The Last Stand of the ENS 'Durandal'

Thirty years have passed since Humanity’s involvement with the Thanatari Wars.

For thirty long years, Vice Admiral Uoke had ground those damned bugs into the dirt wherever they were found. Through those thirty years, she watched the most of the few remaining Q'iri killed off in the Crux-Scutum campaign, the Iri'jiij beaten back to their home cluster, and the Thanatari inch ever closer to Human space. She watched as their superior numbers crashed upon hers in waves. She watched governments dissolve, and dynasties die and decay. The Galactic Union was hardly a concept anymore, as anyone with two drops of sense hid behind the ‘space orcs’.

But even mountains wear under the pounding of an ocean.

And she never thought she’d see this mountain fall, but, rarely do expectations meet reality.

Her Dreadnaught, the ENS “Durandal”, was positioned broadsides, damming the brooks and providing as much cover as her 12km beast would offer for the fleeing civilian and other non- military vessels. After three years of silence, the Thanatari had come to the human world, Eden-in-the-Wind, and it was time to leave.

Her vessel’s shields held well against the incoming hail of fire, but mere minutes into the enemy’s invasion, and the Dreadnaught’s barriers were already down to 75%. This, of course, did not spell well for evacuations, as the closest human fleet was a day out-system. Her ferroplasers and muon beams barked out and cut screaming pillars into the rain of fire, igniting new suns and rippling the invading fleet’s body, but serving only to stem its flow. Missiles raced out to meet the fireships and shield-vessels, blooming into life and silencing any force within 30km of the blast.

Seemingly in response, a new hole tore into realspace and spit out a stream of craft, all bristling with heat and powered weapons, headed straight for her ship. She targeted these new contacts in turn, and unleashed a hail of magpulser rounds into their numbers, with ferroplasers barking their death sentence into the largest of their numbers and spearing them like a fish, their hulls bloating and popping from the intense heat. Their forces kept charging through the debris at her ship, firing all the way.

A cluster of blue suns ignited off the bow and disappeared as soon as they showed, spilling out friendly forces from dark-side of the planet. They shredded the incoming battlegroup, and began spitting beams of their own back into the looming fleet of thousands incoming. The friendlies added to her defenses and covered the last of the fleeing refugee and civilian vessels sun-side as they jumped out of the system.

All she had to do was buy the last of the evacuations a bit more time. As she watched another pair of Thanatari fleets jump in to either side of the planet, she realized that time was not something that they possessed.

She watched nuclear detonations flare on the planet’s surface, a self-euthanization by the human and alien populations still on the planet, preventing any more lives or resources from falling into Thanatari hands.

Her chest tightened as she flipped through the open channels, hoping to hear a response. The only one she received was from an Iri'jiij carrier pilot.

“Preparations are complete, and as many as we could save were evacuated,” it chirped. The Iri'jiij was silent over the open channel for a few moments. “May the mistress of the After take those souls kindly. Kirta out.”

Admiral Uoke and her battlegroup were now alone in the system, staring down a crashing wave of Thanatari.

She flipped on her battlecomm channel. “Now hear this; all accompanying ships, exit this system. This is an order. All hands, abandon ship,” she barked into the comms.

Her aide rushed up to her, enraged by her order.

“No, damn it! All due respect ma'am, but what in the Hundred HELLS are you doing?! Officers, belay that!” She rushed up on Uoke and took her by the shoulder. “I’m not letting you die alone on some damn-fool hero run! You’re coming with us!”

“Petty Officer Harper, take your hands off me.”

“Don’t pull rank, Uoke. Come with me. Please,” Harper pleaded. A tear ran down her face as she took Uoke by the cheek, staring into her charcoal eyes.

Uoke teared up herself, and pushed Petty Officer Harper away.

“I’m not letting those damned bugs take this system. This is our space, and your lives at stake. By denying them a foothold, I delay their campaign into Ecumene space.”

“By killing yourself?”

“… If that’s what is necessary.”

Uoke pulled Harper in for a kiss, and Harper relented. This was goodbye.

Harper addressed the officers, telling them to resume evac as the Thanatari fire rocked the ship through the shields.

The party left the bridge, and the blast door sealed behind them.


The ship-board AI chirped to life. “Yes, Admiral?”

“Status report.”

“Aye,” the ship replied. A bosun’s call sounded. “The last aboard are away, and the fleet has jumped outbound to Sol. Shields at 5%. Hull integrity at 80% and declining. All decks have sustained minor damage in the outermost sectors. Aft Engine 5 disabled. Ferroplaser munitions at 50%. Muon beams on cool down and recharge. All other systems nominal,” he ended.

“Power down all crew bays and non-essential systems. Nova Protocol in five minutes. Slave the controls to me, give me targets, and man the auto-turrets. You have permission to engage freely.”

“Aye, Admiral.”

A countdown timer flashed onto the HUD of the bridge.

The ‘Durandal’ came about and plunged bow-first into the oncoming swarm, closing the 4km distance and bringing the pain to the Thanatari.

The auto-turrets flicked from target to target, shredding the incoming vessels with relativistic bullets. Ferroplasers cut and seared, as enemy fire broke the shields and began pounding on the hull in full barrage, giving the 'Durandal’ angry red welts and detonating along her silvery surface. The ship groaned as a fusillade bombarded her angular surface and left glowing pockmarks.

“Durandal, will we have Muons before Nova Protocol?”

“Muon lasers at 95%. Thirty Seconds.”

She looked at the timer. 2:30 and counting.

“Plot a jump sun-side and get me a targeting solution for the host star. These bugs get nothing.”

“Admiral, reading a larger fleet on the other side. Commence regardless?”

“Just do it.”

Everything faded into darkness and pulled away from her as Durandal jumped, and snapped back immediately as she came out the other side.

“Durandal, what’s our power situation look like?” The Admiral asked, bracing as the ship rocked and groaned.

“We are at 75% efficiency. Muon lasers ready.”

“How much do we need for Nova Protocol?”


“Dump as much power as you can into the Muon lasers and supercharge them. Give me a clean shot at the star.”

“With all due respect Admiral, this course of action will leave us defenseless, and will result in the destruction of this system. Shall I continue?”

“Yes. Admiralty override. HU-0777645,” she replied.

“Valid credentials and biometrics. Override successful. Firing solution acquired.”


The muon lasers screamed forth into existence, vibrant hellish pillars arcing out and into the star less than an AU away.


“Plot is solid, delivery confirmed. Eden-In-The-Wind will be dust in 5 minutes,” Durandal said.

Uoke looked at the timer. Twenty seconds and counting.

She sat in her chair, as the lights flickered and went out. Durandal withdrew into a small terminal by her seat. Boarding alarms blared all through the ship. She heard those damned bugs clambering down the hall, out for her blood.


“Yes, Durandal?” she replied, as she unholstered her pistol.

“It has been an honor to serve with you, ma'am. Have a blessed journey.”

The terminal went black, save for a countdown timer.


The bugs were pounding on the blast door.


A stream of sparks spit out from its center.


The stream traced along the seam of the door.


She raised her pistol and shot a few rounds in the gap they cut. She heard gargling screams.


They were halfway done.


The bulkhead burst open, revealing the damned bugs in all of their horror.


She downed a few with her pistol and pulled out a knife.


A Thanatari knocked her over and snapped at her with its jaws.


She unloaded into its belly just as three more came down on her.


Everything went white.

Submission by @bartwelchii
'Faceless' fish missing for more than a century rediscovered by Australian scientists
Expedition leader says the deep-sea fish had not been seen in waters off Australia since 1873
By Elle Hunt

A “faceless” deep-sea fish not seen for more than a century has been rediscovered by scientists trawling the depths of a massive abyss off Australia’s east coast, along with “amazing” quantities of rubbish.

The 40cm fish was rediscovered 4km below sea level in waters south of Sydney by scientists from Museums Victoria and the Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the weekend.

Dr Tim O’Hara, the chief scientist and expedition leader, who is a senior curator of marine invertebrates at Museums Victoria, said it was the first time the fish had been seen in waters off Australia since 1873, when one was dredged up by a British ship near Papua New Guinea.

“This little fish looks amazing because the mouth is actually situated at the bottom of the animal so, when you look side-on, you can’t see any eyes, you can’t see any nose or gills or mouth,” O’Hara said via satellite phone from the research vessel Investigator on Wednesday. “It looks like two rear-ends on a fish, really.”

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1st day

Hi, guys. Let’s do the 1st day of working out. But first things first:

1. I always do abs and arms. 

2. I run 3 times per week (max). But if you guys run twice a week, that’s really good, too.

3. Don’t ever do more than you can. Respect your limits. If there’s something here you can’t do, don’t do it. Better take it slow and progress each and every day, than actually pull a muscle or something else and have to stop everything. That goes for running, too.

4. I follow the Darebee’s workout programmes. So, if you want to complement this a bit more, you can go to their website and get some really good ones. I fully recommend using their resources. And it’s all free.

Okay, now, for the 1st day.

It looks scary, but we’re not doing everything. I only do a line per day, so I can do abs every day and mix it with arms. So, today, I did the second line: leg raises, flutter kicks and hollow hold. You can do as many sets as you’d like, as long as you do at least 3.

Remember to take your time and not rush it. Take a 30 seconds rest between sets and a 2 minute rest between exercises.

For arms:

Use the weights you feel comfortable with. You should be able to do the exercises without extreme effort. That means, you should have a little trouble finishing the exercises (like, you arms are sore during the last set), but not so much that will hurt you. If you don’t feel a bit sore after it, you’re not doing it hard enough. But it’s just a bit sore. Don’t go using weights heavier than you should. Start light and go heavier bit by bit until you find the right weight.

Now, I mix the exercises up so I don’t feel too tired too soon. I also add some more exercises, so to get the results I want. So, what I did today was, in order:

. 5 sets of 20 leg raises
. 4 sets of arnold press (12-10-8-8)
. 5 sets of 20 flutter kicks
. 4 sets of push-ups (12-12-10-10)
. 5 sets of 20 seconds hollow hold
. 4 sets of lateral raises (7-7-6-5-)
. 4 sets of crunches *
. 4 sets of tricep extensions (6-5-5-4)
. 4 sets of V-ups (10-10-8-6)
. 4 sets of bench presses (12-10-10-8) **
. 4 sets of bicep curls (12-10-10-8)

* The 4 sets of crunches go as following:
     . 20 crunches
     . 10 side crunches (per side)
     . 20 sit ups

** You don’t need an actual bench press to do it. Just use the weights as if you were on a bench press.

After all that workout, it’s running day. I’ll tell you what I did, but each person has their own rhythm, so don’t force it. Go as slow as you need and a bit faster each time. 

But remember to run at least 30 min. That’s how long you need for it to actually do its effects.

I did:

. 15 min at 8.5
. 5 min at 6.0
. 5 min at 8.0
. 8 min at 5.5 (until I completed 4km)

Well, this is it for today. It seems like a lot, but it’s not. You should take between an hour to 2 hours to complete this. And this is a full workout, so even if you do this only 2-3 times a week, you already get a full workout.

If you guys have any questions, fell free to PM me. 

And don’t forget: don’t ever force it. Go as light or as slow as you need and then slowly find your own rhythm. Be safe, first and foremost. 

Musta tuntuu, että tietyissä asioissa 80-90 lukujen tähtöset EI TULE olemaan vanhoina sellasia “ennen kaikki oli paremmin” - mummeleita.

Koska mitä me oikeen kiljuttas? 

  • Ai että, kun ennen oli paremmin. Nettisivun latautuminen kesti mun nuoruudessa kuule 20 minuuttia
  • Ai että, kun minä olin nuori niin kuule lumilaudoissa oli paskat siteet ja ei ollu kuule mitään hienouksia, pumppusiteitä ja kaikkea. Sun piti kuule ihan oikeasti haluta laittaa ittes kiinni siihen lumilautaan.
  • Ai että, kun minä olin nuori niin ei kuule ollu mitään kännyköitä, kaverille käveltiin 4km ja se perkele edes ollu kotona
  • Ai että, kun minä olin nuori niin ollu mitään nettiliittymiä, et kuule voinu tarkistaa jotain asiaa netistä ja sitten se häiritti sua koko yön saatana.
  • Ai, että kun minä olin nuori niin ollu mitään gps-laitteita, sinne marjametsään eksyttiin ja hortoiltiin siellä niin kauan, että jalat oli ihan sököt. 
  • Ai että, kun minä olin nuori niin ollu mitään netflixejä, kuule piti mennä leffavuokraamoon hakemaan se leffa ja vittu joku mulkku oli vuokrannu just sen viimesen leffan minkä olisin halunnu.

Ai että, kun oli hyviä aikoja…. Ihan oikeasti, ei se teknologia niin huono asia ole ja tietyissä asioissa maailma on paljon parempi paikka.


It’s amazing to witness a piece of history and culture this close up. My favorite part was the 4km kayak trip each way in 8°C plus wind and scattered drizzles. (at Maori Rock Carvings, Lake Taupo)

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Sunday Stroll
28 May 2017
So many friends running #hbfrunforareason on this glorious Autumn day in Perth: half-marathon, 12km, 4km - kudos all! 👍 I’m still feeling cycling burnout and my IBD is giving me absolute hell, so it was a 2.5km stroll in the sunshine with Mitzy & The Husb for me. Note the self-deprecating (but true!) fun leggings. 😂 I am inspired by my running friends though. City to Surf 12km is shaping up as a goal for August…🌞🏃🍂


Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell is a playground for the mind: combining living art, beautiful gardens, wonderful views and unique architecture. Designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi, it’s a strange, enchanting place where his passion for natural forms really took flight – to the point where the artificial almost seems more natural than the natural.

The park is located at the height of Barcelona, just north of Gràcia and about 4km from Plaça de Catalunya. The endless winding paths and visual treats will give you an insight to Gaudí’s landscape gardening creations. There are endless winding paths venture through and stunning views overlooking the city of Barcelona to the horizon of the sea. This place is a definite must see!

Today, I fucked up by being a dumb while getting mugged.

I’m working/volunteering for a charity which helps orphans unfortunately the orphanage is located in a extremely violent neighborhood I’m gonna be quick here to let you know what happened:

  • Walking to a bus stop >4KM from here
  • While I’m Just minding my business I pass by a shed
  • This Is where shit gets wild
  • A guy comes out of the shed with a knife
  • He doesn’t say anything but aggressively swings the fucking knife at me
  • I Just threw my wallet
  • Or I thought so
  • I Fucking threw my $700 iPhone
  • It lands on the dirt and screen cracks
  • Even the guy starts looking at me with werid looks
  • He Just says in the local language
  • Abe chutiya hai kya? = Are you a dumb fucker?
  • The guy Just takes off
  • I’m here now with a broken iPhone :(

TIFU: Internet`s best fucked up stories are here.

anonymous asked:

What is the scale of the terrain compared to real life?

The actual site represented in the terrain is 1:1, which is Bone Butte. This is about a 2km by 3km area, where the center is roughly about where the two rivers join, if a bit northward. The rest of the map is an approximate extension to make it 4km by 4km.


[IG] 170514 winnercity: Today was the first day of “YG X UNICEF WALKING FESTIVAL” and the weather was nice and there was just enough wind so it couldn’t have been better🤗 After gathering energy and walking while looking at cool banners of WINNER, we finished walking 4km before we knew it 👏 ICs who participated in the walking festival today, how was it? #YG Walking Festival #Because the earth is round #if you keep walking #you’ll end up right in front of WINNER # Wind blowing breeezily #My legs shaking #This is probably sweat in my eyes #Lacking exercise #Worried about tomorrow #If you walk, it’ll be good for your health #you’ll be doing a good deed too #YG’s kind deed 

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‘Danes Dyke’ Prehistoric Earthwork, Yorkshire Coast, 9.4.17. This Bronze Age bank and ditch runs across Flamborough Head. It has been excavated only once in the late nineteenth century which yielded 800 flint artefacts and some pottery. The defensive structure originally possessed only two entrances and it is possible that it was in use as late as 9 or 10 CE. It runs for 4km although in places it becomes hard to discern due to trees, undergrowth and the slow natural filling in of the ditch. At one point, it would have isolated 13 square km of headland from Dyke’s End in the south to Cat Nab at Bempton Cliffs in the north.


Berg Lake Trail to Emperor Falls

Mt. Robson Provincial Park, Canada

It’s a snow day so on with the Canada road trip posts!

This is the post I really wanted to take some time on. This area is known to be a world heritage site and each year people come from all over to back pack this 20 km long trail out to Berg Lake sitting below the largest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Robson just a ways outside of the northern end of Jasper National Park. Let me tell you, this is the hardest trail I have ever done.

Adventure buddy found this trail and decided we would do it. We didn’t have enough time to go all the way to Berg Lake, so we settled on making it to Emperor Falls. One of the most powerful waterfalls I have ever seen and also sitting right below Mt. Robson.

The Berg Lake Trail starts out very easy, and stays easy all the way to Kinney Lake. This is about 7km down the trail. Here you can camp for the night before moving on to the next section of the trail. However, We just use this place as a resting point before moving on. After Kinney Lake we continued along the easy part of the trail. All the water in this part of the world is just a beautiful turquoise blue. We soon hit the White horn camp, 11km down the trail, which is the last campsite before Emperor Falls and the ending of the easy part of the trail. We then walked through an open river bed between mountains which made me feel small and awe inspired and came upon White Falls, which was actually just the lower part of a bigger falls. The next 4km of this trail is the hardest thing I have ever climbed. It was all straight up hill. 

I began this difficult part of the trail with my head held high and my legs feeling strong. However, things did not stay that way. I am not used to hiking something this difficult with 30 lbs on my back and at an elevation of 5,300 ft. We climbed and climbed. After a while we had to stop and rest at almost every switch back. It was getting harder and harder. About half way up we were able to stop and rest and lay our eyes upon Falls of the Pool, the water fall above White Falls. At this point we were telling ourselves, “yay! We are almost there!”. We were wrong. At the pace we were going it would take a while longer. This is also when things started to get scary for me. My arms started going numb but also were growing to be painful. I needed to take more breaks and drink more and more water. I pushed through it but at that point all I wanted to do was curl up in my sleeping bag. 

7 hours after we started the trail we made it to the sign that said Emperor Falls but at that point I did not want to see it anymore, I wanted to sleep. I decided I would see it the next day on our way out. We climbed the remainder of the way to the camp in what was now cold and rainy weather, set up ate dinner and went to sleep. I don’t think a sleeping pad and sleeping bag has ever felt so amazing in my life.

Pictures from Emperor Falls next.

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21.3.16 I’ve been taking chessie the border collie on a lot of walks recently and I’m averaging 4km every day! I also made a sneaky trip to muji the other day to look for refill for my .5 black pen. Does anyone know how I could find some because they’re out of stock everywhere! Xxx emily