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Monday, January 31, 2011
In Which The Warlock Hits on 19...
My apologies on the late entry, but this time it was intentional. With my Sunday Deadlands group in Dodge City, I wanted to show off some of my recent creations as the posse diligently pursues The Walkin' Man.
Stumbling into Dodge City, the party ran headlong into a gunfight between some overeager young Jayhawkers and a long-retired Confederate lieutenent. As it turns out, Marshal Deger had been forced to go back on his "no open firearms" policy, as mysterious disappearances had been plaguing the city. Deger, and his infamous deputy Wyatt Earp, called upon the party to investigate...starting with the ghoul warrens beneath Boot Hill.
Not wanting to investigate the ghoul warrens alone, the party quickly took up on Deger's offer to call on his cousin, one William Barclay Masterson. But, not wanting to go in without a proverbial "big gun," Will the ManMan called upon Rev. Jacobson's oldest friend--the buffalo hunter known as The Arizona Kid. But, as it turned out, Sam Pelfrey's learned a few tricks since hanging out at the carnival with Elijah! With a Blackjack hand second to none, flipping cards has become all but second nature to this dead-eye...
Buffalo Rifle--Bullard Express .50--2d10 (AP 2)--24/48/96
Winchester Army Pistol .36--2d6 (AP 1)--12/24/48
Description: Sam Pelfrey grew up in and around Independence, Missouri, where he was friends with a young Elijah Jacobson. While Elijah grew up and headed off to seminary, Sam opted for making the "quick buck" through gambling, particularly his favorite game--Black Jack. However, upon besting an exotic lady outside of Deadwood, Sam found himself with a new admirer...one that knew much about the tricks that cards really hold. Sam put his newfound arcane talents to good use, swiftly gaining reputation as a peerless shot amongst the legions of buffalo hunters roaming the High Plains. Going by the alias "The Arizona Kid", Sam just lets his Bullard Express and his cards do the talking, and the name spreads itself.
For those of you unfamiliar with Deadlands, Sam is what's referred to as a "Huckster". By besting a demon (known as a manitou or a Joker) in a battle of wills, a Huckster can cast spells much like the wizards of old. For most Hucksters, this battle of wills takes place as a hand of poker, though other variations--including blackjack--are common. Sam is actually a special variety of Huckster, known as a "Hexslinger", which is simply a Huckster that uses his hexes to improve his aim and prowess with a gun.