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#21 Cancer

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 08:23 PM

The supply sergeant is a master of resourcefulness and mechanical extemporization, and he can put together pieces of ruined junk to make remarkable, functional machines that are useful both for their work and for perpetuating the bluff that they have the full support of what's left of the Federal authorities. His jury-rigged contraptions often don't work for long but they always work once, and once is often all you need if you leverage their impact right.

His moniker is ... Doc Salvage.
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Posted 08 June 2016 - 05:39 PM

Joshua Bodecker never wanted to be in the army, but his father forced him to sign up. It was just as bad as he feared. Lousy food, trudging through mud, and worst of all was the pay. If his skinflint of a father hadn't cut him off he'd be an enginer now and rolling in c motes. Still the education he got proved all he needed. During the fire he was tasked with helping determine which buildings were safe and which needed to be knocked down. Captain Jackal figured he could be useful, and drafted him into the Salvaging Army. After getting out he took the explosives he "borrowed", and finished getting his engineering degree. Now he prepares surpise packs in kit bags. As Sgt. Rubble he uses them to make buildings appear unsafe, be unsafe, or cover the Army's retreat.


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 03:16 PM

Sergeant Master

 

Good at discipline but incapable of allowing original thought was what got the man who became Sergeant Master no further than his NCO stripes. But the Captain needed someone who was loyal and who could make others follow the Captain's will. And that is certainly what the Sergeant does. Able to inspire others he is also able to spot those who are above average intelligence and thus might cause trouble.


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Posted 03 November 2016 - 09:34 PM

Captain Jackal is of course a code name. The Captain uses a number of other aliases as well. The sergeants know his original name, which is why he doesn't plan to retire until after they do. Each knows enough about the others crimes to get them all hung in at least nine states.

 

Handsome and charming, Jackal usually does the talking for the group and no one is recruited before being vetted by him. Before becoming Captain Jackal he had been a captain in the real army, and before that, he was a Pinkerton detective for several years; he has contacts in that agency, in the army, and with a number of local law enforcement officers here and there in the West, who are completely unaware of his criminal career; and other such contacts who don't know the details Jackal's nefarious doings but are themselves corrupt enough to sell or trade information, equipment, services, and sometimes even alibies.

 

While insisting on a degree of military discipline - members of the Salvaging Army always stand to attention when he comes in and no one gets away with calling him anything but "Captain" or "Sir" - Jackal makes a point of getting face time alone with each and every member of the outfit, and is easygoing and unobtrusive enough that they sometimes forget he's there when he is sitting in on a drinking party or a poker game (Just to watch - "No men, never deal me in, it's not fitting you know for an officer to gamble with enlisted men.") His greatest gift may be what he calls his "people sense" - he knows who is getting close to losing their nerve and deserting, who would sell him out and for about how much, who is too fond of drink and needs a "minder" to tag along so they don't blab too much while drunk, and he has ways of coping with all these "personnel problems" that come with commanding a company of criminals with military experience. Mostly nonlethal ways like bribery or intimidation ("Soldier, here's a little extra mustering out bonus - don't thank me, just go buy that farm and marry that gal you been writing to. Just don't ever tell her or anyone what you got up to riding with us - some of us may deserve to hang but YOU don't, so you just get back on the straight and narrow and forget about us, okay?") but if it comes down to it he's the fastest draw with a pistol in the Salvaging Army and one of the best shots ("You know, they say Colonel Colt made men equal, soldier, but - " *BANG* *BANG* "I say practice made Captain Jackal superior.")

 

 

Next Group: The Anarchist Trio

 

While never exactly common, bomb throwing anarchists were still a thing during the "pulp" era. Give us three enthusiastic proponents of "Propaganda of the Deed"  who are avowed enemies of the state, all other organized institutions of civil society, and of course all right-thinking two fisted pulp heroes.

 

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Propaganda of the palindromedary


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Posted 13 February 2017 - 11:49 PM

Jacques Bovar knew there was something wrong with the world. All over the world the people were being oppressed. And now Italy has invaded Ethiopia. And what does the U.S. do.? Nothing. Clearly the American government is corrupt, and the people need to wake up. Fortunatly he had learned a great deal about munitions in the Great War. And recalling his heroes of the French Revolution he knew what to do about it. For the past few months the city has been rocked by a strange series of explosions. One targets pillars of society from government , to police, to the press none seems safe from the first bomb. It's what happens after that's really disturbing four other bombs go off. But aren't meant to destroy anything. They scatter pamphlets calling for the overthrow of the government. And they are all signed The Propagandist.



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:57 AM

Dynamite Dan

 

Daniel Smith. A normal name for a normal man. But he is one of those destined to be part of the revolution. He will provide the explosives and the means to detonate them. It seems the world is heading towards a confrontation between fascism and communism. And Daniel knows that this is going to be the Great War. Not that phoney war that said goodbye to the empires of Europe but one that would pit working men against authoritarian drones. But America looks like it might sit this out. Well no, not this time. American policies made the world what it is. The ridiculous ban on the sale of alcohol. The raising of tariffs against imports. All of it. Time to shake things up an start the war in America.


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

The Radon Brigadier

Now completely insane, the Radon Brigadier was a supervising officer in a research facility who lost his mind ... and his body ... when overseeing the setting up of an experiment with large quantities of radioactive material at an Army weapons proving center. Physically he is now a cloud of radioactive gas, invisible by day but detectable by its faint blue glow of Cerenkov radiation in darkness. And, of course, he makes any nearby Geiger counter buzz like a spastic rattlesnake, and ruins all undeveloped photographic media within ten yards of him. At first it was thought he had been flash-incinerated in the accident, but the horrible truth was deduced after the engineers and officers of the facility were murdered in bizarre ways involving radiation over the weeks following the accident. Only truly air-tight seals seem capable of keeping him out, and he is now working ... killing ... his way up the command chain, through the military district hierarchy, and clearly bound to go after the general staff as well. Burned into papers on a desk was the warning: "I paid the price for meddling with forces Man was not meant to harness; those who ordered that I do it must pay their price, too."

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Four teams of hoodlums who commit brazen mass robberies in very public circumstances; the teams have names that are derived from the suits of a tarot deck, Wands, Swords, Coins, and Cups. What are their M.O.'s and what do they prefer to steal?
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Posted 25 February 2017 - 10:56 AM

The Cash Money Brothers

 

They steal cash in the form of dollar bills or anything that can be used as cash like antique coins. They also have code names like nickel, dime, penny and cent. Nothing to do with notes however.


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 03:30 PM

The Cup-bearers

 

A secret society with members from hermetic magic, freemasons, renegade Illuminati, and several cultists. They are after the Holy Grail - and their strategy is simple: They rob, steal, or dig up every vessel somehow said to be magic or super-natural. Hoping to pile up enough wealth and informations in the way to finally find the real thing. They are a bunch of humorless fanatics, everyone of them having his diverging worldview, magic concept, and explanation for everything that happens. So they always are quarrelling, even while robbing museums and crypts. "See? I told you!" "You paracelsian buffon, once again you ignore the karmatic relevance of ..." "Silent, you two polytheistic amateurs, yonder comes another guard."

And of course they react rather humorless to any references to the Chalice from the Palace and the Vessel with the Pestle ... :winkgrin:
 


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:53 PM

The Swordsmen are a group of wealthy socialites who like to compete in fencing matches. There is only one requirement. You have to steal a famous sword to compete. Members of course prefer stealing ancient swords, but more than one member has stolen the sword from a swashbuckling film. The leader of the group is called the Swordmaster and is currently Jacques Lateier,


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

The Staff Meeting

 

Two or three members stage a choreographed fight using staves to provide a distraction as the rest of the team use their staves as vault poles, levers, or simple bludgeons to break into some place, quickly and quietly knock out any guards or witnesses not already out trying to break up the staged fight, and make off with the loot - usually high value items like the contents of a jewelry store's display case, but in some cases going after items with an occult connection. Rumor says the leader's staff is magical and capable of temporarily paralyzing someone, causing a vault door to open at a knock, or otherwise enabling mysterious feats of wizardry.

 

Their most troubling caper involved a theft from a government funded laboratory rumored to be working on biological weapons; there has been no public statement about what was actually taken.

 

Lucius Alexander

 

The palindromedary says if they unleash a plague they could be renamed the Staff Infection


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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:28 PM

The palindromedary makes the next team.



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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:27 AM


Moriarty-like, the Chessmaster is always thinking several moves ahead of the police. His loyal followers he calls the Chessmen (though some of them are female.)

The team consists of one Queen, and at least one and at most two of Bishops, Knights, and Rooks. Describe how each criminal, however tenuously, is associated with the themes of the chess piece providing their code name in the organization. Optionally, describe one Pawn - a minor figure who has the potential to become important if maneuvered into the right position. Also optionally, describe a King - some figure vital the Chessmaster's schemes but somehow restricted or hampered in terms of taking action personally.

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The palindromedary goes to visit the pawnshop, Dairy Queen, Burger King, White Castle, and finally checks in at a Knight's Inn.