Cody is a sturdy, muscular boy with thick, straight blond hair and striking dark blue eyes.
Traits & Characteristics
Cody is a rather shy but loving little boy. Since witnessing the murders of his parents and older siblings, Cody has become very withdrawn and distrustful of adults. He still plays hard and rough, he's all boy in that regard. Cody has inherited his Uncle Shade's temper, and it gets displayed when he feels Nettie needs to be protected. This makes it challenging to discipline his twin sister as the adult administering the discipline might find themselves on the receiving end of a sharp kick to the shins. Cody prefers to follow the rules and stay out of trouble. However, he often finds himself in the thick of it due to following Nettie on her adventures in an effort to dissuade her from them.
Although just beginning to read a bit, Cody is proving to be the more studious of the twins. He is the one that has developed their secret twin-language and comes up with plans for their games. He's quite good at checkers and shows promise as a strategist and tactician. Cody is also very good with horses, showing a natural knowledge and instinct for riding and caring for them.
Learning to ride and rope.
Learning to shoot.
Can read, spell, and write at a first grade level.
Regina Antoinette Thornton (Nettie, fraternal twin, DOB: February 11, 1870): The twins are very close and exhibit many of the uncanny senses where one another are concerned as other twins do. They almost have a general awareness of one another's location although if there's much distance involved, it'll be just a case of being able to point in what direction someone should look. They do have their own language, and it's not unusual to see them leaning forehead to forehead as if communicating directly mind-to-mind. They aren't, of course, but many adults would say otherwise. Nettie and Cody routinely start and finish one another's sentences.
William Chance Thornton (father, deceased, DOD: June 2, 1875)
Regina Beth Thornton (mother, deceased, DOD: June 2, 1875)
Lilah Beth Thornton (older sister, deceased, DOD: June 2, 1875)
Josiah Grant Thornton (older brother, deceased, DOD: June 2, 1875)
Friends / Allies
Josephine Thornton (governess)
Clara Redmond (p/t nanny)
Cody is not aware of the fact that he is on the Steelgraves' radar to be eliminated.
February 11, 1870
Born to Chance and Regina Thornton
1870 to 1875 (a. 0-5)
Cody had a normal childhood with loving parents until June 2, 1875. While returning from Missoula, the family was attacked by a band of men (believed to be Indians). Cody's older brother, Grant, lowered him out of the wagon and ordered him to hide in the rocks. He saw his parents, older brother and older sister, Beth, killed. Their bodies were then dragged into the wagon and it was set on fire. Fortunately, Cody's twin sister, Nettie, was not on the trip. She was back at the ranch with a bad cold.
Cody was found the next day by a passing wagon train. He does not seem to remember much about what happened.
Will be added
Cody and his twin, Nettie, are not intended to be played on a regular basis.
Thunder shattered the night and lightning lit up the world briefly. The old house shuddered under Mother Nature's onslaught, but beyond a few moans and groans, it stood solidly against the raging storm. The boy huddled under the covers on his bed, praying for the storm to pass and for the night to be still although stillness brought its own kind of terror. Still, it was better than the maddening assault on one's senses by the storm.
Until the second day of June, Cody had not feared the storms, had not been frightened of the night and its sounds. All that changed in a matter of minutes. Even now, he could hear the terrified screams of his older siblings, Beth and Grant, the sounds of gunfire and the cackles and calls of the men who had attacked them. When it had all ended, his parents and siblings lay unmoving and covered in their own blood. He had huddled within the shelter of the rocks nearby, watching in shocked silence as men dismounted their horses, dragged the bodies of his family into the wagon, doused it with kerosene and set it ablaze. It had been due to Grant's bravery that Cody had survived. His brother had dropped him out the side of the wagon nearest the rockfall and bade him run and hide.
Late the next day, the driver of a passing stagecoach had spotted the smoldering remains of the wagon and investigated. Cody, still wrapped in shock and fear had staggered from the rocks holding a stick, determined to protect what remained of his life. The driver who knew Cody and his family from their occasional journeys on the coach, had gathered up the boy, wrapped him in warm blankets and given him into the safe keeping of a man and his wife who were journeying to Kalispell. In the days after, Cody had overheard how the driver had notified the officer at Fort Kalispell and Marshal Cory in Kalispell. They had tried to question him, but those memories had been buried deep and only surfaced in the night, usually after the Skinwalker visited the house.
Cody cautiously pushed the covers off his small body so that he could peer across the shadowed room. Tucked into the other bed was the form of his twin sister, Nettie. She had not been with the family on that horrible day. They had left her at home because she was sick. Nettie had not seen the horrors he had and could sleep sound even with the storm. Cody eased out of his bed and crossed to stand beside Nettie's. In between the howling of the wind and the sound of thunder, he listened intently, only relaxing when he heard her sigh softly as she turned over. Cody no longer counted the number of times that he got out of bed at night to check and make sure Nettie was still alive, still breathing. He pulled the covers back up over his sister and returned to his bed.
The storm passed and gradually the usual night sounds resumed. In the distance, Cody heard a coyote bark and then the baying of a wolf. Closer to the house, he heard the eerie sound of an owl hooting as it hunted the darkness. But those were normal sounds, and he accepted them for what they were.
Cody was only five years old, but he had a decent understanding of death. He lived on a ranch where the cycle of life was unavoidable. Besides, last summer, his puppy had gotten sick, and his father had had to put it down so it wouldn't suffer. He'd explained to Cody that the puppy's soul, like a person's, went somewhere else when the body could no longer serve it. It was supposed to be a better place. Cody hoped so since his parents, brother, and sister were now dead too.
Then, there was the matter of the skinwalker. At least, in Cody's mind, that was the only explanation for the man. He had come a few days after the White Indians had killed his family. Ezra and Kate Hale, the ranch's foreman and his wife, had introduced him as Carson Tyndall, a family friend. Cody had seen him come and go on occasion, but his parents had never introduced him. Cody found that he was glad for that because he was sure the man was one of the creatures that Noni and Cass, his Blackfeet cousins, had told him about. Skinwalkers were one thing on the outside but something else on the inside. They looked human but were really monsters. The man's eyes looked like the eyes of the fish his father used to catch in the lake. There was nothing in them, no life there, only something that the boy was too young to identify, infinite evil.
Cody huddled back in his bed, pulling the covers over his head once more. The soft, sibilant sound of his sister's breathing finally lulled him back to sleep, but he was restless as dreams and night terrors that he did not know how to explain stalked him.
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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