Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars.   Posted by GM SteamRoller.Group: 0
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 413 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Tue 9 Mar 2021
at 03:06
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Grimsby added "If we can move just a little further along the canal, we can tie up beside the British Residency. I think I can guarantee that the Resident will be willing to allow us to keep our vessel there, and offer us the protection of the Residency Guard. Given that this vessel obviously incorporates potentially valuable technical innovations, I think it would be wise to leave it under guard while we may be out in the city or beyond."

This message was last edited by the player at 03:05, Wed 10 Mar.

Brie O'Malley
 player, 214 posts
 Irish
 Stunning Beauty
Tue 9 Mar 2021
at 04:45
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"Yes, we all understood that, Grimsby," Brie responded. "Since we can't hide our guns, Petras was simply taking the precaution of not docking close enough to be considered a threat."

"Once you talk to the embassy... well, whoever's in charge, and convince them that we aren't a threat, maybe then we can move closer."

"I don't think we were all expecting to leave the ship at once. However..."

"Can it be locked up, Petras?"

Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 414 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Wed 10 Mar 2021
at 03:13
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Brie O'Malley (msg # 153):

Grimby responded thoughtfully, "I believe you are right, Miss O'Malley. After all, Britain is at present at war with Oenetria, and this is a very singular vehicle. It would be best if I could assure the Resident that it means no harm to British interests, before it comes too close to the Residency.
Incidentally, although the Resident does represent British interests on Mars, he is rather more than an ambassador. In fact, these days he is really more the ruler of Syrtis Major than its nominal native Prince -- to the great dissatisfaction of the latter.
At all events, if Captain Petras can let me disembark soon, I can make my way to the Residence and explain our arrival to my chief there. He can put us right with the Resident
."

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Joseph Rudyard Hunnisett
 player, 236 posts
 Navy Commander (Ret)
 Wandering Explorer
Mon 29 Mar 2021
at 03:09
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Grimsby H. Baskerville (msg # 154):

     "Right, then," Joseph says, making an adjustment to the ship's wheel, "Putting in along side the big building flying the Union Jack."

     "Grimsby, obviously you should go ashore to deal with the Government types."
Joseph looks over at Petras, then back to Grimsby,

     "Should Captain Petra go with you, d'you think?  It is his ship, and we're flying his national flag, after all."

     Joseph steers the vessel--being much more comfortable operating the ship as a sailing vessel, rather than a flying vessel--to the side of the canal, next to the building Grimsby has identified as the British Residency.

     Unless he's waved off, of course...
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 415 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 02:11
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Grimsby said "I shall go ashore as soon as we are moored, and if Captain Petras chooses to accompany me, I shall be glad to introduce him to the British Resident and vouch him."
Petras Valois
 NPC, 31 posts
 Lithuanian Inventor
 17-yr old Prodigy
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 03:20
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"NO!" Petras says when Joseph seems intent on  steering the boat toward the building flying the Union Jack.

"Over there! This is a gunship... maybe not intentionally, but it has guns. If you pull that close to the building they might think we are about to attack!"

"There's plenty of open wharf where we can dock."

"And, yes, Grimsby, it is most reasonable that I should accompany you. It is, after all, my ship. While it could be significant who I transport on my ship, it is best if assurances against transporting enemies should come from me."

Joseph Rudyard Hunnisett
 player, 237 posts
 Navy Commander (Ret)
 Wandering Explorer
Tue 30 Mar 2021
at 06:28
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Petras Valois (msg # 157):

     Joseph yanks the wheel of the ship back from the direction he'd been steering towards, so hard, that the ship rocks back-and-forth for a moment or two.

     "What, those skinny Bow Guns?" Joseph cries, as he pulls the ship back under his control--lining the ship back up to sail down the center of the canal.

     "They can't be bigger than One-Pounders--and besides, they only point forward!  They can't bear to broadside..." Joseph's eyes suddenly go wide, as he looks to Petra,

     "Can they?"
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 416 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Wed 31 Mar 2021
at 02:32
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Joseph Rudyard Hunnisett (msg # 158):

Grimsby appears shocked, but he says, "Well if the captain prefers that we moor further away, I am willing, so long as he is agreeable to accompanying me to the Residency. The further mooring will only mean a longer walk to the residency." 
Catherine Harston
 player, 192 posts
 Proper Young Lady
Fri 2 Apr 2021
at 07:20
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"Oh wow!" Catherine cries out when she sees the Martian city, running to get a better view. "It's amazing! There's nothing like this even in London!" she says, very enthusiastic. She then blushes and pauses to adjust her veil; a girl in mourning isn't supposed to act happy. "Shall I accompany you, cousin?" she asked politely.
Felicity Van Horn
 player, 100 posts
 The American
Mon 5 Apr 2021
at 20:36
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"Really, Joseph!" Felicity chides her friend. "Do you see any cannons on the residency? Anything you approach it with is a potential threat. Besides, someone may have seen the ship fly in."

"As for walking to the residency, it might seem like a long distance to you, Grimsby, but for the rest of us it'll be like walking on air in Mars' lesser gravity."

"Yes, it would be appropriate, Catherine, for you to accompany Grimsby to the residency. After all, you are his ward--why would he so carelessly leave you behind?"

"Aubrey, Brie, Dr. Solar, Joseph and I can secure the ship quite handily, I should think."

Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 417 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Tue 6 Apr 2021
at 02:40
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Catherine Harston (msg # 160):

Grimsby replies, "I shall be most happy to have your company in visiting the residency, Catherine. Given that British young ladies of good family --to say nothing of your other attractions --are very rare on Mars, and that the gentlemen of the residency staff very seldom have the opportunity to have leave on Earth, I daresay the junior members of the staff will be most happy to make your acquaintance. If you choose to do accept, I suspect you will be overwhelmed with offers to show you about the more fascinating sights of the city, and even beyond." 
Joseph Rudyard Hunnisett
 player, 238 posts
 Navy Commander (Ret)
 Wandering Explorer
Wed 7 Apr 2021
at 02:39
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Grimsby H. Baskerville (msg # 162):

     "Fine, fine--I reckon all'a you're right." Joseph nods his agreement, as he steers the ship to land just a little south of the Residency, but still on the Residency side of the canal.

     "Just a ghost of a habit for harbouring in Military Ports, I suppose."
GM SteamRoller
 GM, 181 posts
 Gearhead
 Machinesmith
Thu 8 Apr 2021
at 18:22
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Joseph adroitly docks the ship at the wharf and Petras, Aubrey and Felicity secure the ropes to the exotic capstans and cleats.

The wharf is a bit higher than the deck of the ship (unless Petras 'flies' it to the correct height), so the gangplank stairs are deployed, making it easier to walk up to the wharf level.

From there, it's a fairly short walk to the residency. Not surprisingly, there are two guards flanking the front entrance to the two-story residency building. Even as you approached from the water, the exotic architecture caught your eye.

The walls of each story seem to be comprised of tall narrow triangles without bases, though it's not clear if this structural or just decorative. At the corners, the triangles wrap around it. The doorway is likewise triangular as it fits in the middle of one of the tall triangles, but the double doors themselves don't go up all the way to the apex.

If it was on Earth, the colors would be discordant, as every triangle and every space between them is a different color, either intentionally a pastel or centuries-faded bright color. Here, in the Martian light, it looks elegant and exotic.
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 418 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Fri 9 Apr 2021
at 03:12
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to GM SteamRoller (msg # 164):

Grimsby walks casually up to one of the guards and says quietly, "Is Mr. Basingstoke in?" (His usual security password).
GM SteamRoller
 GM, 182 posts
 Gearhead
 Machinesmith
Fri 9 Apr 2021
at 16:57
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"No one here by that name, guv'ner," replies the guard.

"Colonel Smythe-Whittington is the Resident in charge, if that's who you want to see."

Clearly this wasn't Buckingham Palace, although the two privates (no insignia) wore the full scarlet dress uniforms rather than the khaki that had become standard.
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 419 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 02:45
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to GM SteamRoller (msg # 166):

"Very good," replies Grimsby a little testily. "Please let me see the colonel. Tell him that Mr. Baskerville is reporting in."
GM SteamRoller
 GM, 183 posts
 Gearhead
 Machinesmith
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 03:41
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
The two guards seem a bit confused for a moment, then one of them just opens the door and says, "Go on in, sir."

Grimsby walks into a central foyer that extends through the entire building to the other side that faces on the canal. There's a large window there. A sofa, two chairs and two end tables have been placed down there.

At this end, just to the right of the door, is a free standing coat rack. A couple of paintings hang on the walls.

Along each side wall are three doorways, though no doors are visible. Each opening is typical of Martian architecture, at least in the cities--the doorway is wider at the bottom than at the top, thus producing a trapezoidal shape.

Grimsby can hear the sounds of a typewriter in operation coming from the first opening on the right. Going over to that opening, he sees that the room beyond has been set up as an office. A desk is on the left just inside the doorway. A middle-aged woman sits behind the desk and is typing. Just past the desk in the left-hand wall is another doorway, presumably into the next room.
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 420 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Sat 10 Apr 2021
at 03:48
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Grimsby addresses the woman politely "Pardon me, I am here to see Colonel Smythe-Whittington."
Catherine Harston
 player, 193 posts
 Proper Young Lady
Tue 13 Apr 2021
at 09:55
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Catherine accompanies her guardian, trying to look inconspicuous as she peers curiously out from under her veil and takes in the sights of Mars.
She waits outside if the guards or Grimsby indicate she should.
Col. Rupert Smythe-Whittington
 NPC, 23 posts
 I have drunk
 and seen the spider.
Wed 28 Apr 2021
at 17:25
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
The woman doesn't even look up, she just nods in the direction of the open doorway.

The guards outside had no interest in Catherine, neither indicating she should stay out or go in.

When Grimsby enters the next room, the man behind the desk looks up.

"Ah! Grimsby! You're back! Splendid! Is that your ship out there? More splendid still!" the man says.

"Colonel Rupert Smythe-Whittington at your service!"

"I was just trying to determine who to send to deal with Krakas. On the one hand, I'd prefer a diplomatic resolution. On the other hand, I don't for a minute believe such a gesture could ever succeed with him. He wants to control all of Mars, no matter how absurd or impossible that would be."

Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 421 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Thu 29 Apr 2021
at 03:31
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Col. Rupert Smythe-Whittington (msg # 171):

Grimsby --in a way very unlike his usual self --seems a bit embarrassed, says "Of course if you feel I am the man for the job, I am always ready to do my duty, with the Krakas or otherwise.
But as it happens, I have arrived on Mars with a party of friends and my ward, Miss Catherine Harston. May I present Miss Harston?"
He gestures politely toward Catherine.

"I must confess I had thought of asking if I might tale a bit of time to show her something of Mars, but if you need me urgently..." His voice trails off and his face reddens faintly.
Catherine Harston
 player, 194 posts
 Proper Young Lady
Fri 30 Apr 2021
at 09:42
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Catherine curtsied gracefully. "A pleasure to meet you, Colonel. It's ever so exciting to be here on Mars"

"Oh, I wouldn't want to stand in the way of your duty"
Catherine says quietly to Grimsby. This kind of military and political talk was rather over her head.
Col. Rupert Smythe-Whittington
 NPC, 24 posts
 I have drunk
 and seen the spider.
Wed 5 May 2021
at 01:37
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
"Ah, so the ship isn't yours?" the Colonel replies. "A pity, that. I've never seen a ship like that, and I'm sure the Martians haven't either."

"It could be the edge to tip the scales in our favor, be they diplomatic scales or outright war."

"We've been getting signals that the Oenotrian Empire is losing interest in the war due to recent failures. Krakas apparently sees this as an opportunity to wrest control of the Empire from the Council of Nobles. We've gotten an offer from Krakas through an intermediary that he's willing to give us information on the Empire... for certain considerations. Of course, we have no way of knowing if the intermediary is valid or if Krakas is sincere."

"I was sending an emissary to the meeting place... the Ruins of Bordobar."


He stops talking then but it isn't clear if he's just pausing or waiting to see what Grimsby says.
Grimsby H. Baskerville
 player, 422 posts
 A Colonial agent knowing
 Mars past and present
Wed 5 May 2021
at 02:09
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
In reply to Col. Rupert Smythe-Whittington (msg # 174):

Grimsby responds dutifully, "Since my ward has no objection, I am entirely willing to go to the Ruins of Bordobar. I agree that the ship I arrived in would doubtless be suitable for impressing Krakas. Since I do not own it, I could only ask its captain (and designer) Petras Valois, if he would be willing to undertake the mission. No doubt if Her Britannic Majesty's government was willing to offer suitable reimbursement it might induce him to cooperate. There are other travelers on board who might also be helpful if they chose to come along; they might also respond to suitable (though smaller) offers. If you could let me know what the Residency could afford on those lines, I would be happy to negotiate for their assistance."
Catherine Harston
 player, 195 posts
 Proper Young Lady
Fri 14 May 2021
at 05:42
Re: Adventure #2: Gibraltar to Mars
Catherine listened curiously to the conversation. A mysterious meeting with the envoys of an alien Empire was terribly exciting.