Product information
Type Short story
Author Jason Schmetzer
Pages 28
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 1 February 2008
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 24-ca. 29 October 3014

Godfather is a story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 1 February 2008. It was also published in print in the fifth BattleCorps print anthology, Counterattack, in 2014.

Teaser text[edit]

There are few wars more brutal than a civil war, and no realm is more familiar with them than the Free Worlds League... but in warfare, not even a brother is as important as the trooper next to you.

Plot summary[edit]

The fratricidal Marik Civil War of 3014 pits the loyalist 15th Marik Militia against their sister regiment, the rebelling 3rd Marik Militia, on Berenson. On 24 October 3014 a lance from the 15th is ambushed by three Awesomes, destroying two of their 'Mechs outright. Nathan White in his Rifleman and Sergeant Ramirez in his Hunchback manage to disengage. Back at base they learn that a second rebel regiment has landed on Berenson. Colonel Jake Hawkins decides to tie both rebel regiments down by going to ground and denying them an open fight.

On the following day White and Ramirez are sent back to the ambush site as a heavy recon force. They find that the downed 'Mechs have already been stripped for salvageable parts during the night, then encounter and defeat an enemy Orion before withdrawing from radar contacts which they assume are the Awesomes again.

Three days later, an enemy MechWarrior is captured and reveals that DropShips are inbound which are thought to be loyalist forces. Colonel Hawkins predicts that the enemy forces will make a push to crush the 15th now; at the same time, the 15th Marik Militia is low on ammunition and spare parts, and cannot run away anymore.

In the big battle that ensues as predicted, the 15th is all but overrun and narrowly saved by the arrival of the friendly DropShips. In the aftermath, White is promoted to Lieutenant, and realizes that Sergeant Ramirez had been grooming him to become an officer in much the same way as he had once groomed Jake Hawkins.

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