Session #01 – August 12, 2011
Our adventure begins in the Oregon Territory, Oregon City. The year is 1889.
The paddleboat, Multnomah, has been refitted and remodeled. To celebrate the rebirth of this storied vessel, a free ride to Portland City along the Willamette River is offered to the public. While many take advantage of this offer, the boat is not as full as some expected. However, some interesting individuals did partake of this event . . .
The captain of the Multnomah, Captain Miller, invites all aboard to have dinner in the lounge. After some general merriment (gentlemen wagering, an acrobatic/weapon show, curious investigations below deck) A scrumptious feast of salmon is prepared, and one table is particularly lively, if not motley, during dinner. Seated at the table are:
Mr. Eugene Sparks, a southern gentleman fond of cigars, wagering, and his aunt’s cobbler;
Miss Maggie Callahan, a strikingly beautiful young Irish lady with a flirtatious attitude;
Chon Wang, a Chinese wanderer and peddler of deadly herbs and even deadlier proverbs;
Javier Castillo, the flamboyant Spanish master of melee weapons and wit;
Mrs. Eleanor Killingsworth, the plain Jayne, “don’t notice me”, widowed woman with a sense of adventure and incurable curiosity. Emphasis on the MRS., if you please!
And finally, Dr. Vincent Hendrik, recent arrival to the Northwest. He’s kind, friendly, yet oh so weary. . . constantly coughing and gazing with far away eyes, one might wonder what could induce such behavior in the good doctor?
After Wang nearly incapacitates Dr. Hendrik and other interested gentlemen with his mutant-fire ginsing, the Captain rises to propose a toast. As he begins his speech, the Multnomah violently lurches sending nearly all to the deck. Wang and a few others manage to stay upright, but Captain Miller is thrown to the ground and injured. Dr. Hendrik also falls and has the pleasure of enjoying everyone’s meal and beverage upon his person.
Dr. Hendrik and Mrs. Kinllingsworth quickly recover and run to the aid of the injured Captain. Dr. Hendrik skillfully administers medical aid to the Captain with the capable assistance of Mrs. Killingsworth. Meanwhile the rest of the group previously seated at the motley table look for the cause of said sudden lurching. They quickly discover the Multnomah ran aground on a sand bar. There may have been a steering issue with the young cabin boy, but no one is sure.
A Mr. John Scott expresses desire to leave the Multnomah and find alternate travel arrangements to get to Portland City tonight. He explains that he is a very important business person and he has an important rendezvous in Portland City that evening. He offers payment for assistance in this matter. The enterprising, motley group quickly accepts Mr. Scott’s offer as many of them are in need of currancy as some have just arrived to this wild and dangerous land with little more than what’s on their backs.
There is a boat called the Little Edison that could be used to get to Portland City but it needs repairs. The group find a way off the Multnomah and make their way to the Little Edison. As they approach the dock with the vessel, they hear cries of help. The cry is strange as it sounds like someone crying out “Help me! Save me from the wild, sock-eye salmon!”. Unusual, yes, but Dr. Hendrik leaps to the aid of the struggling voice and discovers a midget being attacked by some kind of aggressive, obviously aquatic beast. He pulls the short man to safety as the rest of the party quickly dispenses with the wild, sock-eye salmon. Wang eyes the fishy beast and wonders if it will taste good stir-fried or raw . . .
Through entertaining interrogating, it turns out the midget, Butters, is the pilot of the boat. He agrees to ferry the group to Portland City if his new found friends and saviours can repair the dilapidated ship. Mr. Eugene Sparks and the extravagant Javier Castillo assist Butters and repair the ship to working condition.
The group resumes their journey to Portland City aboard the Little Edison. En route, Miss Maggie Callahan thwarts the advances of a very determined John Scott. Enjoying the pleasant ride down river, Dr. Hendrik is gazing at the hillside under the moonlight. A movement occurs and his heart jumps, thinking he saw something important to him . . . as he squints his eyes he realizes the movement is coming from three figures on the far bank following the boat. Alarmed, Dr. Hendrik rushes to the top deck to inform the others when an arrow strikes him in the back. Panicked, Dr. Hendrik cries for help and clarification on what exactly happened to him. At the same time, John Scott notice the shadowy figures. Guns are drawn and an exciting tussle with the presumably natives ensues. John Scott and Miss Maggie Callahan make quick work of the natives with cool efficiency and deadly Colt revolvers. Mr. Eugene Sparks, Javier, and Wang do their best to aid the combat efforts . . .
As the group assesses their injuries and situation, the bright lights of Portland City come into view. . .
And thus ends the most triumphant first session.