Back on the Crimson Lady
, the ship's officers fill in Captain Tobias on the events that occurred while he was recovering.
The Captain meets Cougar, the grandfather of Uncle Refrew's child, Saber-tooth Colorado, and a party is put together. Theo even creates fireworks, much to the delight of his ten year old admirer, Mouse.
The party is successful, with dancing, the aforementioned fireworks, alcohol in the form of fermented milk, and some testing of the bedding in the caravan's wagons. There's also the drunken confession of love to by Orson to a sober Theo.
The wolf hunt commences the next day, aided by the loan of three mammoth and teenage howdahs. The Goddamn Butterfly
accompanies them overhead, with Mr. Winters piloting and the injured Theo and Lucky/Kim to provide firepower.
The skeletal remains of an indrikkus are found, and a trail, apparently made by the missing crate of "portraits." The mastodon mounted adventurers follow the trail, and are ambushed as Doctor Lily's mammoth heads down a slope. Lily's lead mammoth is knocked over by a wolf only a bit smaller than the mammoth, which is dispatched by a hail of gunfire. The lesser dire wolves are dispatched or dash off after the death of their leader. Lily starts the skinning of the deceased wolves.
Meanwhile, Orson and John open the crate and inspect the contents. Half the crate is filled with wrapped packets, the size of stacks of paper money, and the other with wrapped stacks of posters. Orson unwraps and inspects the money, which has his portrait on it and a line for his signature. The posters explain that Orson's signature can be turned in for an Imperial dollar. Apparently a determined fan really wants an autograph!Previous sessionNext session