By Gregory P. Lee
“It was either run away to the circus or the Imperial Navy. Sometimes I think I should have run toward the circus. Better hours, better food, and less being shot at.”
-Adm. Aramais P. Lee, circa 1089, Retirement Address.
Cirque is a complete campaign resource for Traveller5, approved by Marc W. Miller and timed to come out after delivery of T5 to the masses. New referees and experienced referees alike will adventure in twenty systems from Rhylanor to Regina. The "Entertainer" profession is highlighted, but there's plenty of room for characters from the more traditional professions.
The Fifth Frontier War has ravaged system after system. The Zhodani have once again been pushed out of Imperial space, but at great cost. The Sword Worlds, Zhodani allies-of-convenience, have once again been taught to respect the borders. Vargr militancy has once again reduced to mere piracy.
Nonetheless, civilians and veterans alike have been scarred. The Third Imperium, and particularly the Spinward Marches, must search for a new normal. What heals war-weary worlds and veterans after devastating battles? Who can ease civilian memories of orbital bombardment and teleporting commandos? How does Lt. Commander Andii Houke create a new life after losing both legs in the battle for Rhylanor?
Can a one-ring circus fill the bill?
With help and connections, Andii refurbishes a salvaged battle tender and its auxiliary riders. Houke obtains corporate and other backers, signs a multitude of entertainers from different traditions, and prepares a route from Rhylanor to Regina. The re-christened -Cirque- will bring live entertainment to twenty different worlds, and finally to Duke Norris' court, in celebration of life, peace, and an end to strife. Cirque des Sirkas Foundation, LIC, will raise funds and the mood of the Marches.
That's the plan, anyway. There's an old Solomani saying about draining swamps and alligators...
Every planet has its own dangers, its own politics, its own troubles. No matter how hard they try to put on a circus Andii, her crew, and all of the performers will get dragged into trouble, from liberating their bigamous Comic Juggler to fighting Zhodani sleeper cells. And those are the easy days.
It's simple: put on the next show. Put it on -- even if you get mixed up in a revolution. Even if the Amusement Station has sprung a massive leak. Even if the local primary is threatening a massive flare, and you're surrounded by hardened convicts. Even if your distinguished Thespian is nuts, your stage manager is a weird stalker, your animal training act sings Vilani opera, your ship's lawyer's an Aslan with very sharp dewclaws, and you keep noticing Zhodani in every audience.
Even if, yes EVEN if that old blowhard Aramais P. Lee is raising hell among the Sword Worlders. Because, of course, the show must go on.
Risks and challenges
The main obstacle is time to write and edit, along with some research to keep consistent with over thirty (30) years of ""Official Traveller Universe." However, the outline is in place, and the writing is moving along.
The team is assembled, the licensing with Far Future Enterprises in place, and more than half of the writing done. The primary deck plans are almost done. Printing will depend on the number of orders for the paper version; an electronic edition can be distributed fairly easily.
Oh. Rolling extra T5 characters. Yeah, that's an issue. But it will get done. If you want to help with THAT, e-mail me. I can make a deal with you...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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