Into the West

The Train to Dodge

Gattling guns and body snatchers

Session 1

The Players were contacted individually by Jack Bennet, and enlisted to perform an unspecified job. Each player was sent to Little Rock to await further instructions, and after several days received a telegram telling them to board a train to Dodge.

Several days into the journey the train was raided by a group of 16 men driving Gatling-gun equipped steam wagons. Several members of the raiding party were sent to meet their maker by the guns of Amos Black and John Smith, and another was on the wrong end of a flying kick to the face by Whiskey. While Amos and John prepared to storm the back car, Whiskey took a death-defying leap onto one of the steam wagons, and successfully dispatched the driver and took the wheel. Vivienne was busy emasculating every man in ear shot and interrogating / bandaging a whiny, sniveling passenger who was too busy howling about an itty-bitty bullet through the shoulder to answer many questions. Before Amos and John could mount their attack, the raiders detached the cargo train and made good their escape – although not before John took down another two with a veritable rain of bullets from one of his many pistols.

The train came to a stop for repairs, and people began to offload. Content Not Found: emmet-watson, the conductor of the train, approached the Posse to offer his thanks. Upon hearing that they were planning to drive Whiskey’s newly pirated steam wagon to Dodge, he asked them to stop in at the Black River office and inform them about the attack. Unfortunately Whiskey managed to crash the wagon a good 20 miles outside of Dodge, and the posse is forced to walk into town.

Upon arriving in town, the women sought out a hotel and went clothes shopping for Whiskey while John and Amos checked their guns and stopped by the Black River office. There they find out that the train had been successfully repaired and actually arrived before them. They are met by an impatient man who informs them that they are to meet Jack by a large tree on a hill east of town at noon the next day.

Jack rode up about an hour late, and informed the posse that they are to investigate rumors of missing people.. and bodies. Vivienne demanded the particular payment she’s been promised, and was rebuked with a sneer. Jack agreed to pay John and Amos $40 each, but when John claimed that he could gun down Jack and take the money if he felt so inclined Jack immediately stared him down and goaded him into a duel, daring him to reach for it. John drew and managed to put a bullet clean through Jack’s chest a split second before Jack shot the gun right out of his hand. Without so much as a grimace, Jack informed him that the next time he had to draw on John he’d put a bullet through his skull. John seemed to get the message.

The posse split up to ask around about the disappearances and heard a wide variety of crazy theories, and were referred with a laugh to Content Not Found: ezekiah-morton. They found his derelict and unkempt house without difficulty, and were greeted by Ekekiah, an eccentric old man who claims the disappearances are due to “body snatchers” who use the bodies in their “dark, arcane, orgiastic rituals.” He insisted they come back later that night, and the posse departed, leaving Amos to stand watch.
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Just as night falls, Amos spots 3 smallish figures with an odd, shuffling gait. He can’t make out much in the failing light, but their skin seems to be oddly uneven. As he moves to get a closer look their heads snap up, and as one they turn their glowing red eyes towards him…

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