Chapter 1 - Fly By Mine
Fly By Mine is actually the first chapter left over from the complete revamp
of the SK Chronicles Vol IV. Many enhancements have been made to this chapter.
Most of the improvements made are due to the experience gained in writing SK
Chronicles V ("Rebel Conversion"), and the short stories written after it
("ShipShape", "Dragon Dance", and others).
The original version had a number of fundamental problems with the style of
writing. In particular, the use of very long, comma-separated sentences allowed
many ideas to be put into a single paragraph, but this had sacrificed
readability. There were also subject-verb agreement problems that simply had to
be fixed. This is not to say that this revised version is problem-free, but I'd
say it's an improvement, to say the least.
Okay, enough rambling about the revamp. Here are the actual notes on this
- You might like to know that this chapter first introduced the concept of the
StratoStar air-space, well, excuse-me, aerospace fighter (kudos for the
recommendation of the word "aerospace" should go to Wadmaasi).
Armed with a Heavy Laser (HLAS), and a Long-Range Autocannon (LATC), the
StratoStar is positioned in the Starsiege Universe to be something like what the
Excalibur, say, is to the Wing Commander Universe - a powerful, one-man fighter
that is capable of combat in atmosphere and in space. As I have mentioned in my
earlier author's notes, I am a WC fan at heart, too - do let me indulge
in air/space, well, aerospace action. By now, you may already know a
little more about my ideas and goals behind the introduction of this fighter
class - it figures quite prominently in "ShipShape" and "Rebel Conversion".
- Also, let it be known that this was the chapter that originally introduced
the concept of the StormTrooper Powered Armor - along with its accompanying
weaponry. Remember that the year is 2828 - a far cry from the Tribes Era.
Therefore, there are no jump-jets, no energy power-packs, no heavy armor, and,
no, you cannot carry three or four weapons all at once (miniature anti-gravity
modules like those embedded into Tribes weaponry are not yet available - of
The powered armor in the Starsiege Era can be envisioned to be a little
simplistic compared to those you see in Tribes. They are a little bulky and
awkward to move around in, and have limited energy resources (you do not
have enough energy for weapons, hence the external ammo packs). And, no, the
StormTrooper Powered Armor's main purpose in life is not to capture the
- The original story used [SK] Huh?'s handle as it was. However, this
introduced a number of sticky punctuation problems, especially at the end of
sentences, like "[SK] Huh?." or "[SK] Huh?!!" Furthermore, the question mark
stands out like a sore thumb when used in the middle of a sentence. In this
revised edition, for the sake of formatting, I've taken out the question mark. I
hope nobody minds. In the future, we probably really ought to accept only
regular alphanumerics in SK handles.
- The COPIM orbital-drop module may not be exactly a new idea - but I'd like
to think that its attached maglev platform is a cool accessory to have. Magnetic
levitation should be pretty commonplace by 2828, so we could expect
entire railways to be constructed with maglev technology.
- SK matter - Ramrod and John have been described in the story as
Tempestkeeper and Fire Rage, respectively. This is in line with their level
ranking during the Starsiege ATR's - which is the time period in which this
chapter originally appeared. Just to show some level of consistency in here.
Well, here's the first part of the revamped SK Chronicles Vol IV. Hope you
like it. Please send any comments to email@example.com.
Low Ee Mien
[SK] Louie G3L
Thu 16 Dec 1999