Once back in The Arc-Angel’s secret base, the heroes began trying to figure out who, exactly, their ghostly opponent was and how they could defeat him. Thorn tried all of her contacts (some of whom weren’t available) as well as trying to call in assistance from her military superiors, all to no avail. The Linebacker tried the MRC to see if they knew anything about this ghost, but he wasn’t on their database and they were of little help.
HuBot, however, went off to ask Francis Fabien if he could help. Luckily (considering it was a Saturday) Francis Fabien was at the Tennel Enterprises building and HuBot was able to get to talk to him (along with Thorn and Shadow Stalker who teleported in to make sure wasn’t breaking stuff). Francis Fabien believed their tale of time travelling and ghostly cowboys (he’s been around super heroes before) and agreed to get some of his team to look into it on Monday.
After returning to base, the heroes then set to occupying themselves to pass the time. HuBot ended up heading off to Tron Labs to try and find Dr McGaan in the computers (much to The Arc-Angel’s confusion). The Arc-Angel was meanwhile occupying himself with trying to figure out why his powers had been slightly unstable ever since they had returned to the present. No one noticed when The Linebacker wandered off.
The Linebacker was surprised, some time later, to find himself staring out over the water at the end of the Larston Docks. He had no memory of coming to this place. A little confused, he had just begun heading back to The Arc-Angel’s base when he was ambushed by the wrathful ghost! Unable to defend himself, The Linebacker was luckily able to call other Stirling Heroes to come to his rescue. Once more they all fought the ghost and once more they were barely able to do anything to it, eventually only making it flee because they had caused it a small amount of damage.
By Monday, the Stirling Heroes were more than eager to hear back from Francis Fabien who had found out a little about where they had been (in the past). With his information, The Arc-Angel, HuBot and Shadow Stalker had soon teleported across the country to the town of Wild Springs and had located a historical society there. At the historical society they were able to discover that their ghostly opponent was Jack “Quickdraw” O’Malley, one time leader of the Dust Valley Gang (the cannibal outlaws that they’d rounded up when in 1870). During the outlaw’s brief trial, he had been quoted as claiming that if not for the angels that had been against him, with their thunder and lightning, he would never have been captured. Unfortunately, all the Stirling Heroes could learn from about this Quickdraw was that he had been hanged in December 1870; his grave had long since been lost and there had been no known relatives.
Back in Stirling City, the heroes were back to having little idea about how to proceed. HuBot, after a brief conversation with Francis Fabien, went off looking for salt and holy water. Salt was easy enough to come by, there was some in the base, but holy water took some finding. Eventually, after asking around at several churches, HuBot ended up at St Mary’s Church in Larston. The priest there, Father Steven, was very helpful in supplying some holy water and, having heard of its intended use, even offered to arrange for an exorcism. It was then that Quickdraw attacked, felling the priest to begin with and then swiftly felling HuBot also (after being unaffected by some thrown salt). The malevolent spirit then stood above HuBot’s semi-conscious body, allowing his aura of extreme cold to slowly freeze HuBot (and poor Father Steven) solid, leaving only when the red glow finally faded from HuBot’s ice-encrusted eyes.