Deadlands: Back In The Saddle

Back In The Saddle

The year is 1876, but the history is not our own.

Our story starts inside a nameless saloon that finds itself in a boomtown that never was. A nearby strike quickly played out and those who could moved away, those that remain barely make it day to day on the sheer luck that the town is situated near a popular trail for those headed West through the Rockies.

Chester “Chet” McGinty sits by himself at a table going through the practiced motions of various card tricks and shuffling techniques that are obviously second nature to the man. The Englishman wears a black suit and white shirt, immediately setting him apart from the other patrons of the saloon. He pauses on occasion from his work to take a sip from a shot of whiskey.

Johnathan Slade a rough and tumble man, bounty hunter by trade, sits at the bar staring into his drink. The tall, well muscled man stares into the cracked mirror in front of him and wonders where he’s going to manage to find a bounty anytime soon. Seeing that he’s down to his last forty cents, having spent the remains of his last catch on liquor and getting new shoes for his trusty “steed”: “Lightnin’”

Several seats down from Slade sits Kate, back to the bar watching those coming and going from the dusty saloon. The young girl, pauses every now and then to take a swig from her drink.

Professor Albert Bly sits at a table with a pair of townfolk, talking a mile a minute attempting to explain his inventions to them and seeing if they would be interested in investing in them. As he puts it “I want to Build the Future … unfortunately I cannot finance it alone!”

Every now and then a voice from the street corner outside drifts its way into the saloon. It belongs to Stewart a less than reputable dealer of cure-alls. Dressed in a fine suit that tells the passerby his concoctions work so well he’s doing them a mere favor by allowing them to purchase them at such a reasonable price.

  • Posse talked with the obviously inept Town Marshal who hired them ($10/day and $25/outlaw returned) to stop the Clarkson gang from dynamiting the trestle of a Denver-Pacific railway that passes nearby
  • Posse rode out to the mountain pass

Chet used his Shadow Walk hex to cross the distance to the dynamite quickly, but had to Shadow Walk away as the wicks burnt down

Kate rode like the wind across the hazardous terrain of the railway bridge to the other side

Stewart, Professor Bly and Slade engaged the outlaw gang in a gunfight

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Tracking Trouble
  • 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!
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Husker Hunting

This is really bare bones and anyone is free to add memorable moments from the session.

  • Posse fought the husker young, which were growing inside dead corpses buried outside the cave.
  • Posse fought and killed the adult husker, with much climatic boss battle music.
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