Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Must Go Home

Title: Tales of the Mimetic Badarses - Must Go Home
Series: Battletech/Mechwarrior
Originally Published: January 2014, Classic Battletech Forums

Picking up almost directly after Fallout, Must Go Home originally grew out of that fic. Much of its first half had been intended as a second half for the rapidly-ballooning Fallout, only to be spun off into its own fic as things changed. The net result is that this chapter becomes one where a lot happens in big chunks. We move into a new story arc, we develop new goals, and character relationships and roles dramatically change, which in turn results in a very big fic.

So the chapter that grew out of a fic ballooning did, itself, balloon. Ironic.

However, for all that, the chapter covers a lot of important ground, both in terms of introducing content as well as moving the story further towards its eventual goal. It also serves as a way to show the changing fortunes of war, by returning to a location that had been featured earlier in the series, albeit under very different circumstances.


Arc words remain and even multiply. Wow.

The Bleak Dusk remains an Assault Triumph. Any references to it being a Union (or anything else) are figments of your imagination. Move along, citizen.

In addition to being thematic, the title ties back to Charles Brautigan from the prior chapter. Similarly, the operational codename ties in to it to. Nobody will ever get the reference ever

Levisha's team remained unnamed until the very last moment, including a lot of back-and-forth as to how many they should have.

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