Gets his looks and colouring from his father's side.
Traits & Characteristics
Young and eager. He still has a lot to learn as he has only lived in a city and socialising mainly with students.
Willing to learn
Loyal and hard working
Practical and supportive
Can be a little sensitive, especially where is brothers are concerned
Can be direct and brutally honest at times. Being tactful and less direct is something he still has to learn.
Just like his brothers, he is a bit of ladies man.
No previous employers.
Training as a ranch hand at Lost Lake Ranch.
Two years of Yale college mainly in legal studies.
None - novice ranch hand
Aliases / Nicknames
Kith & Kin
Charles Albert Wentworth (an influential person in political and social circles in Washington D.C. i.e. the man behind the scenes pulling the strings). Hopes one day to have a son who will enter politics so that he gain more influence.
Rebecca Mary Wentworth (nee Martin)
Matthew Charles Wentworth (born 1840)
Michael Robert Wentworth (born 1843)
Samuel Martin Wentworth (born 1845)
Mary Alice Wentworth Barlow (born 1850)
May 1855 - September 1873
Spends his childhood living and going to school in Washington D.C. Idolises his brothers and their adventures during the Civil War and the following years. He is father's last hope of having a son become a lawyer and to enter politics. Is sent to study law at Yale.
September 1873 - August 1875
Studies law at Yale but dreams of joining up with his brothers. Eventually, gets the courage and instead of going back to college, heads outs west before his father finds out. Gets on the train and goes to North Platte, Nebraska, where his brother Sam lives and works. Both of them decide to go and join up with older brother, Mike in Medicine Bow, Wyoming.
Arrives in Kalispell and gets a job as a trainee ranch hand at Lost Lake Ranch.
"Good luck out there, pard. Not something I would have done, but I'm in your corner, no matter what." He said. "Don't be in a rush, twenty rounds is a long fight. What I'd do."
Charlie nodded, "Thanks. I'll be just glad to last the twenty rounds."
As he sat waiting for the fight, his brother Sam, who was his second was giving him a shoulder massage to help limber up his joints. From where he was, he hear could that music was slowly being drowned out by the noise of the crowd that was building. No doubt Crabbe would be pleased by the turnout and so would cousin Ben.
For most of the lead up to the fight, the betting odds were about even. No-one knew much how his opponent, other than he owned some rundown mine outside of town. Then the rumour started that Cullen had been in few professional matches and he slowly became the favourite, Ben had been pleased with the bets coming in but when Crabbe delayed the fight another week, no doubt to build the drama, they started flooding in with people from all over the county now placing a small wager, including the soldiers from Fort Somers.
Part of him didn't want to do this but he knew he had to. There were many reasons why but mainly it was because his new career as a lawman depended on it. He couldn't be seen backing down or reneging on the agreement he had made with Crabbe. A lawman who wasn't brave or didn't stand by his word wouldn't be respected.
As for the fight itself, his brothers and Ben had helped him as much as they could to get him into shape for the fight. Hopefully, it would be enough to last until the end.
As the meal progressed, Charlie would gaze around the table occasionally. There was the usual talk about what everybody had been up to since they had last seen one or more of the family. He didn't want to breach the subject of the upcoming fight which was now only one week away. If someone asked him about it, he would say something then, but it didn't seem likely as it was a topic that didn't interest his mother. No doubt after the meal there would be some talk about it when she wasn't around. Even though she was the only female at the table, she still stuck to the rules of society and leave the men alone to talk. His mother would probably go upstairs to check on Natosi and Ruth.
He didn't know much about the two women residing in the house. Ruth was still recovering from the wounds she had received. According to both Mike and Sam it was some sort of miracle that she had survived so long. Natosi spent most of her time with her mother but would come down to help every now and then, like earlier this evening. When the food was ready, Natosi had gone back upstairs with meals for both her and her mother.
A snippet of conversation caught his attention. His father was asking Matt about how things were going with the town council. This reminded him about the horrible death of Richard Orr. He had been only on the job as a deputy for a few days when the tragedy occurred. There was nothing like been thrown in the deep end but he knew that he would have to handle stuff like this if he wanted to make being a lawman a lifelong career.
Orr's death was followed a week or so later by the death of Frank Grimes. That was no great loss as far as he was concerned and all part of learning the job. Being a deputy was something he was determined to succeed at. Thankfully, he had a good Marshall like Speed Guyer to train him and the support of his family.
Charlie stood looking at the smoke coming out of the post office. Thankfully, the fire hadn't spread any further and had been contained very quickly. People were still milling around and he could hear them talking about it. Looking over to where the body of Richard Orr was lying, he could see Doc Danforth and some others who had come over, including the Wigfall girl, who didn't seem all that eager to leave.
Seeing that Speed was headed over to the group, Charlie decided that it was best to follow. When he had become deputy a few weeks ago, he didn't expect something like this but then again what had just happened was totally unexpected. Orr had caused a ruckus a few days ago by holding an impromtu town council meeting and now he was dead.
"Marshal," he addressed Speed, "will you need me to do a more thorough examination?"
Charlie glanced over to see the undertaker approaching and waited to see what Speed had to say.
Charlie frowned and then shook his head slightly as Clara walked off. Part of him regretted not being more tactful but a part of him wasn't sorry. It was best that they parted the way they did. Anything more friendlier and that might have given him cause to hope that if anything happened to her husband, he would have a chance. A chance was the last thing he wanted now that she was another man's wife.
From now on, whenever he encountered her it would be in his official capacity as deputy and she would be treated the same as any other married woman in the community. However, deep down he knew that if she ever got into trouble, he would be the first to rush to her side and from what he knew of Jacob Lutz, that was a distinct possibility. Considering how young both of them were, they had a lot of growing up to do.
A small smile appeared on Charlie's face. Maybe sometime in the future, he and Clara could be friends again, when he could look at her without feeling that he missed out on something. In the meantime, he had a lot of growing up to do himself. With that thought in mind, he continued his rounds of the town.
Charlie was now at a point of not knowing quite what to say. The way she talked about Lutz made him sound like he was a knight in shining armour. He wondered how Clara would handle it when the chinks started to show. In the month or so since their wedding, he had heard a few stories about Jacob Lutz and most of them weren't very favourable.
Still, there was nothing he could do now and the last thing he wanted to do was to make out that he was happy about her union. He sighed heavily, "I'm sorry Clara. Maybe I should have made my intentions more clearer but I thought you were and are still too young. To say that I am pleased about your marriage would be a lie."
He lowered his head slightly, "The only thing I can offer you is that I hope that your husband will do his best when the future comes and that you won't suffer if he doesn't."
Charlie slowly shook his head. "To me, you were someone who deserved to be courted properly so that you would have time to get used to it. I never thought that you were the type to jump straight into something without thinking long and hard about it. What you did was impetuous, and I hope that in years to come you won't regret it."
Feeling the need to clarify more, Charlie went on, "What I mean to say is that you're only sixteen. You've never really had the chance to do all the things you should have and now you never will. Despite the arguments we always seem to get into, I really do care for you, Clara and I wanted to...well I just wanted to."
Charlie frowned. He hadn't meant to say that she was part of the problem. Almost every time he saw Clara, he had a habit of blurting out what he was really thinking or feeling. "Look I'm sorry if I implied that you're the cause of my vice. My vice started long before I met you. It's just that you...well it's just that you..."
He stopped not knowing what else to say. However, a question came to the front of his mind that he now wanted to know the answer to. "Why Lutz?"
"She's local now. Only arrived in town at the beginning of May shortly after my Pa brought the bank," he smiled, "Mother hasn't done much since arriving but I get the feeling that she' been getting the lay of the land and might be getting some ideas on what the town needs."
"Well, I guess I'd better going now," he said as he held out his hand, "Thanks again for giving this opportunity, I hope I don't disappoint."
"I take it you know then that I am married now? To Jacob Lutz," she announced, it was a small town and news traveled fast plus it was indeed in the local newspaper.
"I know," Charlie answered solemnly and left it at that.
Then she couldn't hold it in any longer, "Nice badge. Is that not a deputy's badge?"
"Yes, it is. In fact it's my first day today. Marshall Guyer has decided to give me a chance and teach me what he knows," he paused for a moment to remember that Clara knew about his drinking problem. "And before you ask, yes he does know about my vices. About a month ago, I made a promise to myself and a few other people to give up drinking for good. I don't intend to go back on this promise, not for you or anybody else."
After a tour of the Marshall's office and the rest of the municipal buildings, one of the first things he had to do was get to know the lay of the town better. Marshall Guyer had told him that he needed to know what was what and where was where, especially side streets and the alleys. If there was a disturbance at a certain store he needed to know where it was and not waste precious time trying to find it.
So, it was on his first day as a deputy, he found himself walking down main street and smack dab right into Clara. He couldn't avoid by crossing the street as she had probably seen him already and so he continued to make his way towards her.
Charlie tipped his hat, "Ma'am."
Since she was now a married woman, he couldn't call her by her first name anymore, which made him sad. Their relationship, for what it was, could never be the same again and the less time he spent her company the better. In the month or so, since she hadn't gotten married, he had been slowly coming to terms with the fact that what he had felt for her was a one-way street. Even if she felt something for him more than friendship, it didn't matter any longer.
However, as a deputy, he supposed he would have to make some sort of conversation with her, even if it was just to foster some goodwill. "I hear that you're running the Lick Skillet in Mrs. Pike's absence. I hope all is well there."
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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