On the Square

On the Square
Product information
Type Short story
Author Jason Schmetzer
Pages 18
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 29 April 2005
Era Civil War era
Timeline 12 August 3067

On the Square is a short story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 29 April 2005. It was also published in print in the second BattleCorps print anthology, First Strike, in 2010.

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Read our latest author, Jason Schmetzer's tale of a Taurian Infantry maniple during a pirate raid.

Plot summary[edit]

As Tortuga Dominion pirates with 'Mech support raid the city of Sawyer on Charleston, Corporal David Talbot and his infantry maniple experience their first combat action. In the chaotic urban fighting they are eventually confronted by a Phoenix Hawk, but since its cockpit is already damaged Talbot can shoot the pilot from an elevated position.

He awakens on a stretcher to find that he lost an arm in the fight and that only one other trooper besides him survived; but he managed the unthinkable and downed a BattleMech!

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