Friday, September 16, 2022

EMPIRE OF WRATH Chapter 1

 

A GENERAL PETTYGREE BATTLE STORY

EMPIRE OF WRATH

Introduction

My dear readers, Empire of Wrath takes place in an imagineered region of The Northwest Frontier on the Indian Sub-Continent. There I will face my most cunning, dangerous and malevolent opponent ever. You will meet him soon enough. Meanwhile, perhaps you will remember my 10th Hussar familiars as they commence this new and perilous adventure. They are en-route to take post at old abandoned Fort Albert. Let's get started with.

Chapter 1
At The Gallop

"After this long ride, will you look at that, Trooper Corey?"

"What for all love? We're flanked by pine ridges. I don't see anythi'n. Ragnar Khan could be hid'n up there with dozens of tribesmen and their cruel jezzails. Well Trooper Ham?" 

"No, you blind man. Captain Bartlett is going to finally halt the troop. Look now."

"1st Troop. Halt. --- Corey --- Ham --- come forward."

"That's torn it Corey."

"Captain Bartlett, Sir," said Ham and Corey in unison."

"Ham, Corey, you've been breathing our dust this past hour and more. It's time for clear air. Ride out to the point relieving Thornton and Crisp. Though the ground ahead is something of a savanna, keep your eyes open for trouble from anywhere. Take Jack along for good measure. He might sniff something out before you do. Then take us into Fort Albert. It's two leagues up ahead. Questions?"

"None, Cap'n." 

"Then good luck. Dismissed."


"Onward Jack! What's a savanna? All I see is flat, open and rolling ground ahead."

"You just described it, Ham. It's in the context you know. Didn't you learn anything in school?"

"Context?"

Crisp shouted out, "Troopers Corey, Ham an' good Jack too. What's the story, then?"

"Well Crisp. It's like this. The Cap'n thinks you two are skylarking. So, you are relieved. Report immediately back to the column in shame." 

"Corey, you're a liar."

Winking, "No he ain't. We'll take over from here," said Ham.


"Like the Captain said, a savanna, remarked Corey.

"And Fort Albert. I'll be mighty glad to have walls around us tonight."

"Look right, will you?"

"Boars on a rampage?"

"Scared is more like it. They're really mov'n fast. Maybe a tiger is after 'em."

"They're heading for cover in the woods. Sows, boars and wee babies," remarked Corey.

"There's why, my dear Ham. Horsemen are bearing down on the column. The lead rider has stopped and is leveling his rifle at us."

A puff of smoke and delayed report exited the Pathan's rifle. 

The bullet hurtled toward Ham and Corey.

Captain Bartlett heard the crack of the rifle, turned to see where it came from and....

Bellowed, "At the GALLOP. Follow me to the fort!"

"We've seen worse, my dear Corey."

"Sure. When?"

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CLOSING REMARKS

1. Chapter 2 Half A League To The Fort is completed. It will be posted October 1st. 2022. We look forward to seeing you return at that time for the next exciting installment of Empire of Wrath.

2. Thank you for your interest and approbation. 

3. Meanwhile, your comments are welcome below at Post a Comment.
  

Friday, July 15, 2022

Gen. Pettygree's General Orders For Us


PEOPLE, PLANNING AND PLAYING

"Lt. Grandmaison, a word, if you please."

"Sah!"

"Ride back to the telegraph and send this dispatch."

"It is time to attend again to the following General Orders last posted in 1897 (2007)." 

We game with historical miniatures for fun, to understand the past and to model history in a unique way. We are diggers of facts, reflective, artists and builders seeking pleasant hours in rewarding solitude or companionably with others. Social aspects of our hobby are the most important dynamics as we seek peaceful and enjoyable moments with each other.

In 1746 fourteen year old George Washington composed 110 useful rules of behavior within Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company And Conversation. “These rules were drawn from an English translation of a French book of maxims … to polish manners, keep alive the best affections of the heart, impress the obligation of moral virtues, teach how to treat others in social relations, and above all, inculcate the practice of perfect self-control.”  Consider:


#1 “Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.”


 #19 “Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters somewhat grave.”

 

#22 “Show not yourself glad at the misfortune of another, though he were your enemy.”

 

#49 “Use no reproachful language against anyone; neither curse nor revile.”

 

#51 “Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty .…”

 

#51 “… and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness.”

 

#65 “Speak not injurious words, neither in jest or earnest….”

 

#65 “…scoff at none although they give you occasion.”

 

#86 “In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion and submit to the judgment of the major part, especially if they be judges of the dispute.”

 

#88 “Be not tedious in discourse.…”

 

#105 “Be not angry at table whatever happens, and if you have reason to be so, show it not; put on a cheerful countenance especially if there be strangers….”

 

#108 “When you speak of God or his attributes, let it be seriously & with reverence.”

 

The following additional reflections also have merit though stated in a blunt modern style. We desire gamers who are friends rather than toxic competitors, fun-loving instead of mean-spirited, agreeable as opposed to being interminably argumentative and companionable instead of being anti-social. It is also a bonus if they are able to be contributors to the cause in some way, helpful, communicative, honest, timely and will absolutely refuse to commit gross historical irregularities because rules are flawed.



NEW (15 July 2022)

When friends invite you to a game, refusing to participate because you don't like the rules is poor form.    People are more important than rules.

Apologize, accept apologies and forgive more easily.

How do you spell friendship?    T I M E

"Yes, Sah. I'll ride back immediately and rejoin the column at the Khyber Pass."

"Enjoy and treat your friends kindly while they are gifted to you and in your care."

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CLOSING REMARKS

1. Maxims chosen appeared in Batailles de l'Ancien Régime 1740-1763 written by yours truly a long time ago, and worth repeating.

2. Your remarks will be welcomed.
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Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy 4th of July United States of America


GOD BLESS AMERICA


GOD BLESS AMERICA

Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home, sweet home
God bless America
Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home, sweet home
From the mountains
To the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America
My home, sweet home
God bless America
My home, sweet home

HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA