Major Junius "June" Peak
Commander of Company G, Texas Rangers
Lamar City, United Texan Territories
Journal Entry, August 15, 1883
“The first time I met Preacher was July 19, 1878. I had a company of Rangers tracking the Sam Bass Gang across the Southern Territories. We had a tip that they were headed to Round Rock to rob the Williamson County Bank. The Williamson County Sheriff, Grimes, had spotted the Bass Gang at a the Round Rock General Store, followed them to a saloon north of Lamar City, and sent a deputy to get us. Ranger Deputy Moore and I arrived before the rest of the company and approached Sam Bass, engaged in a poker game, with Sheriff Grimes covering us at the door.
Six of Sam’s men were hiding in the crowded saloon and opened fire. Deputy Moore and Sheriff Grimes were killed right away. I was shot in the arm, took cover behind a piano, and was bound for the grave when Preacher pulled iron and started shooting at all the right people.
Preacher unofficially joined the company that day.
He helped to hunt down the rest of the Sam Bass Gang and accompanied us back to Company G Headquarters. It was my intention to recruit him, but he refused to give his real name or where he came from. He wanted to be called 'Preacher' and begged for work to keep him out of the saloons. He said he was ordained by the Catholic Church and showed me his Bible, a blessed St. Peter’s cross, and a priest collar that he kept tied around his whisky flask.
We received a telegraph earlier that day of a new attack at Fort Phantom Hill (near Abilene) by the Spirit Tribe – members of the Comanche Tribe that intentionally contracted the vampire sickness to fight the Texan Troops. We had no priests listed in the Ranger wanted books and would need an ordained minister to drive away a tribe of vampires, so I gave Preacher special agent status with the Texas Rangers, with plans on moving him to full status, or arresting him, when we found out his legal standing.
Preacher showed a real knack for handling the Spirit Tribe. He knew the ways of the undead and helped track the tribe, build new weapons to fight them - and eventually negotiated a peace treaty with them. This was, of course, after the rise of the herds of revenant buffalo and we needed the Spirit Tribe to help us hunt them down. Otherwise, the Running Fever Sickness was going to spread to the healthy buffalo and longhorn herds.
Preacher is now stationed at Fort Phantom Hill as a liaison to the Spirit Tribe and a Texas Ranger Special Agent - specializing in dealings with vampires, were-people, the troll clans, outlaw wiccans, and other ornery types that have taken to the Northern United Texan Territories.
We never did find out Preacher's real name.”
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