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  2. Stormwolfe

    Paint the Town

    Harriet wandered down the hall, opening and closing doors. She was listening for squeaks and noises from the flooring that might hint at needed repairs. So far, like Jonah, she was quite impressed. At the end of the hall, where the back of the house would be, she saw a small indentation with a curtain over it. The curtain revealed a door which opened into a tiny alcove. Giving a squeal of laughter and delight, she looked back at Jonah, "An upstairs privy! This home is a miracle!" Moving back to where he stood, she slanted a look up at him, "As far as needing help and household goods...you will have all that you need once word gets out, which it will...that a good-looking, single man - and a doctor at that! has moved to town." Harriet's eyes sparkled with humor, "Your kind is a bit rare in these parts." @Bongo (Jonah)
  3. Stormwolfe

    Murder Mystery

    Hmmmm and where will Harriet be? Defending the accused or acting as prosecutor?
  4. Wayfarer

    Murder Mystery

    Clara will absolutely deny it was her !!!!!
  5. Stormwolfe

    Murder Mystery

    And I've always been a sucker for a serial killer / pattern killer storyline! I have a couple of ideas percolating in the old head so will revisit this thread once my fever breaks and the brain is working again. Great idea to work on though! Oh oh! Maybe it is not a random stranger? We have someone it could easily be....
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  7. JulieS

    Murder Mystery

    Victims could also be characters that aren't working out for you - an easy way to get rid of one to establish another. Another idea would be to create short-term characters who get established in town only to be murdered later on. Lots of possibilities here.
  8. Longshot

    Murder Mystery

    Just my two cents, but how about the Old West equivalent of a Jack the Ripper? Maybe a man who rode the train to its end to get away from the last place he hunted, but he can't resist the impulse once he is here. The town is not a bustling metropolis, but there are still a lot of people for that time period and still a decent size transient population. Or, maybe some sort of Mountain Man type who comes into town, kills, then leaves? That way the list of suspects can be the biggest red herring.
  9. Flip

    Murder Mystery

    Agreed, this idea could go either way. However, that being said, proper planning for something of this nature can and should include as many as want to write in it, and be successful. You can count me in too.
  10. Wayfarer

    Murder Mystery

    I like this concept. It's not easy to do, I've been in a few rpgs where they did it and mostly it didn't come off all that well. But still I think it's worth a shot definitely! It just needs to be well planned out. As many players as want to can certainly participate and there is room for lots of chars and NPCs. I vote yes!!!!
  11. Flip

    Riding the Country

    After leaving Kalispell Pronto veered off east of the main trail and began a slow methodical back and forth pattern. The man he had seen leaning on the awning post intrigued him, as had the young women who walked out of the Emporium, but in his opinion, she would not be as deadly and the gunman. He knew he had ridden out to the north-east and Pronto wanted to know where the man had come from more than wanting to catch a tiger by the trail. It was as he returned toward the trail he spotted the buggy and the girl. The outfit she was wearing was hard to miss at any distance. He drew out his binoculars and trained them on the slow-moving vehicle. She was a sight alright, and as well to do as she was pretty. It didn't take an expert to see that. It was only a few moments until the road curved just enough to block his view so he stuffed the glasses in his saddlebag and wheeled the horse around, he wasn't getting his questions answered lollygagging. He pushed on with his search another half hour until he came on some fresh tracks heading north. They were spaced at a walk, Pronto urged the roan onto the trail, knowing he was not too far behind his quarry, although he was none too keen on catching up to him. He was in no mood for gun-play. He lifted the roan to a trot to close the distance, a man on the move at a casual pace would not be looking over his shoulder. He was counting on that. Just at the edge of a clearing, he spotted him, same fellow, no doubt about that, and in the distance several fingers of smoke trailing into the sky. Once again he pulled out his glasses and focused not on the man but beyond him and sure enough, the outskirts of Whitefish and the home of the Marshal he had a run in with. Interesting that this man was headed there. Pronto turned the roan back south and disappeared into the trees again, heading for Kalispell with his question answered. Not who sent him or why, but from where he came from. TBC
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    Dancer's return

    Dancer pushed through the batwings just inside the doorway. He looked around but didn't see Case. He strode to the bar and asked, "Hobey, where the hell's Case?" "Might be at his office, had some trouble and a couple fellers are in the pokey as a result." The bartender responded. "Drink?" "Nah, well, yeah gimme a shot." He conceded. "He been in at all?" "There he is now." Hobe stated as the creaking for the batwings could be heard. "What the hell are you doin' back so soon?" Case asked, walking to the bar. "The man you wanted to know about? Ain't one of Thompson's hands." He began. "He come out of the Marshal's office and mounted up. We give each other the eye and a nod, man's a gunman, 'less I miss my guess. Wears a pair of Smith and Wessons. He knew what I was, and I knew what he was. You're gonna need to send another man to keep an eye on him. But he don't ride for no outfit in this country. Brand on his horse was the Rockin' G." Case looked disappointed. "Damn if I didn't hope ol' Thompson hired him a gunman, would have made things easier." There was a pause and then he added, "I want to know who he is and where he's from and, I want to know what he's doing here." TBC
  13. Flip

    Leah Returns to Evergreen

    Leah Steelgrave stepped inside and closed the door behind her, this was not going to be pleasant. "Father, I'm home." She called out. Almost dreading how her father would react to the news that the hotel had sold. Elias walked into the living room where Leah waited. "And how did your meeting with Conners go?" "Not well father. Old man Conners no longer owns the hotel. It seems a Mister Wentworth now owns it." She answered, then added, "I don't like him. I can't say why exactly, but there's something about him, something, I don't know." Elias, put his hands behind his back and paced for a moment, then turned to her. "Well, this certainly slows down my plans, but not entirely." He explained. "The hotel was a nice start, but not critical." He paused as if formulating either a plan or an answer. "I'll have to have this looked into further and examine my other options in Kalispell. Anything else?" "No, not really, but I did see one of Case's men in town. It seemed odd. He was just lounging against an awning post as if he was waiting for someone." Was her reply. "You never know with your brother," Elias observed, he'd need to send someone to Whitefish to see what his son was up to. TBC
  14. Flip

    Bear-ly There

    Speed smiled at the lad and nodded to Addy. "We'll be havin' some coffee in no time, ain't that right Weedy?" Then to Addy, "Just remember, you need financial help, I can do that with little to no problem. Hopefully, I'll be needing you and your wagon." He looked to Weedy, "Lead on son."
  15. JulieS

    Murder Mystery

    Synopsis There is a murder (don't who and don't know why at the moment) Theme Could be a couple of episodes - finding the murderer and then a trial. Needs to be developed. Characters Requested Maybe everyone. Even if they are not suspects, it will still be the talk of the town. Anything Else This could possibly lead into a jury trial (lots more possibilities there)
  16. Bongo

    Paint the Town

    "Oh, well, then I'll have to put in an offer quickly!" Jonah grinned, leading the way to the stairs. His hand ran over the smooth, finely carved wood or the banister in appreciation as he started up. "It certainly seems some expert craftsmen worked on this place, so it should be standing for a good long while yet." The stairs opened to a wide landing off which were four doors. Each of these opened to bedrooms, and the front two had small balconies that overlooked the street. "This really is nice," he commented, "I can use one room as an office, and, of course, the bedroom. The other two, whatever I need...." Again, there were some furnishings, two of the bedrooms had beds, one had a wardrobe...and that gave him a thought... "This is going to be more complicated than I'd thought," he added with a chuckle, "I'll need all those...domestic things....linens, pots, pans...dishes, if I expect civilized company..." He'd definitely have to hire help. @Stormwolfe
  17. Bongo

    Bear-ly There

    Addy smiled and gave the man a grateful nod. "It's part of th' work...I got some savin's set aside, but I do appreciate th' offer, an' th' work so I can get that money back." It was just the way things were. "Real problem is findin' a suitable nag that'll get along with these three. And coffee'd be muchly appreciated, too. There's mugs over th' basin, an'..." A noise from the large front barn doors caught her attention and she turned to see a young boy coming into the dimly lit barn. "Miz Addy," the boy muttered with the hint of a lisp, but he hesitated, looking from Addy to the man. "'S'all right, Weedy, this here's Speed. Ya mind showin' him th' coffee fixin's?" "Yes, ma'am." He nodded, but kept his distance as he headed to the back where the small living area was. "He's a good kid," Addy whispered to Speed, "just a bit shy's all." @Flip
  18. Flip

    Bear-ly There

    "Ain't seen nor heard of a bear that big 'round these parts," she commented, "mighty bold, too, ya think there'd be whispers if he'd been here long." Speed stopped and looked at Addy, “Well, it’s here, that’s for sure.” He smiled and continued, “Reckon they’ll be a hunting party out after it. I’d like to be in on it, but we need to get back to your wagon and get ‘er back her.” Satisfied that the horse was unscathed, she brushed him down then put him in a stall before moving to the third. "I'll get this if ya want ta go pour yerself some coffee...oughta be brewed by now. “I’ll help myself and bring you one too.” He replied. “So what’s a new horse going to run you? I’ll likely have need of your services, so if need be, I’d be glad to help with that.”
  19. Bongo

    Bear-ly There

    It took only a few minutes for Addy to get the fire going and the pot on for coffee -- she had a boy who kept track of that for her, and he knew she'd be back around this time, so the embers in the stove were already glowing brightly. It would take a while, though, for the coffee to brew, so she went back out to help Speed with the horses. "Sorry 'bout all this, not whacha bargained for, is it? Do appreciate th' help." For now, she'd just let the tack pile on the floor -- cleaning it was yet another task to add to the list -- and once she had the first horse naked, she ran her hands over his chest and rump, then down down his legs, checking for injuries. "Ain't seen nor heard of a bear that big 'round these parts," she commented, "mighty bold, too, ya think there'd be whispers if he'd been here long." Satisfied that the horse was unscathed, she brushed him down then put him in a stall before moving to the third. "I'll get this if ya want ta go pour yerself some coffee...oughta be brewed by now. @Flip
  20. Bongo

    Bear-ly There

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  22. Stormwolfe

    Paint the Town

    Harriet looked around the house, walking through the parlor and sizing up the furnishings that had been left. The things that had been left behind were in good repair. Although it had been abandoned, the home was relatively clean. Croft had informed Harriet that he sent one of his daughters to clean it on a regular basis just in case someone became interested in purchasing the place. The main floor was well-designed for a doctor's office. The parlor could easily serve as a waiting room and the smaller room across from it would work quite nicely for a receptionist. Harriet followed the hallway and found two more rooms, empty of furnishings. They could serve as examination rooms or an exam room and an overnight room. There was also a kitchen and a privy. Returning to the kitchen with Jonah in tow, Harriet noted a second set of stairs that led to the second floor. That would be handy if the doctor was going to make his living quarters on the upper floor. Large windows in the kitchen looked out on a small backyard, what appeared to be a chicken coop and stabling for a horse. There was also a space that had been used as a kitchen garden. Turning to Jonah, Harriet waved a hand at the kitchen, "Someone loved this home once upon a time. I think you could do quite well here. We should see what is upstairs too. With luck, there is a place for a small stove. You would not have to come downstairs just for heating coffee or soup." She offered a saucy smile, "If you decide not to take it, I might put in an offer. Sooner or later, I will have to find a permanent place to live here. I do not see myself returning to San Francisco." Montana, particularly Kalispell, and its residents had taken hold of her heart. Harriet was seriously considering signing the house in San Francisco over to her sister. It was a big change for the lady attorney, but it was time to consider making those changes. @Bongo
  23. Stormwolfe

    Bear Chase

    Over the sound of the breeze rustling the branches of the trees was the sound of running and tumbling water. The trail had crossed a wide, shallow fast flowing creek several times. It would eventually flow past the house and to tumble into Lost Lake. The area around the main ranch house was known as Moonlight Basin. One reason that Shade's grandfather had selected it was because of the easy access to fresh, flowing water as well as the spectacular mountain views. Shade had seen some incredible landscapes during his years away. In his opinion, nothing compared to Montana. Nettie turned back and ran to Clara. Taking her hand, she said, "Close your eyes, Miss Clara. We're almost there. It's the best way to see the falls for the first time." Clara eyed her for a moment then reluctantly agreed to the girl's scheme, "Very well, Nettie, but make certain you do not lead us too close to the edge of the falls. Always safety first you know." Although Shade was right there and certainly he would see to it that the child's exuberance did not lead to an accident. "Don't worry," Shade told Clara, "I'll keep a sharp eye out for mischief." He gave the twins a warning look just in case their plan was to upend Clara into the creek. He took Clara's hand and began leading them onward, making sure to watch out for anything that might trip her up. Feeling Shade take her hand, any nervousness Clara felt instantly vanished and her steps were confident, well as confident as one could be with one's eyes closed. The rock strewn creek mixed deep, almost still pools with faster-running shallow water. Boulders had long ago been randomly deposited by various natural cataclysms - ancient glaciers and volcanic activity. The trail widened and opened into a clearing surrounded by towering aspens, pines, oaks and maples. Three creeks joined to create a multi-level series of waterfalls providing a light cacophony of sound - heavier rushing water overlaying the lighter gurgling of trickling falls working through the rocks. It was an enchantingly beautiful scene. Thick moss covered the trail and some of the boulders, inviting the hikers to sit and enjoy their surroundings. Nettie tugged at Clara's free hand and Cody said softly, his voice barely louder than the water surrounding them, "Open your eyes, Miss Clara, we are here. This is one of my favorite places," he added. "Very well then," she halted and did as the child instructed her. It was quite the sight which greeted her gaze. Pristine nature at it's finest. She took a moment to scan almost a full circle. "Most impressive. I love it," Clara wasn't one of those people who threw out compliments easily but this was sincere. Shade breathed a quiet sigh of contentment as he looked around. Like Cody, this was one of his favorite places. She glanced up at Shade, "Excellent idea to bring the children here by the way." "I used to come up here to escape...things," Shade told Clara. "Okay, you two, we're going to rest a few moments and then head to the swimming hole. No getting too far out on the rocks." He grinned as the twins immediately headed to poke around one of the tiny pools. No doubt they were looking for tadpoles or minnows. Shade walked over to a large, flat-topped boulder and leaned against it, half-sitting and half-standing. He was alert to the sounds of the forest around them and also was keeping a sharp eye on the twins. He grinned at Clara, "I'd come up here to read or just think." Pointing upward, "There is a hidden game trail that leads up to a little cave. Used to camp there when...sometimes." @Wayfarer
  24. Bongo

    Paint the Town

    "Oh, good idea. It will make it easier to get equipment in, too." Jonah smiled and nodded as he got out of the buggy then went around to help Harriet down. The place looked even more intimidating from the ground, although it was fairly straightforward and simple. Still, it was two stories and had a small porch, and, well, it was a real house! He looked up at it, then finally mounted the stairs and stepped onto the porch. "Well, this is nice, I suppose. I could put a rocker out here and watch the town go by!" He chuckled then opened the door, standing back to let her enter first, then followed, leaving the door open. The foyer was open, with a parlor to the right and a smaller room on the left, both with some furnishings -- a sofa, desk, chairs, cases with books... "Ah, some furniture, that will make it easier." He moved down the hall past the staircase and to the kitchen at the back of the lower floor. "Looks....adequate." He was a guy, this was a house...what more was there? @Stormwolfe
  25. Flip

    Bear-ly There

    "Ya mind gettin' th' tack off them horses while I set th' water on ta heat? I'll be out in just a minute ta help." He dismounted and patted the animal as Addy talked. Glad to be back in town, at least in the interim before they rode out to pick up the wagon. It had been a long night so far, and it would be a bit longer before it ended. “Sure, I can do that.” He responded as he began to remove the harness from his mount. He looked forward to the promised cup of hot coffee.
  26. Stormwolfe

    Paint the Town

    Harriet had been examining the lawn with its neat white picket fence. Something in Jonah's tone of voice brought her attention back to the doctor. It was not quite panic, more like a sudden realization of something she could not immediately define. Perhaps the thought of buying a place and setting up a more permanent place of business was suddenly overwhelming. Had it been the same for her? No. When Harriet had placed the sign for her business on her first office door, it had been with a sense of accomplishment and defiance. What about when the first... She gave a mental shake of her head. Some things needed to stay buried. "I think the house should provide you with all of that, Jonah. It is larger than I thought it to be," Harriet assured the man. "Why not go inside and see how much space there actually is?" She turned toward the steps that led up toward the front porch. "You should consider having a ramp built to make it easier to carry those that are incapacitated inside..." @Bongo (Go for Jonah!)
  27. Bongo

    Bear-ly There

    "Coffee it is." Addy nodded, wearily slipping off her horse then leading it into the big barn behind the hotel. While she thought that Speed could use a doctor, she couldn't much complain about him not going, after all, she could use one, too, yet here she was, tending her horses and thinking that after some sleep she'd be just fine. The inside of the barn was fairly big, with two banks of stalls on either side of an open breezeway that was wide enough to accommodate the freight wagon. Overhead was the hayloft, and at the back of the barn was a tack room that doubled as Addy's quarters. It wasn't grand, but there was a cot, a table and a couple of chairs, a trunk and a pot-bellied stove, more than enough for the stage driver. "Ya mind gettin' th' tack off them horses while I set th' water on ta heat? I'll be out in just a minute ta help."
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Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.

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