The Donner Party
In 1846 Lansford Hastings played a major role for the Demon of Donner Lake. He was the main reason the Donner Party took so long to arrive in California. Lansford had long been allied with the Demon and was working towards getting settlers lost so it could use them for its purpose. What happened with the Donner Party was far better than either he or the Demon of Donner Lake could’ve expected.
In the modern day the Hastings family still serves as the Demon’s primary eyes and ears in the world, but more appropriately they watch the Donner Party and ensure they never get close enough to the answers that they seek. To this point they actively work against the Donner Party in most endeavors. They set traps, steal information, and from time to time injure or maim members. They try not to kill members of the Donner Party but neither them nor the Demon of Donner Lake would be sad if the need arised.
The Hastings are finely skilled plotters. They take pride in crafting the perfect plan. They are devious, smart and insightful. They consider long term goals, and short term results whenever dealing with the Donner Party. They try to remain behind the scenes, but if the need arises for them to show themselves they do, without hesitation. They have no fear of the Donner Party because they believe that their ancestors brought this curse on themselves.