|A pile of bison skulls circa 1870!|
I found this photograph while I was searching for a good public domain graphic of a skull. It's a frakking huge pile of bison skulls. The skulls are going to be ground into bone meal for use as a fertilizer. As unusual as this photo is, what I would like to see is the machine they use to grind the skulls! I can't imagine they do it by hand, but who knows. I also wonder what they did with the rest of the bones? If I recall my history correctly the buffalo hunters usually only took the hides, and left the rest to rot. I imagine the enterprising future fertilizer tycoon realized there was a fortune to be made from the bones, and had crews pick them up off the plains.
Anyway, I thought of how this could be used in a weird western campaign. A medicine man of a mostly decimated tribe of Native Americans could use some ancient magic and animate the pile into something terrible. A giant bone golem, or perhaps a herd of ghost bison? Maybe a bit of both, there's quite a few bison skulls in that pile. It's time to wreak vengeance on the white man!