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Steampunk Medals by Fandragon Steampunk Medals by Fandragon
There hasn't been a war in Citha Vale or the outlying regions for decades (longer, if you don't count the unpleasantness after the Dragon Diaspora, and no, it's still not polite to ask residents for details about that), but that doesn't mean things are always quiet. The town still boasts a sizable military, useful for firmly putting down the occasional uprising from mad scientists who WILL think that the rules against the creation of flame-throwing, house-crushing, out-of-control constructs are an infringement of their right to scientific experimentation. Military action against these constructs can be equal parts tedious and horrifying (the best method is to send in a platoon of engineers to remove a leg, making it fairly easy to push the whole thing over. And then it explodes.) so the town leaders try to drum up recruitment by awarding a score of medals after each battle. Experienced observers can identify in WHICH battle (and against which scientist) the solder earned his or her medal, based on the condition of parts that were salvaged to make it: blackened, broken into flinders, or glowing in the dark. The two medals pictured above are from left to right, the Order of the Brass Gear (for valor) and the Cogheart Honor (for selfless sacrifice). Make sure to pay extra respect to any Citha Vale solder sporting the Cogheart; that medal has been nicknamed by solders as "The Empty Watchcase" and it's usually awarded posthumously. 

"Harmony of Iron and Light: A Brief History of Citha Vale"

These are another example of a complete and total accident. I'm pretty sure both of these watches were battery-powered, which meant NO gears at all, just a battery and a miniature computer chip. I decided they might make fairly nice chokers, so I threw some extra watch parts inside them and then tried to find some ribbon that would work as the band. And then I noticed how much the scrap of ribbon I was using made it look like a medal. And then the above paragraph happened. 
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Llyzabeth Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I love love love your descriptions. Citha Vale showed up in the steampunk dragon story too didn't it?
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Fandragon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Thank you! And yes, this marks my triumphant return to Citha Vale. I really need to go back there more often...
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