The Rules of Steampunk Fight Club

The Rules of Steampunk Fight Club

as made up by Emmett & Mingan Davenport

  • 1st rule: You do not talk about STEAMPUNK FIGHT CLUB.
  • 2nd rule: You DO NOT  talk about STEAMPUNK FIGHT CLUB.
  • 3rd rule: If someone says 'tea time', goes limp or doffs cap, the fight is over.
  • 4th rule: Only two steampunks allowed to fight at a time... We're not barbarians.
  • 5th rule: Don't get blood on the boots, ladies & gents, they were expensive.
  • 6th rule: Please don't break my goggles, they're one of a kind (Because I made 'em myself).
  • 7th rule: No vest, no bracers than no fight (Ladies, this means you, too). Because, we're classy.
  • 8th rule: If this is your first night at STEAMPUNK FIGHT CLUB, you bring the snacks.   

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[April 26, 2011]

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[January 1, 2011]

Klaude's Escape

I began to notice patterns at the institution, namely - the longer a patient had been interred and undergoing treatment the more tenebrous their connection to reality. I watched perfectly lucid, intelligent patients go from fluid and engaging conversations to being capable of little more than blowing bubbles in their spit. And what’s worse, I found myself going that direction. Last time I escaped, the crayon eating incident, Well - it wasn’t all faked insanity.

It would come in fits and starts - so I began in earnest to invent a way out during my periods away from the asylum. I always felt more lucid away from the asylum. I began smuggling back the necessary parts bit by bit beneath my corset and in the hollowed out soles of my boots. I was eventually able to build a workable, though small, plasma cutting torch.

There was no style or finesse to my escape plan - It was brutally simple. Literally. Once I’d simply torched through a few metal bars I was able to use them to bludgeon my way through the rest of the asylum security and walk out the front doors.

Of course, this was all for naught as a few days later we received a letter from my esteemed lawyer who managed to crack me out of the pokey for good by using the rather cheeky insanity plea - claiming I was too mentally unstable to function in an asylum and needed to be out among civilization. He mentioned the wheels of that argument were literally greased by an anonymous donor with the initials KoT.

Whomever this KoT may be - I heartily thank you.

- Klaude Davenport

[October 5, 2010]

The Traumatic Adventure of D'Nelian Bix

D’Nelian Bix was born one spring to parents, strong and tall

They eyed him up and looked him over and tutted “This won’t do at all.

Our son is a shriveled, shrimpy thing, so tiny and so small.”

The doctor intoned, “I predict this lad won’t live past the fall.”

But D’Nelian Bix did survive that fall, and the next spring and summer too

In fact he survived for 17 years, and he grew and grew and grew.

But his parents tutted and shook their heads, “This simply cannot be true.”

And prayed each day he’d pass away, an awful thing to do.

Mr and Mrs Bix, you see, were of strapping solid stock,

And so to have a tiny child was quite a fearsome shock.

A whisper of a child, he was, with skin as white as chalk.

Contrasting quite acutely against the rest of their hulking flock.

D’Nelian Bix grew up quite overlooked, dismissed and forgot

His quietness interpreted in a manner quite misbegot

Shyness was taken for stupidity, so schooling he never got

But D’Nelian Bix read books every day, and was entirely self-taught.

On the eve of his 16th year D’Nelian Bix found a place to think

In the farthest reaches of the front cupboard, tucked behind his mother’s mink.

"To my family I feel not even the slightest link,

And the life for me here would only be rinky-dink.”

"So, I’ll screw up my courage and set forth from this place.

To carve out a life, and to find my own space.”

Remembering the words of a survival guide, D’nelian tucked and rolled

Faster on and faster still, his speed quite uncontrolled

D’nelian Bix thought to himself “I wouldn’t believe if I’d been told,

All the adventures that’d befall me, and not a day past 16 years old.”

 D’Nelian Bix ended his trip with a great big massive bump

With his head resting in the grass and his feet on a stump

But he rose up quickly with a lithe little jump

And set off in the direction of town, rubbing his sore hips and rump.

So many adventures, D’Nelian Bix had on his 16th birthday

The Harebell disaster, the roll down the hill ofhay

The murderous gang, the hobo who’d put him in harm’s way

All of them bested with his wit, will, and the knowledge he’d read and stored away

 D’Nelian Bix entered a shop to buy a snack to quell his rumbling guts

He picked out a tasty sandwich and removed all of the crusts

D’Nelian Bix died that day, not a bit over 16, and a total putz.

D’Nelian Bix had allergies and didn’t read the wrapper “warning: this product contains nuts.”

D’Nelian Bix ended his trip with a great big massive bump

With his head resting in the grass with a growing sore lump

A castle rose in the distance, past his view of his feet on a stump

So D’Nelian righted himself and rose with a jump.

D’Nelian Bix steeled his reserve and opened the creaking wood door

He shuffled in quietly across the stone floor.

The interior was dusty, and shabby, but not poor.

With decor on the walls from the Peloponnesian War.

 D’Nelian stopped in his tracks, the smell of burning things in the air

And watched, rapt, as a young woman in a cotton dress descended the stair

With thick leather gloves on each hand, a mismatched pair

And a set of grime encrusted goggles tangled in her hair.

D’Nelian Bix had many adventures; his 16th birthday had been a real hornet’s nest

Running from home, the Harebelle, kidnapping, hobos and hills all put him to the test

But never had he felt the terror that rose that moment in his breast

D’Nelian Bix felt a quivering, racing feeling in the center of his chest.

And so D’Nelian Bix ended his adventures on his 16th birthday

Confessing his love in a mountain of cliche

And from that moment on he wouldn’t dare to stray

And he spent most of the day gliding across the library’s parquet.

- Klaude Davenport

Klaude Davenport's Modest Collection of Botched Inventions: Spring Funtime Adventure Edition

This weekend was glorious, wasn’t it?  I hope it was glorious wherever you were.  The sun was shining, the air was crisp.  If you stood still you could feel the sun warming your skin and a cool breeze tickling the back of your neck.  I had a lot of time to consider the beauty of the natural world this weekend.  I was stuck in a tree for most of it.

I got up early on Saturday morning and packed a picnic lunch.  The usual, egg and cress sandwiches, a thermos of iced mint tea, a brown paper bag of desiccated chocolate covered grasshoppers (originally when I typed these notes out for today’s Botched Inventions I typed grasshoppers.  I think that’s funny and I wanted to share it with you.)  Armed with my picnic hamper, blanket, book, ukulele, kite and water and sand powered phonograph, I set out for an adventure on my auto-velocipede.  I settled in a lovely patch of meadow through a thicket of trees, far off from civilization.  Everything was sweet and peaceful.  I read, I ate, I played the ukulele, I watched butterflies, I flew my kite while listening.  It was a perfect day.  Somehow I got the bee in my bonnet that I should climb up into one of the tall trees and play my ukulele in it’s branches.  That was…..unwise.

I climbed, branch over branch, digging my heels into the tree trunk and swinging myself up higher and higher, my trusty ukulele strapped to my back.  Higher and higher I climbed, further on into the inevitable, higher into my doom UNTIL, I felt my ukulele start to slip from my back.  I lurched forwards, gripping the tree with my legs and flailing at the ukulele.  I caught it in one hand, but as I did my knees slipped from around the tree and I started to fall backwards. I caught myself with one hand and pulled myself up another branch, determined to make it higher into that tree.  Until…I felt I could go no further.  I was caught on something.  I looked behind me and saw my bodice strings had become tangled around some lower branches, right were I’d almost fallen.  Dangit.  I climbed back down to try and untangle them and when I got there, found I’d caught my bodice strings again, on a higher branch.  I tried to loosen the strings on the lower branch, but they wouldn’t budge, so I climbed back up to the higher branch, worked my way around it and with a sickening snap Ifelt the branch give out beneath me and I felt for the briefest of moments until with a sudden jerk, I hung there, suspended in midair, dangling from my tangled bodice strings.

The sky was a beautiful blue, very striking against the flowering trees around me.  Birds were singing around me in the tree, full of beauty and various other things.  And in fact, one decided to give me a beautiful little present, right on the back of my leg.  Lovely.  I twirled there, slowly, for a few hours, sometimes I’d give a shout, hoping someone would find me.  After a while I gave up and started playing the ukulele, quickly running through my repertoire.  Then running through it again, this time slower.  I wrote four extraneous verses to Johnny Cash’s Flushed from the Bathroom of your Heart.  It wasn’t all bad really, I practiced tuvan throat singing, which I still can’t properly do, but I did wind up making some funny noises and scarring some squirrels so bad they fell out of the tree.  I used the tree to twirl around in tighter and tighter circles, you know the way you used to on swings when you were a kid?  Then I’d let go and let the strings untwirl until I made myself a little sick.  It was pretty great.

The sun started to set and I still hadn’t been rescued.  It’s not terribly unlike me to go out on an adventure and not show back up on board the Calpurnia until 10:45 the night of our radio show, so I had little hope of Emmett coming to look for me.  It was getting chilly and I didn’t have a wrap with me.  The sun set, the moon came up and the stars were twinkling in the sky high above me when I remembered my boot knife.  I scrambled and contorted myself, reaching around my back to the strings and sawing through them one by one, the whole time muttering about what a dummy I was.  Dumb Dumb Dumb Dumb Dummy.

The last string snapped on it’s own, and I tumbled down couple feet,  landing belly-first onto the next branch before I gradually picked my way down, out of the tree and back home to the airship.

This concludes Klaude’s modest collection of botched inventions:  Spring Funtime Adventure Edition!

Crossing the Bar

Sunrise and the morning star,

And one last call for me!

May there be no groaning at the bar,

When I finally find my keys.

But such a time must come for I need sleep,

Too full of whiskey and foam,

When that which caused the leap

Turns me back towards home.

Dawn and the morning bell,

And after the bright!

May there be no laughter or farewells

When I am set right;

For tho’ from out of Time and Place

The drink may bear me far,

I hope to see my love face to face

When I have crossed the bar.

- Emmett Davenport

(reinterpretation of Tennyson’s ‘Crossing the Bar’)

Klaude Davenport's Botched Inventions...

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Firstly, Klaude Davenport’s Blunderbustle! Giving a new meaning to the term “rear flank”, these high explosive, high fashion accoutrements, first disarm the enemy romantically, then disarm them in actuality. Putting the boom in the zoom-a-boom-boom, it’s Klaude Davenport’s Blunderbustle!

Also from Klaude’s Kitchen, it’s the Pancake Milkshake! Fortified with moleculites, the Pancake Milkshake is delicious, nutritious, and slightly hallucinogenic. Now in blueberry, banana, and sentient.

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[October 1, 2008]

I Spy

Jessica Woody, the lovely photographer of Demon Dolls Photography asked to photograph the dear sisters. Of course, Emmett and Klaude quickly accepted.