The game continued from Chapter 22: Chicago.

Zwischenzug

game session #114
played on November 20, 2012

Gunslinger Deke Bishop discovered something strange in the saloon of barkeep Vic Breslin: A child who spoke little English and wanted lots of food. Their questioning of Gao was interrupted by a stranger who suddenly threw up live scorpions and died. On his person, they found a letter identifying him as a researcher at the new observatory outside of town. Around the world, Elise, Sagesee, Caleb, Elijah, and Gilbert were thanked for stopping Zackaari, and raided the magical equipment on Salistra's fallen body. Elise and Sagesse found themselves in a wooded clearing, where a chessboard indicated four defeated enemies (Salistra, Zackaari, Le Requin, and Jessik), one remaining enemy (Dracula), and a message: "Next move: Protect your white bishop!" The group materialized in Vic's saloon in Flagstaff, Arizona, and were happy to see Gao again, though the girl could barely explain her absence. Deke and Vic were unnerved by more strangeness: Reversed mirror reflections, jumping pretzels, horses that smelled like soap. They had just fetched the sheriff when a local woman came pleading for his help finding her missing son, and Deke realized that other kids in town had vanished. Suddenly, a scream led them to the body of a local florist, who had been murdered savagely. The sheriff offered Deke, Vic, and the out-of-town strangers $2 apiece to help him find the culprit. When they decided to accept, they realized that Gao was gone. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin (first appearance)
Evie Totty as Sagesse la Roque
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop (first appearance)

earned points:
Deke for fetching the sheriff to address the situation
Elise for deducing the meaning of the bishop message
Vic for talking Stevens and Katzenstein out of a fight

Wild West

game session #115
played on December 11, 2012

Elise found Gao stealing a pie. Vic's brother Henry irritated him and forced him to close the Dusty Dynamite, though he swore he'd "get even." While Gao rescued a local man from a ghostly train that zoomed past the station, Deke noticed a wanted poster for a man he knew in town and tried to bring him to justice, shooting him in self-defense and earning a nice bounty from the sheriff. Elijah noticed a poker tournament and enticed Caleb to join, earning Caleb a large payday when he influenced the outcome using mind control. Hearing shattering glass, the group found the haberdasher dead. They spotted a fancy hat and flowers on a scarecrow in the garden of a local banker, who insisted that he did nothing wrong. A rain of frogs descended from the sky, ruining the carriage that Deke had rented and inspiring Elise's theory that, along with some children disappearing, Biblical plagues were coming true. Riding the half-ruined carriage up the hill toward the observatory, the group fell into an Indian ambush but more than adequately defended themselves, particularly with Deke's rifle and Gao's unnatural fists. The Indians warned that the "men and women of glass" were plaguing the land, and that Kokopelli would not lift the curse until they were gone. The group rescued an astronomer also trapped in the ambush. Deke found himself being watched by a rare white jaguar. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin
Jeff Coopes as Caleb Lonergan
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop

earned points:
Caleb for rescuing Wilhelmina Jacobson
Elise for deducing the connection to Biblical plagues

Vermin

game session #116
played on December 18, 2012

At the Lowell Observatory, the group met owner Percival Lowell, who hired them to "take care of" a hostile tribe who blamed the scientists for a poor harvest, tricking the town with "witchcraft" and recently escalating to violence. Nervous astronomer George Hale was forced to admit that he takes orders from an invisible elf that has him play pranks such as moving the telescope when nobody's looking. A swarm of robber baron flies and a serving of coffee that turned to blood annoyed Sagesse and bolstered Elise's theory about Biblical plagues. Deke irritated Vic and Sagesse by lying and attempting to pilfer their things. After staying the night, they passed back through town on their way to the tribe's canyon home, and Vic banned his brother Henry from the bar forever after finding that he had kept it open all night, despite Henry's willingness to fork over the income. The old man that Gao had saved from the train was found murdered, and Caleb spotted his overalls on the same scarecrow. (more detail)

in attendance:
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin
Evie Totty as Sagesse la Roque
Jeff Coopes as Caleb Lonergan
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop

earned points:
Sagesse for exposing George Hale's madness
Vic for tracking the behavior of the robber baron flies

Straw Man

game session #117
played on January 1, 2013

Rude locals interrogated Elijah and Sagesse over their "involvement" in the weird events and disappearances around town. Caleb, Deke, and Vic questioned the banker who owned the scarecrow, learning that he had become a religious fanatic overnight and given away nearly every possession. When they left, the scarecrow came to life and attacked Caleb, trying to steal his backpack. The group quickly blasted it apart while Vic distracted the townspeople, and Caleb set its remains on fire. Elise noticed that a metal weathervane in the shape of a rooster had come to life, but failed to catch it. In the Dusty Dynamite, Elise explained the Red Death to Deke and Vic, and warned them of what exposure to them would mean. The group set out for the Apache village said to be in a narrow canyon. The same white jaguar watched from afar. Deke and Elise favored high ground, so Elise created a rock ladder onto the mesa, but they were fired upon by scouts, and war drums sounded from deeper in the canyon. (more detail)

in attendance:
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin
Evan Coopes as Elijah Ivy
Evie Totty as Sagesse la Roque
Jeff Coopes as Caleb Lonergan
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop

earned points:
Deke for handling the sheriff's response to the scarecrow shooting

War Drums

game session #118
played on January 15, 2013

Vic, Elise, and Caleb negotiated their way into the Apache camp with peace offerings of whiskey, while Deke covered them with his rifle from a ridge. The old "witch doctor" of the village gave the three of them a drink that caused them to hallucinate a scalding sun in the sky and a white jaguar that transformed partially into a man, who gave them a magnifying glass. Caleb held it up to the sunlight, burning a hole in the ground that exposed an enormous robber baron fly, as large as a bus. It swallowed Elise and forced Vic and Caleb to defend themselves. From nearby, Deke saw their hallucination-inspired behavior and warned the Apaches not to interfere, but had to fight two off, and briefly felt a blood lust come over him. When the "vision" ended, the group concluded that the telescope (represented by the magnifying glass) was somehow bringing evil into the world. In Flagstaff, they found the Dusty Dynamite burned to the ground and learned that Henry Breslin was seen inside. His body was not found. Deke punched Gilbert in anger and got drunk, then sobbed and apologized for being such a hateful person and swore to do better if the group would let him come along. Vic, having lost his bar and his home above it, had little choice but to join permanently too. The group went to the observatory, where Elise helped the surviving scientists flee a huge swarm of flies. They found the telescope aimed down into a trap door, where a shifting light revealed scenes on the other side of a portal including a forest, a desert, and more. When Caleb pushed the telescope out of alignment, the portal became fixed on the image of a cave. When Deke fell in, thanks to his drunken state, the rest decided to see where it led and jumped in behind him. (more detail)

in attendance:
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin
Jeff Coopes as Caleb Lonergan
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop

earned points:
Deke for character growth & development
Vic for realizing the meaning of the magnifying glass

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

game session #119
played on January 29, 2013

Vic and Deke awakened in a strange cave. They found Elijah reduced in height with a squeaky voice and a brightly-colored rainbow outfit. Melchitt led them to where Gao was pinned under a rock, the ruby slippers on her feet sticking out. Together, they all ventured outside and found Elise turned into a clumsy scarecrow, Caleb wrapped in tight tinfoil and pinned in place, and Sagesse hidden under a thicket of long red hair, with a hyperactive sense of danger. Taunted by a voice calling himself "the Wizard," they fought off an attacking army of gorillas that flew with large insect wings. At a pond, they met the "man in red" who kept transporting them around, and Elise recognized him as Holgrave from the village of Salem. He explained that the Red Death sought a permanent connection to Earth, and their work in Arles and Chicago and now in Flagstaff was fending off its influence, but Dracula was organizing against them because they had failed to kill him, and the biggest threats to Earth remained. Holgrave said that the observatory telescope had created a link to Oz that caused some of its strange magic to affect Earth, and "eliminating" Oz's leader would put things right. In an emerald palace, they saw the wizard in different forms: An Apache chieftain, John Malveau, Dracula, and Kokopelli. Behind a curtain, they found Vic's brother Henry, who had escaped the bar fire through a portal and found a deserted empire for the taking. They beat him up, but Vic couldn't be convinced to kill him, so they dragged him through the final remaining portal to Earth. (more detail)

in attendance:
Amanda Ross Bryant as Vic Breslin
Jeff Coopes as Caleb Lonergan
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Wes Bryant as Deke Bishop

earned points:
Caleb for finding the only way to "eliminate" the Wizard


The game continued in Chapter 24: The Crimson Castle.


Reports

In the guise of their characters, the players write reports summarizing the chapter from their own perspective.

by Deke Bishop

I've never been one to believe in anything beyond what I can see in front of me... Go »