Deadlands: On the Trail

Pickman, Colorado: Go - we'll cover you!

Stuck in a little saloon upstairs room with nose ferrets outside, Abe chose to take the furniture apart. The veterans in the group scratched their heads meanwhile as of how to deal with the vampire infestation. Abe tried to make torches made of bed legs and curtains – under the complaints of Camilla, who had them ordered. Also there were two lanterns. Oh well.

They dared to explore the saloon and found a scene of carnage in the store room, an impromptu larder for the vampires. They saved a soldier named Jim, but another of the dead rose just in time to react. Eleanore is running out of charges for her wonder gun quickly.

They “covered” Jim while he picked up some rifles from the main street belonging to him and his fallen comrades. They heard pleas for help from the local jail. Eleanore went and Jim accompanied her. Two vampires were besieging a man locked into a cell. They charged her and Jim. She could help herself, but Jim got bitten and sucked out. Poor Jim, we barely knew you…

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Pickman, Colorado: From Dusk Till Dawn

Who wrote the last session report`?

3XP

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An Abandoned Ranch

When following the tracks from the watering station to the next town, Ben saw a few buildings in the distance just past sunset. He sneaked closer, and found a ranch devoid of life. There was a dead horse in the stable and no livestock in the corral. The main house was barred from inside. He entered by force, punching at first a hole in the main door and then unhinging the whole door.

In the bedroom he found a half-conscious, pregnant-looking woman. Before he could revive her with water an insectoid thing emerged in a shower of blood from her belly. He shot it, spraying himself with more blood. The others heard the shot in the distance and chose to investigate. Meanwhile he was fighting off three and then four more of the vile things with both pistol and crowbar, weakened already by being tired and hurling his stomach contents.

Eleanore arrived first, only to be attacked by two more things. Marten was quite a bit behind, but also struggled with two more. Each had the unpleasant experience of one forcing itself down their throats. Prairie ticks, Marten remembered! Disgusting and feared – if only they had castor oil to get them back out! They dispatched the rest, but not before a second one was swallowed by Marten. In panic they searched the little house and found two quarts of castor oil in the kitchen. Marten downed his with the desperation of someone with a bug down his gullet. He puked the things up and ran into the dark, his loyalty for his friends overruled by sheer trauma.

Ben and Eleanore panicked too, and barricaded themselves in the dark kitchen. They made torchlights. They even lit the stove. Ever-cool Ben tried to nap off some of his tiredness until help would arrive. Eleanore kept watch, when the things tried to scratch the floor. She was too unnerved to react, feeling her blood being drained from within. Ben turned the kitchen table upside down and put it on the hole before anything could come through, sat on it and went back to sleep!

Marten meanwhile had run a mile away, and then followed the call of nature (and the call of castor oil) and emptied his bowels thoroughly on the prairie. Tired but relieved he made his way back to the rest of the group, trying to lead them in a relief attack on the farm house. Mary Lou made (somehow) light, and Marten found a window on the back of the building farthest from the encroaching ticks. He tried to burst it open with gunpowder from a bullet, but his aim was off. The bang jolted Ben awake, and both inside followed Marten’s shouts and evacuated through the now unbarred window before too many ticks could get at them.

All chose to run off into the prairie, where they stopped in exhaustion. Eleanore swore to find a way to elimate such ticks with utmost prejudice. 2 XP for all attending.

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Collins Springs, Colorado
iron horse, horse brain and super brain

The fellowship – without a ring or a goose – was hired to protect the train from Liberty to Collins Spring. For their work they should get a free passage and a corresponding salary. But this route was known as a very dangerous part of the railroad net, because a group of bandits made trouble in this area. Therefore the last wagon of the train was armored by covering in iron plates and a group of bold guards including our adventurers Eleanore, Mary Lou, Adams character accompanied the train.

The commander of the guards Quentin introduced them to the rest of the crew, including two other soldiers of fortune a small and boyish person called Marten Cannary and Ben an fierce thief (not from the ‘Dalton Brothers’ ;-) ). Marten told that he was a former Ponyexpress rider and left to look after the horses of the group in the horse wagon. The rest of the group inspected in the meanwhile the armored wagon, the headquarter of the guards on the trip. In the middle of the wagon was a thing, covered with a dirty piece of cloth. A guard nearby called the thing with an caring voice ‘Bessie’. Ben couldn’t keep his fingers away from the cover and opened it, beneath was a big box which looked like containing a large amount of money and on top of this box was ‘Bessie’. ‘Bessie’ was a large and well cared gatling gun. A real scientist has inborn interest in in all kind of machines, especially if they are large and make a loud bang. So Eleanore had a closer look to the gat. She thought for some seconds then sniped her fingers and shouted: “With some ghostrock we could improve the gatling, to an even more deadly weapon, the ‘gatling of the doom’ which will fire much faster and if we change the handwheel against pedals, we will increase the firing rate tremendously, too”.

For the next hours nothing special happened and all were hanging around lazy in the wagon. On his round Adams character heard suddenly a strange sound, something like a secret signal and saw one of the crew sitting on the floor, leaned against a wall. He didn’t give the guy a change to talk or to take his weapon and killed him instantaneously with his gun. In this moment all felt the wagon slowing his speed. They looked out of the window and saw or better not saw the other wagons and the engine. The bandits had kidnapped the train and disconnected the last wagon with all the guards. A dozen bandits were following the wagon on horses and opened fire. The voodoo mambo Mary Lou used her power to cast fear on the riders. Marten took this chance to climb up on the roof of the wagon and gave a taste of his shooting skills. He killed four of the riders with precise shoots. By the force of his Winchester even the horses were killed and there brain splashed around. Adams character could injure a lot of the riders and horses with his three sticks of dynamite. And the other adventurers blasted from all weapons, too. In the end the surviving riders fled.

But danger was not over. The commander of the guards Quentin jumped on the gatling and forced the adventurers to go to the next station to get help. After some hours of march they reached the station. But it was deserted, and they found the corpses of the gatekeeper,three passengers and the dead conducter beneath the building. Next to the station, was a big wet spot, which seemed to be caused by a steam-powered vehicle. The power supply of the Morse undulator was cut, and no one knew the Morse code too, so they couldn’t send a message to ask for help. But they found a map in the station. On the map a village not far away from the station was marked. So they started to walk to this village…..

Everyone attending gets 2 XP.

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Pitcairn, Colorado

Finale in Liberty, CO – 1XP
Start in Pitcairn, CO – 1XP

Adam, please add details

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Liberty, Colorado

Welcome to the Weird (and Wild) West. These are days when spirits must be brave, stakes are high, and men are real men, women are real women and creatures drawn from the darkest places of imagination are (unfortunately) very real… though not everyone believes it. Not yet.

On the plains of Colorado, a group of adventurers ride west, each one with a different goal, and united by convenience: Mary Lou, Gary and Eleanore. Already tired by a long journey on horse, they arrived to a small town.

Liberty CO, as they noticed, had a very small population count, which have been updated multiple times in recent days. They saw the hanged body of a man, at the entrance of the town. Looking for a place to rest, they continued to the main street of the town, straight into the Saloon.

After ordering some drinks, they started to inquire about the town, and specially, about the hanged body. They found out that the dead man was actually a murderer that was recently judged and received the death penalty. They also learned that, since he was hanged, a new murder had occur every night, and it was always people that went out of their house after the sunset. Intrigued by this news, the adventurers asked more people. Eleanore asked in the General Store, where she also bought some provisions. Mary Lou and Gary went straight to the Sheriff, and asked him about the situation. After a few words, the Sheriff gave them the task of investigate the crimes, promising a payment of 5 dollars per day. They accepted the job. They met again at the Saloon, and decided to have a look at the town.

They examined the place where the murderer was hanged. Upon a closer look, they realized that he had no shoes, but found no other thing of any interest. They examined the church and the graveyard. Several placed showed signs of recently removed ground, for the most recent victims of the unknown murderer.

The night was falling, and the townsfolk were taking refuge inside their homes. Mary Lou, Gary and Eleanore decided to mount guard around the town, and look for the murderer. Not so much later that night, they heard a scream. They ran towards its origin, and found a man, dead, his throat slitted, his blood, still warm, flowing to the ground. They tried to find the murderer, to no avail. The adventurers went to the Sheriff’s house, to inform him about the recent event. He refused to go out of his house. The adventurers examined the dead mans house, but found no clues.

With one hypothesis in mind, they went to the town’s graveyard. Gary started to dig out one of the recently assasinated persons. He managed to dig out the body of a girl, the youngest victim of the unknown murderer. He buried her, again.
The next day, Eleanore told the Sheriff, that she wanted to do a small test: What would happen, if we reunite the entire population of the town, and made them spend the night in the church? The Sheriff, possibly knowing that there was nothing to lose, gathered the people from the town, and explained the plan. Eleanore stayed in the church with the people, and Mary Lou mounted guard with Gary around the town. That night, no one was murdered!

The next day, Eleanore decided to make another experiment. That night, she, Mary Lou and Gary would mount gurad around the town, with someone from the town. Eleanore asked the Sheriff. He reluctantly agreed.

That night, they started their rounds, Gary with Mary Lou and Eleanore with the Sheriff. While Mary Lou and Gary were in the other side of the town, Eleanore stayed close to the church with the Sheriff. When she was distracted, the Sheriff attacked her with a knife. Eleanore barely escaped from the initial damage. She noticed that the Sheriff did not quite look like and himself, and also, he was wearing boots that were too big for him. Seeing that he did not have any intention to stop his attacks, she opened fire against him. Upon hearing the noise, Mary Lou and Gary went to see what was happening…

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