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Elias Steelgrave

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About Elias Steelgrave

  • Evergreen Ranch

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  • Role
    NPC
  • Playby
    Powers Boothe
  • Full Name
    Elias Braden Steelgrave
  • Goes By
    Elias
  • Profession
    Businessman / Landowner
  • Position
    Owner
  • Birth Date
    06/01/1820
  • Status
    Married
  • Height
    6' 1"
  • Hair Color
    Steel Gray
  • Eye Color
    Dark Brown

Physical Description

elias-steelgrave3.jpg

Traits & Characteristics

  • Ruthless (-)
  • Deceptive (-)
  • Dangerous (-)
  • Controlling (-)

General Personality
Elias Steelgraves will do whatever is necessary for him to get what he wants, to advance his station in life, to increase his holdings.

He often purports to one thing but will do the exact opposite. He can never be trusted to be truthful. At seventeen, he decided that Elinor Dressin was going to be his wife. And although she was being courted at the time, he began his own courtship, knowing that her other beau, Harlan Knowles, would confront him.

When that happened, acting stunned and injured, Elias challenged Harlan to a duel, allowing Harlan to select the weapons. Dueling was pure sport to Elias, and Harlan was not a man of weapons.

Although Elias knew he could defeat Harlan, he let on publicly like he was against the duel idea. So convincing, even those who knew him, believed him. So, in order to eliminate the competition, he lay in wait for Harlan. The secluded area was perfect. When the man crossed the bridge, Elias sprang from hiding and slammed him in the head with a rock and then shoved the lifeless body to the rocks below. The following day he went to Elinor complaining that he had waited an hour past the time Harlan was to show, he never did.  Though she did not believe him, she saw in him a man that would get what he was after, and as his wife, so would she. They were married and before the year was out Benjamin was born.

Employment

Evergreen Ranch

Various Business Interests

  • Elias is a wealthy landowner and businessman. The Steelgrave empire rivals that of any of the robber barons in the east.

Details: Duties, Elias now simply oversees his empire. He has sons to handle the family's affairs.

Skills:  Still a ruthless and deceptive businessman, still capable of getting what he is after. 

Responsibilities: The overseeing of his holdings and the care for his family.

Expertise

As ruthless as they come. Resorts to violence, mayhem, arson, and murder in his quest to obtain what he wants.

Aliases / Nicknames

N/A

Residense(s)

Current Residence
Evergreen Ranch, Whitefish, Montana Territory).

Place of Birth

St. Louis, Missouri

Kith & Kin

FAMILY

elinor-steelgrave.jpgWife: Elinor Steelgrave

Status: Living

Age: 60s

Elinor Steelgrave is a handsome woman in her sixties. She is very petite, almost delicate looking, but her appearance disguises a spine of steel. In demeanor, she is invariably polite in a condescending manner. She is highly intelligent. Like Elias, Elinor manages the family with an iron fist. This steel is applied in her business dealings as well.

Children

Benjamin Steelgrave (Late 30s)

Benjamin Steelgrave is the eldest son and his father’s right-hand man when his mother allows him to be. Along with his wife, Nona, and two young sons, he has moved to the new ranch in Whitefish. Benjamin would be considered a gentleman rancher as he has no inclination to actually work the range. He is a rather handsome and elegant man who, like his mother, has a somewhat condescending air when he speaks. He is not unintelligent, but he is not the brains of the family.

James Cassidy Steelgrave

Nickname: Case

Age: Mid to late 30s

Case Steelgrave is the next in line of the Steelgrave brothers. He is probably the most intelligent of the siblings and the deadliest. Case is charming and cunning, and only comes truly alive when it is time to kill. However, he manages to goad his target into drawing first, therefore never facing murder charges. He is proud of his legend, but has one goal for the future, goad Shade Thornton into a gunfight.

For several years, Case made his home base in Texas. He recently moved to Whitefish and is now the town marshal.

Clayton Steelgrave (Mid 30s)
Clayton is employed as the foreman of Evergreen Ranch, the Steelgraves’ ranch in Whitefish. He is the family member that is least interested in perpetuating the feud with the Thornton. He has longed for a ranch to work and, under other circumstances, would have likely gone on the drift. He is generally good with horses, cattle, and people. He enjoys working and playing hard. Clayton is also good-natured, usually quick to smile and laugh. Despite the fact that Shade Thornton killed his younger brother, he would like to see the feud ended.

He is married to Janet Redmond and they have four children (two boys, two girls).

Zeke Steelgrave (30s)
Zeke has taken over the management of most of the Steelgrave’s non-ranching business interests. Of course, he answers to Elinor when it comes to business decisions, but as he has a very keen business sense, she does not interfere often. Zeke, like his elder sibling and mother, loathes everything Thornton and does not bother to disguise it. He is also cunning enough to interfere with the Thorntons’ various business interests without being overt or having it easily traced to him.

Calvin Steelgrave (deceased, a. 22 at TOD)
Calvin “Cal” Steelgrave was spoiled, arrogant, and truly psychotic. He was the family hellion and used to getting what he wanted or taking it if there was resistance, women included. He also considered himself as good a gunfighter as any that’d ever been born. While carousing with his brothers in Missoula, he spotted Regina Cantrell being escorted by her future brother-in-law, seventeen-year-old Shade Thornton. He caught her coming out of a store and tried to drag her into an alley and assault her. Shade heard the struggle and beat Calvin severely, even though he was younger and less experienced. A few hours later, Calvin lay in wait, intending to shoot Regina. Instead, Shade killed him.

Much to the fury of the Steelgraves, the shooting was ruled self-defense and Shade was not charged. The Steelgraves vowed vengeance leading to Shade leaving home.

Leah Steelgrave

Status: Living

Age: Mid-to-late 20s

Leah is a lovely and pampered young woman with a nasty streak where men are concerned. She seems to enjoy luring them into her web and then crying foul, forcing her brothers to send them packing, usually not very gently. Most men call her bewitching. Those that have been caught in her trap, call her a witch.

NON-FAMILIAL CONNECTIONS

Friends

Very few. He does trust his legal henchman to a certain extent (Carson Tyndall).

Others To be determined during gameplay.

Foes
Anything Thornton, friends and associates as well.

Others To be determined during gameplay.

Life Events

1837
Elias’ banner year. He kills his first man, marries Elinor Trench and greets his first child, a boy, Benjamin.

He grew up living off of his Grandfathers' investments and holdings. Now, as a father, he began his quest for more property, power, and prestige.

1847
By the age of 27 and In a short ten years, Elias Steelgrave doubled the family holdings in the Northeast and he began looking to the west as the next step in his climb to the top. So he packed up his family that now included four sons and a wife that matched his tenacity in the pursuit of wealth and headed west in one of the family’s wagon trains. They settled in a couple of different areas, but Elias' urge for dominance and power drove them further westward.

1860
Elias finally settled his family in the growing town of Missoula Mills. Missoula was founded in 1860 as “Hellgate Trading Post” while still part of Washington Territory. By 1866, the settlement had moved east, 5 miles (8 km) upstream, and was renamed Missoula Mills, later shortened to Missoula.

Elias built an elaborate mansion overlooking the Bitterroot River, making the eventual city of Missoula the Steelgrave family’s western headquarters.

1861
The war in the east offered a new business opportunity for the Steelgraves. Importing rifles by the boatload, they supplied the Confederacy, so long as they could pay. When the ports of the south were blockaded by the Union Navy, Elias attempted to send his cargo overland by the wagon load. However, that became too risky with the Plains Indians attacking his trains. Even hs routes into Texas became too perilous. So, he organized a network of purveyors who dealt with several Indian tribes dealing in all manner of goods including whiskey. So guns, powder, and lead were a natural addition.

1862-1864
In 1862, the youngest Steelgrave son, Calvin, was shot and killed in Missoula by Shade Thornton. The shooting was ruled self-defense which sent the grief-stricken Steelgraves into a rage. Vowing revenge, Elias set out to ruin the Thorntons. Simply buying the Thorntons out was not an option. Besides, the family was very entrenched in the Kalispell region. So, Elias began acquiring neighboring parcels of land north of the Thorntons' Lost Lake Ranch. Those he could not buy, he acquired by hook or crook. Soon, he had a rival ranch that he named Evergreen and he moved his family north.

The hostilities between the Thorntons and Steelgraves continued escalating.

The Evergreen ranch continued expanding as the SGR added another parcel of range after the sixth farmer or small rancher was burned out with the act being blamed on Indians, expertly portrayed by SGR riders.

1867

Frustrated by his lack of influence in the town of Kalispell, not to mention the fact that its founding was accredited to Ishmael Thornton, Elias set about creating the town of Whitefish. 

1865-1875
The ten-year span of bloodletting, rustling began to ease up as serious law was being developed in response to not only the lawlessness of the Steelgraves but other factions as well. Elias called off his riders, mostly hired guns who would only be used to secure new lands, hold water holes if and when they were found and ride the property line. But bad blood was far from over between the two, it bubbled just below the surface.

The Steelgrave clan had grown in both wealth and power but the plan to take the Chogun Valley from the Thorntons had stalled and seemed more difficult than ever.

Character Notes

Added as story develops

Player Notes

Added as story develops

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Recent Posts

  1. Elias Steelgrave
    Elias, wary of his son, for good reason, liked the way he was talking. Like the way he was thinking. Yes, it was true that he could do whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted, which was part of his plan to attack the herds on the Lost Lake, but Case's arrival, that threw a different light on the subject. His offer to throw in with his father surprised him.
     
    "That could work well getting at the Thornton's." He observed.
     
    "Sure as shootin' it would. Why we could thin out their hands, take their cows, whatever we're a mind too, and who's to stop us? Not Guyer, his deputies, an' no two Territorial Marshals are gonna have much say about anything we do. To top that off, I've got three of the best bank robbers out this way. If Guyer and them are occupied with a bank job in the county, well, while the cats away, the mice will play, and maybe lay an ambush for them!"
     
    "Now where'd you find them?" Elias asked, always ready to make more money by any means possible.
     
    "Back south of here, they found me. They hit the banks, keep some and divvy the rest with me and the boys who do absolutely nothing. They take all the risk, and pay us for the pleasure." Case added with a grin.
     
    "Now that sounds to be a sweet deal if ever I heard one. There's gotta be a catch though." Elias countered.
     
    "If there is, I haven't heard it yet." Case replied.

    TBC
  2. Elias Steelgrave
    Elias took Granger aside, "When Carson is up to questioning, find out what he knows. I want to have an idea about where the herds are and if we can get to them. That place is just one big problem, and I do know they tend to have cattle all over their range. Damned house is deep in the mountains and foothills, so it won't be easy no matter how you cut it."
     
    "Sure, maybe a day, maybe less. He lost a good deal of blood getting back here, so he's got him a tale to tell about them cows of theirs. But he's weak, plenty weak. I'll see to it he gets lots of beef broth till he's up to chewin', he'll be talkative by then."
     
    "Good, good. Need him back on his feet, good man Carson is. Like to have me a dozen just like him." Elias said.
     
    "Hell boss, you already do. Maybe not as good, but damned close. The way they handled them would be rustlers oughtta be proof enough of that." Granger pointed out.
     
    Elias smiled, "Yes, I suppose you're right about that. I don't get out with them like I used to, maybe I ought to."
     
    "Couldn't hurt, and the boys'd enjoy seein' you out there with 'em." Granger agreed.
     
    Without another word Elias Steelgrave walked back to the main house, it had not been loose talk about getting back out with the men and lending a hand they way he used to. He knew that it would do him good to get back to working his own spread, after all he and his sons had built the place.

  3. Elias Steelgrave
    Gilcrest just finished sewing up the entrance and exit wounds, and wrapping the wounds with sheeting, then turned to his boss, "Carsons tough as nails, Boss. He'll need rest fer a couple days 'er more. Soups an' sech fer a while. He'll mend, might take a bit, but he'll be good as new afore long."
     
    "Thanks Doc, We need him, but we'll give him all the time he needs to get right." Elias stated. "Like I said, whatever he needs, and, when he comes around, see if he's up to talking about what he learned."
     
    "Yes sir." Granger said. "You never mind anything else, you keep an eye on Carson here.
     
    "Shore thing, Granger. I'll see to it." Gilcrest promised. He had seen his share of wounded men and tended to any number of them during and after the war. Carson was, as he described, one tough customer!
     

  4. Elias Steelgrave
    Elias was informed of the wound and hurried to the bunk house where Carson was laid out on a bunk. Doc Gilcrest, a former hospital-man in the Union Army was tending to the wounded man. Elias took Granger aside, "What happened?"
     
    "Says he was on his way back when one of the Lost Lake riders stopped him. Said the man saw the brand and went for his gun. Carson killed him, but he had no choice. Took lead himself but Gilcrest said he'll make it, bullet went clean through, just lost a sight of blood."
     
    "Damn it. I had hoped this wouldn't have happened. Things might just heat up if they trail him here." Elias said.
     
    "I sent men out lookin' for a blood trail, and they'll take care of it. Goin' to follow the way he came in, all the way past the sodbusters place onto Lost Lake land, unless they see their riders, then they'll make like they're ridin' the fence line." Granger reported.
     
    "I damn sure don't want trouble, not just yet. Soon, that's for sure, but not just yet." Elias stressed. "You make sure Carson gets whatever he needs, including plenty of rest and food. We'll need him when the time comes."
     
    "Yessir boss, I'll see too it!" Granger replied firmly.

    TBC
  5. Elias Steelgrave
    With Ashworth racing back to town, Elias paused to give thought to what he would do about his daughter and this hospital business. With Robertson in place delaying the project could last indefinitely, or that was the plan at least. Oh, he had nothing against a hospital, not even the orphanage, but not with his rebellious daughter at the helm. It would be a mans place to undertake such an offering. Women just didn't seem to know their place in the world these days.
     
    But with Robertson gone, that would test what his men in town could do about it. At the moment there was but a solitary vote that he controlled, and he did not like that. Anderson was a wimp when it came to his vote. Sanctimonious bastard! His wife seemed to wear the pants in that family. Before he had the Judge under his thumb, and Robertson could control the council, and that fool Orr, that was another of his votes, Three of the five, now one against two!
     
    The bright spot, going after Lost Lake. That always brought a smile to his face, and with Shade Thornton's whereabouts unknown, well, that left Cantrell, who also had not been seen for a while. Without the ownership present, and maybe not Quentin Cantrell, would the hands stand and fight? An interesting question. If they were worth their salt they would!
     
    For the moment, all he wanted was to jab them by taking their cattle. An all out war? It was probably on the horizon, the not too distant horizon, that skirmish he intended to win, and then, burn that big house to the ground! Elias laughed out loud.
  6. Elias Steelgrave
    The news was upsetting to Elias, the man liked everything to go his way, not that that was always possible, far from it, actually. But Ben Robertson, he believed he had the man firmly under his thumb, unfortunately, that did not seem to be the case, nor did he see this coming.
     
    "I've got to get back, see if I can stop whatever it is they think they're going to do." Ashworth stated, fortunately he believed they would hold up the proceeding until he arrived, riding hard, that would be about an hour.
     
    "You'll kill that horse." Elias exclaimed.
     
    "Like hell! He's a mustang and built to run. I'll get there in good time, don't you worry." And he was out the door.
     
    Elias laughed, "I'm not worried. Not about anything they might contrive without Robinson being present. A fools errand! That's what I call it. But Ashworth may be right, they will wait on his arrival, question is, will they know where he's been?" This was not going according to plan, but then there is always more than one plan.
  7. Elias Steelgrave
    Granger returned to the house to let Elias know that Carson was on his way to scout out the Lost Lake spread. There was no sense sending men to steal cattle if they weren't sure where they were, and of course the number of wranglers with the herds.
     
    Elias looked up from the latest issue of the Union as his foreman came in. "And,"
     
    "Carsons on his way Boss, laid out what he'd do and how he'd go about it. Good man that Carson, he'll get it done." Granger explained. "Rios seems to have run off, shame, he was a decent hand, but again, no great loss, we've plenty of men."
     
    "Well, not much to be done about one man, and you're right we have enough riders for whatever we need to do." Elias said as there came a knock on the door. "Get that will you?"
     
    Granger walked to the door an quick strides, opening it to see Ashworth, who brushed past him without so much as a 'hello.' "Elias! There's a Town Council meeting in town this morning, I got here as fast as I could, Latham is there," He drew out his pocket watch, "It's already started. It concerns the hospital project. Robinson's left town." His words came in a rush. "Wentworth is conducting the meeting in his absence, so there's no telling what will happen, or what they'll do. I never thought he'd cut and run."
     
    "Damn it!" Elias shouted at no one in particular. "Cut and run, I don't believe this, I mean all he had to do was continue with the delaying tactics like he had been, deny the meeting based on the contract being delayed in Helena. Good Christ!"
     
    "Well Elias, the problem is, there may not be anything we can do. Wentworth is smart, getting this approved, maybe even getting Robinson off the Council, things could be slipping away!"
     
    "Oh for Christsake Ashworth! Nothing is slipping away but Robinson's future in Kalispell in particular, and Montana in general. I will see him ruined for this! Mark my words, Ben Robinson won't be able to get a job selling newspapers!" and with that he threw the copy of the Union on the floor.
     
    "So we'll need a plan?" Ashworth asked.
     
    "I may already have one." Elias replied.

  8. Elias Steelgrave
    Now a ride onto the Lost Lake was always a risk from the Evergreen, animosity ran deep between the two, but for Carson, all that was long before he signed on, and he knew very little about the past feuding, which had resulted in the killing of one of the Steelgrave sons. There had been skirmishes over the years, some recent, but not during his stay on the ranch.
     
    He had gathered up his war bag and some minimal cooking equipment, planning to be on the Lost Lake for a couple of days, there was coffee, hard tack, salt pork, enough for several days. Best to be prepared. Ammunition, he had plenty in his belt. If he was seen, and if he was set upon, he would run if he could, or stand and fight if he had too. Running was the smart thing to do, and he was no coward, there was just no sense getting shot up, or worse, hung.
     
    Carson mounted up and headed south-west toward the high country, it would be less likely he'd be seen that way, then, he would ride the crest, trying not to skyline himself too much as he looked over the herd near the Blackbird Lodge, as it was called. If it was there.
     
    Then drop down and swing around to Kimi Lake and see if there was a herd there, and lastly, head east and back to the Evergreen. Sounded simple, but it might be far from that. He had his orders, and he was set to follow them.

  9. Elias Steelgrave
    Carson smiled. "Sure I can do that, boss. Ain't a lot to it, slip on over an' have me a looksee." Carson answered. "Reckon most of the herd's down close to the ranch 'er maybe over't Lost Trail, that's the best graze they got, 'cept along the mountains near the house, where the stream runs outta Lost Lake toward Kimi Lake. I'll check both."
     
    "You watch yerself they don't shoot you on sight!" Granger ordered. "That last little go 'round didn't help matters much at all. You want maybe someone to ride with you?"
     
    "Nah, I'll be fine. Scouted out a couple places where I can get through without bein' seen." Carson explained. "So I'll get my stuff an' head on out, liable to be a couple days at least, some rugged country over there."
     
    "See ya when you get back." Granger said, turning his animal and starting of at a trot. Carson meanwhile, rode for the line shack he had been using to retrieve his gear, there would be need of cooking gear as this would take a couple days, maybe more. Lost Lake, had a lot of land, mountainous country with not a lot of gazing land, plenty enough, just not as much as the Evergreen had.

  10. Elias Steelgrave
    Granger left the house in a rush, heading to his horse, most all the men were on the range with the herds doing various jobs. Some were breaking horses in the main corral, calves and strays were being branded. Horses were being tended to by the smithy, replacing shoes, everything in preparation for the coming fall round up. Granted, that was a ways off, but on a spread as large as the Evergreen, it was never too early to tend to anything.
     
    He rode out looking for Carson and a couple others, namely Rios and Connolly, they would have the assignment of searching out the herds of Lost Lake, the idea being seeing which would be the most vulnerable and hopefully the least to cause alarm and a fight. The only fence line they needed to worry about would be the one that separated the two ranches, both tended to maintain the wire that both sides hated.
     
    He found Carson with the branding crew. "Carson, mount up, ride with me, we've business to discuss." That only took a moment for Carson to mount up and join the foreman. "Got a job for you, but first we need to find Connolly and Rios."
     
    "Down with the south herd bringing 'em in." Carson informed him. "But Rios? He hightailed it outta here."
     
    "The boss wants a look-see at the Lost Lake herds, tell ya more when we find the other one. But it's gonna be a big deal!"

    @Bailey
     

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