The key to a successful invasion will be to take out Akati. The Empire keeps at least a third of its own invasion force stockpiled throughout the sprawling surface megacities, not to mention all the units that are there for training, or being made in the factories. Careful bombardment with mass-antipersonnel weapons could deny all of this equipment to the Empire for their defensive efforts, while leaving a large portion of it available for us to salvage five to ten years in when Imperial manufacturing would be reaching its wartime peak.
-Excerpt from an intelligence report delivered to Mother, 1929 YL
“What do you mean, ‘Where did the raiders get all those anchors?’ Neutron bombs and chemical weapons kill people, you idiot, not equipment! That’s why I sent you to Akati. To pick up all those vehicles left sitting in their bays after the Storms! They just got there first.”
-Darr Tegarin Badin PirGevgen, formerly of the First Imperial Fleet, 1948 YL
This chapter is part of the in-progress serial web novel The Unbroken Blade, intended to be book one in The Shattered Empire trilogy, and features a mix of sci-fi and thematic elements reminiscent of near-future military fiction such as Gasaraki or Isaac Hooke’s Atlas series and sci-fi combat classics such as Mechwarrior/Battletech and Gundam. The story is rich with battle and conflicts of honor and conscience arising around a civil war on the forested world of Dankar, far from our own, but is primarily focused on how the main characters deal with the challenges they face, not their machines or their world. Follow this blog to receive each chapter as soon as it is released. Like and share to give me a shot of encouragement. Full chapter updates on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.