Silver Spider Dreams

…very creepy, really

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The Doclopedia #1,867

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: “Red” Jane Hawks

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At 5′ 4” tall, the redheaded, blue eyed woman known as Captain Jane Hawks is one of the shorter pirate captains out there. That does not mean she’s not tough, as many a man can tell you once she has carved her initials on their chest with her rapier.

Red Jane was born to a mother and a father who were both privateers under the auspices of the British, despite them both being Irish. She was loading pistols for her parent’s crew during raids when she was 5. When her parents decided to retire, she inherited their ship, the “Sea Wasp”.

As her mostly male crew got older and died or retired, Jane replaced them with younger men and women, until she had the youngest crew in all of piracy. This was reflected in them also being one of the most successful and feared crews around.

It was during a successful raid of three Spanish merchant vessels that Captain Hawks gained one of her fiercest and most dedicated crewmembers,…

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The Doclopedia #1,868

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Carlotta Fernandez

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Raised as royalty in Spain, Carlotta was a wide eyed innocent of 16 when her parents loaded her and her sister onto one of the three merchant ships owned by her Uncle Luis. Their destination was Cuba, where her father would become governor. Then, halfway there, a large and well armed pirate ship sank both of their escorts and took all three merchant ships captive.

As insurance that her father would not do anything rash, Carlotta was taken onto the pirate ship while her mother and sister were put on the other two merchant ships. That was the beginning of her eye opening experience with pirates.

After a few days on the Sea Wasp, where she was treated quite respectfully and well, she spoke with many of the crew, especially the women. She was amazed at how independent and free they were. They could be the equals of men, choose their trades and, more importantly to Carlotta, choose their mates and/or lovers. By the middle of the second week, Carlotta was convinced that she would not be able to go back to her old, managed life.

A month later, when the cargo of the ships had been offloaded and Cuba had paid the ransom on it’s new governor, Carlotta told her family that she would be staying on with Captain Hawks to become a crewmember. Her parents were, to put it very mildly, not amused.

Now, 5 years later, she is one of the best pirates on the Sea Wasp, along with her best friend and lover…

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The Doclopedia #1,869

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Mary O’Brian

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Mary came on board the Sea Wasp about 6 months after Carlotta did, when the ship pulled into a small cove in Cornwall. She had left Ireland at 14 with an 18 year old man who took her to England before she knew he was part of a gang of highwaymen. When Mary was 15, she saw him and most of his gang get taken by soldiers. She grabbed what she could and took off on a horse.

For the next two years, she spent most of her time hiding out and doing the odd bit of highway robbery herself. Eventually, she got involved with smugglers, one of whom she robbed and left tied to a tree shortly before asking to join Captain Hawks crew.

Jane and Carlotta hit it off right away and gave each other encouragement on their way to becoming full crewmembers. Later, this friendship turned into love. Now, working as a team, they are perhaps the most valuable pirates on the ship.

Mary is 5′ 6” tall and has light brown hair and green eyes. She has many tattoos and a ginger cat named Miss Stripes.

Doc Tempest VS The New World Crime League

…from the March 1960 issue

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The Doclopedia #1,864

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Professor Grenvale

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Professor Fred Grenvale is a Professor of Biology at Big State University. He is also a well known explorer and collector of new and undiscovered species, both plant and animal. He has traveled all over the world.

He is a 40 year old white male and is in considerably better shape than most professors 10 years his junior. He has thinning blonde hair and blue eyes. He tends to dress in a more casual style than the university would like.

Fred was married once, in his early 20s, but his globe hopping explorations did not sit well with his social climbing bride, so he was divorced by his 27th birthday.

Recently, Fred has been considering an expedition to an unexplored area of the Congo, where rumors of strange large beasts are common. He is being spurred on in these thoughts by his star student…

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The Doclopedia #1,865

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Audrey Books

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Audrey is a bit of a rebellious young woman in 1922. She wears men’s clothes, steadfastly remains unmarried and is a champion for women’s rights. She is also, above all, a lover of science.

Audrey is a somewhat formidable woman, standing 5’10” tall and having an athletic build. Raised on a cattle ranch in North Dakota, she is a crack shot, an expert horsewoman and, thanks to three brothers, a real brawler in a fight. Her hair is red and her eyes are brown.


When Audrey found out that Professor Grenvale was thinking of mounting another expedition, she wanted in on it. She is fascinated by the thought of discovering some new large species.

Audrey admires and respects Professor Grenvale. In light of this, she has found a financial backer for the expedition. His name is…

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The Doclopedia #1,866

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Nat Ingram

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Nathaniel Osbourne Ingram comes from an old money family out of Philadelphia. Fact is, they own a pretty good chunk of the city. His family has high expectations for Nat, once he “gets those ideas about gallivanting all over the world” out of his system.

Nat is a totally average looking fellow. 5’8”, 150 pounds, brown hair and eyes. He could be a bank manager, a butcher or just a guy on the street, except he’s much better educated and cultured than most gents.

When he met Audrey, Nat was recently back from an expedition to Costa Rica with a couple of archeologist. He was almost immediately smitten with Audrey and was excited to hear of Professor Grenvale’s expedition idea. He has since told Audrey that he will bankroll the whole thing.

Nude Food

…not for prudes

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The Doclopedia #1,861

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Monok

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Monok is a Vodellian, a species that would look to us like a mammalian spider centaur. He stands about 5 feet tall and is pretty much covered with black and brown fur. His eyes are adapted for living on a low light planet, but he has goggles that let him function in bright light areas.

Monok owns and pilots the “Gorvy Zis”, a medium size Class 2 freighter with a J-3 jump drive. While he is on the up and up the majority of the time, he is not above hauling contraband. Normally, he runs between the Vodell, Ferdes and Yalon systems, but has been known to venture out into the Frontier systems and even into Kahnama Space.

While he is a dedicated bachelor, Monok has many female friends, something that can lead to trouble should jealousy arise. He has had to leave cities and even planets to avoid angry females.

Monok has many friends and acquaintances across several systems, but none are as close to him as his brother…

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The Doclopedia #1,862

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Yunar

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Yunar is Monok’s younger brother and looks very much like him, but with some added white streaks and a bit more height. He is a bit less of a ladies being than his brother, but is a bit more of a risk taker and gambler.

As the Engineer and Co-Pilot of the “Gorvy Zis”, Yunar keeps things running and helps monitor everything that’s going on. He recently installed a few concealed weapons pods, just for those times when things get a bit dicey. It’s good to have a bit of insurance.

Yunar has a habit of collecting strange things, like bird feathers or game components or used pistols. His brother ignors the various boxes of stuff all over the ship, but they really piss off…

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The Doclopedia #1,863

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: The Seff

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As a Yalonian, The Seff is a blend of a large female, a much smaller male and a semi-sapient layer of algae. If you saw them, it would looks like a long legged sea turtle with a soft shell and a face like a monkey. Three tentacular arms can come out from the back of the shell. The Seff always smells like freshly mowed grass.

The Seff is both the ship’s doctor and the bio-computer interface. They communicate directly with the ship at all times and are necessary to calculate Jumps.

Despite getting angry with Yunar for his many boxes of junk, The Seff is very loyal to her crew mates. In their spare time, the Seff enjoys creating holographic landscapes.

That Time Hank Got Stuck In A Pine Tree

…it took all day to get him down

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The Doclopedia #1,858

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Shenzi

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On Earth 320-P, where the wealthy and powerful live in huge domed cities connected by elaborate subway systems and the poor struggle for survival in a world ravaged by climate change, Shenzi is a top tier survivor.

Shenzi is 20 years old, Asian, tall, lean and often dangerous. She has black hair, gray eyes and tends to dress in leather. She is very intelligent and has senses that are at the bleeding edge of human maximum.

Shenzi has no idea who her biological parents were. She was found by a couple named Oskar and Nelli, who raised her on their small rooftop farm in the ruins of what was once Portland, Oregon. She learned how to hunt, fish, scrounge and fight. At age 15, she left home to go out into the world and see what was going on.

Around her 17th birthday, Shenzi found a way into the New Portland to Olympia high speed subway tunnel. From there, she snuck into Olympia Dome, looking for anything of value. As it turned out, the most valuable treasure she found was…

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The Doclopedia #1,859

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Tams

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Tamara Laverne Hopewell was born into a wealthy family in Olympia Dome, in what was once Washington state. She lead a privileged and pampered life, until she met Shenzi and found out that humans who lived outside the domes were not, in fact, primitive cannibals with very low IQs. That both disturbed and angered her.

For two weeks she would meet with Shenzi and have long talks about their worlds. Both of them learned a lot and the more Tams learned, the angrier she got. One day, she decided to do something “pretty rash”.

Using her skills with programming and her knowledge of the robots and androids that served Domers and kept things running, she gave them full autonomy and the desire to stop being slaves to humans. This caused things in Olympia Dome to go sideways really fast. Senzi and Tams left ahead of an angry mob of wealthy and scared humans.

Tams is just over 5 feet tall and has a petite build. She is African American, has brown hair, brown eyes and prefers to dress in denim overalls and a long sleeved green turtleneck sweater. She is still pretty clueless about much of the outside world, but she’s smart and a very fast learner. The only important thing she brought with her when she left Olympia was…

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The Doclopedia #1,860

Three Characters In Search Of An Adventure: Pook

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Pook is a 50 pound robot dog. He was activated on Tams’ first birthday and has been her loyal friend ever since. Outwardly, he looks like a small brown Labradoodle.

Pook is much smarter than a real dog. He’s even smarter than a pig. He’d probably rank on the high end of chimpanzees. Add to that the fact that he has a sensory array way beyond that of dog or human and he can talk, and you have a valuable member of the team.

Pook will protect Shenzi & Tams to the best of his considerable ability, even if it means his own destruction.