Feral is a story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 8 August 2008. It was also published in print in the fifth BattleCorps print anthology, Counterattack, in 2014.
|| Feral, the order when given strips all the rules away. There is only Dragoon and target. Those on Outreach learned this swiftly and painfully. But Feral is not a localized order, Feral is all.
An operation on New Canton that had been four months in the planning sees Wolf's Dragoons two points of Nighthawk XXI-armored troopers from the Seventh Kommando into the Word of Blake-controlled HPG compound to obtain intel on the Word's new plans for the Chaos March while more overt forces stage a diversion raid. However, seconds before the operation starts Lieutenant Peter Whitehorse learns of Jaime Wolf's death and the Condition Feral order to all Dragoons. Consequently, the Nighthawk troopers take no prisoners and kill every Word of Blake affiliate they come across with extreme prejudice to the point of Tara, a Clan Nova Cat adoptee, objecting to the slaughter. Peter and Tara reach the computer core and download the data, but are interrupted by four Purifiers which have to be overcome in close-quarters combat, involving the use of vibroblades. Despite heavy losses to the Nighthawks, the raid is ultimately successful. Peter and Tara meet up with the Dragoon OmniMechs outside and move to their DropShip.