Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday's IRC Game

Ran the last In Harm's Way: Napoleonic Naval game of the year yesterday. It ended in epic fashion, with a small group infiltrating - via a creek and canoes - the palace at Bluefields, and saving five year old King George from death by Poison Dart Frog toxin, as his uncle Stephen's poisoner and four other lackeys were killed in the fray, along with several guards.

Out front, between Bluefields and the palace, the confrontation between would-be-King Stephen and his advisor the Admiral's forces, and the forces of General Robinson and the British Flotilla was stopped with a parlay. During the parlay, one of Stephen's Assassins attempted to kill Princess Emma with a thrown poisoned knife, but Lt. Bobby Cooper interposed her body - Bobby is a woman disguised as a man - and took the blade in her shoulder, knowing it was probably poisoned.

At this violation of the laws of Parlay, Bosun Grim leaped at Stephen and severed his arm, which was holding a knife, at the shoulder. Stephen bled out as Lord Alexander Sinclaire shot the assassin as he ran from the parlay. Emma saved Lt. Cooper's life by sucking out the poison, at some cost to herself - Poison Dart Frog toxin is equally poisonous orally or insinuated into the bloodstream, unlike - say - rattlesnake venom.

So the Miskito Kingdom was saved, both the King and his older sister surviving, and Princess Emma made regent for young George.

I have been running this annually game for eight years now, since 2006, and we have gone from 1793 to 1802. This Miskito Kingdom Scenario is based on real events in 1801 and 1802, when Stephen poisoned King George, and General Robinson prevented him from doing likewise to young George. Emma was an invented character, but not impossible... :D


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