Let me preface this by saying that while I enjoy military history and have done a lot research into the military, navy, marine corps, etc., I have never served myself. (Though I almost joined the air force, but that’s a story for another day.) These ranks are an amalgamations of various institutions across the world and what I imagine one world representative military organization might be like, when you combine various arms together.
This is the ranking schema I’m using for Crosshairs. People are welcome to use this for their own fanfics as well if they like. I simply wanted something a bit more complex than what BioWare gave us, to differentiate between the different jobs one can hold in the Alliance.
Right off the bat, there are two paths respective recruits can take - though Basic is pretty much universally the same. I see them divided up into ‘marines’ aka those who will do the fighting and those who run things behind the scenes: intelligence, research, ship side tasks, engineering, etc. Recruits bound for the marines enlist at rank Private 2nd Class, and everyone else enlists at rank Serviceman 3rd Class.
Enlisted who have a degree already graduate basic at the highest Enlisted rank: Corporal or Serviceman 1st Class.
The NCO ranks follow the same patterns, except they are Alliance personnel who have advanced to Officer without going through the Academy and being granted a commission.
NCO’s who enter the Academy in order to advance their careers are promoted to Officer Cadet (marines), Ensign Cadet (pilots), Ensign (everyone else). The point at which Special Forces recommendations are first considered.
Some pilots enter flight school right out of basic, effectively ‘jumping ranks’, though some go the NCO route and pay their dues as flight technicians. They are not on a command path.
I added ‘General’ and ‘Fleet Admiral’ to the marine path.
The O6 - O10 on the ‘everyone else’ path are command ranks.
february 15 | “family” (Here’s the overview for an AU with all of the tropes because why not.)
Royal Arranged Marriage AU with supernatural fantasy elements. Gabriel is a wraith who’s the literal Prince of Darkness, equally loved and feared by everyone in Blackwatch, his city. Overwatch, a nearby kingdom that Gabriel’s always been wary of, approaches him one day, seeking an alliance. They offer him their Prince’s hand in marriage in exchange for Gabriel’s help defending against Talon, an insurgent force seeking to usurp them from within.
Gabriel is irritated but agrees to meet his potential husband-to-be, since he’d apparently accompanied the envoy anyway. He’s surprised when the handsome, scarred vampire he’d assumed was a bodyguard steps forward and introduces himself as Jack, the Prince of Light.
BONUS: Jack and Gabriel had already met the night before out in the city while avoiding their royal duties and being Grumpy Old Immortals. Neither had realized that the other was a Prince.
First of all, I’m hella sure you ALL READ 10000 fanfcis discussing this topic, whether it be that Odin A ++ parenting version or ,,Loki we are your family lets all hug, ta-daaa rainbows.’’ I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ACTUAL CANONIC FACTS THAT I THINK I REALLY ARE UNDERESTIMATED.
okay. firstly, I need to quote ALL THE SCENE THAT we all know by heart. yeah the ,,TELL ME’’ scene. 3:)
ODIN; In the aftermath of the battle, I
went into the Temple, and I found a
baby. Small for a giant's
offspring -- abandoned, suffering,
left to die. Laufey's son.
Why? You were knee-deep in Jotun
blood. Why would you take me???
You were an innocent child. LOKI
You took me for a purpose, what was
it? Tell me!
I thought we could unite our
kingdoms one day, bring about an
alliance, bring about a permanent
peace... through you. But those
plans no longer matter. ^tried to cut it short to what’s important
SO lets get to it.
this is temple of Jotunheim. In the middle of the City.
these are the city gates where Thor and the company fought Laufey. ^the building on the lett side. you can see the two-arcs f the temple in the background. It’s INSIDE the city. IN FACT, IT’S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY.
anyone, does leaving a child in such place make sense to you?
Jotunheim attacked Midgard, but as the movie says,
ODIN NARRATING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MOVIE
,,Once, mankind accepted a simple truth: that they were not alone in this universe. Some worlds man believed home to their Gods. Others they knew to fear. From around the cold and darkness came the Frost Giants, threatening to plunge the mortal world into a new ice age. But humanity would not face this threat alone. Our armies drove the Frost Giants back into the heart of their own world. The cost was great. In the end, their king fell, and the source of their power was taken from them. With the last great war ended, we withdrew from the other worlds and returned home at the Realm Eternal, Asgard. And here we remain as the beacon of hope, shining out across the stars. And though we have fallen into man’s myths and legends, it was Asgard and its warriors that brought peace to the universe.
Our armies drove the Frost Giants back into the heart of their own world.
^LOOK AS THIS PICTURE CLOSELY, YOU CAN SEE LAUFEY AND ODIN
The cost was great.
In the end, their king fell,
and the source of their power was taken from them. (DO YOU SEE LAUFEY AND ODIN IN THE BACKGROUND, ON THE RIGHT CORNER?)
With the last great war ended, we withdrew from the other worlds and returned home at the Realm Eternal, Asgard.
SO, DO YOU SEE WHERE THAT LAST BATTLE TOOK PLACE???
THE TEMPLE WHERE THE CASCET WAS BEING KEPT. AND WHO ALSO WAS THERE, ACCORDING TO SAME ODIN ,,ABANDONED, SUFFERING LEFT TO DIE?’’
The movie always made me wonder, how the hell did Odin even know Loki was Laufey’s Son, or how did he even knew his Name? Odin said he was ,,an innocent child’’ and that’s why he got all paternal over him right away. riiiight -_- because he demolished the whole city, went to the most sacred place where the heart of Jotunheim as kept and did not see a single child in whole process? need i remind you that Utgard is the strongest city of Jotunheim and probably that’s where all the old, women and kids were being kept during the unexpected Aesit assault and Odin got all the feels for LAUFEY’S SON?
So you have to agree, Loki was IN FACT war hostage, which Odin took from HIS FATHER, AFTER KING OF JOTUNHEIM WAS DEFEATED.
100 Days of Character Development
9. Do you have any allergies, diseases, or other physical weaknesses?
Dinner hadn’t ended well but afterwards with the hour growing later, peace regained its hold over the camp. Zexx once again had his pipe in his mouth, freshly remade as he smoked quietly watching the flames of their dwindling campfire. As the smokes mingled the words brought the man to look across the fire again after the newest inquiry.
“That’s a bit odd curiosity but.. ahem.. no I don’t have any allergies or diseases really. Granted some might consider my love of the drink a bit of a disease and honestly I might have to agree with them.” He puffed gently on his pipe as he thought back on his past and his health. “But truly, I can’t really remember the last time I was sick. Cold here and there but nothing deadly like Old Town had a few years ago.”
The final part of the questioning might have offended others but he’d been questioned so many times about the eye, it was like taking his drink order. “As for a physical weakness, I don’t necessarily call it a weakness granted it did quite a number on me.” His hand reaching up to pull the eye patch off, a soft sigh of relief following as the tight core was removed. “It’s just something that happened, and I learned to adjust.”
His face was a whole new world again without the patch usually working as a focal point. The spiderweb of scars ran up his face and into his hair each one light as time had done its best to hide the grievous wound. The scarring also made its way down and around his eye and a bit of his nose, doing its best to draw attention from where the blue eye had been. Now a white glass marble rested in the socket, never really looking like it was moving or doing anything but filling the gap where the matching blue had been.
“It was rough getting used to at first but time and patience and life seemed to do their best to keep me together.” He puffed gently on the pipe again letting the silver grey smoke engulf him for a moment. “Word of advice: Never date a woman with a brother named Nunzio,” and with that quote the old Zexx resurfaced with a smokey cackle.
There’s someone at work who always answers my emails with a “SEEN.” I started to think about Shepard going to see EDI during ME3 to discuss how some people “have expressed concerns” about “EDI reading their private conversations” and how they would at least like to know for sure what she reads or not. Of course, EDI tells Shepard she can’t help but read every communication going in and out of the ship. Shepard sighs and says: “I know, EDI, I know. Some fears just can’t be explained.” So EDI agrees to warn people every time she reads their private messages.
A few days later, this Alliance soldier is writing to this girl on the Citadel. He tells her he’s happy to have met her and how he’s excited to be alone with her soon, and you know, do things with her. Winky face. And the only answer he gets is from EDI. “SEEN.”
Necropolitics being a global expression of sovereignty in which the world is divided into those who are disposable and those who are not, those whose lives can be wasted and those who cannot. In this political order a new form of control is exercised over those whose lives are considered disposable or what Judith Butler would call “those whose lives are ungrievable”. Mbembe’s necropolitics are matters of State and sovereignty however, each of the people who contributed to the point we have reached today have made necropolitics their own. They have gone as far as appropriating and repurposing feminist ideas to attract white women into their fodder. For them, the personal is necropolitical.
On this day in 1901, the Boxer Protocol was signed, thus ending the Boxer Rebellion. The rebellion began in 1900, led by a secret Chinese group called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists (Yihequan). The organisation protested encroaching foreign imperialism with the spread of Western and Japanese influence in the country. These individuals targeted foreigners, symbols of foreign influence like churches and railroad stations, and Chinese people who adopted Western Christianity. The rebels, who were mostly peasants from poor provinces with a large European influence, were termed ‘Boxers’ due to their rigorous practice of martial arts, which they believed would make them impervious to bullets. By June the Boxers, who had the support of the conservative government and Qing dynasty, were besieging the foreign legation district of Peking (now Beijing), where foreigners and Chinese Christians had taken refuge. The Qing empress, sympathetic to the Boxer cause, blocked a small international contingent sent to combat the rebels, and declared war on foreign nations with ties to China, sending the imperial army to join the siege of the legation quarter. While some elements in the Chinese leadership favored conciliation, foreign nations were forced to respond to this declaration, and assembled an international force comprising 20,000 troops from Japan, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Eight-Nation Alliance captured Peking in August 1900, thus successfully subduing the rebellion, which officially ended with the Boxer Protocol in September 1901. This ‘unequal treaty’ ordered the execution of Boxer rebels and some government officials, stationed foreign troops in Peking, forbade China from importing arms for two years, and forced China to pay over $330 million in reparations. The Boxer Rebellion, and the humiliating stipulations of the protocol, severely weakened the Qing dynasty, paving the way for the uprising in 1911 which led to China becoming a republic.