Just toying with ideas...
Having re-read Anno Dracula
I became curious about the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
and was thrilled to discover it already existed in the 18th C. -my favorite period- as the Gulliver Fellowship
Since I prefer the time of the War of Austrian Succession I have no qualm to modify some birth dates to have it already active by 1745 -'alternate histories' in the Multiverse (not even a Moorcockian one) are not exactly 'superimposable' for deaths, so why they would be for birth? And following the example of Kim Newman, whose recurring characters are not exactly the same from a 'time-line' to another.
The Gulliver Fellowship
fits directly in the period, but what about the Diogenes Club
and, 'worse', Torchwood
officially created in 1879 -and which may pose problems of ©®™ IP? Answer: *to merge them
I suggest that by the time of the Lace Wars 'Torchwood'
was already the self-given nickname of the informal group formed by Francis Bacon
, yet still (semi-)officially known by the British Crown only as Bookworm
, the 'innocuous' name initially given by Bacon to his secret gathering of scholars specially knowledgeable in the esoteric and the occult (because of the time they spent perusing 'many a quaint and curious volume of a forgotten lore
'). 'Torchwood' -a counter-reference to Wormwood
- is to become its official name only when the group receives more official support with the creation of the Torchwood Institute
; for it, or at least its secret HQ, Mycroft Holmes is to found the Diogenes Club
as a cover, and it will copied far later in America by 'The Threshold
Since the mid-17th C. those (very few) outsiders suspecting its existence often referred to it -or at least to its 'directorial board'- as the 'Invisible College
': a confusion
? Probably not entirely
Currently the apparent Chairman of 'Bookworm' is M(other)
, a portly more than middle-aged man with an old-fashioned wig, always in a wheelchair
generally pushed by a statuesque, if a little manly, blonde.
Back to the Gulliver Fellowship
, since it is already active in 1745 Lady Blakeney is obviously not
of the French Revolution: several hints
point to Venetian Clarimonde
later to be known as 'Venus' (and in fact none else than Amber St. Clare
). Here the Blakeney will part in the late 1780, and while he becomes the Scarlet Pimpernel
in Paris she reappears in Venice as La Bianca Paloma
; currently she goes very, very well with Fanny 'Mana Peel' Hill. According to their centuries old tradition England and France are at war, yet Orlando
currently serves the French Crown in London as the Chevalier d'Eon
(would require 2 figurines!): but patriotic loyalties are irrelevant when facing dreadful supernatural threats.
Of course other secret private organizations and State services would exist, cooperating or competing with the Gulliver Fellowship and its sometimes employer Wormbook: Freemasons, the Prieuré de Sion, the Templars successors
, the Jesuits, perhaps already Iscariota
, the 'Assassination' branch of the Pope's secret services Section XIII
... and obviously various Evil Cults.
As other possible 'factions' what about La Fraternité de Jean le Presbytre
, the Sons of the Martyrs
, a kind of 18th C. Bene Gesserit
and the Bennet Circle
Note that according to their ethos these diverse companies / factions will vary in their attitude toward 'modern' / 'futuristic' weapons
: 'traditionalists' such as the Priory of Sion and the Templars are likely to shun them, 'modernists' such as the Free Masons, and pre-Torchwood of instrinsic 'Lacepunk
' nature, will probably favor them, for instance using 'galvanic' weapons
, throwing Leyden jars rather than holy water at 'supernatural' creatures.
Various characters can be added to the cast such as a young Baron Münchhausen
, the Comte de Saint Germain
if born some 20 years earlier in this time-line, Edmund Blackadder
... as well as Geneviève d'Isle Dieudonné
(Geneviève Sylvie, in this time and place; probably in Bookworm / Torchwood service) and some incarnation of Jeremy Cornelius
(aka 'Dr Who'), Una Persson von Bek
and Catherine Cornelius de Barra. Miniatures
, specially in and around the 28mm size, abound.
As for rules
, there is a cornucopia of choice: those specially written for the period
or for the 'Pike & Shot' times
or for witch finding / hunting; but popular sets intended for 'Victorian times' or even later can certainly be adapted. Strange Aeons
was successfully 'transposed' to the 18th C.
, Chaos in Carpathia
can be played with figurines in tricornes; but the recent Empire of the Dead
would probably be specially adequate
for a 'Diogenes Club / Torchwood' setting -mainly give to 'lacepunk
' weapons the stats of the 'steampunk' original ones. Vampires appeared in Western European literature in 1748 at the latest
and at least one great EOTD 'fan' faction
*has* to already exist in the 18th C.
Given that in EOTD a faction has at most 2 'characters' the Gulliver Fellowship
can provide several such. 'Wormwood'
is more likely to stay in the background as a NPC 'employer', though it can provide a team (as in 'Anno Dracula') or a single
top-level field investigator
. For the Gulliver Fellows
the 'muscle' filling the ranks of the faction could be recruited among highwaymen
('highwaypersons', more generally, think the 'Wicked Lady
') and robbers. An agent of Wormwood
would probably have a more official support: Privateer Press Arcane Tempest Gun Mages
look adequate to depict an 'initiated' SWAT section
of the Bow Street Runners
I'm retired *also* as a wargamer, and in addition isolated and such 'campaign' does not look propitious to solo play. So I just hope someone younger and more 'active' will pick up the general idea -and then will post his/her achievements somewhere on the web.
You know, we elderlies enjoy to watch younger people doing what we can no longer do ourselves