Saturday, May 18, 2019

Morning 23 May 1899: El Harper's Bazaar

Date: Morning 23 May 1899/2019
Location: El Harper's Bazaar, Mafrica
Situation: British Reconnoitering Party

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Prelude To Mafrica 3 Tabletop Game

Sooner or later everyone of means comes to El Harper's Bazaar. Just about anything the heart or avarice desires from The Mafrican Continent can be obtained here. Even difficult acquisitions may be successfully bought with patience, enough gold and at times, influence. 

Most transactions are unexceptional. Here the Rajah of Bebara
with routine purchases trailing behind returns home.

He is unaware of angry armed forces now en-route to the Bazaar. His steady pace will carry the caravan safely away from harm. If peaceful entreaties fail to relax tormented minds and tragic circumstances, the ignition of gunpowder echoing in the Souk River Valley may startle his household and Jumbos. Fortunately his caravan's route finds it off the following map to the east.

However as distance from The Bazaar increased....

A detachment of British Imperials marched into view from the south.

"Sergeant Davies. --- Halt the Column!"
"Sah! --- Column HAAA-HLT"
"We will ride over to that caravan to gather what information we can."
"Very good Colonel."

The Rajah turned to meet the invaders.

"Greetings and honours Your Highness. I am Colonel Prozbee."
"And to you as well Colonel. May I inquire the reason for your visit?"

"Militant rogues are to the north. Have you seen any in these parts?"
"Nothing at all. Trouble did not interrupt nor vex us at The Bazaar."

"I am grateful for your information. Godspeed returning home."
"Only if it is the will of Kali, Colonel." 

The Royal too hastily resumed his procession back to Bebara.

Meanwhile, back with the Column on a slight rise.
"What do you see George?"

"Nothing Frank."
"The Colonel's rid'n back. I wonder what he found out."
"Aye and whatever it is --- whether true or false."
"Keep looking then and I'll report to the Colonel."

"Begging to report Sir. Lt. Griffiths observes nothing suspicious."
"Very good. The Rajah said there is no sign of trouble here."

"Though I wonder. Perhaps I should reconsider our route of march."
"COLUMN --- Resume the march!"

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(1) The above precedes our third encounter on Jack Scruby's imagineered Mafrican Continent. Scroll down a little for similar captioned photos telling those stories.

(2) Rules: The Sword and The Flame, 20th ed.

(3) Buildings by Miniature Building Authority. Miniatures are 28mm.

(4) Come back soon.

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Greg Rigler said...

Thank you for the latest post. A great read. I was getting worried as to when the next instalment was coming!


CelticCurmudgeon said...

Gotta agree with Greg. This was wonderful. Somewhere upstairs I have my map of Mafrica so I'll be able to follow your every move. Or as the General might say, "Well done, sir. Well done!"

Iowa Grognard said...

Inspiring to say the least!

nobby said...

Very good.
I like a long tale with pictures and 28mm little chaps are a must, what?

Gallia said...

The following comments are from 21eRegt repeated with his approbation.

"I really enjoy these "set-up" posts. Good story-telling and a visual treat."

jurgenation said...

Hey Bill,glad to see another fine post. I;m currently singing Harper Bazaars only hit....Wonderful post.Keep them coming.

WSTKS-FM Worldwide said...

Just getting to this, Bill, but I am intrigued. All is well. Or is it? The near future cannot be as calm as it seems.

Best Regards,