Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 28th.
As the Knight Templars came riding in behind us to join the
coming battle, some road the traditional horses long associated with knights.
Others had a more unique ride.
It looked like a mechanical horse. It was horse shaped
except for the absence of legs. It was a cross between some kind of hovercraft
and a motorcycle. These paladins still rode two to a horse, whether it was flesh
and blood or mechanical.
Our front line began firing into the approaching demon and
vampire forces. The knights speed up into a full charge. As the front rider
drove the horse into a mass of enemies, the rear rider would do battle from a
seated position until they’d gathered a significant number of enemy troops. Once
that was achieved, the two knights jumped from the horse, stood back to back,
and fought together against the encroaching force.
As my platoon moved up to secure the area behind a pair of knights
so fighting, one of the pair spoke up, “Thought you guys could use a hand
on your first triple new moon.”
“You mean it’s always like this when the three moons go
“Aye, but if you find this crazy, just wait until you
witness your first triple eclipse.”
The idea that the battle that was opening before my eyes was
small was not a comforting thought. As I got the platoon ready to hop forward
on the knight’s heels, an imp[lied thought hit me. I turned to face the one
“Um.. I take it you guys have been here a while ..
“The name is Andrew and not all Knight Templars
remained in France for the king’s raids. Some of us had other orders.”
Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 27th.
There is rarely a problem in the USSC that can’t be solved with a coat of paint.
For the occasion where a coat of paint can’t solve the problem, the most reliable solution is Plan B. Plan B involved hiding whatever item can’t be painted over and hoping some junior enlisted troop happens to come along and find it.
It’s also helpful if the junior enlisted troop is not yours, otherwise you might feel guilty while standing next to that troop in the commander’s office.
Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 26th.
The dark tends to be where most military operations take
place. But we’d never experienced true darkness until we experienced the rare
three new moons on Themis.
Because of the three moons that orbit Themis, total darkness
is a rare event. The three moons tend to rotate and phase in such a way that at
least some sliver of at least one of them is in the night sky. Around our sixth
month here, we discovered what real darkness was.
The night had started as all the others with a sliver of one
of the moons still visible. I think it might have been the blue one. But two
hours later that sliver vanished. The stars still shone, but the light was not
enough for you to see far beyond.
Shortly after that, we got our first homebase glimpses of the
demon-like creatures we’d seen facing off with the knights and our first
glimpses and encounters with some vampire-like creature, which we later learned
were from a planet called Weber. Before the large groups approached Outpost
Sparta, we heard the sound of a large group of mounted troops approaching from
I turned to see what approached and saw the now familiar
armor of the Knights Templars as we recognized the tabard symbols of the
central party, or paladins as most had referred to themselves.
Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 25th.
One term that is rarely used to describe a meal in the
military is tasty. Whether describing the food cooked in the chow halls or the
food in the rations of previous centuries, terms like cardboard, saw dust, shoe
leather, and “needs more hot sauce” were far more likely to be
uttered to describe a military meal.
Fortunately for the military units in prior centuries, no
one had figured out how to create ration-type meals to feed hundreds to
thousands of military troops at a time. Unfortunately for the military members
onboard the Aldrin, someone had deemed it a priority R&D project to create unit-sized
For obvious reasons, that individual’s identity has been
heavily classified and sealed within a safe within a scif in a limited access
building on the most heavily classified military base. Which means everyone
knew his name was somewhere within Area 51 should anyone ever convince the security
folks there that they have secret credentials like Bob Lazar and should be
given access to it too.
Prompt and DeviantArt link for the 24th.
One would think that the use of the von Brain ring on
spaceships would result in a lot of dizzy space travelers. The reality for the
USSC military members on the Sheppard-class ships, like the Aldrin is that the
number of dizzy crewmembers tends to remain around three per voyage.
Fortunately for the rest of the crew, the gravity field
generated by the ring makes any movement of the ring feel negligible. Unfortunately
for these three crewmembers, they are usually the lowest ranking members of
their respective ship teams and as a result spend the most time watching the
von Braun ring turn.
The first one is the member of the command center crew who
gets assigned the task of monitoring the cameras aimed at the von Braun ring
and watching for any sign of problem. The other two are members of the ship
maintenance team that have to don the spacesuits and maintenance exoframes and
repair the exterior of the ship.