Deadwood Deacon

Is There A Vampire In Town At High Noon?

September 26 through October 9

Female body found with bite marks on the neck is found the morning of October 9. Ann Butler the victim had worked at the Comique Variety Hall & Saloon.

The posse goes to visit Deputy Swift. Swift tells them that something seems to come into town to attack the women. Posse finds out that all 3 women had been involved with Henry Richards, who they had investigated briefly when the first woman was found four weeks earlier.

Posse goes to visit some local trappers in one of the saloons.

Arthur R. Smith and Ambrose P. Edwards are at the Indian Head Saloon when the posse encounters them.

John buys a couple of expensive bottles of whiskey to wet the trappers whistles and get information from them concerning the locations of possible caves and prospector shacks in the area.

The trappers note 7 caves and 4 shacks that are in the area on Beau’s map.

Posse goes to the Comique Variety Hall & Saloon and speaks to the bartender about Richards visits to the saloon. During the conversation, the posse reveals that Richards was with Ann the night of her death, which has a visible effect on the bartender.

Posse goes to the Rio Grande Hotel. Asks if Richards is still staying at the hotel. The desk clerk says that he still is but is out working as far as he knows.

Posse also finds out that Richards is a snake oil salesman.

Posse goes to Jack’s Drugs to ask about Richards. Owner tells them that he hasn’t been for over a week but the owner tells the posse that if they see Richards, have him come in to restock his tonic and the store is all sold out.

Posse goes to Hansen’s Remedies and Tonics to ask about Richards. Owner has not seen Richards for about a week and is also sold out of the tonic.

After night fall, posse heads to the Comique Variety Hall to wait for Richards. When he arrives and walks up to the bar, the bartender and a few friends grabs Richards, ties him up. They are planning to lynch Richards for Ann’s death.

The posse talks the lynch mob into taking Richards out back of the saloon. Once in a storage shack behind the saloon, the posse manages to talk the lynch mob into turning Richards over to them for questioning, then they’ll give him back to them once they’ve learned everything they can from him.

The lynch mob goes back into the saloon while the posse interrogates Richards.

Sylvestor selects a nail on Richards hand and proceeds to torture Richards, eventually pulling the nail right out of Richards finger. Sylvestor notices that the nail begins to grow back quickly.

Chip, David and Patrick – 3 fate points.

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After The Werewolves at High Noon

September 20, 1876 – Fight aftermath

Posse helps those who are injured in the aftermath of the werewolf fight.

Hank cures the disease on 3 of the infected prospectors.

1 has died and another 2 are also infected.

The posse takes the two infected ones to the jail to make sure they are contained in case they turn prior to Hank being able to cast cure on them. The 3 who have been cured are placed into a different cell away from the 2 infected ones.

Undertaker takes the dead body.

Beau does first aid on any of the rest of the injured.

John heads home with the two amulets.

September 21, 1876

Hank cures the other two infected.

Killian buys 20 silver bullets.

September 22 through September 25

Hank leaves town looking for another group of adventures to help him on his quest since the majority of the Posse weren’t really interested in his ‘job.’

Beau and Killian visit the bars in town to see if they cater to demi humans.

Silvestor Angus III rides into town.

Silvestor joins Beau and Killian on their bar tour.

Early morning, September 25, a female body is found with bite marks on the neck.

Ben, Chip, David and Patrick – 2 fate points.

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The Werewolf Children at High Noon

Beau reloads his shotgun with silver bullets.

John notices the male werewolf is wearing an amulet that glows anytime a magic attack or silver bullet hits him.

John uses telekinesis to pull the amulet off the male.

Hank casts Invisibility on Killian.

During the fight, the posse manages to get a similar amulet off of the female werewolf and kill both her and the male.

Hank and John manage to cast cure spells on a number of the town’s folk who survived the attack and who had been bitten, ensuring that no new werewolves would spawn.

Chip, David and Patrick – 3 fate points.

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Clouds on Fire at High Noon

Posse is at the Nutall & Mann’s Saloon having breakfast.

Clouds on Fire, “Hank”, offers the posse a job.

Hank gets a room for Killian in the Rio Grande Hotel.

While at lunch in the Nutall & Mann’s Saloon, Deputy Swift approaches the posse. Pays them $300 each for their previous bounty.

John asks Swift if it is possible to close all of the rifts.

Swift responds that it would be an extremely difficult and time consuming endeavor that he doesn’t believe all of the members of the posse will survive.

John wants to spend some time making magic items.

September 15 through September 20

John is working on magic items.

September 18

John gives Killian a pistol.

September 20, 1876 – 1:00 A.M.

Posse hears a commotion in town. Finds out it is happening in the tent city.

As Beau and John get near the area, they hear people saying that wild dogs are attacking some of the prospectors.

As Hank and Killian get closer they hear people saying there are wild dogs running around in town.

John and Beau happen upon the scene and spot two werewolves attacking some of the tent city inhabitants.

Ben, Chip, Jeff and Patrick – 3 fate points

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The Tree Spirit's Home at High Noon - Part 2
John Ruger Saves The Tree Spirit

The tree spirit attacks Beau, Bullseye, John & Killian by shooting spikes at them all, doing some damage.

The summoned earth elementals begin to attack the totems, smashing 6 of them, which causes the tree spirit to reel from the attack.

This allows the posse to destroy the other totems, causing the tree spirit to vanish.

After searching the area, the posse determines that the tree spirit was under the influence of the totems which was causing it to do evil things. With the totems being destroyed, the evil influence is gone and will not effect the tree spirit. Bullseye notices the totems appeared to be have been placed there in the last few weeks.

Posse heads back to town.

September 14, 1876

Posse talks to Deputy Swift in the morning about dealing with the tree spirit. The totems were snake spirit totems.

David and Patrick – 4 fate points

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The Tree Spirit's Home at High Noon

September 13, 1876 – 10:00 P.M.

The posse runs into the tree spirit while traveling in the direction of it’s home tree. The first indication that they have found it is the feeling that Bullseye and John get that they are being watched, while examining Tracy’s body.

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Bullseye moves to hide behind a tree.

Killian noticing that Bullseye has moved to hide, draws his pistol.

John also draws his pistol.

The tree spirit steps out of the tree that Bullseye is hiding beside, without noticing him standing there.

Killian shoots it in the leg, with little to no effect.

John shoots it in the chest which causes some damage.

Beau shoots it in the chest with little effect.

Bullseye gets a fantastic placed shot but unfortunately it seems to have little effect on the creature’s hide.

The tree spirit swings at Gavri`el, which Gavri`el parries, but Gavri`el notices a few chips come out of his sword, something he has never noticed before.

John shoots it in the head for a massive amount of damage, blowing off part of it’s head.

Gavri`el also hits it in the head, which does a little more damage, but so far only John’s shot has really wounded the creature.

Bullseye focuses on his next shot, taking careful aim, hitting it in the chest but again there seems to be little effect.

Killian retreats a little distance away and begins to work on starting a fire.

John shoots it in the left leg again doing some damage.

The tree spirit shoots a bunch of splinters at the members of the posse, which most either avoid or their various armors absorb.

The tree spirit retreats back toward the tree that it originally stepped through.

Beau shoots it as it passes by him in the head, doing a bit more damage.

John shoots it in the abdomen but the bullet passes right through it, whizzing right by Bullseye.

Beau shoots at it, targeting it’s left arm but the shot also passes right through the spirit with no damage.

Gavri`el casts Lightning, striking the tree that the spirit had originally walked through and damaging it, but it does not stop the spirit from stepping into the tree and escaping.

John casts Phantom Steed, bringing 4 into existence and the posse gives chase, with Gavri`el flying under his own power.

Beau attempts to find the tree spirit’s home tree but can’t manage to find it.

Bullseye also attempts to find the home tree and is successful. As the posse approaches the tree from the sky, he also notices a number of man-made objects surrounding the tree.

John notices the objects as well and realizes they are Indian totems. After getting a better view of them, he surmises that they are corrupting the tree and angering the spirit.

As the posse arrives on the ground, the tree spirit steps out of it’s home tree, but now it has been fully healed.

It shoots spikes at the group but doesn’t do any real damage.

Bullseye shoots it in the chest using Beau’s rifle instead and does some damage to it.

John decides to summon some earth elementals and begins to cast a spell.

Killian shoots the tree spirit for some damage.

Bullseye shoots it for a little damage.

The tree spirit attaches a limb to it’s home tree and begins to quickly heal itself.

Beau shoots it for a little damage.

The tree spirit agains shoots spikes at the group but does not do any meaningful damage.

Bullseye shoots the tree spirit in the abdomen for some damage.

David, Jeff and Patrick get 3 fate points.

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Mind The Tree Spirit at High Noon

September 13, 1876 around noon time. Posse is at the sheriff’s office.

Gavri`el prays for guidance concerning the tree spirit, but after about 15 minutes of praying, Deputy Swift tells him he’s not going to get an answer, so he should move on.

Bullseye starts to head to Randall’s Firearms to purchase some knives, but John tells him to go to Stronghammer the Dwarven Smith instead.

As the posse heads off, Deputy Swift suggests to Gavri`el that he should go to his house for guidance.

Gavri`el responds puzzled, “My house?”

Killian responds, “God’s house.”

To which Swift says, “Yes.”

Bullseye talks with Stonehammer about getting a knife. Knife will be ready in 3 days.

Posse heads to the church.

Gavri`el kneels to pray, has the following vision.

Your name is Tracey M. Pauley, you are a prospector looking for that big strike so that you can return home to your family and make a better life for them. You are sure that God himself will see you through the rough times and will also see you home to your family safely.

You find yourself walking down the street of a western town. It is the typical frontier town, with various buildings standing side by side. Mixed in with the regular businesses are saloons, pool halls, brothels and dance halls, but they are not what you’re looking for. You’re looking for a place of worship where you can bolster your faith in God.

Ignoring the sinners, both male and female, you continue looking for this church, because you know for sure there is one in this town somewhere. While the darkness of evil invests this town, you steel yourself against it, sure that your faith in God will protect you. The shadow of evil that is here is almost physical and you hurry along in search of the church.

You spot a deputy sheriff of the county and go to him to enlist his aid, but as you get closer to him, you know he can’t help you as he is not a child of God.

Finally you spot the church and rush toward it. But as you draw nearer, you notice that a shadow of evil hovers over it. As you draw near the doors, a shape suddenly appears in front of them. A twisted demon stands before the doors. You know it once wore beautiful clothes, dressed by God himself, but now it’s clothes are dark and drab. It’s once white wings are now black with the evil deeds it as committed on this world.

It stands before the doors, those same dark wings stretching out to block your way. You can see the priest of the church just inside those doors and know if you could only reach him, things would be better, but the demon blocks you from entering.

Distraught, you turn back from the church and wander back into the town, as you feel the darkness of the evil slowly begin to engulf you, you wake from the vision, drenched in sweat!

Once he has come around from the vision, Gavri`el asks if anyone present has heard of a Tracy Pauley.

Killian notices a man come in to the church, looks around and notices the posse toward the front of the church. He then turns around a leaves the church.

Killian immediately follows the man out.

Beau, Bullseye and John follow behind Killian.

Gavri`el gets up and follows as well.

Once out on the street and spotting the man as he moves away from the church, Killian shouts out, “Oy!”

As John leaves the church, he changes the ammo in his gun from his wooden bullets to regular bullets.

Killian and Bullseye catch up with the man and begin to have a conversation with him. His name is Boyd.

Gavri`el and John approach the conversation.

Gavri`el and Bullseye notice that Boyd begins to sweat.

Gavri`el interrogates Boyd, who is he, does he know Tracy, but the man does not give Gavri`el any meaningful information and it is obvious he is afraid of Gavri`el.

Beau heads of to the Land Claims Office.

Bullseye and Killian head off to the closest saloon, the Alhambra to search for Pauley.

Gavri`el goes to visit Gustav Lafleur.

John goes back home to work on his magic items.

Bullseye and Killian do not find anyone who knows Pauley.

Beau checks at the Land Claims Office for information on Pauley’s claim. After bribing the clerk, he gets information on the location of Pauley’s claim.

Gavri`el arrives at Gustav’s place. Asks him about the vision that he has had at the church. Gustav tells him from a quick interpretation of the dream that Tracy Pauley appears to be an every man and he feels that the demon character was shown to be breaking down the faith of the flock of the church in Deadwood.

Beau heads to the Nutall saloon.

Killian and Bullseye also head to the Nutall.

Gavri`el heads to the Nutall after leaving Gustav’s place.

The posse shares the information that each has found out with each other. They eat dinner.

After dinner, they head for Pauley’s tent.

Gavri`el goes up to the tent and pulls back the flap.

Killian watches the back of the tent.

Bullseye keeps an eye on the other prospectors who are cooking their food on a nearby communal fire.

Beau backs up Gavri`el.

When Killian begins to enter the tent, a few of the prospectors nearby object. They tell the posse that Tracy is a good guy but they haven’t seen him for the past day.

John and Bullseye notice that as the sun starts to set for the day, it seems to be growing darker than normal.

John suggests the posse go to see Swift.

Posse overhears Swift talking with Wild Bill. The two are at the Marshall’s office and as they exit, they run into the posse.

The posse begins to discuss the extra darkness with Bill and Swift and John after observing Gavri`el, he comes to the conclusion that some thing is happening to Gavri`el. He mentions that he has spotted that Gavri`el’s cloths have lost their luster and appear duller.

Bullseye climbs up the nearby boarding house to check out the surrounding area. While looking toward the west, he notices the tree spirit beyond the edge of town.

Swift surmises that the increase in darkness, aka evil, could also result in the loss of good faith of the more religious members of Deadwood.

The posse suggests going in search of the tree spirit to deal with that threat, of course if there’s some kind of reward, to which Swift mentions that he could probably come up with something.

Swift grants each member of the posse except Bullseye with Darkvision, warning them to return to Deadwood in about 8 hours as that’s how long they’ll be able to see in the dark.

Posse heads out into the forest in search of the tree spirit. They find Tracy’s body in much the same condition as to the body they had found the earlier that day.

Ben, David, Jeff, Mike M. and Patrick get 3 fate points.

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The Tree Spirit at High Noon

September 12, 1876 – night

The posse is currently in the Nutall Saloon.

Richards enters the bar and gets a drink.

John casts Detect Undead and does not detect any.

Gavri`el casts Bless Water on Richards’ drink and creates Holy Water.

Richard’s pitches a fit that his whiskey tastes like water.

Bar tender replaces his drink.

Richards’ picks up a saloon girl and after an hour leaves the bar with her.

Gavri`el follows him after casting Invisibility on himself.

Bullseye also follows Richards.

Gavri`el casts Silence and flies after Richards.

Bullseye hurries ahead and climbs up Mollie Johnson’s boarding house.

Richards enters the Rio Grande Hotel.

Gavri`el begins looking in windows of the Rio Grande.

Bullseye jumps to the Rio Grande roof then repels down the building’s side.

Gavri`el goes around to the front of the building, then sees Bullseye standing in front of a window.

Gavri`el hovers close to the balcony, the Silence spell effects Bullseye.

Gavri`el cancels the spell after landing on the porch.

Bullseye tells Gavri`el, “He’s in there.” Motions to be quiet.

Gavri`el points to his sword and smiles.

They listen to the sounds of moaning coming from the room.

Deputy Swift shows up and tells the two to leave. After trying to hide from Swift, he finds them anyway and so they decide to leave.

Gavri`el and Bullseye head back to the saloon.

Gavri`el sits at the bar.

Bullseye tells the posse what he and Gavri`el found at Richards’ room.

Posse hangs out in the saloon.

Bullseye realizes he left his rope and grappling hook at the Rio Grande. Retrieves his equipment then goes to the western edge of town.

Spots a set of eyes deep in the woods watching him. Goes to investigate, moves deeper into the woods.

While watching the creature, it obviously moved closer to him and he’s gets the feeling he shouldn’t be there.

Bullseye goes back to the saloon to tell the posse about what he saw.

September 13, 1876

Posse except for John goes to the Nutall for breakfast.

John works on magic items.

Deputy Swift comes into the Nutall and asks the posse to investigate a body found at the edge of town.

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Bullseye searches the area around the body and finds tracks which lead away from the body and to a tree, no tracks can be found heading away from the tree.

Gavri`el senses that the body has been defiled. Also that the dead man’s spirit will not rest until the tree spirit which killed him is dispatched. But is sure that consecrating the ground where the body rests will bind the spirit there.

Bullseye goes to get John and the two get Father Pena. Father Pena consecrates the ground.

Bullseye investigates the area to see if he can see where the tree spirit came from. He then tells Deputy Swift what he has discovered.

Ben, Jeff, Mike M. and Patrick get 3 fate points.

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Meet Bullseye at High Noon

September 12, 1876

John buys 4 spells, then creates some wooden stakes.

John heads to the Rio Grande Hotel & Cafe, bribes the desk clerk to see what room Richard’s is in. Goes to his room, casts Detect Undead, sees none, casts Clairvoyance, sees that Richard’s room is empty.

Bullseye is sitting down in the lobby of the Rio Grande, sees John come in talk to the clerk and go upstairs.

John notices Bullseye in the lobby as he leaves the hotel.

Bullseye goes to talk to with Deputy Swift, gets told about the posse. Heads towards John’s house.

John heads to James’ house to check out information about old magic.

John asks James if he knows what Swift is. John asks if he knows what Gustave is. Informs James that spells don’t work around Swift.

Bullseye is greeted by Beau at John’s house. Asks to join the posse. Is told by Beau that he will ask John.

Bullseye heads back to the Rio Grande and leaves a note that he’ll be in the Comique Variety Hall & Saloon.

John goes home and is told by Beau that Bullseye came by.

Bullseye goes to the Comique Variety Hall & Saloon and talks with the bartender. Asks about strange happenings in town. Is told about the Hanging Judge and the Vampire. Asks about Deputy Swift and is told that he is a good guy, and that he protects the town. Also states that there have been zombies near town and at least 1 werewolf in town.

John arrives at the saloon and walks up to Bullseye.

John says, “You were looking for us?”

Bullseye says, “Who are you?”

John interviews Bullseye.

Jeff and Patrick get 2 Fate points.

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Meet Killian Keogh at High Noon

September 10, 1876 – Evening at the Nutall saloon.

Posse is in the saloon and notices a new performer playing the piano. After his set, Killian comes over to the posse’s table and is invited to sit.

A black suited man comes into the saloon and is noticed by the posse. Goes over to the bar and after ordering a drink, begins talking to a soiled dove. Gavri`el casts Zone of Truth in the saloon.

Asks in a loud voice if anyone has evil intent, raise their hand. No one raises their hand. He then asks if anyone is a demon or devil, to raise their hand, again no one does.

A group of 6 prospectors comes over to the table after figuring out that Gavri`el had cast the spell and 2 of them start a fight with Gavri`el.

Gavri`el goes to draw his sword. The 6 prospectors draw their pistols.

John casts Wall of Force between themselves and the prospectors.

Beau grapples Gavri`el.

Two of the prospectors get shots off which ricochet off the Wall of Force.

Gavri`el manages to cast Lightning Bolt, which ricochets off the Wall of Force.

The prospectors flee the bar and everyone begins to calm down.

John buys a round of whiskey for the bar.

A few moments later, Deputy Swift comes into the bar.

Swift has a short talk with the posse, then leaves.

Gavri`el notices that the man in black is no longer at the bar and the soiled dove isn’t to be found either.

September 11, 1876

Beau heads for breakfast, but sees a crowd and heads there instead.

Killian is also headed for breakfast and sees the same crowd. He joins Beau.

They see that the crowd is around a body on the ground. They notice it is the soiled dove who was talking with the man in black from the night before.

Beau and Killian see that there are puncture wounds on her neck and that she is extremely pale.

They hang back while learning that the Marshal has been called and wait for a lawman to arrive.

Wild Bill shows up and mentions that she was killed by a vampire.

Perry Beasley shows up and takes the body away. Wild Bill goes with Beasley to make sure the body is properly taken care of.

Beau and Killian head for the Nutall saloon.

Gavri`el also heads for the Nutall for breakfast.

After eating, the three head to visit Deputy Swift. They tell Swift what they know about the death of the girl.

The three then head to John’s house.

Beau and Killian research about the vampire, checking out the spot where the body was found.

Beau and Killian tell John & Gavri`el about what the found.

Later that evening, Beau, Gavri`el and Killian go to the Nutall saloon to see if the man in black is there.

Henry Richards is sitting at the bar chatting with another soiled dove.

The three sit at a table and watches Henry.

After an hour, he leaves the bar with the dove. The posse considers whether to follow him or not.

Beau tells Gavri`el and Killian to stay in the bar while he follows them. The couple crosses to the other side of the street.

Beau follows but stays on the same side of the street.

Beau stops to chat with the deputy. Asks what info about the vampire would be worth to the sheriff.

Beau sees them go into a hotel. Beau heads back to the saloon fills in the group.

Ben, David, Mike M and Patrick get 3 Fate points.

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