Sunday July 2, 2000
Book 1: The Tub of Happiness — Meet The Mercenaries


Shodan: As mercenaries, you'll need to be well-acquainted with principles and practices of unarmed combat.
Breya: Right. So that when weapon charges are spent we can make a heroic last stand?
Shodan: No. So that you can carry your own weight in spaceport tavern brawls.
Schlock: Can I show the class how I can slam two-liters of beer without puking?
Shodan: Most of the martial arts are based on redirecting your opponents attack. Breya, try and hit me. Use a punch or a kick. Whatever.
SFX: (Breya's foot against Shodan's chin) KAPOW.
SFX: (Shodan flying thru the air) WHOOOOSH
SFX: (Shodan against the floor) KATHUD
Shodan: Unngh. Wow. You obviously have prior training. A black belt, perhaps?
Breya: I have four brothers.
Shodan: Oh. Very well, then. Kevyn, you try it this time.
SFX: (Kevyn throws Shodan to the floor) THROOOOOOOOWHAMMMO
Shodan: Unnnngh. Wow. Owwwwch. ~~ You are, uhhh.....
Kevyn: I'm one of her brothers.
Breya: Nice work, Kevyn.
Schlock: Can I go next? I'm not related, but I could pretend to be.