Deadlands Reloaded: The Righteous, The Rough, and The Clever
The Day of Righteousness
AKA: Bloody Sunday
As the saying goes, no two stories are the same, but from what I’ve been able to puzzle out, it appears that these creatures were actually demons, servants of Lucifer himself! Could it be that it’s actually Satan behind the Reckoning?
If so, Grimme fought on the side of the angels that day. The one thing everyone agrees on is that the good reverend stood toe to toe with the leader of these creatures and laid into it with nothing but his Bible and his bare hands.
And he won. — Samuel Q. Hellman
One of the events people often talk about in the City of Lost Angels is the “Day of Righteousness.” During one of Grimme’s sermons in late ’76—a particularly fiery speech about seeking out the devils living among us—a real live demon from the pits of Hell attacked. Right through the front doors of the cathedral came a massive, winged, red devil complete with black horns and everything. It tore
through the crowd, slaying parishioners left and right with its black talons and fiery gaze.
Grimme took the thing head-on, bathed in holy light that protected him from its infernal touch. If there was ever any doubt of the Right Reverend’s righteousness, this single event was proof positive.
As Grimme wrestled with the horror, a host of lesser devils burst through the windows. They were dealt with by the congregation, which happened to include a few additional hands who proved fortunately familiar with their sidearms.
The lesser horde was gaining some ground by sheer force of numbers when Grimme, hickory stick in hand, finally gave the big demon a righteous smiting. The thing ordered its minions to retreat and hasn’t been seen since.
It was a widely reported story, even in respectable papers (meaning anything but the Tombstone Epitaph). Many believe it—the Bible speaks of demons and devils after all. The rest believe it was some kind of mass hysteria produced by radical Bible-thumpers in the throes of a starvation induced frenzy.