On the evening of August 28th, Gavri`el and John notice that the sky seems darker.
Gavri`el visits Father Dennis L. Pena to discuss the darkness. The Father says he believes stronger evil is coming.
Gavri`el visits Tomas Hodges and asks about the darkness. Hodges doesn’t really have an explanation of the phenomena.
Gavri`el goes to find Banla.
August 29, 1876
Gavri`el goes to the Nutall & Mann’s Saloon No. 10 with Banla and finds Beau there. Tells Beau that he is going to visit Gustave Lafleur.
Gavri`el teleports infront of Gustave’s house and knocks on the front door. Is brought in to the foyer by the butler and told to wait while he gets Gustave. Gustave arrives 5 minutes later.
Gavri`el speaks with Gustave about the darkness. Gustave also says that he believes stronger evil is coming.
Gavri`el teleports back to Deadwood.
Gavri`el talks to Beau about deputy Swift being gone.
Gavri`el talks to the Nutall bartender, Father Pena and undertaker Perry H. Beasley asking if they have noticed an increase in vermin in town.
Also asks the undertaker if he has taken notice of anything weird. If he knows that the deputy is missing. This is the first the undertaker has heard that Swift was gone. Also asks if the undertaker things the deputy being gone has made it darker. Undertaker has no idea.
Gavri`el goes to visit Sheriff Adamo. Asks the sheriff if he knows what the deputy is doing. Is told that Swift is off visiting relatives. Also asks if the sheriff has noticed anything odd. The sheriff says that he hasn’t noticed anything. Asks the sheriff if he ever leaves the office, to which the sheriff replies, of course.
Gavri`el goes back to the Nutall, gets some food and hangs out. Goes outside as the sun starts to set. Notices that the day didn’t seem as bright as it usually is. Also notices that it seems darker at night.
Gavri`el goes looking for John Running Bear, finds him in the Indian Head Saloon. Asks him if he knows about the darkness. John Running Bear only knows that great evil is usually surrounded by darkness.
Gavri`el finds another indian in the bar and asks him about the darkness and if he knows anything about Deputy Swift. This indian does not.
Gavri`el goes on patrol in the town.
At about 10 P.M., Gavri`el begins to feel a little more jumpy. Goes back to the Nutall. Talks with Beau, finds out that Beau is also feeling jumpy as well as Banla.
About 10:30 P.M. Gavri`el goes back to his room.
At mid-night Gavri`el is awoken by a bad feeling. He wakes up Banla as well.
Once outside, Gavri`el listens, hears nothing out of the ordinary, but Banla hears more than just the usual goings on at night, he also hears screams of terror.
John is awoken to the sounds of gunshots.
Gavri`el and John arrive on main street and see a Hanging Judge meeting out justice to the people of Deadwood.
Gavri`el casts protection from evil on himself.
Banla goes to start freeing people who have already been hanged by the judge.
John stands his ground trying to decide what he is seeing and what to do next.
The Hanging Judge notices Gavri`el and immediately moves toward him, saying, “I find you guilty of wanton destruction of your Father’s property!”
Gavri`el hits the Hanging Judge with his sword but notices nothing happens to the judge.
John casts Holy Smite at the judge, but the spell doesn’t seem to work.
The judge tries to lasso Gavri`el with a noose but misses.
Gavri`el casts Destruction on the judge but again the spell doesn’t seem to have an effect.
Beau shoots the judge with a cold iron slug, but that has no effect.
John reloads his gun with a silver bullet.
The Hanging Judge again tries to lasso Gavri`el, while continuing to say “Guilty of wanton destruction!”, Gavri`el manages to dodge the noose.
Gavri`el changes from his sword to his pistol.
John shoots the judge with his silver bullet but it has no effect.
Deputy Marshal George E. Morgan shows up and shoots at the judge, but misses.
Hanging Judge tries to lasso Gavri`el, but Gavri`el again manages to dodge.
Gavri`el switches from his pistol to a vial of holy water.
John moves away from the combat.
George Morgan manages to hit the judge, which has a noticeable effect.
Hanging Judge tries to lasso Gavri`el, but Gavri`el manages to dodge.
Gavri`el splashes the judge with his holy water, but it has no effect.
John casts True Seeing and looks at the shootout.
George Morgan misses his next shot.
The Hanging Judge misses with his next throw.
Gavri`el shoots the judge again, but nothing happens.
John holds his action.
George Morgan hits with his next shot and puts the judge down.
Banla has managed to save all of the town’s folk who were being hanged. Other lawmen show up and the body of the judge is turned over to the undertaker. The posse figures out that the Deputy Marshal’s pistol was the only thing that managed to hurt the judge because it was a lawman’s gun.
August 31, 1876 – Thursday
In the morning Deputy Swift comes back into town. It is also found out that the Hanging Judge’s body is missing from the Undertaker’s.
Mike M. and Patrick get 4 Fate points.