Frontier World – Session 06 (18/10/16)

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Oct 192016
 

They head back to the Gentleman’s venue for meeting up with Lucille and the customer.  She comes alone, in a rush, bleeding and furious: Grain managed to survive and escape the mine and is  now giving siege to the canyon hideout where she held the customer into custody.

The Gunslinger and Lucille head for the prison to get Heath out of there with a perfectly controlled explosive charge that pulls down the cell external wall.

The others ride through the night, straight to the hideout. At dawn, as they proceed along the String creek in between red rocky wall, the Native spots suspicious boulders on both sides at the top. She and the Stranger sneak up there to find two of Grain’s men ready to push those off the cliff. It gets messy and bloody, but in the end it is the henchmen corpses that fall below.

Lucille, Heath and the Gunslinger catch them up by noon at the rope bridge leading to the mesa hideout. On the other side, Grain and his posse are hiding behind rocks, trapping the Customer and his men inside the cave. Grain warns them to back off, claiming to have rigged the place: he is ready to blow it all up unless he gets 50% of the share in this business. Looks like a standoff.

The Native sneaks below the bridge and crawls to the other side, hiding there underneath. The Stranger challenges Grain to a showdown, to settle things for good, once and for all. After a long silence, Grain comes out and steps on the bridge – ear of grain in his mouth. They stare down for unbearably long seconds before Grain finally breaks and reaches for his gun. The Native spots one henchman skulking under the bridge, taking aim at the Stranger: she jumps him from above, taking the shot, but snapping his neck. In that very moment, the Stranger pulls and shoots right before his opponent, hitting straight in the chest. Grain falls on his back in disbelief. The Stranger knees to his side and snatches the dead man’s hat; then the Native  climbs over and snatches the deal man’s heart out instead.

Grain’s men surrender. Lucille runs to the arms of William, the customer, for whom she has developed tender feelings during his ‘captivity’. He says he’ll hold to his promise to make an honest woman of her – making little brother Heath start crying like a baby.

William finally get his mine and pays everyone. It turns out his interest about it is about the black oil down there, which he is adamant to be a great investment for the future – go figure.

The (former) Outlaw is visibly shaking when taking his sister to the altar. At the party afterwards he gets very drunk along with everyone else, bar the Native (who manages to drink most below the table) and the Gunslinger, who just sips milk and thus manages to spot two peculiar men in the crowd, who to him smell very much like Pinkertons on the lookout for something or someone.

 

Frontier World – Session 05 (11/10/16)

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Oct 122016
 

At dawn they head out to the Canary Graveyard Mine, as all leads point there, confirmed by two of the Outlaw’s men left on guard at the entrance, with their throats sliced.

They make their way inside along the carts rail, with lanterns lit out, descending to the main mining hub: a large cave with several smaller tunnels accessing it and large wood beams on top, sustaining the ceiling.

The Stranger goes in first and calls out for Grain, offering to hand him the contract for a renewed partnership. Grain doesn’t show himself, but talks back with interest about the proposition and sends out Jon Jon himself to collect the papers. As they meet in the middle of the cave, the Strangers spots armed men hiding over the beans; he snuffs out the lights and gets Jon Jon into cover, amid firing and cussing from above.

The Gunslinger fires his gatling in that direction, pulling down the men and the beam alike. The Native throws a torch to light up the area, which sets the fallen beam on fire. The Outlaw throws a dynamite stick inside one of the tunnels, kicking off a chain of explosion, shaking up the whole mine. They rush out, but the Gentleman gets trapped by a beam falling on his leg. The Outlaw and the Stranger stay behind to lift it and help him out, then barely making their way outside as the entrance collapses. They stand there, catching their breath amid the dust fallout and a strange small of something flammable, then realize the Gentlemen is not around.

They get the posse to good use excavating the debris for few hours and eventually they rescue him, dusted, hurt and unconscious, but still breathing. At this time, twelve Black Bisons on horses approach, led by Long Horn and a wizened old  man.

The tribe accuses them of desecrating a sacred place. The argument heats up quickly and escalates into a gunfight, settling few moments later with most of the raiders laying dead on the ground and the old man captured. The Native questions him about who killed her tribe and gets a riddling response about a white man with ‘the ear in his mouth’; he will say no more.

They return to town to inform the sheriff, who puts Jon Jon’s testimony about the murder to the record  and places a bounty on Grain for it. He then cheerfully announces that  the trial of Heath Jeremiah had taken place earlier today and the hanging is due tomorrow at noon.

Frontier World – Session 04 (04/10/16)

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Oct 102016
 

The church bells ring, with no official reason to do so: they are calling out for everyone in town to gather for the anticipated opening of the rail station, as the bridge has been repaired ahead of time! Which means a train will be arriving in town real soon, unless it’ll get delayed.

They go and get mining implements and dynamite from the hardware store, but head out towards the railway to the east rather than the mine to the west. After a good day riding they cross the canyon and reach the rails, only to discover these had already been wreaked out. As they assess the damage, the sharp noise of a train whistle comes from behind the hills as a bunch of riders dashes out of a nearby wood heading towards it, gun blazing: it is none other than Lucille Jeremiah and her posse.

The Outlaw heads towards his sister, together with the Native. The gunslinger plants his gatling gun and sprays in front of the mob, slowing them down. The Stranger and the Gentlemen launch to gallop, flanking the train.

Lucille hears out her brother and desists from the assault, but the train is still going to derail. From the second wagon several guns are pulled out from the windows and fire in the direction of the Gentleman, who gets hit and has to fall back to the tail. The Stranger however manages to board, climb up on the roof and run to the front from above, reaching the locomotive and taking over control from an old machinist: he pulls the handbrake with all his might and it snaps. He then resorts to disconnect the wagons from the locomotive, jumping off with the old man as well right before it goes crashing out.

The Native and the Gentleman get on the rear wagon and pull the handbrake there, halting the convoy. The second wagon however brings up metal screens behind windows, with the customer barricaded inside with his own bodyguards. They leave all this in the good care of Lucille, confiding it has caused for enough of a delay.

Back into town, they head to Doc’s place to get medical care check upon Jon Jon. Here they find clear signs of breaking in and Doc unconscious on the floor with a bleeding head: he didn’t realize who did it, but it was several hours before. Jon Jon is missing as well.

Frontier World – Session 03 (27/09/16)

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Sep 302016
 

An eager Native and a reluctant Stranger head towards the whereabouts of the roaring. Here they find a huge grizzly bear in clear pain and someone unconscious on the ground, not too far. The Native figures out the bear is going through labor, which keeps it distracted enough for her to get hold of the body and carry it away: it is revealed to be a black guy, matching the likelihoods of  Jon Jon. He wakes shortly after up with a contusion and almost total amnesia (couldn’t remember the colour of his own skin).

The Gentlemen delivers his bounties to justice, but there Grim turns his story around, claiming innocence and accusing the Stranger of Miller’s homicide instead.

The Outlaw, the Gentleman and the Gunslinger head into Black Bisons lands, looking for Jon Jon who had been seen heading off in that direction. It doesn’t take long for the tribe to find them. The Gentleman manages to strike a deal with chief Longhorn for free passage in exchange of booze. They camp for the night at the meet up point. In the morning they are joined by the Native and Stranger with Jon Jon, but also discover that the Outlaw’s posse horses have gone missing.

They go back to the Bisons, which has apparently have the horses into custody. They agree upon a future trade of animals for guns and also some kind of support from the tribe for delaying a certain train due to come to town in few days.

Back to Stringsville, they leave Jon Jon to the cares of Doc, who reckons he may recover his memory, but can’t say when. In the meantime Grim had to be left out of jail by the sheriff, for lack of evidence, and is proceeding to cover the Stranger with infamy all over the place. They decide to go and seek the Outlaw’s elder sister, Lucille, who may have evidence to incriminate Grim and free up both the Stranger and Jon Jon from suspects and accusations.

According to the Outlaw, his sister is likely planning a train robbery from her cove in the hills caves, two days ride away on the south-west side.

Frontier World – Session 02 (20/09/16)

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Sep 262016
 

It doesn’t take long for the captive to spill the beans about a meeting between the Stranger’s very ex partner and his elder brother, at the old parish, 1 day ride away south, down into the caldera desert. The Gunsliger stays behind at the farm to ensure ‘good faith’.

On the way across the desert, the Native has a face-to-face with a rattlesnake which concludes with her poisoned and feverish trying to make her way back to the farm.

Two more to go: he Stranger and the Gentleman eventually reach the destination, where they find the partner apparently digging his own grave, kept at gunpoint by the elder of the Jeremihas. Upon quizzing, in light of his current predicament, the partner admits he had screwed up the Gentleman’s job: he was supposed to ‘persuade’ an old banker, Mr J. Miller, about selling the Canary Graveyard mine to Mr W. Ford from Michigan (the customer, soon to arrive in town as the rail bridge gets reparired), but upon signature he got greedy with the deposit and offed the man. He the tried to get rid of his Stranger partner. Unfortunately, later on he figured out that the old man had written the selling deed in favour of Jon Jon instead, his back housekeeper, now gone missing.

The Outlaw is keen about the business opportunity and decides to contribute by offering his help and making his posse available, in exchange for a partnership in the Gentleman’s venture.

On the way back they find the Native lost, dehydrated and hallucinating. They rush as quick as they can back to town (after blowing up the farm, as planned) where the Doc manages to save her skin.

In the meantime the Outlaw and the Gentleman ask around town and find out that Jon Jon had last been seen rushing north, straight into the Black Bisons territory.

The next day the Native and the Stranger head to the sacred ground, in the forest, to gather medicament herbs for her recovery. From there, a feral ursine roar is heard coming from up north.

Frontier World – Session 01 (13/09/16)

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Sep 142016
 

The Stranger woke up hurting in a ragged bed inside the Gentleman’s establishment, with few hazed memories of what happened and a vivid one: being shot by his own partner. They were coming back from a ‘collection’ job, going through the forest behind the Hanger mountain. The bastard fired in his back, legged it with the goods and left him for dead at the mercy of ‘the Cub’ (a man-eating 500Kg grizzly living around there). He just manage not to bleed out and get in the saddle fro his bronco to dutifully carry him back to town.

The Gentleman was not pleased: his customer would be in town in less than two weeks if the rail repair work at the ‘roller coaster’ bridge were on schedule. He decided to took the matter into his own hands and assembled a posse with the Stranger, The Gunslinger and that little Native girls for going after the bloody Jeremiahs brothers – the former gang of that backstabbing thief.

After a three days ride south, they found them in a rotten farm up the hills. Just few on site, the others nowhere to be seen. They claimed attention with a gunshot: that never fails and actually brought a handful more down the hill on horseback, led by Heath, the younger and most hotheaded of the bros. The Gentlemen drove a hard bargain, which the Gunslinger settled for him by mowing down the counterpart with his Gatling gun, taking great care of sparing Heath, with whom the negotiation would continue.