From publisher blurb:
Gaslight street lamps pour fitful illumination through the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian cities. Menacing figures lurk in darkened alleyways; desperate men with nothing to lose and the determination to take what they can from others. Mutterings abound at the local pubs, workingmen who can't afford their daily bread wish for more and listen to radicals and anarchists preaching fire and revolution. Parentless children, called "Street Arabs" in the East End vernacular, pick pockets and snatch purses from those not wily enough to protect their meager funds.
In these dangerous London streets Saucy Jack, known to the papers as "Jack the Ripper" slays with impunity while Sherlock Holmes battles crime from petty larceny to the machinations of the Napoleon of Crime, Dr. James Moriarty himself. Chinese Tongs battle East End mobs for control of opium dens and other rackets, all at the behest of their shadowy master, Weng-Chiang. On the high seas Captain Nemo and his submarine The Nautilus wage a one-man war against imperialism and perhaps even war itself. In the skies Robur the Conqueror schemes world conquest with powerful airships, and who knows what secret powers lurk beneath the Earth's surface or watch our globe from the sandy wastes of Mars; planning the death of Humanity itself?
Compounded upon these events is the emergence of the masked vigilantes. These individuals use phantasmagoria to battle crime, the forces of law, and each other through the alleys of London and New York. Are they demons? Angels? Or are they persons from an occult past or the scions of a far future science? Strange figures such as Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, Frankenstein's Monster and others defy the laws of God and man. The ogress witch Baba Yaga haunts the barren steppes of Russia, and ancient gods of the Near East and America rouse from their millennial slumbers to again walk as demigods upon the Earth. Add to this the threats of Dracula, The Martian Invaders and prehistoric worlds and lands that time forgot, and it is true that those within the era live in 'Interesting Times', indeed!
What will the results of all this technology, magic and diabolic creatures be? Only time will tell, and the citizens of the end of the Nineteenth century can only watch and wait.
Victorious is a Siege Engine™ Role-playing game set in a Victorian past that both was and was not. The latter Nineteenth Century of history exists side by side with the literary worlds of Sherlock Holmes, Count Dracula, the Steampunk Science of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and Magicks both dark and mysterious. Victorious can be scaled to meet adventure with investigators of crime, defenders of society against evil monsters, and even mad scientists foiled by masked superheroes. Its up to you to decide the story for your chronicles of Victorious!