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Jay P Hailey
20:11 UT
New Gersemi

Genre (fantasy/SF/modern, etc):
Modern/Space Opera

In this setting the technology is mostly modern except for 5 elements - people have developed Hyperspace drives, limited anti-gravity, the ability to vat grow meat and super energy generators in small (But really dense) packages, and "collapsium" super dense metal.

Other than these elements, technology is strictly "realistic" either modern devices or devices that can be reasonably extrapolated.

People drive Air cars, and can hop a hyperdive ship to other planets, but otherwise a modern day setting.

Setting (name of the kingdom/planet/city)
Planet Freya
New Gersemi City

Theme (military, exploration, intrigue, etc - what the PCs will be expected to do)
The PCs are members of a Private Eye Firm
They act as Investigators, Security and, when opportunity arises adventurers, salvagers and looters. But mostly Investigators and security providers.

Hook and Background (opening scene and the relevant events that lead up to it)

The year is 3613 Old Terran Calendar, 1670 A.E.

About 500 years ago, give or take, the great Terran Federation tore itself apart in a cataclysmic civil war. Freya clawed it's way back from a post apocalyptic night mare, to a civilized state.

Freyan explorers are re-discovering old planets and new ones.

On Freya, the collapse of the government led to the rise of an interlocking corpocracy of Insurance Agencies and Conflict Resolution Agencies. Now these fill the functions that used to be handled by government.

The PCs are investigators and security folks working for corporate and private clients, to solve mysteries, defeat bad guys and help resolve the conflicts that arise.

It is a time of adventure. Crooks think they can hide in the dark places where corporate jurisdictions don't over lap well. Clever people think they can commit mass fraud. In outer space, pirates roam, shooting, raiding and looting.

There are ruins of the old Federation and perhaps even older civilizations to explore.

Most folks have work a day lives in the relatively shiny, happy New Gersemi city, but among the outliers, you find people with extreme coping mechanisms, nuts, psychos... and the PCs.

Think of Early Age of Exploration Holland, mixed with this corpocracy set-up, add space ships and you're there.

The PCs are in the employ of Robert L. Rothbard, a handsome and charismatic man who is a deadly gunman, when the need arises. But he can't be everywhere at once, and so he's hiring on new talent.
David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
21:53 UT

Expanded original version of "The Return" at ABEBooks

Piper Fans,

There's well-priced copy of ~The Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes~ at ABEbooks:


This anthology includes the expanded reissue of Piper's and McGuire's "The Return." This is a hard-to-find edition that seldom sells for less than the price being asked for here.

Good luck,

David (not the seller)
"Do you know which books to study, and which ones not to bother with? Or which ones to read first, so that what you read in the others will be comprehensible to you? That's what they'll give you [at university]. The tools, which you don't have now, for educating yourself." - Bish Ware (H. Beam Piper), ~Four-Day Planet~

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