Dave's ASH Archive - Miscellaneous
"Pedagogy the Hard Way" added.
Justice (Rechtigkeit) with his axe.
Stories which aren't part of any current series go here, as well as any new
series which haven't gotten enough off the ground for me to build a page
Historicals - These stories are set in the "past" (pre-2022), but just
one-shots (series go in the History page). They are
arranged in roughly chronological order. Unless otherwise noted, written by
Dave Van Domelen.
- A Singular Fire: Memories of a Titan, from before the
- Undone: The secret origin of the Santari people.
Takes place outside of time, but helps explain things in Spear-Carriers.
- From Dust To Stars: Set some unestablished time in the
past century or so, an elderly Pranir loremaster enlightens a cohort of young
nestlings about their people's past.
- Corps of Discovery: The Edison Project, the U.S. government's attempt to
understand superhuman powers and magic, went completely "black" after WWII,
not emerging into the public eye for decades. These are the stories of the
Corps of Discovery, adventurers within the Edison Project! Written by Andrew
- #1 - Tesla Boys!: Beacon! Gauntlet! Jack Ripley!
And...Jim Smiley? Who's that German guy with the weird accent? And what
will they make of an ancient Viking radio transmitter?
- Precinct 13: In 1954, an abandoned old precinct
house in Manhattan was torn down, and it turned out to be keeping some
secrets.... Written for High Concept Challenge #28.
- "Pedagogy the Hard Way" - a fractured fairy tale:
(1957) A fairly young new animal spirit is having trouble getting the hang of
his job. Written for High Concept Challenge vol 2 #1.
- ASH Holiday Special #1: "How Brightsword Saved Christmas"
(1971) by Dave Van Domelen, "A Pretty Good Start" (1994) by Andrew Burton,
"Eight Tiny...Reindeer?" (1997) by Rapfic, "Snow Place Like Home For The
Holidays" (2023) by Brian Freesh and "Twas The Night Before GIMF" (2025) by
- In The Cards: A drabble (100 word story-let) set some
time in the Third Heroic Age.
- Click!: In 1993, the Worldwide Web was just getting
going, and it was starting to become clear that it was going to change a lot
of the rules of the game, including the rules of superheroic secret IDs. And
NYC's Sproinger has just found himself caught in the middle of it.
- Northern Vendetta: A vignette looking in on Doc
Droid on Christmas Eve, 1997.
- Unbeatable: Set in 1998 with a flashback to 1994,
it just goes to show that even when he was calling himself a villain, Doctor
Developer could inadvertantly have a positive impact on people. Even ones
who thought they were unbeatable. Written by Andy Burton.
- Wall Street Angels: On July 6, 1998, an investment
group in New York City discusses the upcoming market crash...but which market
are they talking about?
- The Pyramid Trap: Meanwhile, in the Alliance of
Super-Heroes alternate reality, how did they manage to hold off the gods
without making the ultimate sacrifice made in the mainline ASH?
- Solar Max 2000: Set in the year 2000, this is a story of
the original Solar Max during his exile in space....
- Ash Wednesday: It's March 5, 2003. Al O'Ryan walks
through the empty streets of Manhattan KS in search of...something.
- Worse Than The
Disease: In 2005, a Santari nobleman had a secret meeting with Doctor
Huang Sheng on a matter that was literally worth his life.
- Spark: Scenes from the first few months Aaron "Contact"
Zander spent in the Academy, back in 2015.
- Lifetrap: In 2016,
Chuck "Weapons Master" Morse found his way to an ancient crypt in Outer
Mongolia, but would he ever emerge? Written for High Concept Challenge #11,
- Derek Radner's Private Journal: A potential series (in which case it'll
spin off eventually) using the conceit of Radner's private philosophical
musings to establish ideas about the ASH setting (or superhero settings in
general) that would be too clunky to work into an actual story. Unless
otherwise noted, written by Dave Van Domelen.
- "Villainy": What makes one a villain? October 2017
- "Evil": What's evil? Can one consider themselves
evil? October 2017 entry.
- "Asset": In December 2023, shortly after being
broken out of prison, Derek reflects on one of his life goals.
- "Scrollwork": A vellum scroll written during the
First Century C.E. deals with a timelost Derek's views on the nature of time
travel and paradox.
- "What's In A Name?": Back to the Autumn of 2017, as
Derek muses on the idea of superhero/supervillain codenames and tries to pick
one for himself.
- "Deathtraps": Later in November 2017, Derek muses on
the nature of that most essentially melodramatic of supervillain
accoutrements, the deathtrap.
- "Conquerors": December 2, 2017, Derek considers the
forces that turn a man's fancy to thoughts of world domination.
- "Consorts": October 22, 2018, Derek ponders what
makes for an effective villainous consort.
- "Heroism": November 23, 2017, a companion piece to
the first journal entry, as Derek orders his thoughts prior to faking up a
class assignment on the question of what makes a hero.
Side Stories - Set in the main timeline of the ASH
Universe (2022 onward), these simply don't belong to any particular ongoing
- Lightfoot and Thunderbolt: A short Lightfoot solo
story, guest-starring Netwalker of the LNH2023. Takes place between ASH #9
and ASH #10.
- Justice: From RACC Presents #5, the parallel stories
of two young people finding purpose and heroism. It has Historicals content
intercut with 2020s stuff.
- "Read It Before It Gets Censored!": An example of Thom
S. O'Ryan's online column, concerning the Statement of Fundamental Rights in
the North American Combine's Constitution.
- "Hidden Under A Bushel": Set during the events of ASH
#114, a minor side character gets a closer look in this entry for High
Concept Challenge #24.
- "Affiliated": A drabble (100 word story) in which
a pair of STRAFE agents discuss the meaning of a name.
- "The Element of Surprise": A vignette set shortly
before the framing sequence of STRAFE #0, in which Grind is put through his
paces. Written for High Concept Challenge #27.
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