Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Post Of The Beast (#666)

ALTERNATE HISTORIAN'S NOTE ON THE POST OF THE BEAST: Today's post is the 666th made since we started, so we felt it rather appropriate, (although entirely coincidental), that it starts off with a Fall entry. Of course, we all know that the real number of the Beast is 616, so we should have done this a couple of months ago... Please send us entries for our next contest, which will be an Alternate April Fool's Day, April 1st, 2006. Just send us the entries for now - we'll decide on a deadline later. (Contest rules) And, another cool thing - Let us know where you are on Frappr!

March 16th, 2006

in 1123 Post-Creation, Lucifer arrives in Eden just as his “priestess”, the para-angel Kiria, has brought death to paradise by slaying a young, mostly-human child named Elisheva in sacrifice to the bright angel. As Lucifer holds the child in his arms, trying to heal her with his power, he cries out to the Creator, “I am the cause of this; let me feel the hand of death, not this child.” As the girl fights for her last breath, Lucifer's tears move the Creator, and He declares, “So let it be.”

in 1792, King Gustavus III of Sweden was killed by Count Ankarstom as they attended a ball at the Royal Opera. The Count then seized the throne, plunging Sweden into a bloody, 6-year civil war. Most of Scandinavia was drawn into the conflict, which devastated the northern lands of Europe and reduced their influence in world affairs considerably.

in 1852, a young Kentucky hothead, Roy Bean, is hung by a mob in San Diego, California, after he killed a man during a bar fight. Although the young lady over whom he started the fight arrived to cut him down, she was too late; the rope had not snapped his neck, but had strangled him while he waited for her to free him.

in 1861, the Arizona Territory leaves the Union and joins with the Confederate states. This begins an exodus of western territories to the Confederate side, including California. Within the year, the Union is isolated to a handful of northeastern states struggling to hold together in the face of an enemy who surrounds them from all sides but the north.

in 1925, rocketeer Robert Goddard was prepared to send up a liquid-fueled rocket, but his notes and materials turned up missing, along with his assistant, Kadin Prideaux. Prideaux, a Conspirator of the Speaker's Line, brought his stolen goods to the Conspirator's Flight Committee, which was developing a rocket of its own.

in 1962, the American plane Constitution disappears while flying over the Pacific Ocean. The 167 people on board are presumed dead until the plane lands the next day in Bombay, India, thousands of miles off-course and unable to account for the time they were missing.

in 1964, Pete Best’s album Your Love Is Mine was released, and immediately started breaking music industry records. It shattered Elvis Presley’s record of concurrent hits on the Top 100, it held all 5 top spots at one point, and it was the best-selling record of its time, among others.

in 1968, a platoon of Marines destroy the small North Chilean village of Chiu Chiu. Led by Comrade Lieutenant Bill Calley, the platoon razed the small settlement, thinking that capitalist guerillos were using it as a base from which to attack soldiers from the Soviet States. As one observer put it later, “After that massacre, every surviving man in that village who wasn’t a capitalist became one.”

in 1996, allied troops push the South Africans out of Namibia and British soldiers raise the Union Jack in Lindetz, a particularly bloody battleground in the small African nation. South Africa now has been pushed back to their original borders, as has their ally, the United States. The writing is on the wall for the two powers, but neither President Terreblanche of South Africa nor President Shephard of America will give up.

in 2004, Livinia Sheridan orders the 7 ships they have with them to do a visual search of the Athena without using their sensors. Since the Titanian methane crabs seem to be invisible to tracking devices, the only way to find them will be to see them. After several long hours without leaving their ships, the Australians report no sighting of the crabs. The Sheridans, under pressure from the Australian government, then destroy the Athena and the Huygens, the spaceship it is carrying.

Timelines in today's post: the Fall, the Speaker, Communist America, Pete Best, the Ralph Shephard timeline, and The Sheridans

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Anonymous said...

The score for Judge Roy Bean was written by Maurice Jarre, who also wrote the music for Dead Poets Society, in which Kurtwood Smith appeared, who also appeared in ST DS9, ST Voyager, and ST VI-The Undiscovered Country.


Anonymous said...

Alternately, Paul Newman was in "Judge Roy Bean" with Ava Gardner, who was (well past her glorious prime) in "The Kidnapping of the President" with Big Bill Shatner.

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