Wednesday, June 18th, 1879
As a slight drizzle began coming down, the Buxley Co wagon train rolled into Sweetwater, a stopping town that owed it’s existence to bein’ a day’s travel from Victor’s Point further on the trail.
As the wagons rolled in, a blast of smoke came from the house of the recently deceased Wesley Connor, as Old Henry discovered that, no, the young inventor’s work did not meet the Smith and Robards strict manufacturing requirements (yet alone safety complaince).
Stepping out, he met the reverend Jedediah Green, gunslinger-for-hire Pat Weaver, and the gypsy Tsura Kalderash. As the storm seemed to be getting worse, Mr. Buxley suggested that the wagon train stay in town for the night, to which everyone agreed: it would be hard enough to get through to Cartersville without having to drive the train through fresh mud.
They were then approached by Max Donnovan, the mayor of Sweetwater, who had a bit of a conundrum; the local judge, Robert Samuelson, had been stirring up trouble against an Indian who was living in the town. By his reckonin’, Red Bear was responsible for the storms, and as such, the murders of the livestock that occurred at night. Donnovan wanted someone to put the judge’s mind at ease, and was willing to give a nice little purse to anyone who could figure out what was disturbin’ the peace.
The posse went immediately to the stables to find the caretaker of the town’s livestock, which happened to be none other than Tom Donnovan, the mayor’s son. Speaking to the preacher, Tom let on that he knew more than he wanted to tell about the happenin’s at the barn… and, when faced with the sight of Weaver’s six-shooters, he fessed up: he’d been rollin’ in the hay with Samantha Samuelson, the judge’s daughter.
Never one to let the redemption of a youth slip him by, Green immediately organized a wedding. During the festivities, Tsura consulted with the Manitous, finding out that Samuelson had a bit of a grudge against Red Bear; his wife had left him for the Indian years ago.
As everyone woke from the last night’s revelry, they awoke to screaming. Thinking that another one of the livestock had been murdered, they went outside to see the body of Tom Donnovan in shreds. Outrunning the cries for a hangin’, the posse took Red Bear and brought him to the barn, fixin’ on getting the truth. Red Bear stated that he had indeed been summoning spirits, but only because someone else was trying to bring in some bad mojo into the town. As the mob rushed the barn, he handed Henry a talisman, telling him that it would lead them to evil.
Defusing a lynchin’ (by way of some teleportin’, storm-callin, telekinesis, and hidin’ behind a barn door), the group was able to convince the mob that Red Bear should have a fair trial, with “Henry S Knocklebocker, Sir, Esquire, Ph. D” as his attorney (and most likely smartest man in town).
Diggin’ up evidence, they found that Red Bear was, for the most part, a favored member of the community before Samuelson started raisin’ fits about him. And after talkin’ to his daughter and a chat with a Manitou, the group became convinced that Judge Samuelson had a lot to gain by Tom’s death, now that Samantha would be inheriting the Donnovan cattle.
However, a thunderous boom of lightnin’ unsettled the posse, and suddenly Red Bear’s talisman started twitchin’ like a jumping bean in a fryin’ pan. Rushing outside into the storm, they saw what had to be the largest wolf they had ever seen trying to break into it.
What they failed to see, however, was the pack of normal wolves that came with it.
As lead and spells started flyin, and blood washed onto the mud, eventually the posse stood victorious. However, the talisman still was twitching, so they followed it right up to Samuelson’s house, Max Donnovan in tow.
Breaking open the door, Judge Samuelson turned around, breaking his neck in the process, as whatever demon was possessing him revealed itself. Throwing more lead (and a large, telekinetically-propelled frying pan) at the problem seemed to fix it. Donnovan asked the group to keep the Judge’s possession a secret, and to agree to take Samantha to Independence.
Making their way back to the saloon, the group exposed the source of the evil, and, with the rousing speech given by Pat Weaver, they found security in the midst of their chaos; for they knew, that when evil rose it’s head, they were there to take it down.