Manifest Destiny

Li Grand Zombi
“Today's preparation determines tomorrow's achievement.”

Breakfast on the 26th Day

The party was sitting around having a normal breakfast on the 26th day if their stay in Tombstone. Thanks to the crowded breakfast room, the group was sitting near a young Chinese man. Eli attempted a friendly overture, but gentleman was standoffish. Kung fu

Suddenly, Susan appeared in the hotel and rushed over to Eli. It turned out that the “large negro” has left the Lewis farm and hopped on the train to Tombstone with a group of hired hands. Hearing this, Jebidiah tried to get the party to join him in private to discuss the issue of LaCroix, however it took them awhile to realize this. As they spoke in public, the Chinaman overheard them talking about the Baron and decided to listen in.

The posse talked for a few moments before they notices the Chinaman being decidedly un-sneaky outside. They invited him into the room where they discovered that he was an agent of the Iron Railroad by the name of Zheng Rong Kai. He also had an interest in taking out LaCroix. He decided to join with them, despite the fact that Jebidiah and Eli insist on calling him Kyle.

The party split up to prepare for the fight.

Eli

Eli returned to the Epitaph to see if Lacey had any last minute insights. He and Lacey looked through the the files again, and Eli found a box with an attempted interview with LaCroix. It talked about how he came from Haiti and had a sister who was deceased. However the reporter was unable to actually interview as he seemed to be disdainful of speaking to her because she was a woman.

Cobb, Jeb, & Felicity

All three of them went about town to see if they could get more info on the Baron’s (possibly haunted) compound. Cobb talked to Doc Holliday, Jeb headed to chat with Curly Bill and Felicity took the ladies and chatted about town. They discovered that the Baron’s compound is about 2 miles south of town and people rarely go there. There is definitely a staff on hand and people do take care of it when the Baron is out of town. Everyone is definitely wary, if not outright scared, of the Baron.

Zheng

Waited until dark to sneak out to LaCroix’s compound to reconnoiter. He snuck around the outer fence and tried to catch a glimpse inside. He discovered that it was a large, ranch-style house that patrolled on the exterior by about 12-15 men. He also caught of glimpse dead bodies possessed by Yaoguai, the ones called walking dead.

The Evening

They reconvened at the Grand Hotel to debrief on what they discovered. Sam, Mama Jolou’s spy in the Baron’s organization, came in with a box that contains Mama Jolou’s ashes. Sam reads from a note that states they have to move quickly and that carrying the ashes into the battle will provide some protection from the Baron’s powers, but not to rely on it too much. She has also stated that she wants Cobb to take her ashes to Canton, KS and warns that she will haunt him if he refuses. Jeb has the idea to use the Cowboys to split LaCroix’s forces and talks Curly Bill into trying to hit up the train depot by bluffing that there is large cash deposit there. He attempts to get them to hit up LaCroix’s place as well, but behind the scenes Johnny Ringo screws that up. They decide that the group headed to the Baron’s compound would consist of Cobb, Long, Zheng, the Smoots and Cruz. Susan and Delilah were to stay behind, though Delilah wasn’t terribly happy about it.

Long’s Hunch on the Gun

Before heading out, Cobb nudged Long to perform a Hunch on Delilah’s custom Buntline Special. While he didn’t get anything relating directly to the mission at hand, he did get a vision of the gun lying on the ground and being picked up by Delilah while she is still in her wedding dress. She screams “Come back here! I swear I will kill you!” The gun in then pointed at a figure in a black coat and hat running away. While he couldn’t see the face, it did look remarkably similar to the Servant of Death that made and appearance in the alternate reality visions.
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The Compound

The posse got to the compund just in time to see 6 men leaving for the depot. Once they realized that the Cowboys weren’t going to show up, they proceeded to take out the men guarding the perimeter with relative ease. They were just about to enter the house proper…

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Succubus
Just needed a quickie.

Long

Ate some bad chili or something, he was sick all day.

All the rest

The “Smoots” got drunk and ate pie, everyone else just ate pie. A guy came into the bar area of the hotel saying that the deputy had been killed. As both Felicity and the Doc were blitzed on gin, Delilah put them to bed while the rest of the posse checked out what was going on.

The town doctor and Sheriff let Cobb & Eli see the body. The deputy appeared to have been mummified. It reminded Cobb of bodies he had seen where the poor sap had been dehydrated in the dessert.

Everyone went to bed and Eli had a dream about a naked women eating his face in a bordello.

Through a series of events that involved Alexander digging up a grave in his underclothes and Eli getting a very expensive camera that he never actually used, the posse came to the conclusion that the deputy and at least 5 other men in town had been killed by a succubus working out of the High Times Saloon.

Felicity & Delilah infiltrated the bordello as ladies of the evening and the gentlemen came in as potential customers. The madam, Maria Delgado, immediately recognized Cobb and tried to put the moves on him. Felicity was able to identify the succubus as Madame Delgado and tried to warn Cobb. Madame Delgado realized that the jig was up and a fight ensued. Unfortunately, the succubus could only be hurt by holy items and the party was unable to kill Delgado before expending all of their blessed bullets. And Eli fell under the sway of the succubus so he was completely useless for one round. Eventually Alexander and Cobb managed to restrain the succubus and Eli tried to kill her by stabbing her in the belly, shouting, “Back to hell you devil whore!” Unfortunately she lived through the stabbing, prompting Cobb to shout “Jesus Christ!” as he grabbed Eli’s arm and mad him stab her again, finally killing her.

Nothing terribly noteworthy in terms of meta-plot this session, just some good, old fashioned devil whore killing.

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Felicitous Pt 2 - What Binds
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self, so therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.” Kahlil Gibran

Eli & Jeb

Where were they? Who knows? Hanging with the Cowboys? Chasing unicorns? Making sweet, sweet love to each other love? Probably off getting into mischief, those rascally kids!

Cobb & Delilah

Cobb & Delilah spent a delightful day together. The two of them went to the blacksmith and commissioned the making of silver bullets and cold iron bullets. Cobb then took Del to teach her how to shoot. Her performance on the range confirmed to Cobb that she is not pretending in the slightest, her abilities are really gone (however she managed not to shoot any little old ladies, unlike SOME people I could mention). They then returned to the hotel, where Delilah shooed staff out of the kitchen so she could bake Cobb a pie. Cobb on his part chatted with Doc Holliday about whether or not a spell could cause Del to loose her memory. Holliday says it was possible, but he has nothing in his arsenal that would be good for determining something of the nature.

Felicity & Dr. Royce

The next morning, tensions remained over Alexander’s reprimand of Felicity over the Cullen House incident. Felicity was called to the sheriff’s office to give a recounting of the incident. On her way back to the hotel a man bumped into her and dropped a piece of paper baring her name. She picked it up, and on the inside was written a riddle. The riddle lead her to an apple cart where she was given another riddle that instructed her to pay a quarter to the man for an apple. He gave her a fake apple that had another riddle inside that lead her to the locksmith. The locksmith gave her a key with instructions to meet at the Harriman Hotel, to come alone, and with a code indicating that an officer of high rank wished to speak with her.

She went to the meeting and was met by Sir Edward Rellington, a tall gentleman with a pinched face, thin mustache and mutton chops. He gave her a coffee and complimented her on her abilities to deal with Dr. Royce and his eccentricities. Rellington indicated that getting close to the doctor had actually been her primary assignment all along. He needed someone to obtain information from Royce and it would be information he would not give up willingly. He claimed that Royce was hiding the formula for an extraordinary elixir from the Crown, and its formulation was most likely caused the death of Royce’s sister. Sir Edward gave Felicity a mad science device called a Memory Miner which would allow her to extract the thoughts from another person’s head. He also gave her a potion of Sleep Paralysis, which would restrain Royce while keeping him conscious has needed to be mentally aware for the device to work. He let her know that she would be richly rewarded for success, and heavily punished for failure.

Felicity struggled with the task for a bit, very nearly putting the potion in Alexander’s tea, but ultimately refused. When she attempted to interrogate Alexander in an attempt to gain the information without the machine he became suspicious. She confessed to meeting with Rellington, and Alexander immediately guessed what he was after. Alexander stated he was glad that she hadn’t used the Memory Miner. Apparently the device works fairly well when the two parties are willing, but has been known to have nasty side effect when the subject being read is resistant, most likely why Rellington was not willing to do it himself.

Alexander then surprised Felicity by volunteering to use the Memory Miner, in the hopes that she would see something that he had missed in his experiment for the potion in question. She had a slight reservation, but decided to go through with it.

Felicity found herself watching the memories of Simon Royce, through his eyes, from approximately 1 year prior. He is in his basement lab when his very pregnant sister, Melissa, surprises him with a visit. While he is happy to see her, he admonishes her for being up and about and insist that she go home as soon as possible. She insists on stay for a cup of tea and he relents. Heading back into the house proper they heat the kettle and begin to banter back and forth. Melissa complains that she is cold and says she is going to go upstairs and get a blanket. Simon tells Melissa to sit down, he’s going to run out to the back to get some wood for the fire and then he will go upstairs and get a blanket. He fetches the firewood and as he renters to house he hears a thud. He drops the wood and runs into the next room to see Melissa lying limp at the bottom of the staircase. Felicity immediately saw that the woman’s neck was bent at an odd angle, but she watched as a distraught Simon attempts to revive his sister.

As Simon cradles her body in his arms his hand rests on her pregnant belly and he feels movement. The baby is still alive. He reaches into is vest pocket and slugs back a strength elixir. He picks up his sister and kicks the back door off the hinges so he can get to the cellar entrance. As he is about to kick in the cellar door he notices movement out of the corner of his eye and looks around. Felicity realizes that he saw the Servant of Death. Simon shakes it off and gets into the cellar. He neatly performs a Cesarean and removes his niece from his sister’s body, though the little girl is having trouble breathing.

He turns to the table and starts screaming at his experiment, demanding to know what it doesn’t work, saying he would give anything for it to work. Suddenly a raspy voice whispers in his ear “The cord…the cord connects death to life.” He goes back to his sister’s corpse and picks up the umbilical cord and adds it to his potion.

At this point Felicity is jolted out of Simon’s body and can see the scene from a third person perspective. Her eyes are immediately drawn to two sources of light. One is a dimly flickering light emanating from the little baby. The second in coming from Simon himself. He is outlined in white with a chain of rainbow colored lights running up the center of his torso. Felicity realizes she is seeing the chakras, as explained to her so long ago. But the light is marred by a grotesque…thing. As Simon work on his potion it is wrapping tendrils around the column of light focusing on the green heart-light, trying to infect it. She hears the creature’s voice change as it coos instructions on the potion to him, and for a second she would have sworn it sounded exactly like her mother, before it settles in on the voice of Melissa. Simon is so focused on the potion and on “Melissa” he fails to notice when the baby stops crying and Felicity sees it’s little light wink out.

“My poor brother.”

Felicity turns to see the spirit of Melissa standing next to hear observing this scene.

“We have a rare opportunity to set something right, or at least repair damages made. What happened to him…” Melissa says as she gestures at the scene in front of them.

Felicity realizes that Simon has discovered his niece is dead as well. He seems conflicted…he mutter something to himself about human tests being unethical. The creature eggs him on, saying that “she” wants “her baby” saved. Simon fills a syringe with the potion and injects it into the baby.

Felicity sees light flare back into existence around the child and it wails, its lungs healthy and strong. She watches as Simon giddily injects Melissa as well. His sister’s corpse twitches a bit, but remains still. He collapses next to her.

“Silly boy,” the manitou says in its gross parody of Melissa, “Of course you cannot bring me back, the death is required. But look, you have enough for, 10…15 potions? You have done only what Christ himself has done. You are a god.”

Simon stands up and silently picks up the child as the manitou continues to talk to him. “What is one life when you can save so many? You just need to find others to make such sacrifices.”

Simon stares at the baby in his arms and very quietly says “I shall do no harm.”

Felicity watches as Simon’s soul flares in its attempt to dislodge the creature. The manitou fights back, screeching. Felicity watches as chucks of Simon’s soul are completely destroyed. The red primal light that governs instinct and fear is almost completely obliterated. The orange light that governs hunger and desire, both spiritual and physical, is torn in two. The green heart light is weakened and flickers unsteadily from its efforts to resist being changed. The breath, the voice and the intellect remain intact, but they have precious little left to guide them. A cold and calculating calmness falls over him. This is the “Alexander” that travels with with the party now.

Melissa’s spirit speaks, “A man cannot live with half a soul. He teeters on a precipice. He forgets little by little why he resisted in the first place. He is a good man, you can help him stay that way if you are willing. But there will be a price.”

Felicity agrees and asks what she needs to do.

Melissa reaches out to touch her and says, “You must share pain.”

There is another disruption and Felicity finds herself inside of her own memory. She is 8 years old…and daddy is coming into the room. She can feel Simon’s presence watching as she is reliving the horrors of what happened to her. Suddenly a calmness comes over her. She finds herself able to look at the scene rationally. This is in the past. The man is dead and gone. It is illogical for her to fear him or allow this memory to affect her now.

The memory fades and they find themselves back in the hotel room. Felicity is calm and collected whereas Simon is nearly doubled over, sobs wrack his body as he tries to regain control of himself. He reaches out a hand to Felicity and looks her in the eyes. She takes his hands and this sensation of warmth passes between them. Felicity finds herself needing to catch her breath as she suddenly feels…whole again. Simon…Alexander abruptly stops sobbing and seems confused by his own actions. After a moment he suggests getting a stiff drink and then confronting Rellington in the morning.

Want to know what Simon thought of the whole thing? Take a look at Promises

GM Notes
  • This session saw the introduction of the unique edge/hinderence. You will each be getting one at the completion/climax of your personal session(s). Your actions during the session will determine what that special ability is and I do have different ones lined up for different outcomes. For example, since Felicity didn’t betray his trust and was willing to bolster his soul, she now has the Special: Soul Bond-Simon Royce. She can spend chips to protect him spiritually/emotionally, he can spend chips to protect her physically. Had she acted differently, the Special could have been “Mortal Enemy-Alexander” (had she gone through with the plan and Alexander escaped) “Enemies Closer-Sir Edward Rellington,” (had she gone through with the plan and killed Alexander, which yes, was an option) or “Playing Both Sides” (going through with the plan until she realized that she had been deceived but trying to still stay in good graces with Rellington).
  • I will, when dramatically appropriate, make a distinction between Simon/Alexander OOC. In game do what makes sense IC.
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Felicitous
Rewards and Punishments

Murder at the Lord’s Table Wrap Up

Cobb
Established himself as badass by shooting and killing Buck Peters on the street and shaking up the Cowboy’s leadership.

Long
Used the opportunity to get himself in with the Cowboys.

Eli & Felicity
Confronted the Deacon and his wife.

Conclusion
Curly Bill is now the leader of the Cowboys and has asked Long to get friendly with the lawman who blew away Buck. The Cowboys seem to be regrouping. The Tayliks admitted their involvement then skipped town.

Felicitous Pt 1
Suffer the Little Children

A black woman by the name of Flo Givens is arrested for attempting to murder old Mrs. Cullen, who runs the Cullen House for Orphan Boys. She raves that the old woman is some sort of monster and the boys at the home back up the story that Mrs. Cullen is a very bad lady. Anyone hearing these wild accusations feels extreme anger at the accuser. The only member of the posse who seems to be willing to listen at all is Felicity. Flo’s little boy, Scottie, just tugs at her heartstrings. She agrees to meet with the boys at Midnight that night even though Alexander pulls rank and specifically forbids her from going. He tells her to stay at the hotel until she can get her head on straight. The rest of the posse leaves to go to see “As You Like It” at the theater.

Felicity disobeys, of course, and goes to the orphanage anyway. She witnesses three of the boys attack poor Mrs. Cullen as Scottie plays the piano saying that “it keeps her calmer.” Just as Felicity was about to be compelled to come to Mrs. Cullen’s rescue, Slingshot Sammy screamed “You gotta help us against this boogieman!”

With that Felicity was able to see Mrs. Cullen for the abomination that she was. She shot it through the heart, ending it’s reign of terror on the boys but bringing down trouble as the sheriff comes to investigate the sound of a gunshot in the middle of the night. The boys and Felicity manage to convince the sheriff that Felicity acted in defense of the boys. The rest of the posse shows up at all the commotion and it become very clear that they have had an adventure of their own. Cobb looks like he was dragged along 10 miles of bad road, Long looks like he was briefly set on fire, Alexander’s missing his shirt because he apparently used it to sling up Eli’s busted arm, and Del is riding Ace and carrying a zombie head in a burlap sack. Each of the posse members has a note in their own handwriting warning them about what they went through. The posse heads to their respective rooms to figure out what to do next.

By the time Felicity returns to the the room, Alexander has already dismembered the zombie head for experimentation (apparently related to something having to do with the vial of LaCroix liquid that he claimed earlier). Alexander is also writing up a letter detailing Felicity’s insubordination to be filed with the British Intelligence. He berates her for walking into a dangerous situation with a group of 10 year old for backup, and laments the amount of paperwork he would have had to fill out if she had gotten herself killed.

Oh…and Felicity did in fact save the life of a young Scott Joplin, who would have been killed that night had Felicity not followed her heart and helped him and the boys. In 1911, with the help of Scott Hayden, he will finally perfect and perform the song he came up with to keep the boogieman at bay. He will call it the “Felicity Reg”

Thus ends part 1…

Misc:

  • Cobb is putting the moves on Del…that sly dog.
  • Eli received a letter from Susan stating that the Louis family seems well enough at the moment though she doesn’t like the “large Negro” staying with them at all.
  • Adam made note that Jeb is an alcoholic in recovery.
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So Close...So Very Close
Guys...if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...

HINT: GOD IS LOOKING LESS LIKE A SUSPECT!!

Felicity

  • Chatted with Pamela Taylik. She acted oddly. Was unable to find evidence of the poison in her home.
  • Discovered that Pamela disapproved of how Rev Heathcliffe was dealing with the Cowboys. Thought he was just causing trouble and was bound to get people killed with his stubborness.

Eli

  • Learned that walking up to a the bar in a den of thieves and telling them you’re a reporter is generally a poor idea.
  • Was ever so charming to Pamela, really got on her good side.

Cobb & Jeb

  • Confirmed the Cowboy’s involvement in the poisoning. Now Cobb intends to call out Buck Peters for a duel. Somebody please just shoot someone already!

Alexander

  • Generally annoying, though he did raise the possibility that the wine cup may have been poisoned after the fact in order to throw off the investigation.
  • Tinkered up a flask where Jeb can fill one half with whiskey and the other with sarsaparilla.

Delilah

  • Continues to act as a genteel southern lady. Talked about her pendant, mentioned that it was broken when she went chasing after her husband’s killers. She also acknowledged the fact that quite some time has passed since her wedding.
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Settling into Tombstone
Where the posse foils an attempted murder at the Lord's Table.

After Mama Jolou left the carnival, the posse picked up Delilah and went back into Tombstone. They have put themselves up at the swanky Grand Hotel, $2 a day for room, board not included. The posse either needs to keep track of the per day expenditure or attempt to negotiate a lower long term rate. If the posse remains in Tombstone for the full “cycle of the moon” that Mama Jolou indicated that will be 28 days.

Posse Notes:

Felicity

  • Has an increased wariness of “Alexander” post vision.
  • Is attempting to forge a friendship with Delilah.
  • Assisted Alexander with his poison analysis, can now recognize cyanide by smell.

Eli

  • Hung out with his ole buddy Lacey at the Epitaph. It is established that Wli knows that Cobb was the former sheriff of Canton, KS, had some sort of run in with werewolves, was hailed as a hero but then skipped town.
  • Saved the life of Reverend Heathcliff.

Jebidiah

  • Did some gambling and talked to Henry Larkin about about the rail wars and mining. He got the basic rundown of the big players in the rail wars, and learned a little bit about the Black Hills near Deadwood and The Devil’s Garden.
  • Tried to chat with Cobb a bit about the implications of the Reckoners and “reducing fear.” But nothing of note.

Cobb

  • Did some drinking at the Oriental, nothing else of note.

NPCs

  • Alexander continue to be…Alexander. He and Eli continue to clash personality-wise. Felicity has an eye on him. He seems to have a growing respect for Jebidiah. Relationship with Cobb is neutral.
  • Delilah is sans her duster, hat, and weapons other than the decorated Colt Buntline Special that apparently belonged to her husband. She is behaving far more like a genteel Southern lady then in the party’s previous encounters. She seems comfortable with the party, and insists that she recognizes Cobb, though that could just be because of his resemblance to Wild Bill Hickok.

Attempted Murder at the Lord’s Table:

Eli, Jebidiah, Felicity, Alexander, & Del attended an Episcopal service on Sunday morning while Cobb slept in. As they received communion, the Reverend began to convulse and would have died had it not been for Eli’s quick action. They discovered that the Reverand’s death and been “ordained” by two “visitors” to the church.

The first was an “angel,” a man dressed all in white, well over 6 ft tall, blond and with a rumbling bass voice. He stood up dramatically in the church and stated:
“A man should examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the wine. For any who eats and drinks unworthily eats and drinks judgment upon himself. For this reason many of you are weak and sick – and many of you will die.”
The “angel” then walked out of the church. By the time anyone from the stunned congregation followed him he had vanished.

The second was a “slight built man, with a beard, wounds on his heads and bleeding hands.” He pointed directly at the Rev and said:
“A man should examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the wine. For any who eats and drinks unworthily eats and drinks judgment upon himself. For this reason many of you are weak and sick – and one of you will die.”
The Christlike figure then walked directly into the church office behind the altar. The younger deacon followed the man and stated that Christlike figure had vanished from the office and the door was locked from the inside.

The following week is when they took communion, and the Rev appeared to choke on the bread and wine. Alexander confirmed that the Rev suffered from cyanide poisoning, not God’s wrath. Eli noticed that the Rev looked ill even before he had the wine and there appears to be traces of cyanide in the coffee the Rev had in the morning.

The posse has begun to put together a suspect list comprising (though this is hardly exhaustive):
Deacon Taylik
The deacon’s wife Pamela Taylik.
The younger deacon (never got his name)
God

Mysteries:
What is the motive?
How did the killer know what wine cup the Rev would drink from?

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The Original Riders
The world WAS in good hands...

GM RETCON

Going over my notes I have realized that in my enthusiasm to show the Peregrines as normal folks I did indeed make a mistake with the timeline that I cannot ignore, even is if it is an alternate reality. I assume you all are attempting to figure out the mystery of what the hell is up with Delilah, and I’ve thrown in so many small details to help you guys out with that it is unfair of me not to admit the mistake and try to hand wave it later.

Please make note that Jebidiah did not attend an ENGAGEMENT party for Del and Will, he attended ANNIVERSARY party, and Del and Will were both aged appropriately (mid to late 30s) in that respective reality. That reality’s timeline does indeed sync to the “real world.” Thank you and have a nice day.

Points of note:

KNOW YOUR OTHER

Felicity

Felicity awoke to find herself in a lab with very little memory of what she was doing and how she got where she was. She was being harassed by her lab partner and had the voice of her mother whispering in her ear. In the other reality is was revealed that:

  • She attended Cambridge at the same time as “Alexander” and was the first woman to ever be granted a doctorate in Biology, and at an impressively young age.
  • In her attempts to recreate the Hellstromme’s automatons she became a violent paranoid schizophrenic thanks to the manitou (the voice of her mum) whispering in her ear.
  • Alexander’s real name is Simon Royce. In the other reality he was a pretty stand up guy, worried about Felicity’s health and the long hours she was putting in.

Things came to a head when Simon decided to sneak into Felicity’s house to see what she was up to and discovered that she was responsible for the missing prostitutes. Felicity was under the delusion that she was using pig carcasses. “Mother” transformed Felicity into an abomination in order to “protect” her from Simon. Felicity was able to break mother’s hold and saw things clearly for the first time in months. She begged Simon to kill her but her was unable to do it. Felicity mustered the strength to force “Mother” out of her, but the process left her a simple childlike shell of her former self.

Cobb

Cobb woke up to find himself on the ground suffering from mild heatstroke. He remembered his “other life” as a particularly vivid dream. it was revealed that:

  • Cobb’s best friend Andy Sharpe had become sheriff of Canton, KS instead of Cobb, though Cobb acted as his deputy.
  • Cobb had married Rebbecca and the two of them had a son.
  • Andy had done a lot of legwork into the mystery of some mutilated cattle and tracked down an Agency man in an attempt to suss out what was happening before things got too bad.
  • Cobb agreed to rally the townsfolk and make them give up their silver jewelry, though he though Andy and the Agency man were touched in the head.

Things came to a head when werewolves attacked Canton that night. But thanks to the legwork Cobb, Sharpe and the other men of the town were better prepared. They managed to pull the wolves back to a choke point where they easily picked them off. Cobb gloated that he managed to kill more wolves than Andy, but if it hadn’t been for Andy’s quick shot Rebbecca would surely have been bitten by the wolves. When it was all over, Andy decided to join up with the Agency to fight evil and trusted “his ole buddy Jim” to take care of Canton.

Jebidiah

Jebidiah was very pleasantly woken up by his partner in crime, Miss Juliette Montreau. He remembered his “other life” as a particularly vivid dream. It was revealed that:

  • Long, Juliette and their quick handed, spell slinging partner Molly were a successful team of cons that enjoyed parting fools from their money.
  • Juliette managed to score them an invite to the Deveroux residence where they were throwing a swanky ANNIVERSARY party for their daughter Delilah and her husband Will.
  • After drinking a hell and making sweet love to virginal debutantes, Long checked in with Juliette who said she had an easy mark.

Things came to a head when their “easy mark” inadvertently lead them into a Nosferatu trap. Long ran for Sheriff Peregrine is in a semi drunk haze started to organize a search party. Molly cast earshot and realize that the Nosferatu where underneath the church. She found a secret door and Long followed her down despite his better judgment. At seeing the scene of vampire carnage, Long very nearly had a heart attack. Molly foolhardily took on the head Nosferatu while Long shot from behind a corner and managed to take out 2 of the lessor one. They managed to successfully defeat the creatures and rescue Juliette. Juliette and Jebidiah decided to skip town, and Molly went her own separate way to track down evil.

Eli

Eli awoke to his sister trying to get him out of bed to do work for the day. He remembered his “other life” as a particularly vivid dream. It was revealed that:

  • Eli’s legs were not healed. Rather he seems to be coping rather well by using a tricked out wheelchair from Smith and Robards.
  • Eli became a speech writer for senator hopeful Caleb McKinney. Caleb was a devote man, blessed by the Lord to do good works. Claudia is his fiance.
  • Lacy O’Mally still respects Eli’s work in this reality and invited him to write for the Epitaph anytime.
  • Caleb’s platform was reconciliation between the North and the South. He also hold that all are equal in the eyes of god, and encourage the Negro vote.

Things came to a head when McKinney to his campaign team to the Ybor residence. Sabine Vinoy tried to trick McKinney into helping her complete her ritual but Eli advise it to be a bad idea and McKinney wholeheartedly agreed. Vinoy attempted to attack but Eli blasted her fool head off. Caleb managed to hold poor possessed little Angela, and he completed an exorcism. When it was all done, he talked about dropping his bid for candidacy in order to be a solider for the Lord traveling the west and spreading His message. Eli was proud to join him.

KNOW WHAT THEY DID

  • Simon was spurred by what happened to Felicity to lead a movement against Mad Science. He became involved in politics and rose the position of Prime Minister. He convinces Parliament that they should focus on Pure Science, which will also allow England to extract itself from the war between the American States since they will no longer be dependent on ghost rock.
  • Caleb continued to preach his message of forgiveness to solders of both sides, stressing that they are all brother and sisters in the eyes of the Lord.
  • Molly and Sharpe meet up at some point and discover the existence of Blood Wolves, an unholy hybrid of werewolf and vampire. The team together to hunt the abominations.

KNOW HOW THEY SACRIFICED

  • Simon is pushing a childlike Felicity through a garden in a sanitarium. Melissa chides Simon, say that people talk about his “visitations.” He replies to Melissa as he moves in front of the chair to look at Felicity “You didn’t know her Melissa, before, at Cambridge. So brilliant but so lonely. How can I leave her alone now?” Suddenly there was a loud bang and a cry of “LONG LIVE NEW SCIENCE!” Simon crumples in front of Felicity’s chair as his blood seeps into the ground. He smiles up at her, and closes his eye for the last time.
  • Eli watches from a hillside as a battle takes place in a valley of bones. Caleb stands in the middle of the valley and raises his arms to Heaven as an enormous tidal wave heads towards the valley. Caleb shouts at the top of his lungs “LORD! CLEANSE ME OF MY SINS AND WASH AWAY MY INEQUITIES!” as the wave crashes down, obliterating the valley.
  • Molly pulls a barely living, mangled Sharpe up a ridge as an ungodly number of blood wolves close in on them. Molly lights a stick of dynamite then uses the dynamite to light cigars for her and Sharpe. She then drops the stick onto a covered wagon. The wagon explodes catastrophically, covering the wolves and the ridge in a searing, cleansing fire.

KNOW HOW THEY WERE DESTROYED

  • A teenage Caleb has been perversely nailed to a cross in a church and he screams for mercy. A gunman responds in a raspy voice, “Sure” and shoots him in the head.
  • A women clutches a twelve year old Andy Sharpe and begs for the gunman to spare her son. The gunman replies “It’s your son I’m hear for” and he fires.
  • A family looks over the side of a boat in a panic screaming “Molly! MOLLY!” In the murky water the gunman drags the lifeless corpse of a little girl as he walks the bottom of the river, not seeming to need air.
  • The gunman aims at Simon as the latter carries his pregnant sister. The woman is coughing blood as Simon kicks open a cellar door. The gunman pauses for a moment, then seems to change his mind and walks away.

Back in the Real World

The posse wakes up to find that little time has passed. The Hall of Possibilities has been destroyed and the doppelganger is burst to a crisp. Mama Jolou and Del are both lying on the ground as well. Del is no longer wearing her duster or hat, though she still has her pendant. She wakes up in hysterics not knowing where she is or what’s happening, she seems to have a vague recollection of Cobb but doesn’t seem to know anyone else. Alexander sedated her and she was brought into Mama Jolou’s tent.

Mama Jolou invited everyone in for swamp tea and cookies. She offered to answer questions, but admitted that she doesn’t know everything, and that she sometimes “cheats” with spies. She also states that whatever Del was/is is more powerful than she. The Reckoners are brought up again and Mama Jolou states that they they are manitou, demon, rada, whatever you call an evil spirit they are the worst and the most powerful, and they seek entrance into the physical world. They feed off fear and are weakened by hope. That’s the task of the undead gunman, to destroy those who would give hope. That’s why those who oppose the Reckoners have tried to manipulate the fate of the posse, because they need the message of hope carried, though not as overtly. She described that gunman as the Servitor of Death (OOC NOTE: I feel the need to point out she never said the name “Stone” because she does not know his name, we talked about “Stone” OOC) She whacked Cobb several times with her stick when he talked about tracking down the Servitor, telling him that he is too headstrong and that throwing his life away needlessly is not heroism, it’s foolishness. She warned that the Servitor has been shot, stabbed, beaten, burn, and sunk to the bottom of the ocean, but he always returns.

She then asked everyone except Felicity to leave the tent. Once they were alone, Mama Jolou warned Felicity that she did not know why Simon Royce was spared by the Servitor. The only reason is that the Reckoners believe that they can use him in their cause. She says that he his “broken.” Mama Jolou warns Felicity that Simon must die in order for her to live, but she doesn’t know if Simon does so willingly or unwillingly.

Felicity tries to speak with Alexander afterwards. At first he praises her for discovering his identity, but Felicity pushes the matter slightly too far by mentioning his sister.

Mama Jolou then summons “Alexander” and Eli to help remove her eye and heal her, which they do expertly. She expresses great pleasure at her new glass eye. She then heads off into seclusion and says Sam will contact them once her preparation are complete. She also asks the posse to see to her remains, and says that she want Cobb to carry her ashes with him.

The posse returned to Tombstone.

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There Shall Come A Reckoning
I wouldn't eat that hamburger...

Points of Note

  • The posse successfully defended the town from Goodman and the diseased cattle. This is legend chip and grit worthy, needs to be awarded next session.
  • Posse got their first full look at one of the Harrowed. Felicity had the great displeasure of seeing how manipulative the manitous are when the manitou allowed the subjugated personality of Goodman to come to the forefront in order to lure Felicity closer.
  • G & G ranch had been taken over by Mitch the cowhand.
  • Long & Cobb found a book on the occult in Goodman’s study, will allow posse to raise their occult skill to a max of 4.
  • Hooperville is good shape…with the exception of the Louis Ranch.
  • Baron LaCroix has taken the Louis Ranch hostage and forced Jeb, Eli, Felicity and Alexander to swear an oath to bring him Mama Jolou’s right eye. In return he has sworn on his power that he will pose them no further threat unless they meddle again in his affairs. Cobb is exempt from both the promise to obtain the eye and the promise of protection.
  • Eli has agreed to be penpals with Susan. Susan has agreed to update the posse about the Louis family in next letter.
  • The posse has arrived in Tombstone and found Mama Jolou telling fortunes in a nearby circus. Del was there, acting as her bodyguard.
  • Del said she was there tracking a doppelganger, a creature of the Reckoning that devours an individual and takes on their identity.
  • Jeb asked about the Reckoning…Del was evasive as ever, saying that she can’t say too much too soon. She invoked the old adage “For want of a nail.”
  • The doppelganger showed up and the posse + Del chased it into the “Hall of Possibilities,” Alexander stayed outside.

The Final Moments:

Del: “You’re not a normal one of your kind.”

Doppelganger: “Neither are you. Do they even know what they are dealing with?”

Del: “No, but maybe it’s time they get an idea.”

The tent is filled with a blinding white light….

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch
Eli and Felicity get themselves in a heap of trouble

Points of Note:

  • Eli & Felicity concocted a scheme to infiltrate the G.G. Ranch. Felicity posed as a housekeeper/cook in order to gain access to the house and Eli posed as a ranch hand in order to gain access to the rest of the farm.
  • Eli discovered that the cows were being fed a special supplement. He obtained a sample and brought it back to Alexander to analyze. Alexander determined that feed is certainly not a health supplement and in fact reacted violently with a small retained sample of his smallpox curative.
  • Felicity discovered the horror in the cellar. There is a human zombie with puss filled boils chained to the wall alongside a rabid looking zombie dog.
  • Jebidiah taught Susan how to play poker.
  • Alexander told what he knows of the Harrowed, though he admits to never running into one in person.
  • Felicity blew her cover and Goodman has revealed that he is indeed Harrowed.

Where we are at the moment:

Felicity has been mindf**ked by Goodman into admitting everything she knows. Granger has interposed himself between Felicity and Goodman. Cobb has reached the ranch first and is about to kick in the door. Thanks to Ace, he will have 2 rounds ahead before Eli, Jebidiah and Alexander catch up.

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A Small(pox) Dilemma, Part 2

Points of note

  • There is something suspicious at the Goodman-Granger Ranch. Jebidiah managed to cast Hunch which revealed that Goodman is not the invalid he appears to be.
  • Goodman is a right bastard. Granger seems to be a little more receptive to the posse, but is also under Goodman’s thumb.
  • Alexander really really really doesn’t like being around pregnant women. But he still seems concerned for their health.
  • Susan is all about Eli. Felicity appears jealous, but can’t do much because it would break her cover as Alexander’s wife.
  • Eli contracted Smallpox but is recovering quickly.
  • Cobb realized that the train job wasn’t reported to the Texas Rangers.
  • The cows are also suffering from Texas cattle fever. There seems to be a connection to the Smallpox outbreak but no one can figure out what it is at the moment.
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