The Rise and Fall of Lost Angels

The Rise and Fall of Lost Angels

In the years following the shattering of the coastline in 1868, the survivors rallied around a charismatic leader— Reverend Ezekiah Grimme. Grimme and his followers raised a great city that boomed in the ghost rock rush that followed. That city was Lost Angels.

Following the Great Quake, food was scarce in California and starvation a constant threat. Grimme somehow always managed to feed his followers, however, and as the great man’s legend grew, legions of desperate, hungry folks flocked to Lost Angels to seek respite from their plight. As the city flourished, the reverend exercised his growing power by announcing the city’s status as a free state. He denounced the raging rail wars and forbade the rail barons passage across his lands—and the priceless harbor of Lost Angels. Known as the Edict of ’77, his declaration of independence was followed by a vote in which the whole of California decided it wanted no part of the Great Rail Wars, the seemingly endless Civil War, and the myriad disasters that seemed to follow it. They declared themselves independent of both North and South, and the Commonwealth of California was born.

All this came to a shuddering halt in 1879, when the rail barons finally made it to Lost Angels despite Grimme’s attempts to stop them. In a brutal preemptive strike, the fiendish inventor Dr. Darius Hellstromme unleashed his secret weapons, consuming the city and its surroundings in flame as he dropped a series of ghostfire bombs. This awesome display of power destroyed the assembled forces of the various competing railroads and brought an end to the Great Rail Wars. Grimme survived, but the devastating conflagration marked Hellstromme’s victory and signaled the beginning of the end of Grimme’s stranglehold on Lost Angels.

The final act in Grimme’s tragedy came as he gathered his closest and most powerful disciples together for an annual feast. Seemingly out of nowhere, the waters of the Maze formed a mighty wave, The Great Flood, that destroyed the entire city, obliterating Grimme and his Lost Angels once and for all.

Some people claim the Great Flood wasn’t a natural disaster, but a strike against the city. Some say it was caused by the Indian pagan magic, others say it was a miracle sent from the Heavens. Conspiracy theorists say it was the USA and their New Science gadgets or the asians of Shan Fan. Even though the claims are ridiculous, most of them agree on this: it was carried by a notorious gunslinger, a Texas Ranger, an Agent and a Chinese warlock.

The Rise and Fall of Lost Angels

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