Fish Out of Water

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Townfolks always like the Sheriff, but precious few a’ them take much of a shine to being one. It takes a whole lot of gumption to get up in the morning, knowing that all manner of trouble could be brewing. Trouble that you have to look square in the eye and ask it to hustle itself out of town. Knowing that any day some gunslinging hothead could blow into town with a six-shooter carrying that fateful bullet with your name on it. Heck maybe all six have your name on them, that’s the breaks.

On a good day, you go home in one piece. On a better day, so do the rest of the townfolks. You do your job, knowing that the better you do it, the more attention you’ll attract from better gunslingers, eager to make themselves a name by carving yours on a tombstone. Now you got to baby-sit some Canadian, who couldn’t find his arse with both hands. Luckily, he’s got you to lead him by the nose, into some of the most dangerous country this side of the Sierra Madres. They say the mounties always get their man, but sometimes getting yur man just gets yah a whole lot a trouble.

Fish Out of Water is designed to be an introductory adventure to Deadlands. New Marshals will find plenty of opportunities to hone their tale-telling, while new players become accustomed to each other’s playing styles. The inclusion of Constable Weatherington will give the Marshal an opportunity to test the waters of the posse, so to speak, allowing the Marshal to instigate situations where the players can interact with the Constable and further develop their own player characters. Established Posses will enjoy the interaction with the numerous NPCs as an opportunity to further develop the attitudes of their characters.

The story begins in the wild frontiers of British Columbia where a dangerous criminal has successfully robbed a train. The criminal, “Smiling” Phil Paxton, is the leader of a vicious gang of outlaws and rebels, who are fleeing British justice. The colonial government of Canada dispatched a single Northwest Mounted police constable to capture the outlaw and return him to stand trial. Unfortunately, “Smiling” Phil Paxton and his gang have fled into the states, where Canadian justice bears little weight.


SYSTEM: Deadlands, western

AUTHOR: Andrew J. Lucas

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