Reporting on The Flood

The Aftermath

After killing Andrea, the posse entered the boarding house, and confronted the clerk. After some cajoling, they convinced him to reveal that Sam Hellman was captured by the Guardian Angels, probably brought to Rock Island where all the worse undesirables go by Grimm.

They then quickly made their escape, making a sighting of a winged man flying above, probably looking for them. Several flights of Guardian angels also seemed on the prowl.

However, they made it to the wall, and slipped through their original entrance. They had no problem getting their mounts, and getting back to the overlook to see the Battle of LA. There they saw Wasatch‘s fort under siege by an overwhelming number of opponents. It looked that they soon were to be overwhelmed. Then, from the north east, three airships arrived. Each dropped a bomb onto the field. Two landed on the battlefield. One landed in ghost town. The explosions were deafening, erupting into a high skull-shaped cloud. The one landing in ghost town also seemed to ignite some ghost-rock under the surface, creating a roaring inferno. Lacey O’Malley and the posse rescued several refugees, including one Joey Shelton.

After the people were rescued, Lacey told the Posse about a secret society, called the Twilight Legion, with a front called the Explorer’s Society. The legion is a loose-net group of people who try to fight supernatural evil wherever they come to it. Lacey invited the posse to join, and suggested they go to Shan Fan to meet Captian Roderick Pennington-Smythe, and get inducted.

Lacey then left, heading to find some people to help them bust our Sam from prison. The posse entered town, retrieved some supplies. They found that Hellstromme and Grimme came to a mutually exclusive deal for access to the ports, ending The Great Rail Wars.

Meanwhile Jane found in her pocket an odd message from a man named Jerimiah. It demanded 10 liters of blood from Jane.

The posse spent a few days at the Big M Ranch, working as guards. They became good friends with Dwight Shelton.

The night Jeremiah required the blood, the Posse setup an ambush. Jeremiah proved to be able to regenerate wounds lightning fast, and was hard to put down. He did manage to put a slug into Jane though, which seems to be magically embedded in her, and can’t be removed.

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Lost Angels

Our heroes witnessed the start of the Battle of Lost Angels. Four of the major rail lines advanced upon Hellstromme’s forces, which were hunkered down in a fort. The posse, realizing that things were about to get dangerous, grabbed their horses and skedaddled.

Finding Lacey O’Malley, they watched as Hellstromme was shot off of the fort’s battlements, and the battlefield opened up into a hail of gunfire. They used their last epitaph camera plate to capture the battle.

Lacey then asked the posse if they could help him. A friend of his, Sam Hellman, had been investigating Grimm, and mentioned he might be in trouble. The posse agreed to help, and they all entered Ghost Town, the tent city on the eastern outskirts of LA.

Passing through ghost town, and getting help from Lacey’s friend Ike, they found a hole in the wall of LA. They passed through, and avoided several flights of Guardian Angels, Grimm’s enforcers.

While traversing the city, Jane L Juno found a scrap of paper in her coat pocket that could not have been their before. So far, she hasn’t revealed to her friends what it said.

While hiding from one patrol of Guardian Angels, the posse saw Andrea Baird, Reverend Grimm’s right hand woman, traveling with several flights of Guardian Angels. They seemed to be traveling the city, beating citizens, and adding them to her cart. 15 angels around her beat two citizens senseless in front of the heroes.

Later, they found Sam Hellman‘s room empty. There were small bits of evidence of a struggle. It wasn’t obvious if he ran off, was killed, or captured. While searching for evidence, the posse was caught off guard by some Guardian angels, who had a bloody, skinless zombie aiding them.

During the ensuing fight, Charley-Bill Buckner came by, being chased by Andrea Baird and her flight of angels. Andrea overconfidently charged at Jake, and was shot down simultaneously by the posse. She abruptly exploded into green flame, scattering her guards in panic.
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Hellstromme's Wild Ride

For the next week the adventurer’s got to know the camp better. Generally, people were friendly, or at least civil. Darius Hellstromme almost seemed glad to have an audience for his “great moment in history”, and took a liking to the posse. Lacey O’Malley was rather friendly as well, especially when our heroes told him that they were actually also reporters working for the Tombstone Epitaph. When they asked him what his plans were during the upcoming battle to take Lost Angels, he became cagey, and mentioned he might actually need their help at that time. A friend of his, Sam Hellman (no relation to Hellstromme) was in trouble. He wouldn’t say more.

Leland, who had been bitten by a tunnel critter in the last adventure, turned up sick. And by sick, we mean he got a case of paralysis, and it became apparent the bugger actually injected eggs into him! Hellstromme gave him a doctor, and let him ride in his personal caboose during the reamainder of this episode.

After a week, on December 10th, 1879, they burst out into the sunlight in California. Hellstromme invited his new friends to join him. His train amazingly rose from the tracks in the tunnel, and road off along the desert landscape. Shortly, they found the railhead, where his workers held a grand celebration. War machinery was packed up onto railcars, and they shipped out down the track (which was built long before Hellstromme was viewed as a real contender for the rail wars) to Lost Angels.

The ride was not a smooth one though. Somehow, Iron Dragon (a rail company run by Kang, a Chinese immigrant), heard about Hellstromme’s impending victory. Red Petals Su (Kang’s right hand woman) attacked from a gyro-copter, while steam carriages attacked the train from the ground. Martial artists, and one Chinese Ogre, boarded the train, and tried to take the engine. The posse shot down Red Petals Su, and gallantly repulsed the forces, greatly impressing Hellstromme (who isn’t easily impressed).

By dusk the next day, they road into a fort built at the very end of the Wasatch rail-line, overlooking Lost Angels. It appeared that most of the other rail lines were already there, a battle having occurred earlier that day. Union Pacific and Black River to the north, Dixie Rails and Baiyou Vermillion to the south. Past them all, guarding Lost Angels, stood hundreds of red-robed Gaurdian Angels, with Grimme visible giving a sermon to his flock.

The fort was abuzz with activity as Hellstromme’s members rushed around to prepare for the on slot. Darius Hellstromme recommended the posse to hunker down, paid them, and wished them well.

The other four rail lines began to advance…

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Indians, tunnels, and mad science!

Our intrepid adventurers were on a rail line to Fort Douglas, to catch a caravan to The City of Lost Angels. It was a rainy, uneventful night. Suddenly, the train hit its breaks. The train derailed, and the ghost rock boiler exploded!

Surrounded by burning debris, the heroes fought off a savage ambush of Indians. Jake knocked the leader off his horse. Then Abigale shot him with a Gatling rifle she found in the rubble. The rest of the Indians ran off.

Seeking shelter, the players hid in the hold in the ground, which they found led to a tunnel with tracks. They followed it about a half mile with the intention of making camp. Soon though, an explosion rocked the cavern as the fallout blocking the track to the northeast was blown away. A Wasatch train came by the heroes.

Taking a covert picture of the train, with flash, and invisible Leland tipped the riders off. Charley-Bill came out to investigate, armed with two henchmen. Combat was avoided however as Jane called out to him and explained about the crash above. Cagily, Charley-Bill offered them a ride to camp, while insisting his men would take care of the horses.

Arriving at camp, the Heroes foundDarius Hellstromme and Lacey O’Malley having wine. They greet them, and have short discussion. It turns out Hellstromme intends on holding them in camp until they break out of the tunnel near LA next week. Jake handles this well, offering to join Hellstromme as a body-guard. Leland, who mistrusts all Mormons and those allied with them, is less pleased.

However, all heroes join forces when the engineer in charge of Hellstromme’s digging machine is attacked by giant insects. They save him, and Lacey O’Malley eagerly interviews the heroes.

The general impression of O’Malley is that he’s an opportunist, willing to sacrifice his principals to get a story off of Hellstromme.

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Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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Introduction

The entire continent is ghost rock crazy! The wonder-fuel would be the miracle either the north or the south needs to resume killing and win this prolonged civil war. They’ve each offered the same reward: exclusive rights to sell ghost rock to the government to the first rail company to build a trans-continental rail line to the treasure trove of ghost rock in California.

This was the spark that ignited the Great Rail Wars, the most impact the Civil War has had on the west. The rail companies have resorted to violence, bribery, sabotage, and even (if you believe the most outrageous stories of the Tombstone Epitaph) a little black magic to achieve their ends. Hellstrome’s Wasatach rail line even is trying to borrow through the rockies!

On Nov 25, 1879, John Clum sent our Heroes, in his employ at the Tombstone Epitaph, a letter:

Dear Friends,

Most of the great rail lines – all but Wasatach and Dixie rails – have made major inroads into California. Its looking like things will come to a head in the next several months. I want reporters on the ground! I would usually send Lacy O’Malley on this sort of venture, but he’s MIA, and you all have proven you have a strange knack to stumble onto good stories!

I would head to the City of Lost Angels to start with. The rail lines will all head there, the best port in the Maze, while the authorities there will reject any outside influences. [Reverend Grimme]] doesn’t allow just anyone into his theocratic city state, so while you’re waiting for an entry visa, you’ll have to stay in Ghost Town (the neighboring tent-village). I’ve arranged a room at the Vestibule inn there.

Obviously you can’t take a rail line all the way there. I’ve gotten you tickets that will take you as far as fort Douglas in the Sierra Nevadas. From there, you should be able to catch a caravan to LA.

Good luck and Godspeed!

John Clum

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