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|Black Mist Rising|
|Type||Short story/Serial (10 parts)|
|Author||Randall N. Bills|
|First published||29 May 2005-02 December 2006|
|Era||Jihad era (prelude)|
|Timeline||15 August-27 November 3067|
Black Mist Rising, by Randall N. Bills, is an 10-part serial short story/novella published on BattleCorps. The individual parts narrate scenes just before the beginning of the Jihad era containing signs and portents of what is to come; the serial does not properly conclude, however.
- published 29 May 2005
|“||Now we bring you house Kurita as it moves into the Jihad. Randall Bills tells a tale of Samurai and Kokuryu-kai, Dragons and Yellow Birds.||”|
On 15 August 3067, old Jogen of the Kokuryu-kai receives a mysterious message on Luthien. Elsewhere on the planet, Shin Yodama cuts off his left pinkie finger at the first knuckle in preparation for a quest to infiltrate the Yakuza and the Kokuryu-kai. He places the severed limb into a modified Preserving Sleeve so that it may be reattached if he fulfills his mission quickly enough.
- published 05 June 2005
|“||Hohiro Kurita & Andrew Redburn, ancient enemies & good friends.||”|
In the aftermath of a training exercise on Tukayyid, Hohiro Kurita and Andrew Redburn discuss the current political situation.
- published 11 June 2005
|“||This time we're off to Orestes to join Colonel Neil Campbell...||”|
- published 22 June 2005
|“||How does one go from the guarding the Coordinator to being a Black Dragon? Through a manufacturing plant of course!||”|
Under the assumed identity of maintenance worker "Taro Toguchi", Shin Yodama contacts the Yakuza and pretends to be a survivor of the destroyed Ryugawa-gumi, hoping to pique their interest.
- published 30 June 2005
|“||Forget dogs... Intel is a man's best friend.||”|
Hohiro Kurita ponders his misgivings about the weak rule of First Lord Christian Månsdotter while on his way to a secret, informal meeting with Caradoc Trevena. They exchange their respective realms' latest intelligence reports to build trust. Trevana is especially concerned about vague reports about a strange mining ship in the periphery (reportedly a modified Faslane-class vessel), because none other than Alexander Kernoff solicited the plans for the ship in 3043 and because another partially intercepted message reads "Gabriel. Miningship. Relocate." Trevena and Kurita agree that they are possibly looking at a disguised WarShip built by the Word of Blake at the mythical Ruins of Gabriel.
- published 28 July 2005
|“||We rejoin the Commanding officer of the SLDF on his way to Tharkad.||”|
On his way to the Star League conference aboard the Merchant-class JumpShip Star of Cameroon in the Orestes system, Hohiro Kurita learns from a decidedly unhealthy-looking First Lord Christian Månsdotter that someone just attempted to poison him.
- published 24 December 2005
|“||Wheels within wheels||”|
Old Jogen moves through the outskirts of Imperial City on Luthien, followed by Isoroku, a spy who in turn is also being observed by another man named Kyle.
- published 28 October 2006
|“||After a ten-month hiatus, Black Mist Rising continues! Shin Yodama lurks in the underbelly of Luthien, the Industrial Sector. For weeks "Taro" has been living as one of the locals, working hard for little pay, going from one painful day to the next, all for the Dragon. Tonight should be a night of change—he has a meeting with a contact scheduled. If all goes well...||”|
Shin Yodama waits to meet a contact in a seedy bar, but finally leaves when it seems his contact failed to show. On his way home he is surprised to find the data disk in his pocket was exchanged for a key.
Kyle confronts Isoroku and tells him that he has proof that Abess Tomade Yamiro is a Kokuryu-kai member.
- published 05 November 2006
|“||The Royal Black Watch had been a hidden sect of the Northwind Highlanders for many years. When the Highlanders are recalled to Northwind following the sudden death of several clan elders, Loren Jaffray takes it upon himself to see if the Royal Black Watch will follow...||”|
Aboard the Star of Cameroon, Hohiro Kurita discusses the attempt on Månsdotter's life with Neil Campbell. They are joined by Loren Jaffray, who cautions Campbell about possible ties between Word of Blake and Vicore Industries, who licensed the LGB-12C Longbow to the Northwinds' Cosara Weaponries and insists there is more behind the recent deaths of four Clan Elders within a few weeks than meets the eye.
- published 02 December 2006
|“||Perceptions and preconceptions are always, yet never what they seem in the Draconis Combine culture. No matter who or where you are. What you see is always what you never get.||”|
At the Star League conference reception, Hohiro Kurita is surprised to mees his cousin Chandrasekhar Kurita, who ominously tells him of the importance of the conference and that he came here on his own accord to conduct unspecified business.
Meanwhile at a secret Kokuryu-kai meeting, Jogen is shocked to be confronted by one powerful member seriously suggesting that the Combine is corrupted beyond redemption, and should be allowed to die instead of being reformed.
- Neil Campbell
- Loren Jaffray
- Chandrasekhar Kurita
- Hohiro Kurita
- Christian Månsdotter
- Isis Marik
- Andrew Redburn
- Caradoc Trevena
- Shin Yodama