Goliath out of the Box
|Goliath out of the Box|
|Author||Randall N. Bills|
|First published||23 October 2004|
|Era||pre-Star League era|
|Timeline||02 April 2457|
|Preceded by||Isolation's Weight|
|Followed by||Occum's Choice|
|“||Randall N. Bills brings us a tale of 2457: the early days of the Northwind Highlanders. A great glimpse into the days before the Star League ruled.||”|
A reinforced tank company from the 2nd Kearny Highlanders is fleeing back to their landing zone after running into a force of HAF Mackies during a raid on Ningpo. The Highlanders speculate that the Maskirovka intentionally withheld intel on the HAF garrison, hoping to see how the new Terran superweapon performs in the field. With Hegemony ECM jamming their communications, the mercenaries send their lone hovercraft ahead to the LZ, then turn back to make a stand against a pursuing Mackie, hoping the faster hovercraft can make it back to the DropShip and get offworld to let the rest of the Highlanders know that the Maskirovka betrayed them. The Mackie takes the Highlander tank company apart with ease.
- Captain Heather Lewis
- Darren Callwell
- Captain Bellup (mentioned)
- Bonnie (DropShip of unspecified class)
- The Suvorov heavy tanks haven't been given official statistics, but since they're being overtaken by a 3/5 Mackie, their movement profile is probably similar to that of the Behemoth (2/3).
- The ECM employed by the Terran Hegemony to block Highlander transmissions must be a primitive prototype under game rules, since the Guardian ECM didn't debut until 2600. It may be the Squealer I ECM system featured on the Torrent Heavy Bomber, which had been fielded by the Terrans since the 21st century.