Waking up to the sound of the wagon train waiting on them, the posse gathered their belongings (including Tim Sullivan, who is possibly considered such) and made their way onward. Considering the prior events of their travels, the journey to Independence was largely uneventful.
Arriving at the town, they were left to fend for themselves. As Pat bee-lined for the local tavern, Old Henry attempted to get orders from Smith and Robards, Jed began building his
church redemption pavilion blessed outhouse tent, and Tsura began looking for orphans to save.
Meeting Adam Townsend, the local
sheriff Marshal, the group learned that their taking over an alleyway was not much appreciated. Going to town hall, they then purchased the deed to the empty Augustus Building that was next door, with Jeb itchin’ to turn it into a church, and Tsura wanting to build a partial orphanage. Compromise did not go well.
Going to the market the next day to gather supplies, Jed was unfortunately the victim of an attempted pickpocketing. However, unknown to the members of the Bradbury Gang that accosted him, he had the power of heaven on his side. As well as a teleporting, hatchet-wielding old cuss, an accomplished gunslinger, and a huxter.
As the Bradbury gang members were carted off, the Sheriff thanked them for their efforts in not trying to hurt them too badly; he had been wanting to arrest them for quite a while now, and this time they couldn’t get away with their antics.
Following a few rumors (note to Marshall: never again be subtle with plot hooks), they made their way to the Astoria Mine, learning from Sam Dorian that recently there had been quite a few cave-ins, with a large number of the Welsh miners suspecting that the Tommyknockers had left the mine, preventing them from using the early warning system.
Convinced that the problem was simply a structural instability in the mine, Old Henry led the posse in, convinced that there would be easy money made.
As they went through the shifting tunnels and heard the cracking and knocking of stone, they realized they were wrong. Also, they realized that this gaming group is possibly not mature enough to have an enemy named “Knockers”. Yes. The jokes went there. .
Learning that the
funbags Tommyknockers were sensitive to sound, the fight that ensued was chaotic and deafening, with Old Henry chucking his dynamite like there was no tomorrow. Despite the manitous attempting to, well, pretty much dig a ditch for Tsura, she was able to pull out a massive arcane blast that destroyed the Tommyknocker King, allowing them to escape the mine with the last survivor, and put an end to the Tommyknocker (giggle) menace in the mines.