When we last left our posse, they had been splashed into the water by a cannonball. Unfortunately, the blast that sent them flying into the water also sent their boat spinning several times…landing in pieces. They were out on the open water with an artillery piece still aimed at them.
With some splashing and flailing, the posse finally got themselves secure aboard the nearby ruined bridge. A cat and mouse game than began – the posse trying to take out the pirates on the boat below, while the pirates did the same to them. Red and Alt managed to kill or wound a few of the river pirates, though some of the return volley got too close for comfort. It had become a matter of desperation for the posse – with their boat destroyed, they figured their only way of getting out of there was to take one of the ones that belonged to the raiders. (Though halfway through this, Deuce took off swimming in an attempt to find some other route away)
After a couple of hours, smoke began to billow up and out of the boat – at first it was thought the boat was on fire, but it was quickly realized the pirates were trying to create a smokescreen to escape under. Realizing time was limited, Kreg took the hundred foot dive off the bridge and into the water below, climbed onto the riverboat, and massacred several pirates to seize their craft and rescue the rest of his marooned posse.
After looting the riverboat once the smoke cleared out, the posse returned to Red Stick. Sheriff Reynard wasn’t pleased about the loss of the boat, but wasn’t going to ride the posse on the issue considering what they had already done for Red Stick. That night, the posse had a drink in Sadie’s Saloon and then got some rest…
But something else also happened during the night – another disappearance, this one Frank Covarrubias, who had been drinking at the saloon just the previous night. The posse got together and decided to set out to investigate the Baton Rouge Municipal Hospital. Mr. Tinsdale offered to get some gear together for them, and to send Joe Ratliff along to guide them once again.
When the posse got down to their boat, they found that Luke had been sent to guide them instead, and he showed off the cache of equipment Tinsdale had collected before setting off. Along the way, the posse was attacked by more bloated corpses trying to pull them into the water, and although both Nova and Deuce got pulled into the drink, fairly shortly the bloats were driven off and everyone was safe.
It only took a few hours to find BRMH, and sure enough, outside of it they found the craft belonging to the missing recyclers, with an air hose disappearing down into the lower floors of the hospital. Also in the boat, they found a couple of shotguns and an old handheld camcorder. Perhaps wisely, the posse decided to check out the floor nearest to the waterline first. Once they clambered inside, they found a nurse’s station with an intact computer, which Alt was able to rig up to play the data slug from the camcorder…
The screen flickered to life and showed footage of an autopsy being performed by one Dr. Delacroix – the same name that the posse had been finding on the toe tags of the walking dead. The horrifying part was that Delacroix appeared to both be both the person performing the autopsy and its subject. Thankfully the camera dropped to the floor before too much could be seen, but the doctor’s screams as he carved himself open went on for almost two hours of recording time. Near the conclusion of his operation, the screen began to shake, and it quickly became apparent that wherever the doctor was, it was suffering from an earthquake. Water flooded into the room, quickly submersing the camera, the footage ending not long after.