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Enter the Little Shit!


 

 

Tower of Ashal the Magnificent, 3 High Moon of Harvest…..

I waited….and waited…and waited, because the old man would not get out of the damn room. “Take a shit on pot ya old geezer”, I thought. Instead he arranged things, moved things, lifted things, dropped things, oh and dusted.

And dusted…

And dusted some more.

Don’t wizard have like spells for this shit?” I though to myself, as my nose tickled from the dust. I should have shanked the old man. But you know if ya shank a man, ya gotta hide the corpse. So I didn’t shank him. Then he made a beeline for the kitchen. I opened the broom closet door. It creaked louder than Ma when that paladin stabbed her in the cave.

Ears perked.

The sound of stir fry came from the kitchen.

Damn, I’m hungry.” I thought. The sooner I finished the job, the sooner I could get me some grub. So I climbed the spiral staircase to Ashal’s lab. Her door was ajar. I slipped in and saw my target with her back to me. Her red long hair spilled over the table she gripped with her hands. Her arched back exposed her slender neck. Her moans….

Her moans? Yes her moans. Which, yes, I should have asked myself why was she moaning. But I didn’t. Instead I jumped on the oak table, grabbed her by the hair and sliced her neck open.

Done and…well…not done, because a young apprenticed spilled out from underneath Ashal’s voluminous robes. The mousy brunette, her lips wet, stared at me. I stared back. She screamed. I screamed back. She utter a furious incantation. I jumped down from the table. Out of a cloud of sulfur and brimstone stepped out a bullheaded man-thing with bat wings and a nasty bloodstained spear in hand. In front of the door.

So out the window I went. Yes, out of a thirty foot drop into the not so deep pond of the tower’s back garden.

Yeah, it hurt.

Yeah, the brunette shouted some more things at me.

And yeah, fire rained down from the window.

And yeah, I ran like my life depended on it.

Told my master about it. He laughed, I laughed, his giant pet frog laughed. I hated that frog.

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Machine Language: Beeps and Boops of Outer Space


 

Again I did a thing. A silly thing, but a thing nonetheless.

Enjoy!

 

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You thought I forgotten about Xmas, eh?


\No I did not, but as always, I am busy with so many other things. But a quick reminder of the holidays:

 

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I did it! I am now a Twitch Affiliate!


 

Yes, if you wondered where I have been the past year, it has been over at Twitch. And this morning I got some wonderful news:

 

Yes, that is the name of my channel. Feel free to visit and say hi!

https://www.twitch.tv/lessonslearned1

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Mass Effect/AEC- ANN News: Nuclear Terrorism Impacts Earth


ANN News Desk

From Alliance News Desk in Vancouver

September 25, 2197

Nuclear Terrorism Impacts Earth

By Doh-Keun Jung

BUSAN, KOREA-At 11:47 hrs local time. a low-yield nuclear device detonated inside the Shinsegae department store, the largest department store on Earth. The blast obliterated the store and caused significant damage in a 200 meter radius from the detonation point. Rescue operations by local first responders are ongoing, but due to the nature of the attack, the likelihood of survivors remains low. While no official estimates of casualties has been released, experts estimate casualties figures in excess of 10,000 among the visitors and employees across the Centum City complex that houses the store.

While no group has officially claimed responsibility for this attack, major news outlets across Alliance space received the following message a few minutes ago:

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

This passage comes from the christian bible, Revelation 6:1-2, and according to our experts, it is a “calling card” of Death’s Legion, a covert military group linked with similar operations the Traverse and Terminus systems in the past two decades. The Alliance government linked Death’s Legion to several suicide attacks on Milgrom (see: Suicide Attacks on Milgrom). If so,this is is a grave escalation of the conflict on the part of Libertas’ embattled regime.  No word yet on what measures, if any, the Alliance will take in response to these events.


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Mass Effect/AEC: Chapter 12 (c.3): Busan


 

Captain’s Quarters, SSV Kurks, In orbit around Moros, Sphinx System, Argos Rho Cluster, Attican Traverse, September 25, 2197

Admiral Shepard face filled the screen in front of me, “Are you sure?”

“It had all the hallmarks of a false flag op, sir.”

“Purpose?” he asked.

“To seed chaos plus rope the Alliance into another crisis.”

“And you think that Cerberus is behind this,” Shepard asked.

“A group that sprang out of nowhere, an attack that was violent but unfocused, and whatever the outcome it would have derailed the Alliance ability to secure a steady source of impact diamonds at a time we are ramping up fighter and ship production. Not to mention put pressure on the Alliance Parliament to launch another military intervention. Who else benefits from that?” I asked, exasperated.

“But you have no proof,” Shepard said.

“Not at the moment, and to be honest, sir, wasting our time patrolling the outer reaches of this system is not helping. I need to get out there and find answers, and this ship, and it’s crew,  are my best tool to do that,” I said.

“I know how feel, commander, but we have to- wait one,” Shepard raised a finger, “I think you should see this.”

The screen split. Shepard was on the left, an ANN reporter on the right. He newscaster stood on a street corner, a thick column of smoke rose to the sky behind him.

“This is Doh-Keun Jung, reporting from the Korean city of Busan. Earlier today, as shoppers filled the Shinsegae department store, part of the Cetum City district of Busan, a massive explosion, followed by a mushroom cloud engulfed the whole of the shopping district,” said the reporter, his shaky hand pressed to his ear. The image cut away to a street level shot of the large department store, a sudden flash, then the image cut out, followed by a long distance shot of a mushroom cloud that hovered over the city.

“So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first nuclear act of terrorism on Earth since The North American Civil War.” The reporter looked at his omni-tool, ‘Wait, we are now receiving a message from ANN headquarters in Vancouver from a group claiming to be connected to the attack and I quote ‘When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth’ unquote.”

Death’s Legion.

Shepard’s face hardened, “New orders, commander. Find those responsible and eliminate the threat.”

“Understood. Commander Thompson-Ramos out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mass Effect/AEC-ANN News: Alliance: Suicide Attacks on Milgrom


 

ANN News Desk

From Alliance News Desk in New Arcturus Station

September 22, 2197

Suicide Attack on Milgrom

By Lisa Grey Mathews

MILGROM, BEKENSTEIN– A group of suicide bombers supported by a mercenary force attacked various targets in the colonial capital of Milgrom, Bekenstein. The attack started with a coordinated series of suicide truck bombings directed at key targets, among them the local Alliance military garrison, several police/militia precincts and the base of the Milgrom’s Special Police Force, the elite anti-terrorist unit of the Milgrom Police Department.  In a second wave of attacks key buildings were targeted, including the Loveless Convention Center, the Karlotta Alfaro Concert Hall, and City Hall. In spite of the violence of the attack, an ad hoc group of private security, local police, and Alliance marines repulsed the second wave of attackers at great losses to both sides. Early estimates put the casualties at over 300. The attacks coincided with the first meeting of the Liberta’s Action Committee, a group of Libertas opposition parties organized by the Alliance Parliament as a united front against the Libertas current government.

ANN military sources pointed the finger at Death’s Legion, a group of suicide commandos employed by the Theocracy against it’s external enemies. The Legion has been linked to bloody attacks on criminal organizations such as pirate bands and terrorist operating in the Verge, as well as rival planetary governments beyond Citadel controlled space. It seems that they shifted their operations toward Citadel space as retaliation for the Alliance blockade of their colony world (SEE: Alliance Blockades Libertas).

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