Tales of the Jihad: the Last Day of Zeta

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Tales of the Jihad: the Last Day of Zeta
Product information
Type Short story
Author Jason Schmetzer
Pages 19
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 23 September 2006
Content
Era Civil War era
Jihad era
Timeline 9 December 3067

Tales of the Jihad: the Last Day of Zeta is a short story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 19 September 2006. It was also published in print in the third BattleCorps anthology, Weapons Free, in 2012 as simply "The Last Day of Zeta".

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Zeta Battalion, Wolf's Dragoons (3000-3067). In the sixty-odd years since Zeta's first Inner Sphere deployment on Halloran V, only a handful of units had ever stood against the Battalion's full fury. On 9 December 3067 they issued their final test, to the Word of Blake forces on Mars. Colonel J. Elliot Jamison proudly led Zeta Battalion across the plains of Chryse Planitia in what ended up as the last day of Zeta Battalion...

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From the viewpoint of Major Tara Lucas, the story narrates how Wolf's Dragoons' famous Zeta Battalion is lost in the Dragoons' ill-fated attack on Mars. Weakened from losses during planetfall and against hostile environmental conditions, strong enemy forces and even orbital bombardment from enemy WarShips, Zeta Battalion nevertheless relentlessly and stubbornly continues the attack, knowing that they cannot turn back. In command after the death of Colonel Jamison, Tara Lucas rallies the troops for a last frontal assault.

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