Hudson's Pass, Texas; 1871: A History
Hudson's pass began as a boomtown centered around a coal mine in 1843. For the first few years of it's inception, the town suffered from meager yields due to minor hazards, a problem soon solved when a man named Lionel Dixon took charge and paved a safer way to mine the coal. This is what saw him voted into what would become a long lasting position as mayor, and one that even his son would take up later. Under his direction, not only coal, but even some gold and other precious minerals were mined in large frequency for quite some time.
All good things come to an end, though, and under his Son's direction the mine was near depleted sometime just after the american civil war. Hard times came, and Lionel Dixon Junior was readying to declare the town dead. Fixin' for himself to leave with what little precious resources they had left. It was at this time that Sheriff of Hudson's Pass found out about his squandering scheme, and brought it to the forefront of the town. The Justice's attempted to let the man off easy, but Vigilante justice prevailed and they hung the son of a bitch.
This was the start of what would soon become a town of outlaws, thieves and brigands. After the Justice's side was chosen, the Sheriff took his band of deputies and ran them out with the idea they were in on the scheme. Now the people had what little life blood returned to them, but were in a deeper hole then they imagined. That was when the madame of the local whore house approached him with numbers, the numbers her whore house made just from outsiders alone.
The Sheriff wasn't a learned man, but he didn't need to be to understand what those zeroes could do for the town. So he embraced her ideal of open doors to anyone and everyone who wished for a safe haven and company for the night. The local Law expanded, and centered on protecting the whore house while they ventured into other service revenues to keep their life blood flowing. The money gains led to salt farming, gunsmithing, leatherworking and all other forms of needed material to be supplied to all who wished it.
Now Hudson's Pass stands as a safe haven to anyone who plays by their rules. It's protected by a vast posse of what's become seasoned killers, all with eyes to protect their town and ensure all who enter follow by it's rules. The Rules are simple, we don't fight among each other inside the town, but we defend it from all who'd take it from us. It exists with the Sheriff being the figure who seems in charge, despite the madame of the best whore house in the old west being the one who's pulling the strings.
Sociology, Economy, Firearms and Defense
Whore's provide the staple for commerce here, but as stated before, they have intensified trade in almost every area. That's made Hudson's pass rife as a neutral ground to exchange ill gotten goods of all sorts. Gunsmiths and other folk of craft also call this their home, manufacturing firearms and other goods for those with the cash to buy them. Mixed together, this provides plenty of jobs and labor, but also lends itself as a hub of gun's for hire.
Firearms for sale are all manner of single action revolvers, rifles and repeaters. Lining a now fort like wall are improved on cannons from the civil war, and other prime defenses that would make an army tremble at the thought of taking it. The coal mins also provide now useful tunnels for defense and commerce alike, ones in which only Hudson's pass native would know how to traverse.
Hudson's pass holds true to the old western's societal views on male and female gender roles. That being said, any woman with the guns and money can still make her way, especially with things being shadow run by the madame. Individuals are still likely to hold prejudice against both the redskins, Yankees, Rebels and blacks alike, but here all are welcome so long as they follow the rules. Supporting this are a myriad of rough individuals who hold stores and positions, ranging the rainbow in colors.
Due to the sexually liberated nature of The Town, Homosexuality is allowed within the walls. It still comes with distrust and fear, as one would expect, but the laws of the town hold no barring against it so long as one can hold back the mobs with either Iron or charm. As always, The Law takes the side of the defender rather then the aggressor, though the line gets blurry in these situations more often then not.
Historical Accuracy Disclaimer.
*Efforts were made to ensure as much historical accuracy with regards to time and area placements, but some mistakes may have been made or concessions allowed for setting purposes. These stand, regardless of what might be true. This is especially true with firearms, as only single action revolvers and other weaponry listed will be allowed. It is not accurate, but the sheer number of possibilities can clunk up the game's focus, which is not to be on gunslinger duels.
**A big thanks to Black Howling. The coolest husband ever! He did a lot of work on this setting to help me out and I'm truly appreciative! (He says its because he didn't want to wait 2 years for this game.) ...I'd only ever make him way a year and a half.....
But thank you Howling!!!!