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HSAR

Joined March 2010 and calls The Flash of Silver home.

362 stories, 4 challenges, 832 comments, and 29 friends

Master of the Armory and Chief Nibmaker of Our Strange and Wonderful House. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Like many others in this community, I have no qualifications for writing except a head full of ideas and a passion for good storytelling.

You can find me at shusamchen@gmail.com, or you may bump into me elsewhere on the internet as HSAR.

Stories

  1. Airships: A Silver Thread

    Elletra had always known, in some manner, that Hawkeye was a natural swordsman. There was a balletic grace to his gait, a blend of balance and power in every step. He ended the initial exchange, launching an overhand chop that Dieter parried high, and ...

  2. Rivalry

    It was some time before I had cause to think upon that exchange again, but it was a most singular event that prompted it. It was a socialite gathering of some kind, I recall. A seasonal celebration, perhaps – nothing important. As always, there w...

  3. Ascension II: High-Pressure Environment

    All eyes on the Finite State Machine’s bridge were on the main screen, navigation and tactical stations having handed control to automated systems. No human crew could have held the ship stable in its current, precariously nose-down state. “...

  4. Responsibility

    The talk was easy and the atmosphere good, so I shrugged and let it go. We talked of other things: the sparkle of diamonds and the colour of fine drinks. Flowing silks and the morning sun in a foreign country. But the next day, in a board meeting, Powe...

  5. Airships: A Frank Exchange of Swords

    One moment Hawkeye was peering down onto the factory floor with her; the next, there was an almighty clang very close by. She ducked on pure instinct, rolling upright with stilleto in hand – and froze. Dieter and Hawkeye faced each other, huge sw...

  6. Loyalty and Service

    “Very well, my lord. Is there anything you would like me to convey to the men?” “Simply that the compensation will be well worth their time. That will be all.” The valet bowed and left. Nydale took a moment to check his appearan...

  7. Ascension II: The Number Four

    Reckall nodded at Ishikawa’s approach. “Captain Ishikawa, this is Captain Llarenos of Wellentänzerin. Although we had an unfortunate incident during my descent, she has agreed to lend her assistance in recovering the other pods.” Ish...

  8. Ascension II: Velocity

    I was 1500 metres from the ground before the other pods came into view. Three pods had deployed reserves instead of primaries. One reserve chute had suffered a catastrophic puncturing hit from a piece of debris and was spinning. That one, then. Drone T...

  9. Ascension II: Altitude

    Rapidly spinning numbers surrounded the falling escape pods, altimeter readings counting down with worrying speed. Six escape pods to cover with only three suits. Two pods made hard landings on a rocky mountainside, carving cherry-red scars into the la...

  10. Airships: Sibling Rivalry

    “A horse? I’m honestly disappointed; I expected better of my brother.” Hawkeye tutted disapprovingly. “And we have something better?” Elletra asked, casting around for why they had stopped. “Certainly!” He rais...

  11. Ascension II: Breakup

    The door did not hold before the metal-on-metal impact, allowing my exit into the sky. The suits administered stabilising microbursts, and I watched the burning shuttle slowly fall away. I sent the confirmation for reactor criticality, causing the reac...

  12. Ascension II: Metallic Embrace

    The pilot, against all good sense, was still wrestling the stick despite its near-unresponsive state. His copilot had the unenviable task of damage control. “Staff Sergeant. Seeing as you’re still here, I need Door 1 open.” “Doo...

  13. Ascension II: Smoke and Brimstone

    A dull orange smoke filled the passenger bay, the cabin lights casting volumetric cones that ended too soon. Ishikawa and Drone Three closed the second-last escape pod. Drone Two opened the last one, into which I ushered Reyes and Hart (after a brief n...

  14. Ascension II: Tiangong

    Reckall ended the call and shook his head imperceptibly. “Re-entry it is, Captain.” In eerie unison, the four drone suits locked their boots to the floor with magnetic clamps to prevent hundreds of kilos of armour rolling around the passeng...

  15. Gravitas and Presence

    The Princess had watched in mournful dismay while the plasterer extracted the crossbow bolt. Pulled from the wall, the long spike was marked by three green stripes – found only on those fired from a crossbow of the King’s Rangers. Despite h...

  16. Airships: Closed Doors

    Dieter disappeared down a corridor while Hawkeye led her back towards the main party. “The Earl must have been alerted.” He looked out through the windows they passed by, searching for something he didn’t find. “It can’t j...

  17. Ascension II: Traces

    “Sir, Kurzweil is back on-grid. An autonomous systems report just came in from the Juno Naval Base remote ansible.” “Yes, sir. We’re processing them now.” “No, sir. Given the length of time without contact, the backl...

  18. Ascension II: Efficiency

    “Between the bribes and secret cyborg research, Lieutenant, it’s no wonder there’s nothing left for the colonies,” Ishikawa had commented dryly. I looked at him with Drone Two, who happened to be closer, and then released the se...

  19. A Dance of Power

    The wizard struck first, a sweeping, one-handed gesture to throw five long spears of ice at the witch. Semantine raised a cloaked arm that shattered the projectiles and conjured a shimmering staff to rake the stage with summoned flame. And so the duel ...

  20. A Sudden Challenge

    Most duels at the yearly Trials were bluff, set pieces, drama and showmanship. Crowd-pleasers. Illusions, sometimes. Harmlessly straightforward attacks, in others. No risk at all to either participant. But the last few were always the real thing. At th...

  21. On Patrol: Moving On

    Firus wasn’t surprised. “To hell with it, then. Adjust course to avoid the supply route, but our destination won’t be changing. We’ll find out exactly what’s going on when we get to the front.” “Captain.”...

  22. Ascension II: Matters of the Hart

    One of Reckall’s drones (or was it Reckall himself?) restrained Bates and took him away. After most of the crew had returned to their meals and conversations, Ishikawa was taken aside. “Captain Ishikawa, this is Master Sergeant Hart.”...

  23. Airships: Drapes and Walls

    Elletra swallowed as Cerian made her way over in a significantly more restrained manner than her younger sister. Hawkeye quietly tugged Inessa away into a corner with Dieter, and they were alone. “Lady Fiamma. What a pleasure to meet you,” ...

  24. Airships: Brothers in Arms

    Hawkeye shook his brother’s hand politely. Elletra was finding it to ignore the stark differences between the two siblings, despite their obvious similarities. The firm jawline and strong brow, the matching weapons – they simply highlighted...

  25. Ascension: Act I

    The bridge of the Morana-class strike cruiser Finite State Machine was bustling with activity when Commodore Ruskov strode in. “Captain,” saluted his executive officer. “there’s a communique from Navy HQ.” “Check-in ...

  26. Ascension: Agency

    Master Sergeant Hart watched the suited figure pulse his thrusters to bring the flight recorder neatly into the shuttle. “Reckall.” “Hart. The hell just happened, and why aren’t you dead?” “Shuttle 2 dropped me off t...

  27. Ascension: In All Their Vast Array

    The Nineteen Eighty-Four‘s data recorder was a hex-ovoid shaped piece of equipment designed to survive the ship’s destruction. On it would be a detailed record of its last moments, and – most importantly – a single-use ansible i...

  28. Ascension: Line of Sight

    I sighed inwardly, staring past the vast blocks of red display boxes into the man’s eyes. “Your point is valid, Captain, but let’s not rush into things. First, regardless of what happens after we leave, we won’t all be able to d...

  29. Ascension: Gunboat Diplomat

    “Now let’s pretend the rebels won,” Ishikawa suggested. Reckall gazed at him blandly. “What then?” “We repair and fuel the shuttles. If necessary, cannibalize one for parts for the other. We all fly to Juno. That’s it.” “Nothi...

  30. Ascension: Speak Softly

    Ishikawa and Reckall shook hands stiffly, each frowning at the other. “Captain Ishikawa, if I recall. Please tell your men to surrender their weapons and assemble at the spaceport. You will be debriefed and detained pending charges of piracy and ...

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