The Inheritance of Duty
|The Inheritance of Duty|
|Author||Michael A. Stackpole|
|Era||Dark Age era|
|Timeline||19 August 3132|
On Fourtymile, eighteen year old Jeremy Lee is preparing an AgroMech with a welding torch (apparently in a fashion to weaponize it) because of an upcoming crisis linked to the Blackout that had happened less than two weeks before when he is interrupted by his mother. Instead of the expected dressing-down, however, Jeremy receives a lecture by his mother about the Jihad and Devlin Stone.
Jeremy's grandmother on his father's side, who died when he was five years old, had bequeathed some sort of responsibility to Jeremy's mother that she now turns over to Jeremy, having decided the time is right. Jeremy is led by his mother to the "haunted silo" and accesses it for the first time. Inside, he finds a black Victor with a skeletal paint scheme. It turns out that Jeremy's "Grandma Lee" was none other than Colonel Belle Lee of Stone's Lament.
The short story can be found in its entirety on this archived page of the WizKids site.