Preface - Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)   Posted by The Judge.Group: 0
Dirty Dick Diamond
 player, 2 posts
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 21:49
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
With a little spit and a whole lotta talent, Dirty Dick manages to rub the unidentifiable stain off of his ticket just in time to present it to the conductor.  He even conjures up a friendly smile.  When the ritual is complete, he goes back to staring out the window, watching the world go by.  He loves sitting by a window on a train at night, and it ain’t bad even during the day time.  It made him feel like he was livin’ a dream.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 10 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 22:48
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Charles gives his ticket to the conductor.  He has been moving further west for a few years now, knowing he can never go back east.  He said, to the car in general, "Another day, another town.  May our fortunes be bright this day."
Ben Hawkes
 player, 5 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 02:12
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Ben had been staring out the window watching the scrub flash by and shadows crawl across the mesa off in the distance.  He was seated just ahead of the two ladies, immediately in front of the auburn.

"Thank you kindly," he said to the conductor in a gruff voice as he accepted the ticket back.  Disturbed from his earlier reverie he lifted his hat and roughly combed his long hair before resettling it.  When Charles spoke up Ben made a noise somewhere between a snort and a grunt and looked back out the window.  Luck wasn't usually one of his allies.
Artemis
 player, 10 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 13:44
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Artemis leans forward and taps Ben gingerly on the shoulder, not wanting to provoke him, but simply trying to get his attention.  “Excuse me, you seem amused by what the other gentleman said, but I could not hear him over the infernal noise of the train.  Will you tell me what it was, please?”  She finishes with a smile, disarming though tired.
Nate Crawford
 player, 3 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 14:40
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Nate had taken a seat about mid way of the car. It was his first trip by train so he was a bit interested at first. He soon realized it was a rather boring and noise rude, quickly falling asleep.

After a while of quiet dozing his dreams drifted back to things that happened during the war and sleep became restless. When the conductor asked for tickets he awoke with a start as his hand instinctively reached for the knife under his coat. Looking up “Oh, yeah here ya go.”
Ben Hawkes
 player, 6 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 19:47
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Ben turned around in his seat at the prompt and lsitened tot he polite request.  "Sure thing, ma'am," he said, briefly gripping the brim of his hat in greeting.  One corner of his mouth curled up slightly as he repeated Charles' little prayer.  "He was wishin' a new town would bring good luck to all of us.  It's a nice thought but that sort of thing never worked for me before.  I'm not expectin' it to now either."

The observation wasn't rancorous, just a matter of fact.  And Ben's mild amusement hadn't faltered despite his apparent lack of luck.  "Name's Ben Hawkes, ma'am.  Pleased to make your acquaintance." 
Marc Fallon
 player, 14 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 21:42
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Marc stopped the conductor the next time he went through the car. getting up to hand him a "Yellowboy Rifle". "If you could give this to the freight agent, let him know the ejector was  out of alignment. I re  positioned it but he should get it looked at again  by someone who has all the tools to finish it. Also let him know I said Thanks for the Ticket. Maybe some other time, he stops by the stop I might have some tools myself and can finish the job for him or any other work you guys might need done on your firearms."

Any that were watching the exchange, could of noticed he was armed with a "Bowie" on his right side and a "Remington" revolver on his left front for a cross-draw. The holster is a little unique as it is a spring retention holster with leather, this is able to keep most of the pistol visible. The pistol Was a "New Army model with the 8" octagon barrel" but a Frankenstein as it was obviously assembled from several other donor guns.
Artemis
 player, 11 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 21:48
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
"Ah, yes, I'm not sure I want to let Fortune have free rein," Artemis says in response to Ben.  "Artemis Blum, sir," she adds introducing herself.  She caught sight of Marc's gun but none of the technical details, not being an expert in firearms.  Though her own pistol was a U.S. Army service pistol as well.  She hated carrying it openly, and so had it tucked into her hand bag, comfortably weighing down her purse.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 11 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 22:18
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Charles' attention was drawn to the exchange with the porter.  He whispers, to anyone near, "Pretentious fella, eh?"
Ben Hawkes
 player, 7 posts
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 23:45
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
"Amen to that," Ben nodded, then again as he accepted the introduction. "Nice to meet you, Miss Blum."  He was distracted momentarily by the exchange at the front of the car, where he noticed the fellow there handing a rifle over to the conductor.  He couldn't help but notice the man's pistol on prominent display at the same time.

"That's quite an unusual first name," he resumed with Artemis, having turned back. "Your mamma give you that?"
Lucky Gus Elliot
 player, 10 posts
 Cowboy
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 12:55
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Gus Elliot has his well worn hat pulled over his eyes as he dozes in his seat.  The Conductor has to gently kick Gus in the leg to wake him.  "Hmmm.  Oh yeah."  He hands over the ticket.  "How many stops until the end of the line?" Upon getting the answer, he sits up and looks around.  Sizing up the folk who would travel to the end of the line.
The Judge
 GM, 32 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 13:23
Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
(IC)
  "Last stop is Mad Mesa, a couple more hours, depending."  Seems to be the conductors standard reply.
  By a strange quirk of fate and geography the rail line from back East actually turned south and then bent back east before ending at Mad Mesa.  Should the line be completed it would end up running further east to Promise City and on toward Brewster linking up with the National Railway company line which curved south and eventually west again.
  Such are vagaries of western politics, the future of the railroad is still uncertain, so until the territories in the region known as Sequoyah can achieve statehood, there is a substantial break in this part of the railroad network.
Artemis
 player, 12 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 13:55
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Ben Hawkes:
"That's quite an unusual first name," he resumed with Artemis, having turned back. "Your mamma give you that?"


"Yes, it is Mr. Hawkes.  My mother was a school teacher and very much liked Greek Mythology," Artemis replies, leaning back in the seat and into a more relaxed position. She took her hat off to pull her hair back, the mass of it tumbling back in waves to the middle of her back, and then put the hat back on to try and keep it under control.
Ben Hawkes
 player, 8 posts
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 14:51
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
"I heard about Achilles and the arrow in the heel," Ben said, his brow furrowed in thought, before suddenly lighting up.  "And the wooden horse!  The Trojan horse," he corrected himself before then looking at Artemis with an apologetic expression.  "Can't say as I know an Artemis though.  I don't have much schoolin' in my background, apologies to your mother."
Charles Anderlin
 player, 12 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 20:40
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Charles, having a background in law and such, and not always knowing when the conversation isn't his, hears the talk in the back and turns to say,
"Artemis was the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity. The daughter of Zeus and sister of Apollo, Artemis was regarded as a patron of girls and young women and a protectress during childbirth."
It is more interesting than the gun anyway.
Nate Crawford
 player, 5 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 00:28
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Nate nodded to the conductor as he handed his ticket back. Slipping it into his coat pocket he stretched and yawned rubbing a hand through his beard. He really had to get his beard and hair trimmed up, and a bath, definitely a bath. Though he needed find a job pretty quick. Smithing would be his preference but he could always work as a bartender or cook.

As a the lady and two gentleman began talking about people with very odd names he shifted in his seat to listen. He had no idea who or what they were talking about but it beat staring out the window.
Artemis
 player, 13 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 00:47
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
08:36, Today: Artemis rolled 5 using 1d6.


"Well it seems you've read some Greek mythology, good sir," Artemis says leaning to her right in order to look past Ben at Charles.  "That is the Artemis for whom I was named.  And what is your name?"  She asks of Charles, sinc he joined the conversation.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 13 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 00:58
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
"Name is Charles.  My friends call me Chuck, my good friends call me Charlie, you can call me Mr. Anderlin."

He laughs, "Charles will do.  Oh, by the by, the goddess moniker fits."
Marc Fallon
 player, 15 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 01:06
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Marc turned towards the others who were talking, "It seems that many things in history repeat themselves.  With the current events, I remember and relate more to Homer and the Odyssey." Looks again at everyone in the car with him. "The struggles to return home from War to only find it isn't there anymore or our loved ones we thought left home in safety weren't as safe as we thought."

"We who survive and rise from the ashes must move on for those that have fallen."
Charles Anderlin
 player, 14 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 01:13
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Agreed, for the most part.  We owe those we left behind, except a certain judge... long story.
Artemis
 player, 14 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 01:26
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Artemis smiles at the compliment, blushing a little as she knows she doesn't look her best dressed like this.  She is about to say so when the conversation turns a bit somber and her eyes drop.  Rise from the ash, like the phoenix of myth, she thinks.  She put her hand on her chest feeling the dog tags under her blouse and just smiles sadly to herself.
Ben Hawkes
 player, 9 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 01:56
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Ben leaned back to allow Artemis to answer Charles, then stayed with his back against the window as the conversation rolled on about Greek goddesses and other ancient stories, leaving him behind.  He was just a simple boy from Tennessee.  What did he know of ancient history?

But returning from war, that he did know.  When the man at the front of the car mentioned that and their onus to carry on, Ben looked pensive.  "Easy to say..." he said quietly, to no one in particular.
Charles Anderlin
 player, 15 posts
 Former Lawman
 Average and built to stay
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 02:24
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Hearing that, Charles asks, "if not driven by those left behind, what drives you, sir?"
Diligence Harper
 player, 5 posts
 Scout/Tracker
 Age: 30
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 11:56
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Diligence listened to the easy way the pretty woman in front of her flirted with the men and hid behind her hair. She always became tongue tied when anyone ever says anything nice to her. And her primitive schooling had barely left her able to read and write, let alone know anything about no Greek gods. Did every country have their own gods?

She hunkered down on the hard bench and watched out the window as the countryside rolled past. But she paid attention as the others talked.
Dirty Dick Diamond
 player, 3 posts
Mon 26 Oct 2020
at 13:26
Re: Next Stop, Mad Mesa (IC)
Dick suddenly snaps out of the reverie he’d been in and returns his attention from the window to the critters co-inhabiting the train.  Homer?  Odyssey?  What in tarnation were they talking about?  Was it the name of some fancy new brothel?  That must be it.  The ‘ladies’ must be on their way to a new employment opportunity and were already trying to rustle up customers.  He sneers and looks out the window again, wishing he had something cold and raw to drink.