Product information
Type Short story
Author Blaine Lee Pardoe
Pages 15
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Publisher BattleCorps
First published 21 October 2008
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 10-ca. 21 April 3022

Abandonment is a short story by Blaine Lee Pardoe that was published online on BattleCorps on 21 October 2008. It was also published in print in the fifth BattleCorps print anthology, Counterattack, in 2014.

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Forgotten in enemy territory, Charlie Bane has to find his way through both an enemy landscape and what may be his last days alive.

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Lieutenant Charles Vincent "Charlie" Bane is a MechWarrior with the Third Sirian Lancers. Piloting his family heirloom Dervish he took part in an ill-fated assault in which his battalion tried to destroy a munitions factory near Gunster on the Lyran world Ford. However, the attacking forces were lured into a trap and scattered or destroyed. When his lance walked into an ambush Bane fled.

Arriving at the pickup point on 10 April 3022, Bane finds the drop zone was overrun and the DropShip The Liberty Bell has boosted off, leaving him behind.

Charlie resolves to redeem himself by carrying out his appointed mission after all. He correctly figures that now that the trap has been sprung already he might achieve surprise. Indeed, when he reconnoiters the facility on foot eight days later it is only guarded by light tanks. Diving his 'Mech into the wide and murky Cuyahoga river allows him to approach the facility undetected and launch a surprise attack. A defending Grasshopper intervenes, but Bane knows he cannot outfight this opponent and largely ignores it as he wades into the center of the factory complex to cause as much damage as possible before he is taken down. He eventually ejects from his stricken 'Mech.

Two days later he is questioned by a Lyran officer. Bane takes some pride in the fact that the Lyran interrogator refuses to believe his (true) story because such a skilled MechWarrior would never have been abandoned.

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