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Since Dracula's rise to power a shadow has swept across the nation, but nowhere is it darker than in the Deep South. Throughout the plantations, swamps, and cities, rumours abound of grotesque rituals, hooded figures, and bizarre creatures. Most terrifying of all, however, are the whispers of ancient magic - unspeakable arcane rituals and occult powers that can lead those who wield them towards mystical supremacy. or reduce them to gibbering wrecks.
This new supplement for Dracula's America: Shadows of the West introduces two new factions: the corrupt cultists of the Church of Dagon and the Salem Sisterhood, occult practitioners whose history dates back to the early Colonies. New stealth rules allow for all manner of sneaky and underhanded tactics, while expanded rules for arcane powers offer glory but could cost you your sanity. Alongside these are a host of new scenarios, Hired Guns, monsters, skills, and gear to challenge or assist those who dare venture into the Deep South of Dracula's America.
A small band of renegade Apache led by Broken Hand have captured the daughters of a preacher and are headed for Mexico. After them are Anson Hawkstone and Black Feather, scouting for the army, plus the preacher with four gunmen, and a cavalry patrol that cannot cross the Mexican border. Added to that, Apache Joe and his Choctaw squaw are trading smallpox and typhoid blankets to Apache villages throughout the territories, and are headed for the village where Hawkstone's woman, Rachel, lives and works as the nurse-doctor. Closing in on the renegade band, Hawkstone is torn between rescuing the preacher's daughters, and deserting them in a ride to save his woman from disease. Can he do both?
It was the shooting of an innocent bystander that forced Iron Matt Devlin to give up his profession as a bounty hunter. The harrowing occurrence led to him taking up the bible and becoming a preacher serving the Arizona town of Firewall. All went well until a gang of robbers led by the infamous Jack Patch took shelter in the church during a storm. They left having despoiled the house of God and its representative. Far worse was the killing of Matt's wife, which forced him to once again take the path of violence to exact retribution for those who had sinned against man and his Maker. An old rival of Matt's is also on the trail of the Patch Gang for mercenary reasons of his own. A confrontation between good and evil is inevitable. But who will emerge the victor?
Henry Mullins, a young cowboy from Southern California, sits back and watches the woman he loves marry someone else. That's when he decides to leave and ride off into the great unknown. Intending to get to Los Angeles, he is forced inland by marauding Mexican bandits and eventually into the Sierra Nevadas, where he starts to trap wild animals to stay alive. Coming across a bi-annual meeting of trappers, he begins to learn the tricks of the trade and takes up trapping seriously. Attacked by wolves, bears and the elements, Henry gradually learns the art of survival. And then he comes across a teepee with a beautiful squaw and her dying grandfather inside. Henry's life begins to change. Winter sets in high in the mountains, Henry's first. And it turns out to be the biggest battle Henry has ever faced.
They called him Drifter, because that's what he'd done most of his life. But no matter where he went, he always came back to Santa Rosa, New Mexico--the nearest thing he had to a home. Still, there was trouble brewing outside town, and though Drifter wanted no part of it, fate had other ideas. Against his better judgment he signed on to help a sodbuster named Albright ... and when the time came, he took Albright's side against Stillman J. Stadtlander, the ruthless cattle baron who was determined to claim Albright's land for himself. Drifter should have saddled up and made dust, but that wasn't his way. Besides ... there was Albright's wife, Hannah, and her daughter, Libby, to think about. And though he tried to resist his feelings for them, they still stole his heart. So he loaded his guns and stepped out to challenge Stillman's rawhiders ... and that's when hell broke loose.
These are the wild days when Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call - heroes of Lonesome Dove - first encounter the untamed frontier that will form their characters. Not yet twenty, Gus and Call enlist as Texas Rangers under the command of Caleb Cobb, a capricious outlaw determined to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans. The two young men experience their first great adventure in the barren, empty landscape of the great plains, in which arbitrary violence is the only law - whether from nature, or from those whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico. Danger, sacrifice and fear test Gus and Call to the limits of endurance, as they seek the strength and courage to survive against almost insurmountable odds in the West of early nineteenth-century America.
The Sackett boys weren't out to make a reputation--it just happened that way. They had crossed Black Fetchen and lived to tell about it. Now Fetchen was coming for them with the most expensive hired guns in the country. But the Sacketts were no strangers to trouble. They knew what guns were and how to use them, and one thing was sure--when the showdown came, the Sacketts would be ready, and someone was going to die.
The year is 1864. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitantine nun from St Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in Sacramento, California. When an attack on her wagon train leaves her stranded in Wyoming, Thomas Josephine finds her faith tested and her heart torn between Lt. Theodore F. Carthy, a man too beautiful to be true, and the mysterious grifter Abraham C. Muir. Falsely accused of murder she goes on the run, all the while being hunted by a man who has become dangerously obsessed with her. Her journey will take her from the most forbidding mountain peaks to the hottest, most hostile desert on earth, from Nevada to Mexico to Texas, and her faith will be tested in ways she could never imagine. Nunslinger is the true tale of Sister Thomas Josephine, a woman whose desire to do good in the world leads her on an incredible adventure that pits her faith, her feelings and her very life against inhospitable elements, the armies of the North and South, and the most dangerous creature of all: man.
Features the main characters first introduced in Appaloosa- now a
major motion picture from New Line Cinema.
Thinking that being on the run can be no worse than the torment of phoney incrimination and punishment, Billy Finch escapes from the brutal prison of Great China Wash. Riding many miles south, a vengeful search leads Billy to Walnut Bench and its sheriff, Bigg Harmer, who, in a serpentine twist of fate, is seeking the same man. Billy decides to strike a deal and joins a posse of hard-bitten gunmen and outlaws with prices on their heads in a thrilling, action-packed trip across the border into Mexico.
Son of a feared fighting man, Barnabas Sackett inherited his father's fiery temper, sense of justice and warrior skills. Declared an outlaw in his native England, Barnabas set his daring sights on the opportunities of the New World. The ruthless piracy of the open seas and the unknown dangers of the savage American wilderness lay before him. And so did the thrill of discovery and the chance to establish a bold new future if he survived.
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