Speculators have been combing the Frontier Mountain range for years wondering when the next big strike would be found. Hopeful miners, geologists, adventurers, vagabonds, and fools have come to these mountains with dreams of overnight fortune. Most have come to bad ends.
Today, however, one industrious lifetime miner, Ned Rains, has struck it rich!
It is no surprise that another lode was found in these mountains. Over twenty years ago, the Mercy Lode was found not fifty miles from the site of this new vein. Before that mine tapped out, it was the most valuable stretch of land in the world.
This new load has the potential of being even vaster than the Mercy Load. Realizing the scope of the find, Ned Rains has decided to auction off the mine to the highest bidder. The auction will be hosted in Ada-Kar next month. When asked what he was going to do with his fortune, Mr. Rains replied, “Get drunk!”
Despite all the hoopla, there could be some very serious issues on the horizon. The mine is located near the border between the Coalition of American States and the Tribal Nations. Hostilities between these two nations were high even before the Great War, over two hundred years ago. The vein is particularly close to Apache lands, and there is some speculation that the lode could actually run into their territory. If this is the case, then blood is likely on the horizon.
“No white man will tread on native lands,” Promises Leonard “Running Horse” Peltier, a Newbie spokesman and activist. “We know the white man’s lies. We died for them once. Never again!”