Will Anderson (Mason)
Will Anderson’s father, Tom, loved the tribal cultures found in Texas and worked hard to develop a friendly relationship with the various tribes. Soon he was functioning as a trader between the Americans and what friendly tribes he could find. This was rather difficult given the growing tension between the two groups born out of the constant expansion of America’s frontier. Tom quickly became an outspoken supporter of the tribes rights to keep their ancestral land. During this time Tom met Nizhoni, a member of the Kiowa tribe. They fell in love and were allowed to marry only because of his proven dedication to the Kiowa and other tribes. In 1845, the two decided to settle in Promise City hoping their relationship might help them bridge the growing gap between the tribes and Americans. When the Civil War broke out, Tom enlisted and was killed at the battle of Galveston in 1863.
Will was born in Promise City in 1860. When the Civil War ended, tensions began to grow more rapidly between the tribes and Americans as they continued to push west and the Comanche, Kiowa, and Southern Cheyenne began responding with increasingly violent raids. Threats drove Will’s mother to return to her people with Will in 1870, where he was raised as a one of the tribes own. While he greatly missed some of the comforts of civilized life, he took to horse riding like a fish to water. The end of the Red River war of 1874 forced the Kiowa and other tribes to settle in Indian Territory, modern day Oklahoma. With the loss of their horses and the quickly diminishing Buffalo numbers, much of the Kiowa’s traditional way of life was lost. When his mother died in 1876, Will felt there wasn’t much left that interested him in the Kiowa reservation and so he returned to Promise City to live with his Grandfather, Burl.
The two had always been close. Burl had moved to Promise City when Will was born to be close to his grandson and was more like a father than a grandfather. They wrote each other frequently when his mother took him to live with the Kiowa. Burl had also served as a Texas Ranger in his younger years and had always filled Will’s head with stories of adventure, camaraderie, and a strong sense of duty to the people and land. Will ate it up and, in 1878, finally made the plunge and joined the Rangers where his riding and tracking skills have been very useful.
Rawhide Bates (Jeff)
Rawhide was the product of a western settler and an Indian women. He never knew his dad and his mother was killed when he was young.
At a young age he raised himself and learned to do odd jobs. Always discriminated against by both cultures, he fought for a sense of pride, honor and to prove himself. He was befriended by a Ranger Jim Smith who helped get him back on his feet and kept Rawhide out of trouble. Jim has long since retired and Rawhide wants to follow in his footsteps.
During his travels he has befriended a young Indian boy White Horse who follows him around and gets himself into trouble.
Rawhide sees himself in the boy so can’t just run him off. His worse enemy however is himself. He is very addicted to gambling and booze. He isn’t very good and this causes him to get into a lot of trouble. He made a bad bet with some local thugs and cut up