Jedidiah "Coyote" Graves

Former lawman turned drifter

Description:

Jedidiah “Coyote” Graves

Age 32
Birthplace Neosho, Missouri
Money $?
Fate Points 5

  • Refresh Rate 6
    Physical Stress 7
    Composure Stress 5

Aspects

  • Former lawman
  • Drifter
  • Loss of his family to cholera haunts him
  • Leaves nothing to chance
  • No reason why we can’t be civilized
  • You can have my weapons when you pry them from my cold dead hands
  • Nothing personal, it’s just business.

Stunts

  • Lawman’s eye (+1 at spotting things that don’t belong in a given situation)
  • Tracking (Use survival to track)
  • Quick Draw (+1 to Initiative rolls when drawing a pistol)
  • Pugilist (+1 when attacking with fists)

Skills

  • Guns great +4
  • Survival good +3
  • Alertness good +3
  • Investigation fair +2
  • Rapport fair +2
  • Endurance fair +2
  • Stealth average +1
  • Fists average +1
  • Weapons average +1
  • Gambling average +1

Equipment

Camping
  • Bedroll
  • Canteen
  • Lamp oil, 1 gal
  • Matches, safety (240)
  • Oil Lamp
Clothing & Personal Items
  • Bandana
  • Belt
  • Boots, cowboy
  • Hat, cowboy
  • Holsters (2)
  • Overcoat, leather
  • Shirt (2)
  • Socks (7 pair)
  • Spurs, plain
  • Suit
  • Trousers (2)
  • Watch
  • Razor, straight
Perishables
  • Rations, 7 day
  • Bourbon, bottle (1)
Tools
  • Axe
  • Gun Cleaning Kit
  • Hammer
  • Handsaw
  • Rope (100ft)
  • Shovel
  • Wire Cutters
Transport
  • Saddle and Bridle, plain
  • Saddle Bags
  • Saddle Blanket
Weaponry
  • Winchester Model 1866 Carbine
  • Colt Single Army, .44 (2)
    • Damage +2; Range: 2 zones; Mag: 6 cylinder; Aspects: Small, Reliable
  • S&W, Model 2, .32
    • Damage +2; Range: 2 zones; Mag: 6 cylinder; Aspects: Small, Reliable
  • Knuckle Duster “Pepperbox”, .32
    • Damage +2; Range: 1 zone; Mag: 5 cylinder; Aspects: Small
  • Arkansas Toothpick
    • Damage: +2; Range: thrown; Aspects: Small
  • Ammunition, .44 (400)
  • Ammunition, .32 (200)
Explosives
  • Dynamite, stick (10)
  • Fuse (50 yds)

Gear Sets

Light (No pack mule)
  • Camping
    • All
  • Clothing and Personal Items
    • Currently worn clothing only
  • Perishables
    • Two days of rations
  • Tools
    • Gun cleaning kit
    • Rope
    • Wire cutters
    • Hammer
  • Transport
    • All
  • Weapons
    • All
    • Only 100 .44 Rounds
    • Only 50 .32 Rounds
  • Explosives
    • All
Bio:

Birth and Early Years

Jedidiah Springfield Graves was born on March 25th, 1841 in Neosho, Missouri to Frank and Delia Graves. Hailing from a long line of lawmen, it was almost predestined that he would choose law as his career. Jedidiah’s fondest childhood memories were of time spent at the county seat while his father busied himself with law enforcement work. By the age of 12, he was accompanying his father on the occasional bounty hunt. His tenacity and quick wit on these expeditions earned him the nickname Coyote which he wore proudly. Four years later he was made a deputy sheriff working under his father.

Earning His Oats and Starting a Family

For the next several years, Coyote learned the ropes as a full time lawman. Under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, Coyote excelled in capturing fugitives and keeping the peace. He quickly grew to be admired by the local populace as a fine successor to his family’s legacy in law.

With his growing stature in the community, he caught the eye of many local women, but it was a merchant’s daughter named Jolene Turner that would capture his heart. Coyote and Jolene married on June 20, 1863. A son and a daughter, Trevor and Helen, joined their family shortly after.

Disaster Strikes

Coyote was elected sheriff at the age of 27 after his father retired. He and Jolene had made a good life together, and their children were growing up and strong and healthy. All looked good on the horizon when disaster struck in spring of 1872 in the form of a cholera outbreak. Many in the Neosho area grew sick with the disease and dozens perished. Among the victims were Jolene, Trevor, and Helen.

For months after their deaths, Coyote was a broken man. He hid himself away from people on his ranch, often turning to drink which was a particular anomaly for Coyote as he usually abstained from such vices. Many members of the community tried to help him, but he was inconsolable.

Aftermath

In August of 1872, Coyote announced that he was stepping down from his post as sheriff. Memories of his family were every where he looked, and it had become too painful. He sold his home and land, and struck off with no particular destination in mind.

The following months found Coyote taking bounties as he headed west to keep himself distracted from incessant thoughts of grief and loss. When he wasn’t able to keep himself busy, he often wound up dead drunk.

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