1890 Arrives! Beginnings of about 6 months of Business
We are able to hitch a ride on a ship right from Meepsor.
Arrive Sirtis Major before the New year.
Grant is there to meet us. He has gotten some good work done on the Aether Pressure Theory.
The Prof sends a (heliograph?) message to Rick, courtesy of the HBTC, about the lost tomb.
Big new years eve bash at barracks and in town.
We start working on logistical deals for the future rail line, working on ship stuff, etc. Lots of late night partying over our recent victories.
Moab has a great quantity of valuable martian gem mines. So we have some funding to pay.
We need a preliminary survey team, which Aristotle agrees to lead, to plot the path. He says they’ll probably make 20 miles per day on average. He will get a team together asap. 3 weeks from now, he’s off and at work! He figures, Sirtis Major to parhoon and Sirtis Major to Sigeus Portus is maybe 4 and a half to 5 months work.
Percy wants to send word immediately to Garyaan to start spreading word about LP’s birthday on June 20. He has and idea that, rather to seek warriors and scientists for the school, etc, to call them to us. He wants a great fair announed which will include math olympics, spelling bees, science fair, martial tourneys, etc. That will draw the best and brightest to us, from which we can recruit them!! Merlin has already been building the infrastructure for a science academy. Once there, yeah science!! And, more canal Martians!!
Martins recommends having DeWitt, whom is surely thankful for our rescuing her, put the word out in the newspapers!!
LP “I love it!”
We will print flyers here and now also, and send word out on merch ships all around from here and now.
Gerry will send fly down himself to give word to Garyaan of the 1st, dubbed by LP, Martian 1890 World Fair!
LP wants to get tons of plant seeds that may grow on Mars brought from earth, use it after opening a canal to a city to barter for colonizers to nearby ruined cities, send people for priests and scientists to Garyaan, etc.
So, we need a botanist.
Meanwhile, LP starts diplomacizing in earnest for the Martian side of the infrastructure and operational plans like forward trailblazers, engineering teams, etc. He really wants to talk to the American rail barons about the details. They’re the experts. He even wants to hire there former men to help build it. Covey is with him, laying out the engineering details thus far to all appropriate parties.
We propose to Pennyworth and Gilhooly to be some sort of managers later on. They’re interested; as is Crammond.
We need oil and iron as much as we can from Mars.
Covington says since it seems liftwood works with the magnetic field, it may grow in iron rich environments. We should look there first for onplanet iron, so less shipping from earth.
LP spends hours and hours with us, detailing the geographic plans of his conquest of Mars based on the opening of canals to get cities on our side, open ruined cities as colonies, etc. Going martian region by region, learning the attitude of every city and region that he can from gazeteers. Basking in his future ‘kingship’.
LP may need to go back to earth to do the diplomacizing there as well.
The brits are very interested immediately, this will be able to move their troops, merch et al faster than anyone else on Mars!
Covey continues science stuff:
Gains further electrical knowledge from the elect weapons from the buried spire and super science knowledge. He uses this to greatly improve the magnetic levitation reliability.
Research on the magnecit levitation is completed and the prototype is perfected! It’s ready to go when the business side is done.
More work on the superluminal propeller
He begins theorizing about a teleportation device as well, he and Grant talking it over a lot.
Starts work on a revolver version, though less powerful, of LP’s blaster.
Creating more detonite for us.
Finalizes some plans for the Covington Science Academy of Seldon and the science part of Percy’s proposed Martian World Fair. If Gerald flies back, the plan’s will go with him. Logistics begun on getting proper equipment for the labs here and to Garyaan.
Martian News: Belgians and Tossians may be on verge of war.
A woman who LP had an early fling with while here, Chrisrine Leigh, goes out on the town with LP and Ingrain as friends. She tells him about the play she’s about to be in, the Grove of the Fawns by Deter Granash, based on 2 poems by Roger Ainsley. Her friend Chuck McGinnis directs of a lonely poet lost on a greek isle meeting greek wood folk, but a jealous gorgon turns him to stone.
Christine plays the nymph. She then allows herself to be petrified too over her love for the poet.
The play is a tribute to Deter, the writer, at the opening of the new theater.
LP “I didn’t know Deter was dead.” He died about a week ago. Murdered.
LP promotes plays at his Garyaan Fair!! Tells her to pass the word.
Been absent minded since his wife died few years ago, nose in his extensive library much of his time. Servant found him crushed by fallen shelves, toppled like dominoes. Police found footprints that jumped from bookcase to case, ending at his body where it jumped up and down on it until he was dead. Pinned to body was a laurel wreath and scroll that said ‘Cleo’.
Next Morning, knock at door. Det Peter O’ Shea of Sirtis major police force. Short, bit chubby, mid 40’s, with his partner Sgt Weber. LP invites them in, calling for Martin to bitch the pot. And get some neck oil as well!
Weber bumps into a pedestal and knocks over an expensive Martian vase like a clutz.
LP “EEh gad! That was a 10000 year old gobbly gook. Covington repair this immediately!”
Weber apologizes profusely.
O’Shea asks a few questions, like where LP was last night. He explains he was out with his wife and Christine Leigh.
He has bad news “Christine is dead, murdered last night.”
LP “Have you any leads?” No.
LP “You’d better discover them before us, for their sake.” LP takes Martin and No. 1.
As we leave, the Sgt slips down the steps behind LP taking Percy with him who sprains his ankle.
He calls out “Covington!! I need a new ankle! Have one ready upon my return! I’ll be back in an hour!”
Leigh was shot in left shoulder, stomach, then execution shot in heart. All arrows.
Each is heart shaped at the tip. He sees a broach on her shirt he doesn’t recognize from the night before.
LP “Ah, thank god they didn’t steal my gift to her. The broach was dear to her” and he nabs it. It’s shaped like a liar, ‘erato’ engraved on it.
Martin “What language is that?”
LP never went to Latin class.
Back to the hotel and show the broach to Covey. Cleo and Erato are names of 2 of the Muses: history (symbol laurel) and Erotic Poetry.
Classical stuff just like the play.
LP starts rambling on trying to put details together trips his brain up.
“Damn, Covington, I have no time for this, I have a word to conquor.”
3 days later:
we are at her funeral. Meet some of her friends, cast and crew are there.
LP asks if anyone in the play plays Cleo and Erato, but they aren’t in it.
Martin notices when we are taking the body to the grave for a Christian burial, a figure in a dark cloak putting flowers on a grave across the graveyard, stopping briefly. He turns to look and wears a mask, the tragedy mask. Then they move off out of sight quickly.
Leigh is of the Church of England, a minister presides.
One of the actors, Owen Frazier, starts snickering. Wife elbows him, and he turns to looking upset.
Soon it happens again, but turns into heavy laughter. WTF?
LP wants this to stop now, and goes to confront him. He falls over into the grave hole, lying there.
LP “Heavenly God!”
Martin jumps in checking him, he’s dead. Choked on his own blood. He lifts the body our for the cop to grab.
A wagon pulls up, local florist gets out with large wreath for the grave. Thalia upon it, with a comedy mask. The muse of comedy!
Also not in the script.
Dead Frazier wears no flower.
LP wonders about the other muses.
Martin “Perhaps you should have went to some classes.”
The players fill us in on the other muses.
LP counts, but the number of muses does not equal the actors.
Martin runs to check the other grave Tragedy put flowers on: Julia Philbin, 17, 7 years ago. O’Shea says 3 days before great Orpheum fire, where the new one is reopening.
Weber manages to smash the wreath while gathering it for evidence.
After the commotion wraps up, O’Shea checks out the florist, smelly martian beggar woman bought the flowers in English notes.
He looks into Philbin: funeral was day of fire. She had been having affair another actor Derek Luten, she was 17 he in his 40’s. No one knows why she killed self.
2 actors, Felix McGee and Martin Shelly, stagehand Hooper, and Luten all died in the fire. Bodies recovered but burned beyond recognition.
So, it’s one or more of them.
Glover just recently got the troupe back together for this play.
Luten becomes first one suspicious of still being alive as far as Martin is concerned. Cops now providing Weber as protection with several uniforms at the theater. Within a day soldiers are brought in to relieve them, not enough English section cops to go around. Weber still in charge.
Covey “Any pics of Luten around?” O’Shea is sure he can dig some up.
Looks liek no one we already have met.
One of the actresses Fay Rustle takes a liking to Martin, very enticing but Martin’s spoken for so can’t reciprocate. She makes a play anyway, but this girl is very dumb. More than happy to have a side relationship. Martin kindly rejects her. She is new lead now that Leigh is dead.
We are hanging out at theater ourselves, as well. Martin wants to keep his eye on Weber “His clutziness is over the top.”
Martin and LP talking to Fay. She stands to leave and comments on the rug being soaked as she starts getting shocked!! Martin dives to stop her but is caught inthe current frozen by the shock.
By the time LP gets the electricity shut off, she’s dead and Martin has 1 fat. left. Several bare wires are under the carpet. A broach is found on her dresser, lyre shaped again ‘Terpsicore’ muse of dance.
We hear maniacal laughing!! Up in the rafters the masked and cloaked form laughs at us!!
“Nemesis will destroy his enemies!”
Martin rushes for the nearest way up. He stands, laughing, ignoring us. One of the soldiers is on the other side, a 3rd with Martin. We close in from 2 sides, Martin sends his man to a nearby catwalk in case he makes a dramatic swinging escape.
Martin spots a wire across in front of him, steps over it.
The soldier tackles the foe and it bursts into flame. Booby trapped dummy, the flaming soldier drops from the catwalk to the floor below.
“Percy, is he dead?”
LP “He’s dead.”
We gather the other actors who survived the old fire.
Powell, wealthy helped rebuild
Margaret Ellison, married well, feels too good to be actress now; helping finance now
Charles McGinnis, director
Allan Glover, lead role and head of troupe
Martin wants to keep everyone rounded up in here and search the place. Only thing we find is evidence of squatters in the basement of the original building unrennovated. Stinking rags and such.
Stinky old Martian bought the flowers.
2 days later, we hear a thud. Powell stands inhis room, pounding on the open doorway but blocked by an unseen force. Gas is pouring into the room.
No. 1 makes a sign to bust a hole through the wall. He plunges his spear thorugh the wooden wall, We pull a few planks off enoough to drag him through.
He’s still choking!!
Martin “Is there a doctor in the house!”
Martin slugs him in the gut. Nothing helps.
Through a window, we see the phantom in a doorway waving at us. Pulls down a shade on which is written the name of the muse of mime.
There is a clear panes like glass steel blocking the doorway.
Filthy raggedy Martian workers put the door ways in the day before.
Police find that the glass bought in new pound notes, stinky old Martian.
We make for the canal where all the bums hang out.
We run into Ellison! She greets us.
“So, Mr. Lord Percy, why did you invite me down here to this godforsaken area.”
LP “We didn’t. Best stay with us.”
She says there was a disagreement w/in the company on who the decision maker was, then we found out about the shocking affair. They planned to threaten to tell if Luten didn’t give in to how they wanted things to be run. Then the “young weird ^$&$ killed herself.” He blamed the troupe, a scuffle and the fire started.
She takes a drag from her cig, a projectile shoots out of it and out the back of her head.
Engraved in it is muse of wind instruments.
At the end of the street of hovels, we see the hooded figure! Laughs and points “You will never stop me you fools!”
We rush for him. He cuts up a side alley and around a corner. He runs into a blind ally, the fool!
Martin “It’s a trap!” He stops.
The man yells come and get me, laughing, pointing. He’s trying to lure us to him. Martin almost shoots, but thinks something is wrong with this picture.
LP runs for the cops. As he leaves, he sees a man in the cloak and mask leap to block him “You’ll never catch me” turns and runs.
LP goes for the bullrush and knocks him over. He stinks to high heaven. He rips the mask off to reveal an old haggard martian man. LP roughs him up and drags him along. Another dressed the same jeers him from behind now! LP draws his blaster and plugs him 9.
He rips off the mask, another old bum. Pulls a kris dagger and with a scream charges LP. Percy shoves his captive at him, but the Martian shrugs him aside.
LP (card) intimidates him to the ground, grovelling. Interrogation: man who pays them is their Master, found in river 7 years ago, and has led them ever since.
In the meantime, No. 1 is hit with a rock in the back of his head. About a dozen old stinky beggars closing in with kris martian knives. No. 1 does an intimidating battle dance. All but 2 begin backing off and they attack him. Martin kidney punches of one of them, who drops.
No. 1 runs the other through.
The one at the end of the alley only keeps trying to lead us to him.
Now, noise from the roofs above. Heads peering down.
No. 1 moves forward to his jeers. Once he’s there, about a dozen people start hurling bricks down at him, carelessly killing the bum there and busting No.1.
Cops show up and take our 2 prisoners away for questioning.
Next day, the 2 cops come to see us. The 2 prisoners escaped. Weber neglected to lock the door on the back of the paddy wagon.
Martin “How does he still have a job?”
Galahad “Sounds like a plant.”
Covey “When did he start?” 6 years ago.
O ‘Shea figures it’s Luten. Duh.
Back to the theater.
Big crescent moon set piece swings down and impales the director! Bursts of maniacal laughter from the cat walk.
Martin “We should never tell this story to Westinghouse and his men.”
Glover is terrified. Show is cancelled. He is under 24 hour police protection.
Martin starts following Weber. He gets Percival and Galahad to assist.
Next Day, Glover drives off in a carriage. Few minutes later we find his police guard ko’d in an ally. Kidnapped.
Percival saw it, it was Weber!! A smelly old man came, put on the cop uniform, and got in the carriage. Weber might be Luten in disguise himself.
Weber then went about his own personal business.
The carriage disappears into the city.
Next day, Glover shows up having escaped. He says he was taken to a tenement in the town. Search of it shows evidence he was held there but its abandoned now.
Tonight there is a gala affair we are all invited to, where Glover gives a speech. Suddenly he spews out a confession: he was the one that in order to take over the troupe, tried to blackmail over the affair. Her suicide was his own fault. Fire started during fight with him and the other guy. Reputation ruined. Phantom gets his final revenge after all.
Meanwhile, Weber is still being watched. He goes into the theater. LP, keeping eye on Glover, sees him leave and goes to theater as well.
We enter behind them.
LP and No. 1 enter via one of the the main door, Martin a side door to the rear.
2 men jump Martin from the dark immediately, old and smelly. Fist vs knife fight begins. Martin ko’s both easily.
Glove stands out front with a gun yelling “You’ve ruined me, come down and face me!” Via a trap door in the stage floor, puff of smoke, standa the phantom.
“I ruined you?! YOu killed my beloved and ruined me!” while unveiling his burned hamburger face. Hands twisted and malformed.
Glover “Die monster!” starts shooting.
“You’re bullets can’t harm me” dodging the gun being thrown at him.
Weber steps out “You’ve destroyed my father, now we’ve destroyed you!”
Glover tries to turn and run but they tackle him down.
Martin looks throught the curtain at this.
“Now for our Grand Guniol” all the old bum martians file in, some with popcorn and the like.
Another puff and trapdoor, a huge wooden X with manacles springs up to the stage. They chain him onto it.
Phantom “First I destroyed your rep, now I’ll destroy your appearance same as you did me.”
2 bums and the main 2 villains on stage.
No 1 to Percy “You get to the stage, I’ll kill the bums.” LP gets low, sneaking behind the seating then up the side as No. 1 draws their attention to himself. Some 30 bums turn on No. 1 and attack. He calmy walks to meet them. No. 1’s spear flashes and stabs like lightning. He takes a beating but massacres them all.
As Percy gets there, Martin springs onto the stage for the ringleader. Percy gets there just after and takes on the 2 bums and Weber. LP quickly cuts one bum down with his saber, then the other leaving only Weber.
Martin KO’s the boss!
LP then cuts Weber down!
As we charged in, he did manage to cut off his nose!! He screamed in pain through the entire encounter.
Now he’s ruined, hideous, and mentally scarred for life.
We get the fuzz and they arrest our villain.
Archie while using the lamp of Nostradamus, sees something he lets all the groups know about: see Red Sands pg. 58.
Prince Umatek the Undaunted; fiance Franciosa Dorliak the Beautiful (both ride gashaunts); handmaided Jonah Callahari; advisor Malkorakora
Nigel Pennyworth: a rogue, think Cain in Man Who Would Be King
Shamus Gilhooly: think Connery; rogue; he’s Irish!!
Cpt Harry Towers
Prof George Nightengale and his beautiful intelligent daughter Dr. Amanda Nightengale (flaw Danger Magnet; 2 action pts).
L160 (costs him L100/month for his lifestyle)
Fast 3/gnsl 7
plus 7/2 melee
plus 12/7 range, 13/8 with gattling pistol and super revolver (2d8)
1 regular pistol and winchester
close combat shot, defensive position, lightning shot, sharp shooting, wpn focus gattling pistol and super revolver, adv firearm, deadaim, double tap, far shot, pt bl shot, prec shot, skip shot, imp dam thr, evasion, uncanny dodge.
esc art 5
curr ev 2
russian hist 5 (but always wrong!, thinks all were invented by Russians, etc)
Special Move: if facing foe up close, tumble tween foes with both guns out and unloads.
English (r/w), Parhooni (speak only)
Cool and stoic presence, theft and violence just business, not cruel, no remorse for killing but pleasant demeanor. 5’9", 150lbs.
Martian Elite Guard
Fast 3/tough 3 heroes
toughness, imp thresh,
1 has 6 wnd dam; 1 has 10 wnd dam; 7;5;3.
Tough 2/Strong 1
+5 melee bayonet (d6 plus 3) and bolt action 6 round rifle; 21 fat/15wnd
Point Blank Shot
Tough 3/Str 1
+6 melee bayonet and rifle
Str mod 2
33 fat/16 wnd
Point Blank Shot; imp. dam. thr.
Tough 3/Str 3
+8 bayonet and 7 rifle
48 fat/16 wnd
Wpn Focus bayonet and rifle; Point Blank Shot;
Str 1/Tough 1/Ded 3
Toughness, pt bl shot
Fst 3/Ded 4 Hero
Imp. Dam. Thr; pt bl shot; Dodge
He’s an alcoholic. Perfect!!
An older man, 10th level. Ordinary Ded 5/Sm 5._