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About Quentin Cantrell

  • Lost Lake Ranch

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    Pernell Roberts
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    Hazel (green-brown)
  • Role

    Main Character
  • Playby

    Pernell Roberts
  • Full Name

    Quentin Aloysius Cantrell
  • Aliases / Nicknames

    Q, Quen, Quent (used mainly by Shade Thornton)
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    Hazel (green-brown)
  • Physical Description

    qcantrell-250.jpgQuentin is a tall, well-built man in his mid-thirties. Despite a rather laconic manner in movement and speech, he is quite athletic. He has thick black hair that is kept cut short and rarely sports facial hair. His eyes are green-brown hazel that seem to change color depending on his surroundings and moods. Quentin is normally well-dressed and hates to be dirty.



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  • Character Traits

    • Intelligent
    • Suave, Charming, Debonair
    • Ladies' Man
    • Calm, cool-headed, especially in a crisis
    • Strong sense of justice
    • Loyal
    • Doesn't hold a grudge, but will get even.

    General Personality

    cantrell3.jpgQuentin Aloysius Cantrell was born into the genteel life of the aristocracy of the Southern United States and a way of life that would all-to-soon come to an end.

    Being fair and honorable was more than mere words to the Cantrells, and they imparted both traits to their son. Quentin was also taught that there were very few circumstances that merited being crude or impolite. In all his dealings, Cantrell keeps those two virtues in mind.

    Cantrell is seen as a suave, debonair man, much like the stereotypical southern riverboat gambler personality. His genteel manners cover a spine of pure steel marked by never backing down from a confrontation. He also developed a reputation as the quintessential ladies' man.

    Although gaining his trust and respect is not easy, once given, Quentin is loyal to a fault. Holding a grudge is not his style, but trailing someone for months to get justice for wrongs to him or those that he calls friends is.

    Quentin is calm, cool-headed and very intelligent.

    Quentin has a deep voice laced with thick South Carolina accent. His southern drawl seems to add to his ability to attract the ladies.

  • Employment

    Employer Name: Thornton Legacy, Lost Lake Ranch

    • Position: Business Manager, Troubleshooter
    • Details: Quentin owns a percentage of the Thornton Legacy business assets and is the manager of the assets belonging to his niece and nephew until they come of age.

    Professional Skills

    • Highly intelligent and educated
    • Excellent investigative skills
    • Good at reading people
    • Excellent interrogation skills
    • Excellent observation skills
    • Gunfighting / Marksmanship
  • Expertise

    Self Defense: Quentin is good with his fists, and excels at using any weapon handy in a brawl. All skills learned by losing as many fights as he won when he was younger. He is also an excellent marksman and a very fast draw.

    Primary Weapons

    Hobbies & Interests

    • Swimming
    • Sailing
    • Art
    • Reading
  • Residence(s)

    Current Residence

    Blackbird Lodge
    Double L Ranch (Lost Lake Ranch)
    Kalispell, Territory of Montana

    Former Residence

    Carlton Hotel
    Executive Suite
    San Francisco, California

    Place of Birth

    Charleston, South Carolina, USA 

  • Kith & Kin

    Children: Quentin does not have any children of his own. He shares guardianship of his orphaned niece and nephew with their paternal uncle, Shade Thornton.

    William Cody Thornton: Nephew, Ward

    • Birth Parents: Chance and Regina Thornton
    • DOB: February 11, 1870 (a. 5)
    • Appearance: Cody has his Uncle Shade's raven black hair and deep blue eyes. His hair is thick and wavy, he also has dark brows and long, thick black eyelashes.

    Regina Antoinette Thornton: Niece, Ward

    • Birth Parents: Chance and Regina Thornton
    • DOB: February 11, 1870 (a. 5)
    • Appearance: Nettie has Regina's beautiful, golden brown hair and her father's light-blue eyes. Her eyebrows and lashes are slightly darker than her hair, but golden tipped which matches the natural highlights in her hair. Nettie's hair is thick and wavy, and she prefers to wear it cut short. She hates being forced to stay still for someone to comb, brush and braid her hair for her.

    Father: Charles Cantrell (deceased)

    Mother: Claire Devereaux Cantrell (deceased)

    Sister: Regina Beth Thornton

    • Nickname: Reggie
    • Husband: William Chance Thornton (m. 06/05/1862)
    • DOB: 04/05/1845; DOD: 06/02/1875 (a. 30)
    • Maiden Name: Cantrell
    • Regina Cantrell was the daughter of a wealthy Charleston, South Carolina family. The Cantrells and Thorntons were long-term business associates and friends with the Thorntons doing most of their east coast shipping business with the Cantrells. In 1861, with the winds of war stirring, Regina's parents sent her to stay with the Thorntons in Montana, hoping to keep her safe from the pending conflict.
    • She and Chance Thornton fell in love almost at first sight. They were married a year after she came to live with the Thorntons. Reggie also fell in love with the ranch and Montana in equal measure. It was Regina's efforts that took the ranch from a modest paying concern to a one of the best in the country.

    Brother-in-Law: William Chance Thornton

    • Nickname: Chance
    • DOB: 01/05/1837; DOD: 06/02/1875 (a. 38)
    • Wife: Regina Beth Thornton (m. 06/05/1862)

    Other Family

    • Lilah Beth Thornton (Niece; DOB: 03/01/1867; DOD: 06/02/1875 (a. 8)
    • William Grant Thornton (Nephew; DOB: 05/02/1865; DOD: 06/02/1875 (a. 10)



    Shade Thornton (1875 to Present): Quentin met Shade when he brought him the news of Chance and Regina's death. During their journey to Montana, the two men became friends.



    Quentin harbors a deep-seated hatred of whoever was responsible for the death of his sister and her family.

    Others to be determined in game play.

  • Timeline

    May 7, 1839 (a. 0): Quentin Aloysius Cantrell born to Claire and Charles Cantrell.

    April 5, 1845 (a. 6): Regina Beth Cantrell (younger sister) born.

    1845 to 1856 (a. 6-17): Attends Charleston's Philips' Academy (private school)

    Quentin had a childhood typical of a young man born into the upper echelons of Southern society. He learned the etiquette required of all young gentlemen. Quentin attended one of Charleston's premier private schools for young men where he was a good student but easily bored when studying subjects that he had no interest in.

    1856 to 1860 (a. 17-21): West Point (4 years)
    September 1860: Regina sent to live with Thorntons.

    Upon graduating from high school, Quentin spent a few months kicking around, trying to decide what he wanted to do. He had no interest in the family's shipping business, prompting his father to put a time limit on him for finding something he wanted to do and making his own way. It was almost by accident that he wound up at West Point when a family friend nominated him.

    Although the military was not his first choice, Quentin did surprisingly well, excelling at the challenging curriculum. He graduated in the top one-percent in his class.

    With the deterioration of relations between the northern and southern states, Quentin's parents decided to send their daughter to live with family friends in Montana, well out of harm's way.

    1861 to 1865 (a. 22-26): The Civil War.

    Cantrell heard about a unit being formed called Hampton's Legion. He traveled to Charleston to enlist and due to his West Point Education was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Cavalry that made up part of the Legion. In 1862 the Cavalry was combined with other small units and designated the 2nd South Carolina Cavalry where they served with Hampton for the rest of the war. The Battalion saw action in most of the major actions of the Army of Northern Virginia from Second Manassas through the end of the war. Cantrell showed skill despite his age and ended the war as a Major.

    June 5, 1862 (a. 23) Regina marries Chance Thornton (Kalispell, Montana).

    May 5, 1865 (a. 26): William Grant Thornton (nephew) born.

    1865 (a. 26): Civil War ends, Quentin moves west.

    At the end of the Civil War, with his home destroyed and no family left except for Regina, Quentin moves west and settles in San Francisco. California allowed him to be within a respectable distance of Montana for visits home with his sister and her growing family, but still in a city that was a hub of society and culture. Except for modest sums of money ensconced in hidden accounts, the Cantrells had lost everything. One of Quentin's goals was to rebuild the family fortunes.

    1866 to 1875 (a. 27-36)
    March 1, 1867 (a. 28):
    Lilah Beth Thornton (niece) born.
    February 11, 1870 (a. 31): William Cody Thornton (nephew) and Antoinette Regina Thornton (niece) born.

    Shortly after settling in San Francisco, Quentin met up with an old friend who had pulled out of the South right before hostilities broke out. He offered Cantrell a generous finder's fee to locate his former partner who had absconded with the bulk of his fortune. Quentin discovered a talent for locating people and things. The military had taught him tactics and persistence. He was also quite skilled with firearms, another major business asset in the West.

    Over the next several years, Quentin's reputation for getting jobs done grew. He billed himself as a Troubleshooter. Cantrell's work ranged from prisoner escort to bodyguard.

    June 2, 1875 (a. 36): Regina, Chance, Grant, and Beth are allegedly massacred by Indians. Only Cody survives.

    Quentin receives word that his sister was killed while returning with her family from Missoula, Montana. She, her husband and their two older children were allegedly killed by Indians. Quentin heads for Montana where he learns that Chance and Regina had named Chance's younger brother, Shade, as the children's guardian in their will, as well as the trustee of their estate. However, the family's attorney was moving for custody of young Cody, citing Shade as not suitable, if even still alive. Quentin manages to get a temporary injunction on the proceedings but has a finite amount of time in which to locate Shade Thornton.

  • Character Notes


    • Graduated West Point Military Academy.
    • Quentin is well read, can write quite eloquently, and is good at math.


    English, French (Both Fluent)


    Chance and Regina Thornton's Last Will and Testament 
    Despite a tradition mandated by their great grandfather, Ishmael Thornton, and perpetuated by Caleb Thornton, Chance chose to leave half of the Thornton ranch to his younger brother. Shade was also named as sole guardian and trustee for Chance's children, the only survivor of which were the five-year-old twins, Cody and Nettie. Quentin was left interests in the Thornton Legacy business assets with a stipulation that controlling interest would devolve to Chance's and Regina's children when they reached legal age.

    Judge Mandrell's Ruling
    In the best interests of the children, Judge Robert Mandrell set aside some of the dictates of the will. He stipulated that the twins' other uncle, Quentin Cantrell, would share guardianship of them and management of their extensive business interests. The judge also added a requirement that the two men hire a suitable woman to help care for the children stating that he would personally review the arrangements in six months' time.

    Animals & Pets
    palmetto.jpgName: Paladin
    Gender: Gelding
    Age: 4 years
    Breed: Spanish Mustang / Colonial Quarter Horse
    Color: Buckskin
    Hands: 16
    Disposition: Spirited, calm, well-mannered.

    Note: Quentin bought Paladin from the Sherman Ranch for the trip back to Montana in the opening story.

    Character Concept

    Based on the Paladin character from Have Gun - Will Travel.

  • Player Notes

    Will be updated as needed.

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