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An historical Sword Worlds campaign setting

"Count Oliver has drawn his faithful sword at last. . . .  He swings it down with all chivalric force. . . .  The sword cleaves helmet, head, neck, spinal cord, the saffron mail, the flesh where it forks. . . ."

The Song of Roland, verse 107 (translation by John DuVal)

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The Space Viking Era

"Another excellent option open to allow exploratory adventuring is available to those willing to step part of the way out of the Traveller universe.  You can still use an awful lot of the material developed for the Traveller universe in doing so—just set the adventure in the 'past' (that is, prior to the 1100s in which the published material takes place)."

J. Andrew Keith, "Adventures in Traveller: Exploration,"
Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society #18

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The Space Viking Era is an unofficial "Alternate Traveller Universe" (ATU) campaign setting for the classic Traveller® science-fiction role-playing game, set among the setting-historical Sword Worlds of the 2nd Century pre-Imperial.  This is the period of the Sacnoth Dominate when the inhabitants of the original twenty Sword Worlds are expanding into interstellar space and is most akin to the Sword-Worlds setting of H. Beam Piper's Terro-human Future History novel Space Viking, an inspiration for Traveller's Sword Worlds.

The Space Viking Era is a time before the arrival of the iconic Third Imperium in Sword Worlds space (indeed the Third Imperium has yet to be established).  The Sword Worlders have just begun to interact with the Darrians to spinward and have only limited trade with the Zhodani to coreward beyond the Entropic worlds.  Recently, formal and informal exploring expeditions to the trailing, rimward and coreward frontiers have opened these regions to Sword Worlds exploitation and settlement.

The Cleaved Helm is dedicated to the memory of Hans Rancke-Madsen.  I didn't always agree with Hans but I always appreciated his civility, admired his creativity and respected his dedication to Traveller.

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