It was dangerous to walk through the Smoke after dark, especially through back alleys choked with the thick yellow fog that inspired London’s nickname. Nevertheless Lady Charlotte, following the short chimbley sweep’s lead, pressed on, determined to discover the secret of the Southwark Horror.
She didn’t have long to wait. As they turned a corner, both of them heard the rhythmic clicking of steel on stone. Something was scuttling over the cobblestones in the dark, something quite monstrous. The chimbley sweep raised his gas lantern to no avail; nothing could penetrate the yellow-green haze that surrounded them.
‘Don’t worry, Guv’ness! ‘e won’t get away from us!” he exclaimed, darting into the fog.
Lady Charlotte thrust out her arm out to stop him, but it was too late. She felt a sudden sense of dread as the all-too-curious Halfling disappeared in the pea souper, a feeling confirmed by the child-like scream of the chimbley sweep as his body flew back out of the fog like a rag doll struck by a cricket bat. Unfortunately, she had no time to check as to whether her guide was alive or dead.
From within the fog came the angry hissing of steam and more scuttling. Lady Charlotte gasped as the silhouette of the monstrosity became visible, a giant, mechanical spider that scraped against the sides of the rookery walls as it lurched toward her.
Lady Charlotte steeled herself and concentrated as her pale right hand exploded with crackling blue eldritch energy. She determined that tonight would see the end of the foul beast, even if it destroyed her.
Victoriana – a world of high adventure and intrigue in an age of sorcery and steam!
The year is 1856 and the world roils in the unseen conflict between Order and Entropy. As technology marches forward the Celestial Engine moves ever faster, and all our fates grow more precarious. Now is the time to act decisively and boldly, to seize control of your destiny and impose your will upon the world.
Your adventures will take you into an alternate history infused with fantasy and esoteric steam technology. Aerostats float across the sky as noble Eldren chat with industrial Dwarfs. The Age of Magic may be long gone, but the Guild keeps its embers alive while technologists create extraordinary mechanical marvels.
Travel with the British East India Company to make your fortune in competition with Dutch merchants for control of the tea trade. Join the petty conjurers that support social revolution while the government calls on gentleman hermeticists to counter them. Explore uncharted lands and uncover relics and evils buried since the Great Flood. Follow your conscience and help the poor and powerless against those that would prey upon them. Wage war against the demons that have seduced the aristocracy and threaten to tear the Empire apart!
Victoriana offers an enormous and diverse game world deeply imbued with Victorian period feel, gothic fantasy magic and steampunk engineering.
Victoriana 3rd Edition is backwards-compatible with the previous edition – your 2nd Edition supplements can be used with the third edition rules.