Archive for March, 2013


March 7, 2013

By Walter Russo

BALTIMORE CITY, Md. – As the seasons change, many citizens of Baltimore find themselves weak for a few days and sometimes they even have to take a day off from work. Many attribute this to influenza but the truth is just as simple if a little less obvious to the uninformed.

The change in seasons means the days get shorter but also the nights get longer.  This makes autumn and winter perfect times for vampires to prey on humans.  Vampires fear the sun but can leave the shadows even before full darkness which is a time when many people are commuting.  Those suffering from a full workday are often tired and more vulnerable to a possible vampire attack.

There was no comment from the office of Mayor Rawlings-Blake at the time this story went to print.  There was also no comment from the office of Police Commissioner Batts.  In fact, there was no comment from any official when questioned about this rash of supernatural threats.

This is just another cover-up that this reporter will do everything to uncover.  More news as this story develops.

(This post is, of course, fictional. As far as I know, there is no such thing as weretigers and this is just a fun writing experiment. Look for the further adventures of Walter Russo in later blog posts.)


Crew of the Frozen Star

March 7, 2013

Here follows a list of crewmembers for the Frozen Star, the ship that my character currently serves on.  There is a short description of each and James’ first impressions of the character as included in letters to his parents.  The characters below were not created by me.

Captain Hulluva – Hulluva is an energy creature known as a Der’rum who owns and captains the Frozen Star.  She was recently caught in a conflict between her father and her mother.  Her father was until recently a terrorist at large who transformed his daughter into a human against her will. She got better.

“The Captain looks at me like she’s known me a lot longer than she actually has.  Something to do with the recent travel through dimensions and time and space that they explained a few days ago.  Still, I feel the need to show her what this version of me can do.”

Luke Matchstick – Luke is an old friend of James’ from the academy.  Luke is hotheaded but fiercely loyal to ship and the crew.  He utilizes speed and energy projection powers and lately he specializes in fighting multiple enemies at once.  He wields a DITE weapon known in the form of a staff.

“Being around Luke again is interesting.  It is obvious he’s not the Luke I remember from school but I guess that’s to be expected.  He is just as quick to start a fight as he ever was.  Still, I’d walk through fire with anytime, anywhere.”

Karath –  Karath is a Owl-like humanoid called a Nah-Tem who acts as a sniper and enforcer for the crew.  She also has had an liquid hitchhiker creature in her head that enhanced her strength and reflexes and gifted her with superior weapons.  The creature might be gone, it might not only time will tell.  Lately she and James have started sparring with each other during the three week journey out to the wilds of space.

“There is a Nah-Tem soldier on board.  Her behavior seems erratic but nobody else seems too alarmed so I guess I’ll let it slide.  In that way, she reminds me of our Ei.  It’s good to have another soldier on board to have our back.”

Glorm –  Glorm is a lizard-like humanoid called a Tursk and the engineer of the Frozen Star.  Glorm has recently laid claim to the position of First Officer.  By all reports, Glorm is very intelligent.  Glorm’s problems seem to stem from a lack of patience which tends to bypass that intelligence sometimes.  Glorm wields a maul and just loves to bash people and things.

“The Tursk engineer does not make a good first impression.  However, I think he must be  smarter than he shows or else he would be a bad engineer.  I do have to respect his toughness even if it might just come from stubbornness or Tursk customs.”

Bob – Bob was a member of the Homogeny race, a race of sentient insects. He was the pilot of the Frozen Star and also the resident hacker until his recent death at the hands of mysterious forces.  Recently, the crew has been haunted by Bob in the form of all of the anti-hacking traps that Bob put in the system.

“The Homogeny pilot has a high opinion of himself.  To be fair, he actually seems really intelligent.  You know the old saying ‘It ain’t cocky if you back it up.’  The captain trusts him so that’s enough for me.  We’ll see if he continues to back it up.”

Sandee – Sandee belonged to a race of sentient turtles known as the K’arid.  She studied to be a xenobiologist and traveled through space to observe creatures in their natural habitats. She served as the Frozen Star’s science officer until dying alongside Bob recently.  Before that, she met herself in another universe.  Yeah, it was that kind of adventure.

“There is a K’arid scientist on board.  Xenobiology, I think.  She seems really friendly for a giant creature with armor and claws.  From what I gather, she is the ship’s doctor which is why she is working on some Kei infection they are alarmed about.”

Mal – Mal is a K’Arid doctor who seems to be very wealthy.  He dresses in nice clothes, his speech is just so.  He owns a lot of really nice, expensive things.  He was also recently accused of destroying a planet.  The crew is currently trying to exonerate him of those charges.

“We have a K’Arid passenger now.  I’m not sure what to think about him at all.  He’s got trunks full of rich stuff.  We never had that, so I am not used to it.  If I had money I would not be spending it on tapestries or antiques.  Of course, I have never had much money to spend so who knows.”

Cynthia Rose – Cynthia Rose is a former classmate of James and Luke but the class was so large that they never ran into each other.  Apparently, she had low marks in school but she made up for it by having a great record in military service.  She is part of the same piloting guild that Bob was in.  Recently, Cynthia has been covertly studying her new shipmates.

“The new pilot says she was in Luke and I’s class but I don’t remember seeing her around.  Believe me, with her style, I think I would have remembered.  She definitely can fly and she seems confident so we’ll just have to see what happens.  I hear she had a great record in combat.”

The Garen Family Tree

March 3, 2013

The Garen Family Tree

Above is the family tree for my character James Garen on his father’s side aka The Garen Family.  A lot of this is stuff that’s been floating around my head since I created the character, some of it I’ve come up with over the last week a few minutes at a time and some of it I came up with today as I watched Firefly on DVD.  I love doing this sort of thing, especially for a character who cares deeply for his heritage.

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