Deadlands: The Long Road

Dustup at Dawn
In which our heroes meet a foe head on...

As he headed back to town with the less than conscious Prof. Hellstromme, Orea met with a mysterious figure, who turned out to be none other than Reverend Cheval. He greated them, and managed to patch up the good Professor, and espoused to them the evil of one Shelly Pearl. He mentioned she was a witch, and advised them that they should not suffer her to live. He sent them on their way, and they headed back to town.

Meanwhile, two peculiar gentlement, Frank Richards and Richard Reynolds, entered the town, and spent some time in the Six Feet Under, playing cards and drinking whiskey. Richard left with Lizzie to have some fun, but Frank stayed for a while. The rest of the posse hung out and spoke for a while, the Professor advocating getting a group together to deal with the bandits. Orea and Frank got into some hot water together, and were tossed out.

While they went to play poker at the Crystal River Hotel, the Professor purchased the general store so he could purchase dynamite(it probably made more sense to him), and Mina stuck around and chatted with some townsfolk. She heard about John Daly’s corpse coming back to roam the town at night, and the fears of the townsfolk. She also discovered that the deputies enjoy abusing their power.

The Professor spent the rest of the day cleaning out the General Store, and discovered a mysterious cross, hung upside down, in an out of the way spot. He removed it, and burnt it, and ordered his dynamite. The former owner of the store, Ray Wisely, left town, and took the order with him.

The next day, the posse was woken up by gunfire, and found the town was being overrun by Hank ‘Mayhem’ Archer and his gang of desperadoes. The posse countered their assault, and Frank managed to cut poor Hank to ribbons. The remaining bandits fled for their lives from the warlock, and out into the desert, although Mina managed to cut one down before he could escape.

The posse then discovered that the mayor had been shot. Mina and Professor Hellstromme went to him, and heard his last words…

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For Whom the Bell Tolls
In which the Posse mourns a member...

Things quickly went downhill after the mayor’s passing. The town was in an uproar, and the posse did their level best to calm things down. Prof. Hellstromme ended up the Mayor at one point, and Mr Reynolds later became the town Marshal. The two investigated the town, and managed to dig up the town history, as well as the fact that Daly had left the town to his closest heir, despite the lack of any documentation on who that was. It sure wasn’t anybody in the town, though.

Meanwhile, Mina attempted to investigate more of the odd happenings around town, and found a miner declaring he had been robbed in the Jewel, but the Jewel claimed he was like that when he wandered in. Things then took a deadly turn for the worse as she stumbled on a bigger problem: a body found in front of the schoolhouse. Things were beginning to spiral out of control.

The Mayor’s funeral was held, but during the service, half the posse ended up investigating a miner’s claims of tunnels under the graveyard, big enough for a man to crawl through. The tunnels, however, were a ruse, and Orea, Prof. Hellstromme, Richard and the miner all came under fire. The Marshal had a dastardly plan to own the whole town, and had all but succeeded. He blurted out as much, like an idiot, and realized he would need to cover up his crime of fraud with the only logical solution: Attempted Murder! He managed to commit actual murder, and Orea received a premature halo. Dismayed, the posse proceeded to put the Marshal down long enough to arrest the black-hearted desperado. The town is holding him until a judge can arrive to hold a trial.

Shortly thereafter, one Wesson Smith arrived in town, with the utterly insane idea to use dynamite to find more copper in the mine. After being dissuaded, he became friends with the rest of the posse.

Meanwhile, more bodies piled up at the courthouse, and the posse investigated and found that a ghost had taken up residence after being left there. After confirming the fact, Prof Hellstromme pretty much left the rest to Mina, and rode off with Wesson. Mina, to her credit, went and found Deacon Plume. To Deacon Plume’s discredit, the ghost responded to his presence by giving him a heart attack. The Doctor showed up and revived the Deacon, while Mina dragged the little girl’s skeleton through a conjured windstorm and up to the church, where the unfortunate child was finally put to proper rest.

Meanwhile, Prof. Hellstromme came across some sort of strange creature attacking a woman out in the wilderness, and beheaded it in a fury. He then met a charming lady named Shelly Pearl Daly…

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