Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Regime Change 101

First thing you do is round up the authorities.

Anyone who has ever overthrown a planet could tell you that.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Great Exhaustion, pt.3

Later on, they took everyone. But that was after the Great Exhaustion. It's important 

to remember that in the beginning 
anyway, we were optimistic.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Great Exhaustion

At the beginning we were confident
they seemed so easy

the voyages I mean.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Voyage of the Krantine

Forward Observer with 22/15 Royal Deforesters during the Third Rungeria Incursion, circa 722. Note the atypical breeches in unusual arrangement with the soldier's standard field pack; also the coding pamphlets cylinder, type 107, under the soldier's left arm.

Altogether a remarkable photograph.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rough Century X (ten)

Face it- generals don't fight. They
rarely even 

carry their own luggage.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rough Century: Every Five Years

The freighters still come more or less on schedule, every five years. Each time a Regiment is assembled and loaded aboard, dutifully. But the adventure seems to have dissipated. 

That part that's centuries old.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Rough Century III

It doesn't matter, and probably never did.

The soldiers began to doubt.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rough Century Continued

And after that and for the next 150 years the freighters showed up on schedule, in orbit roughly every five years to pick up another generation of the Regiment.

But it became less and less clear where the ships were coming from.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Matabi: Final Crime

We thought this was the final crime, and we never recovered.

As a planet, I mean.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Matabi, All Hands

In 669, the Ohmre disaster. 

Mikhaansa in 726, in the 
fleet action off Ferent Prime.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Matabi: Context

The Hakon in 573 returned empty. Lost the Regiment in a warzone somewhere, dropped them off and then couldn't find them again. And the Laurie Alabaster in 598 blew up, all hands.

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Matabi, Part XI

In 708 the Broomcorn went missing in the Aeornholm Sector, was never heard from again. And then Wilhelm Troepf sailed in 732 and disintegrated six months out of orbit. 

Maintenance issues.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Matabi, Tradition

That was a shock, but hardly the first one. There was the aforementioned Bedescu in 643, sailed into a star. All hands.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Matabi, Part IX

The freighter Comrade Ladel left with the Regiment in 853, and in 855 it sailed too close to a magnetic disruption and atomized.

All hands.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Matabi, Expectations

It's been centuries 
and most of the expeditions 

never returned at all.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Matabi, Part VI

Though you'd be surprised, it isn't like we hadn't suffered horrendously before.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Matabi, Uncertainty

After that incident the process of recruiting for the Regiment became uncertain.

Traditions slipped.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Matabi, Part III

By that point two-thirds of the Regiment 
had been killed by cholera.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Matabi

In 838 the freighter Matabi showed up in orbit to transport the Regiment to the Fanderum System.

They were taken to a prisoner of war camp on Makelbee 14 and interred for the next eighteen years. It seems that the general in command of the front needed to fill a quota for prisoners in the offensive, so he incarcerated his reinforcements. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013