Cloud Captains of Mars (Space 1889) by Frank Chadwick

By Frank Chadwick

CLOUD CAPTAINS OF MARS info the pirates and privateers who assemble at Karkarham, the Casablanca of Mars.

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As the players pull up next to a vacant pier, they will see several idle Martians loitering on the docks and a number of small boys. The older Martians will make no move to help tie up, but the boys will run along the pier and cry for the crew to throw them the ship's lines. They will help tie up and make sure that there are bumpers between the boat and the pier to protect its hull. They will then expect to be paid, and a few pence each will send them running away in joy. The referee should also consult the description of the Wet Docks given in Arrival by Caravan.

First Sight of the City (Approached From the West): As you reach the crest of the rock face you are climbing, you are faced with a ravine which is about a mile wide. On the far side of the ravine is a steepsided plateau, and on the top is the city of Karkarham. There are actually two plateaus, the smaller of which is closer to you. Its crest is completely surrounded by fortified walls, and you can see towers and buildings rising from behind them. You can't see much of the northern end of the main peninsula from where you are standing, but the southern end to your left has a large, flat landing ground.

Here are several quick possibilities: He is a drunken incompetent, and he remains captain only because he is the brother of the owner of the ship. He is a cruel and brutal captain who has the crewmembers whipped for seemingly unimportant mistakes. He is an exceptionally competent seaman with a genuine love of cloudships and a willingness to explain the workings of his ship at great length to anyone interested. He is fascinated by Earth humans and will spend much of the voyage asking them questions about their home, society, government, etc.

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