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The Certopsian Situation - Checkers and Dr. Benway
Directly across from the Supply Dump is a parked Steel Leviathan, a fine example of the semi-autonomous tank like weapon that the Unyielding Fist uses to crush opposition. The head like turrets of the machine are pointed skyward as if basking in the sun, and a comely camp follower is washing its massive treads with a bucket of soapy water. From behind the vehicle the sound of a badly played stringed instrument and a Dwarven love ballad (about the love of iron and cheeses, not a paramour) sung in a reedy, distinctly undwarven voice can be heard.
If asked about the Leviathan Clerk Faro will state that the Leviathan is named "Checkers" and it's minder/mechanic one "Dr. Benway" of the Topsville Church of Science. The Leviathan is indeed painted with rust orange and white checkers. It also appears to have been modified (as with many Leviathans used for war) with the right, bearded head/turret mounting a cannon and the left the standard machine gun. Faro claims that the pair showed up a few days ago, and aren't attached to the 3rd, but brought a good haul of plundered dinosaur ivory and he keeps them friendly with food, drink and forged orders because having a Steel Leviathan parked in front of his tent gives him a certain amount of protection and intimidating power. Faro also refuses to go with the PC's (and hence will demand a full 15 shares of gold for his aid/equipment) without the tank and Dr. Benway along.
Around the back of the Levitihan a skinny man with a cleanly shaved head and stubbled face sits in a hamock strung between a tread and a the broken off stub of a sapling. Wearing only a dirty lab coat and a pair of bright green briefs he is strumming a Balalaika, eating a cheese sandwich and drinking scale brandy from a tumbler resting on his chest.
If disturbed he'll reveal he is named Dr.Benway, warn the players off claiming he's busy "drinking brandy and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know." If the characters are persistent, Dr. Benway will turn to the Leviathan which will repeat in a synthesized voice "catching rays". Direct talk of plunder and showing the Dr. the gold bar will change his attitude, and he'll join up with a minimum of whining for five shares (3 for the Leviathan, 1 for him). His argument as to why he's needed is that the force map clearly shows that the Pleasure Dome is protected by Armor and Checkers will add that "A Leviathan can give you a very nice... edge."
In combat Benway and Checkers, work as a team, Benway spotting for Checker's Weapons (+1 Initiative) while crouched behind a blast shielded cupola on the rear deck. Checkers carries 20 rounds of Heavy Machine Gun ammo and 10 rounds of Cannon Shells in his turret and may be loaded between battles by Benway from 20 additional rounds that are stored (dangerously) on Checker's back deck. Unloaded Checkers may carry up to 10 infantry hanging from rails and sitting on his side and rear. If Checkers is hit there is a chance (Wisdom roll at point penalty of x2 damage in SP) that Benway can repair 1D4 SP of damage if allowed 1D6 hours of work per SP.
Checkers (Steel Leviathan - HD 7) - Light Armor* - AC 1,HP 70/SP 7 ATK 2 or Charge, DAM 1D10*(1SP)/4D10**(1D6 SP) or Charge*** (MV (60'), ML 11, Save F7.
*Suppressive fire as Heavy Machine Gun
** Medium AP Cannon, 10' radius damage +2 hit non-Armor targets, Armor Piercing.
*** Charge - Armor Shock attack for 1D6 per 10' Charged.
Dr. Benway (Thief 3) STR 10 INT 14 WIS 16 DEX 15 CON 8 CHR 11. AC 6 (3 on Checkers) HP 12, ATK 1, DAM by Weapon, MV (40'), ML 11. Leather Armor, Padded Helmet, Small Revolver (25 rounds), Short Sword.