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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
    "I thank you, Mister McVay," Jack said. He turned to Guyer. "Shall we to our next encounter?"
     
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  2. Jack Asher
    Jack touched the brim of his hat as a greeting to the newspaperman. Jack had seen more than a few people's lives ruined by overzealous reporters writing 'provocative' stories painting people in the worst light, either by twisting facts or simply making things up out of whole cloth, all in the name of selling newspapers. Jack didn't much care for those kinds of reporters. On the other hand, sometimes reporters knew things.
     
    "Mister McVay," he said. "As Marshal Guyer says, I'm here pursuing a few of the remaining members of the Baker gang. They made a name for themselves robbing and killing in Texas, and even got over into Arkansas and Indian Territory, too. These are the ones I believe might be in the area," Jack handed McVay a spare wanted notice with the drawings and names of Freddie 'Flinch' Lynch, Paul 'Smitty' Smith, Charles 'Charlie' Goller, and Dorothy 'Dotty' Parsons, AKA 'Angel'. Charlie's picture had an 'X' through it. "You can keep that one for your publication if you wish. Don't worry about Charlie. I caught up to him and after interviewing him a while, I turned him over to the US Marshal for Montana Territory. Two deputy United States marshals are escorting Charles Goller back to Texas. Of the other three, it's possible Flinch and Smitty are near by, but I've been having better luck following the trail of Miss Parsons. As you can tell, she's young and she's fairly good looking. You can see in the description that she tends to wear trousers and carries a pair of full size Schofield pistols most days, so even up here, she stands out. I can't stop you from printing any of this, Mister McVay, but I would ask that you include a bit about how I feel life gave Miss Parsons a raw deal and that to survive, she made some tough choices, and fell in with a bad crowd and that I'd like to help her if I can. There are others on her trail that likely wouldn't be so congenial."
     
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  3. Jack Asher
    Jack nodded. "I've got my horse boarded at the livery stable," he said. "But I'm guessing they'll be more forthcoming if I ask my questions with you there. Which should we hit first? The stable owner or the town doc?"
     
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  4. Jack Asher
    "Thanks again, Miss Chappel," Jack said, implying tipping his hat by touching the brim of it.  "I'll leave you to your work. Marshal, shall we move on? Perhaps to the town doctor? Or the hotel?"
     
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  5. Jack Asher
    "Much appreciated," Jack said. He was relieved that Addy hadn't recognized his name as some former Southerners did from time to time. His name was a cautionary tale in Missouri after Bleeding Kansas. 'Watch your back or fall to Bloody Jack' was something many a pro-slavery partisan during Bleeding Kansas and later in the Civil War was told. The name was a source of frustration for Jack, a reminder of a time when he'd let his rage get the better of him. "You seem like you've done well for yourself here, Miss Chappel."
     
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  6. Jack Asher
    Jack shook the offered hand. "A pleasure, Miss Chappel," he said. He noticed the worn Confederate hat but made no mention of it. The war was over and done with. "Jack Asher. I'm a Pinkerton detective. I'm in Montana trying to catch up to some folks, the remnants of One-Eyed Bob Baker's gang. They were active in and around Texas, robbing trains and such. They made a very big score, but some bounty hunters tracked them down in New Mexico. They caught Bob and he's been hanged. I tracked Freddie Linch, also known as Flinch, Paul Smith, also known as Smitty, Charlie Goller, and one Dorothy Parsons, sometimes called Dotty, sometimes called Angel, north. They split up at some point. I caught Charlie Goller and handed him over to the law after he unwittingly pointed me in this direction. Deputy Federal Marshals are taking him to Texas where they'll hand him over to the Rangers. I don't doubt they'll hang him, too. I believe the others to have come this way. In particular I believe Miss Parsons is either headed this direction or is already in this vicinity. Blond, in her early twenties, attractive, rough spoken, wears pants, which doesn't make her a complete oddity, but she carries two big Schofield revolvers on her hips. Altogether, that combination presents an image folks tend to remember." Jack pulled out one of the wanted posters with all four of the outlaws on them. "It would be in the best interests of Miss Parsons if I were to apprehend her before one or more bounty hunters catch up to her, as I'd prefer not to see her killed or... interfered with by those others who might take her into custody. If you've seen or heard anything that might help me, or if you come across any information that might help me, I'd appreciate it if you informed me or Marshal Guyer."
     
    @Bongo
  7. Jack Asher
    "You've got a stage and cargo wagon company in town I see," Jack said. "Maybe we could start with the owner and their driver or drivers? See if they've seen anything out on the trail?"
     
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  8. Jack Asher
    Jack chuckled. "She's quite the character," he said. "Shall we get started?"
     
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  9. Jack Asher
    In his his head Jack made mental notes of what he'd learned so far. Andy Carter, distiller of Kalispell Jack. Supplies the Stardust and presumably the fancy hotel in town as well. Young, unmarried, fiesty, tough, bold, unfiltered. Jack hid a grin. His mental description of the ginger haired firecracker sounded to him like something she might produce at her distillery.
     
    Andy must not come to town much and if Speed hadn't been here all that long, that might explain why he didn't know who she was on sight.
     
    Jack said nothing as he waited for Andy's reply. He hoped she'd reply quickly. He wasn't impatient yet, but did want to get started.
     
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  10. Jack Asher
    "Not a problem," Jack said, curious to see if Speed knew the young woman or not. If she had a functioning apple orchard and distillery, Jack suspected she'd have to have been in the area over a decade. "Long as we get started fairly soon, I reckon I can wait a bit. And if there's a problem, I'll even throw in an offer to back you up while you solve it. That offer stands as long as I'm in the area, by the way. Call it a professional courtesy."
     
    @Flip @Monoui
     

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