Those of you who have followed Breach-Bang-Clear for a while might be wondering...why the sudden emphasis on matters mercantile? Why shopkeepers - why now?
Well, the answer is quite simple really. It's because like many of you reading this, we're old and we're banged up, and we can't keep hunting down bad guys all the time but we still gotta eat. No matter how much fun it is. Even the toughest square-jawed action figure wears down after a while.
The history of a doorkicker is writ in his bones by mileage, terrain, and too often the enemy.
Consider the following excerpt from Pressfield's Gates of Fire. It sums things up perfectly.
Unlike Dienekes, though, we don't have squires to knead the scar tissue and brace the broken pieces. Dancing moms are great, but you don't want 'em around all the time, right?
Know what's almost as fun as shooting terrorists in the face? Capitalism. And so we've opened a store.
We appreciate your business in advance, and hope you'll spend a little of your hard-earned money here.
the Mad Duo
Mad Duo - we fight evil so you don't have to.
"..for the warrior, the seasons are marked not by these sweet measures, nor by the calendared years themselves, but by battles. Campaigns fought and comrades lost; trials of death survived. Clashes and conflicts from which time effaces all superficial recall, leaving only the fields themselves and their namess...As the priest with is graphis and tablet of wax, the infantry too has his scription. His history is carved upon his person with the stylus of steel, his alphabet engraved with spear and sword indelibly upon the flesh."