March 26th, 2005
in 1857 AUC, Juvo Licentius Morro, a Spaniard in the Roman Republic, constructs the first working steam engine-powered vehicle, a chariot the size of two elephants that is able to move across the roads at great speeds. Juvo’s invention revolutionizes travel in the Republic.
in 1668, Conspirators of the Speaker’s Line in Mumbai, India are overthrown by the British takeover of the city. Driven underground, they slowly move their work across the border into China, where they conduct experiments in the Gobi Desert.
in 1793, royalists in Vendee, France rise up against the democratic revolutionaries who have taken control of the country. Mlosh negotiators sent in are slaughtered, and the revolution bombs Vendee into submission shortly afterwards.
in 1911, author Tom Williams was born in Columbus, Mississippi. As the first openly homosexual playwright in the American theater, he was very controversial, but his plays fascinated the world; his tale of confused sexual identity, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, banned after its first week of production in 1955, was revived in the more liberal atmosphere of the 1960’s to rave reviews and huge audiences.
in 1950, Senator Ted Astley of Washington, after facing pressure to reveal the names of the supposed capitalist spies in Washington, D.C.’s circles of power, lets slip to a People’s Broadcasting Company reporter the name of Professor William F. Buckley, a scholar on European affairs who has been working in the State Department. Buckley was definitely a sound choice; his sympathy for the European monarchies was well known. It was never proven, but Professor Buckley’s career was ruined by the accusation.
in 1952, Mikhail von Heflin and Velma Porter jump on a train heading south and hide themselves in a cargo car. Exhausted by Europe, Porter tells the Baron, “Next time one of us wants to go home, it gets to be me; my old house has running water.”
in 2000, Bill Burke pauses his epic campaign The Busride Of Doom to welcome a new player – his old girlfriend, Kris Robbins. She had died in a car crash coming back from his funeral, and the dead gamer’s network had directed her to Burke’s campaign. While the other Gamers from Beyond raised cries of protest at playing with the gamemaster’s girlfriend, she joined the group and played without too many special favors.
in 2004, the Sheridan expedition to Titan flies over Mars, and the doctors take the opportunity to perform a thorough scan of the planet. They discover an ocean just below the surface, and see the Martians moving about on the surface, reconstructing their surface civilization. They send word back to earth to watch the red planet for signs of trouble.
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