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Region E: Mid West Encounters

Location Discovery[edit | edit source]


Encounter Text Location Unlocked
As you're riding along, you notice a side trail leading towards a gigantic cemetery. You jot the location down on your map. Reboot Hill
You see a strange orange glow on the horizon, visible even in the bright sunlight. You spur <horsename> toward it to investigate, and arrive at a ruined ranch dotted with what appear to be gateways to Hell. Hellstrom Ranch
You see the familiar palisades of an army fort off in the middle distance. You swing <horsename> toward it to see what it's called. Fort Memoriam
<horsename>'s nostrils flare and he/she suddenly zags off the trail into some foothills, eventually coming to a stop outside of a very fragrant mine. Soupstock Lode
<horsename>'s ears perk up and he/she suddenly veers off course. You approach a weird clearing full of piles of rocks. They make your ears ring, somehow. The West Pole

Non-Combat Events[edit | edit source]


Type Encounter Conditions Options
Tiny special.png
You feel your tainted blood singing in your veins. Like they're hearing a song, not like they're being singed. That would be spelled singeing.

A smoking crater at the edge of your vision calls to you.

≥13th encounter in this region with Cowrruption, no infernal mallet
Tiny forage.png
A spiky, bright blue shape catches your eye. You hop off of <horsename> to investigate it more closely.

It's a Hagar's Agave! They're native to Panama, but they can grow in these parts, especially in places that are too hot for teachers to be comfortable.

Repeatable
Tiny forage.png
Off to the side of the trail, you spot one of those weird cacti that produce sealed cans of tuna fish as fruit.

What a world.

Repeatable
Tiny forage.png
You spy a patch of loco weed growing next to the trail. You hop down for a closer look, just to make sure it's not loco grass or loco flowers. Repeatable
Tiny nc.png
You find an overturned military stagecoach. Half-buried behind it is a crate labeled "SUPPLIES" in stencilled military type.

You dig around in the wreckage and find a manifest -- looks like this thing was bound for Fort Memoriam, but it says delivery was declined.

Repeatable
Tiny nc.png
Oh hey! You found your crate! You don't remember losing a crate, but it must be yours because it has "MINE" stenciled on the side. Repeatable
Tiny nc.png
You find a big crate, which probably fell off a wagon on its way to a ranch or something. Unless maybe it just grew here wild? You have seen a lot of weird-looking cactuses in your travels. Repeatable
Tiny nc.png
You find a lone tombstone off the side of the trail. It is the final resting place of <cowboyfirstname> Treasurehaver, who died many years ago. Repeatable
Tiny elv.png
Your El Vibrato gizmo bleeps, and as far as you know the only way to get it to stop making that noise is to find whatever it is it's so excited about.

It turns out to be a crate, which is potentially exciting for both of you, if you can unlock it.

Repeatable [El Vibrato transponder]
Tiny nc.png
You run across a poor jackrabbit with his leg caught in a bear trap. That's for bears, little guy -- you shouldn't be here! Repeatable
  • Open the trap and let it go [Muscle 25]
    gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Leave it to its fate
    continue travel
Tiny nc.png
There isn't a whole lot to occupy yourself during these long rides -- if you've seen one cloud that looks kind of like a duck, you've seen them all. It would be a good opportunity to exercise your upper-body, but you don't have any dumbbells. Repeatable
  • Try to straighten a spare horseshoe [Muscle 25]
    gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Nah, waste of a good horseshoe
    continue travel
Tiny nc.png
As you ride across the lonely desert, a scrap of paper blows into your field of view. You grab it, and discover that it's a half-finished crossword puzzle. Repeatable
  • Solve it [Mysticality 25]
    gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Throw it away
    continue travel
Tiny nc.png
Off the trail's shoulder, you see some ancient petroglyphs carved into a rock. Repeatable
  • Translate them [Mysticality 25]
    learn petroglyph clue 5: My fifth is the fifth of a burning eye closing.
    + gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Ignore them
    continue travel
Tiny nc.png
You see a campfire near the trail, and turn off to let your horse rest a bit. The campfire's owner offers you a cup of coffee, and suggests a round or two of poker while it boils. You can tell from the look in his eyes that he's planning to cheat, but so were you, so it's probably fine? Repeatable
  • Deal me in [Moxie 25]
    gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Too rich for my blood
    continue travel
Tiny nc.png
Off the side of the trail, you spy a young cowboy staring sourly at his reflection in a puddle, trying to get his hat cocked at a maximally jaunty angle. Repeatable
  • Give him some advice [Moxie 25]
    gain 40 - 43 XP
  • Leave him to his narcissistic pursuits
    continue travel

Combat Events[edit | edit source]


Type Encounter Conditions Non-Combat Options Combat Option
Tiny bandit.png
There's a sudden thrilling Woooosh sound, and a man dressed all in dark gray with a long flappy cloak and a gray bandanna pulled up to conceal his face appears before you out of the shadows. He brandishes a wicked-looking knife at you accusingly. One-time
Fight 'em
Bad guys
a vigilante cultist hunter
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
repurposed cult dagger
Tiny bandit.png
Over at the side of the road, you spot a lone and gloomy grave marker, with a lone and gloomy man in a black robe digging up the grave with a shovel. One-time
Attack him
Bad guys
a wandering necromancer cultist
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
black hood
shovel
Tiny bandit.png
A grim-looking cowboy rides up and blocks your path. One-time
I'd like to see you stop me.
Bad guys
a cow hunter
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
silver pistol
Tiny cow.png
There is a deep, gravelly exhalation of breath behind you, and you realize that you've been ambushed by a hellcow. Big one, too. Repeatable
Grab it by the horns This fight counts as a cow fight with value 5
Bad guys
a hellcow
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
120 - 150 meat
2 of
40% chance of infernal soul fragment
smoldering leather
Tiny cow.png
<horsename> takes a shortcut through what you take to be an old cow graveyard.

Suddenly the entire graveyard's worth of bones clatters together into a giant, antagonistic pillar of evil!

Repeatable
Antagonize it back This fight counts as a cow fight with value 5
Bad guys
a cairncow
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
ungulith horn
1 of
5% chance of cowseye
Tiny goblin.png
You spot a small makeshift signpost stuck into the ground a few yards away from the road, and stop to check it out. It says "FREE MEET", and indeed there's a small pile of Meat lying in front of it. You're so distracted from rolling your eyes at this obvious trap, you almost miss the goblin sneaking up behind you. He's wearing an old buffalo skull as a helmet, which you have to admit, looks really metal. One-time
Attack the goblin
Bad guys
a goblin wearing a buffalo skull
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
gain 11 meat
enchanted buffalo skull
Tiny goblin.png
You run into a goblin chef -- you can tell they're a chef by their hat and their big fork. ...Well, I guess either they're a chef, or they've recently eaten a chef. One-time
Attack the goblin
Bad guys
a goblin tuna chef
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
tuna fork
Tiny goblin.png
You encounter a goblin wearing a battered cowboy hat, too-large spurs, and a rusty sheriff's badge. It seems extremely excited to have spotted you, and though it tries to put on a stern face, it can't mask its glee. One-time
Attack the goblin
or
Resist arrest
Bad guys
a self-deputized goblin
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
rusty deputy badge
Tiny skeleton.png
Some kind of crazy skeleton charges at you from behind a rocky outcropping. He/She's crazier than most animated walking human skeletons you see because he/she's got a buffalo skull for a head, and you aren't aware of there having been any buffalo-headed people living in this area, you know, historically. One-time
Fight 'em This fight counts as an undead fight with value 5
Bad guys
a Buffalo Soldier
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
buffaloskin pants
Tiny skeleton.png
Off to one side of the desert trail, a skeleton is sitting in the shade of a rocky ridge. Looks like some poor traveler must've succumbed to the heat.

As you move closer to investigate, it appears that the skeleton is holding a book. And as you get close enough to see that it's a copy of the Longfellow translation of Dante's "Divine Comedy", you notice that the skeleton is in fact reading it, turning the pages and making little notes in the margins with a pencil.

One-time
  • Run away [Dark Horse]
    continue travel
  • Surrender (pre-conversation)
    continue conversation
  • Surrender (post-conversation)
    gain Angry
  • Leave
    gain 30 - 32 XP
    + continue travel
Fight him/her This fight counts as an undead fight with value 5
Bad guys
a very smart skeleton
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
ring of smart thinkin'
Tiny skeleton.png
You hear a gunshot and a bullet pings off a rock near your feet. You turn around to look for the culprit, and see a skeleton a few yards away -- a skeleton with a buffalo skull instead of a regular skull.

So that's how your day is going.

One-time
Fight him/her This fight counts as an undead fight with value 5
Bad guys
a Buffalo Soldier rifleman
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
buffalo bandolier
Tiny skeleton.png
You pass by a pile of old bones. When you stop to examine them, they assemble into a skeleton. Just a regular ol' skeleton with nothing special about it, except for the fact that it's attacking you. And now that I think about it, even that isn't particularly special. Gee. What a humdrum encounter. Repeatable
Fight it This fight counts as an undead fight with value 5
Bad guys
a plain old skeleton
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
3-4 of
50% chance of gold tooth
Tiny undead.png
You encounter the ghost of a dead cowboy, who is wailing and gnashing his teeth and generally seeming very frustrated about how his life has gone. Or, more likely, how it stopped going. Repeatable [Pale Horse]
Approach it This fight counts as an undead fight with value 5
Bad guys
a wandering ghost
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Tiny snake.png
Wow, jeez! I hope you're a veterinarian, because this python you've encountered is sick! Repeatable
Take it to the gun show.
Bad guys
a sick python
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
1-3 of
Snake Oilers only
Venom: 2 - 3
Medicine: 2 - 3
sick python skin
Tiny elv.png
Your El Vibrato transponder bleeps at you, and you dutifully follow the signal. Sheesh, who's in charge here?

It leads you to a hulking robot stomping around in the desert sand, so the answer is basically "not you".

Repeatable [El Vibrato transponder]
  • Leave it alone
    continue travel
Approach it
Bad guys
an El Vibrato construct
XP (kill)
40 - 43
Drops
1 - 3 El Vibrato scraps
30% chance of El Vibrato keystone