Following in Six-Gun Sara’s gutsy footsteps, here is the very first Frontierado Saga I wrote back in 2009. It was the one for myself to show people what I meant by customized sagas. I felt my own name wasn’t western enough so I made the Blackwater Kid’s real name be Nathanael Greene Larraby instead. Many of the figures the Kid interacts with are from the Bad Movie world so they may not be as recognizable as the figures Six-Gun Sara interacted with.
The Blackwater Kid
The Blackwater Kid was born Nathanael Greene Larraby (his parents named him after Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene) in 1846 in Springfield, New Jersey. At seventeen he was admitted into Princeton but after causing a minor scandal with his too graphic commentaries and translations of the comedies of Aristophanes he was asked to leave during his first year. Enlisting in the Union Army Larraby served in the Cavalry for the final year of the war.
Drifting aimlessly after the war Larraby headed west where he often found himself at odds with Confederate veterans who were heading west in droves, among them the notorious nine-fingered gunman Sabata. These encounters often came close to resulting in gunplay and after trying his hand as a deputy in towns like Wichita, Abilene and Santa Fe Nathanael grew disgusted with the widespread corruption in law enforcement of the day and settled in to bounty hunting instead. As he compiled an impressive list of captures and kills including the Bronson Canyon Gang led by Felonious Phil Tucker he became more and more selective, eventually only bothering to go after those men who were wanted dead or alive so he could kill his quarry if he needed to without losing his reward money. Larraby took to wearing a brown three-quarter length coat, a brown range cowboy hat and to packing a rifle, a shotgun and two six-guns wherever he went. Since he operated out of the New Mexico town of Blackwater he was almost immediately being referred to as The Blackwater Kid.
For a time in the early 1870’s Blackwater was in a business and romantic partnership with freed black woman Pam Grier, the famous female bounty hunter. This very public association led the duo into even more frequent clashes with the many disgruntled southerners out west, climaxing in their conflict with Justin Wilson’s band of conspirators who sought to assassinate President Ulysses S. Grant and launch a revived Confederacy. Eventually tiring of the incessant violence and high body counts that always seemed to accompany her adventures with the Blackwater Kid Grier retired and headed north to help found Freemanville in California.
From that point on Blackwater operated alone aside from occassionally lending aide to lawmen like his good friend Paden, the sheriff of Silverado as well as to United States Marshall Brisco County Senior, whose son’s fame would later eclipse his own. Ideally situated within a few days’ ride of the Mexican border, Larraby would often pursue hunted men well into Mexico, flagrantly ignoring the international boundary and bringing his quarry back to the U.S. across their saddles. One popular joke of the time went that the Blackwater Kid was blind in one eye so he couldn’t read the “or alive” part of the “Wanted: Dead or alive” posters. The Kid’s frequently muttered remark “People are dirt. People are scum” nicely summarized his apparent attitude toward the type of criminals he chose to pursue and news that Blackwater was on an hombre’s trail meant for sure that either he or they would be dead when the pursuit was over.
Among the deadly and nefarious criminals who fell to the Blackwater Kid’s guns during this period were Bloody Brad Grinter, former plantation owner who specialized in gunning down freed African Americans in the post-Civil War west; Grand Canyon Coleman Francis, the Texas Ranger turned paid killer; Paul “Kid Catalan” Naschy, a Spanish mercenary who fought for the Confederacy and was rounding up freed blacks to sell into slavery in Mexico; Rattlesnake Russ Meyer, a pimp known for killing ladies in his stable after they reached a certain age and Dynamite Dick Wayman, the Buckeye Bandit himself, who led Larraby a merry chase into Canada before going down. During those years no woman stirred Larraby’s heart the way Pam Grier had but he was known to have a few dalliances with touring British actress Joan Collins, saloon singer Dolly Parton, Cuban adventuress Daisy “Fuego” Fuentes and deposed Punjabi Princess Lailla Rouass who had taken refuge in the United States.
The notoriety the Kid earned from that fling with the princess led to one of his most controversial adventures. Italian Countesses Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida plus French Countess Brigitte Bardot traveled to New Mexico Territory to hire Larraby to avenge them on the monstrous international organization that had killed their husbands and children. The exact name of that organization is still shrowded in mystery but was believed to be a hybrid of the Italian Mafia and the French Union Corse. The Blackwater Kid forever refused to discuss the matter but it was said the ladies enticed him to accept their offer through various carnal combinations with the three Countesses plus the promise of a proverbial king’s ransom in bounty for tracking down and slaying the leaders of the criminal organization, which was even then spreading throughout the United States.
Whatever the case may be it has been established by historians of the west that the Kid did not collect any bounties for gunning down known outlaws for an eleven month period in the 1870’s, during the time corresponding with his alleged vigilante activities against the proto-Mafia outfit throughout the west. Since the shrewd international criminals he was said to be pursuing were not officially “wanted”, Blackwater’s reluctance to discuss any such unsanctioned killings is understandable. Apparently content with whatever “private arrangements” had existed among himself and the three Countesses, the Blackwater Kid was said to have given the enormous monetary reward the ladies paid him to various charities. In the 1890’s noted British criminologist (and alleged cocaine addict) Sherlock Holmes credited “that homicidal American” (as he called the Kid) with delaying the criminal syndicate’s spread throughout the American west by several decades. Holmes himself would behead the monolithic organization by taking down its reputed chief, Professor James Moriarty.
The great love of Larraby’s life came along in the form of Raquel Tejada Welch, a widowed ranch owner in New Mexico Territory. The two met when she nursed the Blackwater Kid back to health after he was seriously wounded while shooting down Mojave Mike Vick, the infamous African American outlaw legendary for his sadistic treatment of humans and animals alike. Vick had been hiding as a ranch hand on Welch’s spread and had been running a dog-fighting racket on the side. Despite the fact that Welch was much, much older than the Kid the two became inseparable.
Welch and Larraby would soon marry but Welch insisted he abandon his dangerous profession. She maintained her ranch and had Blackwater use what bounty money he hadn’t spent on booze and opium dens to purchase a saloon of his own. Larraby called the place “Scrubs” after all the scrub brush that was cleared away to construct the saloon and gambling hall and settled in as semi-respectable businessman and occassional faro dealer. For the most part he kept his promise to his bride to stay clear of violence but on occassion friends and relatives of the countless men he had killed would roll into town looking for revenge and a semi-sodden Blackwater would have no choice but to resort to gunplay.
All good things must come to an end and after several years of marital bliss, opium highs and drunken binges the story of the Blackwater Kid came to a close when he was shot to death from behind at long-range by rifle fire while walking down Main Street in the town that gave him his nickname. Noone ever claimed credit for the cowardly deed and since the Kid’s enemies were legion speculation was pointless. His widow never remarried. Pallbearers at Larraby’s funeral included Sheriff Paden of Silverado, Brisco County Senior, Silverado’s famous Johnson Brothers as well as a then little-known New Yorker named Theodore Roosevelt during his sojourn in the American West.
Raquel Tejada Welch Larraby saw to it that the Blackwater Kid’s writings were published posthumously. Over the years he had labored at completing his translations of the comedies of Aristophanes, translations which were so risque they scandalized the readers of the 1800’s but are now considered indispensable academic works. Larraby also left behind a brilliant but unfinished epic poem detailing the tale of the Navajo war god Nayanazgeni slaying vile deities called the Anaye. The Blackwater Kid has been portrayed on screen by Douglas Fairbanks Sr (in silent films), Tyrone Power and Alain Delon. Recent decades have seen a rumored “curse” of playing the Blackwater Kid on the screen because the most recent stars to assay the role, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, all subsequently went insane.
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