While on GameFAQs looking for help on a chapter or something of the like in FE7, SaS descovered the web forum known as FESS. He decided to join in January2004. While here, he was a VERY big n00b, but none the less it laid the foundation for his progression to fame in the FE community.
He chose the name SwordsAreShiney as he was a reader of 8 Bit Theatre, and it was a line Fighter had said one at several points during the comic.
In March2004, he began teaching himself to rip sprites. While he wasn't the greatest at first, this was a very important step for SaS.
After a few months, a member directed him to FEF, another Fire Emblemforum, which he joined as well.
SaS had no experience running a forum, and during the first month or two, often lost and regained his powers over night due to silly disputes with RPModerator, HizakiHitori.
SaS continued to rip sprites, as well as being a content writer and forum administrator, and helping with many other tasks untill late summer2005.
In the summer of 2005, during a forum argument over the Role Play, SaS deleted the much more popular and played half of it (thinking the backup he had previously made would be able to restore it).
Following this incident, SaS decided he no longer wanted to be an administrator, and quit his post.
SaS's activity would continue to decrease after this, and eventually, part way through December2005, he would unofficially leave the FE community.
FEPlanet.net's fall and the rise of FEPlanet.be
SaS continued a lack of communication with the FE community all through the first few months of 2006. Once and a while he would check out the forums, and later after FEPlanet.net fell, their Invision Free forums, to see what was happening.
Just over a week after the move from Invision Free to FEPlanet.be, he joined under a different name, Stewie89, reflecting his obsession of Stewie from the show Family Guy, wanting to start fresh. He was the 84th member to join this time.
After lurking in the shadows for 20 or so days, SaS revealed his true identity to administrators Exxeh (XtreameDayz) and Vyhter.
Nowadays, SaS is still a high-profile member of FEP, and writes some game content for the website, however, has chosen to remain powerless in the forums.