Hell on the High Plains

Denver

We Say goodbye to the Mormons and start to whore up Denver with much gusto. We deliver the package with Jackson and he takes us out for a nice dinner à thanks. Tells us all to come by the mint tomorrow. Paddy asks for revenge on a Butte sheriff. Jackson says he can strip him off his badge but that’s all. Drake asks for info about the events of an union camp.

Jackson gives us secret US coins that signify were friends of the union.

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Aftermath
Meeting Drake

We meet Drake (wrote more about this, but didn’t save, because I am a jack-hole)
Bob takes ears, Paddy blesses

14 winchesters
6 sidarms
50 days of rations
7 flasks of whiskey
3 empty flasks
500 union
400 confederate
1080 pesos
3 decks of nudie playing cards
3 gold watches
3 silver watches
4 tin watches

2 .45’s with ivory handles and gold / silver inlays → Judge takes
1 fancy bowie knife → Bob takes
1 fancy sniper rifle →
12 silver bullets → Dick
12 silver bullets → Drake

We blasted a pit and burned / buried zombies, negotiated to take the Dawes train back to Denver for Mormons. We lash our horses to Dick’s car to use as standard carriage and ride beside / behind the train.

We start heading towards Dodge, Kansas. On the train, we discuss our earlier Zombie encounter and Ford says there are lots of dead encounters, but the problem with this meteorite is it projects a field that brings all recently deceased back…. Ford is going to Denver to hook up with a regiment to help him make it back East safely. Drake warns about not trusting Union soldiers…
Ford is confident in his secret service men.

We agree to help him get to Denver, but say Ford owes us one, which he agrees to (as long as it doesn’t compromise USA and her citizens.)

After another full day of gravel, we pull into Dodge just before sunset. ON the platform 5 gents are waiting for us.

One with a duster, twin sidearms and a shotgun, big busy moustache
one with a brown jacket / bowler and shoulder harness for his guns, moustache
Other three are hanging back, armed and in plane clothes
badges on all.

We notice all passengers are being funneled through what looks to be a gun check line. After the passengers pull off, our trains limp into the station. Steve and Fred say they’ll watch the trains if we stock ’em up, which we agree to and kick off into the station.

The Judge will approach the lawmen at the station with and introduces himself, finds out they’re Sheriff Earp and Deputy Masterson. After talking, we learn that Dodge is a divided town and they’ve had a lot of trouble, so all except the Judge has to check their guns.

Earp stops Bob and asks about his ear necklace, Bob responds it’s part of the BobTaco tribe tradition. Earp directs us to the Long Branch for some whoring and drinking. The Dawes gang was worth 3 grand in bounty, we all take 100 out for a night on town

$2500 in the bounty pot.

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The Train battle continues
Old Friends Gone, new ones comming

The Battle continues, the gatling gun is jams after a few good shots. A mormon minion named Fred is uselessly looking for a rope, the main party hides behind Dick’s car, while a mysterious sniper appears only shooting zombies(Ken). Every death creates a new enemy

We fight them down to one mormon zombie after the last Dawes tries to use the jam gatling gun and dies. In the end three mormon minions, Fred, Wilma, and Benny are left with a pile of bodies.

3 points.

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Miktwar / Ruth's last night
Lots going down

/**** RECAP ****/

Last time we defeated the Dawes gang leaving one henchmen and Robert Dawes alive. After interrogating them and learning that the rest of the gang left for Arkansas with the train. We hang the two with a mean note for the mormons and tell Jackson Ford if he wants our help he has to tell us what’s happening.

We also found a half indian kid Bob who likes to collect ears.

we find:
25 pounds pinto beans
50 lbs floue
3 lbs coffee
7lbs salty bacon
3 tins of salt
2 snuff boxes
mexican cigars
200 confederate dollars
50 bucks yankee dollars
800 pesos

we have 8 horses, we lash 4 of them onto Shaken’s carriage to conserve ghost rock.

/**** Now ****/

Jackson Ford is pissed that he has to give the party the straight and narrow. He doesn’t wan’t to tell us for our own good, but he’ll tell us anyway:

Out in Western Missouri, reports of a green glowing meteor fell out of the skies and brought the dead back to life. It’s inscribed with unknown symbols and kept in a lead lined box, but was abducted by the Dawes gang. Ford can’t contact any of his Denver contacts who he was meeting up with. It’s heading South and their new president will use it however he can to break the stalemate.

We decide to send Paddy and Dick to negotiate a lace on the train backed up by Dedda and Miliosh as snippers. After approaching they talk to an unknown Mormon scum who sends two troops riding up to investigate the hill. They stall out and wait for orders while the hill players do the same.

Ford whistles and Dedda and the Judge go with them. We all meet with Daniel Smith (leader) and agree on passage. We notice a ghost rock train coming north and assume it’s the stollen train coming back.

We decide to split up and take ‘em from infront with the mormons and behind with us using Dick’s horseless carriage to block the tracks and for cover.

A fight ensues and after killing a few Dawes men, they stand up and start to moan!

Moon pie is -3 and shaken
Dick is -1
Judge is -3
Ford is -2

Daniel is down
2 Dawes are down

Mormons are useless

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Shoot Out
Finish the big ambush

Paddy finds Chief Bob, a little indian boy held hostage in the house. We finish killing, one bandit surrenders and the leading Dawes brother is alive but passed out. We take Dawes weapons, tie him up and Paddy attempts to heal him.

On Dawes we find a key ring with three keys,$36.12 of CONFEDERATE currency. 22.75 of Yankee dollars. 13 Mexican pesos. 6 golden honey bees (Mormon money), and a few canadian pennies…..

They stole three cars with fancy engine, one car and the engine are missing…..

Paddy is successful at healing Dawes, who wakes up and is immediately intimidated by the judge.

Paddy, Jackson, and Dick are searching the caboose… They’re coming up empty. The next car has some baggage that’s been riffled through, they find Dick’s horseless carriage(though all brass lantern’s removed, upholstery torn up….), but not his sitar. Jackson is cursing up a streak.

Dawes is defiant in his bloodied state, but Jackson comes over and asks to be left with Dawes. The Judge and Bob both try to sneak and hear, but get caught. All of us get caught and Jackson takes Dawes into the barn.

The Judge goes to the other defiant prisoner, who spits on his boot. The Judge cuts off an ear to make him feel better and tosses it to Bob who puts it on his necklace.

We find out that the others are ‘taking it home to the boys in gray’ and he says Home is in Arkansas. They left yesterday, heading south hopping on the Black river line.

We drag the Bandit outside, and Jackson comes out with an unconscious Dawes. Jackson says he’s heading South, and that we should hang the two men so the Mormon’s don’t find out. We hang the two men with a note that says ‘Too late Joe’ on one guys chest.

Jackson tells us that we need to hijack the Mormon train to catch. The Judge tells Jackson that if he wants our help, he needs to tell us what he’s after.

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Continuing The Trail Ride
Eating ticks leads to stomach cramps

Dick Shacken and Miliosh’s horse are fatigued after being stabbed in order to save their lives form internal ticks.

After a quick morning meal, we mount up and head south, staying about 50 yards from the tracks, close enough to follow, but far enough away to scamper if an engine approaches.

While riding we notice antelope herds roaming and take it as a good sign that we’re out of a tick infested danger area. After awhile we come to a ravine and decide to go slowly down and up instead of taking the train bridge.

After another hour or so we notice green smoke coming from behind us. Remembering the train line, the Judge knows if it’s official, it’s running 2 hours ahead of schedule. We decide to head to a high point and use Jackson Ford’s spy glass to take a peak at what’s running down the tracks. We see a train with three cars, heavily armored and with outriders wearing railroad uniforms (though outside this line, wearing Wasatch uniforms, which typically runs out of Salt Lake). Jackson bets their looking for their lost engine.

We don’t hide and the train’s forward guard approaches us, asking our business. The Judge intimidates the Mormon scum and we decide to ride ahead and try to beat the Wasatch company men to Kansas.

After getting ahead of the train, we catch a mail / water pull off and distract the worker so Woo can sabotage the switch off, meaning the train can’t pull off for the following train. Woo and Deda intoxicate and nudify the worker to discredit about “rundown” switch offs. The girls lose at strip poker, so woo tries to knock out the old man, meanwhile they notice the Judge creeping and watching the ladies at work.

Paddy takes this time to un fatigue Dick and the horse so they’re at full capacity. Dick suggests pouring more whiskey down the old man’s throat, and we head off. We obfuscate our tracks and kick our at full speed. We ride into the night and hunker down around 11 pm to get a bit of a jump on the Wasatch douche line.

We hunker in and Paddy and the Judge take on Woo for some friendly fighting, she beats us both and the watches commence as the party gets some rest. In the morning, we start to use tracking skill and notice some illegal switches about 2 days out of Dodge City. Jackson makes a compelling argument that the Dawes gang headed of this way.

We decide to check the area around the tracks and notice a homestead that cuts through the illegal tracks. The Homestead has a gate / mini fort. We decide to jam the switch, start a fire to distract the compound.

The bandits aren’t drawn out of the walls, but drawn to the eastern wall and are watching the smoke, as well as the second plume from the Wasatch attack train. Our posse successfully gets behind the compound and Woo sneaks and lays one on the back side and three scattered around the front where we see the watch tower and bandits observing the smoke.

Dick and the Judge have taken up snipper positions while woo is sneaking and Deda and Paddy are waiting to run up to the tree for cover during confusion.

Woo lit the front three, leaving Dick to shoot the back one on time.

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Train Back East
One toe over the line

Paddy talks his way out of starting his job with the help of Woo and the Judge. Woo sees a gun she wants. Pays a pretty penny for it, we all buy a weeks worth of rations. We get on the train, which is the Wasach line heading East, an ol’ model ’62 steam engine.

Jackson has already arranged to let us off with our mounts later in the day. While riding we all notice something rustling in the bushes outside of the train about the size of a large jack rabbit.

We get a late start, ride along the rails for an hour before making camp. Woo draws first watch and sees something in the bushes, punches and a tick explodes. Meanwhile, we’re surrounded by ticks, one scampers up and crawls inside a horse’s mouth, another crawls inside the mouth of an unsuspecting Richard!

After the fight, we decide to test a ‘surgical’ removal on the horse to see if we can kill the Tick. Paddy calms the tick and makes it hold still while the Judge does a target stab to the stomach, wounding and shacking the horse. Paddy immediately heals the horse, and the party turns our sites on Dick.

Woo uses her sword to surgically remove the tick, leaving it for Dick to pass. Dick is shaken and left with a nasty stomach wound that will surely scar.

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In Julesburg
A night on the town

Horace J. Gaspar finds out we get 300 bucks of bounty for the corpses on the train. (50 bucks for everyone). We ask to form a posse to check out Dodge City Kansas to hunt them down, Sherif agrees, but notes our badges will only get us so far…. Dawes Gang also runs out of Dodge City.

The Judge wanders off to check on Sandra and spend some of his bounty money before trying to find some temporary help for the Sherif. I ask Dan ( the bouncer ) to help out the Sherif part time while I’m away.

Meanwhile Paddy gets a part-time job at the Morgan’s General Store making 50 cents a day, has morning shift, Thanks Curtis P Morgan for employing the Micks. He then goes and meets the padre of the town, gives a nice donation and gets an amulet of St. Cristopher.

Miliosh is whoring it up, but hits one up for info.

Wu questions after her lost family in the mini China Town.

Dick Shaken is at the Columbine Hotel, nicest place in town.

Miliosh, the Judge and Dick end up playing a high stakes game at the Columbine before hooking up and wandering to meet Ford.

Ford sees us gather in and informs us that he’s narrowed down where they’re headed, but can’t get funding for a train to take him there. Two options: book passage on East bound train and bribe to barrel out at junction on horse. Option two, strike out on horse. Option three, get own train.

Headed into North Western Kansas. While waiting for the train, Wu decides to kick some ass and moke some money in boxing matches. She kicks some ass. She kicks some ass again, then kicks some ass a third time.

Her third fighter does such a good job, the Judge sends him to Horace as a third deputy (with Meliosh, whose staying behind to help.)

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Train robbery Aftermath
Hold-up Blues

We notice the engine of the outlaws is burning green, and we see faces in the smoke as it pulls away. O’Leary informs the other engine of the situation as it arrives.

The Judge and Paddy go to question the unconscious perp, the Judge asks the new widow to see if she wants to watch as the man is put down. Paddy escorts her away while the Judge suffocates him and searches for clues. He finds 12 silver bullets and a double holster which he takes, and a Confederate Silver Dollar with a bullet hole in it on a chain. He pockets it and goes with Paddy to find the head conductor.

Phoebe is still running madly after the train with Wu following trying to restrain her in her madness. The Bartender catches up and says the train is heading back to Kansas in a model 87 Wassach out of Utah (advanced tech)

Phoebe: The gang that robbed that train is the gang that killed my husband and son, I will follow them to the ends of the earth.

Phoebe catches up with the bartender riding back towards the train and asks what the gang wanted. He says he can’t say, but he’s going to hunt them down. Phoebe makes a pact with him to hunt the gang.

Phoebe comes into the car and informs the group what the bartender told her. The Judge intimidates him and finds out he’s a secret Northern agent (Pinkerton agency converted into the US’ proto CIA) and attempts to recruit us.

We pow-wow and Paddy says he’s legit and we decide to help him on his endeavor, Phoebe for revenge, Wu for loyalty to Phoebe, Paddy for unknown reasons, the Judge for bringing criminals to justice.

The Agent: Jackson Ford tries to get the train moving while Paddy starts serving free drinks at the bar. and we all gamble until we arrive in Julesburg. Ford slips us a card saying he’ll be at the ‘Red Garter’ where we can meet up with him.

At the office, the Sherif has the old’ Ted for welching on a payment to the whore Sandra at the Belle and Chain. He takes the description of the Dawes members killed and sends the clerk to see if there’s a bounty. The Judge smashes his head for disrespecting and goes to clean up, while the rest of the gang goes to the Red Garter.

Paddy and Woo go in search of street fight gambling while Phoebe goes and stays at the Dragon Star Inn, where she holes up in her room sharpening her sword and oiling her gun.

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