Crowley Meratyn was literally one of the most unselfish, nice, determined and inspirational characters ever though like why isn’t he discussed more often?
He stood up for a random girl he didn’t know in a tavern at the potential cost of his own life because she was being harassed by Morgarath’s men.
He refused to just give up to Morgarath like a lot of the Rangers were prepared to do and fought back.
He took charge when no one else would and didn’t even take a moment to consider that he might become the commander of the corps, he was prepared to do it with no thanks at all.
When Crowley realized Halt liked Pauline he immediately encouraged him to act on his feelings and supported him though all the years.
He sensed that Halt’s past was sensitive to him and never pushed or asked about it through all the years, instead doing his best to give Halt somewhere where he could be happy.
He encouraged all the Rangers to fight and then restored them and lead them. Crowley spent hours doing paperwork, even though it is explicitly stated that he hates doing it just so the rangers could operate.
Crowley never gave up on the Rangers or doubted them and he usually achieved what he set out to do.
Crowley’s honeslty the best character I’ve read in a long time, and he needs to be appreciated a lot more!
Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, is a real, bonafide badass. In fact, if you parachuted him unarmed onto an island inhabited by psychotic ninja robots, he would get more kills than famed Scottish warrior William Wallace.
There was rumors of a story that shows Mattis has a compassionate side to him. The story goes that Mattis stood duty on Christmas back when he was a brigadier general so that a younger Marine could spend the holiday with his family.
Since the privilege of rank makes it extremely rare for general officers to pull duty for their subordinates, the story seems extremely unlikely…to say the least.
However, we were was able to find out what happened from retired Marine Gen. Charles Krulak, who was commandant when the story took place. Every Christmas during his tenure, Krulak delivered cookies to every Marine duty post around Washington and Quantico, Va.
Back in 1998, he was making his final delivery to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the officer of the day was.
“The young Marine said, ‘Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.’”
Krulak thought the Marine had misunderstood him, so he asked again, but he got the same answer.
“I looked around the duty hut and in the back, there were two cots: One for the officer of the day and one for young Marine. I said, ‘OK, let me cut through all of this: Who was the officer who slept in that bed last night?’
“And the Marine said, ‘Sir, Brigadier General Mattis.’”
At that moment, Mattis walked around the corner.
“So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the Major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.”
Never before or since has Krulak run into a general officer standing duty on Christmas Day.
“I think it says volumes about Jim Mattis and his leadership style,” Krulak said. “He did it very unobtrusively. He just took the duty.”
Gen. Mattis who famously said he enjoys shooting the Taliban, so no one is going to call him a softie. But by standing duty so that a young Marine could spend Christmas with his family, he showed you don’t have to be heartless to be a leader. But don’t expect him to pull that stuff on Presidents Day.
I wrote a ficlet on a plane by hand, and I finally uploaded it. Erwin and Levi exchange looks, talk about war and tea.
“What would you do if we could leave the Walls permanently?
Win the war?”
Levi eyes the Commander of the Survey Corps—his commander—skeptically.
Erwin, while prone to the occasional philosophical moment, isn’t normally one
to pose idle speculative questions, much less about something so abstract.
“I don’t know,” Levi replies, watching his cup carefully to
prevent over-steeping. “I haven’t spent much time thinking about.”
Erwin looks at him thoughtfully, one of those long stares Levi
grew accustomed to more quickly that he thought he would.
Then, it occurs to him, given the question, that Erwin
actually has thought about it. “What would you do?” he counters, though it’s
more out of genuine curiosity than an in-kind retort.
“If you had to guess,” Erwin answers, a small smile that’s
almost delighted crossing his face that takes Levi by surprise, “what would you