10 Miles of Bad Road

Chapter Two

Skitch started off doing some gambling, finding a Pharoah game at the Shark Bite. He was doing fairly well early on. Starting with $11, he left the tables with $61 and got to know some of his card shark buddies.

Morgan and Thasunka made their way to the waterfront, keeping an eye on Guardian Angel activity along the way. At the waterfront, they noticed that there was a damaged schooner and a man losing his crew due to some recent trouble. They spoke with the man, Antoine Baldwin, first mate on the damaged ship, Mary’s Grace. They made an arrangement to try and procure the funds to repair Mary’s Grace and find the Captain, Tyson. Then left to regroup with Skitch.

Back at the Shark Bite casino, Skitch had spoken with the one-armed owner, Jonah as Morgan and Thasunka come into the establishment. Morgan and Skitch try to covertly communicate with a discreet system of winks and nose-scratching and eventually go out to a back-alley to catch up on what’s going on. While this happens, Thansunka bought a beer for the busted-out captain Tyson. After a brief conversation, Tyson agrees to meet the DA’s at the hotel in the morning to turn over the deed to the ship to them for $20.

Skitch decided to continue gambling to increase the coffers of the DA’s. Morgan and Thasunka go back to the hotel and pay the $7 to Ned for Scott Butler’s affects. Ned mentions that the Guardian Angels had also been inquiring about Scott Butler earlier in the day. At that moment, three Guardian Angels walk in and ask for a room. Ned tossed them a key and Thasunka took Butler’s saddle bags up to their room. They find not much of interest in the saddle bags, other than a poker chip with SB on it, confirming the connection with the Shark Bait casino.

Back at the game again, Skitch makes a killing and almost shuts down the house, gaining $250, buying a round of beer for the whole place. He ends up spending the night with Amy, who knew Scott Butler, said that she hadn’t seen Butler for a week or two also. He didn’t make it back to the Sunset Hotel that evening.

The next morning, after breakfast, all three gentlemen wait in the hotel lobby for Tyson. When he arrives, he signs over Mary’s Grace for the $20 and departs. The DA’s head back to the waterfront to meet up with Baldwin. They arrange to have him begin repairs on the ship.

They go back to the Shark Bite and speak to Jonah and the drunkard, Hyrum, about Scott Butler. Hyrum saw Butler get dragged away to the northwest by a shadow and some men. The group decides to try and speed up repairs to the ship, as they suspect Butler may have been taken to the Rock – the prison island in the bay.

Interlude

They returned to the hotel and found Hyrum waiting for them with information on Scott Butler. They traveled to the Ghost Quarter and met the former sherriff of Lost Angels, Hog Dunston. He tells the group that his men apprehended Butler and reveals the stitched up, animalistic condition of the man Butler used to be. Butler becomes agitated and looks like he’s about to bust out of the ropes he’s tied with, when the stitches holding him together come apart and he falls into a heap.

The group take the items he left behind: a kitchen knife, some seashells, and a pocketwatch. The pocketwatch has an inscription of “R. Leeson” which the men take as a lead to investigate. They spend the night in a holdout in the Ghost Quarter, and the next morning while Morgan recuperates at the hotel, Thasunka and Skitch ask around about “R. Leeson”. They come up with the names of Roberta Leeson (a seamstress) and Richard Leeson (a doctor).

Roberta ends up being a dead-end, and the group heads out of town to the doctor’s house on the coast and discover that the back door has been broken out from the inside. DUN DUN DUN!

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Chapter One

Charles Morgan, Skitch and Thasunka approached the depot building with caution. Though they were new to working with one another, they were no strangers to unsavory situations and not a one of them wished this to be their last day upright. The job had been fairly straight forward and simple and had brought the trio to Tombstone Arizona where they had tracked down the whereabouts of a former Hellstromme scientist named Benedict Boone. A Hellstromme representative named Clarence Gordon had hired them to track the rogue scientist and recover a number of important blueprints he had taken with him. Gordon mentioned that Boone might be a little demented, twisted into madness by the exposure to advanced technological byproducts.

The depot building had proven to be a new laboratory for Benedict Boone and the trio of wild west veterans made their entrance as Boone was putting the finishing touches upon a giant metal monstrosity. When the smoke cleared the three mercenaries were left standing and Boone was slowly burning from the explosion of his own creation self-destructing.

Gordon was impressed with the performance and recovery of the blueprints and offered the men another job should they be interested. Always looking for work and income the veterans accepted and found themselves aboard a steam car headed for the city of Lost Angels in California. A man by the name of Scott Butler, a infiltrator of Hellstromme’s, had gone silent in his reports after having infiltrated the ranks of the Guardian Angels. Hellstromme is concerned about what their infiltrator might have discovered before going dark, and would like to recover a portion of the assets they have expended on getting their foot in the door of the Guardian Angels. With little information to go on save the location of Butler’s rented room in Lost Angels the veterans set out accompanied by company man Jerold Wyatt to assist with operating the steam car.

The Deniable Assets arrived at the Hellstromme safe-house in the Ghost Quarter and opted to leave Wyatt behind at the house guarding the equipment they knew they wouldn’t be able to sneak into the heavily patrolled city while they made for the Trader’s Quarter and the Sunset Hotel. The men had plenty of time to develop a cover story as an investment firm interested in bringing new shipping options into Lost Angels.

At the Sunset Hotel the trio made the acquaintance of Ned Hampton, the proprietor of the Hotel, who did have a spot of information on Scott Butler including the possessions from his room but was unwilling to give them up unless Butler’s outstanding tab was closed. The gentlemen procured a room for the evening and then went their separate ways, Morgan and Thasunka toward the Waterfront to maintain their cover story and Skitch to find a good game of cards to make some more money.

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