catapult ship

A colorized photo of a Sea Hurricane Mk Ia or Hurricat being launched from a CAM (catapult armed merchantman) ship via a rocked propelled sled.

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The Adventures of Mara Jade Skywalker and Jaina Solo

Mara Jade Skywalker taught Jaina Solo everything she knew. As Master and apprentice they traveled the galaxy fighting evil one adventure at a time.

Chapter 1

“Ready?” she asked before she put the ship into a state of hyper speed.

“Ready” Jaina replied with a type of fierce determination that Mara recognised in herself and at that moment, she knew in herself that everything was going to be fine, no matter what.

Then they both turned back towards the front panel and watched as the stars washed away and the bright light of hyperspace swallowed the ship catapulting them towards their first adventure as master and apprentice.

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(This was my original idea for a Sterek Week edit, but I ended up shelving it in favor of another idea. So I worked on it some more last night because I love playing with silhouettes and all things Sterek.)

It’s the moment right before they close the distance; desires soaring high, amplified by anticipation. Hearts beating ferally against their cage, skin flushing, deep-seated itches of lust and longing emanate from within their core, bursting outward in all directions.  Warm breaths flutter across each other’s cheeks as they inch closer, like two opposing magnets destined to pull one another in with a force so great their path could not be deterred. With each waning second, eyelashes flutter like tentative applause, battling to say open, eyes not wanting to miss the beauty before them. Soft, gentle touches of lips moistened by insatiable craving, finally embrace. Silent whispers of “I love you” intricately laced between them as their lips dance harmoniously beneath the moonlight.

Proxima

Author: @papofglencoe

Rating: M for sexual content and disturbing imagery.

A/N: Earlier this week an exoplanet that could support life was discovered orbiting our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf that is invisible to the naked eye from Earth. From this exoplanet, Proxima B, its sun would glow at midday the color of a sunset, and our sun would appear as a bright star in the constellation Cassiopeia. Proxima B is several light years away. Even if humans achieved the most advanced form of propulsion within our reasonable grasp, it would still take almost a thousand years to reach Proxima B from Earth.

[Please excuse any scientific errors. My husband is the rocket scientist, not me. With many thanks to the amazing @dandelion-sunset for… everything, the least of which is betaing. And with thanks to the friends who’ve been helping me through the weeds. I love you, guys. Contains direct and revised quotes from The Hunger Games books and films, none of which I own.]


At midday the sun burns an orange as delicate as a crane lily and as warm as a glowing ember, as soft and gentle as a lover’s caress stroking my hair, my face, my shoulders, my back. Long beams of light filter through the overhead canopy of leaves, illuminating them, casting the illusion they’ve caught fire as they pirouette on their branches. Transfigured by the alchemy of the daylight, the leaves lie and act like they’re alive like me, rustling and whispering in the wind, chittering like children trying—and failing—to contain their excitement. And, because I’m so desperately lonely, I close my eyes and I let them.   

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Military mondays: Ancient naval warfare

as suggested by: @dinosaurdoors

Mankind has waged for on the sea for 3 millenia. Any tribe or backwater nation can use canoes and rafts to an extent in warfare. Using them as landingcraft or has mobile archer emplacements to harrass the enemy. But only when ships became strong, sturdy and hard enough did the term “Naval warfare” come into use. 

Naval warfare as we know today can be traced back to the Phonecians, a trading nation of city states, situated along the north africa coastline. The Phonecians used long, single decked, sturdy warships with a battering ram on the bow. This battering ram was used for smashing into other ships. The long length of the ship was a structural weakness, so they made the ships fatter by adding another deck of oarsmen, the greeks adding a third deck. This triple decked warship would become the most common ship of the persian, greek and roman empires. The trieme

The first major war decided by naval warfare was the greco persian wars. At the battle of salamis the greeks had 378 triemes in their fleet, which would go up against the persian 600. Archers would stand on deck and fire flaming arrows across the water, ships shattered. Each ship carried around 10 hoplites who would leap to enemy ships and cut the sailors down with their sword. However if they fell into the water, their armour would weight them down and they would drown underneath the waves. 

The Trieme was fast and agile. But as the punic wars flared up in the mediterranean, newer, heavier, more powerful vessels such as the Quinquereme superceded the trieme. The Quinquereme had five banks of oars and could crush the lighter triemes. During the first punic war, carthage maintained an exstensive fleet, and according to ancient sources, the romans found a washed up Quinquereme and built their own vessels on that design. They fitted their ships with bronze battering rams and boarding planks with sharp beaks to plant into the deck of enemy ships, and hold it in place while the vastly superior roman legions could board and capture the carthaginian ships and slaughter the weaker carthaginian marines. These boarding planks won rome the first punic war, the sharp metal spikes that held the enemy vessels in place, led to the roman legions calling them “ravens”.

Rome abandoned the raven by the roman civil war. They placed catapults on their warships and large towers. Making the ship more or less, a mobile fortress. They attacked hooks to their catapults to drag enemy ships. They also mounted artillery such as the ballista on their towers, With a max range of 500 yards, these heavy crossbows where highly prized weapons, able to fling large stones or metal bolts to puncture pirate ships. 

However a much more unusual and spectacular form of naval combat was used after the fall of rome, during the late antiquity. During the siege of constantinople (674-678 AD) the byzantines used Dromons, which were a very light and fast ship. Emperor Constantine IV used greek fire to destroy the arab navy. This substance burned on water and roasted the arab fleet alive by using an early form of flamethrower. 

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If you have any ideas for what I should post for next military monday, it can be anything, a battle, a leader, an idea, a concept or tactic, a military unit or formation. Do not hesitate to send in your suggestions, either by message or comment.

Girls Can’t Fight! Salma’s mouth twisted wryly. “What do they think their mothers do, when lords are at war and a raiding party strikes? Stay in their solars and tat lace?”
That made Kel Smile. “My aunt lit barrels of lard and had them catapulted onto Scanran ships this summer.”
“As would any delicately reared noblewoman.
—  First Test, Protector of the Small, Tamora Pierce