Army Camp, Undisclosed Location, 2022
The platoon of recruits stand in formation on the grass after a 12 km Morning trek through the mountain with full military gear. Some of them, men and women, are tired and trying to recover while the rest who have been accustomed to the routine only show slight signs of exhaustion. The Senior Drill Sergeant calls the platoon to attention and walks through the ranks, inspecting the soldiers. He stops in front of a recruit who is noticeably calm and not so exhausted as the other people in his rank and file. The Drill Sergeant faces the recruit. The recruit is taller than this drill sergeant, but is still intimidated by him and feels faint chills running down his spine when he turns to face him. He has a faint glimpse of his nameplate, where he didn't have a good look at the nameplate but did see that his last name was "Kuang".
"Name," the drill sergeant asks.
"Recruit Hyeon-Jeong Mun, sir!", the recruit replies as the drill sergeant scans him.
"Well, Recruit Mun, looks like you barely broke a sweat," the drill sergeant remarks. "Did you take a secret shortcut? A short route perhaps? Hm?"
"No, sir!" the recruit replies once more.
"Well, why didn't you? I'm willing to bet that your just really good at holding in your pain and I can't see that your legs feel like sh!t if that's not the case," the drill sergeant remarks.
"Because I'm eager to prove myself to be ready and worthy of surviving the battlefield, sir!" the Recruit replied swiftly.
The drill sergeant immediately turns his glare square at the recruits face, serious and intimidating. A face that should be familiar to us in the future. After a few seconds, the drill sergeant places his right hand on the recruit's shoulder.
"Well, if you're so eager then you may want to listen to these...heartful words of mine," said the drill sergeant with a somber yet deathly stare. "You should be careful about wanting to survive and prove yourself as a warrior. It will require many pieces of your own soul and person, you'll become a completely different being by the end of it that no one at home or even in your own unit will know who you are."
"Y-yes sir!" the recruit replied.
The senior drill sergeant released his grip and moved on to inspecting the next rank of soldiers while the rest of the drill sergeants searched the rest of the platoon like sharks in the water searching for their prey. The recruit breathed a quiet breath of relief, the drill sergeant gave him cold feet even more so as he dwelled on his words. Soon enough, they marched back to their quarters in the barracks.
To those who don't get it, the Senior Drill Instructor is Min Li Kuang. In 2023, he'll be promoted to Captain and serve in the UVA-Charitian War as a Company CO and was both a rifleman and a tank commander. After that, he'll become an MP Legal counsel and soon a lawyer in civillian life in 2025. On 2028, he would win the Presidency and change the country forever.
As for what he said? He thinks about it during his time in the military and even more so now. Specifically, about how the desire for glory and honor in the field of battle consumes the soul and, in the extreme cases, will change soldiers into something that is not human. He hopes that the recruit heeded his advice.
Yo what do you people think?
Top Four Restaurants in Xi Dongfeng
1. Diguo Baozuo (Imperial Throne) [Basingali]
2. Jin He (Golden River)
3. Delkhiin Zagad (At Worldís Edge)
4. Tiantang (Paradise) [Basingali]
Top Ten Eats in Basingali
1. Diguo Baozuo (Imperial Throne)
2. Kongque Zhao (Peacockís Talon)
3. Tiantang (Paradise)
4. Huo Huo Huo (Fire Fire Fire)
5. Cong Ning Chang (From the Farm)
6. Hong Gongji (Red Rooster)
7. Zhenzhu Gong (Pearl Palace)
8. Long Xue (Dragon Den)
9. Zuihou de Guowang (Last King)
10. Leeís Wancan (Leeís Diner)
Twelve Traditional Foods in Xi Dongfeng
1. Hoguo (Hot Pot)
2. Zhu Guan (Heavy Pork Meal)
3. Sai Baozi (Stuffed Bun)
4. Basingali Duck
5. Gong Bao (Kung Pao)
6. Mongik Tofu
7. Xao Yojing Shrimp Chow Mein
9. Wen Tien Soup
10. Baizho Pudding (Rice Pudding)
11. Changfen (Vermicelli Roll)
12. Thei Yezhu Shu (Theijiang Boar Rat)
Eight Popular Street Foods and Snacks
1. Jiang Jiaozi (Mini Dumplings)
2. Niorou Lumpia (Beef Lumpia)
3. Chuanír (Kebab)
4. Star Baozi (Starshaped Bun)
5. Hongye Fruit (Red Leaf Fruit)
6. Gaodlian (Lotus Pastry)
7. Xingjin Moshi (On the Go Noodles)
8. Keke Tang (Chocolate Brand)
All the Teas of the Jiangese
- Black Tea
- Lotus Tea
- Mongik Tea
- Herbal Steppe Tea
- Mehimoto Green Tea
Thanks, well I imagine itís a type of vermin similar to a boar but looks kinda ugly plus this weird tail, thus why itís called a rat. I imagine itís a pest in Thejiang but in Jiang proper is a delicacy.
Since Sminishija is far from finished from expanding it's diplomacy, the people demand that Pomuk Vinogradov, a peer pressured diplomat, visit the Sultanate of Royabad to establish relations. Not only that, but to tour through rebel territories and talk to their leaders as well. Guards will accompany him this time, since it is said that Royabad is still a dangerous nation plucked with a never ending war, journalists and state-employed analysts will too accompany him to study the country.
OOC: Normally with this account, I don't normally write like this, but I'm too brain fried to even try this time.