While staying with a friend, he tells you about the creepy park nearby, but also about some long lost treasure...for the full introduction, read Chapter 1: Ghost Stories on the Kitsewah's Curse listing (I do recommend you read it, or at least the synopsis below, before you start the wherigo). Intrigued by the story, you decide to investigate further. You meet up with his Grandpa Jim, who tells you more, and gives you a map to help in your adventure. Now, you head out to the forest.
NOTE: This particular cache should take less than an hour to find, so plan accordingly.
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Kitsewah's Curse: Rocky Road
Kitsewah's Curse: Azeban's Award
Kitsewah's Curse: Peteetneet's Plunder
Kitsewah's Curse: Mogollan Mischief
Chapter 1 Synopsis:
You are visiting a friend (James) in Payson, and while running, pass a creepy park. After getting back to his place late, you chat for a bit. Then, you ask him about the scary park. He tells you the story of Kitsewah's Curse, which says that years ago, when the Native Americans lived here, they had some disagreements with the local white Mormon settlers. Kitsewah was the shaman / medicine man for the local chief, Chief Peteetneet. Kitsewah foresaw the whites taking everything away from them, the natives, so he and some others decided to do something about it (i.e., kill the white settlers).
Chief Peteetneet didn't like that idea, and he worked with the white settlers to stop Kitsewah, but not before he killed a family. As punishment, he and his followers were executed, but not before Kitsewah cursed that grove, which was also his resting place (and the burial ground for all the other natives in their tribe). It would be cursed until Peteetneet admitted he was a fool not to have listened to Kitsewah. Peteetneet never did, and the grove has remained haunted ever since.
James then tells you about some treasure that is supposedly hidden in the grove as well. Apparently the natives had found some treasure with the Spaniards several hundred years ago, when they came through this area. Over the years, that treasure was safeguarded by the tribal leaders. THe story goes that Peteetneet, nearing death, had hidden the treasure in the haunted grove to keep it safe. After he died, no one ever knew where it was, and though some had tried to find it, they had never had any luck, only bringing back tales of fearsome monsters, ghosts, and tales of the horrors they encountered in the haunted forest.
You are interested in the treasure, and James tells you to go nextdoor and visit his grandpa, Jim, who told him all he knows about the curse and the treasure. You head over there, are attacked by some winged head creature, then talk with Jim for a bit. Jim tells you that he was befriended by an old Indian man named Falling Crow, a sad old man with no family, having lost his only son years ago in a horrible accident. Falling Crow told Jim all about the curse and treasure, and on his deathbed he even gave Jim an old map of the grove, which he said would help him find the long lost treasure. Falling Crow seemed to believe that the time had come to "settle old debts," whatever that meant.
Jim gives you a copy of the map, and you set out to the forest, ready to face what may come, and eager to find the treasure. What awaits you? Find out by downloading the wherigo cartridge and heading there yourself...
For the full introduction, see the original cache description found at: Kitsewah's Curse, and look under the heading Chapter 1: Ghost Stories.