Deadlands: New Mexican Standoff
The ruins of San Diego, sunk under thirty feet of water by the Great Quake, are less than a day south of Lost Angels. Salvagers are always active there—most notably Wang Mo Salvage and Blumquist Recovery, Ltd.—dredging valuable relics out of the old city on a regular basis. Some of them hire freelancers for protection, and they pay well for those services.
Take great care when traveling this region, and take stock of the risks before you hire on with a salvage company. The Mexican Navy uses the area as a rendezvous and resupply point, so its Maze runners and gunboats are constantly on the prowl. To the south a pall of smoke stains the sky over Mexicali, where factories are hard at work manufacturing weapons for Santa Anna’s army.
Worst of all, salvagers and soldiers alike have reported recent encounters with “fish men.” These scaly, razor-toothed, web-footed beasts are said to swarm up from the undersides of ships, dragging hapless sailors into the churning water. The horrors give away their presence with a pungent stench like rotten fish and ammonia.