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Jack Asher

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About Jack Asher

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Michael Fassbender
  • Full Name
    Jonathan Jacob Asher
  • Goes By
    Jack
  • Profession
    Law Enforcement
  • Position
    Pinkerton Detective, may become Deputy Marshal in Kalispell
  • Birth Date
    04/30/1840
  • Status
    Single
  • Height
    6'
  • Hair Color
    Light Brown
  • Eye Color
    Blue

Physical Description

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(Will add better description of style of dress later)

Weapons seen with: 

  • Two 1875 Remington revolvers in .44-40
  • One Winchester 1873 carbine in .44-40
  • One 10-gauge double barrel "Coach Gun" (Shotgun)
  • One Bowie Knife
  • One Navaja folding knife

When heads are in need of cracking, Jack has a Blackthorn shillelagh for doing just that.

Traits & Characteristics

Some think Jack comes off a bit cocky. He's been killing those in dire need of killing to protect those in dire need of protecting since he was fourteen years old. Consequently, folks have been trying to kill him for those same twenty-one years. They're dead and gone. He ain't. 

While he may be cocky and frequently unimpressed with a person's bluster, he's alive still because he takes every threat seriously. He knows that time stops for no man... until one day it does and that's that. Jack figures he'll die with a gun in his hand and his face towards his killer, but secretly hopes to die peacefully in his sleep, preferably in the arms of the love of his life... who he hasn't met yet. If she exists, she seems to taking a damned long time to make her presence known.

Jack is loyal and brave. For a hard man, he can be surprisingly gentle and compassionate.

Employment

1854-1861 Fought in the conflict known as Bleeding Kansas, becomes known as "Bloody Jack", though friends still call him "Jack" and some family call him "Johnny"

1861-1865 Pinkerton Detective, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, and other hush-hush type work for the Union

1865-Present Pinkerton Detective: Kansas, Missouri, points west, eventually heads north to Montana Territory on Pinkerton business.

Expertise

Boxing, Wrestling, Knife fighting, Savate, Irish stick fighting, Jogo Do Pau, Spanish knife fighting (navaja, adapted to be used with a Bowie Knife). He plays a mean game of... solitaire. Yeah, I said solitaire. What of it? He'll play you head to head and kick your ass if the cards are even slightly in his favor.

Learned to play a recorder to make his mother happy. He owns a very well made recorder and plays it well, usually for relaxation or his own amusement, though he's been known to charm a kid out of their tears and the occasional woman out of her dress.

Aliases / Nicknames

Jack, "Bloody Jack"

Residense(s)

Usually a boarding house in whatever town he's in. Sometimes, if he's flush, he'll spring for a room in the nicest hotel that'll take a Pinkerton Detective's money.

Kith & Kin

Father: Joseph Asher

Mother: Lydia Asher (Deceased)

Sister: Elizabeth Asher (Deseased)

Life Events

b. 1840 Kansas Territory

1840-1854 Learns to box and wrestle. Learns to fight with his feet from a Frenchman, with a knife from a Spaniard, and with a shillelagh from an Irishman, and more stick work from a Portuguese. In 1851, Joseph Asher bought both Jack and Elizabeth an 1851 Colt Navy .36 caliber revolver and instructed them in its use.

Joseph "Joker Joe" Asher taught both his son and his daughter to ride and hunt and track. All of these skills and the ones above would serve Jack well in the coming conflicts and the years that followed.

1854-1854 Jack's sister Elizabeth Asher is murdered during a raid north by Missouri border ruffians in the early days of the conflict that would be come known as Bleeding Kansas. Jack took his own Navy Colt and his sister's and joined the Free State partisans from Kansas in their battle against the slave stater border ruffians from Missouri.

1854-1861 Bleeding Kansas. Earns the moniker "Bloody Jack Asher", though as he gets older, fewer and fewer people are brave enough, or foolish enough, to call him that to his face.

1861-1861 Comes to the attention of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Allan Pinkerton, planning on taking on many security, counterintelligence, and intelligence gathering duties for the Union, has need of young men like Jack and hires him on.

1861-1865 American Civil War. Jack works for Pinkerton as a detective, going after border ruffians and paramilitary groups operating in the Kansas/Missouri area of operations, primarily, but in other areas as well.

1865-Present Pinkerton Detective. By 1875, Jack was in New Mexico, investigating the Baker Gang. When One-Eyed Bobby is captured and his gang scatters. Jack managed to get on Dotty Parsons' trail and has arrived in Montana Territory with the intent to bring her to justice.

Character Notes

Player Notes

I'm new to forum simming. I'm much more familiar with Nova, so please bear with me as I learn to use a forum.

Juls mentioned that I might have Jack come north in pursuit of Dotty Parsons after the arrest of One-Eyed Bobby Baker. I figure that brings Jack to Kalispell. From there we can work out what happens next. Perhaps something happens that causes him to turn in his Pinkerton badge and pick up a Deputy Marshal's badge.

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Recent Posts

  1. Jack Asher
    Jack smiled. "Much obliged, Marshal," he said. "I'll stop in around nine-thirty tomorrow morning then. Give you a chance to settle in before I come in and impose. I've already chatted up Miss Devereau and Mister Flandry. Anyone in particular you think we should start with tomorrow?"
  2. Jack Asher
    "I'll be sure to stop in to see the recorder," Jack said. "And I meant would you mind showing me through your own town, Marshal, assuming that wouldn't put you out too much. I presume your not universally reviled in Kalispell? Unless they hate you here, too, you or your deputy might be able to help me start polite conversation where insult and rudeness might otherwise be found."
     
  3. Jack Asher
    Jack nodded. "Thank you," he said. "And what you just said fits with what I've heard said by the scarce amount of people I've run into up here, including during a stop at the fort. I'd consider not wearing the badge when I go calling on Marshal Steelgrave, but I do believe I may have run into a couple of Evergreen hands over in the Stardust. So I don't think I'll be surprising any Steelgraves. No, I think I'll ask around town tomorrow, see if anyone's seen or heard anything that might interest me, then head on to Whitefish day after, maybe reconnoiter Evergreen ranch and the surrounding area. Any chance you or your deputy could come with me to call on folks? Maybe help put them at ease and more of a mind to talk candidly with me? And do you by chance have a good maps of the area? Maybe a surveyor's maps? Kalispell, Whitefish, or any with Evergreen Ranch on them? I can make my own, but it would best if I had something to start from."
     
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  4. Jack Asher
    Jack entered and when greeted shook the marshal's hand.
     
    "Jonathan Jacob Asher," he said. "Call me Jack. You've seen the badge. I'm with Pinkerton." Jack reached into the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out four letters. "I'd be obliged if you took a moment to look at these. One's from the Pinkerton office in Austin, Texas, one is from Wells Fargo bank, one is from the Governor of Texas, and that last one there is from Major John B. Jones of the Texas Rangers. Surprisingly, they're all fairly brief. The long and the short of all that is that these folks request that you render me what assistance you're able in the apprehension of one or more of several train robbers that may have come up this way, all members of the late Baker Gang. Bounty Hunters caught One-Eyed Bob and the law set him to swinging. Paul "Smitty" Smith, Charley Goller, Freddy "Flinch" Linch, and one Dorothy "Dotty" Parsons AKA Angel, all got away and were headed north. They were traveling together, but I was able to catch up to Charlie alone. From him I learned that the others were headed this way. They seem to have split up, and I've been following Parsons, her being so easy to track. An attractive, if dusty, young woman in pants toting two big Smith & Wesson Schofield revolvers on her hips tends to stand out. The others might be in the area, too. Not sure. But I do believe that if Miss Parsons ain't already in the area, near Kalispell here, or in our around Whitefish somewhere, she will be soon. These are their particulars as we know them." Jack pulled out a wanted poster with pictures of all four of the wanted members of the Baker Gang. Charley Goller's picture had an X drawn over it. "Now, I work for Pinkerton on behalf of Wells Fargo. Texas wants to hang these folks. Wells Fargo just wants as much of their money back as they can get. If Miss Parsons can point me in the direction of that money, or in the direction of Flinch and Smitty, I might be open to asking the Pinkerton office in Austin and the bank to speak to the Attorney General and the Governor of Texas about dropping the charges against her. Way I see it, she's young, she was in a bad situation, she had to make hard choices to survive, and one of those choices led her to fall in with a bad crowd. Namely One-Eyed Bob Baker and his gang."

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  5. Jack Asher
    Jack peered through the glass of the door and saw that the Marshal in fact did appear to be in, so he rapped his knuckles on the door and waited for a response.
     
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  6. Jack Asher
    Mature Content: No
    With: Jack Asher, Speed Guyer, Hannah Cory
    Location: Add specific location information here.
    When: September 1875
    Time of Day: Evening.
     

     
    Jack left the Stardust and walked straight over to the town marshal's office, hoping to catch the marshal or his deputy still at work or at least still awake. Government lawmen had a variety of reactions to Pinkerton Detectives operating in their jurisdiction. Some took no issue, some were reluctant, and some were downright obstructive. Wells Fargo Bank and the Pinkerton National Detective Agency had provided him with letters of introduction, politely requesting that federal and local law provide Jack with whatever assistance they could, or at least that they give him room to work. There was also one from the governor of Texas and one from Major John B. Jones, commander of the Texas Rangers. Jack always did his best to operate in concert with local law when he could, only working in secret when necessary. Unfortunately, it was necessary more frequently than Jack liked. But it wasn't this time, so here he was.
     
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  7. Jack Asher
    "As much as the prospect of talking with you a while longer this evening gives me pleasure," Jack said. "I think I'll finish this beer and go visit the town marshal. Unless there's a need for secrecy, I prefer local law to be aware of my presence not long after I arrive. But you can be certain I'll return to call on you, Miss Devereau." Jack drained his beer and then settled his bill with Flandry. He rose and put on his hat, then tipped his hat to Matilda. "Until we meet again, Miss Devereau," he said, before exiting the saloon, off in search of the town marshal.
     
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  8. Jack Asher
    You're too kind, Miss Devereau," Jack said. "But your kindness is welcome. Perhaps when we have a moment to talk, you can tell me a bit more about yourself. Like how such a lovely young lady came to find herself here in Montana Territory. Nothing wrong with being here as far as I can see. I've just got a curious nature. That's a part of why Pinkerton recruited me, back when the war started."
     
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  9. Jack Asher
    Trust a woman to make it seem as though you were doing something wrong, no matter how hard you were trying to do something right. Jack didn't have to go out of his way for Dotty Parsons. He could just catch her and drag her back to Texas or shoot her and say there wasn't any other choice. But that wasn't how Jack liked to do things.

    Allan Pinkerton had given Jack a job when he needed one, and a purpose. That job had been dangerous, sure. He'd damn near died more times that he'd like to remember. But he was mostly spared the potential dangers of camp sickness, artillery fire, etc. So he felt a loyalty, a sense of purpose, in continuing to work for Pinkerton even after the war. And if he had wanted to leave the Pinkertons after the war, what place would there have been for him? Bloody Jack Asher wasn't likely to get hired as a lawman in any town not controlled by people of questionable character. So then what? Should he hire himself out to fight in range wars or as a bounty hunter? Ride shotgun on a stagecoach? No, at least as a Pinkerton detective, he was more than just his guns and his muscle, and while some of their clients made him want to wash when he was done with them, a lot of the work had been very rewarding.
     
    "The beer will do me just fine for now, Miss Devereau, so I'll nurse that a while, I think," Jack said, still genuinely charming. Matilda Devereau was pleasant enough, and easy on the eyes. She wasn't saying or doing anything he hadn't experienced many times before, in many towns, before this one. "And decline the second whiskey. In my experience an excess of either can lead to poor decision making, and in the presence of so lovely a lady, I'd prefer to make wise decisions. I'll decline the stew as well, since I don't think my horse would appreciate me putting on too much weight. But I'll be in here frequently during my stay, in the hopes of more food, and company, of similar caliber."
     
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  10. Jack Asher
    Jack heard the two cowboys reaction to him... and didn't care. Them running their mouths would probably help him, though fortunately, neither seemed to recognize his name, which meant they probably weren't from Missouri or even very near there, since Bloody Jack Asher started his work fighting Missouri bushwhackers back in 1854 at the start of Bleeding Kansas when he was only 14 years old. Jack had his reasons back then, the main one being that proslavery bushwhackers had ranged north of the Kansas/Missouri border and raped and murdered his beloved sister, Elizabeth. Jack just couldn't let that stand. After Bleeding Kansas, he'd spent most of the Civil War in that area as well, gathering intelligence and hunting down men who saw honor in fighting for the right to keep black men in chains, not so they could own them themselves, but rather so they'd have someone to look down on, they themselves being looked down on by the well to do of southern society.
     
    Jack had killed many men in his work, but he'd never murdered anyone. Very few people outside of Kansas knew this about Jack (he didn't hide it but he didn't advertise it) but Jack was Jewish. He wasn't hardly observant at all, and neither was his family, but he'd done the learning he was supposed to do. After he'd joined up with the anti-slavery partisans he'd ridden with and taken a man's life, his father told him that what Christians thought of as Thou Shalt Not Kill, in Hebrew actually said Thou Shalt Not Murder. The way Jack saw it, he'd killed people, enough to be thought of as Bloody Jack (a name he hated), but he'd never murdered anyone.
     
     

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