Archive for November 11th, 2014

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Tuesday Magic Item – Unit Helm

11 November, 2014

RainonHelmets“Brave soldiers of the Union,” the young officer addressed the soldiers, mostly raw recruit fresh out of training, “we face enemies that would destroy our way of live, overturn the world we have built.”

He gestured to the gate.  “Out there, are the enemies we must defeat.  Now, ready your weapons and prepare for combat.  Today we make a stand, today we turn the tide.  For the Union and our homes!”

“For the Union!” echoed back the soldiers.

Unit Helm

These items are mass-produced by societies that have advanced in the use of magic and suddenly find themselves in need of a mass army quickly.  They are made as inexpensively and as quickly as possible to equip hastily raised military units in defense of the nation.

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In Remembrance of the Brave and Noble Who Served

11 November, 2014

Time moves on and we have reached another Armistice Day (in modern parlance Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and Veterans Day in the US).  It originally served as a remember of the end of the Great War, the Armistice that ended the war starting at 11:11am on 11 November, 1918, and those who served and died there.  Since then, it has been expanded to include the many others who have served and died for their country in honorable service through the years.  This year, being the hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War, evokes the memories of that conflict with a deeper resonance.

If you remember, pause for a minute of silence to honor the brave soldiers and other members of the armed forces that have guarded us -and still do- at 11:11am.

While it has been my wont in recent years to find poems from lesser known war poets, this year, partly in honor of the superb and moving field of poppies display at the Tower of London (properly called “Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red” by ceramic artist Paul Cummins), I am using the poem which inspired it:

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