Ascension: The Forges of Men

Avatar Author: HSAR 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 passio... Read Bio

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 presence of a large-tonnage craft already docked.”

“Threat boards?”

“Green and clear, sir. Received communications from the surface.”


“We’re committed to this flight path, captain. Recommend we drop the troops as planned and stay out of range.”

Two tiny specks departed the arcing warship with bright sparks of independent thrust. While the larger ship nosed up to slow for final approach, the two shuttles continued their ballistic trajectories towards the ground.

Perilously close to the ground, the dropships swung around and braked hard, superhot exhaust gases raking across the surface of Threeworld. From the hatches popped two pairs of powered armour suits.

The game was on.

View this story's details

Comments (5 so far!)

  1. Avatar Pablo Vilas

    I forgot about the shuttles. That lets them have it both ways.

    “Assassins” takes place in a vacuum. Consistency alert!

  2. Avatar HSAR

    Uh oh. Editing.

  3. Avatar Pablo Vilas

    What did they make of the rebel and FOG transmissions from the ground?

    Where did they land?

  4. Avatar HSAR

    Middle lines deal with that. No mention of where they landed yet.

  5. Avatar JonB

    Lovely, sweeping cinematic feel to this: nice just to sit back and watch the spaceships glide by.

    Pablo is full of questions which, I am sure, will be answered forthwith.

Inspired by

“That ought to keep them guessing.” Shwartz watched the shattered Air Unit disappear down toward the street. “Expect reinfo...

Ascension: Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Drake West