Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Faction Seven: The Royal Army In Exile (2)

Rifleman with the Duke of Tapika's Household Guard during the ill-fated attack along the causeway, day four. The Battle of Gerst Landing, 963.

Note the distinctive drum magazine on this soldier's Type 214 rifle, almost certainly of Arbuti design from the armory at Wellspring.
The Royal Court bought a good deal of small arms under contract in Arbutus, likely extending their welcome through their business dealings even after the assassinations in 972.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Faction Seven: The Royal Army In Exile

Seven: The Royal Army.

When His Majesty Delvar II fled the Hunchbacks and went into exile you can believe he had every intention of returning, and bringing Kalkovac back under the lazy-eyed stewardship of the Domestice Family.
By planting season of 957 the remnants of the Royal Army, including many rather excellent units, are launching raids from Arbutus and the King begins to entertain whatever diplomatic channels he can open.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Faction Six: The Amalgam Divisions (5)

Depicted- another Volunteer under the Rezik command in the fighting for the mountain passes around Mettia Harbor.

Note the combat shotgun and improvised uniform, both quite typical of these formations.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Faction Six: The Amalgam Divisions (4)

Certainly the soldier's weapon, an advanced fission technology (AFT) rifle, would have been captured on the battlefield from an opposing force with much greater resources than the Amalgam Divisions.

His unusual helmet is of an unknown tribal design and function, and probably denotes the position and responsibility inherent with carrying such a priceless and powerful relic weapon.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Faction Six: The Amalgam Divisions (3)

AD irregular with the Rezik Volunteers.

For centuries the Amalgam have participated in every aspect of Kalkovac society, and the ranks of the AD would include a large number of regimental veterans from off-planet deployment with the 302nd.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Faction Six: The Amalgam Divisions (2)

Pulba (2nd Class) with Number 8 Division, Amalgam Command.
In the Earon Sphere. Shortly before the first assault on Velikuka, outside the Courthouse. 

Late season, 986.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Faction Six: The Amalgam Divisions

Six: these Divisions were formed from the indigenous population of the Amalgam peoples, a minority sect that has co-existed more or less peacefully on Kalkovac for several millenia.

There have been a long standing list of grievances that remain unaddressed for the Amalgam by their own estimation. Though poorly equipped and self-funded they are apt at civil war and stayed in the conflict through the end. 

Even now, some thirteen years after the armistice(s), there are significant units in the Stall Ranges that are holding out and refuse to capitulate. 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Faction Five: The Hunchbacks

Five: the Hunchbacks, or Advocates (depending on where you stand).

By the time of the Abdication in 956, the Hunchbacks were openly controlling the main gates in and out of the capitol. They would be central to every phase of the war over the next thirty years, and indeed their presence is still felt to this day.

By 957 one bothered to call them Advocates anymore.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Faction Four: The Publishers and Trade Unionists

And there are other parties and organizations that decide
for various reasons 
that they have legitimate reasons to militarize. . .

A Journeyman-Grenadier of Local 91 during the assault on the Limbus Chimney Facility, 958. 
Scholars of this phase of the war, the so-called Defiant Negotiations Outcome, wildly disagree the extent to which this phase of the conflict effected the overall outcome.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Faction Three: The Regiment (2)

For more than six centuries it has operated under the charter to raise, train, and equip 19,640 soldiers and form a new Regiment every five years, and then ship them off and never think about them again.
That's the confidence that comes from operating outside of any other authority, anywhere.
Dragoon with 25-3 patrolling the aerodrome, Cetina. Early 956, Kalkovak deployment.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Faction Three: The Regiment

Three: the 302nd Wasteland Reconnaissance Regiment. As the planet's main export, it is a political entity with interests to protect and obligations to uphold.

The Regiment mobilizes its reserves and moves to occupy the mustering fields, 957.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Faction Two: The Lesser Nobility

Two: the so-called Lesser Nobility, under the nominal leadership of the Charter-Duke of Ganges.
You cannot have 800 years of feudal structure and Imperial antecedence, after all, without also having 800 years of petty squabbles and aggrieved affluence. There were those on Kalkovac that wished the King gone for their own advantage, and now they came together in a sort of confederacy.
Irregular infantryman with the Eagon Monopoly during the divisive slab-clearing skirmishes in the outskirts of False Positive, 961. The ablative flak armor, pictured, is non-issue, privately sourced gear and almost certainly marks this soldier as a mercenary. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Faction One: The Greater Nobility

One: there is the faction that remained loyal to the way things have been for centuries on Kalkovac, and to the King-in-Exile.
These are the so-called Greater Nobility.
ChMR Armored Transport with the No.14 House Guard on station in Blandot center, 958. The evident winter-pattern paint and exhaust modifications suggest this picture preceeds the crossing of the Auseil and the debacle that followed.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Civil War, continued

The planet basically broke into five main factions, though informally there were at least seventeen others.

Pictured is a Nominal-Sergent aligned to Green Rowl, a Parliamentary interest with mostly loyalist backing. Note the advanced suppressor and scope system on his rifle, indicative of the substantial resources Green Rowl had in the early months of the war.

Date and location of this photo-pic are unsubstantiated.



Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Civil War on Kalkovac

This began our civil war.

Plasma rifleman with an unidentified House of Lesser Nobility, near the West Gate. Arbutus, 956.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Whispers

Eventually the whispering turned, and was a storm. It doesn't matter if the words made sense or not.

In 956 His Majesty Delvar II left Kalkovac by chartered shuttle and went to exile. After just over sixteen hundred years safeguarding the royal house, the Domestice Family was unavailable for further judgement.

The throne is empty.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Words (d*)

We say, "Drasenk nabb culat." And then, "Buzade ko-kaym."

And the king

sags in our memory.


Friday, September 25, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Words (c*)

We say, "All Hail, Tok-Fugaeth! All Hail the Zillion!"

But these are not our words. Utterances.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Words (b*)

They say "Ha syzykeo" and the television flickers. They say 
"Ha syzykeo kaseve, kaseve syzykeo"-

and we say "Yi-kaseve, yi-syzykeo".


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks XX

He took to appearing on the picture-vision

selling things

and reassuring us that all our efforts were worthwhile.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks XIV

. . . His Majesty Delvar II, Head of the Royal Patronage and Father of Kalkovac

was borrowing heavily.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Highway Appropriations

That bridge and highway deal, that runs for 1700 zerbits along
the North Coast. It went

for generations.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Finally

After nearly 600 years
of mediocre fiscal policy.

A hallmark of our beloved planet, Kalkovac.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks: Bankrupt

Mid-7th Dynasty (circa 948)
the Royal House runs into financial


Monday, August 3, 2015

Advocates/Hunchbacks II

Sometimes people call them, also
the Hunchbacks.
But not publicly.

In private. Amongst friends.

Pretend you didn't read this.