The bridge trestle exploded, causing the train to crash over the edge shortly thereafter
As the gunfight continued, most the outlaws were killed from headshots (complements of Slade) or lucky shots from Stewart. Of note, Professor Bly won a $1 bet with Chet over who would gain the first kill … and then he was shot in his bulletproof vest … twice.
Chet killed the fleeing Philip Clarkson in spectacular manner with the Soul Blast hex and nearly knocked himself out (the manitou in question animated an entire deck of energized cards to fly through the air and eventually rip through the outlaw’s body with wicked savagery)
After the fight, the posse investigated the train wreck to check on survivors and were greeted with something of a mystery: the baggage car & caboose were missing.
Laura Giles hired the posse ($50 for the lot of them) to escort her down the mountain to retrieve her mother’s necklace from the baggage car
After a rather creepifying investigation of the cars, the posse determined something had been transported – alive – inside a wooden box and had gotten free, causing large amounts of blood spatter in both cars. Strange stilt-like tracks were seen in the snow along with drag marks for the missing bodies.
Posse spent the night with the train passengers, after building a large bonfire to keep out the devastating cold of a night in the Rockies. Strange noises were heard throughout the night, wisely, the posse waited until morning to investigate
All of the dead outlaws bodies were missing, and the strange stilt tracks and drag marks led up the mountain
Originally ready to turn tail and head back and collect their pay, posse was persuaded to look after the loose creature on some convincing from Chet … strangely enough a few minutes after he spoke with Laura Giles
A long trek up through the mountain into a heavy forest led to a clearing on a cliff, with a cave set into its face. Before it could be investigated, however, five corpses of the dead outlaws dragged themselves out of the ground and assaulted the posse!