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Posted on Sat Sep 28th, 2013 @ 8:27pm by Snot Rag Chops McGinty

Mission: Chapter 9: Steam City

Deep within the Old West, that vast frontier nation, Captain Daenelia Bradley and her band of pirates were travelling by land. In the last few weeks they had passed through Ivy Bridge, Haswell, and Broadwell (formerly known as Rockwell) and were back on the road once again. There were about forty men and women, sharing wagons or riding horses as they travelled eastwards.

Their sky ship Steamhawke had been left behind in Harling Pass because it would be too dangerous to fly. Like most industrial towns, Kanesville was under military rule and protection, and so spotting the occasional vessel patroling the countryside gave them hope that they were getting closer. By entering the town by road Daenelia hoped that her band would pass for travelling merchants or workers, a common enough sight on these roads.

The ground leading up to Kanesville was absent of plant life, the soil long since poisoned by the dextrocite industry. Some dark, foul-smelling byproduct was bubbling up from underground, whole pools of the substance collecting in the dry, cracked, roadside.

Eventually the pirates' destination was spotted on the horizon. Unlike the backwater farming communities that they'd seen so far, Kanesville was a sprawling mechanised monstrosity of a place. Rows of smoke stacks infested the skyline, fumes collecting and just hanging in the air. Kanesville had countless factories, rigs and coal plants, each one larger than the last. And so many people: swarthes of sullen workers in overalls, tradesmen fighting for attention from the throngs of locals, squads of well-armed soldiers, and grubby children stealing food from market stalls and disappearing intro crooked alleyways. If this was what was called a town in the Old West, what would the coastal cities be like? And which of Steamhawke's pirates would survive long enough to find out?


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