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The Christmas Truce
A truce between two sides in a war that goes ever on, in the spirit of peace and goodwill. I think you know what I'm talking about, going by the picture.
About this creation
Good morning, afternoon, or evening, viewer, and merry Christmas/Giftmas. That's right, following the tradition I told myself I'd start last year, this is my annual Christmas/Giftmas MOC. Last year, it was my Munificent-class Star Frigate, not at all in the spirit of this holiday. But this year, I'm doing something much more in the spirit of Christmas (and Giftmas, which is Christmas without the religious part, perfect for the League of Extraordinary Abominable Atheists, which I'm in). In continuing on with tradition, it's a Star Wars MOC too, the first one from me since... July, I think. Wow.

Anyways, this actually has nothing to do with Christmas, that was just to get your attention. But!, it has everything to do with the spirit of Christmas, which is what really matters, not just the name. Now, read on:


Journal Entry #98, Siege of Aros, Month Five
Commander Tythas of the 930th Legion, Grand Army of the Republic

A very odd thing happened today. Iím not sure what to make of it. It started last night, when we heard singing of all things, coming from the enemy trenches. It sounded like a series of hymns, strangely uplifting. Our shelling even stopped, it was so out of the normal. Despite the several hundred feet between the lines, we could hear it clearly.


We didnít pay much heed of it agaun until the morning, when three of the enemy were spotted walking across No Manís Land, bearing a flag of truce. Two of the so-called meat shields and one clanker. Naturally, we were all confused, and a good bit suspicious.


Lt. Thorn alerted me to their presence, and I decided to go up and talk to them myself, or get shot. I didnít know which would happen, and after five months sitting in these muddy, dank, cold, miserable trenches, I didnít care what would happen. Propaganda said these people were vicious monsters, and it was time to find out if that was true or not.


The Seps claimed they wanted a truce for the day, it was some kind of religious thing. What really got my attention was what they said it was about. They claimed today was a day of peace and giving, and the remembrance of an important figure in their beliefs, they wanted to share with us at least a small part of the holiday.


I told my men they could come out, though armed. The two Seps told us they had brought us a few gifts. That made no sense to us, but we went along with it. Why would anyone give their enemy gifts? They must be mad.


ďNo,Ē one said to me, ďWeíre not mad. Perhaps it is you, having been fighting so long that you forget that there is something else other than war.Ē Apparently, he didnít know what a clone was. Weíre bred to die, like they say.



What really surprised me is the gifts themselves. Food, coffee, blankets. Practical things. Home-made food! Can you believe that? I havenít tasted anything so good in years. And donít get me started on that coffee. Wasnít poisoned either, no plagues in the blankets. The men didnít get it, they were rather shocked at such sudden goodwill from the people weíve been fighting for what feels like a lifetime. It was even more shocking to us when we really looked at them. They were wearing threadbare cloaks, rather poor excuses for scarves, old beaten up helmets, their uniforms didnít matchÖ One of them didnít even have gloves.


Probably the most important thing they gave us that day was a Lightsabre of a Jedi who had died back when charging the enemy trenches sounded like a good idea. Lightsabreís are excellent trophies among the Seps, I hear, having one gets you a lot of respect among them. But they gave it back, out of respect for us.


Again, I asked them why they were doing this. The one that did have gloves, Kyrz, his name was, said that it simply was what they did. He wanted one thing in return, just one thing: ďOn behalf of my people, I ask that your guns be silent this holy night, this day of peace and kindness. Because even if your guns keep up their bombardment, ours will not be firing this day.Ē I thought about it. These people had gone out of their way to bring us a little bit of joy in these dark times, even if they were the enemy. Anyone who did that deserved to not have to worry about bombardment for at least one night. I agreed to his plea.


After all they had given us, I was not about to look like a jerk and a bigot in front of them. I asked Thorn and Vapor to get some things they could us. Damn the rules and regulations, a man who goes without gloves and gives my soldiers blankets and food has earned an electric heater in my book. We also gave them a pair of macrobinoculars that we didnít need. It wasnít much, but it was the least we could do.


After our exchange of gifts, we talked for a while, but when we heard bells coming from somewhere behind their lines (not to mention, ours as well), they said they had to leave. We shook hands.


The droid had given something, even if it was just carrying it, so I shook itís hand too.


As they returned to ours lines, Vapor and I were left wondering: Were these people really all that bad? Kryz said he had been a farmer before the Republic came, and Tajik, the one without gloves, had been a banker. They both entered the Separatist Volunteer Forces out of their own free will. I had no idea that such a branch of the Seppie military existed, and furthermore, everyone in it were actually volunteers. They said they were only defending their homesÖ Our enemy gave us things at their own expense, because of a single celebration, and all they wanted in return was one night free of bombardment. Theyíre our enemies, yes, but are they really the ones we should be fighting? Itís a question Iím still wondering. Needless to say, when the order comes through commanding us to start up the artillery again, not a single one of my men will want to be the one to give the order to open fire. But until then, we let our enemy have their day of peace, as they let us have ours.

-Anyways, hope you enjoyed this. I based it on the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War One. And I also hope it doesn't come off as too strong, all I'm getting across is how stupid wars can be when you get to know the people you're fighting, and how even small things can change the way you think about things. It's certainly happened to me. The Separatist Volunteer Force does actually exist, according to the ROTS Incredible Cross Sections, thought you'd like to know that. But yes, may the spirit of Christmas, Giftmas, and the general essence of me be with you these holidays! Now, time to get four hours of sleep before my brother wakes us all up in his eagerness to open presents.

Also, try not to rate on the MOC (I only spent two hours gather pieces and about half an hour putting it together), try to rate on the content of the story.



Comments

 I made it 
  December 27, 2010
Quoting legolord 123 this creation brings us a feeling of what christmas is really about,not about the gifts,or food, or family or legos.ok scracth those last 2.christmas is about the goodwill of men in all our hearts and celebrating peace not war.
Precisely.
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  December 27, 2010
this creation brings us a feeling of what christmas is really about,not about the gifts,or food, or family or legos.ok scracth those last 2.christmas is about the goodwill of men in all our hearts and celebrating peace not war.
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  June 26, 2010
Mhh...I wonder why I never commented upon that MOC. Very interesting story. Anachronistic, but interesting. Oh, I wish I could shake the hand of a Commander droid!
Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great
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Yatz .
  February 14, 2010
Wow, just like the WWI. Nice one, Awe.
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  January 7, 2010
Peace at last. The expendable clones and droids slaughtered by the boatload on the whims of all-important jedi and generals finally experiance peace. I was thinking of the World War I ceace-fire for Christmas myself when I read it. Well I guess there is hope for the galaxy after all.
 I made it 
  December 31, 2009
Quoting SwordFish . Glad to be back as well, hopefully i'll be around a little more often. But, boarding school's kinda demanding. Anyways, looks like i've missed quite a lot around here, i'll start checking around the pages again. In the meantime, would you be so kind as to check out my newest creation? I'd greatly appreciate it
I just did. And boarding school certainly explains where you've been. School and it's demands, a great tragedy to us of art and mind.
  December 31, 2009
Glad to be back as well, hopefully i'll be around a little more often. But, boarding school's kinda demanding. Anyways, looks like i've missed quite a lot around here, i'll start checking around the pages again. In the meantime, would you be so kind as to check out my newest creation? I'd greatly appreciate it
 I made it 
  December 31, 2009
Quoting SwordFish . Very nice way of bringing this WW1 tale into the form of the Clone Wars. Once again, your ability to express your thoughts through writing (or, typing, in this case) is superb. 5/5, and happy holidays to you good sir!
Hope you had happy holidays as well, I'm glad you're back, even if temporarily.
 I like it 
  December 31, 2009
Very nice way of bringing this WW1 tale into the form of the Clone Wars. Once again, your ability to express your thoughts through writing (or, typing, in this case) is superb. 5/5, and happy holidays to you good sir!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2009
Quoting Grand Admiral Darren . That B1 Commander always has to be there.....somewhere
check out mi nuwest moc 2 c him agin!11!1
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  December 30, 2009
That B1 Commander always has to be there.....somewhere
 I made it 
  December 30, 2009
Your review had a question, and my answer to that question is yes.
  December 30, 2009
Original!
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  December 29, 2009
nice story, for the first time in ages i actually understood something... this MOC!!!!! LOL. a nice idea for the christmas spirit.
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  December 25, 2009
Quoting Finn C-Q ...
Go COP!
  December 25, 2009
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 I made it 
  December 25, 2009
Quoting Finn C-Q And yet you like mass genocide... Anyhow, funny twist of lime to the mix. XD
I only sanction mass genocide when it's not Christmas/Giftmas. That makes it the rest of the year.
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  December 25, 2009
Wow, great job. The idea is great, and using it with star wars makes it even better. Merry Christmas. ~ J
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  December 25, 2009
Wow, great job. The idea is great, and using it with star wars makes it even better. Merry Christmas. ~ J
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  December 25, 2009
Pretty cool, it is sorta of strange to use Star Wars as a reference to Christmas. It is also very strange because I have rarely seen you build anything that is Star Wars. You must be losing it :P
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  December 25, 2009
And yet you like mass genocide... Anyhow, funny twist of lime to the mix. XD
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  December 25, 2009
Very nice.
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  December 25, 2009
Merry Christmocs and a blocky new year. I got a new camera thats 12 megapixels and has a X5 zoom =D
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  December 25, 2009
Merry Kwanhanumas, Awe. /atheismdoesn'texist
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  December 25, 2009
When I looked at the picture of the clones in the trench before I even read the description the first thing I thought of is. "This is based off the WW1 1914 Cristmas truce between the British and the Germans in No Man's Land." Nice moc by the way. Oh, and I'm making a moc on the WW1 1914 Christmas truce. You're welcome to check it out.
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  December 25, 2009
I always liked that story, good idea putting it in Star Wars form
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  December 25, 2009
truly captures the meaning of christmas....
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  December 25, 2009
Hey man this is really good. it really touched. youve captured the meaning of christmas. i read that story about World War 1 also.
 
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