The sun rose over the ashes of the Elko warehouse. Through the acrid smoke, a rescue train from Tombstone arrived. A young journalist, Zachariah Hornsby, was the only passenger.
“Esmerelda!? Is that you? Why, you’ve changed… a lot.” he said. Embarrassed, Icie revealed that Zachariah was her second cousin. Zachariah was on assignment from the Tombstone Nugget to report on the fire. When the posse explained that there were vampires and zombies afoot, he scoffed. “That sounds like that horse shit that Lacy O’Malley writes for the Tombstone Epitaph.”
On the train ride into Tombstone, Zachariah couldn’t seem to shut up. He explained that the local law, Virgil Earp, had outlawed firearms in the town of Tombstone. Everyone would have to check their weapons in at a saloon or livery. The Earps, according the Zachariah, were crooked. The Earps were in the midst of a feud with Baron LeChetelier’s men. And while things hadn’t come to violence yet, that was mostly because of the actions of Texas Ranger Hank Ketchum. Hank Ketchum, by the way, hadn’t been seen for about a week. He was last seen riding out to the Stanton Ranch. Old man Stanton was a drunk who ranted about “Insect Men” on his property.
Zachariah was very excited to announce that his fiance, Elmira Duffey, was coming to town. Now that he was settled with a good job, and had purchased his 20 acres, he felt it was time for her to come West so they could be married.
The train arrived in Tombstone. It was spring time and the local cacti were in full bloom. The beauty of the land was contrasted by the near-constant thirst they all felt. As mentioned by Zachariah, there were signs posted at the depot warning passengers that firearms were forbidden within city limits. Clarice McDonald was busy unloading a large set of crates and working out the paperwork with the quartermaster.
The Posse made their way to the Oriental, a saloon they were told was “neutral territory” between the Earps and the Clantons and a well-known establishment for gambling. Doc Holiday was running the Faro tables, when a young man (later revealed to be Morgan Earp) rushed in.
“Doc! Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury are in town. They’re both heeled, I reckon. Virgil told me to come get you.”
Doc Holiday excused himself and left with Morgan.
A drunk cowpoke started ranting about the damnable Earps, and all the tinhorns in town taking away their jobs. A number of ranch hands at the bar agreed with him. The taunts became more personal, until someone threw a punch. Icie and Arthur both cleaned house, despite some interesting challenges. Zane was able to hold his own. Smokin’ Cho got whipped good. After the brawl, the Earps showed up and told the posse that they might have need of them soon.
Icie and Arthur went to the church to find Padre Ernesto de Diaz. They were told that he had left town on a mission just two days ago, but left a letter for Icie. The letter begged for forgiveness for leaving and that he would return in a weeks time.
Back at the Oriental, Lacy O’Malley made an appearance with his latest best selling dime novel: The Beast of Lake Bigler. In this novel, Percival is the hero, with his wise advisor Viktor, his faithful butler Cho, his comedic sidekick Zane, and his headstrong and beautiful damsel Icie. Zane’s manitou admitted to selling the rights to Lacy for $5.
The next morning, the Posse was told that Ike Clanton was drunk and walking the streets with a winchester. The Earps deputized the posse and asked them to help stop Ike before he hurt somebody. The only request was that they not kill Ike. The posse tracked him down, and tried to trick him. Ike was able to spot their weapons and drew first. His shot hit Cho hard, and Cho went down. Icie was able to beat Ike to a pulp. Viktor was pulled in to use his healing gun on Cho.
The gunfire brought the Earps, who arrested Ike and took him to the local courthouse. There they encountered Frank McLaury. Wyatt asked if he was carrying a weapon, and when Frank refused to respond, Wyatt drew his gun and pistol-whipped him twice. Frank was checked and found to have no weapons on him. Plenty of witnesses saw this happen, and Zachariah Hornsby was also there, writing down notes for tomorrows newspaper.
The Posse felt they needed to find Hank Ketchum. The returned to the Oriental to get their gear, when Lacy O’Malley walked in and told the Marshall that there was a sizable gang of armed men outside the OK Corral. Marshall Virgil Earp once again deputized the Posse and asked for their help in stopping things before they became violent.
Each player was then given one of the Earps as an allied-extra to play. There was indeed a sizable gang at the OK Corral. Ike and Bllly Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury had at least twenty men with them, all armed with revolvers and rifles. Virgil Earp demanded that everyone hand over their weapons. Guns were drawn, and a lengthy and bloody battle broke out. In the end, Cho managed to capture a prisoner. Icie was not interested in taking prisoners. She pushed Cho out of the way and killed the man.
Virgil Earp witnessed the act and stripped Icie of her deputy badge. She was left off with a warning, but it was clear that the next time something happened like that she would be arrested.
In the aftermath, the Earps were coming to terms with what had just happened. This meant war with the Baron.
The Posse rode out with hopes of finding Hank Ketchum. Zane was able to follow his tracks into a box canyon near the Dragoon mountains. Past a rockslide, they saw circling buzzards and a cloud of flies. Lying against the canyon wall was the body of Hank Ketchum. Shot twice, once in his good eye and another through his badge. The badge was torn from his shirt and missing.