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My quest has not gotten off to a good start, while I’ve managed to keep my hands unbloodied, my psychopathic travelling companion Ian has already gunned down several dirt farmers for little more than shit and giggles. I feel like one of those fish that swim with sharks for safety.
We turn our backs on the dusty blood covered streets of Shady Sands and head south. Junktown beckons.
But before we get there we’ve got miles of radscorpion infested desert to get through. I let Ian do the shooting, this keeps me out of harms way and gives me xps for the creatures he kills. So much so I even go up another level.
And cause it’s level 3 I get a Perk. I pick swift learner because I know I’ll need every xp I can get. Then I split my skill points between sneak and speech.
A couple of miles north of our destination Ian gets cornered by a family of mole rats. I bail and leave him to his fate. He’s quickly torn to shreds. I’m not even slightly remorseful.
Junktown may be a depressing looking place but it is a testament to humanity’s ability to build something out of nothing. I just wish that something wasn’t Junktown.
I chat to a guard asking if there’s any work to be had. Apparently there’s a gang called the Skulz that he needs help with and a fellow named Killian might have a job going. That Skulz business sounds a bit dangerous so I decide to find this Killian guy.
Killian is the mayor of Junktown and the proprietor of it’s general store. He doesn’t mention a job but I was able to barter my loot in exchange for some healing stimpacks so that’s something.
After we chat a fellow in a red shirt walks in, says something about Gizmo and opens fire with a hunting rifle. The Mayor and his men take him down while I hide in the corner. Do I want to know what that was about? Probably not. I do take the dead man’s rife and sell it to Killian for caps though.
While scoping out the rest of the town a mangy dog suddenly runs up to me for no apparent reason. Looks like he wants to be friends and I’ve magically solved a quest I didn’t even know about. So I guess it’s cool. I take my new buddy to the Casino.
Inside the Cas I end up talking to a dude named Gizmo. He hasn’t met me before but asks me to off the mayor. I would point out that this is pretty stupid on his behalf but then I did just walk into a crime lord’s private office for no reason so I guess we’re both acting a little odd today. I politely decline his offer. Which was really stupid cause he does the old “Now you know my plan I have to kill you” speech before his associates attack me.
I run like a little girl and hide in the corner, while my new pup proves his weight in gold. With the fury of a furry god he brings down Gizmo’s bodyguards and then Gizmo himself. He’s left looking like moldy Swiss cheese afterwards but I use the stimpacks I got from Killian on him and he’s good as new. This looks like the beginning of a wonderful partnership. We sneak out of the casino avoiding the last of Gizmo’s men.
After all that drama I could use a drink.
I order a whiskey and prepare to get settled in when suddenly some punk attacks the waitress. The barkeep doesn’t take kindly to this, pulls out the biggest pistol I’ve ever seen and one shot kills the offender. Jeebus. The departed punk’s buddies swear vengeance and leave. Talking to the patrons I learn they belong to that Skulz gang I’ve heard about.
No one esle makes a move for the corpse so I take it upon myself to loot it. Hot damn new armour I’m going to look pee eye em pee in this.
I figure I should investigate these Skulz guys further, so I head to the hotel they hang out in and talk to their leader. His name is Vinnie and he looks a lot like Ian, that’s a bad sign. I pretend to be interested in membership and Vinnie suggests I steal the bartender’s dead wife’s ashes to prove my worth.
That sounds pretty illegal to me so I go to inform the guard I spoke to earlier. But he doesn’t listen and just chews me out for killing Gizmo instead. First off I didn’t kill him and second he started it. What a douche bag.
You know what? Screw that guard I’m going to go help the Skulz now, that’ll show him. The next morning I break into the bar and swipe the urn.
Then it’s back to Vinnie who tells me they’re going to take out the bartender tonight and he wants me to tag along. Remembering what happened last time I didn’t agree to kill a man I succumb to peer pressure.
Man this isn’t even a remotely fair fight, it’s five on two and one of them is an unarmed waitress. I stand back and watch as first the bartender is gunned down and then the girl is beaten to death.
Standing over a dead woman’s corpse Vinnie calls me bro, presses some caps in my hand and informs me that we now rule this town. Whatever you say dude. I loot the bartender’s body, the hand cannon is of no use to me but it’s got to be worth some scratch.
Then dog at my heal, I sneak out of town. I doubt we’ll be missed.
Next: A Pointless Sacrifice.