Product information
Type Short story
Author William H. Keith
Pages 8
Illustrations William H. Keith
Publication information
First published 1988
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 7 October 3027

Plot Summary[edit]

Lieutenant Vincent McCabe is part of a Lyran strike mission against Draconis Combine forces in the Ramsau system.

As a regiment-sized force raids Ramsau itself, McCabe and five other mercenary MechWarriors aboard a modified Leopard DropShip set down on Gordo, Ramsau’s tide-locked moon. Their objective is the DCMS command and control facility on Gordo, which has an unobstructed view of Ramsau.

Approaching the installation, the mercenaries are crossing an empty mare when they come under fire. McCabe’s ’Mech is knocked down with heavy damage. Considering him dead or disabled, the Kuritan BattleMechs pass him by to engage his comrades.

McCabe reactivates his Shadow Hawk and opens fire on a DCMS Dragon and Panther. He has a clear view of the Dragon when its damaged cockpit starts venting atmosphere and he sees the Kuritan pilot suffocating.

The remaining mercenary ’Mechs have to retreat, their chances of destroying the command station gone. The attack on Ramsau is called off and the Lyran forces pull back to their JumpShips.

McCabe reflects on what the mission has taught him – that even inside a BattleMech, a MechWarrior can be helpless in the face of a hostile environment.[1]

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  1. BattleTechnology 0201, pp. 12-19, "Decompression".