Deadlands Reloaded: The Weird West
Black River Railroad
Black River Railroad was run by Miles Devlin, a ruthless S.O.B. by anyone’s standards. Back in ’67, the Tennessee Central railroad tried to pressure Devlin into selling his company. When that didn’t work, they put a bullet in his back. But no one counted on Miles’ wife Mina. When Mina Devlin inherited Black River’s stock, everyone expected her to sell it. They were sorely disappointed. In the next few months, this raven-haired beauty proved she was twice as bright and four times as mean as her late husband. Some say Mina only turned cruel after Miles’ assassination. Truth is she was born a black-hearted seductress, willing to do anything to accomplish her goals. Her and Miles were truly a match made in Hell and she avenged his death with blood. It wasn’t long before a number of executives from Tennessee Central (and their families) were on permanent sabbatical in Hell. Building a transcontinental railroad is just a means to prove a woman can be just as megalomaniacal as a man to Mina.
Black River’s rail line runs smack through the Disputed Lands. Mina rarely pays towns for the right-of-way, preferring campaigns of seduction, violence, or intimidation instead. Her gangs are some of the meanest in the Rail Wars. She doesn’t have all the toys of Wasatch, the glassy-eyed servants of Bayou Vermillion, or even the resources of Dixie Rails, but her people can hold their own against any of their opponents. Women are preferred and actually get paid substantially more than men of equal skill.
Black River’s most feared gang is the “Wichita Witches.” Their name is no coincidence. They are the brightest students. The beautiful but deadly witches are led by a whip-cracking beauty from south of the border named Violet Esperanza. Violet and her girls are as fast on the draw as any male gunslinger and can hit a man smack in the privates at 50 yards with a pistol.