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Shade Thornton

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    Lost Lake Ranch: Foreman, Owner

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    Robert Fuller

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  1. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Let Me At 'em !

    Shade had a peripheral impression of Quentin plowing into a bunch of Evergreen's hands. By now, the brawl was in full-force as several Lost Lake cowpokes were leaping into the fray, ready to defend the ranch's honor if it killed them. Though still reeling a bit from the blow, Shade saw Clara land a hit on the man that had sucker-punched him. He rolled his eyes and scooped the girl off the floor, once again setting her on the table, supposedly out of harm's way. "Stay!" Shade growled at her in his dusty voice, whirling as he sense another man trying to come at him. He had never known how to fight clean. Shade had learned his tricks and fighting style from a variety of teachers from the army to Indian warriors. He also put the force of his entire body into his blows, often using the back of his fist with his other hand adding leverage. Shade fought to win and he did not care how he won. As he ducked another blow, he caught sight of Hannah. She was holding her own and he pitied the man that had tangled with the wild-haired lady deputy. Hannah had always been a scrapper.
  2. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Let Me At 'em !

    Shade did not hesitate! With the horse race fresh on his mind and his sense of decency outraged by Clara's treatment, he moved forward as fast as a striking snake to knock Billy away from Clara. Grabbing the girl around the waist, he set her up on a table and said firmly, "Stay there!" Anything else he might have said was cut off as a heavy hand landed on his shoulder, spun him around, and a massive fist cracked into the side of his face. The last thing he heard clearly as fury took over was Hannah ordering him to stand down and then her muffled yelp. Hannah had been too slow to stop Shade from hurtling into the man holding onto Clara Redmond. As she tried to grab for his arm, his momentum spun her into another man who reacted instinctively to seeing the badge and landed a right-cross to her jaw. Now Hannah's green-blue eyes sparked with pure rage as well. Hit the law, would he! Never mind that he was striking a woman. As the man Greer was named for hitting the child, Pronto Pike made a quick decision. This was none of his affair, but, he being who he was, bolted past the others heading directly for the bald man and when in range launched a powerful right hand to the man's jaw, lifting him off his feet and plopping him on the floor, raising a cloud of dust. Pike stepped toward the man, fist balled up and his body leaning toward the fallen bully. "Git up! We ain't done by a longshot!" Quentin blinked as the tent erupted into chaos. They had just walked in and hardly had a chance to figure out what was happening before the fight started. Quentin saw Shade and his opponent engage and then saw Hannah get involved in her own fight. The newcomer waded in as Quentin felt motion from his side. He ducked in reflex and felt the fist pass over his shoulder and his opponent's momentum carried both of them to the side and against a table. Quentin held on and went with the impact, rolling across a table and both men fell a few feet to the floor. Quentin ended up on top and drove a quick right into his opponent's stomach. The burst of alcohol laced breath let him know his shot hit home. Quentin grabbed a handful of the other man's shirt and swung a straight left into the man's jaw. The impact stung his fist but the other man's eyes unfocused and rolled back. Quentin let him go and scrambled to his feet just in time to hear the sound of the other men advancing as a group. "Oh, dammit..." He said to himself before taking a breath and letting out an ear piercing rebel yell, taking a few steps and then launching himself into the air to body block the front of the group, sending the entire bunch staggering backward in the crowded tent, hoping to give some time and space to his friends.
  3. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Run for the Roses

    The pace of the race did not seem to be an issue for Shade's mount. The mare flowed over the jumps without undue stress. Glory took the water obstacles in stride - literally. Once or twice during the route that wound through a wooded glade, the Steelgrave jockey had given Glory a pretty hard bump. It was apparent that Shade's analysis of the man's ethics had been accurate. As a group of five horses came down a slope and into a creek, Glory bunched her haunches and leaped clear across the stream, landing on the hill and surging into the lead. Finally, they were out of the wooded area and in the clear yet still far enough away from the finish line for it to be anyone's race. Shade took a deep breath. As things stood at the moment, Glory looked to be the winning horse. That is when everything went south. Shade had let his guard down, temporarily forgetting about the Evergreen horse as he leaned low along Glory's neck and just enjoyed the power and speed of the big horse. Before he really registered what happened, there was a flash of white as the blazed face of the liver chestnut drew even with the roan mare. Shade let out a yelp as he felt the sting of a riding crop strike on his shoulder. The next blow landed on Glory's flanks. Instead of faltering, Glory stretched her neck out and put on another burst of speed. The Steelgrave chestnut matched her pace and even drew ahead slightly, putting his rider even with her head. The man glanced over his shoulder at Shade and grinned nastily. Leaning out of his saddle, he reached out and snagged the headstall of Glory's bridle, yanking it over her ears. The distraction did slow the big mare - briefly. Shade hauled back on the reins while the bit was still in Glory's mouth. He now regretted choosing to rid in a bareback rig. Without stirrups, he could not easily lever himself up far enough to grab the bridle before it came all the way off. The chestnut was pulling ahead, but the race was not over yet! Shade tightened his leg muscles and inched as far forward on the mare's back as he could, leaned low along her neck Indian style. With one hand, he pulled on the reins, making her bow her neck enough for him to reach the headstall of the bridle with his right hand and drag it back over her ear. They had lost ground to the lanky chestnut and his nasty little rider. However, Glory seemed to sense that there had been foul play. As soon as Shade relaxed his pull on the reins, she shot forward, her hooves thundering against the hard earth. The mare's ears were flat against her head, and her nostrils were wide as she gulped in air. Little by little, she gained on the chestnut and Shade shot a triumphant look at the surprised Steelgrave rider as they passed the chestnut. Getting Glory reined in after they passed the finish line was easier said than done. She was in no mood to top running. As soon as Shade got the mare stopped and was declared the winner, he began looking around for Addy. He felt sure she had not been far behind him at the stream. Shade did not see Addy, but he did see the Steelgrave chestnut canter over the finish line. In a flash, he was off Glory and stalking toward the little man, murder blazing in his dark blue eyes. Just as he bunched his fist, preparing to deliver a sound hit to the man's jaw, a figure stepped in front of him. "Let me by, Ezra!" The older man stood his ground, "Not here and not now, boy. Pick your battles." That was said in a low voice. The older man then clapped Shade on the shoulder and shouted and with a smile, "Well done, Shade. You made the ranch proud." By the time Shade had extricated himself from Ezra's bear hug, the liver chestnut and his rider were gone. He made himself smile, but it did not reach his eyes.
  4. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Let Me At 'em !

    Location: Just outside the Belle-St. Regis Saloon Tent Shade felt sure that they would find Hannah near the saloon tent. The Belle-St. Regis was a high-end establishment - in town - but the fair was open to all and sundry. If trouble were going to start anywhere, it would be there although it had been a close call at the end of the horse race. Shade had really wanted to beat the living daylights out of the rider of the Evergreen horse. Cooler heads had prevailed, and he had worked off some of his ire by helping to mend the dance floor. He had been right about where to find Hannah Cory. They spotted her standing a few feet from the tent talking with another cowboy. From her hand motions, she was providing directions to the man. Shade nudged Quentin and Pronto and picked up his pace slightly, angling them toward where Hannah was standing. Shade called out to the Deputy Marshal, "Hey, Deputy, someone here wants to make your acquaintance...." Before he could say more and introduce Mr. Pike, three small bundles of energy hurled themselves at him and Quentin. In unison, Wyatt Redmond, Nettie, and even Cody were shouting, talking, and tugging at him to come with them. All Shade could catch in their babble was that Clara was in trouble...in the saloon. He realized that they were talking about the Belle-St. Regis tent. Throwing a look at his companions to get them to follow, he took off for the tent.
  5. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Run for the Roses

    Shade's reply to Addy was lost in the sound of the gunshot from the starting pistol. Almost as one, the horses leaped forward. The big liver chestnut took the lead and his rider seemed intent on setting a hard and fast pace. Shade guided Glory into a spot, laying an easy third or fourth behind the leader. The course was long and varied. It was designed for working horses with challenging obstacles that any good stock horse might meet on the trail. They would be splashing through creeks and streams, jumping low brush and fallen logs, dealing with uphill and downhill runs. The professional race horse likely had run over level terrain, maybe with a few jumps if he were a steeplechaser, but this was a different sort of race. It was more like a cross-country event. The big red roan mare seemed content to follow the leg, hand, and low voice commands from her rider. Shade wanted her fresh and ready to take the lead when they came into the final quarter mile. For now, he wanted to keep a wary eye on the Evergreen horse and concentrate on keeping Glory steady and on her feet.
  6. Shade Thornton

    Planning: The Bear

    The Brawl The next event is open for everyone to tag into that wants to. We'll probably write most of it as a post-by-post scene so that we're not holding each other up waiting on JP tags. However, in the posts that require direct interaction, we can tag directly into that post (JP it). Let's try to keep any JPs to two characters at a time - again, this is to avoid tag pile-ups where we are waiting for each other to answer. Brawl Basics Clara Redmond stops near the saloon tent to get water for herself, the Thornton twins and her little brother. The two Evergreen ranch low-lifes that accosted her by the lake some days earlier will be hanging about and she recognizes them. Let the action begin! Everyone! WAIT for @Wayfarer to kick us off with the opening post. @Characters
  7. Shade Thornton

    Planning: The Bear

    Results for the Horse Race 1st Place: Morning Glory, ridden by Shade Thornton 2nd Place: Arabesque, ridden by Adelaide Chappel Stormwolfe - Today at 7:51 AM 1-2: Addy, 3-4: Evergreen Horse, 5-6: Shade t!roll d6 DellaBOT - Today at 7:51 AM :game_die: Rolling Dice! [d6 : 5] In the end, the result was: 5 Stormwolfe - Today at 7:52 AM t!roll d6 DellaBOT - Today at 7:52 AM :game_die: Rolling Dice! [d6 : 2] In the end, the result was: 2
  8. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Run for the Roses

    Shade chuckled low in his throat, amusement lighting his deep blue eyes which crinkled at the corners as he smiled, "She's a good mare. Belonged to my late sister-in-law, the twins' mother. Thought it'd make them proud to see her run. A good memory to replace the recent bad ones." He smoothed the big roan's reddish colored mane and narrowed his eyes a bit, taking the teasing in with good humor, "Don't know how old Glory feels about dust in her face, but I don't like it!" A disturbance rippled down the line of horses as the big Evergreen Ranch chestnut lashed out at one of the horses that got too close. The big animal reared, nearly unseating his rider, before being brought into line with the others. Shaking his head, Shade said quietly, "Watch yourself, Miss Addy. The Steelgraves are known for dirty tricks. Their jockey might be a hired man but I'd almost guarantee that he's been told to win at all costs. Wouldn't put anything past them. Pretty sure they wouldn't hire someone that had really high moral standards." Tags @Bongo
  9. Shade Thornton

    Playby Directory

    <h1>General Guidelines</h1> Here at <em>Sagas, </em>we love images of your character(s)! We accept images of celebrities or well-done original artwork (no animé or cartoons please). We ask that the playby image you choose be suitable for the RPG's era (1870s). Please do not choose images that shows the character using a cell phone, modern weapons, etc. We do not have a reserved playby list. Your faceclaim is considered reserved when your character page is created. Once the character has been approved into play, the playby will be added to this list. Reserved Playbys can be viewed in the <a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/pending-bios/">Pending Approvals</a> directory. <h1>Image Dimensions</h1> <ul> <li><strong>Main Character Page Image:</strong> 250px (wide) x 350px (high)</li> <li><strong>General bio images:</strong> Please do not exceed 650px in width.</li> </ul> <h1 style="text-align: center;">A thru I</h1> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Playby Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Character Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Player Name</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Anson Mount</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/pending-bios/henry-s-guyer-ii-r33/">Henry Speed Guyer</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;"> Flip</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Barbara Stanwyck</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/npcs/kathryn-hale-r9/">Kathryn Hale</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Ben Foster</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/pending-bios/barnabas-pike-r35/">Barnabas Pike</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Flip</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Brittany Williams</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/callie-hughes-r30/">Callie Hughes</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Ladybug</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Clara Paget</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/adelaide-chappel-r29/">Adelaide Chappel</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Bongo</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Chow Yun Fat</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/npcs/alistair-fang-r15/">Alistair Fang</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Longshot</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Dominique McElligott</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/josephine-mercer-r14/">Josephine Mercer</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Thena</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Hailee Steinfeld</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/clara-redmond-r17/">Clara Redmond</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;"> Wayfarer</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h1 style="text-align: center;">J thru L</h1> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Playby Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Character Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Player Name</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Jeff Bridges</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/duke-mccallister-r34/">Duke McCallister</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Duke</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">John McIntire</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/npcs/ezra-hale-r8/">Ezra Hale</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Kasha Kropinski</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/matilda-devereau-r28/">Matilda Devereau</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Wayfarer</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Luke Evans</td> <td style="text-align: left;">J<a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/npcs/jonah-danforth-r32/">onah Danforth</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Bongo</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h1 style="text-align: center;">M thru P</h1> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Playby Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Character Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Player Name</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Michele Carey</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/npcs/ezra-hale-r8/">Hannah Cory</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Molly Parker</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/harriet-mercer-r4/">Harriet G. Mercer</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Pernell Roberts</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/quentin-cantrell-r12/">Quentin Cantrell</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Longshot</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h1 style="text-align: center;">Q thru T</h1> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Playby Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Character Name</strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Player Name</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Robert Fuller</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/shade-harper-r3/">Shade Thornton</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Robert SheehanR</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/robert-cullen-r11/">Robert Cullen</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Wayfarer</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Sam Elliot</td> <td style="text-align: left;">Travis Morgan (Pending)</td> <td style="text-align: left;">Longshot</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Sean Bean</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/char-archive/adalwin-stahl-r16/">Adalwin Stahl</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Valandhir (ELOA)</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Timothy Olyphant</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/aurelian-redmond-r10/">Aurelian Redmond</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Wayfarer</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Titus Welliver</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/ralph-flandry-r27/">Ralph Flandry</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Wayfarer</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;">Tom Selleck</td> <td style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.sagaswildwest.com/characters/main-characters/hunter-morgan-r18/">Hunter Morgan</a></td> <td style="text-align: left;">Stormwolfe</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h1 style="text-align: center;">V thru Z</h1> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 15px;">Playby Name</span></strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 15px;">Character Name</span></strong></td> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 15px;">Player Name</span></strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
  10. Shade Thornton

    Joint Posting How-To

    How To Write a Joint Post at Sagas We normally use a 3 step process for setting up and writing JPs. This is not mandatory. In situations where there is immediate interaction and direct dialog, each post might be written as a JP. This outlines how we normally write them. Character #1 starts the thread (creates the topic) and sets the scene up. Character #2 replies and writes their character into the scene. Character #1 replies or acknowledges Character #2 in some fashion. This time, Character #2 clicks edit and adds their response directly into that post instead of hitting reply and starting a new post. Keep an eye on word count because JPs can get really long really fast. Break the JP at around 1000-1500 words and start another reply.
  11. Shade Thornton

    Joint Posting How-To

    Joint posts or JPs are exactly what they sound like. Two or more writers get together to collaborate on a post or thread (scene). Most RPGs do joint posts in a live setting like Discord, Skype, or they have a dedicated CBox for it. We make a distinction between live-play and joint posting. Live-Play (LP): This is when two or more players get together in one of our Discord channels or privately (DMs) and interactively write out their post live. They then format it into a post and add it to their scene. Joint Post (LP): Joint posts are written much the same way as any other post. The difference is that responses are edited into an already existing post. Our site records all document revisions so all players with an approved character have post editing access in the in-character forums. Writing a joint post as a shared document takes the pressure off being expected to respond immediately.
  12. Shade Thornton

    Joint Posting How-To

    Does the site allow writing joint posts? How do you handle JPs here? @Characters @Members
  13. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Run for the Roses

    Shade led the big roan mare, Morning Glory, toward the starting line. Stopping just short of it, he grabbed a handful of mane. Glory started forward, already sensing the race before her, and he had to rein her in and back her back into line with the other horses. Recognizing Adelaide Chappel, Shade sidestepped Glory over next to her horse. Tugging the brim of his hat, he grinned at her, "Miss Chappel. Good to see you again. The twins are over on the sidelines with the family watching the race. Nice looking mare," he complimented her on her mount.
  14. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Three Legs Are Better Than Two!

    Shade got himself and Clara to the starting line. He looked around at the other contestants, recognizing the young Irishman from the previous day's work crews - Cullen, he thought the name had been - and, of course, Miss Chappel. He could not help noticing Clara's menacing glare as she also surveyed their competition. He nudged her slightly and grinned, "Don't scare the fish, girl." "Let's hope they run like fish," Clara could get a wee bit competitive at times. Everyone was lined up now, all eyes on the race official as he raised a starters pistol, "Ready, set..." The gun went off and the contestants launched forward. Clara was elated they had gotten off to a smooth start, out of the corner of her eye she had noticed one couple on the far end of the line face plant to the ground. She grinned. The sound of the gun startled Harriet and she lurched into the start, nearly knocking herself and Quentin to the ground. A glance showed her that Shade and the Redmond girl - Clara - were ahead by a few feet. Another couple that she did not know was ahead of them. "Put some muscle into it, Quentin or Shade's going to win." Harriet's competitive spirit was taking hold! Quentin windmilled his free arm to try and balance as the gun went off and Harriet nearly dragged him off his feet. He watched the other two pairs shoot ahead and his eyes narrowed. He shifted to match Harriet's stride so their legs were working together. "I'm trying!" Quentin realized he didn't have to hold back for Harriet and increased his speed, noting that the two of them were actually beginning to gain on the others. Shade risked glancing around to try and see where Quentin and Harriet were. It was somehow a matter of honor that they at least beat them if no one else. He took better hold of Clara and matched his stride to hers. At the same time, he encouraged her to try to stretch a bit more, keeping her snugged tight up against him so they weren't pulling on the cord tied about their legs. "You're doing great, girl. Come on..." He narrowed his eyes as the Irishman and Addy took an easy lead. It didn't stay a comfortable lead long though as the other two couples adjusted to how this worked and both sets closed. It was still anybody's race. Clara was fired up, exhilarated too by the applause and cheering of the crowd. She liked to think it was all for her and Shade but of course it was not. As the trio of couples closed in on each other, the distance tightened amongst them too, not necessarily a good thing. Clara paid no attention to Harriet and Quentin as her eyes were on the lead which meant redoubled effort was needed to get neck and neck then pass. That's when disaster happened. Clara had no idea how it happened, it just did. There was a jostle, knocking the pair of couples off their stride, even worse off their balance. Oh no! They were going down, crashing onto the grass.! Clara grabbed with both arms for her partner, like that would help any, "Shade!" Shade hadn't seen it happen and could have sworn they were well ahead of Quentin and Harriet. Yet somehow, they had not only caught up, they had also lost their balance and fallen talking Shade and Clara with them. Clara called out and grabbed for Shade, trying to keep her feet, to no avail. He felt them falling. In an effort to protect Clara and still salvage something from the race, Shade threw them both forward and twisted, hoping to land on his back and pull Clara on top of him to cushion her fall. They had been doing so well, almost neck-and-neck with Shade and Miss Redmond. Their downfall was sudden and quite jarring! Harriet felt her foot - the one attached to the leg that was tied to Quentin - slip on the grass. She skidded and clutched Quentin for support, managing to knock him sideways in the process...into Shade and Miss Redmond! Quentin yelped as Harriet rebounded off him and he glanced at her, feeling the two of them reeling off balance and then he collided with Clara and Shade, Quentin knew everyone was going down so he automatically reached and turned his back to hit the ground while his arms grasped Harriet to keep her from hitting fully. Shade and Clara were ahead so he figured they should land out from under Harriet and himself. Quentin felt his breath whoof out as the two of them hit and slid to a stop on the grass. Shade clutched her even as they both fell forward, at the last second the man twisting them in such a way Clara ended up on top of her larger heavier partner, obviously for the best. Fortunately the recent rains had left the ground with some give though Clara managed to hit the top of her head on Shade's chin. None the worse for wear, she looked around. Sure enough they were down, that infernal woman lawyer and Shade's friend were down and the crowd was acclaiming the winners, that other couple whom she did not even know. A second look though and she realized they too had just managed to sprawl across the ribbon on the ground. "We came in second!" Clara announced rather mournfully, she had really wanted to win. And they would have to if it not for that lawyer! That's when the full awareness hit her, she was lying on top of Shade and their faces were like an inch apart. Oh dear! Quickly she rolled off of him. "Are you hurt?" she certainly did not want that. Shade let out a muffled oomph as Clara rolled off of him and her knee impacted a sensitive area, "I wasn't..." he muttered. He angled a look at the pile of torsos and limbs that was sorting itself out into Quentin and Harriet. "At least we beat them." His deep blue eyes glinted fiercely and he stretched out a hand, "Pay up," he said to Quentin. Quentin still lay on his back, arms out to each side as Harriet climbed off him. His eyes closed at the sound of Shade's self-satisfied voice. "Well obviously I died in the fall and this is Hell..." He finally looked over at Shade. "...you just couldn't wait, could you?" "Nope," Shade grinned as he untied the rope from around his and Clara's legs, "I was always told to not let wagers lay whether I owed on one or someone owed me." He had every intention of offering the second-place prize to Clara and also a part of the wager. He would do that privately though. He did not want to embarrass the young lady. Harriet gave a slight snort of derision as she finished extricating herself from Quentin, "Being gracious to your competition is considered good manners, Shade Thornton. You might need my legal services someday." She managed a grin and her normally cold gray eyes sparkled with humor. The truth was that she had actually enjoyed the race. As a child, such games had been frowned on by her strict mother. Clara allowed Shade to untie their legs then stood up, given the man's wince of pain just a moment before she was afraid she might have done him some injury though certainly not on purpose. Well, he claimed he was fine so she let it go. Standing up, she brushed some grass and dirt from her dress as she listened to Shade talk to his friend and that..........lawyer. "I certainly hope you are a better lawyer than a runner. Shade and I would have won if SOMEONE hadn't crashed into us," Clara declared, the glare she was giving Harriet made it quite clear who she thought that someone had been. ooc: I'm fine ending it at any time @Wayfarer and @Quentin Cantrell [[ Ready to wind this one up? ]]
  15. Shade Thornton

    Kalispell Fairgrounds Run for the Roses

    The race course circled the meadow and fairgrounds. It covered close to a mile and a half and included uphill and downhill sections, water obstacles and low brush obstacles to jump. Only one of the water obstacles was broad with water deep enough to cause concern for some of the horses. The event had been designed for horses that were accustomed to being ridden through the rough and rugged terrain of the Montana territory. There were actual race tracks in Missoula and Helena, and the town council had discussed allowing a developer to build one east of Kalispell. So far, however, the majority of the council were not supportive of it. Despite the fact that the founding fathers, or their wives, disapproved of horse racing and the ensuring betting that inevitably occurred, the Founder's Day Race was one of the most popular events at the fair. To keep their spouses happy, bets were limited to five dollars or less. Those engaging in private wagering were not subject to those restrictions. Entry fees were pretty steep too, two-dollars each horse. The total of the fees would be divided between first, second, and third place in percentages. The winner would receive seventy percent, second place would get twenty percent, and third place received the remaining ten percent. The race itself had few rules. To win, place, or show, both horse and rider had to cross the finish line. Horses that unseated their riders were disqualified. Riders had to run the entire course. To keep it fair, secret checkpoints had been established. Spotters, hidden from plain sight, would account for each entry. In the three years of the Founder's Day Race, no one had been disqualified for cheating. Along with most of the other riders, Shade had walked the course that morning. He wasn't riding Lakota in the race. Instead, he was riding a big, rangy roan mare that had belonged to his late sister-in-law. Regina had won the race on the mare the year before. Kate Hale had described the horse as being about the fastest in the region that could jump like a cat. Since Regina had been considerably lighter than Shade, he was riding the mare with a bareback rig. She was accustomed to a snaffle-style bit although Kate warned that she liked to get the bit in her teeth. Shade glanced around at the other entries. Most were your usual assortment of stock horses and saddle horses. There was a tall liver-chestnut with white socks and a blaze that stood out. The gossip was that he was a prized racehorse, a thoroughbred, bought and shipped from back east along with his jockey, a diminutive fellow that remained aloof from the other riders. The chestnut was owned by Evergreen Ranch. Shade sighed and hoped they would not be up to their usual dirty tricks. Shade turned back to his mount. The mare seemed relaxed, standing hip-shot while Ezra Hale rubbed her gently between the eyes. Regina had named the mare Morning Glory. He ran his hands down her neck, smoothed the red-colored mane, and then on down her each of her legs, feeling for any heat in the tendons. He had taken her on a gallop the night before. She had a long stride and seemed to float over the ground. With luck, they wouldn't embarrass themselves.

About Sagas

Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.

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