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Stormbringer

Stormbringer is a magic sword featured in a number of fantasy stories by the author Michael Moorcock. Created by the forces of Chaos, it is described as a huge, black sword covered with strange runes carved deep into its blade, it is wielded by the doomed albino emperor Elric of Melniboné. Stormbringer makes its first appearance in the 1961 novella The Dreaming City; the theme of a cursed sword which causes evil deeds when drawn goes back to the sword Tyrfing in Norse Mythology, with which Moorcock was familiar. This powerful enchanted black blade is a member of a demon race that takes on the form of a sword, as such is an agent of Chaos. Stormbringer's edge is capable of cutting through any material not protected by potent sorcery, it can drink the soul from an unprotected human upon delivering any wound a scratch, its most distinctive features are that it has a mind and will of its own, that it feeds upon the souls of those it kills. Elric loathes the sword but is helpless without the strength and vitality it confers on him.

Stormbringer's hunger for souls is such that it betrays Elric by creating a bloodlust in his mind, turning in his hands and killing friends and lovers. The cursed nature of the sword adds to Elric's guilt and self-loathing as he feels pleasure when the stolen lifeforce enters his body. Stormbringer has a "brother" sword named Mournblade, at one time wielded by Elric's cousin and enemy Yyrkoon, it is identical to Stormbringer in most regards. Stories reveal that there are thousands of identical demons, all taking the form of swords. Three such sibling blades appear in The Revenge of the Rose and many more "brother blades" are seen in the novel Stormbringer, but only Mournblade and Stormbringer are named. In Elric of Melniboné, Elric and cousin Yyrkoon find the runeblades in a realm of Limbo and commence battle. Elric and Stormbringer disarm Yyrkoon, Mournblade disappears. Yyrkoon is defeated, Elric and his cousin return to Imrryr. In The Weird of the White Wolf, Elric returns to Imrryr after a long journey and confronts Yyrkoon, who usurped the throne in his absence.

Yyrkoon uses it to attack. Elric and Stormbringer kill Yyrkoon, no further mention is made of Mournblade until it is disclosed that it was recovered by the Seers of Nihrain, to be wielded by Elric's cousin, Dyvim Slorm. Imrryr is sacked, though the pillagers' fate is not much better, being pursued by the golden battle barges and the few dragons who were awakened, led by Dyvim Tvar. Only Elric's ship escapes, propelled by the aid of his sorcery. In Stormbringer, Elric learns that the representatives of Fate, which serve neither Chaos nor Law, recovered Mournblade from the netherworld, they present it to Elric and explain that the runeblades were designed to be wielded by those with Melnibonéan royal blood as a check against the might of the Dead Gods of Chaos. Elric gives Mournblade to his kinsman, Dyvim Slorm, the two men become embroiled in a confrontation between the gods. Elric summons others of Stormbringer's demonic race to fight against a number of Dukes of Hell, brought to the Young Kingdoms by Jagreen Lern, theocrat of Pan Tang.

Elric's reliance on Stormbringer proves his undoing: after the utter destruction of the Young Kingdoms in the battle of Law and Chaos, just as it seems that the cosmic Balance has been restored, Stormbringer kills Elric, transforms into a humanoid demon, leaps laughing into the sky, to corrupt the newly-remade world once more. The sword-spirit says to "Farewell, friend. I was a thousand times more evil than thou!" In the book The Quest for Tanelorn, a character claims that the demon in the sword is named Shaitan – a variant of'Satan', in Arabic a word meaning a devil, if not the Devil. In the same book it is revealed that the demon can inhabit either the black sword or the black jewel, the jewel, once embedded in the skull of Dorian Hawkmoon. Hawkmoon was an avatar, like Elric, of the Eternal Champion. Books by Moorcock featuring Stormbringer: The Dreaming City The Stealer of Souls Stormbringer The Singing Citadel The Vanishing Tower Elric of Melniboné The Sailor on the Seas of Fate The Weird of the White Wolf The Bane of the Black Sword Elric at the End of Time The Fortress of the Pearl The Revenge of the Rose The Dreamthief's Daughter Tom Strong No. 31 and No.

32, "The Black Blade of the Barbary Coast" parts 1 & 2 by Moorcock, feature albino pirate Captain Zodiac seeking the "Black Blade", a black cutlass marked with red runes. This appears to be Stormbringer's tale. All of Moorcock's stories about the Eternal Champion include a parallel or analog to Stormbringer, invariably wielded by the Champion. Lawrence Watt-Evans explicitly mentioned Moorcock's Stormbringer as an inspiration for the enchanted Black Dagger, at the center of his own novel The Spell of the Black Dagger and, in many ways similar - though not identical - to Stormbringer. "Black Blade," the opening track of American hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult's seventh studio effort, Cultösaurus Erectus, concerns itself with Stormbringer. Moorcock himself made significant contributions to the track, having established a working relationship with the musical group; the 1979 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons adventure module White Plume Mountain, written by Lawrence Schick and published by TSR, featured a magical sword called Blackrazor, a black-bladed vampiric blade created from an extra-dimensional being.

Schick said that he was "a little embarrassed to this day by Blackrazor, inasmuch as it's suc

5080 Oja

5080 Oja, provisional designation 1976 EB, is a stony Florian asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt 8 kilometers in diameter. It was discovered on 2 March 1976, by astronomer Claes-Ingvar Lagerkvist at the Kvistaberg Station of the Uppsala Observatory in Sweden. In 1992, it was named after Estonian–Swedish astronomer Tarmo Oja; the S-type asteroid has a rotation period of 7.222 hours. Oja is a member of the Flora family, a giant asteroid family and the largest family of stony asteroids in the main-belt, it orbits the Sun in the inner main-belt at a distance of 2.0–2.5 AU once every 3 years and 4 months. Its orbit has an inclination of 5 ° with respect to the ecliptic. On 29 September 1924, the asteroid was first observed as A924 SB at Heidelberg Observatory, where the body's observation arc begins two days on 1 October 1924. Oja has been characterized as a common, stony S-type asteroid by Pan-STARRS' photometric survey, in line with the overall spectral type of the Flora family.

In January 2006, a rotational lightcurve of Oja was obtained from photometric observations by an international collaboration of astronomers including Petr Pravec at Ondřejov Observatory and Donald Pray at Carbuncle Hill Observatory. The consolidated lightcurve analysis gave a rotation period of 7.222 hours and a brightness variation between 0.31 and 0.39 magnitude. The result supersedes a period of 7.7 hours obtained by the discoverer in March 1976. According to the survey carried out by the NEOWISE mission of NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Oja measures between 6.94 and 8.399 kilometers in diameter and its surface has an albedo between 0.1573 and 0.31. The Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link adopts an albedo of 0.1573 from Pravec's revised WISE data and uses a diameter of 8.38 kilometers based on an absolute magnitude of 13.01. This minor planet was named after the Swedish astronomer of Estonian descent Tarmo Oja, a professor in astronomy at Uppsala University and the director of the discovering Kvistaberg Station during 1970–1999.

His research included the structure of variable stars. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 14 July 1992. Asteroid Lightcurve Database, query form Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, Google books Asteroids and comets rotation curves, CdR – Observatoire de Genève, Raoul Behrend Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets - – Minor Planet Center 5080 Oja at AstDyS-2, Asteroids—Dynamic Site Ephemeris · Observation prediction · Orbital info · Proper elements · Observational info 5080 Oja at the JPL Small-Body Database Close approach · Discovery · Ephemeris · Orbit diagram · Orbital elements · Physical parameters

Forge (Doctor Who)

The Forge is a fictional black operations organization from the Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The Forge known as Department C4, was founded at the turn of the 20th century to study and experiment with extraterrestrial material and technology and apply it to the security interests of the United Kingdom, it first appeared in Project: Twilight, written by Mark Wright. Its agents can sometimes be identified with the use of the code phrase or motto, "For King and Country." It is similar to the Torchwood Institute in the television series, though the Forge's introduction in the audio plays predates it. In the Sixth Doctor audio play Cryptobiosis, taking place in 1901, the Chief Mate of the cargo ship Lankester was transporting a captured mermaid to an unknown buyer. However, his use of the "King and Country" code phrase during a radio communication implies that the Forge was involved; the Forge's first known operations were during World War I. Project: Twilight involved the infection of human subjects with the so-called Twilight Virus, which incorporated DNA from vampires to create human-vampire hybrids as super-soldiers.

However, the test subjects escaped into the community in October 1915 and slaughtered the base personnel. The Forge's chief scientist, Dr William Abberton, was mortally wounded and injected himself with the virus to survive, he assumed the code name of Nimrod and dedicated himself to tracking down the escaped vampires. The Seventh Doctor and Hex encounter the Forge several times. In 1917, they find The Forge running a secret project at Charnage Hospital to brainwash British soldiers into becoming more aggressive, with a possible side effect of making several subjects time-sensitive. In 1945 they find The Forge in Postwar London, trying to recapture alien technology, stolen after the van carrying it crashed in transit. Project: Dionysus was the next known operation, which took place during the early 1950s, when Dr Stone attempted to create a rift in spacetime, used by a race known as the Divergence to break through into our reality. Although there was no explicit mention of the Forge in Zagreus, it was implied that Stone was working for them, as she uses the "King and Country" code phrase.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, the Forge secretly operated on behalf of British interests, while the international UNIT dealt with more public alien threats. In Project: Twilight, it is 1999, Nimrod has tracked down the Twilight vampire ringleaders, Reggie Mead and Amelia Dooney, to the South-East London casino Dusk, established to hide their activities; the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe befriend casino worker Cassie Schofield and with her help, they learn what they can about Dusk. This is the point in the Doctor's life when he first learns about the Forge, as well as meeting Nimrod for the first time; the vampires infect Cassie with a new and stronger form of the Twilight virus. The Forge's mission ended with the destruction of the casino and the deaths of most of the Twilight vampires; the Doctor offers to take Cassie with him while he tries to create a cure for her infection, but she chooses to stay on Earth. He promises to return. Following the conclusion of Project: Twilight, Nimrod returned her to the Forge.

Over a period of time, she was brainwashed, trained to become a field agent and groomed into becoming Nimrod's replacement as primary northern-European field agent, code-named Artemis. Nimrod was put in charge of a new operation, Project: Valhalla, to scavenge alien technology from a crashed alien spaceship in Lapland; the mission turned into a disaster and the area had to be sterilised when the ship turned out to be a prison for a world-killing Lovecraftian monster known as Nyathoggoth. After this operation, Nimrod replaced former UNIT-head Colonel Crichton as Deputy Director of the Forge and began Project: Lazarus; the Sixth Doctor creates a cure for the Twilight Virus, so he and Evelyn track down Cassie in 2004. Nimrod takes DNA samples from him. Evelyn manages to free Cassie from her brainwashing by reminding her of her child, who she hasn't in years; the Doctor and Evelyn race to take Cassie back to the TARDIS to be cured, but Nimrod murders her with his crossbow. After the TARDIS escapes, Project: Lazarus commences.

Using DNA gathered from the Doctor, they attempted to clone him in order to discover the secret of regeneration. They manage to create dozens of clones, physically identical to the Sixth Doctor, but unable to regenerate, no matter how they're killed; the clones don't live for long. Nimrod dresses the clones like the Doctor and employees them, one at a time, convincing them that they are the real Doctor, reluctantly working with the Forge to stave off an alien invasion, it was around this time that Nimrod himself recovered the fabled Spear of Destiny from a private collection in Edinburgh as part of Project: Longinus. At present there is no information of. Artemis and Nimrod were responsible for locating and abducting the last member of "the Gryphus clan", with Artemis using honeypot methods to accomplish this. In 2015, The Forge acquired the leader of a Ukrainian cult, possessed by an ancient alien who causes jealousy and obsession in others; the Forge hoped to clone him to use as a distraction in war zones.

However, while the train was transporting him, the Seventh Doctor arrived and trapped the creature's consciousness. Meanwhile, the Seventh Doctor and Ace start traveling with Hex, a y

Philip Morris (archivist)

Philip Morris is an English former oil rig worker and media recovery specialist. He is best known for being held hostage in 2006 by Nigerian kidnappers and founding Television International Enterprises Archive. Prior to being taken hostage, Philip Morris worked on rigs for twenty years all over the world including Africa and the Americas. While working on the rig Bulford Dolphin in 2006 as a crane operator, Morris was taken hostage along with eight others, he was held hostage for four days in the jungle village of Nigeria. The Nigerian government paid a $200,000 ransom. Instead of returning to his job seven weeks after being released, he sought counseling for posttraumatic stress disorder. Morris was charged by police with "assault and criminal damage" after an incident with his former girlfriend at her home; the charges were dropped six months later. He would not return to Nigeria and received a settlement from his employer due to being taken hostage. Morris founded the Television International Enterprises Archive, a company that searches for lost television.

His biggest recovery has been nine missing Doctor Who episodes found in Nigeria, from the serials The Enemy of the World and The Web of Fear featuring Patrick Troughton. TIEA and Morris were working on Project Genesis, cataloging materials with the Nigerian Television Authority, when the episodes were discovered in a Jos television relay station; the episodes were in good condition considering the environmental conditions and civil unrest, lost for decades prior to their recovery. Morris's work requires bodyguards due to the danger involved and he tries to work anonymously, but was in a troubled region during the announcement of the recovered Doctor Who episodes, causing security issues, he has successfully recovered content from The Basil Brush Show and The Sky at Night. TIEA - Television International Enterprises and Archives Philip Morris on Twitter Philip Morris on recovering missing Doctor Who

Karbala International Airport

Karbala International Airport is an airport under development in Karbala Governorate, Iraq. It is located between about 20 mi to the southeast of Karbala, it was expected to be Iraq's largest airport upon completion, to receive an inaugural flight in July 2018, but has been affected by corruption. The foundation stone of Karbala International Airport was laid by Shaikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali as-Sistani, Chief Cleric of Imam Husayn Holy Shrine, in January 2017, it is being constructed by the United Kingdom's Copperchase Ltd. and designed by the French ADBI Company. At 4.5 km, the airport's runway is the longest of its kind in Iraq. According to Al-Karbala'i, it was not meant to compete with other airports, but only to serve pilgrims going to the Mosques of Imam Husayn and Abbas. Imam Husayn ibn Ali Abbas ibn Ali List of airports in Iraq Final Design of Karbala International Airport Video of final design of Karbala International Airport released شاهد تصميم مطار كربلاء الدولي تصوير جوي لآخر أعمال المرحلة الأولى من إنشاء مطار كربلاء الدولي

Tom Freiling

Tom Freiling is an American author and conservative political activist. He in early 2012 became Executive Director of Patriot Super Pac. In 2000 Freiling released Country. 2002 saw the publication of Abraham Lincoln's Daily Treasure, a daily commentary of the president's life and faith alongside the actual devotional he is purported to have used during his presidency. Freiling released George W. Bush on God and Country in 2004 and the collection of spiritual principles from the life of Lincoln, Walking with Lincoln, in 2009. In 2004 producer David W. Balsiger used George W. Bush on God and Country, along with David Aikman's book A Man of Faith, as the bases for his controversial television documentary George W. Bush: Faith in the White House. From 1998 to 2001 Freiling was the Managing Director of Eagle Publishing, Inc. and in 2000 founded the Christian e-publishing firm Xulon Press in Vienna, VA. Freiling served on the campaign and U. S. House of Representatives staff of James M. Inhofe from 1989 to 1992.

He was on the 2004 founding Board of Directors of the conservative action network Grassfire.org. In February 2012 Freiling was named Executive Director of Patriot Super PAC, an independent-expenditure only committee registered with the FEC. Political Action Committee Regnery Publishing Human Events