California has never been coal country. There are five coal plants in the whole state, and there has only ever been a single coal mine: the Overlake Company Mine in Tesla, California. High in the mountains on the Nevada Border, the mine played out and much faster than projected, as there just isn’t much coal in California at all. So the Overlake Company shut its doors and closed the mine right at the dawn of the Great Depression, leading the much-abused miners to riot before dispersing throughout the state.

What California lacks in coal, however, it makes up for in precious metals, and so the mine lay shuttered until the day someone discovered a rich vein of silver in an adjoining cave. The interests owning the mine quickly reopened the for business and began recruiting impoverished workers from nearby Needles on the Arizona-California-Nevada border.

These owners — really the Brood of Oberloch vampires whose mortal family owned the original mine — remembers the riot which nearly burned their hillside manor down around them. They’ve decided the problem was the miners having too much freedom. So now, the little valley mining town of Tesla has turned into a work-camp, ringed by a barbed-wire fence dotted with watch-towers, patrolled by mercs in Humvees. The houses have been gutted and rudely stitched together into dorms where people are separated by gender, paid in tin chit that’s only good at the company store, and not allowed to leave.

Rather than remain vulnerable in their mansion, the Oberlochs sleep by day in the lowest level of the mine itself, protected by a vault door while they have the mine itself filled with water. That working in a sodden mine plays havoc with their miners’ health and safety seems to be of little concern to the Oberlochs. You can always find more bodies to work in the earth, after all.


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