Chapter 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))   Posted by The Stray.Group: 0
Maddox
 NPC, 146 posts
 Gunslinger
 P7 T8 (2) W0 F0 Cha 0
Fri 7 Apr 2017
at 16:41
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox gives the madam a thumbs up, only belatedly frowning at how fast she heard that offer three steps down the road. "..." He shakes it off and heads for the stockade with the rest.
Frank Bryant
 NPC, 8 posts
 Mean Miner
 P9 T8 W0 F0 Cha 0
Sat 8 Apr 2017
at 21:52
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
James, Lonefeather, and Maddox haul Carter out of Celestial Alley, and reach the train depot before they gain any sort of attention.

Of course, the attention they gather is that of a bunch of men with guns wearing the badges of the DMA. About a half-dozen men lead by Frank Bryant approach the trio of bounty hunters. The huge miner looks at the outlaw.

"Good to see you again, Maddox," He says, twirling a pearl-handled Colt Navy and sliding it into his holster. "So, you caught the bastard?"
Maddox
 NPC, 147 posts
 Gunslinger
 P7 T8 (2) W0 F0 Cha 0
Sun 9 Apr 2017
at 20:54
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"Oh, that I have Mr.Bryant. Well, luck had it that for some reason he thought letting that madam Delgato get equipped for strangling him was a good idea, then he changed his mind and ran out right in front of us. It's Lonefeather's shot made that wound by there, and that one's mine that's still bleeding." He points out the bandit's injuries.

"I'd appreciate if we could stick him up at the stockade, get to questioning and maybe get some leads on the fellows in the hills before Custer gets word he's caught, see you."
Frank Bryant
 NPC, 9 posts
 Mean Miner
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Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 06:53
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Bryant nods. "Sounds good to me." He grins at Carter. "So. Look at you. Big bad Darius Carter, caught with your pants down at the cat lady's place."

"You ain't got no idea what that creature is." Carter growls. "She ain't a lady. She ain't even fucking human."

"Right." Bryant shrugs, then motions to a man with hideous burns all over him. "Don, take this fucker back to the stockade and make him squeal like a stuck mule until he spills."

The burned man grins. "Oh, I'm gonna enjoy this. Been wanting to get my skinnin' knife a good work out." he pats a collection of scalps hanging off his belt. "Reckon your top'll fit right in." He grabs Cater, who thrashes and kicks until the burned man punches him in the gut. He picks Carter up and looks at the bounty hunters. "You want in on this? Give him a good stab or two?"

Bryant looks at Maddox. "I'll have your money ready by morning. Come on by the bank and pick it up. Pleasure doin' business with ya. Say...how's your hunt for Huang Li's whore goin'?"

The men around chuckle and snicker.
Maddox
 NPC, 148 posts
 Gunslinger
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Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 17:33
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox frowns. "Maybe let me ask some things first...there'll be lies to get through, either way, see you, and I think Wilder here would appreciate a go at all that..." he looks at Wilder, distaste for 'frontier justice' written in his eyes and the set of his jaw. "...did you say that fellow with the skin condition was kin to you as well?"
James Wilder
 player, 524 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B0
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 18:20
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
James eyes narrow as Maddox mentions Michael, "Yeah ... my brother."
Maddox
 NPC, 149 posts
 Gunslinger
 P7 T8 (2) W0 F0 Cha 0
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 20:40
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox looks back with a kind of lopsided squint, highly bemused by that glare. "Well if you don't like him you needn't invite him to come, see you."
James Wilder
 player, 525 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B0
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 21:09
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
The gunslinger shook his head, with Carter in holding his dual was obviously off and the evil man would be given justice. "I'm done here Maddox ... good luck with whatever the hell you're doing here."
Maddox
 NPC, 150 posts
 Gunslinger
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Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 21:27
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox doesn't stop frowning confusedly at the sudden disinterest in a decades-long quest for vengeance, but seems to think a little better of Wilder for not joining in the "colourful" plans for the wounded Darius Carter.

"Alright, I'll leave your cut at your lodgings, shall I? Where is that? Lonefeather, what would you be about at this moment here?"
Once he knows where to distribute the reward, Maddox seems quite willing to leave Wilder to his own devices, standing in the rainy street.
James Wilder
 player, 526 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B0
Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 22:02
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
James shakes his head "That's not the justice you were preaching about earlier Maddox. Man's shot up and all but dead. If you want him to stand trial, you won't let them do what they got planned."
Maddox
 NPC, 151 posts
 Gunslinger
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Mon 10 Apr 2017
at 22:53
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox pulls a hand over his face, nodding a little. "I know. But this is legal, see you, and I'll wire the States to get word out it was not some 'heroic' bloody duel like the ballads would have it or an annonymous barfight somewhere. 'Course," he addresses the hardcases, "-it is letting him off quite easy having him die, isn't it?"

"-and the whore seems to have got herself a red fellow from a bar and run up Bear Butte, stolen clothes and all,"
he belatedly answers Bryant, quite clearly slightly less than sober. "If you see a giant negro with neither hair nor hat ome down from Bear Butte don't mention it to him, he is convinced the girl is the Holy Champion or something of that like."

"He has some wicked Death Touch Kung Fu or similar to him, too, see you: I thought he was reaching over my shoulder and then it was like a heart attack he set on me, just for asking about the girl. Crazy as a sack of ferrets."

James Lonefeather
 NPC, 88 posts
 Half-Breed Bountyhunter
 P6 T9 W0 F0 Cha 0
Thu 13 Apr 2017
at 04:03
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
In reply to Maddox (msg # 103):

"We were actually staying at the Stockade ourselves." Lonefeather says. He looks at Bryant. "Unless that's changed?"

Bryant shrugs. "I don't see why it would. You folk have more than proved yourselves. Hell, I'd like you with us when we put paid to this asshole's friends in Spearfish."

Carter chuckles from the dirt. "We...ain't...friends. Just...movin' in the same...direction...for a spell. Hell...the bounty...you put on me...is more than double...what you're offerin' for Bold Bill."

"It's 'cause you're just so pretty." The burned man grins and fondles Carter's hair. "I especially like this mane o' yours." He again pats his scalp collection.

"Get away from me!" Carter growls and thrashes, at which point the burned man kicks him in the stomach again and laughs.
The Stray
 GM, 2176 posts
 The Marshal
 'round these parts
Wed 19 Apr 2017
at 17:56
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
((OOC: James? Any reaction? If not, I'll just move on from here.))
James Wilder
 player, 528 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B0
Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 17:19
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
OOC: JUST got back to the states - currently playing catch up ...
"Legal don't make it justice." the gunslinger half growls at Maddox before covering the distance between himself, Carter and mr BBQ then James scooped up Carter, "Pretty sure, that scalpin' is still frowned upon..."
Maddox
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Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 17:47
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"You want Acting Tyrant Custer to set him loose for you to chase again, is it?" Maddox says, out of ideas. "He'll be bounty caught and paid for, those he hurt will know he's dead and the road agents out there will stop killing miners and any other folk they catch, and pissing off the Sioux. It's not great, see you, but more people live and I get paid with that."

"...frowned upon where?"
Maddox wondered, brain finally catching up to James' last words.
James Wilder
 player, 530 posts
 Gunslinger
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Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 18:34
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"By people who aren't savages.

As for your ideas of justice... why don't we just string him up from the closest tree then? isn't he wanted alive or dead?!"

Frank Bryant
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 Mean Miner
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Thu 20 Apr 2017
at 19:32
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"Say, there's an idea!" Frank says with a nasty grin at Carter, who spits at him.

"Do it, then, if you're gonna." He growls. "I'm tried of all this waitin'."

The burned man shrugs. "So I'm a savage, am I?" He then does a strangle little circle dance, raising one hand behind his head and splaying out his fingers like a poor imitation of warrior feathers, the other hand passing in front of his mouth as he makes a strange warbling trill. "WOOWOOWOOWOOWOOWOOWOOO!" It looks like a hideous mockery of an Indian war dance, which it probably was. Then he straightens up and laughs at his own sick antics.

Frank rolls his eyes and looks at James. "You might have noticed that we ain't got a marshal no more, and some purple-skinned idiots burned down the jail. So we might as well just hang him now, and leave his carcass on Pole Man road as a warnin' to his buddies." He looks at Carter. "It's how we dealt with his kind of scum before Deadwood started pretendin' it was civilized. Unless you wanna haul his ass all the way the Laramie or Bismark, or hand him over to Custer and let him hang 'im, I ain't seein' the problem here."
Maddox
 NPC, 153 posts
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Sat 29 Apr 2017
at 21:51
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox looks from Don's impression of the locals, as a citizen of the Union, to Wilder, a citizen of a Confederacy that allowed bounties to be paid on natives by the skin. "If you're going to take him to Europe, good luck to you, but how exactly would you be planning on that? Hang around here, Custer gets him, either lets him go or can't resist making a circus of a trial himself, keeping Carter here around until his pals hit the other side of town to spring him 'case he brings the army on them - a great reason for them all to rush into Sioux territory and start a bloody war with those aboriginals who've been piling guns for months, that would be. Fine reason for them on the warpath to swoop in behind and hit Deadwood, too. How many people do you want to die?"

He shakes his head, too tired and not sober enough to deal with this. "We're not just stringing him up, see you - not that we have a Marshal at the moment, you might have noticed - we're getting information to make the hills safe, which will also leave me enough to eat for a while without going savage my own self, and I'm taking all burden of paperwork to make sure it is traceable, legal, and raises no legends. You talk to me, see you, they'll have no reason to keep you waiting to meet your master," he adds to Carter.

"How is it that scalping this bastard gets up your nose so much, but you were happy to let him run off to rape and murder as he liked, and shoot other people into the bargain? I'm not happy that I haven't got the time or funds to drag him to Laramie, see you, but what exactly do you want and where are you going?"
Maddox throws Lonefeather a helpless look, absoloutely out of ideas.


[[incidentally, so am I. Maddox doesn't want to do things this way, but doesn't see a workable alternative right now/is too tired to fight Carter off the DMA and lose face with people he might need sweet to keep the peace later. Even a white hat doesn't stay entirely clean in Deadwood.]]

James Wilder
 player, 531 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B1
Mon 1 May 2017
at 19:28
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"I want Carter dead ... not that hard to fathom is it? Doesn't mean I want him skinned like an animal." James looked from the bounty hunter back to Carter then to his friend. "After that guess I'll go home, maybe raise horses or something mundane like that."

OOC: At this point I feel that James' arch is done, and he won't stay in Deadwood aside from making sure to see Carter die. After that he would leave, with his brother if he could.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:32, Mon 01 May 2017.

Maddox
 NPC, 154 posts
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Mon 1 May 2017
at 20:59
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"So this way he'll be dead, legally with the bounty, and less people will die. If you want these gentlemen not to play with him you should be taking it up with them, not...whatever it is you're doing." Maddox clearly has no idea what James is doing.


[[Why the sudden aversion to scalping and trying to run off with the bounty and all chance of smoothly saving the outliers from bandits( and Maddox making his rent this month), though?

He has zero interest in not dying in a war/making sure the world still exists to retire to/staying in the game? Not that I'm insisting you stay if you as a player want out, but narratively, the fallout from the completion of a Quest is usually the start of the most interesting character development.]]

James Wilder
 player, 532 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B1
Mon 1 May 2017
at 21:27
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
OOC:
Maddox:
[[Why the sudden aversion to scalping and trying to run off with the bounty and all chance of smoothly saving the outliers from bandits( and Maddox making his rent this month), though?
James hasn't seen scalping in other areas of this game - if he did then I as a player missed it and would've reacted similar to how he just did. He watched his family get murdered horribly in front of him and was recently strung up by natives, so yeah don't see him as a fan of scalping.

He's also not very interested in the bounty on Carter, sure it be nice but that's not important to him. He would rather have had the duel and let Maddox or Longfeather take the reward, regardless he still doesn't want Carter tortured even though Carter is a horrible man that doesn't mean James wants Carter treated like he treated others.


Maddox:
He has zero interest in not dying in a war/making sure the world still exists to retire to/staying in the game? Not that I'm insisting you stay if you as a player want out, but narratively, the fallout from the completion of a Quest is usually the start of the most interesting character development.]]
The "fallout" of James' quest is the question of what does he do next. He's spent the majority of his life chasing Carter and now that is over. Does he keep hunting bad guys or hangup his pistol... either or hose choices don't really seem to be what will happen in Deadwood.  Part of that is my own fault, James didn't come into the game with GREAT ties to anyone in the party nor did they really develop.

Could I push and "make" him stay, sure but without a REASON he'd just robot in the background, shooting things though probably poorly as he's not as good a gunslinger as any wild card NPC available to the group.

James Wilder
 player, 533 posts
 Gunslinger
 P5 T6 F- W- FC:W4R0B1
Mon 1 May 2017
at 21:33
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
"You're right," James spins on his heels, his pistol in hand and puts a single bullet into Carter's brain.

OOC: Quick draw then Called shot Head (-4 hit +4 damage)
14:30, Today: James Wilder rolled 6,-1 using d12-3,d6-3, rerolling max with rolls of 9,2.  Shooting (Called Shot Head -4, +1 TMW).
14:30, Today: James Wilder rolled 5 using 1d6, rerolling max with rolls of 5.  +d6 blue chip.

14:30, Today: James Wilder rolled 13,5 using 2d6+1,d6+4, rerolling max with rolls of 2,(6+4)10,1.  Damage (AP1, +4 Head+Raise).

11 hit w/ raise for 18 damage

18 vs 7 is 2 wound + shaken... if it matters.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:43, Mon 01 May 2017.

Darius Carter
 NPC, 18 posts
 Deadly Gunman
 P6 T9 (4) W0 F0 Cha -2
Tue 2 May 2017
at 01:12
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
The gunshot shocks just about everyone. Carter most of all...he burbles something and claws the air before sinking to the ground, eyes wide open as the wound in his skull bleeds.

"Damn." James Lonefeather mutters.

Frank Bryant scowls. "Well, I guess that settles that." He looks at Wilder. "Damn shame we won't get anything from him now, but he had it comin', so I guess I can't fault you none."

((OOC: This probably counts as having The Drop, for an additional +4 damage. Also, his current Toughness is actually 5, from the draining he took earlier. All in all, that means he actually suffers 4 wounds from this.

He's out of Chips, so he goes straight to Incapacitated. he fails his Incapacitation roll, but doesn't get low enough to auto-die, so he suffers a permanent Injury (Brain Damage) and is Bleeding Out. If someone wants to use the Healing skill on him to save hinm, they can try, though I doubt most of these folks here give much of a damn.

So...now what? If you don't see much here for Wilder, do you want to roll up a new character?))

Maddox
 NPC, 155 posts
 Gunslinger
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 07:56
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
Maddox flushes at the murder and gives James a look that seems to have more shadows about it than it should, fist clenching, but then just turns and walks away.


[[Depriving Maddox of the information Carter had (and means to get food without running with the DMA or doing other unsavoury work) just means more people die...like he said, it was the DMA wanted to torture Carter, not him. James could've talked them out of it if he wanted.

James' brother has a connection to Coot, which is to the plot and thus the posse, plus James knows von Steinhof. [shrug] The option's there if you wanted it, was all.]]

James Wilder
 player, 534 posts
 Gunslinger
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Tue 2 May 2017
at 17:49
Re: 6.3.1: Shanghai Afternoon ((James Wilder))
James doesn't react to anything around him, rather he watches Carter drop then walks over to Carter's bleeding form and empties the remaining five shots of his father's gun into the villain. "That's for my sister, my mother, and my father ... you sick fuck."

He looks to Bryant, "Make sure that Maddox and Lonefeather get the bounty."

OOC: Sure - James's actions are TOTALLY horrible for Maddox but again this is quite literally someone James has been chasing since he was 11 or 12... so yeah. James is not a white hat.

Stray - I think James getting a hook from his brother is fine.