Dispatches from the frontier #RPG #Deadlands

TRAIN STOPPED BETWEEN COLVILLE AND DESERET STOP ATTACKED BY CHADWICK BROTHERS GANG STOP FREIGHT CAR BLOWN OPEN STOP SAFE BLOWN OPEN STOP NO MONEY TAKEN STOP TWO CIVILIAN DEATHS STOP AM PURSUING GANG INTO HILLS STOP

My journey into the West was interrupted by an attack between the town of Colville and city of Deseret. There was one explosion on the tracks ahead of the train, causing the train to stop. That was followed by fire from a wagon-mounted Gatling gun. Which was then followed by an explosion behind the train, destroying the tracks behind us, preventing any escape by reversing the train.

The Engineer and stoker were tied up in the engine. One civilian, Doctor Phineas Mangold, was shot in the burst of fire from the Gatling gun across the passenger car. There followed some warning fire from a long range rifle to keep the passengers low. A porter named Elias was killed by one of these shots.

The passenger train was then boarded by 3 members of the gang, who only warned the passengers to remain put and not to leave the car. At no time did they demand anything of any of the passengers. After two more explosions and an exchange of gunfire three more members boarded the car from the rear. One was wounded and they asked the passengers to assist. We provided some limited bandaging to the criminals wound. The gang then left with the demand that no passengers leave the train for 5 minutes. 

I investigated the freight car after the 5 minutes had elapsed. Discovering that the car was blown open and the safe as well. And no guards were left alive. I took the money left in the safe and turned it over to the Engineer. My next mission was clear, I was to follow the gang into the mountains. I was accompanied by 2 passengers, a Russian circus performer and a young woman, whom I temporarily seconded as troubleshooters.

There are some serious questions that need answering.

One, what exactly was taken by the Gang? What could be more important and of more value than the rather large sum of money that was left behind?

Two, the Conductor and Engineer seemed awfully well informed as to the nature of the stolen cargo, is this a normal procedure?

Three, if this cargo was some sort of scientific or occult artifact, why was our government turning it over to Doctor Von Hellstromme? What could prove so powerful or dangerous that our Agency would work with the Doctor?

Four, how did this gang know so much about our train? Which train was to be attacked, which car to hit, and then only break open the safe and take only the item in that safe. This was highly unusual in my view.

My current thinking is that perhaps this gang was affiliated with the Confederacy. Or, is there some other group that is seeking to prevent these items from getting into the hands of the Doctor Von Hellstromme. There are many questions to be asked and answered before this is all done.

I had a great time last night. It was great to be playing a more relaxed, investigative game. And to be playing with some old friends once again. It was a small group. And everyone took the game seriously, paying attention and playing along with the game.

I really think this game will go well. Everyone wants to play and is there to play, without getting drawn into any side conversations. I am looking forward to seeing how this campaign goes and rejoining this group of players.

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