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  • The Ranger needs to keep the scorpion-man's attention on her so Seres and King can re-enter the fray without his knowing.

    Still lying down, she pointed absolution over the side and tried to blast the scorpion-man off.

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    • Still lying down, she pointed Absolution over the side and tried to blast the scorpion-man off.

      He hadn't been idle after throwing Seres off the train. He was scuttling up and along the side of the carriage, and was almost on her already. She twisted her body slightly, sighted down the barrel of her flamepiece, and fired from point blank.

      As she aimed, she heard a low bellow from the front of the train. Just as she pulled the trigger, the carriage shook, then abruptly slowed. The Ranger, already firing from an awkward position, almost flipped over as her shot went wide. The scorpion-man was surprised too, and stopped his advance to get a grip on the carriage.

      The Ranger picked herself up, backed off from the edge of the carriage, and readied another shot. She figured the scorpion-man would clamber up onto the roof again, but after several tense moments passed, he didn't show himself.

      As she waited, she noticed the scenery wasn't going by as quickly, the wind wasn't whipping at her hair and clothes so much, and it took less effort for her to keep her balance. The train was slowing down further, almost to a crawl.

      She risked looking towards the front and now she could see why. The team of yeddim pulling the train was in complete disarray as a flock of black birds harried them. They were crows, diving and pecking at the giant beasts. The yeddim bellowed and thrashed. For the moment, their combined momentum and their harnesses kept them together, but they were getting more chaotic by the moment. Their teamsters were struggling to keep them in formation, ineffectually swatting at the birds.

      Gaze-of-the-Sun had decided to intervene, it seemed.

      The Ranger took a cautious step forward and looked over the side the carriage. The scorpion man wasn't down there. In fact, he was now climbing on the side of the freight-car, scuttling with all speed towards the front of the train.

      • The Ranger took off in pursuit, running on the roof of the car.
      • The Ranger ran in the opposite direction, whistling as she went.
      • The Ranger stayed where she was. Seres and King were getting closer by the minute, and she waved at them as they approached.
      • Something else?



      On the frontier of the Wild South, there's only one woman with the grit to take on its most dangerous outlaws and bring them Back Alive, or Maybe Dead.

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      • The Ranger ran in the opposite direction, whistling as she went.

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        • The Ranger ran in the opposite direction, whistling as she went.

          Birdy has us covered - let's get back our steed!


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          • The Ranger ran in the opposite direction, whistling as she went.

            She came to the edge of the carriage, leaped the gap onto the next passenger car, crossed that too, and hopped onto the baggage car.

            She paused then to see how King and Seres were coming along, which was lucky because that's when the train's momentum suddenly shifted again. It had been slowing down, but now it surged forwards as if a great weight holding it back had suddenly been released.

            The Ranger stumbled, caught herself, and looked back to see the rearmost car of the train rolling away from the rest. Lans was just barely visible, balancing on the back of the dust-car as he watched the bulk of the train leaving him behind.

            Under her mask, the Ranger smiled. That was one part of the job done - now they just needed to escape.

            With renewed vigor, the Ranger made her way to the back of the caboose, and whistled once more. By now, King was closing in, but the effort from trying to keep up with the train was wearing him down. The Ranger looked down at the tracks, trying to guess the train's speed and her odds of being able to walk away after jumping clear.

            Seres waved at her from King's saddle. The Ranger absently began to wave back, but then she saw Seres flinch and yank on the reigns. King reared up, his angry hissing drowned out by the rumbling from the train. Then an enormous, dust-brown blur rumbled through, kicking up a dense cloud of dust in its wake. The Ranger momentarily lost sight of Seres and King for a moment. When she saw them again, Seres was lying on the ground, trying to pick herself up, and King was flailing around in the dust, hopping mad.

            The Ranger refocused on the great, shambling creature that had nearly run King and Seres over, and saw it was one of the train's yeddim. The scorpion-man clung to its bare, hairy back, holding its reigns in one hand and a long, hooked chain in the other. He hauled hard to the right, and the enormous animal began to turn around. Its face, black with soot, blew out coal-smoke as it let loose a bellow that echoed through the canyon. The scorpion man gave a wordless shout, and the yeddim began stomping towards the fallen lizard and rider.

            • Throwing caution to the wind, the Ranger leaped off the train.
            • The Ranger grimaced, pulled out Absolution, and fired a blast at the yeddim and rider. She wouldn't hit them at this range, but she might draw their attention.
            • The Ranger let out one last desperate whistle, hoping King would get under control.
            • Something else?



            On the frontier of the Wild South, there's only one woman with the grit to take on its most dangerous outlaws and bring them Back Alive, or Maybe Dead.

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            • More spotlight love for King!

              The Ranger let out one last desperate whistle, hoping King would get under control.

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              • Originally posted by KFinigan View Post
                More spotlight love for King!

                The Ranger let out one last desperate whistle, hoping King would get under control.
                Stole the sentiment from my mouth. King King King!


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                • Leap off the train AND give King a whistle.

                  Big darn heroes should work together.


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