There are times when there is a lull between this and that and I’m at the computer. There are always web graphic stories to browse. The reason that I pick that medium is that it’s graphic, they move fast and you can set them aside and pick up the plot a day, a week, or a month later by simply returning to where you left off and bouncing ahead. It’s a comic strip, so you get it, or you don’t and you simply move on.
This ends the confession.
Schlock Mercenary is a comedic web-comic written and drawn by Howard Tayler. It follows the tribulations of a star-travelling mercenary company in a satiric, mildly dystopian 31st century space opera. The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries is a popular handbook in the Schlock Mercenary universe.
There is a lot of wisdom that ushers forth from this place that you may find useful. I will give you the first few of the 70 Maxims…
- Pillage, then burn. (The inner city people in Baltimore get it)
- A sergeant in motion outranks a lieutenant who doesn’t know what’s going on. An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody.
- Close air support and friendly fire should be easier to tell apart.
- If violence wasn’t your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.
- If the food is good enough the grunts will stop complaining about the incoming fire.
- Mockery and derision have their place.
- Never turn your back on an enemy.
- Everything is air-droppable at least once.
- A soft answer turneth away wrath. Once wrath is looking the other way, shoot it in the head.
- Do unto others.
- “Mad Science” means never stopping to ask “what’s the worst thing that could happen?”
- Only you can prevent friendly fire.
Yes, they are words to live by.