Alice Nevada (Part 1)
- (Excerpt from my solo Traveller campaign. I'm combining the Two Hour
Wargame rules' reaction system with TNE and a dose of Mythic when I
I always been smart. Not book learning, though, but common sense. And
I kept myself alive in the back streets of Kaguk Downport ever since I
left home. Never once did I think this street rat would find herself
on Terra. Yeah, Terra. One of the few pockets of civilization left
after the Fall.
Kaguk still has it's agriculture and a new new industry base thanks
to the glut of refugees from Ember. But it's still a rough place. Even
the classiest folk carry the taint sleaze and desperation in their aura.
Anyway, strange how life turns. Some find them selves at the right
place at the right time. No particular planning involved. Just
blind-ass luck. Easy as walking around the corner on your way home
from work. Others find the dirty end of the stick. That'd be Cindy Lu.
Her real name's Marna Sheppard. Of the Downport Sheppards. Immigrants
from Ember during the first Exodus. Her father made his fortune
selling antiquities and artifacts from before the Fall. Has the knack
for finding stuff and the business sense to turn a good profit.
Strange what some folks'll pay money for.
I call Marna Cindy Lu. She's scrawny, almost to the point of being
frail. And she reminded me of a little girl in a vidcom I saw once
about a Grinch stealing something called Christmas. Dumb story. No
hard-hearted old goat is going to go all soft just cause a pathetic
little waif walks into his life.
I guess she was just out for a few kicks. Spoiled kid looking for a
bit of excitement. There were three of them; Wanker bully boys. I hate
Wankers but I would have minded my own business if she had whined and
sniveled. I hate whiners even more than Wankers.
Boss Wanker said something I couldn't quite hear. Cindy Lu must have
smarted off to him. His slap sent her sprawling. He shouldn't have
turned to his buddies to gloat. I guess six months in rehab learning
to walk again would give the lesson time to sink in. I heard the
crunch about the same time I saw Wanker's face take on and odd
expression. He started squealing and collapsed. Cindy had shattered
his knee with a brick or maybe a paving stone.
It took a moment for things to sink in. Then the other two started
giving Cindy the kicks she'd come downtown for. I don't think she
intended it to be so literal.
What the hell? Two to one wasn't really fair odds. I got my knife out
and decided to help Cindy out before she got really hurt. Have I
mentioned that I hate Wankers?
(Here I played out the encounter)
Turn 1 The Wankers kick Cindy into unconsciousness.
Turn 2 Alice activates and attacks Wanker 1 from behind. He's only
partially surprised and rolls 1 die in melee to Alice's 2. Alice wins
by 1 pass and takes her opponent out with a critical hit to the leg.
Turn 3 Alice activates again. She rushes Wanker 2 who passes his
being charged test and readies himself for combat. Alice wins by 2
passes scoring a critical hit to the head or neck.
Turn 4 - At this point all 3 Wankers are out of the fight and Alice
helps Cindy away from the scene.
Cindy had been kicked into unconsciousness. A quick check revealed no
life threatening injuries. I helped her back to my place where we made
a few coms. Her father sent someone for us. After hearing our story he
offered me a position as Cindy's bodyguard while she was away at
college. Watch dogging is not exactly my line of work but what could I
say? I was being offered an all expense paid trip to terra for several
years with the education of my choosing thrown in on top. Seems I was
to get my book learning after all.
(Character design notes)
The name Alice Nevada was taken from the 10,000 Maniacs' song Gold
Rush Brides. Her skills and attributes were generated using one term
as a Tough and one term as an Undergrad Student. Her motivation is to
raise herself above her current street status and make something of
herself. To that end I chose to have her focus on economic skills.
Melee and slug pistol skills for basic preservation and a few odd
skills were chosen to round out the character a bit.
Then I started asking questions. How did she get to college? What
sector, sub sector and planet was she from? Stuff like that. It all
started to fall into place when I was painting her figure. I also
painted a Necromunda Escher juve at the same time. She's scrawny and
looks like she needs protection. Enter Alice Nevada and the story of
how they met.