Learning the Riddle of Steel

In a continuous effort to show what it means to be OCS, it was decided that it would be beneficial to create a list of recommended reading and watching. I wish they had a word for that, guess I will have to make one up. This so called “Syllabus” (copyright pending) will be a work in progess. Its selections will come from those who understand what it means to be OCS.

As a senior silverback, Z has the honor of the first induction and he choose Conan the Barbarian.

Z on why Conan is OCS:

I could go on all day why Conan like a mighty SilverBack Gorilla or a maurading Yeti is Old Country Strong. But that is a Story for another time. Best to let Papa Conan explain.

Conan’s Father – “Fire and wind come from the sky, from the gods of the sky. But Crom is your god, Crom and he lives in the earth. Once, giants lived in the Earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered. And the Earth shook. Fire and wind struck down these giants, and they threw their bodies into the waters, but in their rage, the gods forgot the secret of steel and left it on the battlefield. We who found it are just men. Not gods. Not giants. Just men. The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery. You must learn its riddle, Conan. You must learn its discipline. For no one – no one in this world can you trust. Not men, not women, not beasts.”

Conans Father points

Conan’s Father – This you can trust…

To show your OCS IQ, please post something appropiate.

Posted by Nickay

4 Responses to “Learning the Riddle of Steel”

  1. Documentary Film:

    Touching The Void:

    This is my favorite movie. This is no fairy tale. This is real grit and it is the difference between life and death. This is the reenactment of two climbers Yates and Simpson and their fabled ascent of the 20,813 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

    Disaster strikes after they make the summit when one of the two climbers (Simpson) missteps and breaks his tibia. Without resources for the slow decent they make there way down by lowering Simpson 300 feet at a time through a belay. In a whiteout storm Yates mistakenly lowers Simpson off a shear cliff.

    After hours of holding the position neither man can do anything that will save them both. They cannot communicate in anyway. Yates cannot know if his friend is meters or miles from the ground. Drained of his last bit of energy and without fuel or food, something must be done or they will both fall to whatever lies below. Ultimately Yates cuts the rope and. . .

  2. Book:

    Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.

    A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster. With more than 250 black-and-white photographs taken by various expedition members and an enlightening new postscript by the author, the Illustrated Edition shows readers what this tragic climb looked like and potentially provides closure for Krakauer and his detractors.

  3. “Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That’s what’s important. Valor pleases you Crom so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!”

  4. -Let me ask you something. Why are you alive?
    -I’m alive….I live…to safeguard this great society. To serve Libra.
    -It’s circular. You exist to continue your existence. What’s the point?
    -What’s the point of your existence?
    -To feel. “Cause you’ve never done it, you can never know it”. But it’s as vital as breath, and without it, Without love, without anger, without sorrow, a breath is just a clock ticking.
    Quote from the movie Equilibrium. If you haven’t seen it then you are missing out. This is a one of my favorite movies of all time.

    Don’t mess with a mans dog BTW.

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