As one might expect in a Tether to War, the Intrepid is well protected. Amongst her caretakers is an engaging old man by the name of Jerry Harpers. He served aboard Intrepid in his younger years and gives tours of the ship today. In reality he is a Seraph in service to War. As the Seneschal of the Tether, he is a powerful Celestial in his own right. And he has plenty of help on call, as the armies of Heaven are only one step away…
Themes & Threats
Theme: Tether to War
Aspect: Heaven is One Step Away
Description: USS Intrepid (CV-11), also known as The Fighting “I”, is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she served mainly in the Atlantic, but also participated in the Vietnam War. Her notable achievements include being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission.
More than 50,000 men served on board Intrepid during the ship’s time in service, and more than 270 men made the ultimate sacrifice. In her retirement, she now forms the centerpiece of the “Intrepid Air and Space Museum” on the Hudson River.
During the Marshall Island campaign of WWII, the Intrepid was damaged by an aerial torpedo, and was ordered back to Pearl Harbor for repairs. But the rudder jammed. For an hour, despite the best efforts of the crew, the ship continued to steam directly towards Japan. Captain Sprague later remarked wryly that this occurred, “right when I wasn’t interested in going in that direction”. The ship had other ideas apparently, and had to be coaxed away from the battle and back to port.
Known to only a few, this was enough for an angelic tether to form within her, which was quickly claimed by Michael, the Archangel of War. Despite a concerted demonic campaign to tarnish her image, the tether has only strengthened. For a while, the ship was nearly unique as “mobile tether”. These days, she is tied to a Manhattan pier as the centerpiece of the “USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum”. She quietly serves as a major outpost of Heaven, in the heart of the crossroads of the world.