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d20 Western: The Good, the Mad, & the Undead

Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:14 pm

The Good, the Mad, and the Undead
EPISODE I: Silverton-Shining Beacon of the West

It's early October, 1865 and people are starting to settle down from the Civil War that ended just months ago. More people are moving out west to start over, while others are just looking for way way to make money.

The boom town of Silverton, New Colovada Territory is teeming with the hustle and bustle of a western silver & gold mining town. The good people of this town are doing quite well and their pockets are practically overflowing with wealth. Silverton is nestled up next to the mountains on the west with the crystal blue Los Anda River just to the south of town.

Big Jake Callahan is the man with a plan. He owns most of the town of Silverton including the First Bank of Silverton, Gritty Glass Saloon, and the Callahan Mining Company. He is a rather husky man of 41 years of age with big ambitions. He's been here for the last 23 years and has made Silverton what it is today. The townfolk of Silverton think of him as a protective & gracious father...always looking out for their best interests. He lives at a large estate just southwest of town near the mines. He's always looking for honest men to work for him in his mines or establishments.

On this bright sunny day in early October, 1865 a several men come riding into town and head into the Gritty Glass Saloon to inquire about a job at the mines. The first to enter is Eric Danforth, a tall man carrying a rifle. He walks up to the bar, gets a drink, and sits down at an empty table in the corner. Next Colton "Deuce" Douglas, a well-dressed skinny man with a sparkle in his eye and cards in his hand, saunders into the saloon looking for his next big payoff. The saloon doors swing open and in walks Hank Billingsley, a rugged looking man with a bald head, scars on his face, and a smell of black powder. The saloon doors swing open again and "Mad" Hank O'Hara, a young man dressed in skins & a coon-skinned cap, backs into the room looking quite nervous. The young man makes his way to the bar and jabbers on about ghosts, zombies, & graveyards from up north. And finally Cash Downing , a quiet dark-skinned fellow, comes down from the second floor balcony and approaches the bar for a bottle of whiskey.

All of those who inquire about a job at the mine are told that a man by the name of Alucious Pike, Callahan's second in charge, visits the Gritty Glass at about this time every night. At about that time another man enters the saloon wearing a long black dustercoat and carrying a shotgun. He is particularly tall and made of muscle. Patrons of the bar walk up to the man, shake his hand and offer to buy him drinks. He walks up to the bar and the bartender gestures in the direction of the men who have been asking about the job. He introduces himself as Alucious Pike and discusses the mines with them. He tells them that he should meet him and Mr. Callahan at the Mining Office at the south end of town next to the First Bank of Silverton tomorrow morning to continue the discussion. The fellas leave the saloon and seek lodging for the night, among other things.

In the morning Mad Hank, Cash, Eric, and Deuce find themselves at Molly's Eatery of Home Cooking for breakfast. They enjoy a delcious meal despire an episode with yelling & molasses. Bald Hank meets up with them on the way to the mining office while Deuce goes to buy a new gun at the gunsmith. They meet with Callahan and Pike and are offered jobs at the new mining site where a fresh vain of silver has been found. They are offered $5 a week with a bonus at the end of the month if everything goes well. Callahan invites them to his estate for dinner and to finalize the agreement.

As they're exiting the office they notice someone trying to exit the bank next door, but gets pulled back inside. Across the street from the bank, on the third floor of the hotel, there is a rifle sticking out of an open window pointed down the street in their direction. Cash heads off toward the hotel to investigate, Eric walks across the street to watch while the Hanks head off to the front doors of the bank. Bald Hank knocks on the door and is met with a reounding "Bank's Closed!" Mad Hank, thinking that the bank is now filled with zombies, drops to the floor and mocks the "zombies" inside. Bald Hank goes around the side of the bank and sees that there are 4 men inside pointing guns at people laying on the floor while another scraggly looking man is waving his guns at a bank teller and spitting a lot. Mad Hank decides that the best course of action would be to burn the bank down with the zombies inside, so he runs off down an alley or two to look for some firewood. Eric follows after Bald Hank behind the bank and notices a teenager watching all of this unfold and Eric decides to chase after him with no avail.

Meanwhile, Deuce, waiting for an opportunity to meet Callahan, has been watching all of this from across the street and doesn't get what all of the fuss is about. So he heads off to the corner of the bank and sees what's going on in the bank. At about that time, Mad Hank comes crawling across the front of the bank with his firewood and is trying to not make a sound. Realizing that he's got no tender, heads toward Deuce who then proceeds to the back of the bank. Bald Hank finds 4 horses behind the bank and starts to lead them off away from the bank. The men come out of the bank ithrough the back door and are suprised to find their horses being led away. They raise their guns and head toward Bald Hank. The scraggly looking leader goes off in the other direction.

In the hotel across the street, Cash finds the room where the rifle was, busts down the door and finds no one in the room but hears sounds from next door. He finds the man and chases after him down the stairs with whip in hand.

Will Cash catch up to the lone gunman?
Will our heroes make it out alive and save the day?
Will Mad Hank ever gain his sanity back?
Will the Sherriff & his Deputies ever show up?
Will the Molasses ever come out of the darn jar?

Find out this Friday in the next episode of......
The Good, the Mad, and the Undead.
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Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:15 pm

EPISODE II: Abby Get Your Gun

When we last saw our heroes, they had just stumbled upon a bank robbery of Callahan?s 1st Bank of Silverton. After noticing that their horses were being led off, the robbers advanced on ?Bald? Hank Billingsley, known as the man with a smell of black powder. The leader of this rag-tag crew of bank robbers was none other than the locally notorious Miles ?Dead-Eye? McClintock. McClintock runs off in the other direction before anyone can do anything about it. A shot is fired at the robbers and a fierce gunfight breaks out in this secluded back alley of Silverton.

Bullets go flying and whizzing by the robbers and our heroes, mostly hitting the surrounding buildings. Eric Danforth, the former railway rifleman, tumbles & rolls into the action and takes a few shots at the robbers but misses. ?Mad? Hank O?Hara, the undead-hatin? backwoods man with a slight crazed glint in his eye, fires into the mess o? ?undead? bank robbers with a feeling of extermination. Colton ?Deuce? Douglas, the high stakes gambler and twister of truth, attempts to apply his own steel to the mix. Bald Hank tosses in a few sticks of dynamite to shake things up, but all it does is cause a lot of loud noise, dust, and the spooking of some horses. A few other men with silver stars shiny from the bright New Colovada Sun join the fight. After a minute or so one of the robbers makes it onto his horse and rides off out of town. When the dust settles, three robbers and five deputies are dead. Some of the deputies had been shot in the back from down the street. Mad Hank goes around and begins relieving the dead of their firearms and dashes back to the Silver Wagon Hotel. Deuce, liking the look of the Deputy Star, removes one from a departed deputy and pins it on his vest.

Meanwhile in the hotel across the street, Cash Downing, a quiet dark-skinned gentleman, had been chasing a lone rifleman down the three flights of stairs. Cash slashed at the rifleman a few times with his whip but was unable to slow him. Narrowly avoiding an attempt at tripping him, Cash leaps over the man?s leg and strikes with his whip. The man swings his fist at Cash and connects with little force. Cash shrugs the hit off and snaps his whip at his foe. The fight continues with a return of blows by the rifleman with the butt of his rifle. Battered and bloody, Cash eventually subdues his foe with a final shot to the gut of the rifleman. Cash catches his breath for a moment and then leaves to go look for his companions.

Upon finding his companions, Cash sees the piles of dead bodies lying in the alley. Then a nicely dressed man wearing a black bowler and a large tin star on his lapel walks through the alleyway. ?Stop and lower your weapons? the man states upon noticing our heroes. The man presents himself as Sheriff John Merritt and after realizing that our heroes stopped at least three of the robbers from getting away, thanks them and offers them lunch at the Silver Sickle Saloon. John Merritt is a handsome man of 35 from Texas and has been the sheriff of Silverton for the last 5 years. He is extremely good at keeping the peace and is very quick with the gun. He has dark brown hair tied back in a ponytail and he has a beard. He?s known for being honest, sincere, and straight-to-the-point.

While eating roast beef & steak, the Sheriff explains to them that McClintock is nasty outlaw who harasses the locals between Silverton and the railroad up north. McClintock has an ugly scar running down the right side of his face and has no vision out of that eye??that?s why he?s called Dead Eye!? Sheriff Merritt is the man who gave him that scar during a long gunfight a couple of years ago that ended in Merritt slashing McClintock with a knife. McClintock swears to someday kill Callahan and Merritt. By the end of lunch Merritt offers the open deputy jobs to our heroes, whom decline. Merritt leaves the offer open in case they change their mind, his deputies unfortunately met their inexperienced ends due to the fact that there isn?t much gunfight action, but good pay.

Later on that evening, after Mad Hank had built up an arsenal of ?newly? acquired weapons, the companions traveled to the estate of Big Jake Callahan to have dinner and discuss business. Being that it was a Friday evening (Oct. 6, 1865) all of the miners & ranch hands were partaking in a fiesta with a variety of food & music. Mr. Callahan welcomes the companions into his home and they enjoy their own private multicultural feast. After many interesting conversations, concerns of poisoned food, & misinterpretations of the names of some local Indian tribes they began to discuss business. Callahan offered them the jobs for the mine but felt that he could use them for a more personal cause, especially since they showed good promise in partially stopping the robbery of his bank. He tells them that his only daughter is returning from living on the east coast the last several years and will be dropped off by the train in Rail Ridge in just two days. He will pay them $15 each to ride up to Rail Ridge and escort her back on the Overland Stage. He tells them that despite having gold & silver, that she is the most precious thing to him. She is the only thing he has left of his first wife who had past away many years ago due to cholera. The companions agree to Callahan?s proposal and set off bright and early in the morning for their day and a half journey.

Upon reaching Rail Ridge, they find that they already have rooms at the local hotel and are to await the arrival of one Miss Abigail Callahan on the Sunday train. The train comes into station and off steps a most beautiful young lady. She has flowing corn silk hair topped with a large lacy blue hat and she wears a frilly light blue dress covering immaculate figure. Her sky blue eyes glisten in the afternoon sun as she looks around the station. She is soft spoken and well trained in her east coast manners. She is met by Deuce who comes on a little strong causing her to take a few steps back. Cash settles her down, takes her luggage and escorts her to the hotel. By breakfast time Deuce finally breaks through Abigail?s stoic demeanor and she begins to soften up a bit. They load up on the stagecoach and set off for the 3-day journey back to Silverton

The first day of travel is very quiet and uneventful. They stop and rest for the night at one of the residences along the trail. The second day of travel seamed the same, rolling hills of tall grass and cactus. Time slowly creeps by as they travel when they notice two figures moving toward them from the east. Eric & Deuce ride out to see who the figures might be, Mad Hank jumps off of his horse and crouches down in the grass while the rest travel onward. Suddenly an arrow comes in and strikes Mad Hank in the back. From the hills on the west, 3 Indians come riding in firing arrows at the stagecoach and the riders. Cash and Bald Hank return fire on the Indians along with the man riding shotgun on the stage. Bullets and arrows volley back and forth as the Indians get closer. One, then two of the injuns are killed. Getting a quick glance at the stagecoach reveals a rifle barrel sticking out of the coach and firing on the enemy with great precision. More Indians come riding over the hills at them as the stage continues to go as fast as it can. Meanwhile Eric & Deuce are met with the same predicament, arrows come flying at them and the return fire with their rifles & side-arms. The man riding shotgun falls dead from the stage. One of the injuns rides up next to the stage horses and leaps over onto them and begins crawling up to the driver. He slashes the driver?s throat with animal ferocity and takes over the stage. After dealing with their own Indian problem, Eric and Deuce chase after the stage along with Cash who had also fallen behind. Bald Hank finishes off the other Indian still on horseback and goes after the lone remaining injun. Abigail leans out of the stage and fires on the injun and maims him in the left arm, then crawls out of the stage and heads toward him. Bald Hank jumps from his horse onto the stage and fires his shotgun at him. The injun falls from the stage colliding with the back of Cash and his horse and rolls to the ground with a thud. Bald Hank is joined up front by Abigail, now dressed in leather britches, boots, blouse & leather hat. The stage is eventually slowed down to a stop.

The companions are all bleeding, some much more than others. The horses are exhausted & a little bit unsettled. The stage is a quite banged up from the fast driving & arrows. They are still miles away from the next stop along the trail.

Will our heroes make it to the next stop without another attack?
Will they be able to patch the stage and themselves?
Will Deuce ever get far with Miss Abigail?
Does Mad Hank have enough guns to fight off the undead?

The answers to these questions and more in our next episode of?..
The Good, the Mad, and the Undead!
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Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:16 pm

EPISODE III: For A Few Pesos More

When we last left our heroes they had just stropped the runaway stagecoach. Some of our heroes were pretty banged up and bleeding, so Cash Downing fixed 'em up enough to make it to the last stop before Silverton. So they drove what was left of the stagecoach to the next stop and got in just after dark. The family that owned the waystation inn had dinner already ready for them when they arrived. They ate their meals and headed off to bed while Bald Hank Billingsley fixed as much of the stage as he could.

Later that night Deuce heard a noise out his window. When he looked he saw some familiar silhouettes of Indians sneaking around in the moonlight. He starts shooting at them. Off in the distance a warm orange glow and a scent of smoke emanated from behind the stable. The ruckus caused by Deuce's barrage of bullets awakened the rest of the gang. The guys sprang into action. Mad Hank and Eric made their way outside to see what was going on while Cash rushed into Deuce and Bald Hank's room and added to their firepower. The Indians began to rain down flaming arrows onto the roof of the inn while more arrows came pouring into the room occupied by Bald Hank, Deuce, & Cash. Meanwhile, Eric and mad Hank had made it around to the other side of the inn and noticed that a couple of Indians were tampering with stagecoach. So they began firing on the injuns. Bald Hank hears a commotion coming from down the hall when he makes way there he sees an Indian running out the backdoor with Abigail over his shoulder pounding on his back with her fists. He bursts out the door, but to his surprise he runs right in front of Mad Hank and Eric. Eric chases after him and tries to get Abby from him. Bald Hanks joins him after rushing out of the inn. Eventually, Abby gets free and is quite dazed and the Indian is subdued. After all is said and done, stagecoach is destroyed, the stable & inn are both on fire and there are several dead injuns scattering the landscape.

The next morning the guys left what was left of the stagecoach behind and headed down to Silverton and on to Callahan's estate. Big Jake was excited to see his little darling back home after years of schooling on the East Coast. Big Jake took the guys into his office and paid each of them their 15 dollars. He told them that they had done an excellent job and that he may just keep the guys on and use them on things other than in the mines. He told them that he had another personal job for them to do. His nephew who lives in a small town called North Brook had been working on some projects for him (even-though he didn't exactly know what they were) and was supposed to telegraph him a couple of days ago but hadn't. Jake wanted our heroes to go and find his nephew and bring him back to Silverton. He upped the pay to 20 dollars a person this time. The gang accepted, although Mad Hank and Eric were adamant about bringing lots & lots of guns including a gattling gun.

The next day they headed up towards North Brook, but this time while traveling north they stayed close to the mountain range in order to stay away from the Indians. The trip took them through the mining town of Deerdale. Once they got to town they headed for the saloon to grab a drink and some grub. Deerdale is very similar to our town of Silverton, the only difference is that the railroad actually comes through this town. The saloon was filled with miners, gamblers, and revelers. As our heroes moved through the crowded room they noticed a slender man sitting alone against the wall. He was dressed in a long black duster coat that looked like a robe. His black hair was past his shoulders and had streaks of gray in them. His pale face was thin & sunken showing his prominent cheekbones and his eyes were old and black. He wore a tall rounded hat with a flat brim and crow feather sticking out of the band. Mad Hank was instantly suspicious of this man and wanted to kill him. Cash leaves the table for a moment and asks the bartender about the man. ?All I know is that he came in to town just before dark this afternoon. He?s already drunk one bottle of whiskey and he?s on a second bottle. He doesn?t look affected at all, you?d think he?d been drinking milk or sumtin?.? Cash goes back to the table, crouches over Mad Hank and whispers in his ear, ?Kill Him.?

Mad Hank pulls out his guns and shoots the man in black in the arm. The man ducks beneath his table while the rest of the gang try to figure out what?s going on. The rest of the saloon crowd scatter under chairs, tables and counters while other go fleeing out the doors. Bullets rain down on the man in black, but he seams to have disappeared into thin air. The guys stop shooting and go over to investigate. They find a small trail of blood that exits out of a back door. Meanwhile the deputies show up to find out what in the tarnation is going on. Deuce attempts to convince the deputy that he is in fact a deputy of Silverton and that he is chasing the man that was shot at and had disappeared. The deputy doesn?t quite buy it at the time. The other guys follow the trail of blood down a couple of alley ways until it comes to a complete stop in the middle of an intersection. They look around but don?t see any sign of the man in black. Bald Hank & Cash head back to the saloon while Mad Hank and Eric continue to canvas the town looking for the man in black. When Bald Hank and Cash get back they are escorted down to the sheriff?s office along with Deuce who seems to have done nothing but make the deputy mad. Once they arrive at the office Bald Hank explains that they had been sent up here in search of that man because he had stolen Cash?s cattle. The sheriff accepts Bald Hank?s version of the story for some reason and allows his men to help in the search for the man in black. After a few hours of searching, they retire back to the rooms for some sleep so they can get as far away from this town as possible.

The next morning, Friday October 13th, they load up and head towards North Brook. As they ride further north they start to notice that it?s getting much colder and very cloudy. By late afternoon they arrive at North Brook to find that the town is hauntingly abandoned. They find the newspaper/blacksmith shop owned by Carver Thornton. Things were scattered around carelessly and the tarps were pulled down but not secured. They entered his upstairs room to find it much the same as his office and shop, messy. The guys searched the room and found many science type books, journals, and small strange inventions. Portraits of his family hung on the wall showing his Uncle Jake and Aunt Maggie along with his cousin Abigail. While searching Deuce & Bald Hank come across a few recent journal entries discussing a peculiar project that he was working on for Uncle Jake and that he was having an assorted number of problems with limbs and power sources. He also talked about people trying to find out what he was doing and that he was seeing Aunt Maggie quite frequently and bringing flowers (which the guys already know that she had died years later from Cholera.) In his last few entries he mentions that an odd man in black came into to town and after a day or two people were starting to act very odd. ?Nothing?s right here. The Stranger????must hide..?

The guys are now certain that there is definitely something not quite right about the man in black. They finally realize that it has gotten dark out and the wind is howling down the mountains into town. They decide to wait out the night and head back to Silverton as fast they can in the morning. They bring the schooner with the gattling gun into the blacksmith shop, bar the doors, and wait for the bad things to come.

Will our heroes make it through the night alive?
Will they find Big Jake?s nephew alive?
Will the gang know how to use the gattling gun?
Have we all lost our minds?

The answers to these questions and more in our next episode of?..
The Good, the Mad, and the Undead!
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Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:17 pm

EPISODE IV: The Not-So Quick and the Undead

When we last left our heroes they had found the town of North Brook completely deserted with no true sign of Big Jake?s nephew Carver Thornton. Our gang fortified themselves in Carver?s blacksmith shop for the night and waited for any strange things to cross the threshold. As the night cold night passed, the distinct call of wolves off in the distance could be heard. In the wee hours of the morning the howl of the wolves abruptly stopped and the guys suddenly became alert. A few hours pass with only the sound of the wind blowing and the rattling of tree branches. As they peered out at the buildings they noticed several peculiar shadows moving slowing from alleyway to alleyway avoiding moonlight. Time crept by slowly, with every passing minute the moon?s light got darker and darker until the town was shrouded in a blanket of pure darkness. The figures lurched towards the blacksmith. Bald Hank Billingsley acted quickly to produce a flare. He lit the tubing and tossed into the middle of the street. The impact caused the device to burst in a spray of light revealing the mangled bodies of the townsfolk coming towards them. Some of the bodies were mostly intact while others were nothing more than bone. They were flooding the street in masses. Mad Hank O?Hara & Eric Danforth opened fire on the creatures. Colton ?Deuce? Douglas fired a barrage of bullets at the zombies and skeletons with the gattling gun. Bald Hank threw sticks of dynamite into mobs of the undead scattering their parts into the wind. Cash Downing just shot one after another with his rifle from the second floor. Wave after wave of abomination came after them with claws, guns, and determination. They crawled into the shop and scraped their way into the schooner. Finally the last one was crushed leaving behind bone, rancid flesh, and crow feathers. The clouded skies opened up with rain, lightning and thunder. The silhouette of the man in black appeared in the flashes of lightning and quickly disappeared.

The guys waited out the rest of the night and immediately headed back towards Deerdale as soon as dawn broke. As they rode south they passed the North Brook Cemetery. Most of the graves had dug up from the inside out. One particular grave was left untouched, that of Margaret Callahan. A loud rumble metal on metal emanated from a cemetery building. The guys loaded back up and quickly headed down the road to get out of there. They didn?t make it that far when the doors of the building flew open and a large metal crab-like machine scrolled out. Eric took a shot at the looking hole and the machine suddenly stopped. A young popped his head out yelling, ?Don?t Shoot!? They had found the missing Carver Thornton. Carver explained to them about the man in black and how people started disappearing and then the dead walked the town. He hid his machine deep in the woods and set off with the guys back to Silverton. Late that afternoon they approached Deerdale to find that it was in complete disarray. People had been disappearing just like in North Brook. The buildings were mostly boarded up and the people were very skittish. Some of the townsfolk had taken refuge in the saloon and they were very suspicious of everyone. The guys told the people at the saloon what they had been through saying that they had fought off a couple hundred undead things up north. Our heroes helped them fortify the saloon and the surrounding area. They lit bonfires in the streets and placed the gattling gun in the corner room on the second floor. They searched the destroyed church for crosses & holy water, but found the padre lying dead in a dried pool of blood. Carver and Bald Hank make some chemical charges and set them in the dirt. The night slowly passes by. Moaning and shuffling can be heard in the distance, but the undead leave them alone for the night. The next morning the guys load up the horses and head out of town. On the way out they notice crow feathers in the alleys of the town.

The guys continued south keeping close to the mountains. The air warmed from the falling chill and the sky cleared as they rode further south. Three days passed before they finally reached Silverton and Callahan?s estate. Abigail greeted her cousin with open arms as he was very glad to see her. Mad Hank and Eric insisted on fortifying the estate and the city as quickly as possible. Abby was surprised by the guys change in demeanor and sent a servant into town to get the doctor, padre, and her uncle. After an hour or so Big Jake arrives and takes Carver aside into his office. After what seems like an eternity, the door opens and the guys are asked to come in. Eric goes into this long, emphatic description of the disappearing man in black, the thousands of dead things coming to life and attacking them in North Brook and how they sent them all back to their graves in pieces. He speaks of the metal monster constructed by Carver and how he stopped it with one bullet. He goes on about the terror stricken people of Deerdale and of how they protected them for the night. Ramblings of how the undead creations devour hymnals, how Amazin? Grace really goes, and the millions of crow feathers littering the land from North Brook to Deerdale AND MAYBE MORE!

Eric finally finishes and calms down?a bit. Big Jake doesn?t know what to think or say to this. Mad Hank rants and raves about fortifying as much of Silverton and the Callahan estate as soon as possible. Jake calmly says that everything is going to be fine and not be too hasty because the doctor and the padre will be here soon. This is absolutely absurd to Mad Hank and Eric and convinces the rest of the guys to ride back to town with them. Deuce makes several attempts to convince Abby to come with them for her safety, but feels the she is better off staying behind to continue talking to her uncle about the whole situation. They only get a few miles away from the estate before the come across the padre riding a wagon towards them. The guys go into their long story yet again and the padre doesn?t seem too surprised with their tale. The padre told them that this has happened once before, many years ago. A priest by the name of Thomas confronted the man in black by the name of Alejo and was believed to have sent him back to hell. He tells them that the padre is still alive but lives in a mission just south of the town of Diablo Falls. The guys decided to go there in the morning and find some answers.

Will our heroes come across the man in black again?
Will our heroes ever stop telling their tale of death?
Will our heroes ever regain their sanity?
Will our heroes ever learn the true words to Amazin? Grace?

The answers to these questions and more in our next episode of?..
The Good, the Mad, and the Undead!
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Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:18 pm

Howdy out there, a-mi-gos. I've been requested by our kindly GM to put this here fine update out there on that enn-ter-net fer him. Sos, I'm gonna do just that. Welp, without much further aado, here we goes:


EPISODE V: Blazing Padres

When we last left our heroes they had been met with the challenge of traveling to a mission in the southern town of Diablo Falls where a priest named Thomas lives. It is said that he once confronted the man in black known as Alejo and may still hold the key to wiping away the darkness that walks the plains to the north. Our small band of undead fighters had come across a priest in Silverton who divulged this information and laid it upon them to seek this priest in Diablo Falls. So, the guys waited until morning to head out again, this time south.

After three long days of cautious riding they finally arrived in the small town of Diablo Falls. The guys find the only saloon in town and have a sit & drink. They find out that the mission is actually several miles southeast from town along the Upponah River. The guys get a couple of rooms and settle down for the night. In the morning the head out to the mission. As they rode along the river they spot a tailing whisp of smoke off in the distance. They realize that it is coming from the mission once they come into view of the mud brick building. Dozens of injuns swarmed around the mission, whoopin' and hollerin'.

The guys prepared themselves for a confrontation. They pulled the schooner around to point the gattling gun in the direction of mission when they spotted several injuns riding toward them. As the injuns approached, arrows whizzed through the early morning air just missing the guys and plunging into the ground. The guys fired back filling the air with streaks of lead. The injuns got closer and circled the gang. The rattle of the gattling gun sounded as injuns hit the ground. They guys stood their ground despite being struck with arrows and finally got the last injun to drop. The heroes reloaded their weapons and slowly rode to within striking distance of the rest of their foes.

Another round of intense firing began between whiteman and redskin. Shot after shot befell the injuns, while arrows pierced the flesh of our fantastic heroes. The injuns surrounded them again but with what seemed like dozens. The sound of yells, cries, horsefoot, and gunfire filled the air with ferocity. Finally the second round of enemies were defeated. Battered and bloodied the guys prepared themselves to enter the mssion and finish off the last of the injuns.

They blew open the barred mission doors and entered a charred and burning courtyard. They quickly subdued some more injuns guarding the entrance and found their way to the chapel. Inside they found several dead priests and at the far end of the chapel, next to the alter, laid a man trying to get up with two more injuns standing above him ready to strike. The guys fired on the two injuns, but quickly found themselves surrounded by some more that were lying in wait for them. They closed in on our heroes, slashing them with their knives. The guys fought the best they could, taking steps back and shooting them with their last few rounds of bullets. One by one the injuns met their maker and the indian threat had ceased. Our heroes rushed to the aid of the priest lying before the alter gaspig for breath. His skin was smoldering from burns and blood rushed from deep wounds. He called the guys close to listen to his last words.......

What will the padre's final words be?
Will our heroes find something to defeat Aljeo?
Will our heroes save Silverton and the West from utter destruction?
Do injuns like to ride in circles?

The answers to these questions and more in our FINAL episode of The Good, the Mad, and the Undead....
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Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:14 pm

So ... what happens?
- "Don't assume you are safe because there is a rational explanation for all of this."

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Wed Jul 20, 2005 11:11 pm

Most of the story has been lost for not many people had first hand accounts of what followed the burning of the mission. The "heroes" have remained silent as to how they deafeated the man in black known simply as Alejo.
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Thu Jul 21, 2005 7:44 am

They're all loonies anyway. You couldn't trust a word they said. They don't even know the right words to Amazing Grace!
- "Don't assume you are safe because there is a rational explanation for all of this."

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