The Gallant was a frigate of Her Majesty’s Royal Airfleet, and was charged with patrolling the trade routes between Earth and Mars. Near to the red planet, Captain Wiggins ordered the Gallant to pursue the pirate vessel The Gargoyle’s Slipper into a massive electrical storm above the Geryon Montes range of mountains.
When the pirate vessel entered the clouds, Wiggins lost sight of it and did not realize that the Slipper’s hull had overcharged from the relentless pounding of the martian lightning. As the Gallant dove in behind, they struck the foundered pirates, wrecking both vessels.
Survivors of both crews were rescued and held by Archduke Percival Edmonton, Prince of Mars and Lord of Warton and surrounding territories.