The Last Wanderers of Solomon Kane
Landless Purtian Wanderer
Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d8, Spirit d10, Strength d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Boating d4, Climbing d6, Fighting d12 + 2, Guts d12 + 2, Knowledge: Battle d8, Knowledge: Occult d6, Intimidation d8, Notice d8, Persuasion d6, Riding d8, Shooting d10, Stealth d6, Streetwise d6, Survival d8, Taunt d6, Tracking d6
Charisma: + 2
Pace: 6; Parry: 10; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Code of Honor (Major), Heroic (Major), Overconfident (Major), Vengeful: Will not allow someone to escape justice (Major)
Edges: Ambidextrous, Charismatic, Combat Reflexes, Command, Conviction, Florentine, Improved Block, Improved Dodge, Improved Nerves of Steel, Improved Ripost, Improved Sweep, Iron Jaw, Iron Will, Lunge, Marksman, Strong Willed, Two-Fisted, Wall of Steel, Expert, Professional, Master (Fighting)
Gear: Rapier DMG: Str+ d4 + 1, Parry + 1, Wheellock Pistol x2 Range: 5/10/20 DMG: 2d6+1, Cat Headed Staff DMG: Str+d4/d6, Reach + 1, Parry + 1, 2 Hands, green sash
From Devonshire, born around 1530. His “people” — his co-religionists — were apparently some ultra-Protestant sect of “dissenters,” who were persecuted by Catholic “Bloody” Mary and Anglican Elizabeth in turn. Kane seems to have come from a once-prosperous backgound, but often refers to himself (bitterly?) as a “landless man.” It seems reasonable to suppose that his family’s lands and properties were seized by the Crown at some point, leaving them impoverished. It was likely during this early period that Kane was taught the use of the rapier.
Kane went to sea as a young man, his travels taking him as far as India and China. His earliest recorded adventures both took place during a return to England, on the road to Torkertown, apparently near the end of the reign of King Edward VI (probably in the year 1553).
He seems to have been involved in the Wars of Religion in France at some point, and to have regretted it. There’s some whiff or suggestion of massacres or other war crimes, for which Kane was probably not directly or personally responsible, but for which he feels some pangs of conscience. An encounter with a dying girl led to Kane chasing down the bandit chief Le Loup, a pursuit that led through Italy and Spain to Africa’s Slave Coast.
Returning to Europe, Kane’s wanderings took him to Germany’s Black Forest, where he met fellow Englishman John Silent. With Silent, Kane fought Moslem corsairs in the Mediterranean. Captured in a fight, he was forced to become a galley slave for a time.
Upon escaping from slavery, Kane returned to England, where he fought and slew Sir John Taferal in a duel of honor. A request from the dying man sent him back to Africa on a quest to rescue an innocent girl from Barbary pirates.
Kane sailed around the world as a member of Francis Drake’s crew. He was a close personal friend of Sir Richard Grenville, another of the privateering/semi-piratical English “sea dogs” of that period. He seems to have known/been mixed up with outright pirates at some time.
He was at some point a captive in Spain, and was tortured (as a heretic) by the Spanish Inquisition. Escaping Spain, Kane returned to Africa and was gifted with a cat-headed voodoo staff by the wizard N’Longa. He spent much of his adventuring days on the Dark Continent encountering many strange cities and fantastical horrors.
1549 Solomon Kane is born to a prosperous Puritan family in Devonshire, England.
c. 1566 Kane enters the merchant marine. During the next few years he will travel as far as Hindoostan and Cathay and rise to the rank of ship’s captain.
c. 1566 Kane’s first voyage to the New World involves him with an Aztec princess and a legendary monster. “L’Isola del Serpente Plumato” (“The Island of the Feathered Serpent”) by Gianluigi Zuddas. (This story is plagued with historical problems1 and may have to be regarded as strictly fictional.)
c. 1572 Kane travels to Hispanola where he becomes a buccaneer with letters of marque against Spanish ships.
1573 Kane returns to Europe and fights for the Hugenots in the French wars of religion.
1575 Kane leaves France and has his three recorded adventures in the Black Forest: “Death’s Black Riders,” “The Rattle of Bones” and “The Castle of the Devil.”
1576 Solomon Kane travels to the Mediterranean where he and John Silent (first encountered in “The Castle of the Devil”) become privateers. He is eventually captured by Moslems and sold as a galley slave.
1577 Kane escapes from the Moslems and returns to England where he signs on to Sir Francis Drake’s expedition to circumnavigate the globe.
1578 “The One Black Stain” (poem)
1579-80 “Red Shadows”
1585-86 Kane assists Sir Richard Grenville in several colonial attempts in the New World.
1587 “Skulls in the Stars”
1588 Kane is present at the English defeat of the Spanish Armada.
1588-90 “Blades of the Brotherhood”
1591 Kane is serving aboard the “Revenge” when the ship is taken and Sir Richard Grenville killed in fighting with the Spanish. Kane is taken prisoner and suffers at the hands of the Inquisition.before escaping.
1592-1605 Solomon Kane returns to Africa and spends a number of years probing that continent’s mysteries. His adventures during this period include ""The Moon of Skulls", “The Hills of the Dead”, Hawk of Basti," “The Return of Sir Richard Grenville” (poem), “Wings in the Night,” “The Footfalls Within” and “the Children of Asshur.”
1605 Kane returns to England – “The Right Hand of Doom.”
1610 “Solomon Kane’s Homecoming” (poem) The poem closes with the aging Puritan turning away from the idea of a peaceful retirement and setting out once again on the open road. There is no record of Solomon Kane’s later years or his death.
1610 Gianluigi’s version of Solomon Kane’s last adventure sets him on a voyage to Greenland to help the survivors of a lost colony of Vikings in their struggle against a tribe of wolf-men. “La Corona di Asa” (“The Crown of Asa”) by Gianluigi Zuddas.