1st place, Treesnifer, Death of a White Shield, 3pts
A unique take on this month's theme, and I have to say that you pulled it off very well. I was reminded of the quote, which I can't remember the source, that "cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant taste death but once". Not saying Abelard and his comrades are cowards, because I'm sure I would run all the same in the face of an artillery barrage
. I imagine that abelard died or thought himself dead a number of times in this story, and each time he does so, he resurrects, only to die again until he sheds the persona of his old self and becomes valiant.
I hope that made some sense, haha, anyway, great story
2nd place, Brother Emund, Cannon Fodder, 2pts
A classic take on the theme, Brother Emund, and sheds some light on military training in the 41st Millennium, though I hear that space marines like live-fire exercises when imperial guard are involved
. An entertaining read, inspires me to write about Imperial Guard again, which I haven't in a looong time, haha. I'm curious though, have you served in the armed forces? Sorry if I'm being nosy, you just seem very knowledgeable on the subject.
Also, happy new year!