Forms of Betrayal
|Forms of Betrayal|
|Author||Randall N. Bills|
|First published||01 March 2005|
|Era||Star League era (Age of War)|
|Timeline||07 July 2425|
|Preceded by||Occum's Choice|
|“||In this fourth installment of the HIGHLANDER CHRONICLES, Randall Bills takes a fresh look at one of the Northwind Highlanders' darker moments. A time when, pressed by treachery and disdain, at least one soldier chooses to strike out at the hand squeezing the life from his people, his comrades.||”|
A member of the Marion's Highlanders regiment of the Northwind Highlanders assassinates Chancellor Arden Baxter as he walks the streets of Capella Prime en route to a regular Thursday-night meeting at the House of Scions. A needler blast to the face ends the Confederation’s first experiment with a non-Liao Chancellor.
The Intelligence Operations Handbook p. 70 clarifies that the mercenary assassin was a mentally unbalanced individual recruited by undercover Maskirovka agents posing as radicals, due both to persistent loyalty to House Liao and to Baxter's perceived mistreatment of the Capellan spy agency.