When ruthless aliens invade an artifact world the Marine defenders are betrayed by those they are supposed to defend. Resisting every inch the Marines are forced back into the undiscovered depths of the world fighting bitterly to defend those they can while they await reinforcements that may never come.
As they are pushed deeper and deeper they learn that the human empire has fallen and the artifact world is not abandoned like they thought and sometimes ideas are more dangerous than weapons.
A short story. (approximately 9,000 Words)