Thursday, 5 September 2013

Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Dark History

Title: Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Dark History
Series: Battletech/Mechwarrior
Originally Published: September 2013, Classic Battletech Forums

Like Chasing Shadows, this chapter was a long time in coming. Unlike Chasing Shadows, which sprang pretty much fully-formed into the world, Dark History went through a long and complicated gestation period in which the basic ideas were written and re-written numerous times. By the time it was done, it had been built up and then stripped back several times.

As a story, Dark History sis obviously out of the regular schedule, but none the less is intended to go straight after Chasing Shadows. It both ends the current story arc and sets up the next one, but at the same time takes a rather unusual approach to doing such.


There are Arc words. They may not be the ones you're looking for, though.

Originally, this fic was intended as a Dark  Age-era piece, featuring a flashback to various places in the past with the wreckage of a Stag serving as a framing device. Then it lost the Dark Age era framework, being retooled as a pure Mimetic Badarses piece.

A lot of the material planned for the fic but stripped away will likely be used later. It's something to look forward to!

The title is an obvious reference to Turn A Gundam, albiet one that I found to be apt. This is probably also the only time I will ever deliberately make a Gundam reference.

There's no set year for the fic, for reasons that should be obvious once it's read. The best answer is "sometime around 2830-2840" and leave it at that.

As should be obvious, the theory on the Tabarinths was completely wrong, but a good one no less.

The two mystery 'Mechs were a Stag and a Pulveriser, in case my description was too vague.

As a sort of theme naming, the Monte Yarrow connects back to the present day Badarses' dropship, the Una Von Rayxe. Make of this what you will.

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