March 18th, 2005
in 1314, Jacques de Molay, greatest of the Knights Templar of the Holy British Empire, died in battle against the Mamlukes of the Holy Land. He had pledged victory for his British masters, but despite many outstanding victories, he was unable to capture Jerusalem for his British Pope.
in 1673, Lord Berkley, who had been granted part of New Jersey by King Charles II, was manipulated into granting it to the Quakers, an organization with large numbers of Speaker’s Children. In the wilds of this new land, they sought to find a way to fulfill the dreams of the Speaker.
in 1871, Mlosh negotiators were able to broker a truce between Parisian Communists and President Adolphe Thiers of France. The Communards had chafed at the rule of the conservatives, and wanted to take control of the government by force. Irish Mlosh negotiatators were able to keep the situation from spilling over into a full-scale civil war.
in 1950, Nationalist Brazilians invade Sao Paolo, sending the reigning Communists into a tailspin. In spite of assistance from the Soviet States of America, Brazil’s Communists lose power; it is the single worst defeat for American foreign policy in the western hemisphere.
in 1952, Velma Porter and Mikhail von Heflin explore the ruins of Heflin, the Baron’s old capitol. While little remains of what Mikhail once ruled over, he does find his old library hidden in the village’s crypt. There are several texts there that he has vowed to keep hidden from humanity, and Miss Porter finds them immediately.
in 1991, President Terreblanche of South Africa pledges the support of his nation to the United States of America and its leader, President Ralph Shephard. “Together,” President Shephard said of the alliance, “we form a fulcrum that will be used to turn the world upside down.”
in 2000, Bill Burke, an avid player of tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, dies in an auto accident and is greeted by Hamid, the spirit of a Turkish boy who died in the 12th century. Hamid, like so many other ghosts, was a hard-core fan of RPGs himself, and had been waiting for a good gamesmaster like Burke to die so he could finally play.
in 2004, Titan’s methane crabs swarm across the beaches of Darwin, Australia. Jacob and Livinia Sheridan lead the counter-attack against the alien menace, but it seems that for every crab the Aussie forces finish off, two more pop up from the water. Fighting desperately, the Sheridans make note of something they have seen repeatedly – the crabs don’t show up on their ship’s sensors. At great cost, they get a sample of the remains of some crabs to examine back in their lab in Darwin.
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