Sound and Fury

Sound and Fury
Product information
Type Short story
Author Jason Schmetzer
Pages 23
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 25 December 2007
Era Civil War era
Timeline 28 September 3067 plus several days
Series The Edge of the Storm
Preceded by The Gulf of Reason
Followed by Monster

Sound and Fury is a story by Jason Schmetzer that was published online on BattleCorps on 25 December 2007.

As one of the stories dealing with the Lennox's Light Horse mercenary unit it was also included in the The Edge of the Storm anthology.

Teaser text[edit]

How will honorable mercenaries react when they’re painted with the same brush of atrocity as their employers?

Plot summary[edit]

Hired to support the Taurian Concordat invasion of the Federated Suns system Hyalite in September 3067, Lennox's Light Horse are tasked with taking out a Davion supply depot. They confront some outnumbered defenders and allow them to clear the area before destroying the ammunition dump. The pilot of an enemy Enforcer III offers a salute as the mercenaries retreat.

Back aboard their DropShip, the Caliban, the mercenaries are berated for their failure to attack such targets of opportunity by their liaison officer. They are under contract for another three weeks but after what recently happened on Bromhead (where the dependents of the Hansen's Roughriders mercenaries were slaughtered by attacking Taurian forces), neither side will ask nor give quarter now; honorable mercenary conduct to minimize losses like they did at the depot is not an option anymore on the battlefield.

Over the course of the next days, Davion resistance grows stronger and before long the Taurian forces are preparing their retreat from Hyalite. Lennox's Light Horse is overrun while embarking their DropShip under fire, after the Taurian DropShips lift off without giving the mercenaries a prior warning. Captain Andrew Lennox is forced to surrender, but as it turns out his fair treatment of the Enforcer III at the depot pays off: His unit is allowed to leave in exchange for surrendering Lennox's personal Warhammer, a very cheap ransom under the circumstances.

With the infantry mercenary unit Nealsson's Fourth Marines aboard (who had been hired as security detail) who have decided to join Lennox's Light Horse as Captain Lennox had stood for them during the surrender, the Caliban prepares to dock with a JumpShip and move for Outreach to find a new contract.

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