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An Old Treasure(?) Map

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Synopsis

A map pre-dating the civil war has been found with a mysterious 'X'.  Is it stashed wealth?  Is it a vein of gold?  Or just a spot where someone wanted to build their home?  The creator perished in the war, so he can't be asked.  Specific details about exact location, who finds the map, etc can be ironed out on Discord between interested parties.  

 

Characters Requested

Any!  Would love 2-3 participants.

 

Thoughts/Ideas

  • Map might be held by a relative of deceased party.  This person is new to the area, so goes about trying to recruit a guide, but is none too subtle about it, allowing the rumors to circulate.  Maybe some unsavory sorts follow behind to lay claim to whatever riches might be found.  
  • The X might be in a dangerous spot.  Maybe in Indian Territory.  Maybe on the outskirts of one of the ranches (so might involve trespassing!)
  • This was totally inspired by this picture, but I'm open to using Frank or to playing an NPC (who just might turn into an actual character if I like him/her! Which is probably how at least half of my PCs start out.)
  • It could be played as a rescue mission.  No one believes there's anything to be found, so character heads off alone (or with just 1 other person).  After a few days, maybe somebody gets worried as to why they ain't back yet.  
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Quentin would totally be up for it. Not necessarily for the gold, but just so no one dies because of their desire for said gold.

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If you want someone to help spread rumours or gossip/talk about the possibilty of hidden treasure, I have a few minor characters that can be used e.g. Walter Simpson (desk clerk at the hotel); Ruth Johnson (housewife - husband works for the bank).

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I hate to hedge since I love treasure hunts, but depends on how many threads my characters are in. Maybe Shade and/or Harriet will be free by the time you're ready to launch it.

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Maybe we could do it in stages?  Something like the map coming to light a little bit too late in the year to risk a trek before the snow starts.  The endeavor needs to be put off until spring thaw.  (Which, of course, wouldn't rule out a surprise late snowstorm to complicate matters later!)  That would give time for rumors and speculation to grow and potentially involve more characters.  

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Depending on how far in the back country this may have to go, or who else might object to the hunting for gold, we may need as many people as we can get.

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@Wayfarer, your prospector came to mind when I was contemplating this idea.  Seemed kinda right up his alley.  :)

 

All @Players  if I were to make up an NPC that inherited some stuff from a relative that used to be here (or at least somewhere near here), are there any older story lines that I might need to take into account?

 

(Or maybe not "need to", but that would simply be cool to tie it back to somehow?)  

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My two cents, but maybe its some old Spanish looted gold...maybe some caravan headed North to keep searching for other sources of gold and they stored their cache somewhere before continuing on, but then something bad happened...sickness or other indians or both?

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Perhaps looking for  a location similar to the one in "John Carter."

I also like the Indian aspect with Spaniards maybe. Just my thoughts on this.

 

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It's been a long time since I've read the John Carter stuff, so memory is fuzzy.  I remember a cave, but was there anything special about it?  (Other than it being a gateway to another planet, of course!  Talk about a plot twist, huh?  ;) )

 

Oh, the Spanish gold could be a good idea.  That would make the rumors both grander and more questionable at the same time.   

 

Edit:  Is Great Falls too far away to be reasonable?  I've been scouting for an old map and so far, that's the only one I've been able to find that is that old enough that would already be old in 1875.

 

From 1814:

https://davidrumsey.georeferencer.com/maps/607756984526/view

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