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Chesnut springs the conclusion 

Elikon was in a compound deep inside the area called sane dune ridge.  He knew that it was time to act. He looked froward to combating the marshal and to defeat him and those he represented. 

The marshal and his team advanced.they were fired on by a mage who flew on a dragon.a dragon hit the team. One of the team members was fried. He was killed instently. 

The marshal was not unfeeling. He was personaly affected by the loss they had already experienced.  He alao knew there would be more.  There was no time to mourn but later there would be. These were good people who had families.  They did not hesitate to join him.they would not be forgotten.  He would make sure that hapened. 

The marshal was a good schot.he had to be. He stood by and took a schot. He waited. He took the schot.the dragon fell to the ground.the marshal and the pose kept going.

The mage heard the sound of the assult. He was not happy. It was time to get involved. No longer would he sit on the side lines. He would get involved. Elikon was at his heart a narcissist.  He cared not for or about anyone but himself. He did not even realy give a lick about his fellow mages. He was in life for himself. He was an ardent elikonest.

He threw off his robe. He jumped off of his pedistal. He had the large wand in his hand. He headed near the marshal. He serounded durgens.he bilocated hinself. He blocked the marshal. 

“Marshal bryan durgens.face to face at last. Worior to warior!champion to champion!  One mans hero,one man’s villen. I have actually wanted to meet you. I dont like proxy wars. I see that they are necessary.  I perfer face to face.  Direct confrontation.  “Elikon said. 

“This area is a lawless district. This area is legally owned by the federated states of anglomer. Your bericades are in violation of the perchase agrement with red ember colition .”the marshal said.  

“I did not recognize the authority of red ember, or the authority of your so called federated states. This area is free soil. Owned by no one. I am a care taker. ” he said. 

“You are harboring a fugitive. A man who threatened my life. I want him to face juatice. Let me bring him back. He is entitled to a fair trial. He will have a barrister and will be judged by a jurry of common people.  ” he said.

“F.s.a justice! You have no true authority.  You never have. I do not recognize any government.  I do not beleve in human government or laws. ” he said. 

“Anarky foever?” bryan asked. ” marshal.  I dont like trespasing. I personaly do not beleve in land ownership.  It is antiqaited. I am a catetaker. I do not beleve i have the right to take a life but i will to care for this land.  Greyhorn is under my protection. I sugest you and your ilk leave now. ” he demanded. 

“I refuse. I am a child of the lord. I reject magic. I beleve in law the rule of law. I beleve in a created order. I must take a stand. I will!” durgens said. “Very well!” he said. 

They all took out the wand. Durgens had no idea if the other elikons could act independent of the maine one. Could they cause him harm. Were they solid or were they nearly projections?  He had no idea. 

One of the elikons hit him with the wand. He dodged it. He roled around he ground.he knew he could keep this up foever.  

While several bandits loyal to elikon fired with guns on the rest of the team. They held there own. 

Tim had not seen action like this sense his days in the army. He had faught manny batles. Conventional and guerilla wars. He erned citation for valor.  His old tactics came back to him. Unlike earlier battles he felt a connection to what he was fighting for. This was for law. This was for principles. This was for chestnut springs and this was for lizzy. He beleved that this was a battle that had to be fought.  He was determined to prevail. 

Choe could not beleve how much had changed in such short a time.she had been an outlaw.she had been in prison. Now she was fighting with the law. She felt good about doing this. She beleved that Elikon was wrong.  She beleved action had to be taken. 

Dr. Brenen had served in the army before. He had been an army doctor and had served in the infanty.  He was surpised to find himself hear. He knew that he had to do this. 

They fired on the bandts.right now they were  bandits with guns. They were not battling mages. At least not yet. That might come. They feared it would. 

Bryan durgens had no idea what being hit by a waund would feel like. He really did not want to find out. He fired on a mage. The mage was hit. He seemed unaffected by the bullet. He had no idea which one is the real elikon. Mayby it was a projection.  He had no idea. He was trying to just endure. 

Durgens tackled one of the mages. He went for the energy wand. He pushed it. The mage acidently burned himself. The mage vanished. He ran out of the circle.the mages vanished except for the maine one. They reorganized the bericade.

“You cant defeat me. You are are but a mere mortal!  I am stronger. ” elikon said. Durgens did not beleve that. He beleved the kund of power elikon sought was illegitimate, out of bounds. He could not beleve that elikon was invincible. Ekikon was flawed. He had to have a venerability.  Durgens just had to find it. 

“I give you another opotunity to leave . i will gurente your safty and those who folowed you and your unenlightened views. “He said. 

Durgens did not trust him. He beleved that he could bit be trusted evee. He was a lier,a ecosistical pragmatists.  He must always be viwed with this in mind. He did that. 

He fired on the mage. He fired again. He dodged another energy berage. He jumped over one of the mage. Choe fired. “You keep save saving my life chlo!” he told her. “You dont owe me yet. I will let you know when!” she said. 

The rest of the team tried to help out choe and the Marshall. The bandits made that dificult. 

“Why stop us elikon? You cant care about a petty thug?”he remarked.”the order of the mages has dwindled. Monothism has sweped the land. Magic is striking back. We wont go qietly a big fight is coming. An even bigger one.” he remarked. 

He went for one of the wound. He tried to wrestle it from the mage.the orther mages tried to shield him from the marshal.the rest of the team ran interference for durgens. Durgens threw the wand into the river. It fell to the bottom. 

The lead elikon threw his wand into the tower. The tower exploded. The fire spred. The team had to run for there lives. Elikon was forced to revert to one person.  He ran away. 

Durgens ran futher into the compound. He was going to get what he came for. He was going to aprehend greyhorn. No matter what it took. 

He figured he was in the maine house. He ran towards it. He saw a mage guarding the entrence.he had a large wand.”you shall not enter!”he said. 

Sudenly reverend luter went up and tore the wand form his hand. He broke it in two. The mage ran away in fear. “What are you doing hear.i never expected a minister to be hear. “He said.”this is not mearly a physical battle but a spritual one. ” i can hardly sit on the side lines on this one. I will not engage in war fare but i will not alow the mages to maintain there control of this reigion either. “Luter said. 

“Thank you reverend.”he said. “Of course.”he said. “I can handle it from hear. “He said. “You sure?”he asked. “Yes it is not safe form now on!”he said. 

He kept going. Greyhorn fired on him. He fired back. “Come on greyhorn! The mages have abandoned you. The f.s.a have this building surrounded.  “He said.

Buz fired on the marshal. The marshal dodged the bulet. It was not as dangerous as the energy from the wand but he did not want to get schot again. He fired back. 

“I am not giving up.”he said. “You dont need something as silly as this to take you down. It was a threat it is not that serious. “He said.

“The lawless dont want to be reformed. We want the chaos. We can sort out our own afairs. Figure out our own destiny. We dont need the f.s.a or your God or anything to do with you.”greyhorn said.  

The marshal fired on greyhorn. Greyhorn was hit in the knee. He fell. He got up. It was mearly a flesh wound. “Give up!”he asked. “Never !i wont give up!” he said.he fired. The scooter fired on the marshal. He dodged the fire. He fired back . “stand down greyhorn! “He said.”no not going to happen!”he declared. The marshall hit the schooter. 

The pose and reinforcement arived to take charge of the esate. Revetend luter and his fellow ministers tore down the magic paraphenelia.  The magic set up was torn down. 

“Thanks for your help!”the marshal told him. “Happy to help. Can i help more?”she said. “We will see. Lets take it one step at a time.”the marshal said. 

“Why do i think i have not seen the last of elikon?”he asked. “You have not. I am sure of that.  He will be angery. He will strike back. This was importent. “He told the reverend. “I will stay on my toes”the marshal said. “Good.”luter said. 

At the mane part of the town the mood was fastive. They were happy that the mage was gone for now. The marshal knew he would be back. Nicky came over to him. She was holding leah. He picked the baby up. 

“What if i stired up a hornet nest? What if i made things worse?”he asked. “There will always be push back. You had to take a stand. You started something. A schot heard around the outlands.”she said. “I hope so!”he said. 

He walked futher into town. There was a series of claps and chears. The people of the town stood up for there town. He was concerned but he was pleased. Perhaps this was a new beginning.  

The end

Chesnut spring will return. 

Chestnut springs part six.

Town criers walked all over the town announcing the swaring in of the new Marshall.  The ceremony was to be held in the center of town at noon.

While the swaring in was merely a formality. The Marshall was invested immediately upon commissioning. Durgans wanted to meet and greet the town.he wanted to make friends.  He wanted to maje connections.  If he could build relationship, perhaps they could build something together.  He did not want to be seen as an outsider,he knew he would at first. That was unavoidable.  He wanted to prove to them that he was not the enemy. He knew that that would be a tall order. He had to be patient.  He had to earn there trust. He knew that. 

People from all around the town flocked to the town square for this event. Some for curiosity, some out of boredom.  Some saw it as a civic duty. While some stayed away for various reason including opposition, averson to crowds etc. Manny did come. There was a huge crowd.  

People from all walks of life. From profesionals to comon people and everyone in between.  At noon the doctor got peoples attention.  “If i can have your attention!  Welcone to this historic event. Marshal!”dr. Brenen said.

“To f.s.a Marshall bryan j.durgens.you are hearby asssigned to take up residence within chesnut springs to fulfil the duties of the Marshall for and around chesnut springs. This is efective immediately signed clifton j weber attoney general ane robert j wheeler director Marshall service. ” he said.

“As pursuant to the order of attoney general and director of the mwrshal service i hearby announce that i am hear and fornally assume my duties. ” he said.

“On behath of the town i welcone you to chesnut springs!” dr.Brenen said. The people clapped. 

“As my first act as marshal i am naming dr. Jacob brenen as mayor for a two year term. At the end of the term will have a moyiral election. I have named timouthy hyde as my deputy.  I am issuing a full and unconditional pardon to choe wales. Order of relese is to take afect at once. I am your servent. I am hear to work with you and along side you. Chesnut spring can be a beacon to the outlands. I believe that with your help,that will happen. This can be a dawn of a new day but it will require hard work. The road ahead will not be easy but we can make it together.  “He said. 

There was a perade after ward. It was folowed by a chior and a marching band. 

“A full pardon. I expected to do some jail time !” choe said.”you did a couple of days. I promised you i would helo you if i could. ” he said.”i wont let you down. I feel like i have a new lease on life. ” she said.”you can start over. “He said. “I intend to. ” she said. “I could use your help from time to time if your interested.” he asked.  “Do i get to be one of your deputies? ” he asked. “Well we will see. ” he said. “Ok fair enough!” she said. Nicky saw them. She tried not to get jelous. 

“You ok ?” reverand luter asked. “Of course reverand. ” nicole said. “Your quite taken with our new marshal?”he asked. “He seams fine.”she said. 

He shock the hands of various people. He got to one man.”anarchy foever!” he said. The man was about to take out a granade. The marshal pushed people out of the way. The granade exploded but no one was hurt. The man got away. 

Doctor brenen checked everyone out. Luckily there were no casulties.  No one recognized the man. They saw him just before the attack. 

“Do you think this was a petty criminal or a member of a gang or mage?”tim asked. “I dont know. The mesege was clear. They dont want me hear. ” he said.”un civilization is striking back.”elizebeth said. “There will always be push back. The f.s.a could withdraw from the outlands. The gangs would fight it out. Eventually it will spil over to fsa.catilonia even cademer. We need to take a stand now. “He said.

Neither nicole,choe or bryan said much at dinner. Leah babled a bit. “This was very good. ” bryan said.”it was a collaborative effort “nicole said. 

Later on in the evening nicky was outside. She was looking at the moon. Bryan came out. “Lovely evening!”bryan said. “You know you could have died today you know?”she asked.

“I do. I am been though far more dangerous situation. This is my fith or six brush of death this week. I have lost count. I am aware of it. I am stil hear!”he said. “Dont you worry you wont be able to dodge every single bullet?  Dont you fear you will run out of nine lives?”nicole asked.  “It is a risky job nick. I had no illusions.  Someone has to take a stand. There has to be someone wiling to stand in the way of the lawless. ” bryan said. 

“I dont agre with elizebeth. We should not just ket this area fight it out. I thought you were a goner. “She said.  “So did i? I was fearful.  I am now. I believe in this. I treuly do. I feel this is inportent. “He said.

“It is importent.” she said. “Look i still respect you. The respect that i have for you cant be easily lost. Nothing has changed. ” he said. 

“I saw the way you looked at me. I could tell you respected me. I wish i had not seen that tatoo. I let my gaurd down. I want to believe you. I just want a chance to prove myself. ” nicole said. “You dont have to prove anything to me nick. I am not judgemental at all. I am wiling to give anyone a chance. ” he said. “Like i said i want to trust you. Its hard. ” she said. “I understand that.”he said 

“Marshal!”tim said. “What it is tim?”bryan asked. “I have good news and bad news. “Tim said.”ok! “Bryan said. “The good news is that we have located the bandit leader who attacked you at night. He saught refuge at sand dune ridge. “Tim said. “Elikon has declared it his private fiefdom. Not even the red ember challenged his claim to that teritory. “Nicky said.

“I am not allowing a figitive to get free. I will need a pose. “Bryan said.”your going to atempt to enter sand dune ridge?” tim asked. “I am.magic is ilegal in the federated states. It is ilegal to fortify areas to keep awat legitimate agents of the law. One way or another, buz greyhorn is myne. ” bryan said. 

Bryan, choe and tim rode off. They rode to town where they met up with the pose led by mayor doctor Brenen.  They rode out.

They rode just outside sand dune ridge. He motioned for them to stop. “What is going on?”dr. Brenen asked.  “Have everyone rest up. ” bryan ordered. The pose members were confused but complied.

 He put out a red ribon. He waited. Then felix larson arived. “Your not riding to the front door to elikon’s lair and demanding he turn over greyhorn? “Larson asked. “I give up on greyhorn,  i send a meaege to every two bit thug that all they have to do is run to elikon. I tell elikon that he is in charge.  If the red ember had chalenged him right away, it might have gone different for you. ” he told him. “Your playing a dangerous game bryan.” he said. 

“Dont you want us to solve your problem. I cant beleve red ember wants to see this area go down in flames.” he said. “I dont want that. Taking him directly might not be the best idea. ” felix said. 

“Look i was hoping you could help. ” he said. ” yes. I have information for you.  I have a map of this property. I hoped i could convince you not to do this but i have a feeling any atempt to do would be fruitless. ” he said. “Your right.  It would. ” he said. 

“Until next time. ” felix said. He walked away. He left the area.he returned to where the orthers were.”ok we are not going to thr front gate. ” he said. He put the map on the floor. 

“Where did you get that? ” dr. Brenen asked. “Non consequential. “Bryan said. They looked it over. “We can go hear. There is a look out tower.  We will have to go in weapons hot. ” tim said. “I am fine with that.  ” he said. 

They rode and went into an area. They rode in. They were fired on by a sniper.  They fired back. A bett came at them. “It is a holow image. “Choe said. Choe hit the image. It vanished. The sniper fired. 

Bryan climbed up the tree. He was fired on. He fired on the sniper. The sniper fell off of the stand. He then got down. 

“That was really risky? ” choe said.”no choice chlo.” he said. A mage crawled though the ear. He sent creatures that went after them. They tried to eat the pose. One was bit. The town person developed rashes all over his body. They fell back. 

“It is a crime to asult federal agents.”bryan declared.  “I do not recognize your authority.”a projected image of a gigentic ekikon said.

“I do not recognize your authority either elikon! “Bryan said. “I own this area. My authority is unchallenged. ” the chief magician said. ” not quite. You have a man who was is wanted for trespasing and threrining a federal agent. I want him!” bryan said.

“He is under my protection ” elikon said.  “You are not above the law!”he said. “I am my own law. I define law. ” elikon said.”not hardly !” he said. 

The mage attacked them with a wound. One of the townspeople was enveloped by the device. Bryan schot at the wand. The waund exploded. The mage was forced to withdraw. 

Bryan tackled the mage. The mage tackled the marshal. He knocked the mage out. Bryan ordered the team to keep going. The team went futher into the compound. Closer to danger as well. 

End of part six 

Chestnut springs part five 

The town of chestnut springs was a buz. Everyone was asking about the mysterious new marshal. Everyone was curious about him. Would he bring law and order or would he fade to dust like all the orthers that tried to restore order to this ungovernable reigon. 

Tim was now deputized.  He was now a lawman. He wated for the announcement before flashing his badge. He went to the library. 

Sense leaving the army,he found himself to be listless.  He had no direction.  Could he find a life out hear? Could he find a life ananywhere?  

He went inside. He tried to be qiet but he did not always seceed. ” i dont have any more johny bray comics books. You have read them all!” mis Liz the school teacher and librarian said. 

Elizebeth Perkins was 19 years old. She become the school teacher by accident.  She had been the star pupil of mrs. Weber. Mrs weber had taught school for 48 years. She saw it all in those years. She endured foreign invasions, bandits etc. What she could eneure was old age. She was found dewd at her desk.she was 88 years old. Without any replacement.,the job fell to her. 

Tim took to her almost imidiatly. She was attractive ,intelligent, and interesting.tim liked her.he was afraid that he had too much against him. He was poor. He was uneducated.  He did not graduate high school. He was not refined. He was from the f.s.a the inland.  Many feared he was a carpet bagger.

With the annexation by the f.sa, there was fear that the inlanders as they were called would try to federalist the outland. Every bussines man,religious leaders orthodox and ortherwise,and wanders came to this new fronteer. There was talk of railroads conecting the inland to the fronteer.  There was talk of hotels coming in. This made poeple nervous. 

 “I am not hear for comics! ” he said. ” oh ok. ” she said.  ” i have met the new marshal!” he said. “He is hear? I was wondering what all the buz was about. ” she said. “Let me gues your reeding life and times by edwin karr noedwin for the 15th time. ” he said. ” it is a fasinating read. “She said. “I could not get pass page one. How can you have sub prologue b?” he asked. ” you have to at least read it once!”she said. “I will try perhaps! ” he said. 

“Gues what? I met the new marshal! ” tim said.”is he attractive looking?”she asked.  “I dont know.  ” he said. “Sory. I had to ask!”she said. “I am sure you did. Any ways. The marshal asked me to be his deputy.  “Tim said.  “Your are a good choice.  If i was a marshal i woukd deputize you! “She said. “Thnks for the vote of confidence.  “Tim said. “I gues this meens you will be stiking around hear for a while. ” she said. “Lizzy your struck with me!” she said. ” i am ok with that.  ” she said. Neither one added anything to that satement. 

“What do you think of the new marshal? “She asked. “He seams good so far. “She said. “Good. I look forward to merting him!”she said. “Are you trying to make me jellous?”he asked. “No im not. If you become jellous thats not my fault! “She said. “Alright!”he said. 

The lock up was in the outskirts of the town. Chole was processed. She was changed into a black abd white striped unifrom. She was in a cell by herself. She was barefoot. She laid down on hrr bunk.  Odd at least she did not have to look over her shoulder.  It had been a while.

She hoped that she would not be hear foever. She had idea how long she would be hear. She did not know much about the legal system. She would wait. 

At the hone of the marshall. Nicole made dinner for him and her daughter.”this is really good.”he said.”has it been a while sense you had a home cooked  dinner ?”nicky asked. “It has. I forgot i missed it. “He said. ” “i figured your riding into town tomorow?”she asked. “Yes oficily i was the marshal the minute i got my commission form the attorney general.  I would like to hold an oficial ceremony.  Say a few words. “He said. “Thats a good idea.”she said. ” i wish the town had a functional government.  “She said. “Cant you set up one?”she asked.  “I can. If i do it will be seen as a pupet for the f.s.a.”he said. “The doc is a leader. He does not like to be think so he really is. I would start there. ” she said. “I had a thought about that. I am thinking about that. ” he told her.

 That night, bryan tried to sleep. His mind went in a thousand different directions. His adult life had been spent with little sleep. Sometimes getting barly a couple houers sleep.that was usualy on the ground or in a pup tent. 

He was about to desend into sleep when he heard a noise. He looked out the window. He saw a horse. He suspected that it was not just one horse. He grabed a rifle. He trued to not to wake up nick or the baby. He tip toed down the steps. He made it to the door.   

He saw a group of horses and men. He guesed that it was bandits.  Was it an organized gang or unorganized, he had no idea. He did not know what there intent was.  

He went outside. He fired off a schot into the air. “Your on my property. I believe trespassing is against the law even in the outlands.” he said.

“I dont really keep up on what the law says!” the head bandit said.” why are you hear . I suspect this is not a freindly greeting. “Bryan said.

“We dont recognize your authority or the authority of the f.s.a . this is our land. ” the leader of the bandit proclaimed.  

“The authority of the federated states over the out lands is not disputed. I have controling ligal authority hear. ” he declared. 

“I am a firm belever that might makes right. ” the leader said. “You kill me, the army wil be called you. The military governor will be appointed.  He wil declare a sate of emergency and All of you will be rooted out very quickly!”he declared. 

The leader took out his rifle as did the other bandits. “your  f.s.a wont stomach a guerilla war hear. They wull pull out. The gangs will run this town!”the leader said.

“Dont count on it. “Durgans said.”you will die now. Either head out or leave! “The leader said.”its late. I would perfer not to traval this late!”he said. “You dont have a choice. “The leader said.  “Your not going to let me live either way. You cant. You have the might. So shoot me. Do it!” he said. 

The bandit bandit was about to fire.durgens rammed the horse and dodged the gun fire. The horse was spooked. Durgens fired near anothrr horse. He fired several shots into the air. 

The bandits decided to leave the area. He gused this gang had little or no real influence.they were a gang of petty thugs. The real crime sindicates would be wating. They would qietly build up against him. 

Durgens stayed awake. He watched just in case the thugs started to retrurn. He felt he was ok tonight. Tomrow might be a different story. 

The next day bryan called a meeting of influential towns people.doctor, lawyers, bussinesman and school teacher. 

“Bryan !”tim said. He turnes around.”this is Elizabeth perkins. She is our school teacher and librarian. “He said. “It is good to meet you!”durgens said. “Likewise!”she said.  “I am glad you could come! “He said. 

“I admire what you want to do. What if this area is hopeless.  Not everyone wants to be civilized.  ” Elizabeth said. “Ian sanders said that ‘even the most savage person when exposed to civilization come to love it. ” durgens said. “Many have called sanders views nieve including edna braden” she said. “I never liked braden. “He said.”you are quite well read? “Elizabeth asked.”i attended santon university.  I majored in art ,literature and humanities of the post eruption age. Please dont tell any one. I wanted to become an officer in the military. Any degree would work to get me into officer canidate school. That and that major had more ladies then men.i hoped to get a date. It worked. I got engaged. It did not work out. ” he said.

The orther came in and sat down.”ok! I would like to call a town assambly tomorrow where i will be fomerly sworn in. “He said.”that can be arranged. ” the doctor said.

“The mane reason i called you all hear is this. We need order. I can only do so much. I have deputized tim and will add aditional deputies as needed. We need a functional government.  Any government i apoint will be viewed as a pupet of the f.s.a. i perpose this ,the doctor will act as mayor for a year. You will act as the town council for two years. A moyoral election will take place in a year,council in two. ” he said.

“What if the gangs try to dominate the council? “Reverend luter asked.”its posible. It is a risk. I do not want an oligarchy runing the town. If i have to i wont hesitate to call in the army. I dont want to do that. If people feel like they have a voice.  That we can create a better future. It wil take time. I want this council to be a cross section of society.  ” he said. 

“I am open to this. Will i have actual authority?”the doctor asked.”you will. I dont want to be a pupet master. Any matter not directly related to f.s.a policy is your terf. ” he said. 

They all agreed to participate.  He thanked them. “One more thing.it was tradition when a new military governor took over to pardon a prisoner.  “Elizabeth said. “I see. I can pardon any one?”he asked. “That is the tradition. ” the doctor said. “I see. ” he said. 

Nicky was holding the baby. ” why did you put me on the council?” she asked. “You cane uo with the idea.” he said. “I am not the type!”she said. “I need you to do something for me. ” durgens asked. “Ok!” she said. 

At the prison, a door opened,a gaurd enteted with nicole. “This is deputy f.s.a marshal nicole winter. “The gaurd said. “You dont look like a deputy?” choe said. “You are receving a full and unconditional pardon. You will stil be in custody before the marshal investure ceremony.  You will be alowed to leave the prison. ” choe said. “He came though. I cant beleve it. I figured he was just blustering. He ment it. He realy ment it!”choe said. “He is a good man. ” nicole said. “I supose he is. ” she said. 

Later on ,Bryan returned to his residence.  It was a warm day.Nicole had removed her sweter. She wore a tank top. Chole was playing with the baby.  He saw nicole. She did not realize that he was there. She turned around. On her arm was a tatoo. It had the leter u. It ment unwed. “No!” she said.

“Nicky its none of my business! ” he said. “People hear never asked. I know they talker. I came hear hoping i could start a new. Maybe they would think i was a widow. I knew people suspected.  I am an outcast. I had your respect i know i did. “She said.  “You still do! This changes nothing. ” he said.she took the baby and walked off.

He was about to folow her. He saw tim. “We identitied the men who attacked you. They are led by a man named buzz greyhorn. He is a pety thug. We are atempting to locate him. We know a few of his hang out spots. “Tim said.” ok good work!”he said. “You ok?” tim asked. “I think so. ” he told him. 

The sub section of chestnut sorings was called duality. The area was under the corect control of elikon. Elikon ruled it with an iron fist. 

“This man came to the gate. He is requesting sanctuary.  ” a mage said “buz greyhorn! ” elikon said. “The marshal wants to arrest me. I need your protection. ” greyhorn said. “This man is wanted for thretning the marshal. If we grant him sanctuary, the Marshall will come with a pose. ” the mage said.  “Im aware of that!” elikon said. 

End of part five. 

Chestnut springs part four 

Newly minted federal states of anglomer marshal Bryan durgens was on his way to take up his post In  the town of chestnut springs. He had been acoasted by a mage. He has been targeted by bandits.he had even made an arrest. He and his prisoner was on there way with the captive. They were nearing the area. 

” You know your crazy to think you can tame this land. This land is made to be wild. Wild canions,wild animals wild people. It is crazy to think that you can civilize this vast reigon. Your dream of making this reigon part of the federal state and is crazy. “Choe said.

“All of the great nations had to start somewhere. Tori g tribes,small city states,families. It can happen. Maybe it won’t. Something has to happen. I can’t believe the outlands will remane as it is now. It can’t. Something has to happen. ” Durgens said. 

“The red ember just wanted to get rid of it. They needed a slump to but it. They tried to sell it to Carolina.they passed on it. Cadamer passed on it. The nation of Ferdinand passed on it. Ruso passed on it. It is too hard to manage . The area is unmanigible . Why not just leave it alone. Let the bandits fight it out. “She said. 

“It did not work that way. Eventually it would spread into the federal states or catilona or into cadamer. The termoil in the outlands won’t be confined to the outlands forever. It will spread. “,Durgens said.”you are going to have to fully mobilize.an all out military occupation. The factions will have to put down. The money ,the blood that will have to be spent.”she said.”fight it now or fight it later. We chose to do it now”he said. 

“Your government is crazy to come up with this plan. Your crazy to go along with it.”she said. “Your not the first person to question my sanity. “He said.”the life of a lawman is solitary. You resigned to bring a belchor. “She asked. “Many in my profession chose to be belchors. It is a hard job,a hard life. I want to be maried! I hope I am not doomed to perpetual singleness. “He said. She smiled. 

They kept riding. All of a suden he started to feel weird. He had a massive headache. He fell to the ground. She dismounted. She ran to him. “Bryan! Brain!”she said. He started to be OK. “I felt light headed. I think I am OK!”he said. ” Rest for a second!”she insisted”this has never happened before. I was fun and then it hit me. It was a genetic Strom cloud schot a massive lightning bolt on my head.”he said. “I don’t think this was a fluke event . I think it is a mind qake device. “Choe said.

“What is a mind  quake device?”durgens asked. “It is a device used by mages. The device is able to cause head aches. There are rumors that it could kill. No one knows if it is true. The mages claim that these devices are mythical.part of anti mage propaganda. Everyone knows it is true. No one would admit it. ” She said. “I would say this was the opening salvo. They already attacked me once”he said. “The mages won’t quit. There strategy is keep attacking. They go small and escilate” she said. “This is going to get worse?”he asked.”yes. The mages are letting you know that they know about you. Your on there racer. You are on there crappy list. It get worse then hear!”she said.

He rested for a while. Then they rode again. They continued on the way to the town of chestnut springs. They neared the town. 

The mages alied with elikon reported back to elikon.”we sent the message to the devil law man. He got it!  A mage said.”is he trying back?”elikon asked.”no he is still on his way to chestnut springs. “,Another mage reported. Elikon smiled with a devilish smile.”good. I had hoped he would be brave.i want to have a competitor. A bemused. It seams I have one. I look froward to being able to challenge this man!”elikon said.he laughed. 

The law man and his prisoner rode closer to chestnut springs . They saw a sign for the town. ” Vani have a minute? ,” ,She asked.”yes. “He said.they got off the horse.she took food and eat it. She sat down. She looked around. She took everything in. She looked at the sun. The sky. “You going to try to escape?”he asked. “No. I am tired of running. I don’t have it in me. “She said. ” I could over look this! “He said. “No you can’t. You would hate yourself and you would hate me. Work within the syistom. “She said. 

“I wish I had not caught you. I don’t want to turn you over to the authorities. “He said. “You will fight for me?”she asked.”it may take time. I will do what I can. You have my word on that. The law is a bit merky out hear. Yes I will. “He told her. 

 He heard a noise. “What is it?”she asked. “Wait hear.”,he said. He got his gun out if the holster. He moved slowly but in a determined fasshon.he moved further out. He saw a red ribbon! He kept going. He went into a cave. He saw a tall man. He was six feet. He had a well trained mustache. He had brownish hair. He apeered to be his mid thirties perhaps a bit older. He looked seasoned but work has vigor. He looked disciplined. He had a stager. He  guessed that he had served in a military and was probably a unit commander. Either a sergeant or an officer. He had his gun out. 

“You have guts. Putting that red ribbon. If bandits or gangs or mages came in you,they would shoot you on sight or worse ! I hear mages have impalled people with those magic wand of there’s. That is just a rumor. I hear the outlands is full of them. “Durgens said.

“,Well you cannot believe everything you hear! ” The other man declared. “Perhaps not. Let me guess red ember external affairs directorate. “Durgens said. “At your service! Felix Larson. “He said. ” Red ember has no jurisdiction hear. The deal to buy the outlands stipulated that the red ember would fully withdraw form the area including clandestine operations. “Durgens said. ” I am no longer part of the read. I resigned form the agency. I have a personal steak. I fear that if you fail to govern this area, it could spread like wild fire. Eventually it could soil over into catilona,and giveldi and even into cedomer. Someone needs to keep an eye of things.besides I did not want to take a desk job back in red city.”Felix said! 

” Understand or. I was offered verious posistions in the f.s.a  bureaucracy. I ran. Form it as fast as I possibly could. “He said. “I wanted to introduce myself. I try to keep a low profile. I could be an ally. At some point you might need me. I will be there. ” Felix said. ” I am surprised . Red ember people tend to be full of themselves. Out for own.”durgens said. ” I have spent most of my adult life in the atune. This is more of my home then the mother country. “Felix said. 

” How did in contact with you?”he asked. “Put out a red ribbon. Do it outside city limits. I will come.”Felix said. “I see. This was just an introductory meating?”durgens asked. “I felt it was important. Every petty theef to bandit to gang to mage is tuning for you. You will be the most distent marshal in the outlands. They want you gone. If they can behead you and send the head to the Congress in federal city,they will do it. ” Felix said. ” Great! I am really not that unlovible. ” Durgens said. ” It’s not personal. It who you represent well what. This is chaos vrs order. ” Felix said. 

“I will see you around?”durgens Said. “You got it.”he tiped his hat and walked off. He got on to his horse and rode off. He left the cave . “You were gone for quite a while. “Choe said. “We are fine? We better get going. I would like to get to town before it gets dark. ” He said. 

They rode to town. They entered. “I’m doctor brenen. I am chestnut springs doctor. I am the closest thing to an authority. We have not had a mayor of town council in a few years. People come to me. “He said.”Cornelius Bryan durgens f.s.a Marshall. “He said. He showed his badge and have his papers.the doctor looked them over. ” Everything seams in order. I have aranged an official sharing in cerimony. The whole town will attend.”the doctor said. “,Of course. “He said. “The old beraks have been reserved as your home. You can live in the commander’s residence. “The physician said. “Excellent.”he said. 

“Who is this?” The doctor asked. “This is choe walles. She is under arrest. “Durgens said. “She will be taken to the jail at once. “The doctor said. He told her he would help her. A man named Tim offered totwke him to his home. 

“You a veterin?” Bryan asked. ” Yes I am.” Tim Hyde said. ” I need deputies.i will have to reconsisiton funds . I won’t be able to pay you much until the paper work. Are you interested?”he asked. “Yes I am. I was decorated with the star of alpha, rings of two. I left as a warrented sergeant. “He said.” Iam not surprised. You look like a veterin “he said. “I grew up near federal city. I was a farm boy. I was conscripted during the war. I never planned to stay in. I had nothing else to do. I tried to go home. It was not me any more.i left and somehow I ended up hear.”he said.” I understand. It is a common thing. I went to the war college.i ment it to be a carer. My dad intended me to be in Congress,a senator or may y even president. “He said. “Do you want that?” Tim asked. “One day at a time.” He said. 

They  came across the property. It was large house with our buildings. They was place for a farm. They parked the houses. They got off. They saw a young mom with a young child.” Someone is living hear?”he asked.”the building was unused. We had no news on a marshal. We began to think that no one as coming. She is a squatter. The doctor told her she should stay until the marhsla came. “Tim said. “Where will she go?”Bryan said. “I don’t know. She will have to find another abandoned buildings I suppose.,”Tim said. 

Tim and Bryan said Good byes. He went inside. “Your the marhall? ” The young mom. Said. “Yes . Bryan durgens. F.s.a marshal. ,”He said. She picked up he baby. She got her things. “What are you doing ?”Bryan asked. They headed out. “We are leaving?” She asked. “That’s not nesisary. I don’t need this much space. Six of me did not need this much space. I see no reason can’t stay. I will square it away with the local clergy so that there is not an issue.” He said. ” I cook. I can earn my keep.”she said. “We can discuss the later. What is your name?”he asked. “I’m Nicole this is my daughter Leah.”he sais. “It is good to meet you. “He said. 

” Welcome to chestnut springs Marshall.,”she said.”,call me Bryan !,,”he said.  “OK!”she said. 

Elikon was informed that he was hear. Elikon was preparing a porter eleco me for the law man. 

End of part four. 

 

Chestnut spring  part three. 

The town of chessnut springs had been a command city for the red ember colony. When the red ember pulled out,bandits,outlaws and mages moved in. Under the rule of red ember,the town had a vibrant administrative municipal government. It crumbled imidiatly after the pull out by the coalition. The town tried to organize a town government after the pull out but it failed. The council members were killed or fled. The town was basically in a sate of anarchy. 

There was no one to enforce the law. During the rule of the c.o.r.e, garbage collection and other public utilities were taken care off. That went out the window once the red ember pulled out. There were no police. Farmers and ranchers took mater’s into there own hands. They battled outlaws. They also battled other ranchers and Farmers over water access. Some times Farmers united with other Farmers to fight what they saw as injustice. There was no one to step in aned stop it. 

There was organized and unorganized crime. Some gangs were confined to a town. Others had a larger reach. Others were petty criminal. Gangs had been known to fight other gangs. 

Then there was the mages. Magic was banned in the federated States most nations banned magic. While red ember banned magic,they turned a blind eye in the outlands. They hoped to appease the mages and those who supported them. 

In ancient days,mages controlled population though fear. In the old days,you did what they told you to do or face the consequences. That could be in the form of pestilence,dragons or having your soul cursed. In the olden days,mages used there dark arts to grab land or charge there own Texas in addition to national taxis. Mages even used there magic against kings. Sometimes they propped up kings. They also removed ones they did not like. 

 With the rise of philosophy,science and the influence of the monotheism of kurios. This caused the influence of the mages to decline. Many abandoned the profession. There were fewer new recruits. Magic became associated with evil. Many came to see mages as egoistical pragmatist.

While mages declined every where else,they thrived in the outlands. While they had a reputation as being mean,fearc and whimsical,they providd stability in unstable areas. In the outlands,they were tolerated. Manny war Lords saught  them out.there help always came with a price. 

The f.s.a had not totally moved into the outlands. There control was mostly confined to the borders. They had little influence in the interior. The goal of the f.s.a to toalty route out mages. That was proving to be a harder task then what they had anticipated. 

The most feared of all of the mages in the outlands was elikon.elikon was a master mage. He was called the silver mage. While his fellow mages revered him they also feared him. He had no interest in being loved adored or even liked. He wanted to be feared. It was sad that he had no friens.not even fellow mages.

Elikon had made a kind of non aggression pact with the red ember. Then he switch sides and supported those opposed to the ocupation. Then he betrayed them. This gave him power and wealth. He got rich off protection money and tributes. It also made him enemies. 

Red ember made several attempts to asasinate him. They failed. They tried to convince other mages to turn against him. That was a huge disaster. This caused his influence to grow not wain. He calmed he was the reason the coalition withdrew. He believed he could do the same to the f.s.a. he had come to see himself as almost  invincible. He came to see himself as a god. 

No one was truly invincible. It was a common delusion. The evidence made him think that he was. This dilusion grew and grew. When they were duluded they were the most dangerous. Elikon was no different. 

One of the mages underling came to see him. He was summoned. That garentined no protection. Breathing was a risk around someone like elikon. The younger knocked on the door. The door was opeed. The mage greated him. 

“Excellentcy! The Marshall nears chestnut springs. “The younger mage said. Elikon wore a long silver robe. He carried a large wound in his hand. He ad long flowing hair and beared.he was eight feet tall. “Did he get my message?”he asked. “Yes! He has not turned back!” The he mage said. “Not that u expected him to. I like a challenge. I welcome his opposition. I love opposition. I love having an enemy. I love putting them down like a junkyard dog. This Marshall won’t have a chance! ” The mage said.”why not kill him?” The other mage asked. ” The fsa will only replace him or send in the army. No we need to send a clear message. We need a public face for the imperialist. We need a poster child. Trust me I know how to defeat empires. Believe me I will!” He said.

End of part three. 

Chestnut springs part two. 

Marshall Bryan Durban’s heard the sound of a single horse. He stopped. he got the rifle ready. “You want me! Come and get me! ” He declared. The horse and the Ryder came to him. It was one of the ladies that belong to the gang that previously tried to hijack him earlier. 

She came at him with a rifle. “Stop right there! No sudden moves! ” The female outlaw demanded. “This is a really bad idea! My gun is f.s.a issue. As is my horse. If you ride my horse and cannot present a valid commission paper,you will be shot on sight. I don’t think you will pass for Bryan Durgans!” He responded.

“I am hardly a delicate flower. I can elude the authorities. This is a vest frontier. ” She answered. ” You have probably elduded the authorities thus far. You kill a Marshall it is a whole new game! ” He said.” I have no desire to harm anyone. If you don’t put that weapon I will do whatever it takes to disarm you!” She said. ” Put the weapon down! ” He said. “So you can attest me and take me off to a prison I don’t think so. ” She said. “You will lose .Maybe not now but eventually. No one who chooses crime wins forever. Your time will run out. It always does!” He told her. 

All of a sudden ,he heard a noise. He sounded like the wind. A large man in a gray robe flew though the air. He had a large stick like object in his hand. The man came at Durgans. He dodged the hit. The man came at him. He rammed the mage. Out of fear the lady ran away. 

“I know who you are. All who oppose us are our enemies. The resuregence of the magic orders is at hand. The outlands are destined to become the first nation sate of for and by the mages! You cannot stop us. We have overcome other empires and we will overcome your federated States! ” . He went back to the sky. He put a fire ball into an area near him. A small crater was formed. A rock was set up with an inscription. Future grave stone of f.s.a marhsal Bryan Durgans. ” This is either future or an opinion. Your choice!” The mage declared. 

He kept on going.he came on to the mysterious young lady. “Stop right there!”he insisted. ” Fine! My life is in your hands. Better you then the mage I guess” she said. “If you promise not to run I won’t put the cuts on you!” He told her. ” I won’t run! They say prison is horrible especially for women!” She said.” That is what I hear!”he answered.”I did not think you would care. I did the crime and all that. ” She said. The two rode off. 

“I do see the world I black and white. The world is right and wrong. The law is rigid. Having said that I am not without compassion. You work with me,I work with you. I am not hear to make enimies. ” He said. 

“I thought for sure I was a goner. I have stories of law man schooting unarmed prisoners. Some don’t like the hastle especially out hear. ” She said. “The marhsal service forbids such action but it happened. Unfortunately no Marshall has ever been prosecuted. The outlands is a foreboding place. We are under martial law. ” He said. ” It’s like mero once said,”in time of war the law falls silent!” She said.”you study ancient legal opinions?”he asked. “No I just heard it somewhere! “She answered. “I’m!”he said.

“Thank you for not schooting me!”she told him. “I promise you work with me I will work with you. I am a man of my word. “He assured her. They decided forest for a while. He helped her off of her horse. They set up a campsite. She slept for a while. She looked sweet. 

A few hours later, she woke up. “Good morning !” He said. “Morning! ” She responded. ” Sleep well? ” He asked. ” Actually I did. ” She answered. “You have a bright future ahead of you! ” He said. “I don’t see how!” She said. ” Don’t give up OK?” He told her. “OK!” She said. 

He then rested for a while. Then they rode off again. They heard the sound of horses.  “We are in deep do Doo!”chole decalred. He decided to give her her rifle back. She took it and got it ready. The horse men rode to them. The bandits opened fire.

Bryan and chloe returned fire on the bandits. They were heavily outnumbered. “I will distract them. Get out of hear!”he insisted. “But..”she tried to say. “Don’t argue with me go!”he told her. She finally relented. He ran towards them firing his gun. She rode off.

Durgans fired and fired. One of the bandits Schofield his horse. He fell off of the horse and fell to the ground. Another bandit finished off the other horse. He hated to lose his horse. He had been a constant companion. He would have to mourn himself if he did not run. He did. 

He was fairly certain his life was over.he did not see how he could win this one! He was not ready to die not that anyone truly was. There were still things he wanted to do. He had spent most of his life as a soldier and a lawman. That was not all he wanted to do. He did have other goals.he wanted to write and to paint. He also wanted to get married and have kids maybe live to see his grandkids. Maybe even Persue a carer apart from the law. Now that won’t happen. He would probably be dead soon! 

He heard a gun shot. Chole rode towards him. He grabbed her hand.She hoisted him up to the horse. They fired there guns. They attempted to ride off. They most ridnng. They rode over a revine! 

“You OK?” He asked. ” That scared the crap out of me! As soon as my heart return to my stomach I will be fine! “She told him. “You saved my life! I will never forget it! “He said. ” I knew what I was doing was wrong. I tried to justify it . The more I did less then legal acts it got easier. I am glad your OK. I am sorry about your horse!”she said. ” me too! He was a good horse! To all things there is an end! ” He said.”I thought I was cyinical. You have had a sad life. “She said. ” It has not been easy but it’s happeneds. It seams it won’t get easier. ” He said . “The outlands need people like you. This is your time!”she said. “I hope so! ” He said. 

The two kept riding towards the town of chestnut springs. There was still danger out there. The hard part had already begun! 

End of part two .