Opportunity Knocks

The Creature of Lake Bigler

Our adventure opened with Icie telling the posse the tale of how she ended up at Lake Bigler ahead of them. She had been shanghai’d by one of Judge Iroh’s boys right before Lin Zexu ambushed the posse. She awoke atop the clock tower at St. Mary’s Cathedral in time to see a giant bat beat up her friends. She blacked out again and next found herself above a large body of water being carried by the bat. She drew her gun and fired, falling into the lake. She then had a vision of her former lover, Johnny. Johnny spoke of something the Chinese gangs wanted, something she didn’t have. Then he handed her his pocket watch. Icie awoke again, being pulled into a rowboat. In her hand was Johnny’s pocket watch.

Icie finally awoke again inside a doctors office. She was told that a local boy, Clay Nagle, had rescued her from the waters of Lake Bigler. The locals assumed she had tried to swim home from the floating casino. She left the doctor’s office and walked straight into her friends.

As she was wrapping up her story, an explosion of flash powder introduced Lacy O’Malley, reporter for The Epitaph. He took some time to explain the current happenings in the town of Lake Bigler, formerly known as Green Rock. He told them that the local hotel, the Crystal River, was full-up, but that some locals have been renting out rooms and posting notices up at the Marshal’s Office.

Zane Sharkey came down with an awful case of dysentery and went off to suffer in an alleyway somewhere.

The posse made their way to the Marshal’s office. Some of the posse saw disturbing reflections in the windows, what looked like red welts along their necks. More disturbing were the wanted posters. Not only was their one for Zane Sharkey, but the “or Alive” part of “Wanted Dead or Alive” had been scratched out. Both Cho and Icie thought they saw wanted posters for themselves, for the murder of Frank Granger and Johnny respectively. But upon closer inspection, it was for someone else.

A Christian woman, Mrs. Conway, posted a room for rent and the posse took her up on the offer. She was initially concerned about the motley crew, but Percival managed to convince her that they were God-fearing people. The posse escorted her back to her house so they could stow their horses. They met her son, Jamie, and were told the rules of the house. The posse was welcome to stay in the barn. Some things were broken, and Jamie assured them that his Pa would fix them when he got back. Any discussion of Mr. Conway made Mrs. Conway uncomfortable.

The posse went back into town and were assaulted by frightening reflections everywhere. They bought new supplies and began their investigations into the poker tournament. Firstly they found that they needed about $1,000 to enter. Secondly the casino was a steam paddleboat located in the middle of the lake, a good mile or more off shore. Thirdly, the casino was owned by a mysterious woman named Madame Legato.

The town itself was full of gamblers from all of the USA and CSA. Most of them were punchy, complaining about the entrance fee, the lack of rooms, the worn out doves, or just each other. More than a few duels occurred. The local law, Marshal Bryce, didn’t seem overly concerned.

The posse checked out the casino, the Grand Majestic. They found that hiring a rowboat required getting a hand stamp. The stamp was the familiar Aztec symbol for gold that they had seen used by the cult in Weaverville and the Scalper. Wisely the Posse decided to deface the symbol when put on their own hands. While rowing out to the casino, some of the Posse thought they saw something moving in the water.

The casino was indeed Majestic. Free food and drink for all patrons. Unlike in town, reflections on the Grand Majestic made the posse feel confident and happy with themselves. The primary game being played was Faro. Percival tried out his new eye in an attempt to raise some of the $1,000 needed to enter the contest.

That night, the posse heard Jamie Conway speaking to someone in the workshop adjoining the barn. The posse tried to investigate but could find no one. In the morning a group of bounty hunters showed up looking for property stolen from the Wasatch Railroad. They had a warrant and demanded the return of the property. The standoff went awry and guns were fired. Mrs. Conway screamed, and a mechanical beast burst out of the workshop. The three legged machine attacked the bounty hunters. Smokin’ Cho grabbed Mrs. Conway and pulled her into the house. The machine thought Cho was going to harm her, so he gave chase. Percival Ford rightly deduced that this machine was actually Mr. Conway and began soothing the man in the machine.

Drawn by the firefight, Marshal Bryce showed up. He took a look at the warrant and when he couldn’t find any missing machinery, told the Posse to bury the bodies and go into town to make a statement at the Marshals Office.

Viktor tried to see what he could do to repair Mr. Conway, but it became clear that Mr. Conway wanted to end his misery. Viktor shut down the machine and told Mrs. Conway that there was nothing he could do.

The Posse then headed out to investigate the local mine which they had heard about in their investigations. The town itself had very few miners. The mine had encountered problems a few months back when gas filled the mine. Everyone talked about how the gas stank, which confused Viktor. Normally underground gasses didn’t stink, which is why miners carried canaries. Not having a canary, Viktor came up with the idea to use one of the Conway chickens. He also whipped up a phosphorous device which would give light but not ignite gas.

Following their noses the Posse found the mine. Cho and Icie led the way trying to sneak in. The stink was pretty bad, but the chicken didn’t seem affected. Unfortunately Cho took a bad step and dropped the chicken. The chicken, with a glowing rod attached, ran off down the mine shaft. Out of the darkness appeared a man wearing a diving helmet. He looked for a second, and then disappeared into the darkness. The posse ran out of the mine. Cho stayed behind while the rest returned to the Conway farm to get another chicken. Meanwhile Cho nearly got attacked by shambling men in torn rags. He found a hiding spot on a nearby ridge and waited.

Cho saw two men leave the mine, Marshal Bryce and his Deputy. They walked their horses out of the mine and hung up their diving bell helmets. They road off and Cho followed. Coming up the road were the rest of the Posse with a new chicken in a sack. Some awkward conversations followed, and the Posse made some amazingly convincing arguments to justify why they were on that road with a chicken. Marshal Bryce was somehow satisfied with their answers and took them back to his office to give their statements.

Percival got the feeling that the Marshall might have the cash to bankroll their entrance fee. Working out a deal to split the winnings, and giving up the Shan Fan property as collateral, the posse had enough money to enter the Poker tournament.

Percival advanced easily through the first rounds of the tournament and advanced to the final table. The posse saw, and managed to avoid, Lin Chi Ling wandering through the casino with Madame Legato. The boat was rocked by a rogue wave, and the posse took that as an opportunity to bust open a locked door leading to Madame Legato’s office. The boat continued to rock while Percival remained at the poker table playing.

Cho, Icie and Viktor interrupted a ritual being performed by Madame Legato and Lin Chi Ling. Lin Chi Ling transformed into a Bat, and Madame Legato transformed into a snake woman. Four giant tentacles emerged from the lake and began attacking the boat. Walls smashed open, and people screamed. Meanwhile, Percival Ford remained at the poker table intent on completing the tournament.

Both of the witches fell quickly to the onslaught of firepower. Cho, Icie and Viktor began attacking the tentacles, when a monstrous eye emerged behind the boat. Viktor engaged the engine on the boat and tried to get away, but the monster lashed on. Cho took aim at the eye and got off an amazing shot which sent the creature down to the murky depths of Lake Bigler. But the damage had been done, and the Grand Majestic was beginning to sink.

Meanwhile, back at the poker table, Percival Ford lost the tournament on the final hand.

The Bells of St Mary's / Guess Who's Coming to Donner

Our heroes left the Cherub Glassworks and returned to the boat which had brought them there. As they approached the boat, Mr. Lee did not respond. He remained sitting in the boat, facing the water, with his fishing pole in hand. Percival Ford walked up to him and shook him to get his attention. Mr. Lee’s body fell forward, and his head rolled back into Percivals hands.

Lin Zexu and his Kang triad goons surrounded the Posse with guns drawn. Zexu demanded the deed, which he assumed the Posse now held after the battle at the Glassworks. Some taunting went back and forth, and Zexu ordered his men to search the Posse for the deed. It was at this point that the Posse realized that Icie was no longer with them.

A lone gunshot rang out and one of Zexu’s men fell dead, as Thin Noodles Ma and his Shan Fan triad goons arrived. Ma also demanded the deed. Zexu said he’d rather die than be robbed by the Shan Fan triad again. Ma replied that Zexu must still be sore for losing his woman to Big Ears Tam. This enraged Zexu, and he ordered his men to fight. The Posse was caught in the middle of a gang war.

Thin Noodles Ma shot fire from his fingertips. Lin Zexu showed no interest in the lives of his own men as he opened fire with a shotgun, killing his own in attempts to hit Thin Noodles Ma. A lucky shot from a Shan Fan triad goon hit Zexu in the head and he went down. Wounded as well, Thin Noodles Ma ordered his men to retreat.

A quick search for Icie found an empty bottle of ether, and signs that she had been dragged away. Thanks to the quick thinking of Percival Ford, the Posse managed to secure one of the boats the Kang triad had used. The Posse rowed towards the ruins of St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Judge Iroh had crashed.

The crash site showed nothing of interest, but it there were signs that someone might have already searched the body and taken something into the church. The front doors were not opening, and it looked like someone was using a broken window as an entrance. Cho led the party in, where the saw two effigies – very much like the one they encountered in Weaverville. The two straw men began to move and came at the Posse. Remembering that fire was the only thing to stop these creatures before, the Posse grabbed burning candle holders and used them as improvised weapons. Meanwhile Guardian Angels shot at the Posse from the balconies above.

Following the cries of Icie, the Posse raced up the clock tower dodging falling gears. At the top, a lone woman held Icie as a human shield. She revealed herself to be Lin Chi Ling, former lover of Zane Sharkey, former wife of Lin Zexu and current lover of Big Ears Tam. She attempted to sway Zane’s allegiance, but he wasn’t interested. Then Lin Chi Ling transformed herself into a giant Bat-Woman, and swatted the party with a sonic blast. The transformation shook Zane Sharkey and left him with a minor phobia of bats. The Posse returned fire, but every shot that came close was deflected by a swarm of bats which surrounded her. Another blast of her magic scream laid waste to the party, and Lin Chi Ling grabbed Icie and flew away to the North East.

After some creative healing efforts, the party recovered from their ass-wuppin and began searching for the deed. In a small lock box they found both the deed and a letter from Lin Chi Ling’s sister at Lake Bigler. Zane heard a whispering voice that called out to him. He moved some rags and found the head of Lin Chi Ling in a jar. A mechanical device under the jar made the sound of Lin Chi Ling’s voice. She spoke to Zane, saying it was dark and she was cold and how she wished to be in his strong arms again. Zane tried to console his past lover. She said she wished she could see the sun rise one last time. Zane took her outside and described the sunrise to her, and then ended her misery.

Some discussion was held over what to do with the deed. The decision was made to keep it so that no one could profit from it. Some scouting was done to make sure the the doppelganger of Lin Chi Ling was not still in town before following the evidence and leaving for Lake Bigler.

The fastest and most direct way to Lake Bigler was through Truckee Pass. The Posse knew they had some time to spare before the Poker Tournament, and they needed an easy ride to lick their wounds. One night, Percival Ford was examining the mysterious fake eye they had found in DeDelaro’s lock box. When he held it up to his own eye, six insectoid-like legs sprouted out and grabbed his head. It pulled itself closer to Percivals own eye. Fang-like appendages opened up and began shredding his own left eye. Percival screamed as the alien-like eye replaced his original eye with itself. Percival was shocked, and despite missing his own eye was able to see things plainly. Later he discovered that his new guest allowed him to sometimes see the values of playing cards held by other people.

The party arrived at the base of Truckee Pass. Snow had been falling for the day, and darkness was approaching. A friendly Trading Post owner greeted them and offered up some squirrel stew. He also sold cold weather gear and could lead the Posse to the trailhead. That night he told ghost stories about the Donner party who had been trapped in Truckee Pass almost thirty years ago. He said their ghosts still haunted these woods, and that he used his decorative glass bottles to keep them away. He also said that no one traveled the pass this time of year, but that a group of four Pinkertons had come through a couple days earlier. They had bought up all his dynamite and said they were working for the Wasatch Railroad.

The Posse set out in the morning but quickly lost sight of the trail in the snow. They failed to reach Truckee Lake as the Trading Post owner had suggested, and they realized they were lost. They found shelter for the night and tried to start out again in the morning.

Like throughout the west coast, the posse was burdened with hunger. But the hunger felt more intense on the mountain. Rations failed to satisfy our heroes as they craved fresh meat. When morning came they saw a pair of rabbits grazing at a bare patch of grass or some flowers. Zane took aim with his pistol and killed one of the rabbits. The other rabbit didn’t run, but instead began nuzzling it’s fallen partner. This seemed weird, but Zane was hungry, so he shot the other rabbit. When he walked up, he realized the second rabbit wasn’t nuzzling his friend, he was eating him. And it wasn’t a patch of flowers they were eating, it was another rabbit. Zane didn’t think about it too much as he dove in and started eating the rabbit.

The posse started searching for the trail again, but still couldn’t find it. Percival got the feeling they were being stalked, and the posse found large human footprints, bare footprints, that circled them. Another day went by without the trail, and the posse contemplated eating one of their horses. Zane would have none of that.

The next morning brought hope as they found the trail and made it to Truckee Lake. They found one of the cabins that surrounded the lake. It was in poor shape and stunk of human waste. A wagon outside had been salvaged for firewood, and a cooking pot inside was full of bones. Viktor identified them as human. Night was approaching and the party holed up in the cabin to get warm. As the sun fell a weathered man entered the cabin. The man was starved and crazed, talking about “the others” and “monsters”. Cho tied the man up, and the Posse tried to sleep through his occasional night terrors. When they woke up, they found their rations were gone, and the only bullets they had were whatever was in their guns.

Jim Higgins, the man who walked into their camp, was more crazed and bit his own thumb off. He seemed happier after eating it. Zane knocked him out as he displayed his bloody smile. The Posse discussed options, when Jim Higgins said “I’m feeling much better now.”

Jim said he was a Pinkerton and that he and his men were on a mission to defend the Free State of California from an invading Union Army. They were ambushed by some kind of monster. He pleaded with the Posse to help him rescue his men. Cho couldn’t ignore a plea for help. Higgins lead them to a remote cabin, where his men were chained to the outside. As they circled the cabin, a large ogre of a man walked up to the cabin. Cho snuck up to release the Pinkertons. Percival caught a glipse out of the corner of his eye just in time to see the Ogreish man standing behind Zane Sharky.

Zane got his ass handed to him as the giant man started pounding him. The brute even grabbed Zanes rifle away from him. The door to the cabin burst open and the first Ogre came out. Twins! The first ogre moved to the escaping Pinkertons and he ripped one of them apart.

Viktor and Cho were the first to notice a tree outside the cabin, decorated with bottles – just like the trading post. Percival took a shot at one of the bottles and it shattered. A ghostly spirit escaped and began swirling around the tree. Viktor shot at the giant attacking Zane and shot him through the neck. The giant fell, but didn’t look like he was out. Cho and Zane began shooting at the bottles. One by one they shattered, releasing more ghosts. Just as the last bottle broke, a wisp of a deformed woman stepped out of the cabin yelling, “Boys? What the hell is going on out here. Mama needs meat!”. The spirits of the Donner party, now free, raced out at the cannibals and attacked them. A swirling tornado of spiritual energy surrounded them and then disappeared. Only their clothing was left behind.

Cho grabbed the clothing and threw it into the cabin, then lit the cabin on fire. Jim Higgins and his surviving Pinkerton watched it burn to the ground in quiet contemplation. Viktor stumbled upon the Pinkertons dynamite, and they returned to their mission.

The Pinkertons escored the posse through Truckee Pass. Ahead of them they could see an advancing Union Army led by General George Armstrong Custer. The Pinkertons annouced to advanced scouts that they would not let the Union Army pass, and that they would destroy the pass with dynamite if they had to. The Army might be able to make it through on foot, but they wouldn’t be able to get their heavy wagons through. The Union army called their bluff and began advancing. Jim Higgins lit the fuse, and the canyon walls collapsed. Beaten, the Union Army headed north to Oregon to find another way around.

Jim Higgins thanked the Posse for their help and said goodbye. The Posse had the strong feeling they would never see him again. Jim said there was still evil on this mountain that needed to be stopped. As the posse descended into Nevada, they heard two gunshots ring out from behind them. Jim and his partner had tasted human flesh, and they knew their hunger would not end. They would eventually become Wendigoes like the monsters they had faced.

The Posse headed in to the town of Lake Bigler. The town was packed with gamblers from all over North America. Sitting outside a hotel was their friend Icie. She smiled at seeing her friends and said, “Boy do I have a story to tell you.”

A Change of Plans

One week ago…

War was hell, but mostly it was loud. The new canons fired loads spiked with Ghost Rock. Occasionally the canons burst, killing the artillery crew, but the added range was worth it. Union forces could remain behind the Oak Hills and shell British forces in Toledo, safely out of range from the conventional British canons.

The air was thick with the haze of Ghost Rock smoke. A foul sulfur smell that burned the lungs and eyes. It clung to fabrics even after they had been washed. If you were unfortunate enough to have a puff of it pass over your meal, it tasted of rotten meat.

The Union General sat outside his command tent, up wind from the canon fire, receiving his daily shave. He casually read through the latest edition of The Opportunist. What he read made him stand upright. His valet managed to jump out of the way before accidentally slashing the generals throat with his straight razor.

“Bring me Colonel Upton at once!”, the General ordered.

Colonel Emory Upton was young for his rank – but not nearly as much as his commanding officer. Technically Upton was his elder, but only by a few months. They had both attended West Point, graduating in the same year. He did not rise in the ranks as fast as his peer. The result of the political backlash over allegations of relationships he had with some young black women. Allegations he dueled over, a duel which left a small scar along his face.

“Sir, you called for me?”, said the Colonel.

“Look at this paper. By God, it’s there in some shit hole town called New Opportunity. We’ve had scouts all over that area, and some egg headed fool stumbles upon it. I’m taking first company there immediately.”

“But sir, you cannot abandon your post. You have been ordered to retake Detroit.”

“Once I get this”, touching his gloved finger to the newspaper article, “we won’t need to.”

An Intercepted Telegram

John Wesley Bick was just a junior member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. He had been stationed as a clerk in a remote office deep within the Great Maze of California earlier this year after scoring high marks in training. He had joined the Agency hoping to make a difference, but so far all he had managed to do was push a few papers around and deliver news to his creepy boss. A task which he was currently burdened with. He knocked on his superiors door, and a gravely voice told him to come in.

A tall figure turned to him, looking through him as if he wasn’t there. Everything about Mr. Lane unnerved him. His boss, Andrew Lane, stood over six feet tall. His thin and wiry frame made him seem frail, but Bick had seen him carry heavy loads like they were made of goose feathers. Mr. Lane grew his hair long so that it covered a ghastly scar at the back of his head. There were plenty of rumors about what had caused that wound. Personally, Bick thought it was an injun’s botched attempt at scalping him.

“Sir, our field agents have intercepted a Union telegram.”

“Very well. Give me the highlights Mr. Bick.”, said Mr. Lane. His voice sounded like the crackling spark of a lit fuse.

“It’s from Brigadier General Malcolm Gill of Fort Lincoln to President Grant. He says that a patrol has captured a Dr. Erasmus Finn. While he doesn’t seem to be a Confederate, he did have a number of unusual devices on him. Looks like they’re sending him off to Fort 51.”

“Alright. So why did you bring this to my attention?”, asked Mr. Lane with a sneer.

“Well sir, they’re sending him to Fort 51 but they’re sending his devices off to the Boy General. You said you wanted to be notified of any news about him.”

“Ah. And where does intelligence say the Boy General is now?”

“Reports say he left the Battle of Detroit and is headed south west. We believe he will cross into California through Truckee Pass.”

Mr. Lane paused and looked over a large map of the West Coast. He ran his finger over multiple dots near Truckee Pass. Finally he spoke, “Have Jim Higgins intercept him. Use the Wasatch Rail Lines cover story. That should at least buy us some time.”

Big Trouble in Little Shan Fan

Our Posse decided to follow the Tong Gang that had saved their lives. They led them on a crazy path of alleyways and double-backs and eventually ended up in a warehouse near the docks. They only had a moment to notice the cries for help from Icie below them before the floor fell out and they landed on the floor below. Outnumbered and surrounded by triads wielding crossbows, the Posse knew they were stuck.

The Triad boss sat before them and introduced himself as Lin Zexu. Lin had a history with Zane Sharkey. The last Zexu had seen of Zane was his bare backside as he fled his bedroom, with Zexu’s wife crying. Zexu yelled for his wizard, and a man dressed in purple robes appeared.

“I paid you a lot of money wizard, a lot of money to make sure Zane Sharky would die.”

“Oh he did my lord. I promise you. He is dead. My magic is very powerful.” replied the wizard. Zexu merely pointed, and the wizard followed his gaze until he met the smiling face of Zane Sharkey. “But… but… you’re dead! I saw it. You died!”

With a snap of Zexu’s fingers, the wizard was escorted out. The posse heard a muffled scream, and then a loud splash as something large hit the waters below them.

“Now”, said Zexu, “where is the deed?”, and one of his tongs came forward with the metal box. Zexu ordered him to open it, and the gang member triggered some kind of electrical trap. His body fell to the floor, and two objects fell out of the box: a small stone, and a ripped-out section of a book. Zexu briefly looked at them, and did not find what he was looking for.

“Where is it? Where is the deed? What have you done with it?”. When the posse said they didn’t have it, Zexu replied “You four are in a lot of trouble. Firing weapons in city limits is a big crime, and I have a lot of witnesses who will say that they saw you shooting at the Shan Fan triad today. Of course, I can make sure that doesn’t happen if you bring the deed to me before the next seven days is up.”

The posse agreed, and asked for their friend to be released. They took a look at the pages found in the box. It was a section of Hoyles Games about the game of Poker. Stuffed in the pages was an invitation to a Poker Tournament at Lake Bigler. The stone was a false eye of poor craftsmanship. The box itself had many small scratches on the inside.

The posse left and returned to the apartment above DeDelaro’s warehouse. They began their investigations by looking into places DeDelaro might have spent his time in Shan Fan, finding out what was important about the DeDelaro property, and locating information about the cherub branded glassware DeDelaro had at his lab.

Part of the posse tracked down a local brothel where DeDelaro visited, and met one of his regulars. She told them that she hadn’t seen Adrian DeDelaro in some time, but that he was planning on taking her away to Boston after completing some major investment.

Others went to city hall and found that the DeDelaro property was large, taking up a couple city blocks. It was also one of the most stable foundations in the city after the great quake. Further investigations found that a Union Blue representative was coming to town in seven days to meet with DeDelaro, and that this property was likely being considered for a train depot.

The final group was able to track down the Cherub mark to being from the Cherub Glassworks, located across the bay in old San Francisco. The posse regrouped before heading out, and they were ambushed by members of the Shan Fan triad led by Thin Noodles Ma. Thin Noodles told the posse that he could clear up all of their troubles if they brought him the deed. The posse thanked him for his offer, and prepared to leave for the Cherub Glassworks.

The posse found a boat driver who was willing to row them out to the Glassworks. He told them he’d wait for them off shore while he did some fishing. The posse approached the building as stealthily as they could, but it wasn’t that stealthy after all. From a second story window a blast of hot ghost fire rained down on them. The fire thrower was armored and under cover, making it difficult for the posse to get a shot off.

The posse entered the building and encountered hooded cultists, followers of Ezekiah Grime known as Guardian Angels. They attacked the posse with metal pipes that had molten glass at one end. On the upper floor they encountered more Guardian Angels, and Judge Iroh, an important civil servant of Shan Fan. Iroh was the armored fire thrower, and when it looked like he was surrounded, he jetted off in his jet pack. Viktor, with a series of amazing shots, managed to hit Iroh’s fuel tank causing him to spin out of control and crash on the other side of the bay, just outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Searching the glassworks, not much of the paperwork survived. But they were able to find a journal of Iroh suggesting he had been working with Grimme’s people and the mysterious “Mistress” that DeDelaro had also been working for. Iroh’s last entry said that he was looking forward to flying with his Mistress using his new jet pack.

Crazy Like a Foxglove

The Posse returned from the DeDelaro estate to the familiar town of New Opportunity. Fights were springing up between Union and Confederate scouts. Sheriff Redwood suggested that things were getting worse as Union Blue continued to move southward with it’s railroad. He said that once the transcontinental railroad reached California and it’s Ghost Rock that the Civil War was likely to start up again, and California would be right in the middle of it.

The Posse informed Sheriff Redwood that they would be leaving town for Shan Fan. He asked them to do him a favor. Ira Thorne, one of the Scalpers victims, was now insane. Redwood wasn’t equipped to deal with him, but there is a sanitarium south of Fort Lincoln run by a man named Habe who could deal with him. Icie decided that it wasn’t safe for her to be around Thorne, and left for Shan Fan on her own.

On the road to Habe’s Sanitarium, Cho was haunted by the ghost of a gunfighter. The gunfighter would whisper the names of every man Cho had killed – but for some reason didn’t mention the name Frank Granger. The ghostly gunfighter challenged Cho to a duel and lost. Where the gunfighter had been was found the remains of a deformed human, buried poor and shallow. Some investigation found the likely identity of the gunfighter, and as soon as her remains were buried Cho was no longer haunted.

The posse found Habe’s Sanitarium and began the process of dropping Ira Thorne off. Habe initially refused, but quickly changed his mind after speaking with his partner, Erasimus Finn. The Posse didn’t like the terms of the release, and protested. That’s when Habe’s attendants began to get forceful. The surgical scrubs fell off of one of them, revealing a patchwork of human bodies sewn together. The face of which was that of Junior, the man who had bested Zane Sharky and taken back his horse.

Habe fled upstairs and released the insane patients, while the Posse fought the patchwork creations. Some of the posse went down into the cellars where they encountered Erasimus Finn and his lightning gun. Others went upstairs and subdued Habe. In the cellar the posse found a laboratory working on dead bodies… dead bodies which the posse recognized as the Boyle brothers… dead bodies which were still moving.

Confronted with one of his worst fears, Viktor put a bullet in both of the Boyle brothers heads. Erasimus Finn was arrested by the Posse, and they were convinced that Habe was an honest man who made some poor choices.

That night, Zane Sharky fell asleep on watch and Erasimus Finn escaped.

A few days later the Posse made it to Shan Fan and they tracked down the DeDelaro property. It was an old warehouse for the DeDelaro company with an apartment upstairs. They investigated the apartment and stumbled upon a triad gang ransacking the place. One of the triads said, “I’ve got it. Cover me” and fled out the window with a lock box in his hands. The posse gave chase on rooftop and alleyway, but found themselves getting beat up badly by the strange fighting styles used by the gang members.

Facing a life-or-death situation, some of the Posse drew their guns and fired – full well knowing that firing a gun in the city limits of Shan Fan was a major crime. Possibly drawn by the gunfire, another group of triads from a different gang appeared and helped the posse escape with the lockbox.

The Opportunist: November 4, 1878



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