After carefully traversing through the Suez Canal, the party arrived at the Ottoman/Arabic port of Mocha.

James busied himself discovering a clockwork dragon and managed a schematic of a dragon-shaped lighter, which, while impractical, looks marvelous!

Max busied himself helping with the repairs.

Our latest addition, Lt. Colonel Smithe, investigating the pirate activity in the area, found the Prussian soldiers to be amenable, but the tensions between the French and the Prussians was highly visible, even in this backwater part of the world.

After repairing the ship and acquiring supplies, as well as learning that the return trip should be much less eventful… the party made haste and left for India…

(O pts Earned)

Lici fails notetaking 101

Davies went to go see Lord Jayne and give him critical information about Lord Byron. Marlo and James went to MP Ashley West’s house to wake him up because he wasn’t aware of the early start time for the Queen’s Opening Speech to Parliament. The Gang met at Parliament and during the Queen’s speech, MP West had a nervous breakdown and jumped onto a platform to denounce Lord Byron. An unknown assailant shot and injured West in the shoulder in the crowd, causing West to fall into the crowd. Lord Jayne formally stepped up and did the formal procedure to challenge Lord Byron. Queen got frustrated and ordered Lord Byron removed from the Joint Session of Parliament. She eventually finished her speech and and Parliament resumed their separate sessions of each house afterwards.

Davies attended to West’s shoulder then decided to locate the bullet. Bullet found by Davies in wall. Knightlander attended instead to West’s shoulder and stabilised him. Someone from the Queen’s entourage stopped by and stated that the Queen wants an audience with them at Buckingham Palace the next day.

Hopscotch managed to get toy store owner to buy his clockwork rat, and all the rights to manufacture more of them. West went with servants to a hospital for treatment. Lord Jayne promised he would try to introduce opium bill in the House of Lords.

Squad went back to hotel to get prepared for tomorrow’s meeting with Her Majesty the Queen. Davies went back to her museum during her preparations. Marlo and Hopscotch decide to go gambling at a makeshift boxing arena in east end London. They found out that the fights are not rigged, but there are burly guys who know how to fight. Marlo won +50 GBP, and Hopscotch broke even.

The next day, Davies tries out the automated corset machine that James created as a gift for the Queen, with success, though it tightened the corset too much.

They arrived at Buckingham Palace early, with Knightlander, Smithe, and Shawn Cuffay at parade rest and at attention. Hopscotch is jittery as he has an urge to smoke. Gift is presented and the Queen likes it. She heard about the Squad’s adventures, and mentions to Col. Smithe that her royal family knew his father.

Queen requested that Captain Harrison and his platoon (50 men) is lost northwest of Delhi, India, and wants the Squad to find them. Capt. Harrison was known for performing actions above and beyond the call of duty, and has a reputation known for that. No other information is known on why he is significant. Marlo and Max are being issued a frigate bigger than their steamboat to help sail to India, departing from Portsmouth, England. The frigate is named HMS Greenwich

Squad head to local barracks and meet a Quartermaster (Major) in London. Col. Smithe requested an aide de camp while Mstr. Sgt. requisitioned ammunition. The frigate is armed with Gatling guns and breechloaders. James requisitioned parts and spares for the ship and possible inventions. Davies is requisitioning language books and any cultural / historical area on the region.

Train ride from London to Portsmouth takes 80 miles. All the factories that are being noticed while on the train are synchronised and building something massive. They’re preparing for some military conflict. Hopscotch tries to engage in conversation with others and is rebuffed repeatedly, to the annoyance of people on the train.

When they arrived at Portsmouth, the Squad split off. Col. Smithe, a former Grenadier Guard, went to the Airman’s Barracks to ask about Capt. Harrison, only hearing a rumour that he was mentally ill. Marlo is on the ship preparing it for departure. Knightlander and Davies went on a pub crawl, discovering that the factories producing military equipment are providing material for a military conflict in mainland Europe. Hopscotch went to talk to people by the port with little success. Max and James worked on fixing the engines.

Soon after, the ship is christened as the Greenwich was just completed and this was her maiden voyage. The ship came with a new crew of 24.

While the ship went across the Mediterranean past the Strait of Gibraltar, they encountered two pirate steamships off the coast of Libya, each armed with older cannons. One was sunk. The other ship had people boarding the deck and attacking both the new crew and the Squad. The second ship had spun away, suffering engine damage. By the end of the fighting, eight crewmen were dead and six were wounded (and eventually stabilised and healed). All but one of the pirate boarders are killed, one remaining is unconscious and wounded but stabled. The ship suffered minor damage.

All Squadmembers earned 3 points.

6/17 Intruige, Politics, and Assaults....

Walking towards what appeared to be the Red Light District.

It mainly consisted of a Burlesque House, and a pseudo-underground boxing ring.

The party entered the house and purchased their tickets. In an effort to gain the attention of the man in charge, Hopscots was able to bluff his way into attempting to make a sale of Opium to the Manager.

After insinuating that he was looking for someone with more clout and/or money, Hopscots is swiftly thrown OUT of the establishment. Seeing their plan backfire, the rest of the party ventures outside.

While formulating a new plan, Davidson, our killer, is seen strolling along in the shadows.

No one would have noticed anything if not for James , who recognized his figure as the one they had seen in the tavern earlier that night.

The party quickly started running after him and he bolted!

Ducking around the corner, Davidson, crashed into William “Jack Punch” Cuffay, who was a bit addled, getting used to the time change, fresh off his tour with the Royal Army.

Using his Soldier’s training, William managed to restrain the criminal, who began shouting about the machinations of some sort of secret society before biting down hard enough to crack his false tooth, and poison himself with Cyanide.

Upon a short search of his person, Davidson was discovered to have some sort of note on him.

A cryptographic code, of map coordinates, was discovered to be a date and a time – William’s intuition had them setting off in a hurry towards the appointed meeting place, which turned out to be a local plaza, with a small fountain of note. A messenger gave William- disguised as Davidson- a note thanking him for a job well done, and a cheque, allowing a large amount to be drawn on the Bank of London.

Sneakily following the messenger, who thought he may be followed, but shrugged it off – they finally hit the railway station on the edge of town and the mysterious messenger turned out to be just a random courier.

The letter sent anonymously via the multiple levels of courier service originating in London.

Davidson, having been identified and guilty of the direct murder, was seemingly hired by Lord Byron, arch-rival of Lord Issac and a man who was seemingly above the law.

But why? and how to apprehend this heinous individual?

Inspector Daniels was willing to work beyond the law, and pointed them to Bamboo, who pointed them to a henchman of Esen.

The henchman started running when he saw people chasing after him, and being a rather shady-looking Arab individual. Knightlander, a gritty Royal Marine Sniper, shot him in the foot to assist our party.

Of course, while they were willing to use scare tactics on the messenger to get information, they were rather upset to see Knightlander do the same to a lackey of an underworld figure.

He lead them to Esen, who was interested in taking control of towns from the bottom up, this kind of clouded his judgment when offering an exchange for incriminating information on Lord Byron.

Upon departing, with the promise to have another MP push through the Opium Ban that would make Esen extremely wealthy, and a regular stipend from him in return, they waited at the Inn for a day, while Esen gathered his information.

They were presented with an envelope with two pieces of paper, one had Lord Byron’s gambling debts, damning enough, but the other also contained the names and dates of “Ladies of the Evening” which the lord loved to frequent.

They headed to London, where they rented a room and temporarily stowed the information in the Museum while they sought out Ashley West, Recently elected Science MP – House of Commons, and Miss Davies was directed to meet with Lord Jayne.

Mr West was more than happy to bring up the requested information in an Open Session of Parliament, especially at the expense of a member of the House of Lords. The 2nd meeting with him was even MORE eventful as Hopscots and William were tackled and accosted by a pudgy man. William followed him as much as he could but lost him in a large crowd.

Lord Jayne was especially receptive to the idea of temperance and vowed to stem the tide of Opium flowing through Britain.

Upon returning from Lord Jayne’s Manor, Miss Davies was followed, but was saved in the twilight when the gas lamps came on.

Barricading the door, the party was troubled to hear intruders attempting to feel out their security.

Feeling insecure, they headed to a safehouse that Hopscots had rented out.

taking the twisting turning paths between low-income housing and factories, most of the group made it there safely and undetected.


Marlo, Max, and James ran into 3 gunmen, who were bent on stopping the release of this incriminating information – citing “the greater good”.

While Marlo and Max mis-fired their weapons – they were saved by the quick thinking of James who fashioned a stunning device with the parts left in his pack and disorienting their pursuers.

Quickly, they ran, still twisting and winding down paths, to the safehouse.

Tommorrow, an Open Session begins, wherein they hope to denounce the vile Lord Byron, and bring this chapter to a close…

What will become of our heroes? Tune in next time, to find out!

6/3/2009 - The First Encounter
we come together

After getting in to Southend-On-Sea, Captain Marlo, and his crewmen – Slim and Maximillian – along with the Chinese merchant Hopscots, go into town in search of a new adventure.

Finch and Lark’s is the place to go to get a new lead from Bamboo, and they share a table with Miss Davies, an archaeologist, and James Wheeler, a well-to-do inventor.

Overhearing a heated argument in the middle of a room- later discovered to do with Opium Importation- they banter and all talk to one another when suddenly, the gas lights go out all at once!

Moments later, the lights return in full force, and Lord Issac Renford is found dead – stabbed by a fishing knife in the middle of the room!

Inspector Daniels calls for the doors to be barred and Slim quickly slips out the back door in an attempt to find the assailant.

Marlo and Max bar the front and rear doors, respectively, while the Inspector takes statements.

While Hopscots begins to mention his expertise in Chinese Medicine, and his desire to examine the corpse; Miss Davies lets her curiosity get the best of her, and is summarily placed AWAY from the body, while James and Max head to investigate the source of the gas malfunction.

They discover a valve slightly obscured by a street lamp, attached to the gas line which goes to the rest of the street lights, and also to the tavern.

James, fiddling with the valve to see what it does, knocks out the lights in the tavern, and also dims the streetlights.

The waste workers are less than friendly, and seem to ignore the fact that the lights can go out with little warning. They seem stunned that such a valve exists – is it new?

Returning to the tavern, the rest of the bar patrons are released, and the crew, thrown together in the midst of this heinous crime, are deputized, and directed to find a man known only as Esen-“The Wind”.

Esen- as a criminal overlord, has ties to a local Brothel, our next target.

Inspector Daniels will go to question Lord Issac’s biggest political opponent, but doesn’t expect much from him.

Who will find the nondescript man?

Who hired him?

Who was opposed to the Opium Ban, and why??

Only time will tell!


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