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Topic Subject:Sepia Joust VII- Historical Fiction 31 August 2013 Discussion thread
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 03-10-13 07:01 AM EDT (US)         
The groundskeeper had little to do after Sepia Joust VI- no broken quills or spilled ink to clean up. He merely had to rake the lists clean after the footprints of the victor.

Now the winter is on its way out, the crocuses are blooming, and the time has come to sharpen our quills for the next round. As always, we vote on a new genre, hear the bragging of those who dare not enter, listen to the mighty crawing of others, then by the Kalends of October submit our pieces for the Voting Scroll.

The genres are:

Poetry (rhyming)
Historic fiction
Fantasy
Poetry (prose)
Science Fiction (Sepia Joust IV)
Comedy/Parody (Sepia Joust V)
Criminal (in old days) (Sepia Joust VI)
Romantic / Romantic Adventure
Documentary
Advisory
Horror (Sepia Joust III)
Thriller
Brief History (Sepia Joust I)
Diary / Journal (Sepia Joust II)

Place your votes. The sooner we decide on a genre, the more time we will have to prepare a fitting piece.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII

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Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 03-10-13 07:15 AM EDT (US)     1 / 44       
Historic Fiction!!

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 03-10-13 11:44 AM EDT (US)     2 / 44       
I second the historic fiction. This time I'll participate with a fitting piece...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 03-17-13 02:07 PM EDT (US)     3 / 44       
Sorry for double-posting, but I need to know when the voting stops, as I need to research for my story, write it on paper and type it in the computer...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 03-17-13 02:55 PM EDT (US)     4 / 44       
Voting will probably go through April, then be locked in.

Gather ideas in the meantime.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII

[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 03-19-2013 @ 02:56 AM).]

DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 03-18-13 02:14 PM EDT (US)     5 / 44       
I shall also cast my vote for Historical Fiction. I don't think I've taken part in a Joust since the original one a couple years ago. Should be fun

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 03-25-13 05:21 PM EDT (US)     6 / 44       
There's a lot of interest I see...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
General Sajaru
Daimyo
posted 03-25-13 08:12 PM EDT (US)     7 / 44       
I would think about writing an entry, save for the fact that I'm busy writing my third book. Perhaps next year, if we do fantasy, I'll enter a submission.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
SongsOfBeitar
Ashigaru
posted 04-08-13 03:56 PM EDT (US)     8 / 44       
historic fiction. The last time I was here was probably 10 months ago so I figure this will probably be a good way to come back in.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 04-09-13 00:50 AM EDT (US)     9 / 44       
We seem to have a concensus.

Historic Fiction it is.

Submissions open end of August, giving everyone plenty of time to become inspired and write up a piece.

By the way, welcome back, Songs!

I shall bump this occasionally to remind people, but now we have a decision and a deadline.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 05-03-13 05:03 AM EDT (US)     10 / 44       
I will endeavour to put forward an entry, but my recent track record has been poor. Fingers crossed!

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 08-03-13 04:39 PM EDT (US)     11 / 44       
Just wanted to remind anyone interested in participating that we have 28 days left before submissions are close

I'm putting the finishing touches on my entry, but I want to wish the best of luck to everyone participating! Can't wait to read everyone's submissions!

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Cherub of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 08-12-13 04:36 AM EDT (US)     12 / 44       
*bump*

Less than three weeks until Submissions open.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 08-22-13 05:22 AM EDT (US)     13 / 44       
Mine is coming along quite nicely, it's short, but after struggling to pin down an idea I think I've nailed a good one.

How is everyone else's entries faring?

A f t y

A A R S

:: The Sun always rises in the East :: Flawless Crowns :: Dancing Days ::

"We kissed the Sun, and it smiled down upon us."
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 08-22-13 01:14 PM EDT (US)     14 / 44       
Mine takes a two-line entry of history and makes a wonderful fifteen-page tale of endurance and courage out of it.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 08-23-13 01:04 AM EDT (US)     15 / 44       
Mine is currently 20 page long and I hope I'll manage to finish it by next Friday, before school starts...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 08-23-13 06:15 AM EDT (US)     16 / 44       
Doing a bit of rewriting on my piece to help it sound and flow a little better. The subject itself is a bit out of my comfort zone as it's centered around a people that don't receive a lot of attention in most of the stories posted here in the Bardic Circle, but I'm hoping this will inspire readers to study them a bit more by the time they reach the end.

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
Cherub of Total War: Rome II Heaven and the Total War: Attila Forums
General Sajaru
Daimyo
posted 08-23-13 02:42 PM EDT (US)     17 / 44       
Glad to see more than just Terikel submitting something

Regrettably, I'm working furiously on a book- my muse won't let me stop- and won't be submitting a piece; perhaps for the next one.

Edit: I wrote a historical fiction piece for English class a while back; if I can find it and it's at all good, I'll submit it.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own

[This message has been edited by General Sajaru (edited 08-23-2013 @ 02:44 PM).]

Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 08-25-13 05:52 PM EDT (US)     18 / 44       
You are working on a book? That's fantastic...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 09-01-13 11:55 AM EDT (US)     19 / 44       
So, when will the submissions thread open?

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-01-13 01:15 PM EDT (US)     20 / 44       
Tonight.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-09-13 02:21 AM EDT (US)     21 / 44       
Mine is up.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
General Sajaru
Daimyo
posted 09-09-13 01:23 PM EDT (US)     22 / 44       
Very fine writing.

Mine is up as well. It's a story I did for English class nearly 7 years ago, so go easy on me . I like to think it's not much like my current writing, some of which I may be posting in the near future (when I get the time to format it properly).

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-10-13 01:51 AM EDT (US)     23 / 44       
A very interesting tale, General! I thoroughly enjoyed that.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 09-10-13 04:06 PM EDT (US)     24 / 44       
Nice work Terikel and GS, I hope I will have posted my story by Saturday...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 09-11-13 02:53 PM EDT (US)     25 / 44       
But alas, if wishes were raindrops his men would be drowning.
Alliteration worthy of the Icelandic skalds - but with that practical and decidedly Terikel touch. I thoroughly enjoyed your tale.

EDORIX
~ ancient briton ~

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(dis ma house)
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 09-12-13 04:04 PM EDT (US)     26 / 44       
Is it possible to delay the closing of the submissions thread for a week? I'm currently overrun by exams...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Edorix
High King of Britain
posted 09-12-13 05:27 PM EDT (US)     27 / 44       
I don't think there has yet been a joust when submissions haven't been extended.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-13-13 03:41 AM EDT (US)     28 / 44       
Real Life comes first, especially education.

Closing date is currently set to the Kalends of October.

Does thou require more time than that? Seriously?

Then we can extend a week beyond, if that is necessary.

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|||||||||||||||| Too many Awards to list in Signature, sorry lords...|||||||||||||||||
|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
General Sajaru
Daimyo
posted 09-14-13 02:12 AM EDT (US)     29 / 44       
Kalends of October.
October first for those of us who are from the 21st century, not the 10th

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan
"Judge them not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen." - Jeff Cooper
"I like my enemies like James Bond likes his martinis- shaken, not stirred."
My first book, The King's Own

[This message has been edited by General Sajaru (edited 09-14-2013 @ 02:12 AM).]

Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-16-13 05:35 AM EDT (US)     30 / 44       
21st century already?

It seems just the other day was the big hoo-doo over the world ending and whats-his-face coming back when the calendar rolled from 999 to four digits.

My, how time flies.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII

[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 10-02-2013 @ 01:24 AM).]

Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-29-13 05:06 AM EDT (US)     31 / 44       
Two Days.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 09-29-13 06:54 AM EDT (US)     32 / 44       
So when does voting commence. Once voting has stared, i will sit down with a nice cup of tea and feast my eyes upon the entries. I am looking forward to it..

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 09-29-13 12:41 PM EDT (US)     33 / 44       
Two days.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 09-30-13 03:49 PM EDT (US)     34 / 44       
Sorry guys, I won't make it, as i've only managed to type half of my story...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-01-13 07:14 AM EDT (US)     35 / 44       
A reasonable extension can be granted. Up to a week.

Is that sufficient? Say so, and we grant seven days.
Do you need more than that? Sorry Charlie.

Your choice.

How fast can you type?

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 10-01-13 11:55 PM EDT (US)     36 / 44       
Well, I have access to a computer for about half an hour per day, so I type and edit two small pages. I have 25 such pages left, so I won't make it in a week...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-02-13 01:16 AM EDT (US)     37 / 44       
Ouch.

You can always post your piece later as a stand-alone tale.

Thus sadly, this Joust is closed.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII

[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 10-02-2013 @ 01:17 AM).]

Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-12-13 08:19 AM EDT (US)     38 / 44       
Voting is underway in this thread, but will close around 21 October.

Want to cast a vote? You are encouraged to do so.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-16-13 05:15 AM EDT (US)     39 / 44       
Five (5) days

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII

[This message has been edited by Terikel Grayhair (edited 10-20-2013 @ 04:24 AM).]

Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-20-13 04:24 AM EDT (US)     40 / 44       
Tomorrow.

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|||||||||||||||| Listed on my page for your convenience and envy.|||||||||||||||||
Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 10-24-13 09:21 AM EDT (US)     41 / 44       
Closed.

A bit late, but still.

I will be putting up the results soon.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Terikel Grayhair
Imperator
(id: Terikel706)
posted 11-01-13 04:12 PM EDT (US)     42 / 44       
The lists were barren. Grass that was once plush and green lay now in dying clumps scattered about where sharp styli had gouged great rents in the vermillion carpet, then further damaged by the fancy footwork of the battling contestants.

The Viking was the heavy favorite- a veteran of many combats, both large and small. His stylus was as quick despite its size, and his ink laid down runes that conjured up images of days gone by, when men fought not only against each other, but against the elements as well.

The newcomer General was the underdog, but gifted with words and images of battles of another nature. He boldly strode into the ring, and fearlessly threw himself into the battle.

Long and lustily the two battled, dispensing blood on the one hand, and emotional turmoil on the other. Each brought something to the battle, and each was rewarded with cheers and ovations from those gathered to watch the contest.

At long last, General was pummeled to his knees. He raised his pen to ward off one last glancing blow, then raised haunting eyes to the Viking looming over him.

"It appears you have been favored," he uttered. "The tallies are in, Viking, and yours outnumber mine. It was a good fight. I am honored to have been a part of this."

The Viking nodded, then lowered his feathered stylus to lift his opponent off his knees and onto his feet.

"The honor is mine, to have had such a champion to battle," he said graciously, though with a voice as gruff and accented as coarse sandpaper across a varnished cirtuswood table. "But alas, our contest ends, and I see that you still have tricks to learn."

General Sajaru squinted against the light reflecting from the Viking's mail. Confusion galloped across his features as he tried to discern the meaning behind such words. e had fought well and honorably- defeat brought no shame.

"There is no defeat here," the Viking pointed out. "Only winners."

"But I have earned but two votes, while you have gathered three. Three beats two. I have lost."

The Viking broke into a toothy grin. "You forget that I am a Master Skald of the Guild, young man. My vote- which I cast for thee- counts as two. Three versus three- we both win."

"Thus... I too am a Champion of the Joust?"

The Viking nodded. "And well earned, too."

Thus ended the Seventh Sepia Joust with two deserving champions.

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Somewhere over the EXCO Rainbow
Master Skald, Order of the Silver Quill, Guild of the Skalds
Champion of the Sepia Joust- Joust I, II, IV, VI, VII, VIII
Alex_the_Bold
Ashigaru
posted 11-02-13 01:48 PM EDT (US)     43 / 44       
Congratulations to both of you for your excellent stories...

Invincibility lies in defence, while the possibility of victory in the attack -Sun Tzu
Akouson me, pataxon de (hit me, but first listen to me)-Themistocles to Euribiadis prior to the battle of Salamis.
Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 11-03-13 06:04 AM EDT (US)     44 / 44       
Well done both of you for taking the effort to enter into this contest. I am myself polishing up my writing skills- Maybe i will enter the next competition..

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
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