Chapter 11 - No matter how fast you run, the past catches up to you


California is seeing the Forty-Niner Gold Miners stream east to the Rocky Mountains for what’s being called the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. An new town has popped up around this, named Denver.

The Democratic Party back east is struggling.

MInnesota is now the 32nd state in the Union. Oregon’s petition for statehood is debated by Congress.

The Marais des Cygnes massacre was perpetrated by pro-slavery forces in Bleeding Kansas.

A young Republican Party candidate from Illinois made a speech that most are labeling a “House Divided” at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois when he accepted the Republican Party nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Later this young candidate, holds a series of rousing debates with the incumbent senator, democrat Stephen Douglas.

The Paulist Fathers, a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life for men, is founded in New York City by Isaac Hecker.

Fordyce Beals patents his six shooter revolver which will be produced by E. Remington & Sons of Ilion, New York as the Remington Model 1858.

Is America starting to boil?

Pre Chapter 12 - Notes

Research check (DC20)

You can “take 10” if you want, but then you won’t get any answers until after the morning — and trust me, you don’t want to wait that long. Once you pass that, there are four other pieces of information

Sam crushed this roll, and learned a few things.

  1. The journal is not a diary with clear language, it is dense groups of short notes and codes.
  2. The most confusing part is that the journal is not chronological order – pages are skipped and then seem to be filled back in later.
  3. At least three, maybe four, pages are missing.
  4. The journal is written in two different hands.
  5. There are two other (nick)names in the journal – but not sure if they are partners, servants or mules.

Item A – Knowledge (life & earth science) @ DC15 (Untrained roll allowed, but no Aid Another)

You can make roll as untrained, but cannot aid other.

Sam succeeded on this roll – he was able to identify the tagged samples in the trunk and find their notations in the journal. Even more important, the quartz has inclusions of gold, silver, copper and lead and could be worth $20,000 per ton. This would make this find the biggest discovery in the past three years – and maybe one of the top twenty since the rush of 49.

Item B – Automatic if you have Background (prospector) or 5 ranks of Profession in a “gold country” profession


Item C – DC25 check with Navigate (Aid Other only from trained characters)

Jost deciphered the notations, and believes this find is in a mountain range southeast of Nevada – probably on the right-hand (western) bank of the Colorado River.

Item D – DC20 check with Decipher Script

Group managed to squeak out this skill as well. The doodles in the margins form part of a map which suggests dry streams leading up from the river into several different canyons.

Shame that important parts are on the missing pages. Oh well … how many dry creekbeds could there be on the 100 miles of river, and how many canyons to search in? With the right prospecting crew you could probably find the strike after looking for a year or two.

Chapter 12 - Nothing is Harder than Easy Money


The “concerned citizens” heal after a four-sided battle at the docks of San Francisco which left two of their own with wounds to heal. Several loose ends need investigation and some people has some explaining to do.

With everyone else fleeing, left for dead, or actually dead, the PCs gain possession of both the chest and the payment – which turns out to be a 400oz bar of gold minted right in San Francisco!!


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