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The Complete Canal Priests Of Mars is now available!

The original publication of Canal Priests Of Mars cut slightly over a third of author Marcus L. Rowland's manuscript to fit GDW's adventure format. The Complete Canal Priests Of Mars restores the cut material, features all new artwork by Paul Daly, and adds many useful player handouts. Enjoy the "author's cut" of a classic Space 1889 adventure, or experience it for the first time!

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Player Characters for the Transactions Campaign

Victor Hatherly (Hydraulics Engineer)

Hatherly Portrait
Strength: 1   Intellect: 6
Agility: 4    Charisma: 5
Endurance: 2  Social Level: 3

Stealth 3, Marksmanship 3 (Pistol), Mechanics 2 (Electricity), Wilderness Travel 1, Swimming 1, Observation 6, Engineering 6 (Structural Engineering), Science 7 (Archaeology), Eloquence 4, Linguistics 1 (German), Riding 2 (Horse).

Hatherly was trained as a hydraulics engineer. As a result, he has long been fascinated by the canals of Mars. He received a small legacy after the unexpected death of a maiden aunt, and immediately spent it on passage to Mars. His only distinguishing feature is his missing left thumb; he is otherwise very ordinary.

Major Charles McGrath (Army Officer, Explorer)

Major McGrath
Strength: 2    Intellect: 3
Agility: 4     Charisma: 1
Endurance: 5   Social Level: 6

Fisticuffs 1, Throwing 1, Close Combat 2 (Edged), Stealth 3, Marksmanship 3 (Rifle), Wilderness Travel 6 (Foraging), Fieldcraft 2, Tracking 1, Swimming 1, Observation 2, Eloquence 1, Linguistics 3 (French, German, Parhooni), Riding 6 (Horse), Leadership 3, Medicine 1.

Major McGrath served with the Guards Cavalry until four years ago, when he tired of the boring life of London garrison duty. He persuaded his longtime companion, Sgt. Major O'Shaugnessy, to accompany him on trips to India and East Africa. Soon feeling that Earth did not present a sufficient challenge for them, the Major decided to embark for Mars.

Sgt. Major Thomas O'Shaugnessy (Army Sergeant)

Sgt. O'Shaunessy
Strength: 6   Intellect: 4
Agility: 3    Charisma: 1
Endurance: 5  Social Level: 2

Fisticuffs 6, Throwing 3, Close Combat 3 (Edged), Stealth 2, Marksmanship 3 (Rifle), Wilderness Travel 6 (Foraging), Fieldcraft 1, Tracking 1, Swimming 1, Observation 4, Science 1 (Biology), Linguistics 2 (Hindi, Kohline), Riding 3 (Horse), Leadership 2.

The Sgt. Major has been the Major's companion for years, serving with him through a number of campaigns. Since leaving the Army, he has been the Major's guide and bodyguard during their travels. The constant need for hunting and butchering food during their trips has awakened in him a latent interest in Biology, and the Sgt. Major is looking forward to Mars and the opportunity to examine the insides of new and interesting animals

Lord Redmond Herring, Viscount Towster (Dilettante Traveller)

Lord Herring
Strength: 3      Intellect: 1
Agility: 4       Charisma: 5
Endurance: 2     Social Level: 6

Fisticuffs 2, Throwing 1, Close Combat 2 (Edged), Trimsman 2 (Aerial Flyer), Stealth 3, Crime 1 (Lockpick), Marksmanship 3 (Rifle), Wilderness Travel 2 (Foraging), Swimming 1, Eloquence 4, Theatrics 2, Linguistics 4 (French, German, Latin, Parhooni), Riding 5 (Horse), Piloting 5 (Aerial Flyer).

Lord Herring, or "Kipper" as he's known to his friends, is the flower of English nobility. That is to say, he is the product of generations of inbreeding. He would have been dead or in disgrace long ago if not for the intervention of his manservant, Wentworth. Even Wentworth couldn't prevent the full force of Lord Herring's father's wrath after his last escapade, however, and so Lord Herring is now bound for Mars to hide out for a bit.

Clive Wentworth (Personal Servant)

Strength: 2      Intellect: 6
Agility: 3       Charisma: 5
Endurance: 4     Social Level: 1

Fisticuffs 1, Throwing 1, Close Combat 1 (Edged), Stealth 2, Marksmanship 3 (Pistol), Wilderness Travel 3 (Mapping), Observation 5, Engineering 1 (Explosives), Science 4 (Archaeology), Eloquence 5, Theatrics 4, Bargaining 1, Linguistics 4 (French, German, Kohline, Open Slot), Riding 1 (Horse), Medicine 1.

Lord Herring's personal servant and the brains of the pair, Wentworth is most resourceful (he has to be). If Herring is Bertie Wooster, Wentworth is Jeeves, constantly extracting his master from the most awful predicaments.

Mr. Hung Wo Smith (Chinese Monk)

Strength: 6      Intellect: 3
Agility: 4       Charisma: 2
Endurance: 5     Social Level: 1

Fisticuffs 6, Throwing 3, Close Combat 6, Stealth 4, Wilderness Travel 6 (Mountaineering), Fieldcraft 4, Tracking 1, Swimming 3, Observation 4, Eloquence 1, Bargaining 1, Linguistics 1 (English), Medicine 2.

The child of English missionaries in China, Mr. Smith was hidden by his housekeeper at a monastery when his parents were killed in an anti-Christian uprising. Raised as a monk, he left China when his Temple was destroyed by the Manchus. His only possession is a locket that was once his mother's. He is presently employed aboard the RMS Majestic as a dishwasher.

Posted Monday, 04-May-2009 19:49:44 EDT

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