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