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|A Loyal Son of Terra|
|Author||Steven Mohan Jr.|
|First published||20 September 2005|
|Timeline||28 February 3058-17 March 3068|
|“||Twenty-one Warships and a dozen jumpships loaded with dropships. One man rides down with this armada to reclaim his home. Steven Mohan brings us this tale of a Loyal Son of Terra.||”|
Mark Kovachev was ten years old when his mother died in a groundcar crash. He lived with his father, a retired ROM agent, in a rural area in Yakima Valley, Washington (Terra). When he was sixteen years old, the Word of Blake seized Terra. Mike witnessed enemy agents questioning his father about SDS batteries in the valley. When threatened with the prospect of Mark being killed, his father assaulted the armed agent and, together with Mark, slew him but was mortally wounded in turn. The dying father told Mark that no help would be forthcoming on this day, and, handing him his ring, made him promise to survive.
Ten years later Adept Epsilon III Mark Kovachev is a Com Guard MechWarrior with the White Lions of the 394th Division (ComStar), preparing to recapture Terra as part of the Case WHITE task force. However, the DropShip carrying him is shot down and barely manages a crash-landing, and the scattered Com Guard forces are finding it harder every day to survive against the surprisingly strong enemy forces. When it becomes clear that the attack has failed and that there are no DropShips or JumpShips to lift them off again, Mark doggedly continues the fight, eventually embracing an enemy Toyama with his battered Nexus and ejecting just before reactor overload, still determined to somehow survive.