Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))   Posted by The Stray.Group: 0
Logan West
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 17:57
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Ezekiel Starkweather (msg # 90):

"You keep sayin' the name Whateley like it's supposed to mean something to me, but it honestly doesn't," he said.

"Do you have some evidence the man's committed a crime, or you just like to let your mouth run?" he said.
Ezekiel Starkweather
 player, 304 posts
 Mountain Man
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 18:49
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Logan West (msg # 91):

"You mean, like after he tried to death mojo Bill and me, and then admitted to knowing me when I came over to repay the favor? Claiming innocent him and his poor put upon clan? I know you saw that-ya mentioned the red glowing hands. Then he wondered off-thanks to you and Fritz, and most likely blew up a haunted saloon full of people."

He shook his head. "I got nothing to prove to Lawmen who work with the Whateley. If you don't even know the name, you don't have the ability to sense their crimes. The dead remember what happened to them-and they know who robbed them of life."

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Maddox
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 19:53
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
Matthew Broaddale:
The Marshal chewed on Maddox's words as he sipped his whiskey. The Welshman made sense.

"You're a smart man, Maddox. As I said earlier, a united, uncomplicated Deadwood is a Deadwood that helps both the Sioux and the Union. If keeping Huang Li in charge keeps Celestial Alley running smoothly, I suppose it's important we find this woman and the things she stole," he said, "Assuming she hasn't burnt them for kindling, out there on Bear Butte. Speaking of, this woman seems pretty out of reach if she's sitting up in those mountains. Unless you know something I don't."


"Unfortunately not, and it sounds like she's found herself another foreigner, already settled with the Sioux."
Maddox rubs his temples one-handed, fighting a headache from the smoke inhaled earlier. "If anyone could find Charley Bull, see you, I could maybe get a message to her husband or this Tarha fellow rather than hunting her down, but thanks to bloody Custer just about all the natives that frequent town have taken to the hills."

He stops rubbing his head and drums his fingers on the bar, then looks across at Matt. "At the very moment, however, I think our problem would be Darius Carter. It's probably too much to hope that Custer would properly try him before hanging him, and in fairness I'm not too upset about that, but if our tinpot general leaves off the execution some days on account of having an invasion to run, my bet would be that Carter's friends in the hills would hit one end of town to spring him from the other." He sighs.

"-and we were so close to getting him, damn it." He downs the rest of his drink. "Getting prisoners on trains being the other reason it's good to keep Iron Dragon at least a little sweet, see you."
Logan West
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:16
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"Death mojo?" he asked, looking honestly confused, looking to Wild Bill for confirmation. "Maybe you can weigh in on this, Mr. Hickok."

"When the most notorious gunhand in the west is shooting at you, Mr. Starkweather, there's not much time to sit around and take in the scenery. As Mr. Hickok's first shot grazed me, I saw fit to take shelter behind the bar and not give him time for a second which would surely plant me in my grave, with the aim of playing possum until he moved on. As you might imagine, that position and view made it a little difficult to observe any such death mojo, and the distance and chaos made it hard to hear your intimate conversations with the man," he said.

"By the time I rose to my feet, you had done your work with Mr. Hickok, and were proceeding to lay into Roger Sebastian with extreme violence and glowin' red fists, and then my Austrian friend had a gun on you, but hadn't fired. I had to make a quick judgment, and warnin' you off was about as good as I could do. That's the extent of what I witnessed. Of course, as far as you're concerned, I could have been blindfolded and in another room until that point and it wouldn't matter much, since I'm a law man and as such in league with every dastardly villain from here to Shan Fan."

"But that's all neither here nor there, I suppose. What I'm working on is much bigger than your feud with this big city dandy Roger Sebastian. The last thing I need is to have to deal with someone interfering with my investigation, and killing someone that has key information to taking down something much bigger than you know. I really just don't want to have to have new Wanted posters put up for a new vigilante murderer we have on our hands. I don't want to have to call in favors with my friends in the Union Army - you know the ones I served with and just convinced to let us go and not have us detained and disarmed, and the ones I got to put on a look out for Darius Carter? - those friends. I don't want to do any of those things, but if someone interferes in my case, I will. All I want to do is my job, and then take the first train out. And after I leave, well, if anyone should want to be a vigilante murderer with no regard for the law who imposes his own version of justice on Deadwood and anyone he deems a criminal, well that'll be someone else's problem."
Jackie Wells
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"I think it was that trick he done with his shadow." Hickok says. "But I was a bit too busy comin' to my senses at the time to really notice."

"That would be the same 'death mojo' that done killed the cloud thing, yes?" Jackie says. "'Cause I saw that. And he was throwin' that shit around before you popped out o' the floorboards. And I do recall him given' you the opportunity to duck." She scowls. "I do know the name Whateley. Better'n you, I expect. You don't get to pass judgement on anyone, man nor woman, on account o' their name. And now you're puttin' me in the position of defendin' the bastard. But the fact that you're here spewin' vitriol about the Whateleys when you went out o' your way to try to help Bill here when he was doin' worse -- no offense, Mr. Hickok -- means that this ain't about anythin' they've done to anyone else. You're mad at 'em for somethin' personal. All this other stuff you're spewin' is just rationalization."

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James Lonefeather
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:34
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
James Wilder:
James Lonefeather:
Lonefeather nods. "Possible, but we can hope otherwise. So what's next? You gonna join in the hunt?"
"Wasn't plannin' on it. Running around in this mess isn't gonna do me much good tomorrow."


"Well, that's the plan. no time like the present to put Carter paid, and I'm surprised you don't want to come, since I haven't heard a word about him out of you that wasn't pure hate."
Dandy Don Meridith
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:36
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
Belle Ivers:
Belle kept moving, relieved that the angry Pawnee was leaving, and went to lean on a rail because that's what people did right?

She had to talk to Dandy Don, but she couldn't do it this minute.   That would be highly suspicious.  She had to stand out here a while so the Marshal who had confronted the ornery troublemaker wouldn't connect the dots.  He seemed like a nice man and really didn't need to be drug into this.


Dandy Don, for his part, is watching the conversation between Matt and Maddox with interest.
Daisy Hewitt
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:41
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
Daisy Hewitt, meanwhile, is eating beans with the same enthusiasm she seems to apply to most things under her attention.
Ezekiel Starkweather
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 20:50
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Jackie Wells (msg # 95):

He looked back at Jackie. "I'm not going after every Whateley-just the ones hell bent to run things around here-and willing to kill anyone who gets in their way. Hell, Maddox is a Whateley and you don't see me going after him. Given that track record-don't expect me to buy it was all big accident him shooting his mojo in Bill's and my direction. If it had not fizzled out, and you had been in my place-and gotten hurt-or worse-what would you do? Chances are he just thought he hit the two, or three, for one sale."
Mr. Roger Sebastian Whateley
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 It's in the blood
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 21:03
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
Freiherr von Steinhof:
In reply to Lieutenant Haverford (msg # 82):

"Ah, I have heard about her. I doubt that she had anything to do with anything, though. I mean, look at her - the woman is a mess. Concussion, apparently."
He takes another drag from his cigarette and uses it to point toward the brown package.
"She delivered this. I would say not by her own free will or choice. Somebody did something to her."

He gets up and pulls a small pocket knife from his coat. He flips the blade open and carefully cuts through the paper cover.

With his cigarette between his lips, he mumbles: "You might want to take cover. This could easily be a bomb."


Haverford's eyes go wide and he backs up against the wall...but luckily, there's no explosion.

The box is filled with file folders, dozens of them, as well as a neatly handwritten note laying on top.

quote:
To my dear friend, Major Leopold von Steinhof of the Evidenzbureau of the great Empire of Austria-Hungary,

As per our prior arrangement, I remit unto you the balance of the files you requested, save, of course, for those which have been already distributed to interested parties. I am sure you will find them fascinating reading -- my superiors and I certainly did.

Along with the files, I have sent into your custody one Calamity Jane Canary, a wanted felon who had the misfortune of suffering injury to her head during the events of her criminal spree. According to my conversation with the late mister James Butler Hickok, her involvement in the Gem fire was committed under false pretenses, and I do hope you can find medical aid for the poor creature. I wish to stress that neither myself nor any of my associates are in any way responsible for her present condition -- Mr. Maddox was rather zealous in attempting to apprehend her. All we did was instruct her to seek you out using certain persuasive techniques at our disposal.

It is my sincere hope that this concludes our business together, and that you and I need not cross paths again.

Cordially yours,
Mr. Roger Sebastian Whateley
Revealer of The Mysteries of the Horned Moon for
The Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon

Logan West
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 21:09
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
He shot a dubious loom at Jackie after Zek's explanation but didn't question his account of things.

"Let's see the old man and get this over with," he suggested.
Matthew Broaddale
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 US Marshal
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 21:16
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"Darius Carter," Matt muttered, "The man partially responsible for the Bella Union fire? He was working alongside Roger Sebastian, wasn't he? I've got words for him too. Well, more a set of cuffs than words."

Matt finished off his drink and sneaked a bean off Daisy's plate.

"Charley Bull? Could look around, see if he's hiding out somewhere? Has Bearclaw skipped town?"

ooc: Common Knowledge Bull All The Time?
13:15, Today: Matthew Broaddale rolled 12,2 using d8,d6, rerolling max (((8+4)12,2)).

Freiherr von Steinhof
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 21:42
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Mr. Roger Sebastian Whateley (msg # 100):

Leopold goes through the files and folders, picking one up at random and reading it.
"What do you intend to do with her, my dear lieutenant?" he asks, trying to get the other man to focus on the patient.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 21:55, Mon 06 Feb 2017.

Maddox
 NPC, 89 posts
 Gunslinger
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 21:54
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"He probably set some of the fire, I would think. Blew up his own man when the back went up, see you, and my cuffs," he says ruefully.

"For once I don't think Sebastian was involved directly...Carter isn't subtle, from what I've heard - which is nasty stuff, all of it. He's a piece of work, he is, and I fear for outliers in the neighbourhood. That's too much attention for Sebastian's tastes. I don't know why they were associating there, could be just the fanciest place for a drink and some cards, see you, but it's possible Carter has something on Sebastian."


Maddox shrugs. "There's a lot of 'around', is the trouble, and not much of it the white man is welcome in. Calamity Jane might have known, but she went nuts and started shooting up the Gem with that Hickock fellow in a drunken haze, and my cousins 'vanished' her, however they did that...that you can get Sebastian for, if you can work out what to charge him with at all. As for Bearclaw, if he's still here I've not seen him for days...keeping his head down I'd warrant, and don't blame him."
James Wilder
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 22:05
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
James Lonefeather:
"Well, that's the plan. no time like the present to put Carter paid, and I'm surprised you don't want to come, since I haven't heard a word about him out of you that wasn't pure hate."

The gunslinger sighs as he looks over the lunacy going on around him. "Problem here is, big group like this ain't gonna find a snake like Carter. He's been outrunning posses this for longer than either of us has been alive." James shifts bullets from the borrowed gunbelt to his returned on as he talks. "No, it'll be a much smaller group that would have any chance of gettin' Carter. None of this beat the bushes crap... still you're probably right, ain't gonna do no good sitting round here waiting of him. Sides me having his shooin' iron'll draw him out..."
Matthew Broaddale
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 22:08
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"Sebastian is wanted for a bit more, which I'm sure you aren't surprised by. He also disappeared Jack McCall, who I also need to arrest. Seems like there's a whole lot of need to's and a dearth of can."
Maddox
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Mon 6 Feb 2017
at 22:33
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
"Not in the least," Maddox replies. "But I heard McCall was done in by the purple worm cultists that burned down the jail, see you, so that's one less person needing arrest. Mind you, you could maybe take that with a pinch of salt, since the next thing the folk I heard that from said was that he'd turned into some kind of un-dead monster. I know I can be a bit dime-novel at times - it's how I learnt about the American culture and all, I admit it - but I don't think I'd go quite so far as to believe in all that. 'Nother round?" He reaches to pay for the same if it's wanted.

"At this point, I just don't want anyone else to die,"
he remarks of the tasks before them, flicking over what bills he has left.

Noticing Belle, he gives her a look of mild recognition as the woman who Scienced the fire, one that's open to her joining them if she wishes.
James Lonefeather
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 00:24
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
In reply to James Wilder (msg # 105):

"Well maybe we can catch him on our own. You've been following him longest -- if you were him, and trying to evade a posse, where would you go to ground?"
The Stray
 GM, 1982 posts
 The Marshal
 'round these parts
Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 00:41
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Matthew Broaddale (msg # 102):

((OOC: From what Matt remembers, Charlie Bull and a nasty DMA thug named Bald Don (called that because he survived a scalping) argued at the Langrishe Theater just a day or so after the "Sioux attack" that left a dozen miners dead. The theater often runs performances of Shakespeare, and this particular performance was Titus Andronicus, which some around town felt was in poor taste after the bloody attack.

Charlie Bull confronted Bald Don in the street after the performance after the DMA thugs started loudly proclaiming all the Sioux in town should be rounded up and "baked into pies like those two fellas from the play." Charlie Bull responded that "if you want to find Rape and Murder, you ought to look in the mirror," which went down about as well as you'd expect. He then went on to say that maybe they should be out hunting "those Ghost Miners you always say are causing problems." Since he'd loudly accused the DMA of faking the "Ghost Miner" haunting in the past, this was tantamount to accusing the Deadwood Miners Alliance of being responsible for the attack.

Bald Don said he'd "shut the red nigger up for good this time," and the two got into a fight that Bullock and his deputies had to break up. Bald Don swore that he'd soon "wear a toupee made from your fuckin' flea-ridden scalp!" and had to be restrained.

It was shortly after that that word started to spread that Bald Don was offering a bounty on Charlie Bull's scalp, and Bull up and vanished, probably heading for his kin in the Black Hills. Hes got a cabin up near Mount Rushmore, but only his friends (like Calamity Jane) would know exactly where.

Joseph Bearclaw is still maintaining the Office of Mining Affairs, but hasn't been seen in public in a week or so. Wrong Horse Takes His Own Scalp, one of the only other Sioux in town, sells pemmican of dubious provenance from a food cart and is generally thought of as harmless, so he hasn't really been molested much.))

James Wilder
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 00:47
Re: Chapter 6.1: DMA Stockade
In reply to James Lonefeather (msg # 108):

James finishes filling his gunbelt and nods, "Well typically it would be somewhere with good bourbon and women but with this much heat ... he's probably gone to ground at whatever hole The Wild Bunch uses as its base or the nearest set of bandits ." He checks over his pistol in a quick and learned manner, making sure everything about the weapon is in order.
Lieutenant Haverford
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 01:16
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
Freiherr von Steinhof:
In reply to Mr. Roger Sebastian Whateley (msg # 100):

Leopold goes through the files and folders, picking one up at random and reading it.
"What do you intend to do with her, my dear lieutenant?" he asks, trying to get the other man to focus on the patient.


"Nothing, for the moment." Haverford says. "I'm more interested in maintaining the confidentiality of the files. Which means I'm going to have to insist you stop reading those. Right now."
Freiherr von Steinhof
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 06:34
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
Von Steinhof smiles.
"You know, I believe a 'Thank you, Major!' would be in order."
He drops the file back and picks up the note, carefully folding it.

"And you are most welcome. They are not complete, I'm afraid, but if you don't want my help, you'll have to figure out by yourself what is missing.
In addition",
he paused and wandered idly over to the porträt hanging on the wall, "I thought we would be partners in this endeavour."


07:33, Today: Freiherr von Steinhof rolled 12,13 using d8+2,d6+2, rerolling max with rolls of (8+2)10,(6+5)11.  Notice, Alertness.
Checking to see if someone is currently listening in on us.

Lieutenant Haverford
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 16:15
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
There's no activity from the peephole, which is good.

Haverford sighs. "While I appreciate your assistance -- and believe me, I do very much appreciate it -- the fact remains that you are an agent of a foreign power, and these files represent sensitive state secrets. If you were in my position, would you allow me to peruse the secrets of Austria-Hungary?"
Freiherr von Steinhof
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 17:04
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
In reply to Lieutenant Haverford (msg # 113):

"My dear Haverford - if we deal in hypotheticals, rest assured that I wouldn't have allowed those files to be stolen in the first place."
He shrugs.
Matthew Broaddale
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Tue 7 Feb 2017
at 17:26
Re: Chapter 6.1: Storm's a-comin' ((Deadwood))
The Marshal nods for one more drink, and mulls over Maddox's words.

"Well then, I suppose Jane Canary is the key to finding Sebastian, Charley Bull and if I remember back at the fire, McCall's gun. And my suitcase, which was in Fairchild's," he finally said, "Hell. Maybe we'll find Carter if we're lucky."

Matt pushed his drink over to Daisy and stood.

"I've got another idea about how to find Charley Bull, but it's a long shot. I suppose we could ask around for Jane, too."