Without airpower and artillery, the ability to strike behind enemy lines at any time disappeared. This brought siege warfare back to the forefront. While direct fire weapons have advanced in their destructive potential since the times when every major city was walled, there is still little that can quickly break through a concrete wall reinforced with kring fibers. High mobility vehicles allow modern militaries to bypass many such fortifications, but natural choke points such as mountain passes and landbridges can make such avoidance impossible and continue to be powerful factors in deciding conflicts.
-Excerpt from Warfighting: A Historical Analysis, by Kay PirGardett, 2132 YL
“Nat, that’s a big gun.”
-Unknown Imperial soldier, on sighting one of the fortified railcannon emplacements guarding the eastern side of Emprin City, 1984 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.