Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Toy Soldiers and Dining Room Battles

Saturday, May 26, 2018

IHMN: A crew without a ship

The Albatross

Following the destruction of the Weldon Institutes dirigible Go-Ahead by Robur the Conqueror and his airship the Albatross, the small aerial fleet of the United States engaged the Albatross near Philadelphia, PA.  Though the Albatross was defeated and severely damaged, it escaped and the ship responsible for the victory was the American privateer USS Audacity, under letters of marque, commanded my Captain J. T. Kirk of Iowa.  The Audacity itself was severely damaged and Kirk now lacks the financial means to repair his ship.

 The HMS Thunderer, an Aphid class ship with the design of the USS Audacity is based.

 The grounded crew of the USS Audacity.
 Captain J. T. Kirk
James Tiberius Kirk was born in Riverside, Iowa where he was raised by his parents, George and Winona Kirk. Although born on Earth, Kirk lived for a time on Mars under the tutelage of his second cousin John Carter.  After graduating from the United States Naval Academy he received his first command, an airship roughly equivalent to a destroyer during the first infamous encounter with Robur the the Conqueror while still quite young. Kirk was now the youngest airship captain in the fleet.  A former officer of Kirk's describes him  "a hard-driving leader who pushes himself and his crew beyond human limits".  Kirk also had a "tendency to ignore U.S. Naval regulations when he feels the end justifies the means"; he is "the quintessential officer, a man among men and a hero for the ages".  Although Kirk was considered a rising star, his run ins with the Naval Board and other bureaucrats in the US government forced his hand to resign and become a privateer with the US Navy with full letters of marque. Kirk is not afraid of being fallible, but rather is afraid of the consequences to his ship and crew should he make an error in judgment.  His loss of the USS Audacity has hit him hard and he is trying to raise the funds to repair her or purchase another ship.

Captain J. T. Kirk

Pluck: 2+
Fighting Value: +4
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +0
Talents: Leadership +3, Inspirational, Tough, Erudite Wit, Fearless
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium pistol* and sword
Cost: 69 points

*Radium pistols and rifles have the same stats as arc weapons however a radium pistol can be used in Shooting if in base to base contact with a figure that is being fought.  The radium technology and weapons are jealously guarded as they were a gift from John Carter.

 First Officer "Number One"

Number One is the First Officer of the Audacity and her real name is only known to Captain Kirk and unbeknownst to her Special Agent George Curtis.  She is the intellectual, problem-solving second-in-command and is driven by personal demons that are not best revealed at this time.

Number 1

Pluck: 3+
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +0
Talents: Leadership +1, Meticulous Planning, Fanatic, Lightning Draw
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, automatic pistol, sword
Cost: 55 points

Special Agent George Curtis, US Secret Service

Typical of the breed of modern Special Agents for the United States, Special Agent George Curtis was responsible for the investigation that led to the capture of the evil mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu.  SA Curtis has been placed with Captain Kirk at the bequest of the US Navy to ensure that Kirk continues to act in the best interests against the imperial enemies and master criminals that seek to do harm to the United States.  It is rumored that he has a romantic relationship with Fia O'Sullivan the helmsman of the out of commission ship Audacity.

Special Agent George Curtis

Pluck: 3+
Fighting Value: +4
Shooting Value: +4
Speed: +1
Talents: Leadership +2, Marksman (pistol), Gunslinger
 Basic Equipment: Brigadine, two pistols and fighting knife
Cost: 51 points

 Engineer Jack "The Kid" Prescott

Engineer Prescott

Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +1
Speed: +0
Talents: Engineer, Mechanic,  "I cannot change the law of physics captain!  A've got to have 30 minutes!" (re-rolls one failed pluck roll per game involving engineering or any mechanical issue)
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium pistol and sword
Cost: 30 points

 Aviatrix (Helmsman) Fia O'Sullivan

Describe by Kirk as the best Helmsman in the world, Kirk hired her and her brother Aiden O'Sullivan when he resigned from the US Navy.

Fia O'Sullivan

Pluck: 4+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +2
Speed: +0
Talents: Pilot
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium pistol*, sword and 2x explosive grenades
Cost:  30 points

 Lieutenant Rupert Scrivner, late of Her Majesty's Imperial Marines, Master of Arms


Lieutenant Rupert Scrivner

Pluck: 3+
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +1
Talents: Leadership +1, Tough, Marksman
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium rifle and sword
Cost: 47 points

 Crewman Aiden O'Sullivan

A former Fenian and Irish Revolutionary, Aiden was saved by the hangman's noose by the intervention of Special Agent.  No on knows why though it is rumored that Special Agent George Curtis may have romantic feelings toward his sister Fia.
 
Crewman Aiden O'Sullivan

Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +3
Speed: +1
Talents: Marksman, Fanatic
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium rifle* and sword
Cost: 24 points

 The Muscle.

 Crewman Felicity Gimble

Crewman Felicity Gimble 

Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +1
Speed: +1
Talents: Lightning Draw, Duelist
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium pistol* and sword
Cost: 29 points

 Gunner Joachim Ziemssan
Gunner Joachim Ziemssan

Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +2
Speed: +0
Talents: Marksman
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, radium rifle*, radium pistol*, moncular target array, combat knife
Cost: 29 points

Crewman Giles "If it was good enough for my pappy it's good enough for me" Oldershaw Smith.

Crewman Giles Oldershaw Smith

Pluck: 5+
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +1
Speed: +1
Talents: Grumbling (Back in my day these Ton-truppen zombies were 7 feet tall and trained by Frederick the Great himself - counts as Erudite Wit.)
Basic Equipment: Brigadine, pistol, sword
Cost: 18 points

Currently the crew of the Audacity were spotted in Scandinavia moving toward London for a "special" assignment requested by the British Admiralty.

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