The Gulf of Reason
|The Gulf of Reason|
|First published||2 May 2006|
|Era||Civil War era|
|Timeline||3 February 3067, plus ca. 2 days|
|Series||The Edge of the Storm|
|Followed by||Sound and Fury|
The Gulf of Reason is a short story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 2 May 2006. It was also published in print in the third BattleCorps print anthology, Weapons Free, in 2012.
|“||Reason tells a commander that soldiers die in combat. But that's not good enough for Captain Andrew Lennox. Even when reason demands otherwise, if something--someone--threatens his men, then that becomes target number one.||”|
The Lennox's Light Horse mercenary unit has taken service with the Calderon Protectorate. Fighting regular Taurian forces on Gaul in 3067, they are assigned a young liaison officer whose name Captain Lennox initially fails to remember, but who otherwise turns out a cold and efficient liaison who relentlessly drives the mercenaries forward over the course of the campaign. Subaltern Derek Levin, as it turns out, is in fact the son of Marshal Amanda Revin, commander of the Taurian V Corps (the commanding officer of the enemy forces).
Revin eventually forces a showdown between Lennox's Light Horse and his mother's unit and ends up disabling her 'Mech and demanding her surrender. When she refuses, he kills her.
Afterwards, as Lennox's Light Horse pack up and prepare to leave, Revin admits that his zeal was never about the Baron; he only wanted to counter his mother (for reasons unspecified) and asks Lennox to join his mercenary unit bound for the Inner Sphere.