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40k Conspiracy Theory. I am Alpharius.

At work today I had something run through my mind that got me thinking.

What if, just what if, Guilliman didn’t in fact kill Alpharius (or Omegon), but in fact lost.

What if Alpharius, being the master of all that is deception and under handed tactics and plans with in plans that he is, killed the big blue guy, and having taken his armor (and probably using some creepy warp shannangins) gave himself the appearance of the Ultramarines primarch?

It sounds too absurd to be true, but consider this; Alpharius was warned well in advance of Horus’ heresy. The alien ‘Cabal’ led by the eldar showed Alph two possible futures. One the emperor was slain, Horus would turn in on himself and destroy all he had done, preserving the galaxy. The other had the galaxy dying a slow lingering death after Horus’ defeat.

So, Alph takes this to heart. We already know the 20th legion spent a better portion of its time back on Terra before its primarch was found (or was he not already found?) doing some very strange…shadowy stuff, and no doubt, Alph may have made his way back home to insure a little  insurance on the whole galaxy destruction thing.

Say, something in the form of a new army? One that would be ready and waiting when the time came? 

Alph allows himself to be ‘assassinated’ by the shard after taking on Guilliman’s appearance. Why? Cause it was meant for the big blue guy. Meaning it wouldn’t fully kill Alph. He’s put in stasis while Omegon continues to lead the 20th legion alongside the heresy (or is Omegon the one who takes the blue man’s place? hmmm.)

Knowing the eldar will seek any way they can to preserve themselves, especially having shown part of their hand to Alph, he waits patiently in stasis, waiting until, huh, what do you know? Chaos has pushed the eldar and the imperium to desperate measures. Who shows up with the xenos creepy stuff to fix up the big blue’s body and bring him out of stasis? 

Why, the very people who told Alph this would happen all along. So Guilliman (Alpharius?) is revived, and some how, some way miraculously makes his way to Terra, after things all sort of..conveniently slide into place to give him a leg up on his pursuers….hmmm, are those pesky 20th legionaries doing something we don’t know about?

And boy, what do you know? That army he had put in place (and now bears his geneseed encoded in their bodies) is ready and ripe for combat. Of course everyone, EVERYONE would want Guilliman, the greatest tactical mind of the 18 primarchs to lead a new crusade in the name of saving mankind and the galaxy. So suddenly now he is in charage of the Imperium’s war machine. And huh, wouldn’t you know it, those pesky Primaris marines made from a certain primarch’s gene stock are now…suddenly..inside…everyone..else’s.. chapter…

 Oh wait…didn’t the eldar say the galaxy couldn’t be saved? Hmmm, guess just like his drop on the Cabal, Alph (Guilliman) has other ideas…he always was such a loyal son…

Hydra Dominatus.

Portugal’s sacrifice for Europe

In many previous posts, I have dedicated and focused my attention on amazing portuguese military victories. Including:

- The Battle of Aljubarrota (Portugal), in 1385:

6.500 Portuguese soldiers vs 31.000 Spanish soldiers

- The Conquest of Ormuz (Iran), in 1509:

380 Portuguese vs 52.000 Persians

- The Great Siege of Mazagão (Morocco), in 1562:

800 Portuguese vs 105.000 Muslim Moors

- The Siege of Goa (Portuguese India), in 1570-71:

 2.000 Portuguese vs 97.000 Ottomans   

- The Siege of Chaul (Portuguese India), in 1570-71:

1.200 Portuguese vs 150.000 Ottomans

- The Battle of Nagasaki (Japan), in 1610:

150 Portuguese vs 3.000 Japanese Samurai

Considered invincible through out the world, Portugal left the mark of its sword, rifles and cannons with great success for many centuries all over the planet.

However, they have also known defeat, and this time I would like to tell you about their greatest military defeat, the Battle of Ksar el Kebir, in 1578.

To give you a proper understanding of this battle, it is necessary to first go a little backwards in time. Portugal was founded as a county in 868 and was formed as a kingdom by the Templars in 1139 while fighting off the Muslim Moors during the Reconquista, who came from Morocco to invade Iberia. This war between Portugal and Morocco lasted from that period until the 17th century.

In the year of 1574, the King of Portugal, Don Sebastião the Desired, invades Morocco and leads a successful raid against the Muslim Moors, defeating an impressive number of nearly 10.000 enemies with only nearly 3.000 Portuguese, during Summer time.

Four years later, In 1578, he leads a new crusade, also during Summer time, against the Moors and the Ottomans, gathering a much larger force, consisting of nearly 20.000 men, including with 12.000 Portuguese, 3.000 Germans, 2.000 Castilians and 600 Italians. The number of the Muslim forces are inconclusive, but it is estimated it was between 60.000 to 100.000 Moors and Ottomans, with some Castilians on their side, disgracefully so. 

This battle lasted from 6 to 7 hours and I will try to resume it to you as best as I can, letting you know of how and what it happened exactly through out this very bloody confrontation, according to the chronicles of the period, which I had the pleasure to acquire.

The Battle

It begins at around 10am

In the front the fight was harsh. The soldiers watch the devastating rate of fire of their companions against their muslim enemies. It was a continuous fire that rained upon the adversaries. They all fired together, and after the first line of arquebusiers retreats to the rear, the second line takes its place, while the first reloads their guns. And so it was for a period of  time, without the Moors being able to take advantage of their numerical superiority.

Álvaro Pires de Távora, afraid of his men attacking without his consent, screams in front of the soldiers holding an halberd in his hand: 

«Senhores! Hoje é dia de cada um fazer o que lhe mandam, e ficar no lugar que lhe deram! Havemos de esperar pela ordem de el Rey, e matarei o primeiro que se desmande!»

English: «Gentlemen! Today you will do what you’re told, and stay in the post you were given! We will wait for the order of our King, and I will kill the first who flees!»

On the third line, Miguel de Andrada watches his comrades lowering their pikes, reading themselves to push foward, and as soon as the battle horns are sounded and the cannons fired «we charged the enemy». 

The Portuguese captain Alexandre Moreira, hearing the sound to charge, soon gained momentum. He orders the first line of arquebusiers to kneel and the second and the third to stand, reading them all to fire together.

He dismounted his horse and joins his men with sword in hand, screaming: «Agora hão-de ver como os portuguezes combatem em África!» 

English: «Now you shall see how the portuguese do battle in Africa!»

Then orders his men to fire at the Turks a beautiful volley of rifles. The disorganized mass of enemies that is a few dozen meters ahead suffers the effects of this sudden discharge of almost forty arquebuses. The amazing precision of these veterans, used to the wars in Africa, makes the Moors fall down to their deaths by the terrible gunfire they suffered.

Taking advantage of the result, the soldiers push forward.

«E com tal fúria com as picas baixas, os investimos, que os arrancamos, e fizemos fugir, de que muitos não pararam senão em Fés, e n'outras partes mais e menos longe com muito dano, e estrago que receberam de nossa arcabuzaria, que era como disse destríssima, e tirada dos nossos lugares de África.» 

English: «And with such fury with our pikes lowered, we charged them, we plucked them, and made them flee, many did not stop except in Fés, and in other parts more or less far away with much damage that they received from our arquebusiers, who were amazingly accurate, taken from our places in Africa.»

In that moment, the Portuguese King, who leads the heavy cavalry, shouts the typical Iberian battlecry and prepares himself to charge while screaming «Santiago, Santiago! A elles que são canalha!» 

English: «Santiago, Santiago! To them who are scum!»

He lowers the visor of his steel helm, holds his heavy lance, and charges with the whole cavalry battalion against the Muslims. All of the men followed the King as if it was a single unit, roaring on the ground a frightening avalanche that soon hits the Moors with so much force, breaking with such fury, that it opened them everywhere, killing and wounding those who faced them. And «in this way, wherever our horses passed, the field was covered with Moors and fallen flags.»

The portuguese pikemen and arquebusiers who are more at the front, around 300 of them, open way against the Moors, defeating them in close-combat with their swords and lances.

The horses of the right side had been defeated by the charge of the heavy cavalry commanded by the King Don Sebastião, and on the left side, the Duke of Aveiro engages himself in pursuit of the enemy, here also in retreat.

The portuguese cavalry, charging with great fury, stroke the Moors with such intensity that it opened them everywhere, killing and wounding those who found it with little resistance. 

The onslaught of the Christians seems unstoppable. The Moors, who had advanced, seeing the discharges of their arquebuses do not stop the advance of the approaching enemies, retreat, allowing the attack to develop.

This is the critical moment for the Muslims, for a moment they thought the battle was lost. The Moorish leaders can’t believe how quick their men are running away and from one side to the other, all they see is their soldiers retreating.

Suddenly, a frightening volley of arquebuses is heard, the leader of the Muslim army, Abu Abd al-Malik, is dead. The Portuguese shout «victória, victória, o maluco é morto!» While that, the moorish cavalry is again defeated by the heavy horses of the Portuguese King, who seem unbeatable.

After that, the King charges again with his royal unit of knights.

In front of him, the Muslims encourage their cavaliers when they see the Portuguese King approaching with sword in hand, thinking he would be an easy prey with such a small guard accompanying him. But the King Don Sebastião proves himself unstoppable. A fidalgo (portuguese nobleman) gives him a spear, and the King furiously threw it, striking one of his adversaries down dead.

Another moorish warrior, with great reputation of being an amazing soldier, was also quickly beaten, ruthlessly overthrown with some violent blows of the sword vibrated by a Don Sebastião who seemed invincible in close combat.

Meanwhile, the moorish riflemen suddenly focus their attention on the Portuguese King alone and fire upon him all together, who is wearing a beautiful bullet proof armor. However, he was hit in his left arm, while his horse fell down dead. The Moors hurl upon the prey, but his Christian Knights who escort him are alert. And Don Sebastião also defends himself like a lion.

A Castilian would later write that he saw him «on foot with his sword in hand, performing more prodigies of valor than El Cid himself.»

And again on horse, Don Sebastião throws himself against the enemy, with only around a hundred knights on his side. And so boldly charged on the Moors that it took them to defeat for a long period of time, leaving many dead scattered on the field.

The King was losing blood from his left arm ever since he was shot, and all of the left side of his armor was bloodied. He retreats to the rear and has some water, after 3 hours of fighting without rest.

Returned from the rear, he makes another charge over the infidels, and again forces them to retreat. But the enemy is too large, the resistance is coming to an end. The presence of the Portuguese King lift up the spirit of the soldiers for a while longer, but around 16pm, the resistance is finally beaten with a full charge of the muslim forces. It is estimated around 7.000 christian soldiers died, a heavy defeat, despite the courage revealed. The fate of the King, however, is unknown, for his body was never discovered on the battlefield.

Some years ago, the steel warhelm used by Don Sebastião in the great battle, was found, and with it, historians and investigators were able to discover details of what happened in the battle he disappeared from. The first details that brought attention, were the amount of sword cuts found on the helm, the biggest amount of sword cuts found on a helmet in the entire world is 23. This helm however, used by the Portuguese King during Ksar el Kebir, has 89 sword hits in it, revealing a very unusual and extremely violent environment. His helm and armor were entirely bullet proof and any sword that would clash in it would easily break itself, at least 70 swords were broken when hitting his helm. A special discovery on his warhelm, is the fact that it doesn’t contain a single sword cut on the back of it, which means the young 24 years old Portuguese King never showed his back to the enemy, nor any signs of retreat. An honorable warrior does not die with his back turned to the enemy, Don Sebastião never showed his’s. Imagine yourself being a King, taking 89 sword hits on your helm and never turning your back to your foes during a battle, takes a lot of guts. If you would like to see the warhelm here’s a link with an interview about it, I have subtitled the video, click here to watch.

According to the investigation of the German historian Rainer Daehnhardt, the Portuguese King alone killed around a thousand Moors and Turks himself during the battle…!

You might wonder, and rightfully so, why was this a sacrifice for Europe then?

Because the primary goal of this crusade, despite the defeat, was completely achieved. Ksar el Kebir was a very sour victory for the Turk Selim II, there represented by the Sheik Mulei Maluk, for he had three times more death casualties than Don Sebastião’s christian army. 

From the Battle of Ksar el Kebir, the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 - where Portuguese soldiers also participated - and the Battle of Matapan in 1717, the Ottoman Empire stopped expanding and began to deteriorate. 

Without these three particular battles, Europe would have, eventually, fallen to the islamic threat of the time.

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New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes #4 (Preview)

Previews Contain Spoilers

“Legacies” Part Two: The Mighty Crusaders have fallen, and when the next generation rose to take their place, they largely met with disaster! Can Shield salvage what’s left to make a new team of heroes? Or do the teens have what it takes to turn events around? Featuring a variant cover by legendary Mighty Crusaders artist Rich Buckler!

Fallout: Crusade

2 years after Fallout: New Vegas, the Tunnelers of the Divide started becoming a problem. A big problem.

At first it was fine, even great. The Tunnelers kept to themselves underground, only periodically coming to the surface to eat the occasional Deathclaw or pack of Radscorpions. But as their numbers grew, they began spreading further into the Mojave, Arizona, Zion Canyon and even California and Colorado. They began eating cattle and eventually, also people and even super-mutants.

By the time people woke up to the epidemic, it seemed like it was too late. The Tunnelers would soon take over the Wasteland and the era of humanity would be over. But just then, a voice of hope was heard on the radio waves.

Lady Urban, the influential singer and radio host of the Mordino drug cartel, rallied up people from all over the wasteland, even as far as the Commonwealth, to come up west and fight for the fate of humanity and liberate the Wasteland from the Tunneler threat.

Thus began the Tunneler Crusade. Tens of thousands of volunteers and recruits, with the support of national and local leaders, started travelling to Utah, New Vegas and Arizona to fight the Tunnelers and establish a containment zone.

10 years later, though the threat appears to be largely over, the Crusade is still going strong.

You are a new crusader on your way to Salt Hollow (in the ruins of the former Salt Lake City) to help man the perimeter. But as you arrive at your encampment, your unit is attacked and captured by slavers. You manage to escape, but gets trapped inside the containment zone.

You must now find your way out of the containment zone alive, and find out what’s really going on with the Tunneler Crusade, including the identity of the mysterious Lady Urban.

Ignoti Nulla Cupido (4/20).

Prompt: Nat came to you in order to keep her and Tony’s promise to keep you safe, but how would they react when they’ll learn about the secret you’ve been keeping since you left Bucky’s side?

Word Count: 971.

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x Reader.

Warnings: None? Maybe some angst.

A/N: This part is from a third perspective narrator and focused on the other side of the story, Bucky.

Previous Part - Next Part.

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Staying hidden in Tony’s safe place was driving everybody crazy, nobody was allowed to go outside without a very good reason, and none of them were ever a good enough. It was comfy, it had everything the HQ had, but it was underground at some place around New York.

After the last incident, Tony and Steve decided that it would be safer for everyone to stay under the radar until they would figure out a way to defeat HYDRA or at least, this new crusade of them.

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Stupid Sexy Vampire: The Carmilla Book of Flirt XI An Illustrated Addendum of Vampiric Vamping

  • Laura: [as Carmilla is gazing at her with literal stars in her eyes, smiling] “What?!”
  • Carmilla: [teasing] “So, I’m heroic, huh?”
  • Laura: [teasing back] “When you’re not threatening to vivisect graduate students!”
  • Carmilla: [suggestively]  “Well, you’d think if I was some noble warrior goddess that I’d be entitled to a little more admiration from my wide-eyed maiden fair…”
  • Laura: [admirative alright, the giddiest of giddies, chuckling adorably] “You are un-believable!”
  • Carmilla“I guess I should just be happy you haven’t found a brand new crusade to be on!” [Come on Carm, how many centuries-old are ya already? Do not speak of the devil– the Dean– your mom! Don’t bring up your mom when you’re hoping to get into a girl’s pants!]
  • Laura“We’ve been here for like, an hour. What kind of trouble do you think I could possibly get into?”  [Laura, not you too!]
  • Carmilla: [very suggestively] “Oh, I have all kinds of thoughts about that…”
  • LaFontaine: [walking in, turning up out of the blue, uninvited] “Hey guys, so the library’s a no-go, nobody’s been able to get in for days… Uhh, Perr’s gone to see if anybody at the student paper knows what’s going on, which means that I get a break from the ‘What pronouns do we use if’ interrogation. [realizing they interrupted a moment] Oh! Sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt anything!”

juan-nieves  asked:

SOOO I watched Beauty and the Beast (the Emma Watson version) and the Prince was so great, ESPECIALLY pre-Beast. I loved that sarcastic, fashionable, dramatic asshole. Do you have romance recs where the hero is like that?

(ISN’T HE MAGNIFICENT? I call him my Glitter Prince.)

NOT ENOUGH.

I am actually on a new crusade that we need more painted, sarcastic, fashion-obsessed, COMPLETELY EXTRA heroes. 

Eloisa James has the Duke of Villiers, who is a recurring character in her Desperate Duchesses series, and who has a book of his own. But I can’t think of any others.

But we definitely need more traditional 18th century gentlemen.

Avalanche (Parker x reader)

A/N: This is for @amarvelouswritings song challenge. My song is Avalanche by Walk the Moon. It switches between Peter and the reader’s point of view. Turned out a little longer than I expected, just so everyone knows got about 7,000 words here. There are definitely stop points, but I couldn’t decide where to break it up.

Warnings: language, violence, little angst/ little fluff, dorks

Tags: @thecupcakeconsumer

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Words from the High Commander and Marshall of the Imperium. Look to the coming of our new Crusade. The Indomitus! Traitors! We come for you with new and wondrous destruction! Let the next Golden Age begin now!

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On this day in music history: May 18, 1979 - “Street Life”, the twelfth studio album by The Crusaders (thirty-first overall) is released. Produced by Wilton Felder, “Stix” Hooper and Joe Sample, it is recorded at Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from February - March 1979. Highly successful throughout the 70’s, The Crusaders experience a major shake up in their solid line up, with the departure of co-founding member Wayne Henderson in 1976, to launch a successful career as a record producer and arranger. Missing their “brother” and friend, the other three members, Wilton Felder, Nesbert “Stix” Hooper and Joe Sample soldier on. Their once inseparable dynamic begins to change, as all three step away to record solo projects, with Joe Sample scoring back to back successes with “Rainbow Seeker” and “Carmel”. As recording gets underway on a new Crusaders album, the band’s label Blue Thumb folds as its parent label ABC is purchased by MCA. The Crusaders are supported in the studio with a number of R&B and jazz luminaries including Paul Jackson, Jr, Arthur Adams, Barry Finnerty, Roland Bautista (guitars), James Jamerson, Alphonso Johnson (bass), Oscar Brashear (trumpet), Jerome Richardson (saxophone), Garnett Brown (trombone) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion). Though largely instrumental, the songs follow a loose “concept” that reflects L.A.’s vibrant night life. Though the song that becomes the album’s centerpiece and title track, is at first inspired by something completely different. The initial idea for what becomes “Street Life” (#17 R&B, #36 Pop, #75 Club Play, #5 UK), comes to keyboardist Joe Sample while on a ski vacation. Learning how to ski at the Mammoth Mountain resort in California, Sample is standing on the beginner’s slope watching other skiers fall down and run into each other. He thinks to himself “It looks like a boulevard of madness. That’s what street life is”. Sample takes his idea to lyricist Will Jennings (“Higher Love”, “My Heart Will Go On”), who then paints a vivid picture of life along Hollywood Blvd. For “Street Life”, Sample asks jazz vocalist Randy Crawford, who he knows from having played on her first solo album, to sing the song. Crawford’s smoky and soulful vocals take the track to another level. It is an across the board hit, propelling the album to becoming their biggest seller. The song is later featured in the films “Sharky’s Machine” and “Jackie Brown”, also being sampled and interpolated in Hip Hop by 2 Pac, Masta Ace, and fellow Houston natives The Geto Boys. Originally released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued in 1996. The album is also reissued by Culture Factory Records in 2014, in a mini-LP album sleeve replicating the original vinyl LP package. “Street Life” spends twenty one weeks at number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart, peaking at number three on the R&B album chart, number eighteen on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.