World War I Folklore — The Legend of the UB-85 Seamonster
On April 30th, 1918 British patrols in the North Atlantic came upon the German U-Boat UB-85 in the open ocean, manned by a visibly terrified crew. Rather than dive, the crew of the U-Boat immediately surrendered, offering no resistance. It was noticed that the submarine had sustained damage which prevented it from submerging, however there were no reports of combat actions by Allied forces in the area. Immediately, the U-Boat’s commander, Captain Gunther Krech was interrogated. His explanation was one that the British officers certainly did not expect.
According to Krech the submarine had surfaced the night before in order to recharge its batteries when a large monster crawled out of the dark waters and climbed aboard the deck of the sub. Krech described the creature as thus,
“This beast had large eyes, set in a sort of skull. It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight. Every man on watch began firing a sidearm at the beast, but the animal had hold of the forward gun mount and refused to let go.”
Immediately the creature began to shake the sub back and forth, attempting to capsize the boat. The battle continued as the men fired upon the monster while it continued to rattle the boat. Eventually the monster gave up and let go, disappearing into the dark abyss. The U-Boat was saved, but damage to the U-Boat resulting from the battle with the creature made it impossible for the boat to submerge.
UB-85 was scuttled by the British, her crew taken as prisoners of war.
They might flirt… A little… Or a lot, actually… A crap ton… Constantly.
This isn’t even all the flirting that did/do. This is a small portion. Every monster that was around them for more than a second tended to receive one of Chara’s many pick up lines, and their ghost companion Frisk just encourages them. Heck, often times they tell Chara to go flirt with a monster. But that’s because Frisk likes the monster they sent Chara after. Chara just flirts with people for the sole purpose of making them as uncomfortable as possible. Because Chara is a little butt.
Chara also thinks that everyone wants to get in their pants even if they don’t really understand what that saying means. Or at least they think everyone should. They think they’re hot stuff and smooth as melted butter but Papyrus disagrees. Especially since his brother and himself are victims of Chara’s flirting more than anyone else due to being around them more than most other monsters.
Pictured above is the wreck of the famous German UB85 which met its fate in April of 1918. The British discovered the German submarine when it was forced the ascend to the surface due to extensive damages that the ship suffered from an attack by a sea monster. The Germans surrendered to the British because their vessel was in no condition to fight. When questioned by British intelligence, Captain Günther Krech told a horrifying tale of their encounter with the monster. The monster appeared out of the blue and attacked the ship, he described it as being very large with horns, giant teeth and small eyes that set deep within its skull. It proceeded to attack the submarine by biting at it and ramming it. It chomped pieces out of the main gun, of which the Germans frequently fired at the creature with. After counter-attacking the beast it swam off and the Germans then rose to the surface. It is unclear whether the story was fabricated or not but the wreck was found last year and the story’s authenticity is currently under intense investigation nearly a hundred years later.
Seriously, why’s that female in the first pic? Could someone explain?
However, let’s forget about her. Let’s focus on fallen Cas —
OH GOD LOOK AT CAS’ FACE. HE’S LIKE OH MY DEAN YOU’RE SO PRETTYYYY. Seriously what’s wrong with me. It’s not good time to post. I’m going a stir crazy. Too many energy drinks. Just read these. Fallen Cas. Good. Caffeine.
Title: the taste of gravel in the mouth
Words: 22,395 – Finished
Admin’s assessment: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Admin J’s notes: THIS ONE RIGHT HERE. Read it. Reeeeeaaad it. I fucking love it. I can give up Heaven for this. I volunteer! I’m here! Take me!
Summary: This is what Cas gave up Heaven for: greasy diner food, shitty motel rooms with even shittier cable, long car rides spent in complete silence except for the same six tapes playing over and over again, and a burnt-out husk of a man who can barely hold a conversation anymore.
Admin J’s notes: Good old fashion case fic. Once in awhile you just need to read these. Unless you’re Admin A who doesn’t read non-AU fics ever. It’s strange. I need this kinda situation happen in the show. Can you see this coming? CAN YOU?
Summary: After a close call on a hunt, Dean and Cas try to work out their frustration.
Admin J’s notes: I love this! I hate the part in which Dean tells Cas to go. I want to go and slap Dean on the face and be like YOU FOOL DON’T LET HIM GO HE CAN’T EVEN BRUSH HIS TEETH. Now I get my happy story in which Dean wasn’t stupid. (No, I wasn’t thinking about the fact that Sam might have died.)
Summary: Despite Zeke’s threats, Dean doesn’t tell Cas to leave the bunker. He revels in their burgeoning relationship, content to end his day with Cas asleep on his shoulder, even if they’ll always sleep in separate rooms. Cas is it for him. But when Cas begins to experience physical urges he can’t control, he asks Dean for a hand—metaphorically, and later, literally.
Admin J’s notes: Good old Case fic! This is a newer one, so pretty much one of the fics that I have recently read. It’s good, I like Cas in it and I like how Dean and Cas are. Very canon. My brains are not working.
Summary: They went back and forth on whether or not to make the drive until Sam found an article in the town’s local paper dated a week earlier about a lobster fisherman who swore a monster sank his boat.
Admin J’s notes: This is so saaaad. Makes me so sad. I wanna cry now and I just read the summary.
Summary: In 2009, a man who claims to speak to God gives the not-quite-an-angel-anymore Castiel his Polaroid camera. “Use it wisely,” he warns. “Cameras are a strange sort of magic. They hold on to the energy of the moments they capture and keep it alive past its time. That’s why we should only take photographs of our happiest moments. There’s no sense prolonging our pain or sadness, but love and joy are worth saving.”
During the next five years, Castiel superstitiously takes nine photographs of his happiest moments. When a second Dean arrives from the past, Castiel knows he’s been sent to witness something catastrophic, something so terrible Zachariah believes it will scare Dean into accepting his destiny. He senses the end is near, but Castiel can’t quite bring himself to take the final photograph. Dean does it for him.
During World War I on July 30th, 1915, the German U-Boat (submarine) U-28 was patrolling off the coast of Ireland when it came across the British freighter Iberian. The U-Boat quickly destroyed the freighter, sinking it with a well placed torpedo. While watching the sinking from the conning tower, the captain and six other officers witnessed something extraordinary. According to the Captain of U-28, Commander Freiherr Georg-Günther von Forstner,
“On July 30, 1915, our U-28 torpedoed the British steamer Iberian, which was carrying a rich cargo (trucks and vehicles primarily) across the North Atlantic. The steamer sank so swiftly that its bow stuck up almost vertically into the air. Moments later the hull of the Iberian disappeared. The wreckage remained beneath the water for approximately twenty-five seconds, at a depth that was clearly impossible to assess, when suddenly there was a violent explosion, which shot pieces of debris — among them a gigantic aquatic animal — out of the water to a height of approximately 80-feet.”
“At that moment I had with me in the conning tower six of my officers of the watch, including the chief engineer, the navigator, and the helmsman. Simultaneously we all drew one another’s attention to this wonder of the seas, which was writhing and struggling among the debris.”
“We were unable to identify the creature, but all of us agreed that it resembled an aquatic crocodile, which was about 60-feet long, with four limbs resembling large webbed feet, a long, pointed tail and a head which also tapered to a point. Unfortunately we were not able to take a photograph, for the animal sank out of sight after ten or fifteen seconds.”
The U-28 would serve admirably during the rest of the war, sinking 40 enemy ships. Unfortunately the boat was sunk in 1917, taking all souls aboard.