Tuesday, September 25, 2012


I have been Norsemen moderator for less than a quarter, and have had maybe a half dozen requests from girls to join the Norsemen. I'm told that we are a boys-only group, but I haven't checked. In truth, I stalled every time I was asked the question.

At lunch today, a colleague told me about this.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Do You Think They Have Too Many?

If you're just joining us, see the label secret_war.

Underground safe-house infiltrated by the infected, then raided by Administration officials; large number of arms in custody.

September 14th, 2012. The Dungeon.

A safe-house operated by an underground movement dedicated to eradicating the infection fell this morning, dashing hopes that an end to the infection was in sight. Reports are still coming in, but eyewitness reports state that an infected man managed to slip past security and enter the safe-house. Once inside, the infection spread quickly from person to person. As many as three more were infected, almost and entire squad. "It was a shot, desperate fight," said one eyewitness, who barely escaped this morning's incident. "People panicked and just starting shooting everything that was moving." said the same witness, who also alleges that several non-combatants were wounded in the firefight.

Moments after the fighting had stopped, Administration representatives raided the safe-house, immediately disarming the infected. "We literally have trashcans full of guns," said one source inside the administration. The raid by Administration officials may have been a godsend to the underground, say observers, who point out that the arms confiscated were prevented from entering the hands of the infected. "It may have prevented a victory by the infected," said the observer, "concealable weapons, assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, explosives, you name it, they had two of them."

Some believe that the safe-house in question was a main arms cache for the underground, which may have been why it was targeted by both the infected and the Administration. "The infected saw a way to win the war, the Administration saw a way to clean up the streets," said one observer. "As always," said one spokesman for the underground, "the Administration is missing the point."

There is no lack of speculation as to how the safe-house was penetrated. But the general consensus is that a member of the security detail assigned to the safe-house was lured outside and infected. The man then re-entered the facility, somehow managing to bypass security, and infect others. "Once it got inside, it would spread faster than people could get out, that is the nature of the infection," said one member of the underground, who had returned to the area to see if anything had been missed. "The question is," says the man, "how did he get past the checkpoint? Did he have help from the inside?"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Plot Thickens...

After a relatively calm day, the secret war continues....

Reports of infection abating unfounded, says underground spokesman, provides details about the infection and how to protect yourself.

September 12th, 2012. The Dungeon.

A spokesman for an ad-hoc, underground movement dedicated to eradicating the infection has come forward in "an attempt to arm the people with the information necessary to survive this plague." The recent clashes between infected and infected are in an effort, says the spokesman, "to solve a problem the Administration refuses to believe exists."

The infected are hard to identify, but it can be done if people are vigilant, says the spokesman. "You will know them by their actions, the moves they make," he says. They appear "twitchy, nervous, and aggressive if confronted" he says. But there is a more definitive method of detection. "It's just that, for the most part, by the time you are close enough to spot it, it's already too late." The spokesman is referring to a curious feature of the infection. The infected are marked by an "X" on one or both hands. "We don't know if that is a psychological side-effect of the infection, in addition to their drive to infect others, or if it's some kind of physiological reaction." When asked how they came to these conclusions, the spokesman said "we have people in AP Bio and Anatomy," adding "we know our (expletive deleted)."

When asked about Tuesday's mass shooting that left three infected dead, the spokesman said "that man is a hero, and yes he was one of ours, but nobody has seen him today. We don't know if he is ok."

In spite of recent successes, the underground's efforts have been hampered by repeated seizures of arms by Administration officials. "Those people don't know what harm they are doing," he said. "When they take away someone's ability to protect themselves, they take away their right to protect themselves, they are condemning those people to the fate of the infected." Sources inside the Administration say that seizures of arms are on the rise. What is more troubling to them, says this source, is the increasing sophistication of the arms confiscated. This source could not confirm reports that some of the arms seized are getting "lost" before they can be returned to their rightful owners. "That only adds to the desperation people are feeling," said the underground spokesman." These "accidents" in the seized property department have led some inside the underground to speculate that the infection may by spreading inside the Administration.

When asked about rumors that the infection had run its course, the spokesman said that "best case, those are the hopeful imaginings of desperate people, at worst, they are deliberate lies spread by the Administration in an attempt to cover up the problem."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One Hundred Posts And Counting

I noticed that my last creative brought me up to ninety-nine posts on this blog. I started writing here as a kind of therapy. Any teacher will tell you this job is hard. My wife tells me that since I started writing here I have been drinking less (on weekdays anyway.) I'm not sure why that is. It isn't that this makes my job easier. It isn't that I can really write about the things that really bother me. It isn't that I can't fully brag about my students here. Teacher's can read this and nod their heads. They all go through this too. No amount or configuration of written words can fully describe this job to an outsider. Not the good stuff. Not the bad stuff. But I wouldn't trade this job for the world.

I don't know exactly why writing helps. I guess it just makes me feel better.

That must be good.

With that in mind, I thought this post should share something my students shared with me that made me smile. (Although I do not know if the sentiment is shared by all of my students.)


Disclaimer: Posting this image is in no way an endorsement by my of the opinions expressed in the image.

This Might Be A Regular Thing...

Yesterday's creative article has proved to be quite popular with people. I have found writing them to be a little invigorating in the mornings (once the coffee has run out). Since I will probably keep posting them here, I created a new label for them.

I used to write games for friends of mine in the Delta Green setting, but had to stop last year due to the increasing demands of my job. One feature of those games that my friends seemed to like were articles not unlike these describing events in the game. It feels good to be writing for fun again. (Even if I only spend ten minutes on it)

At least three infected were killed this morning in an ambush by a lone but heavily armed gunman, eyewitnesses say.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012. The Dungeon.

An outbreak of the infection was quickly brought under control as a gunman armed with a semi-automatic, high-capacity disk-launcher stormed a nest of the infected shortly after 9am this morning. As many as three infected were killed before the nest was cleared. It is unclear if any infected were able to escape the massacre.

The shooter, as yet unidentified, is being hailed as a hero by some, but others condemn his actions as reckless, citing (unconfirmed) reports that bystanders were caught in the crossfire. "Immaterial," said one supporter, "you are either part of the solution or part of the problem, no one is innocent."

Shootings like this one and the one yesterday have done much to draw the attention of outside observers. "It is clear to us that a lot of thought and planning went into this morning's attack" said one observer who did not wish to be identified. That fact has not gone unnoticed by local citizens who have had to deal with the infection largely on their own. "Nobody paid attention until people started shooting," said one local who witnessed this morning's incident.

This is just the latest in a series of escalating skirmishes in and around the region. As the infection reaches critical levels in some areas, experts predict a rise in this type of lone-gunman vigilantism. "People are becoming more and more desperate. They are scared, and they don't think the Administration is doing anything to help them," said one eyewitness to today's gun battle, "Of course people are going to arm themselves."

It is the increasing size and sophistication of the arms involved that is drawing the attention of the Administration, which still refuses to acknowledge the existence of the infection. Recent seizures by Administration personnel have included automatic and semi-automatic weapons. But far more prevalent, sources say, are the smaller concealable weapons that just recently entered the market. "You never know who's packing," said one local, who did not want to be identified for this story, "you can't trust anyone nowadays."

Monday, September 10, 2012

This News From Our B2 Correspondent...

Being the Norsemen Moderator has led to some interesting experiences. (Let's leave it at that for now.) I wrote the following in the ten minutes after homeroom today. Some of you will understand more than others. (Again, let's leave it at that for now.)

And now for your post-homeroom casualty report.

A gun battle that lead to the deaths of at least two infected this morning was aggravated, sources say, buy the arrival of a large arms shipment.

September 10th, 2012, The Dungeon.

Eyewitness reports say that two men working in tandem were able to keep cover and repel repeated attacks by a "large number" of the infected. Aiding these men was a clever use of cover and the introduction of a new type of firearm (see photo) These new weapons, believed to have been introduced by an arms dealer out of Asia, bring increased range and concealability to the battlefield, turning what would have surely been a total-infection situation into a narrow escape. Tensions have been high in the region as increasingly sophisticated arms are smuggled in from outside sources and as collateral damage draws more and more people into the conflict.

Last week, Administration Forces intervened in an early morning battle between the infected and uninfected, resulting in the seizure of a large number of weapons from both sides. A spokeswoman for the Administration refused to comment on accusations that the Administration's actions led to the escape of many of the infected and that the seizure of "defensive assets" forced many of the uninfected underground with no means of protection. There are unconfirmed reports that the weapons sized last week were quietly released after some sort of waiting period, but that may have been too late for some.

Administration officials still refuse to acknowledge the existence of the infection and continue to confiscate arms where they are discovered. This policy may have lead to the recent arms shipment, sources say, as individuals seek to defend themselves in this ever-growing secret war.