RealRed

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    • November 11, 2012: Mass Effect: Odyssey-Prologue

      6 years ago

      RealRed

      Mass Effect: Odyssey Part I
      Prologue

      The fires were the only source of light left in the city. The smoke mixed with the clouds above, creating an unnatural darkness, darker than space. Many of the great buildings & tall towers had collapsed, clogging the streets with semi-impassable debris. The city's great monuments were buried in rubble. Most inhabitants fled after the initial wave; those who remained defended what was left with fervor, although there was little left to defend. The few pockets of resistance clustered themselves around the city center, using what structures still stood as fortresses, waiting, waiting for the attack that would attempt to crush them all.

      ------

      "How long has it been, Sir?'
      "Too long, Private,' the Lieutenant stated calmly. Of the 30 marines left, he was the highest ranking officer, & thus had to exude an unusual confidence to his men, in order to keep them from running.
      "What are they waiting for,' asked the Private.
      "An opening. After all, it only takes one husk to cause chaos,' the Lieutenant responded.
      "Reapers won't send just one. They are not the type of enemy that will simply demoralize us. They want us to suffer. Sir,' the Private stated bluntly.
      "What's your name, Private?'
      "Wells, Sir.'
      "Wells, would you really want to scare the men with thoughts of overwhelming enemy power? They are barely holding together as it is. This is not the time for pessimism, Pvt. Wells. There is too much at stake,' the Lieutenant coldly responded.
      "Permission to speak?'
      "Granted.'
      "I'm not trying to demoralize anyone. I'm stating a fact. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it. This is not about holding a position until reinforcements arrive or turning the tide. This is about survival. We fight because we must. There is no relief coming, there is no leaving the front lines, & there is no victory parade afterwards. We fight or we die. Why do you think we became soldiers? This is what we were made for. If we make it through the night, that's a victory. Sir.'
      The Lieutenant did not respond immediately. Pvt. Wells took it as a sign of quiet respect. When the Lieutenant spoke again, he completely changed the subject.
      "Any new reports from the fleet,' he asked.
      "The RO said the battle is intense. If not for the storm clouds, we would be able to see it, "Pvt. Wells responded.
      "And of the invasion of London, how is it faring?'
      "We don't know. We'll just have to wait & see, Sir.'
      Before the Lieutenant could continue, a forward observer called over the comms, breaking the nervous silence.
      "Sir, I've got movement on the sensors. A lot of movement.'
      "Which direction, Corporal?'
      "Westward. Near 5th & Broad St. Looks like they're headed straight for us.'
      "Numbers?'
      "Too many to count, Sir. It looks like the galaxy is coming down upon us.'
      The Lieutenant acted fast, "No more time. Wells, get to your position & tell everyone to prepare. This is it.'
      "It has been an honor, Sir,' Pvt. Wells blurted before leaving.
      "Save your pleasantries until after the skirmish,' the Lieutenant responded. He was still attempting to downplay the situation, trying to exude a calm confidence of victory.
      "Aye, aye, Sir.'
      Pvt. Wells gave a quick salute & ran out of the room.

      ------

      The marines had set up shop in the still-standing structure of City Hall, with the statue of William Penn standing defiantly, almost as a taunt to the Reaper hordes to come take it. Pvt. Wells rushed as fast as possible around the fortifications, warning every fighter to prepare for what was coming. Once finished, he quickly joined his squad, picked up his rifle, & waited for the chaos.
      "What's happening,' another Private asked Wells.
      Claps of thunder, which had been heard faintly behind them, now boomed overhead. Pvt. Wells looked up.
      "A storm's coming,' Wells said softly. The Private next to him did not respond.
      The rain started a moment later. It was followed by fast footsteps in front of them. Two sniper teams were charging back to the position. It was obvious they were being chased. Several were screaming to open fire behind them. The defenders hesitated. One sniper was hit in the back; another was cut down a moment later. The defenders stopped hesitating.
      "FIRE AT WILL!!!'
      The cry of an operations chief broke the silence. All weapons opened up upon the forces coming into view. The surviving snipers joined the defense & fired on the coming waves. Machine gun fire tore through husks like buzz saws. Rocket & mortar fire vaporized entire units in seconds. The fight was withering against the Reapers. For the marines, this was their Alamo. It was a last stand, & they would go out destroying themselves if necessary. There was no turning back.
      The fighting raged for almost an hour. Despite the heavy casualties inflicted upon the Reapers, they kept coming, inching ever closer to the defense line. Eventually, a marine was hit by a round from a
      Cannibal. Another marine went to his aid but was cut down. The last soldier at the position was ordered to fall back but was beset by a wave of husks, her screams quickly muffled.
      "Our line is faltering, Sir. We need to move back to our secondary position,' a Corporal in Wells' unit said to their chief.
      "Not yet, son. We can still hold'em here.' At that moment, a pack of Brutes decimated a 4-man unit in front of them & began charging for Wells & his squad. A grenade from a nearby launcher temporarily halted their progress. The entire squad ran back to join the others inside City Hall. Turning back, Wells could make out the distinctive appearance of a Reaper Dreadnaught, slowly making its way to their position. The massive machine let out a call, deafening out the thunder overhead.
      Upon reaching the tunnel to the courtyard, Wells stumbled upon the Lieutenant barking orders to the surviving marines, ordering them to take cover in the courtyard using what they could for barricades. His voice was barely audible over the noise of battle. He looked over to Wel

    • Apr. 12, 2012: Jobs

      7 years ago

      RealRed

      The best way to get over a bad day at work?

      Guiness and Aliens. And not the sexy, slinky, blue-green aliens, but the stealthy, scary, face-ripping, chest-bursting variety.

      Oh, and having an M-41a Pulse Rifle doesn't hurt either.

      Everyone needs a Fixer.

      -Doc

    • (Heavy Deep Breath...)

      7 years ago

      RealRed

      I'VE GOT A JJJJJJJJJOOOOOOOOOOBBBBBBBBBBBB!

      Oh, and I'm an uncle...again.



      Joy!

      -Joe

    • 7 years ago

      RealRed
    • Straight to the Point

      7 years ago

      RealRed

      I only have one thing to say, & it's simple & direct.

      Mother Nature, make up your mind. We only need one season, not 7.

      Oh, and Weekend Hunts are quite fun.

      And now, some music.

      -Joe

    • 9/11/11

      7 years ago

      RealRed

      I remember exactly where I was when the news first broke. I had gotten out of Algebra II in the early days of my sophmore year, when a classmate called out saying a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. It was all over the TV when I got to Homeroom; I don't even remember morning announcements. That was the way the rest of the day played out, well at least until we were sent home early. I remember Study Hall fondly. Most of us were standing around watching the televisions in the gym; I kept looking out the windows, wondering if our city would be hit next, especially since school was downtown, in the heart of Center City. I remember the conversations vividly, & they all centered on one thing. We all knew what was coming. War. There was a fear then; we would all be drafted as this battle went on. Fortunately, it didn't come to pass, though at the time we, I, didn't know it. The day was ended early. It wouldn't have mattered if it stayed open. I was downtown, & my sister's first thoughts were getting me out of there, as were a lot of parents. I still remember the line of cars around school as my friends were picked up & frantically driven home.

      I remember. That's my story, just as everyone here has their own. I figured I would share mine.

      -Joe

    • Sept. 3, 2011: Not Dead

      7 years ago

      RealRed

      As in, I am not the undead. At least I don't think I am. Uh...

      As for where I've been the past few weeks, well, job hunting, and yes, it is going nowhere. But at least it feels as though I'm putting myself back in order. Just like the house, which is currently going through a... I'm just gonna say it. We're fixing all of Dad's fuck-ups. And since he's not here anymore, we don't have to listen to him complain. I just wish he was here...so that we could tear him a new one about everything he did to the house. I'm not even going to mention the ceiling, as only seeing it could explain properly. Anyway, not much else to talk about, but hopefully I can start coming up with something to tell in later days.

      By the way; seeing U2 in concert was well worth it. Even if I had to wait over a year & miss the last Harry Potter Midnight opening.

      And in case you were wondering, yes. This video, despite not being made by yours truly, came from the concert I attended on 7/14.

      -Finally saying everything that needed to be said, Joe

    • 8 years ago

      RealRed
    • Fire!

      8 years ago

      RealRed

      I mean "Brisingr!"

      Yeah, I read the Inheritance Cycle. I've just finished the third book today, and there's a thing or two I have noticed about Mr. Paolini's writing style. Let me explain. Don't care? Tough. You're going to listen anyway.

      This book, Brisingr, is long, like last Harry Potter books long. However, our good author, Mr. Paolini, tends to go into detail, excruciating detail. Now in some scenes, I don't mind the expositions. There is a lot of fighting in the novel, a LOT of fighting, & being able to accurately picture it is important. But when a character has to say something important or give an explanation in the middle of a situation when it can wait until afterwards, I think you might be stretching for length. Even the third person narration has to explain details that are not even made aware to the characters. It's almost like the author wants to tell you every secret about this universe he's created, no matter how unnecessary to the plot or uninteresting it is.

      I don't know. Maybe I should read the first two again, at least to regain my interest.

      -Joe

    • Life is...

      8 years ago

      RealRed

      I'm sure you can come up with the rest.

      I lost my job over a week ago. I can understand the reason corporate wanted to get rid of me, but they've known about my status for over a year, & it's only now they get around to dropping me?

      I don't blame my boss. He had no choice in the matter.

      Here's some music.

      -Joe

  • Comments (131)

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      5 years ago

      Holy Guacamole! I haven't seen you on here in ages. When I saw your likes I was surprised. How are you?

    • DARI9602

      7 years ago

      You can count me too for L4D2

    • Bumbleborg

      7 years ago

      You can count me in for some L4D2 this weekend!

    • Tetrameth

      7 years ago

      Nope. :- /

    • Knight375

      7 years ago

      Was out at Diving school for five months in Erial, NJ not far outside Philly. Needless to say I wasn't a fan of the area.

    • caboose1177

      8 years ago

      I apologize for the multiple posts on your journal. The internet at my school was horrible, but they have fixed so I hope that doesn't happen again.
      smiley1.gif

    • caboose1177

      8 years ago

      In response to your comment.

      I am good at the moment. I am almost done with this last semester of school. I look forward to it and it has been hard. For my Capstone course in History I have had to write an 18-25 page Thesis paper even though I consider it another big paper. Only this one I defend in front of the entire History Department. Other than that I am keeping my head up high and ready for Thanksgiving. smiley1.gif

    • RealRed

      8 years ago

      So-so. It's been tough looking for work, and I'm still waiting to see if I've been approved for a license. You?

    • caboose1177

      8 years ago

      How's it been going my friend?

    • Selina_Kyle

      8 years ago

      EXACTLY! That's just what I intend to do too. I'm so sick of all this laundry. Getting organized with shoot me in the right direction.

    • Tetrameth

      8 years ago

      It is indeed.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Fair enough. At least they won't be getting any of my delicious graduation cake.

    • daprophet02

      9 years ago

      Casualties are expected. Plus it was the Guinness for USSRvB.


      I feel no regrets.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Is 8 fine?

    • urself

      9 years ago

      give me a time

    • urself

      9 years ago

      So i hear you on my halo team...

      if this is true, you need to come practice with the rest of the team, sometime this week before thursday

      let me know when your open to do so, and please reply in my comments so i know

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Mom's trip went really well (Including both flights). Two words: mentholated tissues. I just hope to get there someday.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      In reply to RealRed, #7:

      In reply to Tetrameth, #3:

      You know Philly, when the heat & humidity don't get you, the sudden flash rain does.


      Geez your weather sounds terrible.

      Also how'd your moms trip go...hope she made it back safe with no mental breakdowns from being on a plane for so long.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Everyone expects a huge climactic battle, but Lost was always down & dirty, so it fit the premise.

      The best part: it came full circle, ending exactly where it began.

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Yeah. I thought it was mostly befitting an ending to the show.

      Though, I was kind of disappointed how easily MiB kicked the bucket. I was kinda hoping for a bigger battle.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Look for FEDeral2 next time you're on.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      Oh and a partner to play reach would be awesome. My GT is the same as my username on here =)

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      I bought a 120G drive months ago, & they come out with 250G. DAMN THEM!


      Yeah...I'm waiting to hear about how the terabyte hard drive just came out so I can say damn lol

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      By the way, if you need a partner in crime for Halo: Reach, just let me know.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Do you happen to have a rocket by chance?

      Oh, and by the way, MY CAP & GOWN ARE HERE! AWESOME!!!

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      Congrats on passing your classes. And yes, math can suck it.

      If the weather is being schizophrenic, you should start it on Risperdal 2 mg BID. Start Cogentin 1 mg BID if it starts experiencing EPS.


      Thanks. I'm glad to be done.

      And how would you suggest I administer those medications. Seeing as I am vertically challenged I think I would have a hard time getting the meds to the sky.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      I suggest you begin enjoying your time with a little Halo: Reach, for it is good.

      You're also lucky. I still have 10 days til graduation. Graduation...I hope my cap & gown come soon.


      I've barely played to be honest. I don't have much fun when I play by myself. Wow that last sentence didn't sound right at all.
      10 more days isn't too bad at all. You're in the home stretch!

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Anytime. Have you been able to study at all?

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      In reply to RealRed, #4:

      Yup that sounded right to me.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes =)

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Thank you.

    • TheSylvester whoa

      9 years ago

      I will send you cookies in three weeks then.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      It hasn't been released yet, but it's a WWII strategy game that involves using deception to win a battle. It looks really impressive.

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      I don't believe I'm acquainted with that game, no.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      I've had plenty of days like that, although it got to a point where I would become apathetic about a test once it was over. I even remember what I was doing after my first gen chem test in undergrad.

      As for the Cancer Center, unfortunately, my time there is over, along with the IV portion of this rotation block. No more scrubs:(

      On the plus side, I'm getting off next Wednesday because much of the hospital staff is going on strike...OK, maybe that's not something to be happy about.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      Oh gosh I would say you have no idea but I'm pretty sure you do. I'm so terribly exhausted. That chem test kicked my ass. How are things with you and the Cancer Center?

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      I'll see what I can do, although considering that I graduate in May, I might have a full-time job by then, so I can't make any promises.

    • TheSylvester whoa

      9 years ago

      I'd say it was the latter.

      Yeah, I've noticed a few people from around here too. Especially at RT Philly. You should come this year (if you weren't already there last year... )

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      It's strange that a good chunk of people I've met on here are from the area. I don't know if it's some kind of magnetic pull we have for each other or our mutually shared hatred for any sports team that starts with New York.

    • TheSylvester whoa

      9 years ago

      Well then, hello there.

      Odd, we're both from Philly.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      I'm just some random guy who likes to post witty, self-help style, or randomly lame comments for the express interest of getting to meet new people. Either that,or I'm really, really bored. I tend to go more with the latter.

    • TheSylvester whoa

      9 years ago

      Who are you?

      More of a confused, quizzical question than a rude, nasty one.

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      First off, make sure you're only using your bed for sleep, not for homework or watching TV. Have a small snack before you go to sleep, but do not have any big meals or anything with caffeine beforehand. Another good technique, which I can testify that it works, turn your alarm clock away from you so that you're unable to see what time it is just in case you wake up during the middle of the night.

      I need to look through my notes & find the rest. Give me a little time.

    • Tetrameth

      9 years ago

      Such as?

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Hey. Just taking a moment from work to check my page.

    • caboose1177

      9 years ago

      Sup

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      I need an inane level of math skills for my profession, as well. I need to be able to convert a dose of milliequivalents to milliliters. Yeah. You'll do fine on the math anyway, as I said before. I've never known you to give up on anything, anyway.

      Don't worry about the beta either. I'll be getting ready for boards myself, but I'll need to find some way to unwind from studying. We'll go pwning together as stress relief. That, or we can blow each others' brains out. Your choice.

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      I've been happily filling IV bags in the IV room. Well, I've been filling bags in the IV room.

      Math sucks. It's the one subject where the only way to study is to actually work through the problems for practice, & you're not even sure if you've done the right ones. I've been there. Don't worry, Les, you'll pull through it.

      And yes, Halo: Reach does look phenomenal. Can't wait for May.


      Math makes my thinker box hurt =( Yeah I'm not sure I have it in me to keep taking more math classes but for my major I need to. I just dunno what to do.

      Unfortunately the Reach beta comes out right around finals time for me so I won't be able to play it for a while. sadface

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Be happy it was only a 1 hour snow & not a multiday snow.

      The horror...the horror...

    • thaicurry tacotacotaco

      9 years ago

      lol more like happy 1 hour snow day

    • RealRed

      9 years ago

      Tired, but I guess that's what happens when you have to be in a 8 AM for IV room rotation.

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