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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. Messenger: Gravitas

    I watched the Master of Messages hand over Worcester to the Keeper, the two identically-dressed figures bowing to each other minutely before stalking off in opposite directions. I caught up with the Master at the door to his chambers, where he handed m...

  2. Messenger: Industrious

    I cawed softly at Worcester on the way down to the main message hall, eliciting a similar but differently-patterned reply. The journey had been hazardous in the extreme, he reported sullenly. He had seen the silhouette of RMC34 “Kourser” on...

  3. Messenger: Closed Circuit

    The valley outside was almost entirely obscured by snow. It piled high in deep drifts, drummed at the window and swirled in the air as if it had some greater purpose. I watched for another few minutes, then turned away at the sound of fluttering in the...

  4. We Stand Against

    The wind blew bitterly against them as they walked, a pervasive chill that sought to remind them of what had been and what had been lost. Another figure appeared, clad in strange garments and bearing odd tools from a foreign land. He took over the narr...

  5. Airships: In Times of War

    Hawkeye led the way out into the corridor. After relieving the three men of their weapons the party proceeded up a short flight of stairs back the way they came. A man stepped down onto the stairs just as they rose up it – Hawkeye charged and tac...

  6. Airships: In Deep

    Somebody charged the door. Hawkeye grabbed her (gingerly) and smartly ripped the door open himself. Three men were outside, grinning nastily and holding a variety of evil-looking weapons. Hawkeye drew, fired three shots in a blur of motion, and just as...

  7. Airships: Going Below

    Elletra didn’t know what was going on, but Hawkeye was nervous and so was she. Examining the half-caught grapple that she’d thrown over, she clamped it firmly to the gunwale and latched it shut securely. As it clicked, a small commotion bro...

  8. Keep it Together

    She woke, but slowly. Too slowly. We were watching the doors, but every passing moment the odds tipped away from our survival. We needed to keep moving, but we also needed the captain. “Ma’am? Yes, I’m afraid something went wrong and ...

  9. The Catch

    This chase had taken me across three continents. Russia, China, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Germany, Switzerland and France. But it would go no longer. I put three rounds into the lock and kicked the door open, sweeping the filthy public bathroom ...

  10. Airships: The Job at Hand

    Everything happened at once. Gladstone passed out the grappling hooks, connected to long coils of rope. She took it, weighed it for a moment and tossed it in a gently curving arc over the gunwales of the Clear Air Turbulence. Others followed; roughly h...

  11. At Rest

    We made a desperate, utterly hopeless last stand at the doors to the control room. The teams defending the fusion generators had gone offline minutes ago, but they had succeeded in locking down and passing generator control to us. Brave and honourable ...

  12. Airships: Approach

    The lookouts were grim as the Silver Skies weaved its way towards the stricken ship, however. The Clear Air Turbulence’s class of airship was renowned for its resilience to damage, but it still looked in bad shape. It had taken at least a dozen c...

  13. Airships: Clear Air Turbulence

    Hawkeye saw the distant ship almost at the same time as the other lookout noticed one of the other ships converging on the distress call. They called it in, agreeing that the ship behind was the Perfect Circle, an elderly Lantharian clipper of some ren...

  14. Airships: Minefield

    Hawkeye found the bridge in a sort of organised chaos. The captain pored over the current map along with the navigator; the helmsman was speaking in a measured but obviously strained tone with the lookout in the nest, periodically pulling on the thrott...

  15. Airships: In Times of Distress

    Without warning, the Silver Skies started turning. Gladstone stood, rock steady, as Elletra braced against the doorframe. “What’s going on?” she managed to ask after the ship finished the sharp turn. A marked increase in the movement ...

  16. Airships: Explanations

    Hawkeye shrugged, leaving the carbine and picking up a vicious-looking lightning-gun frame. “I suppose. Well, the Folds are kind of like pinched-together sections of the world – it brings together two places that would otherwise be very far...

  17. Airships: Making Bacon

    Hawkeye flipped open a watch languidly. “Say,” he mentioned, “since you were a bit too occupied to eat earlier, shall we get something now?” Elletra, suddenly struck by the same thought and very aware that she hadn’t eaten...

  18. Airships: Flash of Silver

    He sighed, pulling the stock into his shoulder and discharging the carbine. Elletra braced for the report, but there was none. A barely-audible thump, perhaps, and a vanishingly-fast silver projectile flew down the hangar to punch through a much-holed ...

  19. Setting II

    Garlaf and Likem merge into the Lanthar superstate. Military relatively undeveloped, but superior economic and industrial development disrupt the delicate balance of power between the other two countries. In the earlier Martis/Presage war, both Garlaf ...

  20. Airships: Malchemistry

    Hawkeye frowned, taking the two vials out and gingerly placing them back into a wooden box. “No, but it’s dangerous stuff. It must have been a recent invention, since someone from the Royal Alchemists came down to brief us on it personally....

  21. Airships: Toil and Trouble

    The workshop was part of the Silver Skies’ rear bay, where the two ship’s boats where maintained and repaired. Both vessels had been suspended near the ceiling of the bay for fold transit. Hawkeye hung his coat by the door and turned up the...

  22. On Patrol: Vista

    We fell into the companionable silence of veteran watchstanders. The sun slowly set behind the vast mountain peaks, casting long shadows that lengthened into dusk and night. Once, a single Aery loomed out of the darkness, steel frame and bright lights ...

  23. Airships: Alchemical Matters

    Elletra snorted, but he seemed to be absolutely serious. She supposed she should be flattered, but she was too exhausted to reply properly. Eventually, Hawkeye turned and picked up his coat, throwing it over his shoulder. He picked up the papers and tu...

  24. Airships: Rude Awakening

    She lashed out instinctively at an opponent she sensed was very close. The sense of restraints around her wrists suddenly reappeared and Elletra’s eyes snapped open, expecting it to begin all over again. A pair of deep blue eyes stared back at he...

  25. Airships: The Catch

    One particular shipment, as it so happened, was not filled with the chemical vials she had been expecting. After negotiating the lock, she opened the large crate to find… nothing at all. She hissed quietly, wondering where the real shipment was &...

  26. Airships: That Sorry Tale

    It didn’t take very long for her to put the pieces together. The rumours of a secret factory where strange liquids bubbled and boiled each day. The sudden rise of the “Sleeper Sickness”, where people would spend days at a time in deep...

  27. Airships: Mistakes

    Once she heard his footsteps fade away and could be sure she was alone, Elletra slid back down the wall and let herself cry. The intense emotions, the raging storm of conflicting feelings (the look of betrayal had nearly torn her heart in two) and just...

  28. Airships: That Which We Hide

    Ilse-Lorenz aul Janse-Lomberg, second son of the Earl of Lightreach and fourteenth in line to the throne, just stood there. “I thought, when we met after all this time, when we’ve both changed, that perhaps it might be different. But perhap...

  29. Airships: Uncertainty

    He returned to his own bunk, unbuckling both his revolver and sword; the logbook he had left with the captain. He sat for a moment, wondering what to say. No ideas appeared, and every moment he waited would probably make it worse. A breakfast he quietl...

  30. Airships: Oddly Peaceful

    Hawkeye leant against the railing of the lookout post and ran a hand through his hair tiredly. In days past the slow creak of the envelope and the gentle sound of the air passing had been a oasis of calm; today, as the golden sun rose in the clear sky,...