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About Case Steelgrave

  • Whitefish Town Marshals Office

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  • Role
    NPC
  • Playby
    Billy Drago
  • Full Name
    James Cassidy Steelgrave
  • Goes By
    Case
  • Profession
    Lawman
  • Position
    Town Marshal
  • Birth Date
    09/13/1837
  • Status
    Widower
  • Height
    6' 4"
  • Hair Color
    Sandy Blond
  • Eye Color
    Blue

Physical Description

Aliases / Nicknames

Case Steelgrave, Cassidy Steelgrave

Current Residence

Town Marshal's Residence

Main Street (Whitefish Trail)

Whitefish, Montana

Evergreen Ranch

Whitefish, Montana

*Note: Case often stays at his family's ranch just outside Whitefish.

Place of Birth
St. Louis, Missouri - 1837

Traits & Characteristics

Character Traits

Remorseless (-)
Antisocial Personality Disorder(-)
Narcissistic Personality (-)
Superiority Complex (-)

From early childhood at the instruction of his mother, Case was taught that he was better than anyone not associated with his family. His other complexes and disorders began to show up early as well. Case was unable to feel remorse for the things that he had done to others, feeling he had the ‘right’ to do whatever he wanted. This was where his superiority complex blossomed. Followed in short order by his narcissistic disorder reared its ugly head.


However, it was when he got older and had a gun that he became a man to fear, even if one thought they were his friend. The exceptions are the Steelgraves, for whom he would do anything, and possibly already has without the family knowing.

General Personality

Case Steelgrave is handsome and charming. He is also a cold-blooded killer. If met on the street or in a social setting, most people would say, “He’s so handsome and pleasant. I just can’t believe he’d kill anyone that wasn’t threatening him.”

As a child living in St. Louis, Case was fascinated with the tales of life out west. He wanted the glamorous life of a high stakes gambler and the homage he perceived to be accorded to gunfighters. Case also has avoided jail by always managing to goad his target into drawing first, therefore the killings have all been in self-defense.

Case is always well dressed in the latest style. Having taken on the role of town marshal in Whitefish, he takes great pride in displaying the shining badge on the breast of his jacket or vest. He’s finding that being a marshal gives him a perfect niche for continuing his true calling, being the most feared gunman that ever lived. His most distinctive feature is his voice. It is deep. rather slow in intonation, and very classy. The accent is rather undefined but is most similar to the British accent of one who has been classically educated.

Method of Operation

Case’s former base of operations was El Paso, Texas. He still subscribes to and uses the El Paso Chronicle to get job notices.

The prospective employer puts a personal ad in the El Paso Chronicle (newspaper) that names a city or town.

Case responds to the ad by mailing in a response that names a bank, usually in the city or town listed in the ad.

Steelgrave travels to the place specified and retrieves his fee. Then goes to the post office to pick up a letter (addressed to him via general delivery). The letter has the name of the person he is supposed to kill.

Currently, Case then spends as much time as it takes to goad his target into a fight, forcing the other person to draw on him so he can claim self-defense. However, he has the town of Whitefish in his pocket so there is no one willing to stand against him.

Employment

Employment Details
Employer Name: Whitefish City Council
Position: Town Marshal


Case uses the position of town marshal to cover his real profession, gunfighter.

Professional Skills

Gunfighter - Fast and accurate with either hand, with fists or pistols.
Very good with a knife.

Gambler (Card Sharp) - Excellent with cards, practiced at every method of cheating.

Sharpshooter

Hobbies & Interests

Killing. Getting Shade Thornton, or any of that lot, regardless of sex or age.

Expertise

WIP

Aliases / Nicknames

WIP

Residense(s)

WIP

Kith & Kin

FAMILY

Spouse / Partner
*Gayal Dorset (deceased)

*Elsie Carpenter (deceased)

*See history for details.

Children

None he is aware of.

Father:

Elias Steelgraves 

Age:55

Elias Steelgraves will do whatever is necessary for him to get what he wants, to advance his station in life, to increase his holdings.

He often purports to one thing but will do the exact opposite. He can never be trusted to be truthful. At seventeen, he decided that Elinor Dressin was going to be his wife. And although she was being courted at the time, he began his own courtship, knowing that her other beau, Harlan Knowles, would confront him.

When that happened, acting stunned and injured, Elias challenged Harlan to a duel, allowing Harlan to select the weapons. Dueling was pure sport to Elias, and Harlan was not a man of weapons.

Although Elias knew he could defeat Harlan, he let on publicly like he was against the duel idea. So convincing, even those who knew him, believed him. So, in order to eliminate the competition, he lay in wait for Harlan. The secluded area was perfect. When the man crossed the bridge, Elias sprang from hiding and slammed him in the head with a rock and then shoved the lifeless body to the rocks below. The following day he went to Elinor complaining that he had waited an hour past the time Harlan was to show, he never did.  Though she did not believe him, she saw in him a man that would get what he was after, and as his wife, so would she. They were married and before the year was out Benjamin was born.

Mother:
Elinor Steelgrave

Age: Mid 50's

Elinor Steelgrave is a handsome woman in her sixties. She is very petite, almost delicate looking, but her appearance disguises a spine of steel. In demeanor, she is invariably polite in a condescending manner. She is highly intelligent. Like Elias, Elinor manages the family with an iron fist. This steel is applied in her business dealings as well.

Brothers:

Benjamin ‘Ben’ Steelgrave 39, 1836
Benjamin Steelgrave is the eldest son and his father’s right-hand man when his mother allows him to be. Along with his wife, Nona, and two young sons, he has moved to the new ranch in Whitefish. Benjamin would be considered a gentleman rancher as he has no inclination to actually work the range. He is a rather handsome and elegant man who, like his mother, has a somewhat condescending air when he speaks. He is not unintelligent, but he is not the brains of the family.

Clayton ‘Clay’ Steelgrave 34, 1841

Clayton is employed as the foreman of Evergreen Ranch, the Steelgraves’ ranch in Whitefish. He is the family member that is least interested in perpetuating the feud with the Thorntons. He has longed for a ranch to work and, under other circumstances, would have likely gone on the drift. He is generally good with horses, cattle, and people. He enjoys working and playing hard. Clayton is also good-natured, usually quick to smile and laugh. Despite the fact that Shade Thornton killed his younger brother, he would like to see the feud ended.
He is married to Janet Redmond and they have four children (two boys, two girls).

Zeke Steelgrave 32, 1843
Zeke has taken over the management of most of the Steelgrave’s non-ranching business interests. Of course, he answers to Elinor when it comes to business decisions, but as he has a very keen business sense, she does not interfere often. Zeke, like his elder sibling and mother, loathes everything Thornton and does not bother to disguise it. He is also cunning enough to interfere with the Thorntons’ various business interests without being overt or having it easily traced to him.

Calvin Steelgrave (deceased, a. 22 at TOD)
Calvin “Cal” Steelgrave was spoiled, arrogant, and truly psychotic. He was the family hellion and used to getting what he wanted or taking it if there was resistance, women included. He also considered himself as good a gunfighter as any that’d ever been born. While carousing with his brothers in Missoula, he spotted Regina Cantrell being escorted by her future brother-in-law, seventeen-year-old Shade Thornton. He caught her coming out of a store and tried to drag her into an alley and assault her. Shade heard the struggle and beat Calvin severely, even though he was younger and less experienced. A few hours later, Calvin lay in wait, intending to shoot Regina. Instead, Shade killed him.

Sister:

Leah Steelgrave 26, 1849
Leah is a lovely and pampered young woman with a nasty streak where men are concerned. And likely the deadliest of the clan. She seems to enjoy luring them into her web and then crying foul, forcing her brothers to send them packing, usually not very gently. Most men call her bewitching. Those that have been caught in her trap and survived, call her a witch, and worse.

Other Family
None that have survived to this point.

ADVERSARIES & ALLIES

Friends:
Other than immediate family, to be determined during gameplay. Likely to be few.

Foes:
Shade Thornton. Any that attempt to stand against the Steelgraves, or the Evergreen Ranch.


Others to be determined during gameplay.

Life Events

1837 to 1847 (age: Birth - 10)

Once in school some of his future traits began to be displayed. Of course being the child of a rich family didn’t help.

1848 to 1851 (age 11 to 14)

Case was beginning to display his cruelty to others with continual fights and disobedience to his teacher. The final straw came after his fourteenth birthday when he wore the brand new gun and holster his father had gotten him to school and threatened the teacher. He was removed by force and delivered to his home with the message he would not be welcome back. The result of reading dime novels. He began developing an insatiable interest in gambling.

1855 (age 18)

Having run away to Texas, Case Steelgrave began his career as a professional gambler, as well as his rise as a gunfighter. There were several stand up fights where the competition was dispatched quickly. Some were not close to him in ability, but he had goaded them into it and allowed them to pull their gun first.

1857 (age 20)

His reputation continued to grow. He was beginning to be compared to Dallas Stoudenmire and Cullen Baker, though he would never face either. He was busy with the life of a gambler who would kill at the drop of the wrong word. He was then recruited as a gun for hire. The newspaper method was developed.

1858 (age 21)

Case took the first of two wives, a saloon girl by the name of Gayal Dorset. She was an asset to his gambling and fulfilled his needs. Finding out she had cheated on him, he whisked her off to Mexico on a supposed vacation. He returned without her stating she had left him. many suspected Gayal was in a shallow grave somewhere.

1859 to 1869 (age 22 to 32)

Not much changed for Case, with the exception of the 1861 marriage to Elsie Carpenter, and the 1862 murder of his brother Calvin. This marriage lasted for five years. Lasted until her continual use of Laudanum (tincture of opium) turned volatile with loud knock-down drag-out fights almost the order of the day. When Elsie pulled a pistol on him, a bullet cut a furrow across his right arm, he shot and killed her. The killing was ruled as self-defense. With that, Case cleared out of Texas and headed for Evergreen Ranch and the family.

1871 to 1875 (age 34 to 38)

He was well received and brought back into the fold which was rustling cattle, burning homesteads and killing nesters. Ever expanding the Steelgraves holdings. And to ensure that they were not apprehended, Case was installed as town Marshall of Whitefish. He was also on the prowl for any of the Thorntons, especially Shade! And, he still was able to pursue anything that turns up in the El Paso paper.

Character Notes

General Notes

Education Details: Ninth grade.

Languages Spoken:
English, Spanish.

Animals & Pets
None

Player Notes

WIP

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  1. Case Steelgrave
    "Yer sister's down ta Kalispel lookin' fer some gent fer yer paw." Dex McKenny announced as Case walked into the Silver Dollar Saloon. "Jest did gey back from the ranch. He seems almighty steamed 'bout somethin'."
     
    "When ain't he steamed?" Cash asked shaking his head. "Some hombre followed me toward the hide out, Robbins got lead in him, sent young Billy Holcombe to find the body or find the tracks. Who's rankled my father enough to send my sister to kill him?"
     
    McKinney shrugged, "Man name'a Pike. 'sposed ta be somethin' fierce with a gun, but don't they all say thet? Got a couple of the boys with 'er per usual. Bannister and Santee, both good with the iron."
     
    Case looked at McKenny a long moment. "Sending the better guns? He expecting some kind of trouble?"
     
    "Didn't say, but I think he wants to be more than prepared, if'n this fella wants ta make it a corpse an' cat'ridge affair."
     
    To which Case merely nodded. That would be like his father, send the best if there might be trouble, even though everyone of his men were good with a gun or they wouldn't be in his employ. Besides, he had more pressing business than whatever his sister was up to.
     
    TBC
     
  2. Case Steelgrave
    Case Steelgrave had watched the heard started moving out of the valley and off to “market” just over the border in Canada. It was just as lucrative as in the states, but far less risky, and with fewer questions asked. The other thing, the distance was far less than anywhere else.
     
    He mounted his horse and headed out. There were a number of things that waited on his attention in Whitefish, things he needed to get taken care of. Young Billy would have the story on the man Robbins shot. And that could be put to rest quickly and hopefully quietly.
     
    Then there was a civic matter to take care of, a Mayor needed appointing and after that a town council of like minded individuals, but first the issue of a Mayor. His father, Elias had given the word to place man that could be trusted in the position, and that was what Case was going to do.
     
    And there were the small ranchers, sod busters, and squatters to deal with, and that alone was going to be a planning nightmare. It had to be done with no reflection on the Steelgraves, he had planned to use the Barnes boys for that, but, they had to hold up the stage, and they had to pay for that, so, he’d need to figure out something else.
     
    And then, he thought of the girl, the school teacher fresh from the east. And matters became complicated, or at least they seemed that way for the moment on the way to Whitefish.
  3. Case Steelgrave
    With: Case Steelegrave, Toole, Robbins, Billy Holcombe
    Location: Hideout, Silver Dollar Saloon Whitefish
    When:  1875
    Time of Day:  Early Afternoon
     

     

    Case and Robbins rode into the hideout where most of the men were in the final stages of saddling up. Toole had ordered the men not out with the herd to get ready to move out. They had far to many to hold, and there was really no profit in holding them. Actually, they would simply be making room for more.
     
    The two riders stopped at the cabin where Toole stood waiting "We're about ready to move 'em out, boss."
     
    Case dismounted and dropped the reins. "Good, holding too many, and there's more to take." He stated. "Robbins here shot a fella but lost tack of him. Need a man to go look for the body, or the mans trail, I need Robbins here with the herd."
     
    Toole rubbed his chin in thought before he said, "Young Billy Holcombe could track a snake over rocks.
     He offered, looking at the boy who sat on the edge of the roughhewn table twirling  a length of latgio and smiling.
     
    "Yes sir, Mister Steelgrave, I can find 'em, dead 'er alive." Billy offered.
     
    "The get to it, son! Toole, Robbins, get the herd moving. I'm headed back to town. Billy you report to me when you find him. Billy simply nodded and went to his horse as did both Toole and Robbins. As they mounted up and headed out, Case scanned the valley which on day would be his ranch, but, that would need to wait a bit. There was other business to attend to first.

    TBC
     
  4. Case Steelgrave
    Case swung his mount around at the sound of the rifle shot behind him. Was someone trying to bushwhack him? He couldn't figure it, he was a long ways from Kalispel as well as Whitefish, and he'd watched his back trail, well maybe not as well as he should have. Maybe somebody was savvy enough to stay out of sight, but keep on his trail.
     
    He cursed himself! It was that woman, that school teacher that had distracted him from being as vigilant as he should have been. It was then he saw Robbins headed straight for him at a gallop. He reigned in as got Case.
     
    "Boss!Some feller on a roan horse was trackin' you." He blurted out. "But I got him! Damn sure did."
     
    "Where's the body?" Case asked angrily.
     
    "Body?" Robbins asked. "Ain't one. Feller folded over his saddle horn and the roan? It done taken off through the trees faster'n I could foller. Lost 'em."
     
    "Damn!" Case hissed. "Well, at least you got lead in him, likely bleed out when he falls off the horse. Let's get to the herd and get it movin, for Christs
    sake!"  with those word the two thundered off toward the hide out, and the rustled cattle.

  5. Case Steelgrave
    Case broke out of the trees and spurred his horse to a gallop to cover the last mile or so to the camp. He wanted to get the herd on the move believing there were enough of them. Of course, other than the hands involved, it would be pure profit, at thirty dollars a head, with no questions asked, he'd clear about twenty-five of it. Not bad for doing nothing more than running a gang, any unbranded stuff would have the EG brand and be driven to the Evergreen spread.
     
    He pulled up once he was close to the cabin. He could see Toole giving a wave. Looking to the valley he could see the stole herd they had built, and knowing Toole, those brands were changed and the beef ready to move north where they would be met by a Canadian bunch who would move the cattle to the highest bidder on either side of the border. It was a sweet set up, and it had been working well the better part of the year.
     
    "Mister Toole, are we ready to move?" He asked as he stepped down.
     
    "Ready as they'll ever be Boss, Toole replied. "You come onto Robbins out there?"
     
    "No, no I didn't, something wrong?" Case asked suspiciously.
     
    "Oh no Boss, I sent him to ride in with you." Came the explanation. "Step inside? Coffee or a drink?"
     
    "Sound good." Case responded.
  6. Case Steelgrave
    Case Steelgrave pushed on through the night at an easy pace for both him and the horse. It had certainly been an eventful past several hours. He was conflicted about his part in resolving the stage hold up. Not that killing the men bothered him, quite the contrary, it had happened without feeling, much as it always had. There had never been any feelings about killing, it was just part and parcel of who he was.

    And what of this woman? Why had he raced to stop the holdup? Why had he intervened, this bothered him, it was not the sort of thing that Case would do as there was nothing to gain from the intervention besides the killing of men he didn't like, and a risk to his own life. So the question of why what was it about her? She was just a woman, granted, a pretty woman, but just a woman none the less. He was a man with no time for entanglements and she would certainly be that if he allowed it.

    There were stolen cattle to be moved once the brands were altered, and more to be taken. No, Case Steelgrave had no time to spare on anything, much less a school teacher in Kalispell. He pushed on in the darkness with his thoughts.
     
    Leaving Kalispell at night had not been the wisest thing, but he needed to be away and back to what he did best and that was to handle the law in Whitefish, and break it everywhere else. There was land to grab, cattle and horses to rustle, knowing his brand artist was the best rope and ring man in the territory. And there were ranches to take and add to the Steelgrave’s budding empire.
     
    The decision to stop sometime short of mid-night was one made out of weariness. It had been a busy afternoon and evening and it took a lot out of a man, what with the killing and all. And, the thought of some coffee and some jerked beef had sounded really good. He’d eat, swallow some coffee then roll up in his blankets and was asleep in moments, but for Case Steegrave, it was a fitful sleep with visions of the Kalispell schoolmarm
  7. Case Steelgrave
    Case was not a fan of riding at night, and the trail to Whitefish was a long one, but there was business to attend to. Fifteen miles at night would take longer than by day. The moon, though not full was his visible light and the sandy color of the dirt beneath the horse's hooves was plenty to see by for both he and the horse.
     
    As he rode he thought, the mind always active was crowded with thoughts, and most were of the woman, Katherine Bowen. He wondered what it was about her that had stayed with him, an uncomfortable feeling and if there was one thing Case Steelgrave didn’t like, it was feeling uncomfortable. Who was she anyway, some wisp of a woman from the east who probably wouldn’t last the summer.
     
    He spurred his mount to a trot and made a decision, he was going to the hideout where the stolen cattle was being re-branded. There were too many, time to move them out, lay low for a bit, not too long, but long enough for the country to simmer down and ease up on guarding their herds. Case left the trail and headed northeast before returning to a northbound heading.
     
     
  8. Case Steelgrave
    Case Steelgrave pushed on through the night at an easy pace for both him and the horse. It had certainly been an eventful past several hours. He was conflicted about his part in resolving the stage hold up. Not that killing the men bothered him, quite the contrary, it had happened without feeling, much as it always had. There had never been any feelings about killing, it was just part and parcel of who he was.

    And what of this woman? Why had he raced to stop the holdup? Why had he intervened, this bothered him, it was not the sort of thing that Case would do as there was nothing to gain from the intervention besides the killing of men he didn’t like, and a risk to his own life. So the question of why what was it about her? She was just a woman, granted, a pretty woman, but just a woman none the less. He was a man with no time for entanglements and she would certainly be that if he allowed it.

    There were stolen cattle to be moved once the brands were altered, and more to be taken. No, Case Steelgrave had no time to spare on anything, much less a school teacher in Kalispell. He pushed on in the darkness with his thoughts.

    TBC
     
  9. Case Steelgrave
    "I will certainly check in on Miss Bowen and Addy once I've handed these bodies off to the undertaker. Have a safe journey back to Whitefish."
     
    Case touched the brim of his hat. "Thank you, Deputy. Glad I could help." He said and stepped off the boardwalk to the hitch rail and his own horse.''
     
    "Excuse me folks, Deputy. Phinn McVay with the Kalispell Union." Phinn announced as he hurried to the pair, a pad in one hand, a pencil in the other. "I'd like to get the story on those men and what happened."
     
    Case looked at him. "There was an attempt on the stage and as I had heard of the possibility I left Whitefish in pursuit of the coach." He explained.
     
    "I see, Marshal is it? Now this Miss Bowen you mentioned Deputy, who might she be?" Was the editors next question.
     
    "It is." Case sted as he climbed aboard his horse, He was tired and it had been a long day." I've a long ride back to Whitefish, you'll excuse me." With that, he wheeled the animal and trotted up the street.
     
    Hannah had to wonder how Case had cottoned onto the fact the stage was to be robbed as it was out of his jurisdiction. However it had happened, it was fortuitous. She tugged on the horse's reins, "You'll have to excuse me, Mr. McVay. I need to get these boys to the undertaker before they get any riper. Come by the Marshal's office in the morning and I will give you what details I can."
     
    @Flip
     
     
  10. Case Steelgrave
    "Not at all." Case said taking the pencil and affixing his signature to the impromptu document, then handing it back to Hannah."Probably best I head on back to Whitefish now that all this is completed. I'm sure Addy'l back up what I've signed my name to and Hannah, please see to it that Miss Bowen is made comfortable and receives the proper welcome she's entitled to." He paused. "Thanks, Hannah." He extended his hand, a somewhat unexpected gesture.

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