Abilene Session Notes – 19 September 2015

Abilene Session Notes – 19 September 2015

November 22nd, 1878

Finding Ronald Patton dead and the rest of the clan missing shook everyone up, but finding out this Father Patrick fellow was some sort of holy warrior on the same quest as everyone else…well…

 

The party cautiously enters main street Detroit.  The town appears to have been abandoned for at least two or three weeks.  There are small signs of trouble visible – a spatter of blood here, a bullet hole there – and the symbol of the lion-like Drowned Coyotes is drawn on a few buildings, but there’s no particular sign of wholesale slaughter.

The local saloon and inn is equally deserted, and it appears to have been abandoned in a hurry, desiccated meals sit on tables, etc.  From the roof, Onesimus notices that a nearby ranch was burned to the ground.

After leaving the tavern, the party makes its way down the main street of the town towards the sheriff’s office.  Outside, they find dozens upon dozens of tracks in the snow, and peering through the windows reveals several dozen dead bodies stacked in the main room.  The bodies appear to be in mixed states of decomposition, and the party supposes they were zombies at one time.

Holden and Jacob go to the back of the jail to investigate a wisp of smoke and the smell of beans coming from one of the barred cell windows.  After calling out, the occupant reveals himself to be an acquaintance of Onesimus and Jacob, a Texas Ranger named Brady Sims who helped them out in a previous assignment.

Brady Sims

 

Sims reveals he was sent to Abilene for the same reason the two U.S. Agents were – to find Joshua and put an end to the massive sources of evil in the region.  He’d been trying to locate the nest of The Red Lion for a week and finally traced the zombie infestation to Detroit.  He notes that pretty much anyone who had died in a twenty-five mile radius in the last month or so was likely haunting the place – which is why he locked himself in a cell in the sheriff’s office to eat and sleep (the zombies in the lobby were his doing).

Onesimus inquires about automatons, and Sims does note that “yeah, we have two at the base we absolutely don’t officially have in Wichita”.

Sims notes that there are two primary hives of the zombies, the mission to the Southeast of town, and an old fort to the Southwest.  He says the fort is likely the lair of the Red Lion, and he called for backup a few days prior from his superiors, but none has arrived.

The party agrees to clear out the mission, and they assault the gates.  Dozens of zombies lay in wait, and a pitched battle ensues…

 

 

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Abilene Session Notes – 5 September 2015

Abilene Session Notes – 5 September 2015

November 21st, 1878

Leaving town seemed to take a weight off our heads, and a night at The Drovers Cottage helped considerably.  Heading on to Detroit though we began to feel it again, that pervasive…darkness.  When we found our Washington friend’s train shot up, the engineer dead and guarded by a Confederate robot we thought, “well shit, why not?”

 

Before leaving the site of the train, Onesimus unlocks the small arsenal hidden aboard and some of the party increase their armaments somewhat.

The party begins to follow the zombie engineer down the tracks…until Seri inexplicably tosses a stick of dynamite at it, completely obliterating it.  The party notes that the pattern of gore left behind forms the shape of the Drowned Coyotes symbol, but altered slightly so that it appears to be a lion.

The party continues on for several hours and note a burning carrion stench on the wind drifting from the direction of the nearby Patton farm.  Olivia and others rush there as fast as they can and find the farm ransacked.  The smell is emanating from a pile of dead livestock which had been placed on a bonfire.  The main house looked as if it were assaulted from all sides and defended from within.

Inside, they find the body of Ronald Patton, pulverized against the wall of the living room.  Again, the blood spatter forms the “red lion” shape.

Ahiga notes that dozens of tracks leave the farm and head into the fields in the direction of Detroit and follows them a short way after hearing the sounds of struggle coming from the fields.

Ahiga, Seri, and Ed find a man with an English longsword and a white cape bearing a red cross dispatching a small cluster of zombies at crater in which the party found Holden just days prior.

Oconnor

They discover that the man is Father Patrick O’Connor of Abilene.  Olivia is surprised and overjoyed to see him.  He explains to the party that he’s a member of a Roman order specifically created to combat supernatural evils and he was sent to investigate the stories of Joshua.  He was using the zombie int he church cellar to attempt to locate the Red Lion, presumably the source of all of the risen dead in the area.

Holden and Onesimus discuss O’Connor’s longsword briefly with somewhat wide eyes.

The party spends the night in the loft of the Patton barn and continue on to Detroit in the light of day, determined to find the source of the threat.  The landscape rapidly becomes extremely hostile and downright terrifying, the light of sun never quite penetrating, until they arrive at a small creek on the border of the seemingly deserted town of Detroit, KS.

 

 

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