The Outlaws of Down Cthulhu
Letter from Wang Dong to Archimedes Brown, late 1889
We may have the man in the American West you believe has been foretold, an area we have severely limited reach as of now but is under grave threats as you know. The love of a seemingly retired Jake Washington was killed by some malevolent force a short time ago, fitting your interpretation of the clues. An investigation into he and his former gangs past reveals other strange encounters, possibly with the supernatural. Washington may even have been resurrected by an indian shaman, his gang defeating what was a threat alien to our world as payment. They operated in the area west of Plaza del Lobos for much of their career, visiting it on at least one occasion. For certain, in this area, they and local law fought agains a pack of large wolves ridden by small green humanoids. It was these which caused the possible death of Jake from which the shaman raised him.
Some time ago, Washington an at least one member of the former gang aided a Kaiowa brave name Red Cloud in defeating a Wendigo.
The gang was a bloodthirsty group, likely having killed hundreds of people in their pursuit of money. The ruthlessness of such individuals never goes away, and could certainly be directed toward the evils of the day considering the situation of Washington’s love loss. I believe this is just the type of attitude operatives in the American West would need to survive and succeed. The always strong incentive of vengeance, for the loss of Washington’s woman, makes them more likely to join our cause because the gang seems to have been fiercely loyal to the man. Additionally, their previous experiences, if true, should have made them as emotionally and mentally prepared for the action we require as anyone could be. Does any more of this fit your interpretation of the prophecies and clues?
Unfortunately, I am unable to find evidence of a dead but again living partner of Jake’s, and the living death you deciphered is connected to him. A number of gangmembers were killed during their career, none but Jake seem to be ‘living’ now in any form.
Here is a brief summary of the potentials who encountered the Wendigo with the Kaiowa:
Jake Washington: the gang’s very capable leader. He is deadly accurate with a revolver, expert horseman, and perhaps the most feared and respected ‘shootist’ in the west. Other members of the gang are fiercely loyal to him, especially the Kellys.
Colin “Mad Dog” Kelly: Definately there. Mad Dog is a true mountain of a man, as were his two deceased brothers. Though not known for his gunplay, he carries a scattergun to make up for it and is quick into melee. He seems completely unafraid of grappling even the most dangerous of foes. Kelly is highly protective of his sister.
Anne Kelly: Colin’s sister, looked out for by the rest of the gang but dangerous in her own right; more than willing to use her feminine wiles to gain the upper hand and highly dangerous with knives.
There are others, some of which Jake will undoubtedly be able to call upon some to join him at a moment’s notice, including:
Nick and Will Beverly: They currently reside in San Francisco as gamblers and entrepreneurs, though Nick may currently be on his way to visit Jake. The Beverly’s are highly capable with firearms. Will is less likely to join as he seems to have fallen hard for urban life. Nick, however, may be a guarantee. It was their first meeting with Jake that turned them outlaws.
Luke Hardeman: He is a professional gambler by trade and never was an actual member of the Washington gang, only a friend who was minimally involved in robbery and never to our knowledge in any of the supernatural events the gang may have dealt with. They were fast friends, though, so he is a potential but unlikely addition.
Ron Courtland: His wareabouts are unknown to me. He was a wandering hired gun who joined the gang temporarily once or twice but always remained friends, especially with Jake (seems like a pattern).