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Legion Team

Legion Team
Story information
Author William H. Keith, Jr.
Pages 12
Type Short story
Product Shrapnel (anthology)
Illustrations Jeff Laubenstein
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline (see text)
Series Saga of the Gray Death Legion

Legion Team is a BattleTech short story by William H. Keith, Jr. that was published in the 1988 anthology Shrapnel.

It ties into his Saga of the Gray Death Legion and is set no more than two years after the series' third novel, i.e. between 3028 and 3030.

Plot summary[edit]

The Gray Death Legion is fighting for House Steiner on Shionoha, and MechWarrior Tracy Maxwell Kent faces a Kurita Griffin in her Phoenix Hawk and manages to defeat it. However, instead of receiving a commendation, she is reprimanded by Colonel Grayson Carlyle for disobeying his order to pull out.

On the next day, she is given command of the light 'Mechs of the training cadre (two Locusts, Stingers and Wasps each) on a mission to destroy an undefended factory complex near the village of Mifune. However, on their way to the target they stumble right into an enemy staging area and find themselves surrounded by strong forces. Suddenly thrust into a very real battle against a superior number of significantly heavier BattleMechs, Tracy struggles to keep her inexperienced troops under control. They dig in and fight off enemy advances while waiting to be relieved by friendly forces. In the end, the training cadre's stiff resistance discourages the attackers (some of whom are themselves heavily damaged already from previous battles) and swings the battle in favor of the Gray Death Legion, turning an awkward situation into what would become known as the "Victory at Mifune Pass" through determination and sheer luck.

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