GURPS Magic In The West

Stagecoach Ambush
Field Notes

Our direct attack on their coach was ineffectual at best. We have gatling guns, why not use them? Were the howitzers too expensive to deploy? You army types never fail to disappoint me. In my report to HQ I mentioned a hope that the psionics would stop having to pick the slack for your failures.

Either way, I trust you made it known the Union is taking this matter very seriously. Dallas is within spitting distance, I should arrive a day after the attack. Have one of my agents send the location of your camp to me. That is all.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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One Stop Shop
Field Notes

The group was not hard to follow, the second they opened that box the stagecoach might as well have been leaking a trail of white paint. They made one stop before the Missouri town, made camp, caught a deer. I almost took action there, HQ. After they killed my sister it would have been easy.

Take over the mind of the German then start shooting. It would be like taking out ceramic ducks at the fair. Maybe I would spare Durango, reports show he was a third party in all of this, or maybe I would kill him last. In one moment of hideous clarity I thought about interrogating Dr. Prave, asking him if he did anything to her after she died, offering him a quick death if he didn’t.

Afterwards they set off to the town and razed every manner of hell. They flashed a Union stamped gold bar at the local trader, who is now being questioned. Some of them even smoked an Indian drug and purportedly raised the dead inside the local whorehouse, Dr. Prave’s doing no doubt. If that wasn’t enough they set an animated statue of the Virgin Mary loose to wreak havoc. Nothing is sacred to these bastards. We’ll be on them soon enough. Nothing further to report.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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Important Acquisition
Field Notes

By the time I could view the part of the train that was left behind it was once again on fire. There was a large battle, involving the known criminals Sam Studwell and Rip Driller, they were accompanied by the Canadian industrial heir Dodge Durango.

HQ, this has gotten out of hand. With me is an agent that escaped, he has detailed the whole gruesome affair. This group is not to be trifled with lightly. I urge you to authorize the closest division to send aid. They are in possession of shipment 113 and the Russian guarding it was killed.

If all of that wasn’t bad enough Dr. Leonard Prave has shown no sign of stopping his practice of raising dead and communing with spirits. With his involvement I want my sister, Vivian’s, assignment report as soon as humanly possible. I mean it this time, HQ. No further progress.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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Preparation & Travel
Field Notes

From nowhere the Silas and the Texan, Richard Mathews, appeared inside rooms at a hotel that Dr Prave, Smith, and Axel were also staying at. They met in the bar on the first floor and included another surprise arrival in their group. That surprise arrival was Elden Inglebard who I remind you has been unseen since 1878 when he blew up a Union stagecoach carrying arms to Pennsylvania.

Something else to note is the addition of a man named “Barry” who seems to follow Dr Prave around. His origin is unknown but highly suspect.

They shopped around Louisville for the day and equipped Silas with an impressive array of armor, though his frying pan spaulders are silly in my opinion. Many trips were made to the tailor and gunsmith.

After that they went to the train and left. It was abrupt, but not enough for them to avoid tracking. They stopped in Topeka and sat around for weeks, that is until our train 18 rolled into town. Whether this is the most inconvenient of coincidences, doubtful, or a planned attack I can not say. Either way the train caught fire not long after and is currently moving along without a number of cars that have been left behind. Await further report.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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Gaining Focus
Field Notes

During the night a significant number of the group left, leaving only Axel and Smith behind. The Indian woman, Burning Sky, stole Smith’s looted shotgun.

In an odd turn of events Dr Prave found his way to the Appalachian shanty town at that moment. Smith somehow convinced him to team up and they gathered food and supplies before leaving. They traveled peacefully, crossed a river by utilizing Smith’s ability to levitate, and reached the Confederate Earth Earth Mage outpost. It is currently unknown what that particular outpost is stationed there for or what missions they are giving out. Regardless, Smith, Axel, and Dr Prave left with unknown items and headed toward Louisville.

Along the road there was ruckus brewing between a man and a small group of highwaymen, the man was shot off his horse. Axel killed two of the robbers with his pistol, Smith proved skillful once again with his psychic tackling, and Dr Prave, unsurprisingly, shot a fleeing man that Axel had let go.

After that observation was made difficult. It is believed that dark magic was performed. No further progress.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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The Beginning
Field Notes

The subjects met for the first time, were introduced to their guide, an Indian Woman named Burning Sky, and set off. They traveled for a time before noticing they were being followed. Much to the surprise of their pursuers, they set up an ambush in the form of a false camp. They fought in the night.

The German, Axel Esslinger, showed his skill with a pistol, Burning Sky revealed herself as a fire mage, Richard Mathews shot a bandit and killed him in one shot using his rifle, Silus engaged a bandit in close quarters combat (subject has yet to take up interest in any firearms as was expected), the New England student named Smith Lee Ellington rose into the air and propelled himself into a bandit. His psionic abilities are unexpected, we must reconsider his position on the watchlist, he will prove to be unpredictable.

They have arrived in the Appalachians and taken shelter amongst the bivouac there. Richard seems to have taken an interest in the patches. No further progress.

With regards,
Agent Vickers

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