The party try to figure out what to do in the cavern with Hujo attempting to mine Ghost rock unsuccessfully until the sound of explosions above rock the caves sending more tremors and the group rushing for the exit. Fighting 15 men and three orgers sounded better than being buried alive.
The group saw a group of flying men fighting the forces that had probably come from the mining camp and the Reaver. While the new found allies gunned down the Maze Rats that tried to attack them the group mostly dealt with the Ogres that rushed towards them. Running Wolf gunned down one of them causing them to charge, Hujo having fought one before ended up delivering a few sucker punches that took the charging Ogres down quickly. Dealing with the remnants of the forces their new allies hadn’t gunned down it came down to the Chinese wizard who got away eventually.
With the group wondering what to do realizing the allies were Texas Rangers they watched Hujo go over to say hello. It turns out telling them there were slug men dark mages, ghost rock, and a bloody sigil on the wall didn’t seem to faze them that much. With the request for the Rangers to blow up the Reaver the party sat quiet for a bit before Hujo asked if they could go since he ran out of things to say. The Captain of the flying unit stated they could if they kept silent. Amanda asked how much it was worth before Sleeping Wolf forcefull escorted her to the docks walking rigidly and saying over his shoulder to have a lovely day.
On the docks Hujo remembered something and went back asking if he could have the heads of the Ogres that he killed. He was told no by the Captain since it would be evidence they exist which would be bad… Hujo reminded them they eat children via the fairy tales of old in China. This didn’t really help his case much and after some thought and a heavy sigh he pulled out the head of the one he had already killed from his backpack and pouted a bit. He was rewarded with a $20 gold coin though and thanks from the Captain.
Coming back down Hujo asked if anyone was hurt and Running Wolf mentioned his wound, Running Deer started to chant and the Doctor reached for his bag, Hujo spit on his wound and rubbed dirt on it and asked if he felt better. When Running Wolf raised an eyebrow and stated yes Running Deer and the Doctor shock their head… mutters of the oddity of the event and musings of what Hujo ate came up as he chased a lizard around the doc for a bit after pointing at it and declaring it a snack.
With the Captain Menard pulling up he asked what happened hearing more explosions, or rather feeling the island shake and the plumes of smoke. Hujo explained in a manner only he could… with an eye twitch and rubbing the bridge of his nose the Captain asked again in normal term. The trip back to Shan Fan went by uneventfully. Once in Port Hujo jumped from the ship asking someone in Chinese something. Pulling out large Shark Teeth he declared aloud he was going to Stinktown taking off in a sprint. Running Wolf tried to keep up with the half pint bullet darting through the crowd to join him. Running Deer took the time to commune with nature. The Doctor went to check on messages from the society and found out there was a letter.
He did check the local paper and there was the odd story of the end of the trial for Dr. Hindenburg after several days of testimony for the charges brought against him Hindenburg had a chance to defend himself. Asking for his glasses to read the charges he simply states there was no concrete proof and this whole court case was a waste of the judge’s time since it was a pile of cow chips. The judge slammed down his gavel stating he agreed and the case was dismissed. Hindenburg was given his belongings back was last seen leaving the building. Agents of the City of Lost Angels were on the look out to recapture and retry him for the crimes he had commited.
Meanwhile Hujo and Running Wolf found the best tailor and leatherworker in Stinktown. Supposedly it would take three days which shocked Hujo. He asked if he could hurry up since he wanted this new gloves now. The crafter reminded him there were a lot of other customers with orders as well ahead of him on the list. Running Wolf put down twenty dollars and asked if it could be done sooner. When the man checked the coins and said a day and a half Hujo put down the same amount stating he wanted his stuff quicker as well.
With the party mostly settling in they reviewed the letter and realized the secret place they needed to meet and sneak into was the place they were staying. Hujo was sent to get Captain Menard and the group spent the night sleeping in warm beds for a change.
It seems Captain Roderick Pennington-Smythe had been trying to destroy the amulet the party had recovered before. Attempts so far had it as indestructible. Hujo muttered about attaching it to his gloves then and spaced out. The rest of the crew found out there was a basement vault under the destroyed Explorer’s Society building with things that may help the group as well as the means to destroy the amulet. Hujo popped back into the conversation to see if there were any glowing hats. After being disappointed someone asked why they had to make sure they weren’t followed to the meeting. It turns out it was due to Kwan having spies in the area and that he wanted the amulet. Hujo offered he might know how to destroy it and Smythe reminded them why he wanted it in the first place, to raise people from the dead. By people he explained he meant the most evil of mean, being ripped from hell and brought back wouldn’t make them nice or weaker. Hujo nodded understanding that it was a bad idea to give it to Kwan. Also the vault wasn’t an option until they got a key back from Big Ears Tam he won in a poker game.
The team opted to deal with the spies first. One of the spies tried to attack Running Wolf causing Running Wolf to shot him dead. With the Sheriff being called up he learned Running Wolf’s situation and that the other guy shot first. Considering there was a bounty on the man who had been murdered the Sheriff wasn’t too worried… Running Wolf wondered how much. Meanwhile Hujo, Running Deer, and Amanda opted to sneak into the park and observe the other two. With Running Deer hitting them in the head and them still standing Hujo sighed delivering two spinning backspin kicks causing them to stiffen and fall over before passing out. Hujo poked them with a stick and declared them alive. With rope and blankets borrowed from the hotel Captain Menard and the Doctor were told of the group’s actions making their way back to the ship. Running Wolf came back to the hotel through the park to see Running Deer shouldering carrying both men and the trio wondering what to do with the now that they were knocked out. He explained the third one wasn’t so lucky and between the four of them they got them back to the ship.
Running Deer got them to talk about what they were spying on and why. It seems Kwan knew Smythe still had the amulet and wants it. Hujo asked how many of them there were and failed at intimidating them. The numbers had him constantly asking if he had the total right since he was confused. With him on the ground counting on his feet as well they finally explained it was just the three of them due to Hujo and Running Deer arguing on the number and asking them to confirm after an hour of banter about it.
The team started wondering what they should do and started to talk about a plan. Hujo asked everyone to be quiet and kicked both men in the face knocking them out again before he put on his sandals and asked them to continue. Explaining they were the bad guys they didn’t get to hear the plans, the bad guys are the ones that tell their plans in front of the good guys.
They opted to figure out how to talk to Big Ears Tam and Sleeping Wolf mentioned he needed to get his reward. Hujo explained the Sheriff might be able to get them an audience with Big Ears Tam and the Spies probably weren’t related. The next morning it turned out the reward for the three mean was $150 dollars and Hujo stated that was $25 a piece. Everyone turned to look at him since he had a hard time figuring out the number of spies. Hujo held up a hand and reminded them that it was a matter of money so Hujo knew.
With the promise of an audience for doing a favor the team realized they were doing someone a favor to get a possible audience to do a favor to get back something that wasn’t supposed to be gambled away to hopefully destroy a very powerful dangerous artifact.
In any event the party just had to rough up some local gang members outside Red Lantern Town on the north side of Stinktown. Hujo suggested they go through Stinktown after noon time since they’d be sluggish from lunch. Running Wolf asked if he just wanted to pick up his gloves… Hujo admitted it in a quiet voice.
With his new gloves Hujo took several practice jabs and Sleeping Wolf nodded in approval hopping up onto the ball of his feet a few times. When the party was ready to go Hujo on the way found a large group of locals shuffling about. Pausing the group he jumped to a table top explaining that the ‘round eyes’ were getting robbed coming out of Red Lantern Town or going into Red Lantern Town when passing through Stinktown. This meant less money in their pockets as the crafters and laborours of Stinktown. He knew first hand why they were sticking in Stinktown, they had the best products and they wanted the ‘round eyes’ money. Hujo stated he though that was wrong. That was the money of the people of Stinktown. If round eyes were scared to come into the area for fear of getting robbed they wouldn’t bring as much money… they wouldn’t buy things. It was time to take back the streets, Stinktown was their’s, and the ‘round eyes’ money should be there. Hujo added in Chinese if the ‘round eyes’ tourist felt safe they could overcharge them and if they complained state it cost more since they were paying for the round eyes protection… not really but what do ‘round eyes’ know? This got several laughes, cheers, and snares from the crowd. As the party walked towards the area they’d be doing the beat down there were twice as many locals following them.
Hujo smiled at the group bumping his fists together, [b]“Okay we go now.”[/b] he stated with an impish grin.
2 XP awarded
Running Wolf Acquired: Sharkskin Moccasins 2)