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Tagged With: warfare

(Odd Idea) An Evil Step-Mothers’ Troubles

In fairy tales, when the good-natured widowed father remarries, any princesses should beware! Evil stepmothers are a fairy-tale staple, but what if there ever was only one? And what if she did what she did because she only desired to leave behind a unified fairyland? A Final Fairytale? By marrying old widower kings and murdering them, … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Under the African Moon

In the modern world, bloody civil wars have cost millions of lives over the last decades. Europe, America, Africa and Asia have all witnessed violent conflicts. Some wars have had their roots in local history, others have been bloody legacies of foreign dominance and some are stages where global cold was have flared hot. And some are … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Into the Storm

On the 9th of March in 1862, the age of sailing ships in warfare ended, with a lot of bangs. On that day, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia faced off on the mouth of the Chesapeake river. Their battle proved for all spectators (local and international) that the age of wooden hulls and sails had … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Imperial Ending

History tells us that every empire falls, eventually and is replaced by new societies. The Romans, the Parthians, the Spanish and all the others have fallen. But empires are large, they cover several smaller nations and while their fall may be dramatic, it is rarely quick. The simple massiveness of the social and economic construct … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) Rise of the Empire

While the definition of the word has changed over the years, Empires are not just large kingdoms, they are traditionally nations covering more than one recognized domain. The ruler of a kingdom that conquers another may declare their new nation to be an empire, as it now governs more than one people. Empires have been formed … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) War of the Three Queens

Wars of succession can be either completely internal affairs for a country, but in some case the candidates for the throne are foreign nobles with claims on the vacant throne. These claims can come from many sources: marriages and kinship, ancient legacies for dead titles or from just simple ambitions of conquest against a weakened country. In our … Continue reading »

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(Odd Ideas) The Dead Marches

I have touched upon the subject of non-evil undead before. I find the idea of heroic or necessary undead intriguing, so I’m returning to the idea. This time on a bit larger scale. Nations of the Dead are not particularly new ideas. Even the ancient Egyptians believed that the lands on the other bank of … Continue reading »

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(History is Fun) Big Horses and Feudalism, Part 1

The concept of knights was briefly touched upon in a recent Odd Idea of mine. However, the idea of an elite mounted warriors dominating the battlefield is older than medieval. In fact, it goes back to antiquity. In this short series, I will look into the development of the mounted warrior elite, from the bronze … Continue reading »

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