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Bandit Armies

Bandit Armies

by T.S. Luikart Gangs of lawless scum have roamed the plains of the Far West for ages, given that the territory is both a technically “ungoverned” expanse and grand repository for the Empire’s exiles. Some groups manage to achieve great and lasting infamy, becoming particularly notorious or feared throughout the West. The reputations of such gangs lead to many recruits approaching them, gradually increasing their size and influence. A few, such as the notorious Blameless Devils, have been around supposedly

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A Fistful of Silver Dollars

A Fistful of Silver Dollars

Currency in the Far West by T.S. Luikart “All things become possible with money” is one of the Empire’s oldest sayings and generally a truism in the Far West as well. Strange truth though, wealth is a fairly loose concept out West. Lots of folks go their whole lives and will see no more than a handful of silver dollars, much less a gold talon, but they may be considered well off all the same. Many subsistence farmers will never

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Thorn-bush Knights & Exiled Nobility

Thorn-bush Knights & Exiled Nobility

By T.S. Luikart The majority of the Empire’s territories are highly stratified places where members of the Ancestral Nobility, Chartered Houses, and Imperial Bureaucracy hold sway over the common citizenry–though exactly which group has the most power varies from place to place. Citizens that wish to start a business or advance into a career viewed as being “above” their social station almost certainly need a patron of some sort or they will not be able to get the appropriate permits

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The Moons

The Moons

By T.S. Luikart One of the revelations of the Far West chat was that FAR WEST does not take place on our world, but rather an alternate world, massively huge and with two moons in the sky. Here’s a bit more about those moons, and the beliefs that surround them in the Far West. Night falls swiftly in the Far West, electrical lights are a rarity beyond the Last Horizon, though a few places do have them, to the absolute

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The Chartered Houses – The Steam Barons

The Chartered Houses – The Steam Barons

by T.S. Luikart The Chartered Houses are great mercantile families from Back East, chartered to operate in the Periphery and beyond. Colloquially (and none-to-kindly) referred to as the Steam Barons. Chartered Houses are given a free reign to operate, and often have their own settlements and even their own military. There are Chartered Houses that specialize in weapons production, Chartered Houses that run railways, Chartered Houses that are agricultural giants, Chartered Houses that run mining operations, etc. Three of the

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Airships of the Far West

Airships of the Far West

With the vast distances that separate settlements in the Far West, the Chartered Houses of the Empire cannot lay rail fast enough to serve their needs – rail lines are easy enough to build in more civilized areas (The Empire proper, The Periphery, even the eastern portions of the Far West itself), but to lay rail across the untracked frontier requires far more than just material – it requires security, and more than that, it requires volume. Bluntly, most of

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Herd Beasts and Ranches of the Far West

Herd Beasts and Ranches of the Far West

It takes a certain mindset to leave the world you know behind. Folk that weren’t raised in the west often have a difficult time of it before they find their place beyond the Last Horizon – if they aren’t careful their “place” ends up being a pyre. A body that keeps an open mind can find a meaningful life in the Far West, though likely one far from anything an Easterner would regard as “civilized”. Large settlements being rare in

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The Empire and the Secession Wars

The Empire and the Secession Wars

We’ve gotten various comments (In email and on forum discussions) which indicate that there is still a bit of confusion regarding the setting of Far West. Some folks are still operating under the assumption that what we’re doing here is a historical fantasy, where the Wild West features more of a wuxia influence. This is not so. The world of Far West is a fantasy world — one that has no relation to our own. This isn’t historical fantasy, it’s

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