Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chapter I: Alexandra In Peril

Date: 1 June 1900. Early Morning.
Location: Col. Lawford's Quarters, Fort Grant, Surajistan
Situation: Fate of Countess Alexandra
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Expedition To Alexandrapour is a spin off adventure from General Pettygree's campaign. Chapters will be identified by Roman numerals. For plentiful background, see Chapters 37 and 40 through 48.

Pettygree's operations versus the Tugs resume very soon with Chapter 50, The Sketching Patrol.

We return now to Fort Grant where a very troubled Lt. Col. James Lawford, Commander of the celebrated 9th Bengal Lancers....
Nazim: "Colonel? Colonel Sahib! Are you alright? What is it?"
Lawford: "A moment Nazim. Ah.... Give me a moment, if you please. Help me dress."


Lawford: "You will remember last year --- the Romanovs sought permission from the Tug Supreme Leader to find the lost ruins of Alexandrapour and the supposed treasure buried beneath it."
Nazim: "Yes Sahib, but we thought they did not find it."
Lawford: "That is what we thought but....

Lawford: "I've seen their camp. Seen it in the most desperate of circumstances."

Lawford: "Surprised and outnumbered they fought a mysterious enemy."

Lawford: "Disaster and ignominious defeat beckoned, but the worst was...."

Lawford: "She --- she was there."
Nazim: "The Countess Alexandra?"
Lawford: "None other. She drew her revolver firing to stop the charge; failing."
Nazim: "What was her fate Sahib?"

Lawford: "An unspeakable one Nazim. She was escorted to an altar near ancient ruins."

Lawford: "Taken to a place of sacrifice surrounded and administered to by the same cruel fiends who tortured me at Kota Ki-Bandahar last year."

Nazim: "Sahib!"
Lawford: "Yes...I'm afraid so."

Lawford: "I can hardly speak of it.... Her garments were indecently replaced by a ceremonial white short gown...then...monstrously tied to posts...."

Lawford: "Hopelessly left there to...."

1. The building is from Miniature Building Authority; some with terrific interiors.
2. MBA also has the tents and altar.
3. Chuck's Pulp characters are in evidence around the altar.
4. Pulp Miniatures provided the model for the final photograph.
5. Come on then. Let's rescue her!
6. Your remarks are always welcome below at the word comments.