Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms
Product information
Type Short story
Author Christopher Purnell
Pages 20
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
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.

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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...

Plot summary[edit]

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).

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