The Game Marshall (Alec) asked intro questions for each character.
Cho was asked about the time he missed a shot. The first time he did miss was the very first gun duel he engaged in. In Silver City he came across a man thrashing a woman in an alley near a bordello. Never one to allow such a thing to pass, Cho grabbed the man’s arm to make him stop. The woman beater challenged Cho to a duel then and there. Cho happily accepted, looking forward to putting the man in his place. The other man called himself Franklin Granger and told Cho his was the last face he would ever see. The set up for the duel in a nearby street while the beaten woman crawled into the bordello to alert the customers and proprietor of what was about to happen. Cho thought himself ready to duel but he was not. Granger drew first and faster, firing a shot that hit Cho in the leg and caused his shot to go far off target. Granger was forced to retreat as the Sheriff and deputies arrived on the scene. but Cho vowed to have his revenge one day.
Zane went to the Slippery Eel tavern to deliver a box given to him by a member of the Shan Fan Triad to someone named Jorge. Jorge was out at the event and not immediately available. Zane then turned to plying Junjie Hung for a taste of opium.
The Slippery Eel has an obsidian knife over the door that is indicated to be the knife of the horrible serial killer Jarvis Schrute.
The ceremony features the church wrapped in a large red ribbon. A fat man (Mayor Seabring) has some comically large scissors to cut the ribbon was on the stage with the Sheriff and other functionaries.
Zane went to the cookoff and delivered his package to Jorge who was compenting in the event. He opened the package and poured 5 golden slivers into his rice mixture declaring he would finally win and beat “the witch” this year. Presumably he was referring to Mei.
Percival was able to determine that the famous artifact of the local church wasn’t Mesoamerican in nature.
Viktor went to observe the goat races and failed miserably to coerce a goat to win his race.
Cho went to the Slippery Eel and managed to win the challenge to both drink and keep down a full mug of the Eel’s tank water. The “water” was more of a slimy suspension of foulness that proved challenging to consume and even more so to keep down. He succeeded and won the $28 prize. He immediately bought drinks for everyone in town, or until his $28 prize plus his own $25 ran out.
Percival went to Dadilaro’s wagon to check out his snake oil products, buying a bottle to save as a souvenir
The cooking contest was won by a paella dish made by Jorge from the Slippery Eel.
As the fireworks were launched to start the dance, a small horde of savage Wiyot warriors attacked and started indiscriminately started slaughtering everyone and trying to burn buildings. Cho gunned down two faster than a man can blink, then Viktor put a .45 round through the head of another. Zane dropped two more at long range as Cho finished two others. Icie Mizell lifted the tipped wagon off of Dadilaro So he could escape before fire from the burning stable caused it to ignite (his spirits are very flammable).
Cho asked the Sheriff if the native warriors had ever done this before. The answer was no. Before finishing the conversation Cho noted that the Sheriff appeared to be of the same tribe as the attacking native warriors.
In the morning Shreiff Redwood deputized the party with approval from Mayor Seabring. The wage is $20/week. The Sheriff then took us on tour of the town. Reggie Jefferson approached us to say that someone had broken into Father Ezra’s tomb and there were noises coming from inside. Percival saw that there was a diseased dog within and Cho quickly shot it.
Zane noted that there were tracks from many moccasined feet along with one pair of booted feet. The boots were assesses to be new and high end by Zane.
We returned to the Lucky Dragon for lunch where Sadie Wilson approached to ask for help hunting rats under her father’s business, the General Store. She seemed overly flirtatious and talked directly to Percival. Percival agreed to investigate the rats despite the fact that she seemed more interested in him than any rats. Once in the basement things went the way one would expect with a horny young girl and a single man. However coitous interruptus soon followed when Mr. Wilson entered the basement calling out for his daughter. Thinking quickly, Percival contrived a story about seeking archaeological relics in the “lowest points in town”. Somehow Mr Wilson fell for the story, an indication of his gullible nature.
The next morning Shay Anderson, a local Pinkerton mentioned that the Wiyot tribe a had recently split and a portion of the tribe had relocated in the vicinity of Grizzly Gulch. Sheriff Redwood and Anderson shared a “look” of some sort at the mention of the Grizzly Gulch. Sheriff Redwood departed to assist with repairing the Telegraph line down towards Harmony.
That evening Icie challenged Mei Ju Shen to a knife throwing contest and won, angering the Chinese gal.
Soon after Emily Barrett came in carrying her child. She reported that her husband had gone into the basement and soon after she heard screaming and the sounds of conflict. She fled to find the deputies with her son. We returned to her home to find her husband lying dead in the basement. As Cho moved in a Wiyot warrior ambushed him with a tomahawk. Cho shot him down but Viktor was able to save him with his miraculous healing gun. We questioned him and he said the Wiyot chief was going to burn the town to ashes. We confirmed that the warlike Wiyot were operating out of the Grizzly Bluff area in a place called the Gully of Storms.. We spent the next day investigating the town to make sure that there were no more hidden warriors in town. That night Long Ju Shen came into the Lucky Dragon and insisted his whoring daughter join him to leave town. She disagreed and he declared that he disowned her “You are as dead to me as your mother!” A large man objected to Shen’s tone and started to move at him when Mei smacked him with a full soup ladle, telling him to leave her father alone. Soup splashed on others in the room and a brawl quickly erupted. After we brawled , the tavern was cleared.
(2 XP, 4XP total)
The next night Dadilaro accused Jiujie of biking him for a deal to sell a sword. The party brokered a conversation between the two and after Jiujie accused Dadilaro of being an impoverished huckster, Dadilaro left, obviously mortified by the accusation.
The next night one of the Lucky Dragon prostitutes (rated 9 out of 10 by Cho!) named Bethany said that Mei had been missing since the night of the brawl. She said there was a note (written in Chinese) that was the only indication of why she would be missing. Following the info in the note we went to the Paper Mill to investigate where Mei was supposed to meet someone claiming to be her sister “Zang” (tranlates to tainted or defiled in Chinese).
We broke down a door into the mill and started searching. The first gruesome find was a sleeping room filled with slaughtered Chinese workers who had their throats slit while sleeping. Further on we found Long Ju Shen being tortured and crushed in the papermill by someone we assumed to be Zang and four Wiyot warriors. Zane unleashed a fiery barrage and emptied his revolver into the braves, killing most of them. Cho fired at Zang but the crafty devil avoided harm and fled to the basement. Down below we found Mei tied up. She claimed her brother had gone mad, then joined with us. to pursue. We found another room that showed signs of two people being dragged from the room. Further in the basement joined up with a worked stone passageway covered with strange unknown glyphs. Zane and Cho started following two men who were visible ahead until one of them threw a lit stick of Dynamite. Cho jumped for cover but Zane calmly drew a bead and shot the fuse off the dynamite.
We ended there. (3xp, 7 XP total)