They went up to the Benton Military Compound via train from 3 Creeks. The Professor went and met with the Commander, Col. Wayne. Revealing that he is actually a Federal Agent here to look into any troubles with the Indian Reservation. The Colonel gave him a run down of the usual problems, violating the indian Reservation borders, getting beat up and brought in by the Indians, and so on. They then went out to the Indian Reservation to Bear Paw Mountains, the South West end closest to the border river of the Missouri.
After setting up camp they, the Professor and Penapay, then went down to introduce themselves to the Blackfoot Chieften on the East side of the Mountains. Tom and Jacob stayed at camp. About 90 minutes after the Professor and Pen left, Tom spotted a Indian watching them from behind a boulder and some bushes. The sun had given the Indian away to Tom.
Meanwhile, the Professor, being able to speak to the Blackfeet in their language, got accepted into their Siksika Ganws-ksahkooy, and were presented to their Chief before his Kai. The Professor then set about successfully negotiating with Chief John Christian (The Chief refused to give them his Indian name.) to have permission to dig in the Bear Paw mountains for bones of the great thunder lizards of ancient times. The Chief also gave them permission to hunt, but any furs were to be turned over to the tribe. The Chief also let the Professor know his camp was already being watched, and that if he had not come to him, they were to have chased them off their lands with the light of the new Ki'somma (Sun). The Professor and Penapay then returned to their camp. Eventually they realized a Aakii (Woman) was following them. She too was on a horse.
Upon returning to camp the Aakii approached them and explained that Chief Christian had sent her to make sure that while on his lands they did not starve or freeze to death or die from some other stupidity. In the closing hours of daylight they decided to go hunt for fresh meat supplies to go with the beans, dried meats, and other staple supplies they had brought along.
They had a VERY successful hunt, finding and killing 3 Awatoyi (Deer). They brought them back to camp, dressed them, then turned the furs and two of the carcasses over to the Aakii, which by now they were told to call Sunrise, to give to her Tribe. 3 of her Tribe came in at her signal to pick up the goods. They then prepared and ate a very good meal, and bedded down for the night, trusting the Indians to watch over them.
In the morning they started digging. By early afternoon, in the 4th layer of sediment, they found bone, but it wasn't fossilized, but it was big. Within a couple of hours they uncovered enough of it for the Professor to identify it as a Bear of some variety, with the skeleton mostly intact (about 70% there). Dating it by what layer it was under and in, the Professor put the age of the skeleton at very roughly 6,000 years. So Ancient, and still of value to the scientific community. He was sure his fellowes at Yale would have fun examining it in detail.
As they cleaned up and started to settle down for dinner, an Indian came close and apparently signaled to Sunrise for her to come to him. She did, and after about a minute of discussion hurriedly came back to the Professor and Company. She then told them how about an hour earlier a dozen white men on horses had come into their territory and were heading up along the Northern side of the Bear Paw Mountains.
The Professor, being a Federal Agent, spotting a situation he was specifically sent here to deal with, immediately saddled up, along with the others, to go find the trail of these men.
2 hours later, they found the tracks, in the dark. Tom found them. He apparently can see in the dark as well as he can see during the day, at least when it comes to finding tracks.
The Professor decided they should push on, since catching up to them sooner rather than later was critical. An hour later a probable campfire was spotted roughly 400 yards ahead. They slowly, and ineptly, snuck up to the camp. Apparently the guards were equally inept at hearing or spotting them, because they got within about 120 yards before any reaction from the camp occurred. GUNFIRE!
The Professor yelled out, telling them to stop shooting, they were there just to see what was going on. Several more shots were fired, all apparently blindly in the darkness, since none came close to hitting any of them.
The Professor then yelled out, ""As an officer of the Federal Government, I now consider you outlaws! Light them up, boys!!
And that is where the session ended. Next session our 4 heroes enter into a gun fight with a full dozen outlaws. Will they live? Will they prevail? Tune in next session to find out. Which is in two weeks! When a new hero will join the group, maybe.
Since its 20,000 I suggest "Captain Nemo" as his title. Beyond the obvious connection, he is one who sails on his own terms and ignores those he doesn't agree with...confident in his journey and goals.
Sounds obvious to me! -Gm Michael
Grand Knight Commander of the Society.