Hello I’m Jenner of the Untitled Gaming Group (unofficial name), GM of past tabletop LPs of Ryuutama, Monsterhearts II, Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition, and Blades In The Dark as well as a player in Dragon Ball Z FATE and Henshin! A Sentai RPG and I’m here again with yet another tabletop RPG LP only this time the Untitled Gaming Group (unofficial name) (comprised of @heyboots, @LoakaMossi, @Fefnir, @Breadmaster, @Lyrewulf, and myself (@Jenner)) have something special in store for you because this time we are running/playing a LancerRPG campaign set in a homebrew universe run by rotating GMs of Fefnir, Lyrewulf, and myself running very different warring factions. We’re also joined by a new player, @Scarlet, because we like her and Breadmaster is still trapped in Academia Hell (we miss you Breadmaster!)
What Is Lancer?
You can purchase LancerRPG for yourself at: https://massif-press.itch.io/corebook-pdf
Set in the galaxy known as Overture, which is distant and has been ignored by the Union and Cradle for hundreds of years and as such developed its own unique culture in isolation, this campaign takes place in a galaxy torn apart by three warring factions all vying for dominion over the system. You will be following the adventures of the Hex Girls, a scrappy band of mercenaries brought together by a common bond of boredom and needing to stay fed as they forge their own paths and tell their own stories in this galaxy of conflict, strife, and intrigue.
The Common Front Of the Holy Name (Lyrewulf’s Faction): A Religious Syndicalist faction that is basically, quote, “If the IWW and the Catholic church had a baby in space that also liked Battletech.”
Boundless (Fefnir’s Faction): A Labor Council of self-proclaimed peacekeepers who swear capitalism will work this time, folks, we just didn’t capitalism hard enough last time.
Deliverance (Jenner’s Faction) Hey friends do y’all like Stalin? I sure don’t. Deliverance is a faction comprised of what is, quote, “Basically social fascists” who I’m certain will never hire anyone to do anything bad ever.
The ISS-GI-FE7E AKA The GHS-Flavortown is a small, humble, research space station in stable orbit above the planet Vineyard and nestled in “neutral” space between Boundless and Common Front territory along a popular space trade route so it could be regularly restocked. It was originally intended to be a research station just large enough to support and supply small population of researchers and scientists who were studying/researching various Space Curiosities. Their main research was actually in Food Science because (and this is completely true) food tastes less flavorful when one is in high altitudes like space. The researchers and scientists of the GHS-Flavortown were simply trying to find a way to make food taste just as strong/flavorful in space but then pirates took over the space station and held them all hostage trying to extract a bounty from the corporation that funded their research. The corporation ignored the pirate’s demands and the pirates killed all the researchers and scientists and spaced them then started pirating and making a nuisance of themselves in space.
Only then did the corporation respond. They wanted the mess cleaned up anonymously, quietly, and quickly so they contacted Bryn and his Hex Girls (and 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, right? They managed to do it anonymously and quickly!) As a reward, the Hex Girls were given the GHS-Flavortown, now in extreme disrepair, to use as a home base.
The Characters and Their Players
"Commander" Bryndza Mare AKA Bryn is the leader of the Hex Girls and was once a young and upcoming starship captain in the Union Military. Bryn’s final mission as a commissioned officer ended in mutiny when the newly conscripted soldiers on the ship (who Bryndza was unaware were not willing to become Cosmopolitans) commandeered it and left him stranded in port. While he was not found directly at fault, he was scapegoated for the loss of the vessel and pushed out of service with an Other Than Honorable Discharge in exchange for not suffering any further punishment. Now, hundreds of years after his birth he turns to a new life to make his way in the universe. He’s played by @heyboots
"Lieutenant" Sylvia Reynard AKA HELLCAT is Bryndza’s official unofficial second-in-command, Sylvia was a former military test subject who got roped into allowing unethical military experimentation to happen to her because she inherited a relative’s debts. She was left permanently damaged from the experimentation which did not make her that much better of a soldier and left her with chronic pain and a permanent jack in her body that allows her to connect directly to her mech and move with slightly less delay. Sylvia turned to meching and mercing to survive and sees her mech as her real body. She’s played by @Scarlet
"Sergeant" Lyra Wulfstan AKA WOLF is a former would-be clanner who was too bloodthirsty and unstable for legitimate work and decided to just work under the table to slake her insatiable bloodlust and need to dakka. Lyra is either deeply traumatized, born to kill, or something in the middle of those two extremes but whatever the explanation is Lyra fully intends to fight, fuck, and fly her way to glory one explosion at a time. She’s played by @Lyrewulf
Quin Riesling AKA Diafault is a literal 16 year old girl and the daughter of former general now governor Vadim Riesling and his supermodel wife Irina Lebedev-Riesling. She’s utterly sheltered, thoroughly coddled, and painfully naive. She streams all her battles to her millions of Twitch subscribers and is a Celebrity esports legend who sees war as just another game that she can win (glhf.) Diafault is the living breathing embodiment of “Wow, Cool Robot!” She’s played by @Jenner
Isadora Aloe AKA NOVA is new to the team and although she was raised to a comfortable life in Cradle, Isadora is a Cosmopolitan who lets her piloting jobs take her farther and farther from the center of the known universe. In addition to piloting, Isadora dabbles in engineering. Given her profession and her hobbies, she wound up getting licensed as a Lancer, even without having a mech of her own. However, being employed as a pilot for the Edelith, she has the option to just borrow one from the captain, Gareth Trevors. When flying or fighting, Isadora always keeps a cool head thanks to what many would call “being headstrong.” To her credit, she would phrase it as “danger apathy." Isadora joined up with the Hex Girls after running into them on a mission to subdue some rowdy pirates running amok.
Session 0: Meet the Cast: A chill Session 0 where we introduce ourselves, the factions, our characters, their reason for being part of the Hex Girls, and narrate the seizure of the GHS-Flavortown!
Session 1: Shaking Things Up : The Hex Girls get an urgent message from the planet they’re orbiting in the Flavortown. Pirates are running amok and the inhabitants are experiencing unusual seismic activity. Bryn leads the team in to solve the case but is this really the start of establishing themselves as a company worthy of employ or just a different way to be bored ?
Session 2: Social Loafing : The Hex Girls take some downtime after a successful mission and give each other some constructive criticism.
Session 3: Get On Top : The Hex Girls undertake their first Faction Mission in the employ of the Common Front of the Holy Name but that’s a secret. On the surface they’ve been hired by Ulysis to chase off some raiders. Can the Hex Girls get on top and reign as King of the Mountain or are they going down in smoke?
Session 4: Constructive CRITicism : The Hex Girls are once again forced to interact with each other in social ways that don’t involve fighting in mechs alongside each other. And every last one of them is so very good at social interaction so I’m sure this will go over just fine.
Session 5: Deescalation: The Hex Girls spend eleven days in transit to undertake an urgent mission in their first mission in service to Deliverance. An escort mission of all things. Everyone’s favorite. Can the Hex Girls seal the deal or is this all a foregone conclusion?
Session 6: Mere Image : Bryn discovers the father of his estranged fiance put a bounty out on him 40+ years ago. Sylvia pursues removing her spine jack and taking her body back for herself while also figuring out how to make her pain manageable. Lyra finishes the Swole Hole and puts a huge cannon on her mech. And Diafault is fine.
Session 7 Part 1: Miners and Minors : The Hex Girls are tasked with doing some tame boring mining so they can act as propaganda towards the goal of demilitarization. Unfortunately, several people had other plans.
Session 7 Part 2: Slime Time : The Hex Girls make their way into a mysterious cave they encountered after completing their last conflict and find themselves in a very slippery situation! Will they be able to break the mold or is it curtains for them?
Session 8: Laissez-faire: The Hex Girls take some much needed time off after their last mission and nobody is in love with anyone.
Session 9: Altered Beasts: The Hex Girls perform a special delivery for Deliverance (though secretly they are sabotaging that delivery) but encounter some hostiles who may just deliver them their own asses.
Session 10: Subs vs dubs : The Hex Girls finally kinda sorta start talking about their feelings and the clans are coming to restore their honor.
Session 11: Clash of Clans : Lyra’s secretly been a disgraced clanner and fleeing the consequences this whole time. But no matter how fast and long you run from your past your past always catches up to you. Lyra’s clan has come to reclaim their honor. The shortest distance between two points is not a straight line but a tick of a clock. None can outrun the march of time.
Session 12: Found Family : The Clanners from before make their way over to the Flavortown to meet the people Lyra, who has redeemed herself and been welcomed back into the Clan, calls her comrades. Family isn’t just something you’re born, it can include blood family but it is not exclusive to it, family is something you establish and create with others.
Session 13 Part 1: In Plain Sight : Slime Time 2 the Secret of the Ooze
Session 13 Part 2: The Most Dangerous Game : The Hex Girls are ambushed by a different group of bounty hunters that are after Sylvia. Is every Hex Girl just going to have a different band of bounty hunters after them before the end of this campaign?
Session 14 Part 1: Going Apeshit : Aren’t you tired of being nice?
Session 14 Part 2: Show and Tell: The Hex Girls and the Arath Lance get acquainted with each other.
Session 15: Samhain : It’s a night to pretend to be monsters… but they’ve never been pretending. (My audio is total ass in this, sorry!)
Session 16: Malware Bites : Bryn accidentally downloads a virus and overloads the Flavortown with Malware in this special Halloween episode.
Session 17 Part 1: Battle Royale : The Hex Girls go undercover to participate in a grand melee. Winner takes all.
Session 17 Part 2: Guilt Trip : The Hex Girls continue to have a fun, pleasant, family outing together.
Session 18: Daddy Issues : Sometimes a family is just five mech pilots and the unholy amount of damage they can do when they’re working in sync.
Session 19: Netfix and Thrills : The Hex Girls just kick back and relax for a few days while the galaxy tears itself apart. You love to see it.
Session 20 Part 1: Rocks and Hard Places : The Main Characters, good guy intergalactic bounty hunters, kidnap Bryn.
Session 20 Part 2: Secret Service : The Hex Girls stop assassins from assassinating Bryn’s ex-fiance and we close out Bryn’s sub plot.
Session 21: Late Stage Centrism : A wise character from a video game once said, “Power grows when spread amongst the many and perishes when hoarded by the few.” Perhaps a corny line more of us could take to heart. Quin’s still letting perfect be the enemy of good though. She’s gonna burn herself out if she doesn’t loosen up.
Session 22: Bridging the Gap : Gravity always wins.
Session 23: Awakening : Kovannin has joined the party. No, not that Kovannin.
Session 24 Part 1: Jungling : Time for a little game of red rover.
Session 24 Part 2: Stop. Drop. And roll : We fought some fucky spiders and found some fucky tech.
Session 25: Oral Tradition: Spout lore isn’t even a skill or power in this TTRPG system.
Session 26: Give A Damn : Actually I would totally download a car.
Pilot Logs: Sometimes the players might do some bonus scenes between each other or some NPCs that we don’t put in regular sessions. We’re calling these Pilot Logs and they’ll go here
Bonus Lore: Isadora Pilot Log 01 : A short scene between Isadora and Gareth.
Bonus Lore: Kovannin Pilot Log 01 : Turns out reaction videos are still a thing in 9,329 NGY.
Bonus Lore: Isadora and Diafault Pilot Log 01: Isadora and Diafault talk about Horus.
Bonus Lore: Sylvia and Diafault Pilot Logs 01 and 02: Sylvia and Diafault bond and get a bit more real with each other.
Bonus Lore: Kovannin and Diafault Pilot Log 01: Kovannin and Diafault have a lengthy conversation that consists almost entirely of miscommunications. Warning: Contains Extensive Amounts of Jenner Soapboxing In-Character.
Bonus Lore: Lyra and Diafault Pilot Log 01: Lyra and Diafault bond over gaming but not over the realities of war.
Bonus Lore: Sylvia and Diafault Pilot Log 03 Sylvia and Diafault talk about girls and communism (and armadillos.) Contains: Communism
Bonus Lore: Sylvia and Kovannin Pilot Log 01 : Sylvia and Kovannin familiarize themselves and get to know one another.
Bonus Lore: Unknown Horus Mech Pilot Log 01 : Some mystery mech went on some kind of rampage? It took one of our best hackers weeks to recover and restore this.
Bonus Lore: Boundless Council Pilot Log 01 : Raise your hand if you hate fascism.
Bonus Lore: Venue Report 1 Pilot Log 01: A mysterious individual receives a report from an AI assistant.
Bonus Lore: Largo West and Lionel Belmonte Pilot Log 01: Peace is more easily talked about than achieved.
Bonus Lore: Meliora Lambrecht and Kovannin Pilot Log 01 : Deliverance’s enigmatic leader, the Benevolent Shepherd Meliora Lambrecht, and Deliverance’s poster child, the Black Sheep Kovannin, reacquaint themselves.
Bonus Lore: Svava and Diafault Pilot Log 01: Diafault exchanges information with the giant rat that makes all the rules and recieves some sagely advice as well.
Bonus Lore: Cinder Albatross and Largo West Pilot Log 01: The wicked never rest.
Bonus Lore: Isadora and Zoe Lynx Pilot Log 01: Science demands slime!
Bonus Lore: Isadora and Gillian Oak Pilot Log 01 : Isadora convinces Gillian to assist the Hex Girls with swapping out mechs in combat.
Bonus Lore: Non-Aggression Pact Negotiation Pilot Log 01 : Stop me if you’ve heard this one, Boundless, the Common Front, and Deliverance walk into a bar…
Bonus Lore: Unknown Horus Mech Pilot Log 02 : Running only means you die tired.
Bonus Lore: Paasing the Bar Pilot Log 01 : Quin speaks to Svava about the small way in which she may be able to assist Svava in her goals of clearing the way for the Esshai to have a fresh start. Then she speaks to her cousin Kyra Basara to secure that fraction of help. “A small stone may only make a ripple at first but someday it will be a wave.”
Bonus Lore: Quin Riesling and Irina Lebedev-Riesling Pilot Log 01 : Quin promised her cousin Kyra she’d try to talk her mother out of running for an elected position on the Boundless Council. Let’s see how that works out for her. (Alternate Title: Immaculate Conception)
Lancer Bonus Lore: Proximity Pilot Log √-16 : Quin and Kovannin have 21 days to spend getting to know each other. …Fall is as good a time as any for falling. The moon is beautiful, isn’t it?
Lancer Bonus Lore: Acts of Service Pilot Log 1/9 : Quin has gotten the Matchmaker System to the point where she’s confident passing the patterns out to print them out to close confidants so they can begin using it to communicate in almost complete security to whatever ends they desire. So Svava and Lionel talk, and Quin and Lionel talk. Would you also do whatever it takes?
Lancer Bonus Lore: Primed Pilot Log S : S must be a subset of a closed set in order for the closure operator to be defined.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Selective Service Pilot Log 01 : Isadora talks to Zoe Lynx about slime and Bleakhorrors. Marcus Steele, the head of Harrison Armory, and Meliora Lambrecht go on a date, and Lionel Belmonte gets some new roommates.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Sylvia Reynard and Nesrin Sayr Pilot Log 01 : Nesrin Sayr tells Sylvia Reynard the story of Kovannin, the girl, as she Knows it… and so much more.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Confirmation Pilot Log -1/2 and 1/2 : Are you truly the term with her, child? Let us discover for ourselves. Names, and words, mean things.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Recalibration Pilot Log r = a + t * cos(θ) : All you can do is help them get through to themselves.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Agen and Jera on Aras Pilot Log 01 : Hyuta was the name of the First Traitor but since her name became Nothing Kela is Known as the First Traitor.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Isadora Aloe and Hyral Juror Pilot Log 32°F : Damn those ladies gay, GOOD FOR THEM!!
Lancer Bonus Lore: Gravity Pilot Log lim (u+i) = 1 as i→u : Forget rearranging the alphabet to put u and i together. Let’s rearrange the universe. Permit this Lost soul to cross over to our world…
Lancer Bonus Lore: Nesrin Sayr and Quin Sayr Pilot Log 01 : Wine to Fire.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Nesrin Sayr and Quin Sayr Pilot Log 02 : Ignite.
Lancer Bonus Lore: Fire Pilot Log 666 : The Truth shall set you free.
Lancer Bonus Lore: A Fated Encounter Pilot Log ∞ : Let’s fall in love with each other… and hopefully ourselves as well. Jaas dasan .
Lancer Bonus Lore: Mavericks Pilot Log 1221 km/h : Isadora and Hyral make a valiant attempt to have something approximating an actual real date.
Lancer Bonus Lore: All with Nothing Pilot Log ∅ : Friends in No Places.