History Awesome / HonorHarrington

14th May '15 11:40:48 PM BillWoods
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[[AC: On Basilisk Station]]
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[[AC: On ''On Basilisk Station]]Station'']]

[[AC: The Honor of the Queen]]
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[[AC: The ''The Honor of the Queen]]Queen'']]

* When Commander Truman has been sent in the HMS ''Apollo'' to evacuate the wounded and summon the cavalry, knowing that every day counts, she [[TimTaylorTechnology orders her engineer to remove the hyper generator safety interlocks]] and cuts ''thirty hours'' off her transit to Manticore.
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* When Commander Truman has been sent in the HMS ''Apollo'' to evacuate the wounded and summon the cavalry, knowing that every day counts, she [[TimTaylorTechnology orders her engineer to remove the hyper generator safety interlocks]] and cuts ''thirty hours'' off her transit to Manticore.

[[AC: The Short Victorious War]]
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[[AC: The ''The Short Victorious War]] War'']]

[[AC: Field of Dishonor]]
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[[AC: Field ''Field of Dishonor]]Dishonor'']]

[[AC: Flag in Exile]]
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[[AC: Flag ''Flag in Exile]]Exile'']]

** Made even better when Clinkscales finally believes he can do it. "You are engineers. I was a policeman. [...] Find me the what and how and I'll give you the who and why." - and this is believed to be the worst crime ever committed in the history of their ''world''.
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** Made even better when Clinkscales finally believes he can do it. "You are engineers. I was a policeman. [...] Find me the what and how and I'll give you the who and why." - -- and this is believed to be the worst crime ever committed in the history of their ''world''.

[[AC: Honor Among Enemies]]
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[[AC: Honor ''Honor Among Enemies]]Enemies'']]

[[AC: In Enemy Hands]]
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[[AC: In ''In Enemy Hands]]Hands'']]

[[AC: Echoes of Honor]]
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[[AC: Echoes ''Echoes of Honor]]Honor'']]

** It says something about the series as a whole when someone's announcement that they are the direct descendant of the two most famous medical families in the galaxy's history - people who quadrupled human lifespan and cured virtually every disease known to man, and that she is at least that skilled a doctor, rates a single sentence on a CMOA page. * The [[spoiler: subverted]] ToAbsentFriends speech delivered by Yanakov: "Your grace, my lords and ladies, ladies and gentlemen all, I give you Steadholder Harrington...''and damnation to the Peeps!''"
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** It says something about the series as a whole when someone's announcement that they are the direct descendant of the two most famous medical families in the galaxy's history - -- people who quadrupled human lifespan and cured virtually every disease known to man, and that she is at least that skilled a doctor, rates a single sentence on a CMOA page. * The [[spoiler: subverted]] ToAbsentFriends speech delivered by Yanakov: "Your grace, my lords and ladies, ladies and gentlemen all, I give you Steadholder Harrington...Harrington ... ''and damnation to the Peeps!''"

[[AC: Ashes of Victory]]
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[[AC: Ashes ''Ashes of Victory]]Victory'']]

[[AC: War of Honor]]
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[[AC: War ''War of Honor]]Honor'']]

[[AC: At All Costs]]
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[[AC: At ''At All Costs]]Costs'']]

[[AC: Mission of Honor]]
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[[AC: Mission ''Mission of Honor]]Honor'']]

** Hell. Considering the ship numbers thrown in ''At All Costs'' about the Haven Navy, and considering that Haven kept its production capabilities, considering the Andermani numbers and production capabilities and whatever the Graysons and Manticorans managed to save, it's pretty safe to assume that, even with the disastrous losses in the end of ''At All Costs', the SLN navy, "the biggest, baddest navy in human space", is pretty much outgunned, out-teched, and probably outnumbered.
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** Hell. Considering the ship numbers thrown in ''At All Costs'' about the Haven Navy, and considering that Haven kept its production capabilities, considering the Andermani numbers and production capabilities and whatever the Graysons and Manticorans managed to save, it's pretty safe to assume that, even with the disastrous losses in the end of ''At All Costs', Costs'', the SLN navy, "the biggest, baddest navy in human space", is pretty much outgunned, out-teched, and probably outnumbered.

* Eloise Pritchart [[spoiler:turns up in Manticoran space, almost ''immediately'' after their home system has been catastrophically attacked, screens Queen Elizabeth in the middle of the night,]] and within three days has [[spoiler:not only cleared up every single diplomatic misunderstanding between the two star nations going back nearly fifty years, but been genuine enough, truthful enough, and convincing enough to end up signing a military alliance against the Solarian League ''and'' Mesa]]. It's RefugeInAudacity the likes of which has rarely, if ''ever'', been seen in the Honorverse up until this point; she knew very well that she [[spoiler:and a good chunk of her Cabinet -- including the most critical personnel in it --]] could be shot out of the sky with no warning, but she did it anyway because [[spoiler:she was sick and tired of fighting people she respected, liked, and didn't want to hurt any more]]. And she was able to see past the fact that [[spoiler:the very same star nation she is allying with was responsible for killing the love of her life, however unintended and however much they regret it]]. Just... the whole damn book is one triumph after another for the Republic's President. [[AC: A Rising Thunder]]
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* Eloise Pritchart [[spoiler:turns up in Manticoran space, almost ''immediately'' after their home system has been catastrophically attacked, screens Queen Elizabeth in the middle of the night,]] and within three days has [[spoiler:not only cleared up every single diplomatic misunderstanding between the two star nations going back nearly fifty years, but been genuine enough, truthful enough, and convincing enough to end up signing a military alliance against the Mesan Alignment ''and'' the Solarian League ''and'' Mesa]]. League]]. It's RefugeInAudacity the likes of which has rarely, if ''ever'', been seen in the Honorverse up until this point; she knew very well that she [[spoiler:and a good chunk of her Cabinet -- including the most critical personnel in it --]] could be shot out of the sky with no warning, point, but she did it anyway because [[spoiler:she was sick and tired of fighting people she respected, liked, and didn't want to hurt any more]]. And she was able to see past the fact that [[spoiler:the very same star nation she is allying with was responsible for killing the love of her life, however unintended and however much they regret it]]. Just... the whole damn book is one triumph after another for the Republic's President. [[AC: A ''A Rising Thunder]]Thunder'']]

** Bonus points because the stomp-ees were utterly convinced that it would be a CurbStompBattle, but with ''them'' wearing the boots... until the trap was closed on them.
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** Bonus points because the stomp-ees were utterly convinced that it would be a CurbStompBattle, CurbStompBattle alright, but with ''them'' wearing the boots...boots ... until the trap was closed on them.

* Towards the end of the book, the League Senate holds a vote on whether or not they should censure the League world of Beowulf for conspiring with the Manticorans. The Leage's senate is horribly corrupt, and the vote is essentially a kangaroo court... and a full quarter of them ''still'' vote in favor of Beowulf. The Mandarins fully understand the implications of that. [[spoiler: And then the Beowulfian delegation announces their intent to withdraw from the Solarian League.]]
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* Towards the end of the book, the League Senate holds a vote on whether or not they should censure the League world of Beowulf for conspiring with the Manticorans. The Leage's League's senate is horribly corrupt, and the vote is essentially a kangaroo court... and a full quarter of them ''still'' vote in favor of Beowulf. The Mandarins fully understand the implications of that. [[spoiler: And then the Beowulfian delegation announces their intent to withdraw from the Solarian League.]]

-->'''Theisman''': Don’t you 'but' ''me!'' You didn’t know -— you ''couldn’t'' know —- if they’d come up with some kind of fire control fix we’d never heard of before. You had no right, not one ''shred'' of a moral justification, to risk the lives of personnel under your command just because somebody on the other side had done something suicidal! Your responsibility is to ''your'' people, not theirs! It’s your job to neutralize an enemy before he kills ''them'', and you’d ''damned'' well better do it if you’re going to be worthy of the uniform you wear! ''That’s'' your responsibility, Admiral Harrington, and you lived up to it! You reacted to the threat you knew about, the one you saw, and I was right there on that flag bridge with you. It took those missiles three minutes to reach us, and you had a Hermes buoy sitting right off his flagship’s bow. There was ''plenty'' of time for him to get on the com and tell you the launch was a mistake, if he hadn’t meant to launch it! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe he did that, now did he? Not only that, but thirteen-second lag or not, the ''rest'' of his damned fleet was firing full broadsides at you on its heels! I understand that realizing you gave the order to kill that many people has to make you sick to your stomach. It makes ''me'' want to puke, and I didn’t have to give it. But the only ones responsible for what happened to Filareta and the people under his command are whoever arranged to get him sent here and—assuming there’s any basis to all this speculation in the first place -— whoever got to his tac officer. Not you; not me -— ''them!'' [[AC:The Shadow of Saganami]]
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-->'''Theisman''': Don’t you 'but' ''me!'' You didn’t know -— -- you ''couldn’t'' know —- -- if they’d come up with some kind of fire control fix we’d never heard of before. You had no right, not one ''shred'' of a moral justification, to risk the lives of personnel under your command just because somebody on the other side had done something suicidal! Your responsibility is to ''your'' people, not theirs! It’s your job to neutralize an enemy before he kills ''them'', and you’d ''damned'' well better do it if you’re going to be worthy of the uniform you wear! ''That’s'' your responsibility, Admiral Harrington, and you lived up to it! You reacted to the threat you knew about, the one you saw, and I was right there on that flag bridge with you. It took those missiles three minutes to reach us, and you had a Hermes buoy sitting right off his flagship’s bow. There was ''plenty'' of time for him to get on the com and tell you the launch was a mistake, if he hadn’t meant to launch it! Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe he did that, now did he? Not only that, but thirteen-second lag or not, the ''rest'' of his damned fleet was firing full broadsides at you on its heels! I understand that realizing you gave the order to kill that many people has to make you sick to your stomach. It makes ''me'' want to puke, and I didn’t have to give it. But the only ones responsible for what happened to Filareta and the people under his command are whoever arranged to get him sent here and—assuming and — assuming there’s any basis to all this speculation in the first place -— whoever got to his tac officer. Not you; not me -— ''them!'' [[AC:The [[AC:''The Shadow of Saganami]]Saganami'']]

[[AC:Storm from the Shadows]]
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[[AC:Storm [[AC:''Storm from the Shadows]]Shadows'']]

* Relatively early in the novel, Solarian Admiral Josef Byng makes the mistake of slaughtering three-quarters of a Manticoran destroyer squadron out of hand; the fourth and last member of the squadron survived only because it was hiding out-system to do recon. Later in the book, a cranky Michelle Henke and company vaporize Byng, his flagship, and most of his fleet into subatomic particles in retaliation. [[LaserGuidedKarma It is incredibly satisfying]]. [[AC: Shadow of Freedom]] * Lieutenant Abigail Hearns needs to rescue captives from a space station held by Solarian Gendarmerie thugs. She has exactly one actual marine at her disposal, the rest of her team are regular crewmen. The enemy outnumbers her and is fighting on their home ground, and even if she manages to push them back they'll have the option of threatening to shoot the hostages. She proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle utterly wipe the floor with them]], getting the captives out with zero casualties while taking out entire enemy platoons. ** It gets better. All of the curb stomping was [[WeNeedADistraction the diversion.]] [[spoiler: The station's staff ([[TheDogBitesBack not Solarians]]) gave Hearns detailed engineers' schematics of the station, allowing her to send teams through access tunnels and air vents to take the brig by surprise.]]
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* Relatively early in the novel, Solarian Admiral Josef Byng makes the mistake of slaughtering three-quarters of a three Manticoran destroyer squadron out of hand; destroyers in a panic; the fourth and last member of the squadron division survived only because it was hiding out-system to do recon. Later in the book, a cranky Michelle Henke and company vaporize Byng, and his flagship, and most of his fleet flagship into subatomic particles in retaliation. [[LaserGuidedKarma It is incredibly satisfying]]. [[AC: Shadow ''Shadow of Freedom]] Freedom'']] * Lieutenant Abigail Hearns needs to rescue captives from a space station held by Solarian Gendarmerie thugs. She has exactly one actual marine at her disposal, the rest of her team are regular crewmen. The enemy outnumbers her and is fighting on their home ground, and even if she manages to push them back they'll have the option of threatening to shoot the hostages. She proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle utterly wipe the floor with them]], getting the captives out with zero casualties while taking out entire enemy platoons. blowing through a series of Gendarme squads forted up behind blast doors. ** It gets better. All of the curb stomping was [[WeNeedADistraction the diversion.]] [[spoiler: The station's staff ([[TheDogBitesBack not Solarians]]) gave Hearns detailed engineers' schematics of the station, allowing her to send teams through access tunnels and air vents another team to take the brig by surprise.surprise from the rear.]]

[[AC: Cauldron of Ghosts]]
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[[AC: Cauldron ''Cauldron of Ghosts]] Ghosts'']]

** General Thandi Palane proving that she really is a FourStarBadass by commanding the defense of Neue Rostock...and holding out with a ragtag band of gangsters and volunteers against well-equipped military forces for almost a month. ** A MauveShirt criminal taking out a squad of goons intent on slaughtering fleeing civilians...using nothing but discarded camping equipment and some ingenuity. ** After several chapters of the heroes pointing out that Hancock is not nearly as prepared to fight off an invasion as Neue Rostock is, the "Mistie" troops storm the building and secure the first floor... only to have most of the ''second'' floor [[DeathFromAbove dropped on them with demolition charges.]]
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** General Thandi Palane proving that she really is a FourStarBadass by commanding the defense of Neue Rostock...Rostock ... and holding out with a ragtag band of gangsters and volunteers against well-equipped military forces for almost a month. ** A MauveShirt criminal taking out a squad of goons intent on slaughtering fleeing civilians...civilians ... using nothing but discarded camping equipment and some ingenuity. ** After several chapters of the heroes pointing out that Hancock is not nearly as prepared to fight off an invasion as Neue Rostock is, the "Mistie" troops storm the building and secure the first floor...floor ... only to have most of the ''second'' floor [[DeathFromAbove dropped on them with demolition charges.]]

[[AC: Crown Of Slaves]]
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[[AC: Crown ''Crown Of Slaves]]Slaves'']]

*** How impressive? At the end of ''Mission of Honor'', as described below, [[spoiler:half the people on the above list (Cachat, Zilwicki, Kevin Usher, Pritchart, Theisman, Queen Elizabeth, and Honor herself) are ''in the same room''. And ''on the same side.'' Which is precisely the scenario that the Alignment spent capital like water to prevent - with the added bonus that ItsPersonal for the Manticorans' best naval commander, who's pretty much primed for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge like the galaxy's never seen, backed up by a force that might be the entire Eighth Fleet, or might be the entire Royal Manticoran Navy plus a good chunk of the Grayson Space Navy, and might also include a lot of Havenite heavy metal, helpfully commanded by a few Havenite military geniuses -- including one Lester Tourville, who has beaten ''Honor'' in combat. And all that heavy metal is going to be fitted with whatever new toys the combined genius of [[GadgeteerGenius Shannon Foraker and Sonja Hemphill]] can come up with. Once they figure out where to point it all, odds are the Alignment's going to get ''disintegrated''. Or worse]].
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*** How impressive? At the end of ''Mission of Honor'', as described below, [[spoiler:half the people on the above list (Cachat, Zilwicki, Kevin Usher, Pritchart, Theisman, Queen Elizabeth, and Honor herself) are ''in the same room''. And ''on the same side.'' Which is precisely the scenario that the Alignment spent capital like water to prevent - -- with the added bonus that ItsPersonal for the Manticorans' best naval commander, who's pretty much primed for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge like the galaxy's never seen, backed up by a force that might be the entire Eighth Fleet, or might be the entire Royal Manticoran Navy plus a good chunk of the Grayson Space Navy, and might also include a lot of Havenite heavy metal, helpfully commanded by a few Havenite military geniuses -- including one Lester Tourville, who has beaten ''Honor'' in combat. And all that heavy metal is going to be fitted with whatever new toys the combined genius of [[GadgeteerGenius Shannon Foraker and Sonja Hemphill]] can come up with. Once they figure out where to point it all, odds are the Alignment's going to get ''disintegrated''. Or worse]].

** During their infiltration of Mesa in ''Caldron of Ghosts'', [[SpaceMarine Thandi]] gets ambushed by a street gang hoping for an opportunistic highway robbing, [[MuggingTheMonster having no idea what they have just gotten themselves into]]. After Thandi dispatches several of them with deadly efficiency, Victor [[DynamicEntry shows up]], by ramming his car into one of the gangsters' vehicles and [[DisproportionateRetribution launching a grenade into the cab.]] Victor knows how to make a first impression. [[AC: Short Stories]]
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** During their infiltration of Mesa in ''Caldron ''Cauldron of Ghosts'', [[SpaceMarine Thandi]] gets ambushed by a street gang hoping for an opportunistic highway robbing, [[MuggingTheMonster having no idea what they have just gotten themselves into]]. After Thandi dispatches several of them with deadly efficiency, Victor [[DynamicEntry shows up]], by ramming his car into one of the gangsters' vehicles and [[DisproportionateRetribution launching a grenade into the cab.]] Victor knows how to make a first impression. [[AC: Short Stories]]stories]]
21st Apr '15 10:08:03 AM USABobcat
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** Of course (and quite justifiably) Horace Harkness gets credit for much of that, including the Parliamentary Medal of Valor that Honor refused to accept for her part in the jailbreak. Later on, it's expanded even more: Harkness implies that he admitted to [=BuPers=], the department in charge of managing personnel, that he's been hacking their systems for years in order to always be assigned to the same ship as Scotty Tremaine. Not only does [=BuPers=] not penalize him for it, they make a note to never break break up [[HeteroSexualLifePartners Scotty and Harkness]] --->'''Chief Harkness''': "...And I've sort of promised the Navy I'd swear off playing with computer systems in return for a certain, ah, lack of scrutiny where a few of my records over at BuPers are concerned."
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** Of course (and quite justifiably) Horace Harkness gets credit for much of that, including the Parliamentary Medal of Valor that Honor refused to accept for her part in the jailbreak. ** Later on, it's expanded even more: Harkness implies that he admitted to [=BuPers=], the department in charge of managing personnel, that he's been hacking their systems for years in order to always be assigned to the same ship as Scotty Tremaine. Not only does [=BuPers=] not penalize him for it, they make a note to never break break up [[HeteroSexualLifePartners Scotty and Harkness]] --->'''Chief Harkness''': "...And I've sort of promised the Navy I'd swear off playing with computer systems in return for a certain, ah, lack of scrutiny where a few of my records over at BuPers [=BuPers=] are concerned."
21st Apr '15 10:07:31 AM USABobcat
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** Of course (and quite justifiably) Horace Harkness gets credit for much of that, including the Parliamentary Medal of Valor that Honor refused to accept for her part in the jailbreak.
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** Of course (and quite justifiably) Horace Harkness gets credit for much of that, including the Parliamentary Medal of Valor that Honor refused to accept for her part in the jailbreak. Later on, it's expanded even more: Harkness implies that he admitted to [=BuPers=], the department in charge of managing personnel, that he's been hacking their systems for years in order to always be assigned to the same ship as Scotty Tremaine. Not only does [=BuPers=] not penalize him for it, they make a note to never break break up [[HeteroSexualLifePartners Scotty and Harkness]] --->'''Chief Harkness''': "...And I've sort of promised the Navy I'd swear off playing with computer systems in return for a certain, ah, lack of scrutiny where a few of my records over at BuPers are concerned."
17th Apr '15 5:13:20 AM USABobcat
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* Honor, having been put on half-pay by the Royal Manticoran Navy, has been living on Grayson for nine months at the start of the book. While plenty of Graysons are in awe of her prior defense of their world, she still has to deal with numerous protesters lining up outside of her house, a preacher calling her the "Harlot of Satan", and [[spoiler: the loss of her lover, Paul Tankersley]]. Unfortunately, the Grayson Navy needs experienced captains, having very few of their own, and Honor reluctantly accepts a commission. While discussing her new command, [[MightyGlacier a superdreadnought]], Honor comments that it's a big step up for her, as the largest ship she had commanded before was a battlecruiser. High Admiral Matthews says that Honor doesn't quite understand... she's not becoming the Captain of a superdreadnought, she's becoming the ''[[spoiler: Admiral]]'' [[spoiler: of a superdreadnought]] ''[[spoiler:squadron.]]''
23rd Mar '15 1:04:12 PM nombretomado
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* Citizen Commander Caslet, Citizen Commissioner Jourdain, Shannon Foraker and the entire crew of the PNS ''Vaubon'' in ''Honor Among Enemies''. During an operation against Manticore, they run across a GhostShip containing the horrific handiwork of some vaguely [[{{Firefly}} Reaver-esque]] pirates. In spite of being the "bad guys" the Peeps are generally nice people, and as such the ''Vaubon'' goes after the pirates, tracks their ship to the next star system and engages them. The ''Vaubon'' '''ruins''' the pirate ship with one laser salvo. [[WillfullyWeak And it wasn't even a full strength salvo]]. It's [[LaserGuidedKarma incredibly satisfying]].
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* Citizen Commander Caslet, Citizen Commissioner Jourdain, Shannon Foraker and the entire crew of the PNS ''Vaubon'' in ''Honor Among Enemies''. During an operation against Manticore, they run across a GhostShip containing the horrific handiwork of some vaguely [[{{Firefly}} [[{{Series/Firefly}} Reaver-esque]] pirates. In spite of being the "bad guys" the Peeps are generally nice people, and as such the ''Vaubon'' goes after the pirates, tracks their ship to the next star system and engages them. The ''Vaubon'' '''ruins''' the pirate ship with one laser salvo. [[WillfullyWeak And it wasn't even a full strength salvo]]. It's [[LaserGuidedKarma incredibly satisfying]].
17th Nov '14 10:17:27 AM kufat
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Sagami is navy, marine academy not yet named
** Hibson's actions so impress the Commandant of the Manticoran Marine Corps that when he learns that she wanted to join the Corps when she grew up, he ''personally'' reserved a slot for her at Saganami several years before she could legally apply.
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** Hibson's actions so impress the Commandant of the Manticoran Marine Corps that when he learns that she wanted to join the Corps when she grew up, he ''personally'' reserved a slot for her at Saganami the RMMC academy several years before she could legally apply.
12th Nov '14 11:55:21 PM MattStriker
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I don't think you put that where you wanted it to go.
** Ironically, as we later learned, she wasn't at any risk whatsoever, because the commonly accepted safety margin in the inertial compensators was ridiculously overzealous, but she didn't know that at the time.
12th Nov '14 8:02:06 PM Khathi
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** Ironically, as we later learned, she wasn't at any risk whatsoever, because the commonly accepted safety margin in the inertial compensators was ridiculously overzealous, but she didn't know that at the time.
16th Sep '14 12:59:14 PM RoseAndHeather
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* Relatively early in the novel, Solarian Admiral Josef Byng makes the mistake of slaughtering three-quarters of a Manticoran destroyer squadron out of hand; the fourth and last member of the squadron survived only because it was hiding out-system to do recon. Later in the book, a cranky Michelle Henke and company vaporize Byng, his flagship, and most of his fleet into subatomic particles in retaliation. [[LaserGuidedKarma It is incredibly satisfying]].
30th Aug '14 5:32:37 PM Bissek
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** Hibson's actions so impress the Commandant of the Manticoran Marine Corps that when he learns that she wanted to join the Corps when she grew up, he ''personally'' reserved a slot for her at Saganami several years before she could legally apply.
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