Deadlands - Divided States of America

Big Trouble in Little Shan Fan
Lots of people giving you permission these days!

For I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears.
–Psalm 102:9

Start of Play – December 31st, 1879

Summary of Events

  • Doctor Lee invents Blast gun – destroys blood rune in Granch Cave
  • Successfully Gyrocoptered to Shan Fan
  • Explorer’s Society burned down, meeting with Long-Haired Tony
  • Meeting with Rutherford Ellington Dillenger. Discussion of kidnapping of Captain Roderick Pennington-Smythe
  • Meeting with Big Ears Tam, discussino regarding Explorer’s Society burned down
  • Investigation of Tea House belonging to Tam’s lieutenants, as he did not order any action against Explorer’s Society
  • Old lady intimidated, kung fu masters defeated
  • Captain Pennington-Smythe rescued, but says posse must move quickly to recover stolen amulet.

End of Play – January 5, 1880

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How the G Ranch Stole Christmas
Soon to be a popular children's novel!

Prepare me the kind of tasty food I like and bring it to me to eat, so that I may give you my blessing before I die.
–Genesis 27:4

December 22, 1879

Adventure Summary

  • Arrived at Lion’s Roar. Exchanged chest of silver for ghost rock and Confederate dollars. Got a very good deal
  • Heard of developments in Rail Wars – Hellstromme accepts CSA contract, shuns Union
  • Bought tickets on last yearly train to Shan Fan – accompanied by Iron Dragon supplies
  • Stopped in Hooverville for night. Town attacked by bandits.
  • Posse safe, but train attempts to leave. Attacked by unknown green creature and wrecked.
  • Town raided of food, asked to go and retrieve as much as they can without running afoul of gang
  • Goodman Ranch (G Ranch) stablehands fought to the death. Supplies recovered, food still missing
  • Unknown tracks followed to mountain cave. Ambush laid out front, two demon dogs attacked and killed
  • Creature calling itself “Granch” stalks party, seen by Hank but proves immortal
  • Christmas Carols from town weaken the Granch, leaving it mortal. It is heavily killed.
  • Strange rune found of ever growing circle painted in blood. Picture taken.
  • Story told, town pays for special gyrocopter to Shan Fan.

End of Play – December 26, 1879

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The Hunger Spirit
No one is sacrificed today...

Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it.
–Genesis 27:9

Start of Play – December 20, 1879

Event Summary

  • Doctor Lee informs posse that Joseph Humiger was bitten by their infected horse. Blame is passed around.
  • Augustus Klein III asks around for medical/spiritual help. Identifies two possible avenues
  • Trevor and Augustus seek out Old Lady Edwina. She is unhelpful, but may know more than she sees.
  • Hank Sanders pays Callie Huminger to have her son help him out for the day
  • Doctor Herman Grey shows off his insane experiments involving resurrection. Tells of rumour that the “Faminite plague” appeared here before
  • Trevor stalks Edwina to Marshal Lila Wilt, where the Marshal blames Edwina for this mess.
  • Posse confronts Edwina, admits she had a vision which led someone to a seaside shipwreck. When he returned, he turned into the first Faminite.
  • House of first victim raided, maps discovered, probably shipwreck located.
  • Marshal Wilt convinced to ride with posse to investigate.
  • Shipwreck discovered. Faminites fought.
  • Hunger Spirit emerges. Proves immune to normal gunfire. Doctor Lee has abnormal gunfire and destroys it
  • Those who were infected appear to recover, but existing Faminites remain.

End of Play – December 21, 1879

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Setting Out for Shan Fan
Not everything is a zombie. Some are worse.

They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.
–Psalm 63:10

Start of Play – December 19, 1879

Event Summary

  • People recover from Ghostfire bomb blast. Witness Shanty Town burning.
  • Lacy and Hank persuaded that there’s no way anyone can be saved, and the heat would kill them.
  • Lacy vows to expose truth, tells posse of Explorer’s Lodge inside of Shan Fan
  • Allison Shaw fills group in on Lost Angels, Grimme’s church
  • Mass attended. George Washington Woolbright says Grimme is alive, negotiating with Hellstromme
  • Posse sets out for Lion’s Roar to catch a coach to Shan Fan. Resupplies at excessive prices.
  • Coach set off for Fellheimer’s Folly, the first stop on the road. Encounters some starving “people”
  • People attack, terrify coach driver and horses
  • Battle ensues. Coach escapes, but Hank and one horse scratched.
  • Augustus identifies creatures as Faminites, things possessed by an evil spirit that spread infection through contact.
  • Pulling into town, the scratched horse looks unhealthy. It is stabled and watched by Doc Lee
  • In morning, Doc Lee falls asleep. Horse bites stableboy.

End of Play – December 20, 1879

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Out With a BOOM!
The phrase "Lesser of Two Evils" gets thrown around a lot these days...

They wander about for food and howl if not satisfied.
–Psalm 59:15

Star of Play – December 17, 1879

The Great Rail Wars Are Over!

The Good Intentions proceeded along the Wasatch tracks towards Lost Angels and the conclusion of the Rail Wars, but not without incident. A group of Iron Dragon forces were sent out to oppose them, both by steamcar and autogyro. Doctor Vanessa Hellstromme was markedly unconcerned by these events, trusting in her train’s defenses. Nonetheless, the posse of Augustus Klein III, Content Not Found: doctor-grady-gard, Hank Sanders, and Trevor leapt to action, bravely fighting off the Chinese martial artists that tried to board the train, though not an ill-timed leap leading them off the train, and the steam cars, but towards the ground.

Salvation came in the form of the Hellstromme Automated Recovery Passenger System, a small angel-like automaton which swooped down to retrieve the fallen members, and the attack was fought off. Dr. Hellstrome was quite effusive with praise, while Lacy O’Malley queried them for their version of events. Soon enough though, the train arrived in Lost Angels, and they were greeted by resistance from Ezekiah Grimme and all remaining Rail Barons. Hellstromme asked her new friends to leave to not be caught up in the fight, but before she could get farther a shot from Dixie Rails hit her in the chest and she went down. Hostilities commenced, and as the posse retreated Hank attempted to pull Doctor Hellstromme to safety, only to be waived off as she said she was uninjured and her place was here.

Chilling Secrets of Lost Angels!

Fleeing the battle, Lacy O’Malley asked for the group’s help finding his friend Sam Hellman who hadn’t been heard from in some time. Offering no reward the group agreed – though Doc Lee had reservations. They snuck into the city without too much issue They were forced to avoid packs of Grimme’s enforcers – the Guardian Angels – as they went through the city, and found evidence people seemed to be starving in its streets.

Finding Sam’s room, it seemed neat and abandoned as if no one had ever been in there. Sadly they noticed the receptionist had sold them out, and they were forced to flee without being able to search for clues. Trying to leave the city, they moved to dodge a pack of wounded Lost Angels militia coming back into the city. Watching as a group of Guardian Angels descended on them, the militia asked for help, only to be viciously beaten by the Angels themselves.

Unwilling to stomach this, Hank roared from his hiding place, mocked the Angels, and turned to run for it. Sister Andrea Baird immediately gave chase, and as the rest of the Angels recovered from their shock, the rest of the group opened fire. Though Trevor was the only true combatant among them, the surprise and ranged weapons they had gave them the advantage, and they managed to slay the Angels – though it was a close call for Doc Lee!

Having given Sister Baird the slip, Hank returned, rescued one soldier and rejoined his friend. Sadly the fight had drawn more Angels to the area, As they prepared to run, a mysterious figure in the roofs jetpacked away, luring the Guardian Angels away from them. They managed to quit the city, and the figure met up with them to introduce himself – Luke Pitt of Union Blue. He had been sent in to spy on Wasatch agents, and was thoroughly disgusted with the living conditions of Lost Angels.

A New Age

The posse thanked him for his intervention, but before he could get too deep into what he witnessed, a trio of unmarked blimps were spotted heading towards the battlefield. Luke jetted off to fight them, warning the group of Grimme’s apparently supernatural powers, and the town’s equal part devotion and fear towards him. Making their way towards the Wasatch camp, Lacy was in a fury over what he had seen, and vowed that all countries had to hear of Grimme’s atrocities, and at least Hellstromme was not as bad as Grimme.

Then the blimps dropped their bombs.

Three gigantic clouds shaped equally like mushrooms and skulls roared over the battlefield. Lacy, Hank and Trevor were knocked out by the shock of it. Doctor Lee stayed upright, and witnessed what seemed to be the screams of ghost rock, but they were drowned out by laughter from a source he couldn’t see. Only Augustus kept his composure to look up into the sky and see two gigantic figures illuminated by the light – a woman thin to the point of being skeletal and ragged, screaming at a disease-riddled figure who was laughing in the light.

And then the vision passed, and all that was left… was death.

End of Play – December 19, 1879

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The Hellbore
Making history and meeting friends

Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?
–Job 6:6

Star of Play – December 13, 1879

Summary of Events

  • Train derails while en route to the Maze due to Apache ambush. Indians fought off.
  • Attackers fought off, tunnel in the ground dug to underground railroad
  • Meeting with Charlie BIll Buckner, and promise of safe passage to Wasatch
  • Meeting with Vanessa Hellstromme and Lacy O’Malley
  • Tunnel critters eliminated
  • Hellbore completes its underground journey, syncs up with Wasatch railpost
  • Journey set off for Lost Angels, and destiny.

End of Play – December 17, 1879

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Blood Drive: Destination Roswell
An Introduction to the Weird West!

Summary of Events

  • Group became incredibly boerd with Sutter’s flats. Met up with Bill Sutter
  • Roped, broke horses, and fought of Terrantulas
  • Killed Bartholomew Phelps who tried to extort him out of more money
  • Departed for Roswell, New Mexico
  • Spotted and defeated ambush led by Black Dog, rail warriors and zombies.
  • Made it to Roswell, investigated strange light from a spy
  • Met miraculously alive man who had been attacked, killed him when he got violent
  • Interrogated by Wasatch Industries on suspicion of espionage
  • Several moments of hilarity during mind-reading interrogation
  • Released, but fort would not buy cattle. Decision made to head to Disputed Territories.
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Dixie Rails Saviours!
Read All About the Heroes of the Tuscon Line!

Byline by Jewel Faye Kipling

An amazing series of events unfolded on this morning’s inaugural journey of the Muëller High Efficiency Engine running between Tucson and Prescott! Our journey set off in high spirits as Miss Flora Waite of Dixie Rails welcomed Doctor Thaddeus Muëller and his wonderful new high efficiency Ghost Rock engine train to the platform. Finally focused on refining existing designs rather than blindly following the next exploding trend, it truly brought home that the Confederacy is poised to win this Rail War with our commitment to forward thinking design.

The initial leg was not without issue, and the unfortunate speedbumps that I at first dismissed may in fact have been foreshadowing the tragedy to befall us. A rather shady looking man upset no less than Gustav Cunrine himself in the gambling halls, and only the quick action of the excellent service staff of Dixie Rails managed to keep him from declaring the failure of the engine there and then. As well a rather violent Chinese man attempted to demonstrate his “mastery of the martial arts”, and then when trounced by good old American fisticuffs proceeded to attack a man from behind in a shocking display of poor sportsmanship.

I later discovered that not even our noted cadre of scientists were immune to this shocking lax in discipline. Of the three Scientists hired to verify the claims of Doctor Muëller, only one saw fit to actually perform his job.Content Not Found: doctor-grady-gard appeared to spend the first half of the journey eating in the dining car rather than performing his readings, and Doctor Isiah Weston was outed as potentially taking Union bribes to sabotage our journey. Thankfully Doctor Orland Easton was committed to actually performing his job.

The perfidy of Doctor Weston was uncovered through the excellent work of Texas Ranger Zina Whitbeck, as well as apparently some help from an unnamed Dixie Rails Indian employee. When that bribery was uncovered, we all believed that the worst was behind us. Little did we suspect that two attackers gained access to the train and began to launch a vicious assault against it. The male attacker struck at the media car, no doubt hoping to kill Doctor Muëller or Miss Waite, while the female went to the rear to attack our noble troops, and prevent anyone from escaping.

Fortunately the brave Dixie Rails soldiers, with a minor amount of help from the Indian “Shaman” were able to overcome the attacker in the rear, and Ranger Whitbeck rallied the troops to the point where even a singer came to defeat the attacker in the media car! In the aftermath we mourned the dead, but thankfully that was the last interruption in our journey and we arrived in Prescott with no further interruption.

Though the perfidy of the Union has yet to be confirmed, no doubt they will prove to be responsible. Nonetheless we must be grateful to Ranger Whitbeck for his tireless work in defending us, and in securing the first journey of what is no doubt going to be a revolution for the South! We are all joined in clamouring for widescale production of this new engine, an hope that Doc Muëller will make his re-appearance soon! Sadly the heroic Ranger could not be reached for combat, as he had departed for Tucson to track down the malefic attackers of this convoy. This reporter herself will be setting out to track their journey and report their no doubt imminent success!

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The Devil's Tower
This was a perfectly logical sequence of events.

Start of Play – October 30, 1876

  • Party debates whether or not to believe Jackie Wells’s claim of being from the future, and to give her the Heart of Darkness.
  • Cedric J. Northington and Nikita Williams nominally on her side, Roy Barker believes her to be a particularly mad scientist
  • Marcus Kraus requests $32,000 to buy his support. Jackie “creates” it and gives it to him.
  • Arriving at Bayou Vermillion railhead, Jackie’s story of the train being delayed proves true. Decide to accompany her
  • Party boards advanced aeronautic vehicle and flies to Devil’s Tower. Landing procedure involves crashing into the roof, and fighting Devil Bats to gain entry.
  • Crossbreeds inside conducting horrific experiments. Ignored for the sake of expediency.
  • Portal room now guarded by numerous guards. Roy uses magic, others use a lot of firing guns to intimidate.
  • Portal opened – Old Pete between them and safety. Reveals himself to be Jasper Stone from another time.
  • Fight to gain entry to the portal. Stone seems unkillable, but Marcus’s crew fights furiously to stall him.
  • Eventually everyone stalls Stone long enough to get through, escape to the future.
  • Heart of Darkness given to Jackie to confirm to Vanessa Hellstromme – and she is teleported away to deliver the Heart
  • Group contacted by radio. Jackie is unable to return, leaving them stuck alone on Hell on Earth.

End of Play – November 3, 2094

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday
The critical time comes round at last

Start of Play – October 28, 1876

  • Infiltration of The Rock commences. Slaughterhouse, meat locker, and kitchens discovered. Initial discovery prevented by Marcus Kraus
  • Cell block discovered in basement level. Guard knocked out by Nikita Williams, but determined Jasper Stone was not present.
  • Moved into Sub-Basement. Discovery of blood-stained altar and hidden door, which key from Old Pete fits. Exploration continued.
  • Bedchambers belonging to 13 Elders. Investigation debated, but rejected due to time constraints.
  • Meeting room for Elders found. Roy Barker and Cedric J. Northington witness horrible murals inside composed of human remains. Forbid others from entering
  • Beyond hidden door find Grimme’s throne room, decorated by bones, and Grimme’s art studio, decorated with organs.
  • Grimme’s laboratory has a single cell in which Jasper Stone is bound by magic. Freed, and escape begins.
  • Prisoners in upper cell levels unable to be rescued. Marcus passes gun along to one prisoner to use on Grimme.
  • Old Pete escorts group to a nearby warehouse in a very circuitious fashion. Arrive just before dawn.
  • Group leaves to steal Heart of Darkness from Reverend Grimme in aftermath of upcoming church service.
  • Demons from Hell interrupt church service, Cedric determines this is all a play staged by Grimme, but the death is real. In the confusion, Old Pete steals the diamond.
  • In aftermath, Old Pete gives the diamond to Stone and vanishes. Stone “thanks” the group by giving them a two day head start before he hunts them down.
  • Train caught out of town. On board, party confronted by Jackie Wells who claims to be from 2094 and sent back to retrieve Heart of Darkness for the Vanessa Hellstromme of her time.

End of Play – October 30, 1876

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