The party exhausted after a long long evening that had started out, as meeting new travelling partners and sharing drinks with them, to fighting cultists, murdering a sheriff, almost getting arrested, instead arresting a voodoo witch, and then having dinner with a cross dressing companion, decided to hit the hay. Doctor Hamilton Reese decided to stay up and work longer on an invention that he had been tinkering with for a while.
Around 3 AM the entire party was asleep, some of them unknowingly affected by an enchantment making them sleep heavily. A while later, Reese was awakened by the screaming of women and horses. Upon waking he immediately saw the flicker of flames and looked outside to see that his horse was in danger and ran across the hall to awaken Nephi Sackett. Nephi hopped out of bed, threw on some boots and trousers and his shirt and a coat and ran out to free the horses. Moments later Reese saw the horses fleeing west from town up towards the mountains with Nephi in tow running after them. Reese then kicked each door, he heard screaming from the end of the hall but returns to his room to dress.
Markus G. Hearts was awakened by Hamilton and immediately gathered his things and got dressed. He also heard the screams at the end of the hallway, he ensure that his friend Jacob Cosby is awake and then hustles down the stairs and outside of the burning hotel.
Jacob finally awake gathers his equipment in a bunch and puts on his boots. He runs out into the hallway and realizes that the screams are coming from Li Wen and the hotel owner Shelley McGee. Laying all of his worldy possessions down in the hall he kicked down the door and found that the two women were trapped behind a large hole in the floor where the bed had crashed down through the weakened floor. He tipped a large wardrobe over to bridge the gap and it crashed through the floor onto a pile of burning debris on its head making a sort of platform. He told the women that they needed to jump across, Shelley takes her shot immediately and clears the jump using the platform created by Cosby. Wen, can’t find her courage depsite Jacob’s best attempt at coercing her. He jumped out onto the platform as it began to tilt towards Wen, grabbed her and sprang back towards relative safely with her in his arms, rolling out into the hall. He grabbed his things and grabbed Wen and went down the stairs and burst outside, just as the burning building collapsed.
As the party hit the street they realized that something like half of the city was ablaze, as they stood there taking it in, an explosion and a ball of flame burst out from the northern part of town. There were cries and screams coming from everywhere. Markus hears someone shouting for help weakly from the sheriffs office and sees a body laying in the doorway of the flame engulfed building. He pulled his side arm and went to investigate, and found that it was Penny. The inner part of the roof collapsed trapping her legs under burning rubble, as Markus was trying to talk Hamilton into giving him his coat to use to pull Penny from the fire. Markus tried to grab her out of the rubble, but struggles as she is trapped, when suddenly Dr. Hamilton Reese, surprisingly strides in and easily yanks her out of the debris (Markus most likely loosened her up) and carries her over to safety.
He sees that she is grievously injured and appears to have taken three shots in the gut. She tells them that her brother, Hubert betrayed her and freed Delphine Lalaurie. She also admits that her brother had been engaged to marry Lalaurie’s daughter Daphne Lalaurie prior to her death with the cultists. This causes the party members to facepalm as it could have been useful information to have. She also believes that Lalaurie was wielding fire magically.
Hamilton uses his “Dr Hamiltons Invigora”™, to heal the wounds on Penny. Miraculously he is able to restore her to the point where she can be somewhat useful to the party. She thanks him, and then immediately runs and embraces Jacob. Causing much disbelief to the good doctor. She begs the party to help put out the fires, Markus comes up with an idea to build some explosives to create a fire break between the live fire and the half of town that hadn’t begun to burn. This idea seems well received and Markus, Hamilton and Wen enter a mercantile store to loot… err to find materials to make bombs to build the fire break. The party continuously hears explosions and sees more balls of fire as time goes on.
Several men crawl out of some of the large buildings surrounding the area, they are all in varying states of being on fire, from completely burnt and aflame, to a single limb being aflame. They begin to shamble towards Jacob and Penny, as the other members of the party are inside the mercantile, stealing chemicals, cigars, and even some whiskey. The mayor of the city runs down the street barking directions, he is wearing a red vest. He promptly runs to give direction and give aid to the shambling men, and they proceed to rip him limb from limb. Jacob hollers for the members in the store to get ready as these men are CLEARLY out of their minds, and are going to attack the party. Suddenly the fire brigade barged around the corner and right into the group of men. They began to spray water on one of the businesses on fire but are quickly overwhelmed by the large contingent of burning zombies. Or humans that were clearly out of their minds… its a perspective thing.
The party opens fire on them as the flamers move towards them. Hamilton grabs a shotgun and gives one to Wen, sadly he forgets the ammo and wastes precious time as the party desperately guns down the advancing creatures. Luckily the creatures are slow and are soon dispatched as Hamilton and Wen go on a zombie rampage with their shotguns. (poor Wen is knocked over the first time she fires both barrels).
At this point the party decided that rather than stay and fight the fires, that they would pursue the cause of the fire. They followed the trail of blazing homes and buildings northwards and as they hit the edge of town could see two lights in the distance maybe a mile or so ahead. They appeared to be heading in the same direction as the Lalaurie house.
They made a decision that they would utilize the bombs that Hamilton had created with Wen, to put an end to that house, once and for all. As they neared within a 500 yards or so of the house, Hamilton chanted, and was able to provide the party with nightvision as an Indian shaman taught him. Jacob rode up into the timber on the southern side of the house and set up position just inside the tree line 100 yards or so from the fight, and pulled out his rifle to provide support. The rest of the party, Markus, Hamilton, Penny and Wen rode towards the house, bombs in hand. (except Hamilton who couldn’t throw one due to an “injury” to his rotator cuff). As they approached they saw two individuals sitting on the front porch, and they both stood and went inside the foyer.
Markus and Penny both see something, that seemed to cause both of them some fright.
They moved in closer and charged to throw the bombs on the house. Markus threw his bombs on the upper level, while Penny and Wen threw theirs on the lower level. The house began to burn. From the upper window three 10 foot tall creatures, with black shrivelled skin, and their eyes, and mouths sewn shut, jumped down and attacked the party. The party mounted on their horses, and shooting from afar was able to make short work of the trio of monstrosities. As the house began to burn, the party sees Delphine and Hubert, and takes a few shots at them. They don’t manage to hit them, they crawl up onto the table, and walk through the mirror. As they passed through the mirror, Delphine looked directly at Markuss and he heard a voice in his head “You may have won this hand Markus Hearts, but I have plenty more chips in my pile”.
After they vanished into the mirror, Hamilton decided to press on into the house and loot the house more. He found the chinese cook, and some other miscellany. He ran to fetch Jacob to pick the locks on her chains. It almost seemed like he cared! Jacob opened the lock, and they freed the cook. The party mounted their horses and started heading back towards town. Burning house behind them, and the sun rising on their left.