Two Roads Diverged
|Two Roads Diverged|
|Author||Michael J. Ciaravella|
|Publisher||Catalyst Game Labs|
|First published||30 October 2020|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
|Timeline||2 May 3052|
|Series||Battle of Tukayyid (series)|
|Preceded by||Blake's Own|
|Followed by||Shadow of Death|
|“||In Dinju Pass, Smoke Jaguar Star Colonel Brandon Howell leads a spoiling attack against a ComStar force waiting to ambush them.||”|
At the Dinju Overlook Brandon Howell discusses with his subordinate and ristar Jared Canto the coming fight and the just completed meeting of the Jaguar high command: Khan Lincoln Osis accusing him of lacking the fiery spirit of true Smoke Jaguar in response to Howell expressing his concerns at the lack of knowledge of the Com Guards abilities, showing the stark differences between them. Asking his protégé what he sees before him, Canto correctly deduces that Dinju Pass can only be a trap with Howell debating whether it is best to avoid it entirely or to trip it for their purposes...
With Khan Osis using Howell's Jaguar Grenadiers as the tip of the spear, Howell orders his troops into the Dinju Pass at maximum speed, Howell's fears proving prescient when his Grenadiers soon find themselves confronted by elements of the 299th Division hidden in the pass, now emerging to ambush the Jaguar forces and effectively cutting off Howell and Osis from each other.
Though feeling elation at Canto's cries of his Jaguar Grenadiers reaching the target city as a vindication of his methods, Howell is dismayed that Khan Osis refuses to see the danger of the ambush, dismissively convinced his Sixth Jaguar Dragoons will be able to fight through to reach his subordinate, where if they had advanced together they would have easily defeated the ComStar forces. But all the Jaguars warriors find themselves overwhelmed on all sides by a foe fighting in a manner and method they find dishonorable but brutally effective, taking increasing losses.
As Howell sees the possibility of victory fade away and all contact with Khan Osis being lost leaving him the highest ranking Jaguar officer in the offense, he chooses to pull the Jaguar forces back and regroup. While the Battle of Dinju Pass might not be a victory, Howell sees it as historic turning point to a different more measured path for Clan Smoke Jaguar with him at its head.
- Brandon Howell
- Jared Canto
- Lincoln Osis
- Anastasius Focht (mentioned)