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david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:32 PM

Controversial Imaah “Chesty” Chehesti, General, Imperial Marines, Retired Today
 
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(Captain Chehesti donning her uniform after the capture of Reaver’s Heaven, 1076.)

Controversial Imaah “Chesty” Chehesti, General, Imperial Marines Retired Today,
Imaah became famous on her first combat action, a penetration strike into the neutral Reaver’s Deep sector on a Piracy Suppression campaign. The strike force left a high guard over Luushakaan while the main force of nine starships landed on planet to skim a large lake for fuel. The high guard was taken out by a surprise attack launched from a secret base on one of the planetary moons and the pirates proceeded to bombard the strike force on the ground below. From the official battlefield report:

“Captain Imaah Chehesti, of the 77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron, was off-duty when the alert was broadcast to all hands. Knowing every second counted, she rushed to the nearest fighter and launched off into the atmosphere at maximum acceleration towards the foes. With superlative skill she dodged incoming missile and laser fire and took out a brace of turrets on one of the four attacking vessels, the Reaver Heaven, an 1200 ton spherical cruiser of the Rivenworld class. Exploiting the newly created gap in its defensive fire plan, she maneuvered next to the Reaver Heaven and flew along side it, matching its trajectory and staying in its blind spot. From this position she fired upon the other vessels with telling effect. Their return fire was successfully dodged which resulted in further damage to the Reaver Heaven. Misunderstanding the reason for the attack, and fearing treachery, the Reaver Heaven directed its fire against its compatriots. The pirate fleet broke off its attack and scattered, all cohesion lost due to the perceived treachery of its members. Her actions in disrupting the attack saved all nine vessels of the strike force and the mission. As the Reaver Heaven fled, Captain Chehesti maneuvered around it and deftly disabled each of its turrets in turn. When the last weapon was disabled she opened televid communication with the vessel on an open frequency and demanded (and accepted) its surrender.”

The televid exchange, which was picked up and recorded by Imperial Naval communications gear, is presented in transcript form here:

Captain Chehesti
(Cool, professional voice) “Imaah Chehesti, Captain of Imperial Marines demanding your immediate submission.”
Pirate Commo Officer
“Damn! You sure are!”
Captain Chehesti
(Cool, professional voice) “Imaah Chehesti, Captain of Imperial Marines demanding your immediate submission. Heave to and prepare to be boarded.”
Pirate Commo Officer
“Guys! Look at this chesty Marine gal. She wants to board us!”
unidentified Pirate 1
“Dibs!”
unidentified Pirate 2
“Hot Damn! Can I be boarded first?!”
Captain Chehesti
(Cool, professional voice) “Imaah Chehesti, Captain of Imperial Marines demanding your immediate submission. (Annoyance) Heave to or I’ll personally whip your ass.”
Pirate Commo Officer
“Have I died and gone to heaven? ‘Cause I gotta tell you, chesty, that you are not motivating us to behave. Can we get a spanking too?”
unidentified Pirates
(Sounds of laughter) “Me! Me! No, me!”
Pirate Captain
“Enjoy the show, lads, those Impies are still in the gravity well. They won’t catch us.”
Commo Officer, Imperial Naval Cruiser Gateway Defender
“Captain Chehesti, Commander Zhunesta presents his compliments on your fine flying today and upon the panache with which you wear the Marine uniform under combat conditions.”
Captain Chehesti
“<traditional Marine exclamation>” (Noticing she is not completely dressed)
Captain Chehesti
(Lifts heads-up display visor to show a pair of steely grey eyes and a very determined expression) “Reaver Heaven, you do NOT want to learn why I am considered the biggest ball-buster ever to grace the halls of the Imperial Naval Academy. Right now I’m looking at an 1200 ton testicle that will make me an Academy record that won’t be beaten until the twelfth Imperium. So, unless you want this Laser of Love (fires laser across the bows) to start caressing your hull, which will initiate a strong internal convulsion causing the expulsion of SEAMEN from your LITTLE BALL, I suggest you make your Captain ABREAST of that fact that and stop THRUSTING away.”
Pirate Captain
(Very professionally.) “Yes, ma’am. What course and speed would suit you.”

It is rumored that the official commendation recommending Marine Captain Chehesti for the Starburst for Extreme Heroism contained a cover note from Commander Zhunesta, commenting that this was clear proof that “A stitch in time does NOT save nine.”

Vids of this exchange went viral over the Imperial news network and Captain Chehesti became a folklore hero, winning her first (of a remarkable six!) Starbursts for Extreme Heroism and a place in the heart of Imperial Marines and Naval personnel everywhere.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:34 PM

Years later, a newly promoted General Chehesti was recalled to Core in a politically disastrous tour of duty commanding the Imperial Household Marines. Her salty speech and go get ‘em military attitude stuck in the craw of the upper echelons of society on Core. Her famous quote, “I find things are generally simpler if you kill the other folks before they cause too much trouble,” caused a major political firestorm for the Emperor. It is now generally acknowledged that her remarks, given as a quip during a lecture on small unit tactics, were taken out of context and used as a political tool for restricting Imperial power. Calls for her dismissal from the Corp grew in intensity. “Out with Chesty!” was a favorite rallying cry for the opposition. Emperor Strephon remarked, “I can’t spare this woman, she’s loyal, she’s honest, she fights, and she wins,” but he transferred her to command a Police Action conducted by the 33rd Imperial Army Group on Mora/Byret in the Spinward Marches to dampen political opposition in the Moot.

Naval Headquarters was so afraid of another political scandal, particularly one that caused civilian casualties, that Chehesti’s command was subjected to the strictest Terms of Engagement ever faced by Imperial troops. The campaign dragged on for two years as Imperial casualties mounted and Chehesti tried out various approaches to win the conflict against increasingly emboldened guerilla forces. Suddenly, it appeared that Imperial morale had collapsed. Allied planetary forces were dismissed from service and the Imperials retreated to a defensive position around the starport and Startown as troops began evacuating the planet. The civilian population of Startown was forcibly evacuated. Rebel forces, sensing a complete victory was imminent, punched thru the Imperial perimeter outside of Startown and began to mass in preparation for overrunning the starport as Imperial troops fell back to the port.

At this point, the rebels discovered that they were not chasing the Imperials off planet. As army troops held the starport perimeter, Marines conducted a daring jump assault behind the rebels, cutting them off from the rest of the planet and bottling them up in Startown. Imperial fire was “inhumanly accurate” according to the rebel survivors. “It did not matter where we tried to hide or set up an ambush, they always knew exactly where we were!” Chehesti had used the evacuation of Startown as a cover to place eavesdropping equipment and hidden explosive devices in all the best combat positions in the town. The backbone of the rebel forces were completely captured or destroyed, with zero civilian casualties. The rebellion collapsed.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:36 PM

Chehesti, it was later discovered, had purchased much of Startown for pennies on the Credit from the fleeing population on behalf of the Orphans of Imperial Military Parents charitable organization, for which she was on the Board of Directors. She had, in effect, used Imperial munitions for urban redevelopment. When faced by hostile questions about this by the Internal Affairs subcommittee of the Imperial Moot, Chehesti replied in her usual, hard-hitting, no holds barred style:

General Chehesti
“Honoured Senators, I was under the strictest orders to minimize civilian casualties ever placed upon Imperial military troops. You can hardly complain when only three buildings owned by civilians were destroyed as collateral damage, and no civilians were killed, during the two years I commanded on planet. As for the buildings destroyed in Startown by Imperial fire, I would like to introduce this document as evidence. It is a legal notice published in the Startown Gazette giving the requisite notice that Imperial forces would be conducting military training missions in town that week. Each building that was destroyed was clearly marked as a training range in full accordance with military regulations. Attached is a report showing that this was the least expensive urban warfare training on a per cubic meter of training area basis that the Imperial Army, Navy or Marines has conducted in the history of the Third Imperium.

The fact that orphans of our brave soldiers benefited from these training exercises is a fine example of efficiency and compassion that I recommend this august assembly follow. Revenue from the newly renovated Startown is expected to supply sufficient funds to take care of every military orphan in that sector – including that of rebel forces – thru college if they so desire.”

Senator Zhumacte
“You are treating the orphans of our enemies!”

General Chehesti
“On that note, if the esteemed member had paid attention to my entire lecture at the Imperial Naval Academy some years ago, he would have learned that while the essence of tactics is to kill the other side before they cause trouble, the essence of strategy is to make friends instead of enemies, and to convince enemies they have already lost so they will not fight. Taking care of the orphaned children of the rebel forces means fewer of them will grow up to hate the Imperium and start another rebellion."

"I would further add that the fact that the Orphans of Imperial Military Parents organization needs to exist - because this Moot does not properly provide for the families of our honourable dead soldiers - is unconscionable. Be ashamed, sir!”

Senator hault Tukera
“I am most concerned about the safety of the loyal planetary forces that you disbanded. Were they not put into extreme danger by your actions? There could have been reprisals…”

General Chehesti
“That is a reasonable question, Senator. As their commander, I had a responsibility for their welfare. Although disbanded, they were left under arms and in disciplined formations, with orders to remain in place. Those in urban areas remained in their fortified barracks. I had deployed the majority of local forces on Search and Destroy missions throughout remote areas of the countryside where our Intelligence briefings had indicated there were no rebel forces nearby. Those units bivouacked in place and fortified their position as I temporarily left them without transport to get home. None of these units were believed to be in serious danger as the rebels were sure to converge upon the Imperial positions at the Starport posthaste.”

Senator hault Tukera
“Events proved you to be correct, but how could you be so sure?”

General Chehesti
“For the two years before this maneuver, I made sure that it was obvious that a rebel victory was only a matter of time. This meant that the rebel commanders started to focus on their relative power positions after victory instead of on fighting us. My intelligence activities were devoted to exploiting and increasing those fears. Whoever captured the significant Imperial quality military gear sure to be left behind in a rout would have an unassailable advantage over the other rebel commanders. The bait was irresistible, and any combat with local forces beforehand would only weaken them against their rivals.”

“I would like to add that we were able to identify and arrest a sizable number of informers in the units in the remote areas through signals intelligence. The areas were chosen on three criteria: (1) absence of rebel forces in the area, (2) absence of civilians in the area, and (3) absence of signals traffic in the area. This forced any informer wishing to report on the disbandment into using easily traced electronic signals from inside a confined area. We could not afford to have rebel informers inside our perimeter around the starport or they would have known that we were not routing and therefore evacuating them was an essential part of the plan.”

“On that note, I have here plaques for two members of this committee, thanking them for their superlative assistance in our intelligence activities. Their continued derogatory comments and gloomy assessments about the conduct of the campaign; and about my own total incompetence were extremely helpful in making my plan believable planetside. My intelligence officers said they had never before worked with people so skilled in obfuscating the truth as Senator’s Zhumacte and von Rainhault.” (Laughter from the audience) “If they ever get out of politics, I understand a job in the Intelligence branch is assured.” (More laughter)

Senator hault Tukera
(Laughing) “I’m sure my colleagues are touched by your kind gesture! We all try to do our part.”

“But your plan for the safety of the local planetary forces failed in one instance, did it not?”

General Chehesti
“It did, ma’am. There was a personal vendetta involved. The local planetary unit commander had executed a rebel spy two days earlier, in full accordance with the rules of war. The spy was the younger sister of the local rebel commander. They were apparently very close.”

Senator hault Tukera
“And that is where you earned your sixth Starburst for Extreme Heroism, for rescuing that detachment? Just couldn’t stay out of the action, eh?”

General Chehesti
"Actually, Captain von Arnholt of the 4456th Grav Cavalry Squadron, Imperial Army, planned and executed the rescue mission and is fully responsible for the complete success of the mission. I went along solely as cover.”

Senator hault Tukera
“Cover?”

General Chehesti
“I saw no need to have such an able and loyal officer subjected to political scrutiny for that action, given that the chance of civilian casualties was higher than planned for in the overall campaign. My presence was sufficient for that purpose.”

Senator hault Tukera
“Thank you, General. A ‘High Guard’ of sorts. Very well done! But I have read Captain von Arnholt’s battle report on that engagement and must add for the record that your actions that day were highly commendable. Thank you again.”

Senator von Rainault
“General, I believe your campaign on Byret will be studied in military academies as long as civilization endures. My compliments to you.”

General Chehesti
“Thank you, sir.”

Senator von Rainault
“But I have some concerns about the methods with which you implemented your Strategy, some wider issues that someone with your limited world view would not have understood. So, Chesty,” (a pause from the Senator) “I may call you Chesty?”

General Chehesti
“The last man who did so discovered my knee had moved his left testicle to the vicinity of his larynx, so please do.” (Laughter from the audience.)

Senator von Rainault
“Hmm.Um… General, there was considerable uproar in the Capital and in the Moot over the impending fall of Byret . Why did you fail to advise this body, or your higher headquarters, of your plans?”

General Chehesti
“I do not reveal my battle plans to Almighty God, much less anyone in the Moot.”

Senator Zhumacte
“Then even the Emperor didn’t know this was a feint? That’s mighty irresponsible, General!”

General Chehesti
“On the contrary, Senator, the Emperor knows me. He knows I don’t faint at the sight of danger, I just fight back, in or out of uniform.” (Laughter from the audience and Senator hault Tukera.)

“Seriously, Senator, I gave sufficient information in my report that would make it fully evident to anyone with a lick of professional military skill that this was no disaster.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:37 PM

Senator Zhumacte
“I quote from your report! ‘All local planetary groundside forces disbanded. Imperial Army elements converging on Down Regis Starport to begin a holding action while Marines leave the planet.”

General Chehesti
“Exactly my point, Sir! It’s quite clear that this is not a disaster. Does the Senator know the TO&E – the Table of Organization and Equipment - of the forces under my command?” (Senator Zhumacte shakes his head signifying ‘No.’) “Note that in the disposition of forces section – that’s the one with all the numbers in it” (laughter from the audience) “ – my forces are at full strength and with sufficient military stores for offensive operations. Note that there were zero casualties and zero material loss since my last report. Zero sir! Every military professional knows that retreating in good order in the face of the enemy is the most difficult operation there is. To achieve zero losses if we were being routed would be impossible. But, I’ll try to put this in terms that anyone can easily understand, that any damn fool ought to be able to figure out for themselves.”

“This is said with all due respect to General Van Horst and the fine Army soldiers under my command, who performed in an exemplary fashion, and with whom it was an honour to serve with and to command.”

“So, let’s recap that quote from my report, ‘Imperial Army elements converging on Down Regis Starport to begin a holding action while Marines leave the planet.’”

"In a nutshell, the Marines would never, EVER retreat before the Ar-my did. Du-uh!

Senator Zhumacte
(Hysterical laughter from the audience.) “Order! Order!” (The Chairman of the Committee was unable to restore order and the session was cancelled.)

General Chehesti
(Recorded speaking privately to an Aide on the way out) “I’m going to step outside and get a good belt. Shame none of these pustulent vipers will step outside with me, I’d love to give them a good belt too.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:39 PM

Imaah was born in 1055. Her mother died of complications during childbirth and Imaah was raised by her very popular Imperial Marine Sergeant Major (SGM) father. SGM Almaah Chehesti was killed in a grav vehicle accident when Imaah was nine, she was adopted by his unit and raised collectively by the unit members of the 117th Orbital Assault Regiment. Imaah’s new family adored her “can-do!” fearless approach to life. Young Imaah developed early given the tough physical training she received tagging along with shoreside training maneuvers, not to mention the less-than-endearing mannerisms of an enlisted marine among his comrades in the field.

At the age of 14, she acquired an altered set of identify papers that would make her pass for 18 (rumored with the help of the new regimental SGM) and also help get her accepted into the Imperial Naval Academy. (It’s speculated that young Imaah was becoming too much of a temptation to the weaker-willed marines in the unit, aside from being far more ready than the usual 18 year old for the tough Academy life.) In 1069 she entered the Imperial Naval Academy on Core. After graduating with honours in 1072, newly commissioned as a Marine Captain, she entered the Imperial Flight Academy (again graduating with honours) followed by Command College. Chehesti spent two tours of duty in the Marine Flight Branch before transferring into the elite commando branch.

General Imaah “Chesty” Chehesti retired from the Imperial Marines after thirty two years of duty, the last four of which were on Liason duty with the Imperial Scout Service in the Vargr territories next to the Spinward Marches. The marines of the 77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron installed the original, lovingly maintained “Laser of Love” on the vessel’s starship’s hard point and her “parents”, the active duty and retired marines of the 117th Orbital Assault Regiment, now nicknamed “Chesty’s Own”, totally refurbished the vessel to be suitable for a Sector Admiral’s quarters. Tukera Lines generously donated travel tickets and cargo space so former and current unit members could attend the day’s ceremonies and bring their gifts. Duke Norris of Regina spoke on behalf of Emperor Strephon at Deshault Naval Base on Regina:

“General Chehesti, the Emperor regrets that duties of state require him to remain in Core and unable to attend your retirement ceremony in person. He has asked me to thank you, on his behalf, for the gallant and valuable services you have performed on behalf of the Imperium and for the stellar example you have set for every soldier in the Imperium. The Imperium will remain safe while citizens like you rise to its defense. The Empress, too, wishes to thank you both for your service to the Imperium and for saving her husband from an assassin’s bullet. She is donating the revenues from her estates on Core for one year to the Orphans of Imperial Military Parents in your name, on behalf of her children.”

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(General Chehesti at the Emperor’s Birthday Pool Party just moments before taking two bullets to save his life, 1095.)

Chesty’s parting words on dealing with politics in the military were simple and salty, just the way she likes it:

“Duke Norris, thank you for your kindness and, more importantly, your can-do attitude when it comes to defending the Imperium. Please give my regards to Emperor Strephon and Empress Irene when you see them next, and convey it was – and always will be – both an honour and a pleasure to serve them.”

“Assembled soldiers and veterans, greetings! I’ll keep this short and sweet.” (Applause.) “Here are my simple rules to live by. (1) Never let the bastards get you down; drive you to your knees. (2) And if they do, headbutt them in the balls!” (Loud applause.) “(3) Remember, full uniforms are optional – but recommended – in all combat situations. Never wear underwear you wouldn’t want plastered all over Imperial Space.” (Loud laughter and applause.)

“It’s been an honour and a pleasure to spend my life among Marines and; as much as it pains me as a Marine to say it, among you Scout sissies, Army pukes and Navy wusses too! You are all a credit to the Imperium, your families, to the Emperor and to our most generous Empress. Thank you very much for a job well done!”

“Now, for the really important question of the day, in a stadium chock-full of handsome men in uniform, how can a single civvie girl get a guy to buy her a drink?”

The enlisted men and Marine officers roared out enthusiastically as General Chehesti left the podium and started working her way through the crowd, shaking hands or hugging those who came up to her, in between taking swigs from an iridium flask.

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(Imperial Marine General Imaah "Chesty" Chehesti, Ret.)

Library Data

Chehesti, Imaah “Chesty”, General, Imperial Marines, Ret.
Personal Data
Born 1055, Vland sector.
Father: Command Sergeant Major Almaah Chehesti, Imperial Marines, deceased, 1064.
Mother: René Chehesti, deceased, 1055.

Military Career

Assignments

1069-72
Imperial Naval Academy, Core/Core, Honors Graduate, Commissioned Marine Captain (O2).

1073
Naval Flight School, Honors Graduate, entered Marine Flight Branch

1074
Command College

1075-76
77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron, Reaver’s Deep. Awarded Starburst for Extreme Heroism (SEH) for action on Luushakaan during Piracy Suppression Strike.

1077
Staff College

1078-80
77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron, Reaver’s Deep. Awarded SEH for action during the siege of Carrill. Promoted to O3.

1081-84
7th Imperial Marine Commando Force, Reaver’s Deep. Awarded SEH for Police Action on Gaagir. Promoted to O4.

1085-88
5th Imperial Marine Commando Force, Reaver’s Deep. Awarded SEH for Raid on Carrill. Promoted to O5.

1089-92
9th Imperial Marine Commando Force, Cmdr., Reaver’s Deep. Awarded SEH for Police Action on Gaagir. Promoted to O6.

1093-96
Imperial Household Marines, Cmdr, Core/Core. Awarded Purple Heart and Meritorious Conduct under Fire (MCUF) for foiling assassination attempt upon Emperor Strephon.

1097-1100
33rd Imperial Army Group, Cmdr, Spinward Marches. Awarded SEH for Police Action on Mora/Byret.

1101-1104
312th Scout Explorer Fleet, Marine Liason Officer, Vargr Extents.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:41 PM

Commendations


Year/Award/Commendation Text
1075 SEH Captain Imaah Chehesti, of the 77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron, was off-duty when the alert was broadcast to all hands. Knowing every second counted, she rushed to the nearest fighter and launched off into the atmosphere at maximum acceleration towards the foes. With superlative skill she dodged incoming missile and laser fire and took out a brace of turrets on one of the four attacking vessels, the Reaver Heaven, a 1200 ton spherical cruiser of the Rivenworld class. Exploiting the newly created gap in its defensive fire plan, she maneuvered next to the Reaver Heaven and flew along side it, matching its trajectory and staying in its blind spot. From this position she fired upon the other vessels with telling effect. Their return fire was successfully dodged which resulted in further damage to the Reaver Heaven. Misunderstanding the reason for the attack, and fearing treachery, the Reaver Heaven directed its fire against its compatriots. The pirate fleet broke off its attack and scattered, all cohesion lost due to the perceived treachery of its members. Her actions in disrupting the attack saved all nine vessels of the strike force and the mission. As the Reaver Heaven fled, Captain Chehesti maneuvered around it and deftly disabled each of its turrets in turn. When the last weapon was disabled she opened televid communication with the vessel on an open frequency and demanded (and accepted) its surrender.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:41 PM

1079 SEH The Siege of Reaver’s Deep/Carhill was a protracted one. Economic analysis revealed that the destruction of the Hargaven fuel processing complex would shorten the siege by several years by the resulting crippling effect on planetary industry and food processing plants. Naval intelligence determined it had found a serious weakness in the Hargaven defenses. Elements of the 77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron were assigned to deliver a commando strike force into the compound, provide close fire support, and extract the commandos afterward. Captain Chehesti delivered her squad and waited to extract them.
Unfortunately, just as the commando force began to detonate the explosive charges, a Carhill Aerospace Defense Squadron arrived overhead while en route to their new base seven kilometers away. Their response was an immediate attack on the commando elements moving out of the compound with telling effect. Captain Chehesti, realizing her squad could not make it back to the rendezvous point, took off to find them. With a superlative display of flying expertise, she maneuvered through the compound at high speed, weaving among, over and thru various buildings to avoid enemy fire. She picked up an extra half-squad, overloading her vehicle, yet escaped from the compound in the same manner. Her actions saved twelve soldiers from certain death or capture.

Anecdote:
A particularly tenacious fighter pilot was tailing after Captain Chehesti’s assault vehicle. After several near misses, one of the commandos asked, with the intention of helping any way he could, “Any orders, ma’am?”
Just at that moment, Captain Chehesti did a barrel roll to ground level and flew into a barn spewing fowl in all directions. Upon exiting the far side, she flew straight up and fired into the rear undercarriage of the enemy fighter, destroying it.
“Eggrolls,” was the reply.
“Ma’am?”
“Don’t usually get to do that maneuver. With twelve you get egg rolls!”
<Groans all around.>

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:42 PM

1082 SEH Force Commander Chehesti was assigned to lead elements of the 7th Imperial Marine Commando Force to reinforce Fire Base Charlie Seven against a sustained guerilla attack. Two of her five orbital assault vehicles developed mechanical problems on the assault approach path and were forced to land in hostile, uncontrolled territory. Rather than abandon the vehicles, she decided to use the accident to draw the enemy troops out in the open, well away from their well-prepared and concealed fire positions on Charlie Seven. The lure of some Imperial grade munitions and weaponry, easily captured, was sure to be a temptation.
In the spare hours of darkness before the rebels could arrive in force from Charlie Seven, Chehesti had her downed troops make the vehicles look like they had crash landed and were no longer operational. The other three vehicles took up camouflaged positions to flank any attackers.
Unfortunately, the crash position was very close to a hidden trail system the rebels had been successfully using to reinforce the assault on Charlie Seven. Nine rebel companies, en route to Charlie Seven, were diverted to salvage the crash site and capture any survivors. Even more disastrous for the marines, one was a rare heavy weapons company.
The lead rebel elements were ambushed in a professional manner, but follow-on units drove back the marines into a defensive perimeter. They were unable to leave in their three remaining orbital assault vehicles. Fully loaded with the troops from all five vehicles, they would be unable to dodge the heavy weapons fire. Leaving their comrades behind was never an option that any Marine Commando considered. The fighting was hard and vicious. Many rebel elements surrounding Charlie Seven were pulled away from the siege and sent to reinforce the assault on the marine position.
Chehesti’s calm demeanor and superb use of terrain, concealment, firepower and tactical judgment turned a deadly mistake into a heroic victory. When things got really tough, Chehesti took the lead in the counterattacks necessary to secure a defensible perimeter. Units in Charlie Seven, with the pressure off them, were able to break out and assault the rebels in the rear. Fully one half the rebel force was left dead on the field and a substantial portion of the remainder were wounded, breaking the back of the military resistance in that defense sector.

From her after-action report, very self-critical of her actions that day:
“It was our mission to relieve the forces under attack at Fire Base Charlie Seven. Until the mechanical failures forced two of my vehicles out of the sky, it hadn’t occurred to me to change the dynamics of the battle. I was on my way to fight the enemy where they were strong and already well prepared.”
“It took a fortuitous accident to give me the insight I needed to turn the situation around. In hindsight I do feel my decision to stand our ground at the landing site was the correct one. We would be the ones fighting from prepared positions.”
“My mistake, and it was a big one, was not to believe the incorrect intelligence assessments of available enemy strength; it was to fail to plan for them being wrong. I should have had fire support missions, up to and including emergency fire support from all available units, already pre-arranged. Having to make those arrangements after we were under heavy assault caused the unnecessary death of some of my troops, and I’ll never forgive myself for that mistake.”
“But I will learn from it.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:43 PM

1087 SEH Lt. Colonel Chehesti was notified that a planet-side Army unit had been ambushed and taken prisoner. Reliable intelligence placed the prisoners and their captors in a cave complex nearby. Time was of the essence because the fanatical resistance sect was known to torture and kill military prisoners. As the nearest force capable of mounting a rescue operation, she quickly planned one using a set of maps from the site report prepared by a team of Imperial archaeologists who had studied the area a decade earlier.
The impromptu maneuvers of the Marine assault units in “The Battle of the Caves”, making full use of the multi-dimensional nature of cave pathways for grav equipped troops, was a model of three dimensional fire and maneuver. Chehesti deserves to be commended for the superb training and conduct of the soldiers under her command in this operation and the innovative use of Naval space combat techniques in meteorite belts in such a novel and applicable situation.
But it was her personal, heroic push past the final opposition fire points that saved the captives from a last minute execution. She always chose a forward path that would draw fire towards herself and away from any hard-pressed companion. She personally killed the two rebels just as they started to murder their captives.

Anecdote:
Upon hearing the concerns of the General in command about collateral damage to the historic royal burial chambers in the cave complex,
“Not to worry, sir! We won’t kill anyone who’s already <traditional Marine expression> dead.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:45 PM

1090 SEH Imperial Army units had just completed a pacification campaign on the northern continent of Reaver’s Deep/Gaugir and had redeployed most combat units to the seaport in preparation for operations on the southern continent. Colonel Chehesti, of the 9th Imperial Marine Commando Force, had just arrived in system with her command and had been ordered to a command conference at Army Field HQ at 08:00 hours for a full briefing on upcoming southern continent operations.
As she was making her ground approach in an Orbital Assault Command Vehicle at 07:00 hours, an explosion blew the HQ building sky high. Immediately afterwards, rebel forces massed in three battalion strength and assaulted the headquarters compound and its dazed occupants. Colonel Chehesti ordered her pilot to buzz the approaches to the compound at knee height and high speed in order to disrupt the waves of attackers. From the co-pilot’s chair she called out targets for the vehicle’s gunner. The attack stalled and the defenders, recovering from the stunning force of the explosion, began to fight back in uncoordinated pockets of resistance. The rebels, their attack stalled for the moment, took cover and started directing their anti-aircraft and anti-tank weaponry at Colonel Chehesti’s vehicle. It was only a matter of time before a lucky hit would take out the assault vehicle, but time was what was needed.
The immediate crisis averted, she began communicating with her command center in orbit. “Decapitation Strike on Army HQ. Locate nearest army forces and mobilize. Prepare for immediate jump assault, targets to be determined shortly. Over.” Chehesti continued taking ground fire and maintaining a swath of death with the vehicle’s gunnery fire. She ordered the pilot to make random course changes instead of using a circular route around the compound. “The more we draw them into the open now, the better. Things will get tougher when we go down.’
“Ma’am,” spoke up the commo operator. “Unable to reach HQ groundside. It looks like their signals equipment was in the HQ building, ‘cause now it’s all over the compound. No sign of anyone actually taking charge of the fight down below. If we get driven off, they’ll be overrun in minutes.”
“Their aim is getting better, we won’t last more than a few more minutes if we stay this low…” added the pilot.
“Here’s our exec, ma’am,” called out the commo operator.
“Colonel, the Army has been well and truly snookered this time. Every field and general grade officer they had was in that meeting. The troops dockside in the harbors report they are under heavy attack with heavy artillery firing point-blank directly at the troop ships. Two of twenty ships have already been overrun, troops nearby can see the prisoners being lined up on the gunwhales and mowed down.”
“<traditional Marine expression> Ok, number one. I need one platoon here, jump coordinates niner-five , seven-seven, on the hop, approach vector 241 degrees to my marker. Ortillery on call to dockside troops as we verify credentials. Spare ortillery fire surrounding this compound, hug us tight. Record the following orders, broadcast them to all Army troops, have the Navy light up the morning sky with missile fire and lasers immediately after the broadcast. Tavik, get the ortillery and sitrep call codes on the display. On my mark, record:”
“Members of the 147th Imperial Army, this is Colonel Imaah Chehesti of the 9th Imperial Marine Commandos. Some of you may be wondering how you got in the mess you’re now in. The good news is the people responsible for it won’t be causing you any more inconvenience. I am now assuming command as the senior officer planetside. As I understand some of you may be a bit too busy to bother with <traditional Army expression> protocols, our Imperial Navy has arranged for a light show overhead to serve as my temporary credentials.”
“No one would expect Army units to hang on in such a grim situation. However, as you are on board ships, you are now Marines! As such you are expected to beat the <very traditional Marine expression> out of the <traditional Marine expression> rebels. Operation <truly historic traditional Marine expression> now commencing. Any Marine who surrenders will get my Laser of Love toasting their nether regions.”
“Direct ortillery signals traffic to code nancy-bilko-niner-six, sitreps to code roger-me-six-niner <traditional Marine expression> throw that <traditional Marine expression> code monkey in the first jump capsule to me – that’s sitreps to code roger-me-six-niner. Marine Commandos and scared shitless signals officer arriving dirtside shortly. Over.”
“Tavik, I need to get groundside to organize the defense, get me a leap vector. Give me close support as long as you can, then get a bit more elevation. Break up any large troop groupings, we can take on the smaller ones within the perimeter. I’ve got the mobile signals kit. Good luck, marines.”
“Exec says sky show in 90 seconds, ma’am. Leap vector in 70, mark.”
“Broadcast the first part of my pep talk on the loudspeaker. Now!” As the recording finished, it was time to leap out of the vessel into the compound.
“Tavik, is that cheering I hear over the gunfire?” asked Mara, the commo officer, to the pilot. “You think she knew I’m the code monkey?”
“Code Monkey! You scared shitless yet?” barked Chehesti over the comm unit.
“Yes ma’am! I’m more scared of you than the enemy!”
“As it should be, miss, as it should be. Relay the exec’s messages to me like a good code monkey.”
Colonel Chehesti quickly organized the remnants of the supporting units – cooks, grav truck operators, a public relations platoon and a divisional band into the defensive perimeter. As she did so, she pulled the security company back into three counter-attack platoons at key points within the compound - all while formulating the basics of the jump assault dockside. Mortar rounds started exploding all over the compound.
“Colonel, Tavik here. Coming under fire from big addy, too many to toast. Orbital? Chaff almost gone. Over.”
“Negative, ankle height inside the compound walls, overwatch the south-east corner, weakest there. Fire off some smoke and give us a boom when you stop. I want you considered out of action. Stop next to the oil barrel, upwind. We’ll light it. When the time comes to boost off, fly thru their troops in the breach, it will disrupt the attack and give you the best way out. Over.”
“Ain’t leaving you, Colonel. Won’t skedaddle without you!”
“Run, hell! You’re going to take out that addy, you <traditional Marine expression>. They’ll use smoke and blind themselves to your approach. Then you’re coming back to attack them when they run away from me. <traditional Marine expression of disgust at the stupidity of midshipmen>.”
Mortar rounds continued battering the compound. The screams of the wounded and the dying filled the air. Chehesti moved from one group of soldiers to another, cutting jokes, directing fire, or just bucking up morale. Fifteen minutes later, the addy started punching holes in the southeastern corner of the compound wall. Within thirty minutes, there were three breaches in the wall in the southeast quadrant. The rebels fired smoke grenades into the compound and on the approaches to the breaches. With a roar they surged forwards across the open area and into the compound’s courtyard. The assault carrier accelerated into a tight circle inside the compound walls, plowing through the rebels who had rushed through the breach. It picked up speed thru the largest of the breaches and rushed forward in a slalom course designed to crush as many infantry as possible.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:45 PM

Chehesti became fully occupied with events inside the compound as the rebels swarmed through the breaches again plus rushed the northern wall. Her cool, unhurried demeanor was an inspiration to all the soldiers as she calmly directed the reserves to blunt the attack. White phosphorus grenades were used to set fire to pools of motor oil that had been spilled just behind where the breaches in the wall were being made. Thankfully, that slowed down the rate at which soldiers entered the courtyard. The first assault wave had been annihilated by the crush of the assault vehicle and the withering gunfire of two of the security platoons in reserve. The second wave faltered when only half their number made it in before they were stopped by flames. The third wave merged with the second half of the second before it forced its way over the flames by using makeshift bridges from some nearby construction material. The fire from the defenders was beginning to falter, not from lack of fighting spirit but from a shortage of ammunition. It was at just that moment that Chehesti was inspired. “Sing! Sing, you <traditional Marine expression> children of <traditional Marine expression>! Sing the Imperial Anthem! Loud! Louder”
The third wave faltered, unsure of what it was up against in the oily, smoky, body-strewn courtyard, where visibility was now down to less than thirty feet, and where there now seemed to be more defenders than they thought. They might have regrouped and overrun the position, but the sky burst into deafening flames just outside the compound and the whump of fugpumps filled the air behind them. Talik’s voice came over the loudspeaker, “Rebel forces, we have you surrounded. Surrender now or die. One the count of ten, one, two, three, four…”
Shouts of dismay filled the courtyard, then, in ones, twos, and tens, the rebels dropped their weapons and called out in surrender.
“Maarik here, Colonel. 1st platoon, Alpha company is here, plus Force Code Monkey.”
“Force Code Monkey!?”
“Well, ma’am. When the signal squadron realized you were in trouble, every one of them confessed to being the one who chose the – um – offensive - sitrep code. I only had transport for a platoon of them, and you did order the guilty party to jump with us…”
“<tradional Marine expression> Force Code Monkey! All is forgiven! If there’s any one that needs an “Offensive” sitrep code, it’s me! Mop up the rest of the <traditional Marine expression> rebels before they get away. I’ve got a battle to fight dockside.”
The basic line of attack, refined by Executive Officer Vamiraah von Ritterkamp, rolled up both flanks of the rebel forces attacking the ships at the docks. Forced to fall back to a large city park just behind the docks, they were subjected to a vicious ortillery barrage from all naval assets in system.
The back of the resistance on the northern continent was completely crushed. Colonel Chehesti retained command of the 147th Imperial Army for four months until a replacement Army commanding officer arrived in system.

An excerpt from the official award commendation packet, hand-signed by every surviving member of the 147th Imperial Army:

Emperor,

The soldiers of the 147th Imperial Army unanimously recommend Colonel Chehesti for the highest of Imperial Honors. Her skill and actions saved us all from capture and execution at the hands of rebels, her courage and eloquence motivated us to fight back harder than we believed possible. Her personal bravery under fire kept our Headquarters compound from being overrun by odds of twenty to one. No one could be expected to fly into a mess like that and not only save the position, but crush the enemy at the same time. We have served our time in hell, and with your blessing, we will follow Colonel Chehesti back into hell any time You ask it of us. We humbly request that her inspiring words to us be made true, and that our unit become the 147th Imperial Army of Marines.”

The bureaucratic ramifications of this most unusual and surprising request took the Emperor and his advisors some time to ponder. Patrons of the Imperial Army were offended by the request to become Marines, which did nothing but rub salt in the wounds of a tremendous Army disaster. Political advisors, whether supporters or in opposition to the Emperor’s policies, were wary of someone with high military skills and the personal charisma to affect soldiers in that way. Traditionalists among the nobility were aghast to think that a foul-mouthed, uncouth commoner, totally unsuitable for promotion into the nobility, should be made a General Officer. Vids taken surreptiously by quick thinking members of the public relations platoon and later released by them without authorization, cemented Chehesti’s place among the citizenry of the Imperium and clearly documented her ability under fire. Strephon was much more pragmatic. Anyone who knew how to inspire that kind of spirit and loyalty, he wanted to learn from.
In the end, Emperor Strephon awarded Colonel Chehesti her fifth Starburst for Extreme Heroism, promoted her to General, and assigned her to become the Commander of the Imperial Household Marines on Core.
As for the transfer request by the 147th, this was his response, as read to the troops:

"Extreme situations require extreme measures. It is Our policy that Our Imperium is best served by those with the Skill, Honour, and Courage to turn Adversity into Victory."

"The traditional rivalries between Our military branches, when not overdone, are a source of pride for all who serve in the Armed Forces. Do not let this be considered an insult to the Imperial Army. This is the first time that a Marine – of any rank – much less such a highly decorated one – has ever publically acknowledged that an entire Imperial Army was up to Marine standards. I’m sure she will receive much good natured ribbing about it from her Marine colleagues and from Army officers for the rest of her life!"
<laughter>
"Therefore, in recognition of loyalty and comradeship under the most adverse of conditions, I hereby officially grant the request by the 147th Imperial Army – of Marines! <applause> Every soldier serving in the 147th Imperial Army under the acting command of Colonel Chehesti will, as of her assumption of command, be considered an Imperial Marine as well as a member of the Imperial Army. The 147th will be trained in both Army and Marine doctrine by a joint operations command set up for just that purpose."

"General Chehesti <roaring applause> will take command of all commando assets within the 147th Imperial Army of Marines for the immediate future. Her next assignment will be commander of the Imperial Household Marines here on Core. "

"Thank you all for your brave and devoted service to the Imperium!"

"Strephon, Emperor"

Quotations from the battle:

“Don’t be afraid, son. If you die today, you’ll die a Marine, and that will make your mama mighty proud. And if you live, it will get you mighty well laid, ‘cause that’s how heroes get treated in the Imperium. It’s win-win, either way!”
=====================
“Ma’am! Get Down! They’re shooting at us!”
“Of course they’re shooting at us. It’s their job! So be a good Marine and shoot right back, you hear? Show them how it’s done! Make your mama proud.”
“Make my mama proud?! I hate her! And she’s dead anyway!”
“Well, missy, if you don’t start fighting back real hard now, you’ll be seeing her in hell a good bit sooner than you planned.”
=====================
“Pull out? Are you kidding? We’re beating the <traditional Marine expression> out of them and they’re too stupid to know it! Why would I pull out when we’re going to win?”
“Ma’am, we’re really going to win this fight?”
“Of course we <traditional Marine expression> are! If things are going really bad, you’ve got to stand over the mortars and pee on them to cool’em down and keep’em from baking off.”
“But ma’am, we ain’t got no mortars to fire back with!”
“See! That proves it can’t get that bad! <shoots a rebel breaking cover> Things really start getting smoother once you kill the other fellow, try it.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:46 PM

1095 MCUF + PH General Imaah Chehesti was an off-duty guest at the Emperor’s Birthday pool party in the Imperial Palace on Core/Core. She noticed several of the Imperial bodyguards change their physical demeanor, as if they were trying to re-tune their communication implants at the same time. Her combat instincts were alerted and she immediately moved towards the Emperor. She identified the one person approaching the Emperor in a purposeful manner and leapt between them, without regard for her own life; taking two shots in the shoulder and stomach from a gauss pistol built into an iridium liquor flask. Despite her wounds she took the assailant to the ground and subdued the assassin with both legs and her good arm until the Secret Service staff intervened. Her quick thinking and selfless performance of her duty are a credit to the Corps.

Quote from news feeds of the event:
Looking down at her blood-covered, bikini-clad chest, she said, “<traditional Marine expression> Vids! Why are there always <traditional Marine expression> vids when I’m not in uniform?!” Then, in a cool, professional voice, she informed the assassin, “Imaah bloody Chehesti, General of Imperial Marines and you are under arrest.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:47 PM

1099 SEH A grav Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) from the assault force was disabled by rebel ground fire and forced to crash-land inside their perimeter, injuring all inside. General Chehesti, participating as an observer, ordered her command vehicle, the only vehicle free to respond, to provide low-altitude covering fire. (Command grav carriers are loaded with extra communications gear instead of heavier weapons.) After her own vehicle was seriously hit, she ordered it to withdraw and leapt down to the disabled vehicle to provide a point defense. Her calm voice, calling in ortillery strikes with unerring precision while she held off multiple waves of attackers with accurate fire from her FGMP, grenades, and at last resort, with her gauss pistol at close quarters, was an inspiration to all her comrades. Her actions saved the lives of six of the nine soldiers in the APC.

From the communications transcript:

Gen. Chehesti:
“Priority 2 Strike. High Explosive rounds, Starburst Configuration, 10 Meters Elevation. Centerpoint on my transponder beacon. Fire For Effect. Over.”

Lt. Armestor:
“Ma’am! That’s right on you! Are you sure?!”

Gen. Chehesti:
“Son, it’s the Emperor’s birthday today, and I’m in the mood to celebrate with a fireworks display. Fire For Effect. Over.”

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:47 PM

Civilian Career

1092-99 Board of Directors, Orphans of Imperial Military Parents.
1105 Her book, “Off My Chest!” became an instant best seller among servicemen and veterans across the Imperium.
1105-present Freelance travelling spokesman for Instellarms.

david.wendelken April 7th, 2010 10:48 PM

I hope you all enjoy General Imaah Chehesti. :)

Copyright 2009, David Wendelken, permission freely granted for personal gaming use.

david.wendelken April 8th, 2010 06:32 PM

So, for the readers among you who pay close attention to what you read, what two weapons do you have reasonable evidence that Imaah Chehesti possesses upon her retirement?

Vargr April 9th, 2010 03:28 AM

A FGMP and a Gauss Pistol?

She used both in 1099, well after her retirement and they where both refered to as "hers".

david.wendelken April 9th, 2010 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vargr (Post 346940)
A FGMP and a Gauss Pistol?

She used both in 1099, well after her retirement and they where both refered to as "hers".

"Hers" in the sense of using it at that moment...

But you're still half right, but with a different weapon. :D

BlackBat242 April 9th, 2010 09:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vargr (Post 346940)
A FGMP and a Gauss Pistol?

She used both in 1099, well after her retirement and they where both refered to as "hers".

Actually, the first post says her retirement was "Date: 002-1105", so she had 5 years left when the action you state occurred.

Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 346892)
The marines of the 77th Marine Flight Assault Squadron installed the original, lovingly maintained “Laser of Love” on the vessel’s starship’s hard point and her “parents”, the active duty and retired marines of the 117th Orbital Assault Regiment, now nicknamed “Chesty’s Own”, totally refurbished the vessel to be suitable for a Sector Admiral’s quarters.

Despite Dave's oversight in not mentioning the exact type of ship, or even whether she got it as a "mustering-out benefit"*, I suspect that this was a scout/courier, as her assignment was to the "312th Scout Explorer Fleet", as "Marine Liason Officer, Vargr Extents".
At least, the "ship's laser" (from the fighter she won her first SEH in) seems to have become her personal property.

*(I suspect that she did, as having been on assignment with the Scouts this final term, she would get 1 roll on their table... and a roll of 5 or 6 {due to her rank} would get a S/C)


The other weapon is indeed a "gauss pistol"...
Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 346892)
a gauss pistol built into an iridium liquor flask.

She is noted as being in possession of this item after her retirement ceremony:
Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 346892)
The enlisted men and Marine officers roared out enthusiastically as General Chehesti left the podium and started working her way through the crowd, shaking hands or hugging those who came up to her, in between taking swigs from an iridium flask.


I submit, however, two other weapons she is never without... as illustrated here:
http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Gal...Chehesti-1.png

http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Gal...Chehesti-2.png

david.wendelken April 9th, 2010 09:51 PM

You are completely abreast of the facts. :D

david.wendelken April 9th, 2010 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackBat242 (Post 346977)
Despite Dave's oversight in not mentioning the exact type of ship, or even whether she got it as a "mustering-out benefit"*, I suspect that this was a scout/courier, as her assignment was to the "312th Scout Explorer Fleet", as "Marine Liason Officer, Vargr Extents".
At least, the "ship's laser" (from the fighter she won her first SEH in) seems to have become her personal property.

*(I suspect that she did, as having been on assignment with the Scouts this final term, she would get 1 roll on their table... and a roll of 5 or 6 {due to her rank} would get a S/C)

Your surmise about the scout/courier is completely correct. It was not an oversight on my part not to mention it, the reporter for TAS either did not find those details interesting, or the editor cut them for space reasons. :)

The "Laser of Love" was officially (and conveniently :) ) considered surplus and was therefore available for private purchase by parties friendly to Chehesti. The Tukera family (and the Imperial one) was pleased at how well she had discredited their political opponents in the Moot.

In addition, I live in a military town and am well aware of the respect an American soldier with the Congressional Medal of Honor (the US real-world equivalent to the Starburst for Extreme Heroism) would receive from other soldiers. I can well imagine the way many procedural obstacles would simply disappear for someone with more than one of those medals. (Speaking as a US citizen, I would simply state that they earned that extra consideration, and then some.)

Megatraveller had such a rule, in that medals allowed some die roll modifiers. I added that rule, plus a revved-up one from Classic Traveller that allowed the survival role to be modified by MOS skills.

It still took a lot of luck to get a surviving character with that many Starbursts!

Since the character started with a low social standing and still had one upon retirement mustering out, I needed a reason. Clearly, given the war record, some reason other than poltroonery was needed. That's why I added her extremely salty and colorful speech and low-brow, enlisted Marine tastes. She simply never fit in with the higher social classes that predominate in the Naval and Marine Officer Corps - at least the ones with pretensions of superiority based upon birth instead of ability. She always got on famously with those in authority who valued results over "breeding".

aramis April 9th, 2010 10:38 PM

Actually, I suspect the SEH is more akin to a Service Cross*; the MCG to a Silver Star**, and the MCUF to a Bronze Star***. The equivalent to a CMH would be an SEH with an accompanying Knighthood in the Order of the Emperor's Guard or the Order of Heroes... Or even joining the baronetage or baronage†

*Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or Air Force Cross
** or a Combat DSM or DDSM, which are higher than the SS
*** or a DFC+V, or a NAMCM, or a LOM+V
† probably sans fief. Tho' if important enough, yeah, add the fief.

david.wendelken April 9th, 2010 11:15 PM

That's an interesting idea. IMTU, the SEH was always the equivalent of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Victoria Cross, i.e., the nation's highest military award.

The job of the imperial nobility is to provide loyal leadership with sufficient authority to get things done despite a bureaucracy's inbred attempt to do "what we've always done" instead of what is now needed.

That's quite a different job from being a hero on the battlefield.

david.wendelken April 9th, 2010 11:26 PM

Started another thread on the medal equivalent issue at:

http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Dis...983#post346983

BlackBat242 April 10th, 2010 05:25 AM

Just let me express my appreciation to you for this character.

She reminds me of USMC L/Cpl Sophie Gallegos.
As we were preparing to deploy to Japan for 6 months, it was suggested that Sophie jump out of a cake at the squadron "departing party" clad in a bikini.
Her response was "You mean I have to wear something?"

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...AW-242logo.gif

Jon A. Sgt, USMC 1981-1989.

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b3...xander1987.jpg

Keklas Rekobah April 16th, 2010 01:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackBat242 (Post 346977)
... I submit, however, two other weapons she is never without... as illustrated here:
http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Gal...Chehesti-1.png

http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Gal...Chehesti-2.png

Weapons of mass distraction, no doubt.

david.wendelken July 20th, 2012 10:55 PM

Dateline 094-1108: Spinward Marches, Mora/Mora
 
The Imperial Enquirer has announced they have acquired a draft copy of the Emperor's Birthday Honours List. Further, they have revealed the surprising claim that retired General of Marines Imaah "Chesty" Chehesti, will be receiving belated Imperial Honours.

As readers may recall, General Chehesti is a highly respected soldier who was awarded the Starburst for Extreme Heroism an astonishing six times. Her no-nonsense attitude and salty manners made her a lot of enemies among the nobles at Core/Core. Chehesti retired in 1105 without a single noble honour, a fact which angered many rank and file within both the Imperial Army and Marines.

Her book, "Off my chest!", was an instant best seller and increased her popularity among citizens all across the Imperium. The profits are rumoured to have been donated to the charitable organization "Orphans of Imperial Military Parents" and to a similar group she founded on Mora/Byret for those killed in that planet's insurrection.

Chehesti has been acting as a freelance traveling spokesperson for Instellarms since her retirement and could not immediately be reached for comment. Instellarms limited their comment to an appreciation for Chehesti's many contributions to the Imperium and its citizens.

Speculation frenzy as to the nature of the honours is building. The Imperial Enquirer spokesperson promised all would be revealed in due time. Our society correspondents on Core/Core tell us that the announcment has been met with open disdain by many of the Emperor's detractors in the Moot.

david.wendelken July 20th, 2012 10:58 PM

The Real Backstory to the last news release
 
Ok, I confess. I tried to ignore the Traveler 5 Kickstarter campaign.

I really tried.

I failed.

So I pledged enough to get some cool swag including noble honours for a character, so I picked Chehesti.

I don't know exactly what honours she'll get, so I'll just have to wait like the rest of the Imperial Enquirer's readers...

david.wendelken February 7th, 2013 08:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 401033)
Ok, I confess. I tried to ignore the Traveler 5 Kickstarter campaign.

I really tried.

I failed.

So I pledged enough to get some cool swag including noble honours for a character, so I picked Chehesti.

I don't know exactly what honours she'll get, so I'll just have to wait like the rest of the Imperial Enquirer's readers...

Traveler 5 plus nifty swag will be shipping soon...

timerover51 February 7th, 2013 09:45 PM

I assume that this is a parody of Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in US History.

david.wendelken February 7th, 2013 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by timerover51 (Post 421815)
I assume that this is a parody of Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in US History.

Heavens, no! General Puller is still an inspiration to the men and women of the Marine Corps.

I confess that his name got me to thinking of how I could adapt it to fit within the Vilani language "style", simply as a thought experiment.

I happened to roll up a female Imperial Marine character shortly afterwards and got the unusual career results described. The character needed a name and a back story and her name is the only way the two unrelated activities got connected.

david.wendelken August 12th, 2013 10:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 401033)
Ok, I confess. I tried to ignore the Traveler 5 Kickstarter campaign.

I really tried.

I failed.

So I pledged enough to get some cool swag including noble honours for a character, so I picked Chehesti.

I don't know exactly what honours she'll get, so I'll just have to wait like the rest of the Imperial Enquirer's readers...

Vicountess of Regina, Spinward Marches

david.wendelken January 2nd, 2014 06:30 PM

I got a new patent of nobility card today for Imaah Chehesti.

Baronness of Byret/Mora in the Spinward Marches.

Jame November 24th, 2014 02:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by david.wendelken (Post 462229)
I got a new patent of nobility card today for Imaah Chehesti.

Baronness of Byret/Mora in the Spinward Marches.

So that's where her "Chesty" came from.

I'll confess that when I first read this I thought something else, before I remembered the famous U.S. Marine.

aramis November 24th, 2014 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jame (Post 495896)
So that's where her "Chesty" came from.

I'll confess that when I first read this I thought something else, before I remembered the famous U.S. Marine.

you should. She's a tribute to and parody of Chesty Puller.

Jame November 26th, 2014 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aramis (Post 495902)
you should. She's a tribute to and parody of Chesty Puller.

I should which? Think of the same thing the pirates did? :devil:

OHHHH! You meant think of the Marine! I'm so so sorry! :smirk:

david.wendelken November 28th, 2014 12:44 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed my write-up of General Chehesti.

I'm working up a scenario and associated short story to go with her appointment as Baroness of Byret / Mora.

flykiller July 12th, 2015 06:24 PM

thanks david.wendelken, that was a lot of fun!

david.wendelken July 12th, 2015 07:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flykiller (Post 511499)
thanks david.wendelken, that was a lot of fun!

I'm glad you enjoyed it! You just made my day!

david.wendelken July 6th, 2016 09:29 PM

I just placed an order for some starship deck plans from FFE and got a bonus Patent of Nobility card with my order.

Say hello to the Baronet of Vland/Vland, Imaah Chehesti.

It goes nicely with her Viscounty on Regina in the Spinward Marches...

SanDragon July 6th, 2016 10:59 PM

Congratulations.

Did she dress for it? :p

david.wendelken July 7th, 2016 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SanDragon (Post 544065)
Congratulations.

Did she dress for it? :p

She was very happy to be properly dressed for the occasion. :)

kilemall July 7th, 2016 10:27 PM

To me this character is as classic and 'necessary' as Captain Jamison.

Three huzzahs for Chesty!

timerover51 July 9th, 2016 05:59 PM

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Originally Posted by kilemall (Post 544161)
To me this character is as classic and 'necessary' as Captain Jamison.

Three huzzahs for Chesty!

I beg to strongly differ.

kilemall July 9th, 2016 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by timerover51 (Post 544287)
I beg to strongly differ.

What, not realistic or behavior becoming of a marine much less an officer much less a heroic empire-wide marine officer?

The character is fun as hell, plays with all those marine stereotypes and a little bit of fan service, and delivers on protecting the Imperium when it counts. Hell yes classic character.

More to the point, its the kind of character that WOULD have inhabited the sci-fi mags and novels Traveller springs from.

And, given that the general consensus is that the Imperium is a government of men not of laws, most of the time propitious behavior is even MORE important to convey the 'right attitude and example' especially in the absence of ability, but 1000s of years of experience would also support a person who has personality quirks but commands the respect, affection and loyalty of their subordinates and gets it done.

timerover51 July 9th, 2016 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by kilemall (Post 544289)
What, not realistic or behavior becoming of a marine much less an officer much less a heroic empire-wide marine officer?

The character is fun as hell, plays with all those marine stereotypes and a little bit of fan service, and delivers on protecting the Imperium when it counts. Hell yes classic character.

More to the point, its the kind of character that WOULD have inhabited the sci-fi mags and novels Traveller springs from.

And, given that the general consensus is that the Imperium is a government of men not of laws, most of the time propitious behavior is even MORE important to convey the 'right attitude and example' especially in the absence of ability, but 1000s of years of experience would also support a person who has personality quirks but commands the respect, affection and loyalty of their subordinates and gets it done.

I had the "privilege" of commanding a mixed unit in the Army. Have you ever commanded a mixed unit?

mike wightman July 9th, 2016 07:50 PM

Chesty is a bit of silly name for a woman, you may as well call her booby or some other derivation of mammary gland slang.

Meteoric Assault July 9th, 2016 07:52 PM

It is an amusing yarn, let the man indulge in his creativity...

whulorigan July 9th, 2016 11:29 PM

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Originally Posted by mike wightman (Post 544296)
Chesty is a bit of silly name for a woman, you may as well call her booby or some other derivation of mammary gland slang.

I believe it is a play on the name Chesty Puller.

timerover51 July 10th, 2016 12:42 AM

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Originally Posted by whulorigan (Post 544321)
I believe it is a play on the name Chesty Puller.

For those who do not know, Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, was the most decorated Marine of World War 2, and managed to win 5 Navy Crosses without winning the Medal of Honor. His biography makes interesting reading. He retired as a Lieutenant General. I am not impressed with the play on words.


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