The Dwarf and the Kraken

Red Beard was a fearsome dwarf to behold.  A grizzled sailor with his face tanned to a tough leather by years of salt spray, windburn, and hours in the sun.  His right arm ended halfway down his forearm, replaced by a vicious-looking hook that itself showed many dents and scratches from years of use.  He was a sight to behold and unnerved many people with his simple presence.

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The Space Between Spaces

The multiverse can best be described as a series of bubbles of reality.  Each bubble is a universe unto itself.  These universes all have their own laws of physics which are roughly similar but often feature distinct differences.  Some of these universes are “near” each other.  The rules of measuring their relations do not follow Euclidian geometry, but they are consistent and with the right equipment can be measured.  The area between them is called “The Space Between Spaces”, or sometimes just “The Void”.

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The Resonance of a Dwarven Soul

Many races describe Dwarves as great singers.  Something that all visitors of Dwarven cities will agree upon is that the halls of their cities echos with a harmony of song.  The very presence of the city filled with the refrain “I am a Dwarf, and I’m digging a hole!”  What many non-Dwarves don’t realize is that they are often not actually singing.  The song is simply what a Dwarven soul sounds like.

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Orc Lumberjacks

Long ago, Orcs prided themselves on their skill as marauding raiders.  At first, raiding was simply the only way that they could get by.  Their homeland was resource-scarce so it was only by raiding established settlements that they could gather any resources.  For centuries, Orcs roamed the land pillaging everything they could.  But, such a lifestyle cannot be maintained forever, so something had to change eventually.

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Devil Dogs: Werewolves in the USMC

The United States military has always made heavy use of the various non-human creatures that inhabit their nation.  However, no group is represented more strongly than werewolves.  In terms of both raw numbers and the percentage of the population, werewolves are better represented in the US military than any other non-human species.  While their raw numbers don’t equal the human service personnel, as a percentage of the total werewolf population they beat the humans by an order of magnitude.

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The Three Sides of the Cold War

In the present day, it is easy to explain the Cold War as simply tensions between the Romanian Empire and their allies vs the United States and their allies.  However, the full history of the conflict is much more complicated and involves a long progression of international power struggles between different ideologies.  Most importantly, the modern conflict often ignores a third long-term major faction: the USSR and their allies.

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Aquatic Vampires

Vampires are the origin for many of the stories about mermaids and sirens. Long ago, a group of vampires decided to hide from the sun by going deep underwater. They found that this also had the benefit of keeping them safe from vampire hunters. After all, no one questions people going missing at sea and, even if they do, it is hard to attack a vampire lair 100 feet below the water.

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Princess of Blood

The rule of the Chieftan Rurik of Novgorod is one that would one day be recognized as one of the most influential reigns in Russian history.  It was his reign that laid the groundwork for a united Rus’ ruling over the bulk of Eastern Europe.  However, it was a single gift he bestowed upon his daughter Helga that would shape military theory in Europe until the modern day by creating an order of royal warriors known as the Princesses of Blood (Царевна Крови or Tsarevna Krovi in modern Russian).

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