Doc and Harlan talk to the ghost in the well.
Doc still wants to know what the hell it was he heard when he found the body. He just stands on the edge of the desert and listens, opening himself to the psychic maelstrom.
(Before that, he did find out the name of the fella who died and sent word to his kin, who manage a rim-town called Junkyard.)
Doc hears a voice. Harlan is ready to call him crazy when he opens himself up too and he also hears it.
They track the voice to a dried well just over a ridge. Its Paz, the kid they buried, or a voice claiming to by Paz. He says he can feel a pull, something pulling him in a direction but he can hold on here in the well for a while.
This leads to a long discussion about heaven and hell and redemption. Good stuff. Doc says a bunch of shit to put Paz at ease, shit he doesn't really believe. Paz let's go and heads off to...wherever.
Yeah, the direction of the pull is towards Hoover.
The Gang's All Together and the shooting begins.
Mineral and the boys ride into cocktail, back from RV and just a little bit later, Cybelle putters up on her little bike she borrowed from Pio. Cybelle just wants a drink. She takes off her helmet and her goggles and goes in with Harlan. They are banging back a few when it hits her.
"Shit! I have to save Fuse. Harlan, where's Fuse?"
"He's in Croaker. Why?"
"Mineral's going to kill him! Shit! That was the whole reason I came. Such a shitty day, I forgot."
Harlan and Cybelle take off for Croaker. Harlan has his double-barrelled shotgun and Cybelle takes out some of her hidden knives.
Whenever the crew of the Croaker splits up, they hand each other air-horns and sound them off if something is wrong.
Doc decides that Bar, the owner of Cocktail's lone building, a mix of tavern and brothel, is someone he'd like to know better. She agrees. They make some small-talk. He talks about how his parents were both doctors and got him into the biz and she talks about strangling the former owner of the joint with a jumper cable and killing his muscle with a gun. Ya know...getting-to-know-ya chit chat.
They are just about to get it on when Doc hears the air-horn. He manages to get his clothes half on and get down the stairs even while bar is cussing him out for leaving her in a lurch.
Harlan and Cybelle find Mineral sitting next to Fuse's sleeping body. He has a pistol out and is gearing up to use it. When the back door of the Croaker swings open (both rolled Go Aggro - Cybelle failed, Harlan got in the 7-9 range), he fires at the opening, hitting Cybelle in the shoulder and knocking Harlan aside. He locks himself in. They hear the pistol go off.
Harlan is good and pissed now. He rolls to take something by force and succeeds. Yeah, he get's shot but he drives Mineral away in fear and awe. Fuse is dead, shot again in the chest.
As Doc is tending to Cybelle's wound, Harlan fires up Croaker, lights it up and takes off after Harlan who is running down the road towards his bike. He doesn't make it. Harlan wants to just nudge him and have him alive but he fails and kills him.
The next in command for the gang is Esmerelda, who is Fuse's lady-friend. She thanks the Croaker's crew for giving her a few extra days with Fuse and for taking care of Mineral for her.
The game ends with Doc tending to Cybelle and Harlan's wounds while they drink at the bar. Doc wonders how he will make it up to Bar.
Sarah is playing Cybelle and she really rocked tonight. Her character is seeking out other Brainers, which is neat. I like Cybelle. I'm a fan. She hasn't taken any of the super-cool Brainer powers yet. I can't wait.
I really like how the Croaker's crew is a whole lot like the Firefly crew.
The sessions we play are short but punchy. Now, after two sessions of 2+ hours each, I need to sit down and make my fronts. Should be fun.
There were a few bits that made me wonder if I might've made a mistake, here and there. When Cybelle failed her Read a Person roll, I kind of let her use open yer mind to the psychic maelstrom as a replacement for it but her knowing about Mineral's murderous intent was a fun toy to have on the table.
Also, when Harlan failed and accidentally killed Fuse, there was no real consequence for that. But maybe there could be one later. Could be...
Anyway, a fun start.
Thoughts and questions welcome.