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:
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!