It was very interesting to watch these people play a game with such a high level of concentration and emotion. I do not understand it but it was interesting to watch and see how much value these people place on material gains. It was amazing that all 3 of my companions made it to the very end of the tourney. The final winner was Clara. So they had a big party after this game in which everyone drank a lot. I stayed to keep an eye on Clara since I know her tendency to drink a lot.It was very late at night and we were walking back to the Laughing Corpse when a shot rang out and Clara collapsed, bleeding profusely. I thought I saw the shot come from the third floor of a nearby hotel. I called upon the Strength of the Bear, I grabbed her up and ran for cover, they tried to shoot us again but missed. I ran into a bar and placed Clara down on the floor. Calling upon the Spirit of the Bear I healed her wounds and ran over to guard the door. I expected who ever was trying to kill her to try to come after us, but they did not. I saw Jake riding up the street and called out to him. I also saw Beau coming and called out to him. Another shot rang out from the hotel. I ran out the back door to get to the hotel without getting shot. I saw the others going thru the front door so I ran around back. I was covering the back when I saw Jake come out on one of the upper floors, he threw down a rope and I climbed up to meet him. We checked out the roof and no one was up there. We proceeded to search the third floor where we found the other finalist in the game dead on the floor. Someone had stabbed him many times. But this was not the room they had shot from as it faced the back of the hotel. We checked another room on the third floor which appeared to be the correct room but it was empty. Jake spotted someone in the street with a buffalo rifle and called for him to halt, I attempted to hit the man with the oil lamp from the table hoping this would prevent him from shooting. The wind must have blown it off course and it struck the general instead, glad it was not lit. I ran down stairs to check it out. Jake shot the man in the leg. I could not get out the front door as Jake had told the inn keeper not to let anyone out or in and she had locked the door and was covering it with a double barrel shot gun. So I ran out the back door and came around the building. I ran out to the man in the street, and we dragged him to safety as another shot rang out, someone had shot Beau in the Laughing Corpse and people were streaming out the door. I healed the man’s leg. The man in the street was able to convince us he was not the killer and he was staying with Kane the other finalist. They yelled for me to come heal someone so I went running over to the laughing corpse. Clara had put on someone’s Duster to disguise herself but this did not fool the rifleman, as we ran towards the laughing corpse she was shot again. I called upon the Strength of the Bear again and picked her up and ran for the Laughing Corpse. With the Aid of the Bear I healed her on the run as I feared she would die from her wounds. We finally got the killers, it turns out they were hired by Hellstrom to make sure their man won and it was the man in the street and his partner that were shooting everyone.
I put Clara to bed and locked her door and braced it shut with my War Club. In the morning we went and collected her money and she paid off the people who had sponsored her. Beau got his share of the money and paid off his people also. We bought a couple of horses to pull the Coach as I do not think these people can survive I true desert crossing.
I am not sure I have everything that happened in the correct sequence cause I did not get very much sleep the night before.