Thursday, 8 August 2013

Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Chasting Shadows

Title: Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Chasing Shadows
Series: Battletech/Mechwarrior
Originally Published: June 2013, Classic Battletech Forums

The last fic in this arc of Mimetic Badarses, Chasing Shadows was a long time coming. Planned at a very early stage, it relied upon a number of other significant plot milestones to have been reached before it could be written. As a result, this fic calls on every prior chapter to build to a point. Even Ascendance Road, originally written as a one-off side-story contributes in a way. It was only after the completion of Data Mine that everything I had was in place.

As a result, this is a very important chapter, one that not only concludes the story arc started in Deviants but marks a turning point for the series as a whole. It also serves to bring both our protagonists and their enemies into direct conflict while revealing a lot more about both. Finally, it's a chance to write some rather exotic ideas that I've never tried before, and finally name a character who's been hanging around for quite some time.

(Once you're done, go back to the prior chapters and see if you can spot them)


Arc Words abound in this chapter.

Anyone who's read my older Zoids fic will recognise the identity of the mysterious sniper. Hell, some of you may have even guessed it before then (Like anyone who's read this has read my Zoids fics...)

Phantom Spaceman's name is an obscure reference. Huge props to anyone who gets it.

Elezha's alias, Amber Flores, is another snidey reference. Heaven help you if you get it.

The whole "hanging in space" scene was one of the earliest I conceived for Mimetic Badarses, and was one that was just waiting for an opportunity to be used.

Yes, my fake Latin is terrible.

Yes, Goldberg's Jackhammers is a terrible pun name. I should go to prison.

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