2022.01.26 01:22 Koupers Order and Rule
"I don't believe your High Seraphic Council understands what they have asked for here." Celes said. "You have denied my people the opportunity to parley for peace, and you have threatened them with war being brought to their very homes." Celes' voice rose and trembled as she spoke, the anger and fear that gripped her barely contained. "And you refuse to negotiate any rules for this war saying that you will unleash your full wrath on all of humanity?" She stopped, breathing heavily, waiting for any sign that the Council would back down.
"Young Admiral Celes... " The first Chancellor spoke. His species was tall, but thin, while the entirety of the Council was masked to prevent you from knowing their race or origin, he appeared to be from somewhere with extremely low gravity. "Humanity has violated our pact, the great covenant of all, and has shown they do not respect the rule and order without testing it. Any species who does not respect the rule of order, does not benefit from it's protection." The lights over his chamber dimmed, as did the rest of the Council, the matter was settled. Faint chuckling could be heard as the now shadowed figures walked into the dark.
"For what comes... Blame man or your gods, but this day will be known as regret." Celes said softly before closing her inquiry and leaving the chamber. It was a quiet walk down the great halls. The building had been so lively on her entry, but with the sentence passed on her people all of the remaining citizens had left, closed their offices and stalls, and abandoned the streets to give her a taste of the silence and absence her own people were being punished with. The High Seraphic Council would wage their war, on behalf of the entirety of the Galactic Confederation of Unity and Understanding, to protect the Rule and Order of the Order and Rule. The High Seraphic Council understood nothing of man; however, they believed we were like them.
We were never like them. We were never a species who had near limitless resources, we never developed identical religions across our sphere to unite us, we were forged in calamity and disaster and hatred and fire. It took the near extinction of our people for us to find the unity these other Confederate members found so easily. We were never hesitant to choose the highest of violence when threatened.
"Rear Admiral Leon." Celes spoke internally, accessing her own internal circuitry and broadcast upgrades.
"Sir- I heard, Fleet Admiral Celes, I don't know that they understand what they just did." The voice rang inside her head.
"Once I'm onboard I want the whole fleet to be prepared. We will not wait for official declarations to be drawn up. We'll end this today."
"Didn't they just offer official declarations?" Rear Admiral Leon asked
"No, they made their ruling, but it'll take upwards of a week to put out an official declaration. Their expectation is that we will return home to warn our people, to send out ships to relocate our various outposts and settlements, that we'll try to give one more plea for peace before taking their punishment. It's what the rest of the confederate races would do."
"Ah. Yes Sir." Rear Admiral Leon affirmed.
Fleet Admiral Celes took her small diplomatic shuttle back to the Enterprise, a massive dreadnought that represented the greatest strengths of humanity, and their worst tendencies. The Enterprise, a new ship assembled in the shipyards of Ganymede, was almost four kilometers long, with a beam of almost a full kilometer at its widest point. The massive almost ovular shaped ship was covered in large gun embankments and multiple enormous magneto-gauss accelerators. Every single point had been aimed at known Confederate fleet vehicles and ships throughout the system.
"All ships report readiness." Celes broadcast to her fleet as she stepped into the command room of the Enterprise." "Bismark Ready" "Victory Ready" "Yamamoto Ready" "Maiden of Peace Ready" "Mikasa Ready" "Arizona Ready" "Botafogo Ready" "Imperial Education Ready"
Two dozen more ships confirmed readiness as Fleet Admiral Celes assigned more targeting orders and issued the expected withdrawal of all humans on the High Seraphic Homeworld, Cherbimin. She ordered manual targeting and aiming for all ships, with artillery specialists and scientists pouring over numbers and statistics to ensure accuracy. When she confirmed the last shuttle was docked within one of the great transports she sighed. Reaching down to the official com to speak out loud she hesitated just one hopeful moment.
"This is Fleet Admiral Celes Shere, of H.S.N.S Enterprise for Peace, now of War... I ask one more time, would the High Seraphic council reconsider their desire for war?"
She waited, one breath, two breaths, three breaths. She felt her chest rise and fall slowly as she waited for a response. Surely they were not this foolhardy, thinking that we fought how they did....
"Sir, we have received a message, written in Confederate Common." Security Officer Niemitz spoke. Celes nodded at him and the message appeared before her eyes, a summary dismissal of her requests.
"Do we have a final count of their fleet assets in-system?"
"Sir, the identified fleet assets in-system comprises more than forty percent of the Confederates total fleet, and the vast majority of their useful firepower." Lieutenant Torres spoke up, only answering out loud for those in the room.
"Maiden of Peace, Imperial Education, Victory, and the Enterprise will fire on Security Station XR-31, Transport and Merchant Station XR-31 A, Homeworld Alep, and the High Seraphic Homeworld Bet. Use all armaments at maximum speed. The rest of the fleet will be assigned firing orders shortly, timing and sequence to follow." Fleet Admiral Celes appeared visibly defeated as she spoke. Before her eyes flickered assignments and distances and expected angles of adjustment based on the various gravity wells of this system. The room was nearly silent as everyone viewed and processed orders and requests, a gestalt of shared minds and internal computers focused only on victory for mankind. As the last of the orders were sent out she ordered the various transport ships to begin heading out of the system, the shimmering blues and violets of energy build-up as they dropped into subspace for travel. The Confederate fleets would expect the humans to send civilians off first, leaving their heavily armed fleet to stand and protect the rear of the non-combatants.
Deep in the High Seraphic Council's Grand Hall of Rule, more than a mile below surface under hardened concrete and steel walls and iron supports and deflection rooms, the High Council sat with their various advisors reading reports. The humans behaved exactly as expected. They withdrew civilians first and would likely send their warships out second to tell their homeworlds to prepare for the scourge to come.
"Nemriel, why would they want rules for war? Who would agree to hamstring themselves in combats of life and death?" The tall skinny one asked, humor tinted his voice.
"Who knows, these primates are still under-evolved and likely already torn apart by fear." The voice rang out from the large tank of Nemriel's, a species not dissimilar from the terran octopodes and cephalopods.
"A few months of war with us should teach them, we'll eliminate their warrior cast, and the rule-breaking merchants. It should bring them to surrender and full-acceptance of our conditions to join the Galactic Confederacy of Unity and Understanding.” Spoke Seraphindeai, a wide six-armed creature with hard crustacean-like features.
“Your honors and majastees” Spoke a small amphibious male manning one of the observation and communication stations. “They have sent a tremendous number of data packets between all ships. It appears that thousands of the individuals are also linked in various data connections.”
“Ah, so they prepare their final withdrawal, likely sharing data to coordinate folds as not to destroy one another.” Nemriel spoke, and several of the others nodded or shook or vibrated in agreement.
“If they were so able to violate The Rule and Order, are we sure they will do as we expect now?” Spoke Efrina, her voice coming from a pressure tank that held her form together.
Alarms and lights blared within the room. Material Acceleration warnings sounded. Dozens of large objects had been ejected from the human ships. Initial scans suggest tungsten mass rods, accelerated to significant percentages of theoretical limits. The scans were incomplete, several of these were approaching ninety-eight percent of the speed of light, and as such only the slower ones and after trails left time to be scanned.
“Explanation?” Demanded Uridnea, a massive heavy figure who had remained in the dark.
“They appear to be targeting our ships that are furthest out sir!” The information officer shouted while hammering away at keys and buttons in his station. “Sending a warning out but I don’t think there’ll be time for any of their targets to respond.”
“What do they think they are doing?” Uridnea said slamming his fist down onto his desk, bending the steel desk of his station, the screen bending and shattering.
“Sir, more objects are being fired, I’m giving the order to all in-system ships to take action and begin attacking the human fleet.” Spoke the tall quadruped Euripides. “But considering their opening salvo we may wish to surrender.”
More ships opened fire, there would be no sound for their massive battery from space. The council watched in horror as wave after wave fired, those with quicker minds and computations could see the concentric rings of fire were targeting the ships and defensive platforms from furthest away first and getting nearer and nearer.
The largest monitor in the room displayed a wide image rendering of the home-system, small blips lit up showing lost ships, defensive batteries, aerial stations, merchant ships, transport ships, luxury vessels.
“Celes! I demand you stop this at once!” the First Chancellor spoke into his com channels. “This is not how war is fought.”
The monitor on the wall showed that combat had slowed, the vast majority of the confederate’s ships were reduced to slag, or so far away that they wouldn’t be able to respond to any orders, and likely would be struck by that initial salvo soon. War, on a galactic scale, should have lasted longer than a few minutes.
“Sir, we have a request for data connection from the humans.” Said the information officer.
The First Chancellor nodded, and the screen flashed to a view of Celes’ face. Her pale skin, freckles, slight lines alongside her eyes and mouth. Those piercing blue eyes and faded yellow hair. Humans looked weird to most of the Confederacy. Many evolutionary paths were similar, and for these primates to have taken their world must have been a unique circumstance, they are so soft, small, and slow… The First Chancellor shook his head, clearing out his biases as best he could.
“Fleet Admiral Celes, this is an order to stop, in the name of the Galactic Confederation of-”
“We asked, we begged for mercy, for rules, for distinctions on your rules of engagement and war First Chancellor” Celes cut him off. “You misunderstood, those requests were not for our people’s sake, but your own. You asked me to fight you as humans would, as unchained and uncontrolled as we dared be, to fight for our survival.”
“Sir, several of the human dreadnoughts appear to be using a tremendous amount of power, beyond anything we’ve seen. The magnetic fields around them rival that of planets. “ The Information officer spoke to their commander, and the chamber as a whole.
“You accuse us of not following your Rule, not respecting your Order, but you never gave us the rules, you assumed we would understand them intrinsically, that they would be a part of our genetic code.” Celes spoke again, stopping to nod off screen briefly.
“Sir, two of their ships just fired, both XR-31 and XR-31-A are gone.”
“You felt so sure of your might, in humanities failures, that you felt you could condemn us to whatever punishment you chose. “ Celes spoke on, her face reddening with rage, her nose wrinkled as her diplomatic calm faded into disgusted anger.
“Sir… they just hit Alep…” The information officers throat tightened as he couldn’t bring himself to speak the words. That Alep had been struck so hard its axis was shifting and its rotation speeding up, that there was zero chance of survivors, on a planet with more than fourteen billion.
The First Chancellors info pad lit up with the report. He was breathless with dread, refusing to understand the situation. “Why?”
“Why?” Parroted Celes. “We tried, we tried to be peaceful, to be a part of the Confederacy. You mocked us at every turn, looked down on us because we were not of seeds sown by the fore-runners, you always hated us, and today you threatened to end us.”
“We would never destroy worlds or slaughter civilians. We would have attacked military targets and merchants” The Chancellor’s voice was a whisper, the rest of the council couldn’t find the energy to speak.
“We asked for understanding, you again, incorrectly, moronically, assumed we would just inherently be the same. For that I say, fuck you. Fuck your council. Fuck your history, the universe will not remember you.” Celes nodded off screen one more time. “Welcome to the last day of your Confederacy and your Council.” The screen blipped off and quickly returned to the wide scale render of the system. Red and yellow blinked everywhere. Where two of the largest space stations and artificial habitats of the known universe stood were just unknown quantities of scrap. A sister planet in their binary rotation was seen undergoing terrifying changes, the change in rotation and axis was causing disaster after disaster, not including the massive impact wave of destruction that was rippling across the planet.
Onboard the Enterprise everyone stood still. Watching the inbound reports, reading account after account of impact hits and reports of near 100% accuracy. Fleet Admiral Celes had one more duty to perform. She reached down, initiating fire authorization, pulling the trigger herself on the massive pre-configured battery. Dozens of multi-ton tungsten rods would be accelerated beyond relativistic limits. Each strike to the point mere moments after each other. The ship shuddered, the electrical circuits hummed with strain and the multiple fusion chambers flexed with the sudden outpouring of energy.
To those in the safety of space, it would have appeared as if an invisible god had reached down and jabbed a finger through the planet. By the time the initial crater was visible, there were so many impacts it immediately dug down under the crust of the world. The bright orange glow of exposed magma and molten metals light up the small orb’s world. The shockwaves moved, the ground liquified, the atmosphere was blowing off the very planet itself. Within moments the entirety of the world was rendered unlivable. What had once been a world teeming with life was now a molten rock, ready to undergo the first stages of becoming a habitable world. Assuming her sister-world Alep’s now irregular orbit didn’t fall into her.
Forty eight minutes after first fire all salvos had hit their targets, or sailed off into space to ruin someone else’s day. Fleet Admiral Celes Shere stood in silence, viewing reports, nearly all communication traffic in the system had silenced. The war was over, there were ships out of system of course, but no one would dare try and fight humanity longer, not after this.
“This is Fleet Admiral Celes Shere, all ships begin providing aid to any survivors. Send relay ships out to every colony, every sector, every system, human and otherwise, and share the news. There will be new treaties and covenants created, humanity will be included.” The room returned to their furious pace of work carrying out her orders as she slumped into her chair with a long heavy sigh. Sighing because it would be wildly inappropriate to cry. Victory can be the heaviest of burdens.
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2022.01.26 01:22 Diamano25 Found this lovely screenshot in my Hearthstone folder
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2022.01.26 01:22 gg022204 GUYS A FOUND AN IRRELEVANT THING, IS IT A PROOF????
Ok I know I'm connecting dots in my head that probably don't even exist BUT... in the carpool karaoke with just harry, James asks how he feels being up front harry says "I feel like I have more control over the buttons" I immediately thought of when Louis couldn't control himself because Harrys shirt unbuttoned. Definitely not a thing I just thought it was cute.
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2022.01.26 01:22 Ok_Care_3080 [US-CA] [H} paypal, venmo, local cash [W] Bluetooth Keyboard kit (KBD67 lite, Ikki68, etc)
Hello, I am looking for a BLUETOOTH-compatible keyboard kit such as the KBD67 lite, Ikki68 Aurora, or any other budget/cheaper custom keyboards. NOT Keychrons XD. I would like it to be in New or lightly-used condition.
CONUS only. I can also do local in OC (Tustin/Irvine).
I would like the color to be either black, grey, white, transparent, blue, pink, or purple. Please send me offers with the keyboard model, color, condition (new/used), accessories (stabilizers, etc). Thank you!
I do not need keycaps. I also do not need switches, but you can offer them if you'd like; I might consider buying switches with the keyboard, depending on the situation. Thank you!!!
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I've been having spotting for the past week now, only ever when I wipe and it's always pink. I called my OB about it because well I've never been pregnant and wasn't sure what to do, they immediately sent me to the ER because they couldn't see me that day. After 5 hours the ER came back inconclusive. my hcg is currently sitting around 2,600, the ultrasound only showed a sac and yolk so the prognosis was 'its too early to tell'.
A day later now I have a raging yeast infection and I'm still spotting but with very tiny clots... I have light cramping on occasion but nothing that really concerns me, kinda just feel stuck.
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Im definitely buying a 941 f9 in a month or and I much prefer carrying safety off hammer down. However I wanted to hear your opinions on carrying in the half cocked position with the safety off.
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I run a 24/7 dedi (pause when empty) "realism" rp server and im looking for new people to play! The server is still new and im feeling out a few settings, so some things might be subject to change! The server is modded (75% QOL mods), safehouses, 1.5xp, modified sleeping when multiple players online, and more! come by and kill some zeds!
Server name: CPT.Wiggles Playhouse *Server description slightly outdated, server wipes are TBA not every month.
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2022.01.26 01:22 ImmaPhotog how can i support my fiancé who is a nurse?
hello all! first, I’d like to say that I’m not a nurse, but my fiancé is. She’s currently working night shift (5th night in a row), and I’m looking for creative ideas or thoughtful suggestions on ways I can be there for her and support her!
Currently, most nights I will pre-write out a sweet/supporting text message, set my alarm for 2 in the morning, and then wake up, send it, and go back to bed, but I’d like to do more! (her love languages are quality time and physical touch)
She graduated BSN last year, and was blessed enough to get a flooposition she loves, working with Peds! I’m currently a senior in college, so financially I’m not in the place to do big spending, and we live about 2.5 hours apart so it’s hard for me to physically be there between her shifts at work.
Holding her as she breaks down crying getting home from work is just heartbreaking, and I can only imagine what she has to deal with… Thanks so much in advance, and thank you for the sacrifice and commitment y’all are making every day! You are valued. You are appreciated. You are seen.
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2022.01.26 01:22 NDerps2663 Bootname auth fullchar
As in the title, also some scoreboard shenanigans like some placeholders text that i cant remember i found in career mode. Not sure on other modes. On steam. Anybody else has this bugs?
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2022.01.26 01:22 usafit Can a pharmacy require you to hand back previously prescribed medications to pick up a medication?
A friends mother is currently working with her doctor to manage chronic pain due to arthritis. She’s mid-60s, back/neck pain causing her issues with work. No history of drug seeking or anything of the sort. She previously used legal marijuana (Oregon) and has only recently gone through her doctor since it stopped being effective for pain management.
She was originally prescribed Percocet but that didn’t help so she went back to her doctor to switch medications and was prescribed a new controlled painkiller (not sure which). The pharmacy refused to give her the new painkiller until she returned the previous medication.
She doesn’t have any issues returning the medication (other than her $15) but she’s worried about whether it’s legit and we all think it’s odd since none of us have ever heard of it, and Google only shows voluntary take back programs.
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