteries, and that these submarines can’t go as far on one tank of gas. Of course, some later designs found ways around it – ask Lori to tell you about the XXI U-boats, for example, but it was a design limitation.

Nuclear submarines are powered (obviously!) using a nuclear reactor. All US submarines in the US navy currently are nuclear submarines. They’re a handful to work with, louder than the diesel powered ones and really, really, really expensive. It’s why you only see major world powers deploy nuclear subs in large quantities. They’re just really costly to maintain. They’re big too! A nuclear attack sub can be 3 to 4 times the size of a WWII era diesel boat, while the nuclear missile subs can be ten times as large!

The advantage to using nuclear is the underwater endurance. These boats can be submerged for months at a time, can go pretty fast, and don’t need refueling for years. You can see why this would be handy when performing missions. Modern diesel electrics have ways of emulating the underwater endurance of the nuclear boats, but they’re still just not as good.

Also, of course, the nuclear-powered submarines don’t have to surface to charge anything. In fact, the only time they’d need to come up would be to replenish their food supplies!

Something like this. We’re going to figure out just how in-depth we want to go, so expect to see everything from simple intros to why subs exist to how sonar works to even life on a submarine!

…Lastly, there’s a bikini calendar.

Dolphin! This is your stupid idea. I’m not explaining it!



[Mail Call] 2017/03/19 – More Japan


Working out the site at the moment. I actually just wrote this particular piece and have it be loaded by Morgane’s account. To be honest it makes no difference, but I want to say something more about Japan.

Note that this represents one perspective in which someone in the NKT might take this. This is neither the official NKT answer nor is it meant to speak for everyone.

[Mail Call] 2017/03/19 - More Japan

Japanese society is largely driven in my opinion by harmony. It is far more important for the individual to keep to themselves for the benefit of the greater society as a whole. You can see this from our language and etiquette to how Japanese society has worked traditionally. Even in the Japanese constitution the term for harmony appears many times.

To Japanese, it is very important to belong to a group. In historical times you belonged to a clan. In pre-Showa era you belonged to a town or an organization or a clan or an organization loyal to something. Those of you that watch anime knows the various clubs that students belong to. Even our otaku feel a strong sense of belonging in the 2D worlds that they live in.

This brings us to why I wrote this to begin with. Morgane has said that the shipgirls cannot be spoken of as a whole. This is true even for the Japanese ones. However what they are trying to figure out is exactly to what extent should they allow themselves to be individualistic.

I know it is ironic that the modern NKT still worships morale like the Imperial Army and Navy. However, the unique nature of each shipgirl’s gear and the random nature of their “upbringing” (Japan does not have access to MERLIN and thus depend on blind luck and other shipgirls sensing each other to find more) means that the NKT’s first goal is to instill a sense of unity within the Japanese shipgirl service as a whole. It is necessary to have the right values before creating anything pertaining to the nation. Even American militaries have something called indoctrination at boot camp.

As you can imagine this is difficult. Sometimes adjustments and punishments are necessary. It may seem cruel but to the NKT’s perspective it is for the good and the health of the organization as a whole. If a shipgirl cannot adapt or listen or follow the orders she is given, then she cannot be useful because her reliability is then called into question.

In other words if we are to say that the Americans are trying to unlock the potential of each shipgirl based on as they are, the Japanese are trying to do something very different. There is already a perfection or a highest grade that is known. Everyone should strive to emulate that and be the absolute best.

[Mail Call] 2017/03/18 – Submarines are kind of neat

[Mail Call] 2017/03/18

Nights like these where it’s actually super late I tend to post pictures that the team or our readers send in.

This is the deck gun on a certain submarine. I think you can see how these things are easier to convert into shipgirl weapons than say, the casemated guns.

(I always thought it was a bit strange that some of the DD girls in KanColle held literal cubes with turrets sticking out – the later arts adds handles and stuff, but I really can’t see how holding a box would actually work)

Now, this does bring up a question of size. Look at Narwhal’s art, for instance, and then something like this with one of the girls we’re doing for Silent Service…

[Mail Call] 2017/03/18 - Submarines are kind of neat

The distinction here is personal weapon vs. gear rigging. Think of the latter as official and standardized equipment (and, by the way, not all shipgirls need to head out with all of their gear), and the former stuff generally made by the shipgirls themselves. Precedent for this king of thing include Phoenix, Sailfish, or the girl shown here.

[Mail Call] 2017/03/17 – On Definitions (and MURICA)

Zero has landed in the US, and hopefully he’ll have a lot of fun wandering around the country.

Yes, that is 2016.

Anyways, today’s update is a bit of an unusual one. It’s largely out of universe since I thought it makes more sense to think about it from our perspective rather than in-universe, but let’s just say that it’s a problem that everyone has to think about in the Pacific-verse.

“Considering how the last update talked about “paper ships”, can we assume they aren’t technically paper ships anymore? Getting a bit philosophical here, but given the fact that they did “exist” in an alternate universe where “Japan” existed before the Abyssal assault on their planet, they are very much “real” in a material sense, just not from the perspective of the current universe, i.e.”

For all intent and purposes a “paper ship”‘s reference frame is to our own world. Since Pacific’s development follows real life history up to 1950, they would call it the same thing as we do.

There is no way to prove that a “paper” shipgirl is who she is, however. It’s not like she can open up a portal to her world and prove that the ship actually existed. Opinions are split as to whether the fairy projections would have been “historical” or “not,” but whether or not they’re real is irrelevant. She exists. She makes claims to some unbuilt battleship (in this world) and that’s sufficient.

“Current universe (in-verse perspective)
Paper ship > never built > does not exist > not real

Current universe (an outside observer’s and probably the Abyssal’s perspective)
Paper ship > was built (alternate universe) > actual ship > does exist > real”

Yeah, that’s one way of looking at it. I’d be a little more specific but overall it’s pretty accurate.

“And how controversial is this idea to the people in that came from the current Pacific-verse?”

I don’t know, man. This is a world with giant teleporting fish monsters and young women who can hand-lift tanks and doesn’t afraid of anything. You tell me. 🙂

(On a more serious note, I think the shipgirl agencies as a whole are mostly open to these ideas of interpretation. The parallel/multiple worlds thing is going to take proof, but they treat it with due rigor like any other field of study.)

“I already seen a response from Hiei, so I can tell that it can get quite heated, but is her response part of a minority or a majority of not just ship girls, but all who is related?”

On matters such as these each shipgirl have their own opinions. I tend to not speak in broad swaths about the shipgirls – doctrine and policy are different.

“And does it vary among different agencies?”

Sort of? STEC benefits from having MERLIN who basically can confirm that the shipgirls are shipgirls and not Abyssals. So in that sense I think the Japanese are right to be wary. After all, again, nobody really understands shipgirls very well just yet.

“Like how the NKT might be a more zealous bunch and are more likely to reject ship girls like Zao and other paper ships. So what of STEC? What of RN-STEC? etc. etc.”

For all intent and purposes nobody knows Zao is around yet. She’s content to just sit around and, to borrow a term Sune recently learned, trololo about the countryside.

STEC I’ve answered. The only other additional note is that for some reason a lot more “paper” girls have appeared in Japan, so they’ll be keeping an eye on this matter quite closely.

The NKT is fragmented. Some don’t care – a shipgirl is a shipgirl. Others are thinking more from Japan’s operational security and worry (rightfully) that these shipgirls aren’t what they seem. In that sense of course the xenophobia would play a very significant role in how they interact with the shipgirls.

RN-STEC, at least at the time of that “interview,” have its own internal structural problems of who’s commanding what. That, and there aren’t really any British “paper” shipgirls that appeared as of now, so that’s not what they have to be concerned about.

Hope that helps and see you next time. 🙂