Coalition Self-Defense Coalition Standard Self-Defense
Personal self-defense has been a primary concern among most people, of all species, since at least as far back as they can remember, and possibly even longer. Everything from guns, swords, pipes, small animals, and even fists have been employed in the defense of one's self and property, and perhaps others if you're on reasonably good terms. You've probably seen methods of personal protection taught and utilized at your local martial arts training center, church, or even nursery school, perhaps even to great effect.
However, in today's ever expanding universe, many traditional methods are no longer practical in all situations when species of different size, shape, and general mating habits are all in the
Comparative BiologiesIt was a horrible state of affairs and everything seemed to have worked out right for the Haphaestus colony since peace had broken out six years ago between the Humans and Alarie. A small human colony, Hephaestus never the less had several prominent universities that accepted students from just about everywhere in UEC controlled space. And for the last three years had been attempting to integrate a growing body of Alarie students.Comparative Biologies5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The planet Hephaestus was an Earth-like planet in orbit around the star Beta Aquilae with slighty above Earth-normal gravity, about 1.2 g, and was rich in metals and trans-uranics. It was also more geologically active than Earth, thus the name given it when the first settlement was established. Despite the frequent strings of volcanic and seismic occurrances, the colony had thrived.
Oddly, when the first universities had been established, the main courses of study had been geared toward the medical fields rather than engineering and trades. Thus, Hephaestus n
Through the WoodsAn armor clad alaerin swiftly and nearly silently worked her way amidst the trees. They were rather large and tall in the area, such that even one of the human's mechanical walkers could hide behind one. She was on high alert, her eyes scanning all about her, looking for even the slightest hint of movement. Whether one of the small human scouts was lurking in-between, or one of their more powerful vehicles, she felt she was ready for it.Through the Woods5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her back to a tree, she peeked out to her right, gun at the ready, she then ducked quickly back. Peeking out the left for a moment, she ducked back. She sprinted to another tree, placing her back against it, and surveyed the area ahead of her, then retreated for a moment before diving into a roll, and standing up behind another tree. After another scan, she ran a bit and did a jump with a mid-air somersault, landing behind another. Another quick scan and she jumped with a mid-
To Build a Better Mousetrap"Alright boys, listen up. We've reports that there are several alareen scouts in the area," said Major Johnson. "If they discover our location, and are able to relay it back to their command, we'll be up the creek without a boat. And since I don't plan on getting my feet wet anytime before my evening bath, you'd all better pay attention. Is that understood?"To Build a Better Mousetrap5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Sir, yes sir!" replied his troops.
The major began to pace along the line of marines. "Now, as you know, the last attack on our position left us with no battle tanks, armored walking tanks, ranged support tanks, or tanks of fuel. Furthermore, with no means to radio for air support, we've no supply tanks, tanks of ammo, additional replacement tanks, food tanks, or tanks of ale! That's unacceptable! Am I right?"
"Sir, yes sir!"
"Tank you." The major paused for a moment, before shaking his head at his slip. He continued to wa
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It had been six local days since Lt. George Winchell's capture by the Alarie, in which time the giant aliens had attempted to interrogate him. The Psion, Liriellin, was very determined to crack his resistance to her probes, but thus far the mental conditioning he had been subjected to in basic and sniper training was holding firm. As things stood, he was fairly certain that Liriellin was close to giving up.
That last bit he knew to be wishful thinking on his part, as the matriarch of
Tyrinaleiris wanted answers from him, regardless of how long it was likely to take. The fact that none of the UEC troopers that had landed on the planet with him had been captured was troubling, as it meant that they had either been wiped out or were unable to advance to the infiltration part of their mission. Either one was bad in its own way, as it would mean total mission failure.
Stretched out on his bed, he realized that he had been absentmindedly humming as he ran these pos
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The ladies hoped that Iminasi had managed to get the point across to the human. She had a wonderful voice and seemed to have picked up the tune beautifully. When the human did little more than look from her to them and return nothing but a perplexed expression, they started chattering at each other, again.
"Do you suppose he's still a little disoriented from being brain scanned?"
"I think we may be scaring him."
"Poor little thing, maybe he needs a hug."
"Should we give him with a sweet?"
"I think... hey, what's he doing?"
Ceasing their gabbling, they turned their attention back to the human.
The human had gotten a drink from the water bottle attached to the side of his enclosure and took a deep breath.
Having wet his whistle, Winchell took a breath and stood in the center of his cage. These ladies obviously wanted a song and weren't likely to go away without one, so decided to give them one.
Besides, he thought, if this plays out well, they may do something I can u
Soldiers of FortuneHeres everything I know about war. Somebody wins, somebody loses,Soldiers of Fortune6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
and nothing is ever the same again.
Admiral Constanza Stark
They became recruits at the same time. They were the best of their squads. They believed nothing could stop them, that nothing could stand in their way. How foolish they were, before they got that real taste of battle.
Nath Lloyd smiled as he readied his weapons, a sniper rifle and a pair of SMGs. Sergeant Mark Williams shook his head, Boy, youre never going to take down an Alarian with those things. You need something with a bit more power. If ya dont youll never pierce their armor. Nath laughed, Im not going to pierce their armor, Im going to shoot at the cracks in it. Nath looked over at his friend, Illiam Hatch, and said Besides, if they get to close you can blast em, right? Illiam nodded with a smile, Right.
The pilot spoke o
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The next morning, when Liriellin came to say good morning and conduct Winchell to his interrogation session, she found his enclosure empty. Checking the trapdoor, she found it closed and locked. Sending a telepathic notice to Betamina, the facility's head of security, Liriellin began a systematic search of the building for the wayward prisoner.
The chances that the human had found a way out were slim, even if he had attempted the air ducts or waste drains. The anti-vermin systems were quite efficient and deadly and she doubted that a lone human without tools or weapons could get past them. Unless he had managed to stow away aboard one of the civilian workers (an amusing thought), the prisoner was most certainly still inside the building.
The first thing any sniper needed to know was the territory in which he operated,
therefor Winchell spent the first few hours of his freedom exploring the building. All
the obvious means of egress were blocked, necessitating a place to bunker do
On a Cold Winter's EveChilling wind swept across the frozen landscape as night began to set in. It was snowing only lightly, but the temperature was dropping quickly, which for Tyramini meant her time was quickly waning. The tiny elf, barely more than six inches tall, was walking past some trees, where the snow wasn't higher than her knees, clutching her partly soaked, trembling as she walked. Her long, golden hair had partly frozen already, her pointy ears had long since gone numb, and life seemed already to be fading from her deep green eyes.On a Cold Winter's Eve4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Although she wore a suitably warm, green tunic, it was useless wet, now only retaining the water as it slowly turned to ice. If she didn't find someway to save herself soon, she would die.
Her teeth clattered as a puff of her breath dissipated as she exhaled. 'How how could it all go so wrong?' she thought to herself. 'Why did it turn out this way?'
Another strong gust came through, as the brach
Diplomacy Ch1DiplomacyDiplomacy Ch13 years ago in Romance More Like This
This story follows the events of "In Search of the Sun". It is highly advised that you read it first. Check the description for a link.
Two weeks had passed since the Lightless Crisis, as the various news organizations had dubbed it, mostly in part to the near rhyme it formed when read aloud. Princess Celestia had since returned to her true self, the Panacea of Eternity having restored her power and health, and after a few "Solstice Overhang" days, the land she and her sister governed returned as well. The plants slowly grew back to their green, vibrant tones, ponies again filled the streets, though adorned with sunglasses to adjust at first, and soon the entire incident slipped into being just a story to pass down the family lines. The Princesses both appeared to their public, giving an official statement on the crisis, though nimbly avoiding mention of Discord's release. A ceremony was held to commend the brave adventurer
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The Night Guards again took to the air, Luna's cart trailing, on their flight back to Canterlot. The adventurous group was left at the edge of the always foreboding Everfree Forest. The songs of millions of strange insects and animals echoed from within the dark depths, creating a static wall of noise. Everypony could feel it staring back at them, almost as though the forest itself was alive.
"This is so cool!" Spike excitedly chimed from his place on Twilight's back.
"No, Spike, this is serious!" Twilight countered, turning to face the dragon. "We're doing this for the Princess, remember? She needs us."
Spike crossed his arms, visibly upset at being spoken to in such a stern way. "I still think it's cool," he muttered quietly beneath his breath.
"Is everypony ready?" Discord asked, taking charge of the group. He walked to the edge of the forest, ready to head in. "The sooner we get this over with, the sooner I can get
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Twilight's eyes fluttered open as the delightful scent of breakfast swam into her senses. Brushing her mane from her eyes, she sat up in bed, stretching off the dense relaxation of heavy slumber. "Morning, Spike," she yawned out. Hearing no response, she peeked over the foot of her bed. Spike's basket was empty, and with the aroma of eggs and pancakes coming from downstairs, she could only assume he was busy cooking the early meal.
She glanced out the window, prepared to meet gaze with her mentor's golden sun as usual, but was instead met with the night's darkness. Odd, she thought, even for the early Spring months. A quick eye at her alarm, however, revealed the hour to be earlier than she thought: just after 5.
"Why in Equestria is Spike up this early?" she asked herself as she stood from the bed. The dragon was no early riser, more often sleeping in well past sunrise. She even remembered that once in the past winter,
Connections in the Void 1 of 2...Alone...Connections in the Void 1 of 25 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
....have I been this way?....
...Just.....how long.....have I cared?......
Does it really bother me?
......No, no.........why should it?......
...But...why should it not?.......
I've always been this way, haven't I?....
Legacy - The Long Haul The Long HaulLegacy - The Long Haul5 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
"This is Starry Mist to Command Station Ugros, over, prepping for departure."
"Ugros acknowledges, departure green. You're free to go."
With an audiable ka-chunk, Leesen's cargo hauler flew free of the docking clamps, the thrusters burning brightly, moving the ship away of the space station. This had been his first run alone and for once in his life he didn't screw it up. He was surprised, actually. Leesen then eased the thruster power up to cruising speed, watching slower space traffic fall behind him. Activating the auto-pilot, he got up from his chair, stretched and decided to forge around in the galley.
Leesen was a Xasheen, a tall, wiry humanoid with pale green skin. His eyes were dark, his pupils white, like all the people of his race. His noseless face was smooth and defined, his hairless head tattooed with various tribal symbols of an ancient tribe he
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This story follows the events of "In Search of the Sun". It is highly advised that you read it first. However, this is the second chapter of the story, meaning you've already read the first chapter, which already explained this, so you should already know. Unless you jumped right into this one, which begs to question: WHO JUMPS INTO THE SECOND CHAPTER OF A SEQUEL FIC WITHOUT READING THE ORIGINAL WORK OR THE FIRST CHAPTER?! Who does that?!
I like your style.
"I don't see what the big deal is," Spike reassured, shrugging this tiny shoulders. He looked on, sitting atop the table. "It's just one date, right?"
"It's a date with Discord!" Twilight replied, pacing in a cycle across the library floor. "The self-proclaimed Element of Chaos!"
Spiked hopped off of the table. Earlier, the school-ponies had run amok, leaving the library an absolute wreck of misplaced books and stationary. Luckily, the turn of events at the
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The sounds of the crackling fire alone permeated the heavy blanket of silence in the library. The weak warmth that grew from it only seemed to make the cold at its distance more frigid. Twilight didn't mind. She felt the cold was her punishment, piercing into her very soul like the arrows of judgement. She didn't deserve warmth.
The unicorn sat on the opposite end of the library, far from the small comfort of heat that she denied herself. Her breath billowed out in misty clouds as ice nipped at her fur. She slowly turned, peering out the frosted window beside her. Beyond the pale, weary reflection of herself, she could see nothing. Darkness reigned over the world now, impenetrable, and uncaring. Winter had taken the place of all seasons, snow piling high in the eternal blizzard. What few ponies remained had long since left, but not her. She had to stay. She had to suffer.
The shelves around her were bare now. The books
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At the opposite end of the hall, Aran sat in a commandeered office listening to the conversation on a speaker phone. When the conversation moved to more pedestrian topics, she muted the volume and from the terminal in front of her connected to the open link between the Gulaan base and Alareen ship in orbit above.
"Emora Onatis please." She said to the young Alareen answering the com. A few seconds later there was a click and Emora's face filled the screen. "Yes?"
"Well, what do you think now?"
"Mr. Maray will be well enough to move about in another two weeks, correct?"
"That's what the doctors say."
Emora smiled. "Then I'll make plans to come down for a base visit at that time. It's been a while since we've done an inspection, so it will be a good opportunity to get a chance to meet him in person." She paused for a moment, lost in her thoughts, and then added "You listened to the entire conversation,
Aran nodded. &
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Twilight slept restlessly, her dreams filled with nightmarish images. A blackened sun, exploding in silence and raining a blanket of darkness over the world. Ravenous packs of wild dogs with diamond teeth, nipping at her tail as she ran. Chains tightly gripping the skin, dragging her down into fathomless, watery depths. Visions of black, inky skies. Sickness. Death. A laughing snake with twisted horns and piercing, red eyes, tightly wound around her neck.
The hours of miserable slumber final gave, the unicorn waking in a cold sweat with a start. She had expected the warming light of day to shine into her weary eyes before the reality of the situation flooded her again. Night still held dominance over the sky, the moon shining down as Luna's protective blessing. She wanted to believe that it was all a dream. That Princess Celestia wasn't sick. That the sun would be shining down like always. That they weren't so far away
Connections in the Void 2 of 2 .In mere moments I arrive...Connections in the Void 2 of 25 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
While traveling, I notice that I was wrong. It is not one cry....but many....far...too many....When I reappear in normal space, nearly on top of the source.....I find I am in an asteroid belt....one I've never seen before. Large rocks float about, with large distances between them. Some very large...some much smaller than me...
..There it is...just behind me...
I turned around to see a metallic object..about three quarters my size...sleekly built....with various colors and markings....truly a work of art....
.but broken...damaged....I see a large hole in the object....
Silent Death part 1It was a twelve day flight from the Ross 154 System to Kruger 60 A, which suited United States Marine Lieutenant George Winchell just fine. Along with his sniper team, a contingent of other UEC troops from Bernard's Star had been sent along on this mission. These extras weren't Marines, a point Winchell's team made clear from the start.Silent Death part 15 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
Few militaries within the UEC could boast the operational success or match the rigorous training methods employed by the Marines, and as such only a handful of them came close to gaining the Marines' respect. Among them were the Israeli Mossad, the Australian Bush Scouts, and the New Crimea Hussars out of Luyten 726-8 A. The troops sent by the UEC were regular Army.
The days aboard the transport to Kruger 60 A, which the Alaereen had named Tyrinaleiris, were spent reviewing mission specs and checking their gear. Meeting up with a small insertion fleet comprised of corvettes and point-defense destroyers three days out from Kruger, preparations