Saturday, February 26, 2005

The Men Of Darkness

February 26th, 2005

in 951 AUC, Centurion Gaius Regis of Rome led his small garrison in Hibernia against the men of darkness, a band of almost 50 men who fed on the blood of the living. After losing half his garrison, Gaius followed the advice of his Hibernian wife and beheaded the Dark Ones before burying them alive. Their leader, Kynat, had to be shackled after his head was cut off in order to bury him.

in 1361, Saint Wenceslas of Bohemia was born. He was canonized by Pope Edward IV in commemoration of his deliverance of Bohemia into the Holy British Empire. The requisite 3 miracles he was supposed to have performed consisted of that task, the healing of a blind girl, and a feast for his fellow Bohemians at which the food never seemed to disappear.

in 1866, composer P’Tag’Lo was born in Boston, North American Confederation. His fusion of Mlosh, Native American, African, Spanish and English music became known as Jazz, and this new form of music set the world on fire. Jazz has become the new folk music for virtually all people across the solar system.

in 4597, rebel Chi-Hsui dies in Manchuria. In his youth, he became ensnared by anti-Imperialist troublemakers and soon rose to lead their cause. He led the remnants of those who had resisted Emperor Min-Yuan in Hanoi, but never gained a large enough following to be more than a nuisance to the Chinese Empire.

in 1962, Arthur Kopit’s macabre thriller Oh dad, poor dad, mom’s hung you in the closet and I’m feelin’ so sad… opened on Broadway. The surreal drama blurred the lines between comedy, horror, drama, reality and fantasy, and was a runaway hit, inspiring a generation of weird playwrights such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Joe Lansdale.

in 1970, Pete Best releases his Best, One More Time album, featuring the classic Little Jane, a song he wrote to help his niece through the breakup of her parent’s marriage.

in 1985, President Ralph Shephard places his old friend Harry Pierce in the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon. General Pierce begins a huge mobilization, and makes plans to institute a general draft of the population to build up the armed forces.

in 2004, exploiting the technology they had adapted from the Martians after the invasion the summer before, the United Nations land an exploratory ship on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. The strange, cold world has seas of liquid methane and an atmosphere similar to earth’s, and scientists had been longing for a close up view for decades.

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