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Horse racing is an equestrian sport that has a long history. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in ancient Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC. In the Roman Empire, chariot and mounted horse racing were major industries. Thoroughbred racing was, and is, popular with the aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title "Sport of Kings."
The style of racing, the distances and the type of events vary significantly by the country in which the race is occurring, and many countries offer different types of horse races. There are three major types of racing: flat racing, steeplechasing (racing over jumps), and harness racing, where horses trot or pace while pulling a driver in a sulky. A major part of horse racing's economic importance lies in the gambling associated with it, an activity that in 2008 generated a world-wide market worth around US$115 billion.
Various types of racing have given rise to horse breeds that excel in the specific disciplines of each sport. Breeds that may be used for flat racing include the Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Paint, and
The "Battle of Springfield" actually refers to two separate fictional battles from The Simpsons television show. Both supposedly occurred during the American Civil War.
The Battle of Springfield was fought on May 21, 1864. The Union soldiers of the Ninth Bearded Infantry were camped when enemy Confederate troops crested a nearby hill. The Confederate commander immediately called out that he and his men were surrendering unconditionally: they were sick, and needed leeches and hacksaws to saw off their gangrenous limbs. But the Springfield Brigade was "too brave to accept the surrender": their commander shouted that "those white flags are no match for our muskets!" and led the Brigade in a charge against the Confederates. The Union forces of Springfield proceeded to heroically slaughter their enemies as they prayed for mercy.
The Second Battle of Springfield was fought between "the North" (Union forces commanded by Ulysses S. Grant, played by Barney Gumble), "the South" (Confederate forces), and "the East" (soldiers wearing monocles, top hats, and yellow plaid), to keep Springfield in, out of, and next to the Union, respectively. Principal Skinner tried to hold a historical
The Battle of Klendathu, also known as The First Battle of Klendathu, Operation Bughouse, or Operation Madhouse, was a fictional military engagement in the novel and movie Starship Troopers. It was the first battle of the Bug War between the Terran Federation (the United Citizen Federation in the film) and the Arachnids of Klendathu.
In the novel, all knowledge of the battle comes from the memoirs of Johnnie Rico. According to him, the Bug War had already begun prior to the destruction of Buenos Aires, but it was the attack on "B.A." that convinced the civilians ("groundhogs") that decisive action was needed. While the civilians wanted to pull everyone back to Terra, the Federation instead decided to launch an immediate assault on the Arachnids' home planet of Klendathu. The plan called for several squadrons of approximately fifty ships each to simultaneously emerge from their Cherenkov drives in orbit around Klendathu. They would immediately drop their Mobile Infantry contingents, who would then secure key targets on Klendathu and establish a beachhead for heavy reinforcements to arrive. The ultimate objective was to capture or pacify the entire planet.
The battle itself was
Appears in these works:Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
The Battle of Yavin was a major battle set in the fictional Star Wars universe, during the Galactic Civil War. The opposing sides were the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The battle was the climactic scene of the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and was heavily influenced by battle scenes in the British war film 633 Squadron, which has a very similar climactic battle sequence of a fighter-bomber attack on a small, but crucial, shielded target at the end of a heavily defended and deep trench. The battle serves as the pinnacle in the fictional universe's Calendar. Events in the time line are noted as either BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) and ABY (After Battle of Yavin), reminiscent of the BC/AD system.
As the Death Star closed on the Yavin moon and prepared to fire its main weapon and destroy the Rebel base, the Rebel Alliance dispatched a fleet of 30 X-wing and Y-wing fighters, which included Luke Skywalker, designated "Red 5", piloting an X-wing fighter. The Yellow and Blue squadrons created a diversion by attacking surface targets, hangar facilities and heavy gun emplacements (an event not shown in film), while Gold and Red squadrons focused their attack on the
The Battle of Tanaab is a fictional battle from the Star Wars universe that was fought during the Galactic Civil War. It occurred after the Battle of Dubrillion and before the Battle of Xizor's Skyhook.
The Battle of Taanab, while a minor engagement by galactic standards, had a great effect on the career of Lando Calrissian. His utter defeat of the Norulac Pirates helped give Calrissian a heroic reputation, eventually leading the Rebel Alliance to offer him a general's commission before the Battle of Endor.
The Inner Rim world of Tanaab was a backwater agricultural planet, too insignificant for the Imperial Starfleet to put much effort into protecting from regular pirate raids. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, an armada of Norulac pirate ships arrived in the fringes of the system. Taanab's small defense fleet moved out to intercept them at the Banthal Company's orbiting docks, but with little hope of stopping the raiders.
Lando Calrissian happened to be in a cantina in Taanab's spaceport city of Pandath, observing the situation on a holovid. Suddenly, he declared to the other patrons that he could defeat the pirates singlehandedly. One of the skeptical patrons, Gathal
Appears in these works:Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
The Battle of Endor is the fictional climactic battle depicted in the 1983 film, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. In the fictional Star Wars universe, it was an engagement over the forest moon of Endor fought by the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire in the movies. The war continued far into the New Republic era, really ending with the Bastion Accords in 19 ABY. this battle is most remembered for the battle in the moon of Endor, especially how one of Vader's best squad was defeated by a small number of rebels, and the Primitive Ewoks (see Principle of Evil Marksmanship).
The prelude to this battle came when the Alliance learned that Empire was constructing a second Death Star space station (under supervision by Moff Jerjerrod). The Alliance leadership soon discovered that this version had corrected the design flaws in the original Death Star, that the Alliance had exploited in the Battle of Yavin. It was decided that the station would have to be destroyed before it became operational.
With the loss of life of many Bothan spies, the space station was found to be orbiting the forest moon of Endor. In addition, they learned that, although the station was protected by a
The Battle of Five Armies is a battle depicted in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
The Battle of Five Armies was fought between the Goblins and the Wargs against the Men of the Long Lake, the Elves of Mirkwood, and the Dwarves on and near the Lonely Mountain. The hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Beorn, and the great Eagles of the Misty Mountains also took part but are not included in the count of five armies.
Smaug was a dragon who had destroyed the dwarven kingdom below Erebor and the neighbouring wealthy town of Dale many years before, driving Thorin II Oakenshield, heir of Durin, into exile. Smaug stole all the treasure of Erebor and Dale, gathering it into a deep chamber under the Mountain, where he lived thereafter.
Prior to the battle, Lake-town, the town of the Men of the Long Lake, was attacked by Smaug, who had discovered Thorin's secret expedition, and had found out who had aided them - the Men of the Long Lake. Bard the Bowman, the heir of the Lords of Dale, killed the dragon. However, the town was destroyed in the process.
The Wood-elves found out that Smaug was dead, and wanted a share of the ancient dwarves' treasure. Hearing of the Lake
Included by these events:Enlil takes Harmony on the jetty
“If you please,” said Harmony, the goddess of love in war and balance, in the soft sand and the tent of clouds above. “A little closer.”
“Like so?” responded Enlil, the god of bloodshed and battlefield, taking her in his arms. Silky dark enrobed them; starry skies shed eternal light.
“What of our mortals, Storm God? And your immortalized one? What of him? Your Riddler, sorely wounded upon my battleplain? What if I don’t let you heal him?”
“Do what you wish,” nuzzled the god Enlil, breathing the sweet smell of Harmony, unwilling to cede the goddess a hostage.
“Then, I will soften my heart unto him – if you do not impose your rule upon my Theban faithful. My protection shall be as good as yours here and wherever my Thebans are, my sword as quick, and my heart as true.” -- From "The Sacred Band"
Appears in these works:The Transformers: The Movie
The Battle of Autobot City on Earth was a major turning point in the Autobot/Decepticon War as seen in Transformers: The Movie.
In 2005, the airspace above Autobot City was infiltrated by Decepticons led by Megatron onboard an Earthbound Autobot shuttle.
The shuttle had been sent to Autobot City by Optimus Prime to obtain energon. Decepticons detected the launch and a large contingent attacked the shuttle slaughtering the crew, including Brawn, Ironhide, Prowl, and Ratchet. The shuttle sustained a large, transformer-sized hull breach which was detected on the shuttle's approach by Daniel and Hot Rod on Earth, watching from Lookout Mountain.
Autobot City under the command of Ultra Magnus transformed into battle station mode as the primary siege began. A distress signal sent out by Blaster, the communications officer of the base, was jammed after only a few seconds of transmission; however it was received and reinforcements were sent.
By nightfall, Autobot City had sustained heavy damage, and several transformers had been killed. The following morning, a shuttle holding Autobot reinforcements, including Optimus Prime and the Dinobots, arrived as Devastator, a Decepticon
A coup d'état (English: /ˌkuːdeɪˈtɑː/, French: [ku deta]; plural: coups d'état; translation: strike (against the) state, literally: strike/blow of state), also known as a coup, a putsch, or an overthrow, is the sudden, illegal deposition of a government, usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to depose the extant government and replace it with another body, civil or military. A coup d'état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance. When the coup neither fails completely nor succeeds, a civil war is a likely consequence.
A coup d'état typically uses the extant government's power to assume political control of the country. In Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, military historian Edward Luttwak states that "[a] coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder." The armed forces, whether military or paramilitary, are not a defining factor of a coup d'état.
Although the coup d'état has featured in politics since antiquity, the phrase is of relatively recent coinage; the Oxford Dictionary
The Third Age is a time period from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy writings. The history of Middle-earth is to be taken fictionally as a history of the real Earth.
The Third Age began after the first downfall of Sauron, when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men following the downfall of Númenor.
This age was characterized by the waning of the Elves. In the beginning of the Third Age, many Elves left for Valinor because they were disturbed by the recent war. However, Elven kingdoms still survived in Lindon, Lothlórien, and Mirkwood. Rivendell also became a prominent haven for the Elves and other races. Throughout the Age, they chose not to mingle much in the matters of other lands, and only came to the aid of other races in time of war. The Elves chose to devote themselves to artistic pleasures, and tended to the lands which they occupied. The gradual decline of Elven populations occurred throughout the Age as the rise of Sauron came to dominate Middle-earth. By the end of the Third Age, only mere fragments of the once-grand Elven civilization survived in Middle-earth.
The Third Age was also characterized by the rise and decline of the Númenórean kingdoms
This article is about the fictional battle in the novel Animal Farm. It is not to be confused with the Battle of Cowpens in the American Revolution.
The Battle of the Cowshed is a fictional battle from the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. With events in Animal Farm mirroring those of the Soviet Union, the battle represents the Russian Civil War.
At the beginning of the book, the animals of the Manor Farm succeeded in turning the farm owner, Mr. Jones, out of the farm. Humans believed that the farm wouldn't last long, but the farm worked being animal controlled.
The animals believed that the humans would try to retake the farm as foreseen by Snowball (a pig) who was the leader at the time. Indeed, on one October 12, Mr. Jones and several other men arrived and attacked the farm. Snowball sent pigeons and geese to cause disorder. In the confusion, Snowball led an attack with the sheep, Muriel, and Benjamin. They then feigned to retreat, drawing the men farther into the farm. The rest of the animal forces then appeared and cut the men off from escaping. After this, the animals charged. One of the sheep died from a shotgun blast, and Snowball was injured from the same shot.
Included by these events:Rescue of 46 of the Sacred Band of Thebes by Tempus's Sacred Band of Stepsons
Location:Battleplain of Chaeronea
In the Sacred Band of Stepson universe, at the Battle of Chaeronea on August 2, 338 BCE, forty-six of the Sacred Band of Thebes are rescued by Tempus and his Sacred Band of Stepsons when the the Sacred Band of Thebes is enveloped by cavalry and horse as it comes off the river Cephissus. These forty-six Thebans, whose skeletons are never buried with their brothers where they fell, escape with Tempus's forces to fight on other days.
In the fiction Star Trek universe, the Battle of Maxia was an altercation in 2355 between a Federation ship and a Ferengi vessel; it was the first contact between the two races. While in the Maxia Zeta solar system, the USS ''Stargazer'' (NCC-2893), under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, was attacked by a then-unidentified alien spacecraft, disabling the 's deflector shield unprovoked.
The Picard maneuver consists of going to the fastest warp speed possible, reversing, and then stopping. This creates the illusion that a starship is in two places at once, therefore causing the enemy to be lost and confused long enough to defeat them.The move was originated by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, when operating the USS Stargazer. Picard was able to destroy the craft through what was henceforth known as "the Picard Maneuver": the Stargazer made a short warp jump toward the Ferengi ship, outrunning the light of the image of itself at its former location. The Ferengi were momentarily distracted by what appeared to be a second ship coming out of warp, providing the Stargazer with enough time to destroy the enemy vessel. The Battle of Maxia resulted in the loss of the Ferengi ship and all
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional of Middle-earth, the Battle of Dagorlad is an event in the Legendarium at the end of the Second Age.
The Battle of Dagorlad occurred in the year 3434 of the Second Age. It was fought between the Great Host of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men and the forces of Sauron. The Great Host of the Alliance consisted of the armies of the Elves of Lindon led by Gil-galad; the armies of Arnor and Gondor led by Elendil; the host of Silvan Elves consisting of the armies of Greenwood and of Lￃﾳrien; the army of the Dwarves of Moria. The force of Sauron consisted of Orc-hosts, armies of men and other creatures loyal to Sauron. The battle took place over several months on the great, treeless, open plain between Emyn Muil and Cirith Gorgor. The Last Alliance won the field and then stormed and breached the entrance to Sauron's land of Mordor the Morannon, the Black Gate, afterwards laying siege to the fortress of Barad-dￃﾻr.
Later, in the Third Age, the Dagorlad was the site of many battles between Gondor and various Easterling armies. A resulting legend grew up that Gondor could never be defeated if a Battle took place on the Dagorlad. The bodies of the dead
Included by these events:The Thebans join the Stepsons
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, during the novel "The Sacred Band (Janet Morris, Chris Morris, 2010), Tempus and his legendary cavalry rescue forty-six members of the Sacred Band of Thebes from the Battle of Chaeronea and bring them to Sanctuary to train. The Band holds a ceremony on the lighthouse spit in the Theban fashion, which the Thebans hold a processional to honor their war dead. Many from the town attend, as do the Greek Fates. There is dancing and feasting. Harmony, goddess of the Theban Sacred Band, attends and dances with Nikodemos. Askelon, lord of Meridian; Jihan, the Froth Daughter, and Randal, the Sacred Band's warrior-mage, join the celebration. Shamshi, the renegade Bandaran adept, goes among the celebrants until he is seen and chased by Arton and Lysis, who shoots him with an ancient dart and wounds him.
Equestrian vaulting, or simply Vaulting, is most often described as gymnastics and dance on horseback. It can be practiced either competitively or non-competitively. Vaulting has been an equestrian act at the circus from its early days. It is open to both males and females and is one of seven equestrian disciplines recognized by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale or FEI), along with dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining and jumping (two of which are also paraequestrian disciplines). Therapeutic or Interactive vaulting is also used as an activity for children and adults who may have balance, attention, gross motor skill, or social deficits.
Vaulting has many enthusiasts worldwide, particularly in Europe and other parts of the Western world. It is well-established in Germany and is growing in other western countries. Vaulting was first introduced in the United States in the 1950s and 60s, but was limited only to California and other areas of the west coast. More recently, it is beginning to gain popularity in the United States northeast.
It is believed by some that the origins of vaulting could be traced to the ancient
The 1998 Presidential election was a fictional event which preceded the first season of the West Wing. In the election Governor Josiah Bartlet was put up against an unspecified Republican opponent and won 303-235 in the electoral tally while only receiving approximately 48% of the popular vote. The outcomes of all of the states are not definitively known, however, it is known that Bartlet was victorious in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oregon and New Hampshire, his own home state. It is also known that Bartlet's unknown Republican counterpart won the states of Texas, Maine and the Dakotas.
In the Fall of 1997, it appeared almost certain that Senator John Hoynes would easily become the Democratic nominee for President. In fact, a poll taken in late October showed him leading by 48 points over any of his other challengers. However, after Hoynes won in the Iowa Caucus as expected, with Wiley finishing in second and Bartlet finishing a surprising third, Bartlet won an easy victory in New Hampshire. The race then turned to South Carolina where Bartlet astonished many people throughout the country when he finished in second place behind
The United States presidential election in 2002 was a fictional event that took place during the third and fourth seasons of the American television program The West Wing.
Incumbent Democratic President Josiah Bartlet of New Hampshire defeated Republican Governor Robert Ritchie of Florida with a 423-115 electoral college victory and by over ten million votes in the popular vote.
Incumbent President Josiah Bartlet of New Hampshire was the unanimous nominee of the Democratic Party. When Bartlet disclosed to the nation that he hid his multiple sclerosis during the 1998 Presidential Election, it was believed he would not seek reelection as a result of the ensuing scandal. However, during a live press conference on the night of his disclosure in May 2001, some 18 months before the election, he announced in no uncertain terms his intention to seek a second term, saying "Yeah, and I'm gonna win." Indiana Governor Jack Buckland appeared to be considering challenging the President in primary elections, which worried the White House since Buckland was considered more conservative than Bartlet. He was eventually talked out of it by Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in exchange for being named
The Battle of Cape Santa Maria (also known as the Battle of Cape St Mary; in Spanish Batalla del Cabo de Santa María) was a naval action that took place off the southern Portuguese coast, in which a British squadron under the command of Commodore Graham Moore attacked a Spanish squadron commanded by Brigadier Don José de Bustamante y Guerra, in time of peace, without declaration of war between the UK and Spain.
Under the terms of a secret convention Spain had to pay 72 million francs annually to France, until it declared war on Britain. The British had learned of the treaty, and knew it was likely that Spain would declare war soon after the arrival of the treasure ships. Since the British also knew that by law the fleet could only land at Cádiz, as well as its place and approximate time of departure from South America, it was not difficult to position a squadron to intercept it.
Bustamante had set sail from Montevideo on 9 August 1804 with four frigates loaded with gold and silver, as well as much other valuable cargo. On 22 September Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood ordered Captain Graham Moore, commanding the 44-gun frigate HMS Indefatigable, to intercept and detain the Spanish
In J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth, the Battle of Tumhalad was the last battle of the Elves of the kingdom of Nargothrond. It was fought on the plain of Tumhalad between the river Narog and its tributary, the river Ginglith.
Túrin Turambar, son of Húrin, a Man and an especial target of the malice of Morgoth, had become an influential commander of Nargothrond's forces. He had urged its king, Orodreth, to abandon their prior tactics of hidden ambush and fight the forces of Morgoth in the open field. He conducted a series of successful offensive campaigns that cleared Mid-Beleriand and West Beleriand of raiding bands of Orcs and Wolves. He convinced the king to build a great stone bridge over the fierce, deep and unfordable river Narog that ran before the entrance of the fortresses of Nargothrond. While this provided swift access to the field for the army to attack the enemy, it compromised the strongest part of the defences of Nargothrond as an attacking enemy could now use the bridge to assault the gates which had previously been unapproachable if the river crossing was opposed. Túrin's sorties, ultimately, were only minor victories and had the effect of giving
The Battle of Geonosis is a major conflict which occurred in the Star Wars fictional universe between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic. It was the enormous, opening battle of the Clone Wars, and was featured in the film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The battle occurred after Obi-Wan Kenobi was captured by Separatist forces on Geonosis and he was charged with spying for the Republic. Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmￃﾩ Amidala attempted to rescue Kenobi and were also captured and sentenced to death. The Galactic Senate granted Chancellor Palpatine "emergency powers" to deal with the crisis.
Following this act of war from the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a group of 212 Jedi, led by Master Mace Windu, commenced invasion of the planet. He, along with Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Ki-Adi-Mundi, led the Jedi to infiltrate the Geonosian Arena. Just as the captured Jedi and Senator were about to be killed in the arena by a group of droidekas, Master Windu and the invading Jedi assaulted Dooku, Jango Fett, and the Geonosians inside the arena. Dooku and Jango Fett managed to elude capture and death (in escaping, Jango Fett killed Jedi
The Battle of Ruusan is an event in the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe. It is the final major engagement of the bloody Light and Darkness War (also known as the War of Light and Dark and, less commonly, the Great Sith War), the culmination of the conflict known as the New Sith Wars. The wars began thousands of years before the Battle of Yavin and ended after a thousand years of conflict, including internal Sith conflict, and all-out assaults on the Galactic Republic.
The conclusion of the final confrontation on Ruusan leads to the apparent extinction of the Sith, the restructuring of the Republic, and of the Jedi and Sith Orders.
The pivotal seventh battle of Ruusan results in the most powerful and last surviving Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Bane, deciding henceforth to concentrate the dark side of the Force in only one master and one apprentice.
This decision allows the Sith to hide within the Republic until their existence is finally revealed with rise of Emperor Palpatine, whose apprentices include Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus, and ultimately Darth Vader.
With the return of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and the eventual death of the Emperor, Darth Bane's reformed Sith
Wrestling is a form of combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two (occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.
The term wrestling is attested in late Old English, as wræstlunge (glossing palestram).
Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat with references to it as early as the Iliad, in which Homer recounts the Trojan War in the 13th or 12th century BC. The origins of wrestling can be traced back 15,000 years through cave drawings in France. Babylonian and Egyptian relief's show wrestlers using most of the holds known to the present-day sport. In ancient Greece, wrestling occupied a prominent place in legend and literature; wrestling competition, brutal in many aspects, was the number one sport of the Olympic Games. The ancient Romans borrowed
The Battle of Coruscant is a fictional conflict in the Star Wars saga, taking place during the end of the Cartoon Network microseries Star Wars: Clone Wars and the novel Labyrinth of Evil and during the opening scene of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. In the timeline of battles, it took place immediately before the Battle of Kashyyyk and the Battle of Utapau, and after the Battle of Nelvaan.
The Battle of Coruscant during the Clone Wars was an attempt by the Confederacy of Independent Systems to kidnap Chancellor Palpatine.
The Separatists, having found a secret hyperspace passage through the Deep Core, managed to literally jump right on top of the Republic forces protecting the capital. Thousands of Separatist ships jumped out of hyperspace, taking the Republic fleet completely by surprise. Many ships were destroyed this way, when unsuspecting Separatist warships exited hyperspace only to crash right into Republic ships obstructing their way.
While a ferocious space battle began, in which both sides took heavy losses, Separatist landing craft were deployed onto the surface of the planet, unloading ground forces to create an elaborate diversion while Count Dooku's
In the bright-white flashes of lightning, Kouras can see blood streaming from Lysis’s thigh, the bolt buried so deep in flesh that it goes right through and the broken shaft sticks out the other side. Thunder roars and roars and roars again. -- The Sacred Band
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, after the Battle of Meridian, Tempus holds a commendation ceremony on the lighthouse spit to reward members of the Unified Sacred Band for its valor in battle before the entire town of Sanctuary and one another. All the Sacred Banders, the 3rd Commando, and even the necromant, Ischade, are commended. Straton's horse receives praise and a wreath of carrots and sugar beets. Harmony, the tutelary goddess of the Sacred Band of Thebes, joins Tempus's fighters as they ride in the surf.
Appears in these works:Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Battle of Hoth is a fictional battle in the 1980 science fiction film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The Galactic Empire, in the form of Darth Vader's Death Squadron, has found the main base of the Rebel Alliance on the planet Hoth. All parts of Hoth that are seen in the movie are snow-covered polar climates.
Finse, Norway was used as the location for the fictional Hoth in the movie.
After the Battle of Yavin, with the Death Star destroyed, Darth Vader became obsessed with finding Luke Skywalker and the hidden Rebel Headquarters Base. One of the later strategies he used was to send probe droids to a number of systems. One of them made its way to Hoth. Upon discovering a structure on the planet, it reported in. In fact, it was the best lead the Imperial Fleet had found at that point, Fleet Admiral Kendal Ozzel dismissed it, believing it might be smugglers or some other group. Vader overruled Ozzel's decision, certain the Rebels were hiding there.
The initial assault was met with some misgivings by various Imperial officers. They may have preferred a surprise attack with limited long-range orbital bombardment to destroy any gun emplacement, spacecraft and supplies
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Randal is a Hazard-class mage who can turn himself into a dog, a bird, a horse or other creatures However, Randal is allergic to animal forms and this weakness has slowed his advancement. Through the series of eight novels and eleven stories, Randal ascends the ranks of his Mageguild, finally becoming First Hazard of Sanctuary and a warrior-mage attached to the Sacred Band.
The Battle of Ramelle was a climatic, battle fought at the conclusion of the movie Saving Private Ryan, which was set during World War II. The battle occurred soon after the Battle of Normandy, with Allied troops sweeping across France, moving through towns and cities previously under German control. After the Battle of Normandy, the planes of the 82nd Airborne Division destroyed all of the bridges along the Merderet River except for two, one at Valognes and the other at Ramelle. After landing behind enemy lines on June 6, 1944 it was the task of the 101st Airborne Division to hold the bridge at Ramelle until reinforcements arrived, and at all costs prevent the Germans from crossing the bridge. However, the vast majority of drops within the 101st and 82nd left the men badly scattered, and as a result those assigned to guard the bridge at Ramelle were severely undermanned, to the point where the highest ranking personnel amongst the men was a corporal.
It was the decision by Captain John Miller to deviate from his original mission and assist the 101st that ultimately resulted in the mission's success. Miller's leadership and insight(not to mention extra men) surely increased
In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the First Age, or First Age of the Children of Ilúvatar is the heroic period in which most of Tolkien's early legends are set. Versions of these stories were later published in The Silmarillion, and tales from this period lend a deep sense of time and history to the later period in which the action of The Lord of the Rings takes place.
As explained in The Silmarillion, the First Age began with the Awakening of the Elves, and it ended with the final overthrow of Morgoth by the combined armies of Valinor and Beleriand. It covered a long period of Valian Years, followed by approximately 590 Years of the Sun. Depending on the choice of conversion factors (among many that Tolkien used at different times), this translates to a period anywhere from 4,902 to 65,390 solar years. The greater number is supported by the Appendices to The Lord of the Rings and later writings, the lesser by earlier writings. The First Age was also known as the Elder Days, although this term was (starting with the Fourth Age) also applied to the first three Ages combined.
A common misconception is that the First Age started only with the Years of the Sun, and it is sometimes
"Niko escapes Roxane's clutches" is an event in In Janet Morris's story "Hell to Pay," which occurs in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe (Tempus, 1987) and the Thieves World shared fictional universe (The Dead of Winter, 1985).
Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in contact with the ground, the legs are kept mostly straight and the center of gravity vaults over the legs in an inverted pendulum fashion. A characteristic feature of a running body from the viewpoint of spring-mass mechanics is that changes in kinetic and potential energy within a stride occur simultaneously, with energy storage accomplished by springy tendons and passive muscle elasticity. The term running can refer to any of a variety of speeds ranging from jogging to sprinting.
The ancestors of mankind developed the ability to run for long distances about four and a half million years ago, probably in order to hunt animals. Competitive running grew out of religious festivals in various areas. Records of competitive racing date back to the Tailteann Games in Ireland in 1829 BCE, while the first recorded Olympic Games took place in 776 BCE.
It is thought that human running evolved at least
The Battle of Muunilinst is a fictional battle appearing in the Star Wars universe, taking place four months after the Battle of Geonosis. It was first shown in the first episode of the cartoon microseries Star Wars: Clone Wars.
The battle was arranged when Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Chancellor Palpatine were in a meeting. Anakin and Obi-Wan were enlisted by Palpatine to lead an assault on Muunilinst, home of the Intergalactic Banking Clan. The Intergalactic Banking Clan was a heavy monetary and battle droid contributor to the Separatists.
The Republic fleet, led by Commander Anakin Skywalker and General Obi-Wan Kenobi, encountered resistance as it entered the orbit of the planet Muunilinst. The Separatist fleet was large and well-prepared for the Republic assault, and droid fighters scrambled to intercept the fleet led by Anakin Skywalker. However, in little time, the clone warriors, and especially Skywalker proved their martial superiority over the droid forces as Acclamator cruisers dealt devastating broadsides to Confederate battleships, and V-19 fighters found their marks. This provided sufficient cover to land the army.
The Republic's attack gunships
Appears in these works:Vengeance is disappointing, always.
Included by these events:Tempus offers Nikodemos pairbond.
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Askelon of Meridian and Jihan arrive, bringing Wizard Weather with them. Niko draws Askelon's attention, and at the Mageguild fete Niko is given a charmed panoply made by Askelon, which is the first event in a chain leading to the Battle of Meridian.
The Battle of Chaeronea (338, BCE) was a battle between Macedon and Athens, Thebes, and their allies in which Macedon was victorious. The Battle of Chaeronea is represented in fiction in the novel "The Sacred Band" (Janet Morris, Chris Morris; 2010), set in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. The conflict takes place on the morning of August 2, 338 BCE on the Chaeronea battleplain near the banks of the river Cephissus and results in triumph for the Macedonians, led by Philip II and his son Alexander, and a crushing defeat for the Athenians, Thebans and their allies, as well as the massacre of two-hundred fifty four of the three-hundred strong Sacred Band of Thebes. The Macedonians with their Thessalian allies totaled approximately 25,000 hoplites, 5,000 skirmishers, and 2,000 cavalry. The Greek force fielded approximately 15,000 allied and mercenary foot with 10,000 Athenians and approximately 7,000 allied Boeotians. 2,000 Greeks died and at least 1,000 were wounded; many more deserted once the Macedonians broke the Theban line. Final victiry came on the banks of the rivulet Haimon, and Diodorus said the rivulet ran red with blood.
The Idiran-Culture War is a major fictional conflict between the Idiran Empire and the Culture in the midst of which Iain M. Banks' science fiction novel Consider Phlebas is set. His later book, Look to Windward, contains many references to the war: particularly the induced supernovae of two stars, which resulted in the death of billions of sentient creatures. References to the war can also be found in Excession, Matter and Surface Detail.
It has been commented that the Idiran-Culture war, with its juxtaposition of a religiously fanatic species fighting (and eventually succumbing to) the atheistic Culture, shows the author's theme of "antipathy to religious belief, although nominally not to the believers". The commentator also refers to the war as a clash of civilizations in the sense of Samuel P. Huntington.
According to Banks' appendices to Consider Phlebas, the war began in 1327 AD, and continued for 48 years and one month, resulting in an eventual but total victory for the Culture.
The conflict was one of principles; the Culture went to war because the Idirans' fanatical imperial expansion, justified on religious grounds, threatened the Culture's "moral right to exist". As the
The War of Wrath, or the Great Battle, is a key plot development in J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium, portraying the final war against Morgoth at the end of the First Age.
Elrond, at his Council, makes comparison to the Last Alliance of Elves and Men of the Second Age in The Lord of the Rings saying,
I remember well the splendour of their banners ... It recalled to me the glory of the Elder Days and the hosts of Beleriand, so many great princes and captains were assembled. And yet not so many, nor so fair, as when Thangorodrim was broken...
In the Tale of the Years it is called the Great Battle and the army, the Host of Valinor. The best known and most poetical account is in The Silmarillion, itself closely drawn from the earlier Quenta Silmarillion. The most detailed account of the course of the war is in The Later Annals of Beleriand. Other accounts and fragmentary details about the war are scattered, appearing in the earliest versions of the legendarium.
The experience of distance to the War of Wrath is greatest in Lord of the Rings, drawing nearer to it in The Silmarillion, closer still in the Annals and Quentas of the History of Middle-earth and closest, in aspects, in The Lost
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction universe of Middle-earth, the Battle of Fornost was the battle that ended in defeat for the evil Kingdom of Angmar.
The Battle of Fornost was fought in the year 1975 of the Third Age by an army under Eￃﾤrnur, Crown-Prince of Gondor, against Angmar, under its Witch-king, the Lord of the Ringwraiths.
While the battle was a success in the fact that Angmar was defeated, it came too late for Gondor's sister-realm of Arnor (the last remaining part of Arnor, Arthedain had been conquered a year before in 1974, and the last King of Arnor Arvedui had drowned in the Ice-Bay of Forochel).
The battle was named for Fornost the old capital city of Arthedain, and was fought in the plains before the city. With Gondor came Men from Rhovanion, Elves from Lindon, and the remainder of the Dￃﾺnedain of Arnor (among them Aranarth the Crown-Prince of Arthedain), and, according to the Hobbit, a company of archers from the Shire.
Angmar rode west to meet the assault, and seeing this, the cavalry of Gondor under Eￃﾤrnur rode north into the Hills of Evendim to wait in ambush. As the main army of Gondor met the enemy and the battle began, the cavalry of Gondor attacked
The Battle of Utapau is a fictional conflict that takes place in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The battle was fought on Utapau towards the end of the Clone Wars, with Republic forces led by Obi-Wan Kenobi clashing with the Separatist army of General Grievous. In the timeline of battles, the Battle of Utapau took place before the Mission to Mustafar and after the Battle of Coruscant.
The Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems had been raging for three years. Just prior to the Battle of Utapau, Darth Sidious ordered General Grievous to attack the Republic capital world of Coruscant and kidnap its leader, Chancellor Palpatine. With most of the Republic forces fighting in the Outer Rim, Coruscant was relatively unguarded. Once Palpatine was kidnapped, General Grievous tried to flee with him, but was stopped by a Republic blockade, which led to the Battle of Coruscant.
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi emerged victorious from the battle, rescuing Palpatine and killing the Confederacy leader Count Dooku, but General Grievous escaped. With Dooku dead, Grievous became the new leader of the Confederacy, and Palpatine believed
The Battle of Kashyyyk is a fictional battle in the Star Wars saga, set during the last few days of the Clone Wars. It is featured in the film Revenge of the Sith, as well as the game Star Wars: Republic Commando. It takes place on the planet Kashyyyk, the homeworld of the Wookiees. In the timeline of battles, the Battle of Kashyyyk took place immediately after the Battle of Coruscant and before the Mission to Mustafar.
Kashyyyk was considered a major navigation hub for the southwest quadrant of the galaxy, and as such it was strategically important system which had long been a target for the Separatist military. After a number of probing attacks throughout the war, the Separatists finally decided on a full-scale invasion of Kachirho, a city in the Wawaatt Archipelago. This was to serve as a literal beachhead into the rest of the forest-covered planet Kashyyyk. To this end, the Separatists made particular use of the age-old enmity between the native Wookiees and their system neighbours the Trandoshans to prepare for their attack. The Trandoshans did this in a number of ways, in particular by raiding the city and taking General Tarrful, its leader, prisoner, while using their
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy fiction, the Battle of Pelennor Fields is the battle for the city of Minas Tirith between the forces of Gondor and its allies, and the forces of the Dark Lord Sauron. Tolkien recounts this battle in The Return of the King, the third volume of his 1954-55 novel The Lord of the Rings as originally printed.
The battle was the largest and most important of the War of the Ring, the war in which the Third Age of Middle-earth comes to a close. It takes place on 15 March, T.A. 3019 in the Pelennor Fields, the townlands and fields between Minas Tirith and the River Anduin.
The concept and history of composition of the battle is detailed in the fourth volume of The History of the Lord of the Rings.
The city of Minas Tirith was besieged following the fall of Osgiliath and the Rammas Echor, Gondor's final barriers against the forces of Mordor. In the retreat to the city, Faramir, son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor, was severely wounded. Since the despairing Steward refused to leave his son's side, the Wizard Gandalf took command of the city's defences. Meanwhile, the enemy forces assembled before the city on the Pelennor Fields. The Great Darkness blotted out the
Included by these events:Ritual to create a new Storm God's son
In the glory days of Vashanka’s armies, a girl was raped in a chariot on the run, buttocks up, bent over the front of the car on her stomach by two men and thrown out the back or off the side when the deed was done. As a marriage bed, the stationary chariot with no horses came much later (along with a girl’s backside dangling above the centerpole, her knees hooked over the car’s rim), in these gentler times on this climb up from slime. Now even that is too real for these genteel folk, voyeurs of celestial passion hoping for a brush with godhead. Tonight there will be golden chains, velvet ropes, a willing wench privileged to be ceremonially ravished by a youth who may, or may not, truly hold the god. They’ll crown an avatar this evening, warp a boy’s future and think they’ve brought a god to life. -- The Sacred Band
Included by these events:Rescue of 46 of the Sacred Band of Thebes by Tempus's Sacred Band of Stepsons
Location:Sanctuary Stepsons' barracks
In the novel, "The Sacred Band," (Janet Morris, Chris Morris; Paradise Publishing, 2010), part of the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Tempus and his Stepsons rescue the forty-six survivors of the Sacred Band of Thebes and bring them first to Lemuria, then to Sanctuary, where the Thebans join the Sacred Band of Stepsons.
The Wizard Wars are a series of wars that take place in the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse and the Thieves' World fictional unvierse between Mygdonia and its allies, including the sorcery-driven Black Nisibis, and the Rankan Empire over a series of six novels and eleven short works of fiction written by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.
The Battle of Osgiliath is a fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Return of the King. The battle was a prelude to the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
Prior to this event, Sauron had regained all his military strength and was prepared to attack Middle-earth. He first planned to attack his most powerful enemy, the land of Gondor. But in order to destroy Gondor's capital, Minas Tirith, he first needed to capture Osgiliath, Gondor's former capital city, strategically positioned on the Anduin, the Great River. Fords across the river were located in Osgiliath (half of the city was located on each side of the river) that were the only path a large army could cross the Anduin for hundreds of miles up or downstream (the crossing was also possible at Cair Andros or Pelargir, but Osgiliath was the most direct). If captured, Sauron could freely move his main army across the river and to the primary target of his strategy in the war, Minas Tirith.
The battle to control the ruins of Osgiliath had actually been fought, on and off, for over a century since the fall of Ithilien to Mordor. Minas Tirith was surrounded by the Rammas Echor, a fortified wall encircling the Pelennor Fields and
The June Rebellion, or the Paris Uprising of 1832, was an unsuccessful, anti-monarchist insurrection of Parisian Republicans—largely students—from June 5 to June 6, 1832. The rebellion originated in an attempt of the Republicans to reverse the July Monarchy, shortly after the death of the powerful Orleanist President of the Council, Casimir Pierre Périer, on May 16, 1832. The rebellion was the last outbreak of violence linked with the July Revolution. Author Victor Hugo described the rebellion in his novel Les Misérables.
In Hugo’s Les Misérables, the death of General Jean Maximilien Lamarque is seen as the catalyst for an inevitable uprising. In fact, his death was used as an excuse for the riots to take place. Leading up to the rebellion, there were significant economic problems, particularly acute in the period from 1827 to 1832; the years were marked by harvest failures, food shortages, and increases in the cost of living, creating discontent throughout the classes. Additionally, the spring of 1832 saw Paris ravaged by a Europe-wide outbreak of cholera, which ended with a death toll of 18,402 in the city. The poor neighborhoods were particularly devastated by the disease,
The Last Alliance of Elves and Men is an episode in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was formed in the year 3430 of the Second Age in response to the threat of conquest by the Dark Lord Sauron.
The conflict at the end of the Second Age is often known as the War of the Last Alliance. It includes the Battle of Dagorlad and the Siege of Barad-dￃﾻr.
In The Lord of the Rings, Elrond describes the Last Alliance to Frodo Baggins, comparing it to the Host of Valinor that overthrew the Great Enemy Morgoth in the War of Wrath at the end of the First Age:
Sauron had contended with the Elves and the Men of Nￃﾺmenor for mastery of Middle-earth and the Rings of Power in the War of the Elves and Sauron. He was defeated and driven out of Eriador in the year 1701 of the Second Age. During this war the Elves suffered great losses. Over the next 1500 years, Sauron extended his power eastward and the kingdom of Nￃﾺmenor on the island of Andor flourished, even receiving the submission of Sauron. It was eventually destroyed at the height of its military power due to the machinations of Sauron in the year 3319. The Dￃﾺnedain, survivors of the catastrophe, formed realms in
Included by these events:Abarsis takes Janni's soul
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse and the Thieves' World shared fictional unvierse, Abarsis, Slaughter priest and patron shade of Tempus's Sacred Band, takes the souls of Tempus's slain fighters to the afterlife, appearing in the balefire of a pyre or wherever the Stepsons' dead may be.
Included by these events:Harmony takes Niko's mare
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons unvierse, as the Great War begins, Harmony (Harmonia), the Theban goddess offers to trade Niko her black stallion for his Askelonian mare to save the mare from death at Askelon's hands.
In the fictional Star Trek universe, the Battle of Deep Space Nine is the first major battle of the Dominion War. The battle is depicted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nines "Call to Arms". It results in Starfleet successfully mining the Bajoran wormhole, preventing Dominion reinforcements from reaching the Alpha Quadrant, but also in the Dominion's capture of Deep Space Nine. After the battle, Gul Dukat reverts the station's designation back to Terok Nor and makes it his headquarters for the war, which proceeds in the Dominion's favor for the next three months. The Dominion's occupation of Deep Space Nine lasts five months.
Prior to the battle, the Cardiassian Union fights a bloody war against the Maquis and the Klingons. Out of desperation, Dukat secretly negotiates the Union's entry into the Dominion. When this is revealed, the Klingons withdraw from Cardassian space and the Dominion establish a foothold in the Alpha Quadrant. Between Cardassia's joining the Dominion and the start of the war, the Dominion constantly sends military supplies through the Bajoran wormhole to Cardassia. Starfleet Command realizes that the flow of supplies has to be stopped in order to prevent the
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction universe of Middle-earth, Battle of the Field of Celebrant was a fierce battle fought on the Field of Celebrant, which ultimately led to the creation of the kingdom of Rohan.
In the year 2510 of the Third Age, a fierce group of Easterlings, known as the Balchoth, waged open war against a weakened Gondor, and had already overrun most of Gondor's northern provinces. Gondor had no allies left east of Anduin, and against hope had sent three pairs of messengers north to the ￃﾉothￃﾩod, ancient allies of Gondor.
In 2510 the Balchoth crossed Anduin, via the shallow Undeeps, passing into the Wold in the north of the Gondorian province of Calenardhon. They met little resistance as Calenardhon had been sparsely populated since the Plague of 1636, and by the time the North Army of Gondor appeared from the South of Calenardhon, the bulk of the Balchoth army had already crossed. The North Army counter-attacked, and was driven North over the River Limlight and onto the Field of Celebrant, cut off from the later reinforcements by the Balchoth host. By the time the South Army appeared, the North Army had come under attack by an Orc band which by chance or design
Included by these events:Sanctuary welcomes the storm god's son
The ritual to create a new Storm God's son is a recurring event that takes place in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World fictional universe. In a religious rite, the faithful gather to witness the reenactment of the procreation of a storm god's avatar, hoping that the union of a carefully chosen couple will be fruitful and a new demigod will be produced. Through this ritual reenactment Kouras, is officially proclaimed to be the son of the storm god and the representative of the god on earth.
Included by these events:Massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes
Location:Battleplain of Chaeronea
Massacre of 254 of the Sacred Band of Thebes is an event in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. It is based on an actual event that occured during the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) in Ancient Greece.
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World fictional shared universe, upon the death in combat of Abarsis, Slaughter Priest, Tempus takes Abarsis's ten Sacred Band pairs and, with thirty single mercenaries, forms the Stepsons, the core of his war-band of mercenary cavalry fighters.
The Battle of Mon Calamari refers to two fictional battles in the Star Wars saga.
The Battle of Mon Calamari took four months after the Battle of Geonosis. This battle is first shown in the Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars.
The battle occurred when Count Dooku persuaded the Quarren Isolation League leader on Mon Calamari to side with the Separatists. Following the Quarren's alliance with the Confederacy, Jedi Master Kit Fisto led a strike team of aquatic clone troopers and Mon Calamari Knights in an underwater assault on Mon Calamari.
After fierce battling, Kit Fisto engaged the Confederate commander Tikkes in a one on one duel. It appeared that Tikkes had the upper hand (he was piloting a Quarren Crab Canon), but lost at the hands of Fisto and his force-power waterballs. With Tikkes out of the battle, the Republic won.
Though Tikkes was pushed into a volcanic crater, Tikkes survived, due to his appearance in Episode 3.
The other Battle of Mon Calamari was a battle in the Galactic Civil War 31 years later, when the Empire attacked the planet with World Devastators. In this battle, an airborne assault lead by commander Wedge Antilles. This battle is the final
The Battle of the Council was the final conflict between humans and Xindi, in the long running science fiction television series Star Trek. It which ended with the destruction of the Xindi superweapon.
The Battle of the Last Stand was a fictional climactic, bloody clash between the Army of Hope and the Legions of the Nemesis in the first Legacy of Kain game.
The Battle was fought between the Army of Willendorf, led by King Ottmar and Kain, and the Legions of the Nemesis, led by the Nemesis himself. The battle took place on hilly fields surrounded by forests somewhere north of Willendorf. The battle, at first, seemed to favor Ottmar's army, but when the good king was killed, the tide turned.
Knowing the battle could not be won and Nosgoth was doomed to conquer at the hands of the Nemesis, Kain traveled back in time and murdered the Nemesis, who was then known as William the Just, as a young man. Upon returning to the present, Kain found that the Battle of the Last Stand had never taken place, but instead, Kain himself had sparked a genocidal crusade against vampires when he, a vampire, had killed William the Just, a beloved boy-king at the time.
The West Wing presidential election of 2006 is a fictional event portrayed during the sixth and seventh seasons on the American television show The West Wing.
Incumbent President Josiah Bartlet was disqualified because he was "termed out" (he had already served two terms). The Democratic Party chose Representative Matt Santos of Texas as their candidate while the Republican Party chose Senator Arnold Vinick of California. Santos was given little chance of success at the outset of his campaign, in light of the more favored Vice President Robert Russell and former Vice President John Hoynes. He eventually won the nomination after a rather contentious primary campaign and convention. Vinick was also seen as a dark horse candidate, but was able to secure nomination more easily than Santos. In the general campaign, the two candidates touched on many issues, including abortion, intelligent design, illegal immigration, taxes, and nuclear energy, the latter after a potential nuclear meltdown at the San Andreo nuclear power plant. In the end, Santos won a narrow 272-266 electoral college victory over Vinick to succeed Bartlet as President of the United States whilst Vinick won the popular
The Battle of Dale is a fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings during the War of the Ring. An earlier battle in the same location which re-established the Dwarven kingdom was called the Battle of Five Armies.
The Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain (also known as Erebor) and the Men of Dale refused to acknowledge the overlordship and alliance of Sauron. While his larger southern armies invaded Gondor, a Host of Easterlings advanced in the north to extend his dominion and to prevent the armies of his enemies joining together under one banner.
On March 17 of the year 3019 in the Third Age, Sauron sent a host of Easterlings to attack Dale. The combined forces of the Men of Dale under King Brand and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain under King Dáin Ironfoot marched out to meet the Easterlings in battle. Sauron's forces were probably more numerous, though the armies of Dale and Erebor would have possessed an advantage due to their superior Dwarven-made weaponry. After three days of heavy close-quarters fighting, Brand and Dáin were forced to retreat to the Lonely Mountain. A few sturdy warriors led by Brand and Dáin fought bravely before the Gate of Erebor, which was
In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Battle of the Crossings of Erui was the last battle of the Kin-strife of Gondor.
After a decade of cruel rule by Castamir the Usurper, the people of Gondor rebelled, and the rightful king Eldacar of Gondor returned to his kingdom with an army of Northmen, his relatives, and the rebelling Dￃﾺnedain.
Castamir and his men were cornered at the Crossings of the river Erui, on the road from Minas Tirith to Pelargir, and Eldacar personally killed Castamir there. However, many Nￃﾺmenￃﾳrean of pure blood were killed at Erui.
Castamir's heirs were then besieged in Pelargir after the victory, eventually fleeing to Umbar, where a realm began independent of Gondor. This would cause further war over the next few centuries.
The Roman conquest of Britain was a gradual process, beginning effectively in AD 43 under Emperor Claudius, whose general Aulus Plautius served as first governor of Britannia. Great Britain had already frequently been the target of invasions, planned and actual, by forces of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. In common with other regions on the edge of the empire, Britain had enjoyed diplomatic and trading links with the Romans in the century since Julius Caesar's expeditions in 55 and 54 BC, and Roman economic and cultural influence was a significant part of the British late pre-Roman Iron Age, especially in the south.
Between 55 BC and the 40s AD, the status quo of tribute, hostages, and client states without direct military occupation, begun by Caesar's invasions of Britain, largely remained intact. Augustus prepared invasions in 34 BC, 27 BC and 25 BC. The first and third were called off due to revolts elsewhere in the empire, the second because the Britons seemed ready to come to terms. According to Augustus's Res Gestae, two British kings, Dumnovellaunus and Tincomarus, fled to Rome as suppliants during his reign, and Strabo's Geography, written during this period, says
The Shadow Wars are a fictional series of wars involving the Shadows in the television science fiction series Babylon 5. There have actually been many Shadow Wars since ancient times in the galaxy. Roughly every thousand years, the Shadows begin a new Shadow War to promote chaos in the universe in accordance with their ideology of growth through conflict. During the first two seasons, "The Shadow War" typically refers to the previous Shadow War in the cycle, a thousand years earlier. At this point the one that takes place within the series itself is referred to as "the Coming Shadow War", as it is anticipated but not yet begun. This last war is mainly referred to as "the Shadow War" in the fourth and fifth seasons.
In the "Shadow War" that occurred in the year 1260, the Shadows battled an alliance of races led by the Vorlons and Minbari. The use of Babylon 4, brought back in time from a thousand years in the future, was pivotal in the defeat of the Shadows. It is referred to by the Minbari as "The Great War".
The final Shadow War occurred one thousand years later in 2260, in which the Shadows battled the combined forces of the Babylon 5, Minbari Federation, Narn Regime, the League
The Battle of Jabiim is a battle which occurred in the fictional Star Wars universe between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic. It was one of the major battles of the Clone Wars.
Jabiim had been part of the Republic for 3,000 years. It had paid its due taxes to Coruscant, but remained undefended when calamity befell it; the scourge of Brainrot Plague decimated the populace, Trandoshan bandits invaded and occupied their lands, and Lythian Pirates besieged their small communities. Each time, the Jabiimites had to defend themselves alone. Embittered by the Republic's indifference, Jabiim secede and joined Count Dooku's Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Republic agents on Jabiim informed the Galactic Senate that the Jabiim Congress had been undermined by Separatist influences. Although individuals such as Alto Stratus spoke eloquently about the "oppression" of the Republic, many believed that these words had been purchased with weapons, supplies, and credits by the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Negotiations spearheaded by the Alderaan Diplomatic Corps were rebuffed, and Jabiim was gearing towards war. Rather than lose Jabiim to treachery,
Included by these events:Mastering Lemurian windows
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, once Tempus establishes a base of operations on the island fortress of Lemuria and installs is his sister-in-arms Cime there as Evening Star, they use the Lemurian portals to begin reuniting Tempus's scattered mercenaries. Once Tempus has located Critias, with Cime's help they journey to Shaga and recall Randal, Straton and Kama to active duty. Randal is then sent to bring Niko from Bandara, and Kama to bring the 3rd Commando forces to Lemuria. In this way, Tempus eventually restores his Sacred Band of Stepsons. With the cadre and leadership in place, he begins gathering additional fighters, and remaking Lemuria's existing armed forces to his specifications, although the Lemurians remain under the putative command of Lemuria's Evening Star, Cime.
Included by these events:Askelon and Tempus meet in Lemuria
At the height of the Wizard Wars, Tempus finds himself alone and the guest of Lemuria's Evening Star on New Year's Eve in the company of two Mesopotamian monarchs, three people from the future, and Askelon of Meridian. All seven guests are present to change a fate. Tempus uses his opportunity to go after his sister-in-arms, Cime. Askelon follows Tempus to New York and beyond, where Cime is enmeshed in a battle of the Wizard War unlike any they has fought before.
The Battle of Bosworth Field (or the Battle of Bosworth) was the last significant battle of the Wars of the Roses, the civil war between the House of Lancaster and the House of York that raged across England in the latter half of the 15th century. Fought on 22 August 1485, the battle was won by the Lancastrians. Their leader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, became the first English monarch of the Tudor dynasty by his victory. His opponent, Richard III, the last king of the House of York, was killed in the battle. Historians consider Bosworth Field to mark the end of the Plantagenet dynasty, making it one of the defining moments of English and Welsh history.
Richard's reign began in 1483 when he seized the throne from his twelve-year-old nephew Edward V. The boy and his younger brother soon disappeared, to the distress of many, and Richard's support was further eroded by rumours of his involvement in the death of his wife. Across the English Channel in Brittany, Henry Tudor, a descendant of the greatly diminished House of Lancaster, seized on Richard's difficulties and laid claim to the throne. Henry's first attempt to invade England in 1483 was frustrated by a storm, but on his
In the fictional world of J. R. R. Tolkien the Oath of Fￃﾫanor (or Oath of the Fￃﾫanorians) was an oath taken by Fￃﾫanor and his seven sons after Morgoth killed his father, the High King Finwￃﾫ, and stole the Silmaril. In the First Age this oath would be the greatest cause of strife between the Noldor.
Learning of his father's death at the hands of Morgoth, Fￃﾫanor went back to Tirion, breaking the exile set by the Valar. At Tirion, Fￃﾫanor gave an impassioned speech in which he convinced the vast majority of the Noldor to follow him to Middle-earth to wrest the Silmarils back from Morgoth and avenge Finwￃﾫ. At the end of his speech, Fￃﾫanor swore the dreadful oath to Eru the One, calling the Valar Manwￃﾫ and Varda in witness. His seven sons jumped to his side and swore the oath with him.
The oath commanded Fￃﾫanor to press to Middle-earth and resulted in the first Kinslaying at the havens of the Teleri. Fￃﾫanor died soon after his return to Middle-earth but the remaining oath-takers, his sons, lived on in relative harmony with the Eldar of Beleriand. For the greater part of the First Age the oath kept the sons of Fￃﾫanor united in one cause to defeat Morgoth and retrieve the
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, a military coup at the Festival of Man deposes Abikithis and installs the experienced general, Theron, on the Rankan throne. Askelon of Meridian and Cime the Free Agent assist in the plan made by Tempus, Theron, and Bashir of Free Nisibis to end an inefficient regime and put an end to the overweening power of the priesthood, replacing it with a military government.
Included by these events:Massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes
Location:Battleplain of Chaeronea
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, at the Battle of Chaeronea on August 2, 338 BCE, Tempus is wounded by a spear during the battle between Macedonia and Thebes and her allies while trying to save members of the Sacred Band of Thebes and relocate them to Lemuria.
The Battle of Bywater is a fictional battle depicted in the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The battle takes place in the chapter "The Scouring of the Shire."
The Battle of Bywater was a battle between the Hobbits of The Shire and a band of ruffians (men or orc-men) who followed the Wizard Saruman, whom they called "Sharkey" (an alias derived from sharkￃﾻ, Orcish for "old man"). The battle was considered to be the last of the War of the Ring. The Shire-folk were roused by the leadership of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry) and Peregrin Took (Pippin), knights of Gondor and Rohan. Merry slew the leader of the ruffians, a squint-eyed Orcish-looking brute.
The Battle of Bywater occurred on November 3, 1419 by Shire-reckoning in the Shire Calendar (3019 of the Third Age) and was the last military engagement of the War of the Ring. It was only the second battle ever fought within the borders of the Shire since its founding over 1400 years before; the first was the Battle of Greenfields, which was fought in the year 1147 by Shire-reckoning (2747 of the Third Age).
Ruffians had been sent by Sharkey (Saruman) to suppress the Hobbit revolt breaking out in
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, Abarsis brings Tempus, commander of the Sacred Band, and Theron, ruler of Ranke, a message from the gods that requires them to go to Sanctuary and see to "souls of yours and ours to be released." This message begins Janet Morris's story "Power Play," which appears as the first story in the book, "Soul of the City," (Abbey, Cherryh, Morris; 1986), a part of the Thieves' World shared fictional universe.
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction universe of Middle-earth, the Battle of Nanduhirion was the last battle in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. It was later said that the memory of the battle still causes "Orcs to shudder and Dwarves to weep."
The Battle of Nanduhirion, also called the Battle of Azanulbizar after the Khuzdul name, was fought in the year 2799 of the Third Age at the eastern gate of Moria between the Dwarves of at least several of the Dwarf houses, and the Orc of the Misty Mountains.
It was the greatest battle of the War of Dwarves and Orcs, and was a decisive victory for the Dwarves, though not without price. An account of the Battle is found in Appendix A Part III of The Lord of the Rings. The battle initially went against the Dwarves, for the Orcs had the high ground and the greater numbers, and being a dark day in winter there was no sun to bother the orcs. The tide was only turned when a last contingent of fresh warriors from the Iron Hills arrived to reinforce the wavering Dwarves.
However, the battle claimed the lives of many; including Frerin the second son of Thrￃﾡin II, and the younger brother of Thorin Oakenshield. His kinsman Fundin also fell. Both
In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Battle of Sector 001 is the United Federation of Planets's second major battle against the Borg Collective. It occurs in the film Star Trek: First Contact.
In 2373, long-range scans from space station Deep Space 5 detected a solitary Borg cube heading toward Earth. A fleet of Starfleet ships under the command of Admiral Hayes assembles in the Typhon Sector to intercept the intruder. The Borg rout the fleet, and Starfleet makes another stand near Earth in Sector 001. (Although not part of Sector 001, the engagement in the Typhon Sector is generally considered to be part of the overall battle. Star Trek canon is unclear as to whether fighting continued all the way from the Typhon Sector to Sector 001 or Starfleet completely disengaged and regrouped near Earth.)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard learns upon the USS ''Enterprise'''s arrival in Sector 001 that Hayes' ship has been destroyed (although Hayes is alive) and takes command of the fleet. Picard directs the Starfleet defenders to concentrate their fire on a seemingly non-vital part of the Borg vessel; the ships' coordinated attack destroys the cube, although at least one ''Steamrunner'' class
The Battle of the Camp is a fictional battle in J. R. R. Tolkien's history of Middle-earth, as recounted in The Silmarillion, the Appendices of The Return of the King, and Unfinished Tales. "Battle of the Camp" refers mainly to the final battle of the conflict with The Wainriders.
In the year 1945 of the Third Age, the Wainrider people from the east made an alliance with the Haradrim, and a dual attack on Ithilien was launched. While the Wainriders assaulted Ithilien from the north, the armies of the Haradrim crossed the Poros and invaded South Ithilien.
The northern assault of the Wainriders was met by the King of Gondor himself, Ondoher, with his two sons Artamir and Faramir. The Easterlings swept through Gondor's forces, cutting down the King and his heirs and routing his army. Their victory complete, and with Gondor seemingly defenceless before them, the Wainriders paused in North Ithilien to celebrate their conquest.
Their allies in the south had met with much less success. The Gondorian Captain Eￃﾤrnil had led Gondor's smaller Southern Army to victory over the Haradrim, destroying their army in South Ithilien, to the north of the Poros. After his victory, Eￃﾤrnil
In J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, the Battle of the Morannon or Battle of the Black Gate is a fictional event that took place at the end of the War of the Ring. It is depicted in The Return of the King, the third volume of his epic fantasy book The Lord of the Rings.
This was the final major battle against Sauron in the War of the Ring, fought at the Black Gate of Mordor. The Army of the West, led by Aragorn, marched on the gate as a diversionary feint to distract Sauron's attention from Frodo and Sam, who were carrying the One Ring through Mordor. It was hoped that Sauron would think Aragorn had the Ring and was now trying to use it to overthrow Mordor. As the journey progressed, Aragorn was credited openly as "the King Elessar" by their heralds to challenge Sauron, though he was not yet formally crowned.
Aragorn and the other captains had around 7,000 soldiers of Gondor and Rohan available to fight; they left some in Minas Tirith to defend against assault, and sent 3,000 Rohirrim under Elfhelm to rout another army holding the west road to Anórien (which soon returned to Minas Tirith). Thus they marched with about 6,000 foot and 1,000 horse.
At the Crossroads, Aragorn and other
Appears in these works:The Star Wars Holiday Special
Life Day was the fiction Wookiee holiday celebrated by the inhabitants of Kashyyyk. It was originally featured in The Star Wars Holiday Special with its airing in 1978.
Unlike most aspects of the normally well-crafted Star Wars universe, Life Day is utterly expedient, inserted into the show to provide a very basic goal for the hero, and lend a bit of topical relevance to the material, which would otherwise be completely inappropriate for a television holiday special.
The Star Wars Holiday Special gives us some insight into the customs of Life Day. Chewbacca's wife prepares a feast, gifts are exchanged between acquaintances, candle are burned ritual, and Wookiees put on red robe and join into groups to observe the day. Singing is involved.
Another source which gives us a view of Life Day for the Wookiees is the 1979 children's book The Wookiee Storybook. This book tells us that on this holiday, a certain fruit is sacred to the wookiees as part of their feasting ceremonies. In the 1979 Russ Manning newspaper comic strip The Kashyyyk Depths, the regular cast of A New Hope once again returned to Kashyyyk for another Life Day celebration.
In the video game Star Wars: Galaxies,
The Spanish Civil War was a major conflict fought in Spain from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939. The war began after a pronunciamiento (declaration of opposition) by a group of generals under the leadership of José Sanjurjo against the elected government of the Second Spanish Republic, at the time under the leadership of President Manuel Azaña. The rebel coup was supported by a number of conservative groups including the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right, monarchists such as the religious conservative Carlists, and the Fascist Falange.
Following the only partially successful coup, Spain was left militarily and politically divided. From that moment onwards, general Francisco Franco began a protracted war of attrition against the established government for the control of the country. The rebel forces received the support of Nazi Germany and the Kingdom of Italy, as well as neighbouring Portugal, while the Soviet Union and Mexico intervened in support of the Republican government or loyalist side.
Atrocities were committed by both sides in the war. Organised purges occurred in territory captured by Franco's forces to consolidate the future regime. A smaller but significant
Included by these events:Tempus and Theron are ordered to Sanctuary
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe, Abarsis, called Stepsons, Slaughter Priest, Man of the God, is killed in action on a mission with Tempus. Years before, Tempus had taken Abarsis, a war orphan and king's son gelded by the victors, to Bandara in hopes of healing mind and soul, if not body. The result of this is that Abarsis, a full-grown Bandaran-trained warrior-priest, returns after his death as the patron shade of Tempus's Sacred Band. Abarsis dependably arrives in time to take each slain member of Tempus's cohort to heaven personally and appears in a war chariot at critical times with messages and orders from the gods of the armies.
Cyrus is a character in The Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. Long kept by his mother, Jihan, beneath the sea at the edge of time, Cyrus escapes and seeks his father, Tempus. The Nisibisi witch Roxane finds Cyrus and encourages him to take revenge upon his father, offering aid, comfort and love. Roxane teaches Cyrus to fly and change his shape. The sorceress, intent on regaining control of Tempus's partner, Nikodemos, travels with the boy to the edge of time to a confrontation that she hopes will destroy her old enemy, Tempus, and leave Nikodemos defenseless before her. When that confrontation comes, not even Roxane emerges unharmed as sorcery is pitted against the gods in a battle with humanity's future at stake. Tempus refuses to fight his son, but vanquishes Roxane. Cyrus and his parents are reunited, and Cyrus becomes a member of the Sacred Band of Stepsons.
Included by these events:New Year's Eve in Lemuria
Location:Citadel of Lemuria
On New Year's Eve in Lemuria, seven outsiders gather to draw lots and change fates in the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe. On one such New Year's Eve, Tempus, called the Riddler, and Askelon of Meridian are among the seven.
In the fictional Star Trek universe, Operation Return was a major battle and a turning point in the Dominion War. It is depicted in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes "Favor the Bold" and "Sacrifice of Angels".
Five months prior to the battle, Starfleet abandons starbase Deep Space Nine to the Dominion and its newest member, the Cardassian Union. However, before Starfleet's withdrawal, the USS ''Defiant'' mines the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole. These cloaked, self-replicating mines effectively prevent the Dominion's leaders in the Gamma Quadrant from sending reinforcements through to the Alpha Quadrant.
Recognizing the need for both a strategic and morale-boosting victory, Captain Benjamin Sisko begins planning to retake Deep Space Nine. While amassing the necessary fleet, Sisko receives a message from his son informing him that the Dominion is nearing completion of an effort that will bring down the minefield and allow thousands of Jem'Hadar starships to pass through the wormhole into the Alpha Quadrant. Such reinforcements would tip the balance in the Dominion's favor, effectively ending the war in a Federation-Klingon defeat.
Sisko, aboard the Defiant, takes the
Appears in these works:The Best of Both Worlds, Part II
The Battle of Wolf 359 is a fictional space battle in the Star Trek universe between the United Federation of Planets and the Borg Collective in the year 2367. The aftermath is depicted in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" and the battle in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine pilot, "Emissary."
In "The Best of Both Worlds," 40 Starfleet starships gather near Wolf 359 to intercept a Borg cube ship traveling to Earth. The Borg, having assimilated Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his knowledge of Starfleet tactics and technology into its collective consciousness, obliterate the Starfleet force: according to dialog in "The Drumhead," 39 ships are destroyed, with the loss of over 11,000 lives. Survivors include Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) and his son, Jake (Cirroc Lofton), as well as an unknown number of Starfleet and Klingon captives assimilated by the Borg. Following its victory, the Borg ship continues on its course to Earth, where the crew of the Enterprise-D rescue Picard and stop the cube.
The player's character in the interactive movie/video game Star Trek: Borg replaces a crewman aboard the character's father's ship during the
Included by these events:The Sacred Band of Stepsons, the Sacred Band of Thebes, and the 3rd Commando defend against Askelon's Meridian army, including Macedonians and revenants
Up they came, these fit, harsh men, professionally reserved, asking to meet, wanting to sit, hoping for hire. Some of these fighters were younger than Niko was when first he came here; some older than Straton or Charon now; some showed their scars, some didn’t. They’d say, “Heard you’re hiring for the Stepsons.”
Tempus would say, “If you’re good enough.”
Lips would quirk, legs stretch out, bodies lean back slouched with both hands on the table or in their belts: exposed bellies and hearts and throats saying all that needed to be said about courage and skill. “What’s the mission? How long? Where?”
And Tempus would say, “The battle of your dreams.”
They hired a dozen on the spot and sent them out to the barracks to see Sync and get fit up. Reinforcements, for whatever Tempus thought was coming. -- The Sacred Band
Appears in these works:Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Clone Wars are a series of fictional galactic battles in George Lucas's science fiction saga Star Wars. The conflict is first mentioned in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), but no details are given (except for the implication of clones being involved), and the wars themselves are not featured until the series' fifth and sixth films, Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), the second and third episodes of the six-part Star Wars film series. The 2D animated microseries Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003–2005) and 3D CGI animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008–present), chronicle some of the war's major campaigns. Additional events and stories are detailed in a multimedia campaign consisting of Star Wars literature and video games. Many of the events featured have parallels in history, politics, and mythology from which Lucas and other writers drew inspiration.
The Clone Wars began when thousands of star systems seceded from the Galactic Republic to form the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS). The first battle occurs on the CIS planet Geonosis where the Republic's new clone army, led by Jedi generals, combats the Separatists' battle
Included by these events:Crit and Kama find Tasfalen
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Crit take command of the Stepsons to organize a pacification program in Sanctuary that will allow the last of the Tempus's forces still in Sanctuary to head north to the Wizard Wars.
Included by these events:Askelon follows Tempus to New York
Drawing of lots is a lottery in which participants blindly choose objects (such as stones, straws, coins, or dice) in order to make a random decision. It is won by luck, akin to tossing a coin.
For example, if there is a task that must be done but has no volunteers, a group may decide who is to perform the task by casting lots. In a group of five, four dark-colored stones and one light-colored stone would be placed in an opaque bag. Each person would pick a stone, and it does not matter the order in which this occurs. The person who chose the single light-colored stone would be responsible for performing the task in question.
The Battle of the Windmill is a fictional battle in the novella Animal Farm by George Orwell. In real life, with events in Animal Farm mirroring those in the Soviet Union, this represents the Great Patriotic War (World War II), especially the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Moscow.
For two years, the animals of Animal Farm worked to construct a windmill that would help with their work. The first attempt was destroyed by a storm because of its thin walls, but the leader Napoleon claims it was sabotaged by Snowball. Finally, the animals completed the windmill. Afterwards, Napoleon made deals with two neighboring farms, Foxwood (led by Mr. Pilkington) and Pinchfield (led by Mr. Frederick). Napoleon accepted a deal with Frederick and sold timber for five pounds. Three days later, Napoleon discovered the notes were counterfeit. He immediately ordered a death sentence on Frederick.
The next morning, Frederick and his men arrived with the intent to attack and gain control of the title deeds of Animal Farm. The animals realized that they couldn't win like they did at the Battle of the Cowshed: there were more men and six had firearms. Napoleon expected that Pilkington would come
Included by these events:Cyrus escapes his prison under the sea
Location:Sea at the edge of time
In the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe, Cyrus is the son of Jihan, Froth Daughter, and Tempus, both themselves the children of gods. Long imprisoned beneath the sea at the edge of time, when the boy escapes he goes looking for his father.
In the fictional, far future Warhammer 40,000 universe created by Games Workshop, the Horus Heresy is a relatively short but devastating galaxy-spanning civil war. The war engulfs the nascent galactic empire of the Imperium of Man during the 31st millennium AD in the universe timeline. Initially described in wargame supplements published in 1988, it has been used since that time as background for several of Game Workshop's Epic-branded tabletop wargames. However the Horus Heresy has expanded beyond its original wargame-background role; it is an ongoing project that has become a major in-universe component, and it has come into its own as a brand and product line for Games Workshop and its affiliates.
In the developing Warhammer 40,000 back-story, by the 30th millennium the Emperor of Mankind, founder and head of the newly constituted "Imperium of Man," has become a major proponent of Order in the Milky Way galaxy, and one of the most formidable enemies of Chaos and its forces. After consolidating his rule on Terra (Earth) and genetically engineering Legions of superhuman warriors (the Space Marines), he embarks, early in the 31st millennium, on a Great Crusade. The objective is to
The Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) were a series of wars declared against Napoleon's French Empire by opposing coalitions. As a continuation of the wars sparked by the French Revolution of 1789, they revolutionised European armies and played out on an unprecedented scale, mainly owing to the application of modern mass conscription. French power rose quickly as Napoleon's armies conquered much of Europe but collapsed rapidly after France's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. Napoleon's empire ultimately suffered complete military defeat resulting in the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in France.
Despite a final victory against Napoleon, five of seven coalitions saw defeat at the hands of France. France beat the first and second coalition during the French Revolutionary Wars, and defeated the third (Victory of Austerlitz), the fourth (Victory de Jena, Eylau, Friedland) and fifth coalition (Victory of Wagram) under the leadership of Napoleon. These great victories gave the French Army a sense of invulnerability, especially when they approached Moscow. But after the retreat from Russia, in spite of incomplete victories, France was beaten by the sixth coalition at Leipzig and the
The Second Age is a time period from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth fantasy writings. Tolkien intended for the history of Middle-earth to be considered fictionally as a precursor to the history of the real Earth.
The Second Age began after the banishment of Morgoth into the Void by the Lords of the West led by Eönwë the Herald of Manwë.
It lasted for 3441 years, and ended with the downfall of Sauron, when he was defeated by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men following the downfall of Númenor.
This age was characterized by the rise of Númenor, the rise of Sauron in Middle-earth (which saw the creation of the Ringwraiths), and the early wars of the Rings between Sauron and the Elves.
The 3441 years of the Second Age are, for the most part, unchronicled, unlike the First Age which is largely recounted in The Silmarillion, and the Third Age, which is the time period during which The Lord of the Rings is set. Besides the hints about the Second Age found in The Lord of the Rings, several shorter writings fill in some of the gap between the downfall of Morgoth at the end of the First Age and the first downfall of Sauron which marked the beginning of the Third Age.
"The Tale of Years" in
Included by these events:Abarsis brings the gods' message to Theron and Tempus
In the Sacred band of Stepsons universe and the Thieves' World shared fictional universe, Abarsis, patron shade of Tempus's Sacred Band, may appear at critical times with messages from the gods or to take the Sacred Band of Stepsons' dead to the afterlife. Tempus and Theron are in a planning session in the Rankan palace when Abarsis and chariot appear in the great hall and tell both men to go to Sanctuary and see to "souls of yours and ours to be released." Theron, the new Rankan emperor, installed by military coup, and Tempus follow the follow their orders and journey to Sanctuary.
The French Invasion of Russia in 1812, also known as the Russian Campaign in France (French: Campagne de Russie) and the Patriotic War of 1812 in Russia (Russian: Отечественная война 1812 года), was a turning point during the Napoleonic Wars. It reduced the French and allied invasion forces (the Grande Armée) to a tiny fraction of their initial strength and triggered a major shift in European politics as it dramatically weakened French hegemony in Europe. The reputation of Napoleon as an undefeated military genius was severely shaken, while the French Empire's former allies, at first Prussia and then the Austrian Empire, broke their alliance with France and switched camps, which triggered the War of the Sixth Coalition.
The campaign began on 24 June 1812, when Napoleon's forces crossed the Neman River. Napoleon aimed to compel Emperor of Russia Alexander I to remain in the Continental Blockade of the United Kingdom; an official aim was to remove the threat of a Russian invasion of Poland. Napoleon named the campaign a Second Polish War (in reference to the "First Polish War"); the Russian government proclaimed a Patriotic War.
At nearly half a million strong, the Grande Armée
In the Star Trek fictional universe, the Battle of Cardassia, fought two months after the Second Battle of Chin'toka, was the final battle of the Dominion War, ending in the surrender of all Dominion forces in the Alpha Quadrant. It is depicted in Star Trek: Deep Space Nines series finale, "What You Leave Behind".
The battle was an all-or-nothing attack to capture Cardassia Prime. After Federation scientists developed countermeasures to the Breen energy dampening weapon in The Dogs of War, rendering it useless, the Dominion Alliance no longer had a clear advantage over the Federation and its allies and the front lines stabilized. Consequently, the Female Shapeshifter ordered a retreat to Cardassian territory where the Dominion would use its superior shipbuilding and Jem'Hadar breeding programs to launch an unstoppable offense. Captain Sisko saw the risk and advocated an immediate attack to push the advantage, a motion that was seconded by the Klingon.
The battle was the largest the Federation had ever engaged in, and resulted in grueling combat. The Romulan lost their flagship early in the battle and consequently, their entire line began to collapse. By that point, it was
The Battle of Corrin is an important battle in the fictional Dune universe created by Frank Herbert. It is briefly mentioned in his novels Dune (1965) and Chapterhouse Dune (1985), and is later explored in detail in Dune: The Battle of Corrin (2004), a prequel novel by other authors.
In Terminology of the Imperium, the glossary of the novel Dune, Frank Herbert provides the following definition:
CORRIN, BATTLE OF: the space battle from which the Imperial House Corrino took its name. The battle fought near Sigma Draconis in the year 88 B.G. settled the ascendancy of the ruling House from Salusa Secundus.
The entry for Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Appendix IV: The Almanak en-Ashraf (Selected Excerpts of the Noble Houses) of Dune mentions House Harkonnen's notorious link to the battle, saying of him (in part):
VLADIMIR HARKONNEN (10,110-10,193) Commonly referred to as Baron Harkonnen, his title is officially Siridar (planetary governor) Baron. Vladimir Harkonnen is the direct-line male descendant of the Bashar Abulurd Harkonnen who was banished for cowardice after the Battle of Corrin. The return of House Harkonnen to power generally is ascribed to adroit manipulation of the whale fur
The Battle of Kamino is a fiction battle in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which took place two months after the Battle of Geonosis. This battle is also known as the Defense of Kamino. There is an additional battle known as the Second Battle of Kamino.
After learning of the Confederacy's plans to strike at the crucial cloning facilities on Kamino, the Jedi sent a defense fleet to protect the planet. Though the Jedi pilots battled bravely above, they could not stop droid forces landing from in Tipoca City. The droids' arrival prompted the activation of an elite group of clone troopers by Prime Minister Lama Su. The newly-activated ARC trooper turned the tide of the battle. They fought alongside the Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Shaak Ti. Because of losses, the Mon Calamari Commander Merai was forced to launch a last-ditch attack on what the Confederacy believed to be the location of Tipoca City's shield generator.
However, the Jedi proved to be too wily for the Mon Calamari tactician; the data gathered by the Corporate Alliance had been falsified, and Merai's efforts proved futile. In a last-ditch attack, Merai flew into the Jedi hyperspace ring,
In the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, the Battle of Procyon V was a battle fought in the 26th century in which the United Federation of Planets (alongside their former enemies, the Xindi) fought against the Sphere Builders.
The Sphere-Builders are a transdimensional race that are one of the factions of the Temporal Cold War. Using their knowledge viewing different alternate timelines, they saw the Federation would defeat them in the 26th century and enlisted the help of the Xindi to try and destroy Earth to prevent the creation of the Federation. The Sphere-Builders lied and deceived the Xindi, telling them that the Federation would destroy their species, when in fact it was actually the Sphere-Builders themselves who would be defeated. With the help of Daniels, Jonathan Archer and the Enterprise (NX-01) managed to convince three of the five Xindi sub-species of the truth. Together they managed to stop the destruction of Earth in the 22nd century and the Federation was created as it was suppose to.
During the final battle at Procyon V, the Federation is lead by the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-J). The Enterprise J is the flagship of the Federation; it is also the most
The EX World Grand Prix is an Extreme Gear racing tournament organized by Dr. Robotnik in Sonic Riders. The Doctor orchestrates the competition as a means of having his enemies do the hard work for him in unearthing the Babylon Garden.
By ensuring the Babylon Rogues' participation, and charging each contestant a Chaos Emerald as the price of admission, Robotnik successfully manages to bring the gems into proximity with Jet the Hawk's ancient family heirloom - a cubic control key for the Babylon Garden. After Jet wins the tournament thanks to Wave sabotaging Sonic's board, the Emeralds activate the cube, and Babylon Garden rises up from beneath the dunes of Sand Ruins.
The javelin throw is a track and field athletics throwing event where the object to be thrown is the javelin, a spear approximately 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length. Javelin is an event of both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon. The javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined area.
The size, shape, minimum weight,and center of gravity of the javelin implement itself are all defined by IAAF rules. In international competition, men throw a javelin between 2.6 and 2.7 m (8 ft 6 in and 8 ft 10 in) in length and 800 g (28 oz) in weight, and women throw a javelin between 2.2 and 2.3 m (7 ft 3 in and 7 ft 7 in) in length and 600 g (21 oz) in weight. The javelin is equipped with a grip, approximately 150 mm (5.9 in) wide, made of cord and located at the javelin's center of gravity (0.9 to 1.06 m (2 ft 10 in to 3 ft 6 in) or 0.8 to 0.92 m (2 ft 7 in to 3 ft 0.2 in) from the tip of the javelin for men's and women's implements, respectively).
Unlike the other throwing events (shotput, discus, and hammer), the technique used to throw the javelin is dictated by IAAF rules and "non-orthodox" techniques are not permitted. The javelin must be held at its grip and
Massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes is an event in the Sacred Band of Stepsons fictional universe. It is based on an actual event that occurred during the Battle of Chaeronea (338 BCE) in Ancient Greece.