Welcome to the Weird West
More specifically, welcome to Salt Lake City, the capitol of Deseret. That’s right, Deseret. Not the “great state of Utah” as some o’ them fancy tourist brochures back east will have ya believin’, but an honest to god Mormon nation, led by none other than Brigham Young.
You see, a few years ago, Mormons who were persecuted back east decided they’d had enough of it, and made the trek west, stopping when they’d found the single most inhospitable piece of land that they could, on the shores of a lake that you can’t drink from. Sounds cozy, huh? So Brigham Young, when they got there, helped carve it and a nice block of the country around it, into a new state in the Utah Territory, and all was well. Then the Civil War broke out, and the brown stuff hit the steam powered rotary air mover. Young took this opportunity to declare Utah a sovereign country, and while President Grant still claims that Utah is a state, he currently can’t divert forces away from the war in the south to do anything to back that claim up.
But that’s all mumbo jumbo for the history books. Right now, there’s a lot more interesting stuff going on at the local level in Deseret, specifically Salt Lake City. There’s been a rash of murders lately, and not the run of the mill, angry husband kills his cheating wife kind. No, these ones have been bad. People mutilated, limbs taken, just a bad scene all around… And that’s where the Posse comes in.