Space Vermin's SPACE:1889 Campain

This campaign takes place in GDW's Space:1889 universe, a Victorian Science Fiction genre. This is a Mars of canals, obsequious and inscrutable natives, lost arts and technologies, hidden treasures, and liftwood.

Liftwood is among the most unique of Martian products. For reason science has not yet determined, it is lighter than air, allowing one to build flying vessels.

These are the adventures of the crew of the SS High Rhodes, a liftwood ship (sky galleon) privateer operating under the British flag from their Martian Crown Colony of Syrtis Major.

In late 1888, a South African gentleman of liesure, Comander Pieter Koeniggard, RN ret'd. pulled some strings and got himself issued Lettres of Marque, then being issued by the Crown Colony to reinforce its efforts to counter the growing aggression of the Oenotrian Empire to the south. He gathered up a Martian crew to handle the vessel, human gunners and marines, and went off adventuring.

This is their tale.

Crew of the SS High Rhodes
As of 22 February, 1889

After a few brief adventures near the Crown Regency, Captain Keoniggard developed the idea of taking the High Rhodes around Mars, since such a thing had not apparently been done by an English (or any Terran) vessel. The Morning Telegraph won a bidding war to send a reporter aboard the High Rhodes.

However, on their second stop, Captain Koeniggard was killed by a Martian bullet while defeating the base of the Red Fly, a notorious cloud pirate vessel they had been tracking. During the course of the adventure, the High Rhodes had been grounded in the mountains, and was repaired to bare air-worthiness using supplies found in the pirates' mountain base.

The first officer brought the High Rhodes back to Syrtis Major. After some consultation between South Africa and Mars (Syrtis Major to the British heliograph station over Mars to the British heliograph station over Earth to London to South Africa by telegraph to the Koennigard's ranch and back takes a while each way), Koeniggard's parents (his heirs) let 1st Officer Barkley take command of the High Rhodes and continue to operate it for the family.

While the High Rhodes was in dock for repairs, Dr. Goebbels and Bayswater convinced several other members of the party to ask Yaargoon to take them to meet his people, the Qeln riders of Mars. A Terran adventurer by the name of Thomas Kennedy was hired to equip and guide the group.

This was orginally written by the GM of the campain, Mitch Schwartz. He also wrote the Log of The High Rhodes.
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