Flood

Excerpted Notes from Lacey O'Malley's Journal

November 11-22, 1979

Notes translated from Lacey’s own shorthand/code.

November 11, Late
One doesn’t expect to meet new people in this Plutonian tunnel, but that’s exactly what happened this afternoon. Hellstromme’s digging has caused a collapse aboveground, and derailed a D-P train. Hellstromme seems unconcerned at these accidental deaths. The survivors have been taken under protective custody, so as not to reveal Hellstromme’s plan to end the Rail wars. They seem to be a disreputable lot, mercenaries keen to make a profit on the last days of the Rail Wars. Surprisingly diverse group. There’s an Englishman, an Irish immigrant, a Chinese girl, and an Indian I believe to be of the Sioux Nations.

November 15, After Breakfast
I may have misjudged the four from the D-P crash. Yesterday, the camp was set upon by those unnatural insects the worm-repellant devices seem to attract. All the guards went to defend the camp, leaving only Hellstromme’s guests and the miners in camp. We were surprised soon after to see the miners rushing away from the Hellbore, which was also being attacked. With no one else available to help, the four from the train ran to the rescue, with little concern for their own safety. The Irishman even took the risk of deploying a gadget of the new science in his efforts to defend the miners and the camp. I believe it was meant to be a portable flamethrower, but it acted as a firebomb. He sustained a few minor burns, and I assume was very thankful for the leatherworkers who made his coat. It’s likely he will need to place another order with them. Despite that mishap, the bugs were destroyed and Dr. Cid Haggerty saved.

November 21, Noon
The tunnel has finally reached daylight. I hope we can end the Rail Wars with minimal violence.
Transcript of Hellstromme’s speeches follow.
Train attacked by Iron Dragon. The heroes from the D-P train are still with us, and defended us from harm, even killing something that looks like an ogre out of Chinese legend. I may have to ask them to assist me with the problem of S.

November 22, Morning
Yesterday the Great Rail Wars ended. Hellstromme killed them all. Some kind of ghost rock bombs. One hit Ghost Town, outside of Lost Angels. Too many are dead. We helped who we could, but it wasn’t enough. I had to shoot a man who was on fire and begging for help just so he wouldn’t burn me. At least I had help. Gave Joshua, Milly, Quentin, and Robin a recommendation for an employer, Pennington-Smythe. If they’re seeking fortune in the Maze, they may as well do good at the same time.

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