Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Muvian-American War (1898-1903)

In the wake of the Spanish-American War, the U.S. went to war with at least two of Spain's former colonial holdings. The most protracted was on the islands of Mu. There, American troops faced a foe they were totally unprepared for.

Though Mu appeared to a peaceful colony of Spain, in reality the power of it's Priest-Kings was only held in check by certain ancient ceramic seals in possession of the Spanish. When the American inadvertently broke these, the  Priest-Kings were free to unleash their power and reveal their true, inhuman nature. Not only were these reptilian humanoids adepts at amazing powers of the mind, the heirs to ancient Agharta, but they were also in possession of machinery older than all of human civilization that could create monsters.

Of course, Mu hadn't had to wage a war since men were armed with bronze. The U.S. forces were able to hold on, if barely. It was only when the first of the clandestine draftees from the ranks of mentalists, spiritualists, and Theosophists arrived that the Americans began to turn the tide.


15 comments:

Welleran said...

Awesome concept for a campaign.

Chris Kutalik said...

A young Bobby Dylan would later pen a scathing indictment of the war titled "With Theosophy On Our Side".

Simon J. Hogwood said...

As a likely hero of the war might say - Bully!

SAROE said...

Just shows you how bad education is these days, they don't even mention this war in history classes.

Gus L said...

Yeah I am really feeling a desire for 19th century (or early 20th) swords and sorcery (or maybe it's mausers and magic) lately.

Trey said...

@Welleran - Thanks1

@Chris - Not one of his most famous efforts, but a good one.

@SAROE - It's shocking, isn't it?

@Gus L - I would play in or possibly run something like that, for sure.

seaofstarsrpg said...

The US Forces also initially drew heavily on the other Europeans in the islands (who were equally at risk) to repulse the first Muvian attacks.

Several of whom continued to fight alongside the American forces as freelance "specialists", such fighters as 'Skinner' Smith and Andre "the Mad Frenchman" DeParis and Occultists as Madam Rozenko and Wallenford Blackstone provided useful skills to the American forces.

Trey said...

@seaofstarsrpg - YES.

Tim Shorts said...

With the flare of gunfire the U.S. forces unleashed hell upon the reptilian monsters. What the soldiers did not know, Hell had already sided with priest kings of cogs and levels. Demons spewed out from the metal wheels, bathed in the glow of chaos and blood.

Smells like a great campaign started, background, history and all of the above. Well done sir.

Trey said...

Thanks!

Chris said...

Of all the good ideas you've posted here, this one's one of my favorites. Very cool.

Edchuk Fohmr said...

Wicked awesome concept. Like the blend of fantasy and modern, the mystical vs. mundane.

Gives me shivers like Hellboy/BPRD stuff does. In a good way that is.

Trey said...

Thanks guys!

John Till said...

Man the poor U.S. occupied Philippines could have really used a few *Muvian* advisors, methinks! BTW, John Sayles has a great movie on this period in the Philippines ("Amigo") and a hugemongus book on the same period with a stronger U.S. focus "A Moment in the Sun".

Eric said...

@Gus L: Mausers and Mesmerism, perhaps?