There Comes a Reckoning

Sunday April 15th

The Sheriff wakes up and is felling alright. Elizabeth wants him to rest, but he insists on heading out for the day. He offers to escort me to church and I accept, pleased to have more time with the man in a proper manner. We stop off at the jail first and Justice fills him in on both the ambush and key parts of the story about the Celstials. Mainly that the girl tried to kill Lung.

We head off to church and, as the Sheriff has decided to rest at the office, Johnny Clockwork escorts me to church. The Preacher makes a point of looking at each of us companions during. He talks us up for a second, then takes us down. Based on his sermon he makes excuses for himself. “As long as you believe in Jesus and accept him all is forgiven.”

Elizabeth inquired about the exchange between Justice and The Preacher. A Stagecoach arrived today. It appears it is Mayor Peabody returned from Wyoming. The Mayor is excitedly telling a tale of the attack. He brought a Negro newspaperman in to run the Shady Gulch newspaper his name is Grimsly. He will pay $1 for a story with collaborated. Grimsly took a loan from the Mayor to open the place. Mayor is also partial owner of the Shady Gulch Herald.

I go to the Celestial heroin den with Clockwork because he is concerned about a girl there named Song that Justice and Joe may have put in danger. I have no success in finding information, however Mr. Clockwork talks one of the girls into taking him into a darkened room where she is recovering. He wants to go in and rescue her.

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Saturday April 14th

Sherrif Truelock has asked us to accompany him out to the Tibbs/McReady claim. Well he asks others around me, and I insist of going. It’s a good thing too, because aside from the very odd behavior of the other prospectors we are met by a Dread Wolf, actually a pack of Dread Wolves, at the claim. I am deeply saddened to report the Sherrif has been bitten. I am unsure how to alert the Sherrif, or anyone else, to the matter as I have started down this road a few times and at best it ends with me politely escorted out of a town.

I was planning on taking up the invite from Jake Killburn regardless of the other’s acceptance, but I was happy they went along. Mr. Killburn appears to be an enthusiast of the Occult. Enough to enjoy a tarot deck. I managed to channel this conversation into information about a missing celestial girl Ming Song and the connection to the town’s Preacher.

Justice and Joseph visit the Celestial district to talk to Dou Choi Lung. They wound up in a scuffle with the man and apparently Sing tried to save him. Justice is filling me in when Sheriff Truelock bursts in demanding Killburn for justice in the matter of the death of Mr. Tibbs. As a group we manage to get the Sheriff out of Nugget and home. While Justice and Johnny get the unconscious Sheriff to his house, I run and get Darling. She is able to cure the Sheriff. I am briefly horrified as I think the poor dear has taken it on herself, but the symptoms quickly subside and she faints.

It is late at this point, but as the main crisis is over I volunteer to stay behind to watch over the Sheriff and his daughter Elizabeth whom has a rough night as Johnny apparently has no bedside manner. The boys go to leave and we are ambushed. I quickly spring into action. I activate Soul Sight. When I get I manage to startle them into inactivity with a lie about springing a trap.

Claude Maynard and Frank Ames where part of the ambush and started it. Jim Horner was a part of it and supposed to be in jail. It appears the Deputy Holden is dirty. We get the keys from Truelock’s house and take the two captives to the jail. Holden is in a cell. Claiming he was knocked out. His injury seems a bit small for the accused story and Justice takes it upon himself to conduct a small scientific inquiry by punching him in the face. Maynard and Ames are worth bounties I have $40 as my share. We lock those dead men in a cell to secure our money.

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Friday April 13th 1877

While we are having drinks at a local establishment a mysterious man enters. He is gathering a bit of attention as he orders a whiskey. He begins to speak a piece about a man. I started looking around, and sure enough someone was taking umbrage with what this strange man was saying. At first the man being spoken of seemed angry at the dark stranger. But soon he turned ashen face and drops dead. A fellow fan of theatre the mysterious stranger punctuates the death with a cheers and takes the shot down smooth. He meets no resistance as he leaves and when he does the bar is oddly quiet for a moment. It seems the fellow actually died during the speech! I accompanied Justice with the body to the Church.

As if that wasn’t enough I have just returned from confronting two men trying to spirit away a body in the night. Luckily Justice was woken as well so after observing a bit and talking about what to do we decided to confront the pair as they walked away. It turns out it’s the body of Curtis Tibbs. He is a prospector along with McReady, whom stayed back at the claim to ward of “claim jumpers”.

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Wednesday April 11th 1877 - Thursday April 13th 1877

Night felt oddly cold. I was constantly on edge. Darling continued a vigil with the pregnant army wife. I couldn’t help but get up and walk the perimeter from time to time. The men seem competent, there are just so few of them for all the dangers there could be. I am not sure, but I think they are benefiting from my presence.

I had to swim across the river to bring a ferry across at an abandoned crossing. I think the boys got a show despite mine and Darling’s best efforts.

Injun attack!

They were fierce and terrifying. Steadfast in their determination to eliminate us. Not the least of which because it became clear they where corpses not content to rest. The banker was insufferable. Blathering on the whole time about how he would gladly pay to be safe. It was at this time an undead Indian Raider leaped from his horse onto our carriage! Without even thinking I found my gun under his chin. I smirked. I actually asked the banker “How much is this was worth?” As I pulled the trigger. Sadly I fear that bit of wit was lost in the sound of the shot and overall chaos of the battle.

Despite this interlude, we where able to end the day at Shady Gulch. We are quickly greated by Sheriff Truelock. He stands in refreshing contrast to the environment. Rugged to be sure, but his gravitas is posh without pretention. It seems a rather common trait amongst the middle and upper class of the American South.

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Wednesday April 14th 1877

Take carriage to Shady Gulch

  • Pick up boy in the road named Hank
  • Get ambushed by Hank and his gang.
  • Took Hank and a cohort captive
  • Attacked by Mexican Dragon
  • Army wife gives birth
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