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  1. Jed and the Cold Bloods - Ch. 7

    Chapter VII

    ‘Maybe you’re out of ammo, maybe the gun is knocked out of your hand. Maybe you discover what you save in coin buying cheap tin-cased bullets ain’t worth your trusty .45 jamming at the wrong moment. The point is, sooner or later shooting won’t be an option. I’ve seen more than one deadeye put in the ground for lack of a backup weapon.

    Boot knife, knuckle dusters, blackjack. Whatever blows your skirt up. Hell, it wasn’t too long ago our predecessors ...
  2. Jed and the Cold Bloods - Ch. 6

    Chapter VI

    ‘On the first day, let all feast and make merry.

    But before nourishing the body,

    Let there be a more generous banquet for the soul,’

    - ‘The Prism of Heaven’, Chapter 6: Verse 22

    It was by all accounts a fine Sunday meal, though perhaps ‘feast’ was too strong a word when compared to the overgenerous banquets of the prosperous east. This was the only regular occasion of merriment to be had in those ...
  3. Jed and the Cold Bloods - Ch. 5

    Chapter V

    ‘Honor the lawman, that selfless soul who shields his people from all foes.

    But armed though he is with iron and righteous thunder, he is only one man.

    When his need is great, those of able body and dutiful mind must answer his call of justice,

    And stand in arms alongside him to cast down the wicked.’

    - Gareth Falmer, former Rector of Dormis

    All Dormis was gathered in the streets before the now-empty ...
  4. Jed and the Cold Bloods - Ch. 4

    Chapter IV

    ‘The widespread tales of magicks, monsters, and other such unsubstantiated phenomena find fertile soil indeed in the unlearned minds of the hard-working roughnecks who people our frontiers. It is only to be expected that these unlettered frontiersmen would give such unwarranted credence to these apocryphal tales of dragons, witches, and other such nonsense. There is no harm in these ridiculous beliefs, of course, but for myself I find their ignorance repugnant, ...
  5. Jed and the Cold Bloods - Ch. 3

    Chapter III

    “Man prays on top of mountain for seven days, asking gods for wisdom.

    On seventh night it rains, and gods tell him ‘Wise man has dry clothes.’ “

    - Native Mesconan folk tale

    All of Dormis stood clustered about the squat white-washed steeple that served as the local chapel. It was a chill and windy Sunday morning, and though it was only just past dawn, the grey sky showed no promise of improvement in the hours ...
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