Brothers in Arms
|Brothers in Arms|
|First published||20 October 2009|
|Era||Civil War era|
|Timeline||3 June 3063-24 May 3067|
Brothers in Arms is a short story by Christopher Purnell that was published online on BattleCorps on 20 October 2009. It was also later published in print in the 2016 BattleCorps anthology Front Lines.
|“||The FedCom Civil war touched nearly every world of that star-spanning state, and many brothers fought against brothers, friends against friends. They did so for many reasons: love, greed, loyalty. But some, also, for duty...||”|
On Bluford, the FedCom Civil War pits loyalists under Kommandant William Bacchelaut against rebels fighting under William's close friend, Kommandant Michael Otis, on 3 June 3063. Cornered, Michael refuses to surrender despite William's pleas, and only the destruction of Michael's BattleMaster breaks the rebels' resolve, ending the battle.
Four years later, William—now a colonel and overall commander of the planetary militia—visits the Royal Bluford Memorial Cemetary and watches Michael Otis being interred as a hero. After Katherine Steiner-Davion's arrest, the local duke had affirmed his loyalty to Victor Steiner-Davion and arranged for a hero's funeral of Michael Otis. William Bacchelaut meanwhile, despite his loyalty and despite prevailing in battle, lost all that he fought for; his wife has divorced him and he has no contact with his grandchildren (through William's daughter, who is married to Michael's son).