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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. Ascension: Sunburst

    A thunderous explosion near Kurzweil One caused me to flick back momentarily. A red-orange fireball was expanding out from an ancient SSM battery, structure and panelling debris already radiating in shattered fragments. Shrapnel pinged off the suit. An...

  2. Ascension: Guns Free

    In another body, I felt rounds rip through vital components and rupture core systems. Really felt it, with the visceral punch that visualisation couldn’t provide. But though the suit was dead, I was still online – and that meant I was still...

  3. Elegance and Splendour

    “Surely not, Mother!” she gasped, snapping a fan open in surprise. “It seems so, my dear. Most unfortunate, no?” The Queen sipped quietly from the teacup in her lap. “Oh, that is most awful. I think I will go and rest a wh...

  4. Airships: The Presence of Nobility

    The Grand Concert Hall certainly lived up to its name. Soaring arches and stone columns surrounded an entranceway like nothing Elletra had ever seen. The doorman, flanked by two guards of his own, barely glanced at his list before turning and announcin...

  5. Airships: Final Approach

    Vespertine and Hawkeye were chatting quietly in a corner when she entered, but quickly stood up. Vespertine nodded to her, shook Hawkeye’s hand and disappeared into the back room. Hawkeye took a moment before approaching her. “You look,R...

  6. Ascension: Loitering with Intent

    A pair of short-range missiles streaked overhead at Mach 6 while I sent activation codes for the late Nineteen Eighty-Four’s loitering orbital munitions. While small in relation to normal antiship missiles, they had the distinct advantage of not ...

  7. Ascension: Severance

    The energy weapon lit up even the weak sensor packages of the shuttles, painting a swathe of radiation across the night sky. Simultaneously, all data connections to the heavy frigate ceased mid-packet. Software modules redboxed – networking, comm...

  8. Ascension: Vesuvian Haze

    I got warning from the Nineteen Eighty-Four scant milliseconds before the detonations reached me. Fountains of regolith and stored Helium-3 erupted into the air, driven high by shaped mining charges placed against the ceilings of surface tunnels. Laser...

  9. Airships: Of The Highest Quality

    Hawkeye tossed something small, golden and heavy at Vespertine. Catching it, the man fell silent before beckoning them in. “Baron. It’s been a long time; what brings you back?” Hawkeye nodded wordlessly at Elletra, who couldn’t ...

  10. Ascension: Long Night

    I watched the elevator disappear down the tunnel, vaguely aware that I should notify Local Command & Control about the attack group incoming. If I could get a signal. If it even really mattered. “You are a machine after all.” What was t...

  11. Ascension: Autonomy

    The “Iron Lady” pulled away down the tunnel. I was even less sure of what was going on than before, watching the walls blur by in uncertainty. “So, what do I call you?” “I am Mother,” came the response. But it was mo...

  12. Ascension: Close Encounters

    The machine abruptly turned around and moved off, as if I was suddenly of no interest. “Hey, wait! Wait! Where are you going?” The suit pinged. There were blocks of high explosive in the tunnel. Demolitions? They were shaped charges, civili...

  13. Ascension: Broken Arrow

    I’d barely even started a lock on the behemoth in front of me when it had blown my primary weapon away. DAMCON lit red on my left fore armature, too. I desperately needed a connection back to the ship. An airstrike from the shuttles, maybe. At th...

  14. Ascension: Dangerously Explosive

    The threat boards flashed red, prompting me to dive behind cover. “Big Bird, we have a possible missile launch – repeat, missile launch from mine tunnel entrance.” “Kurzweil, confirm that no missile was launched. That was an exp...

  15. Ascension: Hope Springs Eternal

    I hit the ground in cloud of dust and regolith. My partner suit was to the right, and the drone-only pair were nearly six kilometres distant. Communications to the ship and friendly units were good, but not excellent; combat conditions required the use...

  16. Ascension: The Forges of Men

    The plasma-bright drive flame of the Nineteen Eighty-Four glimmered an actinium blue during its last-second braking phase, off-axis thrust causing a gentle curve towards the spaceport. “Orbital injection complete. Recon probe flyby indicated the ...

  17. Ascension: Second-Hand Data

    “Captain, we are approaching deceleration phase.” “Drop fly-by reconnaissance probes and lidar the planet.” “Lidar scan shows several points of interest, sir. Exhaust trail from a shuttle exiting orbit on a maximum-burn tr...

  18. Ascension: Attitude Control

    The Nineteen Eighty-Four dutifully powered up its three main engines once the Synod troopers had extricated it from the webbing. A low-intensity burn placed it on an intercept course with Threeworld some three AU towards the system’s star. There ...

  19. Ascension: Launch Signatures

    I sent the two spare suits back to the armoury, but declined to shut down any more. The Synod were, technically, allies – their “non-conscious” workers did just about everything in the industry-heavy colonies. But it wasn’t much...

  20. Ascension: The Thick of It

    Whatever the Synod was doing here, I couldn’t fight them with a weapon that sent me out of control with every burst. I got myself into that airlock as quietly as possible and pulled up visualisation on the hull sensors. Huge swathes were blanked ...

  21. History and Lineage

    “Regardless, it was not a smart move. What if someone notices?” “Not doing my duty would have been more noticeable, my lady.” “I don’t mean that – the guardsman nearly took your head off for just looking at me....

  22. Airships: Armoured Up

    Hawkeye felt extremely self-conscious walking up to Elletra. Part of it was nervousness, sure – it wasn’t a side of him that he displayed very often. But the part of it was that the uniform fit perfectly. Like he’d never left the serv...

  23. Ascension: Impulse

    The weapon blasted into my grip, the thruster pack juddering and pulsing in a vain effort to produce a net zero. The gun itself also did its best – ports along the barrel forcing gas backwards to keep the muzzle on target. Even so, I was sent spi...

  24. Ascension: Call to Arms

    “All hands, all hands. Close-in systems declare boarding party proximity. All EVA personnel are to return to the ship immediately. Use of personal defense weapons are authorised. I say again, you are weapons free.” I cursed, rapidly pulsing...

  25. Airship: Solutions

    And that was that. He’d invited her on a date, and she’d accepted. Hawkeye couldn’t even begin to wonder what his family would say, let alone the wider social circles to which he might be a smaller concern – but he was still a B...

  26. Last Friday Night

    There’s some kind of weight on my forehead. Wait, no, there’s nothing on my forehead. It’s just – ow. No, sitting up was a bad idea. Opening my eyes – no, that’s a bad idea too. Ow, ow, ouch. Got a problem. My table ...

  27. Airships: An Invitation of Sorts

    Elletra’s only response was a single raised eyebrow. “The Earl is throwing his annual Spring Ball at the Grand Concert Hall. The shipment is meant to go to the factory next door, so we’re going to go in and cause a distraction while t...

  28. Airships: Don't worry, I have a plan

    The Captain turned to face him when Hawkeye entered. “These events, they are moving quickly now. I have made enquiries; the Earl is holding a grand ball very soon, in the Grand Concert Hall – you have heard of this place?” He carried ...

  29. To The Bearer of Bad News

    He turned uncertainly to leave only to stop short at the immediate and unmoving presence of one of the Queensguard. He froze, realizing the error of his actions. The Queensguard spoke in a low rumble. “You saw nothing today. You gave your message...

  30. Ascension: The Officer and the Gentleman

    “What about the research, sir?” “Block III development of the prototype should be done when you arrive, including the multiple-suit capability that you’ve trained with. After that, the research team expect they can work with the...