Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing
Product information
Type Short story
Author Chris Hussey
Pages 25
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 17 March 2012
Era Jihad era
Timeline 28 March-ca. May 3072

Last Man Standing is a story by Chris Hussey that was published online on BattleCorps on 17 March 2012.

Teaser text[edit]

The Word of Blake's Jihad was perhaps the most indiscriminate series of attacks since the First Succession War, sparing neither citizen nor soldier. A retired soldier learns there are some threats you can't defend against.

Plot summary[edit]

Alan, a retired Capellan Confederation MechWarrior, has sold his 'Mech and bought land on Buenos Aires, hoping to spare his son the horrors of war.

On 28 March 3072, Alan's son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren gather for his birthday party when Aerospace fighters pass overhead. Alan is alerted to the fact that they seem to be spraying aerosols and that while the planet is attacked by the Word of Blake, no ground forces are invading. He survives the biological attack together with his grandson while the farm animals, the rest of the family and, as it turns out, the entire city of Nuevo San Luis with two hundred thousand inhabitants die. After many weeks the two of them find themselves scavenging the deserted city full of corpses. They unexpectedly encounter three BattleArmor troopers there, and together manage to fight them (killing at least one with explosives). A DropShip lifts off the next day, indicating that the Word of Blake left the world. Alan and his grandson remain on the planet, fearing they might be the last humans alive on Buenos Aires.